Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Two Yummy Recipes!

 I may be the last one to have found Six Sisters' Stuff, but if you haven't seen the blog...ENJOY! There are SO many recipes and I cannot wait to make these two soon! **click on the name of the recipe for the directions

2. Crock Pot Buffalo Chicken Lasagna

Friday, January 27, 2012

Consider it Pure Joy!

We attended a new bible study last night at our church with some incredible friends and one awesome pastor. We are going to be studying James...what a book! Pastor focused on the verses 2-3 last night....all about testing. When has your faith been tested? Why were you tested? Did your faith become stronger or weaker? Do you find joy in the testing?

James 1: 2-3 "Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance."

Joy in testing? Wow. But, the more we talked about the verses and made them our own, I do believe that with trials and testing, we grow closer to the Lord and my faith grows stronger....this is the joy! I could think of so many instances last night where trials have brought me SO much pain and SO much joy. Going through them I'll admit is anything but joy, but joy has come after. I may not be 'happy' so to say about the conclusion, but it is with JOY that I am drawn closer to the Lord. Bring on the trials Lord. I know you have me right where you want me to be and I'm content. 

My hubby is traveling to Mississippi again next week for work and I thought, "Let's go! Why not?" Normally he flies, but we will be driving so that Collins and I have a car during the day. We're packing our swimsuits for the pool (yippee), first birthday crafts that I need to keep working on, my women's bible study lesson that I will be missing on Wednesday, and lots of toys for Collins! I've never been in a hotel room with him for 3 days, so we are hoping for the best! :)...and I'm not quite sure how I'm going to get my runs in, but that's ok!  Trent mentioned last night how excited he was that we would be with him this week and I am too. Man, do I miss him when he's gone.

So, off to Elvis' birthplace we go and I am so thankful for this opportunity for more time together!

Here are some recent pics of my almost one year old! tear.....

My veggie lover!

SO happy. Full belly!

So thankful for warm days!

Mom, I'll take care of the laundry!
 Tried a new recipe on Pinterest!! All it is is crescent rolls, peanut butter, and chocolate chips!! I baked them at 350 until the rolls looked ready! Simple and super yummy!

We are going out to eat tonight with friends and babies! There are maybe 12 of us going? We've never done this before so it should be hilarious. Normally the ladies go out to eat, but now we are adding hubbies and kiddos! So fun!

Have a great weekend!

Friday, January 20, 2012

Collins' First Birthday Invite!

The Theme: The Very Hungry Caterpillar!! 

Why?: When we found out we were pregnant, part of the gift we gave our parents was this very book with my pregnancy blog written on the inside to follow. Who would have thought it would be one of Collins' favorite books!

Making the Invites:  I truly had a lot of fun creating these from scratch. I used Avery templates for the circles and caterpillar face, scrapbook paper for the circles, pipe cleaners for the antennae, Shutterfly to print Collins' faces, tiny brads to hook the parts together, and two sided tape of course! Kuddos to Trent for helping to cut out the circles! They're made with love!

I'm so thankful that I have this blog, so that all of you can see his special invite. While we weren't able to invite everyone, we truly thank all of you for loving our sweet boy!
It's been a wonderful year!


Too Sweet Friends and Matthew's Birthday!

Check out some of our latest visitors and the story behind each one is just the sweetest!

First, Trevor! Trevor is an old student of mine and one that I've loved helping to get ready for 6th grade! He's wanted to come see Collins so bad, so he said that as one of his rewards, he'd love to set up a play date with Collins! How sweet! What fifth grade boy has this as his reward for weeks and weeks of hard work??! I'm so impressed with Trevor's sweet heart...we had a blast!

Second, my sweet flower girls came over to see Collins. Rachel is also my Godchild, so these two girls just mean the world to me. We somehow found a quick 45 minutes in our crazy schedules one early afternoon! hehe :) Thanks for coming over!
Rachel, Collins, and Kyra!

Matthew's birthday was Wednesday and we had a GREAT time celebrating him! We have loved getting to know Matthew and I'm so thankful for him in my sister's life!
The BIG 2-6!

Happy Birthday!! He wanted my mom's peach cobbler!


I LOVE birthdays!!!
  What are Collins' new favorite things?!?!
Yup...climbing stairs....Luckily we have the gates up! This really gets his funny bone going...he will laugh and squeal on each step!!!

These Plum organic squeezy things.  Babies-R-Us had a great sale...3 boxes of these for $15. I made his day!
Have a WONDERFUL weekend! :)

Monday, January 16, 2012

Soaking in Every Minute...11 months and Trent's Bday!

Collins turned 11 months on January 9th, which was also Trent's birthday! A very special day!

I'll start with Trent's birthday! We went to Merrick Inn and sat at the exact same table that we sat at a year ago! We even had the same waitress! Too funny! We came back to our home to open gifts and eat cake! Before dinner, the three of us enjoyed a quiet day of watching movies and hanging out with our sweet baby!

My young hubby. :) Why did I have to turn 29 before him?!?! :)

Thinking it's still Christmas!

Happy Birthday Daddy!

Chubby cheeks!

All of these January birthdays wear me out!
What is he doing now?!
  • He mimics kissy sounds (smacks his lips)
  • He gives kisses 'almost' on demand!
  • He figures out how his toys turn on and off
  • LOVES balls and loves throwing and bouncing them around the room
  • His hair falls over his ears about an inch! His hair grows like mommy's!
  • He has 4 teeth on top and 4 on the bottom! The two that are coming in on both sides of his 2 front teeth have been bugging him!
  • Not walking yet! When he stands, he holds on with one hand and he has great balance!
  • VERY vocal. Says, "Da-da". :)
  • He's a climber and climbed the entire staircase the other day with me behind him! He didn't even stop to take a breath!
  • He still does really well at nap time. I just put him in his crib and he falls asleep. I love watching him on his monitor. One day, he was laying on his back and he had his feet up on the crib railing....just relaxing!
  • Obsessed with opening EVERY drawer and cabinet. We have locks on a couple of them, but the others are free range. His little fingers are hard at work!
  • I think he may be getting over the separation anxiety phase! He warms up to people much more quickly!
  • His eyes are DARK, DARK brown. Hard to see his pupil sometimes!  (like his Papaw!)
  • Loves to ride and play in his Radio Flyer Wagon.
  • He will play by himself for about 30 minutes. Long attention span! He's cute to watch.
  • Still loves to cuddle when he has his morning and night time bottle!
  • LOVES yogurt, cheese, puffs, bread, lemons, tomatoes, potatoes, green beans, peas, fruits, really anything!
  • Temper tantrums are in effect! They last for about 4 seconds, but when he wants something, he wants something. He still does not enjoy getting his diaper or clothes changed. I try to be FAST!!
  • Holds on tighter when you go up and down stairs or bounce up and down. :)
  • Loves this little pony song that his GranPaul does with him. He bounces on his lap slow then fast. He anticipates the fast part and laughs. :)
  • A giggle machine!!
  • He squints his eyes for this funny little face he makes. He also tries to mimic faces and he ends up opening up his mouth really wide. So funny!

MOMMY FORGOT THAT IT WAS 2012!! On 1.9.11, he was in my belly!!!! hehe
Hello teeth!

My wild baby with AWESOME legs!

Love you lil baby xo

That puppy used to be bigger than him!

Loves to open and shut the barn doors

Something about the hair that he doesn't like! haha

Collins' 11 month party was themed around his temper tantrums! :) We had spicy buffalo chicken strip salads from Ramsey's for his 'hot temper'....cooled down with ranch. Everyone got Sour Patch Kids....sour then sweet'. :) And, we ate Trent's leftover Smore's Pie and Cookie Cake from his birthday! The 'sweet' part! :) We love you Collins and can't wait for your 1 year birthday!! We are planning away! :)

Thanks MB and Matthew for coming to every birthday party!!!!

Thanks Mom and Dad for coming to every party too!

I didn't think 11 months would go this fast. But, it's been absolutely wonderful and when you're having fun, time flies. xo

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Kelly's Kids Spring Launch!

This week marks the start of the Spring season! I am so excited about these clothes and can't wait to get my hands on them! :)

Please like my FACEBOOK PAGE and stay up to date with the latest deals, new spring photos, and mystery hostess parties! When we get to 100 fans, there will be a $10 Kelly's Kids credit up for grabs!

Don't forget that if you live out of town, YOU can still host a party! We can do a catalog or online party and get you on your way to earning free clothes!! Email me today! maegs222@aol.com  It will be fun!!

Here's what you'll earn!!
  • 10% of all sales to spend on Kelly's Kids clothes!
  • Free Shipping!
  • Access to the 50% off sale at the end of the season!
  • Party Booking Credits when people that attended your party host one of their own!
  • $15 from me to spend on clothes or accessories!!
  • AND, I'll make an appetizer for you if it's a home party!

Want a catalog?? Email me and I'll send one your way!! :)