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I have been practicing my photography skills…ha ha ha..I know what skills you ask? I mean I have been trying my hand at  manual!! EEEKKKKK!!! Here are some I have taken and one of them I sent off to Canvas on demand…;0)

I know not exciting but I had to start somewhere! I know not very exciting but I had to start somewhere!


a little bit more exciting, don’t ya think?


love his hands and feet


my fav….


Well, not bad for my first try! I have to be honest if you saw the others you would laugh. Here is just a few of the really bad ones.

no need to adjust your screen or put your glasses on.

yep, it is that bad!







The outside is my friend! Natural lighting!!!! Plus, Austin has great back drops!!!!


So, how are your techniques?


to Austin! We have no idea exactly when but the process has started! Today is hubby’s first day as an permanent employee! We are praying that our house will be ready in a little over a month. We were wishing for sooner BUT we have a lot to do..paint, paint, more paint, and other little things to do. I am back in forth between cities so it is gonna be a challenge to get it all done.


We are so grateful to you all praying for us and reaching out to us during our time of need. We could not have done it without YOU all!!!! God bless…..


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or Love, Romance, Chocolate eatin’ goodies or just all over goodness! I love the month of Febuary! Not because it is the time for husbands to sweat over what to do for Valentine’s Day but I love to see what they come up with next! I like to go to the bakery isle at the store and see all the wonderful edibles or check out the latest in HEART WEAR at the department store. Mostly, I like to look at all the lovey dovey poetic cards that hit the V-isle. Hubby and I a long time ago agreed that Valentine’s is not just about the ladies so we swap every year of who is planning the fun date. The problem is we are little behind in that department ever since we had little man. I honestly don’t remember whose turn is it and neither can he. Ha ha!!!! So we are planning it together this year. I already have one part of my gift to give him so I am doing pretty good considering it is only 2 weeks away. One of our most favorite part of the date night is the exchange of cards. It is fun to find one that fits that year or the relationship or just in general the personality of each other. Our first year together as an engaged couple I bought him one of those cute cards with children on it pretending to be dressed up as if they were couples. Below is a picture of the card.



What are your plans or traditions for this lovely day of romance? Any creative ideas that you are seeing to fruition? I would love to hear your thoughts. Happy Planning….


much love…


Mrs C

A tradition in hubby’s family is to delay stocking stuffer time until evening!  So in most cases opening the stockings is like another Christmas around  here. I did check little man’s stocking before giving it to him. Grandparents have a tendency to put too much in it so I have to take stuff out and bring it out a little bit at a time.  Not to mention WE do not need a SUGAR overload!

little man's is to the far left and mine is to the far right




After the fun of opening stockings it was time to decorate Jesus’ Birthday Cake!  Of course little man choose the STAR shape pan for the mini cakes. He had so much decorating! It was a good feeling sitting around the table watching everyone decorate their own cake. Then we sang Happy Birthday to Jesus. So sweet listening to a child’s voice!

icing the mini star cake



everyone got to decorate their own star cake






I love Christmas Morning!!! So much fun to watch little ones discover presents under the tree! OF COURSE our little one woke us up at 6:00 am!!!! UGH! I was praying for a 9:00 am of opening gifts but you just have to roll with it. This year was all about trains. We (hubby and myself) got him the train table and  hubby’s mom and dad got him the Chuggington trains with a carrying case. My brother and sister in law got him a collapsible travel train set. We are not BIG into Thomas but he does know about Chuggington. I like the characters better in Chuggington than Thomas. Trains are trains. This little boy knows a lot about trains.

discovering his train table for the first time


thank you mommy and daddy


he loves to open gifts


oh wow more trains


a travel train set! thank you Uncle John and Aunt Amy

This guy never sits down for more than 10 minutes so once the trains came out I did not hear a peep out of him for 45 minutes. I kept looking to see if he was still alive! It was a great Christmas Morning!

making homemade sugar cookies for Santa and Jesus!

Our festives began early Friday making my homemade sugar cookie dough so it could chill for awhile until ready for cookie cutting time. It is so easy to make these sugar cookies and I love that my son loves to bake right along with me. He loves to help roll out the dough with the rolling pin.

my lil helper

We made cookies both for Santa and Jesus. Santa got the snowman and Jesus the angel. We left a note for Santa and Jesus. All month my guy has been taking about Santa coming in a sleigh and Jesus parking his car in the garage. So the note he wanted me to write included both those thoughts to Santa and Jesus. Here at our house we have really talked about Jesus so he seems to think that Jesus will also come to our house when Santa is to come. I really like his thought process. Don’t ya just love the innocence of children? So precious!

a note for Santa and Jesus

After we placed our cookies by the fireplace we began our Holiday book reading! We have several books we have been reading but only a few we have pick for reading before Christmas Day! You can see both books in the above picture. One focuses on Jesus birth and the other is a classic Santa read. We all sat around the Christmas tree listening to daddy read to us all.

sitting on daddy's lap

intently listening to the story

all wrapped and ready to go