Wonder Weekend


My oldest nephew turned six and we all got together for a super hero party in the park. 

Jax wore this:

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Wonder Woman! Lookout Linda Carter РWonder Woman Jax is taking over.

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OMGoodness! Have you ever seen anything so stinkin’ cute in your entire life?

Doubtful!

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Jax’s favorite auntie, Sarah, made an appearance as Cat Woman.

cute cat woman

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Grandma Gloria was only days out of the hospital from her second knee replacement in as many months. Wonder Woman Jax worked her super powers and made GG feel better!

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Wonder Woman Jax tending to a fallen party guest (she was actually trying to steal the little girl’s purse).

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The Guest of Honor. My adorable nephew, Gabriel, celebrating being six dressed as “Shredder.” Who the heck is that?

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Wonder Woman took a break from fighting crime to take her crown off, let her hair down and enjoy a bag of chips.

Goodbye, 2013


Wow! What a year. It’s hard to believe how fast it came and went. Here are the highlights of my 2013:

Motherhood: Jacquelyn was born last year but 2013 was my first full year as a mother. Being her mama is the best gift I have ever been graced with. The lessons I have learned this year have been many — lessons in faith, love, hope, patience, understanding and miracles. All shown to me by a tiny being who thinks I am the most wonderful person in the world, whose eyes light up when she sees me. I hope someday she will know how brilliantly she lights up my life and that I am eternally in her debt for all she has taught me and the person she has made me become in the course of a year – 2013.

Marriage: Earlier this year the foundation of my (almost 3 year) marriage was rocked to it’s core. My husband and I faced a crossroad and we were on the brink of continuing down separate paths. It is painful to type that because it was very real and terrifying. But I consider it a highlight because it didn’t happen and nothing can compare to the moment of enlightenment that comes to you when you realize that that you are loved, and needed and in the exact place where you should be. In 2013 I realized that that place is by my husband’s side, living the life we have created together.

This Blog: I started this blog because I love to write, I always have. In first grade I won a writing contest with my submission of a story about bears. In high school I was on the yearbook committee and newspaper staff, same for college. My adult life has been filled with a career where writing earned me a paycheck but I happily left my career behind to be a stay-at-home mom. But I still have the itch and that coupled with my penchant to over share everything has led me here. Starting a blog was actually one of my 2013 resolutions. So of course, it’s here as a highlight of my year. Yay Baby has introduced me to new friends and new ideas and keeps my creative juices flowing. I have much planned for this blog and I can’t wait to dive in deeper. It’s fun. Thank you for being here to read it.

Cheers to a wonderful year – full of lessons, love, hardships, triumphs, friends, and beginnings.

Welcome, 2014, may your blessings be plentiful to all.

Be safe. Be happy.

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like…


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Our halls were decked over the weekend and I am exhausted. I cleaned the house before decorating and now I feel like it’s messier and in more disarray than before. This is the first year in quite some time that we haven’t had a real tree, but with my curious wild child always getting into something, I figured fake was our best bet.

I could just see Jax tipping the tree, drinking the water, eating the loose pine needles. It would be a literal nightmare before Christmas. As it stands, she is constantly pulling ornaments off and running around the house waving them in the air, hollering “ball, ball!” Then she tosses the “ball” to the side and goes back for another. I guess I should have just decorated the top half, out of her reach. Good thing they are shatterproof!

Shoulda, woulda, coulda…..didn’t, so I will just have to live with Christmas ornaments scattered around my house for the next few weeks.

I got our tree at Target during a late night run with daddy on duty while Jax slept. This, after I bought a defective tree at Hobby Lobby that still needs to be returned. Man, I wish they were open on Sundays. How many times have I gone to Hobby Lobby on a Sunday afternoon and only remembered they were closed when I saw the empty parking lot. Bah, humbug.

I also gift wrapped the photos and artwork on our walls to add more festive flare. I love doing this, such an easy, inexpensive way to liven up your decor for special occasions and holidays. I did it for Jax’s birthday party and all our friends raved at the great idea. I felt pretty smug and do again as I look at my handy work. Since this will be up for a few weeks I selected wrapping paper that coordinated well with our furniture and regular home decor, deep red and gold.

I did the wrapping while Jax napped and nothing is more priceless than her tiny gasps of excitement as she saw the shiny paper and pretty bows or her twinkling eyes,captivated by the sparkle and lights. I even find it endearing when she pulls the ornaments off, her enthusiasm makes it all worth it. It really feel like Christmas around here.

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We woke up early to decorate for Christmas. Jax was pretty impressed with the ornaments and lights.

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She couldn’t wait to get her little paws on them. Here she is breaking in to the box before I was ready for them.

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Taking a breather between episodes of destruction. She was entranced with the lights on the tree.

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Isn’t this Santa head awesome. I got it last year at Hobby Lobby’s after-Christmas sale. Paid like $3 for it! Score.

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Gift wrap your pictures and artwork for inexpensive, but oh-so-effective holiday decor!

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Be sure to adorn your hung “presents” with pretty bows. Dollar Tree has great bows, big, puffy and pretty and only a dollar!

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Scenes from Halloweens Past


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My cleverest costume yet: I was “Styled by Helen Keller.” Get it? A mismatched mess because she couldn’t see what she was doing or hear my protests. Not very PC, but I did win a costume contest for Most Creative.

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Me and Sassy Sarah, the Purple Spider Fairy.

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Zombie Luvahs!

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Mama and Minnie.

Happy Halloween, all! Be safe and have fun.