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.

Is it Really Christmas Tomorrow?


Luckily the photographer snapped a shot a split second before the full fledged fit started.

How is it possibly Christmas already? I just started my Christmas shopping on last Friday and wrapped it up today. Nothing like waiting until the last minute.

I also waited until today to take Miss Jacquelyn to see Santa. Daddy and I actually took her on Sunday evening but the line was outrageous and I was pretty sure Jax (or me) wouldn’t be able to handle the two hour wait. So today I ventured out with her solo to see the big guy. I taught her to say “ho, ho, ho!,”dressed her up in her holiday finery and hoped for a shorter line.

We were in luck! The wait was only about 45 minutes and when Jax saw Santa she got the biggest smile on her face. She walked right up and said “ho, ho!” and jabbered her sweet nonsense to him. I was positive she was ready for his lap!


The moment I plopped her down she lost it. Her body went rigid, her back arched and she let out the most horrific shriek I have ever heard her make. Then she started grunting/growling, she even had some drool on her chin. She was not having Santa. When I picked her up she immediately went silent, her huge smile came back and in her sweetest chirp she said “bye” to him with a cute little waive.

Wow! Talk about bi-polar.

Everyone nearby in line got a kick out of her immediate change in demeanor and started laughing. This of course thrilled her so she hammed it up even more with silly giggles, waves and salutations of “hi,” “bye,” and “ho, ho, ho” to the crowd.

My child.


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This year I have found it a little difficult to come up with my Christmas wish list. At least one that is recognizable to…well, me.

My husband was hinting around the other night, surmising that I might like an iPad Air for Christmas. After some thought, I set him straight by telling him I would prefer a Dyson Hard vacuum/mop contraption. And then I scoffed at myself.

Who asks for a vacuum for Christmas? This girl. 

After lots of thinking I came up with a couple other ideas. An Origami Owl Living Locket. And a cute apron. These requests baffled my husband…and me too.

Tell me what is on your Christmas wish list.

I know, I know….it’s better to give than receive and you will appreciate whatever you get, and Christmas isn’t about gifts and the holiday is terribly commercialized…but it’s fun to dream, right?

What are you hoping Santa brings for you in his big red sleigh? Assuming you haven’t been naughty, of course.

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like…

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.


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


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.


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


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


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


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