Saturday, December 18, 2010


My wonderful husband shares a birthday with my sweet friend Nikki. We had our second annual birthday party for them this year. Last year I planned ahead of time and this year I sent out a text message Friday morning just before school started. We have wonderful friends, because they all were quick to reply with a "Yes, we'll be there!" Our friends Greg and Amy even offered to host so I didn't have to rush home after school and get things ready since Greg had the day off. We have the best friends!

Here's some pictures I took that night...
Snacking and chatting

The birthday boy
Nikki (the birthday girl), Naomi and Abby

Greg and Kyle hanging out around the fire pit while the kids roasted marshmallows. 
Did I mention how much I LOVE Texas in December??
The sweet newlyweds

I love this sweet baby!

This poor sweetie wanted outside with the bigger girls. 

I am officially on vacation!  I'm so excited!  Friday we leave for Michigan to spend a week with my family.  I can't wait.  Barry is hoping for a big snowstorm while we're there.  I'm not!  I'm hoping for just a nice amount of snow so we can still get out an see all our friends and family we need to visit. 
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Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Anniversary, Thanksgiving Pics and Other Stuff

An update seems desperately needed. We've been busy! I had last week off and it was wonderful! There were so many things I needed to catch up on, errands I needed to do and just stuff that needed to be completed.

We've been in desperate need of new living room furniture! We have been putting it off for a while. We decided that it would make a good anniversary gift to ourselves. Barry officiates football and we've been saving all of that extra money for this and some other things we need. We started looking a couple weeks ago, but nothing really stood out. The day of our anniversary, we decided to head to Dallas and were determined to find something.

We went to one of the big stores down there. It was a bit overwhelming. They had so many choices. I felt like Goldilocks trying out all those sofas and love seats. We finally stumbled upon a set we thought was leather. It certainly looked like it. But, when we sat down on it, it was so warm...and also very soft. We were hesitant to buy leather because of Sam. Even though we don't allow him on the furniture, I'm sure he breaks the rules sometimes when we aren't home. The salesman came over and told us it wasn't actually leather, but a special kind of microfiber. Which is just what I wanted! We loved the look of it and worked out a deal with him.

Did you know you could haggle over furniture?? I sure didn't until my friend Naomi told me that she had watched a segment on a morning show about making deals when you are furniture shopping. So that's just what we did! Big time bummer when he checked about wasn't in stock. So we are waiting 3-4 weeks for it to come in. So right now we are without a sofa because we donated our old one to some people who needed one.
Here's what we are waiting on
(Courtesty Lane Home Furnishings)

(Courtesy Lane Home Furnishings)
The day before Thanksgiving we packed up our vehicle and headed to Oklahoma.  We spent Thanksgiving with Barry's family.  We actually stayed until Saturday.  What a wonderful visit!  Barry's mom and I even got up on Black Friday and did some shopping.  My brother-in-law and his family joined us on Friday and we had a nice day with them.  They had spent Thanksgiving day with my sister-in-laws family.  It's great that we are all so close that we can get together over that weekend even if we miss the actual holiday.  I didn't take many pics, but here are a few:

Barry and his grandpa

Me with my mother-in-law

No wonder I can't keep him out of the kitchen.  He gets lots of love and attention!

Feeling sad because I made him leave the kitchen and lay down.
My sweetie and me

In the midst of all my packing on Wednesday, I was also trying to get my laundry finished.  Of course what should happen?  Our dryer finally died.  We knew it was not long for this world, so it came as no surprise.  Since we were out of town, we didn't hit any sales in our town on Black Friday, but I did some research over the weekend.  On Monday, I checked out all the cyber deals and then we hit several stores after school.  We checked out the washers and dryers in the stores that were on sale online.  Does that make sense?  Of course, nothing we wanted was in stock...story of our lives lately.  So we ordered our washer and dryer and it will be here somewhere between the 4th-12th of December.  They will let us know soon.  So for now I am hang drying items.  That is until these beauties come in!

(Courtesy Best Buy)

(Courtesy Best Buy)
 I know this is a little long...sorry about that.  I just wanted to get it all down. I need to do an post soon about babysitting Sunday.  We had our friend's sweet 5 month old daughter for the day.  It was heavenly!

Have a great week!

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