Monday, December 20, 2010

Baby it's cold outside...

 ...but it is warm and cozy in here!

this is where i cozied up for a cat nap or 2 last week when we had snow!
one day sbj and howey even joined me!

yep, the fire sure was delightful!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Merry and Bright

so i feel like i need to lighten up a little.
my last few posts have been pretty heavy...
and although that has been what is on my mind,
it is not the only thing going on!

so let me lighten the mood a little 
with a few snap shots of my holiday faves
around the house...

our first monogrammed ornament, Christmas 2007

our ornament from Christmas 2008...

SBJ's 1st initial ornament from aunt al, Christmas 2009

SBJ's 1st Christmas ornament from us...snowman!

go bulldogs...

 i have so many ornaments i love.
those were just a few of my faves.
we always buy one as our vacation souvenir...
so our tree is full of memories!

i just love this little guy, he even bounces, so fun!


i am still trying to determine if this should be considered lying to my child?
undecided, but he does like the story and looking for clark every morning.

SBJ's tree and nativity...
 we always had a tree of our own in our bedroom.
brother's had turtles, mine had angels...
there are a few other snowmen displayed in his room too.

fun Christmas toys and books

giving love to my Florida roots...

yes, that is a sand-"snow"man!

i just bought this cute tree, it even lights up. still trying to find the perfect spot for it!
meet me under the mistletoe! xoxo!
 we always had mistletoe and i was juuuuuuuust thinking i wanted to get some.
thankfully i snatched this up at ornament exchange:
mistletoe and bling!

there are still a few decorations i am searching for...
even one or two i am contemplating making,
but really i am not that crafty so i will continue my search!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

celebrate stacy, fight als

i have had a heavy heart this past week.

do you have any friends that end up being more like family?
we have a group of friends like that...
we have grown up together.
our grandparents were friends...
our parents are friends...
so we are friends...

last week my beautiful friend-more-like-family 
Stacy passed away.
(that is hard to type bc it still seems unreal.)

she battled ALS 
(Lou Gherig's Disease)
for almost a year...
my heart is broken...
broken for the friend we lost,
broken for her husband,
broken for her mother and sister,
broken for her aunts, uncles, cousins,
broken for our other friends-more-like-family, 
broken for so many people she touched...

i will be walking in the local ALS walk
in April 2011
and every year after that...

i will walk bc i can.
i will walk for stacy,
for her dad, "uncle" jimmy,
(he lost his battle with als 14 years ago)
and for all those i do not know 
that fight this disease...

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Going on Strike...

no, i am not really going on strike....
but we did go bowling as a family
and it was a BLAST! :)

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Empty Basket

i have been in a bit of a funk the past few days.
we have so much going on,
so much to do,
so much to take care of.

and yet i am feeling a little empty...
i dont know what will fill me up or make it better...

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Balancing Act

ever feel like you have so much going on you cant even hold it all?
sometimes you have to grasp what you can and stack the rest up...
then try to balance it all.

sometimes the balancing act is tough!