Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Through A Childs Eyes....

What a wonderful thing to enjoy Christmas through a childs eyes............
A wonderful Christmas was had by all. We celebrated Meritt's 1st Christmas, enjoyed seeing Bella light up with delight in the Christmas season. Spent time with our little family that is near, and missed our family that is too far. Someday I look forward to a Christmas that our families near and far can all be together! We hope you had a wonderful day in your celebrations!
Merry Christmas & Happy Birthday Jesus!

Monday, December 24, 2007

Merry Christmas!

The best of all gifts around any Christmas tree:
the presence of a happy family all wrapped up in each other.
~Burton Hillis
May the spirit of Christmas bring you peace,
The gladness of Christmas give you hope,
The warmth of Christmas grant you love.
~Author Unknown

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Aren't Dad's Great!

Attack the Tickle Monster.........

Do these two look like their caught, or what?!

Thank goodness they have a great dad, that stops to make time for fun!

Simple Things that memories are made from.

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

O' Christmas Tree....


Eating the Wrapping from the ornaments...

The tree 2007!

Monday, December 3, 2007

Christmas Tradition

Every year since we have been married (maybe even before we were married) we have gone out to our local tree farm and cut down our Christmas tree. We ride the tractor back to the feild, hunt and hunt for the "perfect" tree, ride back drink hot cocoa and eat cookies, and warm up by the wood stove. It's even more fun now with kiddos (except for the occasional cry or whine). It was cold this year... almost cold enough to snow, but we didn't get quite that lucky. We did get a very nice tree, I will share some pictures of it all decorated soon! I think this Christmas tradition may be my very favorite!! Happy tree trimming at your house.

Sunday, December 2, 2007


We celebrated my grandma's 86th birthday yesterday. I feel very blessed that my girls get to know her. She has Alzheimer's, and isn't quite the grandma of my memories, and they may never know the fun loving, adventurous, brave, spiritual, loving woman I grew up admiring and loving, but none the less they are getting to spend time, and that is priceless! She is part of some of my fondest memories, and was my best friend growing up. I always knew she was never too busy for a visit, or a helper, or a friend, or a tag-a-long. She taught me more about life than I could ever thank her for, and I will hold her forever tightly in my heart.

Thursday, November 29, 2007


My girl Bella has been an absolute sweetheart latley! There are times kids go through rough patches (she has had a lot of those say in the last 6 months)... but I am happy to report that the fits, needless tempertantrums, and crankiness, seems to be passing! We have been having great fun with eachother latley. When she stops acting up, I realize she is an absolute joy. I have been enjoying bed time with her most of all lately... we read books, sing songs, (this little light of mine & jingle bells are our newest favorites) and cuddles, are making me fall in love with my sweet girl all over again. (not that I ever fell out of love) (it just makes you realize how great things can be!) I'm sure we haven't seen the last of the fits and tempertantrums, but for now I am going to soak these moments up and press them in my memory bank!

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

9 months old...

Happy 9 months sweet girl!
(one day late) (oops)
Is it just me or is that smile infectious?

Thursday, November 22, 2007

good food, good drink, good company!

We ate until our tummys burst...

Cleaned the milk jug clear empty...

Had a wonderful day eating way too much, and enjoying being a family...

Hoping you did the same!

Happy Thanksgiving

Wednesday, November 21, 2007


We can only said to be alive in those moments
when our hears are conscious of our treasures.
~Thorton Wilder
Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life.
It turns what we have into enough, and more.
It turns denial into acceptance,
chaos into order,
confussion into clarity.
It can turn a meal into a feast,
a house into a home,
a stranger into a friend.
Gratitude makes sense of the past,
brings peace for today,
and creates a vision for tomorrow.
~Melody Beattie
As we express our gratitude,
we must never forget that the highest
appreciation is not to utter words,
but to live by them.
~John F. Kennedy

Monday, November 19, 2007

love you...

I love you to the moon & back again... my girls! One of the sweetest moments yet, we were eating dinner last night, Bella gets up from the table runs over to Meritt in her high chair, and says she needs to "give her some love". Meritt (who adores the very sight of her big sister) lit up, she smiled, laughed, and gave back affection, as Bella hugged and kissed her. These are the moments that melt my heart! Of course I didn't have my camera handy when the actual moment happened, but I did manage a shot or two as they were finishing up their giving of love!

for this I am thankful...

As we enter this week of giving thanks, I feel truly blessed!
for this I am thankful...
having Jesus in my heart
my Matt
my girls
my family... all of them near and far
having a warm, dry, loving place to call home
being blessed to work with family, and bring my girls with me,
so I can do what I love and still be a mom
good friends
good food
that I am healthy
and my family is healthy
for my energy
for my creativity
for the ability to be a mother
for the desire to wake up each day
and discover something new
for the ability to love, dream, & change
The list is endless, but as we go into this thanksgiving week,
let us be truly thankful...
not just for the food on our plates,
but because we are so richly blessed with
faith, family, love, freedom, and so many other
things we often take for granted!
Have a happy Thanksgiving,
Ours will be small, we will be missing our family that
we can't be with,but thankful we have them in our hearts!

Thursday, November 15, 2007

into everything...

She's a very good (almost) 9 month old, but she's getting around pretty darn good these days, and she's into EVERYTHING... you definitely don't turn your back you never know what might happen! I think these pictures capture her new found love of discovery, and keeping her mama and daddy on their toes perfectly!

Monday, November 5, 2007


"A sister is a gift to the heart,
a friend to the spirit,
a golden thread to the meaning of life."
-Isadora James

" Sisters don't need words,
they have perfected
a language of snarls & smiles
and frowns & winks -
expressions of shocked
suprise and incredulity and disbelief,
sniffs & snorts and gasps & sighs -
that can determine
any tale you're telling."
-Pam Brown

Sunday, November 4, 2007

a window into a week

Someone asked me this week, how do you do it all?, which got me to thinking that it would be fun to write out what a week is like in our lives; with running the shop, the girls, the remodel, and all that life entails, so I thought maybe I would type it out.... just for fun! So, here goes.... this is what my week was like.

Saturday 10/27~ We our officially closed at the shop to re-do the shop for Christmas. (hard to wrap ones mind around before Halloween I know, but that's reality in retail) We papered the windows Friday when we closed, so that we were ready to rock and roll early Saturday, we must be up and running Thursday by 12:30 noon, so the count down officially begins. Did some house cleaning before leaving home while, two of my employees got started, then Matt and I took the girls to our downtown's trick or treating. We got done with the trick or treating festivities, swallowed some lunch, put Meritt down for a nap, and got busy. I made a schematic of my plan for where I wanted furniture moved, and how I was planning on setting displays and where I wanted to place trees, and off we went. 5 days to decorate, clean, organize, and display a 2000 sq. foot shop doesn't feel like much, but luckily we have a great crew, wonderful husbands, and for the most part pretty good senses of humor! We worked this day until about 8pm when we decided babies and little girls would be much better if we stopped, and put them to bed. We got home bathed the girls, put them to bed, did some house picking up, folded some laundry, and off to bed........ (of course until Meritt wakes up!)

Sunday 10/28~ High Ho High Ho it's off to work we go..... early day... today we finished setting furniture, setting up and lighting 8 Christmas trees, and getting ready for the official decorating to begin. We also brought 5 van loads of Christmas boxes from Mom and Dad's garage that we had no room to store, and organized it onto huge rolling racks. (By the time this week is over we will have filled 3 cardboard recycle bins approx. 6'x8' & 1 van load to the recycle center, and 2 big dumpsters of trash). The girls were troopers, and helpers, sometimes I have no idea how we accomplish anything with the two of them, but we do! Meritt is super cranky, we think there are teeth a coming.... Got out about 7 or 7:30 so we could get Bella ready to get to school in the morning. After bed times we got to be too... (until Meritt wakes up!)

Monday 10/29~ Got Bella to school by 9, back to the shop we go for more of the same, I get started and get some actual displaying done, good thing, time is getting numbered....... Pick Bella up at 11:30, sit and have some lunch, back to work we go, everyone keeps saying that we're ahead of the game, we are making great time. (In my heart I know we are never to say that out loud, it's always the kiss of death!) Basically this day we are lighting things, unpacking things, as I am doing displays, decorating trees, etc. Home we go, about the same time, my fatigue seems to set in. (Long days on my feet, and I never sleep during these things, my wheels never stop spinning.)

Tuesday 10/30~ Back at it early, the plumbers finally show up today to finish there work at home, so our guy Robert can get back here to get this home project buttoned up. Today, is more of the same.... running like a chicken with my head cut off, I sat once between 7am and 7pm, it was to inhale a little lunch. Meritt has officially got 1/4 of 2 teeth poked out, she did not sleep all day today, but luckily Bella entertained herself well. Decided to stay a little later tonight, my time is shortening, and tomorrow is Halloween.

Wednesday 10/31~ Happy Halloween, Matt had to be at a work meeting by 7:30am, so that means I'm it to get Bella dressed and ready for her school Halloween party by 9, got her to school, and off to it I go............ the stress heats up today, two of the huge shipments we've been waiting for either didn't show or came in wrong, which means, I have to come up with a new plan on some things, and tomorrow is the day. I have our Cable station here at 12:30 tomorrow to take video for our new Holiday ad, and at 4 we unveil our newly re-decorated shop for Christmas (only problem is we're not done, not even close, and I have promised Bella I will take her trick or treating.......ahhhhhhhhhhh) I work, fast and furious, it's time to get bossy, everyone gets jobs, we work and work like little Christmas elves. We stay until about 7, when I say I have to go take the girls trick or treating, I have decided the only way to finish is to show up early, and beg Matt to take the morning off to help me. Off we go, home to put on costumes, grab a big flash light, and go. Bella, was in heaven, and oh my gosh how she has changed in a year. Last year we had to walk her to each door, and help her as she quietly said "trick or treat"... "thank you", this year she runs to each door, pushes the button assuredly and says "TRICK OR TREAT"... "THANK YOU". Her dad and I are amazed, we watch in awe and say to each other, it amazing to see that we are doing our jobs with her, and that she is turning into such a lovely little girl. After walking to as many houses as we can, Meritt falling asleep on the way home, and my feet aching like no tomorrow we are finally done. We laugh, that we stay up late (late to us is 9 0r 10) a few times a year on special holidays and this will be one of them! We laugh, because having kids has made us real soft! Off to bed (until Meritt wakes up!)

Thursday 11/1~ I wake to blisters and bruised feet, I talk to God, and tell him I can't deal with this today, and ask him to help me through..... Today's the day... I get lucky Matt takes the morning off, Mom shows up early, as well as two of my employees, and we work, sweep, clean, vacuum, hurriedly finish lighting everything we can with twinkly lights, and we are done, ready or not... 12:30 my cable crew shows up, they work until about 2:30. I run home after to get dressed (of course I have wardrobe malfunctions) I get back to the shop about 3:30, half hour to go....... the stress mounts, we get the refreshments out, get all the finishing things done, remove the paper from the windows to find shoppers anxiously waiting outside. 4 o'clock comes we unlock the doors, the people have come, this is the part where my stress goes down, it's all worth it.... Matt shows up to take the girls for me, but we are so busy he gets put behind the counter with me. (That's a good sign when you have 6 employees plus yourself and it's not enough!) What a buzz, this is one of those times when you know all of you hard work put into this place is all worth it!!! We have quite the Soiree, about 9pm it's all over........ I go home, Matt has put both girls to bed without me, I go up see there little sleeping faces, and curl up in bed.... my head is tired, my feet are beyond tired, I start to come down from my high.... yes, sleep is what I need...

Friday 11/2~ Matt's off early again for a work meeting. Getting Bella ready for school today leads us all in melt down mode, she's been fitting over clothes, and I'm way too tired to put up with it. I think I'm all out of patience. About 8:30 the door bell rings, it's the insulation people, here??? No one told me. I call Matt, oops, he'll be home soon. We get this taken care of, and off to school and work we go... It's open house day at work, this is the fun part to help the customers, the bad thing is I am so tired, and my feet hurt, but oh well, I work until 8pm. Bella stays with me tonight, Matt goes home and puts Meritt to bed. Always after a week of no attention and hairiness, Bella is always a pill, so some special mommy time is always helpful!

Saturday 11/3~ I stay home until 11 to get a couple of things done around the house, since it has been so neglected all week. Meritt and I go off to the shop for open house day #3, while Matt, Dad, and Bella, stay to take out the bathroom ceiling and do home chores. I think today I would rather be where I'm at! I get off early about 4:30 and we go grocery shopping (something I haven't done for 3 weeks), we come home put our food away, put the girls to sleep, and crash! (until Meritt wakes up!) (3 times tonight)

Sunday 11/4~ Dad got tickets to Disney Princess on Ice, so we head off to do that today... of course not without a fit about what to wear from Bella (which honestly puts us all in a bit of a sour mood)(if Dad hadn't gone through so much to get the tickets I'm fairly sure we wouldn't be going) We head out, go and see a great show, eat hot dogs, & popcorn. The girls loved it! Bella more than Meritt of course. We stop and do a bit of shopping, and proceed home. Mom had dinner waiting when we got back to town, fresh crab cakes, and rice....... yum o - We get home bathe the girls, and do the bedtime routine and here we are, another week has passed. My eyes are heavy, and I can't wait for tomorrow, my first day off at home in 3 weeks....... nothing better!
So, to answer who ever asked how do I do it.... thank heavens for answered prayers, good little girls who put up with a busy mama, an amazing husband, supportive parents, and an amazing crew of gals that work for me! Without all of these people, and mostly God who blesses me, I COULDN'T DO ANY OF IT!

Sunday, October 28, 2007


Bella the "Good Witch" with her little pumpkin she picked from her patch.

Boo... Happy Halloween!