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Halloween 2014

Lovey and I made doughnuts for breakfast. He added the Halloween sprinkles.IMG_1260-0
After picking Lovey up from school we had scary face pancakes at IHOP.


He wanted to be Michelangelo from the Ninja Turtles this year.

Happy Halloween Ninja Turtle style!

We trick or treated at the mall first.

And ran into Quail Man, a childhood favorite of mine.


Then we trick or treated around our neighborhood.





It was the first Halloween in years that Mister Mister was able to take off from work and spend with us so we were really happy to have the time with him.





Our favorite decorated house in our neighborhood. The full moon above it couldn’t have been more perfect.


And of course Lovey made out like a candy bandit. It was definitely one of our best Halloweens in years.




Elfie 2013

We began The Elf On The Shelf tradition this past Christmas. 

I discussed the concept with Lovey a week or so prior, settling on the name Elfie for our highly anticipated visitor. We read the book on Thanksgiving night and were more than ready for his arrival the next morning. IMG_3885IMG_3891Elfie was welcomed into our family with sweet, childlike excitement from Lovey and filled our Christmas season with a lot of fun and special memories.

Elf On The Shelf will now always be a part of the holidays in our home.IMG_3917*Lovey found Elfie nestled in the Christmas tree that first morning.

*Lovey found Elfie in the freezer enjoying an ice cream cone from his play kitchen. Later, he came back and gave Elfie a Hot Wheel to play with “incase he became bored while he was in the freezer.Untitled-4-lm*Lovey said “I found Elfie in my playroom, he is reading my little books!” Then he sat down and read to Elfie.

*Lovey found Elfie shooting some hoops. They made a great team.Untitled-5-lm*Elfie was found having a ball in Lovey’s ball pit.

*Lovey and Elfie both were counting down the days until Christmas. There was only twenty-one days left.Untitled-6-lm*Where’s Waldo had nothing on Elfie as he hung out with Lovey’s Elmos.

*Elfie was found watching the snow fall out the window on our snow day.

Untitled-7-lm*Elfie was playing Mega Blocks.

*Elfie brought Lovey a gift, An Elf Story movie. It was even in a cute little elf bag… Elfie obviously believes that the magic is in the details!Untitled-8-lm*Total rock band status!

*We found Elfie in the gift closet. It obviously reminded him of the gift wrapping station in Santa’s toy shop.Untitled-9-lm*Elfie must have overheard that Lovey was going to be seeing the big guy because we found him hanging out in the living room with our Santa.

*Elfie won the sack race with the nutcrackers. Untitled-10-lm*Elfie decorated Lovey’s bathroom mirror with pictures of his pals back in the North Pole.

*Elfie sent Lovey’s Grammy a shameless selfie to wish her a happy birthday. Untitled-11-lm*Lovey found the Christmas sprinkles and was ready to get his bake on!

*Elfie found this little cutie sleeping peacefully.Untitled-12-lm*Elfie played soccer.

*Elfie was feeling the love!Untitled-13-lm*Lovey has a special Elfie delivery in his mail box.

*Elfie also wondered what exactly does the fox say?!Untitled-14-lm*Elfie was cruising in Lovey’s jeep with him.

*Elfie brought us a Cardinals football ornament for our tree and rooted them on as they played the Sea Hawks. The Cardinals won, coincidence?! I think not! Untitled-15-lm*Elfie brought Lovey a Christmas coloring books and crayons.

*Elfie’s last day with us he did some cooking with Lovey in his play kitchen. Untitled-16-lmWe have the sweetest Elf! Before he left with Santa on Christmas Eve to go back to the North Pole until next year he left a note and made a heart out of bows for Lovey to find on Christmas morning. The note said; “I am so proud to be your Elf because you are such a very good boy! I had so much fun with you this Christmas and can’t wait to see you again next year! Until then, keep up the good work! Sending my love, your Elf, Elfie xo”e14

All That Glitters Is Gold

We were very much in the fall spirit this year around our home.

And somewhere along the way I fell in love with burlap and gold.

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Our Thanksgiving card.Untitled-2Our entry table.th4I added a photo of us from the pumpkin patch this year to this sweet family blessings frame that I found at Joanne’s.IMG_3880Untitled-7The pin that my Mama sent me that I put on the decorative pumpkin was one of my favorite touches.IMG_3879

Our front door.th7The fall wreath that I made.IMG_3870Lovey helping me put the leaf clings on the windows out front.th8I dressed up our garage lights with burlap bows that I made.th1Our dining table. Love.f1Fun magnets that Lovey’s Grammy sent him to decorate our fridge.th10Thanksgiving card display.th9

Thanksgiving morning Lovey and I watched the Macy’s parade together.

My favorite Thanksgiving tradition.th11The rest of the day was spent at home just the three of us. We watched football and in the afternoon we ate the Thanksgiving dinner that I made.IMG_3884I am so thankful for my boys and for the love and light that they bring into my life!f3That night, we brought in all the containers of Christmas decorations from the garage. As Thanksgiving came to an end at our home Christmas began.th15The boys put our tree up together.th13Keeping with my new-found love for gold, it’s going to be a golden Christmas.

This years Christmas tree theme is gold and white.th12Lovey was my decorating helper and did a fantastic job might I add.

Meticulously placing ornaments all around the three. th14That night, we began the Elf On The Shelf Tradition by reading the story for the first time before bed. More on Elfie our elf coming soon!IMG_3891I’m thankful for another Thanksgiving with my boys. Our warm home. Food in our bellies. Our health and lots of love between us.

German Chocolate Goodness

It’s that time of year again, when I bake my Dad up some German Chocolate goodness for his birthday.

Remember the German Chocolate cookies and German Chocolate truffles that I made for his past birthdays?!

I love this tradition between us and I always look forward to brainstorming a new German Chocolate recipe for him.

This year I made him… drum roll please! 😉 …

German Chocolate brownies.

Fudgy brownies with chopped pecans throughout and topped with German Chocolate frosting, a chocolate drizzle, toasted coconut, sprinkled with more chopped pecans and a whole pecan in the center of each one.

  After making the brownies, I found myself on a German Chocolate kick, so for good measure 😉 I made him a half-dozen German Chocolate cupcakes as well.

Happy Birthday, Dad!

I love you so much!


Gingerbread Aprons And Baking With Lovey

Lovey enjoys being my little helper in the kitchen when I am baking or cooking but especially baking. He always says “Mama make cookies?!” Because of this Santa may be bringing a certain little someone a play kitchen for Christmas this year, but you didn’t hear that from me. 😉

When I came across an adult and child make your own gingerbread aprons in last years after Christmas sales I snagged them up knowing they would be perfect to make and wear with Lovey the upcoming Christmas and hopefully many more Christmas’s there after.

My cute little gingerbread boy!

The first order of baking business once the aprons were finished was to make gingerbread cookies, it only seemed fitting. So we made gingerbread ‘people.’

Lovey really threw himself into his work!


Our day was filled not just with sweet cookies but sweet memories to last a lifetime. ♥