Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Blog-versary giveaway

So I hear that my raffle copter isn't working :( so sad!!! If you would like to enter to win a medium silver living locket from my Origami Owl store, please leave a comment and I will enter you into the drawing :)
Good luck! It will close on Sunday!

Friday, December 27, 2013

Happy Blog-versary to ME!

Holy cow! Can you all believe I've had this little blog for TWO years now?!?!?! I sure can't. I started this little blog while my husband was deployed and I was quite lonely. Being a reserve wife sometimes can leave you in short supply of people who understand what you are going through. Over the past two years I have met some of the most amazing, supportive and awesome people ever! I couldn't have asked for a better support group and people I call my friends.
Thank you to all who have stuck by me and supported me. You have helped more than you can ever know. In this past year we have:

*Celebrated Pretty girl turning 2, Booger turning 4, Me turning the dreaded 31
*Dealt with Booger starting VPK
*The Start of a new school year with a schedule I was NOT (am still not) happy with
*The Ups and Downs of marriage (thankfully more ups this year than downs)
*One Marriage Retreat (maybe another one to come)
*Another visit to Fantasy Fest (Must re-cap that soon.....oops)
*Joined Origami Owl and have had fantastic results
*Participated in my first Christmas Give-a-Way
*Road trip up north to see family
* Lost my Grandma
*Took the kids to see Thomas the Train
*Celebrated our 4th Wedding Anniversary
*Started my Teachers pay Teachers Store

It has been quite a year! I know there is more to add to the list, but you get the point :)

In celebration of making it two years so far.....I am going to raffle away a Medium Silver Living Locket from my Origami Owl store!

Origami Owl Medium Living Locket- Kathryn B Independent Designer

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Friday, December 20, 2013

Five for Friday

Woo hoo! It's Friday again! I am soooo excited! Now it's time for Five for Friday!

1. Today is the LAST day before winter break! That means two whole weeks with no work. Just LOTS of family time.

2. Christmas is right around the corner. Are we done shopping yet? Nope. Hopefully we will get it done this weekend. We aren't doing much because my family down right spoils our kids, and we are running out of closet space :)

3. Christmas is my FAVORITE time of year! I love all of the cheer, the decorations and I LOVE giving presents. Especially if I thought long and hard about what to get someone and I know it's something they want. It's the best! Plus with the two kids, seeing the magic in their eyes is just priceless.

4. We are hosting Christmas Eve open house. M's parents used to do it, but we have taken it over. I am excited to be able to stay home on Christmas eve. It's not easy going out on nights like this with little ones.

5. This will be the first Christmas without my Grandma. She is in every Christmas memory I have. Since I was little her and my Aunt Patti would sleep over on Christmas eve and be there to open presents the next morning. We carried on that tradition with our little family. It will be hard and strange not having her around.

Now that my five for Friday is all about Christmas. What do you love/hate most about this season???

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Happy 2nd Birthday Pretty Girl

Today is Pretty Girls 2nd birthday! It's hard to believe she's TWO! Where has the time gone?
Our pretty girl came into this world two years ago while M was deployed. We are having cake and ice cream to celebrate her birthday today with family and friends. I hope it will all go great. She sometimes like being the center of attention and other times she does not. She can be quite the ham.
Happy birthday pretty girl!!!! Mommy and daddy love you so very much!!!!!

Friday, December 13, 2013

Five for Friday

I've seen quite a few people doing this lately and I thought I would give it a try as opposed to doing my usual  Friday Letters. So here we go!

#1 I am soooo excited for the winner of my $30 Origami Owl Gift Certificate!!! I can't wait to see what she picks out. I think that is the BEST part of the job as an Independent Designer. Listening to people tell stories as they make their Living Lockets

#2 I am over course recovery, but thankfully due to some students making the wrong choices and being suspended my classes have been functioning VERY nicely. To the point where I am letting them take breaks and such. Gasp! I know. Strange. :)

#3 My sweet little Pretty Girl is turning 2 on Sunday!!!!!! Holy cow!!!!! How has 2 years gone by already?!?!?! Hopefully it won't take me long to post the re-cap. I'm sure she will be the life of the party as she sometimes is. She really is quite the little firecracker :) She gets it all from her daddy.

#4 I CAN.NOT wait for Christmas break. I didn't feel like I really got to relax during Thanksgiving break, so I am looking forward to having some time to just veg out and do some fun stuff with the kids. Plus I LOVE this time of year and can't wait to get all of my shopping done and presents wrapped and you can't forget, cookies made! Yum yum!

#5 We have to get our Christmas shopping done. I know we are running out of time, but we just sort of decided what we will get the kids for Christmas. We don't go all out for them. Our families spoil them enough so we generally get each one a big gift from "Santa" and then fill their stockings. It has worked out well with our budget.
Being silly at Grandma's house

All bundled up with her dolly

"but mommy it's bright outside!" 

Happy Friday! I hope you all have an amazing day!!!!

Friday, December 6, 2013

Thanksgiving Recap

Well, I guess I should get my Thanksgiving recap done. I actually have NO pictures from Thanksgiving (go me) but we did have a good day. Seeing as my grandma had passed away the weekend before, my mom flew up to Michigan before Thanksgiving. So, we were left to decide where we would spend the holiday. My in-laws now spend Thanksgiving at Busch Gardens with the nephews so we ended up over at our family friends Paul and Rosie's house.
Thursday morning I woke before everyone else (a strange feeling) and ran to get the paper with the Black Friday ads), then made breakfast for the kiddos and my hubby. I ended up not being able to eat because Booger at his helping plus mine of eggs. Ah well. He's a growing boy and needs the food more than me :)
We arrived at our friends house on time (go us!) and thought we would be eating shortly, but that wasn't the case. We were still waiting for M's grandparents to show up and they still had to bake the stuffing!!!!! Holy cow! Thank goodness they had a few munchies to munch on so we didn't die of hunger. :)
The food was great and so was the company. M left with his uncle and Paul to do some Black Friday shopping while I stayed at the house with the kids. I'm glad we didn't have to take those two out into the craziness. On a side note, my mom generally watches the kids when we do Black Friday shopping. My amazing husband picked up a brand new laptop for me :) (mine died last Christmas thanks to Pretty Girl) and we got a TV for the kids, for them to watch movies on.
Finally it was time to go home and just relax. I had a lot of packing to do seeing as I was leaving on Saturday to attend my grandma's funeral.
All in all it was a good Thanksgiving. Not fantastic, but good. I'm just thankful we were all able to be together this year. :)

Did you all have a good Thanksgiving?

P.S. Don't forget to enter to win a $30 gift certificate to my Origami Owl store!!!! You can make someone (even yourself) an amazing present!

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Christmas Giveaway

Don't forget to stop by Chambanachik and enter to win a $30 gift certificate to Origami Owl! This would be a great gift for someone or for yourself. They are completely customizable. Plus they are super cute and tell your story!
So head on over and enter to win!!!!

Monday, December 2, 2013

Chambanachik Christmas Giveaway and Origami Owl

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I am REALLY excited to announce that I am participating for the first time in Erika's Chambanachik's Christmas Giveaway! I am raffling off a $25 gift certificate to Origami Owl!!!!! How exciting is that?!?!?! I think it's pretty exciting. This offer will go up on Thursday December 5th!!! Make sure you head on over to Chambanachik and enter in all of the amazing giveaways!!!!! Let me know if you have any questions. :)