Saturday, December 25, 2010

Shaw Family Christmas Card 2010

Remember the post I did about the Shutterfly cards?
Well here is the card I went with!
I love it so much!
The quality of the card is awesome.
And I received them so quickly- definitely a win win!
I can't wait to use Shutterfly again!

Hope Everyone is enjoying their CHRISTmas!
Remember- Jesus is the Reason for the Season!

(ps- this post was written back when I ordered the cards and was scheduled to be posted after I knew my cards were delivered)

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Merry Christmas

Ok Y'all
this will be my last post
until after the new year.
This momma needs to get herself busy!
I am almost done with the shopping and making-
but I have not wrapped one present yet!
Plus- We will be busy spending the
holidays with our family and friends!

But I wanted to share a few pictures before signing off for 2010.

I took Ella Rae to my mom's preschool
last week for their Christmas show and party.
At the end of the party, Santa came to visit!
I thought this would be the perfect opportunity
to introduce Ella Rae to Santa.
Now she has seen him in books, on the tv
and little figurines around the house,
but never in person-
except for last year but she was only 10 months old.
She always says HoHoHo when we talk about Santa
so I really thought she would love him.

She did not:

The BEST part about these pictures is that
Ella Rae's Granddaddy is


I find this hilarious. We were so concerned that
Ella would recognize Grandaddy's
voice or eyes or something and
ruin the Santa surprise for everyone.
But I could tell from when he walked in,
that she wasn't so sure about him.
We told him we were going to bring her up
and to not talk.
She lasted about 10 seconds until
she squirmed her way out of his lap.
I said it was a good thing it was
Granddaddy though, because no normal Santa
would hold a screaming 22 month old
on their lap for this picture.
And for that matter-
no mother would let some strange man
hold their screaming 22 month old daughter lol! (i hope)

We all got a kick out of it and
opted out of going to the mall
for the traditional Santa picture this year.
I'm sure next year, Ella Rae and Santa will be buddies!

So I wanted to take this opportunity
to wish everyone a
wonderful holiday season.
I hope your days are similar to ours-
filled with love
and overflowing with blessings!

Merry Christmas Everyone!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Belfair Christmas Party

'Tis the season for holiday parties
and we attended one last night!
Kelly's work hosted a
Christmas Party
for all the employees.
There was good music.
There was good food.
There was good friends.
We had a great night!

Some dancing

A co-worker, Hunter, having a great time dancing.

there wasn't much room on the dance floor so we just danced in our corner lol

(the funniest picture of the whole night! I laugh out loud every time I see it haha)

Andy, Josh & Kelly aka tripod as they call them at work haha

the four of us... Kerri, Josh, Kelly and I

Kerri and Josh

Kelly and I

We had a wonderful time- and
the boys all made it to work by
6 am
this morning!

Hope y'all have a good Tuesday!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010


10 more days till

"It came without ribbons. It came without tags. It came without packages, boxes, or bags. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before. Maybe Christmas doesn't come from a store. Maybe Christmas...means a little bit more."

I shared this quote on facebook today
and wanted to share it with blogger world, as well.

Let's all remember the importance of
this holiday season.
It's not about the presents.
It's not about the tree and decorations.
It's not about the cookies, food, meals.

It is about Family.
It is about Peace.
It is about Love.

But most importantly,
It is about Jesus.
It is about Mary and Joesph.
It is about the Angels, the Wise Men, the Shepherds
It is about the miracle of Jesus' birth.
It is about Luke 2: 1-38


And in other news....
(can you see the snotty nose)

(and tired eyes?)

Ella Rae has not been feeling well this weekend and week.
She never ran a fever-- just was all stopped up, coughing and not herself.
I do believe we are over the yuckiness hump
and finally on the mend.
And we are ALL thankful of that!

I think some of this sickness it due to this though:

You may not be able to tell but that is
on the pond behind our house!
(and still there at 9:50 am when this was posted)

The freezing cold temperatures here have been brutal for us.
Mainly because we are not accustomed to this type of weather.
I feel the worst for Kelly, as he works outside all day.
Yesterday morning it was only 16 degrees
when he started his day at 6 am.
Let's hope it starts to warm up a little-
for my sweet hubby's sake!

Happy Wednesday Everyone!

And remember:
Jesus is the Reason for the Season!

Friday, December 10, 2010

Fashion Friday

Wanted to share a few pictures...

Ella Rae has been picking out her own clothes lately.
I will lay something out for her, she will look at it,
then look at me and say 'nooooooo'.
(it really is that drawn out and it's sorta whine-y with a scrunched up face lol)

But sometimes I can persuade her
choices and she will at least be matching:

Other times though,
Ella Rae is persistent on what she wants to wear.
So mommy allows her to express her creative side and
wear whatever her little heart desires.

Even if its a 9 month shirt turned into a skirt,
a silly Christmas shirt,
and pink snow boots:

the finger in the nose totally made this pic 10x better!

I will admit the back view isn't quite as bad,
but still, a shirt turned into a skirt?
I don't know where she comes up with these things!

And due to the freezing cold temperatures here in
South Carolina
We have to be wrapped up in big heavy coats.
Not so fashionable either, but very necessary.
And very cute!

Hope everyone enjoys their weekend.
I will be addressing and sending out our
Christmas Cards!

Happy Friday!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

What I'm Loving Wednesday

Joining in on Jamie's little game to list some things
we are loving this Wednesday.

Christmas Music
traditional and new, I love it all!!!
These are a few of my favorites,
borrowed from youtube.

Welcome Christmas

Shake Up Christmas

Happy Birthday Jesus


this sweet face


and I especially love that these lovelies
were in the mail yesterday morning!!!
That is 42 (handmade) invitations
to my sisters baby shower in January.
I will post more about the shower after it happens :)

Happy Wednesday Everyone!

*sorry about the large text here at the end, don't know what happened??

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Top 2 Tuesday

This weeks top 2 over at The Undomestic Momma is your top 2 favorite ornaments. While we love the traditional "First Christmas Together" and "Babies First Christmas" ornaments, these next two are by far my favorite.

This ornament is special to me because it is the one Kelly and I bought for Ella Rae when she was still in my tummy. We had gone to Savannah for some Christmas shopping and diner one night and decided to stop at World Market to look at the ornaments. This one just reminded me of the sweet little girl in my tummy. It was so small and dainty, just how I imagined Ella to be. It is Ella's first ornament!
This ornament is my all time favorite because it was my Grandmothers. It was always a tradition that my family would go over and help my Mommom and Poppop (my mom's parents) decorate their tree. I loved finding spots for the few birdies Mommom had. After my grandparents passed, my mom divided up their ornaments for my sister, me and herself. This was the bird I chose and I love seeing my little piece of Mommom up on our tree every year!!

Ella Rae showing us her first ornament

putting it on the tree.

And a picture of our tree all decorated!
{yes, that is some hot chocolate patiently waiting for me under the tree}

Happy Tuesday!!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Thanksgiving #2

Okay, so here are the pictures
from our second Thanksgiving
and Birthday Celebration with my parents.
Gigi and Granddaddy.
These pictures are horrible.
The lighting is bad
and Kelly's eyes are closed.
But at least we have something!!
Kelly and Ella Rae

The Shaw Family!
{open your eyes!}
Ella Rae and Mommy
And Happy Birthday to Kelly!

We are so blessed to have such loving family members.
We are always Thankful of
Uncle Ryan,
Uncle Clint
Aunt Lala

We love you all so much!
Now, we are looking forward to Christmas.
Happy Holidays to everyone!!!!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Our Thanksgiving Week

It's been a while since I blogged,
I was enjoying thanksgiving festivities
my wonderful husband's birthday!
This post contains alot of pictures
taken over the past week.

We will start with Thanksgiving.
My parents were in New Jersey visiting friends
and seeing my sister. (she flew to PA to visit friends too)
Kelly, Ella Rae and I joined his
Mom, Brother and Grandmother
O'ma, Uncle Ryan and Nana-Mimi
for Thanksgiving diner.
I forgot my camera, and Oma's camera was dead
but luckily Uncle Ryan had his laptop
so we were able to get a few pictures with the webcam.

Here we all are!
Even though Ella isn't smiling,
she is looking at the camera
and that's good enough for me!

O'ma, Ella and Uncle Ryan

Kelly and I

haha... brothers....

And finally, Ella Rae and I.

While my parents were in New Jersey,
we stayed at their house to take care
of their silly dog.
We also took Ella Rae to the playground
in their neighborhood.
As you can see,
the pictures are pretty blurry.
Miss thing just can't stop moving!!

On November 26th it was Daddy's birthday!
We went out to Mi Tierra's for
Daddy's favorite- Mexican food!

I don't know how I didn't get a picture of O'ma-
but she was definitely there too!!!
We had a wonderful time spending Thanksgiving
with O'ma, Nana-Mimi and Uncle Ryan.
When my parents got back from New Jersey, we also had
a second Thanksgiving diner with them.
I will post those pictures tomorrow.

And here are two random pictures
of my precious little girl.
Everyone says the older she gets,
the more she looks like me.
I will have to scan some old pictures of me
to do a side by side comparison :)
All I know, is that she melts my heart
every single day!

Happy Wednesday Everyone!!!