Monday, January 31, 2011

Miscellany Monday

Miscellany Monday @ lowercase letters


It was a fabulous weekend weather wise here in the Lowcountry. Yesterday it was in the mid 70’s! Of course I was working all weekend but that didn’t stop us from getting out and playing before and after I worked!







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The 12 Days of Ella Rae

It is hard to believe that tomorrow starts Ella Rae’s birthday month (yes, we do months ‘round here…)! I thought I would do something fun for the days leading up to her actual birthday, February 12th. Enter- The 12 Days of Ella Rae. It is going to be where I post pictures of the past 24 months of her precious life. Some of the pictures will be repeats that were already on here, but the first year of her life I wasn’t blogging so there will be some new photos from that time. I can’t wait to take a trip down memory lane…. besides, who wouldn’t want to see more pictures of this almost 2 year old?!?


Happy Monday Everyone!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

A blast from the not so distant past...

I realized that I never shared our family photos we had taken back in October. The preschool’s photographer will take pictures for the employee’s families so we took advantage of it! I didn’t share them because I knew I was going to use some for Christmas gifts and I didn’t want to spoil it for ya’ll! Ella Rae was 20 months old in these photos. She has changed so much!

Family Pictures:8P8W1649 The same picture as our Christmas card, but in color

8P8W1661Daddy and Ella Rae

8P8W1735 Mommy and Ella Rae

And now onto the Ella Rae show:8P8W1714





Happy Tuesday Everyone!

Monday, January 24, 2011

Miscellany Monday


This household is under the weather. It started Wednesday with Kelly, Friday with me, Saturday for Ella Rae and Sunday for Kiya. Yes, the dog was sick too (all over Ella Rae’s room- might i add!). Today, everyone is back to normal but yours truly. And unfortunately, mommies can’t take sick days so we are still having fun!


see…100_3627 All smiles from Ella Rae. I think she looks so old here!


O’ma gave Ella Rae this cute pink jacket for Christmas. It has a little bow on the back! Ella Rae loves putting her hands in the pockets!




We are working on potty training over here so this is a common sight 100_3623-2Ella Rae HAD to go outside with Kiya because she put her boots on. haha


Ok, now I’m off to lay down while Ella Rae is napping. Pray this cold is gone soon, please!

Happy Monday Everyone!

Miscellany Monday @ lowercase letters

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

What baby’s wearing

I wanted to share some of what Ella Rae has been wearing lately. The good AND the bad! She likes to pick out her own clothes, or lack of haha.


Ella Rae wanted to wear this tutu one day-


It was a gift from Gigi and she loved to dance around in it….


but only for a minute!


This cute dress was a hand-me-down from our friends in Pennsylvania. Ella Rae loves it!


Ella Rae insisted on wearing this shirt one day. It was a Christmas gift from O’ma!


Sporting her Eagles jersey before a game last week


Ella Rae wearing mommy’s red high heels. I told her she had some big shoes to fill. haha


And here is an example of the bad…. look how saggy that diaper is!! No mother of the year award, here! haha but Ella Rae was just too sweet looking out at the window, waiting for Daddy to come home from work.


this picture is included only because I don’t want to forget that moment. Ella Rae calling out “Daddy” then finding his picture on the fridge. This girl loves her daddy!

Happy Tuesday Everyone!!

ps- i just got Ella Rae’s 2nd Birthday party invitations and they are soo cute! Even though I am not excited about her turning 2, I am sorta getting excited about her Birthday party!

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Snow Day 2010

The day after Christmas, it snowed! This was the second time it has snowed here in the Lowcountry this year. The first time this year was on Ella Rae’s first birthday. There was more in February than this past snow in December. It’s hard to believe that we actually had TWO snow days this year.

100_3452The snow falling on 12/26/2010


There was even some snow on the ground the next morning!

Oh, and here are some pictures from the snow day on Ella Rae’s first birthday 2/12/2010


The snow falling and accumulating on the roof.


Happy 1st birthday Ella Rae!


love love love this!

So Ella Rae’s birthday is now less than a month away. I am not so excited about that! I can’t even believe that I will have a 2 year old soon! Ahhh. I sure hope those ‘terrible’ two’s aren’t so terrible because I don’t think I could handle much more. Ella has been a pistol lately! Her favorite words are ‘No’ and ‘Mommy’ and she always uses them together!! haha. It has been driving me crazy. But then she gives me a sweet smile or a kissy face and I just cave. Oh well, that’s mommy hood I believe.

The weekend is coming up. My hubby is off all weekend, but unfortunately I have to work all weekend :( I’m just glad Ella Rae can be with her Daddy while I am working!

Happy Thursday Ya’ll!

Monday, January 10, 2011

Leigh Ann's Baby Shower

I joined 4 other women to throw my sister’s baby shower while she was visiting over Christmas. It was my first time actually being a part of the planning and I really enjoyed it! I was in charge of the invitations, decorations and games. They are doing a teddy bear theme in the baby's nursery so we tried to incorporate teddy bears throughout the entire shower.

Let's start with the invitations. My sister and brother in law have decided to wait until Baby T (as we like to call him/her) comes to find out their gender. I knew I wanted the invitations to be gender neutral, but it was difficult to find something that represented my sister. I decided to hand make her invitations. I printed the words on to card stock and used scrap book paper as an accent to off set the white card. Then I put different zoo animals and boy/girl decorations around the cards and added a little teddy bear to each one. Each card I made was different, and I created 50 total!!! It was a ton of work but definitely worth it :-D

all 50 laid out after step one
(adding scrapbook paper)

fully decorated and ready to go after steps two and three
(adding decorations and teddy bear)

A close up of step one

a close up of step two and three

It was SO much fun to be able to create these unique invitations for my sister!
I know she loved them as much as I loved making them!

Now on to the games! I had three games for the shower. We also had a sweet little book where everyone wrote some encouragement or a prayer or just any advice for Leigh Ann. I loved that idea (wasn't mine- props to Dana haha). In the first game, every received a charm necklace and was instructed not to say "baby" throughout the shower. If someone heard you say baby they could take your necklace. The person with the most necklaces at the end of the shower won a little prize. The next game we played was called Baby Shower Bingo. Everyone filled out a bingo card with items that they thought Leigh Ann would get as gifts. While she was opening presents, we all marked our bingo cards. The first one with BINGO won a prize!

And now onto the decorations! My sister has always loved and collected teddy bears so it was super easy to decorate. I borrowed some of the bears she had in her childhood room at my parents house. I placed the smaller, collectible ones around on the tables with some confetti and a little vase of flowers. Then, I put the bigger, stuffed bears on the mantle with some books for Baby T. I also handmade a wreath that we hung from the mantle. And Miss Betty made the most special Teddy Bear cake for Leigh Ann.

table decorations

The centerpieces

wreath and mantle

The mantle and wreath


Teddy Bear Cake- so yummy!

Ok and now for some people haha! Here are some pictures from the actual shower. It was such a wonderful time and I know Leigh Ann felt so blessed to have so many wonderful women gather to celebrate her and her new family.

Leigh Ann walking into her first baby shower!

Leigh Ann, My mom and I

The guest of honor and the hosts. That is (L-R): Dana, Kim, Leigh Ann, Cherie, Me, Miss BettyLeigh Ann and Dana- friends for 20+ years!
More 20+ years friends- Dana, Leigh Ann and Betsy

The girls were talking to Baby T and they felt a kick! So fun!

I just realized that I have also known these girls 20+ years! haha I have always been welcomed and loved by Leigh Ann’s friends, as well. Thank you for that!

Standing with all the presents!

opening gifts
opening gifts

a fun froggy rug friend- it was so soft!

bear outfit

Leigh Ann with the gift I got for Clint to open after the shower. I had her open to show everyone though because it is so awesome. It has little bears with with camping stuff on it! Like a fire, flashligh and walking stick. It is precious. I even heard that Baby T might even wear it home from the hospital, if Baby T is a boy!! haha so fun!

gigi gift

My mom makes us girls a special basket filled with baby goodies! She did it for me when I had Ella Rae and has now done it for Leigh Ann and Baby T!

Leigh Ann’s baby shower was wonderful! I enjoyed being a part of it as much as I enjoyed making it happen.

Happy First Baby Shower Seester- I love you and Baby T so much.