2010 was a wild year.  It was a year of extreme highs and lows.  The lows mind-blowing.  At times I felt drained spiritually, mentally, physically.  I was spent.  2010 was the year that almost broke me.  But in the end it didn’t.  In the end I dug myself out, pulled myself up and kept going.  I didn’t do it alone, I was carried and helped by my loving husband, family and friends who are always there for me.  If it weren’t for them I would be lost.  They love me for me.  They don’t ask me to be a different person, they just embrace me and love me for who I am, no strings attached.  That is a beautiful thing. 

Despite all the crazy that 2010 brought, it was also a year of AMAZING and WONDERFUL things!  Those are the things I am going to remember, those are the things that when I look back on 2010 I will think about and look back with fond memories. 

It was the year this crazy kid went from a newborn to a toddler.



2010 was the year my awesome husband graduated from Law School after 3 intense years full of hard work and dedication.

2010 was the year I got to mark my #1 goal off of my 101 goal list, I started my own photography business.  It was a wild ride, but totally amazing and wonderful.  I love photography and was so blessed to be able to met so many great clients! 

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2010 was the year I turned 30! 

2010 was the year that John studied for and passed the Wyoming State Bar exam.  This was such a huge blessing.  He studied SO hard and put in long hours preparing for this.  It was such a crazy time for me and photography that my sweet Mom came down the last 2 weeks before the Bar to watch RR for us so we could both keep up our insane pace.  Thanks Mom!

2010 was the year that we moved from Wyoming to our new home in Texas.  Of all the jobs that John applied for, this was the job he wanted the most.  We really feel like we are meant to be here in Texas, and are so happy here we might end up staying our whole lives.  Only time will tell. 

I look forward to the next year and a fresh start.  I have big plans for this next year, but the thing I look forward to the most is having a peaceful year, no matter what happens. 

I hope you all have a great New Year’s Eve and a wonderful 2011.  

New Year’s Eve

Well Christmas decorations are now all down and put away, and not a moment too soon if you ask me.  Having a 1 year old and 2 Christmas trees was too much for he and I, so we took everything down on Sunday and it has been so nice to get my house back in order.  It also gave me a week to have New Year’s Eve decorations up.  I didn’t do much, but wanted to make sure I had a few cute things to celebrate.  When RR gets older I will have more things, but for now simple is great.

Here is the banner that I made.

On another blog I saw that she cut her letters and strung the ribbon through them which is much easier than the way I was doing it, so I tried it on this banner and it turned out perfect.

Subway art is the hot thing in decorating right now and I found this darling free download on Custom Printables

I went to the trusty Dollar Store for my jar fillers.

If anyone would like the banner I can e-mail it to you, just leave me a comment with your e-mail. 

Favorite Christmas Things 2010

Here are a few things that I had fun making, buying, and receiving this year that I wanted to share.

I adore advent calendars, but most are too much money for us this year, so I made one instead.  I found this at Hobby Lobby during their 50% sale.  It was plain brown and I painted it this blue color.  It is fun that you can fit little treats in the boxes and RR had fun eating the mini nilla wafers that I put in there for him. 

This year I had high hopes of making a cute banner to hang, since everyone knows how obsessed I am with banners, but I got too busy and found this adorable one at Marshalls for cheap and bought it to save me the stress of making one.

My sister Randa bought this Little People nativity set for RR and he is in love with it, and so am I.  It is darling and so fun for him to have one Christmas thing that he doesn’t get yipped at for playing with. 

He is a funny boy though, the angel who sits on top and plays music drives him crazy.  He can’t stand to have her on top and the first thing he does when he sees her on there is to run over and knock her off. 

Here are our 2010 Christmas ornaments. 

My BFF Terri made me this cute Noel sign and it looks perfect on my tree.

So I am a terrible hoarder of crafty things.  I find something I love and keep it around waiting for a reason or way to use it.  That is what happened with these little gift bags.  I saw this idea in a Christmas book, and you fill little gift bags with treats and hang them from the chandelier and open them on Christmas morning.  So instead of Christmas morning I thought it would be fun for Christmas Eve after our dinner to have a few treats.

One thing I am big on is having monogrammed stockings for kids.  We had homemade stockings with our names on them growing up and it was one of my favorite things ever and I knew when I had a baby that I they would have one too.  I know when he is a tween/teen he won’t think it is cool to have a train on his stocking, but until then I hope he loves it.

I saw this idea on a blog last year but I was too frazzled being a new mom to get it done so I made it this year.  It is a paint can that you decorate and put their Christmas PJ’s in.  Another tradition in our family is to get new PJ’s for Christmas from Nana and Papa and you get to open them on Christmas Eve.  I loved the idea of decorating a paint can for it that you can keep and use each year.  You also take a picture of them in their new PJ’s and put in the can so each year you can look through how they have grown. 

You also buy a paint can opener and hang it on their can so when they get old enough they can actually open the can themselves.

We are all ready for our 1st Texas Christmas.  We have so much planned I don’t know how we will ever fit it all in.  Here is our 2010 breakdown:

Christmas Eve Day:  Make apple pie and fudge (Johnny’s tradition)
Christmas Eve Dinner:  Homemade Mexican feast with homemade tamales (made by Johnny)
Christmas Eve:  Read the Christmas Story and act it out with the help of the above mentioned Little People.  It won’t be the same as having my Grandma Delsa read it, but we will have to make due.
Christmas Eve: Open PJ’s

Christmas Day:  Sleep in because I have a 1-year-old who doesn’t know or care what is going on, yay for me this year.
Christmas Day:  After opening gifts we will have a big Christmas Breakfast with Cinnamon French Toast (my family tradition)
Christmas Day:  Eat, nap, watch movies, eat, nap, watch more movies, shower and get ready if I feel like it, if I don’t, I will nap and eat more.
If the weather is ok we might drive to the beach for fun too, if not we will make a big Christmas dinner and eat yummy ham until our eyes fall out. 

I love Christmas. 

 I hope your day is full of love, peace and happiness, I know mine will be.

Fancy Cheese Party Part2

Fancy Cheese Party was a huge success, Johnny and RR loved it.  They are all about the fancy things ya know.  I had it all lit with candles, it makes it feel much more fun and fancy that way.   

Here are my fancy dollar store glasses, Egg Nog for us milk for RR. 

He thought he was hot stuff drinking out of it too.  (Please forgive his nap hair)

It was super fun as always. 


Fancy Cheese Party

I am SO excited because tonight is my Fancy Cheese Party.  That is actually what I call it.  It is one of my favorite Christmas traditions that John and I started.  I love old traditions too, but it is always fun to create your own.  I am going all out this year, I even made little tags to put by the fancy cheese so you know what kind you are trying.  Plus a new addition this year is the pumpkin egg nog that we will drink out of fancy stemware that I purchased from the dollar store just yesterday.  Did you know you can buy fancy stemware at the dollar store?  Well you can.  I will post pictures of the whole bash later. 



One of the greatest things about Texas has got to be the winter weather.  Yesterday it was 80 degrees.  Amazing.  In our backyard we have these little fruit trees and my little RR loves running around them and trying to pluck the fruit off.  It will be odd to not have snow for Christmas, but we will adjust.  It is a great trade-off to be able to wear shorts and flip-flops.  I know that summer here is going to kill us, so we are really trying to enjoy the outside now while we can.