October 31, 2009

Happy.....Harvest Time!

Growing up, we didn't "celebrate" Halloween. It just wasn't something my parents wanted to emphasize. They weren't fanatical about it; we just didn't decorate our house in spooky things or go trick-or-treating. Instead, we went to the Fall Festival at church. And honestly, we loved it!! I really never felt like I was missing out on anything. Probably because the thought of knocking on a stranger's door and asking for candy sounded completely creeper to me?

Anyway, Kurt and I don't plan on emphasizing or celebrating Halloween in our family, but we do think that there is something to be said for good, clean, old-fashioned fun around fall and harvest time. Some of my favorites:

It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown! (This is Kurt's favorite. I've actually never watched the whole thing. It was kind of boring to me. GASP.)


An old-fashioned vintage greeting:


The Legend of Ichabod Crane and Sleepy Hollow. However, I only like the beginning: happy, light, and sing-songy. I don't watch the rest. :)


This represents one of my favorite movies, Meet Me In St. Louis. But, again...I always found the Halloween scene a bit boring. I really think it's because I just don't care for the holiday. But it's still old-fashioned Halloween fun, even if it's not for me :)


You knew it was coming....

Last year we were at Disney World during the Halloween season, which included Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party after park closing. Even though we didn't go (and I didn't take this picture), there was something spooky-magical about it. ONLY Disney could make me a tad bit tempted to stay for the HalloWishes party. ONLY Disney.



The only thing spooky I've ever enjoyed or wanted to do (or that our parents ever let us do) is the Haunted Mansion at Disney World. Probably because a) it's Disney and b) it's just creepy enough to give me a little bit of the heebie jeebies, but not enough to give me nightmares. And I have nightmares very easily. So, again...only Disney.


The Haunted Mansion in all its glory!


Finally, it's time for the big reveal:

Happy Harvest from our little flower!


These were taken with my phone (because I'm still waiting for the computer to get here), but I had to show you! We went to the pumpkin patch and took some pictures today and had a family night at home this evening....just perfect. Kurt and I are going to watch The Man In the Iron Mask tonight....which kind of goes with the Halloween theme because it has to do with a mask...?? Ha!

Evy Kate seriously couldn't be any cuter....this costume was just too much! :) Happy Fall, Harvest, and Autumn Time. I have wonderful pictures to show you soon, once I have them uploaded....this season has just been beautiful, and I'm so thankful we've been able to enjoy it.

Happy Evening!

Christmas Deliciousness

I've always loved doing the Christmas tour of homes every year. BooMama handed over the tour to The Nester, and it's going to be great this year, as it always is!

Christmas Tour of Homes with The Nester


Just in case you're curious, here was my Christmas Tour last year.

Next weekend is Mistletoe Marketplace! I go every year, and I just love it. This always signals to me that it's time to put up Christmas decorations. For those of you who are rolling your eyes, there is a method to the Christmas madness. We travel extensively for the holidays, and I want to be able to enjoy my decorations! So that's why I decorate early; it's simply so that while I'm home before the traveling rush begins, I can take it all in. I can't wait!

So Happy Christmas, even if it's a bit early. :)

October 30, 2009

Waiting Patiently and Recent Projects

I am so overwhelmed with the amount of pictures I need to upload to my computer/blog/facebook! Our new computer should be here relatively soon (next week hopefully?), and it can't get here soon enough. I need to put up pictures of Nana and Poppy's visit, some really cute pictures of a fall outfit that Kurt's mom made for Evy, a series of beautiful fall pictures I took of Evy this weekend in Missouri.......

I hate feeling overwhelmed. It seems to be a normal emotion for me lately, but it's just never fun. I'm the type of person that loves list-making and staying on top of things, so to speak. It's just really hard for me to function when I feel so behind!

However, we are home from our trip to see my family and at least I'm able to be in "my" environment getting things done. I just need to relax and take one thing at a time. VERY difficult for me to do!!!

I recently did a couple of blog headers for my friend Tiffany.

This is for her regular blog, Southern Sass. (The background is the a poem Tiffany wrote about the South and is where the title of her blog comes from!)


This is for her private kids/homeschooling blog, Our Sweetest Dreams Come True:


And here's something I'm really excited about: my little sister, Andrea, has started a blog! The title is a play on her middle name, Joy. I'm so excited that she's joining me and my dad in blogging :) She's so fun, godly, and hilarious. So go say hello!


I'm going to try and get organized.....but I'm already looking forward to a break so I can watch some shows I've DVR'd and a couple of Netflix movies. Of course, that's only when Evy agrees to watch them with me while playing/eating/folding laundry etc. etc. !

It's good to be back at my own house with Kurt, but I sure miss my family! Have a great day :)

October 26, 2009

Be sure to look at a really neat post on my Disney blog. Click on Mommy Mouseketeer in my header menu. Beautiful things to look at!

Disney Weddings: A Celebration

If you've read this blog for any length of time whatsoever, you know my complete love and obsession of all things Disney. I even started a separate blog to organize my Disney info, memories, and celebrations of how wonderful it is. (This post will be posted there also. I'm also going to post some really beautiful Disney portraits soon on that blog, so stay tuned!)

So you can imagine my complete excitement when several years ago it dawned on me that Disney must host weddings, honeymoons, and vow renewals.

Yes. Yes, they do.

And they are amazing. You choose from different packages, and it's just the most lovely website to browse.
You know, if I were ever going to get married again. And the only way THAT'S happening is in a vow renewal.
I know Kurt and I will do one (if not more) vow renewal(s) in the future. I don't know if we'll actually do a full shebang at Disney...or if we'll just "honeymoon." It's fun to dream!

Little-known trivia fact: I thoroughly researched and was thisclose to booking a Disney wedding for myself when Kurt and I got engaged. I decided against it only because of the time crunch and it would have to be super small (and I have a relatively large family that I wanted to be there). But yes, I went through a phase where I ordered the free wedding planning DVD and watched it daily. Simply because I loved seeing two of my favorite things in one: Disney and weddings.

Here I am visiting the Wedding Pavilion in the summer of 2005, about a year before I met Kurt. We were there for our family vacation and my family indulged me. It was amazing.


Even though I didn't end up having a Disney wedding per se, I want to dedicate a blog post to it. Because it's my blog. And I want to.

Of course my favorite location option is probably the Wedding Pavilion. Mainly because it's inside and I just know I'd probably be stressed in an outdoor situation. And it doesn't hurt that it has a gorgeous view of Cinderella Castle.


Of course I have to have the coach:
For the reception, the ultimate is in one of the theme parks themselves. However, on the website they're not showing the Magic Kingdom as an option. Hmph. If you're wanting indoors, obviously the Grand Floridian ballroom would be my pick. Come on, it's the Grand Floridian.

*Sigh*

Disney also has a bridal gown collection from designer Kirstie Kelly. Each princess has several dresses in her collection, so here is one from each:


Cinderella:


Sleeping Beauty (Aurora):


Snow White:

Jasmine:

Ariel:

Belle:
So there is my celebration of the marvelous Disney Wedding. I just love fairytales and Disney excellence. Have a magical day!

October 25, 2009

Lullabies

Sometimes, if I'm very fortunate, Evy lets me sing and rock her to sleep.



One of the greatest loves in my life is music. When I was pregnant, I started thinking of all the songs I wanted to sing to her. It's interesting, because when you start rocking your baby, songs just come to you. All of a sudden, you just find yourself singing whatever songs come to your mind.

Some of my favorites aren't the typical lullabies. But they're beautiful. There are lots of them, but I wanted to write them down so I'll always have them. Here are some from my singing collection. (I've already decided to do several of these posts because I have so many favorites!)

Friendly Persuasion (from the movie "Friendly Persuasion")
Thee I love, more than the meadow so green and still
More than the mulberries on the hill
More than the buds on the May apple tree, I love thee
Arms have I, strong as the oak, for this occasion
Lips have I, to kiss thee, too, in friendly persuasion
Thee is mine, though I don't know many words of praise
Thee pleasures me in a hundred ways
Put on your bonnet, your cape, and your glove
And come with me, for thee I love
Thee is mine, though I don't know many words of praise
Thee pleasures me in a hundred ways
Put on your bonnet, your cape, and your glove
And come with me, for thee I love


Anywhere I Wander (from the movie "Hans Christian Andersen")
Anywhere I wander, anywhere I roam
Till I'm in the arms of my darling again
My heart will find no home
Anywhere I wander, anywhere I roam
Her arms were warm as they welcomed me
Her eyes were a fire bright
And then I knew that my path must be
Through the ever haunted night
Anywhere I wander, anywhere I roam
Till I'm in the arms of my darling again
My heart will find no home
Anywhere I wander, anywhere I roam
Her voice was oh such a soft caress
Of love it gently told
And in her smile was the tenderness
I may never more behold
Anywhere I wander, anywhere I roam
Till I'm in the arms of my darling again
My heart will find no home
Anywhere I wander, anywhere I roam


I'll Take You Dreaming (from the movie "The Court Jester")
Loo, loo, loo, I'll take you dreaming
Through the rainy night
To a place behind the raindrops
Where the stars are bright
You may not find gold or silver
But a richer prize
Waits for you behind the raindrops
If you close your eyes
Tonight, tonight
When all the world's asleep
We will tiptoe home with a wonderous star
A star you can always keep
And years from now when you go dreaming
When you're very old
Though your crown be rich with rubies
Diamonds set in gold
None will shine as bright
As the star we'll find
Tonight


Distant Melody (from the musical stage production of "Peter Pan")
Once upon a time and long ago
I heard someone singing soft and low
Now when day is done and night is near
I recall this song I used to hear
My child, my very own,
Don't be afraid, you're not alone
Sleep until the dawn
For all is well
Long ago this song was sung to me
Now it's just a distant melody
Somewhere from the past I used to know
Once upon a time
And long ago...


Dream (as sung by Ray Orbison in the movie "You've Got Mail")
Dream, when you're feeling blue
Dream, that's the thing to do
Just watch the smoke rings rise in the air
You'll find your share of memories there
So dream when the day is through
Dream, and they might come true
Things never are as bad as they seem
So dream, dream, dream
Dream when the day is through
Dream, and they might come true
Things never are as bad as they seem
So dream, dream, dream


Remember (as sung by Harry Nilsson in the movie "You've Got Mail")
Long ago, far away
Life was clear, close your eyes
Remember is a place from long ago
Remember filled with everything you know
Remember when you're sad and feelin' down
Remember, turn around
Remember life is just a memory
Remember close your eyes and you can see
Remember think of all that life can be
Remember
Dream, love is only in a dream, remember
Remember life is never as it seems.
Dream
Long ago, far away
Life was clear, close your eyes

Dream a Little Dream of Me (as sung by Ella Fitzgerald)
Stars shining bright above you
Night breezes seem to whisper, 'I love you,'
Birds singing in the sycamore tree
Dream a little dream of me
Say nighty-night and kiss me
Just hold me tight and tell me you'll miss me
While I'm alone and blue as can be,
Dream a little dream of me.
Stars fading, but I linger on, dear,
Still craving your kiss.
I'm longing to linger 'till dawn, dear,
Just saying this:
Sweet dreams 'till sunbeams find you,
Sweet dreams that leave all worries behind you.
But in your dreams, whatever they be.
Dream a little dream of me.


A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square (as sung by Nat King Cole)
That certain night, the night we met,
There was magic abroad in the air.
There were angels dining at the Ritz,
And a nightingale sang in Berkeley Square.
I may be right, I may be wrong,
But I'm perfectly willing to swear
That when you turned and smiled at me,
A nightingale sang in Berkeley Square.
The moon that lingered over London town
Poor puzzled moon, he wore a frown.
How could he know that we two were so in love?
The whole darn world seemed upside down.
The streets of town were paved with stars,
It was such a romantic affair.
And as we kissed and said goodnight,
A nightingale sang in Berkeley Square.
When dawn came stealing up, all gold and blue
To interrupt our rendez-vous,
I still remember how you smiled and said,
Was that a dream? or was it true?
Our homeward step was just as light
As the dancing of Fred Astaire,
And like an echo far away
A nightingale sang in Berkeley Square.


The Best Things Happen While You're Dancing (from the movie "White Christmas")
The best things happen while you're dancing
Things you would not do at home
Come naturally on the floor
For dancing soon becomes romancing
When you hold a girl in your arms
That you've never held before
Even guys with two left feet
Come out alright if the girl is sweet
If by chance their cheeks should meet while dancing
Proving that the best things happen while you dance

Spring, Spring, Spring (from the musical Seven Brides for Seven Brothers)
Oh, the barnyard is busy in a regular tizzy,
And the obvious reason is because of the season
Ma Nature's lyrical, with her yearly miracle
Spring, Spring, Spring.
All the hen-folk are hatchin'
While their men-folk are scrathin'
To ensure the survival of each brand new arrival.
Each nest is twitterin',
They're all baby-sitterin',
Spring, Spring, Spring.
It's a beehive of buddin' son and daughter life,
Every family has plans in view.
Even down in the brook the underwater life
Is forever blowin' bubbles too.
Every field wears a bonnet
With some spring daisies on it,
Even birds of a feather show their clothes off together.
Sun's gettin' shinery, to spotlight the finery,
Spring, Spring, Spring.
From his eyrie, the eagle with his eagle eye
Gazes down across his eagle beak
And a'fixin' his lady with the legal eye
Screams "suppose we fix the date this week!"
Yes, siree, spring disposes
That it's all one supposes
It's a real bed of roses
Waggin' tails, rubbin' noses.
Each day is Mother's Day
The next is some other's day
When all is King

Dear Hearts and Gentle People (as sung by Bing Crosby)
I love those dear hearts and gentle people
Who live in my home town
Because those dear hearts and gentle people
Will never ever let you down
They read the good book
From Fri till Monday
That's how the weekend goes
I've got a dream house
I'll build there one day
With picket fence and ramblin' rose
I feel so welcome each time I return
That my happy heart keeps laughin' like a clown
I love the dear hearts and gentle people
Who live and love in my home town
There's a place I'd like to go
And it's back in Idaho
Where you're friendly neighbors smile and say hello
It's a pleasure and a treat
To meandor down the street
That's why I want the whole wide world to know
I love the gentle people
Because those dear hearts and gentle people
Will never ever let you down


More (as sung by Bobby Darin)
More than the greatest love the world has known
This is the love that I give to you alone
More than the simple words I try to say
I only live to love you more each day
More than you'll ever know
My arms long to hold you so
My life will be in your keeping
Waking, sleeping, laughing, weeping
Longer than always is a long, long time
But far beyond forever, you'll be mine
I know I never lived before
And my heart is very sure
No one else could love you more


And it's true...no one else (on earth, that is) could love Evy more than I do!

October 23, 2009

Packing and Pumpkin Spice

I'm packing to go home to Missouri tomorrow to see my family! It always seems like so long between visits. We're leaving earrrrllllyyyy in the morning because Kurt wants to go to the Ole Miss game. Sheesh. Kurt is driving me and Evy halfway and then we're meeting my Dad in Memphis and he'll take us from there. :)

I really wish my computer wasn't being DUMB and would let me upload pictures more easily. It's reallllyyy getting on my nerves.

In other news, Ashley from Smithfield, Virginia emailed me a recipe for Pumpkin Spice Cookies for me to put on the recipe blog. Go have a look! And while you're at it, email me YOUR recipes!

I'll check in later...pray we have a good trip and that Evy surprises me and does well in the car. :)

October 22, 2009

Christmastime is Here (Sort of...)

Well, the time has come...

To get a new computer.

Yes, Kurt ordered us a new Gateway machine today. We didn't think that we would be getting a Gateway, but we'll get the most for our money this way. It's a desktop model, and we're still going to use the screen and speakers that we already have.

But we're going to have a MUCH faster computer, with a TON more storage! My dream!

With all that I do (editing photos, blogging, and working on Lynwood's website), I need SPACE.

Our current computer is grinding to a halt. It's a Dell, and it's about 5 years old. Kurt always has this experience with Dell computers, so we knew it was coming. We've been getting the "extremely low space" message for months now, and we've cleared out everything we could onto an external hard drive (that's where all of our pictures are). This is basically a preemptive strike before this one totally crashes.

Ultimately, we're going to get a Mac desktop and I'll have a PC desktop or laptop to do some things on (I know PC like the back of my hand and I just like my comfort zone!). I KNOW I will love the Mac once I get used to it. I just won't have a ton of time to devote to learning a new machine, and I do too much on the computer to be out of commission. I already feel like I've missed so much blogging recently, because I haven't been able to upload pictures!

So hopefully in a week or so I'll have a fresh computer to use. The weight on my shoulders now is having to track down all the program CD's to Photoshop (thanks a trillion, Lindsey!), etc. We thought we had them all in one place but you know how that goes. I get so stressed over things like this, and I just need to clam down. We will find all of the program CD's we need. That's what I keep telling myself.

So that's the news right now...I will be blogging more frequently again and I won't have to stress over a loud, maxed-out-on-space computer. We are considering this our Christmas gift to each other (even though we did concede that we need to have one thing to open....but it will be under $50).


In honor of my Christmas gift, I'm now officially putting up my Christmas music playlist. I've heard from several people that they love this playlist, and pull it up just to listen to during the day. I would have to agree, it's a good collection, and always growing :)

So MERRY CHRISTMAS to me (and you)!!

October 21, 2009

New Recipe

I just posted my recipe for Chicken Artichoke casserole on my Recipe Blog. It's so yummy! I can't believe I like artichokes, but I do. Not by themselves per se, but IN things. Particularly fattening dips. But they're delicious in casseroles, too!

Don't forget...if you'd like to share your recipe(s), email me and I'll post them! Include your name, and blog address if you have one.

October 20, 2009

Puffs for the Recovering Patient

I know I haven't been doing the best job of posting lately! Between sickness and painting up a storm (literally I have about 12 canvas orders going right now), I just haven't had time! But I've gotten to where I don't feel as overwhelmed...I'm just taking one thing at a time.

The little flu patient is recovered and doing better. In fact, she was feeling brave enough to try puffs for the first time!

She still hasn't mastered how to grab them and put them in her mouth yet, so we pop them in for her, but she just loves them. It's so cute to see her "snacking."

My grandparents were here for a visit recently so once I have all my pictures uploaded I'll put them up! We had a great time!

Just checking in and I'll post more soon. Have a great evening :)

October 19, 2009

October 15, 2009

Visit Ashley's Artistry!

This week on Kelly's Tour we're all showing what we make or sell. So if you haven't looked already, go look at my art website. You can also find it up in the menu bar.

Happy Browsing :)
P.S. Per Sarah Denley's request: Yes, we unknowingly exposed Ann Peyton and Aubrey to The Swine. And SD's husband ended up being our pharmicist today! Super helpful :)

October 14, 2009

Flu Shmu

So....

Evy is sick. For the first time ever.

With the flu.

Long story short, she ended up catching it from my siblings who came to visit last weekend. But they didn't know they had it. It's okay, I'll keep them anyway. I couldn't live life without my darling [flu-infested] sibs.

Tuesday morning Evy woke up with slight sniffles and the hint of a cough. No fever. I made a mental note of it but wasn't alarmed. By late afternoon, she was running a fever. The cough and sniffles never got persistent, though. Then I got word that my mom, brother, and sister all have the flu. My mom was basically diagnosed with the swine (I think it's pretty much hilarious to call it The Swine). So that raised a bigger flag to me that Evs had been exposed.

Kurt and I discussed the whole situation. I was pretty chilled out about the whole thing, considering my child might have the flu. But I wanted her to see Dr. Payne anyway. So I called the office and the girl at the front desk was rather abrupt and told me I could come in if I wanted to on Thursday morning.

I called my wonderful, darling friend Constance, whose father happens to be Dr. Payne. She's also finishing pharmacy school, which doesn't hurt. We mulled over it and she talked to her dad, who wanted to see us this morning at 8:30 and run a flu test.

So off we went, and the test was positive. He basically said we can assume it's the swine flu, but there's hardly any difference between that and regular flu. The main reason The Swine (heehee) has gotten so much hype is because of the "epidemic" nature of it. So he wrote her a prescription for Tamiflu (it was just approved by the FDA for babies) and a prescription for me, because the chances of me getting it are pretty high. Awesome.

Let me tell you, this child is an angel baby. She took two 3 hour naps today, is still nursing so well, and woke up happy and smiling after each nap. She played with me and Kurt this evening just smiling and showing off the whole time. The flu works for her.

So, I might be out of commission just a bit...but not for too long. Evy seems to be punching The Swine in the face at the age of 8 months :)

October 13, 2009

Wow.

So...my dad was somewhere in this crowd:


They're going to post more individual photos at some point, but this gives you an idea of what the environment my dad was running in.

Sunday morning, around 11 am (when he was due to finish), my brother, husband, and myself were huddled at our computer searching for his name and time. My mom hadn't found him yet after the race (you can imagine with that crowd), so no one knew anything. We finally found his name, held our breath, and then I saw 3:34:25 (he needed a 3:35:59 or under to qualify). I yelled, "HE DID IT!!!! HE QUALIFIED!!!!" And then I cried.

My brother called my mom and told her the news. The crowd that was with her started cheering and they were so excited.

Not long after, I got a call from my dad. I could barely talk I was so excited for him. You don't understand what a meaningful thing this was for us!

So on April 19, no matter what, you'll be able to find me in Boston, Massachusetts cheering my dad on in his ultimate race. I'm so proud of you, Dad!

It's going to be awesome.

October 12, 2009

Pictures Lately

Here are a lot of pictures of what we've been up to lately!


Recently we went to Kurt's parents' to host a baby shower for Kurt's cousin, Raleigh. Baby Asher will get here around Christmastime! His nursery theme is the jungle, so I ordered these napkins and we did the whole theme/design from there.



I painted this birth announcement canvas:


My sister-in-law Jennifer made this adorable diaper cake:


My sweet, dear friend Suzanne made the cake to match the invitation (that Jennifer also designed). It traveled all the way from Jackson!




I painted this letters to make his little monogram:


Here's the table:

Here are some pictures from the shower. Evy was love-loving Daddy Willie :)


Mrs. Pam (Kurt's mom), Jennifer, me, and you know who:


With mommy-to-be Raleigh:
....and Cousin Russ :)
Aunt Jennifer and Uncle Kelly brought Evy a new toy. It was a huge hit!


Evy got tickled that Daddy fell asleep.

Lovely fall day :)



Here at home, I put the crib mirror that used to be mine up in Evy's crib. She loves it!


Some scenes from bath time:

This one made us laugh out loud!
Kurt had to give a lecture at work as a senior resident. For the last slide in his presentation, he wanted to show pictures of Evy. So here she is in her scrubs (yes, I'm serious) learning to do all sorts of things with Daddy!




Have you ever seen someone so sassy?



Kurt surprised me by buying Snow White, and I had to introduce Evy! She loved it!

Have a great day!
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