Saturday, October 29, 2011

Fall Followers Fest!


Who doesn't love a good blog hop? 

Casey teamed up with some other lovely ladies IllyDanielle, and Jess to host the fun.

If you are new here, let me tell you a little about myself.

Sure, you could click on all the tabs at the top of my blog and find out more information about me than you'd ever want to know.  I'll spare you a step and tell you the Reader's Digest version.

I'm a 34 year old wife and mommy.

I'm married to my best friend, Mark.  That may sound cliche but it's true.  He makes me a better person and there's not anyone else I'd rather spend time with than him.  We've been happily married for 9 years (it'll be 10 in June 2012, woo hoo!).

I have two incredible little boys.  They are AMAZING!  Will is about to turn 5 and Ben turned 2 in June.  Life is an adventure with them.  As I type this, they are playing in the dirt in my garden.  I love little boys!

{Photos by Lauren}

 I'm also a junior high history teacher.  I've taught for 10 years.

I live in a small town in the middle of nowhere in Texas.  I started blogging because I loved reading other blogs.  When I started blogging I had no idea that I'd find such a community in the blogosphere.  Since I live in such a small town it can be hard to find people who have similar interests.  I've "found my people" through blogging.  I've made so many special friendships with people from California to Long Island.  The connection is hard to explain to others who don't blog.  You know what I mean?  I'm sure you can relate.

If you are new to my blog, some of my writing has been more serious lately.  It's just a reflection of life, which has been a challenge.  I've been heavyhearted in the last few months.  We've struggled with the death of my grandfather and other challenges like my father-in-law's diagnosis with cancer.  Through it all we've been able to remember who is in control.  I'm forever grateful for the love of Christ and the grace and patience of God.

I'm thankful for my faith which sustains me.  I'm thankful for my church, friends, family and so many other things, big and small, I'm blessed with.

This blog is all about our family, faith, life in a small town, traveling, friendship, clothes, maybe a recipe here or there and lots of other randomness.  Sometimes serious sometimes silly.

Thank you for stopping by and leave a comment to say hi.  I'd love to get to know you!

Friday, October 28, 2011


Since I use the Hipstamatic App instead of Instagram, I titled the post HipstaFriday--get it.  I can't think of anything clever to call these posts so that's as good as it gets.  I suppose I could just title it InstaFriday and put the date, but that's about as original and creative as my WIWW post titles.  I could also call it Phone Dump Friday, but that's not very appealing.  Anything with the word 'dump' shouldn't be in my title.  I will stop there.

Let's get to the photos!

*These are in no chronological order whatsoever.

I have been known to try take photos of my boys at inconvenient times.   A couple of weeks ago we went to the grocery store to buy milk.  We trying to get in and out quickly but I just had to take a couple of photos of Ben and Will by the pumpkins.  I love fall, can you blame me?

Ben cooperated, but while I was taking this photo Will was knocking over piles of pumpkins.

I finally got Will to sit still so I could take one photo of him.

Saturday we had breakfast at Cracker Barrel.  Yum-O!

The boys enjoy playing in the country store as much as I enjoy the pancakes and bacon.

Ben really likes to look at the fish at Wal-Mart.  I do, too.

Will is not a big fan of hats or caps.  I have no idea why he decided to wear this one. Since he rarely wears a cap, I knew I'd better take a photo because he won't wear one again.  Ben's the opposite.  He loves to wear caps.  On a side note, Will looks so big in this photo.  I can't believe he will be 5 years old in less than a week!  Where does the time go?

This is the entrance to Fuddruckers.  The boys thought the footprints were so cool.

Those are awful big shoes to fill, Ben!

This should be after the pumpkin photo.  It was taken the same day.  I wasted time here because I had to get a photo of Will and Ben pushing the little shopping carts.  Thank goodness the grocery store wasn't very crowded because the boys can get a little crazy pushing the carts around.  Mark and I took several hits to the ankle and calf.

This was taken at the beginning of October when we celebrated my mother-in-law's birthday.  Will thinks every birthday meal has to be followed by frozen yogurt at Yumi-Licious.  I have to admit that it's not a bad idea.  Papa Jerry shared his yogurt with Ben.

Mamaw Carol and Ben

I didn't know that Honeycrisp apples were seasonal.  The lady at Sam's who offered samples informed all about Honeycrips apples.  I bought a huge bag at Sam's and I also bought a gallon of Honeycrisp apple cider. 

I got some earrings from Ike and Co today in the mail!  I might be just a little obsessed with her shop.  No seriously, Angie is the best and her jewelry is beautiful.  You'll definitely be seeing the new goodies in my WIWW posts.

This week Will and Ben have had a stomach bug that's going around.  Yuck!  Thank goodness both are on the mend.  The boys' bathroom counter looked like this.  I have an arsenal of cleaning supplies and disinfectants.  I also have my old standby bleach that didn't make the photo.

I've done countless loads of laundry.  It's not easy to operate the washing machine at 3:00a.m.

Texas Rangers
World Series
So intense!  My husabnd is true fan of all the Dallas sports teams--Dallas Cowboys, Dallas Mavericks and Texas Rangers.  I didn't think anything could top the Mavs winning the NBA championship this summer.  A Texas Rangers World Series definitely could.  Game 6 was intense and my husband may have a few more gray hairs because of it.  It's so disappointing that the Rangers lost and have to play Game 7.  For my husband and all of the other loyal Rangers fans, I hope they can make it happen.  I know he wasn't the only guy going crazy during the game.  All I had to do was check my facebook updates and so many people posted that their husbands couldn't take it.  I could relate.  I was texting back and forth with my brother the entire game.  He was super disapointed, too.  I'm still a fan...Let's Go Rangers!!!

Silly Will

Silly Ben

life rearranged

Flashback Friday: Halloween

I love Halloween!

Growing up I lived outside of a small rural town in the country.  There were no neighborhoods to go trick-or-treating.  We had a Halloween Carnival (or is it politically correct to say Fall Festival) where we could dress up at my school, but other than that Halloween was something I didn't get to celebrate. 

When Mark and I married and built our little house in town I was so excited about our first Halloween.  I bought lots of candy and waited in anticipation for our first trick-or-treaters.  I had the best time seeing all of the kids (and some grownups) in their costumes.

About five years ago we started giving away candy for our church at our town's local Halloween festival "Halloween on the Square".  Local businesses, organizations and churches line the streets of our downtown square and all of the kiddos walk around and fill up their bags with candy.  There are bounce houses and a costume contest.  These are the things I love about living in a small town.  It's safe and so much fun. 

Since Halloween is one of my favorite times of year, and I've only been blogging since May 2010, I wanted to flashback to some of my favorite images of the boys dressed up for Halloween.  Get ready for some photo overload!

This was Will's first Halloween.  He was just about to turn a year old.  He's always loved monkeys so when we saw this costume we knew it would be perfect for him.  It was so neat to get Will dressed in his adorable costume and go downtown.  I remember the weather was perfect and we all had such a good time.

Will at his first Halloween on the Square.

Probably one of my favorite photos ever of Mark and Will.

Will was almost two and I was pregnant with Ben.  I had pretty yucky morning sickness and was exhausted because I was still in the first trimester.  We decided to go with the super hero theme and Will was Batman.  The Batman mask stayed on for about 2 minutes so the rest of the evening he just wore the costume minus the mask.  Still very cute!

This was his first year to get in the bounce house. 

Trying to get him to pose for a photo was as hard as it was then as it is now. 

Will and Ben
This was such a special Halloween.  I love celebrating holidays with both boys.  Ben was four months old.  This spider costume was perfect for my little guy.  He was my Itsy Bitsy Spider.

I love the expression on his face in this photo.  If we could put a thought bubble above his head it might read, "What the heck have my parents made me wear?"

Will was the King of the Jungle.  So far, Will's lion costume and monkey costume have been my favorite.  We were pleasantly surprised when Will kept the hood to his costume up all night.  He also let me paint his face, which made the costume complete.

More bounce house fun :)

I still have this photo framed on my desk at school.  Since I was still recovering from Bell's Palsy, this photo was one of the first where I actually felt like myself after months of facial paralysis.

Could he be any cuter?!?  I think not!

I wish I could go back in time and kiss those sweet baby cheeks!

The fun is over.  Time to go home.
Did you notice Ben's super cute baby Chuck Taylors?  Awesome!

Will and Ben
I wrote a couple of posts here, here, and here about Halloween last year.

Will was Buzz Lightyear and we recycled Will's first costume and Ben was a monkey. 

We're going with the super hero theme again.  Ben will be Batman and Will is going to be Spiderman.  I can't wait to take photos on Monday when we are at Halloween on the Square.

Hope you have a safe and fun time trick-or-treating!

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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

What I Wore Wednesday 10/26/11

What I Wore Wednesday 10/26/11

I only have a couple of outfits this week.

Outfit #1
Striped top: Old Navy (bought on Clearance for less than $3)
Skinny jeans: Target
Brown boots: DSW
Here's the 411 on the boots:
Brand: Matisse
Style: Becky
Color: Saddle
I purchased them in late August or early September of this year. 

Outfit #2
Jeans: Seven A pocket bought at
Beige top: Gap
Infinity Scarf: made by my sister-in-law Andrea
Flats and white layer tank: Old Navy
Earrings: Ike and Co 

This scarf made a plain outfit more interesting.

I love the colors and textures.  It's so soft. 

Simple earrings that go with everything.   

Linking up to Lindsey at the Pleated Poppy.
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