Showing posts with label Holidays. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Holidays. Show all posts

Monday, December 23, 2013

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas from the Howards!

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Felt Christmas Tree

A friend of mine made this felt tree for her son last year. So when I was at Hancock Fabric today and saw that felt was 50% off I knew this was my chance to make one for Landry.


This whole project was super easy and the total cost was $5. And took about 15 minutes to do. I cut everything out while watching TV.
  • $2.99 for the big green felt
  • $2 for the ornaments.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Happy 4th of July

Oh, say can you see by the dawn's early light
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars thru the perilous fight,
O'er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming?
And the rocket's red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.
Oh, say does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

On the shore, dimly seen through the mists of the deep,
Where the foe's haughty host in dread silence reposes,
What is that which the breeze, o'er the towering steep,
As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses?
Now it catches the gleam of the morning's first beam,
In full glory reflected now shines in the stream:
'Tis the star-spangled banner! Oh long may it wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

And where is that band who so vauntingly swore
That the havoc of war and the battle's confusion,
A home and a country should leave us no more!
Their blood has washed out their foul footsteps' pollution.
No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight, or the gloom of the grave:
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

Oh! thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand
Between their loved home and the war's desolation!
Blest with victory and peace, may the heav'n rescued land
Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation.
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto: "In God is our trust."
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

Monday, May 13, 2013

My First Mother's Day

My first Mother's Day didn't go according to plan... Saturday night I had to take Joel to the hospital for a spider bite.

So I got the worst night's sleep ever, between nurses coming in, doctors doing check ups, Joel being taken for an MRI, and the lab tech coming and drawing blood we just couldn't sleep. This was my bed for the night...

I guess that's pay back for Joel doing it for 2 nights when we were in the hospital with Landry!

Around 11am I finally got to see my baby boy. He missed us. Look at him loving on his daddy! MELT. MY. HEART.

Don't worry I got some love too (that's him giving me a kiss)

Then our family left for lunch. I decided to stay with Joel since the doctors were supposed to be coming in soon to give us an update.

Later that night, I met my mom and Joel's mom (along with the rest of my family) at Outback Steakhouse for a delicious dinner!

Me and My beautiful mom!

Does my mom know me or what?!?! My favorite dessert EVER is cookie cake! So it's only fitting that I have one on my first Mother's Day.

Me and my boy! The one who made me a mom!

Trying to get a picture with the cake... never put sugar in front of an infant/toddler and expect them not to eat it.

Overall, it was a great day for me! Totally not what I had planned or expected! I need to send a HUGE HUGE HUGE thank you to both of our moms! While I was taking care of Joel for most of the day, tey took care of Landry. I feel like I totally stole the day from both of them. In fact, I don't think I ever told them Happy Mother's Day... So Grammy and Nonna thank you for all you do everyday for all 3 of us!

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Happy... Mother's Day (Sharing my heart)

I never understood that Mother's Day could be a difficult holiday for some people. I guess I just thought that everyone had a mom so it was something everyone could celebrate. However, this year, as I celebrate my first Mother's Day, more than ever I am beginning to understand.

I am so blessed to have my precious baby boy. I have the best mom in the world who is there for me no matter what. I also have a wonderful MIL who treats me like her own. There are countless other women who love me like their own (Grandma and Mrs. Searle). And I don't take these for granted, not for one second! God has been so good to me! And to all of these women, I say "Happy Mother's Day"!

But I know that today is a hard day.

For those of you who have lost your mom, I grieve with you today.

For those of you who are pregnant, I pray for the continued growth of your little one and a healthy delivery.

For those who long so desperately to be a mom, my heart truly breaks for you. I pray that you will find peace and comfort.

And for all those other situations that make Mother's Day so hard, I pray that you will know you are loved by the King.

This has been on my heart for awhile, but I never knew the right time to share it. I guess now is a good time.

When I found out I was pregnant with Landry, my first reaction was excitement. I was so excited to know that we were having a baby. However, that morning as I got ready for work, I thought about a sweet, sweet friend that had been trying for 7 years to have a baby. And I wished it was her. Don't get me wrong, I love my son with ALL my heart, but I just wanted it to be her that was pregnant. Joel and I had only really tried for 1 month. We didn't expected to get pregnant that quickly.

I had prayed for 7 years for my friend to have a baby and now here I was pregnant... but somehow deep inside I knew... I just knew that this was her year. And you know what, it was... In May just a few months before I gave birth, we got the news. Joel and I were with our ABF at a baseball game, when he got a phone call from his brother telling him. Then he put me on the phone. I balled... Right there in the middle of the baseball game.

This past January, Samuel Cole came into this world! He and Landry are only 6 months apart, and I can't wait to watch these two boys grow up together.

Here is what my friend said about Mother's Day:

As I lay here looking at my baby boy I can't believe how my life has changed this past year. For 7 years the week of mothers day was so painful I dreaded the thought of the words that I knew were to come on mothers day. "You're still young you have plenty of time." "Don't give up hope it will happen" & truth be told I had already given up. So much heartache so many prayers and so many tears. I felt broken and in a strange way I felt ashamed that I could not get pregnant. Then when the answer seemed to be my sister having a baby for us didn't work I went numb. Too many doctors said it wouldn't happen. Too many pregnancy test had come back negative and too many pills and procedures that didn't work. The week before Mother's Day last year I decided that I had to give up and try not to even think about it. I begged God for my womb to be opened and blessed. I prayed that I would be healed and that my pain would not be so bad on mothers day. The day of I was still a little upset but not as much as normal. Little did I know God had decided to stop saying not yet and I was pregnant but didn't know it! I was sick all day but not too bad so I figured it was a bug. They day was coming to an end and I thanked God for my mom. I finally felt at peace with it. A couple Weeks later I finally took a test and you all know the rest. I am so blessed and my great is bursting with joy. I'm writing this thinking of my loved ones who are yearning for a child. My heart breaks for you. The pain of wanting a child is almost to heavy to bear. I pray that this day will not be as painful for you all as years before and that God gives you peace this day! I love you all and thank you for sharing this journey with us.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Easter 2013

Sunday morning we woke up earlier than normal thanks to our cute little alarm clock. So we decided to go ahead and let Landry see his Easter basket.

I hope that one day he understands that Easter is not about the Easter bunny. I hope he know that God loves him so much that he sent his son to die on a cross for him. That is the true meaning of Easter, but having an Easter basket was a fun tradition in my family. I wanted to continue that tradition for Landry.

This year Landry got 5 books, 2 outfits, and puffs. Nothing fancy, he's not going to remember it anyway.

Then we all got ready and headed to church.

After church, we went over to my cousin Toni's house to eat and then have an Easter egg hunt.

Landry didn't get it AT ALL. I thought he would at least crawl to a colorful egg, but no... I guess the grass is just that interesting.

He did get 3 eggs though, but they all ended up in his mouth.

After Landry hunted his eggs it was time for us to head home. He only got a 30 minute nap on our drive over and he was very tired.

He woke up and we skyped with both families and then watched the Rangers!

Friday, December 21, 2012

SUYL - Christmas Cards

Linking up with Kelly's Korner today to show everyone our Christmas card!

We wish you all a very MERRY CHRISTMAS!



Friday, December 7, 2012

Christmas Parties Galore

This week I had not 1, not 2, but 3 Christmas parties to attend! Don't get me wrong I love Christmas, but that's a lot of time away from my baby in one week!

Monday we had our end of the year bunko party! I have been playing with a bunch of ladies from my mom's church the first Monday of every month. And this was our last one of the year.

We ate, played a round of bunko and then did a gift exchange. I came home with this adorable plate! So excited to leave cookies for Santa!

On Wednesday we had our ABF Christmas party. This year we decided to do cocktail attire. It was nice to see everyone all dressed up. We also catered food this year. We had a lovely evening with everyone. (I know some of you have been waiting for the pictures for awhile, sorry for the delay)

The girls from our small group

 I don't know if you can read the title of that book, but just in case you think you are going crazy... It really does say "The Worst Fart". I laughed so hard when I saw it! I can't believe anyone ever published it. You can read the whole thing here.

The girls

No party in our class is complete without an announcement! We are so excited for the Ogles!

Our final party was on Friday evening with my company. This year I was head of the social committee (and no, I'm not mean like Angela from the office! ha!). I had a lot of fun planning it with a few other people, but trying to please over 120 people and their spouses is not an easy job! I think everyone had fun though. Enjoy some pictures of the evening.

The Landry spent the night at my parents house so Joel and I wouldn't have to worry about picking him up at midnight! It was so nice to sleep till 8:30. That's sleeping in for us these days. I know someday he will be a teen and sleep all day, and this getting up at 7 is just a phase. So for now I am enjoying our happy morning baby! I'm a morning person anyway.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

'Trash' Trail Mix

Today I wanted to share a favorite family recipe with you! Every year around the holidays my mom, sisters, and I get together to make what we call 'trash'. This is super easy to make and taste so yummy!

ingredients for trail mix

4 cups of Chex corn cereal
4 cups of Chex wheat cereal
4 cups of Chex rice cereal
4 cups shoe string potatoes
4 cups Frenchs fried onions
8 tbls worchester
1 stick of butter
2 tbls garlic salt
2 packages of taco seasoning
(There are nuts pictured above and they are optional. I don't like them so I chose not to add them.)

1. Preheat the oven to 225 degrees

2. Mix the cereals, fried onions, and shoe string potatoes. Stir and make sure they are well mixed and then add the taco seasoning and garlic salt.

3. In a small sauce pan melt the stick of butter and worchester together.

4. Once the butter is melted pour a 3rd of it on the cereal mixture. Stir and add another 3rd. Mix and repeat.

5. Add the lid and put it in the oven for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes take it out and stir, repeat every 15 minutes for 45 minutes.

6. Put in little containers and eat up!