Monday, December 13, 2010


This little guy has been quite challenging lately. He was sick all last week and wasn't himself at all! Our whole house is tired from long nights and little sleep. But one things for sure, I never get tired of....

Happy Monday, friends!

P.S. Notice the theme in the first three pictures? Drool hanging from his chin! The kid rarely takes a picture without it! So naturally, I had to take advantage of the no-drool moment and snap the last picture. It's his signature mark!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Christmas Tree 2010

So. You may remember the Tonagel Christmas tree fiasco of 2009. If not, you can get a recap by clicking here.
Greg had a great opportunity this year to redeem himself from last year's unfortunate tree.
He TOTALLY hit it out of the park this year! I love our tree. I love the soft, short needles. I love the way it smells. I love it's shape and size. I love that my mom helped me decorate it. I love that my hubby picked it out. I love this tree.
This week I was able to get a few Christmas decorations up while my mom was visiting. Our house was made for Christmas! So here are some of my favorite Christmas things scattered throughout the house.

Ta-da! Here is our tree!

And some of my favorite ornaments.

My mom and I came up with these fun, sparkly arrangements. Love them!

And I just love this little guy!
I love this cute, hand-made, wooden nativity made by Greg when he was young.

Hope everyone is enjoying this wonderful season!

Bye, friends!

Monday, November 29, 2010

Family Picture

We had family pictures taken at Matter Park in Marion just down the road from our house. The boys were (fairly) cooperative and I think we got a few really cute ones. Thanks Renee Janofski for taking our picture!

Saturday, November 27, 2010

1967 Ford Falcon

So. About 10+ years ago Greg had the brilliant idea to refurbish an old car. He found a deal in a 1967 Ford Falcon and bought it. He was young, single, and thought why not? Well, ten years, a wife, 2 kids, and some pretty hefty change later, the car is (almost) done!

This car makes my hubby happy and that makes me happy.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Shutterfly Promo

Wow. Where did the time go? It seemed like just yesterday that William was born, followed by a crazy summer and my baby boy turning two. Then is was the start to another school year and a new basketball season. Now, it's Thanksgiving week which means the start to holiday shopping and time to write/address Christmas cards! I love creating a family card of our own but also LOVE receiving cards (especially photo cards) in the mail. Lucky for me this year, my mail slot empties right into our foyer so I don't even have to bundle up in the cold to get my fun mail goodies!

So who do I like to turn to when it's time to create my family photo card? Shutterfly! They have a great selection for various needs/occasions and often run amazing deals and specials that make choosing them a no-brainer. When I am NOT feeling ambitious and not up to creating a crafty invite/thank-you of my own I always turn to Shutterfly. So this year for Christmas, I plan to do the same thing! I love their Christmas selection and especially the 5X7 folded cards! I haven't decided which card is calling our family's name but this one looks cutesy and I also like this more classic look! I also like this one and appreciate it's Christian affiliation. I went with this card last year and loved how simple it was! Wow, so many great options, I better get deciding! If you are a blogger and want to take advantage of another wonderful Shutterfly offer, click here to read details on receiving 50 free Christmas cards of your own!

Looking forward to our Thanksgiving celebration this year. We are so blessed and have SO much to be thankful for.

I am off to make homemade dinner rolls, cranberry relish, and a family favorite, rutabaga for our Thanksgiving meal. Yum!

Be thankful, friends!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Coconut Doughnut!

Made this feathered wreath the other day. The previous homeowners had one in their nursery and I really liked it so I tried to recreate it. I'm pretty happy with the way it turned out! I could have bought one on Etsy for $40 but I made this for under $10! Go me! Can't wait to see it in a little girls room someday. Maybe.

My sister says it looks like a coconut doughnut and I think she might be right.

And she also said it's something you would find in her [gay] neighbors' apartment. I will take that as a compliment!

Also, while I am posting decorative pictures, check out what my sister Lauren made for Jace's room. LOVE!

Enjoyed some alone time this morning while the kids were home with a wonderful babysitter. I needed a bit of a break. This terrible two thing is rough!

We are gearing up for Thanksgiving at our house! Love the holidays! Blessings to you today!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Quick Update!

Here is a glimpse of how big our baby is getting. He is crawling, pulling himself up, and eating solids. He turned 8 months old on Saturday. We adore our baby (even when he is whining and crying which seems like 50% of the time recently)!
Here is big brother riding on Papa's tractor in La Porte.
Will got his first ride too!
Love my boys!
That's all!

Monday, November 1, 2010

Hound Dog

You ain't nothing but a hound dog

Cryin' all the time
Well, you ain't never caught a rabbit
And you ain't no friend of mine!
Thank you. Thank you very much!

Saturday, October 23, 2010


We just love our

football playin'...
big smilin'...
"Up to no good" lookin'...
Camera hoggin'...
Side-ways hat wearin'...
Tractor lovin'...
Country boy!

Friday, October 22, 2010

Do you like seafood?

See, food! :)

Happy Friday, friends!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Pink bows and little toes!

My sister and niece are here!

First off, how beautiful is my sister?

Second, I adore my niece! She is so petite and so sweet! I love holding a baby in pink!

Jace and Will are having fun with their new cousin. So far, Jace has tackled her and Will has sat on her. Oh, and Jace keeps calling her "sister". Trying to tell me something, son???

Will is obsessed with her hair bow!

Did I mention my baby is practically crawling?
LOVE Morgan's Ugg Boots! She's such a stylin' 6 week old!
I love her baby sounds!
And I can't get enough of this little turkey!

Oh, and I love this little monkey too!
Bye friends!