Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween!

Jaxson had a fantastic first Halloween!

We dressed him up as a cutie little monkey!  I loved it!

Just look at that cutie little tail!

My chunky monkey

Our family

Halloween with Gamm-E

Our neighbors spread.  To quote one of the kids tonight - "this is candy wonderland!!"

Scary!  Come get some!!
We have it down to a science on our block.  Everyone gathers together and brings something good to eat, and the kids get to skip a whole block, and get lots of candy here.  They love it!

Our hosts, Ronnie & Cash aka Superman!

Our next door neighbors take trick or treating very seriously

Our Halloween PJs

The cutest little Halloween feet I have seen.  EVAH!

Mommy please stop taking pictures and pick me up!

We hope you had a wonderful Halloween too!

Monday, October 24, 2011

Erin Condren Deal - 50% Off!!!!!!

Remember how I posted about how much I adore my Erin Condren goodies?  Well, imagine my pure glee when I saw the email from Plum District this morning - $50 vouchers for only $25!!!!  This is what I did when I placed my first order with Erin Condren, and I'm doing it again to get my Christmas cards from her!  They are adorable!  I bought the full amount, 3, which means I will get all of my Christmas cards paid for for only $75.  Can't beat that!  I wish I could buy more of these, I so would!

Here is her site -

Here's how the vouchers work - You register and purchase them from Plum District.  You pay $25 for each one (limit 3), and you get a voucher number for each one.  You then go to Erin's site and choose your goodies!  Then, when you are finished, you apply the vouchers to your purchase.  It can be used for anything but shipping and taxes. 
Anyway, I had to share this deal with you before I headed to work this morning, here is the link to the vouchers if you are interested.

Hope you all have an amazing blessed day!

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Pumpkin Patch

We took my little sweetie to the pumpkin patch this weekend.  My parents came in town from Dallas to join in the fun.  I love that they were able to enjoy it with us!  We had so much fun!

My little family.  I feel so blessed.

Jaxson isn't sitting up yet, but he liked being propped up in all those pumpkins!

I kept thinking of sweet little Linus waiting for "The Great Pumpkin"!

Hmm...these are not like the squash you have been eating sweet baby.  And, I feel certain they are not at all clean...

Jaxson with his Grandpa and Gigi

In Grandpa's Cap :)

This warms my heart.  I know it is a simple picture.  BUT - it encompasses what makes me happy.  My parents, my husband and my baby boy all together, enjoying each other and a beautiful day.  Thank you God for the beautiful blessings you have given me.  I am humbled.

My Life Planner! How I love Erin Condren...

I recently became aware of Erin Condren from my sweet friend Erin Williams - haha!

She sent me an email with a blog link that had a coupon from a discount site to try her products.  Boy am I glad I did!  I ordered her life planner, desk pad, and address book.  I LOVE them all!!!

The life planner has helped me so much.  I keep things electronically in a calendar, but it is so nice to have a book to flip through and the write things down in.  I am a to do list kind of girl, and I have learned that if I don't write things down and plan my weeks out, that nothing gets done and I get stressed.  It's just the way I operate.

I have been looking for a larger, user friendly address book for quite some time now.  This one was a little expensive, but it is totally worth it.  I like to send tons of things - all kinds of cards, and I am a thank you fanatic.  So I use our address book all the time.  It lives in a planter in our kitchen.  The one I was using is about 4 years old, and is running out of room.  Our friends were not all married yet, and it seemed we were all moving every couple of all my pages are all scratched out and filled in.  It made me so happy to fill in a new, clean book!  (I'm a nerd, yes I know).

I also ordered the desk pad, and it makes my desk happier!  It has a little calendar at the bottom, and it is perfect to jot down notes or to dos.  Even the men in my office have asked me where they can get one - haha!

A lot of her stuff is expensive, and more than I would usually spend on things like this.  But, they are great quality, and if they are on sale, it's totally worth it.  Life is all about the little things, right? :)

Oh, and even the BOX that the items came in was pretty!  It was so fun to get it in the mail!

UPDATE!!  There is a great deal on Plum District today 10/24 to get 50% off! 

I am not endorsed by Erin Condren and got nothing for writing this post.  I just wanted to share a great find that made my life easier and happier!

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Bahama Mama!

As you may know, I was heartbroken and scared to death at leave my 4 month old little man for 5...yes FIVE long nights.  Well...we both survived!  And, Hubby and I had an amazing time just being us again.

So, I cried the whole way from our house to the airport.  That's about a 45 minute drive.  I almost turned around at the end of the neighborhood, but I couldn't bring myself to call Hubby and tell him that I wasn't coming.  So, I went.  I sat in the parking garage giving myself a talk. "Michelle, you have to get it together.  He will be fine.  You have to put on your make up.  You don't want to meet the other wives looking like this."  So, I pulled it together and I made it.  Turns out, the other wives were pretty sad to leave their little ones too.  We all felt sad to leave our littles.  Talking about it made me feel much better.  I upgraded to first class and had Bailey's in my coffee and read a book.  I haven't read a book that wasn't related to pregnancy or baby development in over a year. I felt a rush at being just a little selfish.  It felt good!

By the time we got to our connecting flight in Atlanta, I was okay.  I felt okay for the rest of the trip.  I missed Jaxson of course, but I didn't cry, and I didn't get upset the whole time.  I was able to sleep.  Like, really sleep.  Like I used to sleep before I was a mom.  I don't think I've really truly slept since Jaxson was born.  I kind of half sleep, half listen to make sure he doesn't need something.  Hubby and I had uninterupted conversations.  We slept in, ate what we wanted when we wanted and had more than two drinks at a time. It was like we were dating again.  I loved it!

We stayed at The Atlantis.  I didn't love it.  You can smoke everywhere in there, and it was so smokey.  Everything we took had to be drycleaned when we got home.  People smoked in and around the pool, in the lobby, at all the bars and restraunts, and especially in the casino.  Yuck.  And, I'm not being over sensitive, the smoke in Vegas doesn't really bother me.  It did here though.  Secondly, there were tons of kids.  But, I wouldn't choose that for a family vacation.  Next, the food was WAY expensive and not that great.  It was more expensive than going to a Texans game.  Hamburgers were $25.  A drink by the pool was $13.  That's a lot.  And, the rooms were not that nice and the grounds were not pretty.  I was beyond unimpressed.  I just had to share hat, because I had heard wonderful things about it and was so excited to go.  I will not go back.

That being said, here are some pictures from our trip :)

We ate at a place called The Poop Deck.  It was outside and overlooked the ocean.  Love.

At dinner at Nobu.  Amazing food.  This was the first time I was able to have sushi in over a year.  It was FABO.  I even tried conch sashimi.  I'm proud of myself for trying it, but it was not for me.  It was the consistency of an eraser.

Our group.  Hubby's coworkers and the wives.

Hubby enjoying and over priced and over cooked hamburger at the resort - haha!
We took our friends to the Fish Fry.  This is our favorite part of the Bahamas.  They have the greatest food ever!
MMMmmmm....makes my mouth water!

Us enjoying the beach! 
We loved the beaches there, and the lazy river was amazing.  I could have floated around in there all week long!

All in all, our vacation was a success!  We came home to a baby that was BEYOND off his schedule, and 2 1/2 pounds, oh yes, I said 2 1/2 pounds - heavier than when we left him.  We hardly recognized him when we walked in the door - haha!  It took me a full week to get him back on schedule and we are still trying to get the food stuff back on track...but we are getting there.  He was well taken care of and very, very LOVED.  And, isn't that the most important thing?