Sunday, January 31, 2010

Day 31


"Never let the odds keep you from doing what you know in your heart you were meant to do."
~ H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Day 30


Oh yeah! Gotta love them Boyz!!!!

Friday, January 29, 2010

Day 29


A daughter may outgrow your lap, but she will never outgrow your heart.
-- Author Unknown

Today marks 5 years ago we filed our first step in our adoption process. I cannot imagine our lives with out her. I am so thankful God pushed us to take that first step so we did not miss having her in our lives. Forever Family!
Here in Va the weather is so very unpredictable. Take for instance yesterday it was sunny and 60 plus degrees out. Today it is cold and we are expected to get 6-8 inches of snow tonight. I have just stopped trying to figure it out and learned to enjoy the variety. That is just what we did yesterday when the temps were high and the sun was shinning!

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First Daddio had the girls give him some help on their starter green house.

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The girls were very "serious" about getting the seeds in just right with their secret gardening tool. aka a chop stick!

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They were very pleased with their work when it was done.

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Then it was outside to enjoy some time in the sun!

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Mae in all here beauty!

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The princess on Daddio's tree art!

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Mae is a dear friend with the camera and with those big eyes I can't blame her.

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Awh... to be young again!

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Enjoying our day no matter the forecast!
Tomorrow........ SNOW!

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Day 27

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This past weekend Daddio and I had a weekend away. It was a celebration of our 16th Anniversary and My Birthday combined. We went back to Corolla, NC to an Inn that is just delightful and relaxing. It has the most gorgeous sunsets as it is right on the sound. This year we only got a peak of one because it was cloudy and grey. We had a wonderful trip and enjoyed some fun time together.

We checked out a local aquarium

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The cutest little otters:)

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My favorite sea creature. I could have just sat and watched all day.

While we were there we got a few pictures of the ocean (not too long it was very cold and bitter winds)

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Daddio shooting some shots of his own with his new to him D90.

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Yep, This is the guy who supports me beyond words. For my Birthday I got a new camera! I think it is just because he new he'd get one too. Win win! lol

After rushing back to the Inn to see if we could possibly catch a sunset we made it just in time to get this

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Then after the sun was down I got this

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What a wonderful weekend with Man I Love! It is so nice to get away but it makes the "real" life at home just as sweet! I am so very blessed!

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Day 26

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The best thing about the future is that it only comes one day at a time.
Abraham Lincoln

Monday, January 25, 2010

Family Rocks!!

A couple of weeks ago when my sister was in we had all of the grandchildren here in one place. This does not happen very often so we had to take advantage of it and get a formal photo for my parents. Well I knew if I successfully captured all 18 kiddos ages ranges from 6 months to 17 years then I definitely would earn some bragging rights. Let me just say my patients, sanity and my Christianity was all tested that day. My equipment was put to the test as little toddlers danced around my light stands and umbrellas. YIKES! But... Just take a look at what I managed to do:

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I got ONE of these

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And Lots of These!

I know it is not perfect but I think I deserve a "rock star" award for it anyway!
Come Away With Me

This year we have decided to try something new! A Garden:) Not your average garden but a garden that will allow you to grow a lot in a very small space. It is called Gardening by the Square Foot. With the cost of fresh veggies and the amount of chemicals they put into our produce we knew it would be a huge benefit to try it. Daddio is very excited to start this new adventure and got a head start of building the boxes for it. He even had a little help!

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We will have about 5-6 of these which hold 16 squares of different plants. And one extra smaller one that will be just for the Princess for flowers.

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And we will fill them with the compost that we will make and store in this along with some soil and peat moss.

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Some Daddy time helping with the boxes.

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Boy she loves the dirt! Just like a Princess.

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More Boxes

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My princess covered in dirt and still beautiful.

If you interested go and check out Square foot Gardening. (google it tons of resources) It is a great way to grow veggies in small spaces. Great family time too. Bonus!
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This week over at i heart faces the theme is textures. Textures are a fun way to add to the story or make you photo a little more interesting. This is a photo that I took of my son and I added a beautiful aged texture to give it the nostalgia look that I wanted. Don't forget to go over and check out the rest of the entries just click HERE!

Friday, January 22, 2010

Day 24


"Change is inevitable, growth is intentional." Glenda Cloud

"If you carry your childhood with you, you never become older." Tom Stoppard

"As you think, so you are. As you dream, so you become. As you create your wishes, so they create you." Wendy Garrett

Today I celebrate my 39th Birthday! I am so blessed to have lived life and I look forward to the journeys ahead!

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Day 21


"Once you choose hope, anything's possible."
Christopher Reeve
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Since today is Thursday, which means almost the weekend and THAT makes it so Sweet! I am sharing a great Cookie Recipe that makes Toll House seem like yesterdays news. Really, I am not kidding at all! This is the best Chocolate Chip Recipe that you will ever find. I found this on one of my favorite blogs Lovin From the Oven! She tries out great cookies and cupcakes and then post how they turned out. I have made many of her recipes but this is by far the best find yet! (okay maybe it is a close tie with the smores bars yummo) Valentines is coming up quick and this would be a great way to tell the ones you love they are special.

2 cups all-purphose flour (going along with my NY resolution I use 1 cup unbleached flour and 1 cup whole wheat flour)

1/2 teaspoons baking soda

1/2 teaspoons of salt

3/4 cup of butter, melted

1 cup of brown sugar
1/2 cup of white sugar (instead of using both brown and white sugar I used sugar in the raw 1 1/2 cups)

1 tablespoon of Vanilla

1 egg

1 egg yolk

2 cups of semisweet chocolate chips

Sift together the flour, baking soda, salt and set aside
In another bowl mix butter, sugar until creamed then add the vanilla, egg and egg yolk until light and creamy. Mix in the sifted ingredients until just blended then hand stir in the chocolate chips. Refrigerate the mix for at least one hour. When ready to bake pre-heat oven to 325 degrees F. Drop spoon fulls of dough on cookie sheet and bake for 12-15 minuttes or until edges are lightly golden. Allow to cool on cookie sheet for a few minutes then move to cooling rack.

These will definitely be your new favorite cookies!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Day 20


"Take the time today to tell your friends the difference they have made in your life." Catherine Pulsifer

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Day 19

Here is my little princess Rocking out with some "Eye of the Tiger" she loves our new Rock Band!
Sorry for the sound quality and Rog did all the video effects.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Day 18


Nothing happens until I make it happen."
Author Unknown
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This week over at i heart faces the theme is family! This picture was from a recent shoot I did with for one of my dearest friends that have moved away. I love so much about this picture. The story it tells "happiness of just being together." Don't forget to go over and check out the rest of the entries just click HERE!

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Our Goodbye

Like all good things they must come to an end! My sister and her lovely family returned back home last week. My week has been very quiet with the kids back at school from winter break and now they have gone too! Although the floors in my home made a huge sigh of relief they too are missing the many feet that ran, walked and crawled across them in the previous weeks. We had a wonderful visit and I am thankful for all the moments we shared. I now am looking forward to the summer when we will see them again!

We started the day off by hanging out one last time before we went of to the airport!

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The cousins all played one last game of cards.

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A-man took a go at trying to solve the rubix cube!

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My Dad doing WHATEVER he wants since as of January 1st he is RETIRED!!!!!

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Queen of the Gremlins!

Then we all loaded into 4 cars and headed to the airport and this is what the scene looked like

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Funny, all those people and only 5 were leaving!

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This is the first half of the family on the escalators! See the guy checking us out? We are so use to people staring when we ever go anywhere as a group. There are just so many stinking kids and people stare trying their best to figure it out.

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And these are my sisters (Coo Coo) new shape up shoes! She loves them and has been told that she should do a commercial because of the passion she holds in these puppies!

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While we were waiting!

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Looks like a Cat fight ready to break out but don't get your hopes up they were just fighting over the shape up shoes! You know, who loves them more.

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Then they paused for a few moments to get this photo!

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My mom and dad with JP before heading off!

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More waiting!

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One of the twins getting his tunes ready for the plane ride.

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The princess with her "smartie" grin as she just talked her mommy into a $5 smoothie yes folks FIVE DOLLARS!!!

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Sweet Mae who started the whole smoothie Trend!

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Even the big kids wanted a smoothie! Boy they made a killing in smoothies that day!

Then they were off! What a wonderful visit and we are counting down the days until summer! We love you guys!