December Snapshots

My amazing new sunglasses for $4.99.

My mama bought me these shoes at Dirt Cheap in Huntsville for $10.00. My new favorites!

First time this happened, but I'm sure not the last.

World Explorer

"Watchin' a movie, mommy!"

"Marie peep in the potty!"

Merry Christmas

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season! I know we certainly did.


Daisy's D.I.Y. Kitchen

Christmas may be over, but I still have sooo much to share from my favorite holiday right here, on this sweet blog.

Since December was so busy for us, I had little time to do much for myself, and that includes blogging. So get ready for more holiday cheer to come!

First up, Daisy's D.I.Y. play kitchen.

This past summer, quite by accident, I found this little beauty on Craigslist for a whopping $40.00. The brand is "Little Colorado," which didn't mean much to me at the time. It was just a good, solid wood kitchen that would last for my children and maybe, someday, even grandchildren. For $40.00, I was sold. (Later, I found  this exact kitchen on the Little Colorado site for $160.00. I know. I'm awesome.)

As you can see, it came with a basic wood finish and basic wood knobs and hardware. Nothing fancy. I'm sure lot's of people take this and do great things with it, just as it is.

But, Johnathan and I are colorful people. So, we couldn't just leave it as it is.

Johnathan's mom purchased Daisy an adorable play tea set (in Colorado of all places!), and it has a sweet color scheme of pink and mint with little roses all over. I based her kitchen colors on the tea set.

First, we taped off around the places we didn't want painted, then primed, and used an adorable mint color for the kitchen.

We added a little chalkboard paint for the backsplash, some fancy new knobs, added some hooks on the sides, and gave the faucet a nice coat of silver spray paint, and...ta da!

I'm so proud of how it turned out, and even more proud of the price we paid for a long-lasting toy!

She has really enjoyed this little guy. :)



I remember when I was little I loved to be outside. Where I grew up, we were surrounded by woods and pastures. The road we lived on was dirt until they paved it when I was 11. Needless to say, I lived in the boondocks, so playing outside was always the best form of entertainment. So much to explore!

Plus, my mother is one of five children, and we grew up in a small family compound so there were always lots of cousins to play with.

It was a good childhood.

Daisy has the same love for the outdoors that I did when I was little (and her daddy too!). She doesn't care what the weather is; she always wants to be outside.

I love taking her on nature walks like these, and I am trying to get better about doing it on a more regular basis. Where we live now, the road is busy and the houses on both sides are pretty close. Clearly, not something that I am used to...but, we are blessed with a nice yard, and I am trying to get better about using it.

I read a quote recently that said, "Today is the childhood our kids will remember."

I try to remind myself of that on a daily basis.



This is something that I want to always remember. Daisy is never satisfied with just one bow in her hair.

She is turning out to be quite the girly girl.



Our October


If I haven't said it enough already, Raggedy Ann sums up pretty much how I felt throughout October.
We. Were. Busy.

Here are just a few snapshots from our month. Looking through, this doesn't really come close to summing up our October because there are so many events that I either didn't get pictures from (hay ride, yard sale, etc.) or didn't get enough pictures from (our Church Fall Festival and pumpkin carvin'/pumpkin seedin'/hang out with the Vance's and Waddell's).

Things are calming down over here.
  Just in time for the busy holiday season.

*sigh...That's just life, I guess. I'm enjoying every busy second of it. :)