.my 2011.

In January, we got a few inches of snow.

In February, we got a literal blizzard along with a few feet of snow. I was a prisoner in my own home for at least 3 days.

In March, I fulfilled a wholesale order for a shop in Fayetteville. I made giraffes and pillows and was pretty stinkin tired of sewing for a while after that!

In April, I co-hosted a baby shower for my sister-in-law.

In May, Hubs and I went camping with some great friends of ours and brought our dogs along with us.

In June, we took our annual trip to Kansas City for a weekend of baseball.

In July, we celebrated the 4th with a few different fireworks shows (3 to be exact)!

In August, my brother became a Daddy when Levi William was born. Also in this month, Hubs and I took a trip to Frisco, TX to celebrate our 5-year wedding anniversary.

My sister and her husband came for a visit and met Levi for the first time in September.

In October, Hubs and I got to take a trip to Little Rock for our friends' Hannah and Brian's wedding.

November was a big month for me. I had my very first craft booth at my small town's Fall Festival.

December marked our year to host the Bro Family's Annual Ugly Christmas Sweater Party. We did it up tacky 80's style!

Thankful I can look back on another year full of the Lord's blessings.

Here's to the New Year!

{Read 2010's recap here.}


.just one slight problem.


It's my vice. My arch nemesis. My biggest hurdle. My forbidden love.


I enjoy it.

However, there is just one little problem.

I needa lose a few lbs.

And changing the way I eat is a good place to start.

Going grocery shopping tomorrow. My list includes lots of fruit and words like "whole wheat."

Gonna give this whole healthy lifestyle thing a whirl.

It won't be easy for the girl known for her candy bowl AND cabinet. The one who dips E.L. Fudge cookies in soda. And smothers her waffles in syrup.

No, it won't be easy.

But that's how I know it'll be worth it.

Hold me accountable?


.christmas break bucket list.

Today was my last day of work for 18 days. But who's counting? Yeah, it's Christmas break!

I've been thinking about how I can spend my time (semi wisely) without getting completely slothful/fat/unproductive.

Here's what I've come up with. My Christmas Break Bucket List, if you will:


+ Make Oreo Balls (because I had some today and they were divine!)

+ Work out at least 4 times per week

+ Get all remaining Christmas gifts wrapped (obviously)

+ Spend AT LEAST one whole day in bed, in pajamas, watching tv/movies and browsing Pinterest

+ Spend AT LEAST one whole day shopping

+ Get my hair done. (That's tomorrow!)

+ Have AT LEAST one Girls' Night Out

+ Focus one day on major cleaning/organizing of the house

+ Create exciting lesson plans and new classroom decor for when school starts back

+ Read my Bible every day (because I've gotten out of the habit and I'll have no excuses while on break. Not like I ever have a good excuse to not read God's word anyway.)


And even though a majority of those activities fall into the slothful/fat/unproductive category, if I am purposefully doing them, I am at the very least checking things off this list, which, in a weird twisted way, is being productive.

Please don't argue with me on this.

It's Christmas Break. I'm allowed to get fat.



.30 day photo challenge: finished.

Thank you Positively Present for coming up with this photo challenge and for giving me an excuse to be deliberate with my picture-taking!

All pics were taken with my IPhone 4 and were edited using Instagram and Picnik.com.


.christmas decor and a giveaway.

All the cold, dreary rain we had today made for the perfect day to get the Christmas tree and decor up around the house. The tree is pretty much the same as it always is, except I added poinsettias as the topper. I had fun playing around with the fireplace mantle until I was satisfied with the look. The stockings are from Hobby Lobby, and we've had them a few years. I'd like to make new ones for us, so it's just a matter of time before those change. But until then, here is what we've got going on up in this hizzie.

Now, in other news: My Shabby Threads Facebook page has reached 200 fans, and I am celebrating by giving away this gray/red wool blend infinity scarf that I made tonight. These are my absolute favorite scarves to wear! Click the picture below to be taken to the giveaway page.



The Thanksgiving holiday zoomed by just like all the other days, weeks and months have been. Wednesday night, hubs and I had my parents over for taco soup and pecan pie. Thanksgiving Day was spent with my in-laws, which is the usual tradition. This year, we did something different and planned some family pictures. Here are a few of the best ones.

I think the one in front of the waterfall is my favorite.

Today is Black Friday and I decided to not get up and shop this year like I did last year. There was nothing that I just had to have or that was worth fighting the crazies for. But I did stay up late to see what the special deal on the Silhouette Cameo would be. I was disappointed that even with $50 off the original price, it is still too much for me.

But, there is always a bright side, and in this case that would be PIE. Pecan pie and apple pie. And I ate a bunch and still have some to eat. Hooray!

In just an hour and half I'll be watching my Razorbacks kick-off against LSU. This game is huge. HUGE. I love watching football when there is more on the line, and this game should keep all Hog fans on the edge of their seats.

After the game, we'll be decorating the house for Christmas! I took all the Fall decor down this morning and got it put away. I am really looking forward to putting the tree up. However, I'm not quite ready to listen to Christmas music. My favorite radio station has already turned to all Christmas music, and I am just not ready for it. I've been listening to music pretty much all day while I'm at home and am loving some old school Britney Spears right now. The song that I could listen to on repeat right now is Stereo Hearts by Gym Class Heroes.