Thursday, March 31, 2011


Kennedie is so precious.  Really.  With her big smile, & gibbering talk... I just can't get enough of her.  Even when she pulls all her books out & gets into the toilet paper.

Vintage Pearl Giveway

Hey yall.  You have to head over to The Vintage Pearl to check out their AMAZING GIVEAWAY.  They have some amazing stuff- and if you've never gotten anything from here then you are really missing out.  Check it out.... you never know, you might win.

Monday, March 28, 2011

A Cowboy's Touch: A book review

I'm so excited to review this book from Denise Hunter.  As soon as A Cowboy's Touch arrived in the mail I couldn't wait to start it.  This was the first Denise Hunter book that I've read, and I was not disappointed in it in the least.  In fact after having read this book it makes me want to read some of her other books as well.

This story is about a girl named Abigail.  She works for her mom's magazine, Viewpoint, as a writer in Chicago.  Her sister is a doctor & prescribes some rest and relaxation for her workaholic sister who is experiencing hypertension.  Her mom sends her to Montana for the summer to live with her great Aunt Lucy.  

Only being in Moose Creek for a few days Abigail is already bored.  She soon meets a young girl named Maddy & begins to help her try to find her missing bicycle.  While trying to find the bike it turns out that they young girl's summer nanny quits & Maddy's dad, Wade Ryan, is in desperate need to find someone to watch out for her.  Abigail is soon hired on to be Maddy's summer nanny.

Wade Ryan moved to Montana with his daughter after the mysterious death of his wife five years ago.  He was a world famous rodeo cowboy with tons of prestigious awards and good looks, but he gave up the life of fame to live in Moose Creek and raise his daughter.  No one knows where he disappeared to, and Abigail doesn't even know who he is until she does a little research on her attractive summer boss after one of Aunt Lucy's crazy comments. 

As the summer continues on' Wade's walls begin to crumble under Abigail and her tender heart.  Abigail allows Wade's home & daughter to flourish in ways they never have.  And Abigail also learns that her hear is treading in new territory as she learns to love.  Will this love of theirs surpass the secrets that they both carry?

This book was SO GOOD!  I could not put it down.  I finished it in 2 days.  I am a sucker for easy reads & especially sweet love stories and this one was both.  I love Nicholas Sparks, but have always hated how almost all of his books have a racy sex scene in it.  Well this book read just like a Nicholas Sparks book minus the trashy scene.  It was a Women & Faith fiction book in which both characters were Christians, and therefore it was a really clean book which I totally appreciated.  

This was a quick, mindless read that I LOVED.  My heart fluttered with excitement as I followed Abigail's story... I really did get giddy reading it. I would totally recommend this book to anyone who loves sweet romance books.  

(Thanks Booksneeze for the free book!)

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Shabby Apple Dress Giveaway!

Hey yall!  Check out this incredible giveaway that Blue Eyed Freckle is hosting!  It is for a gorgeous green dress that is awesome!  Head over to Shabby Apple to check out all their great clothing items!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

10 Months

Holy Cow!  Where does the time go?  I know that I write this every month, but time just goes by way too fast.  Every day my baby girl is getting bigger and bigger.  I can't believe that she is only two months away from being one year old.

My fun little Miss Kennedie:

- You have so much energy & you want to go EVERYWHERE & get into EVERYTHING!
-You are such an adventurer.  You still love to climb up on everything, but now you are less cautious about it- which means lots more bumps & bruises.  This month you got your first black eye due to you climbing up on an entertainment center at Clark & Lindsay's house & falling into one of the knobs.  You also got a big bruise on the same check a few days later by falling onto the windowsill while crawling onto Cooper.
- You don't really like to practice walking anymore.... you'd rather get down & crawl cause it's way faster for you.
- You have balanced yourself to stand for a few seconds without realizing it several different times.
- You are getting better about not crying the whole time in Bible class when Mommy leaves you.
- You are still breastfeeding 4 times a day & then eating solids also 4 times a day.  You will pretty much eat anything that you are allowed to.... you especially want to eat it if Mommy & Daddy are eating it.  This month you've also had some tastes of some sweet things- ice cream, frozen yogurt, sweet tea, & peach cobbler to name a few.  You really like the sweets- just like Daddy!
- You are wearing your bigger 3-6 month clothes & some of your smaller 6-9 month clothes.  Mostly 6-9 month stuff now.
- Your hair seems to be blond & you still have those big blue eyes with Daddy's long eye lashes!
- You still only have your two bottom teeth, but today I noticed that you are cutting one of your top teeth.
- For your nap we only have to rock you for a few minutes & then we can lay you down & you'll fall right asleep- even if you are awake when we lay you down.
- You are napping so great!  You are averaging 2 long 2 hour naps a day.  You sleep from 10-12 & 2-4.
- You can now not only point to someone's nose, but also to their ear.
- Cooper is still your best buddy.  You love to pull up on him & play with him so much.
- You still like to put EVERYTHING in your mouth & we have to watch you so closely to make sure nothing bad goes in.... we've already pulled leaves, sticks, & dirt out of your mouth.
- You are really loving books lately.  Before you would look at them for just a second or two & then move onto another toy, but now you pull them all off your bookshelf & look at each one intently.
- In the morning when I first get you out of bed you are so cuddly & give me the sweetest little hugs!-

Oh my precious baby girl.  You mean the world to your Daddy & me.  We are so lucky that the Lord chose us to be your parents.  You are such a good little girl & everyday you open your heart up to us.  Everyday you teach us more and more about God's great love for us.  I love watching you grow & discover new things.  It's so fun to play with you!  I love knowing that you love me through your hugs, smiles, & out stretched arms.  You are my sunshine in so many ways & I can never explain to you how much my heart swells with great love for you.

Lots of sweet pictures from today:

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Catch Up

Sorry for the lack of blogging.  Last week we were blessed to hang out with our sweet friends Lindsay & Clark Chance... One of the perks of being back in Texas- getting to be BFF again with one of your BFFs from youth group/ high school/ college/ club! I wish I had a picture.  It's great that Lindsay & Clark worship with us, & not only that- they are super adult volunteers with the youth group.  They lead the 9th grade small group on Sunday mornings & they went to Winterfest with us.  Anyways, we had a great time, but while we were enjoying our evening at their house sweet Miss K decided to do some furniture climbing & pulling up.  Well, she bonked... and bonked hard.  She got her first black eye.  I felt so bad for her.  We had to put an ice pack on her eye to try to take down the swelling.  Here is a picture from the next day:

I mean, I guess black eyes are things that happen.  I think we are in the "rough & tough" age.  Kennedie is such a little adventurer.  She wants to do it all, & ends up falling... alot.  Normally she's good after an initial cry of shock.  I guess that this may be the first of many black eyes to come.

This past weekend was SUPER FUN!  We drove with the Kimberlins (John, Crysty, & Eli) to Lubbock for some great memories with the Claytons (Daniel, Natalie, Kason, & Max).  The boys got to enjoy a round of golf on Friday while we girls hung around the house with the kiddos prepping for Kason's super cute "Round" birthday party.  (Natalie did a great job with the decorations!)

Friday night was a surprise for Daniel.  Natalie set up a surprise 30th party for him at a super yummy steakhouse.  We got to enjoy a night of adults only.  Kennedie stayed with a "real" (not her grandparents) babysitter for the first time with Kason & Eli.

Saturday we got to spend some time with another friend in Lubbock, Delwyn.  It was great to catch up with him.  Then Crysty & I went to Natalie's baby shower for baby Max.  We unfortunately we did not get to meet baby Max yet.... he is still in the NICU. (Please continue to lift up baby Max in prayer.)  Shortly after that we loaded the car & headed back to Dallas.  Of course the only picture I happened to take all weekend was of the sweet kids together.  (Hopefully the next we take of them will have baby Max in it too!)  On a side note it was so hard to get all the kids in a picture together.... they are all mobile now & most definitely have a mind of their own.  Here are a few attempts:

This next one you can see that K's black eye is getting better.  She looks so big here:

In home news, Kennedie finally figured out how to "draw" on her magnetic doodle pad all by herself! This was on Monday, so you can see how the black eye is coming along:

Today after her bath she had some crazy hair, and then while Mommy was trying to take a picture of the crazy hair she decided to show off her crazy "crawl away from Mommy" moves (black eye still around, but getting better):

I'll just leave you with some cute ones from this afternoon:

Saturday, March 5, 2011

A day of....


batting my baby blues, 

checking out my new sparkly shoes, 

putting everything in my mouth, 

eating puffs, 

and stealing Mommy's heart.

How could you not love a day like this?

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

The Mountains Bow Down: A book review

The past few weeks I have been reading the book, The Mountains Bow Down, by Sibella Giorello.  I have never read anything by this author before, so I did not have any judgments going in.  Overall, it is a really good book and I really enjoyed it.  I will say that it is not one of the best books I've ever read, but it was a good read.

This book is about an FBI agent, Raleigh Harmon, who is on vacation with her family.  Raleigh has many personal things going on in her life including doubts about her fiance & her mother not knowing the truth about her profession.  They are on a cruise ship headed to Alaska when tragedy strikes.  Judy Carpenter, wife of a famous actor, is found dead hanging off the ship.  It is first believed to be a suicide, but quickly turns into a murder case.  Luckily for the ship agent Raleigh Harmon is on board ready to take over.  She asks for assistance & low and behold the arrogant Jack Stephensan is assigned to the case.  Raleigh had worked with Jack previously & could not stand to be around him, but suddenly this attractive man is not as rude as she remembers.  This book unravels the crime of Judy Carpenter while allowing a love story to unfold.

Some details:

The book starts with Raleigh already on the cruise ship, & so the story picks immediately at the very beginning.  I liked that because I don't feel like the author "wasted time" getting into the plot.

When the author described the murder scene/ suicide scene it was hard to follow because they were talking about types of knots, types of ropes, & ship terminology that I was not familiar with.  I had to reread parts over & over to try to understand exactly what was being discussed.  Eventually a few chapters later it is all made clear.

The "love story" didn't pick up until around page 70.  I wish that it would have started just a little sooner to get me into the book just a little quicker.

About a hundred pages into the book there was a random chase through the woods that seemed a little awkward because they didn't even have any leads yet as to who the killer might be.  It just seemed kinda fake at that point.

The author is very attentive to detail in this book.  When I got this book to read I didn't realize that it was apart of a "series."  Apparently the author has several more books about the main character, Raleigh Harmon.  I really appreciate the fact that it was not hard to pick this book up & read without having read any other "Raleigh Harmon Novels" as the author describes them.  It was great that I had no trouble connecting to Raleigh & was easily filled in on her life situation.  I don't feel that I missed out by not having read any of her other books.

I really enjoyed this book- it was a light and quick read.  I would recommend this book to others.  4 out of 5 stars.

(Book was provided by  Thanks booksneeze!)