Friday, April 5, 2013
Friday, January 4, 2013
It’s true I hardly get the chance to blog anymore! I would really like to blog regularly….but I honestly don’t have the time. I know I could make time, but I always feel guilty knowing that there are a million other things that I should be doing. Really my only opportunity to blog would be during Eleanor’s nap times, but honestly those fly by! And I am normally doing something around the house. Right now, E is in bed and Tim fell asleep early on the couch. So hence the blog post! hahaha! I did want to mention to all of my sweet blog friends that I have made over the years…..that I am still reading your blogs! I read everyday! I have Reader on my phone and I will read blogs while I am nursing sometimes or when E has fallen asleep on me. My phone doesn’t allow me to leave comments though! Does anyone know how to do that?
Since I haven’t blogged in awhile, I wasn’t even sure what I should post! You know it’s going to be about our little Eleanor! :)
You must see Eleanor in her Christmas dress!!!!!!!! She looked like a little snowflake princess. I found ways for her to wear that dress several times in December.
She looks like she is posing after a tap dance or something! She is stinkin cute!!!!!
We took E to see Santa in her snowflake dress! She wasn’t too sure about Santa! ha! She did okay for a few seconds….long enough to get a picture. And then she was done! I am curious what she will do next year!
I captured an adorable face while E was in her Christmas jammies! It is so hard to get a face picture now a days. She is always rolling around or putting something in her mouth! haha! When does the putting everything in your mouth phase end?
And this face just looks mischievous! Love it!
And just for kicks…..and so you know Maddie is still around……Maddie taking in the sights on our Christmas roadtrip to mamaw and papaw’s house!
And lastly…..a look at our ugly sweaters this year! It’s always a pleasure to go shopping for new ugly sweaters each year!
We had an amazing Christmas with Eleanor! I hope to recap that on the blog too. We are truly blessed!
A few things I am looking forward to in 2013: Continuing to grow closer to the Lord, planning E’s first birthday (eeeekkkkkkk!), More date nights with my hubby, Working on house projects, Doing better at meal planning…….and a lot more things….but that’s all I can think of at almost midnight! ha!
I hope each of you had a very happy and blessed Christmas and New Year!
Lots of Love,
Friday, December 14, 2012
Guess what world? Husband and I are going out on a HOT DATE TONIGHT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Yipppeeeeee!
It is shameful to tell you how many times we have gone anywhere alone in the past 7 months.
Our first time going anywhere alone was about 3 weeks after E was born. Guess where we went? To the Health Department in our city to get our whooping cough shots together! Romance at its best. We stopped off for a sonic drink….so that made it a date.
The second time we went somewhere alone was to a church banquet. We went there alone….but there was a bunch of people there. So…..
The third time was just a few weeks ago, when we went to see “It’s a Wonderful Life” at the theatre. However, we went with another couple. So…….
I told you. Shameful.
Even though we have hardly gone anywhere, we still have had time together at home after E goes to bed.
I could not be more excited about this evening!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Just my sweetie and me. Out on a date on a Christmasy night. I will be soaking up every moment.
We are making a resolution for the new year to be better about scheduling date nights and not allowing anything to come between our date schedule!!!!
We have a huge problem about saying NO to stuff and people.
A romantic post coming soon! :)
Thursday, December 6, 2012
I am a crazy Christmas lady and I don’t care who knows it!!!!
I am the person that wears Christmas tree earrings and jingle bell bracelets. I would wear more Christmas shirts, but then I cross over into the realm of ugly sweater lady….and that’s just not good. But when I’m 80, you know I’ll be wearing those Christmas vests with pride! ha!
Even though Eleanor is too young to really do many Christmas festivities this year, I have still been wanting to start a bunch of new traditions with her.
Here is my Christmas Festivities List this year:
Get a real Christmas tree- check
Get new family stockings with our names- check (tim & I’s say mom & dad!!!! :) )
Go to the Springfield Christmas Parade
Put up outside lights- in progress
Take a family Christmas card picture- Check
Decorate E’s room- check
Decorate ornaments for the tree
Make sugar cookies for Santa on Christmas Eve
Read the Christmas story in Luke as a family on Christmas Eve
Take E to see Santa at Bass Pro
Have a baking day
Drive around with cocoa as a family looking at lights in our city
Make a hand & foot print of E for a Christmas craft
Watch our favorite movies and have a yummy dinner as a family
Try a new cookie recipe
Deliver some surprise treats to a family in need
Drink sparkling grape juice by the light of the tree with husband
Get Eleanor the Fisher-Price nativity set
And that’s all I can think of right now! ha! And obviously we won’t get to all those things this year. But they are all things I would love to do. I love starting new traditions!
Do you have a special tradition with your family? (that I can steal from you!) :)
Merry Christmas Friends!
Friday, November 30, 2012
There is nothing better than celebrating the holidays with our Eleanor!
Last week we had the best time at E’s first Thanksgiving!!!!
I am completely obsessed with holiday clothes for E….so I am super happy I was able to find her several Thanksgivingish clothes for the month! :)
One of my favorites being her turkey butt jammies!
I got a little sad when I was shopping the other day because I realized that she is almost out of the sizes where they have animals or cute things on the butts of clothes! Nooooooooo! I love this so much. I guess it would be wrong for an 8 year old to walking around with a turkey on her butt! ha! I am enjoying my last little bit of cute prints on E’s butt!
We all woke up on Thanksgiving morning to run the Turkey Trot in our city! It was our first time….and we will definitely be making that a tradition. There were so many people there. It was nuts. E seemed to really love it. She kept trying to get out of her stroller to look at all the runners!
I am just now getting back into exercise and I was totally feeling it after the race! haha! :/
The above pic is our family Thanksgiving pic. E is wearing her turkey dress! And yes she is sucking her thumb! :) She has turned out to be a full blown thumb sucker. We tried and tried to keep the paci, but she started refusing it. We get LOTS of comments from people like….. “you better not let her do that….it will ruin her teeth!” We even get comments from strangers about it. It is a tad frustrating. (and annoying!) I always keep my mouth shut. But this is my personal blog, so I guess I can rant a little right? What I want to tell those advice-givers….You try to stop a 7 month old from putting her thumb in her mouth! :) And rant over. Plus, Eleanor is an extremely content and happy baby. So thumb sucking isn’t all bad!
Just another pic of E in a Thanksgiving shirt. And our cute little Maddie! BFF!
That face makes me MELT!
My momma and I went out black friday shopping! We had the best time as always…..but it was way more relaxed this year since I am still breastfeeding. It wasn’t a marathon like it has been in years past. haha! We can totally shop for a ridiculous amount of hours! We made several pit stops so I could feed and cuddle with Eleanor.
Just wanted to recap our Thanksgiving festivities! And now the Christmas season is in full swing and I could not be more excited!!!!!!
Did anyone go out shopping on Black Friday? What did you shop for?
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
This year Tim and I decided that we would go all out and get a REAL CHRISTMAS TREE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It was such a fun time! I wasn’t sure how I would like it…..and how it would work out for us. BUT…we have decided that we love it and it will be happening every year! :)
We went out to the cutest tree farm! On the way we stopped for a caramel mocha coffee. Delightful! We listened to Christmas music, Eleanor was talking away in the backseat, and we were talking about our first Christmas as a family of 4! (we don’t forget little Maddie!)
It was a perfect crisp morning for tree shopping! I loved all of the huge, fat trees. Too bad we don’t have tall ceilings in our house.
We chose a Nordman Fir tree! It is beautiful! I didn’t find this out until I googled it later….but Nordman’s are one of the best trees for families with children because they have great needle retention and they don’t have sharp needles!
Here is my handsome hubby making a fresh cut on the bottom!
I was a little worried that we would have a Clark Griswald moment….but everything went well! Merry Christmas to us! ha!
Ok….one little thing….when we set it up in the living room, it was much bigger than we thought and Tim had to do a little trimming so we could still have a star on top! :)
I am in love with our tree and super happy that we went for the real deal! I would definitely recommend it for a fun family outing!
We are in full Christmas mode now! I have been dressing E in all of her Christmas clothes, I got peppermint mocha creamer, Christmas candy on the coffee table and even a few gifts purchased.
Does anyone else get a real Christmas tree?
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
The Shepard family wants to wish you a very happy Thanksgiving!!!!!
Our hearts are so full this Thanksgiving season. We truly have so much more than we need and deserve. We get to spend this holiday with our sweet Eleanor that we have prayed for during many holidays past. We finally have our precious miracle!
Sometimes I get to longing and wishing for the next new thing, or new clothes or home décor. But when I stop to think about it, I have so much! I might not consider myself wealthy, but compared to many parts of the world we are very very rich.
Most of all I am thankful for my relationship with Jesus Christ! Without Him, I am and have nothing. He makes me rich!
I hope each of you have a wonderful day! (and be friendly if you go out shopping!)