Friday, September 28, 2012

Storybook shower


I have some of the sweetest friends in the world!  Our friends Mike and Cori have recently started fostering two adorable boys.  We threw a fun storybook shower for them!  It was such a cute shower theme.  We asked everyone that came to bring a book with them.  They also got to take home the books on the buffet table too. 



(my momma and I have started making cupcakes and I must say they are sooooo scrumptious!  she is the master baker and I am the decorator!)





I love showers!

I love party planning!

I really want to be an event planner someday!!!!!  I just love details and I love seeing things come together. 

Maybe someday?!  :)



Thursday, September 20, 2012

5 months later


So this picture you see here is our first unofficial date night since Eleanor joined us in April!  I only call it a date night because Eleanor was not with us.  We went to a teacher appreciation banquet at our church! haha!  So not exactly a romantic date. :)

I find that I am eating my words quite a bit lately.  I always said that we would NEVER have a problem scheduling date nights when Eleanor came.  Boy was I wrong.  I always heard about couples who would let months and months go by without going on a date…..and I thought that was so silly.  Why in the world can’t they go on a date?  Do they not want to?  What’s the deal? 

I’m sad to say that we haven’t even been to a fast food restaurant alone yet!

Our problem is not that we don’t want to.  We realllllly want to!!!!!!!  We are very much love birds and always talk about date nights……they just never happen.

Here are the roadblocks we need to tackle:

#1:  TIME!  I think this is our main issue.  We seriously have so much on our plates.  I won’t go into our schedules etc…..but we are always booked to the max.  When it comes to parenting, work, school, church, home maintenance, the college ministry and maintaining family and  friendships….we don’t have spare time.  The occasional weekend or evening that we don’t have anything planned….all we want to do is lay around the house with Eleanor and just relax.  And we truly LOVE that time!!!!  But we know date night time is different.  Focusing on each other completely is different. 

Honestly I can’t think of any other roadblocks.  Finding a sitter is not the problem.  We have an abundance of people that would be willing to watch our little peanut!  Very thankful for that! 

Ideas for dates or a desire is definitely not the problem either! 

So I think it comes down to cutting something out of the schedule at least once a month in order to have a date!  I think we are going to have to plan them in advance and hold to that date no matter what!!!! 

We believe our relationship comes first and foremost!  We can’t be the parents we need to be to Eleanor if our relationship is not solid and strong.  So we are planning one very very soon!  And then we are going to plan them, put them on the calendar and stick to it!!!

I love my hubby with all my heart!!!!!!!

Here’s to lots of future date nights, days or whatever we might plan! :)


So, do you ladies with little ones have any date advice?  How do make it happen?



Sunday, September 9, 2012




The Shepard house roots for black & gold!!!!!

The first picture was from 2010.  :)


The above and below pictures were from 2011.



And now we have a new little Mizzou nugget!


Oh ya know….just reading up on a little Mizzou 101. 

Eleanor will get to attend her very first MU game next weekend!  We are sooooo excited.  But also unsure of how she will handle a football game.  I have a feeling she is gonna love it!  She is already mesmerized by the tv, so I think all the action at a football game will be similar for her.  We shall see! 

Love this time of year! 

MU football…..good.

Pumpkin spice lattes……goood.

Cooler temps…….gooood.

Pumpkin d├ęcor…….gooooood.

Fall…… goooooooooooood!!!!!!!!



Wednesday, September 5, 2012

My very own Gerber Baby!

Good Morning!  We got our pictures back from the photographer last week!  They were from Eleanor’s 3 month session.  I LOVE them all.  And I have no idea how I’m going to choose which ones to frame and blow up really big!  Oh and we LOVE our photographer!  We hit the jackpot when we found her because she is so so sweet yet amazingly talented.  We love you Kinsey! So, I thought I would share a few of our pics!















Well, that’s our sweetie girl!  She is just as precious as she looks! 

And I’m bummin because I realized I missed the cut off for the Gerber baby challenge.  I know I’m biased…..but I think I have my very own Gerber baby!!!! :)

What a blessing she is to us!  I can’t begin to explain how much I love being a momma!  It’s everything I had hoped it would be and more. 

I hope everyone is having a wonderful day!!!!  I am so thankful for my family and friends….and I’m thankful for the sweet friendships I have made through blogging.  Love you all!