Today we made an attempt to get D's photo taken with Santa. Last year it was pretty simple. No crying. No arched back. No make-my-body-go-limp-so-that-I-slide-off-your-lap move. Last year it could have been Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer holding him and he wouldn't have cared a bit. However, despite the hysterics this year, I adore these photos. (And so does my husband because we didn't have to pay for them) Maybe we'll try visiting Santa again before he comes to our house next month?


Better After Blog Feature

Lindsey over at Better After has featured my dining room before and after photos. I love looking at all of the great before and after projects on Lindsey's blog - it's very inspiring. Be sure to check it out. Thanks for the Turkey Day shout out, Lindsey!



I thought I'd share what I'm thankful for this year. Pretty simple really. It's these two guys.
Everything else is just a bonus.

Happy Thanksgiving.


Catch up

Hey everyone! Here are the pictures that I've been promising of our little man's second Halloween. He celebrated Halloween all. week. long. We had a bash at the club with my family, we celebrated at the neighborhood party, dropped by Daddy's office to show off my costume, got to see Uncle Travis, trick-or-treated at Dusty's house and dropped by to visit my in-laws. Whew. Lots of pictures and lots of fun!

This year D had two costumes. The first was a blue monster costume - which he unfortunately hated but kept it on long enough to get a few shots. His second costume was his skeleton PJ's. This was much more tolerable in the heat. He was cute in both but, we were partial to the blue monster. I think we laughed hysterically for about 20 minutes after we put it on him. But, the combo of the hairy and very hot polyester plus the humiliation factor was just too much for him to handle. We learned our lesson.

This year Mommy & Daddy had costumes too! I was a human kleenex. It was pretty simple. I just wore my normal clothes and every time D had a runny nose he wiped it on my shoulder and/or my legs. Daddy also had his own Halloween get-up. He was Tom Selleck - see mustache photo below. ;)
D with my parents & grandparents
Pacing & crying. He HATES the blue monster!

Plenty of sugar at the club bash!
They had a DJ, trick-or-treating, a bouncy house, dinner & prizes. He was a little overwhelmed by all the kids & music!
Spinning in Daddy's work chair. Is there anything more fun?!
Visiting Grandpa's office
Charming all the ladies.
Playing on Uncle Trav's Iphone.
He spotted the train at the neighborhood party. We then waited in line for twenty minutes for a ride.
No one wants to think about dental health at Halloween. Get lost tooth!
First cotton candy.
Visiting more grandparents
Tickling the ivories.
Jumping on the trampoline with Daddy/Tom Selleck. Love that moustache.
Trick-or-treating at Dusty the dog's house. Holly & Chris live there too!


Design Sponge....OMG!

Now that I've caught my breath and stopped shaking long enough to type, I am excited to share that my little dining room re-model has been featured on Design Sponge! I visit this blog daily and love, love, love it. When they said they were accepting "before and after" submissions I thought, why the heck not?! I submitted my dining room photos and they actually thought it was cool enough to put on their big-ole'-design-blog. (insert loud squeal here) Me? Cool? NO WAY!!!! Needless to say, I'm on cloud nine. The excitement is a little lost on my son (he gave me an odd look as I was jumping in place and screaming) and my husband (who is beginning catch a little bit of my excitement after I explained that d*s is kind of a big deal in the design world). Really I think my hubby is worried this might give me another reason to spend more moolah re-doing another room. Take another gander at my baby-changing-station turned dining room on d*s!

Here is where I found everything....

Chevron Rug - West Elm
Mirror & Table - Laurie's Home Furnishings - Tomball, TX
Drapes & Drapery Hardware - Calico Corners
Upholstered Side Chairs - Restoration Hardware
Louis Ghost Chairs - AllModern.com
Light - Overstock.com