Thursday, December 31, 2009

Bye 09. Helllllooo 2010.

Wow! This year is almost over. In a matter of about 15 hours 2009 will be over, done, finito, gone forever, only to be remembered as history. I, for one, am so excited about the new year! Excited about all the new things to come, excited about all the possibilites this next year has in store. I mean I really can't wait! Let me give you a little taste of what's coming up for me.
Starting in January my personal artwork is going to be displayed in 3 of our city's local library branchs. For 3 months my art will be on display. It will be at the Ruth Holley branch in Jan, then at the East branch in Februay, and finally the Fountain branch in March. Let me just tell you, I am super excited about this. Also, when I display my work in Feb at the East branch, I will be hosting a little gallery opening with family and friends. I will let you know the date and time on that a little later. However! If you are in the area and want to view some of my work be sure to check me out at those places.
In other news, my baby sister is getting married in a couple of weeks and I am her matron of honor. I am really jazzed about this too, because I have never been in anyone's wedding before (besdsides my own) and I can't wait to stand by her side.
And now, I have one more piece of huge information coming up in this new year that I can't wait to share. I am not going to do it now, I want to wait until all the boxes are packed, uhem, I mean until all things are in order before I unveil the big secret. ;)

Needless to say, I am more than ready for the new year to roll in. Can't you tell?
So, now as I leave you with my last post for 2009 I thought it would be fun to add some of my favorite photos from through out the year. Some have been here before, some have never made it to the light of day....As a look at the pictures I am reminded how truly blessed I am. We have lost teeth, gotten taller, broken arms, gotten first hair cuts, celebrated another year of love just to name a few. God is good ya'll. Even when we don't deserve it, He blesses us with His goodness anyway. You can't ask for much more than that. I love you all, family and the like, may the Lord bless you richly in the year to come.


Wednesday, December 9, 2009

California Love pt. 2

This is my cousin Marjar and her family. We took a few pics around the block so that they could have something beautiful to stick in their Christmas card too. ; ) Of course with a little one like this, Christmas or not, your cards will always turn out beautiful!

I just love the way their pics came out. I think the last one is my favorite. It is just perfect. It makes me want one of my own family for Christmas. Yeah, yeah I know, I said I was going to get one done this year, but daaadgum it seems like it is getting harder and harder, and Christmas is getting closer and closer. However! I did make myself a promise, so even if those pictures of my family don't make it into any Christmas cards, I shall...I repeat...I shall take my family's Christmas picture!
Marjar, I miss you guys too much. I can't wait until we can get together again. Luv you.
♥ j

Monday, December 7, 2009

Califonia Love

So, we went to Cali over the thanksgiving holiday. Man, was it nice. It was so good to see family again. I got to visit my favorite store on the planet {IKEA}. The weather was off the chain!! I mean it was like 85 degrees on Thanksgiving day. We were outside in the backyard in shorts and flip flops, eating turkey and sweet potato pie. We had so much fun.
I also had the pleasure of taking pictures for my cousins. They wanted to have something done for their christmas pictures, and I was more than happy to deliver.

Harley and Waleed are my favorite cousins (over 5'7"), Waleed is so chill and Harley of course is my dawg ( We went to a nearby park and took care of some bizznazzzz.

Hot mama!

This is my favorite picture of the day. My littlest cousin did not want to take pictures at all. Can you tell? HaHa! I love it anyway. I think this is going in the Christmas card.

Ahhh. The weather was nice, the sun was lovely. It was hard to come home... Anyway. More pictures to come from my Cali family....



Wednesday, November 18, 2009


One good guess as to who turned six last week.

Yeah that's right baby girl No. 2 had her party last weekend. There were balloons everywhere, kids everywhere, and enough cake to bless an army.
I made a castle cake, and I must say I was pretty proud of myself for pullin this one off. I wasn't too happy with it the night before, I even had a backup plan to run and get a cake if this one didn't turn out. But after sleeping on it and then trying again in the a.m. it didn't turn out tooooo shabby.

It tasted good too.
We played pin the crown on the princess and then everyone took their turn hitting the unicorn pinata. Yes, we did a pinata in the house. And no, no one was hit in the process.

Not too many pics of this party, it was just so fast paced, and before I knew it, it was over.

Here is your girl rockin her new press on princess nails....She is something else.

Sid, I love you more than life. I can't wait to see the path God has choosen for you, I can't even begin to imagine what you will be. The world is yours, and you are so special, we are truly bless to have you in ours. I love you baby. Love always...Mom

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

{Random Wednesday}

Sid: Mommy, where does the rain come from?

Mom: uhhh...

Sid: Oh wait! I know. It's when God takes a bath and the water splashes over the side.

Mom: Yeah baby, that's it....

Totally random ya'll, but I wouldn't have it any other way.
~ j

Monday, November 9, 2009

8 is the magic number.

The morning began with a flourish of hushed whispers, tight hugs, and an abundance of forehead kisses. "Mom, it's my birthday". Today is my party, and it's really MY birthday". Olivia woke up before the sun and came to our bed first thing in the morning to stake claim to the day that has been hers for the last eight years. We had been talking about it all week and she knew that the phatest (is that a word? phatest? not sure, I might have just made that up. oh well...anyway...) party on earth was going to begin in a few hours, and she did not want to miss one moment of it. Once the streamers were strung, the balloons were blown, and every one had on their jammies, Olivia's pajama jammie jam was on. And if I must say so myself, the party was off the chain!!!

Everyone was instructed to wear their pajamas to this pretend sleep over, they brought their pillows, and we we even had a sleepover cake.

Yeah. I made this myself. What.

*side note: As a reminder to parents, I put a note in the invitation that said "this is NOT a sleepover", it was only pretend. I did not want parents confused and thinking they could leave their children overnight. I know some of my friend were X-CITED about the sleepover party, and planning their adult night out. Until they read the note, and realized they had to come back and get their kids. Ahem....Priscilla... : )

The girls got to decorate their little skirt purses, everybody loved this.

Then we had a pajama fashion show, where all the ladies walked down the hallway, I mean runway, and modeled their pj's in the fiercest way possible. After that we played freeze dance where all the "single ladies" busted a move to Beyonce.

Finally we had cake, painted fingernails, and everyone played until moms and dads came to pick them up. The party was so much fun. We had just enough activities, just enough food, and just enough time to make this party unforgettable. I hope Olivia had as much fun as I did.

Shout out to my mom and sister (Auntie J) for all the help with the party, you both know I couldn't have done it without you. ♥

The day ended with her riding her new healy's to her bedroom, off to sleep and dream of the perfect 8 year old birthday party.

Olivia, I can't believe that you are eight. I can't believe that my original baby girl is growing up. It seems like you are heading at the speed of light toward teenagerville. It seems like just yesterday you were fresh out the box and the doctor was laying you on my chest. I was so so happy. So joyful at the life your dad and I had created, so happy to see you for the first time, so in awe at the responsibility that God had given us in that moment. You are the one I learned how to be a good mom with, you are the one who continues to school me in new things, it's because of you that when things come up with your brother and sister I am an old pro. I love you baby girl, you are my sunshine, and don't you ever forget it. God's got His hand on you, and I know you can feel it. Love you forever....Mom