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Monday, December 28, 2009


Trying to add pictures for the Christmas blog, but not going so well! Sorry.


Christmas came and went wayyyy too fast! I so enjoyed doing so many special things with my family to celebrate Christ's birthday. We made multiple trips in the car looking at Christmas lights. Cooper loved looking at people's blow ups of Santa Claus, Frosty and Winnie the Poo. He also loved to pet our Moose in the front yard :). We made it to the Christmas Eve service at church..and there was NO nursery. So our boys attended their first service of Big Church. Cooper enjoyed the music and I laid a blanket on the floor for Cohen with some toys and he played. They were wonderful.

Cooper loved all of his toys Christmas morning. By far his favorite was his basketball goal and ball. Cohen just watched..I think his favorite was his keys (hard to tell). I baked sweets and we all ate way too much.

The day after Christmas we went to Guntersville to spend with the Grandparents! Cooper was very excited to see his Grandpa! And everyone else..but Grandpa is his buddy. Cooper wore Grandpa out and we spent lots of time with all of the family. Nana and Grandpa spoiled the boys rotton with gifts and love. Mama Pat rocked Cohen to sleep, I think that was the first time he had actually been rocked to sleep. Very sweet. We also enjoyed time with Aunt Sandy, Tony, Banning and Kelly.

More to come on Christmas.. we will be celebrating with my family this weekend. I am posting some pictures but will update the website with more soon.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Chelsea Christmas Parade

This past Saturday our small town of Chelsea had a Christmas Parade! It's the small things like this that really help me get even more into the Christmas spirit. This was the second time Cooper has attended the parade so it's also something that is becoming a Christmas "tradition" for us. We really had to bundle up for the parade it was very COLD out.
Cooper had the most fun catching candy this year. He asked us each time Yea? before he picked up a piece of candy. I better enjoy that while I can. He then thought he had to eat each piece right away when he got it.

Cohen on the other hand was bundled up in the stroller but did not want to wear his hat and did not want to sit still. So..he ended up taking a nap in the car (warm and cozy) while the parade was going. By the way..we watched the parade from the back of our car, no babies were left unattended. :).

There were lots of floats, fire trucks, bands and decorated cars and trucks. By far my favorite is always the fire truck with the "dalmation." :)

Monday, December 21, 2009

Tinkerbell DVD

So...there is now a coupon or 2 out to get the Tinkerbell BluRay combo pack for practically free!
I am going to get mine tonight. Cooper likes to watch the Tinkerbell previews but I wasn't about to spend 20 something dollars to get him a "girly" movie :). (Although I am excited to see it)
But, now there is a $10.00 off coupon at the Disney website. And..Target has a $5.00 off any Bluray purchase. You can stack those coupons. There is also a rebate (I haven't printed that one yet.) The Blu Ray is on sale at Target for $19.99. So with just those 2 coupons the most you will pay is $5.00 + tax. Anyway details at at the Stretching a Buck Blog. There is a link on the side of my blog.
FYI: BluRay combo has the bluray DVD and a DVD for regular dvd players!!

Friday, December 18, 2009

Trip to see Santa!

I wasn't sure if going to see Santa was going to happen this year! Saturdays for us are usually full and it takes a lot to get Clay into the mall. I decided if I was going to do it I better go before the weekend and before the kids were out of school. So I got them dressed and went for it! :) We went at 10:30 in the morning and I think hit it just right. There were only 6 people in front of us. I even had to pull out Coopers snack to make it with that short wait!! Cooper was excited to see "HO HO" but when we got up to him and I put him in his lap he was not happy about me leaving him there. He kept his hands out for me to come and get him. Cohen on the other hand was as happy and content as could be chewing on his fist! :) So I had to sit with Santa as well to get a decent picture! I certainly hadn't thought that would happen. Would have worn more make-up! :)
So we did that..and then went to the Disney store! This was Cooper's first trip inside of the store but he notices it every time we come to the mall! He was in baby heaven! I decided to let him pick out one of the plush babies and pick out one for Cohen. (They were Buy one get one free). Yay! It was a hard choice but he chose a Winnie the Pooh and a Eyeore for Cohen. We then went to Chic fil a and had lunch and watched the Carousel. Full and fun morning with the boys.
I wish I had taken more pictures of our trip, it was somewhat difficult. And..our scanner is
broken so i can't post the Santa picture yet.

Double Layer Peppermint Bark

I had a request for this recipe! It's yummy stuff. I got the recipe from the SouthernPlate blog.

Peppermint Bark

2 Packages Almond Bark (white candy coating)

1-2 drops peppermint oil (can be omitted)

1 box standard sized candy canes

Place almond bark in large mixing bowl and microwave for 45 seconds, stir. Repeat until completely melted. Add peppermint oil. Pour onto waxed paper lined baking sheet or countertop and spread out until approximately ¼ inch thick. Place candy canes in zipper seal bag and let kids crush them. Sprinkle over top and allow to cool. Break into small pieces and store in airtight container or place in gift bags.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Peppermint Bark

With all of the cold and rainy days lately we have been stuck in the house. With a 2 year old that's not easy! So I have had to come up with things to do. I decided to make peppermint bark with Cooper. I was reading a blog that said it was "kid friendly." And it was! I had a ziplock bag of candy canes and let Cooper use his Handy Manny hammer to break the candy canes. He couldn't believe I was letting him stand in a chair in the kitchen and hammer candy on the counter. He did a great job and loved putting the candy canes on the almond bark. We are still working on the eating of all of that candy! Not good for my figure :).

Friday, December 11, 2009


Sometimes on some of the blogs that I read there are ways to get things for free! Gotta love that.
I wish I had started reading these blogs a long time ago..they have been very useful. So here is a link to the latest free thing I have found. I think many of you will enjoy. It's for Olay Quench body lotion. You can get 2 of the full size and all you have to do is fill out a rebate form.

Also.. I have found a wonderful new blog that I would like to share. Lots of fun recipes. I know
Merritt is always looking for some new recipes. I am planning on taking a few hours this weekend and printing a lot of her recipes. As soon as I finish this blog Cooper and I are going to make double layer peppermint bark together! Fun!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Cohen's Check up

Cohen had his 6 month check up yesterday. I have found that it is almost impossible to take the boys to the Doctor by myself so I had to ask Clay for help. (Oh we need a babysitter sooo Bad) Clay met us at the Doctor's office and then took Cooper out for a while during the appt. I can't believe I ever thought it was difficult with 1. I just enjoyed the time I had with just him (and Cohen took advantage). Check up went well...the new weigh in is 21 lbs 28 in. 95 per. in weight 90 in height and 95 in head size! That wasn't really a shocker :).
Oh the words to describe my little Cohen! Sweet, Beautiful, Angel, Patient, Loving, Tender..I could go on and on..I am just so in love with my 3 Boys.

Friday, December 4, 2009


Clay and Cooper go hiking in the woods behind our house almost every weekend. It's one of Coopers favorite things to do, he just loves all of nature. I haven't had the opportunity to go on any "adventures" with them since I was pregnant with Cohen. So..I finally made the time to go on a hike with all of my boys and my 2 girls :). Mobie led the way but Cooper wasn't too far behind. I think Cooper is going to be the Wilderness Man when he grows up. He just takes off and does his own thing. With all of the leaves on the ground Cooper was most interested in sliding in the leaves on the hills. Very cute, but scary, I am worried about snakes!


We were lucky enough to host Thanksgiving at our house this year! Brent, Merritt and their family came as well as Mom. So we had a house full! 4 kids and 3 dogs that really ruled the Roost :). Mom came several days early and we prepared a lot of the food ahead of time. Thanksgiving day flowed really well. The kids were able to play outside with the boys. They hiked in the woods, jumped on the trampoline and had a fun time. We ended up making a fire that evening and making smores. The kids really enjoyed that ( like they needed more sugar). Oh yes, and Uncle Brent gave the kids all tatoos, which they were very proud of. :)
Brent wanted to go to Dreamland while he was in B-ham, so Clay and Brent did that one day. And the girls got to go to Homewood and eat at a little sandwich shop (which was yummy). We had wonderful chicken salad. The girls took a little extra time and walked in the At Home store as well as O'Henry's and had coffee. I wish we could do that more often!!
We had an early Christmas as well. Cooper got a new train and movie, which he has not put down! And Cohen got a piggy bank, we need to get him saving early :).
Brent and his fam left Sunday morning for the long 10 hour trek back home. I know that was a hard trip for them but really enjoyed our visit!

Thursday, December 3, 2009


Just so you guys know I haven't given up on blogging! We have done lots of stuff lately I am just Impatiently awaiting some pictures on my computer! :) I think I need to figure out how to do that myself (you think).
So...hopefully so updates on life to come soon!

Sunday, November 1, 2009


We had a big day planned for Halloween, but part of it got rained out. Our neighborhood had a parade for the kids and a costume contest but it was lightly raining so I chose not to get the kids out for that. But, we had a fun day and then got dressed in costumes and went to our church for the Fall Festival. Lots of games to play, a petting zoo and a pony ride. Cooper was in Heaven with all of the candy. Every time he got a piece of candy after a game he would eat it. It's hard to say no to a hungry dinosaur! :) So, after that we grabbed dinner and made it home in time to go to a few neighbors houses around us for trick or treating. The first house we went to he just walked right in. Not very shy!! He said trick or treat, thank you and bye bye. I was so proud of my well mannered dinosaur. And Cohen was a trooper the entire time, bundled up with Daddy he just enjoyed the show!

Friday, October 30, 2009

Favorite Things

So I am copying my sister n law on this one! I so enjoyed reading her favorite things I thought
I would share some of mine.

1.Coffeemate I wake up and make coffee first thing these days and my flavored coffee mate is the main reason I like it! Yummy. By the way you can get a $2.00 off coupon on the coffeemate website :).

2. Burts Bees I absolutely love my chapstick I carry it with me everywhere.

3. Candles I spend most of my days at home so I really enjoy having my candles going during the day to help freshen up my house.

4. Target I could spend all afternoon walking around the Target store. And you can get everything you need even Coffee :).

5. Yoga pants- Better known as Mommy pants. Comfy, and you can throw them on quickly and go and be comfortable. I probably should work on my wardrobe, poor Clay. :)

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Petting Zoo

So I am really catching up on posting today. I have had lots to say but no pictures on my
computer. We have been doing a lot lately because the weather has been so nice. It makes me want to get out of the house. So we packed up and went to Oak Mountain a couple of weeks ago and had a picnic and went to the petting zoo. I think there is no way we won't have animal loving boys with all of the animal activities we do. What do you expect.. I love me some fur babies and am hopeful my boys will too. Obviously Cooper already does.
So I am attaching a few pictures from our day.

Baby Shower

I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to help give my sweet friend, Mikeeta, a baby shower last week. Erica, Mikeeta and I met at the Pelham Racquet Club and have played tennis together the past 3 or so years off and on. The reason I say off and on is that none of us had children when we met so we played almost every day of the week and enjoyed lunches out. Now... I have two boys, Erica has two boys and Mikeeta is about to have a baby as well. Time flies when you are having fun!
We had a really fun time at my house with the help of my two baby assistants showering Mikeeta with love, food and gifts.

Pumpkin Patch

We made a visit to the Pumpkin Patch last Saturday. It was a really nice day but COLD, so we had to bundle everyone up. Cooper was super excited about seeing the pumpkins. When we arrived at the pumpkin patch we took the first 15 minutes bundling everyone and getting everyone set up in the stroller. But, there was a helicopter ride not far away, which was the perfect thing to occupy Cooper's attention. I really think he would have ridden on it.
This was the perfect day for Clay to be able to do some things with Cooper that he doesn't always have the chance to do. There was a jumping area and Clay and Cooper did that together, which Cooper loved! Also a petting zoo and Clay and Cooper did that together and fed the baby llama and cow. They did that while I fed Cohen. :)
Next up was the Hay ride to the pumpkin patch. I was so excited that Cooper was excited about it this year. He jumped right on and enjoyed the sites along the way. This was my first time to see the pumpkin patch because last year Cooper didn't want to do the hay ride. He had such a fun time picking out our pumpkins and rolling them around!
We decided to hit our favorite Mexican restaurant, Habaneros, after. I was so proud of my little guy for being such a champ the entire time. We had such a fun family outing, even with the frigid weather!

Sunday, October 18, 2009

My Baby Boy is Growing Up

Cooper has been taking his time with talking and that is ok with me. I just love
every moment I have with my sweet boy and I am trying to cherish the "baby" moments. But,
lately he is really growing in the vocabulary department. Here are a few of the sweet words he is saying.

Elmo: Mo Mo
Mobie: Mo
Slide: slide
Ball: Balls
Bubble: Bubbles (likes to add an S on to his words)
Puzzle: suzzle
Sun: Su
Moon: moon
ok: ok is added to the end of sentences
Sorry: Soe
Night night: Ni Ni
Pumpkin: umpki
Duck says: Fack Fack (yes a little embarrassing)
Sheep says: Neigh (can't seem to get this one right, but knows that a horse says neigh too)
I know I am missing some cute ones, but i just thought I would share.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Get Together

I have been slacking on the blogging lately. I have been reading others just not taking the time
to write my own. So sad. We have been pretty busy, but mainly just doing little things.
For those of you that know me well.. know that I am not always a Social Butterfly these days. But,
after having Cooper and especially after Cohen I have really stepped out of the box a little. Clay
and I are volunteering in the nursery at church once a month, I joined a Bunco group and also MOPS (which I start in a few weeks). Lots of fun activities and get a little girl time out of it.

We have lots of fun neighbors that we have been really wanting to get to know better. So Clay and I decided to have a get together at the house and have some of them over. We invited 5 families over and 4 of them could make it. We grilled out, played ping pong and roasted marshmallows over the fire! There were lots of kids and I was afraid they wouldn't have much fun but they seemed to have a blast running around outside and playing by the fire! We enjoyed ourselves so much I just wish we had done it sooner! Wish we had taken pictures, just completely forgot! :(

Monday, September 28, 2009


So, I made my second trip of my new fun thing to do...CVSing :). There are so many deals to be made at these stores that I just never knew about. My new favorite blog to read is Southern Savers. This girl has everything you need to learn about saving money at many stores. She even tells you what coupons to use and sometimes links to print them. Love it!
So last week I did pretty well, but I did even better this week. I had 10 dollars of ECB's (which is like money) and also a 5 off of 25 coupon. I also had clipped coupons for every item that I was buying in the store. My new thing is to have a list when I go to a store and try to stick to it. I am bad about picking up random things that makes my bill so much higher.
Anyway, I got my items which were tide, dawn, and expensive vaseline lotion, some new cool breeze razors,2 bags of halloween candy, scope mouthwash. My total after my coupons was 26 and I used my 10 ECBs to make it 16 dollars I had to pay. But, I earned 13.50 in ECB's on this trip so that actually makes it like I only spent $2.50 on this trip. So several hours of research and my total is $2.50. How exciting is that :).

Gammy's Visit

So I was thrilled to have Mom come this past week for a few days for a visit. And so were the boys. I had several Doctors appointments and Mom was able to stay with the boys so i could go to the those. Sometimes I put that stuff off because it is hard to get away.
Mom ofcourse spoiled the boys rotten! We went to Jumping Jax and Habaneros one day, Chuck e cheese one day and also the Mall. Full week of going and playing. She even made me a yummy cake for my birthday. The first time in about 10 years I have seen my Mom around my b-day. So that was lots of fun.
Thanks Mom from all of us! :) I really don't have many pictures from this trip, they are on Mom's camera.