12/29/11

Mom or Dad?

The whole time I was pregnant we joked round about how Eli would come out looking exactly like Luke. It only seemed obvious that Luke's dark features would take over and we would have a brown eyed, dark haired baby. And it seemed that it was confirmed when the ultrasound tech claimed to have seen a baby in my womb with a head full of hair.

So imagine our shock and amusement when that baby came out with blue eyes and light (almost blonde) hair. When Eli was first born everybody said he looked just like me, but as time has gone on more people say they think he looks like Luke.

When I was home for Christmas I got a picture of Luke as a baby so I thought it would be fun to do a picture comparison. I tried to get pictures of us from around the same age.

Here is Eli:



Then Luke:

Then Me:

What do you think?

12/28/11

Christmas 2011

Here before you is the longest Christmas recap ever. This is more for our memory-keeping than anything.

Whew. Christmas 2011 is over. It came fast and furious and passed by us in a flash.

We spent a lot of our holiday week traveling, which was a bit tiring but was worth it to spend time with our families, while also getting some time for our little family to have our alone time.

We spent the first week of last week with my family. We hung out, shopped, ate out, watched movies and just relaxed.

Luke and I were also able to sneak out and have a date night. We haven't had one in a LONG time so it was nice and much needed. We went to my favorite restaurant which had an hour wait but it was fine with use cause we were in no rush. It was a great time.


We spent Christmas eve with Luke's family and exchanged gifts with them. Eli had so much fun opening all of his gifts!

Here he is clapping in anticipation of opening his gifts! Well not really he didn't have a clue what was going on but he knew everybody was staring at him so clapping seemed appropriate.


Playing with his new musical toys:

Christmas Eve night we drove back to our home so that we could spend Chrsitmas morning together as a family - and also because we had church that morning.

I didn't think Christmas morning would be a ton of fun this year since Eli is so young but OMIGOSH it was SO fun. Luke woke up before me and went and turned all our Christmas tree lights on and turned Christmas music on and then got Eli and they woke me up together. I loved it.

We had such a good time and I was brought to tears many times thinking of how thankful I am for my little family.

Eli got a scooter from Santa and he LOVED it:

He looks like such a big boy! Tear.

Here he is in front of the tree with his new DVD. Sleepy eyes:
He also got a NY Giants shirt which was a present to both he and dad. I'm sure dad liked it more than Eli:
This picture is a bit blurry but it shows how much fun he was having. I am so in love with my little guy.
Our Christmas morning was pretty rushed because we had to head up to church. Usually Luke goes early but we all went early to stay together as a family for Christmas morning. Eli just sat mesmerized while the musicians rehearsed. We definitely think we have a musician on our hands.

Church was wonderful and just perfect for the morning. Luke led the church in Christmas carols and Eli slept in my lap. It was perfect.

After church we hit the road AGAIN and spent Christmas day with my family.

The only picture I got during the day with my baby and he isn't even looking:

We exchanged gifts that night.

Cute cousins in matching PJ's. This picture makes us laugh cause they look miserable - they weren't!

Happy boy in front of his presents:
It was a great week but we were definitely ready to get back home and get back to our normal schedule. Luke and I both have a few days off before we go back to work. I am hoping to get a lot of cleaning and organizing done in the next few days!

Merry Christmas 2011!

12/18/11

Santa and a Christmas Program!

Phew! We had a busy, but fun weekend.

Our weekend kicked off on Friday night when we went to the mall to visit Santa. I thought if we got there early we could beat the rush, but right when we got there Santa went to "check on the toys" so we had to wait around for an hour for him to get back.

As we were standing in line, Santa walked up with his familiar white beard but something was missing; HIS SANTA SUIT. It seems this Santa wears a bit of a different outfit, this is his "workshop" outfit.

I guess I expressed my disgust out loud because Luke asked if I wanted to go somewhere else, but that seemed petty. So I've resorted to just complaining about it after the fact.

Waiting in line:

And the big Meet:

I felt bad complaining about our Santa because he was awfully sweet.

Eli started to fuss a little, but didn't really cry. However he was glad to get off that man's lap!

Here he is afterwards, he was exhausted from the trauma of the Santa (without his Santa suit) meet and greet.
The next morning we woke up early and headed to the church for our kid's christmas program rehearsal. I didn't know Eli was going to be in it, but he ended up having a small part as a baby star in a wagon. He was the best baby star ever. Here he is rehearsing his part:

We had to get Luke's oil changed that day and it ended up take MUCH LONGER than we thought it would. Eli was a trooper but when he started melting down we took some pics. He loves to look at pictures and videos of himself.
We spent the rest of the day at home just hanging together.

Sunday was the Christmas Program. Eli played his part wonderfully, and the other kids looked so cute and sounded great! I had to pull the wagon that Eli and two other babies were in so we didn't get any pics (Luke was of course on stage). I'm hoping somebody else in the church got one.

Here he is "backstage" in the wagon with two of his friends.
I really wanted to get a picture of all of us together today but Luke was running around like usual and I didn't want to interrupt him, so I snapped some pics of Eli at home in front of his tree in his room (complete with remnants of his lunch on his outfit)

It was such a wonderful weekend. I know I say it every weekend, but I am truly thankful for Luke and Eli. It has been so fun sharing the Christmas season with our new baby. We are having a blast!


12/15/11

Staff Dinner

**Oreck Giveaway Winner announced Here**

Every year our church staff goes out to eat in December for a little Christmas get together.

It is amazing to me that this was the 7th year for Luke and I to partake in the staff Christmas dinner. Longer than we've been married. We've had a lot of fun times at those dinners!

My grandparents drove up tonight to take care of Eli while we went out to eat. We are beyond thankful for all of our family that thinks of it as a privilege to be able to take care of Eli for us. Anytime we need a babysitter we have a line of family members ready to come take care of him, regardless of the travel (we don't live in the same town as any family). Such a blessing. And as I've said before I love that Eli is able to have a relationship with my grandparents. They have been such a big part of my life and I know they love being able to spend time with their great-grandbaby!
I had my grandma take a picture of Luke and I and as you can see at the bottom of the picture Eli didn't understand why we were taking a picture without him. He sat at our feet, so we of course scooped him up for the picture.

We went to a local steakhouse and I ate so much I made myself sick. It has been a long time since I've eaten in an actual sit down restaurant. Oh the things that take a back seat once the baby comes and the money goes away! ;-)

All the girls, such a fun group.
I think this might have been my most favorite staff dinner yet. Maybe it's because I am deprived from eating out so I was bound to have a good time no matter what.

We are so thankful for our church family.

Oreck Giveaway Winner

I love how everybody was so enthusiastic about the Oreck Grab-it & Steam-it! I wish everybody could win!

But alas, there can only be one winner!

And it is......

Malissa, please email me at MeganTree84{at}gmail{dot}com and I will give you all the details!

12/14/11

2011 Christmas Card

Today I am linking up with Faith's Christmas Card Carousel.

I love both giving and receiving Christmas cards.

It is so fun to look in the mailbox and walk away with a handful of Christmas cards. I love to see the creativity that people use each year for their card.

This year we used Tiny Prints and I LOVE their cards. They are such good quality and sturdy.

Which is obviously important when people throw them in the trash at the end of the year :-)

I actually save all of my cards because I like to look at them from year to year....but I know the majority of people do not do that.

I also frame our Christmas card each year, so all of our previous Christmas cards are lined up no our fireplace hearth. I think it will be so neat to look back on these throughout the years.

Yes, I have an unhealthy obsession with Christmas cards.

Just in case you are curious, our previous cards:
And the 2011 Tree Christmas Card:
I used our pictures from Eli's 6 month photo shoot. And I of course had to include some pictures of the cute little guy by himself. He is too cute for just one picture!

If you would like to share your card be sure to link up on Faith's blog!

12/12/11

What Needs to be Done

When I was pregnant with Eli, Luke and I found this quaint breakfast cafe down the street from our house.

The food was delicious and the atmosphere was inviting and warm. While Luke and I devoured our banana pancakes complete with butter and syrup, eggs and hash browns, I imagined frequenting this joint often.

I could picture me coming in there during my maternity leave, brand new baby in tow, putting him next to me in his seat where he slept like a perfect, peaceful angel, and I enjoyed coffee and pancakes while I read the latest book.

Dear, sweet, adorable, poor, naive Megan.

I had absolutely no idea what I was about to get into. There would be no out to eat adventures with my brand new baby. There would be no banana pancakes, and there would be no reading the latest books.

AND, if by some crazy miracle I was able to nurse my baby multiple times, get myself ready, get him ready, nurse him again, and actually get out the door in time to eat breakfast I wouldn't want to eat all that food because I felt so unlike myself and didn't want to put any unhealthy foods into my body.

Also, in the above paragraph when I said "getting ready" that simply meant me sweeping my unwashed hair back in a ponytail, hiding it underneath a hat. Putting on my maternity sweats because they are all that felt comfortable and a zip up hoodie for easy access for nursing.

Every time I pass that restaurant I think about my "dream" and I laugh to myself. That first month or so after Eli was born feels like a blur. A long, crazy, nursing, crying, nursing, crying, nursing, crying blur.

I remember Luke saying to me once during that first month he didn't know how I was functioning. I was getting no sleep at night or during the day and a baby was at my every beck and call. I simply told him, "I'm just doing what needs to be done."

As mothers, when that sweet, needy baby is born mother-nature takes over and our bodies do what needs to be done. I had NO IDEA what went into taking care of a baby prior to March 9th 2011 but somehow I did it all. I learned and I grew. And I did it.

And that is how it has been each and every step of the way. I don't know what I'm doing, but I figure it out and I just go with the flow. And I do what needs to be done, while looking to my God to lead me and guide me and TEACH ME. Please for the love teach me.

I like to tell my friends who are new mothers that those first few days (weeks?) are all about learning each other. Yes that baby grew in you, kicked you, squeezed your bladder, and had multiple hiccups inside of you, but now you get to learn each other. It is an amazing and memorable yet exhausting process.

My morning routine has become my latest "doing what needs to be done" episode. Eli has decided that 6:00 is the time he would like to wake up. I have fought him on this but he won. So as I get ready in the morning I am also trying to wrangle Eli. Which I'm ok with because it gives me more time in the day with him, but it is also challenging.

Especially as he has discovered the toilet and likes to suck on it.

Disgusting. Nasty and disgusting.

So right now my mornings consist or curling 3 or 4 strands of hair, grabbing Eli from his freakishly strong grip on the toilet, running him as far away from the toilet but still within my sight, setting him down, running back to the curling iron and curling 3 or 4 strands before he makes it to the toilet and starts sucking on it again. Scoop him up, run him away, run back, curl hair, pry him away, again. Lather. Rinse. Repeat.

Last year I couldn't even get myself up and out of bed and ready for work by the time 8:00 rolled around and now I get myself ready, while distracting my baby who is sometimes crawling up my leg while I'm curling my hair and applying makeup. I then feed him, get him ready (usually we have 2 diaper changes), get everything together, drop him off at the babysitter's and get to work.

I don't say all of this because I think I'm a superwoman. All of that is FAR from a superwoman, but it is proof that you can do what needs to be done when it needs to be done.

In any situation, not just with a new baby - although it is extremely important to remember when you have a new baby. But you might be facing a situation that seems impossible. Remember, you can do what needs to be done. See it as a moment, don't try and look at the entire picture. Look at what is right in front of you. You can do what needs to be done right now.

I am thankful for all that God has taught me through becoming a mother. And all the ways that He has helped me.

I think I need to take Eli to that breakfast place soon. That small cafe now serves as a reminder that I need to keep my eyes in front of me and remember I can do what needs to be done. In that moment.

I do all things through Christ who strengthens me - Philippians 4:13




12/11/11

Eli is 9 Months!

Eli, oh my sweet baby boy Eli. How is it that he is NINE months old already?!?!?! Why does time go so fast??
I can't believe that Eli has now been with us the same amount of time (give or take a few days) that he grew in my belly. That is so crazy to me.

Lately Luke and I have been talking about how having a baby makes every "cliche" come true.

You feel so corny saying that you don't know what life was like before the baby came, or you never knew you could love somebody so much or you have no idea how your heart doesn't explode with all the love it is holding....but it is all so so true. Doesn't make it any less corny though.

I have been going through my blog and reading entries that I wrote when I was pregnant. I am so thankful that I kept a blog while pregnant, so many funny and interesting memories in there. If you are pregnant or plan to be soon I highly suggest you journal the entire journey!

Eli, you are nine months old! Here is what you have been up to:

- You are into EVERYTHING. I don't get much done during the day because you need an eye on you every second. If I turn my back you have this way of darting off very quickly and getting into something that you aren't supposed to be in

- You put everything into your mouth. We have to watch you so closely

- You have started eating puffs and dried yogurt. You love them. You are still doing very well eating your baby food.

- You are still sleeping well, although sometimes it is hard to get you to nap. You have gotten into the habit of waking up at 2am. I am trying to break you of this.

- You loving going to the babysitter's house and you get excited

- You have started acting shy around strangers. You will put your head down to your shoulder and give a little half smile. It is adorable

- You are scared of dogs - we are working with you on this

- You are SO fun. Always smiling and laughing. Most nights we get sad when it is time for you to go to bed. We want you to stay up and play with us!

- You love your daddy and get so excited when he walks in the door from work

- You love music and you love to dance. You go into worship service at church on Sunday mornings and you immediately recognize dad on stage. You just watch him mesmerized the entire time.

- You pull yourself up on everything and are taking a few steps while holding on to the furniture.

- You already don't like to be held and want down to crawl on the floor if we are holding you

And now a little video, Luke and I have been clapping a lot around Eli thinking that he will picked it up soon. He usually just thought we were clapping for him and would just laugh and laugh. One afternoon randomly Eli started clapping so I filmed it to send to Luke at work.

Ignore my crazy voice and shaky camera. I had to stand the camera up so I could clap.

Oh the things you do to get your kids to do "tricks!"

12/8/11

Junk Food

What is it about this time of the year that makes me want to eat and eat?

Last year I had the "excuse" that I was pregnant so that is why I was eating a lot.

But in reality I just eat A LOT during this time of the year.

During most months of the year I can walk past a bag of mini Reeses cups and not even bat an eye.

But when December rolls around and I pass by that same bag I act as if I need a Reeses cup in order to save my life, or those around me.

And don't even get me started on the Smore's pop tarts. I know they have nothing to do with Christmas but for some reason they have been calling my name this month.

When I was pregnant I ate two smore's pop tarts everyday.

Then I whined and cried and COULDN'T UNDERSTAND why I was gaining so much weight.

Now I understand. BECAUSE OF THE INSANE AMOUNT OF FOOD YOU ARE EATING YOU CRAZY PREGGO.

42 pounds later and one tiny six pound baby later (you do the math) I vowed to never eat smore's pop tarts again.

Yet here I am enjoying the gooey deliciousness that happens when the marshmallow and chocolate cream mix together beneath that graham cracker crust with a hard shell on top.

But I vow to never eat two a day for more than two consecutive days. I think I can handle that.

Sadly we don't have any Christmas parties to go to this year, so I feel like I'm making up for the calories that I would normally consume at parties.

I will be consuming them at home. By myself. Eating poptarts on the couch while talking to people I don't know on the internet.

Hmm. Maybe there is a reason we weren't invited to any Christmas parties. I'm obviously TOO COOL for parties.

I've also decided that the Reeses mini cups in the shape of Christmas bells do not have a good chocolate to peanut butter ratio. They have too much chocolate.

And now that I've successfully talked about JUNK FOOD for an entire post I think I will go to bed now.

While visions of Reeses cups bounce through my head.

12/7/11

Christmas to Me

I love Christmas so much, I love everything that comes with it. I love the hustle and the bustle of the season. I love the festive food, looking at lights, receiving Christmas cards, sending Christmas cards, listening to the same songs eight millions times, shopping for presents for others, receiving gifts that others spent the time to pick out and even all the corny Christmas movies.

I love trying to figure out gifts for others and watching their reactions as they open - while I am hoping and praying that they truly like it (only time will tell).

But lately....or maybe it's just the fact that I've gotten older, I feel like the joy has been taken out of the season. So many people, in an effort to steer clear of materialism, end up making others feel guilty for their involvement and enjoyment in the holiday.

And then there is the crazy and ridiculous argument of Merry Christmas vs. Happy Holidays.

As a Christ follower I don't understand all the fuss about saying Happy Holidays.

I say Merry Christmas and will always say Merry Christmas - but if someone says "Happy Holidays" to me what purpose will it be to chastise them for their choice of verbiage? Would that reflect Christ?

Do I want everyone to know the loving, forgiving, grace that comes through a relationship with Christ? Yes.

Do I think telling someone not to say happy holidays to me will help in this purpose? Heck no.

All year long as a Christ follower I should be focused on those in need, on Jesus (the reason for the season as we say), those who are hurting and those who are lonely. If I am truly living the Word out, that should be my focus throughout the year, but for some reason these particular situations are amplified during Christmas and I feel that sometimes we are made to feel guilty for buying into materialism during this season - yet the other eleven months of the year materialism is accepted.

I want to teach Eli the Christmas story, but I want it to be something that we focus on all year round - not just something that is pounded into his brain for 25 days.

But I also want to enjoy the holiday season when it is here. Make traditions, even if some of them seem "materialistic". I want to set up the nativity scene with him walking through the story step by step (I understand this might be a false dream I have in my head, as I am raising a boy and he will probably be shooting at me with an imaginary gun while I try and teach him the story), but I want us, as a family to take it ALL in.

And I want to teach him to love others throughout the year, not just during this season. I want us to give to others all year, be around those who are different than us, and reach out to those who are lonely.

This post is more for myself than others. So many times I have felt guilty about getting excited about a season that seems"materialistic" when in reality I should feel worry about being materialistic all year round - not just at Christmas.

So I'm going into the season excited about it all, traditions, food, movies, and sharing with others the Love that truly is the reason for the season (as corny as that saying is, it is true).

12/6/11

Sick and Canvas

Well, Eli has his first little sickness. He has croup. :-( Poor baby boy. He sounded bad Monday when he woke up but I just thought it was a cold or he was just congested, but the babysitter called me around 10:00 to let me know that he was getting worse. So I quickly made a Dr appointment, went and picked him up and took him home and just held him. Sure enough he had croup.

We had a 9 month appointment scheduled for next week so the dr just combined the appointments (praise the Lord only 1 co-pay). Eli is 21 lbs and 27 inches long. I love our pediatrician so much and I'm so thankful that friends recommended him to me. However I've realized I always have this weird thing where I fall in love with my doctors. Not in a romantic, creepy way, but in a s/he-saved-my-life-I-love-him kind of way. Even if they didn't save my life. I might need to look into that a bit, I'm sure there is some sort of name for that disorder. I bet WebMD will tell me.

I'm happy to say that I have all of our Christmas shopping done and I did it ALL online. I am also proud to say that we were able to pay for all of our Christmas using money I have made through Scentsy. Such a blessing.

I can totally see how people get addicted to online shopping. It is the funnest thing to come home and have tons of packages waiting for you! Even if they aren't FOR you it is still fun to have them there on the porch. Everytime I'm home and I hear the package THUD on the porch and then the delivery man ring the door bell I yell YAY! It might become a bit like Pavlov's dog and Eli might spend the rest of his life yelling YAY! whenever he hears a door bell ring.

Also, something else I've become addicted to is canvas buying.

I am a crazy woman it comes to photography and getting photo sessions scheduled for the appropriate events in life - but when it comes to actually getting those pictures printed out and hung on our walls I am awful.

But lately I've found all these amazing deals on canvas prints so I've been taking care of all those pictures I needed to get printed.

I started with some of Eli's 6 month photos:
Then I got our family picture made into a canvas - - but it's the same picture I used for our Christmas card so I don't want to show it just yet.

Then I got one of Eli's 3 month pics made into a canvas:
All of these were purchased through Easy Canvas Prints. They have amazing deals and the quality has been SO great. One picture I sent wasn't high enough resolution and they personally emailed back and forth with me several times until we got the picture to the correct quality.

Confession: The whole time I thought I was emailing back and forth with a man named "Art" and then on the last email I realized I was emailing with the "Art Department" duh.

They are having a really good deal going on right now, an 18x24 for only $34.99, which is the same good deal I used for our family picture.

I really want to take advantage of this good deal but I can't decide if I want to use a newborn pic of Eli or one of our wedding pictures....

The only problem with the newborn pic is I don't have the rights to it (hence the watermark in the top corner) so I would have to purchase the rights and then buy the canvas. Hm....

But then I also don't want to be a person who has way too many pictures in their house. Which I've never met a person like that I'm just saying....I don't want to be that person. But I would like to have a wedding canvas print for our bedroom. Decisions, decisions.

Well that's all the randomness I have for tonight. Don't forget to enter in the Oreck giveaway if you haven't done so already!

12/5/11

Oreck Grab-it & Steam-it Giveaway

Friends! I am SO excited about this giveaway!

One person reading this blog is going to win your very own Oreck Grab-it & Steam-It Steam Mop!

Since having Eli last March I've noticed that cleaning my house has taken a back seat in my life.

Well....it's not like it was at the tip top of the list before Eli but now it's sort of at the tip bottom. Bit bottom? It's at the bottom.

So when Oreck contacted me and asked if they could send me a Grab-it & Steam-it to review because it would make my cleaning life easier, I was like HECK YES you can!!!

And let me tell you, the people at Oreck did not lie. It really has made my cleaning process easier. It has completely eliminated a step for me when it comes to my hard surfaces in our house, and we have a lot of hard surfaces! Between our tiled kitchen and bathrooms and our hardwood in our dining room and entryway, there is always a floor that needs to be cleaned.

And always a mama that keeps procrastinating.

So you might be wondering, how does the Grab-it and Steam-it eliminate an entire step? Well it is a turbo broom and steam mop all wrapped up in ONE lightweight, cleaning machine!
Instead of spending time sweeping and sweeping, cleaning up your piles of what you swept, and then taking the time to mop the floor that you just swept only to find particles that you missed and are now in your mop water and it's all gross and dirty and you are just smearing particles of debris everywhere- you can sweep AND steam in one easy step.

For those of you who don't like to read a lot of text I have included a Vlog for your viewing pleasure.




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12/4/11

Stella & Dot Winner!!

Time to announce the winner of the Stella & Dot giveaway hosted by Lauren!

If you aren't the winner but you are still interested in the products (as you should be because they are amazing) you can visit her website HERE.

Congratulations to number 50 Jodie!


I am extremely jealous of you for winning that gorgeous necklace! Wear it proudly!
Oh and also email me at MeganTree84{at}gmail{dot}com so I can get you in touch with Lauren.

I have another giveaway coming up this week that I am really excited about! If you are looking for a way to make cleaning your house easier you need to stay tuned! This product is SO great.

I said I would do the giveaway on Monday but I am going to film a vlog for it and that just ain't happening tonight. Also, Harry Potter is on TV right now. Oh and I am in my pajamas.

I'm thinking it will be up Wednesday!

12/3/11

Saturday Fun

I looked at my calendar this morning and realized that it had been seven weeks since we have had a weekend at home with no plans.

It was overdue and much needed.

Of course with an eight month old baby in tow, a weekend no longer entails sleeping in. My 6:00am wake up call doesn't seem so wonderful in the wee hours of the morning, but at the end of the day I love that I was able to get up early and get so much done. Plus Eli is so happy in the morning it's hard to not be happy along with him.

Luke and I have been looking forward to this weekend knowing that we had no plans. Our only plan was to stay in and be lazy and just hang out as a family.

We got an extra bonus because we had a thunderstorm almost the entire day. We both love a good thunderstorm.

A cold day, at home, in my pj's, with my two favorite guys while a thunderstorm brews outside? Yes please!

The day started off with an amazing breakfast that Luke made for us. Pancakes, bacon, eggs and juice. Yum yum. He also picked this up for me at the store the other day:Yum, yum, yum. It gave my coffee that perfect Christmas-kick.

We played around in the living room for awhile, eating and watching soccer. Yes we watch soccer every Saturday morning. It has become Luke's new favorite thing for us to do as a family. This little guy could careless about the soccer game but it's still fun to watch it together. After being lazy for awhile I decided to get productive and do things I've been needing to do for awhile. Eli's closet has needed to be updated for a long time. So many clothes were in there that were out of season or no longer fit him. So I cleaned it out, washed the next size of clothes (12 months) and got it all organized.

His closet also serves as my Scentsy inventory closet so I was able to get all of that organized. I LOVE feeling productive. His closet is all put together and is so much better than the chaos it was before.

In the middle of the day all 3 of us managed to squeeze in a nap.

Also, Harry Potter was on ABC Family all day, while it poured rain outside. It was a GREAT day.

We ended the day by going to a friend's house for a birthday party and to watch football. Food, Football and friends = fun fun fun.

It's simple days like these that I sit back and thank God for the little things he has given me. I love the life that Luke and I have built (and are still building) together.

I love being busy and having lots of places to go and people to see, but every so often it is nice to calm down and just spend a day at home. It was much needed!

GIVEAWAY NEWS: The Stella and Dot giveaway will end tomorrow and I will draw for a winner. If you haven't entered do it HERE.