Sunday, November 25, 2012

Black Friday Goodies!!

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Happy Holidays everyone!! I hope yall have had a wonderful Thanksgiving, and if you were off work, a wonderful break! I know we have!

We cooked a lot of food, ate a lot of food, did a lot of crafts/projects, shopped some, went to the movies, and decorated for Christmas! All in all, a great week! (btw I am so excited to spot light some of our recent crafts with you....there is a sneak peak of one of them in this post) :-)

So anyways, I wanted to share with you all the goodies I found during the Black Friday Sales!!

First off, apologies for this being such bad photo quality....
These jewels I found on Thursday family decided to venture out to Wal-Mart at 10pm to check out the sales.  I didn't get a ton, and probably could've gotten these any time at Wal-Mart haha but it was fun to watch the crazy shoppers. 
Here's what I got: 
New tupperware, cinnamon glitter pine cones, two dads: Something Borrowed & the Holiday, and two squishy mats/rugs. 

I got 3 large candles and a full size lotion from Bath & Body Works for only $22!! 
And this would normally cost me $72.50 + tax!! 
How you ask, well it was because the candles were 2 for $20, plus I had two coupons that got me $10 off a $30 purchase plus a free full size product with a store purchase! 
I love Bath & Body Candles. 
Here are the scents I got: 
-Enchanted lotion (amazing)
-Twisted Peppermint Candles
-Fireside Candle
-Winter Night Candle

Then at Lifeway I got these Veggietale dvd's for $2.99 each and the book my husband had on his Christmas list for $5!! 

This is a present for my 6 yr old niece, and adorable owl backpack! I will fill it with fun goodies for her! 
I got this for $10 at Michael's! 

Then Target had some good sales on Men's Clothing.  I got these three shirts for my husband for Christmas, all either $10 or $12!! That's pretty dang good, and they are pretty dang cute :-) 

Now for a small reveal of one of the crafts my husband and I conquered during this holiday break!! 
This is what our mantel went from this weekend....goodbye Thanksgiving, hello Christmas time! 

We made the star from old wood and ribbon! There are more decorations around it now, this was just the beginning.  More news on our Christmas time mantel coming soon! 

DON'T FORGET!! Tomorrow is Cyber Monday so be sure to check out the deal we have in the Naturally Nifty Boutique!! 
Use Coupon Code: CYBER MONDAY to get 15% off

We are also having a deal in the Naturally Fit Sisters Store, so head over and check that out too! 

HAPPY Cyber Monday haha
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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Thanksgiving SALE!

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We are so excited to share with our readers about our very first THANKSGIVING SALE with Naturally Fit Sisters! You can visit our store HERE! Take a look around at what we have. We have some fantastic goodness going on over there. Our sale is $7 for bondi bands AND FREE SHIPPING! Time to stock up for Christmas! 

What is a Bondi Band?
-Headbands for EVERYONE!! 
-Awesome for active individuals!!
-Fantastic to wear for style!!
-Wicking Material
-Stylish, Comfortable Bands

Don't Miss Out!! 

These are a few samples of what we have:

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My First Thanksgiving

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Last year for Thanksgiving we were in California visiting my sister. It was such a great time because I was able to get to experience cooking a Thanksgiving meal for the first time.  My sister and I cooked everything together, and it was so much fun! 

This year though, my husband and I have decided to stay at our home and have Thanksgiving together, with us and our host sons! I am so excited because we will get to experience cooking the entire meal by ourselves! 

And if you don't know.....that is a BIG DEAL! 

So here is the plan.  
First, I will make a bunch of appetizers and we will have a brunch with appetizers around 11am. 
Then we will have our Thanksgiving meal for dinner around 5pm.
After that we will decorate our house for Christmas, then probably go back and eat some more :-) 

Here is our Thanksgiving Day menu! 

Brunch snacks:
Stuffed Mushrooms
Chips & dip
White Queso
Pico de Gallo
Hold you Horses
Stuffed Jalapeno
Sausage Balls
Mac n Cheese
Green Bean Casserole
Sweet Potato Casserole
 Mashed Potatoes
Deviled Eggs
 Butternut Squash
Pumpkin Roll
Mini Pecan Pies
Sweet Tea

Are you cooking any of these same things!?? 
What menu item is your favorite for Thanksgiving!?? 
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Monday, November 19, 2012

Green Smoothies Linky Party!

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So Green Smoothies are very popular these days!!! 
and yet we don't really have a great recipe for them! 
So we decided to host a Green Smoothie Linky here's the experience Big Sis had making her Green Smoothies, but we would love to see what you have done or tried! 

LINK UP your smoothie recipes below----green or just yummy/healthy! 

Do you or your family drink GREEN SMOOTHIES? I like to make them for my son- and he loves them. My only issue is that I can't find a really great recipe. Can you help? This is what I did this day:

Kale, Spinich, Chia Seeds, Banana, Strawberry, Avocado, and Almond Milk

It doesn't LOOK appealing nor did it taste too appealing. For some reason I just can't find the perfect recipe for this... I know you can throw many things into a green smoothie, but for some reason... I am not a fan of mine. 

We would love to see some of the recipes you have tried!! If you have a great post about it, or website you get it from we would love for you to link it up below.  If we get some good ones then we will feature them later to share with all of you! 

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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

CLICK Expresso Protein Drink--Review & GIVEAWAY

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First off wanted to share the Zip Fizz WINNER!!

Congrats to: Jennifer Kennedy Davis

Now, I am so excited to share our newest Giveaway with you! 
You may have heard about Click Expresso Protein Drink, but when I heard about it I went crazy, and when they offered us to review it, I went even crazier! Plus the review was a full container of it which was awesome! 

Why do I love Click Expresso Protein? 
Duh, it tastes like COFFEE!!! & I LOVE COFFEE! :-) 
Plus it's protein which is great for meal replacement shakes, pre/post workout drinks, etc.  

The CLICK Espresso Protein Drink line of drinks, featuring mocha, vanilla latte and Mocha Decaf, are designed to help curb food cravings, give a boost of energy, and support the body before and after workouts in a single 12 ounce serving.

It's great, I actually have tried the mocha flavor, which was great, but very strong coffee flavor, and since I am not strong enough to drink black coffee, it was almost too strong for me.  But when I got my review Click, it was the Vanilla Latte is amazing! Plus it really does give you energy.  I love drinking coffee before running, and with this I can use Click as a coffee replacement and get the energy but it is also better for me than plain coffee, and adds some good healthy protein.  

Plus you can make Click in multiple ways.  As a smoothie with fruit, as a frappe with milk and ice, as just a drink mixed with milk or water, or you can even drink Click hot, like you would with normal coffee! Those are some great choices!! 

So who wants to win some Click for themselves!?? 
All you have to do is enter below in the Rafflecopter! 
Thanks so much for joining us for our Wednesday Giveaway! 

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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Fall themed Linky Party #35

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Today for the Naturally-Nifty Linky Party I thought we could have some fun with PINTEREST of course! 
I wanted to share some of my favorited pinned crafts that you could use for Thanksgiving! 
It is next week as you all why not make some last minute crafts to get your house really festive and in the holiday mode! 

This year will be my first Thanksgiving for us to stay at our home and my husband and I cook the meal together! We are so excited! It will just be us, our international boys, and maybe our cousin.  No matter who will be joining us though, I want our house to be festive and decked out with Fall decor. 

Here are some of my favorite pins! 
Be sure to stop by and Follow my FALL Pinterest board

This is a fun project you can do with recycled tin cans! So cute and fun!

If you know me, you know I LOVE wreaths, and this one is ADORABLE!! I love the felt turkey! 

Another thing I love is upcycling wine bottles and decorating them for holidays or different mantle themes! I spray paint wine bottles all the time, and I love this! 
Wine bottle THANKS decor

This is very cute too! How much fun to write each of your guests name on a pretty fall leaf as a way to show where they are sitting.  Or even to write one generic thing people are thankful for at each plate: (good health, family, love, provisions)

Well I have a lot of glassware and candles from my wedding, so this one struck me.  I love the use of popcorn, and the leave wrapped around it! Very fun and good for general decor or a centerpiece. 

*Don't forget to stop by and enter our GIVEAWAY, it ends tomorrow!*

Now it's your turn! Show us some of you favorite Fall projects that you have been a part of! But don't leave it there, you can show us any fun thing you have been up to late, just make sure it's NIFTY! :-)

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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

ZipFizz Giveaway

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We had the awesome opportunity to review one of the newest Healthy Energy Drink Mix--ZipFizz! Have you heard of it? After we got it I started seeing it in Wal-Mart with people allowing you to sample it. The awesome thing is.. you can purchase this item at Wal-Mart with the cool shaker! So what is ZipFizz? Here is some information straight from their website:
"Zipfizz is the only healthy energy drink-mix powder in a tube. 
Delivering an advanced formula that provides a significant amount of vitamins, fewer calories, lower carbohydrates and superior taste! Simply put, it's different because it's good for you! 

Zipfizz is healthy energy in a tube! Give your body a rush of vitamins, minerals and key amino acids to protect the immune system. Zipfizz has created an advanced formula that provides a significant amount of vitamins, fewer calories, lower carbohydrates, superior taste, variety and unique packaging! Simply put, it's different because it's good for you!

Use Zipfizz as a morning or afternoon pick-me-up, or enhance your training by taking it before, during, or after a hard workout. Because Zipfizz contains no sugar, users will experience an increased energy level for up to 4 - 6 hours with out the sudden "crash" associated with other energy drinks."

They have 5 different flavors too! (click on the names for more information)

What are the benefits?

Zipfizz is designed with a unique blend of vitamins and minerals, but it’s 
our signature Vitamin B12 that gets you movin’! Dedicated to providing consumers with a healthier alternative to energy and sports drinks we deliver an amazing amount of B12 

Straight to the point...Vitamin B12 equals ENERGY! Zipfizz provides you 
with an adequate amount without sacrificing your health with high levels 
of sugar which most energy drinks contain.

We were so excited to try out this product. The name makes you think it is a child's drink. When we received it in the mail we got five different flavors inside of a cool ZipFizz Mixing Cup... we also got a neat jump drive with it. We were pretty excited with the packaging. The next morning I was so eager to try it. It was so fun that when you shook it man, it fizzed up! Reminded me of the camera canister experiments we would do in school. 

I was most excited about the B12. It did not affect me like caffeine does meaning- lots of jitters. I actually forgot I had drank it- expect I had more energy. I was fine all day long. I learned not to drink it after lunch because it kept me up late. 

The taste is a little sour but definitely something you can get use to. My favorite is the Pink Lemonade, but I like that normally. 

I love how this doesn't come with a crash. I highly recommend this to anyone that needs just a little more energy during their day! Good Luck with this Giveaway and we hope you enjoy it as much as we did! 
a Rafflecopter giveaway Don't forget to see who won the GymBoss! 
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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Blog-Buddy Christmas Ornament Exchange

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I am so excited!!
The Natural-Nester Sisters are hosting their very first gift exchange....but this is not any ordinary gift exchange, this is the BLOG-BUDDY CHRISTMAS ORNAMENT SWAP! 

How fun is that! 
Here's how it works....
you go to the Elfster link below and sign up.  Share with us your information, of course include your mailing address, but also tell us some about yourself.  What is your favorite color, pattern, design, what Christmas theme is your house or tree...anything that will help your partner find the best Christmas ornament possible for you this year! 
Then, on December 5th you will get an email from us telling who your partner is.  You have a spending limit of no more than $10.00...take the info your partner gives and find them an amazing Christmas ornament.  You can buy a cute ornament or make them something great!  Just be sure you mail it to them by December 10th so that they can receive it and enjoy it for the holiday season! 
Once you receive your gift we want everyone in the swap to write a blog post about their new ornament.  Share about your partner and who they are, then show off the cute ornaments that you swapped with one another!! 

So don't be shy, let's have some fun and meet some new blog buddies! 
Sign up by clicking the link below, and be sure to grab a button so that others know about the event and can come over to join in on the fun! 


How to Sign Up: Click on the link above and it will direct you to Elfster. Once at Elfster, Click Yes. Then click RSVP.  
If you already have an Elfster account, go ahead and login. Otherwise, click Join. You will then see the screen above and can either create an account or login with Facebook. 
After you have entered in your info, you will then be directed to the home page of the gift exchange on Elfster. Once there, you can send email invites to your friends {more the merrier!}, share something with the group {a crafting tip?}, and add your picture to your profile. You can also put a link to your blog, Facebook, or Pinterest page on your profile, if you’d like. You can also create an Elfster wishlist so that your partner can get an idea of what you like and what your style is. I just added a text wishlist with answers to the questions above, but you can also find links of things that you like and put them on your wishlist. 
A Few More things: 
You do not need a blog to participate!
How will I know who my partner is? You will get an email on December 5, 2012 with your assigned person’s name and information.
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Monday, November 5, 2012

Chicken Salsa Recipe

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Today I am so excited because I am going to share one of my newest favorite Pinterest recipes! 
Now I wish I could claim this and say that I am sharing one of MY original favorite recipes with you, but that is not the case! This is a wonderful and rather easy recipe from Pinterest, and I know you are going to love it as much as I do! 

So let me start off by telling you the first good thing about this recipe......IT IS MADE IN A CROCKPOT!
You know what that means, right!?? That means you can toss it all in the crockpot in the morning, at lunch, or before church, and leave it there until you are ready to eat! Crock Pot recipes are AMAZING like that! 

And this recipe can be eaten with either tortillas or over rice.  I have had it both ways, and it was wonderful! 


-4 boneless chicken breasts (!Can be Frozen!)
-1 can cream of chicken soup
-1 packet taco seasoning
-1/2 cup sour cream
-1 jar of salsa
-Optional: 1 Can of Black Beans and/or 1 Can of Corn

Place chicken in the bottom of the slow cooker. Sprinkle taco seasoning on chicken. In a bowl, combine soup and salsa. Pour over chicken. (Put corn/black beans in at this time too) Cook on high 4 hours.  Shred chicken with two forks and stir in sour cream. 
Serve with tortillas or rice.

I'm telling you this is an amazing recipe! It tastes so yummy! I am actually making it for my family tonight.  I am putting it all on to cook when I go home for lunch :-) Please let me know if you have or will try this, or if you add anything else to it to make it better! 

-Little Sis

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Friday, November 2, 2012

Pie Class... What Fun!

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Last weekend my neighbor held a Pie Cooking Class! It was so much fun. I recently... like in the last six months... started making my own pie crust from scratch. I actually ended up using the same recipe she uses. I have always been so intimidated by making pie crusts.. anyone with me? But after I did it a few months back I realized how easy it was. The difference it is in taste is amazing as well!!! So it was nice to be 'forced' to make more pie crust. But the amazing thing here is that ALL of it was homemade. 

It was just a group of five girls and of course we had a blast. A class that we thought would last about 2 hours lasted close to 5! Girls can talk, right? We had so much fun. I learned lots of neat little tips from my neighbor. She is such a fantastic cook and now I am trying to get her to do a few more classes before we move: Bread Baking, Pasta Making.. etc. I have done all of those, but having someone patiently teach you... I feel like I learn so much more. 

We were able to taste Apple, Pecan, and Pumpkin Pies. Then we made our own Apple Pie and then baked it at home. The pictures here are my Apple Pie. Pecan Pie was SO GREAT! That is a pie that is VERY intimidating to me. But after she explained to us how to make it, I now realized it isn't THAT hard. I plan to make my very first pecan pie at Thanksgiving! The Pumpkin Pie was great to learn because she has her secret way of making it. Oh how I want to share these recipes to you, but I will need to ask her first. If I have a lot of interest from you for the recipes.. I will ask her if she minds. But man, they were so yummy and so easy. I highly recommend attending a cooking class if need be. 

The pie is beautiful and tasted so great. Do you have a favorite pie? A favorite recipe?

-Big Sis

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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

My Super Man

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Growing up we didn't trick or treat. There is only one time in my life I remember dressing up and it was when I was a teenager and did it with friends for fun. I am sure we attended church events, I really do not remember! But I always knew that I wanted our kids to be able to participate. Not teach them bad things about Halloween... but not shelter them the way my husband and myself were and not allowed to trick or treat. It isn't a bad thing, I do not feel like I missed out.. but I wanted to relive it with my kids! 

This year I asked my 2.5 year old what he wanted to be! He actually responded "Super Hero, like Super Why!" He has also learned about trick or treating from Super Why.. and Halloween, Skeletons. Etc. Someone try and say TV doesn't affect our young ones. Anyways, so super hero he will be! 

I have a friend who owns a boutique. You really should check her out over at Halo Collective. She does some awesome things.. when I find out if this new baby is a girl- I will for sure be shopping with her. So she put together my boy's SUPER N on the front of his shirt. I just loved it.. as did he! Thanks Karissa!! 

Little Sis had made my boy a super hero cape. I had intended for him to wear it the whole time I was planning this- but it didn't match very well with the front of his shirt AND it buttons around his neck. Which I love. But he never leaves it on longer than 5 minutes. He wears it after his bath.. naked.. running around being a super hero. ADORABLE! 

So I took it upon myself to attach a cape I made on his shirt. This might not look like much- but!!! I am the non-creative one. I am the one that stresses about ironing something vs. sewing. I am so proud of my little cape. Haha. This was so much better.. because he could not take it off and he loved it! My little Super Hero! 

All ready for our Halloween Festival! 

He was so stinking cute! He loves to do his little Super Hero Spin! He is such a blessing in my life! 

-Big Sis

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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Halloween Linky Party (#34)

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Spooky huh!? :-o

I am so excited today to be hosting a Halloween Linky Party! I know most of us bloggers love the holidays because that means new mantle decor, fun crafts, unique recipes, and more! So I know you all have done some amazing things for the Halloween/Fall season that is upon us and I cannot wait to see it! 

Before I do though I wanted to show you all what my Halloween mantle looks like.  Keep in mind though that I don't do "scary" Halloween decorations....I stay more towards the "fun" Halloween decorations with bright colors, and glitter :-) You will see more of that in my mantle project below. 

Like I have mentioned several times before I am big on reusing things like wine bottles and spray painting them for mantle decor.  
 So what I did was buy candle sticks and candle holders from the Dollar Tree, then I also took my old wine bottles.  I stuck the candle sticks in each holder and wine bottle.  
 Then I spray painted them all fun colors.  I used black, lime green, purple, and I tried to use orange but I ran out of paint and never got more.  
 See here are a few finished.  I also think for a darker look you could do a bunch just black.  The matte black paint looked great on the bottles and candle sticks! 
 Then I added those along with my BOO that I made last year out of 2x6's and scrap booking paper.  I love the way it turned out.  So simple and I only spent around $15 on it all after buying the pumpkins and stuff. 

Now it's time to see all your creative ideas!!! I would love for you to link up all your Halloween and Fall fun here, and grab a button under our buttons tab!!! 

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Monday, October 29, 2012

Keeping My Life Simple!

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Being a Stay At Home Mom who runs a daycare it is vital that I find ways to make things easier in our day to day lives. Being able to be home is a dream come true for me and it is important to me that my husband and son have hot meals most days/meals of the week. I have taught school the past five years and being home is something I never saw myself doing-- until I had a baby. 

I have many outlets to making life simple in our house and they include LISTS, no TV until baby is asleep, gardening, routines, oh and did I say LISTS? I have lived by lists the past few months as they are the only way I can even keep up it seems. But today I wanted to talk about something that is a bit newer in my house and something I am loving!! 

Batch Cooking! 

Somedays finding the time to ensure that all of my kids in daycare have a healthy, home cooked meal can be difficult. Though I plan our meals each weekend for the next week... there are some days that life takes over and I am not able to make our meals the way I do on all days! Also, with the schedule my husband works I am able to cook him a hot breakfast, but I have to pack his lunch and dinner... and to be honest, there are some days I am lacking a meal to pack if not two. What better answer to this than batch cooking? It did take a little bit of preparation and time on my part... but after the initial day of doing the batch cooking... I have had lots of quick meals that are frozen. So what did I do?

I spent one day preparing pizza muffins (similar to pizza bagels), pizza hot pockets, ham and cheese pockets, and burritos. After I cooked and prepped each of these meals, I packed them up individually and froze them. It is awesome because if I am in need of a quick meal for anyone in my family all I have to do is walk to the freezer and pull out one of these meals... pop in the microwave and BOOM! We have a meal. 

It seems about once a month I will spend a day batch cooking. I usually do it during Daycare so the kids can help.. they have a lot of fun. It is one of the best things I have ever done.... and I am quite addicted to it! I always try and make an extra 'whatever' to freeze... it is great for daycare, my family, AND for when I need to cook for someone in need... I like to cook for the families in my church who are sick, have had babies, or just need the extra help. 

If you have any other questions about this- please ASK! So far I have batched cooked:

-Pizza Muffins
-Pizza Pockets
-Ham and Cheese Pockets
-Pie Crust
-Pigs in a Blanket
-Enchiladas (I will let you know how that turns out, I have read mixed reviews online)

Happy Batch Cooking! 
-Big Sis

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Saturday, October 27, 2012

Home Sweet TEXAS

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Big Sis Here! I tried my darndest to put these pictures in order.. After two failed attempts you get them in this order! This post is picture heavy! We did so many things over the 10 days we were with family in Texas... we visited Aunt Britt Britt in Abilene and we had so much fun. We were surprised to have our Grandma and Aunt Trisha tag along for the weekend.. It was fantastic! 

Our mom riding the dragon with my boy and my niece! 

We went to the East Texas Yamboree. It is a huge festival our small little town has.. people spend thousands of dollars trying to be the next Yam Queen.. No seriously. I really don't think you realize how crazy it is until you... move away. My freshman year in college my roommate thought it was so funny. I did not understand what was so funny about it! I just knew that I had a great time getting three days out of school, riding rides, and eating great food. If you are interested in what is it.. google East Texas Yamboree! 

My boy and I

My boy had so much fun riding rides at his first Yamboree. He also had a blast hanging out with all of his cousins.. All 7 of them! 

Me with my oldest niece and nephew

He had so much fun at our ALL DAY affair at the Yamboree that he passed out in the middle of eating his Nachos. He was sitting on the curb and just started falling over with the nacho in his mouth. It was so funny. So I picked him up and he woke up long enough to get one more nacho and then fell out. Uncle Brian helped me put his jacket on him so he could go home and sleep with his Gammy and TawTaw. 

My boy, Mommy, Uncle Brian

Someone got A LOT spoiled in Texas. We have honestly been trying to retrain him since getting back home. It is crazy what a little lot of spoiling can do to a 2 year olds soul. He was so excited to get a new bike from TawTaw on his first day in Gilmer... he really learned how to ride that bike quickly. From day one until the day we left.. he changed so much. He has a tricycle he uses at home and he rides SO fast.. so this was new, but he did GREAT! 

Aunt Britt Britt and my boy

Someone got lots of loving from his family too! Times like these are when I HATE living so far away. I think my sister said this was only her 4th time seeing him. That is so sad.. and so weird. But Aunt Britt Britt gave him a bath and then had some funny face time with him! 

Love these two! 

Oh my! My boy got to experience LA FINCA! Not once.. not twice.. but perhaps 4x in our whole 6 days in Gilmer. This Mexican restaurant is one of the places I HAVE to go when I go home. Sister is the same way. I don't think I ordered anything to eat until the very last night I went there. Every other night, I just ate chips, queso, salsa, and GREEN SAUCE! This green sauce is the best. I have NEVER liked Mexican food anywhere else except for La Finca. Those that live in Gilmer and complain.. they just haven't lived outside of that area for very long- that is the conclusion I have come to! I miss it, love it, and will always eat it! :) 

My boy loved it JUST as much. 

The picture below is when we arrived at Little Sis' house. We got there after 11pm at some point. We had left California at 7am (woken at 5am) and had taken two planes and arriving in Dallas at 6pm (4pm Cali time).. we had spent most of our day traveling. The last hour in the car to Abilene was so hard for my boy. He was done.. he wanted out. He was so tired. I hurt for him. He just wanted to 'hold me'.... but once we got to Aunt Britt Britt's... he was a LIVE WIRE! As matter of fact.. because he went to Aunt Britt Britt's room that night.. he did not fall asleep until closer to 3am.. and we had him up around 730am for church. What a champ he was. 


I would like to add that I did not get a single hug from my sister upon arriving. I even said something about it twice. All she cared about was getting that sweet boy in his hands. I love that he is loved so much. It makes my heart so happy. 

Below you see my sweet one. He became highly attached to the nephew's black angry bird. Precious. About the 2nd night in Gilmer he walked through the living room and told my sister and I "I be right back" and proceeded to walk out the door. It was pitch black outside. My little turkey just went to sit on the porch and enjoy the breeze. Isn't he precious. It amazed me how this 'city' boy immediately knew he was in the country and just walked out any door he could. He wanted to get in that dirt SO bad. I have never seen a child want to play in dirt so bad... made me feel guilty for living in the city. 


One of the highlights of our trip was the race. Our mom did the 5K, awesomely I might add.. and Little Sister and I did the 1/2 Marathon. You can read about Little Sis' experience HERE... and I will be writing mine... soon. I would just like to say that I loved doing this with them.. and now we are ALL THREE signed up for the Disney Princess 1/2 Marathon in Florida- in Feb. So excited. 

These are my best friends! 

Below you see my boy. This was the night we arrived at Dallas Airport. Before we got off the plane he told me "I gonna run to my Gammy!" And run he did. I was so happy he did that. We are proof that SKYPE allows kids to know their family ... and I am so thankful to have it. Though we have not used it as much lately. Living away from family is SO hard.. but thankful for that. I am so glad they have this picture of him.. because it is precious- his little face! 

My heart and soul

My little one LOVED playing with his older cousins.. He really loves this one. He has asked about him every day since he has been home. This little man was so nice to his small cousin.. I loved seeing them play. I love they both have blonde hair.. and I know my nephew's daddy would be SO proud to see them playing together. 

Wow! Uncle Brian really put a mark on my boy. He won't quit talking about the "4 wheeWer" with Uncle Brian. He went through the 'nasty water' in the 4 wheeler and he talks about it all the time. As matter of fact, my boy just told his daddy yesterday that he needed to get him a big boy 4 wheeWer like uncle brian! :) Daddy told him to ask Uncle Brian for one! :) 

HOLY DIRT! All this boy wanted to do was play with his dirt. Little Sis and I had a vendor show, which went awesome, and mom took my boy home. He got to play for hours in the dirt with Gammy and Tawtaw. Now that we are home.. he loves to dig and play in our empty garden. I love having a boy and am so thankful for the things he does! Love him. 

Mimi didn't get too much time with him... but she did come and play in the dirt with him. My boy thinks that MiMi is SO funny! :) We all do. 

This is his future wife, Sanana, as he calls her. They got to ride some rides together and enjoy life. Mr. Clay told my boy that he was a 'nut' for my boy to say, "I not a nut, I Noah."

Yesterday we were looking at these pictures and we saw this picture.. Noah ran to his daddy and said "Sanana's daddy said I a nut.. HE A NUT" 

The picture above and below are at DFW Airport when we got there. I was pleasantly surprised to see my grandma and Aunt Trisha along for our short trip to Little Sis'... we had so much fun! 

Bath Time, Aunt Britt's

Doing school at Aunt Britt's work

The first day in Gilmer we went to the school to eat lunch with my two small niece and nephew. It was a blast. I had not seen these kids in almost a year and a half. My how they had grew.. and my how they look even more like their daddy, my brother, then when I last saw them! I got to see my older niece that night at dinner! :) 

Below you see Noah seeing his TawTaw for the first time in almost a year and a half... TawTaw big time spoiled him by bringing the bike, helmet, and bell.. :) He loved it. 

I can't believe the trip I have been waiting for, for six months, has ended. It was so wonderful and yet went so very fast. It always goes so fast. This time wasn't AS hard leaving though because I know we will be home sooner rather than later! I hope you enjoyed my trip through pictures! :) 

-Big Sis
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