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Monday, December 27, 2010

Christmas 2010!

Hi All! I hope you all had a great Christmas! I know it is always such a blessing to be able to spend good, quality time with the family, and this time was no exception! :)

My New Year's Resolution is to take more pictures, especially with the family, so I got started a little early with Christmas. I still am in a habit of taking pics on my Dad's camera which leaves me with no pictures of my own, so I only have a few pictures from my own camera. But it's still improvement, right? Here are some of my pics from this weekend!

 My Mom had the great idea of taking our family on the "Polar Express" in Springdale. It was SO FUN!

The kiddos got dressed up in their pj's (compliments of my Mom) and off we went. The train ride included dinner, cookies and even a special visit from Santa. The kids LOVED IT! Can't you tell by the smiles on their faces??

 Mallory and Georgia Kelley were as cute as ever in their pj's! Even though they didn't really understand what was going on, and the fact that they are both deathly afraid of Santa, I still think they enjoyed the evening. :)

 Come on, this pic is JUST. TOO. CUTE!

Mallory enjoyed the blinking Rudolph nose that Amanda brought. She definitely got a kick out of it!

Harry and Brooklyn watching the lights as we passed through town. I seriously think they were expecting us to round the corner and end up at the North Pole to meet reindeer and elves. ha!

Tyler had a great Christmas, too! He got head-to-toe Manchester United gear. He even asked if he could wear his new jersey to church on Sunday! haha! (It was a definite no, in case you were wondering)

I swear, this boy refuses to take a normal picture!

Tyler and I wearing our newest outfits! I loved my new pj's from Rachel and Josh!

Christmas with Tyler's family is always so great! I just wish I would have gotten some pictures. Bug! This is why I have my New Year's Resolution.

Tyler's mom has made all of the stockings for the entire family. Last year, she surprised me with my own stocking, making me an official part of the Herriman family. :) This year, Josh got his own stocking too!

We woke up, had a great breakfast and wonderful relaxing morning, opening up presents and enjoying time with each other. I tell you what, I am absolutely blessed to be a part of this family!

Then we headed over to my parent's house for Christmas with the Wares. We had a yummy breakfast (#2 for Tyler and I) and opened presents. I do have to say, with 4 little ones, this year was all about the kiddos - which was perfect! I think Harry and B like to open presents almost as much as they like the actual gift. ha! (I even caught B helping Grandma open all of her gifts)

This picture is of Harry opening his marshmallow guns from Tyler and I.

Mom had gotten Mallory and Brooklyn cute little outfits, but I'm not so sure B enjoyed the hat. (But maybe that's because Scott squeezed her head into the 18 month-size hat. ha!) Poor thing, I think her head was about to pop!

Jo Anne had spotted a special cape from Cracker Barrel and thought Harry would love it.... and he certainly did! Here he is, so excited for his Spiderman / Batman cape!

GK and Mallory got into one of the bags of marshmallows and certainly had some fun.... can you see the big pile on the floor? ;)

Mallory LOVES wearing hats! As soon as she put this hat on, Mallory was strutting around the house, smiling at everyone. It was so funny!

The next morning (Christmas morning) Tyler and I were able to stay at Scott and Amy's to see Brooklyn see all her presents from Santa. This age is so great because Harry and Brooklyn understand Santa and truly believe in him! B was SO excited the night before, she couldn't wait to go to bed so that Santa would come that much sooner.

Here she is opening up some of her presents from her parents. 

Her favorite toy was definitely her Pillow Pet, curtosy of Santa. She would not put it down all day.

That night, Amy, Mom, B and I went to see Tangled. It was SUCH a good movie! I even cried! ha!

It was a great end to Christmas day!

The next day, Mom, Jo Anne and I went out shopping, getting some great deals. Oh, I LOVE day-after-Christmas shopping! :)

Tyler and I just made it back to LR last night, and are enjoying one more day off from work together. Definitely a lazy day today, but a great end to a wonderful Christmas holiday!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

I know...

I know... I will never paint a room in my house red because it clashes with my hair

I know... I hate when people mispronounce the word "gyro." (Pronounced YEE-RO, not JYE-RO)

I know... My car is always dirty... always

I know... one of my favorite wedding gifts came from my BFF Whitney V. (engraved plaque with our family name and wedding date)

I know... getting in bed with clean sheets is the best feeling ever

I know... I want a Kindle reader

I know... I consider someone a good friend when they know how to order my Sonic drink -  "Large Dr. Pepper, Easy Ice" is the only way to go

I know... I stole this blog idea from my friend Sarah and loved it so much I had to do it myself

I know... my mom always gives the best gifts, no matter who she is buying for

I know... I am obsessed with each "Real Housewives of..." show

I know... I paint my nails every Sunday night. I try and pick a color that will set the tone for the rest of the week.

I know... the best chapstick in the world is my Swivel

I know... when I need someone to be brutally honest, I call my friend Whitney Killebrew

I know... I have read the entire Harry Potter series 3 times, some books I've read 6 times, but it still won't be the last

I know... I have the CUTEST nephew and 2 nieces in the world, and I will fight you if you disagree :)

I know... I still miss Greece and my friends from HUG so much it hurts

I know... my TMJ is getting worse and worse. I think I will have to have surgery eventually.

I know... Tyler makes me SO incredibly happy and I am so blessed because of him

I know... Kings of Leon cd is my current guilty pleasure

I know... I am lucky to have the best in-laws ever. Tyler's entire family is just perfect and I truly think no other girl has it as good as I do

I know... if I had all the money in the world, my dream car would be a Volvo

I know... no one should talk to me before I've had at least 2 cups of coffee

I know... a shower isn't hot enough until my skin is burning

I know... we won't be having kids for at least another 4-5 years, but sometimes I catch myself actually wanting them now. Scary!!

I know... the first place I want to travel to is China

I know... when first falls asleep he twitches. Sometimes he twitches so hard, we both wake up

I know... my favorite hair product that I don't want to live without is "It's a 10"

I know... if I could go back and do it all over again, I would be a teacher

I know... I am using the lightest shade of foundation currently in production and it still is too dark for me

I know... if I don't sleep with the bathroom fan on, I will hear every noise in and outside our apartment

I know... if we could, Tyler and I would move back to NWA

I know... Tyler and I won't move back to NWA, possibly ever

I know... I will shed a tear or two when I finally go to Harry Potter world in April

I know... Tyler will be gone for 3 months next year and I am NOT looking forward to it

I know... cold, gray winter days are way better than any summer day

I know... I actually enjoy soccer and understand when I watch... thank you, Tyler

I know... I can be completely clueless sometimes

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Christmas cheer down to my fingers and toes...

Hey everybody! Today was a very productive day. I am about 99% finished with all my Christmas shopping! Whew.... I don't know why I always wait to the last minute, but I am glad to say that I actually have a few days left to spare.

Tomorrow, Tyler and I are packing up and heading to good ol' NWA. SOOO excited to spend an extra-long weekend with the fams! Thursday night, both mine and Tyler's family will be together for a very special evening... can't wait to share pics!  :)

SO... in true holiday preparation, I just had to get my nails ready! ha!

My winter nail colors are typically dark purples, blues or greys. I'm definitely NOT a pink / red girl. BUT, being in the true festive spirit, I busted out the SPARKLES... and RED!

"A Ruby for Rudolph" is my favorite holiday shade! It's just the right amount of sparkle and a fun red with a pinkish hue. 

You like??

I will be sure and post pics after our very special night on Thursday. I seriously can NOT wait! AAAH!

Monday, December 20, 2010

Christmas Cheer

Hi all!  Are you all running around, finishing up your Christmas shopping like crazy?!?! :)

Today, I was able to break away from the office for lunch! (A rare treat!)

I went over to my friend Sarah's house. So great to finally see her cute apartment and catch up on life. MUCH needed girl time! It's amazing how some great girl time can really brighten your day! :)

On a side note, I just saw the funniest Christmas commercial I think I have ever seen!

Maybe it's because I know every word of "Carol of the Bells" or maybe it's watching the Big Man in Red sprint for dear life, but I can't watch this enough! ha!

Does anyone else find this hilarious? Or is it just me? lol..... ENJOY! :)

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Merry Christmas to My Face.


....is my Christmas present from Tyler. :)

Immediately when I got home and saw the box, I opened all the individual boxes and laid out each bottle in order. I then read through the instructions and smelled each cream. I could not have been more excited! ha!

Now, in order for you to fully understand why this is such a perfect gift for me, I guess you should know that I have been using anti-aging creams since I was 17. Obsessing? Unnecessary? Slightly vain? Abso-freakin-lutely.

What can I say? I only have one face to last me my entire life.... gotta make it last. :)

What about you? What are y'all getting for Christmas? I'm having some serious Christmas-gift-block and can NOT come up with any other ideas for my family. What's on your Christmas List?

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Back for Reals this time

Hey all, Well I guess I finally got tired of reading all of your blogs without contributing anything of my own. :)

I. Am. Back..... like, for reals this time.

An update on my life? Work. :/

Boy, I really thought things would have calmed down after October, but that hasn't necessarily been the case. Granted, I have cut down my hours from 60+ hours a week to a mere 50 or so, but seriously....

I'm hanging in there, but am beginning to feel more and more resistant to continue to pour my life into my job. I even have called the Mom a few times and my dear, and always painfully honest friend Cortney during my times of weakness. I am definitely sticking with it through April, which is our BIG BIG event. At that point, I may be re-evaluating things....

But work is boring. What else is new?

Here are some things I've been doing lately....

1. Dexter!!

This show is blowing my mind! I know it is pathetic, but I seriously made my way through 2 entire seasons in one weekend. ha! Tyler and I just couldn't stop watching!

2. Re-reading Harry Potter series.... for like the 1,000th time!

Again, maybe pathetic, but I have not read these books like over 5 years so I have forgotten a lot of the details. I'm only finishing up book 2 right now, but plan to make my way through the series throughout the next year and then finish the 7th just in time for the last movie. This girl has got a plan! :)

3. Going HOME! During the past few months, I haven't had too many chances to spend at home, so I have been SOOOO incredibly thankful for family time. I have MISSED the kiddos like crazy, so this past weekend was AWESOME! :)

Tomorrow (believe it or not) is Harry's FOURTH BIRTHDAY!!! Oh my, I just can't believe it! I seriously remember the day he was born perfectly. And now it's already 4 years later? Craziness!!!

So this past weekend, Tyler and I made our way home to celebrate Harry's birthday. We even had a chance to play with the kiddos at Chuck-E-Cheese for a bit. It was so great because we went early on Friday and we basically had the entire place to ourselves. So fun!

(I realized that I never have ANY pictures... this definitely going to be part of my New Year's Resolution! So I stole these pictures from Amanda. :) )

I am REALLY looking forward to time with both families this next week. And promise to have pictures! :)

Now I just need to finish my Christmas shopping..... bug!

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