Tuesday, December 28, 2010

hair changes everything...

i am a big fan of changing up my hair.  last year about this time i did a hair change.

December 2009 {long hair}

January 2010 {short hair}

i felt the urge to change it up yet again to get ready for 2011!

before {dark brown}

after {reddish light brown}

hair changes everything!

Monday, December 27, 2010

and the bad blogger award goes to....

you know i would win the award hands-down  if such an award existed.  i had this great plan -- if you can remember way back when i blogged about it -- of posting every day for 30 whole days.  obviously, that didn't happen.  i also planned --but didn't blog about -- getting all my Christmas shopping done by the first week of december.  obviously, that didn't happen.  i was going to budget  for the holidays and stick with it. obviously, that didn't happen.  i was going to do a ton of Christmas activities with miss priss. obviously, that didn't happen.  all of this to say it has been a busy whirl wind of a december and i for one can't wait to ring in the new year.  i have plans -- and am sticking to them!-- to meet up with three of the sweetest girls from blog land!  if you aren't following Jill, Sarah, or Kristy then i can assure you, you are missing out! I will be back with great stories from what i know will be an epic day! 

also in the blog line up...
hair changes everything
cookie baking is not for dummies
who asked for a Foosball table?
Christmas with the kranks emersons
the aftermath

i hope you all are enjoying your last week of 2010!

Sunday, December 19, 2010

my iPhone lately...

A little look into my life as I know it :-)

- Posted using BlogPress from my iPhone

Friday, December 10, 2010

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

she whips her hair back & forth...

we attended the Annual Whistle Stop Station Christmas program last night.  Ava was a dancer, and totally got her groove on.  she also had some fun singing next to her boy toy :)

We shine.

i whip my hair back & forth...

fist pumping at it's finest.

joy to the fishes in the deep blue sea.

singing her little heart out.

*all photos courtesy of focused on fun*

day 8.a photo that makes you angry/sad...

 this makes me sad.

one day there will be a cure for childhood cancer

Monday, December 6, 2010

Day 6. 20 of my favorite things...

  1. scarves.
  2. pepperoni & sausage pizza.
  3. going to the movies.
  4. my daughter.
  5. christmas music.
  6. mascato.
  7. my family.
  8. pigtails on little girls.
  9. talking on the phone.
  10. johnson & johnson lavender baby lotion.
  11. nail polish.
  12. clean sheets.
  13. crystal light "wild strawberry" to-go packets.
  14. my iphone.
  15. pepsi.
  16. shoe shopping.
  17. the first snow.
  18. chewy sprees (berry flavored)
  19. cardigans.
  20. reading blogs.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Day 5. your favorite quote ...

"Call it a clan, call it a network, call it a tribe, call it a family:
Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one."

~Jane Howard

our Family

The Emerson Family

The Livensparger Family

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Day 4. your favorite book ...

the bright forever. by lee martin.  this book keeps you guessing until the very last page! for me, it is a must read.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Day 3. your favorite teacher ...

robin bass spangler.
RBS was my english & creative writing teacher. i adored her. her passion for life was undeniable. She was a happy, funny beautiful soul who unfortunately left this world too soon when she passed away with her third and final battle with cancer.  she touched so many people, and i am honored to have known her.

"words are power" - RBS.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Day 2.your definition of success ...

the ability to make it through the day with a smile.
making a perfectly toasted bagel.
getting out of the house in the morning without raising my voice.
being able to find clothes in my closet.
creating the perfect poof.
remembering to not sweat the small stuff.
finding joy in the midst of sadness.
believing there is a higher power.
knowing its okay to not always be perfect.

what is your definition of success?

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

day 1. your biggest accomplishment...

i know that it may seem a little cliche. but its so true. my biggest accomplishment hands down is my daughter. there is nothing better than knowing that i have her to love every day for the rest of my life. there is nothing better then hearing her laughter, seeing her smile, and watching her grow.  is it hard being a mom? absolutely. do i make mistakes? everyday. do i constantly worry and question my mothering abilities? yes. but it is all totally, completely, undoubtably worth it.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010


In an effort to get back into blogging, i am jumping on the band wagon with a 30 day challenge!  Here is the schedule for my posts that will begin on December 1...

Day 1 - your biggest accomplishment

Day 2 - your definition of success

Day 3 - Your favorite teacher

Day 4 - your favorite book

Day 5 - your favorite quote

Day 6 - 20 of my favorite things

Day 7 - a photo that makes your heart melt

Day 8 - a photo that makes you angry/sad

Day 9 - a photo you took

Day 10 - a photo taken over 10 years ago of you

Day 11 - a photo of you recently

Day 12 - something you are OCD about

Day 13 - a fictional book

Day 14 - a non-fictional book

Day 15 - your role model

Day 16 - a song that makes you cry (or nearly)

Day 17 - an art piece (drawing, sculpture, painting, etc)

Day 18 - my wedding/future wedding/past wedding

Day 19 - a talent of yours

Day 20 - a hobby of yours

Day 21 - a recipe

Day 22 - a website

Day 23 - a youtube video

Day 24 - where I live- in detail, what makes it special?

Day 25 - guilty pleasure

Day 26 - your week, in great detail

Day 27 - my worst habit

Day 28 - whats in my handbag/purse

Day 29 - hopes,dreams and plans for the next 365 days

Day 30 - car you drive ( and past cars too!)
i think it would be so great to see some of your thirty.day.challenges too, so feel free to join in!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

tricks & treats and all kind of sweets...

i swear, i am being punished.  i have a child who loves to get candy, but doesn't eat it!  Needless to say, my hips are in extreme danger :)  we had so much fun trick-or-treating our way from house to house with the cutest sailor and puppy dog.  don't believe me? here is the proof!

we couldn't start the fun without a little impromptu photo shoot. the lighting was complete perfection!

ava lea. halloween 2010.

a little sweet. a lot sassy.

perfectly precious preston the puppy.

the tongue is priceless!!!

preston robert. halloween 2010.

emerson kiddos. halloween 2010.

after the photo session, we got down to business and started filling up our buckets!

the sailor and the hubs -- he's keeping it classy :)

little miss was in a hurry

even her little walk is sassy!

sweet boy.  he didn't care too much for the trick or treating,
but he loved the stroller ride!

i hope you had a fabulous halloween too!