Sunday, November 27, 2011

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas....

I personally don't believe in decorating for Christmas BEFORE Thanksgiving, but I don't see a thing wrong with decking the halls on Thanksgiving night :) So, that's what we did......

Tree #1 (den)

We usually use these ornaments on the tree in our formal living room and I decided to switch things up a bit this year. I like the bright colors and want to actually be able to enjoy this fun tree instead of it being in a room in the house that we rarely use. I had a pleasant surprise when I pulled the decorations out this year. I found the big colored bulbs that I bought last year on clearance and we were all excited to add them to this tree! It totally completes this tree!!! yay!!

My helper and I decorating the tree

Josie (re)discovered her Little People Nativity in the Christmas box.
She loves it even more this year!
FYI... For any of you with children or those of you buying for small children, this is a PERFECT gift. We were given this by a sweet friend a couple of years ago and it's always a hit with Josie.

Decorating our Gingerbread house.
I meant to take a picture of the box that this came in because, this is also a great gift for little ones. I purchased it this year and could be a walking advertisement for it! It's a plastic gingerbread house that you decorate and can wash off and use over and over and over! How fabulous! The brochure suggests that you decorate it with your child for all holidays... there were actually cute ideas for Easter, Fourth of July,etc! I can see that we will be using this a lot!
The website for the gingerbread house is

Our Masterpiece!

We used white icing, coconut (snow), peppermints, gumdrops, m&m's and saltine crackers.

Guess who's back!!!

Elfie reappeared from the North Pole the day after Thanksgiving.

We were sooooooo excited!

We read the story to Josie and explained that we shouldn't touch Elfie or he would lose his magic, but (as you can see) Josie hasn't really followed that rule and actually seems to be scared when we say that we can't touch him. So, we are bending the rules :) So far, Elfie has been on the dining room chandelier, on the back door and he had made Josie breakfast by the time we woke up this morning! How exciting!!

Sneak peek of my attempt at our Christmas card
picture today :)

I actually thought that I would do a family picture this year, but I'm going to say that I really don't have the energy for it!

Stay tuned for the official Christmas card!

Charlie & Nikki's Wedding

Josie and I travelled with my parents and grandmother to Mississippi on Saturday for my cousin Charlie's wedding. He FINALLY married his girlfriend of over 5 years, Nikki! We have always considered Nikki to be part of our family, but now we can just say it's official!

An attempt to get a family picture.....

My Dad, mom, grandmother, me, Josie and Uncle Larry (Charlie's dad/the best man)

bride and groom saying their vows

Charlie (the groom), my grandmother and Uncle Larry

The wedding was beautiful. You couldn't have asked for a more gorgeous setting.... a beautiful chapel in the middle of the woods. It was perfect!

Congrats to Charlie and Nikki!!!!!

Friday, November 25, 2011

Thanksgiving 2011


Happy Thanksgiving from the Shearon's!

our little turkey :)

We spent Wednesday night celebrating Thanksgiving with Josh's family.

We enjoyed a non-traditional meal of delicious steak, baked potato and salad!

Josie & Granny

these two girls crack me up!
I think Josie is telling Addison something very important...

Josie and Addison received a BIG THANKSGIVING SURPRISE!!!
Granny gave them both brand new Radio Flyer tricycles!!!!
HOW FUN!!!!!!!!!!

Then, we spent Thursday with my family and enjoyed lunch at a local hotel that has a wonderful Thanksgiving buffet with all of the traditional trimmings!

I am ashamed to say that I didn't use my camera much at all on Thanksgiving Day. I just got this one picture of my uncle and grandmother.... two of my favorite people!

We had a wonderful holiday! I'm so glad that we do not have to run and go from house to house like so many families do during the holidays. I'm grateful to be able to relax and spend time with each of our families.

Josh and I have so much to be thankful for each and every single day......

Feeling blessed as always :)

Double the Blessings!

I helped host a fun baby shower this week.

Carleigh (a.k.a Our "little sister") is having TWIN BOYS!!!

Carleigh with her mom, Cindy

Andrea "talking" to the twins :)

All of her wonderful goodies!

These boys will be the most well dressed kiddos in Brownsville, TN :)

We have enjoyed sharing this fun time in Carleigh's life. She and Ben will be such sweet parents. I can't wait to meet these little guys in January!!!

Pigtails and Baking

Josie's hair has really grown lately! We have tried little baby pigtails before, but she now can have REAL pigtails :)

Can't you tell that my little baby is growing up.... Pigtails and talking on the phone... what's next?!?

Josie loves to help me cook!

Don't you just love her new look..... not really sure what this look means..... she thinks it's funny!

Such a happy girl!

We are looking forward to some fun holiday baking soon :)

Friday, November 11, 2011

Flashback to the 80's

We had such a great time celebrating our sweet friend, Martha Jo's 30th Birthday this past weekend! It was an 80's party!!! At the last minute, we had to take Josie along for the fun (if I had more time, I would have dressed her for the fun theme!) Also, I am cracking up at Josh's attire for the evening. He totally threw this together at the VERY last second (literally as we were about to walk out the door) and it doesn't have a single thing to do with the 80's but he didn't want to be left out of the fun :)

All of the girls!

Catherine, Martha Jo (the bday girl) and Nicole

The b-day girl and yours truly :)

Josie and MJ's niece, Ava Reed. Josie wanted to hold a "real baby" and then wasn't so sure when we let her hold her!

We had a blast!!!!

Happy 30th, Martha Jo! Welcome to the club :)

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Busy Week!

What a busy week! We finished up our Halloween festivities and had sooo much fun!

Daddy and his little helper carving the pumpkin.

We laughed that Josie got more of a kick out of drawing the face on the pumpkin first.... she had no desire in pulling out the seeds! I had hoped this year that we would paint a few pumpkins (saw some cute ideas on Pinterest), but time slipped away too quickly.... maybe next year!

The Masterpiece :)

my Halloween cutie!

We went Trick R Treating at my grandmother's retirement home on Halloween night! Josie helped my grandmother pass out candy (or maybe pull candy out of Mott Mott's bowl to put in her own pumpkin..... ) My grandmother was getting so tickled at Josie and poor J couldn't understand what we thought was so funny :)

Then...... We headed to Barney Live on Tuesday night!!!

I'm pretty sure that Josh and I were awarded the "Best parents of the year award" that night by Josie :) She had a BLAST!!!

We were soooo excited to see my college friend Emily and her sweet little girl, Ellie! My, how times have changed! We have gone from fun AOII Rose Ball formals to fun nights with our precious gals and Barney :) This was the first time for Ellie and Josie to meet! We would love to get together more often with these two fun gals!

Here's my dancing queen! We were surprised to realize that we had 2nd row seats at the Barney show and Josie immediately wanted to join the other kids down in front of the stage for some dancing!

We had to buy a bag of popcorn and a Barney balloon, of course!

I was quite pleased that we made it out of there without buying all of the other "junk"!!

I guess our crazy week had our sweet girl worn out and exhausted, because she came down with a cold at the end of the week. I had to pick her up early from daycare on Friday :( She's definitely feeling better and getting back to her "silly self" again .......

We are soooo glad it's the weekend! This week wore us ALL out!