Monday, November 30, 2009


It's finally here--my favorite time of the year...CHRISTMAS!! Aside from the obvious good things regarding the holiday, I love that it's a time to celebrate the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ. Regardless of our life situation and circumstances, we are all so terribly blessed! So, in the light of this charitable season, a giveaway is in order!!!

Giveaway Details:

Here's what you get if you win...
1. Rocky Road Brownie Mix
2. Christmas cookie cutters
3. Mini-red spatula
4. Peppermint sprinkles
5. a few more surprise goodies!!

*Sorry clarity is bad--took it with my phone!


1. For a chance to win, please comment on this post with an answer to the following question:

"What is your favorite holiday tradition?" OR "What do you want to start to be a holiday tradition for Christmastime?"


-One winner will be chosen on Saturday, December 5th and notified that day.
-The winner has until Sunday, the 6th to accept the giveaway or another winner will be chosen
-Please make sure I have a means to contact you (either leaving your email address or blogsite with your comment)
-Only one entry per person to win!

GOOD LUCK!! Can't wait to hear about all the great traditions


Saturday, November 14, 2009

Possible Christmas Giveaway??

This past weekend, Cody and I perused many great stores! So, in light of the uber-early display of Christmas items (come on, it's not even Thanksgiving)! I digress, I want to have a giveaway!! I keep visiting all these fun blogs and they seem to have one thing in common--GIVEAWAYS!! So, I'm thinking of doing one---BUT, I want it to be worthwhile, sooooo WHO WOULD BE INTERESTED?!?! It would have tons of great Christmas things for decorating, baking, etc!! So, leave me a comment and let me know if you'd participate! I hope so, because I want to buy some of this stuff SO BADLY! :)

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***Even if you don't live close, I'm planning on mailing the giveaway goodies!


Thursday, November 12, 2009

Meeting Estella Ruth!

A few Sundays ago, Cody and I quickly said our goodbyes and packed up our things from church and headed north, to Ohio! We were so excited for our quick trip and getting to see family! The reasons for the trip were two-fold, 1) Cody's Brother, Travis and his wife, Vanessa, just welcomed a second child (the first GIRL) to our family. 2) Since we're heading to Florida this year, for Thanksgiving, we won't get to see the Davenport side of the fam until a few days before CHRISTMAS! So, we headed up and we had a great trip!! The pictures are basically of little Estella, but we had a great time with everyone else, too!

The October girls--holding little E for the first time (and getting baby fever!)

Cody holding Estella for the first time and getting FREAKED OUT!!

Getting warmed up to the idea :)

Robin, Cody's mom, falling in love with her new granddaughter

The great-grandparents loving on little Estella

Proud daddy!

The next day, we headed around Wooster to some amish towns and landed at this great homemade cheese store (I hadn't had carbs for over a month, so I was so excited to find something I could finally eat!!!)

My honey :)

Happy grammie, dreaming of ways to spoil her!

Her favorites: green paci and big bows :)

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

The Big 2-6 (slightly late)

So, ever since my 21st, I've been going to the mountain house in Boone to celebrate my birthdays! This year was no different! With Cody leaving me a bachelorette for the majority of the week as he was at the Catalyst Conference, I packed up Thursday afternoon and headed to the land of coziness and beauty! This birthday was probably one of my favorites--rivals my 16th when my parents surprised me with a car and a cake with a picture of me picking my nose on it (thanks mom!), I digress! Nothing was too special about the weekend except that it was spent with my parents and the food over the course of those 4 days was indescribably scrumptious!!

The first night we just hung out and snuggled up by the fire...boy was that needed!

The next day, Mom and I headed into town and she surprised me with a trip to the Spa!! After the week I had, had it was heaven sent! Mani/Pedi & Facial was just what the doctor ordered for this 26 year old! :) Mom and I had such a great time together!

Friday night, they told me to pick a restaurant with the only stipulation being that it had to be new, a place none of us had ever been! I knew exactly where I wanted to go- The Osceola Lodge. My parent's friends had raved about this place for months, so I thought it'd be the perfect way to ring in 'official adulthood'! So, we cleaned up and headed over (the boys even have to wear coats--FANCY and my kind of place!!)

On the way to the Lodge, mom and I thought the leaves were too gorgeous to not get out and take some pictures! So a photo shoot ensued (these are only 2 of the 20 we took!!)

My parents are the cutest!

In front of the Lodge-pre.dinner!

Mid.Dinner (such great conversation and I have never laughed so hard in such a long time!!)

My momma!

A little fuzzy, I knew I should've had the desk clerk take two!! :)

2nd mini-photo shoot :)

Mom and Dad letting our huge meals settle in the Library

Saturday was BIRTHDAY DAY!

*Opening some presents with my other 'sister', our dog Abby!

Before Dinner we headed to Fred Mercantile on Beech Mountain, i love getting pictures there for the fall!! Such great decorations

We went to Jacalope's for dinner--I had never been there, but since it'd been over 10 years, we thought it was "new" again! It was such a great dinner--the food was DELICIOUS!!

And of course, my birthday was complete with Bananas Foster (my favorite!!)

Mom and Dad, thanks for an awesome birthday!! I had such a wonderful time hanging out with you two!! You made the birthday without Cody so fun (even if I thought it wouldn't be) Love you both so much--thanks for all the great laughs!

Love your girl,
LaRae (keedar/sissy)