Merry Christmas!

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas from our family to yours. 
I have big things planned for next year, but for now I’m going to take the next couple of weeks off and spend time with my family. Check back after the first of the year for lots of bloggy goodness.

Until then,



9 days until Christmas…and there are families that will have unopened presents under their trees this year. 20 families.

I still don’t have the words to express how I feel. I don’t know if I ever will. It was hundreds of miles away, but it feels like it was here, in my town, happening to families that I know.

I’ve cried a lot of tears since Friday and given both of my girls a lot of hugs and kisses. I’ve sent up a lot of prayers for those sweet babies and their families, and for the children still alive. They need our prayers too.

I’m thankful for all the teachers and administrators that helped protect those babies.

Keep this community in your hearts as Christmas approaches.

But Jesus called them unto him, and said, “Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God.” Luke 18:16


Adam and I went to a Halloween party this year. I know that this post is really late!

It was the first time we had been out without the girls since Savannah was born. I don’t think I had been to a Halloween party since I was 10 or so, so I was really excited about dressing up!

We, like everyone else, are really into zombies right now. So I decided that I would be a zombie bride. I turned to Pinterest (where else?) for my zombie makeup inspiration.

I had a dress already…it was actually my dress from my first wedding, and it was pretty therapeutic to trash it!

Zombie Bride

I waited until the last minute to go out and buy my zombie blood, and the only thing I could find was this black blood. Which is black. Duh, don’t know what I was thinking. The bottle says it looks realistic, yeah not so much. Luckily I had a bottle of red gel food coloring. Added a little water and the red food coloring and voila, BLOOD! I also waited until the last minute to fix my costume, like 2 hours before the party so I didn’t get any pictures. I’ve learned that to be a blogger you really need to plan ahead and take LOTS of pictures. 😉

I splattered blood all over the dress, then my mom, sister-in-law and her mother (who was visiting from NY) proceeded to rip, burn and generally destroy this dress.  

In the mean time I went in and did my makeup. The only thing I wish I had done was to get a setting powder, because as soon as I started sweating my makeup started running. By the end of the night I looked like a hot mess, but I guess that’s what a zombie is supposed to look like right?

I promise I don’t look like this on a regular basis!

I tried to get Adam to go as my Zombie groom but couldn’t get him on board. He decided to go as Santa….Yeah you heard me right. More specifically, Billy Bob Thornton from the movie Bad Santa. 

He’s not really puking in the trash can.

 We had a great time, and I had a ton of fun planning my costume. I couldn’t wait to get home to the babies though! I told Adam that you know you’ve had a good time when you come home looking like this:

Gratuitous picture in the bathroom mirror portrait.


Thanks for putting up with my Halloween post in December. I’ll glaze over Thanksgiving and we’ll get to Christmas this weekend. 



So I know I’ve been MIA, or MIB (Missing in Blogging). Ha!

Getting back to work and in the swing of things left me seriously lacking in the blog motivation department. Not even any picture posts, which is what the blog had turned into.

I’ve never been really confident in myself, and I’ve let that get in the was of doing a lot of things. I didn’t play basketball in Jr High because I was afraid of doing something stupid and embarrassing myself. I didn’t audition for All State Choir because I was afraid I wouldn’t make it. I’ve neglected writing posts for this blog because I’m not confident of my writing ability.

The little nitpicker in the back of mind always tells me, “You have nothing interesting to say, why would anyone read you?”.

Well, I’m not writing for you nitpicker, so screw you!

I decided that either I’m going to do it and be confident and proud of myself, or I’m going to spend the rest of my life beating myself up for not having the balls to give it a try. I may be writing to no one, but as least I’m writing.

I hope to catch on up a few posts that I started and never finished. Then we can move on to Christmas!

See you soon,

Jess ♥