Thursday, October 23, 2014

31 Days: Letters To Mason: Day 23

Dear Mason, 

I hope you get the chance to be a big brother one day. Lately, I've been observing you with other children and you love other people. A little girl came up to you at the library the other day and you tried to hug and kiss her. You are so sweet and loving. And so far, you like the play with/near others. 

Your Dad and I hope that in the future, we get to call you the big brother. 

Love you big, 


Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Phillip Phillips In Concert {GIVEAWAY}

Hey Local Friends!!!! THIS POST IS FOR YOU!!!

I've been contacted again by the great folks at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena to giveaway some tickets to an upcoming concert for Phillip Phillips!!!

They were so gracious to offer me a set of tickets to attend as well  but we have family in town and will be unable to attend but I've got two other tickets for one of you to win!!

This concert is November 5th, 2014 at Bon Secours Wellness Arena in Greenville, SC. Please be mindful of that date so that you only enter if you would be able to attend the concert.

I've been reading about his concerts and hear that they are SO Good! And of course, the Bon Secours Wellness Arena is such a nice venue for a concert. This would make a wonderful date night or fun out with a girlfriend!

I have initiated a Rafflecopter Giveaway so that all giveaway entries are electronically counted and a winner will be chosen at random. If you are unsure about how to enter using the rafflecopter link below, please let me know via e-mail ( Don't let it stop you from entering this awesome giveaway!!
You can sign into Rafflecopter with Facebook or with your e-mail. Either way, I should be able to contact you easily if you win. Best of Luck! 

I leave you with my fave Phillip Phillips song...

31 Days: Letters To Mason: Day 22

Dear Mason, 

You don't watch much in the way of shows. You like some shows on PBS Kids and you watch them every now and then. We recently found the ABC Mouse app and you love it. There are videos for each individual letter of the alphabet and you enjoy listening to them. I'm pretty sure you would listen all day long if I would let you do it. 

Your dad and I joke that you will definitely know your alphabet. HAHA!

Love you ABC Boy, 


Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Mason's Last First Holiday

Here's the deal: Matt and I don't even really like Halloween BUT it's Mason's last first holiday and it takes place on his birthday eve so I mean, it must be celebrated to some extent, right? 
You'll read more another day about a tradition Matt will be starting with Mason regarding Halloween but today I wanted to share some picture Matt snapped of Mason this weekend with Mason wearing his Trick or Treat shirt.
 This coming week, we will hopefully attend a Fall Festival at a local church and then find some other fun fall activities. 

31 Days: Letters To Mason: Day 21


You have been waving and saying "hi" and "bye" off and on for the last 6-8 weeks, I guess. But your newest "trick" is to wave, say "hi" and say "bye" to EVERYONE!! You love it and I tell you what: those little ladies at the grocery store, mall, and restaurants LOVE IT!!! You make so many people's days brighter. Mostly mine and your Dad's. 

Love you tons, 


Monday, October 20, 2014

Big Haircut for Mason!

Mason had his first haircut, well a trim really, a few months back. But since then, it has gotten a bit long  mostly around the collar in the back. Matt's co-worker, Mrs. Shelley, cut it for us again. He did such a good job staying still and she was such a sweet lady!

Here's BEFORE: 


I realize that you can't tell much about the after but here's the deal: We totally forgot to take the after pictures right after the haircut and then, we kept forgetting. And then...well, I still wanted to write a post about it so I'm using a picture where you can kinda tell he got a haircut. HA! She cut a bunch off of the back and around his ears. Love my handsome fella!

31 Days: Letters To Mason: Day 20

Dear Mason, 

I love that you are such a healthy (read: Big) baby but I'm gonna shoot straight with you. Those few days following when I got my flu shot in my left arm and my tDap in my Right arm were pretty horrendous as I attempted to lug you around. 

Love you anyway!


Sunday, October 19, 2014

31 Days: Letters To Mason: Day 19

Dear MMM, 

We are in the midst of gathering items for your birthday party. We have decided on a rainbow party with a little focus on the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow since it's your Golden Birthday as well as your 1st birthday. In other words, it's a big day! 

We are having a small party here with some family and friends and then another small party in Louisiana with other family and friends. It worked out best to do it that way for travel purposes etc. 

Enough about that, you know what I'm most excited about for you!?! CAKE!!! You are going to be given a WHOLE smash cake and you can eat as much as you want! I'm going to be honest with you: That only happens once in your life! Sad, I know!! 

I hope you love it!

Love you like I love cake, 

Saturday, October 18, 2014

The Brickmaker's Bride by Judith Miller { A Book Review}

Judith Miller The Brickmaker's Bride
**I received this book for free from Litfuse Publicity in exchange for my honest review.**

I like to mix up what I'm reading sometimes and I have tended to shy away from historical fiction for the most part. However, when I saw The Brickmaker's Bride by Judith Miller, I was immediately drawn in.

I started reading the book one evening and I'll be honest, the first chapter just didn't draw me into the book. The next day, I read the next chapter and still didn't get into it. I waited a few more days and went back to the book and then, I was hooked!

I love the storyline of this story with Laura Woodfield and her mother trying to sell their brickyard since her father was killed in the war. The story follows the Woodfields as they sell the yard and as Laura courts a gentleman named Winston. The story is just intriguing with, in my opinion, several fun twists and turns as the story goes on.

I really enjoyed the discoveries each of the characters made about themselves and others along the way of the story. I liked the Christian aspect woven throughout the book but it wasn't overwhelming. It actually felt more like real life that some other fiction books make the Christian life sound.

Check out the link/info below for an awesome Facebook Party and Giveaway!

Judith is celebrating with a Kindle HDX giveaway and  a "Refined by Love" Facebook author event on November 4th.


 One winner will receive:
  • A Kindle HDX
  • The Brickmaker's Bride by Judith Miller
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on November 4th. Winner will be announced at the Refined by Love Facebook Author Event. Connect with Judith for a fascinating evening centered around her new Civil War-era series. She'll be hosting a book club discussion, giving away prizes, answering your questions, offering an exclusive peek at the next book in the Refined by Love series, and much more!

So grab your copy of The Brickmaker's Bride and join Judith and friends on the evening of November 4th for a chance to connect and make some new friends. (If you haven't read the book, don't let that stop you from coming!)

Don't miss a moment of the fun; RSVP today by signing up for a reminder. Tell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 4th!

Mason: Week 50 {Photos}

Day 344: Chocolate chips and pretzels for snack! 

Day 345: Trying on a turkey hat at Target. ;-)

Day 346: His days of just "diaper and shirt" wearing are numbered for the rest of this year. 

Day 347: Lunch with Mom

Day 348: Thug life...

Day 349: Handsome guy in his long sleeve shirt and shorts. 

Day 350: Playing at the library.