April 11, 2012

Exhale - Three Years

So it's our third year anniversary. We made it this far! I love you so much Aaron!

I'm not sure if I ever went into many details about our wedding for my readers. There isn't too much to share because I was NOT a crafter, and well things always had a way of flopping for me. Still had the best wedding I've ever had! 

One thing that made our ceremony so special for both myself and Aaron is that we wrote our own vows. 

Well, I wrote mine and Aaron made his up on the spot mostly. Mainly because he was crying and couldn't read his notecard. 

I still have mine though:

I held my breath
Dazzled by the sight of you
So sure you would disappear
Or become something crude
Thinking you deserve someone else
This is too good to be true

I held my breath
When I told you the news
That a little one would be here soon
That looks like me and you
Afraid of what might change between us
And the way I look for you

I held my breath
As we worked together
To overcome our fears
Talking through our anger
And conquering our tears

I held my breath
So afraid that I might lose everything
My heart, my life, and you
That all this time I didn’t realize
You were holding your breath too

I hold my breath
As I try to say these words to you
With tears on my face
Trying to make it through
Wanting you to understand
That I’ve lost my heart to you

I’m so glad I’m still holding my breath
Today as we say I do
For the rest of my life I’ll be beside you
Breathless, in love with you
Hand in hand we’ll last forever
Together just us two

December 13, 2011

The Elphland Elves - Review

Have you ever wondered what Santa's elves actually do? Or how they came to be? The newest Christmas Classic is a great tell all of where the elves originated, how they help with Christmas, and of course has some great underlying lessons for children of all ages!

I received this book in the mail after learning the author, B. F. Parajon, lives near by. He even signed it for my daughter so she will have such a great memento to continue the new tradition and pass it on to her children when she has them (in the very very far future)! 

If you're beginning to think, "Oh great another Christmas story..." Stop that now! This is not like every other book out there. It not only ties into the holidays but can teach your children about prejudices, overcoming obstacles, and love.

I pulled this book out when I had both kids at home and my youngest nephew. Can I just tell you that not a single one of them tried to get up, complained, or nodded off while I was reading this chapter book?

Since I was reading my husband took some pictures. I don't know if I enjoyed reading the book more than the kids enjoyed listening to it. Aaron even sat down to listen to the book with the kids. 

Your younger children will love all the great pictures and cute little elves (you can meet some of them now)  and we used it as a great way for the older children to pick up themes and talk about the real meanings of Christmas. 

We're thinking of pulling it out on Christmas Eve when all of our family is in town and having each person read a page. 

If you want to start reading the book now, check out the Preface on the Elphland Facebook Page or you can listen to it read here!

You can also talk to the author or any of the elves on Twitter by following @elplandelves 

I was sent a copy of Elphland Elves for review purposes. The opinions expressed are honest and my own.

December 1, 2011

First Dentist Trip

So this bad mommy finally took her three year old to the dentist. Kinzey loved it! She got to use the suction valve during my visit. She came back with a clean bill - no cavaties! Me? Ugh, well let's just look at Kinzey at the dentist!

We did take the family to a new dentist, so if you are in DFW and looking for a great family-owned and operated dentist (where you can also book appointments online!!!) check out Davis Family Dentistry in Bedford, Texas! I might not be singing the same tune after my next visit (let's just say I need at least two fillings AND I have four impacted wisdom teeth), but they are super friendly, patient, and asked me to bring my three year old to my appointment so she could see how easy and not scary my visit was (Kinzey decided to see the dentist that day because of how great their team is!). 

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