Thursday, December 22, 2011

{Wedding Day}

We started Erica's special day by me picking her up and meeting the rest of the girls at Starbucks!  Then we headed to the salon to get our hair done.  We had a great time helping one another with hair and make up!  Erica was so calm, I just couldn't believe it! 

After the salon, we headed to the Church to get dressed and take pictures.  First us girls got dressed and then we helped Erica get ready!  She looked like a princess although bless her heart, when we put her into her dress just got really dizzy when we zipped her up so we all fanned her, brought her water, and she even cautiously stuck her head out the window to get fresh air, fortunately, we kept our eyes peeled for the groom!

The ceremony was so beautiful!  The altar couldn't have been more perfect.  It was such a fun and relaxed ceremony!  We even danced down the aisle during the procession :)

 Ella Jae was the sweetest flower girl I've ever seen!  She walked down the aisle holding my hand.  She did so great!  She acutally stopped when we got to rows with people but only for a second and then I handed her off to Daddy, Memmy, and Poppy where they bribed her with lots of candy canes :)

The reception was so much fun!  We had a blast!  I danced and danced and finally when I sat down, I couldn't get up ha!  I guess that is what cuttin' a rug will do to ya when you are 26 weeks preggo ha!

The flowers, the cake, the decor, and ofcourse the bride and groom were so beautiful!  I couldn't have imagined Erica's special day being any more perfect!!

So happy and blessed Ella Jae and I got to be a part of your special day, Erica!  Thank you for choosing us!  We wish you and Josh a lifetime of happiness!  Love you, Mr. & Mrs. Neal!

Erica and Josh's Wedding Weekend

{Rehearsal Dinner}

The Rehearsal was at the Church and was followed by the Rehearsal Dinner at the Red Pepper Cafe.
The Red Pepper is a newer eatering and is so neat!  They have an outside patio where musicians play each night and it is so nice!  The Rehearsal Dinner was held in an events room inside and was so wonderful!  We all had a great time mingling together and celebrating the bride and groom to be, and not to mention the food was awesome!

The -almost- newlyweds

The bride to be and MOH :)

Yummy cupcakes from "Neapolitian" for dessert!
My personal favorite...E sippin' on some Shirley kinda girl!
Some of the bridesmaids with the lovely bride to be!

Fun fun night celebrating the "Neals!"

Saturday, December 17, 2011

It's Wedding Day!

It is Erica's wedding day!!
So happy and honored to stand beside her on her special!
I love you, poo!!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

What I'm Loving Wednesday!

I am so excited to be back to blogging and didn't want to miss the chance at linking up for

Here's what I'm loving this week...

I'm loving that we are going on our annual hayride tomorrow at Christmas on Breezy Hill with the family!  And we are also going to the Festival of Lights on Saturday!

I'm loving Tastefull Simple Potato Cheddar Soup!  We had it last night for dinner with ham and cheese paninis!  All you do is add water and it is seriously the best EVER!!

I'm loving that we picked out our FIRST real Christmas tree this year!  Adam and I have always put up a tree we got the first year we were married and thought it would be fun to pick out a tree each year with the girls and so that is what we did :)

I'm loving that Adam's cousin, Erica, is getting married on Dec. 17 and her Bridal Luncheon is on Sunday!  Yah for wedding festivities!!

I'm loving the Yankee Candle Sparkling Pine candle especially since we got a real tree this year!  The tree smells great and this little candle just adds to the sweetness!  LOVE IT!

I'm loving that I had my 24 wk appt today and am so happy to report that everything is wonderful!  Miss Maeline had a very strong heartbeat, but I do have to have my sugar test next!

I'm loving my sweet family oh so much and am more thankful for them each and everyday, especially at the Holidays!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

And 5 months later...

We are a growing family!

Maeline Elizabeth
coming in March 2012!

We've been busy planning and preparing, and I promise to catch up soon!

Friday, July 15, 2011

Night time routine

One of the things I am going to miss most when E is bigger is her bedtime routine! Sometimes she still lets me bounce her and pat her like this but only when she is really tired...after we took her off the bottle at 1 yr., this is how we got her to sleep/drowsy...

Now she rarely holds still long enough for me to put her on my lap so other nights after bathtime, I hold her, bounce and pat her, all while singing "Jesus Loves Me" to her. She lays her head on my shoulder, snuggles with her baby and blankie, and pats me, too. Melts me heart. I hold her until she gets heavy but not fully asleep and I put her down.

We also read before bedtime, usually in the living room or sometimes in her bedroom. She goes to the same books. She grabs the book "Moo, Baa, La La La!" and says "Moo?" I love it! She turns the page usually before I am even finished reading but I have the book memorized so I finish the words on the page anyways.

Ella Jae's 'go to' book is "I Love You Through and Through." On any given day, we could read this book 10x (in a row). She likes for me to read it over and over and over. I don't mind because that is exactly how I love her, "through and through, yesterday, today and tomorrow, too" and I want her to always know that!

Most nights she doesn't go to sleep immediately. She will talk and play with her baby. Very rarely does she cry unless she is just out of her gourd. She will even say "nigh nigh" in the sweetest voice when she sees me grab her blankie and walk towards her to take her to her room. I cherish each time I put her bed. I pray for her while I hold her, and I hope she knows just how much I love her with each pat on her little fannie. I love that I can see her sweet and lovely personality with each little pat she gives me, too!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011


I'm linking up for What I'm Loving Wednesday!

Here's what I'm loving on this super HOTT summer day...

I'm loving we spent the weekend with lovelies! Tanya and Tommy came to visit from MA! We had such a great time with y'all! Hope you enjoyed our time together as much as we did! E misses her Auntie "Anya" and Uncle Tommy already!

I'm loving I got this AWESOME makeup palette from Sephora! I used my giftcard I got for my birthday from my bestie, Amanda!! And was ONLY $19!!!!!!

I'm loving the Cover Girl liquid eyeliner pen! It is the!!! I have never used liquid eyeliner. It has always seemed intimidating, then I saw a liquid eyeliner on a blog but it was an expensive brand and I didn't really want to pay the price for it. Then when I was stroller through Target, I found this steal....less than $6!!! Yes, ma'am!!

I'm loving that while 'lunch break shopping' yesterday, a F21 cashier walked up to me and said "do you want this?" and I looked and it was a giftcard with 14.86 written on it. She said that a customer left it behind. It totally made my day! So I got a dress for FREE and a few other things :)

I'm loving Sunday night icecream trips! We go to Flannigans, pull adirondeck chairs in a circle (to enclose E), eat our icecream and enjoy one another's company!

I'm loving my little family, as always! E and I were really spoiled because we got to spend 5 whole days with Adam!! Love my little family more than anything and so thankful all the joy they bring to my life!

Hope y'all are having an awesome day and staying cool!!

Monday, July 4, 2011

Our Happy 4th

Happy Independence Day! So thankful for our freedom and for all who serves our country to protect that freedom! I have always loved 4th of July and all that comes with it, including celebrating my birthday typically even though my birthday isn't until the day after. Why not kill two birds with one stone, right? Our festive holiday weekend kicked off with taking the boat out for it's first test run. It has been in the shop for repairs since March (long story. ugh.) so we were so to get it out on the water for the holiday! We took it pretty easy since it was the first time of the season.

Then on Sunday, we went to church and then celebrated my birthday with family for the rest of the day! So blessed to have wonderful family! We ate pizza, cake, and ice cream, and swam and played water volleyball!! So fun!

We ended the holiday weekend with more time at the lake with more boating and a cookout! It was such a fun and perfect day! Everyone had a great time and it wasn't too hot. Ella Jae had a great time drinking the lake water and eating the clay ha.....geez....she puts everything in her mouth even before I have time to react ha! She fell asleep on the boat twice which totally amazed me because she WILL NOT sleep in the car, but she fell asleep before we even got out of the wake zone ha! She was just too precious! She hated her life jacket on Saturday but we got her a new one and she didn't seem to mind it today, thank goodness! It even acted as a pillow when she slept so that was great! She is really getting to be such a 'go with the flow' kind of girl which makes life so much easier!

Happy 4th of July! Hope everyone enjoyed the holiday as much as we did! Back to the weekly grind tomorrow, but it is my birthday so that is something to look forward night at Bonefish with my handsome hubby!!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011


Happy Wednesday!

I am so excited to be linking up for

"What I'm Loving Wednesday!"

This week...........

I'm loving side braids! I have been sporting them a lot lately. It is super easy and great for summer!

I'm loving the peanut butter Twix! This is so yummy and I have had way to many in the past week ha! But seriously, doesn't peanut butter make everything taste better?!!
I'm loving that Sunday is Father's Day and I get to celebrate what a sweet and awesome Daddy my husband is!

I'm loving the summer in Carolina! To me, there is nothing greater than summer nights in the south! Love 'em!

I'm loving the new cowboy boots Adam bought me for my birthday! I ofcourse don't get to wear them until my birthday in a few weeks, but it will be just in time for the Keith Urban concert :)

I'm loving Pinterest! It is just the greatest thing since sliced bread! I can catalog everything I love and don't have to keep making a gazillion favorites on my cp and trying to figure out where in the listing it is to be able to get back to it. HEAVEN! Check out what I'm pinning!

I'm loving that my little boo boo is becoming such a little lady! I just can't believe how fast she is growing and it is like has transformed since our week at the beach! She is my little pal!

I'm loving my little family as always! They are the cheese to my macaroni and the ketchup to my french fries! Love them oh so much!!

Thanks for stopping by to see what I'm loving!

Hope y'all have a great week!!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Myrtle Beach 2011

We spent last week in Myrtle Beach for Adam's grandparent's 50th wedding anniversary. We had such a great week with family, enjoying laughs and making memories! It was so awesome seeing Ella Jae enjoy the sand and ocean. We took E to Hilton Head Island last year when she was 4 mths old and we put her little toes in the ocean and she was expressionless. During our trip to Myrtle it was the first time we put her little toes back in the ocean for the first time this year and again she was expressionless ha! The first part of the week she kept saying "uh uh" and would hold out her hand for me to wipe the sand off ha! She didn't like it at first but by the end of the week she was covered from head to toe in sand! She also began to love the water and would say "wee" when we would play in the ocean with her. It was such a joy to watch her play in the sand and pick it up and watch it trickle through her little fingers, to watch her keep her balance across the rippled uneven beach sand, and to watch her make friends in the pool and push my hands away when I would try to guide her and just in case she fell. Stinker!

Ella Jae experience many firsts on her first beach trip of 2011. She enjoyed a sucker, a juice box, and tuna salad. She also started saying a few sentences!!! OMG...she is only 15 that normal ha! She started saying "I see you!" "I'm gonna get you!" "Good girl!" And "I love you!" See even flirted with a llittle guy that she met at Broadway at the Beach named Maddox ha!

Now to the pictures of our fun filled week at Myrtle Beach 2011..............