Monday, January 25, 2010

Kellys Korner- Show us where you shop

I love to shop. Over on Kellys Korner blog she wants to know where everyone loves to shop. What a great way to pass on some great shopping advice.

For my kids I love shopping at Target and Old Navy for basics that I don't care if they are ruined in 2-3 months. I have also had some good luck with Gap Kids,Landsend and bodenusa. I occassionally buy from Garnet Hill as well. For great tennis shoes I always go to Stride Rite and then fill in the rest of our needs with Kohls,Target etc.

For myself I am a Banana Republic girl, they have the best jeans.

I also like Martin and Osa for tops because they come in longer lengths.

I shop anthropologie for special things like a cute sweater or top that I plan on wearing for a while. For Shoes I like DSW,Marshalls and Zappos. I still peak my head in Jcrew from time to time and Abercrombie has the softest tshirts. One of my favorite brands of clothing is CABI, it stands for Carol Anderson by invitation. It is a home clothing party line and some of my favorite pieces are from there. The sizes are consistent,flattering and there really is something for all women. It is a little pricey but I find that I wear the pieces so much that it is totally worth it. I can't wait to read through all the other posts and discover some new places to shop.

Welcom Colton!!

Well just over a week ago my nephew Colton Michael Vogel was born. I was blessed to arrive at the hospital 10 minutes after he was born and got to hold him right then. It was so special to be apart of my brother and sister in laws special day. Erika was a champ, she had no epidural and had her baby was born in about 10 hours. Here are some pictures at the hospital and a few days later at their house. Abby and Will were so excited to meet their new cousin and are already asking when they can see him again. Thank you Lord for this blessing to our family.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Christmas 2009

Here are some long time coming Christmas pictures. I posted some on Facebook right after Christmas but haven't gotten to post them on the blog yet. Christmas this past year was with Mike's family but we got to host part of it. It was so nice because the three of us who live in Dublin each took one of the meals. I had brunch on Christmas morning and this worked out perfect for our kids to get to stay in their jammies and play with their Santa gifts. I had fun decorating this year, we decorated a little more than usual since we were hosting.

Here is the whole family on Christmas morning at our house opening tons of presents.

A picture of all four cousins together on Christmas Eve. This can be a hard task so I am glad that we got physical proof that all the cousins were together for Christmas for the first time.

Here is my dining room. I didn't have table cloths for my tables and I wasn't ready to commit to buying a nice tablecloth for the holidays yet. So I found this really cool wrapping paper at Target that coordinated with the plates I was using and I used it as a runner. I think it turned out pretty cute. I also hung ornaments from the chandelier as I had seen on other blogs.

My favorite new decoration was these candles from dayspring. I really wanted people to know that Christ was the reason for the season so I placed these candles with the nativity scene on my kitchen island.

It was a great Christmas. The kids were happy with all their toys. Abby and Will both got a Zhu Zhu pet, Abby got a Barbie hair salon and a new bike. Will got more trains/tracks for his imaginetex train and a cool dragon castle from his Uncle Bri Bri. I got a lovely Cole Haan purse from Mike and Mike got some shoes that he has been wanting. We feel so blessed to have family near us for the Holidays. The only thing better would have been if my family could have been there to celebrate as well. We did have Christmas with my family on new years day and it the best gift was a Buckeye Victory.