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Jody and I have been married for 6 years now! We live a simple life, but it's a happy life. We've been blessed with our sweet Elsie who we adore each and every day. Here's to a blog of thoughts, memories, and who are we kidding, lots of Elsie!!
"People don't always remember what you say... They remember how you make them feel"

Thursday, January 31, 2013

15 Months of Elsie

Elsie has always seemed like my little newborn for a long time.. I think that might be with every first child? Who knows, but this last month, she has officially moved into toddler world. I love watching her little personality grow. And lately, it seems to be growing by the day!

15 months of FUN............

-She's the pickiest eater!!! and I mean PICKY!!
-Obsessed with stairs
-Loves to sit on the couch like a big girl
-Runs every where
-Nods her head yes and no
-Loves to throw things on Grandma Bowler's tile
-Loves to be scared, or chased
-Runs to Daddy to have her neck tickled or to be thrown up in the air


No, no, no, no
Kitty Kitty Kitty
Voom Voom (Truck)
Mmmmmmm (Yummy)
Fish - Thanks to Finding Nemo which she LOVES!
Ba (Ball)
Mmmmm (Moo.. which we hear often every time she can't find her cow!)
Ma ma
Da da da

Favorite Things...

Watch Elmo, Elmo and more Elmo
Finding Nemo
Chewing on cords
Playing outside
Jumping on the trampoline
Picking up rocks and bringing them to mom, or anything really!!
Crazy Granny... who knew, but she loves this woman!! And it makes my heart happy on both ends!
Mac n Cheese... or just plain cheese
Apple Juice, Powerade, and Pepsi -oops!

We love you more then ever bug and can't wait for many more months of fun!!!!

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

2012 Christmas Memories

We had a wonderful Christmas Holiday this year! We deserved it. Last year, we moved clear across the country, and spent every last bit of savings in doing so. We were so busy trying to structure our lives, with a newborn and a move, we didn't even find time to fill our hearts with the Christmas spirit or put up a Christmas tree. Depressing!!!

This year was one of the best!!!! It started by putting our Christmas tree up early... I'm talking, first of November early. SOO worth it. Those few extra weeks made all the difference for our family. We were able to really think and pray about how to serve, how to help, and who needed a little extra Christmas lovin' :) 

Another perk.. E!! She was such a blast.. to buy for, and to watch Christmas morning. We didn't know how much she would be able to enjoy it at 15 months, but she caught on pretty quick.  Once she was done opening hers, she moved on to mine and J's to see if another Elmo, or Toy would pop out of the wrapper. One of Dad's gifts to her was to clean out our spare bedroom and make it strictly her toy/play room. I did our morning routine, picked her up out of bed, changed her diaper, and let her run to the front TV room where we drink a bottle and watch Elmo. Instead of running straight for the TV room, she stopped immediately and ran into her new room... She was sooo happy to have more space in our tiny house, for just her!! THAT made the long hours for Dad simply worth it!

Marshall Christmas 2012

Santa was good to us.. Christmas morning!!

 This cutie Diesel, joined our family!!

 ANOTHER ELMO??!!! Good Job Santa!!

Playing in her new toy room

And more playing... 

Meeting Santa...  Typical Greeting :)

Her favorite to this day.. lady bug pillow!!

Dad hooked Mama up.. One of my best years yet :)

With this desk being a total surprise and handmade by my sweet love!

I don't like Santa... but I like his bell!! :)

The only regret I had... NO Christmas Cards!! Will I EVER do these??? I've wanted to since we were married but never seemed to actually do it. Story. Of. My. Life.

Hope everyone's Christmas was as wonderful as ours!! Merry Christmas to all :)

Sunday, January 20, 2013

What we have been up to lately...

Playing with this pooch....

Watching TV at a whole new level... in her own mini rocker

Some cuddling...

ALOT of working at Dad's office..

Car Show with Crazy Granny

and some popsicle eating...

That's about it :)

Some of my favorite beauty products......

I have a few favorite products that I pretty much can't live without...

Kate Somerville Spot Treatment

I found this while I was living in Boston... Oh how I miss the humidity more now then ever, but when I first moved there, my skin went CRAZY!!! A girl at Sephora recommended this to me, and I have thought of her often as I've used it... because she pretty much saved my life!! (Could I be any more dramatic?? Probably not because it really is amazing ;)

Peppermint Chapstick

This is BY FAR my favorite chap stick out there! I'm a total chap stick addict and snob... People say you have to stop using it because your lips are addicted, but I JUST CAN'T STOP!! Starting to have sympathy for all the drug addicts out there because some things are just. that. hard! Anyways, It used to only be found in stores during the holiday season and I would buy 15 of them.. NOW, I can't even find it in stores during the season... so I order it on amazon. It leaves the cool, peppermint, feeling which just simply feels... refreshing!


Total Confession.... I shave my face! It's true... no shame!! Those who know me know I am an open book when it comes to ANYTHING!! But honestly.... one of my biggest pet peeves is facial hair. Even us blondes who think its light and barely there... IT IS.. AND IT'S GROSS.. Get rid of it!!! :) I've done waxing, bleaching, and threading (which by the way, hurts sooo bad.) Neither one is worth the effort or the $$$.  I found this amazing product about 6 months ago and it is worth every bit of $3.99 on amazon. It has the worst name ever.... TINKLE!! Really?? That's the best name you could come up with?! Anyways... it's amazing and I'm in love.... And the whole myth of "Don't shave, it comes back thicker and more hairy... TOTALLY FALSE!!" Don't believe those words from anyone.. My dermatologist confirmed it ;0

Sexy Soy Leave In Conditioner
This stuff is hands down, the best detangler out there. You know that blonde girl... maybe age 7 or 8, that lives at the Logandale Pool all week long and then shows up to church with nasty, green, fuzzy ends, and is pretty much just one HOT MESS?? Yeah, that was me... Poor child! My mother had not discovered this product back then, and I'm convinced it would have saved my poor hair, and many hair battles as she tried combing all my snarls out each night! The. Best.

Equate "Advance Recovery" Body Lotion

My skin is SOOO dry. I don't remember being this dry before we lived in Boston, but since I've been back, I can't get enough of this body lotion! I've tried Cocoa Butter, Vaseline, Jergens, Lubiderm but nothing seems to do the job quite like this... and best part, it's cheap and fragrance free!!!

Doterra Oils

I know we've all heard countless things on holistic medicine and these dang oils, but I'm guilty and totally got suckered into believing they are as awesome as all do say!! I diffuse them almost daily, and make a little concoction in my nightly creme. I also use On Guard with Elsie nightly, and she has never been sick!! AND... shocking... she was strictly a formula fed baby! So ALL who gave me crap about not breast feeding... looks like we're doing pretty well over here in the Marshall house... Thanks to Enfamil and ............. On Guard!!!