Instagram alphabet volume 3

I finally finished Evaleighs Instgram Alphabet and just in time for Christmas. I can't wait to see how the book turns out after I send it to print. Here are the final pictures. Dont judge the letter x...its a really hard letter to come up with something for. Have a great weekend!



Today it's just me, Evie, Christmas Pandora Station, and lots of decorations to put up. I love watching her point and each new thing I put up. Christmas is going to be so fun this year experiencing it through her eyes. On Sunday EJ busted her lip while chewing on my mascara tube while in Relief Society and she burst in to tears. I rushed out, I was sort of embarrassed because it was our first Sunday at our new church here in Atlanta. I took her to John and he held her, the instant she saw the Christmas tree in the foyer she stopped crying. She started smiling and pointing to the lights and completely forgot about her lip. I have a feeling that many accidents are in our future because she is standing up on her own now. Perhaps Christmas is the perfect distraction for her now!

I love this season so much. I love making my home beautiful. I love listening to Christmas music nonstop. I love being with my family and making traditions. I love celebrating the birth of our Savior.

A special thanks to Jess for letting me guest post yesterday!


a future scout

When we headed out of the door last night I knew our baby's gender looked like a toss up.

John had promised a night of going to Sherry's Produce down the street to get our Christmas tree. When we got there, Sherry had closed her shop for the night, I guess that's what you get for going out in search of a tree at nearly 7:30 on a Monday night. I was disappointed and John and I tossed around the idea of trying again on Wednesday because by then we would have our decorations. "But dangit," I thought, "I showered AND put on makeup. We are going to get our tree!"

So we went driving and shortly came upon a troop of Boyscouts selling Christmas trees, success! We got out and Evaleigh started kicking her little legs and panting like a dog, the way she does when she gets excited. We went over to the 5 and 6 footers and she started pointing at one tree over and over. We knew it had to be the one because she picked it out!

So we took it over and a Boy Scout clipped off the low boughs. Another man, who smelled like he had been hitting the sauce that night, came over with a chainsaw...I had to take a few steps back. He trimmed the bottom of the tree, took one look at EJ, and said, "Well you sure are cute, a future scout for sure." We just smiled and said, "You bet."

And that it the story of how our future little scout got her first Christmas tree.


cyber monday sale!

Cyber Monday Sale!!


lately on t&s designs vol. 4

Here are a few of my most recent blog designs with many more in the works. A huge thank you to all of my customers for allowing me to create your little space on the internet. I love doing this and enjoy working with you all!

If you are interested in spicing up your blog layout head on over to my design site and lets see what we can create!  Don't forget that a full layout comes with a one month button feature on my blog, a great plus if you are looking to increase traffic to your blog/shop.


i got it!!!

I can't believe it has taken me this long to get her 9 month video up. Especially because she is already 10 months!  Things have been so busy since our move that I am just now starting to slow down, there is so much to catch up on!  This video may be one of my favorites, the song in particular.  She is just at my most favorite stage (they are all my most favorite though.)

Gosh Evie, we love you so much.



I could tell you that the past two weeks have been so hard.  I could tell you that we have been dealing with a lot around here. I could say that I have barely had any time to actually focus on our new house and make it feel like a home because work has been such a burden.  I could tell you we didn't have water for two weeks and we had to bum off of other people's showers and toilets.  I could tell you that the minute the city finally did turn on our water that the valves that go to the laundry upstairs were not turned off and that water spewed out gallons per second flooding our upstairs hallway.  It leaked down in to our living room and dripped on to the floor.  I could tell you that Evaleigh has completely been off of her nap schedule and I am exhausted. I could tell you that John and I have been sick and have felt yucky for the past few days. I could tell you that lately I have felt a little bit like a failure. 


I could tell you that being in our new home feels like we are newlyweds again.  I could tell you that we are giddy with excitement that we have a new place of our own and that we are proud of it even with all of its bumps and bruises and leaks.  I could tell you that I have wonderful jobs and I am so thankful to have work.  I could tell you that since moving back to Atlanta we have gotten to see so much more of the people we love (thanks for letting us use your shower and toilets Dad and Lisa!)  I could tell you that an incredible thing happened and I am so blessed that I listened to the promptings of the Holy Ghost.  I was moments from taking Evaleigh on a walk and we would have been gone an hour.  Instead I had a feeling I should linger around the house a few more minutes.  In that time I heard a loud gushing sound coming from upstairs...I found water EVERYWHERE.  Thank GOD I caught it and turned it off in time, I feel so much gratitude for that.  I could tell you that i have been getting to play with Evaleigh a lot more lately because she has been awake more than usual. I could tell you that because of John's sickness I have gotten to snuggle him more and take care of him, and that makes me feel good.  I could tell you that I am grateful for experiences that reaffirm to me my self worth.

I prefer to look at my life the second way.
I am blessed, I am happy, and I am positive.


the busiest

It feels like the past two weeks have been some of the busiest of my life.  Between getting home from Colorado, packing up all of our belongings to move back to Atlanta, being sick, unpacking all of our things, setting up a home, being without hot water and heat for almost two weeks, creating set designs for Christmas shoots with Holly Robbins, and getting ready for our church Primary program I have been a mess.  We still have a few things to settle in and I am slowly working on it now.  

In the meantime I want to share my absolute favorite set from our fall shoot with Holly L. Robbins. I have been waiting to share these since our shoot and finally got them this weekend! 

Can't wait to share our Christmas shoot!

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