Thursday, July 29, 2010

I'll be back soon.....

Hello, I will be back soon. We have been out of town and I have stories and pictures to share.....however we have been home only a couple of days and we are traveling out of town again, but we will be home soon....we have a very busy week next week!
I hope everyone is doing well!

Friday, July 23, 2010

Winner !!!!!!!

Well, I cannot figure out how to put the Random Generator box in my post but, it selected number 1. The winner of my CSN giveaway is........

I have already emailed CSN your email address and they will email you the $ 40 gift Certificate. 
Congrats Amy!!!!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Tatum's room

I know it's been over a month ago now, but I said I would show you Tatum's new bed room.......

this is what it used to look like.......

and this is what it looks like now..........................

The color on the wall is called little princess.
It is a pale purple, almost pink.

my little girl is getting a little bigger.....

but, we still have some Dora, this is above her bed.

don't forget to enter my giveaway

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Carriage Hills

Last Sunday, we went to Carriage Hills Metro Park. There we got to tour a 1840's farm house, that volunteers work today.
We had a lot of fun here too. We toured the house, the barns and took a horse drawn wagon ride. 
There were lots of animals too!
Sheep, horses, chickens, pigs and cows......oh my

don't forget to enter my giveaway too ......

Friday, July 16, 2010

Charleston Falls

Last Saturday we went on a walk at Charleston Falls nature reserve.
We really had a good time.
It was a spur of the moment kind of thing.
During our walk Van told us that "this is better then being on the internet"!
I say, yeah for that. :)

(sorry the pictures are not very good, they were taken with my phone.)

Frickers Fun!

On Thursday night, Josh and I took the kids out to eat at Frickers ( it is a local chicken wings place) to eat for our Anniversary Celebration.

Josh and I, 9 years together!
Van took our picture.

The kids have fun. They all love chicken, especially Ollie!

Thursday, July 15, 2010


'CSN Stores has amazing online stores where you can find everything from cookware to ceiling lights to furniture!’
I LOVE it!

and they would like to give one of my readers a $ 40 gift certificate
that you could use to buy any one of these wonderful things. 

So here's the deal......

to enter, all you have to is post and let me know that you are a follower :)
the contest will start today and end next Thurs. 22 @ midnight.
I will select a winner at random.

Please leave your email or some way that I can get a hold of you if you win.
Good Luck : )

It's our Anniversary!

Yesterday was Josh and I's 9 year Anniversary!
Happy Anniversary, Honey

click HERE to read some fun facts about us.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Shabby Apple, Aprons & Pie

Shabby Apple has a NEW line of aprons called Boysenberry Pie.
each apron comes with a recipe too!

I love them all, but this one is my absolute favorite!
(favorite cake too!)

A crisp bib of carrot and custard-colored cotton with a gathered skirt descending from a contrasting tie-waist and pleated detailing at the bust will be sure to keep your dresses protected from your desserts.
Carrot Cake

to celebrate the new line, Shabby Apple blog is having a contest and giveaway....

post your favorite pie recipe and you could win.....

"The winner will receive a complete set of Domestic Art notecards for a total of 15, one for each of the completed paintings in Leslie's series, all hand-signed, titled and individually sleeved, PLUS a 20 x 30" hand-finished and signed giclee print of the Domestic Art painting of their choice".

here is a print by Leslie Graff....

and here is my pie...

This pie is one of my favorites because I used blackberries from my grandparents farm to make it. My cousin Lisa and I would pick all of grandma and grandpa's wild blackberries. We would eat them till our bellies were full. We would spend time running around on the farm during the summers. Blackberries always make me think of summers when I was little.

Blackberry pie

Chilled Blackberry Pie

3 1/2 tbsp. cornstarch
3/4 c. sugar
1 c. water
3 1/2 tsp. blackberry Jello
4 c. fresh blackberries
9 inch baked pie shell
Cook cornstarch, sugar and water until thick. Stir in Jello until dissolved. Cool filling. Gently stir in blackberries. Put in pie shell. Chill and serve with Cool Whip.

**above pie made with blackberries from my grandparents farm.**

and if you have never checked out Shabby Apple before......
Navy Blue Draped Collar Knee Length Bow Dress
Bethesda Fountain
they have gorgeous dresses!

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Birthday **REPOST**

This is Ollie's birthday post from last year.
I was thinking of this post last night and I wanted to share it again.
I am so proud of you and I am so proud that you are my son!
Five years and one day ago Oliver O'Neil was born. We lived in Coshocton. Van was 3 and Petey was 1 2/2 years old. Josh was working at the Salivation Army and getting his Masters degree, and I was a full time student.
Ollie arrived at 10:30 pm, on a Friday.
He came home on Sunday only to go back to the hospital on Wednesday because of jaundice.
He came home again on Friday, 1 week after he was born.
When Ollie was born, he was really tiny and his feet were really chubby and so were his toes!
3 weeks after his 1st birthday we moved to Virgina, Josh got his first teaching job.
Ollie has lived in two states and four cities.
Ollie was the baby for two years till his sister came.
These were the things I was thinking about as I looked through old pictures of Ollie for this post.
I have picked out a small amount of my favorites to share.
Ollie's birthday party was yesterday and I will share his party later.
Mommy and Ollie at Lake Park, spring 2005.

Ollie in spring 2005
( at the house we refer as the yellow house)

right before Ollie's first Birthday Party

Splashing in the water, he did that this year too, can't wait to show you the pics.
Ollie has always loved the water!
having fun in the water with Daddy
with his brothers checking out his presents.
On his big present! a four wheeler.
eating his first Birthday cake and icing

making a good mess!

Mommy and Daddy cleaning the cake off.

Ollie in Virginia with his Monster Trucks.

Mommy and Ollie in Virginia, 2005

The next set of pictures were taken in Virginia.

Playing with Thomas trains
The first time Ollie was Tigger.

walking with Mommy, Tatum is in Mommy's belly.

notice Ollie's Thomas shoes, every year he gets a pair of Thomas Shoes!

At his brother's soccer game. Ollie loves all out door stuff....leaves, stones, sticks, pine cones, ect....
Coshocton county fair 2007.

Trick or Treat 2007
Tigger again :)

Christmas 2007

Reds game July 4th, 2008
Christmas 2008

Ollie at Van's birthday party.

Ollie and Daddy at Frickers.

Ollie at the train expo, Ollie loves trains!