Stacey Woods Photography My fabulous friend, Stacey Woods, is an incredible photographer specializing in maternity, newborn, and children photographs. She has also taken some amazing shots of our delicious gourmet cookies that will make your mouth water!!
Hallmark Development This is one of our satisfied corporate clients. and we really enjoy working with this stellar group. Hallmark Development of Florida is a diversified real estate development firm founded 43 years ago by Daniel Engelhardt. It has developed roughly 630,000 square feet of office and service-center space with nearly 160 tenants at the Airport Business Center near the St. Petersburg/Clearwater International Airport on 140th Avenue North in Clearwater.
Currently, Hallmark is building Pinellas County's first privately owned LEED office building. When complete, this 25,290-square-foot building will be the international headquarters for The Moorings/Sunsail.
Confetti Events Jamie & Laurie are two of the most creative girls I know. Event planners extraordinaire, you will be amazed and inspired by their ideas and talent. I've enjoyed getting to know them, and have loved working with them. I hope you'll check them out for your next event!
Dreaming Giggles Design You will love Patti's talent and her fabulous creations!! All of her items are custom designed, and working with Patti is a great experience.
Finicky Window Cleaning You will love John & Jesse, owners of this business, and will be amazed with their work! These people know how to do windows, and do it right! Plus, customers receive Kookie Krums cookies with the Finicky logo on them . . . a yummy reason to have your windows washed today!
Blogs I Follow
Two Shades of Pink My gorgeous new friend, Jessica, has an amazing story of her journey to motherhood, and daily chats about her life in the trenches. You'll laugh out loud, and sometimes cry as you read; I love her perspective on life!!
Mom2Drew My incredibly sweet friend Jenny writes about life with her little boy (who is also incredibly sweet and very cute!). A totally different perspective than those of us with girls, although she does have a baby girl on the way! I always find her posts encouraging. I know you will too.
Confetti Events Blog I love this blog! New ideas, amazing finds, innovative designing . . . this one always gets my creative juices flowing!
Stacey Woods Photography See life's most precious memories through Stacey's lens as she lets us get sneak peeks of photos she's proofing for clients. Gorgeous shots, beautiful photos, and sweet Southern stories!
Bring the Rain For those of you who have ever lost a child, or know someone who has, this blog is incredible. Having lost four babies myself, giving birth to one and knowing her for a brief four hours before she died, I can tell you every sentiment, every feeling, every sentence is absolutely true. From mourning to dancing, this blog will completely bless you.
After an unfortunate lengthy absence from my Five on Friday, I'm back with my five favorite Christmas songs. I adore Christmas music, so it's very hard for me to pick out five, but, here you go. Enjoy the sounds this season!!
Anything by Manheim Steamroller. As the only one in my family that likes them, I don't get to listen to these nearly often enough during the season.
Mary did you know? Kutless
End of the beginning. David Phelps - Not just a Christmas song, but I love listening to this one at this time of year.
Miss you most at Christmas time. Mariah Carey - Losing a daughter and a daddy at Christmas time, this song reduces me to tears every time.
All the carols my girls sing. Love listening to them singing about "Harp the Harold Angel," "Gloria in a special eggo," and "Go rest gentlemen."
My girls have been making me laugh lately. So for this Five on Friday, here's my five favorite things they've said lately:
Hailey: "So me and Morgan and Hannah and Alexa and some big girls started the Green Green Girls Club. We call it that, because green is for the world, and we love the world. And because green is our favorite color."
Kahlee, after picking her up from school and the teacher telling me she hit her friend, and me asking her why she did that: "Um, cause the doorbell is bwoken at our house, an' that make me reawwy mad." (side note . . . said doorbell has been fixed for weeks now, I somehow think she was just trying to distract me!)
Kahlee: "I wub you Mommy, you my fwiend." Me: "But I'm your Mommy." Kahlee: "Ok, that's awright, you my Mommy fwiend."
Hailey, after a "do you believe in Santa Claus" conversation (I'm pretty mad at the girl in her class who told her there was no Santa): "Mommy, does God believe in Santa?"
Hailey received an award in chapel this past Wednesday, which I found out about the week before. Last year, when the hubby and I went to chapel for her, she pitched a HUGE fit when it was time for us to leave. Hence I was very afraid of going again this year! She happened to ask me randomly if I would come to her chapel sometime, and I said I didn't think so, because of what happened last year. She just looked at me, and said: "Mommy, that was last year, when I was five. I'm six now."
Enjoy your weekend!!
This photo was taken by the amazingly talented Stacey Woods. Stacey has been an absolute treasure to us in capturing the essence of our family, and taking photos that have become our most priceless pieces of artwork. Click above to view her website, or here to go to her blog. Then after you fall in love, call Stacey to book your own family session!
Hurray! It's time for Five on Friday! If you missed last week, we're joining Stacey Woods for Five on Friday. This is five of anything, my choice, that I'll share with you on Fridays. Just for fun.
With fall on its way, hopefully sometime soon, we're thinking about all of the fun festivals that go on downtown. Everyone LovES our sample trays at the festivals; however, I feel some etiquette training is in order. Thus my Five on Friday - sample tray etiquette.
Do not pick up a sample after you've just sneezed and wiped your nose with your hand, then on your pants. The people behind you may not have seen that, but we did.
It's not appropriate to ask a random, unrelated question, just so you feel justified in continuing to eat samples while we respond to you.
No need to pretend the handful you're taking is for your spouse, parent, or friend who's nowhere around. You're not fooling us, or yourself.
Remind your child (or grandparent) to take the one they touched. The one they touched first. Before that one. Aw, heck, they might as well take all three now.
I was so intrigued by my sweet friend Stacey Woods' blog project, Five on Friday, that I wanted to join in. Just can't help myself. So here's the deal . . . every Friday we're all sharing five of something - five whatevers. Maybe my five favorite ways to eat cookies . . . or five things you probably didn't know about me . . . or five things from the kiddos or the hubby . . . or five things to do with cookies - you know I'm full of ideas about cookies, so I'm sure they will grace this project a LoT!!
This week, for many reasons, has just been a tough week. You know how sometimes you just feel you're getting beaten from all sides? This was one of those weeks. And the knockout punch was something someone said regarding my sweet Kahlee girl and our journey to make her a permanent part of our family, legally speaking. It put me to the mat. And so, for my first Five on Friday, I'm going with five favorite things about my Kahlee.
I melt when she says, "I wuf you Mommy." And then when she goes on to, "And I wuf Daddy, and I wuf Yaya (her sister), and I wuf Mats (Max, the dog), and I wuf your new shoes (had them for years), and I wuf my room, and I wuf my fwiends, and I wuf my teachers, and I just wuf everyone."
I love how tough she is. Trip and fall? Doesn't care, she's right back up and on with it. Tell her she can't do something? She'll show you right now that she can (ok, so I don't always love that part of it). I think she'll be one of those little girls who is always getting her clothes dirty and who is always beating up the boys. But then she'll hug them when she's done. And tell them she wuf's them.
Her new favorite thing is Bumbumbum - that is, bubblegum. And she's sneaky with it. And she thinks it's a meal. Unfortunately, because of those things, she probably has 3/4 of a pack of Trident and about six feet of bubble gum tape in the bottom of her belly.
I love her deep belly laugh, when she gets really tickled by something. Still some of that baby giggle, and it sounds like it's coming from way deep inside, like she's just completely happy from the inside out.
I love that she's been a part of our family for almost two and a half out of her three and a half years, and to me she's been here always. That when I look at her I see my daughter, and when she looks at me she sees her Mama. And that's all there is to it.
Have your own Five on Friday? Click here to link up with Stacey's site.