Monday, December 28, 2009

oooh baaby!

No, I have no news to report regarding the farmer and I and babies.  I wish.  But we do have a new nephew!  Michael Anthony Spingola was born December 21 at 10:26 AM.  He was 7 pounds and 10 ounces and 20 1/4 inches long.  A cute little italian babe! I have a million pictures on my camera, but haven't had a chance to upload them yet so here is a sneak peek :)

Mom and baby are doing great.  She went in Sunday night to get started on meds and Monday morning there was still no progress.  Her, Dean, and the doctor decided at 8:30 to do a c-section and the next available time he had was was madness trying to notify everyone that in less than 2 hours there would be a baby!  It was about 11:30 before we got to see Michael and the suspense was killing us!  He came out absolutely perfect and little did he know that he had tons of family loving him already ;) 

Ashley and the baby weren't released until Thursday morning because she had a c-section so we spent many hours rocking in the hospital.  I did get some last minute Christmas shopping done and had lunch with my dear friend Kim on Wednesday when Ash needed to get some rest.  When we woke up Thursday morning there were news flashes all over the TV for chances of snow, but we were a little skeptical.  What do ya did snow! And baby Spingola got to go home on Christmas Eve while it was snowing :)  It was rather ironic because Ashley and Matt were both brought home from the hospital while it was snowing.  Having him be able to go home healthy was the best Christmas present our family could ask for. 

Matt and I had to leave Thursday afternoon to make it to Texarkana for my family Christmas on Christmas Eve.  We had a great Christmas!  Matt headed back to Carlisle on Christmas Day afternoon because he had duck hunters to guide Saturday morning and I stayed in Texarkana for the night.  Mom and I drove up to Dallas for the day so she could see the little man and I could take pictures of him Saturday afternoon.  We started off the day with a dead car battery so we stopped at WalMart in New Boston to get it changed.  They ran tests, said it wasn't dead, but we weren't going to take our chances and told them to change it anyways.  Come to find out, they don't have a battery that fits a 2007 Tahoe.  Lovely.  We head to Dallas and call every Chevrolet dealership on the way to see if there was a service department open.  Finally find one in Garland that we had to pass to get to Ashley's house.  $170 later we had a new battery and head to Ashley's.  Stop at LaMadeline's for a little lunch, get back in the car, and it won't freaking start!  Mom leaves me on the curb of the restaurant waiting for my mother-in-law to come pick me up as she heads back to the dealership after having some random guy in the parking lot boost us off.  Ended up being a loose bolt on that battery.  UGH.  After all the chaos we finally got to spend some time with Ashley and the baby, but he wasn't up for much of a photo shoot. 

And now I'm back in good ol' Carlisle and it feels good to be back home in our new place.  When I got back, Mom had fixed up our back bedroom.  I was unhappy with it and couldn't get it to look good so after a quick shopping trip to Pottery Barn she had it looking wonderful!  Pictures to come.  I hope to get our Christmas decorations down this week and get the house back in order.  We talked to a lady today that cleans houses for two of our good friends and she is going to start next week....for $30 a week!  I have a feeling it will be so worth it to have my house clean and not have to worry about it. 

Tonight I'll be feeding the father-in-law.  He is pretty lost on cooking when Janet is out of town and she has more important things to worry about at the a little precious grandson.

Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas!  Now it's time to look forward to the new year :)

Saturday, December 19, 2009


Thaaaaaank the Lord for Christmas break!

I love my students, but oh how I needed a break.  Thanksgiving break went by too quickly and I think the kids had inside recess everyday since due to rain so they were very restless.  We had fun last week making Christmas decorations, listening to Christmas carols, and reading Christmas books.  Their eyes lit up when my aide and I gave them their Christmas gifts.  For some of my kids that was the only Christmas gift they will get.  I'm glad we could put a smile on their face :) 

For those of you who normally get Christmas cards from Matt and I, do not fear, you were not neglected this year...I simply did not get around to doing cards.  Matt and I were scheduled to have our picture taken by Jordan while we were home for Thanksgiving, but I ended up traveling by myself because Matt had duck hunters to guide that week.  After that, the days got away from me and I never ended up looking at cards.  When I finally sat down to think about it, the soonest I could get them was Monday or Tuesday and well, we will be in Dallas so that wasn't going to work.  Oh well, I'll do better next year.

And Katie, about the top of my Christmas's really just different things I bought and threw together.  It has some pheasant feathers from a place in Little Rock and red glittery berry picks and gold glittery picks from Target.  Just start sticking them in and voila! you have a new cute topper!  You should try it next year :)

I'm somewhat of a procrastinator (like none of you knew that already).  See, we are leaving tomorrow to head to Dallas for the nephew's arrival and well, I haven't packed a single item.  Kudos to me for getting luggage out this morning before I went to open the shop for a few hours.  I guess I have no choice but to spend my afternoon packing the farmer and I for a week long Christmas road trip.  We leave tomorrow to drive six hours to Dallas where seeester will check in to the hospital tomorrow night.  Baby will be here Monday hopefully and we'll ooh and ahh for a few days before heading to Texarkana to do Christmas with my family.  Come Christmas Day afternoon we'll boogie on back to Arkansas to have dinner and Christmas with the rest of Matt's family.  Whoo! That was tiring just writing it.  We did Christmas with Matt's parents last night so we wouldn't have to haul the gifts to Dallas to turn around and haul them back.  This was our big gift from them....

A Frigidaire freezer!  We sound like old people...all we want for Christmas is a freezer.  But really, we needed one.  And the farmer especially wanted it so he would have a place for deer meat.  The farmer also got some clothes, a new camera, and a Sonicare toothbrush...he was pumped!  I got a sweater, two necklaces (so pretty!), some pj pants and a new scarf, a sooo cute gold and turquoise polka dot casserole dish that matches my dishes, a set of pine tree topiarys with burlap bases (so cute! picture to come) and this...

I have the large red velvet quilted bag in the back so this year I got the small white one to match :)  And it was full of goodies!

I'll take more pictures of my goodies when we get back in town.  It's all still in boxes and bags.  No time to unpack...I must pack luggage!

I hope you all have a wonderful holiday season.  I'll be back next week with pictures of the new addition to our family - baby boy Spingola.  Ash is very ready to have this baby and we are ready to meet him :)  This Christmas will be one we'll never forget! 

From our family to yours...

Merry Christmas!

Sunday, December 13, 2009

it's beginning to look a lot like christmas

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas around the Kelly house.  Finally, right?  It's taken me a while to get it all up, but it's all finished and our house is full of Christmas cheer :)

Monday, December 7, 2009

i'm baaaack!

Annnnnnd I'm back!  Internet is up and running again....Praise the Lord!  It was getting a little old only being able to blog when I was sitting in class and since I'm done with class the internet came at a perfect time.  Have you missed me??????

I think our house is finally pretty much decorated and organized...except for the back guest bedroom and I'm not really happy with that is still a work in progress.  I decorated for Christmas on Saturday...better late than never.  I'm taking the simplistic approach this year. Matt asked the other day, "why did you decorate the house if you are just going to take it all down to put up Christmas?" 
Here's a few pics of the house before Christmas decorations :)  I'll post Christmas pictures later in the week.  Sooner than later hopefully!!

master bedroom
we now have new nightstands....picture coming soon.

love this Pottery Barn shelf in the bedroom!

looking into kitchen from breakfast room

our favorite brick wall in the living room

entryway art :)

guest bedroom number one

still need to clean the duvet cover for this bed...matches the shams, you get the effect

guest bathroom

my vanity

the farmer's vanity

master bathtub/shower

Well, that is it on the house for now!  I still need to take pictures of the new nightstands and of the entertainment center and barrel chairs for the bedroom once I get them painted.  Hopefully I'll get that done over Christmas break...after I meet our baby nephew in Dallas.

Moving right along...

I spent four days of Thanksgiving break in Texarkana.  It was nice to be home :)  The farmer had to work...he guides duck hunters in the it was just me and the parents.  We spent Thanksgiving day just with family and I was completely blown away when my grandmother gave me my grandfather's American flag from his funeral for our housewarming gift.  Needless to say I was bawling and squaling when she gave it to me.  Now I just have to find the perfect place to hang it. 

Friday was lunch with the fab five, minus one - Allison, Katie (and Erik), and Amy (and Scott)...Megan was there in spirit since she wasn't in town.  We missed you!  We had lunch downtown at Zapata's.  Great food and lots of catching up with the girls.  After lunch I got to see sweet pea.  She was 2 weeks old last time I saw her so it was a treat to play with her :) Good Golly Miss Molly, you have gotten big!

Amy and Scott

Erik and Katie

Allison and I

Miss Molly!

happy baby :)

Later that afternoon Mom and I did some shopping and stopped by Target and who did we run into but Jill and Sophie!  We were so excited to see them.  Sophie was having a ball shopping and she was sure to let us know that she had come to Target to shop :)  She's learning young! 

I'm pretty sure if I don't get in bed my kids are going to be hating me tomorrow. 

I'm so glad to be back at blogging!!!!! 

And my graduate school semester is over as of tonight!!!!!!

Love, joy and happiness :) 


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