Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Just checking in....

Hey y'all. I hope you had an amazing Christmas. We did. Jackson was so funny! He woke up bright and early Christmas morning and we told him that we were going to go see what Santa brought him. He walked into the living room and said, "Wow!" He loved all his stuff! He keeps saying that Santa brought him a "Christian" when he means to say kitchen. Too cute! He also got play food and dishes, some books, a sleeping bag, TONS of playdoh, monster trucks, a motorcycle, a big rig filled with cars, a tool bench and millions of accessories, a weed eater, and so much more. We even got an Elf on the Shelf for next year. I'm so excited about that. We named our elf Scout, so I can't wait to introduce Jackson to him next year. Our house looks like it imploded! We spent Christmas morning with my family and then made the drive to Mississippi and spent the weekend at the Wade's house. We had a blast with everyone and Jackson's first Christmas where he actually knows what is going on was extremely memorable. I will post tons of pictures later!

In other news, Operation Big Boy Bed has officially started. We switched Jackson's crib and crib tent out for a twin bed this past Sunday. I love his bedding. We got a reversable navy blue/red quilt with adorable construction/truck sheets to match. It is so cute! I'm so glad that Jackson is growing up, but I am REALLY gonna miss that crib tent! So far I would give us about a 60% on getting him to actually stay in his bed. He loved the new found freedom of being able to throw the covers off and use his new bed as a trampoline. Bedtime is going to take much, much longer now but I know that eventually we will get into a system that works great for us.

Next up: Operation Lose the Paci. We're taking baby steps here people. Baby steps.

Oh, and I think it's kind of cool to let you know that I am ending my bloggy year with my 400th post. Aren't you proud of me? I hope y'all have a wonderful and Happy New Years. I'll see you in 2009!

Happy Birthday Dad!

I want to wish my Dad a wonderful Birthday. He is an amazing Dad, and a fantastic Grandpa. I have been truly blessed to have him in my life. I love you Dad!

Happy Birthday!

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Yes To Carrots Giveaway Winner!!

The winner of the YTC giveaway is Kristen from Snips Snails and Pigtails. Congrats and Merry Christmas!

Friday, December 19, 2008

Merry Christmas from the Wade's

Considering that I have only 1 more working day for the entire.rest.of.the.year...I'm taking a little bloggy vacation. I'll be back on Christmas Day to announce the winner of the Yes To Carrots giveaway. If you haven't entered, get over there right this minute and leave me a comment. It's that easy!
I hope you have a wonderful and joyous Christmas!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Yes To Carrots Giveaway!

*Updated* Yes to Carrots giveaway is now closed!!!!

I have an awesome early Christmas present for y'all...my very first product giveaway! I will be giving away to one lucky winner a box filled with Yes To Carrots products. Yes to Carrots is a great company that strives on making products that designed to nourish normal to dry skin. Their products are made with organic fruits and vegetables, dead sea minerals, are pesticide and paraben free, and are never tested on animals!

The very first thing I won online in a bloggy giveaway was a Yes To Carrots Body Butter. It was amazing! My son Jackson has really dry skin and eczema, and the body butter was a lifesaver last winter. It kept his skin smooth and soft and the jar lasts just about forever. Since that original Body Butter, I have now also tried their line of Frosty Loves C Lip Butters, and the C the Difference Exfoliating and Soothing Mud Mask. The Lip Butters are very moisturizing and tasty and the mud mask dried quickly and my skin definitely felt smooth and clean when I was done. Their line of products are very reasonably priced and the the quality is excellent. I have yet to be disappointed with any Yes to Carrots product. Its official...I am hooked on Yes to Carrots!

What we're giving away: One lucky winner will receive a box filled with Yes To Carrots products including:
*C Through the Dry Spell Deliciously Rich Body Butter
*C is for Hair Care Hair and Scalp Moisturizing Mud Mask
*C the Difference Exfoliating and Soothing Mud Mask
*Eye can C Clearly Now Eye Contour Cream
*Frosty Loves C Lip Butters in Mint, Carrot, and Berry flavors

How can you win? Please visit Yes To Carrots and take a look around. Come back here and tell me your favorite Yes To product that you found. And just for fun, tell me who would use the product if you won.

Who can enter? Anyone in the United States. You don't have to be a blogger to win, just make sure that I have a valid e-mail address to get in touch with you.

The giveaway will end Thursday, December 25th, when a random winner will be selected. I'll e-mail the winner and post the results later. If the winner doesn't respond within four business days, a new winner will be drawn.

Good luck!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Round 3 of Denver pictures....

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View from the Webb's back porch. Isn't it gorgeous!

Mountain view

Lions at the zoo

I love this picture!
Artic fox. Aren't they pretty!

Me. Before I thought I would see snow falling. Little did I know...

Chase, Zachary, Allison, and Eli

Allison and I at the City of Thornton, CO WinterFest

Cool ice sculptures. No pun intended!

Round 2 of Denver pictures.....

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Big Thompson Canyon on the way to Estes Park

All the haze is snow falling!

Allison and I at Estes Park
An honest to goodness snow plow. I just had to take a picture!

Mr. Robert and Allison
Playing Peek-A-Boo!
A deer. Duh!
Bear Lake. Isn't it gorgeous!

Round 1 of pictures....lots more to come!

Here are my first round of pictures. You can click on them to make them larger. Enjoy!

Allison and I at Bear Lake

Me pretending to push Allison into Bear Lake

Me playing in the snow. It was a lot harder than it looks, but it is so powdery that it just brushes off!

This picture was taken by a random Auburn fan we met. It was snowing so hard you could hardly see anything!

View on horseback

The view out my window when I woke up Sunday morning.

Mr. Robert, Mrs. Sharon, Chase, Zachary, Eli, Allison, Darcy, Bandit, and Lucky

Looking out the window at the airport. It was snowing so hard for awhile that you couldn't see the airplanes on the tarmac.

Denver, CO

My trip to Colorado was amazing. I had such a good time visiting with the Webb's (Robert and Sharon) and with my friend Allison and her 3 boys. I have known the Webb's since I was 4 years old and Allison was 2. They moved out to CO about 4 years ago, and this was my first time getting to visit them. It was wonderful. I already am thinking about another trip out there, only this time with Jeremy and Jackson. They would LOVE it! I have never seen so much snow in my life! Here's a little re-cap of my trip!

Thursday: My flight leaving for Atlanta was delayed for an hour and a half due to rain. When we finally landed in Atlanta I was hoofing it through the airport to make it on to my next plane. I made it to the gate 5 minutes before they started boarding. I had anticipated eating in the airport but because I was so pushed for time, I ended up buying an $8 turkey sandwich on the plane. It was hands down the best turkey sandwich I have ever had! If you happen to be flying on Delta, you MUST try the turkey sandwich with roasted red peppers on tomato focaccia bread. It is heaven on a bun! Anyways, back to the trip....I bought the headphones and watched Top Chef for most of the flight. I love flying. It is so much fun until the plane hits turbulence and they have to stop drink service because you are afraid the male flight attendant is going to crash through the airplane with the drink cart. That's always nice.

So we finally landed in one piece and I found Allison and her boys, and we made it out of the airport. Y'all, Denver is really cool to see. It is completely flat and then, BOOM, there are the Rocky Mountains. Just right there. Mountains. And Snow. I was amazed at how big the Rocky's were. In case you were wondering...they are really big!

The Webb's house is about 45 minutes from the airport and after a quick stop at Starbucks, we took it easy for most of the afternoon. I was exhausted from the long day and I loved having the chance to catch up with Allison and play with her kids. They are 9 months, 3 years, and 4 years and they keep Allison busy! After the Webb's got home, we ate supper and hung out for the rest of the night.

Friday: Allison and I got up and got the boys ready. We decided to visit the Denver Zoo. Y'all, I am all about zoos. I visit them in just about every city I go to. It was a great zoo, but it was cold! We bundled up and I had to wear thermal pants under my jeans. After awhile we warmed up from all the walking around. They had lots of their animals inside because of the cold weather, but you could see them in their indoor exhibits. It was a HUGE zoo with lots of animals. We had so much fun with the boys. I even had Allison take my picture next to some snow on the ground because I didn't think I was going to see any falling while I was there. I had no idea how wrong I was going to be...

Friday afternoon we rested and then on Friday night Allison and I headed to a WinterFest in Thornton, CO. It was great. They had tons of Christmas trees decorated and ice sculptures to look at. We also ate a funnel cake that was divine!

Saturday: We woke up at the crack of dawn and headed into Estes Park, CO. We knew the weather was going to be bad in the mountains, but I had no idea what a ordeal taking a trip into the mountains was. We had to pack food, water, jackets, and a change of clothes in case we got stuck somewhere. That's kinda scary for a Southern girl! I ended up wearing 2 shirts, a pullover, a winter jacket, thermal pants, jeans, 2 pairs of socks (one Polartec and one regular) and my Timberland boots, and it still didn't seem like enough clothing. It started snowing on the way there, and by the time we got there it was really coming down. To get into the park you drive through Big Thompson canyon that is amazingly beautiful. A river flows through it and lots of places were frozen nearly solid. It was so pretty! We made it into the park and then parked to walk for a few minutes and get some pictures. It was FREEZING! I have never in my life seen anything as amazing as the Rocky Mountains. They were gorgeous, but unfortunately, it was snowing so hard that you couldn't see very far.

We then made it to Bear Lake, this gorgeous lake that is at the base of a huge mountain. It is normally frozen solid this time of year, and my parents have actually walked on it when it was frozen. While I was there it was not all the way frozen so you couldn't walk on it, but it was covered in snow. This huge rush of wind came off the mountain and swirled the snow up so much it was like you were in a snowy tornado. I have NEVER felt cold like that in my life. Bone numblingly cold...

If you have never heard, Denver is called the "Mile High City" because it is 5,280 feet above sea level. It can be somewhat hard to breathe with the lower levels of oxygen, and sometimes you can get a headache from the altitude. We made it up to just under 10,000 feet in the moutains. Simple things like walking around a lot got me more winded than I would normally be. Breathing can also be especially hard when you are laughing hysterically at yourself for tripping in the snow, and falling down, not once, not twice, but three times in a row. Sometimes my gracefulness shocks even me...

After hiking through the snow, we left the park and went horseback riding through the mountains. It was Allison's first horseback ride and we had a blast! We only did a 1 hour ride because we were too wussy to be able to stand the cold for longer than that. Did I mention it was FREEZING COLD?

After our horseback ride, we made it to the warmth and comfort of the Loveland, CO outlet malls. Oh mercy, the sales we found would have knocked your socks off! I bought so much for Jackson and the only thing holding me back from doing more damage was the 50lb. weight limit for my baggage. By the time we got home we were exhausted!

Sunday: I woke up to snow covering the ground, and even more falling. It was so pretty! It was 6 degrees outside, and the high for the day was 10. We left the Webb's house around 8:00 because of the weather, and made it to the airport okay despite the road conditions. I got dropped off and made it though security and then did a little bit more shopping. Our plane was delayed getting in, so we were late boarding, and then in turn, late leaving. We had to be de-iced which was pretty cool, and because things ended up moving so slow, I missed my connection in Atlanta. We landed 5 minutes after my other plane had taken off. I ended up catching a flight about 2 hours later and made it home exactly 12 hours after my journey in Denver begin. As much as I loved Denver I was so ready to see Jeremy and Jackson again. I really missed them!

It was an amazing trip, and I can't wait to go back with my boys. I will post pictures soon. Bye y'all!

Monday, December 15, 2008

7 years ago today...

I became Mrs. Jeremy Paul Wade, and it has been one of the best things I have ever done. Jeremy is a wonderful husband and my best friend, and I'm so lucky that I have him in my life. I could not ask for a more loving, kind, and helpful husband, and I know what a catch I've got with him!
I love you Jeremy, and I look forward to many, many more years of happiness with you!
Happy Anniversary!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Something I've always wanted to say....

I'm flying out to Denver for the weekend. I'll catch up with y'all on Monday. Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

So we are all on the same page...

Just so you know, tomorrow I am going here.... And if you are so inclined, you can check where I am in the air at any given time by going to this website and entering my flight info, Delta Airlines Flight 5127 and Flight 745. Isn't that fun?

I am so excited about seeing this....

And this...

And spending tons of time with....

And having lots of this... But y'all, I want nothing to do with this.... Mmmkay?

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