Project Life 2014 – Weeks 24 – 27

As you might have noticed, I have fallen quite a bit behind on my Project Life book. Here are a few spreads that I did recently of our summer vacation.  Man, I sure would like to be back there right now!

I am hoping to get this book finished over the next couple weeks.  I will be stuck resting after my surgery so I thought this would be the perfect thing to help pass the time.  I can’t wait to get it all done and printed!!

** As always, you can click on each layout to see a larger, easier to read version **

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Christmas Day 2014

This was taken on Christmas Eve when the kids were opening up their pajama gifts.  They really love this tradition and are always excited to see what I have picked out for them each year.


* Disclaimer: I have been feeling really bad for months and unfortunately Christmas was no exception. My pictures are not very exciting as I just didn’t feel like being creative or doing much other than just snapshots. So, please excuse the less than stellar images. I am happy to have them though. :-) *

We opened up all of our gifts on Christmas morning at my parents house. Eric always cooks us a big fancy breakfast every year no matter where we are.


I have a confession to make.  I am a bit OCD and I have to have all matching wrapping paper.  It makes me a bit batty to look at mismatched gifts under the tree.  Behind all of these are just as many gifts that are from my parents (but that paper didn’t match).  LOL!  I know it’s sad.


First up is always the stockings.  The kids can not wait to get into those.  I have to admit that they usually aren’t super exciting.  I have a problem with putting anything in the stocking that is over about $5.  So, the stockings are usually candy and other little things.  This year, Noah gave me some suggestions on what would be great to find in his stocking.  ;-)



Logan is always the hardest to buy for because he doesn’t really like candy. However, he told me this year that some chocolate covered peanuts would be great.  He is soooo my kid.



I promise not to show all of the gifts, just the highlights.

EVERYONE knows that Noah has to be the first to open a gift.  He nearly combusts while we are eating breakfast because he just can’t wait another second.  It is kind of funny.  And he always ends up wanting to open more than one a time.  His first gift was the Nintendo 3DS XL.  He had been asking for one of these for quite a while.  They had all had DS’s quite some time ago and had traded them in when they got their iphones/ipods.  He missed all his Pokemon games after he traded his, so he has been anxious for a replacement. Oh, and see that chair he is sitting in.  That was one of his gifts as well.  He needed a better chair for his hours of computer gaming.  We were all jealous.  Soooo comfy!


Kendall had been asking for a Keyboard for months because she wanted it to put in her room so she could practice her piano pieces any time she wanted without disturbing everyone with the piano down in the living room.  She was THRILLED when she opened this one up!!


She loves Vans shoes just like her biggest brother!  She specifically asked for these blue ones.  She was really good about sending me links to all of the things that were on her Christmas list.  I loved it too.  Online shopping was my best friend this season!


They all decided that I was to play Santa and pass out all of the gifts.


Logan eats out every Saturday for lunch during his break at work.  He loves getting fast food gift cards!  Kendall bought him some of his favorties!


My mom has an intense love for popcorn so I HAD to buy her these pajamas when I saw them.  They just seemed too perfect.


Logan bought everyone gifts this year since he had money saved up in his account.  I was so proud of him for wanting to do this.  He was really great at thinking about what someone would really want and appreciate.  He bought Noah one of the video games that he wanted.


Noah gave Kendall these cute flannel sheets.  She had been asking for some!


She asked for an infinity ring and Santa came through!


It has become tradition for me to buy my Dad Bath & Body Works soap every year. He loves this stuff.


My mom got a new handgun this year from my Dad.  This was the card on her package.  So funny.


My mom had their wedding picture enlarged and framed for my Dad.


That is me with part of my stack of goodies.  I got the Simplified Planner that I wanted from my parents.  Eric knows the way to my heart – colored pens!!  I swear you can NEVER have too many.  Santa also bought me the Ninja Blender that I wanted.  This thing is AWESOME!  I make smoothies every single day and this thing is a beast.  Kendall bought me the Vanilla Bean Bath & Body Works set.  It smells just like toasted marshmallows!  My big gift was Santa was a new car.  :-)  More on that later!


Kendall has a love of phone cases.  She changes hers constantly.  Logan bought her this cute owl one in her favorite color.


She loved it.  I think it was one of her favorite gifts just because he gave it to her.  She sure loves her brothers!


Noah is my reader!  He can literally read a book in a day or two and does it all the time.  We spend a fortune on books but it’s worth it.  He had started a new series before Christmas and couldn’t wait to get more of them.  We bought him the rest of the series!


I saw this new black Starbucks card one day and kept saying that I had to get one.  Black is my favorite color (as everyone probably knows) so I just fell in love with it.  Apparently, my family does listen to me because I got one from Logan, Kendall and Eric.  :-)


Eric is very hard to buy for.  He just doesn’t really want for anything.  I tried to think really hard about what he might like.  He LOVES Panera but I am not a big fan so we don’t go.  However, there is one near where he works.  I picked up some gift cards so he could go for lunch or get his favorite bagels for breakfast.


We bought my mom the CUTEST Santa pandora charm for her bracelet.  She is in love with ALL things Santa (as you can probably see from her Santa tree in the picture toward the top).


Kendall asked for this white NorthFace jacket.  I wanted to keep it for myself.  So warm and cozy!


Noah finally got his new headset for his computer. It also works with his Xbox One too.


Logan had a few PlayStation games on his list this year!


Kendall has finally started loving to read.  I am pretty sure it is from Noah’s influence. She loves scary stories so she got quite a few for Christmas.


Eric LOVES Dilbert desk calendars.  He gets one every year.


I bought Eric a Memphis pullover since we are now University of Memphis parents!


Logan wanted another monitor.  He loves having a dual monitor set up.  He had one but then gave one to Noah when his died.  Now he has two again and is very happy.  I got a new monitor too.  That is where he gets his love for dual monitors from.  ;-)


My favorite gift that I give every year is a photo book highlighting some of the things that we have done over the past year.  My mom LOVES getting this book.  I didn’t have time to do one last year, so I made sure to get it done this year!  I can’t wait to get MY annual book completed.


After we were done with presents, it was time for our annual watching of The Christmas Story.  LOVE this movie!!  It doesn’t matter how often you watch it, it never gets old!


After the movie it was game time!!  We played our favorite Chicken Foot Dominos.


It was such a great Christmas even if I wasn’t feeling that well.  I am so thankful for these people of mine.

December Happenings…

I am so behind on my blogging.  I am happy that 2014 is over. Unfortunately, 2014 brought about a roller coaster of health issues for me. I will be posting more about that later.  First, I want to get December recorded here.  I am just going to do one big post with a summary of the month to make things easier.  Excuse me if the page loads slow due to all the pics.  I think I am going to do a separate post on Christmas Day though. I want to highlight some of the things the kids asked for this year.  I like having a record of that stuff to look back and see how things change. :-)

Kendall is in the chorus at her middle school.  They had a holiday performance.  She and her friends were taking pics before the show.

I only grabbed this one quick shot because I chose to video this instead of taking pics.


My grandparents came to town so we spent a little time down on our town square.  It is always decorated so pretty for the holidays. 002-www-sharianderic-com--

Since we didn’t get to go to the big Tree Lighting ceremony this year (Kendall’s choir performance was the same night and it was too rushed by the time it was over), we went down there another night for some pics. Logan’s girlfriend, Lane, was sweet enough to grab these of the five of us! :-)


I loved this one.  We used it on the cover of the photo book I made my parents for Christmas.  It will be the cover on our family book this year too. :-)


I took some pics of Logan and Lane while we were down there.


Kendall had her holiday piano recital.  She did a really great job!!  She played “When Santa Gets Your Letter.”


This sums up one of my favorite things about the holidays.  I absolutely LOVE sitting by the warm fire, cuddled up with Eric under the glow of the Christmas tree lights.


Logan’s employer participates in the Christmas parade every year.  The guys dress up like Superheros.  Logan was to be Superman.  Unfortunately, for the second year in a row the parade was canceled due to weather issues.  :(


Eric got company suite tickets to watch University of Memphis play some basketball.  We thought it would be fun for Logan to see what kind of support his college has for their team, etc.  We had a fun night!


This was a picture I grabbed on our way to Eric’s parents house for the Barnes family Christmas.


Here’s a group shot of the Barnes clan before we left to come back home.


Logan’s boss always has Santa come in for some promo pictures to use in advertisements, etc.  Here is Logan helping Santa with some good gift selection ideas.  ;-)


We love going out and looking at Christmas lights.  This year things were kind of crazy busy.  We finally found a night to go. It was rainy but we still had fun.


Kendall had a job for a couple weeks babysitting our friends cat. I think we all fell in love with this sweet girl.


Eric and I spent one day getting some Christmas shopping done.  I look forward to this every year.  He isn’t much of a shopper but he always goes with me at Christmas and doesn’t complain. ;-)


Candy Ann was back again this year.  Like I said last year, Kendall doesn’t believe in Santa anymore so she knows the deal with Candy Ann.  She wanted to keep the tradition alive so she moves Candy Ann around every night for the rest of us to find her in the morning.  This year, I think she got tired of it though because she quit moving a week or so before Christmas.  LOL.


Amidst all of the holiday hussle, there were still school projects to be done.  They are made a little more fun by wearing a Santa hat though.  ;-)PIC_1254

Kendall made and decorated holiday cupcakes all by herself.  She was so proud at how well she frosted them.


Eric spent 9 days in Brazil.  I absolutely hate these longer international trips.


Kendall borrowed this holiday sweater from Grandma for ugly sweater day at school.  She said she thought it was beautiful but we convinced her that it did qualify for an ugly sweater.


We always go to the Christmas parade in our neighboring town.  Thankfully, it wasn’t nearly as cold this year as it usually is.  It still wasn’t warm, but it wasn’t miserable.





While we were waiting for the parade to start, a journalist from the Newspaper came by and wanted to know if he could feature Kendall and her friend Autumn in an article he was writing.  Here is a snapshot of the article that I took from my phone.  We were surprised when we got the paper at how big the photo were.  By the way, that is a typo next to her friend Autumn’s name.  She is not 6.  She and Kendall are the same age!


Logna and Lane on the night that they exchanged their Christmas gifts.


This was from Christmas at my parents house.  I will share those pics in the next post!


A picture of me with Lucy.  This was the day that Eric took me to get a new SUV. I was kind of sad to think about letting her go, but at the same time I knew it was the right decision.  We just needed more room.  We were constantly wishing we had one more seat and having to take two cars places.  Unfortunately, they didn’t have exactly what I wanted so we had to order it and wait!  It was a LONG week until it came in.  More about that new baby later!



There is a basic summary of December.  There is lots of other stuff that went on that I didn’t get pics of.  Like my NUMEROUS trips to the doctor and ultrasound tests and etc.  It was a rough month health wise.  Well, it was a rough year for my health actually.  Things are going to be better in 2015 after my surgery.  I will post about that too.  Next up, Christmas Day…

Halloween Through The Years…

I hope that everyone had a great Halloween!  We enjoyed a night out Trick-or-treating with Kendall.  We walked with some friends and had a great time.  It was COLD that night. I was dressed up like an Eskimo just to survive so needless to say, I didn’t bring my camera along.  That just means that the Princess will have to go again next year so I can get pictures.  I decided to post a little Halloween Through the Years collection.  I am missing a few so will hopefully update this post later with those when I find them.  I think they are already scrapbooked and I didn’t have time to go through them all. Here’s a good start though.

Logan was the sweetest little Dalmation.  This was while we were living in Knoxville.  We used to put up some really great fall scenes in our front yard.

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This was Noah’s 1st Halloween.  Isn’t he the CUTEST little bee that you have ever seen???!!!

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Logan loved this costume, but it didn’t take long for him to decide that the head piece was very hot and almost suffocating.  LOL. It only made it a few minutes before Eric and I were carrying it.

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Noah has always been our funny guy.  He loves to laugh and make others laugh.  He was especially a little ham when he was younger. The clown costume was only fitting for him.

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I am not a big Star Wars fan and was really hoping Logan would change his mind and get a different costume but he was determined to be Jango Fett.

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I fell in love with this little Frankenstein costume and had to get it for Noah.  I could just eat that little kid up, he’s so cute!

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This was Miss Kendall’s 1st Halloween.  As you can see, she was super excited about it.  LOL.  She was only two weeks old.

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Noah made the cutest frog!!

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I have never been a big Halloween fan and especially not a fan of the spooky scary stuff.  I REALLY didn’t want Logan to be whatever that is he was, but I surrendered.  That happy smiling face on Noah’s skeleton costume sold me.  He wanted so hard to be scary like Logan (see his knife in his hand) but that smiling face just didn’t quite pull off the fright.

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Once again, Logan chose something scary.  I guess that’s a boy for you.  My mom made Noah this AMAZING spider costume.  We went ALL OVER town to find a black shirt for him to where and there was not one anywhere. :( Oh well, it was dark out and no one could really tell anyway.  No telling what Kendall was upset about.  She likes to throw tantrums. A LOT.  Still.

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I didn’t realize that Logan had so many scary costumes. LOL.  This one had a little pump that he carried in his hand that made blood wash down over his face whenever he pressed it.  Nasty.  My mom made Kendall the most adorable Skunk costume that I have ever seen.  Is she not the cutest thing EVER??!!  Noah was HUGE into army stuff so naturally he wanted to be dressed up in camo!

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Another scary one for Logan.  I think this was that Freddy Krueger guy or whatever his name is.  I don’t watch scary stuff so I have no idea.  Again, Noah wanted to be in camo.  The little mermaid was beautiful as always!

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This was probably one of my favorites.  Logan and two of his friends dressed up in political outfits.  This was the BIG election with John McCain.  Logan’s friend Jacob was John McCain.  He went trick-or-treating but didn’t take any candy. He just asked everyone to vote for him in a couple weeks.  It was awesome.  I just wish he had won. Oh well.  Logan was one of his secret service people.  I can’t remember what Ethan was.  Isn’t my little witch cute??  I can’t remember what Noah was.  I do remember that he refused to let me take any pics.  He was off running around with friends.

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Noah wanted to be a storm trooper.  I really dislike store bought costumes but when kids are younger they think those things are the coolest things ever.  I much prefer costumes that you put together yourself.  Kendall was the CUTEST bellhop I have ever seen!!  Her makeup and outfit were just perfect!

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Logan was at the stage where he felt like he was a little too old and too cool for trick-or-treating but still wanted to go with friends.  The obvious choice for his costume was a “gangsta”.

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Noah made the BEST Einstein I have ever seen.  It was just beyond perfect for him.  I always heard that he was very absent minded and disorganized, yet brilliant.  That pretty much sums up Noah perfectly. Kendall was obsessed with cheerleading so obviously that is what she wanted to be.  We had this outfit already because she wore it to Logan’s football games to cheer for him while he played.

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Noah hit the age where he felt border line too old and couldn’t think of anything to dress up like.  We decided a crazy Florida fan was perfect.  He loved it.  I think the hair is awesome!  Kendall had two costumes this year. For this night (we went to Trunk-or-Treat) she was an old lady school teacher.  I think it’s perfect.

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For the next night of Trunk-or-Treat and Halloween, she went as a witch.  My mom made her costume.  Isn’t it awesome??  I really should learn how to sew so I can be an awesome Grandma to my grandkids one day too. My mom dressed up as a witch.

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Noah decided he still wasn’t ready to give up getting candy, so he wore his Grandpa’s airline pilot costume.  I couldn’t stop laughing all night because he reminded me so much of Isaac (the bartender) from Love Boat.

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I LOVED this clown costume that we put together for Kendall.  She was absolutely ADORABLE.  We created her shirt by ironing on felt circles that we cut from all different colors.  It was awesome.

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This year Kendall wanted to be Bat Girl.  Not really sure where that came from.  She didn’t want to go out without Noah so he agreed to go.  Of course, we hadn’t gotten a costume for him so we threw on his brothers football gear.

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Then there’s this year.  Noah said he was definitely too old for trick-or-treating, which he later regretted after seeing some of his friends dressed up.  Kendall had decided months ago that she wanted to be a nerd.  I LOVE how her costume came together.  She had the whole nerdy act down too.  Love this girl.

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I know there are more picture of Logan before 2000.  I will find them and update this post later.  Right now I am working on organizing and decluttering the house so we can get ready to start decorating for the holidays.  My favorite!!!