Saturday, December 28, 2013

Christmas 2013

Christmas really started on Thanksgiving when we put up Tanner's 90 year old grandmother's tree. We do that for her every year. She's just like a kid at Christmas time. She wants her shrubs to be lit up and this year she wanted big plastic candy canes decorating the outside of her home. 

We also went to my grandparent's house on Thanksgiving and ate ourself silly and decorated their tree. I have a pic of my crazy pap (that's what I've always called him) tweaking the decor placement. It's really sweet. He is super anal about cleanliness and prides himself with perfection (even if it is a Christmas tree decorated by his favorite females).. He just can't help it. 
 There you also see Mr Brown and my cousin, Carlee's boyfriend snuggled on the couch. 

Our Christmas schedule has been the same for years. Christmas Eve's Eve at mom and dads, Christmas Eve day with his mom and grandmother, Christmas Eve night with my grandparents and then Christmas is when we exchange gifts. Or we're supposed to. 

Moms house at Christmas is probably my favorite stop. I've been sitting around the Christmas tree with my brothers on the 23rd of December for years. It seems like every year we have someone new. Last year Max made his Christmas at Nana's debut and this year Hunter's girlfriend, Hannah came. We drew names this year and I had Hunter and he just so happened to have me. :) We had such a good time. 
Max was excited for Christmas at Nana's!
Grandpa opening gifts. 
Nana and Max opening presents. 
Keila opening her Adopt Shoppe necklace.. She loved it. It says "She does justice, loves mercy, walks humbly" which reminded me of my sweet SIL. Even if Tanner didn't draw her name, she would have ended up with it. 
Dad was shocked when mom revealed she had drawn his name. The rules were not to get your spouse.. And somehow she missed that part. He loved his Hunter Baize Racing vest. Mom came over the day before we exchanged gifts and brought me his vest (he loves vests). I got it embroidered and was super happy wigh the way it turned out. 
Wild man and Woody in their new chair. 
Tanner got a backpack leaf blower. He was thrilled. 

I said earlier that Tan and I exchange fists on Christmas. But I begged him when we  got home from moms and he finally gave in. 

Tanner (like his grandmother) is a big kid at Christmas. He loves surprises and expects me to like them, too. He won't even let me tell him what I want. He wants to shock me! I hate surprises and always have. I just don't like trying to produce a reaction while the gifter is sitting there watching and measuring their success in my expression. 

I tried hard this year to surprise him. I got him a few odd and ins (things he needed) and got him an iPhone 5S and an iPad Air as his big gifts. He has had an iPad2 for 2 years and used it more than he used his phone! I thought it was time for an upgrade. :)

He got me a super soft blanket that I had been asking for (mom had one and I was so jelly), a wall hanging jewelry organizer that I can't wait to use, and a new set of pearls. This almost made me cry because I had lost one of my pearl earrings at Momma Jean's 90th surprise party. And I was so sad. They were a wedding gift from him (even though I picked them out). This time he went to the jewelry store alone and did an incredible job. I'm thankful these have a special meaning, too. 

I worked half a day on Christmas Eve. Tanner went to the office with me and we had a big breakfast. I got home from work and we napped for about an hour before heading to his Momma Jean's. 
Momma Jean turned 90 in October. She literally takes about 5 minutes to unwrap each gift. Which is fine with me. I am just thankful she's still with us. 

Next we went to my Mamaw and Papaw's house. We have a jammie party every year and eat, open gifts, play games and then end the night in bingo. I lost my phone under the couch cushion and didn't take any pics. 
I stole this collage from mom. :)

Christmas Day we went to mom's for breakfast and then watched a comedy DVD my crazy pap brought over. Tanner fell asleep and I did some online shopping. :)

This year has been so great. I'm thankful for all of God's blessings in 2013. I am grateful that he picked my family to be my best friends, support system and biggest fans. I hope I can be all they need and more. 

I do have a prayer request, though. Doctor appointments and mentions of surgery always makes me on edge. Will you pray for a family member of mine? I greatly appreciate it. I know that God is able.. He never fails!

Love to you. So thankful for ya'll. 


Saturday, December 7, 2013

{a little ❄️, a lot of ❤️}

We have ice and we are definitely snowed in! Perfect time for a little blogging. :)

Firstly, my little brother turned 12.. I mean, 16 this week. Where has the time gone? He was born when I was 8 and I thought I was his primary care taker. I have always wanted to do for him. I feel like I've just about got my first child raised! Let me just say, dad treats Hunter like a grandchild and mom and I have always coparented him. Hilarious, right? 

Hunter scored an awesome car for his birthday. But, he also has 2 race cars (and building the third). I asked him to send me a pic of his car and he asked, "which one?".. Hahah!

He has a sweet girlfriend {Hannah} that I love to pieces. She spent the night with me the other night and I found her sitting on my guest bed reading her Bible. So. Good. I'm thankful for Hunter has her. 

•Hunter's birthday supper at Patti's
•Hannah & Hunter with his awesome new car! 

I also scored a few Adopt Shoppe necklaces from the awesome Kate! Her shop {} sells out so quick! I think she sold over 200 pieces in 5 or 6 minutes. How fabulous are these little babies?

Jordan and Keila had somewhere to be today.. Tanner was at work.. and my parents had Max. Where do you think I went? Dad came and got me in his truck, the roads are miserable. We had a lot of fun with him. 
•I made him a tent and he had a wonderful time in it. He had a little lantern and a radio. Adorable. 

•And.. Here is my mother scraping the ice off the driveway on HER tractor. Which is also hilarious. 

It's been a great week and I'm having a wonderful weekend snowed in. It could only be better if Tanner was off. 

Ya'll be safe! 

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Being thankful๐Ÿ’—

We just finished up a sermon series on gratitude at church. Pastor Will did a wonderful job and I really enjoined it. You can't fake an attitude of gratitude. And I don't want to. I hope that I never forget to say "thank you" to anyone.. But how many times do you forget and not tell God how thankful you are? After all, He is the one behind your success, your family, your home. Why do we ask more of Him and than we thank Him less (and less and less..)? 

There is truth in that for me. Y'all may be super Christians who never fail to thank God! I often forget. I want to be prayerful but I don't want to say the generic kids prayer. You know, "thank you for everything" or "thank you for my many blessings". I try to talk to God like I talk to my best friend. Real talk.

I think we should be showing God a REAL attitude of gratitude this Thanksgiving. Tell Him what you're thankful for. Be specific. God knows you're heart. Kind of like the way you know your husband loves you and is thankful for you.. You still like to hear him say it!  God wants to have a relationship with you- and relationships only get stronger when you learn how to communicate. :)

I'm working on this, hope y'all are too. ๐Ÿ’—

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Etsy shop: OPEN

Busy, busy, busy! I have been so busy lately. Work is crazy-- I work at my family's wood manufacturing company and I run the firewood division. Cold weather = booming firewood sales. I have been working my butt off! We sell to Kroger, Wal-Mart, Lowes. Love my job. 

I have also been busy with embroidery orders. Thankfully, y'all are just wonderful clients and I just opened up my Etsy store! So exciting! My shop name is "Mrsbrownandco". Come visit me. I only have a few listings. I just added these little beauties. 

Christmas dish towels. <3

Maybe one day {before Christmas} I will have time to make me a set! Until then, I'll keep making them for you! 

Also, there is a giveaway on my Instagram for these sweet little Christmas towels. Contest ends this Friday at noon. Good luck to ya'll! {@mrsbrownandco} 

These giveaways are for YOU {my clients}. I appreciate your business more than you know! 

Have a great week, friends. 

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Nov 1st.. Halloween?

We had super bad storms coming on Halloween this year, so.. They canceled it. Good news is they rescheduled for Nov 1st. Odd, huh? Mr Brown thought it was crazy. He said no one ever rescheduled Halloween for him! Ha!

We don't live in a neighborhood with a bunch of kiddos. I can actually only think of a handful.  We normally have only 4 or 5 little guests. 

Since Tanner and I are on paleo, we cannot have any candy. Last year I think we ate more than we gave out. :) It really wasn't difficult to avoid the candy.. We are doing fairly good. This way of eating has helped my fibro tremendously. I am so not an expert yet.. But we're doing good!

Anyway, we had the cutest little tiny Dino come trick-or-treat at a Aunt Whitty and Uncle Toot's house.

Isn't he precious? Can't believe this is his second Halloween. He was a little Peter Pan last year.

That paci!! I miss him being small. But he is a total ball of fun and energy now that he's running around and talking (a little).

After Max left we had 2 more and we gave them all of the candy and turned out our front porch light. Tanner had been on night shift and I felt like I hadn't seen him in days. So, we watched our shows and had chili (paleo, of course). Great Halloween (or Nov. 1st) night. :) 

Monday, October 28, 2013

October giveaway!

This is my best selling pocket t and you could easily win one in my October giveaway! Just post the photo BELOW to IG using the hashtag #mrsbrownsgiveaway and tag me @mrsbrownandco. THEN let me know you shared under my IG post of the same pic. Easy enough? Ready, set, GO! 

Friday, October 25, 2013

Maybe it was Memphis

We are in Memphis, TN for the little brother's race. Tanner hasn't gotten to see Hunter race since last year when he was in a smaller car. He did take home the win that night, though. I'm hoping Tanner is a good luck charm. ๐Ÿ€
A very "proud sis" moment for me back in 2012. Hunter was interviewed after his big win and I recorded it. They asked him what "I am second" was. He explained to them what the organization is (if you don't know, research it. Awesome movement) and you can't hear a word of it because I'm basically sobbing. 
I love watching him race. It really is his passion. He works hard and dedicates countless hours to his dream. He is pretty great. 

Hunter is racing with a different crew this weekend and in a different car. I'm sure it'll be an adjustment for him. He is very professional, though. I'm certain he'll race it seamlessly. 

Here is a pic of he and mom today at practice. He has changed quite a bit in a years time!

Here's to hoping for a successful run tomorrow! "Like" Hunter Baize's fan page to follow his progress. Also, is another source of info on all things HBR!


Sunday, October 20, 2013

Beach bloggin'

This post is coming to ya from the Blue Mountain Beach's pretty sand! After a protest from Mr Brown, we have finally made our way down to the ocean this morning. He hates the beach. And I have no idea why. Ahhh.. The sun, breeze, Pandora (TLC Radio thanks to my sis), and ocean waves in the background.. How could anyone hate that? No idea. 

We have been having a wonderful time. Arcades, carosales, lots of food and photos to prove it all. Except for the food. We don't document ALL of the food we eat. ;))

Grubbing at Mellow Mushroom
Our traditional picture. Bottom pic from last year. 
This poor kid. He hasn't had any attention this week. ๐Ÿ˜‰
Being romantic on the walk to the arcade. 
I hit the jackpot and Max got a Spiderman ball, batman tote bag, football, and several dum dum suckers. I think we racked up nearly 5,000 tickets. Ha! What a fun waste of money. 

A night ride on the golf cart to the creamery. So delicious. 

Malt Shoppe is the way to go. 
Our sweetie pie. He has been walking for a week or better and stumbles around and gives everyone a heart attack. He fell shortly after this photo and got his first bloody nose. He was a champ. 
He did whatever he wanted after that. 

Lastly, I got my 30A sticker and there WILL be a dirty jeep wrangler in Kentucky reppin' the best place in Florida. 

Friday, October 4, 2013

Famjam vaca!

Ohh how I love 30A. I am seriously thinking about stickering my vehicle with the cute 30A decal. Don't know if you're supposed to be in an elite club to have the decal or not. But, this is our third summer coming to Blue Mountain/Santa Rosa/Sea Side and we are all hooked. So.. Sticker me up! 

We haven't traveled with a one year old since Hunter (almost 16) was a baby. We had lots of stops and it was a long day, but Max was so good. He is such a wonderful little boy. Mr Brown and I would sign up for an exact replica of him, for sure. 

We have a house super close to the beach and a private pool in the back yard. We have already cooked supper in the kitchen, broke in the TV with some hardcore Wii-ing, and now we're trying out all 3 king beds. Ours is comfy. :)

Excited to play with Max on the beach and hang out with my famjam. I also brought my embroidary machine and hope to catch up on orders this week! What?? It's relaxing to me! 

Good night friends!

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