Last night while I was at work I happened to look at my cellphone and I had 4 missed calls from my mother.  I thought that was a bit odd, but it was almsost midnight so I didn't want to call her back right then.  I was curious all evening what exactly she wanted.  Right after dropping Emma off at school this morning I called her back.  She told me that she and my father had booked a 2 week trip to Florida in April.  I was happy for them, but super duper jealous!!  And that's when she said to me, "we want you all to come with us."  I was soooo excited!!  I cannot wait!  I immediately put in for the vacation time at work and it was approved so now we just wait for Brians time to get approved, but that shouldn't be a problem!  I cannot wait to go to Disney again with Emma =)  We first brought her there in 2009, she was 2 years old.  A lot of people told us that we were wasting our time taking her at such a young age, but she remembers a lot about the trip! =)  We aren't going to stay 2 weeks like my parents, just a week.  But that is long enough! =)  We told Emma tonight about it, I thought about trying to keep it a secret for her, but I don't think I would have been able to.  She is soooo excited about going.  We'll be making a countdown calender in the next few days =)  Here are some pictures from our last trip to Disney in 2009 =)

April 24th can't get here quick enough!  Sooo excited about our 2012 Disney Trip!!!! =)

A Fun Sunday =)

We really had one of the best Sundays we have had in a really long time!  We started it off by going to my husbands parents house and having a big breakfast!  We never do breakfasts at each others houses, but we had a lot of fun.  And the food was super yummy.  Eggs, Bacon and home made bread for toast.  yummm!!!

After breakfast we came home got ready and headed to one of my co-workers houses.  She happens to live on a lake (which is awesome) and she invited us up for some ice fishing.  We had sooooo much fun.  A bunch of us from work who work on the same schedule all went.  We were all bundled up.  The guys put ice fish traps right close to the house for the kids, and then they went across the lake to set their traps.  Unfortunately nobody got any fish, but we all had such a blast!  Emma had a lot of fun riding on the snowmobiles, 4-wheelers and being towed behind on the snowmobile.  She didn't wipe the smile off her face all day long. 

One of our friends got a new snowmobile and finally we had enough snow that he could ride it!

A family photo of the 3 of us.  Emma posed us just the way she wanted it and then we had someone take the photo!  We had such a great day.  We ended the day by having dinner at my husbands parents house.  I know!  2 meals from them in 1 day.  Love it! =)  I hope everyone enjoyed their weekend!!! =)

New Puppy =)

My hubby and I had talked a lot about getting a dog.  We really wanted Emma to have the experience of having a dog, and we wanted to do it while she is still pretty little.  I kept looking on and I would see little puppies that were soooo adorable, but none of them gave me that warm and fuzzy feeling all over.  So one afternoon while on the internet I decided to check out petfinder again.  I put in our zipcode and searched within 150 miles of our home.  I saw a small photo of a puppy that looked adorable!  His name was Capt. Hook!  I then saw that he was located quite a ways from our house and was at a foster home as he was a rescue puppy from South Carolina.  They said he was a labrador retriever/hound mix.  He looked so darn cute!  I e-mailed the people who had him and they had nothing but good things to say about him! =)  He was completely house broken, even ringing a bell when he needs to go outside.  Loves kids, good with cats.  Snuggly, cuddly, loveable 5 month old puppy.  I was SOLD.  A few days later the rescue shelter sent someone to our house to make sure we were a suitable home for the puppy...and we passed with flying colors =)  I then immediately got into my car and drove about 100 miles to pick up this puppy!  The minute I saw him I fell in Love with him.  He is the perfect match to our family.  He is so cuddly and loveable.  Although we did change his name.  He is no longer called Capt. Hook.  Emma named him Gunner.  They say he is a hound mix, but I see a lot of sheppard in him.  We sure do love him, and I think he's pretty fond of his new family and home as well! =)

*Fresh out of the bath* =)

And I hope everyone had a very Happy New Year!!!!!  We spent the evening at my inlaws eating some super yummy food and enjoying the company.  We then rang in the New Year at home.  Here is how Miss Emma and her new best friend Gunner rang in the new year.....


I have been a terrible blogger!  We have been so busy lately with the holidays and work that I haven't had time to sit and write an actual blog in forever!  We had such a great Christmas.  This was probably one of th best we have had yet!  Emma is at the perfect age and we did such fun things this year!

Lets start out with our trip to southern Maine, Portland.  We took Emma on the Polar Express train ride.  She had sooo much fun!!  Our first stop though was supper at the Cracker Barrel!  This was exciting, because our state *just* got a Cracker Barrel! 

Emma got this cool mason jar with a firefly in it! =)

Next stop was the Polar Express!  Emma was so excited about this.  She wore her Pj's and all.

Emma and Pop looking out the window of the train =)

The girls passing out Hot Chocolate and cookies for the kids!

Here comes Santa on the train! 

Holding her Bell & Golden ticket that she got =)

Waving goodbye to Santa!

On our way home we stopped in Freeport at LL Bean.  It was so beautifully decorated inside and out.  We stopped and had our picture taken in a giant toboggan!

Sooo.  Now onto Christmas!!!!  We seriously had one of the best Christmas's yet.  Emma is at the perfect age for it!  I had heard of the Elf on the Shelf and thought that I was probably the only one in the world who wasn't doing it.  Well, my mother went shopping one day and picked one up for Emma.  Our Elf who Emma named Patch, was quite mischevious!  He seemed to always be getting into things....

Patch is now back at the Norh Pole, but we will be awaiting his arrival again after Thanksgiving this coming year! =)

Every year we spend Christmas Eve at my hubbys grandmothers house.  All of the grandkids and great grandkids get together and celebrate Christmas together.  We always have lots of fun.  Emma gets to see a lot of her cousins who she usually only sees at least once a year.  And Santa himself always makes an apperance! =)

This was at our house before we left.  I *LOVE* the outfit that Emma is wearing.  Courtesty of TheMommaFish, you can find her on Etsy.  She is amazing and has done several outfits for us!

After we got home that night, there was a little surprise for Emma in her room.  Mrs Clause brought Emma and her American Girl Doll matching pajamas!  She was sooooo excited about them!  Mrs Clause even dressed her American Girl doll in them for her! =)

The next morning was Christmas morning!!  I absolutely love Christmas morning.  We have a tradition in our house of me making homemade monkey bread for breakfast.  It is soooo yummy. 

I hope everyone enjoyed their Holiday Season!  I know that our family sure did!!!  Happy Holidays!!!!! =)

Meeting Santa!

Emma and I met my mom at the mall one afternoon after school to go and see Santa!  She was really excited this year about seeing him.  I thought she may be a little nervous, but not at all. 

I thought for sure we would have to wait in line to meet him.  And to my surpise there was no line at all!  We walked right up to him and Emma got right up on his lap.  I love this photo =)

Merry Christmas!!!!!!!!!!!!! =)