Last Friday Letters of 2012

Dear Friday,
You are the LAST Friday of 2012, that is so crazy to think about!!! I am so excited to embark on 2013 and see what my future holds. If it is anything like 2012, it will be another amazing year!!! I am spending today relaxing & enjoying my time with my baby sister.

Dear Cynthia,
Thank you for coming to visit me in California for the Holiday's & Eli's birthday. I wish we lived closer so we could have more dates together. 

Dear Massage,
I am so excited for you. Thank you parents for getting us one for Christmas & for allowing Cy & I to experience this together. 

Dear 2013,
I am so excited for you to be here and to see what kind of future I will have. I have many hopes, dreams and visions I want to fulfill in this next year. I am praying that God will give me the strength to do it all. 

Dear Alex,
Thank you for being you & for giving me so much more than I have ever dreamed about. I love you. 

Dear Bloggers,
I promise as soon as the new year comes I will do all my recaps of Disneyland, the new year, the break with Cynthia, & life updates. Please bare with me as I take this break to enjoy time with the family. Also, with the new year, I have many visions and ideas I want to explore with this here blog. I sure hope you all will enjoy all the fun & excitement I have coming your way!! 

To everyone who reads this
Thank you for the continue support throughout the last year & for always giving me the best encouragement. I pray you all have a wonderful New Years & a safe one. I can't wait to read all about it and to hear what your visions, goals & dreams are for the new year. 



Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!!!!
Hope you had have a wonderful day with your family & give them lots of lovin'

I hope that Santa was good to you all as well!! 

Cant wait to read about everyone's gifts. 


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Friday Letters

Dear Eli,
Your birthday was a success!! I am so happy that you LOVED Disneyland. I promise we will go back when they are not that many people and ride more rides!! 

Dear Charm Bracelet,
I pray you get returned to me, but I won't hold my breathe on it. I can't believe you broke and I lost all 9 charms. You truly meant alot to me considering you were my wedding present & the hubby even got me new Christmas charms. 

Dear Cynthia,
I am so excited you are out in Cali with me. What shall we do today? 

Dear Kay,
Thank you for coming to the Happiest Place on Earth with us and helping in celebrating Eli's Birthday. He can't stop talking about it. 

Dear Hubby,
I am so sorry I lost the bracelet. I really didn't mean for it to break. I really thought it wouldn't of broke. If we replace it, I promise to be more careful with one, but I know right now we can't afford to replace it! I just want to cry. I love you. 

Dear Christmas,
You are 4 days away!! I can't wait to see Eli's face when he sees all the fun presents!! 

Dear Blogger Friends,
Thank you so much for all your sweet words yesterday on Eli's birthday post and all week long! I am wishing you all a beautiful holiday season and spreading extra love to all your family!!! Looking forward to a wonderful 2013 year & all the fun & exciting things to come!!! 

Until Next Time, 

Have a WONDERFUL WEEKEND & even better Christmas!! 


Happy Birthday To...

Happy Birthday to you..
Happy Birthday Dear Eli...
Happy Birthday to you...

{the look on your face when you first saw me at the wedding as a "princess"}

Dear Eli,

Today is your 5th Birthday
I can't believe you are growing up so fast. 
I remember the day I met you. 
You were two and half and a bullet from a gun. 
Nothing has changed besides you growing older, growing taller, and smarter each and every day. 
I am so blessed to call you my son
I know one day you will make an amazing older brother. 
Let's cherish these moments of you being an only child because that won't last for too long. 

Today we are celebrating you
We will have a fun filled day at Disneyland 
Something I know you will talk about for months to come. 
I promise to talk lots of pictures to show all your friends at school and to share with everyone else. 

For your 5th year of life,
I am excited to watch you grow even more in every aspect of your life. 
You are going to begin playing tee-ball, soccer again and might even try out football. 
You love cars and iron man
Not to forget, that buzz light-year gets buried in there as well. 
You love watching movies and sponge bob. 
Chores get done everyday and you never forget to tell me you love me each night before bed.
I love your hugs every morning before leaving school 
and I never remember your cereal but never forget to tell you to be a super napper and get a green card! 
Only a few short months left until you are a BIG kindergartner. 

Stay sweet.
Stay adorable.
Keep giving hugs. 
Never stop believing in yourself. 

Here is to your 5th year of life
I promise to love you each day.
Guide you the best as I can. 
Cherish all the moments. 
Be there for you through it all. 
I want nothing but the best for you.

Happy Birthday Big Guy.
I love you.

your mommy

{Western Days 2012}


Pinterest Love Special Edition

Happy Hump Day!!
Today is a Special day. 
Not only are we SIX days away from Christmas but the little twin of mine is flying in for a fun filled two weeks. We finally are able to spend a Christmas & New Years together in years. I am super excited about this if you haven't noticed.

Also, tomorrow is Eli's 5th birthday.. 
What are we doing you ask to make this so special?

1. Cynthia is a surprise to him
2. We are spending the day at Disneyland 
3. He is getting spoiled with presents

This is special day because it is Eli's first time to Disneyland and he has worked so hard at school being good and staying out of trouble to be able to go. 

The inspiration for some pinterest love is coming from Disneyland.. 
Onto the good stuff

and my favorite picture of all..

I promise to take my own photos of us throughout the day. They won't be this good but it will be of Eli and his smiling face. 

Happy Pinning.

Have a wonderful Wednesday.
I am officially on Christmas Vacation! 


I love presents

Saturday was a day of cleaning and more cleaning
than it happened. I saw Eli standing in the window with a beautiful box with my name on it! 
He said a nice guy name Jason dropped off a present for you mommy!!
I couldn't wait to open it. 
I ripped it open and there it was beautiful as ever.
My new 2013 Erin Condren life planner

inside the box

& there she is. 
That beauty!! 

Front cover

& the back cover

This is my 2012 & 2013 EC planners! 
I am in love. I swear by these. 
It literally goes EVERY where with me & has my entire life in it! 

I LOVE the new planners. 
She made some awesome improvements & I am so excited for 2013 to be here now to use it! 

Have you ordered an EC planner
If not an EC planner, what kind of planner do you use?
If you have an EC planner, what is your favorite thing about it?

**I was not paid for this review - all these opinions are my own** 


Welcome to our home at Christmas Time

Happy Monday!!
The ONLY reason I am so excited for it being Monday is that my baby sister will be here in 48 hours!!! 
Also, come Wednesday I am on work "vacation" until after the New Years - but if you know, I work at home. I work as long and as many days as needed so that being said, I have a feeling I will be working as much as I wish I could take a vacation because there is NO ONE else doing my work. It just means that it will be put on hold until I come to it. 
Now that my rant is over about my work.. onto the good stuff!

I know I am a few weeks late, but better late than never, right? 

Welcome to our home! 

Christmas tree. {not sure what the lights are doing here}
Fun fact: I have lived in my house for 13 years - this is our 4th tree - See the same problem I had?

Our welcome Snowman in the front doorway

Countdown to Christmas - Eli LOVES this.


$1 Santa from Target that Eli was allowed to color. I will be keeping this for future embarrassment on him! 
I have him write his name & the year on the back

My stocking

Eli Stocking (Alex, Grandpa & Eli all have the same stocking)

Under the TV

My little blue tree I got the first year Alex & I were together

All this was the living room decorations 

Eli's Bathroom

Presents already wrapped waiting for the Big man to come visit to move them under the tree! 

& More presents to wrap! 

One decoration I made that I pinned 

That was our house! I am thinking of Christmas decoration shopping on the 26th to get the good deals on things for next year. Eli loves that the house is all decorated and he is ready for Christmas! - First we are headed to Disneyland Thursday for his 5th Birthday. {be on the look out for pictures about that}

Have a wonderful Monday! 


Dear Friday...

isn't this the truth?
It happened today! 

Dear World,
Today is the day I officially become Mrs. Gardner to everything in our life!! Only thing left to change is my passport for our Honeymoon which is 125 days away! 

Dear Honeymoon,
I am so excited for you. I am ready to just spend some time with the hubby. 

Dear Hubby,
I love you. Thank you for everything that you do. You surely are amazing. 

Dear Kay,
Hope everything goes well today for you. Rest up so we can celebrate Eli's birthday next week together. 

This time NEXT week, we will be waking up from a fun day celebrating Eli's birthday. I can't wait. I am so excited that you are officially spending Christmas & New Years with me, I can't remember the last time we celebrated both together in the same house!! 

Dear Eli,
I can't believe you will be turning 5 next week. Where is all this time going? I feel like it was just yesterday we were playing and I just met you, that was almost 3 years ago!!! Keep being amazing & I know you will turn into such an amazing young man. So proud to call you my son!!! 

Dear Christmas,
I think I took you a bit over board this year for a few reasons but I feel it is all well deserved! I can't wait to celebrate you. 

Dear end of 2012,
I have so many fun things planned with some of my favorite people in the world. Please slow down so I can enjoy it all and take it all in. Thank you. 

Dear Junior,
Lately you've been making me sad because I know you are getting old but I am not ready to let you go just yet. You are the last of my childhood with dogs and I want to be selfish just a bit longer. I love you so much, please don't ever forget that!!! 

Dear Bloggy Friends,
Thank you for everything that you do. I am so excited to begin this new journey of blogging in 2013 and really bring things to life. I want to truly allow you into my life and the things that I do. Thank you for the continue support and sweet comments. 

Happy Friday.
May you all have a blessed and beautiful weekend.
Stay Safe!


Saw it, Pinned it, Did it!

Thankfully today is Thursday
Which makes this, Happy Friday Eve!! 
Not to forget, because I will, Today marks TWO months since I have become a Mrs.
Happy Two Months Anniversary Babe - I love you.
{I know he secretly reads this} 
Time is sure going by fast!! 

If you follow me on the insta you will know that I made a wreath, my FIRST one. Today it is all about the saw it, pinned it, did it link-up with Steph over at Beautiful Mess & Katie at Keep Calm & Carry On..

My inner craftiness ... 
What I pinned
Pin here

What you will need
*wreath wire 
*ribbon of choice 
*one big bow
*lots of time 


Cut your ribbon into stripes. I did stripes in between lengths of 4 inches to 7 inches (I am totally guessing right now - I really did not measure) 

Once you get sick of cutting ribbon. 
Begin tying each strip individually onto the wreath like you would double knot your shoes. No bows
Watch your favorite shows.
Drink some wine. 
have some dinner.
Do everything else you would while tying knots.
I promise your hands will get sick of tying and you will want to take a break. 
I tied ribbon to the inner most circle and the 2nd from the outer most circle. Therefore, I went around twice to make the wreath look more full. 
Once I finished that (about 3 weeks - told you time consuming) I added the bow to the top so the strings will hang in the middle. Once all finished hang it on your front door! 


Enjoy for the Holidays. 
Have a Fabulous Thursday.