Dec 16, 2008

now we just need to find texas star to top it off

We have the best neighbors ever. Thanks to them my feet are no longer cold, Nate can have his socks back, aaaaaaaand we have a beautiful new tree! :) Complete with texas rope garland and everything! I'll take a picture once we put it up tonight. I know it's only 3 days before we leave...but it's time we get our decorations up. 

That baby in her tummy is going to be pretty darn cute. :)

Our future children on the other hand...born in sweatpants. Give us a break, this isn't our Christmas picture.

Brooke's photography debut. 

Wrapping presents underneath the tree.

Wil and Nate with the tree. Thanks again guys! :)

Dec 15, 2008

yay! this will be our christmas gift to each other!

SUPER exciting news this morning! Nate and I won homemakerhero's Gifty Box giveaway (see entry below) and we couldn't be happier!!!! :) Thank you, thank you, thank you!

It's off to the Texas Hill Country for a winery tour for the two of us...

Yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeesssssssssss! I'm excited.

Dec 13, 2008

Dachshund pics of the week

As if you haven't seen enough of these girls. :) Pretty cute though. They're pretty excited to see the whole family next week.

Dec 12, 2008

my christmas wish for you

Now, some of you can probably skip this entry all together. And good for you. I'm very proud.

But for MOST everyone else like us out there that has some it student loans, credit cards, or house mortgages, should really do yourself, and your family, a favor this holiday season and make it your new year's resolution to get debt free. 

Yes. Not exactly the most fun thing to think about right at the holiday season but we highly recommend it. 

As most of you probably already know, we think Dave Ramsey is the man. And therefore we recommend you borrow, buy, check out from the library, buy from itunes, etc. The Total Money Makeover and read it. And then follow it. If you plan on buying it's only $10 right now...

So if you're looking for that last minute Christmas present for this for yourself. That's what I want. I want you to get on track. :) And if you're one of the several people I've already given the book to, and you haven't read it, READ IT. That's why I gave it to you duh. Coal in your stocking if you haven't...

And if you're sick of hearing me talk about this, too bad! I do it because I love you. So deal.

Top 10 reasons to get debt free:
10: You can call in to Dave and scream "we're debt free!" on air.
9: No more beans and rice, rice and beans.
8: Makes for a happier marriage and a happier family. (I think we're all aware of the #1 cause of divorces...) 
7: If you have kids, it teaches them good financial skills and the benefits of hard work first hand.
6: You don't have to worry as much about "the economy" because you know you're ok.
5: It's really fun...I promise.
4: Money to do the things you want to do without the stress of getting your credit card bill.
3: No more worrying about where the next bill payment is coming from.
2: A huge dose of self-satisfaction.
1: You don't owe anyone any money...duh.

Oh, and it'll make me happy...and who wouldn't want to do that!? :)

Dec 10, 2008

it's official. we're spoiled.

Ok ok, I know I said I was having a hard time getting into the "Christmas spirit" when it's still between 70 and 80 degrees outside everyday...but I didn't mean I wanted it to get cold! 

It snowed in Austin last night. SNOWED. That's only a mere three hours North of here.

Yesterday I was walking around downtown in my flip flops and skirt, and today we woke up to a frigid 39 degree morning. I had to dig through my closet to find something, anything, resembling a jacket. And the socks I'm wearing...they're Nate's. I'm pretty sure I don't even own a pair anymore.

So yes, it's official. I'm totally, rottenly, spoiled. And Texas has turned me into a winter wimp extraordinaire. 

Dec 1, 2008

since we don't send christmas letters

Nicki, our fabulous photography friend that I mentioned earlier, took some family pictures for Nate and I this weekend. She's pretty spectacular. She got some really cute ones of the pups too. You can view them here. We're currently working on her blog, so it's kind of under construction...but still functional. :) Enjoy! And check out her photography site too (click here)! Thanks Nicki!

Our little family. 

Look how handsome he is. :)