Sunday, 23 December 2012

Merry Christmas!


Hope everyone has a fabulous Christmas! Click here to view our Christmas card pictures from years past. 

Thursday, 20 December 2012

Reindeer grapes

I was responsible for grapes for Camille's Christmas party at school. Yesterday, I was trying to figure out the easiest way to serve them and remembered this pin from Pinterest.



I decided to make reindeer with the clothes pins instead of butterflies. Camille helped and they turned out super cute! I think they were a hit today!

I found these cute red stickers at AC Moore. Clothes pins were from Dollar Tree. 

I glue gunned the eyeballs and they were the most challenging part because of their size. 

Camille cut the pipe cleaners in half

Then added them to each clothes pin. 
I shaped the pipe cleaners into antlers and we added the grapes in plastic bags and we were done. 


I found the Santa platters at the Dollar Tree
I was in charge of cookies for Clyde's class and he wanted in on the fun. So at the last minute I threw together this cookie carrying case made from a grocery bag. It was so cute to see him carry it to school this morning.


Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Give Away!

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Happy Wednesday!
Xo,
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Instagram

I am now on Instagram...please follow me at alysonstoakley. It's fun. Here is my favorite picture so far.

Visiting his name sake

Yesterday, Camille, Clyde & I visited Hollywood Cemetery and the place where my dad is buried. He passed away when I was pregnant with Camille and I really want my kids to know him and all the wonderful things about him. We went to Martin's and picked up some pink, red and purple carnations and made three small bouquets to lay on his grave. On the way, we talked about his love of plaid, his cat Penelope who had the slightest bit of pink in her fur and that his name was Clyde too. I snapped this picture of my Clyde while we were there. It is so sweet seeing his little hand resting on the headstone.

Monday, 17 December 2012

Menu Planner

Here goes with this week's menu planner. I am going to include last's night dinner because it was tasty. Michael was craving vegetables. Do you ever have that feeling? We ate horribly all weekend...tis the season! He found this soup recipe online and it's a keeper!

Sunday - Olive Garden Minestrone Soup

Monday - Pork Tenderloin, Risotto, Asparagus

Tuesday - French Dip Sandwiches, French Fries

Wednesday - Chicken Fajitas

Thursday - Chicken & Mozzarella Ravioli, Salad


Weekend Update Link Up

Well it's Monday .. Wah Wah Wah!

Ha ... today is super rainy and dreary and I am just really wishing I could stay home and be lazy and wrap Christmas presents, but unfortunately that is not happening today :(
Too much to do today, and then tonight is my Christmas dinner/Ornament swap with a few of my girlfriends!

Today I am linking up with Sami over at
Sami's Shenanigans for the ... 


So here goes my weekend ... 
Which was very kid-packed and fun might I add ;) 

Our Elf, Mr. Jingles, was up to no good this weekend! 
His sister however is the good one :) 



He TP'd our Living Room and it was a mess, which he didn't clean up haha
It was funny to see the kid's faces when they woke up and saw what he did! We were a little shocked ;)

Next on the agenda... 
We surprised the kids with "Pajama Night" on Saturday and left their PJ's on their beds with a note that said "Meet us in the car" ha and then Chris and I had our pajamas on too, along with Frankie of course, and we had snacks in the car, blankets, and Christmas music playing ... then we drove around and looked at some awesome lights for over two hours ha! It was SO much fun for all of us! 




We found lots of Christmas lights and then went to Fire Station for them to run around and play, and then to Orange Leaf for dessert ha! 
(Which happened to be packed, and we walked in with our PJ's on lol, oh well!)

Next on the weekend front ...
We got ready and took a few pics ... 

 Love this picture of Ella & Ava <3 

Then ... 
We saw Santa!

Pose 1 ... the smile pose

Pose 2 .. the "I'm thinking of what I want for Christmas" pose 


And... Pose 3 .. the Reindeer Ears Pose, lol 

It was funny, but they all were so excited and couldn't wait to tell Santa what they wanted, which actually was ALL different from the things they already told us they wanted ...? We were like say what?? I thought you wanted blah blah blah .. "no we changed our minds" ha. Gotta love that. 
Looks like Chris will be the one fighting traffic and doing some last minute shopping ;) 
(jk babe, I know you're not the shopping pro like me, we will do the "you drop me off at the door and I will run in while you circle the parking lot" number! lol) 

Lastly, 
WE GOT TO SEE OUR ENGAGEMENT PICTURES!!
Oh.My.Goodness.
The talented Alicia @ Aesthetiica Photography took the most beautiful pictures, more beautiful than I could have imagined! 
PS. Be sure to check out her blog, she travels ladies ;)

I know this will be a tease, but because we haven't picked which one we want to use for our 
Save the Dates,
I can't share them all yet :( 

But these two I have to share ....
I love this one with my love ...  



And this one with my other love ... ;) 
hahaha


 We should get our disc in the mail this week and once we pick a Save the Date pic, then I will be able to share the rest of them! Can't wait!!! Ahhh!! So exciting!! :)

Ok I am off to do some work and run errands today ... 

Please don't forget ... 



On Tuesday, December 18th, there will be a blogger day of silence. 
We will post the button and that's it. Please try to not post anything else that day if possible.

We are also raising money that will go to an organization in the memory of this tragedy. The organization is called The Newtown Family Youth and Family Services. Here is the official description of the support service we are donating to: 

"Newtown Youth and Family Services, Inc. is a licensed, non-profit, mental health clinic and youth services bureau dedicated to helping children and families achieve their highest potential. NYFS provides programs, services, activities, counseling, support groups and education throughout the Greater Newtown area.

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Friday, 14 December 2012

Scenes from our week....

Look where Tinsel ended up this morning! 

Clyde LOVES nutcrackers. He plays with them like they are robots and I am sorry to report that two have been decapitated this Christmas! :( We found this one at Walgreens....a Santa Nutcracker and he has been treating it like a lovey! 

Picked this up for Camille's room from Class and Trash yesterday. $25! It is in great shape. Now are just dreaming up what color to paint it. Stay tuned! 
Hope everyone has a great weekend! Oh and I am done with my Christmas shopping! Woohoo! I have never been finished this early. 

Wednesday, 12 December 2012

Stocking Stuffer Ideas For Your Wife


I would be hard pressed to say that Michael is as interested in shopping as I am. He has already gotten me an awesome laptop for Christmas. Loving it. I am so technologically advanced now with my iphone and new laptop. ;)   But every year he always has trouble with stocking stuffers so Michael this post is for you. Just some ideas...please don't get everything on the list. This is also a test to see if you are reading my blog. Just kidding.

1. Pedicure Gift Certificate
2. Split of Sparkling Wine (Freixenet in the black bottle is my favorite)
3. Sleep Mask
4. L'Occitane Hand Cream
5. Monogrammed Koozie from Libbie & Winston
6. Colored Pens
8. Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue Perfume
9. Lip Gloss Set
10.Patterned Socks
11. Favorite Candy (Tootsie Rolls, Smarties, Hershey Bars)
12. Altoids or Mints
13. essie Nail Polish
14. HGTV Magazine Subscription  (You can also get tons of $5 subscriptions on Amazon.com)

PS...This is a picture of my sad little mantle from 2010. But the only one I could find with stockings. Woah! I have come along way since then.

PPS....This is a great source for stocking stuffer ideas for your preschooler.














Tuesday, 11 December 2012

Christmas Wishlist!

Hello, Hello Friends! 

I have taken a little break the last couple of days just because I've been busy with work ... but today I am taking the day off and catching up on things around the house, wrapping some Christmas presents, etc :)

Does anyone else besides me LOVE to wrap Christmas presents?
I am obsessed!
It's calming kinda and I like to just see the progress made of all the pretty presents under the tree!

I love for everyone to have their OWN wrapping paper ... it's fun and just is exciting to me!
This year for the kiddos (and Chris ha) they will each have their own wrapping paper as usual,
HOWEVER...
No one will know which paper is theirs until Christmas day!
I love it ... everyone will be dying to know lol a little suspense never hurt anyone ;)

Before I reveal my Christmas Wishlist,
Here is a little of what I was up to the past few days ...

Happy 1st Birthday Mack!
One of my best friends, Kelly, had a super fun and cute 1st birthday party for this sweet baby boy ...


My gifts were a hit ... I got him what any good Aunt would get him ... a grocery buggy and a cleaning set complete with a Swiffer and all hahaha! He loves brooms and vacuums, etc so I thought it would be perfect! 


Kelly made cute little gift bags ... had TONS of food and Sesame Street appropriate snacks ;) 



 Cake time is where the fun began ... 



What a good sport his dad is .... wearing a Cookie Monster shirt haha :) 


There were a millions babies the same age there!!


Kelly and I came up the cutest little "Favorite" board for some pictures he is having this week ..


How cute is that? 
Adorable.

Next up ... 
Face timing with my 88 yr old Papaw! 


Hahaha I love this ... I will forever keep this picture close to my heart ... 
you gotta love technology these days! 
He thought this was the craziest thing he had ever seen. 
My Papaw is funny, and I mean like "have you in stitches, you can't believe he just said that" FUNNY!
If you are new around here, you can check out some amazing Papaw-isms HERE :) 
Enjoy. Ha. Love him. 

Yesterday I went to a Realtor lunch for the Young Realtors of the Bluegrass at our local board 
and was AMAZED at all the toys we raised for children for Christmas!!


WOW!
Awesome. No words. So great!
So glad to be a part of a community where all of us Realtors can come together and help others. #Blessed.

Lastly on the home front, 
Ella's first Violin Concert
Last night we went to hear her first performance on the violin...
 who knew Hot Cross Buns could be so cute?
(Did that just take you back to middle school? It did me ha.)



Love her. She's amazing. That's all :) 
She did such a good job, so proud of her! It takes strength to perform in front of a room of people when you're in the 4th grade and she did amazing! <3 

Tis' the Season ...
Everyone keeps asking me what I want for Christmas ... my parents, Chris, my brother, ...
which is so sweet and I love them ...
but I honestly have not been able to think of much because I just really don't need anything!
(no I am not running a temperature for those of you who know me well ha)

However, I did come up with a few things once I really put my mind to it ;)
(Didn't take long for me to pop off some things don't worry lol)

Christmas Wishlist 2012 
Ho Ho Ho! 


1. Gold monogrammed necklace in script with my soon to be NEW INITIALS :)
2. Marley Lilly fleece vest, also with my new initials :)
(you might begin to see a repeating theme here ha)
3. Urban Decay NEW Naked Basics
4. **this is a total splurge if Santa remembers me** Nikon 1 J2 Digital Camera ... obsessed
5. I desperately need a case for my iPhone 5! Preferably monogrammed like my old one, go figure ha.
6. I REALLY want the E-cards desk calendar for 2013, they are hysterical!!
7. Kate Spade "Mrs." earrings ... dying!
8. This will sound super cheesy BUT I really am just looking forward to spending some time with my sweet, handsome boyfriend fiance!! We have both been so busy lately with different things, I am just ready for some down time to cuddle and go to dinner and hang out with friends or at home in front of the fireplace! Love it when the house is all Christmas decorated up and feeling cozy! That's the best time for some QT!

Alrighty, that's it for today!
Still loving all my new followers from Living in Yellow! 
We are gearing up for a HUGE giveaway over at Erin's blog next week! Can't wait! I'm trying to drum up what fun things I am going to give away! Any suggestions??

OH WAIT... 
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Go enter this awesome give-away my girl Melanie is having ... Who doesn't want a credit to an awesome Etsy store that has super cute jewelry?? Plus her blog is adorable and you should be following her anyway :) 
XO, 
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