Thanksgiving at the Roost Part 1

 We had a wonderful Thanksgiving celebration, starting with skeet shooting and a quail hunt. Our cousins from California, the Grutzmachers came into town to spend the holiday with us. I think hunting birds on Thanksgiving was a first for them, but they all caught on very quickly. The Millers, Cooks, and Russells also headed north from Mobile, so all of my dad's side of the fam was in attendance. We all decked out in our hunting gear, loaded up on mules (the man-made kind), and away we went...all 28 of us.

Fair swinging with her overall, boots and bow of course

warming up with a skeet shoot

Dick and Dad
newly engaged Gary and Annie (we can't wait for the wedding in August in San Fran!!)

Lacey and Doug, sharp shooters
Robert and Annie (who picked up on it VERY quickly)
even Jana "killed" a few
on the wagon, even though I did manage to shoot some too (Baby O didnt seem to mind)
the huntmaster laying down the law (aka don't shoot the dogs, or at people, you know important stuff)

looking for birds
cousin shot, minus Jana, Fair and Ann Marie
Gary, Annie, and Doug
Winston, Mary Russell, Shannon, and Robert

Part 2 coming soon!


Baby O Showered with Blessings

This past weekend family and friends came together to celebrate Baby Osborn. To say it was special and wonderful would be an understatement. I feel very humbled and thankful. For all of you moms out there, you totally understand...it is such an incredible feeling knowing that your loved ones are there to support and celebrate this new life that is forming inside of you. Everything was perfect. Here is a glimpse:

sweet sisters and mom

delicious spread, right up my alley! every kind of cheese imaginable+the fixings

30 week "bump"

the wonderful Remmert women

CARM and CARM's mommies (basically all my second moms)

yes, a GIGANTIC stork!

sweet Blair, who will be on speed dial for mommy tips
with the fabulous hostesses!!!
blessing ring, so neat! James and I read it that night out loud to baby O and it was so powerful, thank you all for you prayers and words of life over him! of course I balled...

sweet attendees

hand sewn gown coat made by Mrs. Rita Boyd (Spoiled Rotten for those of you in or near Mobile), unbelievably beautiful! (If you can't tell by my face)
Given by: GG, Aunt Ann, Shannon and Mary Russell

James's favorite! Given by his Aunt Teresa

my wonderful SIL, Betsy, who turned 25!!!

Mags, who opened her home for the shower
my grandmother Mydot giving me HER maternity swimsuit used in her FIVE pregnancies

That night after unloading everything, James and I sat in the nursery in awe. He immediately starting putting everything together that needed it. (the engineer in him) He walked around in the Baby Bjorn for like 20 minutes. I just sat and cried. I think several things hit me: 1. how blessed we are with such sweet supportive family and friends 2. how thankful I am for this baby God has given us 3. how much crap sorry mom, crud this baby requires


Tis the season

Well, not really, but....One good wonderful thing about retail America already gearing up for Christmas is the return of two of my favorite holiday treats.

Hershey's Candy Cane Kisses, I dare you to try to eat just one! (ask my friend Maggie)
Chick fil a, Peppermint Choc Chip Shake

If you have never tried either of these, just trust me GO NOW, or maybe don't if you don't want to add to the holiday sugar excess. As for me, Baby O already let me know he approves.


My size please...

I want her whole outfit! Isn't she the cutest thing ever?! She had been to a birthday party and had her face painted. Quite the model...
Boots-Gap Kids


Fun Websites

I have been browsing the world wide web lately looking for things we might need want for Baby O.  I am amazed at all of the great websites dedicated to all things baby and maternity. Some I just like to look at, knowing the price point is not really in the budget, others you can actually get some great deals. Here are a few I have enjoyed finding (or hearing about from other moms):

http://strollertraffic.com/ Love this one bc gives tips, other sites, and advice on products, clothes etc.

 http://magnificentbaby.com/default.aspx?id=1 Outfits with no snaps, only magnets...brilliant

http://www.magpielovely.com/  If Baby O was a she, I would so be purchasing some of these handmade beauties, but it is still fun to look...

https://www.zulily.com/ Great discounts posted daily, you do have to join, but it is free

http://www.tadashop.com/ fun hodgepodge of different clothing brands, I especially love Bella Bliss...also love this "farm jumper" from Sweet William

http://tinysprouts.com/ purchased an outfit for a friend from here, and it turned out really sweet

 http://angeldear.net/  Precious lovies, blankets, pillows, and outfits

http://projectnursery.com/  Fun nursery ideas, along with children's rooms and birthday parties for when they are older

Happy Browsing! Please feel free to pass along anymore I would love...