Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Merry Christmas to All!!!

Monday, December 22, 2008

One Early Christmas Present!

So my two brother in laws Ben and Nate, went in together to get me BROWNS tickets for Christmas! Its great to get early Christmas presents! It was really, really cold but the seats couldn't have been better unless they got me on the actual field. We sat in the Dog Pound where there was a lot of drinkin and yelling! Ha! They said the temp was at 9 degrees without the wind chill, and let me tell you that wind was strong, so it had to be in the negatives out there. You can see in the photos it was too cold for a lot of fans towards the end of the game, but we made it till the end. I had Kate all dressed up in my hunting gear, and I was wearing my snowboarding gear to stay warm. I took some photos with my phone so they aren't the best of quality but you can see how close we were. Thanks for the tickets guys! It was a BLAST!!!
Bundled up and ready to go Hunting, wait! I mean to the Browns game.

One jump away from playing Quarterback myself!It's cold baby!

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Photo Shoot

Audrey, girl you did it again! We had another photo shoot with my sister-in-law Audrey over Thanksgiving and she blew it out of the park!! This girl is A-mazing! She was trying to capture a new family photo for our Christmas card, and some good shots of Jayla. Well she rocked it all and then some! She even had this crazy idea of taking a few shots with just Jayla and her DAD aka ME!, with Jayla being NAKED and me with my shirt off! WHAT! If you remember a few posts back i mentioned we fried everything for Thanksgiving, yeah this was the day after. So I was in my top physical form! HA! I was a little sceptical at first about these shots, then I had some of these amazing tequila Christmas cookies then I was all for it! Ha!
So, if you have any sense at all you know that baby stuff can come out of baby at any given moment! I was praying that wouldn't happen and lucky for me (and everyone else) it didn't. Audrey got some really great shots and I posted a few below.
Check out her website at and you can see Katie, and Braily on there also. So call or email her up and book her NOW!
You'll have to wait till Christmas to see our Family Photo. I'll post it soon!

P.S. If you want a poster size picture to hang in you house, let me know I can hook you up!!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Tequila Christmas Cookies

I know you all will be looking for recipes for cookies this Christmas season.
Give this one a try.......
Tequila Christmas Cookies
1 cup of water
1 tsp baking soda
1 cup of sugar
1 tsp salt
1 cup of brown sugar
1 tbsp lemon juice
4 large eggs
1 cup of nuts
2 cups of dried fruit
1 bottle of Tequila
Sample the Tequila in a large glass to check quality
Take a large bowl, and check the Tequila again, to be sure it is ofthe Highest quality. Pour one level cup and drink.
Turn on the electric mixer, Beat one cup of butter in a large fluffybowl.
Add one teaspoon of sugar. Beat again.
At this point, it's best to make sure the tequila is still ok, so try another cup.
Turn off the mixerer thingy.Break 2 leggs and add to the bowl and chuck in the cup of dried fruit.
Pick the frigging fruit and damm cup off the floor.
Mix on the turner.
If the fried druit gets stuck in the beaterers,just pry it loose with a drewscriver.
Sample the tequila to check for tonsisticity.
Next, sift two cups of salt, or something.
Check the Tequila.
Now shift the lemon juice and strain your nuts.
Add one table.Add a spoon of sugar, or somefink. Whatever you can find.
Greash the oven.Turn the cake tin 360 degrees and try not to fall over.
Don't forget to beat off the turner.
Put the bowl through the window, finish off the booze and make sure toput the dirty stove in the dishwasher.

Friday, December 12, 2008


WOW! I never thought I would be in one of those Christmas pictures where the kid looks miserable, and is crying. Guess what? I did it! We took the whole family to see Santa last weekend and everyone was in a great mood. It was snowing outside and the Christmas music was playing inside the store, there were kids running all over the place, yep it's Christmas time. So, we waited only about 5 minutes in line then it was our turn. We all walked up and just had the plan to stick Braily up on Santa's lap and take a photo. Ha! She wanted nothing to do with this old, fat man with glasses. I tried to tell Braily that he looks just like Grandpa in a red outfit. Just kidding! So since Braily wasn't about to sit there by herself, we all joined in the picture and took a quick shot.

Braily still looks miserable, it makes me laugh every time I see this.


From: The Collards

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Wednesday, December 10, 2008


So my sister in law Audrey tagged us to share 7 random things about ourselves, since I have been doing all the post so far on our blog, what a perfect opportunity to have Kate write a little something on here. Besides it gets me out of spilling my guts for all you snoops (Ashley). HA!
So, for the very 1st time introducing the love of my life, the beautiful, the stunning, the you know she's got it goin' on, KATIE!
OK, so I'm not real great at the whole computer thing! i can pretty much check my email and turn the computer on and off (most of the time:-) ) 7 random things about me...
1. i have a slight form of OCD! like, i might put the girls' diapers on 3 times to make sure it is perfectly lined up with Elmo! BUT, my underwear and sock drawer is totally a disaster!! i mean, i don't even know if any of the socks match!
2. i have a look-a-like that lives in Nashville! (she's more of a look-a-like from when i was skinny in college!)
3. my Starbucks order is a grande vanilla latte, with an extra shot of espresso, 2 of those regular, 1 decaf. 1/2 soy milk, 1/2 non-fat! (sorry to be annoying!)
4. i speak Spanish
5. when i'm alone in the car, or just with the girls who are too young to know the difference, i sing so loud to the music that i get a sore throat...seriously.
6. believe it or not, when i first met Derek (way back my sophmore year of college when we were working at outback) i told all my roommates that i had a crush on this guy i worked with, but i didn't know why because he was so grumpy!!! ha haa!! you would never know it reading this blog...geesh!! (i'm a lucky girl!)
7. i secretly love McDonald's "nugs"!!! (don't tell...i'm currently on starvation diet to lose this baby weight!)

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Christmas Time

I took this video from a blog I always read Ragamuffin Soul. It really makes you think? Kate and I are going to try and spend less money on dumb gifts and more on meaningful stuff for everyone.

Monday, December 8, 2008


OK! Thanksgiving was a great weekend, all the family got together and sat around the house all day watching the kids tear up the house! Ha!
Not all of that is true, we did get to do a few other things. We all went for a hike to find and cut down a Christmas tree, we watched some football, oh yeah and we deep fried and ate everything we could get our hands on, no big deal? Yep that's right we deep fried a turkey although its so 2004, it was great fun and it came out perfecto! Here is a list of other things we fried up Pickles,asparagus,snicker bars,Twinkies, & ice cream.
I had a extra long weekend since I took off for deer season to go hunting with my Dad. I got a Doe the first day, but didn't post a picture of her. "Didn't want to freak anyone out" and not sure it would go well with the pictures already posted.
Audrey took some great looking photos of us this weekend that I'll post as soon as shes done editing them.
Out in the woods with Dad looking for a Christmas Tree!

Braily picking out her spot for deer season, I think she might be a little huntress! Can you find her? Oh great, of course you can her mom put a pink hat and gloves on her. Our cover is blown!

Braily and Lexi sitting in their little chairs

Jayla and Ty lounging around the house, man these two are lazy!

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We have been crazy busy the past couple weeks so i though I would post a few pictures. Our friends Tiffany and Shawn had their first baby boy Aiden, and he came over to visit Jayla the other day. Here they are sleeping next to one another. Congrats again guys we know you'll make great parents!

Our friends Erika and Jack came over to see the new addition too. Here is Erika playing with Jayla and little miss pigtails!

Random shot of Jayla, she kinda looks sad in this shot, but she is just starting to smile all the time and even making a few noises besides crying Ha!

Posted by PicasaI'll post some more on our Thanksgiving weekend with family and a little visit to Santa you will not wanna miss. I just bet your on the edge of your seat right now!