Saturday, January 1, 2011


Hello, HAPPY HOME AND HEART friends. HAPPY 2011!!!! Boy it has been a long time since I have written.  We have been busy but I have also been trying to keep things relaxing in our home.  My college babies are home so there is a lot more action here.  Friends, girl friend, boy friend in and out.  A lot more food needing to be made with my college boy home.  I just can not keep up with his tummy or his time schedule.  But I am giving it a try.  And to help me with that you will never guess what my dear, sweet, hubby surprised me with this Christmas.  Now, I do remember posting we never buy each other gifts, it just is not in the budget and we would rather spend it on the cheenas (as my husbands grandma would say.)  But he must have been saving some of his refereeing money to buy this for me.  I have wanted it for so, so long.  And here it is.

I know, I know some women would find that just appalling. They would rather have diamonds or something.  But it is just what I wanted. I love, love, love it. I try to think of things I can make just to use it.  I am going to gain more weight for sure if I keep this up.  I am going to have to start walking my dog Ruben more.  See my pretty apron in the back ground that was given to me by my blogger friend Daniele?   I love to wear it.

Before Christmas I entered a giveaway at a blog I love to visit. It is Grandma Becky.  She has beautiful pictures on her blog of places I will probably not see.  Well, I won a calendar with beautiful pictures in it and a beautiful pashmina shawl.  I wore it the other night when my husband took me out for dinner. I really do not like pictures of my self but here is one since I told her I would put one on.  Ugh!!!!

I have also decided to start off my year by participating in Good Morning Girls.  You can click on the link to find out more about it but I am so excited to be participating.  I think it will just be wonderful to have some one help keep me on track and make new friends.  I will let you know how it goes.

I am not really going to make any new years resolutions this year.  I think I am just going to keep trying to be a Proverbs 31 women.  And keep guiding my girls to be the same.  As well as my son to grow and be the best man/husband/daddy he can be some day. 

Standing on the rock
Clinging to his grace



  1. You look nice in the shawl that you won from my website! Hope you enjoyed your evening with your hubby! Love your new fun! Thanks for commenting on my blog. That was very nice of you! Hugs!

  2. Happy New Year Crystal! Enjoy that Kitchenaid mixer! They are awesome. There's so much you can do with them. And, I hope you have fun with your kiddos while they are home.

  3. I. Covet. Thy. Kitchen Aid. Mixer.

    :) Have a happy new year!
    (ps- you look cute in your new garment)

  4. Love, love it!! I know exactly how you feel Crystal! My husband bought me my Kitchen Aid mixer about 5 years ago and it was my favorite gift ever. It's ok to want and appreciate certain appliances for Christmas! :)

  5. Happy New Year my friend. I also took time off during the holidays to enjoy my family.

    I am with you.. I never like my pictures but I think you look so cute. We are our worst critics sometimes...LOL.

    I am right there with you too on the mixer.. if it is what you want and he new it then kudos to your hubby... how fun.

    I have thought about joining Good Morning Girls many times but then I always think that I might be adding more to my plate. Let me know how it goes.

    Anne @

  6. HAPPY NEW YEAR! Enjoy your kitchen aid. I LOVE mine

  7. One of my favorite gifts ever was a Kitchen Aid Food Processor. I hope you love your MIxer!