Wednesday, November 30, 2011

I need a favor......pretty please?

So, in case I haven't mentioned it yet. Hudson is now in the double digits!!! yup...10 whole months old. He actually turned 10 months old on Thanksgiving. I'm just a little behind and need to do his 10 month photo shoot & 10 month post. I promise Ill get that done by the end of this week!

Ok, on to that favor I need from you, and if you could pass it along to others to vote as well that would be awesome & I would love you forever. My Aunts sister-in-law was diagnosed with breast cancer within 6 months of her sister passing away from breast cancer. Right now she is doing chemo, and doing well. Were all hoping for the best. Her husband has entered a contest with OC TANNER jewelery to win her a diamond ring. She is currently in 2nd place and needs all the votes she can get!! Its only open for voting for a couple more days and its soooo easy to vote. Click the link below and it will take you to OCTANNER's facebook page. All you have to do is click to like their fb page & then right there should be the top four finalists and you just have to click like under her story (Karen & Danny). Its super easy and would mean so much to me!!

click here to vote for karen & danny!!!

& in other news...I wanted to share a few more of our family pictures!! through the window photography did an amazing job. We still don't have the full finished CD, but Bethany is one of my best friends so she sent me a few more ;)

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

I am....Tuesday Ten

Today I am linking up with miss mommy for tuesday ten!

I am _____ right now:

I am - Excited for Hudson's very first Christmas
I wonder -If I am doing this mommy thing right, and that Hudson is happy I am his momma
I see - all the joys of life in my son
I want -  desperately to hear back on if the bank excepted our offer!
I pretend - I have everything under control
I worry - way to much, about everything
I cry - at everything. Im a bawl baby
I hope - I can give my son everything he deserves in life
I dream - of all of my families dreams coming true
I feel - so lucky to have the life that I have

Monday, November 28, 2011

I am blank because....

This post has been poppin its head around 'blogland' for a while now & I feel like joining in the fun!

I'm weird because...
I hate any and all condiments [except BBQ sauce]
I am a stickler to expiration dates
I prefer to sleep with sheets over blankets
I hate Styrofoam. Even just typing the word made me cringe
I can't sing, but I put on a show in my car
I have never flipped anyone off, I find it ugly
I spray the shower walls and floor with water before I step in, to check for spiders
If I could I would live off of mac&cheese

I'm a bad friend because...
After becoming a mom & working I don't have much time to go out
I sometimes forget to text or call back
I never ever check my voice mails

I'm a good friend because...
I always have time to listen to a friend in need
I cherish all my friends, they are my family
I love to be silly & have a good time
My friends kids are my nieces and nephews, and I love to spoil them
I rarely every break plans to go out!

I'm sad because...
Me and the Hubs both are working 2 jobs right now
We haven't heard back on our house we put an offer in
I tend to dwell on the small things that get me down
There a few friends that I know longer keep in contact with, and badly wish we still did
Hudson will be 1 in just under 2 months, he is growing way to fast

I'm happy because...
I have a happy healthy loving family
I only have to work part time, so I at least get mornings with my little man
That me and the hubs are in a position to try to buy our first home
That Hudson at least loves to snuggle with me when he is going to bed
That Hudson now blows kisses. Cutest thing in the world

I'm excited for...
Holiday season, and celebrating all of Hudson's firsts
Making our first family Christmas card
Seeing all my family at holiday parties
Tanners grandmas shrimp night! yum
Putting up our tree with all of our new decorations

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Christmas pics sneak peak!

Got a sneak peak of our family pictures back!

Cant wait to share the rest!


Its that time of year again, or should I say the best time of year?

Im so excited for the Christmas season. This will be our very first Christmas as a family of 3 and im beyond excited for all of the new traditions we get to start. Im a sucker for holidays and want to make sure my child[ren] remember them for a lifetime just like my mom did for me. It is definitely the small things you cherish as you grow up.

Now, Hudson is only 10 months old so a few of these he is a little small for and won't really get whats going on, but that's ok! Here are some of my favorite holiday traditions, and a few new ones I plan to start.

-putting up the Christmas tree the weekend after Thanksgiving. We did this every year growing up, I loved having our tree up all of December. Were a little slow this year, but the Hubs has every night off this week [yay!!] so it will get put up soon.

-Every Christmas Eve, the elve's would essentially 'door bell ditch' our house and drop off our Christmas Jammies. It was them saying Santa was getting close so you had to go to bed. It worked like a charm and we went right to sleep.

-Speaking of elves, the "elf on the shelf" is one I can not wait to start. My little sister got the Elf, and its such a magical tradition.
-I saw this idea on pinterest. You take a hand print of your baby on their very first Christmas. We will be doing this, however in red or green so it matches our tree ;]
-Another fabulous pinterest idea is wrapping up 25 Christmas books, then each day to count down you open one and read it. Hudson is definitely to little for this one, but I'm going to start collecting books for the next year or two so I can be sure to have enough.

-Making cookies! Oh I just love fresh baked Christmas cookies.

-wrapping kids in lights. Adorable. We actually did this Saturday when we got our family pictures done. I can't wait to get them back to share.

-Making Christmas presents. My mother and I always make some sort of gift for the neighbors, and some family. We have a few ideas this year, but haven't started yet. We should get on that.

& I am sure there is lots more! But, right now these are the big ones im getting excited for.
What are some of your favorite holiday traditions?

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Saturday, November 26, 2011

Thanksgiving pictures

As promised, some pictures from Thanksgiving!

I was really bummed. I got to Thanksgiving dinner ready to take a bazillion pictures, but literally 2 pictures into it my battery died. But I managed to get a few with my phone. I have a super old phone though, with a sucky camera but they will have to do!

 Our little family Thanksgiving 2011. Of course Hudson had to get his cute outfit dirty, but its ok Toy Story shirt was still way cute!
 My sister, Mom, and I
 My mom & dad
 Me and the hubs, stuffed
 My cute cousin Tayshia, with her boyfriend Jerry
 My Aunt Shantel, and uncle Dean with Hudson
 My fave cousin Ty
 Mmmmm stuffing!
love this face :D
 Just bein cheesy at the dinner table
 Hudson and grandma

My grandma in the purple, and uncle next to her!
The only one I didn't manage to get a picture of was my grandpa :/ who was in the other room with the Cowboys game on

Now this video I have been wanting to post for a little while, Its a few weeks old but he is now a walking machine!
(sorry its blurry..again from my phone! I need to upload all of our flip videos...I fail)

Friday, November 25, 2011

And the winner is....

First off, I hope everyone had a fabulous Thanksgiving!

Other then having to work that morning we had a great day. We went to my grandmas for dinner, and just enjoyed being together. (pics to come later) I didn't end up going black Friday shopping....but I guess that's ok. Today I went to see breaking dawn again with my mom, sister and aunt! I love those ladies.

Now, on to the winner of the photography giveaway!! There were 21 comments, so I plugged those into the generator on and the winner is......

Comment # 20!!! shelli and Tyler.
Congratulations shelli!!!! I'm so excited for you. Please email me at, or message me on fb to claim your prize. You have 24 hours to claim or I'll have to pick a new winner.

I wanted to get a print screen of the generator, but I can't figure out How to do that on the I pad :/

Hope everyone has a fabulous weekend!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

So very thankful

It's thanksgiving day in just over an hour!! Where has this year gone? I have super failed at thankful posts, but I'll try to make up for it the next few days. A friend I follow posted this as one of her thankful poets, and it's So true!

I am so very thankful to be able to be a mom. To be able to get pregnant with out having to really try ( honestly it ONLY took one time, I know exactly when I conceived Hudson) My pregnancy had a few scares, including right after I found out I was pregnant I got really sick and they said it was probably a miscarriage. I was devestated. But thankfully that wasn't the case. Also, little Hudson did have to spend some time in the nicu, but he is our strong little guy and is now a very happy healthy ten month old!

I have a couple cousins who have struggled with infertility. They have had miscarriages and spent literally years trying. Some were blessed with being able to get pregnant. And others were blessed through adoption. I don't know if I'll ever understand why people who truly deserve to be parents can struggle, while other unfit parents pop out kids like There is no tomorrow. I just have to trust the lord has a plan for everyone.

I am truly blessed and thankful for the miracle of life, and being able to create life. I love being a momma! I thank god every single day for my son.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Pictures from my Phone

 "Ohhh mom, look what I found!"
 He is a handful at restaurants

 I know this one is blurry..but check out that gummy smile
 && those baby blues
 Such a little stud, standing and drinking juice. He is so grown up
 In his new big boy car seat!
 We had Thanksgiving a little early since my inlaws will be out of town, check out these cute little cousins.

 I think its safe to say I have a cars obsession for Hudson. && its mostly due in part to the old car "doc hudson"
 Making it rain
 I wanted this little back pack so bad {again, because its cars} but Tanner refused

 These guys are best buddies

 and they love to cuddle
 Check out little mans crazy hair!
 Mommy and me! Love him
 Baby kisses are the best
 "mom, wake her up I wanna play"
 Poor thing was so tired after we got him out of the bath, he passed out before he could get dressed.
 Got to love dinner time
This is my little sister..isn't she precious?
"when nothing goes right, go left"
great advice miss jade!

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Breaking Dawn Part 1

 The midnight premier was awesome :D
Although I was crazy to go to the midnight showing...I wasn't that crazy as to dress up!
There is always 'some sort' of dressing up & even though I expect it, it still makes me laugh
There were ladies in wedding dresses, and bloody babies, and lots of feathers in hair! (think, honeymoon scene if your wondering what for)

The movie itself wasn't my favorite of the series, but it's OK. There were a couple super cheesy parts (the wolves talking?! seriously it was like robo wolf) and this movie was really bloody! I couldn't watch the birth scene. Im way to squeamish. But I got over it, and I'm going to see it again with my mom & sister.

I really wish I would have gotten more pictures, but I was enjoying a night out w/o Hudson and didn't even think about it. But we got one in the theater, this is (From left to right) Janessa, Bethany, Tiffany, Me & Jessica. On the other side of Janessa is our Friend Austin he however didn't want any proof he was out at 'girls night' ;)

Have you seen breaking dawn yet? What did you think?

Also, have you entered my giveaway yet for a free photography session??
click here to get all the info

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Photography Giveaway!!

** contest now closed click here to see winner **

So, its the holiday season and i am in a giving mood.
Ok, so me and one of my very best friends are in a giving mood!

This giveaway is for one free sessions with Through The Window Photography
*excluding wedding sessions & families over five*

I first need to let you know that Bethany only photographs in Northern Utah, and Idaho (Idaho falls/rexburg area). So to enter you must live in, or plan to be visiting one of these areas. I promise on my next giveaway, it will be something everyone can enter :D

Bethany is such a great friend and photographer! She does on location photography, so no studio shots She did my engagements and bridals, both turned out amazing. She has done a little of everything. Family, Children, Newborn, Engagements, Bridals, Weddings, Senior Pictures, Single shots, and many more

Those are just a few of my favorites!

So, now to the fun part. How to enter! For each thing you do, leave a comment saying what you did. If you do all 5 things, that is 5 entries *or 6*!  Contest will be open today 11/17/11 to 11/23/11 at midnight. Winner will be announced Friday 11/24/11. 

Ways to enter:

1) Become a follower of this blog (click join this site on the right hand sidebar) & leave a comment, if your already a follower comment saying your already a follower

2) Like Im Simply Momma on facebook, you can click here or there is a link on the right hand side bar. And leave a comment saying you liked the page.

3) click here to view Through the Window Photography. Look around and leave a comment about your favorite session.

4) click here to like Through the Window Photography on Facebook. Leave a comment on her page saying that Im Simply Momma sent you. Then leave a comment here saying you liked her page.

5) and last but not least, facebook and/or blog about this giveaway. Leave a comment here and also a link to your fb/or blog in your comment. (if you fb and blog about the giveaway, leave two comments for a potential of 6 entries)

Good luck everyone!
*The winner will be chosen by*