Anyone still here...

Hello faithful followers! Bet you never thought you would see this name pop up again on your blog roll :) I promise we are all alive and well and the lack of posts have not been because we aren't busy or doing more house projects because we have! Our computer died in January and my husband keeps wanting to wait until the new apple desktop comes out to upgrade... well that was suppose to be last March... doesn't apple know I blog and need a computer ;) 
I am currently blogging on my phone so there won't be any fun pictures in this post but I have become addicted to intagram so feel free to follow me @ourlifewithmiley
I promise it is worth checking out! You will be able to get a glimpse at why I have been so busy. How is that for a teaser! Hope to be back soon! Thank you for hanging in there with me! 



Sorry I have been off line recently. I wanted to stop in and let you all know that yes we are still alive :) Family has been first and foremost on my mind recently and this blog has taken a back seat as a result. I promise it is just for a little while. I thought is was appropriate I pop in today and give you a little update because I am reminded on this day that I have so much to be thankful for this year ....

I have a husband who loves me and Will more then I could have ever imagined.

I have a baby boy who is healthy and growing and turning into a sweet almost 1 year old.

I have family who rally and support us when things are not always easy.

And most of all I am thankful to have a God who loves me and hears my prayers. He sits besides me and carries me through the tough days and for that I am the most thankful.

Well I am off to celebrate Will's first Thanksgiving. This little guy loves to eat so I am pretty sure this is going to be the best day of his life so far ;) I hope all of you dear blog readers have a wonderful Thanksgiving with family and friends and are able to relax {especially you cooks} and enjoy the day!


merry merry merry

Is it sad that this got me excited for Christmas....
{red and green peppers ready for the pasta salad}

Sorry for the lack of posts this week. Will and I spent the week with Nonnie and Granddad in Norfolk and then we made our way to Richmond to visit with Auntie Katrina. Glad I now have the weekend to recover!



In honor of Halloween approaching I thought I would share some appropriate pics I took last week of Will getting ready for the big day in his orange and black hoodie :)

the ghost
 the zombie
I was cracking up to Will's reaction to wearing a hoodie. He has worn them before but apparently now he has an opinion!

 We also carved some pumpkins last weekend and I was pretty excited about Will's. I had this idea last summer when Will first starting getting his teeth that I would carve a pumpkin with as many teeth as Will had at the time to document how many he had on his first Halloween. I was pretty proud of myself for coming up with this :) Will was not so sure about pumpkin guts.
 The "Will" pumpkin. Don't judge my carving skills :)
 Apparently, pumpkin stems are really tasty ;)
 Happy little guy with his pumpkin!
Only 2 more pumpkins to carve!


cousin love and a hayride

 Yesterday my sister in law called me to say that they were on a field trip with her daughter's preschool right down the street from my house. Even though I had a zillion things to do before our busy weekend I could not pass up a chance for a hayride with my little guy so we decided to join them for the morning.

 I love this one of all three looking intently at the hay
 I think these two are going to be best buds one day. Will loves watching Emmett.
 Again, in case you did not know, little boys think hay is cool.

{And here are a few outtakes of Will}

Hey mom! I am on my first hayride!
 You all, look how big I am! {yeah we were trying to get a pic together}
He is one blessed little guy to live near his cousins. I love my niece and nephew so much and it is so neat to see them loving on Will. Cannot wait for cousin sleepovers one day! Thanks Katie for the call! We had a great time!


hints of fall

You know it is fall in my house when a few regulars come out of hiding... 

Turkey platter {maybe an antique... found at the Big Flea} and a scented candle sitting next to a bowl filled with pine cones.
Turkey plates replace our everyday dinnerware for a few months {His Majesty by Johnson Brothers}.
Vintage Plates that if I ever host Thanksgiving dinner I would use but for now they look pretty next to my Ironstone {Harvest Time by Johnson Brothers and these are antiques and cannot go in the dishwasher which is why they just look pretty on the shelves :)}
 Yellow mums sit outside my kitchen door. I usually go for orange or red but this fun pop of color was to hard to resist.
 Gourds and mini pumpkins from the farm stand.

...and a few new fall items have joined our home this week
 New pleated burlap and green wreath I made for above the sink.
 {Green "flowers" are just stripes of pleated fabric I twisted to look like a flower}
 Homemade cinnamon applesauce for Will.
And apple cinnamon bread for the adults :)

I just cannot get enough of this season!


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Will's new favorite post nap activity... pull down as many alphabet flash cards as he can reach. Whatever keeps you entertained and happy little guy :)
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