Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Way Back Wednesday

The Biltmore Estate
Asheville, North Carolina
February 2006
(14 months)

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Tuesday TRUEism

What a SwEEt pair!
This couple recently made the national news with their story.

Herbert and Zelmyra Fisher.
Married 85 years…to be 86 on May 13, 2010.

What is the secret to a long & beautiful marriage?

“No secrets,” she says.
“There isn’t any secret. It was only God that kept us together.”

Monday, March 29, 2010

Menu Monday...a recipe for gettin' messy

3 Moms Chatting & Drinking Coffee


2 Spunky Little Girls on the Back Porch



EVERYONE had a fun time at coffee

this morning, especially these

2 parteners in crime!

We love you Callie Girl :)

Friday, March 26, 2010

F U letter N

letter F R letter I IMG_5575_2 Graffito A (Boston, MA) metal type letter Y

My sweet friend Jennifer recently started a new blog,

Jennifer knows more about cooking delicious food, baking delectable treats,

herbs, gardening, livestock, organics, tools,

friendship, honesty, loyalty and laughter than anyone I know!

Which makes her blog a pure


to read...

Go visit her, stay a spell, drool over her cinnamon roll recipe

{which I can personally attest to is divine}

and leave her a little note!

All bloggers need your feedback

via comments!

And we all LoVe hearing from new people :)

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Gettin' Springy With It

If you have read this blog for any length of time,
you'll know how much I love a good crafting session.

Now I can hot glue gun, snazzy up, create, and glaze all the live long day,
In my book, crafting and sewing are in two totally different arenas.
I mean like they live on two different planets...Venus vs. Mars!
Both my Mom and MeeMaw can sew like
nobody's business, pattern or not, but somehow or another
I did not inherit that gene. BLAST IT.

Figuring out the pattern pieces, laying them correctly onto the material,
cutting on the right size line, translating the pattern LINGO
into layman's English...
UGH, it makes me fidgety just thinking about it!


I, Becky Alaniz, being of sound mind and good humor
completed my first official sewing project!!!!
Don't laugh, this is for REAL :)



And did it ever turn out cute!
{yes i just said that about my own project &
please do not look at the seam stitching ever so closely}
With {much} guidance from my sweet,
wonderful, patient, all knowing seamstress friend,
I actually made an adorable spring frock
for Gracyn.

I found a shop on ETSY that sells little dress packages
where all the pieces are pre-cut, numbered, and ready to simply just sew together.

It even included the pre-cut elastic & little bow!
The seller sends detailed instructions WITH pictures which is also helpful.

What a perfect starter project for a novice!

It cut out all the NOT FUN stuff and just left you to do the actual sewing!

And do you want to know what
the most satisfying part of this sewing project was?

When Gracie tried it on for the first time, she got this gigantic smile on her face, twirled around three times and said,
" Mommy, I pweddy!"

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Spring Break

So this was Cade's To-Do list for his Spring Break...

We had a super time in Dallas over Spring Break
checking things off our "to-do" list.

And no where on there do I see

Give Mom some concentrated time on the computer,

which is why this Spring Break post is coming late!

Oh well, it was a fun week!!!

Here's a little peak...

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Way Back Wednesday

March 2009
She is still rockin' the chubby cheeks, one year later!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Tuesday TRUEism

photo credit

“The beauty of the house is order.

The blessing of the house is contentment.

The glory of the house is hospitality.

The crown of the house is Godliness.”

Author Unknown

I have never read a better definition of what home really means.
These beautiful words would look ever so lovely painted
on one of my walls
or hand painted into a hanging plaque.
I fell head over heals in love with this quote
after reading it for the first time.
It embodies exactly the way I want my home to
feel to my family as well as my friends.
What a remarkable reminder to read, of what home means
each & everyday!
I'm scrawled this quote onto a sticky note to hang on my mirror....
there it will stay,
until the day that I will hang it in a future home!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Easter Decorating on a Budget of ZILCH

Okay girlies,
Easter season is upon us!

Remember this guy?

Well check him out now!

~ Bada-Bing ~


My little branches are all dressed up for Easter baby!

All you need to do is take out your shredded paper and replace it with moss, remove the hearts in place of your happy little eggs, switch out your bow and

Your Easter center piece is ready for oogling by the masses,
especially your kid folk, who enjoy asking...
1) Are those eggs real?
2) {in response to answered question numero uno}
Do they have candy inside?
3) Mommy, can we put some candy inside?

And I know someone is bound to ask, but the answer is


my sweet little candy-eyed chocolate bunny is a decoy, a fake, a fraud...

but a good impostor, no?

I purchased him about 3 years ago at a quaint little decor shop in Salado, Texas.

If I was brave enough to stick a real one up, he'd either be

a) dog bait

b) kid fodder


c) mom's stress snack by sundown

Hoppy Easter Decorating
Sweet Friends

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Tuesday TRUEism

what would our homes, towns, cities, states,
nations look like if our lives embodied these words...
start with me.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Happy Birthday Sista'

After celebrating the birth of the NeWeSt addition to our family,

we celebrated the 31st birthday of another!

Since Amanda had yet to be discharged from the hospital on

her birthday, we decided to take the party to her...

With cake, gifts, and 2 ecstatic cousins in tow

we brought some birthday cheer to room #117!

It will definitely be a birthday to remember...

PaRtY PaTrOl
give this hospital


2 THUMBS UP !!!!!