Black friday

is always a marathon shopping event for me and my family. We all pile into the car early in the morning and drive to Charlotte, NC to visit Concord Mills Mall. This year Jason went with me and met up with his brother Stephen (who still lives in the outer banks of NC). We don't get to see him a lot throughout the year so this was nice. We also had lunch with Jason's Grandmother who lives in Concord and this Uncle Mike and his wife and 4 kids.

Down the Mall We Go

The Rohrer Boys

Lunch @ Quaker Steak

Mike Rohrer, Grandma Rohrer and Jason Rohrer

The Twitty Women

Jason new girlfreind: Emma (my cousin's 2 year old daughter, gorgeous!)

After a long 10 hour shopping expereince where I took over 300 photos and got LOTS of inspiration, but no actual shopping done, we finally got home. Went to bed at 8PM. I think that explains the day in a nutshell.

My New BFF :: Emma

We were both pooped but no one would carry me.

Tonight after another day of shopping the whole family will be hitting the Riverbanks Zoo for the Lights Before Christmas.


I'm thankful for this silly man in my life.
I'm thankful for my four legged children, my parents, my grandparents, my friends who I never get to see and the ones that are always around. I'm thankful for my car, my house, my clothes, my computer, the Internet, cameras, food, sharpies, cupcakes, Wild Wing Cafe, Starbucks, pedicures, debit cards, my job, flip flops, pools, rain, pansies and tulips, duvets, Sunday mornings, pillow talk, 409, aunts, uncles and cousins, rainbows, stickers, canvas, paint, and much much much much ( moocho much) more things that have blessed my life.

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Cupcake Making 101

1. you will need cake mix. :: check ::
2. you will need eggs :: to store....check ::
3. you will need vegetable oil :: crap! ::

maybe sometime today i will get around to making these cupcakes i want to make so much. i keep forgetting ingredients! i have everything i need for decorating the cupcakes, just not for baking them.

Paper: Scenic Route, KI Memories, Basicgrey, Foofala and Making Memories
Letters: Heidi Swapp and American Crafts
Stickers: Scenic Route, Heidi Swapp and Who's There Inc.
Rub-ons: Rubons
Pens: Sharpie and Zig Memory
Unknown: Chipboard and cork stickers

Paper: Scenic Route, BasicGrey and Bazzill Basics
Thought Sticker: Stickopotamus
Paper Frill: Doodlebug Design
Clip: Making Memories
Ticket: Indiana Ticket
Chipboard: Maya Rd
Pen: Zig Memory
Rub-ons: Urban Lily
Sticker: Lil Davis
Letters: Heidi Swapp

I know, I know. I need to get my digital camera fixed. soon.

Audubon Zoo Jungle Gym

Audubon Zoo Jungle Gym NOLA, originally uploaded by studio chaos.

Despite his beaver teeth expression, I ♥ this photo. Fun, great angle, texture and the best of all, my man. Love it.

Daily Catch-Up

November 8th thru the 19th Dailies

Ok, so how long is it supposed to take you to get back into your normal groove after you've been gone a week? Too long for me, I missed getting on the lists for the handmade ornaments swap. There are a couple of these going on this year. You can find info on a couple here or here. Also, you can make the pledge to make and buy handmade this year here.

On the other hand, I am in the whirlwind process of cleaning my house so it shines before I have company over the Thanksgiving holiday. It's amazing the clothes that two people can accumulate over the year and I loathe to put clothes away. I am in the process of weeding out the unused clothes which I will be donating to the Goodwill down the street.