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Hello Rovers

It’s been a while… and this is likely to be an all over the place post!

I thought I’d bring you up to speed first on my bruise, I’d hate if any of you were losing sleep wondering if I’ve had my arm amputated or not. This was when it progressed to a nice dark plum color on Saturday…
Thanks for your concern… I’m still milking it and it’s still tender.

And yes, of course, in addition to fake sprains and glasses I made homemade retainers out of paperclips and the part that fits snugly in the pallet was made of either a chewed-up tootsie roll or a caramel.

Last Friday two of my best friends came for a visit with their boys. These are two of the most incredible friends a girl could ask for. Some of my very first friends at Auburn and we can always pick up right where we left off. This was an outtake and I thought it was kinda funny. Eli, Paige sends a sincere apology for the blow to your precious little face.


They are identical twins {Ashley on left and Allyson on right} so it was only natural and fitting that Erika and I be friends with them. We’ve all been in each other’s weddings, I was pregnant in both of theirs. I really just love them and love being in their company. They’re real, they’re honest, and they’re FUN. When they arrived my house was still a mess and my hair was greasy. They said, “Oh D-Bone, you know we don’t care and do you have on eye liner?”  Seriously, real people ask those type questions when they walk in the door. We have so many memories together and so many more to make. Sister, we wished you & Sloaney were here with us!

Our weekend was great, I took very few pictures but I did manage to snap one of the fire that Justin kept going all weekend.


Did I mention that this post will likely be all over the place?

Rover’s been under the weather since Friday. This pretty much sums up how he’s feeling…

And while he’s feeling rotten, he’s not near as bad as he looks… the picture below was taken a few seconds after {and the fact that the teeny tiny tip of his finger is cut off makes my skin crawl… just pretend like I captured it all, ok?} roverarms

Despite feeling rotten he’s been quite helpful with the housekeeping…


Speaking of housekeeping… I’m just a little backlogged on emails. I’m slowly but surely getting through them… thanks for your patience with me. As you know, I have 3 little rovers who take precedence.

This summer I did a few rounds of a Q & A session… I thought it would be a good way to answer some of the questions that I was getting but then it overwhelmed me and I quit after session 2. I’m not convinced I want to take that route again but my little mind is trying to figure out how to answer emails in a blog post form because a lot of the emails ask similar questions!

This will be a start with the latest: Where did you get the jars for the honey butter, Walmart says they’re seasonal?I got mine at Walmart this summer. But most grocery stores carry canning supplies in the tupperware/aluminum foil pan aisle. What kind of sewing machine do you have? Do you like it? My sewing machine is a Kenmore, I love it. I talk more about it and my embroidery machine IN THIS POST. And every time the little orange vacuum shows up I get emails about it too… it’s also a Kenmore and I LOVE LOVE LOVE it too! It’s very inexpensive and does a great job. I’m very partial to canisters, there’s no turning back once you go with a canister! What pant pattern do you use for the kids pants? I’ve always used Jillian by Bonnie Blue for both boys and girls. The girls usually get a ruffle to “fancy” them up a little. How did you paint your kitchen cabinets? Primed with Kilz {oil based} and painted with latex RustScat paint by Coronado in Benjamin Moore’s White Dove. I think we rolled the cabinet doors and brushed but I’ve slept, or actually, haven’t slept since then. Are you going to post the chicken pot pie recipe? Yes, very soon! What lens do you primarily use? That’s an easy one for me to answer… I use them both about the same. The great thing is that every picture I post is a link to it’s FLICKR PHOTO PAGE that looks like this:



At the bottom right side of the page it tells you what camera was used and if you click on the link for “MORE PROPERTIES” it takes you to this page:


This shows you the picture’s properties including the focal length and aperture. So… if it says 50 mm you’re safe to assume it was shot with my 50 mm 1.8 unless I’m using my wide angle and it’s zoomed all the way to 50mm… but that’s fairly unlikely and if it is then the aperture won’t be any lower than 2.8.   Does that make sense?

Do your kids act like this?


Ok, whew, I’m so glad. Mine don’t either and look, she dropped her pink “retainer”.

Also, would it make any of you feel better if I told you the following:

  • We still don’t have a Christmas tree.
  • I haven’t wrapped any Christmas presents yet, because…
  • I haven’t bought any Christmas presents yet, nor…
  • have I made any.
  • Oh… and no Christmas card yet. Not even an “idea” for one.

I need to get busy, Merry Christmas!

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  • Abby W
    December 9, 2009 at 11:47 pm

    Just had to say hey! I was shocked to see no comments yet! Love your blog, but honestly I don’t know how you do it all. You make it all look so easy! I love all your “Rover” pics. I have a 15 month old named Selah who I think looks and acts like the female version of him. They’d probably play great together, or they might just beat eachother up=) Merry Christmas!

  • Kristen
    December 9, 2009 at 11:49 pm

    Yes! I was so excited to see a new post, the week was turning out to be kind of dull without a Darby update 🙂 Love the pictures of JM hard at work with the vacuum!! Oh and I hope the arm makes a full recovery soon!

  • grace
    December 9, 2009 at 11:51 pm

    the highlight of my night was reading your post. you always have the best stories and pics! hope rover feels better, and your battle wound recovers soon:)

  • E @ Oh!Apostrophe
    December 9, 2009 at 11:52 pm

    Just had to say I love Rover’s shoes! (I won’t bug you by asking where they are from- but I bet someone else will!) 🙂

  • Tara McClendon
    December 9, 2009 at 11:54 pm

    Thank goodness you’re back after your short hiatus…I was missing you, D! Don’t do that to a homegirl, k? Did I seriously just say homegirl?! Love you!!

  • Jacci
    December 10, 2009 at 12:04 am

    Darby – I just want you to know that if I wasn’t completely certain you have at least 75 emails to answer already, I’d totally send one. But, I won’t. Mainly because I have nothing earth shattering to say. Just that I really dig your blog 🙂 That sicky picture of JM made me laugh out loud. So funny – but I do hope the poor guy gets well soon.

    And thanks for the tip on the camera info on Flickr. I had no idea. Neat stuff 🙂

    I haven’t done anything for Christmas yet, either. Oh, wait. I have started my Christmas cards, but that’s it! I need to get crankin’, too!

    Jacci in Ohio

  • Brooke G.
    December 10, 2009 at 12:16 am

    Great post – I love randomness… my mind kinda works that way too. I will even demonstrate: Do all Rover’s look the same when they are sick? Yours looks similar to mine these days ;( Poor little dude! At least he is still pulling his weight with the housekeeping!! HA. Love the fire in the fireplace – you are BRAVE. I haven’t worked up the courage to even light a match with my two toddlers around. Our fireplace is currently filled with trucks. Hey, if we aren’t actually using it for fires, we might as well get some extra storage out of it -right???? Good luck with your list of to-dos. I am not that much further ahead… yikes!

  • Heather Stephen
    December 10, 2009 at 12:35 am


    I am so glad you posted. I was actually starting to worry about you (your arm) or the kids! Leave it to a mom to have that train of thought! Poor John Martin- that picture makes me want to cry! He looks so pathetic and miserable. Glad to see the second, more chipper picture!

    THANK YOU SO MUCH for answering the question about the lens preference. My husband and I have been anxious to hear. I think we will just take the plunge and get them both. Then, hopefully, with enough practice our photos will look more like yours. I did say LOTS of practice, didn’t I?!?! lol

    I am not real on top of my Christmas to do list either. We do have the tree up but that is just about it.


  • Jennifer
    December 10, 2009 at 12:44 am

    LOVE this post!!! we had the same fire going all weekend and it was pure wonderful!!!

  • your cool friend Cheryl
    December 10, 2009 at 1:15 am

    You crack me up! OF COURSE I made my fake retainers with a paper clip. My material of choice for the top part, though, was gum wrapped in tin foil. I was so inventive, huh?

    Those little puppy Robeez from Target are oh-so-familiar…both of my boys have had those exact ones!

    Good luck on your Christmas-ing 🙂

  • Stephanie
    December 10, 2009 at 1:30 am

    Darby – your 5 bullet points at the end of this post MADE MY WHOLE WEEK. Seriously. Thank you. It does make me feel better. We have: no tree, not a gift wrapped (a very few bought), cards that have not come back from being printed (but a very disastrous missing addresses of friends list that i have procrastinated on is available to do…) and i have not made a single gift that i had planned on making. oh – and my son’s 2nd birthday and husbands birthday are both in the next few days… not a thing planned. december is beating me up! merry christmas!!

  • Mott Smith
    December 10, 2009 at 1:35 am

    I sure have missed you! Glad to see you back on. I figured you would have everything decorated and would be sitting around making costumes for the church choir and half of the congregation. I feel much better knowing that I am just a ‘wee’ bit ahead of you and I do mean a *wee*! But–no excuses here–my kids are grown and gone! Hope to see you again real soon!

  • eringianni
    December 10, 2009 at 6:19 am

    HI!!! First off, Rover’s striped all in one outfit is cute beyond words. Love that boy! Looks like a little preppy cowboy riding the vacuum cleaner;-) As far as all the holiday planning, or lack thereof, your just human so don’t sweat it. I actually did all my stuff early this year for the first time in my life and I’m feeling very adult! Still no Christmas card though, thinking of going digital this year, not so romantic, but oh so practical especially since it’s already mid-December and I think mailing things is already getting late. Oh well, maybe next year. I’ll email you soon, we had a blast in the States. Sorry to have missed you, but we’ll be back in the Spring. xoxo

  • kendall boggs
    December 10, 2009 at 6:41 am

    Darbs! I’m in the same boat! Did get the tree up with the help of Jordan and Callen. No other decorations. Since I’ve been lazy and didn’t get my advertisement in on time I want to mention that I’m offering 20% off on all of my available art to your friends!
    Thanks Darbs! Have a wonderful day

  • kendall boggs
    December 10, 2009 at 6:44 am

    Oh, blog has more available art just haven’t updated the website. See! I’m behind!!! 🙂

  • duchess
    December 10, 2009 at 7:33 am

    Oh, Darby, I do love your posts – especially the all-in-ones. You make me chuckle. Hope Rover’s feeling better soon & that ugly bruise disappears (good thing you don’t have to go sleeveless at Christmas).
    Now, get busy on those gifts.

  • Jennifer
    December 10, 2009 at 7:41 am

    Oh my goodness…you DID make me feel better! 🙂 lol Is that wrong? hehe I don’t know about you but I feel like Christmas once again big time snuck up on me this year…of course, it happens EVERY YEAR so you’d think that I’d be prepared for it by now…NOPE! Better get ta crackin’…my kiddos are getting very impatient with me. They “wanna be decorated like everyone else is decorated” (they are 4,3 and 1 and already trying to keep up with the Joneses)! Every.single.house.we.pass on the way to and from anywhere…they scream HAPPY CHRISTMAS if it’s decorated. Needless to say, at the end of every road trip, I have to grab for the Tylenol. Oh to be a kid again… 😉 Merry Christmas!

  • Brittaney
    December 10, 2009 at 8:20 am

    Oh that sweet Rover! He can come clean my house anytime!

  • Elaine
    December 10, 2009 at 8:23 am

    You need a personal assistant! Let me know if you find one because I want one too :DI don’t know how you do it all. I love your sweater in your bruise picture, and your kids are always dressed SO SO CUTE!
    I have the same ‘Alien Pod’ vacuum cleaner and have had it for about 5 years and love, love LOVE it!!
    Christmas this year has snuck up on everyone I know. Thank goodness for Etsy which is where I’ve gotten a lot of my gifts.

  • Tracy
    December 10, 2009 at 8:31 am

    Darby I love reading your blog and I appreciate your honesty. Your children are beautiful and I love how you capture their expressions.

    I also like how big your pictures show up so I signed up for a FLickr account and went through all the steps now my question is HOW DO YOU UPLOAD MORE THAN ONE PICTURE TO BLOGGER AT A TIME?? If you or anyone else has time to answer this I would love to know. I asked the forum on the site and they basically said it couldn’t be done 🙁

  • Sherry
    December 10, 2009 at 8:36 am

    Darby, I’ve made 4 batches of your butter in the last 2 days. We can’t stop eating it. Yesterday I came home at 5pm from running an errand and found my son and his 2 teenage friends eating frozen waffles so they could eat the butter. It’s so good. I’m giving it to everyone! Although…mine didn’t turn out nearly as cute as yours.

  • Courtney
    December 10, 2009 at 8:46 am

    i TOTALLY made all the fake stuff…retainers and the like!

    i hate to ask a question…but WHERE is that cute striped outfit on rover from?? is it available somewhere to buy?? i have a 17 month old little boy that would look scrumptious in something like that!

  • Victoria
    December 10, 2009 at 8:53 am

    Great summary, thanks for being so honest, I think anyone Mom with young kids can relate. I just remaind myself before I know it they are all going to be in school and I’ll be missing them like crazy. My oldest started kindergarten this year and other parents would tell me how great it is when they are in school b/c you’ll finally get some time to yourself – well I hate it! (K is all day here) I only get to see him a few hours at night and we have to sqeeze in homework, dinner, bath, etc… So the time with them is more important than decorations, and presents (we surely don’t need any more toys).
    P.S. I can always find jars at my Walmart. I have gotten them at the grocery store but it’s more $$$.

  • Elizabeth
    December 10, 2009 at 9:03 am

    I love random posts, because that is how my brain works…..it goes every direction. You crack me up. We should totally be friends. I’m behind on Christmas and my daughters 2nd birthday, which is next Thursday and nothing is planned. I’ve gotta get busy. My plan next year is to have the tree and decorations up on Thanksgiving weekend since I have that time off work. December is kicking my butt!

  • Courtney
    December 10, 2009 at 9:18 am

    Thanks for sharing. It makes my day to start it off with a little Rover post. I could eat him up!!!!!!!!!!!!! I love your vest in your bruise pic. Where did you get it?

  • Ashley
    December 10, 2009 at 9:43 am

    BA HA HA HA!!! LOVE the retainers… most definitely made my own as well! 🙂 I don’t know how many hours I spent as a kid sitting in front of the mirror looking at myself with them on 🙂 too funny!

  • Jessie P.
    December 10, 2009 at 9:44 am

    i also love your sweater in your bruise picture! and so you’ll know we really want to know; i also will ask where you got it 😉
    thanks for updating! you really inspire and encourage people – even though you may not always realize it! 😉

  • Jessica
    December 10, 2009 at 9:49 am

    That bruise looks painful. Maybe you need a bubble, like bubble boy, so you don’t cause more pain to yourself. I also have not done much Christmas preparation. I have decorated, but i just bought the first gift last nite! yikes! and i have 7 family birthdays around xmas time. i keep reminding myself not to stress over it because it’s not the reason for the season and it will all get done. somehow.

    So i haven’t tasted the hot pepper jelly yet, but as of this morning it still hadn’t set. i’m keeping my fingers crossed. it was supposed to be part of christmas presents but maybe i will just end of keeping it as a glaze. we’ll see.
    as always, i enjoyed the post.

  • Sarah
    December 10, 2009 at 9:57 am

    I got my Christmas cards from Etsy…I emailed a picture and she sent it back within a day…I then emailed the picture to CVS. I printed 65 cards and my grand total was $27.00….I think it was an awesome deal and very cute!!!

  • beth
    December 10, 2009 at 9:59 am

    I love “all over the place posts” because it shows we are real. We have real lives and aren’t just blogging all the time. Life isn’t perfect and that’s the joy of it! Good thing or we would have no need for Jesus!

  • Melissa
    December 10, 2009 at 10:12 am

    Hey girl! Been missing you in Blogland! Love the all over the place posts, because my mind works like that too! If you haven’t already, check out my blog post about Luke’s birthday. I made some cute little cupcake toppers that add a lot of cuteness to plain cupcakes and they were easy to make! You might like to try them! Christmas…I’m in pretty good shape, but my MIL is a florist, so that’s a BIG help with the decorating!

  • michelle@mackandmae
    December 10, 2009 at 10:22 am

    Darby – we have not put up a tree, bought presents, wrapped presents, made or baked anything yet either! I JUST realized how close Christmas is already. My sister’s wedding last saturday was a good excuse, but now we have to get cracking. We did put lights and garlands on the picket fence though 🙂 stay well, michelle

  • alison g. (brazil)
    December 10, 2009 at 10:34 am

    Whew! I was beginning to feel inadequate in my quest for a “perfect” Christmas 😉

  • Julie M.
    December 10, 2009 at 10:41 am

    Your ending to this post was perfect. I don’t know why this year seems busier than ever. I knew you had a Kenmore from the first picture of Rover with it. I have a similar one and lost it! Hope you and Rover feel better soon.

  • Bailey
    December 10, 2009 at 10:47 am

    Oh thank GOODNESS, I was a little afraid I was going to open this post and see a fabulously DIY Christmas spread, although I don’t have 3 adorable rovers as an excuse, it does make me feel a bit better that our home is still woefully un-cheered. P.S. My sweet momma gave me your exact same camera as an early Christmas present, now I just must figure out how to properly use it, thanks for the tips!

  • MC
    December 10, 2009 at 10:54 am

    I love your admissions at the end of this post! We JUST did our card and I was feeling so bitter about it (the picture part is never much fun for anyone). I’m so relieved now that it’s done but can’t help feeling that Christmas cards are so much pressure! 🙂 Am also not doing well on presents and never wrap until Christmas eve. Well, enjoy the season with your beautiful family!

  • Lillian @ Domestic Simplicity
    December 10, 2009 at 10:59 am

    Best of luck getting to all of the Christmas “stuff.” Enjoy your little ones the most – that’s what matters above all else and they don’t know the difference of when it all happens. My mom started doing only New Years cards to send blessings for the new year when she had 4 little ones(or maybe even earlier when she had 2 or 3) and I’ve always thought it was such a great idea – you can get to them in January after all of the excitement dies down and it gives a few extra minutes to write an extra note to loved ones. Plus you can send a cute picture from Christmas that would otherwise be ready for cards before Christmas. Enjoy the season!
    p.s. LOOOOOOVE the “retainer” – my 2 yr old has “glasses” that look amazingly similar(a handle to something?) and I always had “retainers” and “braces” with gum:)

  • Whitney B
    December 10, 2009 at 11:06 am

    Darby…I’m so glad to see that you’re life, as wonderful as it seems at times, is still very crazy and realistic. Thanks for the random post…it made me laugh this morning! Hope you can fit all the Christmas stuff in soon, and enjoy the holidays! p.s. tell Rover i feel his pain, i’ve been sick with a cold for going a week now. I hate sounding like a man. Merry Christmas!

  • Tara
    December 10, 2009 at 11:14 am

    you’ll have a Blue Chirstmas with that arm. My son is begging us to put up Christmas stuff, 🙁 but with renovations we have no time or energy. My kids brought it all out and surprised me with a JULY Christmas Morning this summer. I want to go to that house on the Beach you went to for Christmas…

  • Rachel Ridd
    December 10, 2009 at 11:24 am

    He is just way too cute. Love the shoes! I also want your camera SO SO bad. I have this weird feeling I am getting it for Christmas … but I don’t want to get my hopes up. If I do, then I will be looking at your flickr into for some much needed help.

  • Amy Leigh
    December 10, 2009 at 11:27 am

    This post makes me smile. From start to finish….smiling.

  • Holly
    December 10, 2009 at 11:34 am

    you just made me feel so much better about the christmas card..i got my rebel yesterday!

    so cute..twins friends with twins!

  • Katie
    December 10, 2009 at 12:39 pm

    That little striped romper on Rover is TOO CUTE! Especially with the Robeez. Hope he gets to feeling better soon!

  • Tracy
    December 10, 2009 at 12:40 pm

    To all your peeps looking for the small jars … I found them at my HEB this week. They were in the canning section. HEB is a Texas store, but maybe other grocery stores will understand the importance of making the cinnamon butter and put some on their shelves!

  • Tracy
    December 10, 2009 at 12:43 pm

    Back to tell the other Tracy that you can upload more than one picture to blogger if you go in and edit your settings. It will allow you to update to the new editor … do it. Do it now. It has a lot of cool things on it … like, it will let you post bigger pictures and you can upload more than one and you can click on the picture and put it anywhere on your post … I could go on and on and on … but, I will stop.

  • Joy Cronauer
    December 10, 2009 at 1:39 pm

    You are like free therapy! Thanks for always being real…with perfect strangers like me!

    Merry Christmas!!!!

    P.S. I have a little blondie the same age as Rover. We call him Busy Ben…so we are purposefully waiting to put up the tree and imagine we will only have pretty ornaments on the upper half. =)

  • Brittan
    December 10, 2009 at 1:40 pm

    If your in the South the Piggly Wiggly always has jars, our Walmart has been out forever too- The Pig even had the small ones!
    Love your post Darby, I am more on the ball this year than most but havnt ordered my Christmas cards either! Next week my dear..
    Also which 2 lenses do you have?

  • Cam
    December 10, 2009 at 2:39 pm

    I’m so glad to see a new post! I always look forward to them. Thanks so much for the flickr tip – that is so helpful to know which lens you used. Good luck getting ready for Christmas!

  • Ashley Williams
    December 10, 2009 at 2:44 pm

    love you, d! 🙂 i think you’re cool too!!!

  • Jessica
    December 10, 2009 at 2:51 pm

    that last picture of Raiger with your comment about her retainer, that had me cracking up out loud!

  • Sarah
    December 10, 2009 at 3:23 pm

    wow, that bruise is a lasting one. your little man’s jumpsuit is too cute. I have two boys and adore dressing them. right now they’re are in matching outfits. 😉
    good luck on getting a tree, shopping, crafting, etc. we celebrate christmas with my husbands family this saturday and I’ve yet to make my nieces dresses.

  • Terri
    December 10, 2009 at 3:29 pm

    I can sympathize with poor little Rover. Although my mom wasn’t around to take a cute picture of me in the midst of my misery. I hope he’s feeling better!

  • Jan
    December 10, 2009 at 4:00 pm

    thank you for answering your lens question. when i get a chance, i’m going to sit down and go through your photos so that i can try to learn about exposure and aperture numbers…having a hard time figuring out how to connect the two. seeing multiple images and their properties is going to help a ton. i have the cutest little girl to photograph now and since she’s growing up WAY too fast already, i need to get this whole photography thing down quickly. thank you!

  • Shannon
    December 10, 2009 at 4:39 pm

    Dying to know where Rover’s blue and white outfit came from. I have a little boy on the way who NEEDS that 🙂

  • Melise
    December 10, 2009 at 4:44 pm

    Ok, you’re going to kill me!….what is your vacuum if you love it? Mine bit the dust and I’m borrowing my sisters until I can find one I love. Only answer this when (IF) you have time Ok? I know how much you must have to answer!

    PS- No way! Flickr tells you that info!? That’s awesome! thanks for the tip

  • Becky
    December 10, 2009 at 5:00 pm

    I’ll bet it boggles your mind that there are so many of us out here who wait with bated breath for your next post and then are so pleased to even read your random thoughts and musings! I especially love to see how your kids are dressed – they always look so impeccable! Where did you get that adorable striped outfit for JM? He’s such a cutie!
    I think you need to get a massage for that bruise…come to think of it, a pedicure might help, too.

  • Laura Beth
    December 10, 2009 at 5:09 pm

    Oh. Wow. Your bullet list at the end makes me feel SOOOO much better. Just last night I said to my husband, I have so much to do that I can’t do anything at all. He looked at me and said, “huh?” I have a feeling you might know how I feel . . .

    And I love Rover’s romper – makes me sad my boy is too big for those now!

  • lauren
    December 10, 2009 at 5:12 pm

    yes i do feel better knowing all that! i was just feeling guilty today for not having a christmas tree and i havnt wrapped a single present yet. i don’t feel guilty anymore lol!

  • Melise
    December 10, 2009 at 5:12 pm

    Oh! Ignore my ignorant comment entirely! Of course you already answered my question in the post. You’re the best Darby! 🙂

  • Tess
    December 10, 2009 at 6:26 pm

    I’m loving all things stripes at the moment and really loved your vest (Where’d ya get it?) and JM’s adorable onesie!

  • No. 17 Cherry Tree Lane
    December 10, 2009 at 6:29 pm

    I just found your blog and love the pictures. They are so colorful and alive.
    All my love,

  • mommasissy
    December 10, 2009 at 7:30 pm

    Hi. I can’t find where to email you on your blog so I’ll just leave a comment. What kind of camera do you have? Do you like it? What kind of lenses do you have? What kind of sewing machine do you have? What kind of embroidery machine do you have? What kind of pants are those? How is your bruise doing? Those girls look like twins!!
    Have a great night!

  • Whitney Adams
    December 10, 2009 at 8:50 pm

    Hey Darby! I’m so excited to learn how to see which lens and settings you used for various pictures. I’m getting a Rebel for Christmas and I can’t wait to start “playing” but I think it will be helpful to see how you capture such great moments. I have a lot to learn! Thanks for sharing!

  • andi
    December 10, 2009 at 10:17 pm

    YEp. I did the paper clip retainers too. BTW-have you seen my bruise??? I am just sayin’-
    You have to help me with my camera. I am simply not getting the same quality of pictures as you and that simply won’t do. :))))
    Don’t worry about anything on your to do list-you have your stockings hung my dear and outside lights!!!!
    I dare you to not do cards this year-I double dog dare you, but if you simply can’t stand the thought of it, I have full confidence that you will do something terribly wonderful that will make us all smile and wish we had it as together as you.

  • Becky
    December 10, 2009 at 10:58 pm

    woman!! we would be a sad lot if we lived next door to each other. i have a tree, but it is sad b/c it also has nothing wrapped under it…b/c i haven’t bought anything…or made anything. i never managed to get around to those tutus the other day. i gotta get on it. my first family get together is next weekend!!!! scary!! and i totally used to do the retainer and fake sprain thing. what was wrong with us? (oh, and i just got my cards today. they are not addressed or sent out…nor do i have stamps lol!)

  • amy norris
    December 10, 2009 at 11:16 pm

    OH MY GOSH……….i had forgotten about the paperclip retainers!

  • Jamie
    December 10, 2009 at 11:23 pm

    Just want to thank you for your blog – I just finished taking a blog writing course, and had to find blogs that I loved… well, I found you on my search – and also life in grace- someday, when I grow up I want to be like you! Your’e great even if you don’t have a tree or presents – cuz I am sure you will get there!! God bless!

  • amy norris
    December 10, 2009 at 11:23 pm

    okay, oops….so i posted a comment before i was done reading, whatever. but i HAD to include this part because i was sipping on some eggnog while reading and got to this part:
    “Ok, whew, I’m so glad. Mine don’t either and look, she dropped her pink “retainer”.”
    and it caught me by suprise and i started to laugh so hard that i snorted my eggnog all over the computer screen and keyboard. now i have the giggles and cannot stop. i am waiting for the husband to come in here and ask if i have lost my mind. well, duh….doesn’t that happen with childbirth?

    seriously, thanks for the laugh!

  • LeAnn
    December 10, 2009 at 11:32 pm

    hi darby! love your blog! do you read all these comments?? bless your heart- i can’t imagine you would have time. i feel a little bad leaving a comment- hate to take up your time by leaving something to read left by someone you don’t know who incessantly stalks your blog (and your sis’s blog). anyway- yes, it does make me feel better that you are a little behind on christmas “stuff” too. thanks for always being so transparent! loved your blog post about that a few weeks ago. hope you have a great christmas with your sweet family! and- war eagle (regardless of our unsuccessful season, i am still warring eagle 🙂 i went to AU too and saw you and erika did as well! i live in birmingham, alabama…. sorry to leave a long comment… i will be more brief next time 🙂

  • Elizabeth
    December 11, 2009 at 12:04 am

    Darby, LOVE your blog…we have mutual friends. 🙂 A weird question…but, what kind of vacuum cleaner is that in your pictures that you use?? I am in the “market” for a new one and deciding between and upright Dyson and that “style”. Do you like and recommend it?

    Merry Christmas!

  • Jeni
    December 11, 2009 at 11:52 am

    I just found your blog last week and I love it!!! I even got ambition and made your honey cinnimon butter, or is it cinnimon honey butter?!? LOVE it and yes, you were right, I ended up eating FOUR biscuits this morning and after 3 kids carbs are no longer my friend. I plan on giving them as teachers gifts with cute Christmas spreaders. I did have to use 8oz. jars because that’s all I could find, but they are the short wide ones so it looks cute!

  • Ashley
    December 11, 2009 at 2:20 pm

    AHH! The things that have not been checked off your to do list are like a breath of fresh air! HA!:)

  • Christina
    December 11, 2009 at 4:25 pm

    I like posts like this! First, I hope Rover feels better. My son had the same sickly look this week & the same cute shoes. Thank you for sharing about your lenses. I was wondering which one you used as well. My xsi just arrived yesterday and I’m learning but so far I LOVE it! Oh and I made the cinnamon honey butter…it was a hit! Good luck with your to do list. I’m working on mine too.

  • Jaime Harder Caldwell
    December 11, 2009 at 5:48 pm

    Love that I’m not the only one being run over my a fast-coming Christmas train! I’m so behind! And I don’t even have kids!

  • Anna
    December 11, 2009 at 9:19 pm

    Erika’s comment made me laugh- I’m surprised no one has asked what kind of toothpaste you use…or maybe they have!! Hope yall have a Merry Christmas- those kiddos are precious!

  • ashley
    December 12, 2009 at 7:41 am

    i know everyone has asked you about everything in all your pics, but i was wondering if you made your bulletin board with all the kids drawings on them? if so, i’d love to know how!

  • emma
    December 12, 2009 at 6:33 pm

    That picture of Rover so intently vacuuming is SO PRECIOUS

  • Talysa
    December 13, 2009 at 6:26 pm

    I found my cute little Mason Jars at Kroger….which is a grocery store chain here in TN.

  • Amy
    December 19, 2009 at 3:16 am

    I just made your Honey butter recipe which I found through Heather Bullard…

    anyway, had the hardest time finding the jars…finally found them at OSH, at all places! Yes, Walmart here in Stockton, CA says they are seasonal and apparently, this is not the season! 🙂

  • Amy
    December 19, 2009 at 3:17 am

    oh yes, how could I forget to say that I LOVE the recipe!! THANK YOU! 🙂