Saturday, January 26, 2013

Updated OAM shopping

Well it's has been almost a month since I did my shopping and we have had enough food for the month but, I was hoping to have enough for recipes to be doubled and that hasn't happened but once. So next month I am going to need to get just a little bit more. But in all I would call it a success!! Thanks to Pinterest!

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Once a month shopping

Well after about 2 weeks of planning (and banging my head againist the wall) I came up with a shopping list and meals for one whole month of food for the family. I am feeding a growing family of 6 very picky eaters. So it was not an easy task but I was up for the challenge. I took about 6 hours of shopping but I was SO surprised at how much money I saved. I got enough food for 36 meals and some of which I can double and freeze or give to friends. And I also only spent about $300!! OH yeah!! I am so happy with the results I am going to keep doing this. Maybe next month I will try to use coupons too. Thanks for hearing my brag!

Friday, December 28, 2012

See ya 2012....HELLO 2013

2012 In Review
BALLARD STYLE

Our family started off the year on a HIGH note. Our sweet Everett was born 1-11-12
 
 
Estella finished her first year of school in June 
 
 
Sophie started Pre-K in August
 
 
And Khloe...Well Khloe only went to the hospital once.
(if anyone knows our family you know that Khloe is my clumsy girl)
 
 
 
 
We had alot of ups this year and are so blessed to have the wonderful life God has given us.
 
On that note I want to get on my soapbox for a moment. Given then horrible events that happened in Conneticut I cant help but look at the world in a different light. I was in high school when the Columbine tragedy happend. And then as mother with children in school this happens. I cant help but wonder if God is trying to tell us something. He is trying to bring this world closer to him. He is trying to show us that we need him and when we have him in our hearts they will NEVER grow cold.
 
So with that said I believe that in 2013 we should work everyday to become closer to the Lord. To witness to the people who do not know him and bring them to him. This world has gone further and further away from him and honestly it is getting worse with everyday that passes. I could sit here and list all of the horrible things that happened in this world in 2012 but instead I want to look to 2013 as the year that it changes. The year that the world came together to make it a better place for our children to grow up in.
 
 
 Your word is a lamp to my feet, and a light to my path. (Psalm 119:105)
 
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. (Psalm 46:1)
 
Without faith, it is impossible to please God. For he who comes to God must believe He exists, and rewards those who diligently seek Him. (Hebrews 11:6)
 
Come to Me, all you who are weary and weighed down with heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you, and learn from Me; for I am gentle and humble in spirit. Indeed, you will surely find rest in Me! My yoke is easy, and My burden is light. (Matthew 11:28-30)
 
 
 


Monday, December 3, 2012

I have discovered Instagram!

I know its kinda been out FOREVER but...well what can I say...Im behind the times...So anyways i thought i would share some of my Instagram photos with yall


My husband and I

My sweet Everett

My youngest daughter Khloe

Estella my oldest

Sophie my 2nd daughter

Everett after a long night

I just thought this was a cool feature of Instagram...even if it is blurry

This is Khloe watching Toy Story 3 for the millionth time!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Winter Roses

Well since my roses didn't want to blow this spring. They are being fickle and blooming now. We had a hard freeze last night and well this is what I woke up to.

 
I have about 7 this size.

 
They are a beautiful shade of pink.

 
Estella loved them so much she had to cut one and "model" it. Enjoy!

AHH I love living in the country

I am a country girl! I grew up in the country and now my family and I are finally settling back into the country. We live in a small/big town in Texas. Now, I say a small/big town because it has about 20,000 people but it still has a very small town feel. We have lived her about 2 years now and LOVE it. I wouldn't change it for the world.

 
waking up to this every morning is Heaven on earth.

 
Oh yes this is my view!


 
Here is Darla. She is a painted horse and we LOVE her

Sunday, November 11, 2012

In Honor of Veterans Day

I want to thank all the men and women that have and continue to serve our country. The reason I can write this and share my thoughts is because of you. I am free because of our brave soliders.

Most important to my heart is my husband he is a disabled veteran and still continues to take pride in the fact that he served his country and was able to do his part.




This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave. -Elmer Davis