{Wedding Pictures are Back}

Monday, November 24, 2008
So it seems like forever but I finally got my wedding pictures back (all the rights, albums and dvd's, and just looking at them all over again made me smile. Actually Ryan and I looked through them all tonight and it was soo funny looking back and all the stories that came out of it. I think it took us about an hour to go through them all, just because we were laughing so hard. Seriously, I will never forget that night, it was one of the best days of my life, that and the night that my son was born :)

So I thought I would just post some of my all time favorites from the rehearsal and the wedding! I have about 500, but these just jump out at me. Hope you enjoy!!


Sunday, November 23, 2008
So I have had a busy couple of days lately. Things are just running into each other, and I forget that I need to post about them, not only for the readers, but it seems like if I don't, then my little boy just grows up SO fast, and I don't' have anything to look back on.

So guess what? As if the title didn't give it away. BRAEDEN IS WALKING!!!!!! OMG, that was my reaction too. He had been trying for so long, but last Wednesday was the kicker. I just put him down and it was like he just started running. I am such a proud mommy. I guess I have just been chasing him around too much, that I forgot to video tape it ... no worries, tomorrow I plan to take picture and video of him for all of you to see.

Second thing ... We have a star in our midst. Yes, Braeden Michael Imhoff was in his first commercial shoot on Friday morning .... I know! Whaley's Pharmacy here in Jeff City ask for a couple of babies to be apart of their Christmas Commercial and BRAEDEN was one of them!! Okay, we will have to wait until the commercial comes out, but I swear he was there. See ... Braeden was a little more interested in the camera man and his toys, that he just didn't want to sit still (see paragraph above). So while all the other babies were sitting there looking pretty for the camera, my little guy was hrmm ... not cooperating! Oh well, he is still a star. So for all of you who would like to manage, support, or use Braeden in the future for your advertisements, he has experience and their is also a hefty fee :) haha ... oh, and his mother is his new manager! Anyways, I will post later when it plays in the family rooms all across JC and let you know how cute he looks, don't worry! (I will also post some pictures of him from the commercial)

And finally, this has NOTHING to do with anything previously mentioned, but I am SO dang happy, GUESS WHO IS THE NEXT BACHELOR??????? JASON. You know I love Jason, I posted about this a while back when he was on the Bachelorette. (Which by the way, I am so glad her and Jesse did not work out, I used to love her, but she just got stuck up, and you know I can't stand people like that ... Jesse will find better!


Monday, November 17, 2008
My Mom, Braeden and I spend the last couple of days in Chicago visiting my Grandma Windett. Since Braeden is not the best traveler, we had take a few extra days for the trip up. Friday we left around 2:30 and stopped in Springfield, IL for the night. We got a great room at the Hilton, and then had dinner at Cheddars ... yum! Afterwards we were able to have some swim time in the pool!

The next day we headed further North to Mt. Morris to see Grandma. It was so good to see her again. She had never met Braeden before, and it was such a blessing that we were able to have the time to visit her. I really think she enjoyed her time with us!

{The Imhoffs}

Tuesday, November 11, 2008
My name is Natalie "aka: The Pampered Mom." Welcome to my little blog. I am just a country mom, who pamperes herself through thrifty finds and diy projects. I rarely spend money on something I really want, instead I get a huge rush and satisfaction by trying to make it myself. It may not be as pretty, but I feel a piece with flaws gives it a little character! I own two different businesses. The Bridal Solution, llc, is a wedding coordination business, and I also have a Mary Kay business on the side. I love life, and I love spending time with my family!

My Husband is in sales, and is extremely good at that. He is a good old country boy as well, and loves his "races." His dream job would be a professional golfer, which is what he spends all his free time doing! If you don't see him on the golf course, he is probably helping me out around the house. We live in an older house which we have enjoyed updating together to make it at home. He is a great friend, and husband, and a wonderful father.

I have two boys named Braeden and Bayer. They are exremely active, and it's hard to keep up a lot of the time. It's been a blessing to have them in my life, and I would be lying if I said they didn't make me laugh every day. I am also blessed to be able to stay-at-home with them during the day. It's safe to say we do everything together ... they are my little helpers!

We have two gigantic dogs. It;s rediculous most of the time, but we love them. Tank is a great dane/lab mix and we have a beagle named Charlie. Don't let the word beagle confuse you ... he is a 60 lbs dog, who acts more like a baby than a dog. They drive me crazy most of the time, but I couldn't live without them!

I started this blog because the boys are growing soo fast, that I found it hard to keep everyone updated with new experiences & funny stories that Ryan & I often go through on a daily basis. So in an attempt to keep up my correspondence, I am starting this blog. Hopefully everyone will be able to watch my little boy grow as I see it! I also use this blog as an outlet for me to document my thrifty finds and diy projects. I absolutly LOVE comments, so keep em coming!


{Busy, Busy, Busy}

Monday, November 10, 2008
Lots of things have happened this past week, and it seems like I have so much to say, but really ... there is not much news. Ryan and I decided it would be best for me to go back to work to help out, so I have been applying for jobs this week. I have been researching day cares for Braeden to go to, but none seems good enough for him. I am pretty sure I have found one ... I just don't think I am really ready to let him go yet :(

Today, Braeden and I went to Papa Murphy's Pizza ... with MOPS we were able to go and each kid made their own medium pizza for FREE. It was soo nice of them, and we were able to share that with Ryan tonight when he got off work.

Other than that, I am getting ready for a long weekend. My mom and I are traveling to Chicago to go see my Grandma and introduce her to Braeden ... it will be so nice once we get there, but the trip ... well ... not exactly looking forward to the drive! I will be sure to take lots of pictures this weekend, so I will have something to post about!

{First Trip to the Park}

Sunday, November 2, 2008
Not much is really new today. It was beautiful here, the weather was perfect with little wind, so we decided to take advantage of the day. We loaded up the car and had a great first time at the parks here in Jeff City.
Hope everyone had a great weekend ... happy Monday!

{Happy Halloween}

Saturday, November 1, 2008
Last night Braeden got to expierience halloween for the 'first' time. He got all dressed up in his football outfit, and we hit the town. Well, actually we just went to Ryan's parents house and to Dorothy's.

Before we left, I was able to get a few pictures of the little guy in this costume!

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