November 29, 2012


I have been dreaming about the day I would take my child(ren) to meet Santa since 2008 when Alex and I started trying to have a baby. Thanks to infertility and major illness, it took 4.5 LONG hard years to make this dream come true.

But? We did it.

My kids.

My beautiful, amazing miracles.

They met Santa.

And it was PERFECT.

And so very normal. Oh my have I missed normal!

This is the first year that Kate has been medically "cleared" to meet Santa. In 2010, her ANC was extremely low, we were searching for a diagnosis, and encouraged to not take her near a germy Santa. In 2011 she was just a few months post transplant.

In 2012? She is a THRIVING two year old that desperately wants Santa to bring her a pink bike. You better believe she will have a pink bike waiting for her Christmas morning!

After Kate's horrific less than stellar reaction to all of the characters at Disney (side note: I've finally started working on Disney posts - should be up by next week) I was so worried that Santa was going to be a gigantic bust but Kate surprised me!

Yes the kids are looking at me and not the camera. BUT! Both kids happy? And smiling? It's a Christmas miracle!

Kate even got to see Santa with her best friend, and fellow transplant survivor, Colt!

I took some pictures of these two after meeting Santa. They keep me laughing! This picture is totally unposed. Kate was determined to read Colt her new book!

Thinking about how far they have both come since last year brings tears to my eyes. It really is so amazing!

Kate loved all of the Christmas decorations too! She loved them so much that she picked a poinsettia and hid it in Colt's stroller so she could take one home! We laughed so hard when we discovered the stowaway!
I'm so glad we visited Santa early so that we could avoid lines and germs!

Have y'all visited Santa yet? Was it a success or a bust?

And to any Houston readers, we were at Bay Brook Mall - loved Santa - he was so great with the kids and so nice!


November 28, 2012

Sometimes...A Girl Just has to Dance!

Kate is at such a fun age. Yes there are days when I want to drown myself in wine due to the tantrums.

But? Overall this age is my favorite so far! She is just so funny and loves life!

Girlfriend loves to dance and she often stops what she is doing to start dancing. I'm so glad that I had my camera out during one of these moments!

Look at her face! She is in the moment and just living life!

When Kate isn't dancing, she's practicing to become the next Taylor Swift! She loves to sing almost as much as she loves to dance!

Or making silly faces!

Or just being my sweet miracle!

This girl blesses me so much every single day!


November 26, 2012

Houston Zoo Lights 2012

Anyone who has read my little blog for more than a few months knows we are HUGE fans of the Houston Zoo! We live less than 15 minutes from the zoo and love spending time walking around and seeing the animals!

Kate took her first trip to the zoo when she was about 6 weeks old for Zoo Boo back in 2010. Look how tiny she was!

And if you didn't follow my blog back in 2010, I had quite the nick name crisis (hence Katie on her onesie). It took me WEEKS to finally decide to call Kate Kate. We were all over the place when she was born. Is she really a Kate (which we planned on the entire pregnancy)? Should we stick with Katherine? What about Katie? Or Katie Beth? And I can say, nearly 2.5 years into it, I highly doubt Kate will stick. I'm pretty sure she will either go by Katherine or Katie as she gets old enough to vocalize a preference other than TayTay.

Will made his first zoo trip at two weeks! Look at him! So little!

Needless to say, when the Houston Zoo announced the first ever Houston Zoo Lights we were on it! Kate is obsessed with "chris-ums" (anything related to Christmas in toddler speak) and was so excited when we set our tree up.

Before Thanksgiving.

Go ahead.

Start judging.

I dare you.

We didn't tell her our plans until about an hour before we were leaving for Zoo Lights. She could not stop talking about seeing the animals and the chris-ums. I was nervous about taking her since she'd been up since 4:30am and only napped an hour but she was a TROOPER!

We had a bit of a wait in the ticket line when we got there and Kate was totally unimpressed.

Will slept the entire three hours we were at the zoo. I just had to unbuckle his car seat (while clicked into his stroller) to document his outfit! Kate still fits in all of her holiday clothes from last year (hello zero weight gain in an entire year) so I had SheShe Made make Will a coordinating elf shoe longall!

Kate was so excited when we finally made it through the ticket line!

One of the first attractions when you walked in was this light up car that was synced to music. Kate started dancing and sweet girl just couldn't stop! She was so in to it!

Again, not impressed with taking pictures. She just wanted to see the lights!

Kate was amazed by all of the lights! She couldn't believe that there were "dancin chris-ums" and "amal chris-ums"! It was absolutely precious watching her take it all in!

She even got to enjoy her very first funnel cake! Love the spots of powdered sugar on her nose!

Every few feet Kate would stop and say "Yook! Chris-ums! So booful! Awesome! Cool! TayTay lub chris-ums!"

I didn't attempt a picture in front of the Zoo Lights sign when we first entered the zoo because it was way busy. However, by the time we left (around 9pm) Kate was so tired that she could barely keep her eyes open for a picture!

I know we will be back before the end of the holiday season! Kate has already asked me if we can call Colty and see chris-ums with him! If any of y'all are local, I highly encourage you to go to Zoo Lights! It really is a blast. But, buy your tickets ahead of time - lines were insane!  I think you can get them at HEB!

I am certain Zoo Lights will be a tradition in the Boggan house for years to come! What Christmas activities do y'all do every year?

November 23, 2012

We've been so BUSY!

So, yet again, this little blog has taken the back burner! Oops!

We've been so busy! My in-laws flew out last Saturday and we had a BLAST while they were here! Kate absolutely adores her Bebe and PaPaw. She had so much fun while they were here!

We went to the zoo!

Rode the carousel more than once!

Took pictures with Bebe and PaPaw

Photo courtesy of {Lentille Photography}
Fed the ducks and played at Herman Park!
These two are the most precious pair ever. Two peas in a pod for sure!
Visited the butterflies!
And played at the park after watching the {pretty pitiful} Houston Thanksgiving Day Parade!
This past week has been so amazing! While I was in the darkest of my postpartum depression days, I definitely burned bridges. I am so thankful that the Lord has allowed me to recover and rebuild relationships. I do not know how I would survive without my in-laws! Not only do they love my kids, but they love me despite my short comings. I am so blessed! And so are my kids!


November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving!

We have so much to be thankful for this year!

And THANK YOU to each and every one of y'all that has supported my family so much over the past year! So thankful for my wonderful blogging family!


November 16, 2012

Shop Our Closets!

I'm sure by now y'all all know that I LOVE children's clothing. Especially smocked, appliqued, and boutique clothing! Kate and Will's closets are literally stuffed. We have no more room! I had really good success with the last blog sale I did so I thought I'd try it again in hopes of cleaning out the kids' closets so I can fill them right back up.

I will be adding a few girl things mid-day today. I forgot to get them out of Kate's room last night and the kids both have doctor's appointments this morning so I won't be able to take pictures and update the blog until lunch time.

I have posted pictures and descriptions of items. Prices DO NOT include shipping. Shipping is $2.50 per item. Shipping for each additional item purchase will be $1 per item. Every item is numbered. Please refernece the items you would like by number.

*EMAIL ( the following:
    1) Subject: Blog Sale Number XX
    2) Paypal email
    3) Address if not in Paypal

I WILL NOT ACCEPT "BIDS" VIA BLOG COMMENT. It is simply too hard to keep up with multiple ways to purchase so I will only count emails as official "dibs" on an item.

All invoices must be paid within 24 hours. If item is not paid for within stated timeframe, it will go to the next bidder.  As I mentioned, we will be away from the house all morning. I apologize in advance for not updating the listings as sold. I will update as soon as I get a chance.

NOTE: Things are not in size order. My pictures uploaded out of order and I was too tired to try and fix it all! So sorry!

1) Zu by Petit Ami seersucker surfer van jonjon. Size 6m. Noticed a small pull in the applique when taking pictures - see picture on right for close up. $10

 2) Le Top cotton romper with sailboat applique. Size 3m. $12

3) Remember Nguyen peter pan collar onesie with red gingham piping. Size 3m. Runs big IMO. $5

4) Rock n Smock Em smocked race car jonjon. Size 9m. Never worn. $12

5) Remember Nguyen corduroy romper. Size 6m. Worn for 20 minutes and then I realized it was too short. Runs small IMO. $12
 6) Gymboree alligator romper. Size 3-6m. Worn once. $5
7) Smocked by Stelly Belly whale seersucker jonjon. Size 6m. $14

8) ZU by Petit Ami beach pail appliqued seersucker jonjon. Size 6m. $14
9) Carriage Boutiques smocked airplane long romper (shirt is attached). Size 6m. $14

 10) Carriage Boutiques smocked duck romper (shirt is attached). Flaw in on of the duck's eyes. Picture included. Size 6m. $7
11) Remember Nguyen plaid bubble. Size 6m. Matching sister dress (size 18m) will be added this afternoon. $10

 12) Funtasia too... appliqued frog jonjon. New with tags. Size 6m. $12
13) ZU by Petit Ami seersucker appliqued tutrle jonjon. Size 3m. $12

14) Bailey Boys appliqued watermelon truck bubble. Size 6m. $14

15) Rock n Smock Em smocked flag jonjon. Size 6m. $12

16) Smocked by Stelly Belly animals jonjon. Size 6m. $15

 17) Petit Ami smocked sea turtles jonjon. Size 6m. $15

18) Rock n Smock Em smocked sail boats. Size 3m. $12

19) Rock n Smock Em smocked crabs & lobsters. Size 3m. $12

20) Remember Nguyen seersucker bubble w/ dolphin. Tag says preemie but it is HUGE and fits like a 3-6m. $8

21) Zuccini smocked monkeys. Beautiful - super high quality smocking! Size 3m. $17

22) Remember Nguyen "cat fishing" bubble. Size 3m but run big. $14
23) Kissy Kissy cotton play suit/ bubble. Race car pattern. Size 0-3m. $8

24) Carraige Boutiques Smocked driving bubble. Size 3m. $12

25) Strasburg ribbon appliqued farm jonjon. Size 3m. $14

 26) ZU by Petit Ami appliued bees jonjon. Size 3m. $12

27) Secrect Wishes transportaion romper. One of my FAVS on Will! Size 3m. $14

 28) SheShe Made elephants gown w/ appliqued W. Size 0-3m. Worn once. $12

29) Petit Ami lobster jonjon. Size 6m. $14

30) Carriage Boutiques smocked safari romper. Size 3m. $15

 31) Rock n Smock Em smocked giraffe longall. Never worn. Size 9m. $12 SOLD

 32) Velani by Anavini NWT smocked whales. This is BEAUTIFUL and I am so sad Will never wore it. Size 6m but runs a touch big IMO. $25 SOLD

 33) Petit Smi smocked seersucker sun dress w/ matching bloomers. Size 24m but runs big IMO. Worn once for a few hours but was really too big for Kate. $17

 34) Remember Nguyen NWT green micro check romper. Size 3m but runs big. $12

35) Remember Nguyen NWT plaid romper. Size 3m but runs big. $12

36) Petit Ami smocked plaid long sleeve dress w/ matching bloomers. Size 6m. $14

 37) Carter/s red polka dot dress w/ monogrammed K and appliqued minnie mouse. Size 24m. $8 SOLD

38) Baby Gap quilted jacket. Size 12-18m. $17

39) Carriage Boutiques smocked sun dress w/ matching bloomers. Size 6m. $12

40) Remember Nguyen smocked bubble. Size 18m. One of my favs on Kate this past spring/ summer! $15 SOLD

 41) Remember Nguyen float dress. Matching unisex bubble also available (see #11). Size 18m. $14

42) Remember Nguyen smocked school days bishop. Worn once for about 3 hours. Size 18m. $15 SOLD

43) Petit Ami pink micro check bubble w/ monogrammed Kate. NWT. Size 24m. $15

 44) Gymboree seersucker strawberry bubble. Size 18-24m. Another favorite of mine! $8 SOLD

45) Jacardi red and white striped footed pajamas w/ darling diaper flap! Would be perfect for Christmas! Size 18m. $17

Happy shopping!

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