Elf on the Shelf Day 3,4,5,&6

Goodness did I ever get behind with sharing these.

Day 3

Jolly decided that she wanted to try to tame Brody’s dinosaur. This thing is hateful and will bite you. Jolly is very brave.


Day 4

Today Jolly decided to hang out in Brody’s stocking because it reminded her of Santa who she misses dearly.


Day 5

Today Jolly decided she wanted to zip line from the dining room light into the kitchen to get a snack without anyone knowing.


Day 6

Today Jolly wanted to learn to ride a motorcycle. I guess she did not think you needed to use your hands either. We have a little dare devil for an elf.



Elf on the Shelf Day 2

Today we awoke to Jolly sitting in our tree with an empty roll of toilet paper. She had rolled our tree. She must have been dreaming her whole life of rolling the Toomer Oaks in Auburn, so she rolled our tree to show us how it is done. Brody loved this.  


Day 1 of Elf on the Shelf

Well, the creepy  I mean Jolly the elf has made her return into the Kirkley household. She did not do anything too special on her first night of return as she was probably tired from the trip from the North Pole here and yes this is exactly what I told Brody this morning as soon as he asked why she was just hanging out in the tree. She did have a note with her addressed to Brody and it can be found here. Here is our first day with good ole creepy  I mean Jolly. One day I may refer to her as Jolly first and creepy second.


Thankful for Days 25-30

Yes you read that right; it does say day 30. I am doing this because I am sure I will forget to post tomorrow and I want to post about our elf, Jolly, and her shenanigans starting on the 1st.

Day 25

Today I am thankful for the fact that my work typically works around my schedule so that I am able to be home to pick Brody up from school and to be off on days that he is out of school. Today luckily we were all at home so we got to sleep in which I am thankful for during this busy week of family visiting.

Day 26

Today I am thankful not to have to do all the Thanksgiving cooking and cleaning up afterwards. I am truly thankful that we were able to celebrate with a few friends and family.

Day 27

Today I am truly thankful for no horrible encounters with the crazy Thanksgiving shoppers out looking for deals.

Day 28

Today I am thankful that I was able to go to my very first Iron Bowl with my wonderful husband. Very proud of our Auburn Tigers and the way they hung in there with a #2 ranked team.

Day 29

Today I am thankful that I was able to enjoy a lazy day with my little guy while daddy worked.

Day 30

I know it is not here yet, but I am always thankful for him on this day and everyday of the year. We welcomed our husband boy into the world on this day 7 years ago. I am truly thankful that God chose us to be his parents. I love this little ray of sunshine.


Thankful for Days 17-24

Day 17

Today I am thankful for my little nephew. I may not get to see you very often Matthew, but I am truly glad I get to be your Aunt. You are growing into a very handsome, loving little boy.


Day 18

Today I am thankful for my sweet little niece. Isabella you are truly a blessing to this family. I have enjoyed watching you grow into the beautiful little girl that you are and I am so thankful that I will continue to get to see you grow up.


Day 19

Today I am thankful for the opportunity to have been able to travel Europe for 3 years. We got to see some amazing places and create memories that will last a lifetime.

One of our favorite trips—-Budapest


Day 20

Today I am thankful for my stepmother. While we may not have always gotten along, you have made my dad happy and that is all that matters to me. I am thankful that you hung in there with 3 very stubborn girls. We love you!


Day 21

Today I am thankful for my grandmother. You may not be on this Earth anymore, but I know you are watching over us from Heaven. I am thankful for the many years we got together and am super glad I always had someone to run to when I got scared. I miss you dearly.


Day 22

Today I am thankful for the opportunity to be able to buy a home and the fact that our offer was accepted.

Day 23

Today I am thankful for having a job that I enjoy for now. I know that may not seem like a big deal but trust me it is. I enjoy the people I work for and I do not wake up and dread going into work.

Day 24

Today I am thankful that I am almost finished with getting my Bachelor’s. It has been a long time coming and I can not wait to have my degree and move on to getting my Master’s. I have truly loved everything about Psychology.

Thankful for Days 12-16

Day 12

Today I am thankful for my two little furbabies. While they may get on my nerves some days, they for sure know how to make me smile. Life would not be the same without them.


Day 13

Today I am thankful for my wonderful father in law and mother in law, Ken and Robyn. They took me in no questions asked and we were able to develop an amazing relationship because of it. I am forever thankful for all that they have done and continue to do for us.


Day 14

Today I am thankful for my mother in law, Sandi. While we may not always see eye to eye, we are thankful for all that you do. Brody loves his Gigi.


Day 15

Today I am thankful for our Aunt and Uncle, Faith and Tom. You guys have truly been there for us more times than I can count. We are forever thankful for you two and truly love the bond we have made with you both.


Day 16

Today I am thankful for my new step father. I am so very thankful that God brought you into my mom’s life as you truly make her happy.




Thankful for Days 5-11

Day 5

Today I am thankful for my 1st baby sister, Dusti. While life has not always been sunshine and rainbows with us and I would not want it any other way. As soon as you were brought into my life I knew that I would always have a friend in this world. There has never been a dull moment since you came into this world and you have made my life so much brighter. I am so thankful that I get to be your big sister.


Day 6

Today I am thankful for my 2nd baby sister, Tabitha. Life was going along just fine with Dusti and I and then along came a little brown-haired baby girl who forever changed our lives. I have truly enjoyed watching you grow into the beautiful young lady that you are. God truly knew that Dusti and I needed you in our lives to help balance us out.


Day 7

Today I am thankful for my 3rd baby sister, Haley. I can honestly say that you were a true blessing to our family of 3 girls already. You are growing into a beautiful young lady with such a big heart. I am enjoying watching every minute of you growing into who you are meant to be.


Day 8

Today I am thankful for my 4th and final baby sister, Madison. You were our surprise that we never knew we needed. You are slowly growing into a beautiful young teenager(Happy Birthday today) who has such a loving and caring heart. I am beyond proud to be your big sister.


Day 9

Today I am thankful that I got to have 15 loving years with my grandmother before God finally called her home. From that day I knew that I would always have a guardian angel watching over me. I am thankful that God allowed me to have those few years with her to learn what true love was all about. She taught me to always put others before myself. I am forever thankful that I got to call her mine.


Day 10

Today I am thankful for my wonderful best friend. She was brought into my life at just the right moment 17 years ago and my life has not been the same since. She has been my rock on a number of occasions and I know that I can always count on her. She is the most loving, caring and beautiful person I know and I will forever be thankful for her amazing friendship.

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Day 11

Today I am thankful for my dad. While we may not always see eye to eye I am so very thankful that you are mine. While you may not have always supported some decisions in my life you believed in me and knew that I would make the right decision for myself.


Thankful for Days 1-4

Day 1

Today I am thankful for my relationship with God because without Him nothing is possible. 1 John 4:19, “We love because he first loved us.” Without Him, I would not know what true love really is.

Day 2

Today I am truly thankful for the love I get to experience with my wonderful husband. He does so much for Brody and I and always puts us before him. I am so thankful for all that he does for us. I have never felt more loved, safe, and respected. I love the small gestures he does to show me that he loves me even after 8 years of being married.


Day 3

Today I am thankful for my little blue-eyed boy. Brody has truly been a blessing in our lives. He brings so much joy and light into our lives and always knows how to make us smile. God knew what He was doing when He allowed us to be his parents.


Day 4

Today I am thankful for my loving mother. She taught me how to be a mother and showed me how to be strong. She showed me that sometimes we must put others before ourselves and that no matter what we must have respect for others. I will always be truly thankful for her.


Update on Brody

Well, the beginning of the month has started as an exciting and stressful time in the Kirkley household. On the 1st, we took Brody to his neurology appt and she told us that his latest EEG was normal and because it has been 2 years since his last seizure, we can start weaning him off his medicine. If there are no seizures by the end of December then he will have outgrown his epilepsy. I am stressed because I do not want to watch him have another seizure ever. I would not wish that on anyone. I am also excited and who wouldn’t be; to say that someone they love has outgrown epilepsy is something people wish and pray for once they are on this side of things. Epilepsy is hard on everyone that is close to it. As a mom, knowing there is nothing you can do while your child is having a seizure is one of the worst feelings ever. As the patient, all the appts, needle pricks, EEG’s, and medicine can be scary especially if the patient is young. As for my child, he would not understand what had happened once he woke up after the seizure and I am sure that was scary for him. I remember the day Brody was diagnosed that I asked why us; why him? I silently cried until Brody went to sleep and then I cried myself to sleep laying beside him in the hospital room. I remember waking up multiple times that night just to check on him. I remember the many times after when he started running a fever, which is how his epilepsy started, and making him sleep in the bed with me and kicking my husband out on the couch or into Brody’s bed. I remember the week we came home from the hospital and making Brody sleep in the bed with us just so I could feel if he was going to have a seizure. I remember being the mom at the park and never letting him out of my sight. I know that we have until December to know anything, I can see that we are slowly seeing a light at the end of the tunnel. I truly believe that with God anything is possible. I also know that there needs to be a greater awareness for epilepsy as so many Americans suffer from it. We are almost on the second phase of the weaning, we were at 4 pills a day and are now at 3, soon to be 2. Here is a picture of us leaving the hospital hopefully for the last time for this reason.


My little MasterChef

Ever since the show MasterChef Junior aired, my son has decided that he wants to be a MasterChef. To help with this goal of his I decided to create his own “MasterChef” recipe book that includes recipes found online that are easy and simple. My child loves to help cook, so I wanted to give him something that he could pull out and be able to read and easily make all by himself (yes I supervise him). Here are a few of the recipes I have included in case you wanted to get your kids more involved in the kitchen. There is nothing wrong with teaching our boys how to cook because one day they will be married and their wives will thank us.

Mini Biscuit Pizza 


  • 1 can Grands Homestyle Biscuits
  • 1 1/2 cups of pizza sauce (homemade or store-bought)
  • 2 cups shredded Italian Blend cheese
  • toppings of choice (pepperoni, sausage, veggies, chicken, whatever your child may like)


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Spray a cookie sheet or pizza pan with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. Flatten each biscuit out on pan until they are 6 inches in diameter. Spread a layer of pizza sauce onto each biscuit. (the biscuits really absorb the sauce, so it’s ok if you go a little heavy.)
  3. Sprinkle 1 Tablespoon shredded Italian Blend cheese onto each biscuit. Top with your toppings of choice. Sprinkle an additional 3 tablespoons Italian Blend cheese onto each pizza.
  4. Bake at 400 degrees for 7-10 minutes, until biscuits are golden brown on edges and cheese is bubbly. Serve immediately.

Oatmeal Cookie Smoothie

3/4 cup rolled oats
1/4 cup raisins
1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1 cup whole milk, plus more if needed
1/2 cup full-fat vanilla yogurt
1 tablespoon dark brown sugar

Add the oats, raisins and pumpkin pie spice to the carafe of a blender and pour in the milk, adding more to cover the oats if needed. Stir completely and set aside until the oats are soft, 15 minutes.

Blend on high-speed until pureed and smooth, about 1 minute. Add the yogurt, brown sugar and 1 1/2 cups ice, and blend on high-speed until smooth, about 30 seconds. Pour into 2 pint glasses.

Here are some pictures of my “MasterChef” in action

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What do you and your kids like to cook together?