Thursday, September 25, 2008

Something to make you smile....

I clicked over to one of my favorite blogs last night, The Hall Family, and was soooooo thrilled to see that she gave me an award!!
Characteristics for the Smile Award:
1. Must display a cheerful attitude.
2. Must love one another.
3. Must make mistakes.
4. Must learn from others.
5. Must be a positive contributor to blog world.
6. Must love life.
7. Must love kids.

These are the rules for The Smile Award:
1. The recipient must link back the the award’s creator
2. You must post these rules if you receive the award.
3. You must chose 5 people to receive the award after receiving it yourself.
4. You must fit the characteristics of the recipient of the award, as posted by Mere
5. You must post the characteristics of a recipient.
6. You must create a post sharing your win with others.
7. You must thank your giver.

So here are my smile award winners and why:

Tara - Because she is my little sister and I have to =)....just kidding - Tara makes me smile everyday as I am sooooo proud of her!!

Maggie - If you have not checked out Maggie's blog, YOU HAVE TO!! She makes me smile more than any other blog because she is just so damn funny!! Read this or this!!

Carolyn - Carolyn is so much fun and I love to read about her "30 Before 30" adventures! She is sooooooo hot (that is how you describe cool single women =)) and has FABULOUS clothes!! I also love her because she loves her family so much and I think that is so important!!

Becky - Becky is Maggie's sister and is new to blogging, so go check her out! She has one of the cutest little kindergartners I have ever seen!! Miss Natalie makes me smile all the time!!

Brittney - Brittney has 2 adorable little girls that make me smile every time I see them!! Nothing makes me smile more than the adorable bows on Baby Jules!! And Jillian is such a little spit fire and I love to hear about her current obsessions! And I always laugh at how much B and I have in common, how did Shane and Seth pick such perfect women?? HAHAHAHA

Dallas - Dallas is another one of my favorite bloggers as she is HILARIOUS!! She is so honest and I laugh out loud at her journals of motherhood!! And it helps that she has 2 adorable little girls!! Dallas is also one of the kindest women I know and she had some great advice when I was nervous about Claire and school (Thanks again =))

Amanda - Amanda and I just met through blogging (even though we live just down the road from each other =)), but she is super sweet!! She has the cutest baby girl, Addison and is also a lover of some of the cutest bows EVER!! You need to go check out her business, Bibs and Cribs! She is making Claire and Owen some adorable shirts that are sure to make all of yall smile soon!! I am smiling as me and Amanda are going to meet tomorrow and she is going to try to come to KQ!!

Amy and Lane - yall already received the award, but I love yall too!! You make me smile all the time with your kindness and sweet words!!

Thanks Kristy!! If you had not given me the award, I would have given you one too!! You make me laugh all the time with your funny blogs and stories of raising 2 super sweet and adorable little girls!! And you know I love you because you love the hogs!!!

So since it is ALLLLMOOOOST Friday, will be by the time most of you read is a recipe that you should totally make this weekend and I SWEAR it will make you smile!!

Fall Sangria

Your favorite Sangria (I use the box Sangria, WT I know, but it is the best and it is ALOT and you will want to make ALOT =))
2 cups of water
2 cups of sugar
Cinnamon (depending on how strong you want it, I put about 5 good shakes of the bottle in or you can use several sticks)
Sliced oranges

Earlier in the day, make a simple syrup with the water, sugar and cinnamon. Heat it all up in a saucepan until the sugar and cinnamon are dissolved. Be careful not to let it boil. Let it cool completely. Then when cooled, mix with cold Sangria (taste check it to get it as sweet or not as sweet as you like, I use all of it with a box Sangria). Add orange slices and let it sit in the fridge. The longer it sits the better!!

YUMMO!!! It is the best fall and holiday drink!! I am making a big batch Friday afternoon for our weekend as our best friends from OK are coming for the weekend!! Hope you have a great weekend!!


Becky said...

That was really sweet of you to give me a smile award! Thank you so much! Maggie has gotten me addicted to blogging. I love to read about your family. You guys are too cute. I bet Natalie and Claire would have a ball together!

Maggie said...

Thank you so much for the smile award!! =) I don't have much of a blogging network established yet, but if I handed out a smile award on my blog, you would absolutely be on the list!!

I am a regular at the Brown Family Blogspot (& Tara's too)!! I love to keep up with your awesome fam!!

The Heckathorns--Jon, Brigitte, Kirby, Bella, and Luka said...

Hi! I was going through the "Class of 1999" website and came across your profile and decided to check out your blog. I have to say it makes me laugh really, really hard. I just wanted to let you know i'm now one of your "stalkers." HAHA!

Brigitte (Beery) Heckathorn

p.s. I'm so making your Fall Sangria this weekend. And yes, using the boxed stuff might be a little WT, but you know WT people usually know how to have a good time. HAHA!

Tara Caire said...

thanks sis for the smile award! im proud of you too! : ) awwwww haha

Carolyn said...

You are SO sweet Rachel, thank you so much for the compliments!! I think you're hot too, and yes, Shane and Seth both picked the perfect women!!!
~~~btw, confession. My upstairs neighbor Kyle...she and I share closets, so most of what I wear is hers, she she and everything.:) Minor details.

Brown Four...Never a Dull Moment said...

I love your blog! You are so creative!

Amy (Metz) Walker said...

You are so sweet, thank you!!! And that recipe...yum!!!

My name is Megan... said...

I tried the Sangria and loved it!!! THANKS :)I'm always looking for fun drinks around the holidays! Also, what company do you work for?

Supabloggasuprememama said...

what a sweet award. iwant to try this recipe!