Thursday, November 18, 2010

Shutterfly 2010 Holiday Collection

Christmas is just around the corner. Every year I like to send cards to family and friends. Shutterfly offers many beautiful Christmas cards. They have everything from modern to traditional. Last year I ran out of time and ended up ordering my cards from a local store. The quality and design was lacking. This year I'm ordering my cards from Shutterfly. We took some beautiful family pictures recently and Shutterfly has great cards to compliment them.

I have ordered products from Shutterfly in the past. One year we made a photo calendar for my mother-in-law. It was a lot of fun to make and turned out beautiful. I enjoyed giving her a personalized gift that included pictures of her kids and grandkids. I have also gotten a photo mug from Shutterfly. I gave it to my dad who loved it. He drinks coffee every morning, so it was the perfect gift for him. The personalization made it extra special.

If you are looking for the perfect card or a special gift, check out Shutterfly. And if you are a blogger, you can get 50 free Holiday Cards. Just check out this link for more information.

Merry Christmas!

A new baby= time to resurrect the old blog!

I started this blog when Holden wasn't even a year old. At times I was diligent about keeping it updated. Other times life got in the way. Life has changed a lot along the way. Good changes. Bad changes. Indifferent changes. We have added to our family with another sweet baby boy. I want to do better about keeping my blog going... It's a great way to chronicle our new, expanded family. I may not have many readers, or any for that matter, but here we go...

My beautiful baby boy, Noah Andrew, was born on September 1st. It was a wonderful day and will forever be etched in my memory. Those first cries, nursing him for the first time, watching Holden meet his baby brother, frantically trying to think of a name the night before leaving the hospital, you know- memories! :P

I have loved the last 2 months of watching my boys interact. At first I was worried I'll be honest. When I was pregnant Holden was adamently against having a new baby. He did have enough interest to request a boy. And when we found out Noah was indeed a boy he proudly boasted about getting what he wanted. Even so Holden was not keen on the idea of a new baby.

Things didn't change when Noah was born. I remember waiting for Matt to bring Holden to the hospital. My mom and I talked about what Holden's reaction would be. I thought he would simply ignore the baby... and I was right. He walked right past him. He refused to give him a kiss. He would barely glance his way. It wasn't looking good! At one point a nurse came to get Noah and Holden didn't notice. A little later he realized the baby was gone and demanded to know where he had gone. I guess that little hint of caring was a sign of things to come.

The not too thrilled big brother "holding" his baby brother.

It was like a switch went off one day. I actually remember the date (what can I say, I'm very number oriented). October 11th. We were headed home from visiting family in Lubbock. Holden out of the blue said, "I love baby brother." And from then on he has been doting. He will come up and kiss him. He affectionately rubs his head. All the while warming his Mama's heart. I cherish getting to watch them grow up together. Brothers. Forever. Noah feels equally as crazy about his big brother. When he sees Holden he gets the biggest, gummy grin on his face. :)

Noah finally won him over!

I am so excited for the milestones that await us. I do get a little sad about the days going by and my baby babies growing up. It's bittersweet and I'm going to try to take in every moment.

Friday, April 30, 2010

Where do I start...

It's been a loooong time since I've been here. A lot has happened since I last posted.

Let's see...

First of all, an opening became available for Matt in Ft. Worth. We always said if that ever happened we would jump on it. Of course we didn't figure it would happen anytime soon, but it did. We decided to move!!

That was scary in it's own because we had to put our house on the market. Eek!! That didn't pan out so well. 4 months on the market and no bites.. not even one offer. In February we decided to try to rent it out. We found a renter. Yay!

On March 1st we all got in our seperate vehicles. Me in the accord with Holden and Chandler, Matt in the u-haul towing Debra's car, and Debra drove the pilot with the other 3 dogs. It was raining that day, but thank God we made safe and sound.

Ooh I forgot to mention another important life change that happened inbetween all of the above. On December 21st I found out I was pregnant!! After 9 months of trying we were very excited to finally see those 2 lines. It happened just in time too because I had scheduled an appointment with a fertility specialist for January. Matt didn't really want to go but he was going to do it for me.......... but luckily for him we got pregnant!

The first part of this pregnancy has been a little more difficult than Holden's pregnancy. I felt more sick to my stomach and was EXHAUSTED. Most nights I would go to bed at 8. Even now at 21 weeks I still feel nauseated.

At the beginning I had a strong feeling that the baby was a girl. Then around 16 weeks my intuition changed and I thought boy. I couldn't wait any longer so I scheduled an elective ultrasound on March 26th. We found out that baby is a..................................................................................................................................................
BOY!!!!! Holden was thrilled to find out he was getting a brother. That's what he had wanted all along. We still haven't decided on a name for him, but luckily we have 19 more weeks.

Life has been crazy and I have been very overwhelmed at times these last couple months. I have never done well with change. I think life will be really good for us here. I'm planning on going back to school in January. Then after I graduate and get a job we want to buy a house here. We've already been driving through neighborhoods trying to get an idea about cost and see what we like. We know one thing: we definitely don't want a house where we are living right now. We are renting right now and the house is a little too far out of the way.

That is my long due update. I can't believe how much life has changed since June when I last posted. It's crazy!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Holden got a haircut...

I don't have a picture to share. Matt did take one on his phone, but I'll have to get him to upload it for me later. It's a first for Holden. We usually get his hair cut the same way. It grows so fast that we decided to buy some clippers. Since we aren't that talented with the clippers (that's an understatement!) we decided to buzz his hair off. It looks SO different. It will be nice to have short hair for the summer. It's hard to get used to, but I'm sure before long he will be our little hippie boy again. :-)

Monday, June 01, 2009

Mr. Independent

My boy is getting to be so independent. He wants to do everything himself. All in the last week he has been putting on his own underwear, pants, shoes, wiping after using the potty, ect. Isn't that cool?

Tomorrow we are going to my doctor's appointment. It's going to be a long day because we are driving there, going to my appointment, and coming straight back home- approx. 10 hours of driving. Yay, fun... NOT!

Oh my camera is STILL missing. It makes me really mad because I am missing so many memories. I just know it's here in the house somewhere. It's always the last place you look, right? LOL. Hopefully it shows up soon or I'm going to have to break down and buy a used one off of craigslist or something.

Monday, May 18, 2009

My camera is MISSING!

Aghhh!!!! Why, oh why, did it have to get lost??? I've lost my camera twice since we got back from our Chicago vacation. The first time it turned out that it had just fallen behind the desk. Now this time I have NO CLUE here it is. Me and Matt turned over the house looking for it and it's NOWHERE. I'm sure it will show up in some obvious place that we've looked at a million bajillion times. That's what happened when I lost my cell phone. We had looked in every part of the car over and over. Then one day I looked in the side part of the door and there was my phone.

Well other than my camera being mia nothing much has been going on. Pretty boring aroudn here... but I kind of like boring sometimes, so I'll enjoy it for now. Holden, Matt, and his Mom are at Auto Zone right now. (Their favorite place to go these days.) Matt's Mom bought and '89 Firebird and they are trying to fix it up. Holden went for the ride the other day and got to ride in the front seat (it doesn't have an air bag). He loved being able to ride in the front.

I better go and try to enjoy my me time before they get back.

Friday, May 01, 2009

Yay for May!

I love May. I love the weather. I love the flowers. I love pretty much everything about it.

Here are some of my favorite May pictures from the last few years.




Frugal Friday- Happy May Day!

Yay, I have made it to two Frugal Friday's. I wasn't sure if I would remember!

Well last week's Breakfast for Dinner was delicious. I figured for the whole meal it cost right around $5. Not too shabby to feed 4 people! I'm not going to do that every Friday, but going to try to one night every week.

When I started this post, I had no clue what my next Frugal Friday goal was going to be. It isn't easy thinking about ways to save money.


Okay, so I thought of something. We go through paper towels like crazy. Not only does that cost money but it is such a waste. I try hard in other aspects to recycle, reuse, reduce.. but for some reason paper towels are our weakness. I use reusable plastic bottles when I drink water on the go, I use canvas bags at the grocery store, I try to recycle cans (though our city isn't very recycle-riendly). So now I need to try to use less paper towels.

So from now on I'm going to make a conscious effort to use less. I already started this morning with cleaning my kitchen. Instead of using new paper towels to wipe down the counter, I used some microfiber cloths that have been sitting, unused in my laundry area for some time.

Well there you have it... that is my Frugal Friday goal. It won't save much, but every little bit counts, right?

p.s. While I was googling a paper towel picture to use, I came across someone else's Frugal Friday post about just that- paper towels.

I think I might copy her and purchase some towels. I have microfiber towels, but only a few. I know, not so much a Frugal Friday... but it will pay for itself in the end.:-)

Friday, April 24, 2009

Frugal Friday

Who doesn't want to save money? Of course for some, like me, that is not the easist task. I am not super spendy but I could stand to save more.

So with that being said every Friday, I'm going to try to come up with a way to be more frugal. Eventually, I will run out of ideas, but I'm going to see how long I can keep them coming.

Friday has always been our eating out day (and a lot of times Saturday and Sunday too and occasionally often times throughout the week.. yeah, we're bad). This week we have done good about not eating out. It's so hard because I LOVE food. However a lot of the things I love can be recreated at home.

One place I LOVE to go is IHOP. I crave their Rooty Tooty Fresh 'N Fruity pancakes. (Isn't that a great name?) MMMM... they are delish!

Okay I could show you pictures of pancakes all day long, trust me I could (LOL), but to save everyone's keyboard from the unavoidable drool I won't do that.

My first idea to be more frugal is to replace our eating out night with something else. So Friday nights are now deemed Fruity Breakfast for Dinner at the Turner house.

Breakfast is cheap and good, so it's a win-win situation!