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Thank you Shutterfly!


When it comes to Christmas cards, I’m a creature of habit. I get the kids all dolled up in their Christmas clothes and take anywhere from 45-60 shots of them standing on the stairs or in front of the Christmas tree. This involves a lot of time, crabbiness from them, and stress for me. If I’m lucky, I get 2 or 3 good ones to choose from.

This year I didn’t really feel like going through all the drama. I had seen a note on the kids’ school pictures about a promo of some sort from Shutterfly I decided to take a look and see what they had. I liked what I saw right off the bat on their website. I had a ton of fun playing around with several different card styles…putting various pictures in, changing them around, tweaking things till they looked awesome. Here’s what we’re going with this year:

Stationery card
View the entire collection of cards.

Overall, I’d say this was definitely the way to go. Much less stressful for me and no crabbiness from the kids. It would’ve been less time too, but I just couldn’t resist checking out all of my options.


Sights of spring


Every year as we roll into the month of March, I find myself craving spring weather. I’m ready for flowers to bloom, bike rides, and grilled food. Around here, it is usually April before we really get spring. Sometimes we get a bit of a tease in March. But, use this year as an example, we had snowfall on April 18th.

First, it’s the daffodils that pop up all around the neighborhood. But, what I love even more is when our pear tree blooms. It is a beautiful sight to see right out in front of the house.

It may not smell pretty, but it is a great sight. Blooming right below the tree are some of my other favorites in the yard.

This is when I start to really feel like spring is here.  But then, we have a couple of windy, dreary days, and the blooms on the tree are all gone. Over the past couple of weeks we’ve had some crazy weather around here. Last week we had 3 days at nearly 90 degrees. But, by the end of the week we were back to unseasonably cool temperatures in the low 50s. This isn’t all that uncommon. My daughter was born on May 11th 6 years ago, and it was a cloudy, rainy 45 degrees that day.

But, after several chilly days, especially the cloudy ones like today, I find myself once again longing for signs of spring. Guess the pictures will have to do.

Lazy days around our house


It always seems like I go through a dry spell with pictures after Christmas.  I’ve been gathering and organizing pictures for my mom…several years worth of kids photos.  In doing so, I’ve figured out that this is not just my imagination.  This year, I took pictures a few days after Christmas and then I didn’t take anything again until February 6th.  Eek!  Anywho…just thought I’d share a few pics from lazy days around our house, mostly from the past couple of weeks.  😉

Here’s my little princess helping me make some of our yummy Super Bowl treats.

And here’s my big boy sporting his brand new glasses and waiting for the game to start.

My little ham…showing off some her new Christmas goodies and having an afternoon of dress-up.

And here are a few from last week’s big snow:

Nature’s Beauty


Life has had me a bit down lately.  Too many gloomy days and too much on my mind…recipe for trouble.  I’ve been craving some good fall foliage for a while now and I finally got it.

Sunday was a beautiful day to be outside.  While it wasn’t the warmest day we had this week, it was the first break in the string of cold, dark, rainy days we’d been having.  I knew we couldn’t let this one slip away.  So, we headed out to the Chicago Botanic Garden.  I must say…the sprained ankle I came home with was a small price to pay for the joy that I got out of the sights that afternoon.

First, a stroll through the Waterfall Garden…

Waterfall Garden

What’s this?  Both kids willing to pose for a quick pic…nicely!  (I think this was motivated by sympathy for mommy’s “owie”.)

Kids @ the Garden

The stunning fall color I was dying to see!!

Stunning fall color