Monday, November 24, 2008

My first attempt at a digital Christmas card.

Normally, I bribe the girls, take some pics, find the best one and get a card printed up. Pink Paislee had a free card template on their website. So, I gave it a shot (with a picture of Alexa from her first Christmas!)

What do you think?

I'm no expert in Photoshop (I used PSE 4), but it was easy enough for me. I think I'm going to print up a test copy.

Had to do one with Ava...

Friday, November 21, 2008

New pictures. Love. 'Em.

Did I get lucky or what?
Just love these girls to pieces!

Thursday, November 20, 2008


It's been too long. Bad, bad blogger.

We went to Frankenmuth for a night, last weekend. The weather was terrible. We still had fun, but cold, rainy, windy, is NOT my cup of tea. I'll have to post some pics. Alexa was amazed at Bronners.

John is aceing his second class so far. He's even "teaching" other students. Yay! He just signed up for the next two classes to finish the certification.

Ava's hair is getting darker. It makes me a little sad. I love her blond hair. So striking.

Alexa has finally said the "B" word about day care. Bored. She knows the curriculum inside and out. I was hoping Wendy would make it a little different, but we'll see.

John's job is on the line. Again. I'm actually tired of writing that. Basically, his boss has him safe until 12/19 - last day of work for the year. We'll see if they lay him off after that. She doesn't want to lose him, but, it won't be her decision. Good times.

My job is in jeopardy. I can't believe I'm saying that. The unions aren't budging on negotiations and neither is the county. I saw the concessions they wanted. I don't know what's worse, worrying about losing my job or trying to figure out a way to make up over a 10% pay cut. Even better times.

I think we are going to decorate for Christmas this weekend. Alexa will probably be too excited to speak in clear sentences. My girl loves Christmas.

Santa needs to do some shopping this weekend. I'm undecided if I will brave the other crazies on Black Friday. I go almost yearly. We'll see what's in the papers.

I need to do some scrapbooking. Way behind and way too many projects for Christmas gifts.

Off. To. Bed. :)

Monday, November 10, 2008

The Seven Year Itch?

Does it start or end at your seventh wedding anniversary? Today is our seventh wedding anniversary. :) John gets to celebrate by working 8 hours and then heading to class for another 4 hours.

When I start to think about it, the last seven years have been incredibly busy. Lots of ups and downs. From our wedding, pregnant with Alexa, my mom diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer, Paul's wedding, having Alexa, my mom passing away, both my in-laws diagnosed with cancer, my dad's heart surgery, Lisa's heart surgery, having Ava, Lisa passing away, John's job ups and downs... its just been busy. I can't believe this much time has passed and so many of life's "moments" have wizzed by. Will the next seven years go by as quickly? I hope they go by slowly. I want to cherish each year!

Some pictures from the last 7 years...

Here's to many more years, and thousands more photos! You can never have too many pictures. ;)

Monday, November 3, 2008


Could the weather get any better for Trick or Treating? It was 67 degrees when took the girls out! According to Alexa, this was the "best trick or treating ever." We spent about an hour running around my dad's neighborhood. Dorothy and Tinkerbell loved every minute of it.

I had been itching to finish a mini-album of our Halloween fun from this year. I pretty much printed up my pictures on Saturday morning. I love how this turned out!

You can see the rest of the album here. I took a bunch of pictures!

Ava in the wave pool

Ava in the wave pool

A perfect landing!

A perfect landing!