Wednesday, January 27, 2010

A Spotlight All His Own

So as not to be upstaged, out-shown {if that's even a word} or given less "face time" than his brother, here is Mason's very own blog post. A spotlight all his own! Isn't he just too cute? Believe's saved him many times in his short 3 1/2 year old life!

And yes...that is the face that I got when I asked him to smile!


Tuesday, January 26, 2010

We Have A Kindergartener

Today, we signed this little boy

up for Kindergarten! OMG! Where has the time gone? It seems like just yesterday we were bringing home this little helpless bundle

who was OUR SON and now he's enrolled to enter Kindergarten starting on August 17th! He's not a baby anymore! {sigh}


Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Soles4Souls - Your Old Soles Could Help Haiti

Haiti has been on our minds nonstop since the devastating earthquake last week, but now that donations have been made to some worthy charities, we are stuck with what else can we do?

What else? Donate shoes.

Soles4Souls has partnered with Foot Solutions to try to get as many gently-worn shoes to the people of Haiti. From little sneakers for a child, to sturdy work boots for an adult clearing rubble, all types of basic footwear are needed except probably snow boots. But, if you have those, send them along since Soles4Souls will be sure to find a home for those somewhere else.

I have donated shoes to this organization before, and it feels great to know that those barely-worn sandals my toddler outgrew in a month, or the running sneakers I hardly ever use will serve their purpose. They will even take half-pairs if your dog made a meal out of its mate. It makes me happy to know that even if we can't all make a big monetary donation, there's still something great to be done. -Christina

To find a drop-off location near you, just go to Soles4Souls and check for a location. Or, if you want to do a larger collection among friends or neighbors, you can ship them to one of their warehouse locations.

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Monday, January 18, 2010

Alive And Kicking!

Sorry for the lack of blogging lately but things are just status quo at our house. And that is a good thing. We spent the first weeks of the New Year just trying to stay warm with our subzero temps in St. Louis and really haven't had too much to share.

The boys are good - staying healthy and behaving as best as they can. We had their "Winter Gala" at school last week (the Christmas Program that wasn't a Christmas Program) and I have a few videos of Jack's class (Mason got stage fright and freaked out so he didn't participate) but I have yet to upload them to the computer.

This weekend we went to Sophie's 3rd Birthday party at Build A Bear Workshop (see Hank & Tricia's Blog Post HERE)and had a great time. Both of the boys created new friends and they have not left their sides since we got home!

Other than that, nothing new or earth shattering to report - just wanted to make sure everyone knew that we were alive and kicking!


Friday, January 15, 2010

Happy Birthday, Sophie!

Happy Birthday, Sophie!

We Love You!
Ya Ya, Uncle Tim, Jack & Mason


Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Wordless Wednesday: Pray For Haiti

Major Earthquake Hits Haiti

My heart breaks for the people of Haiti and can't imagine the devistation that they are experiencing to their homes and their lives. Life will never be the same for them.


Thursday, January 7, 2010

Happy Birthday, Bear!

Happy Birthday, Bear (aka Pop)!
We love you!
Have a great day!!!

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Reflections Of My Past

So many people that I know have looked at their past and documented what happened to them in the past decade so I decided that I'd give it a whirl. Reflecting back, some of it was good, some of it could be classified as "best moments of my life", and the others.....we'll I'll just say I'll leave them with my past.

So here we go:
- Our house was broken into the day after Christmas - bad guys took more than just electronics, it was the first time I didn't feel "Safe" in my own home.
- Went on my first cruise (and loved it)
- Lost my Grandfather to prostate cancer
- Experienced 9/11 from a far
- Was proposed to a second time by Tim
- Planned our wedding in a record 6 wks
- Got married to my best friend in the whole wide world - 8/31/2002
- Put our house (make that Tim's house) on the market FSBO (hoping to sell it fast)
- Sold our house FAST (that was a relief)
- Bought our "first home" together
- Went on a belated honeymoon in Negril, Jamaica
- Found out that we brought back a souvenir from Negril - I was PREGNANT!
- Moved into our new home
- Had our first child - 10/20/2004
- Tim lost his father to Colon Cancer
- Welcomed a new nephew into the world from a far
- Got pregnant again and experienced the heartbreak of a miscarriage
- Got pregnant again (obviously it wasn't hard for me to do)
- Had our second child (and called it quits there)- 4/20/2006
- Survived the first year with two children under 2 1/2 (it was filled with a lot of illness by all of us!)
- Experienced many "firsts" and "milestones" as a parent
- Started blogging as a way to keep family & friends up to day on our goings on
- Successfully potty trained two boys! {That to me was a huge accomplishment}
- Turned 40 - 10/17/2008
- Got my first tattoo (and so want to get another)- 10/17/2008
- Welcomed a niece, from across the globe, into our family
- Lost my Grandmother to Cancer
- Said hello to a BRAND NEW DECADE!

Whoa - that's a fair amount of stuff! I'm sure that I've forgotten SOMETHING of some significant importance but hey, you can't remember it all


Monday, January 4, 2010

Take 10% Off!

Starting 1/1/10 - my little side job, selling personalized stationery and paper products has gone online! I'm so excited because it will give so many people a greater access to such wonderful products.

For the month of January - as a way to celebrate our online presence, Paperly is offering 10% OFF of all orders placed through my website!

That's a GREAT savings and a wonderful way to restock on your stationery and note cards that you just used up writing your "Thank You's" for all those Christmas presents that you just got!

So................check out my website - and order away! If you have any questions, please let me know!

Happy New Year


Friday, January 1, 2010

Come Shopping ONLINE with Me!

Yes, that's right!!!!

I'm ONLINE and ready for you to come shopping with ME!!!

My website is up and running and effective today, 1/1/2010 you can place orders directly through my site!

How easy is that?!

Of course, if you have questions about ANYTHING or would like to host a Paperly get together at your home, you can contact me directly but now you have the ease of ordering at your fingertips!

Please bookmark my site and shop with me in 2010! Monthly specials will be shown on my website as well.

I also ask that you please pass this link along to anyone else that you might think would be interested in my Paperly products.

Thanks so much! Happy New Year and Happy Shopping!!!!