I just created an awesome personalized Christmas card at Shutterfly:
It’s my favorite website for ordering cards … especially Christmas cards. There are so many designs to choose from, and the site is extremely easy to navigate. Have you bought or ordered your Christmas cards yet? I can’t *wait* to receive ours in the mail and sit down with a steaming mug of hot cocoa, a blanket, a fun pen, and address them all! :) It’s one of my very favorite Christmas traditions.
I seriously doubt that anyone reads my blog anymore, but I’m going to post anyway. How are you? What’s new? Life is sure crazy-busy, but it’s good. So blessed. Did you have a nice Easter? Ours was awesome.
We’re on spring break this week, and school/work resumes Monday. There are a few things that I’d intended to do but never got around to … but that always happens during a vacation, right? I wanted to clean out our large kitchen pantry, and I thought about taking the kids to some day trip-type places. Neither of those happened. But … we did do lots of neat things. Holy Thursday Mass and a soup supper at my church, Good Friday service at Jeff’s church, napping, cleaning, Easter Vigil at my church, two church services and an Easter BBQ at a friend’s house on Easter Sunday, doing some craft projects, shopping, watching stuff on Netflix, sleeping in, having a playdate with some good friends yesterday, eating a family lunch at Pizza Hut today, a family shopping trip to Wal-Mart, playing at our playground, playing the Wii, hanging out with a good friend last night while she made soup, catching up on e-mails … and now the weekend is ahead of us! :)
I saw a ton of crafty things at Wal-Mart today. I could have gone crazy, but alas, I don’t get paid until Wednesday. :) I saw some beautiful seals for decorating envelopes, flowers for making Meredith some hair barrettes and headbands, yarn, etc. Right now, my crafty project is making a picture frame as a birthday gift for a friend in May. Are you doing anything crafty right now?
I’m so excited. We made a family trip to Wal-Mart this afternoon, and my husband said, “I’m going to look at flat-screen TVs.” I figured that he would be into searching for retractable belt stanchions or something like that, but … he spent a lot of time in the electronics department, doing research on different TVs. We now are the proud owners of a Sony Bravia … it’s wonderful!!! It’s so nice to have a TV in our bonus room again. (Lucas broke ours a while back with the Wii remote.) He’s in here watching “Kung Fu Panda”! :)
Greetings, everyone. I sincerely apologize for not updating my blog in quite some time. I now mainly use this space for paid blogging, but I plan to still write actual blog posts from time to time (when I can). It’s amazing how blogging has seemed to fall by the wayside now that Facebook is around. A friend has converted her blog to the “Notes” section of Facebook … hmm, that’s something that I may consider.
I can’t believe our weather this winter. Most everyone I know is complaining that “there’s no snow”; however, I’m absolutely *loving* the warmer temperatures! (We used to have an outdoor thermometer, but unfortunately it broke. It would be great to buy a new one … I’m kind of a weather junkie.) Today’s high was about 42. Love that. I’ll admit, though, that last year it was lots of fun watching our kids sled down the hill in our front yard. And snow is gorgeous when I can sit inside and watch it fall! :)
I’m off work this week, and our kids don’t have school. I’m attending a funeral Mass on Tuesday and helping with the reception at church afterward. Wednesday is Ash Wednesday Mass in the morning, then a playdate for our kids at a way-cool bounce place that afternoon. I also plan to take our kids to our local historical society for some neat-sounding workshops (arts and crafts combined with history lessons). I hope to get some stuff done around the house and catch up on some rest, too.
Did you have a nice Valentine’s Day? (Receive any lingerie bodystockings? LOL!) My husband made me homemade Ghirardelli chocolate brownies with chocolate chips and chocolate frosting, then valentine sprinkles on top. They were *so* delicious! I loved seeing our kids look at their valentines from classmates at school. Gosh, there was so much candy around this house, though … I’m pretty glad that it’s all gone! Target had 50 and 70 percent off Valentine’s Day stuff, and it was hard to resist!
A long time ago when I was searching for a job, I thought that I would search for “toys r us jobs” because it might have been fun working in that environment. :) Wow, the holidays must be *crazy* there, though! I really feel for those who are searching for jobs right now … it’s tough out there. And job hunting can be super stressful. My current job is *such* a huge blessing … I’m loving it *so* very much.
A friend was just mentioning on Facebook that she misses her home state of Connecticut. (I bet that she has been doing some online searches for “car title loans Connecticut.”) Well, of course we miss Indiana quite a bit. Everyone out here is surprised to learn that we’re originally from Indiana. It was *so* exciting on Super Bowl Sunday to see Indianapolis and hear all about its Super Bowl preparations. I unfortunately never got my blue-and-white scarf knitted. :( :( Maybe another time. Hope the Colts will be in the Super Bowl again very soon!
Both of our children enjoy music, but our daughter in particular seems to be quite drawn to it. A few years ago, we were in Indiana at a friend’s house and she saw their drum set (Mapex Drums). Well, she absolutely went crazy over them … sat right down at the seat and started playing. She has very good rhythm, too! She’s always singing songs, and ever since she was a baby, she has calmed down/listened intently when I’ve sung a song for her. I wonder whether she’ll be involved with singing, choir, drama, or some other musical interest. I guess that time will tell! :)
I’ve needed roadside assistance from AAA twice during the past few months. :( My tire completely blew (and shredded!) about a mile from our house, and then I accidentally scraped against a high curb and blew a hole in my tire on the way home from shopping at Wal-Mart. :( AAA is a good service, though. I know how to change a tire, but it’s nice to let people with the proper equipment do it (those lug nuts can be difficult to get off). I have four brand-new tires now … let’s hope that my tires will stay intact for quite a long time now!!!