Friday, November 26, 2010

Black Friday, Leftovers & Christmas Cards!

I think this might be the first time I've sat down since leaving work at 3:00pm on Wednesday afternoon. WHEW! I knew it would be a busy few days though, so not much surprise there.

We had a wonderful Thanksgiving yesterday with family & close friends. The food was delicious, the pecan pie was awesome and the leftovers we had today were just as tasty! Yummy, yum yum!

Abbie loved everything about Thanksgiving dinner, so munched down the stuffing & turkey. She tried other things & made funny faces but at least she tried!

Jaelyn would have probably rather ate peanut butter & jelly but she finally did eat a little bit and then she devoured some peanut butter pie that Aunt Jo made!

The kids settled down to watch Toy Story 3 while the Ladies searched thru sale ads upon sale ads up sale ads! There wasn't anything that I thought I NEEDED to get but there were some pretty good deals so I ventured out to Toys-R-Us at 10pm after the girls were sound asleep (& their Daddy shortly after!). I bought some gifts for the girls & other kids in the family and some pretty reasonable prices. When I walked out an hour & a 1/2 later I was shocked to see people were still in line just to get into the store. WOW! Crazyness!! But everyone was polite from what I saw. There was no pushing & shoving. No panicking the last toy was gone. It was rather calm & easy.

Today the girls went to daycare for a little bit. That may seem unethical(?) to some of you but the enjoy daycare & seeing other kids & playing and I figured they would still be home with us for 2 more days so why not? They only stayed a 1/2 day though and then we came home quick, changed into some adorable outfits and went to the local park to see if I could finally capture some shots for our Christmas cards. Oh and I did! I managed not to get too frustrated either because let me tell you... getting an almost 2 year old & a 3 year old to do exactly what you want for that perfect picture.. yeah, it ain't happening!! But I was happy with the results.

I don't want to share too much as I want the cards to be a sweet surprise when they are opened by the recipents! But here are a few of my favorite shots that didn't quite make the Christmas card cut to give you an idea....

I promise to share the cards at a later time.. they are SO cute and boy am I happy that Shutterfly had that amazing free card giveaway.

Well, it's on to more shopping, wrapping and hopefully putting up the tree before the weekend is over. That in itself should be a fun adventure.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

From my family to yours... we wish all of you a very Happy Thanksgiving!
Enjoy special time with your family, savor every special dish, capture the moments in your hearts and smile lots!!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Same/Same: Songs for Adoptive Families

I was recently contacted by Chicago-area singer/songwriter Chuck Kent, who is partnering with World Vision in the months of November & December through the sales of his CD of adoption songs titled "Same/Same: Songs for Adoptive Families".

November is National Adoption Month in the U.S. and November 20 is National Adoption Day.

Kent said that during November and December he will be donating to World Vision for their global humanitarian work with all kinds of children and families.

According to Adoptive Families magazine "... the catchy tunes and clever lyrics put to music how children think and feel about adoption ... songs perceptively tap into common issues, such as invasive questions, worrying about permanence, and testing parental limits." The CD of 11 adoption songs can be purchased through links on the website

World Vision is a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice. World Vision serves all people, regardless of religion, race, ethnicity or gender.

The singer/songwriter and his adoptive family live in the Chicago area where he runs the creative marketing agency Creative on Call, Inc. - He is a proud supporter of World Vision; these proceeds will go to help the children and families it serves.

All information courtesy of

Please take a minute to stop & listen to some sample songs on the CD, read about Chuck Kent and his efforts to help the children & families of World Vision. I personally will be ordering one of these CD's for my girls to listen to (of course once our Adoption is finalized [fingers crossed!]). I think as an adoptive parent talking to your children about adoption is not so much a fear, but it's not always easy. Why not have a fun CD with music to help out? The songs are catchy from the previews I've listened too and I can just picture my little ones dancing around to them! I hope to offer more of a review once I receive my CD - I will give you an update!

Wordish Wednesday & A New Look!

A simple black & white of me, hiding behind the camera!
So this is what the girls see of me most of the time, huh?
I am so happy that today is my Friday!

Bonus: We were permitted to wear jeans to work today.

Another Bonus: We are out of here at 4:30! (an hour early!).

So my plans are to go home, clean my bathroom & dining room before running to get the girls, hopefully a little bit early and then RELAXING before my house is filled with family & friends tomorrow. We may do pizza, make some popcorn and watch Toy Story 3, since I have yet to see it! But then tomorrow...Mmmmm, I can already taste the turkey & stuffing. Bring on the pie!

Happy Thanksgiving!

AND... TADA.. How do you like my new design?? I had the pleasure of working with Lara at Designer Blogs on this, even though she did all of the work really! Isn't it fabulous though? I just love it! If you are looking for a new design for your blog, please check them out! They have tons of designs to chose from and do a simply marvelous job. I am tickled PINK over mine. :)

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Post-It Note Tuesday

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Monday, November 22, 2010

Meet Me on Monday

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1. How many pillows do you sleep with? 3! Yes, I am a pillow hog! :) Usually though, I have 2 under my head and I snuggle with the 3rd one. Especially if the hubster is unavailable for cuddle time!

2. Where will you eat on Thanksgiving? At home with my beautiful daughters & their Daddy and probably a few other guest.

3. Would you rather go to a party or host a party? I'd rather go to a party. I don't mind hosting but its lots of work with 2 little ones!

4. How many purses (for the guys..wallets) do you own? Oh, this is a bad question. I kind of had this purse addiction problem. It's gotten better but still, I'm pretty sure I have at least 25 in the closet right now. I just donated a few so it all evens out right??

 5. What is your favorite kind of seafood? ALL OF IT! I love seafood! If I had to narrow it down though I'd say.. steamed king crab legs & mussels are my 2 most favorite. Yummy, yum, yum!!