Friday, November 19

Free Shutterfly Cards!!

Hey everyone!  I love free stuff, so I couldn't resist doing this (and I am sitting at work waiting on some things to finish running while I type, so it's a win-win). 

Shutterfly is giving away 50 free Christmas cards to bloggers!  How exciting!  I was already planning on using them for our cards this year, unfortunatly I don't have the time to hand make them this year, so I was so excited to see this offer! I am also pretty sure that our families would rather have Rease's picture plastered all over their Christmas card then something cute I would make :)

I have never ordered from Shutterfly before, but love their products.  I am actually working on a photo book of Rease's first year through them right now (got a good deal on Groupon!) and really like how it is turning out.  Also in the works soon is a photo book of all our our family members.  Since we don't see everyone enough for Rease to always remember their names and face, I thought that would be a very cute idea to help her learn who everyone is!  I love their calendars as well, but doubt I get enough time to do them this year. 

Here are a few links to the products I mentioned above and some others I think are so cute!  I will probably be trying some of these soon!

Christmas Cards  Wall Calendars  Canvas

If you are a fellow blogger and want to take advantage of this offer go here :

And...I promise to post some pictures and an update on Rease soon.  We have been so busy getting ready to head to Indiana for a week we haven't had much time!

Saturday, November 6

I am a slacker!

Hey Everyone!  I have been such a blog slacker!  I haven't posted in three months! That is simply ridiculous!

We have been very busy the last few months and I started a new position August 1 and it is really keeping me busy!!  Not that I feel like I need to share an excuse for why I haven't posted, but I seriously can't believe it has been that long!  Hopefully I will do a better job over the next couple of months!

Here are a few pictures that we have from the last couple of months.  Unfortunately, they are in reverse order.  Blogger is sometimes a real nuisance when it comes to uploading pictures!  I haven't done a very good job of taking pictures lately.  It was so much easier to take pictures when Rease was smaller and wasn't up and about non-stop.  I am also planning on getting the camera out more often and getting some good pictures again! 

Rease is nearly 18 months old and changing a lot.  She is starting to talk a little more now, even though she still doesn't say a whole lot that you can clearly understand.  She talks a lot of about Elmo (Momo), Mickey Mouse (Me mou), and likes to try to repeat what you say to her. 

We get to go spend the afternoon this Tuesday at the pediatric GI to try and figure out why Rease's alkaline phosphatase (I think??) level is so high.  Hopefully we can get an answer to that soon and be done visiting the doctor's office :)

Chris and I were able to spend the day today with some leaders and students from Great Oaks' senior high group.  We went up to Matthiessen and Starved Rock State Parks (thanks to Grandma & Grandpa Corwin for watching Rease so we could go!).  We were initially supposed to camp for the weekend, but due to a low turnout decided to turn it into a day trip.  I can honestly say that I was very thankful for that.  I was really not looking forward to sleeping in a tent in the 20's. Burr!!!  We had a great day and the hikes were wonderful (I was only feeling moderately sore and out of shape by the end of the day!).  It was breath taking to watch the sunrise while driving and watch the sun filter in through the trees and rock formations.  God blessed us with some wonderful views today!

Chris and I are so thankful for Great Oaks and the staff and people there.  We have built some great friendships there and are so thankful that God is working in and through the people of the church.  Some of the first friends we made when we moved to Peoria recently started coming with us to church and I am so thankful for the blessing Great Oaks has been to them over the last month or so.  Throughout that whole process I have been so blessed by learning that the timeline that I think is right isn't always what God has planned.  And great things happen on His timeline, not mine. 

Rease was a cow for Halloween.  At first she was not too excited about the costume, but by the end she was loving it!  She also loved the jump house and corn hole!


Chris ran his first (and last??) marathon at the end of September.  He did a great job and finished just under 4 hours.  I apparently play a terrible paparazzi because I didn't hardly take any pictures of him.  He ran with one of our good friends, Chris, and they both did a great job.  Karen (Chris' wife) and I drove around with the kids trying to find them at different points along the way and cheer nice and loud for them!  They did great!

Have a great night everyone!  I know this post was a little random and all over the place, but I will try to do a better job!!

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