Friday, August 13, 2010
I ran across several "freebies" today while online and wanted to share them with you all. Please note that I'm sure this is just a marketing ploy by many to get your information, but at least you'll be getting something in return!
Free "business" cards from Starbucks. These are kinda silly, but they would be a great "gag" gift, perfect stocking stuffers:
Free upgrade to "prime status" membership at Amazon.com for college students (requires valid college e-mail address). Gets you FREE 2 day shipping on your orders! http://www.walletpop.com/blog/2010/07/13/free-amazon-prime-membership-for-college-students/
Free customizable office supplies and gifts from Vistaprint.com. Please note that "shipping and processing" fees apply. Choose from coffee mugs, business cards, invitations, address stamp, calenders, magnets and more!
Jamie from C.R.A.F.T has really cute free printable "inspirational quotes" that would be perfect for cards, framing or gift giving: http://craftingreallyawesomefreethings.blogspot.com/2010/08/free-art-work.html
Thursday, August 12, 2010
We honeymooned in Mendocino. We walked on the beach, ate lunches at quaint little spots, watched sunsets, and freaked out. Wow, did I just really make a huge mistake? Forever is...F O R E V E R. I love him, but did I make the right decision? Two days of worry from a post wedding recovery later and I knew that we would do this together.
Two and a half years of work. Lots of conversations about money, children, family, priorities. Many dinners in our little apartment in the "ghetto". God kept us safe there, and built the cornerstones of our union. We had so much fun there, laughter and "tag...you're it".
Jackson was born, and our world changed forever. Sleep deprivation, stress of a new kind, the weight of the world on your shoulders. Our thought process shifted from "you and I" to "us and the baby". Work would prove somewhat tumultuous, but you weathered the storm and came out better on the other side.
Two years later, Peyton was born. Our girl, our little pink princess. Tears of thanksgiving, it's a girl, which is a big deal considering your family history of boys. Sweet pictures and meaningful memories. Juggling two kids, meeting multiple needs. More stress, more joy, the two intermingled in our family.
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
We priced shade structures...yikes. Very expensive, not in our budget. So we decided to improvise and make our own. My wonderfully smart Momma gave me the idea to make one with PVC pipes and sheets. This is what we came up with, not perfect but it definitely helped. Let me explain what we did.
I then set to work applying grommets to each of the four corners of the sheets. This proved the most labor intensive, but if you want to reuse and wash your sheets (like we did) then I wouldn't skip this step. If you are using old sheets or fabric that you don't plan to reuse again then I'd say you could skip this step and just cut holes directly into the sheet/fabric.
As you can see, it's not perfect but it's definitely a solution that worked for us. Had I to do it over again, I would have set the structure up the day before to see where the sun was going to hit during the time we'd be outside. We ended up setting up the tables not quite right (as you can see) and the table fronts were exposed in some places. I also would have had sheets come down the sides in the front, to somewhat close off the area and help provide extra shade. However all and all it worked and we had several comments on our industriousness.
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Sunday, August 8, 2010
Me taking lots of "action" shots from the car. I have a great little point and shoot!
Daddy and number three in the pool. He had fun with his floatie, it was great for him to kick back and "chillax" in.
We took lots of "night rides". Here's a shot of some tall grass on the side of the road, just before the sun went to bed for the night.
This is a cool shot, I like the perspective and how the car's radio antenna split the photo in half.
Pretty shot of the horizon. The star in the photo was the only one we saw the entire evening.