Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Shutterfly for the holidays

*This post contains my experience and opinions.  See full disclosure below.*

This is my third year to order our Christmas cards from Shutterfly.  I am never disappointed with the selection or ease in designing and ordering my cards.  One of my favorite features is how you can save your favorite cards to compare together.  I had so many designs I liked this year and this feature helped me finally choose a card!  It's super convenient that Shutterfly saves all your old projects so I can just look at last year's card to make sure I'm not ordering something too similar!


I ordered a little later this year (Cyber Monday and got a fabulous deal!), so I was a little afraid of getting my cards and then getting them out on time.  However, in true Shutterfly style, my orange box was in my mail box long before the estimated arrival date.  With a little extra craziness at our house due to Kelton's appendectomy, our cards are yet to go out, so just a peek at the back of this years card is all I'm posting!


In addition to ordering cards, you can also order prints and tons of different photo gifts.  You could almost cross off you entire Christmas list just shopping at Shutterfly alone!

It's not quite too late to get orders in for delivery by Christmas Eve, but you're pushing it!  Check out their holiday shipping guidelines to see what you can still order and by when.  Or avoid the holiday stress all together and order New Years, Valentines or Easter cards.  I've always thought that would be a fun idea!

Right now save up to 50% on holiday cards, photo books and other projects.  No code needed!

Disclaimer: I purchased our Christmas cards myself.  The opinions expressed here are my own and may differ from other's experiences.




Tuesday, December 2, 2014

A Frozen Halloween!

I don't just say that because it happened to be the coldest day so far!  There were so many Frozen characters out trick or treating!  I think we counted at least 10 Elsas!  We happened to have a very cute Elsa and Anna of our own!

It's been kind of a tradition that the Woodles come spend Halloween with us.  We trick or treat and I make a big pot Hamburger Stew.  

So many memories seeing Leyton wear the same costume that Kelton wore for his first Halloween!

Kelton


Leyton




I wonder if there will come a year when Konnor is not a transformer and Katie is not a disney princess.  Kelton was pretty original as Michael Jackson though and Remmy made a great red crayon!





Can't forget our pumpkin carving pictures!




Of course, we visited the local nursing home to hand out muffins to the residents.  I can't believe in a few short years, we won't be wearing costumes anymore!  Got to soak up these years while I can!


Sunday, November 16, 2014

Fall Running!

After the sweat fest that is summer, it's always nice when fall arrives and it's a little cooler!  There are tons of races to choose from this time of year, but I had signed up for the Prairie Fire back to back challenge on New Years Eve when fees were super low.  I signed up for the spring 5K and fall half. Training went much better this year.  Last year we had to put Jasmine to sleep just a few weeks before the race.  After that, my IT band flared up and I just didn't feel like running at all.  Because of that, I didn't finish quite like I'd hoped but it was still a great experience.  

This year, training went much better even though I did start to feel a bit burnt out towards the end.  I was a little nervous at the starting line but having friends with me always helps!


 Eric and the kids really got into their sign making this year and spent a lot of time the day before making some super funny signs!


They were there cheering for me at mile 2, 5 and 8, then met me at the finish line!  Seeing them every few miles is such an encouragement!

Since my IT band managed to behave itself this year, I was able to take off over 16 min from last year.  Afterwards, I was feeling fairly certain I would not be running the half again next fall, especially since I'd gotten so burnt out.  Monday morning though as I rolled my sore body out of bed, I thought....I can do that faster!  ;-)





The next weekend was the Winfield Food Pantry 5k.  Katie and I did this together last year for her first 5K and I think it will become a tradition that we always run this together, just the two of us!

She wanted to us to be "twinsies" so we both wore black tights and pink sweatshirts.  She did awesome and improved her time almost 10 min from last year!










Sunday, October 26, 2014

Soccer and Cheerleading

We didn't just have soccer this fall, we had a little cheerleader too!  Katie participated in the cheer chicks cheer clinic and got to perform at one of the football games!  She loved it and can't wait until she's in 3rd grade and can cheer for youth football.

Katie is in the middle row, 4th from the right side.


Kelton had another great soccer season.  He loves playing forward and is learning to remember it's okay to pass and let someone else take the shot who might be in a better position.  Still, he scored a handful of goals and continues to just love to play.






After a couple weeks rest, basketball is getting ready to start and we're hoping to find a gymnastics or dance class for Katie.  Always busy!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

School is back in session!

School started back up almost two months ago and as usual, the kids are loving it!  Kelton is in 5th grade, his last year at the grade school!  Katie is in 1st grade, which seems so much older than kindergarten!






They love it when school starts and I'm so grateful that they do, but it's always so hard for me to send them back.  I love having spending time with them in the summer!  It's always so hard not to cry!



 I'm not sure they manage to destroy their backpacks every year, but they do!  So thank goodness for Kohls and 30% off.  I was able to get Kelton a camo one and Katie's has ladybugs!


 Something even more new this year was that they both got glasses after a visit to the eye dr.  Kelton needs to wear his all the time but Katie's are just for school work and reading.




The day after they started school, Konny started his last year of Pre-K.  I will readily admit that I'm having regular panic attacks about sending him to kindergarten next year.  I seriously can't talk about it without crying.  He can't wait though!



We are are so blessed to have such fabulous teachers and staff in our schools!  I love being able to treat them for loving my kids all year!



I'm the Box Tops coordinator again this year so don't forget to clip and send them our way if you're not already saving for another school!