Every year I give a little Christmas card preview of the photos we may or may not use. This is year is extra special because I am also going to give you a preview of the ACTUAL Christmas card we are going to use!
Wonder why I am doing this? Because Shutterfly is awesome.
They are running a special promotion that allows bloggers to write up a little something, and you get free cards in return! Isn’t that awesome? I think it is.
I use Shutterfly for everything picture related. I have this SITE where I post all of my photos for friends and family to see and order from if they so desire. I order my Christmas cards from them every year. I made a Guest Book for Brett and Kristi’s wedding with pictures from their ENGAGEMENT SHOOT.
This year, when we got our PROFESSIONAL PICTURES, I knew I had to get some killer Christmas cards.
Here is my favorites from Shutterfly:
This is a good one to show off more than one picture from a set of pictures.
I like this one because of it’s simplicity and beauty. You really can’t get more beautiful at Christmas than snowflakes.
I love this one also because of it’s simplicity but with the pizazz of the “sparkly” JOY. Perfect for one good picture.
I love the Christmas Light String. My first Christmas card picture was of Cameron with a string of lights. I like the colors of this one also.
P.P.S. I am definitely getting some of THESE!
I am doing alright with my quitting. The hard part is when they start growing a bit, they have really bad jagged edges. This is when I would naturally bite them right off. Just yesterday, I filed the jagged edges down. I am also dealing with the bad cuticles. You can probably see this in the picture with a sore on my ring finger. So disgusting. But, the good news is, looking at these pictures makes me want to vomit. So, I look at them everyday.
Rian asked me to do this for him, I happily obliged!
These are in no particular order, just things that I have been thinking that I would like.
1. Tiffany Peace Necklace
I have always loved all things Peace. Always. This is a new necklace, just released this year, and I love it. Find it HERE.
2. Amazon Gift Cards
Remember that I recently got the new Kindle? I did. It would be awesome to get some Amazon gift cards so that I could buy books electronically for free! Find gift cards HERE.
3. Kindle Cover
With the new Kindle still in mind, I need some sort of cover for it. You can get those many different places, Amazon being one of them. To find Kindle Covers, go HERE.
4. Sperry TopSider Leopard Print Loafers
I am having a bit of a shoe crisis at my house right now. My feet grew when I was pregnant with Cameron, and I think they are growing again. I went up a 1/2 size with Cameron and we’ll see what happens this time around. So, right now I am a bit low on shoes. I ADORE these. Check them out HERE.
That is it! Can you believe it? Only 4 items!
Stay tuned for a play-by-play on what I plan on getting Cameron for Christmas and what I think Cameron should get me for Christmas.
Rian and I wanted to take Cameron on a last hurrah before his brothers or sisters come and also while I was still comfortable traveling. We were supposed to go a few weeks ago, but had to reschedule because of some work related stuff. So we went this past weekend.
WE HAD A BLAST!
I found myself teary eyed a few times because of the fact that Cameron was so excited and smiling and glad to see everything.
So, without further ado, our trip to California…in pictures.
Most of the rides wouldn’t allow photography during the ride. So a lot of our pictures are from waiting in line. This was our very first ride, “Pirates of the Carribean.” Cameron was a tiny bit scared going down the little hills on the boat, but all of the characters and other stuff, he was just fine. If you were on our boat, you would of heard things like, “Oooohhh, look at that cute puppy.” “Wow! Treasure!” “I don’t want to get wet Mommy.”
Mommy and Cameron on one of Cameron’s potential “favorites” for the day. He LOVED the carousel and cried when we had to get off. The other big favorite: The Jungle Cruise. The only ride that we actually rode twice that day.
Did I mention that the day we were there was the first day of Disney Christmas? It was A-M-A-Z-I-N-G. The entire park was decorated in Christmas decorations. It was the first day of the Christmas parade. There was a giant Christmas tree. Above is Sleeping Beauty’s castle. Do you see the snow on it? That was the first day! At 5:30 when it got dark, they did a lighting of the castle and made it snow in Disneyland! THEY MADE IT SNOW! The castle was lit up with millions of icicle lights.
Disneyland all day. Drive to Oceanside right afterwards (about an hour and a half). What a trooper. He fell asleep in this position and didn’t wake up when we changed his diaper, shirt or pants. He slept like a little rock. So did Rian and I.
Day 2. Sea World. We also ate lunch at In N’ Out Burger before heading there…delicious as usual. We hit up Sea World and it was far from crowded. We felt like no one was there compared to Disneyland the day before. Here is Daddy and Cameron touching starfish!
Cameron waiting to see the Shamu show. We got there a bit early and were watching them play. There were 2 babies and 3 larger ones. You should have seen the babies playing. Jumping all over the place and entertaining us! Isn’t Cameron’s new Lighting McQueen hat from Disneyland cute? He has barely taken it off even to sleep the past four days.
When we were leaving Sea World, we saw these two people taking pictures of each other by their cars. We thought it was kind of funny, so we did the same. It was a beautiful view and sunset in the background, but there were a lot of cars too. Rian is obviously trying to be a serious model in this picture.
We went to the pumpkin patch back in October. It was really fun. They had the “barrel train” ride that Cameron was pumped for. However, he was a little nervous to do it on his own, so I squished in there with him.
I have never laughed so hard.
He was yelling things like, “Wooooooooo,” “Ride ‘em Cowboy,” “This is Awesome” and “Hi Ducks and Goats!” We were having a blast.
(Has anyone seen those creepy commercials where people are writing letters to themselves about quitting smoking or drinking? I am putting myself in that creepy category with this letter to me.)
It’s time to stop the gross, disgusting madness of biting your nails. You have done it your whole life. If you quit now, by the time you are 62, you will have bitten your nails for half of your life. Gross. You have the tools to stop (Anti-Nail Biting Cream ordered from some shady website online). You know you can do it (you have done it for a few months at a time here and there over the course of your life). When students tell you how disgusting your fingers look, it’s time. When your husband looks at you like he is going to vomit while you are biting them, it’s time.
So, you are going to post pictures of your nails on this blog starting with once a week until you have quit. Week 1 is going to be awful, especially if a lot of people look at this post. They are seriously in the pits of despair and look like vomit.
It has been a rough week for me! Last Saturday, Rian and I went to a Halloween party and had a blast for it not necessarily being our favorite holiday to celebrate. We danced, danced, danced. And I paid for it. At about midnight, I hit a wall, or, the wall hit me square in the face. We went home immediately and I went straight to bed.
I didn’t get out of bed ALL DAY Sunday. I felt like crap. Exhausted, my back was hurting, I was cramping, I had a headache. Basically, I felt like I had a horrible hangover with cramps on top of it.
I have a pretty good schedule at work and the next morning, I only had to teach during first period. I came home immediately after that and went back to bed. I decided in the wee hours of Tuesday to call in sick. That day I went and saw my doctor.
Everything is great with the babes and my body is really just feeling the effects of ligament and uterus stretching. It hurts. Today is the first day that I am not feeling any cramping (yet).
I need to stay positive and just realize that realistically, this will probably be the last time that I am pregnant. I need to enjoy the ride. This week was tough and I am sure there will be more tough weeks, but, I am getting to little babies for it in the end. Worth it? TOTALLY.