11/18/10 9:48AM

Hey guys Christmas is just around the corner and I just wanted to recommend shutterfly.com for your holiday cards this year. I've been using shutterfly for atleast 3 or 4 years now. They have a great selection. It is soooo easy to do and they usually have promotions going on. I've also used shuttefly for birth announcements and have ordered several photo books! I have already started looking at what card I would like this year and I haven't even taken the kids picture yet! I LOVE how you can shop by what color you want. So if you want to match a theme or match with what clothes your kids or family is wearing you can! I love the modern designs and also vintage inspired designs. They have something for everyone. This year a few of my personal favorites are "brightly colored lights" and anything really with birds on it! This one for example is really nice.
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  • juliagulia
    i love shutterfly, too! we have several photo books and use them for sharing photos with my family from far away :) looking forward to seeing yall and the sweet kiddos during the holidays!!
    by juliagulia at 11/18/10 11:48AM
  • windham4life
    cool, I will have to look into it because I definitely want our Christmas cards this year to be a birth announcement and Christmas card all in one.
    by windham4life at 11/18/10 9:06PM
  • pistal77
    thanks for all of the information.
    by pistal77 at 11/20/10 9:53AM
  • kendralulu
    Love shutterfly! I just made a Fall photo book; turned out really cute. Also, I plan to make a calendar for the grandparents for Christmas. :)
    by kendralulu at 11/27/10 3:37PM

The Parks are stayin

So turns out my sis and her fam are staying afterall!! Michael was offered a job here in Austin and he accepted it. He had already started his job in Arizona and there house in Austin was up for sale. Luckily it all worked out though. What a roller coaster of emotions!! So glad they will not being moving though.

Me, Jarrod, and the kids just got back from a family trip to Galveston. It was a blast. A great family vacation and we're already talking about when we can go back!! Friday me and Emma are heading out to Lewisville, Texas (my hometown) with my sister and her girls and my mom. That will be a nice get away with just the girls. We'll get back next Tuesday. Then I'm having Austin's birthday party on Saturday the 12th. Cant believe he will be 2!!
After that Jarrod's mom is taking all the kids back to her house in the Dallas area for the week. She keeps them one week each summer usually when VBS is going on at her congregation. The kids always enjoy it since they get to spend time with Mamaw and there cousins Tia 5, Ava 4, and Zoe 2 1/2!!
The week they are gone me and Jarrod are catching up on things we need to get done around the house and then we are heading to Fredericksburg for a few days. One of those neat towns that I've never actually been to. Well, I've got an anxious daughter waiting to use the computer so I guess that's all for my update!!
  • windham4life
    Awe, I bet you are so relieved that your sister's family is staying!!! Wow, what a turn of events! :) I'm glad you guys had fun in Galveston. Jesse and I are thinking about taking a trip somewhere along the beach, maybe Corpus or North Padre. Any suggestions? We've never been! Have a fun summer!!
    by windham4life at 06/01/10 9:19PM
  • sherry_everett
    Glad they get to stay!! Enjoy Fredricksburg! I have heard great things about it, but haven't gotten to go myself.
    by sherry_everett at 06/01/10 10:05PM
  • kendralulu
    Have a fun weekend and enjoy your upcoming kid-free time! We love Fredricksburg! You should eat at the Herb Farm....yummy!! :)
    by kendralulu at 06/02/10 9:45AM
  • juliagulia
    Fredericksburg is so fun!! Glad you two get to go away for a few days! :)
    by juliagulia at 06/02/10 10:59AM
  • pistal77
    that is great! glad that yall had fun.
    by pistal77 at 06/02/10 6:16PM
  • blueeyes
    Happy for you all!
    by blueeyes at 06/02/10 8:49PM
  • kendralulu
    Yes, it's great! Thank you!! ~ Hope everyone feels better today! :)
    by kendralulu at 06/03/10 7:37AM
  • sharon
    We wanted to make all of VBS at West Main, but we'll only make a couple days of it. Waaa. Oh well, better maybe a day than none at all.
    by sharon at 06/05/10 9:16PM
  • kendralulu
    Me too! :)
    by kendralulu at 06/12/10 8:50AM
  • kendralulu
    Thank you! We're taking Avery to the doctor tomorrow morning and then again on Monday for her first check-up.....that's all that we have planned for now. Can't wait to visit with you!! :)
    by kendralulu at 06/26/10 10:26PM
  • kendralulu
    Tuesday should be good for us and the casserole sounds yummy!!! You are too sweet! Can't wait to visit with you!!! :)
    by kendralulu at 06/28/10 10:54PM
  • kendralulu
    Sounds good!
    by kendralulu at 06/29/10 11:11PM

updates and updates about updating

Well, I felt it was time to give an update.......Emma's kindergarten year at Fortis is drawing to a close.....it's been a great year and we have really enjoyed the experience! For now we are going to move forward with it and continue on and hopefully will be able to have Ethan and Austin going when they are ready to start school....lord willing..we will see what the furture holds! In a few days my girl will be turning 6. It really is hard for me to believe....and in about a month Austin will be 2!! So I dont leave him out...Ethan will turn 4 in September..we still have a while for that eventhough he talks about his birthday almost everyday and so that I dont forget he reminds me that he wants a red spiderman cake!
Jarrod turns 30 on May 13th..which is crazy also......still trying to decide how to celebrate this great achievement....I have many idea's but still not sure yet.
So we also have Michael's birthday at the end of April, my niece Ava's birthday this weekend, Jamye's birthday is in May, mothers day, my bday and Austin's is at the beginning of June and then there is fathers day. YIKES! Lot's of celebrations......lot's of planning.....

Right now Im pretty saddened by the very recent news that my sister and her family are moving to Arizona. Jamye called me yesterday to break the news.......
I have gone through several different stages. Yesterday it was disbelief...today my stomach has been in knots and I just have a nervous feeling, and my heart breaks for Emma....I told her the news this morning and she broke out in tears immediately...which led to me breaking out in tears!! Michael has already accepted his new job and it is definite. It's a hard concept for me to fully grasp. . Emma and Alyssa have been best friends/cousins since Emma was 1 day old and Alyssa was only 6 months old and came to meet her in the hospital!! And of course I will miss my sister and my nieces and Michael! There are so many things we take for granted with them living so close by that I dont think we'll even realize we had until they are gone. Anyways, I keep hoping something will happen to make them stay.......but I dont think it's possible. But my hope is we still stay close and try to be together as often as possible!
Well, here is a smilebox I made at Easter time and I thought since Im here I'll post it too!

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  • juliagulia
    the kids are so cute- i love the boys suits and emma's black and white dress! looking forward to seeing you all this weekend! :)
    by juliagulia at 04/23/10 12:12PM
  • yellowrose
    I'm sorry you and your sister will be so far away. I totally understand that. Think though about your grandpa moving close. *Hugs*
    by yellowrose at 04/23/10 3:56PM
  • sherry_everett
    Your kiddos are so cute! I am sorry that your sister is moving so far away. That is really hard. At least with skype and instant messengers and such it is easier to keep in touch these days with long distance family!
    by sherry_everett at 04/23/10 11:29PM
  • iamchriswindham
    I was kinda surprised that Jarrod will only be 30, for some reason I thought our age gap was larger. This year I'll be 26...
    by iamchriswindham at 04/25/10 10:26PM
  • kendralulu
    A lot of birthdays coming up...fun! I'll be 30 in October...crazy! ~ I'm sorry to hear that they are moving; that has to be really hard for you. *Hugs!*
    by kendralulu at 04/27/10 7:47AM
  • windham4life
    lots of birthdays and lots of fun. :) I know that must be hard that Jamye and their family are moving so far away :( I definitely know what it is like to be close to your family. Like you said, hopefully you guys will stay in touch often!!
    by windham4life at 04/27/10 2:32PM
  • pistal77
    great pictures! lots of chances to spend time together!!
    by pistal77 at 04/27/10 5:11PM
  • sharon
    I can't believe you have a 6 year old. Hey, I have a 6 year old. AHHHHH!!!
    by sharon at 05/02/10 3:38PM
  • blueeyes
    Thank you! Glad Austin will get to make it! :)
    by blueeyes at 05/06/10 3:04PM

a new entry

So a while back Jarrod set me up to get these daily bible verses through e-mail and this the one I got today. I figured I would share since I haven't been able to think of anything "entry worthy"...until now....I love this verse and the comments on it. So true! Something Im constantly reminding myself of! Hope everyone is doing great.

Psalm 118:24

This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.

How did you start your day this morning? Did you awaken with joy? Are you refreshed knowing that today is a gift from the Lord?

Or are you dragging? Just barely making it with complaint after complaint? The weather... the kids... the.. job.... so many burdens to bear.

There are many things that HE prepared in advance for you to do. Be glad of the gift and serve Him today with joy.

What do you think? Discussion at: http://facebook.com/DailyBibleVerse

  • sunshinebear
    Good verse and great thoughts...oh so true! Thanks for sharing.
    by sunshinebear at 01/25/10 1:44PM
  • blueeyes
    Hope you feel better soon!
    by blueeyes at 01/25/10 2:02PM
  • csusoftballgirl
    I enjoyed reading Jarrod's article in the Exhorter this week:)
    by csusoftballgirl at 01/25/10 2:20PM
  • kendralulu
    Good reminder! :)
    by kendralulu at 01/25/10 2:45PM
  • yellowrose
    Definitely cannot be reminded of that verse enough!!
    by yellowrose at 01/25/10 4:35PM
  • windham4life
    I think about this verse often, especially when I am feeling grumpy or depressed about the day. I try to remember to focus on the blessings of each day, and that helps me make it through when I'm discouraged. :) If God sees fit to give me another day, I should appreciate it, embrace it, and take advantage of all the opportunities in it! :)
    by windham4life at 01/25/10 8:36PM
  • misslynn
    Each new day is an opportunity to serve God and show Him to others no matter if it is a 'good' day or a 'bad' day. Some days are hard, but it is how we handle that makes all the difference :)
    by misslynn at 01/25/10 10:17PM
  • kendralulu
    We were in Marble Falls visiting Craig's parents. :)
    by kendralulu at 03/15/10 11:03AM
  • kendralulu
    After AM services Jacob was running a fever; he seems to be feeling better today.
    by kendralulu at 03/15/10 11:09AM
  • kendralulu
    Thank you! I love it! I can't wait to see the one she'll make for baby girl! :)
    by kendralulu at 03/16/10 8:25PM
  • blueeyes
    I did not get a chance to talk to you tonight about Kalli. I am keeping her in the toddler class because she does not turn 3 until May. We will not be here this Sunday though. Thanks for teaching!
    by blueeyes at 03/31/10 9:31PM
  • kendralulu
    Thank you! We will probably take some more soon!
    by kendralulu at 04/06/10 9:19AM

01/19/10 8:46PM

  • csusoftballgirl
    WOW! Time really does fly. I can't believe that Austin was ever that little. See you tonight!
    by csusoftballgirl at 01/20/10 1:48PM
  • windham4life
    I don't see anything?
    by windham4life at 01/24/10 8:59PM
  • kendralulu
    Thank you! The party was great; we had a good time! The cake was yummy! :)
    by kendralulu at 01/25/10 9:40AM
  • blueeyes
    Are you ok? I do not think I saw you yesterday.
    by blueeyes at 01/25/10 10:15AM