Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas 2013

Merry Christmas from our family to yours

Monday, December 16, 2013

Easy Canvas Print Family Shot

At our house, we like to decorate with photos of our family.  Very beautiful photos highlighted by the amazing works of our photographers and Easy Canvas Prints.  I think it is speaking lightly to say that I LOVE Easy Canvas Prints!  

Here is a sample of 2 of my favorites:

I have gotten unbelievably beautiful prints from them every time (8 total, so far).  The last time that I ordered from them, I even went as far as to request the manager's contact information to applaud the "Customer Love Team" - which is something I NEVER do (though I wish I could say that I did), but they went so far above and beyond to get a hold me to make sure what I got was as beautiful as I imagined.

Here is the email I sent to give you an idea of the hard work they put into making your prints perfect:

I requested your email address from Melissa.  I have been in contact with her for a week or more now (or rather she has been in contact with me).  This communication was regarding a picture that I sent that did not come out quite as she thought it should and she just wanted to make sure that the result I got was as I had hoped it would be.

I have 7 canvases (so far) that I have ordered either for myself, gotten as gifts, or given as gifts and I would have to say that for each order I have received exemplary customer service!  

Melissa stands out to me because she had to do the most work.  I had a hard time finding the original electronic image (or kept forgetting to look) and she very pleasantly reminded me.  

Actually, what she did was excellent.  The very first time that she contacted me, she let me know that she had put my order on hold and why.  Then next time she contacted me she gave me the option to move forward (even though she did not think it would turn out as well as I would hope) or she would keep the image on hold and wait for a better picture from me.  She was persistent without being rude or obnoxious.   I think she did an amazing job handling my case and because of her (and the rest of the team), I will be back!

Thank you for your time,

That was a long winded way of saying that I am so glad that I got the chance to work with them again!

Here is what I got this time:
What a good looking group of people!
Xander INSISTED on checking it out!
He approves!
The generous people over at Easy Canvas Prints want me to offer a 50% discount to all of my friends and family!  Just follow the link!

Here are some more places to get some great stuff! and

*I was given this 8x10 print for free from the lovely people at Easy Canvas Prints in exchange for my unbiased review.  I give them 5 stars, two thumbs up, three cheers, the works!!*

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Christmas bake-a-thon

Every year, we try to get together to make a big ole batch of cookies to eat and share.  This year did not disappoint, however my picture taking did.

I did get a shot of the kids playing see-saw with some wood pieces
 Xander decorating some cookies
 Auntie Kimbo wearing what looks like a weight-lifting belt (we all took turns wearing the heating pack on our backs!)
 And the sweetest little hug!
And a small sample of the finished product (3 of 10 designs)

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Santa Visit 2013

This year, we decided to go to the same place that we go every year, the close, convienent Santa.  Typically, it is a really big display and turns out gorgeous and the kids love it!  This year, they downsized, but I think it still turned out beautifully!

Evey was just so excited to be out and see all of the Christmas decorations!
Xander COULD NOT wait! 
Initially Evey was just a little curious.
 Then she was just plain freaked out.  Classic!
 While Xander was just super excited to meet SANTA!  Its a fun year!

 He even got a chance to ask for trains for Christmas!
Xander wanted to go back for more, and Evey was OK as long as that big man kept his distance!
 She is right, she is just getting SO big!

Friday, November 15, 2013

My sensitive little guy

More and more lately, we have been noticing that Xander is a tender-hearted, passionate little boy.  He will take his stuff animals and very gingerly wrap them up and rock them and then put them to bed (at various hours throughout the day).  He will sing and play his "katar" (guitar) for us and tell us to also play some sort of imaginary musical instrument.  He will very gently pet and snuggle the cat (whom does not reciprocate his affection).  

The only person that he has not taken an interest in being gentle and particularly caring to is his little sister. For a while (read all the time, every day, always) it bothered me. I wanted him to care for her like he cared for all of the stuff animals or her dolls.  I wanted him to sing to her and give her blankets and gently stroke her head like he does for the cat.  I want him to just love her as much as I love them both!!  

I did not want to force it (I mean I absolutely wanted to force it), I wanted him to WANT to do it (if you have seen The Break Up with Jennifer Aniston, you will recall the dishes scene).  

Ok, now that I have set the scene for you.  Let me show you this picture.
This was genuine!  I didn't even encourage it!!!  

First, he sang "Do you know the muffin man?" to her! TO HER!  I tried to sing it with him and he stopped me and said, "No mommy, I have to sing it to Evey"!  

Then, when I told him to get his backpack on and that it was almost time to leave for school, he put his backpack on, went over to Evey and said "Ok, Evey, be good while I am at school!" and then hugged and kissed her!!

BOOM!! My heart exploded!

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Evey's actual first birthday

Evey's actual first birthday fell on a Friday.  A Friday in which her dad (the Mr.) was out of town for business (boo!).  But Xander and I made sure she had a great start to her day!!

We woke her up with balloons and a special birthday song, and some presents.  Then we put her in her party dress and made her a big special breakfast!

Then we went with Yaya and Gump to a special play lunch

After lunch, she was beat!

That night, we took her over for a little play date/ movie night at her friend Abbi's house (where she pretty much spent the whole time sleeping in Abbi's bed!).  We got home just in time for her to see her papa while he put her to sleep in her own bed.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Evey Belle's Pink Princess Pancake Party!

We wanted to throw a nice big old pancake breakfast for all of our friends and family to come and help us celebrate Evey's FIRST BIRTHDAY!

We invited about 55 people - about 50 came!  We moved lots of furniture into the garage and set up a nice bed and breakfast style arrangement.

We had some princessy activities for the kids, and lots of food for all!

My heart was so full after it was all said and done.  My husband and our parents HELPED us so much!  We could not have made such a fantastic party without them!

And now I will leave you to the picture... loads of pictures...

 Happy Birthday Evey Belle!  
You are our little princess and we love you so!
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