Sunday, November 28, 2010

Shutterfly's Holiday Card Promotion!

Christmas cards are SOOO fun and I love sending and receiving them!! Im really excited because Shutterfly is doing an awesome promotion right now. By creating this blog post I will get 50 FREE Christmas cards. This is such a great deal! 50 cards is WAY more than I can even imagine needing but hey they are FREE,no complaints here!!

 Im so excited to design our card this year. This will be my first time using shutterfly but have heard great things about their products!

I've already found a neat card to use for Aiden's Buckaroo party so ill be placing that order at the same time as our Christmas Cards. They have an adorable selection of birthday invites!

Im not sure HOW Ill possibly choose a Christmas Card this year... here are a few of my favorites though..

ALL of them are to die for!!

After browsing the site for a bit I found another cute idea... a wall calender. I have been needing a calender and I thought it would be cute to design one for next year using monthly pictures of Aiden from this year! It will be fun to see how much he has changed in a year and compare what he used to look like.

Another item I fell in love with were their gift tags! So cute and personable!

Okay so now that my Shutterfly shopping cart is FULL Im going to go check out! ha!

If your needing a Chrismas card go take a look at thier site... you wont be disappointed and **BONUS** for a little extra cost they will address AND mail the cards for you!!

Have fun shopping and creating!! :)

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Excuses... Excuses...

I swear I have some really good excuses  reasons why I haven't blogged lately...  One of the MAJOR ones is my camera is broke :( Who wants to ready my blog if I have no pics... No One!

The friday of Halloween weekend I was packing up the car to head to Manhattan and Aiden was holding my camera. He proceeded to drop it TWICE on the driveway. I didn't think anything was wrong with it { that camera has been thru it all!} until the next day at the KSU game when I tried getting a pic of my sister and I and it was stuck on video. I can't get it off the video option!! UGH!!  Back to the geek squad it is for my poor Canon :( I haven't even taken it in yet... Im pretty sure my warranty is up so Im not sure what its going to cost to fix it. BOO!!

So I have some pics before the camera broke and few from my sisters camera of Aiden during the Halloween weekend. That Friday we went and visited Mike at the Deloitte office down town to do some trick or treating. It was nice to see where Mike is working when he's actually in the office, which is hardly ever. Too bad I got super sick from the elevator ride up to the 34th floor of the Town Pavillion building and was so dizzy and out of it the short amount of time we were there. Elevators never do that to me but man that one went super fast and really messed me up! ha! To makes matters worse as soon as we got off the elevator and Mike was waiting for us Aiden walked SMACK into the glass doors!! This is the second time he's done that! So with a huge red mark on his forehead{plus the huge third eye he already had from a fall earlier during the week} we proceeded to visit Mike's co workers and get some candy! It was fun and everyone is so nice there!

We then proceeded to visit my mom and brother to do some more trick or treating at their place of work. They are very fortunate and get to work in the same office building! Aiden was in hog heaven with all the attention and scored TONS of candy!! 

The rest of the weekend was spent in Manhattan and Hanover. Mike's mom took him all around town in his cowboy get up and he was spoiled rotten by everyone!! Who knew a 2 yr old could get so much, he is so loved!!

We had plans to go trick or treating once we got back to KC but the weather had really cooled off and Aiden had a horrific cough. We decided since he had already received so many treats and had been in his costume ALL weekend we would just go to uncle joe and aunt alissa's. They of course spoiled him with even more gifts and he was a happy camper! He was so intrigued by all the neighborhood kids out and about and wanted to go with them SO bad... next year for sure!! We had pizza with sarah and derek and called it and early night. It was a great weekend and I cant wait for Aiden to wear his outfit again for his lil buckaroo birthday party coming up in less than a month! CRAZY!!

So Halloween seems like FOREVER ago!! Can't believe Thanksgiving is already next week... time is flying by!!
We haven't been up to anything really... Aiden is sick with the FLU right now for the first time :(  I got a call Friday morning saying he had thrown up and had a temp of 99 degrees. His teacher said they didn't require us to pick him up unless he threw up 3 times and had a fever of 101 but I immediately called Mike and asked him to go get him. My poor baby didn't feel good and I didn't want him to be at school when he should be at home being taken care of by his mommy and daddy. Mike thought it was unnecessary because Aiden was acting fine. So they napped, went to the grocery store and just hung out! {Can I tell you how great it was coming home to dinner prepared and dessert too! Mike could be a great home maker! ha!}
I stopped to get gas after work and in the five extra minuntes I took getting home Aiden had ERUPTED again. Mike was pretty frantic. He got it all cleaned up, we spent the rest of the evening just relaxing, put Aiden to bed and he slept until 6:30 saturday morning. We were convinced we had just conquered it.
 I had met some family at Kites to watch the KSU game and Aiden and Mike spent the day together. Aiden had been fine all morning and day but as soon as I got home he got sick again! Poor guy!! He laid in my arms until I put him in bed around 9. At 11:30 he was up again sick and it continued all.night.long. He was so miserable and I felt so bad for him. Its so hard when they are at this age and cant communicate very well  how they feel, im sure its so confusing for them. He kept wanting to eat and drink so i'd give him water and saltines and it'd all just come up an hour later. It was a vicious cycle but i cant not give my baby food and drink!! So total we got MAYBE 3 hrs of sleep and we're up and wide awake at 530 this morning. This has been the longest day of my life!! {Not really sure why Im up writing this instead of being in bed!} He got sick about an hour ago and is now asleep in bed. We'll see how the night goes... PRAYING we've beat it... AND that Mike and I dont get it next!

Other than that we've just got a busy schedule coming up...

::My sister's wedding dress is in so this coming weekend Im going to go with her to try it on again then begin the hunt for bridesmaids dresses! Im so obsessesd with her dress and can't wait to see it again!! Very exciting!!

:: This is our first year getting a Christmas tree and having a house to decorate!! {our apartment was tiny and there was absolutely no room for a tree last year. Still depressed about that }  Im so excited to get stuff up for the holidays but not pumped about how much it will all cost. Why are Christmas trees so expensive??? Oh well, like I told Mike, its an investment :)

::My cousin is getting married Thanksgiving weekend which is going to be a BLAST!
I can't wait to spend time with my amazing family!!

:: One of my bffs Michelle and her hubs Creighton are having an ugly sweater party Dec. 4th! LOVE those parties! So hilarous and always a great time. Cant wait!

:: DESPERATELY needing someone to take a pic of  Mike, me and Aiden for our Christmas cards. I need to get a jump on those but we have ZERO family pics! I found a photographer in Gardner that seems really reasonable but I literally just need someone/anyone with a nicer camera than mine or my sis's and spend an hour snapping some pics of us. That should be plenty of time to get ONE decent pic for our card right?? I need to do my Shutterfly post so I can get some free cards! :)

:: I've REALLY been wanting to have an Uppercase Living party, a Scentsy party AND a Willowhouse party. I love ALL this stuff and wish I could just do one huge/joint party. What a great time it would be... if only I HAD the time...

:: Aiden's 2nd birthday is in less than a MONTH!! Crazy!! Another thing  I need to get crack-a-lackin on... his invites.  Still can't believe my baby will be 2... I hate how fast it goes!! Seems like yesterday I was being induced. I remember every second of every minute and every detail of that day and Im so thankful for that!! Those first few months were a total blur but I remember the labor and delivery like it happened yesterday! Such a magical experience and I thank god each and every day for my beautiful and healthy son.

Okay I think that sums up our life lately...
Hoping the camera is back in business SOON!!!
Later dudes...
{his new thing... putting his arms behind his head...chillaxin. Hilarious!}

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Things I'm Lovin Thursday!

Okay so I dont really have anything for ya today!! We just had a great weekend with family and I LOVED that!! Here's a few things to tide you over til I have something else :)

I did LOVE how the bridal shower we gave for my cousin turned out!
 We had SO much fun planning it and decorating! Kayla is beautiful and I can't wait for her wedding in a little over a month!!

I also loved helping my baby sis get ready for her engagement photos! I can't wait to see how they turned out { Can you tell she got a spray tan ;) ha! ha! ha!}

I LOVE these cousins! Pax and Aiden are best friends and they both ADORE Harper! Its just the sweetest thing...

Im lovin dressing Aiden in his Halloween shirts!! I think  he has 5... one for every day next week!! he he

Lovin my new BOOTS! Yup that's right I found them!! Actually the sweestet friend of ours from Mike's home town {its his best friend Matt's mom!} Denise e mailed me last week saying she was looking through an ad she received in the mail and thought she saw the boots I had posted about. She included a link to the store and she was RIGHT!!! I was like a kid on Christmas! I told Mike I loved Denise and was going to marry her! ha!
So you'll never guess where the boots are from...

I was SOO shocked!! I thought the reason Natasha didn't post where she found them was because they were outrageous expensive... um nope they're from Kohl's and I got them for $60. I know that still sounds expensive but boots are ridiculous and all the other ones I've found are atleast $100.. no way. They are pretty tall and I have extremely short legs... like freakishly short... so with skinny jeans and a long shirt and the boots I look like i dont even have legs. Oh well. I still love them and will rock them all winter long. ha!Thanks again Denise!!!

Sorry they were just some simple, silly things Im lovin this week but that's all I got :) Happy Thursday!!

LOVE my boys!!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Buckaroo Preview!

Im getting so EXCITED for Aiden and Harpers joint Buckaroo birthday party coming up in December! My go-to site... Hostess with The Mostess  just happened to post a lil buckaroo party for an Aidan (that's the way they spelled it, i didn't spell my sons name wrong. ha!) turning 2! Its meant to be :) Here is a sneak preview of what we have in mind... trust me it WONT be this extravagant but one can dream, right?!?

we HAVE to have that cake!! Im obsessed!!

For ms. harper ellison. She is going to look A- freakin -Dorable!!

Mike's mom (thank you linda!!!) combined these two looks I found and whipped Aiden up a vest and chaps. SOO cute! You'll get to see that soon since its his Halloween costume as well!!

Can't Wait!!

Monday, October 11, 2010

Things I'm Lovin!

Im back with a few things I'm lovin! My sweet girl Heather faithfully did her post last Thursday like a good girl and I'm the slacker who didnt do it. But hey I said I would TRY to do it Thursdays :)

1. WEDDINGS! - Starting with my cousin Kayla's coming up SO soon in November! And my baby sis's of course. Its been so fun watching her plan, she has done everything herself and I'm so proud of her! We went shopping this weekend for outfits for her engagement photos THIS coming weekend! Im so excited and can't wait to see how they turn out. She is using our friend and amazing photographer Beth Meysenburg!! Her work is to.die.for so I can just imagine how stunning they will be :) Also this past week Mike's best friend Matt and his gf Genie got engaged! We are so happy for them and Mike was asked to be the best man in their wedding. We can't wait to celebrate with them! And lastly but certainly not least my very very very bestestestestest friend PAIGE has finally set her date to marry the love of her life Zane! She is having a casual yet beautiful beach wedding in Oregon and I couldn't imagine missing it for the world. Me and our other besties are planning away and although our first seach for flights showed $500 Im confident we'll eventually find a deal. (fingers crossed!!)  Im hoping Mike can join me that weekend in March and we can get away together (for once!) to celebrate her special day. I can't wait and am so anxious to visit Oregon for the first time!
CANNON BEACH!! (where the wedding will be) B.E.A.U.T.I.F.U.L!!

2. Cognac Boots! Actually... its more like ALL boots. he he.
So Natasha over at A Day In The Life posted these boots on her fall fashion post and although she divulged where she got everything else she never said where she got these and Im DYING to know!! I desperatley need them in my life right NOW!! They are so beautiful and I can just see them with some dark skinny jeans... be still my heart!! My sis Sarah said she found some similar at Von Maur so I might have to check them out but wah wah wah I want these!!! ;)
ps, why are boots SOOO expensive. Such a bummer!

3. Bribery :)

= potty training success???

Not yet... but we haven't tried TOO hard we are just introducing it and seeing if he's interested.

 At daycare he is one of the youngest so a lot of them are potty trained. The teachers said once Aiden saw the big kids going he would definitely want to try himself and boy were they right! At school though, not at home :( They'll have him sit every thirty min at school for a few hrs and so far he has only gone once. But I think thats great! He isn't even 2 yet so Im not pushing it at all! We went with just buying him a toilet seat (elmo of course!) instead of a potty chair because we wanted to be consistent with what he is used to at daycare. They have a real toilet but is super low to ground... Im sure you all remember the ones they had when we were in kindergarten right??? So I wanted to keep him doing that so we just bought a seat to go on our big toilet. We bought some M&Ms and plan to give him one when he goes... but no luck yet. We'll keep trying and Ill keep you posted!

 4. Coffeemate!
Can we just talk about ALL those yummy flavors!!?? Im OBSESSED to say the least!! Peppermint mocha will always be my numero uno no matter what! But this past week I tried caramel apple and once again Coffeemate has stole my heart. It is SO yummy! It tastes like Fall in a bottle :) I almost went crazy at Price Chopper the other day because they were all on sale... I literally grabbed 2 peppermint mochas, 1 caramel apple, 1 gingerbread and 1 pumpkin spice. Thankfully I pulled on my own reins and put back the gingerbread and pumpkin. I get nervous trying new things, especially when it involves spending money on them so if anyone has tried either of those please give me a review!! PLEASE go try the peppermint mocha and caramel apple because you will NOT be disappointed I promise!!

5. A NEW DO! which I haven't got the courage to do yet... but isn't it so fun!? Or maybe I just love SARAH at For the Love... I mean could she be any cuter???!! She is so tiny and beautiful so she can pull off the do, I think my face is too fat. Maybe one day... Ill just dream of it for now :)
                                 (click to enlarge collage for a better peek at the do)

Thanks for listening to me ramble about Things I'm Lovin!! Please join in anytime!!

             And I can't complete the post with out sharing someone Im ALWAYS lovin...

(I have no new pics of lil man... but Im ALWAYS ALWAYS loving him too!! )