Sunday, November 3, 2013

Overheard at breakfast

Rachel (8) to Elena (sister):  I love you.
Elena (10) to Rachel:  I know.

A little Star Wars moment... *sniff*

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Priorities

I am thankful that my seven year old has her priorities straight.
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!


Wednesday, May 9, 2012

It Doesn't Take Guts To Quit!

Hi. Been a while.  Yeah yeah.


My 19 year old nephew Taylor left the east coast on January 1 to bicycle ride across the country with his friend Steve.  As they were planning the trip, they found out that the St. George, Utah Ironman would be taking place at the tail end of their journey.  So they said what the heck, let's do the Ironman too!  Anyone who is my facebook friend knows how insanely proud I am of this kid.  And so I wanted to share his story about the Ironman ~

Taylor's Ironman Story

If you have time, read some more of his and Steve's blog,  Trailing The Sun.

I have learned some important lessons from Taylor and Steve's adventure...

1) There still are good, honest people who will give you a hot meal and a place to stay even though you are just a kid on a bike.

2) Runners are good people.  This I already knew from a very special runner I know, but Jason and the others who encouraged him reaffirmed it.

3) I will never do an Ironman.

4) You know what they call the last man to cross the finish line (in an Ironman)?  An Ironman!!!

Now, get out of here, grab a tissue and go read Taylor's story.  Read about the amazing Jason.  Leave Taylor and Steve a note.  Tell them the Countess sent you!!


Friday, October 28, 2011

The 4th Pain of Christmas Made Easy :)

Nothing like 6 to 12 inches of snow to get you thinking about Christmas. I know, I know… it’s not yet Halloween, but except for one class party and the trick-or-treating, that holiday is dead to me. Thanksgiving doesn’t get me too inspired, so I just stuff my face and nap. Then it’s on to Christmas.

In my busy, crafty mania, I typically fall apart on one thing! The Christmas cards. Last year, I mailed them the week after Christmas. In 2009, I mailed them on January 20th. How do I remember that? It was the day Obama was inaugurated.

So, this year, because I am not crazily sewing Halloween costumes or crafting the perfect giveaway treat for the classroom AND I received a reminder email from Shutterfly I have started to think about this year's Christmas cards.

Last year, I signed up for a promotion with Shutterfly that in exchange for a blog post containing my honest review, I would receive 50 free Christmas Cards. I said, what the hey, I would give it a try! And I am glad I did. The cards were amazing. The quality was superb, the choices, original and the selection, huge!! This is the one I finally chose:



So, this year, Shutterfly is again wooing me with free cards. But they didn’t need to woo me. I would have bought them.

I encourage you to take a look at their Christmas card selection here.

They also have cards for other occasions, if you already have your handmade Christmas cards ready to be mailed. You can check them out here.

I would also totally recommend them for their photo books . I used to scrapbook back before the kids. Now, I have no time, no space and no pictures to look at because they are all still on the memory card or in some folder on my hard drive. This year, after we returned from a fabulous St. John vacation, I decided that I wanted something to show my friends. So I created a photo books . Oh. My. Heck. Best thing ever. Simple to create, easy to carry around, fun to show off. And if you have kids, Grandparents love this stuff. Theese books would make a fabulous Christmas or birthday presents.

In conclusion, I highly recommend Shutterfly. As a bonus, once you get signed up, not only do you immediately get 50 free prints, they are always sending nice offers for more free prints or free product. And everything I have gotten from them has been top notch.

Give them a try, you won’t regret it.

Do you blog? Want a chance at 25 free cards this holiday season? Register HERE!!

Don't have time to blog? Don't worry!, Shutterfly has offered me three promotional codes for 25 free cards. An excellent way to try them out and see what you think. So, if you leave me a comment, I will draw three names on November 1st and the winners will receive a code via email.

Disclosure: I am being compensated by Shutterfly for this blog post, but all these opinions are mine, mine, mine!!

Monday, September 26, 2011

Breaking News

Smalltown, USA - In what can only be described as a tragedy, a number of Smurfs appear to be victims of a hit and run in Smalltown, a suburban neighborhood near Laurieville. An anonymous tip from Linnea L., of Smalltown, led authorities to the scene of the crime.

Authorities say there are no suspects in custody at this time. However, a source close to the investigation told Laurieville affiliate, WLJM-TV, that police have identified two persons of interest. Investigators have also interviewed a witness who reported overhearing a comment "and for the record, those Smurfs had it coming...I mean...they were already an ink blot before I got to them".

We warn our readers that the pictures to follow are graphic and may not be suitable for all audiences.



Thursday, September 22, 2011

Hurray, it’s Hobbit Day!



*spoiler alert ahead*

A little side story. Back in 2001, I saw a preview for a fantasy movie … Lord of the Rings. I didn’t know anything about it other than what the preview showed. Looked like a lot of Dungeons and Dragons, elves, wizards… things my husband and I both enjoyed. I had never heard of the book, much less read it. I tried once to listen to The Hobbit on tape (you young-uns know what a tape is?) but it had too many different voices and I couldn’t get through it.

So, Dave and I went to see this Lord of the Rings movie. It had me at “The world is changed.” They kept me at this hottie…


And this hottie…


I sat totally enthralled for 178 minutes. Waiting for Frodo to throw the ring into Mt. Doom. Crying, nay, SOBBING, for Frodo “So do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All you have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to you.” Sobbing as Sam chases after Frodo, “I made a promise, Mr. Frodo. A promise! ‘Don’t you leave him, Samwise Gamgee.’ And I don’t mean to. I don’t mean to.”

And then, as Frodo and Sam ponder the fate of the others before they themselves head to Mordor, the credits start rolling. WHAT THE %$*@ ??? I turned to my husband, incredulous. What? I demanded. And as casual as if saying the sky was blue, he said, “There’s three of them.” Meaning three movies. Looking at me like, you didn’t know?

Thus, my love affair with Middle Earth began.

And today, on Hobbit Day, I would like to thank the hobbits for saving Middle Earth. As the King of Gondor said to them, “My friends, you bow to no one.”

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Kindergarten

WARNING: Gratuitous "First Day of Kindergarten For Rachel" pics ahead for the grandparents and the one uncle who reads this blog (you know who you are :) ... and maybe I'll get a real post in soon. But first, I must fill out 83 forms with my name, address and who to contact in case of emergency... I think it would be easier to get this tattooed to their butts. Honestly!!

Happy September, ya'll!