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Saturday, February 28, 2009

Day 58- February 27th

Day 59- February 28th

Day 57-February 26th

Day 54- February 23rd

Day 55- February 24th

I didn't take any pics this day... so here is a blast from the past! This time last year...

Day 56- February 25th

Day 53- February 22nd

Random Picture Challenge! :)

It's back(and with a cool new button!)! Yep... we missed it last week, but it is back! Yeah... so, let's play along shall we?
11th folder
September 2007
11th picture

This was my September 2007 folder, 11th picture.
This is one of my favorite pics! I actually still have this on my Fridge! :)

So... Go now and play along! :)

Last Chance!!!!

Update: Just to make it clear, this post is not about my giveaway... this is about Amy, aka Tigermommie's giveaway. But... If you post something here... you will still be entered in my giveaway, not TigerMommie's. Also... if you want to enter my giveaway... you need to post a comment under this post. Thanks! :) (PS: Pat.... don't worry... I have you and Marshan marked down! :)

Ok... this is the last chance to head over to In the Tiger's Den to enter her fabulous giveaway for hitting her 25 followers! Way to go TigerMommie!!! :)

Good luck.. and tell her Candace sent ya!!! :)

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

200th Post and a GIVEAWAY! :)

Updated(again... read carefully): Hey there... I think I need to clarify... I am new at this giveaway stuff. You need to make sure that you: Leave a comment on this post and are or become a follower, then if you post about this giveaway, link back to this post, and finally, if you do post about this giveaway... be sure to leave another comment, letting me know that you posted about it so I can verify and add your name to the pot! :) Thanks and sorry for the confusion!~ Love ya's!

Please let me know if this is confusing? If you do not have a blog, but do want to enter, that is fine, but if you have a blog, I would really like some new friends to chat with! :)

So... my 200th post is finally here! So... I have decided that I am going to have a small giveaway, and then when I hit my one year Blogoversary, then I will have another giveaway.
More on that in a minute...

My week has been crazy! Of course, Monday, you learned all about all the things that I did not do last week, but this week, we have been so busy, I feel like I haven't stopped running all week! Seriously... where has this time gone?

Monday I, Went to the gym(yeah me!), had to go to the Dr., and took my mom to therapy. Of course, after that came home, made dinner and just crashed at 9.

Tuesday, I had another busy, but fun, day. That morning I worked on that laundry that had been piling up in my hallway for nearly 2 weeks, and now, you can actually see the carpet in my hallway. After a busy morning of laundry, I took Grace to my mom's house to stay for the afternoon because that evening we took Doug's and my niece's Tori and Jennifer to Dinner at Red Robin's for their birthday's this month, and then afterwards, we went to see the movie Bolt. I was not sure how much I would like this, but seriously, I laughed out loud! It was soooo good!!!!

Anyway... in between dropping Grace off and going out for the evening, I had to go to the Chiropractor and then had to run a few errands. Again... I felt like I was not stopping!
Thankfully, today has been a much less busy of a day, and I am finally taking the time to write this post. I spent most of the morning continuing to work on my laundry from yesterday, and chasing this little 18 month old girl around my house. I tell ya what... she can wear a person out!
I just have to share a few things that my girl is doing now.

Tuesday morning, I was laying in bed, just trying to get a few extra minutes of sleep, and I heard Grace in her bed, talking to herself and playing like she always does. I thought nothing of this. That is when it happened.... THUMP! Followed by a cry that can only make a mother slightly sick to her stomach, fearing that her child might actually be hurt from said jump. Thankfully... when I got to her room, she was standing up, just crying a normal "I am ok, I am just whining" cry. Thank goodness!

Fast forward to later on that morning. I was trying to get some laundry done, so I was going back and forth from the bedrooms, to the living room, to the utility room which is right off of our kitchen. I was not out of the room for more than a few minutes at a time, and Grace was in her playpen, which I was sure, because of the slick netting sides, she would not be able to climb out of. Needless to say, I was on my way back in from the bedroom, and on this particular trip, as usual, I peeked into the family room to see if Grace was ok in her playpen. Well... to my shock and dismay, my little Houdini (this is her new nickname) was free from her "cage" and walking around the family room, holding the channel changer. Seriously... ! How? I have no idea.

So, a little later, around 12, I decided that it was time for Grace to take her normal nap. I was nervous to say the least, praying that she would lay down and not jump from her bed again. Thankfully, she decided to go ahead and take a nap. Well... while I was on the phone with my mom I heard her cry, but thought that maybe she would go back to sleep because she had only been asleep for about an hour. But no, seconds later... THUMP.... waaaaaa!!!! Again... throw the phone on the floor and run into the bedroom, to find my daughter, once again standing at the door crying! OK... Needless to say... we have had to figure out a strategy. After several suggestions including handcuffs and shackles(thank you aunt Sue) and barb wire(thanks dad!), this is what we have come up with, for now:

So, you would think that is all that has done in the last two days that would fluster and amaze this mama, but no... there is more. She must have know that my 200th post was coming up because it is like she is celebrating or something. Anyway...

So, on to Wednesday, when I was talking on the kitchen phone to my mom while Grace was watching Shrek the Third in the family room. I literally was just feet away. So, I would look in to make sure she wasn't into any mischief. Well... it got extremely quiet this one time, like she had turned the tv off or something, so I told mom to hold on and I came into the family room. What I found shocked and amazed me. My precious little 18 month old daughter was no longer watching Shreck... she was now watching High School Musical 2, and not only that, but the Shrek DVD was now in the case for HSM2. How did she do that? Well... I guess I have changed DVD's so much for her the last few weeks that she has just figured it out, but still! I can't believe that she did that! When I told Doug that tonight I was teasing and said... Doug, you barely know how to change a DVD, and he replied... I know! LOL!

So... enough about me... I guess I should get onto the giveaway, as not to torture you any longer. Here it is:

I have decided to compile a few of my favorite things to give away. First...

One of my very favorite stores in the entire world is Target. I mean, seriously, I could go to Target and walk around for an hour and come out with nothing, and still feel good. I just love to look around and check out all of the great stuff they have there! They have great deals every week on New Release DVD's and that is where we always go when they come out. You can't get a better deal! So... in honor of my love for Target... I am giving away a $15 Gift Certificate!

And... another of my favorites that I know I have mentioned here before are the Twilight books! They are such good books. They are wholesome, and one of the sweetest love stories of all time! Now... if you have heard of these books, and heard the word "vampires" and thought to yourself, no way... I definitely would not like those books! I am not into Vampires. Trust me... the book is not about "Vampires"... the books are so much more than that. They are a true love story. The other thing I LOVE about these books is the fact that there is NO bad language(not even one cuss word), and the morals. I know what you are thinking... a moral Vampire, but trust me, in a day where premarital sex is just a given, you will appreciate this story. Trust me... I can't go any more into it, but trust me... you will love this book and will not be able to wait for the second one! So... if you haven't already guessed it... I am giving away one brand spanking new copy of Twilight...(disclaimer, I can't promise this will be the cover, I may get you the one with Edward and Bella's pic on the cover!)

(PS: If you already have these books, this will be a copy you can share with a friend).

The last thing will be a sweet treat! I have a huge sweet tooth and love me some Chocolate! So... you will also receive a tantalizing bag of Dove Chocolates! (Your choice... Milk Chocolate, or Dark... of course, my favorite is Dark!)

So... I hope this will be a tempting and fun giveaway for you! Now that I think about it... my giveaway has a theme... "Temptation"!

Here are the rules to enter:

You must be a follower of this blog and you have to leave me a comment and tell me if you have read any of the Twilight books or you can say whatever is on your mind, as long as it is a positive comment(I have never had any negatives, so I am not really worried about that!).

For more entries:

Post about this giveaway on your blog(that is one extra entry) and if you do, be sure to tell your friends to mention your name(that is another entry!).

So... all entries must be in by Wednesday, March 4th at 8 pm EST. So... good luck and thank you for playing a long for 200 posts!!! :)

Monday, February 23, 2009

Not Me! Monday...

Welcome to Not Me! Monday! This blog carnival was created by MckMama. You can head over to her blog to read what she and everyone else have not been doing this week.

So... to start this week off, I have to say right now, I definitely did not leave the house this week without putting shoes on my daughter. And, since I did not do this, I most certainly have her walk to the car, with out said shoes on. Nope... not me! On top of that... I definitely did not get all the way to my mom's house (ten minutes away) before I realized that she had no shoes on, and basically feel like a total dork! Nope... not me. And finally.. I absolutely did not drive all the way home, wasting gas, just to go back home before taking my mom to therapy so that I wouldn't feel like a total heel for my daughter having nothing but a thin pair of socks on. Nope... not me!

I did not come home after working out at the gym on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and once Grace was napping... took a nap myself! Nope... not me!

Nor did I have the strongest desire to stop, after said work outs, and get a Peanut Butter shake at Sonic... Nope! Not me! (and... by the way, I did not stop... just to let you know).

Also, on Friday afternoon I did not take my adorable 13 year old niece Abby to see Twilight, and loved it even more this time on the big screen! I also did not giggle like a 13 year old, again, when Robert Pattinson made his first appearance in the movie as the perfect teenage man/vampire Edward. Nor did I get completely giddy every time he smiled at Bella lovingly. Nope.. not me!

And... last night while watching the Oscar's, I certainly did not get completely giddy, AGAIN, when Robert presented an award, and looking like his handsome Edward character, make me feel just like my 13 year old niece! Geesh(I say while rolling my eyes)... not me!

And of course, I did not sit and watch the entire Oscar broadcast, wondering what I would say... if it were me up there, picking up the best actress award for my outstanding roll in(insert some amazing roll here ________), and then of course, practice my speech in my head while trying to fall asleep... nope, definitely not me!

Oh... and in preparation for the Oscars, I certainly did not take a nice long nap on Sunday afternoon leaving my wonderful husband to take care of our precious little Gracie, whose new favorite word is...(and I swear, I have no idea where she has gotten this!) MINE! Seriously... where did that come from? She is 18 months old and has no one to fight over anything with... yet, anyway. Ok.. back to... Nope, not me!

And finally... I have not avoided the laundry to the point that my precious hubby has no clean work clothes, and Gracie needs clean socks and there is a HUGE pile of clothes in the hallway that we have to step around every day like it is not there. Nope... definitely not me! :)

So... I have shared with you my wonderfully fun week... now head on over to MckMama's blog and play along! :)

Oh... and... my next post is definitely not my 200th, oh wait... it will be!! Where has the time gone???

i heart faces

I have decided to play along and submit this pic of Gracie in the

This weeks contest is Black and White photos.

So... here it goes, again!

This picture is from the photo shoot that we did at my mom's house for Grace's 6 month pictures. I love these pics... and had a hard time picking the one I wanted to submit, so this is the one that I finally chose! Can you believe this was just a little over a year ago? I can't!

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Day 52- February 21st

Day 51-February 20th

Day 50- February 19th

They like me... they really like me! :)

I am soooo behind, but I am so excited to mention that I was honored with a bloggy award by my dear friend Stephanie!

If you have not met her yet, let me tell you, you have to check out her blog! She is a sweetheart and honestly has a heart of gold! She is also currently hosting an awesome giveaway/fundraiser for her school to help purchase a Sim Man. Here is the link... head on over and check it out! :)

So... now it is my turn to bestow this amazing award to some other well deserving blogger!

1. The rules of this award are: Put the logo on your blog or post.
2. Nominate at least 5 blogs which show great Attitude and/or Gratitude!
3. Be sure to link to your nominees within your post.
4. Let them know that they have received this award by commenting on their blog.
5. Share the love and link to this post and to the person from whom you received your award.
So, I am nominating the following people:
Christine at Life of a Princess
Ethan, Zach, and Emma's Mom at The Mommy Diaries
Amanda at The Family News

They arrived!!!

Ok... the smilesbywire e-mail arrived with the color pics of our family photo's! I am so excited to share these pics! They truly turned out awesome and I couldn't be more pleased! The picture quality isn't great because they are a little digital, but you will get the idea. Anyway, sit back and here we go....(by the way.... I was serious when I said sit back... there are a lot of pics, so get comfy! :)