Monday, January 28, 2013

And the winner is...

Her odds were pretty good, people, since only 3 of you entered!! 
Thanks to everyone who tried their luck!

Congrats Joanna, you're going to have some fun with this software.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

My Memories Suite Giveaway

When Liz from My Memories Suite contacted me to do a review and giveaway, I was thinking "Oh great, just another person I have to turn down."  Honestly, I don't like to promote products on my family blog. 
BUT, when I learned that it was for a digital scrapbook software, I jumped at the opportunity. I checked out the website, and thought it looked pretty cool. I've always wanted to learn how to make my own headers, and layouts for my blog, but I quickly learned how to make invitations, party printables, calendars and even a Save the Date for Yuli and Tim's upcoming wedding!
It's honestly, so much fun, and if I had the spare time, I'd play with it constantly
There's so many papers (hundreds), embellishments, and full kits included in the software when you download it, but on top of that you can search and browse, and shop for more kits if you're looking for something specific.  There are tons to choose from.
The best part to me, since I absolutely hate dislike with a passion working with layers, is that you can right click on any of your images, or embellishments, etc. and choose to bring forward, or bring back on your page acting as layers. It's super easy.   
Here's a Valentine's Day Party invite I made, just for the fun of it - to see what I could do. This was my first attempt at anything with the program.
   This literally took me 5 minutes to make. So simple.
I also threw together some cupcake toppers to co-ordinate with the invitation. Just print, punch, and you've got yourself a cute little addition to your cupcakes, or you could even use them as little labels for treat bags. A bunting banner would have been super easy to go with this collection as well.

I went through some of the photos I have, and made my sister a cute little page of her kiddos.
  Yuli came over last night and together we made her Save the Dates.
Seriously, there are endless things to make with the program. Photobooks are easy peasy and it even comes with pre-made book layouts that you just add photos, and then you're done. Unless of course you want to add your own jazz to it. 
It is pretty cool. To say the least.  
 On top of being able to download the program myself, I am also able to give away one copy to one of you! 
All you have to do, is go to and choose a kit that you like and just let me know in the comments which one you think is cute. You'll be entered into the draw, and I will randomly draw a name on Monday, the 28th.

If you think that you're unlucky, and decide not to bother with the contest, you could always just go to the site and buy it yourself. 
Make sure you use my coupon code though, because it'll get you $10 off the price, and you will also get $10 more to use in the store!
Copy and paste the following code and use it on the shopping cart page. 
 Coupon Code:   STMMMS34760

I think you should all try and win a copy though. I honestly wouldn't be promoting it if I didn't think you'd all love to have a copy yourself. We've all got special memories, and I can't think of any reason why we shouldn't showcase them with our own creative ideas. It's just too cool to pass up! So try your luck!!

Good luck guys! 

Friday, January 18, 2013

so disappointed

I don't have any words to describe how upset I am about the lack of attention Hanna is getting at dance.
The biggest problem is that the owner is never there when we are, so I can't even tell her what's on my mind. 
There were three different teachers in there tonight. Three. And not one of them took it upon themselves to help Hanna one on one, and instead, let her stand there in the middle of the room by herself. 
Half way through the class she came out completely upset, asking to go home. 
Eventually I talked her into going back in, but honestly, I don't blame her if she wants to quit altogether. 
I feel so bad for her, and it's just not fair. She was really enjoying it at the beginning of the year, and it seems they've gotten more and more lax, and eventually completely forgot about her. 
I already told her that she can choose if she wants to just watch the recital at the end of the year, or dance, because frankly, I think she'd enjoy it more if she could just watch it. 
She told me tonight that she doesn't like dance anymore. I'm not going to force her to go if she doesn't want to, I just think it's a shame that we didn't get what we were promised at the beginning of the year. There was a girl who was introduced as "Hanna's helper", and I didn't see that girl take her eyes off of herself the entire class, every single week. Instead, there were a couple younger helpers that would take it upon themselves to help Hanna when they could. But that's not enough. We were told she would have one on one help, and she definitely didn't get that. 
I was really hoping she'd be able to finish the year though. I'll see how she feels about going next week, and if she's totally against it, I won't push it.   
   I mentioned the idea of piano lessons which she was totally into, so I'm really thinking about that as a possible replacement for dance - just so she doesn't feel left out when Gracie goes to dance. 
Piano would at least be one on one and very hands on, which I think she would benefit greatly from. We'll see. We could always do a little music lesson from Daddy during dance class too. She could use those special long thumbs to her advantage with a guitar. :)
We'll see next week how she's feeling, and go from there. I'm just so disappointed for her because I know she was really enjoying it at first. It's a shame it didn't work out, but we'll find something better for her, with someone who is willing to give her their all. That's what she deserves, and that's what she's going to get. 

Sunday, January 13, 2013

little monkey

Waiting for her clothes. She just looked too cute bundled up in her towel not to take a picture. This is what I like to call her chimpanzee smile. 

Saturday, January 12, 2013

school and a future giveaway

Gracie's been back to school for a week already. I can't believe how fast the days go by now. 
We're so ahead with the curriculum we've been following, but we're keeping busy, and we'll stay busy until the end of the year.
She's a pretty good little reader already, so I try to keep up with the reading more than anything. I'm trying not to be too ahead in the work books, so I've added a strict printing period and reading studies to our days. I've found some really cute books at the library that will make for some awesome little unit studies that I think she'll really like. 
I'm happy with how we're doing, but honestly, nervous about next year already. 
Hanna will be right in there with her next year, and I'm afraid I won't be enough for her. She is obviously going to be a bit tougher than Gracie to teach.
My mom does Respite Services, and has wanted to start with Hanna once a week and work on certain goals. I think that's just what she needs. We still have Co-op once a week, but Hanna will also go once a week with my mom to a local Early Years Center, so again, she can be with other kids and participate in different activities. I think it's a great idea, and it will even help me focus on just Gracie that day since she said she can also take Hailey! I'm not sure yet I'll take her up on that offer, (I think that's a bit much!) but we'll see!
     I'm nervous, but I know we have access to different programs and even aids for Hanna if I need them. I think keeping her home will be challenging, but I know it will be the best way to go for her.
In other news,  I'm going to be hosting a giveaway soon. I normally don't like to do giveaways or reviews on my blog, because I like to keep it mainly a journal of our life, but when Liz from My Memories contacted me, I jumped at the opportunity. 
I was given a copy of My Memories Suite Digital Scrap-booking Software to review and giveaway. I've been playing with it a lot lately, and it's pretty darn cool. I've already made an invitation, cupcake toppers and my blog header! :) 
If you're interested, that post will be up in about a week, and you could have a chance to win a copy for yourself
If not, just ignore that post! :)  

Thursday, January 10, 2013

nap time

Matt and I have been working in the playroom for the past couple days trying to make sense of the space in there. It's a very small room, and the girls have way too many toys, so we needed to put up some shelves to get some stuff up off the floor. 

Hailey's such a little trooper. She never complains about anything - even being a bit neglected for while. 
She stayed in the hall and watched us work, while she played with the toys tossed in there along with the random curtain rods and totes. 
She complained about not being able to get a toy together one minute, and when I went out to help her the next, this is what I found.
 She's been fighting her naps lately, and obviously still needs them. :)

Sunday, January 6, 2013

2012 Review

I suppose it's time for my annual Year in Review post. 
We've had a busy year, starting it off with the best news ever.

We had our visit at SickKids hospital where they told us basically not to worry about Hanna's health. Still unable to diagnose her, but confident that she's just going to be a smaller package than the rest of us, made us feel pretty darn good. The fact that two of the holes in her =heart closed up, and her left chamber is back to the regular size, and they don't want to see us until 2014, made it an even better start to our year. 

Gracie learned how to ride a two-wheeler this year! She also turned 5 and has taken on a lot of responsibility as a big sister to two.

Hailey also turned 1. The baby, soon-to-be big sister! Wow, how time flies

The girls went on their first camping trip to my parent's property up North. Gracie and Hanna got to canoe for the first time, and Hailey had her first real, fire-cooked s'more. A couple very important milestones right there. :)
Both big girls joined dance! 

We put our house up for sale, and bought our permanent home. A huge step for us, that we're very proud of, and excited about. Also, a little stressed. We have to sell the other house to really start being excited though.

It's been a good year, and we're ready for another one! We will start the year with a vacation to Florida, and in a few short months we will be welcoming another baby into our family. There's lots to look forward to
2012, you gave us some great memories. Now we're ready for 2013!