It’s that time of year when we all start to wonder how to get those Christmas cards printed, addressed, stamped and in the mail so they are actually received before the new year! To be honest, I have always had the best intentions with Christmas cards and LOVE to receive photo cards from others, however, this will be our fourth Christmas as a family and we have never sent out Christmas cards. I know…terrible. This year we actually planned ahead and had the pictures taken..Step One-complete-however, I was getting a little overwhelmed at the thought of choosing a card style. To save me from losing my holiday cheer I am choosing from SHUTTERFLY’s new Christmas card collection. These are a few of my favorites.
We had several pictures we wanted to use, so I love that we have this option and do not have to choose just one photo.
Also, last year we gave these Snapbooks as gifts to some of our family. They were well received and we plan to do it again this year with our cute family pictures.
Happy Christmas Planning!
Check out Jenn’s Blog today. She’s having Bon Appetite Monday.
3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons packed brown sugar
1/4 cup chopped pecans
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup whole-wheat pastry flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup canola oil
2 large eggs
1 cup natural applesauce
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup lowfat buttermilk
1 Golden Delicious apple, peeled, cored and cut into 1/4-inch pieces
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Coat a 12-capacity muffin pan with cooking spray.
In a small bowl, mix together 2 tablespoons of the brown sugar, the pecans and cinnamon.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the all-purpose and whole-wheat flour, baking soda and salt.
In a large bowl, whisk the remaining 3/4 cup sugar and oil until combined. Add the eggs, 1 at a time, whisking well after each addition. Whisk in the applesauce and vanilla.
Whisk in the flour mixture in 2 batches, alternating with the buttermilk. Whisk just until combined. Gently stir in the apple chunks.
Pour the batter into the prepared muffin pan and sprinkle with the pecan mixture. Tap the pan on the counter a few times to remove any air bubbles. Bake for 20 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center of 1 of the muffins comes out clean.
Let cool on a wire rack for 15 minutes. Run a knife around the muffins to loosen them and unmold. Cool completely on the rack
We had a sweet Easter as a family this year. Our friends, the Hickmans, attended church with us. We had lunch at my moms then came home to rest for the day. Kyle has been working out of town during the week for the past month so it was nice to have some family time. Avery’s spring break was spent with his sister, our sweet sitter, Eliza and a few other children she was keeping. I was off the last 2 days of the break so I was able to see a glimpse of my former life…being at home with my kiddos. Friday, Avery, Katie Mae and I attended The Masters with my mom and sister. We weren’t sure how long KM would let us stay, but we ended up being there most of the day. We had a few hiccups, which were quickly resolved (KM had to have her OWN badge, someone let us use theirs! and the backpack carrier was too big for Augusta National regulations, so we had to walk back to the car and put her in the front carrier). Once all that was resolved, we had a great time. Avery was able to see Tiger tee off and I was able to follow/wait for Phil Mickelson at a few holes.
The following week Kyle came home from traveling to stay with the children for the week while I went to Richmond, VA with my new boss for computer training. They put us in the corporate penthouse for the week, which was stocked with goodies. They catered lunch for us everyday and sent us to great places for dinner each night. Needless to say, if I weren’t sold already…I was then. 🙂 My hearts desire is still to be at home with my children, but since we understand I need to work for this season, I am looking forward to this opportunity to start a new branch of this company in the Augusta area. I love my ‘local’ boss and the company seems to really reward those who work hard (which I will).
That is a QUICK wrap up of the last few weeks. Kyle will head out-of-town again today and I will work my last 2 weeks of full time employment with my current office. My transition to the new company is set for May 3rd. LOTS of adjustments going on in the Williams household…it seems to be the trend for this season, but we’re trusting in the Lord for HIS plans, not ours.
I hope to post more frequently when/if things settle down. Until then…have great days that are centered around the Lord…and be thankful for those faces you are able to see everyday!
Several of the “bugs” that are currently going around have passed through our family. Avery had strep last week, Katie Mae is recovering from her 3rd sinus infection and I am currently on a round of antibiotics as well. We have all gone almost a year without any sickness. Being well is one of the things we’ve been so thankful for this past year. It seems when I started working in the evenings is when things started changing. I work at a pediatricians (the best!) office and enter through the “sick” door everyday…I’m not sure if I’m bringing ‘bugs’ home with me or what, but after this past week of daily medications for our little ones and MANY sleepless nights…we decided we’ve had enough. We are currently making ‘washing our hands’ our new favorite thing and last night we had a family time of prayer and are seeing evidence of the Lord’s healing already. The ‘guys’ had a good nights rest last night and we ‘girls’ were only disturbed once because KM couldn’t find her paci at about 3 am…but we were both back to sleep within 5 minutes…which usually isn’t the case for me. I called Kyle this morning when KM woke up and asked him how he slept…he remembers hearing KM wimper…but definitely remembers it wasn’t enough to warrant him getting up…He said, it was thanks to “the power of prayer”. It never ceases to amaze us. Thank you Lord for cleansing our home of the ‘bugs’ and for complete healing!
It is Monday, March 1st. The beginning of a new month. The beginning of a new week and the beginning of Katie Mae attending mothers day out twice a week instead of just once. So today I had to get up, get myself, Avery and Katie Mae ready for the day. Feed everyone (I ended up drinking mine on the way to Avery’s school). Give everyone their medicines and shuffle everyone out the door. Needless to say, Avery was late to school. I asked the secretary if there was a “mom is going back to work” pass that he could have for about a week since it’ll probably take that long to adjust. After dropping him off I scooted over to Katie Mae’s MDO and finished putting on my “face” in the parking lot. Then I headed to work and realized…I haven’t had any coffee this morning…
I do not know how I’m going to manage this on a daily basis…