Thursday, November 11, 2010

30 Day Blog Challenge Day 28, 29, and 30

Okay I realize that I am little behind on completing my 30 day blog challenge! I wanted to take a few mins and do my last three posts in one.

- Day 28 - Something that stresses me out -

Currently I am a tad bit stressed about student teaching in January. I am overly excited about starting my new career but I am a little stressed about not being employed! Shawn and I have been planning ahead for this day but it is still stressful going from a two income family to one income. I do trust in The Lord and I pray that He will be with us as we go through this season in our lives. I also ask you all to pray for Shawn as he is going through the interview process for a new job within his company - if he were to get this new position my stress about student teaching would be greatly reduced.

- Day 29 - 3 Wishes

1. - To have unlimited wishes
(ha, didn't you hate when people would say that when we were kids??)

1. To Win The Lottery
2. To be able to meet George W. Bush
3. To become an amazing educator!!

- Day 30 - A Picture
Hahahahhahaha......silly silly girl

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

It's In the Cards...

I have been a Shutterfly fan for over 5 years now, I started using their site when Addison was born and continue to use it today. One thing that I absolutely love about their site is the fact that even if my computer where to crash all of my photos that I have uploaded to their site will be saved! I sure hope I did not just curse myself by mentioning a computer crash - please, please laptop do not fail me now!

It is that time of year when I start getting Addison and Jena's picture made for the family Christmas card and this year Shutterfly has some fabulous card choices! I was browsing their website earlier this week and found several styles that I thought were super cute.

I have always been a fan of the collage photo cards, I like being able to put a variety of shots on a card to share with all my family and friends.

Here is another classic card with the multiple picture option.
Several other collage options can be found by clicking here

The next two cards were my absolute favorite and I am going to have a hard time choosing which one should be The Banks Family card for 2010. I always try to add something on our Christmas card about the birth of Jesus, sometimes a Bible verse or just a simple saying to share what the meaning of Christmas is all about.

You can check out all of the Christian themed cards here

So not only do I have to decide which card I am going to send this year, Shutterfly also has some precious address labels to match the various Christmas cards.
Click HERE for all the cute address labels.
Shutterfly really has out done themselves this year, as if the cards and address labels were not enough, you can even give them your list of card recipients and they will mail the cards for you!!

So check out Shutterfly and all the wonderful products they have to offer not only at Christmas but all year long, I assure you that you will be pleased with your purchases! Once you check out the site come back and tell me which cards were your favorite!

Monday, November 8, 2010

30 Day Blog Challenge - Day 27

-Day 27 - Pets

We have a crazy, yet loving black cat named Nala. We adopted her as kitten from the Bartlett Animal Shelter after Addison had a slight traumatic experience with a guinea pig. To make a long story short, I thought it would be a fabulous idea to get Addison a guinea pig which ended up being a very bad, bad idea. Addison was only 3 when the guinea pig came to live with us and Addison just did not understand the concept of the guinea pig living in the cage. After about 12 hours of Addison crying wanting the guinea pig to "play" with her; Shawn and I decided that it was time for the guinea pig to live with another family. We found a local pet store who actually took the "Lenny" and a few days later we adopted Nala.
Nala had grown to be a lap cat and love Shawn more than she does anyone else in the family!! HA - she knows who normally puts her food down for her!!

30 Day Blog Challenge - Day 26

-Day 26 - My Family -

This picture of Shawn and the girls was taken at the Memphis Zoo in 2009. One thing that I have learned doing this 30 day blog challenge is that I need to take some MORE pictures!! All of my shots seem to be either of Addison or Jena and not many of them together. My goal in 2011 is to take more pictures of the girls and myself - it seems that I am the one always taking the pictures and never in them.

Friday, November 5, 2010

30 Day Blog Challenge - Day 25

- Day 25 - iPod Shuffle
I could not WAIT to read everyone's posts today!! I am such a lover of music and could not wait to see what tunes showed up on other bloggers lists. The directions were to put my iPod on shuffle and post the first 10 songs that came up. Here they are...

1. Don't Close Your Eyes - Kellie Pickler

2. I Will Be Right Here - Kevin and Bethany Paige

3. Busy Child - The Crystal Method

4. Bella's Lullaby (Twilight Soundtrack Original Score)

5. Light On - David Cook

6. I Get Excited - Rick Springfield

7. Might As Well Be Making Love - Jessica Simpson

8. SOS - Rihanna

9. Calling All Girls - Rick Springfield

10. Leave Out All the Rest - Linkin Park

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

30 Day Blog Challenge - Day 24

- Day 24 - Something that I have learned -

Something that I have learned over the past 5 years is that I am a stronger person than I EVER give myself credit for, and with Christ I can do anything. I learned this lesson loud and clear when I was pregnant with Addison and Avery, and then again with Avery's passing, and yet again as I watched Addison lay so sick in the NICU for 90 days. Even though those days were some of the hardest in my life, I always felt my Savior right beside me.

I was then diagnosed with thyroid cancer in August of 2008, again I was completely overwhelmed and did not know which way to turn. Yet again, He was with me the whole way and has blessed me with a wonderful friend who had been diagnosed a few years prior. This friend has been such a support and resource for me and if you are reading you know exactly who you are!! :) All the while I have continued going to school at night even when I have felt like totally giving up, HE has given me the strength and that energy I needed to push through.

30 Day Blog Challenge - Day 23

-Day 23 -
Favorite Vacation -

My favorite vacation would have to be in August of 2004 when I traveled to Anna Maria Island in Florida.

On August 9, 2004 - I married my husband on the beach in Longboat Key and we spent our Honeymoon in Sarasota, FL. It was a wonderful trip and my favorite for so many reasons! I cannot wait to go back one day soon!! I am bummed that I do not have any of our wedding pictures on my computer - I need to add that to my "to do list", our beach wedding was gorgeous, if I do say so myself!!

30 Day Blog Challenge - Day 22

- Day 22 - Favorite City -
One of my favorite cities is Nashville, Tennessee!!

One of my passions is music so of course one of my favorite places is going to be "music city"!
I also love that Nashville is just a short drive from home so it is a great weekend getaway kind of place! Now, if I can JUST find some "weekend getaway" time that would be fabulous!!