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This makes me smile


This post is about Shutterfly. You can get to there website here. I first used this company when Bryan and I got married. I was scrapbooking and with the best of intentions I had some honeymoon pictures printed and of course I never got around to it but at least I have the pictures in my possession! I have actually scrapped scrapbooking……I got rid of all of my scrapbook stuff with our upcoming move BUT I still like to have pictures printed! I would recommend using Shutterfly. I have always had great customer service with them and I always just pay for the regular shipping but I have always had my prints get shipped to me so quickly.

I think we are going to use our Christmas cards this year as a moving announcement type thing and I am so excited about all of their designs to choose from!!

I love this one….

…just picture a little chocolate lab in that picture somewhere : ) Here is the link to some of their other great designs:

Bryan and I have also been syncing our schedules using Google calendars. We are able to view what each other is doing and it works a lot better than trying to remember all of those details. Google calendars is great but these are so tempting

You can also get some really cool canvas prints

I have always wanted to do a stretched canvas but I have never spent the money but these are really reasonable.

Aaaaannnndd, this might be the best part yet. Bloggers, you can get 50 free holiday cards. Just follow this link:


if you are reading this then you are patient.

Geessh it has been such a long time since I have blogged. I am going to jump right into some MAJOR updates!!

We are moving to Denver, Colorado in less than one month, for starters!! We close on our home on December 3rd and we could not be more pumped!! We will be about half a mile from Coors Field (where the Rockies play) and Bryan will be within walking distance to his work. Our house is in an area called Five Points and it is in Denver proper. I love our house and cannot wait to make it a home and I cannot wait to show pictures!!

I graduated from nursing school, praise the LORD! And I passed Nclex. Wowzas. I was working at WakeMed in the Chest Pain Unit and absolutely loved my time there. Because we are moving in less than one month, I am not working anymore. I worked as an RN for about 4 months and cannot wait to be working again in Denver. Nclex was no walk in the park. People have asked me what it was like and I really cannot remember a single question. I think that I have blocked it from my memory-for realz. Any nurse that I have ever talked to about it says that you leave the test thinking that you have failed and they are right. I thought there was no way that I passed that but by God’s grace I did!

Buuuttttt I am still in school. I am getting my BSN from UNC-Chapel Hill. It is a program that is completely online other than 1 clinical portion. I will do my clinical at a hospice place in Denver during the Spring semester. It is a really great program. UNC is legit and it has not been a walk in the park. I am learning a lot about leadership in nursing, research in nursing, etc.

Penny is officially a one year old! I joke that she has a zest for life as she drags me around the neighborhood. She is about 85 pounds now and is sweet as can be. She has not met a dog that she doesn’t like (this is not mutual unfortunately) and she has adjusted to apartment life really well. She is still incredibly playful and not all dogs are crazy about playing with a puppy but this has not stopped her attempt to play with I will post some pictures soon of the Pennster. JD joked about having dogs as idols in your life on Sunday morning….she is definitely not an idol but she is just too cute for words.

Thanks for your patience with me if you are reading this post….which you are. I just got back on Twitter this week and according to WordPress, I haven’t blogged in nearly half a year. See you soon….definitely in less than half a year.


I created a reading list at the beginning of the year. There are SO many books I want to read and I felt like I never had a plan for what I was going to read so I would just grab a book off my shelf and start. At the end of 2009 I thought through what would be a realistic plan  and set some goals. There have been so many books that have come up that I want to read so badly and I just want to pencil them into my list but alas…I don’t let myself. Until Bryan showed me this video:

So, I just penciled in Radical by David Platt. You should too, church. I feel like a preacher saying that but I agree with his final comment….there is NO plan B.

DC Trip

My parents and little brother headed up to DC the other week. We made a pit stop in Richmond to pick up Kathy, my wonderful MIL, and Bryan’s grandparents. Bryan had to stay behind for some other things he already had scheduled. My awesome little brother, Kevin, is headed to USC in the fall and my Mom is trying to squeeze in a bunch of trips before he leaves. The last time we went to DC he was in a stroller and she really wanted him to be able to go again. (Sidenote: Is it ok to call my 18 year old brother “little?? He probably doesn’t like that very much. Oh well.)

We got to see most of the monuments, memorials, and museums. My favorites were the Lincoln Memorial,Korean War Veterans Memorial, and the Air and Space Museum. We also paid to do the double decker tour bus of the city. I do not want this blog to be about advertising or dissing companies but….don’t pay to do a double decker tour. Enough said.

The Mall. I really wanted to join this game of kickball.

the fam

Arlington Cemetery on top of the hill and a dreaded double decker bus

loved this quote from the Korean War Memorial

We had a great time together. We stayed in College Park, Maryland. The University of Maryland has a campus at College Park so we were able to hang out with Bryan’s brother, Eric, and Eric’s girlfriend, Jana. They are so cute! I wish I had a picture of them to show you just how cute they are together. I wish Bryan could have gone but he was keeping up with his schedule and holding down the fort with the Pennster.

The Longest Trip Home

I think this post will be a little lighter than my most recent book post. Should be, at least.

I read John Grogan’s Marley and Me a while back in preparation for seeing the movie. As with all books made into movies go, the book was SO much better than the movie. Sorry Jennifer Anniston and Owen Wilson. As I was reading it, I found out that Grogan was going to be putting a memoir out titled The Longest Trip Home. I loved his style of writing and the way he told such simple stories so I was so looking forward to reading his memoir.

Grogan tells the story of his life, growing up as the youngest child in a suburban Michigan family up to the death of one of his beloved parents. His honesty is amazing. He shares stories of lying in Confession from the beginning, his first experience with a girlfriend, smoking marijuana, and realizing that other moms were prettier than his Mom. He writes as if he were telling all these stories to a big group of friends.

I just loved this memoir. I am kind of a fan of memoirs in general though. I made the huge mistake of getting Bryan a memoir that Nicholas Sparks had written. I read Three Weeks with My Brother when Sparks became really popular with the movie version of The Notebook. So, I naturally wanted to share this good read with Bryan. I would like to consider myself a good gift giver but I strictly stick to his wish list on Amazon if I want to get him a book. All that is to say that if you like memoirs, then you will like The Longest Trip Home. If you liked Marley and Me, then you will like it even more.

And I just have to say this: I still think Bryan would really like to read Three Weeks with My Brother.

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