Tuesday, November 30, 2010

The Shutterfly promotion worked (and it was easy)!

So remember the little spiel I had on the blog about how you could get 50 free Christmas cards from Shutterfly?  Well, the promotion did exactly what it said it would.  And I have our family Christmas card to share today, a day before December officially begins!

I personally like the feeling of surprise and delight when receiving a Christmas card (or any card, for that matter) in the mail -- we just don't get very many things in the mail anymore. It's very the reason I never planned to post our Christmas card to the blog.  But when I saw that Shutterfly was offering $25 off the next order for sharing in a blog post, I couldn't resist.  Especially since I know I'll be ordering from them again in the future.  So, here's our Christmas card!  It's kind of nice to always have a record of it.  After all, it does go along with the whole concept of the blog. :-)  And it gives us a chance to share it with those that wouldn't typically get a card from us (if I was rich, everybody I know would get one).

This is our first Christmas card with pics as a family, and I couldn't be more pleased with the result.  Hope everyone is having a great week!

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Saturday, November 27, 2010

It's My Blogaversary!

The blog is two years old!  If you're fairly new here, I started this blog a couple of weeks before the Monster (my sweet and spunky, almost-two year old daughter) was born.  I used to try to update all the time (because some of my favorite blogs are from people who update all the time), but I've come to realize that that I just can't do that.  So once, maybe twice, a week I'm here updating my "scrapbook."

This blog has grown to my surprise and has some of the best "fans." No, I don't make money on my blog and no, I'm not a super-blogging mama with thousands of readers like Kelly at Kelly's Korner or Ree, the Pioneer Woman (though their blogs are some of my favorites).  That's not exactly what I'm here for.  I love that family and friends and friends and family of family and friends (did you catch that?) read the blog and can laugh and bring up something from the blog when I see them.  I love that if Morgan does something, I don't have to remember if I've told this person already -- everybody knows (it's on the blog)!  I love that my dad and stepmom, the only grandparents that don't see the Monster often, is just as up to date as the family we see all the time.  I love that random friends, co-workers, and other blogging mamas from afar can share in some of our joys of being a family.

While this blog started as my scrapbook (and that still serves as the main purpose), I love being able to share it with all of you.  Honestly, it makes the whole blog experience sweeter.  You guys come back no matter how many typos or run-on sentences I post. You guys forgive me (I hope) when I stick my foot in my mouth and say crazy things.  You guys tolerate the boring posts or picture-overloaded posts. (You know, like when I took a picture of all that Christmas stuff I got on clearance or when I post a thousand pics of the Monster doing the same thing). 

Thanks for being a reader!  Here's to another fun year!

Check below for two more fun (new) posts!

Thanksgiving and Iron Bowl

We had a small, very good Thanksgiving. We drove 35 minutes to my sister-in-law's and ate some of my mother-in-law's cooking. Morgan is always very happy spending time with her Honey, PaPa, and Tee Tee Ash, and seeing her happy was the best part of my Thanksgiving (and the fact that my MIL sent me home with some of her dressing -- frozen and uncooked -- so I can cook it later)!

The next day was when we saw more friends and family -- Iron Bowl! I always do a so-so job of taking pics at tailgates, so this time I made a conscious effort to get more. Also, I actually went in the game. I usually choose to skip going inside the game because the tailgates are so comfortable, but I tend to be a little more interested when it's a big game (so interested that two years ago, I went in the Alabama/Auburn game very pregnant -- nine months to be exact -- and didn't mind that it was raining).

I think I did a MUCH better job of taking pics...

But first let me share this pic of the monster -- curled up like a little burrito watching YGG at Tee Tee's  house. :)

Ash with her friend Kim.

On to tailgating...

This guy.  OMG, this guy...

George was SO FUNNY on the mic.  He picked on any Auburn fan that walked by.  He interviewed everyone from Pat Dye to Bobby Lowder to Cam Newton's mom and dad!  Not really, but there were Auburn fans willing to stop and talk to George and pretend they were these very people.  OMG!  I kid you not, people STOPPED and watched George's "show" and took pictures and videos and participated.  I. WAS. ROLLING.  I was trying not to because I like Cam Newton and I'm sort of tired of hearing about the little situation, but OMG, George made it so funny.

Here's a pic of some "Auburn boosters" dropping money in the "offering" for "Cam Newton's dad's church."  No, these people weren't fooled into dropping money in here.  They could read the sign on the front of the bucket!  They were being good sports.  :)  So funny!

Pretty much any older white guy in Auburn gear that walked by was either Pat Dye or Bobby Lowder and any middle-aged black man or woman in Auburn gear was Cam Newton's mom or dad.  Hilarious!

Okay, so what if they weren't older white guys or middle-aged black people, did he leave them alone?  No!  He picked on everybody!

Yes, my friends, these are KIDS.  These folks willingly came FROM ACROSS THE STREET when George called them out.  Yes, they brought their kids over to this nut on the mic (sorry, George, but you're a NUT!).  He was nice to the kids, of course, but called their mom out for putting them in this Auburn gear (you see what dad has on).

He pulled up some occasional 'Bama folks.

And Santa.  OF COURSE he was there. You think the color of Santa's outfit is a coincidence? 

George was A TRIP and provided entertainment and fun for many.

My friend Tia and her brother were there!  Tia went to Auburn for undergrad and came to hang out with us that day.  George should be glad that Tia had to leave after the game because she told me that she was going to take over the mic after the game.  She's just as quick and funny, so that would've been adding insult to injury.  Come to think of it, I'm pretty sure they wouldn't have let her on the mic for that reason!

Ms. Annette and her grandgirls.

Derrick and Casey


Dancing in the street.  My mother-in-law said that the fun needed to happen BEFORE the game because the Bama nation may not feel as "happy" after the game.  She was right.

My Aunt Elida, who's also from the other side.

I have a major crush on this guy.

I even had a baby with him.  The little one in the pink who danced for everybody.

Tommie!

Mr. Jay and Family

Ms. Glenda (left).  Sorry I don't know the other girl (text/email me if you do).

The Monster.

More dancing.

My mom and Aunt Lida (sisters).

The Underwoods were there, complete with toddler and new baby!  Hate I didn't get a picture of the pretty mama.

KJ and Morgan being toddlers.

Latoya and Me

Morgan and her PaPa

Tia wanted me to take this pic so she can use it with her kids -- so she can tell them that she knows Santa personally.  Genius, Tia!

Dancing with Honey

Santa dancing.

Courtney and Casey


George ended the night with a little thank you speech to my in-laws, Ms. Pat and Coach, which I thought was so sweet.  They do so much to make tailgates happen every home game.  When I become wealthy, I'm going to buy them their own tailgate crew who will manage the food and tents and carpet so all Ms. Pat and Coach can do is relax from start to finish. 

We had a great time out there, despite the wet cold and game result.  Can't wait for Iron Bowl 2012!

Edited to Add: 2012 because that's the next Iron Bowl in Tuscaloosa. :)

National Championship Game

I PROMISE this post is not meant to serve as a reminder to the Auburn fans who the national champions were last year. Really (especially since I think it's a lame comeback when fans bring it up).  These are just some pics I wanted to post to the blog last year...

As you know, we went to Cali for the game.  The Monster and I chose to skip the actual game and chill in the comforts of the hotel room (I hear you calling me crazy -- YOU try going to a big football game with a busy one-year-old)!  Since I'm the only Kimble who's camera-crazy, not very many game pictures made it to the blog (though there were plenty of Hollywood Boulevard and celebrity homes - ha!).  But George took plenty at the game and was kind enough to bring them this week. 

Why post them a year later?  Well, my blog is my little scrapbook.  I know Danny will one day appreciate that he can go back and look at these.  It's not every day that you go to a national championship game.  So if you're an Auburn fan, you may not care to look.  Or maybe you should since it may finally be your turn to go.  Okay, that was cheap. :-)  In all honesty, I hope Auburn goes.  Let's spread the national championship love here in Alabama/the SEC.





I love this pic.  This is a funny group.


George took some great pictures.



Love this one, too.


Funny!

Forgive me if this wasn't the final score.  It's the last scoreboard pic he took so I just assumed.

SO many thanks to George for sharing these pics!  

Edited to Add: 

Definitely need to add this pic!  I don't know who took it, but I completely forgot it was on my MIL's Facebook page.  This is a classic.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Okay, so I AM crazy.

Remember the "I Must Be Crazy" post?  How I said I felt like it was time to either have another baby or go back to school? 

Well, you're looking at the newest student in the EdS program at Auburn.  And remember how in that post I talked about how I make big decisions like this spontaneously?  Well, one day about a month ago -- it was a Sunday -- I "decided" I was ready to go back to school.  I knew I wanted two things:  another degree and another baby.  And there was really only one order that would work -- I couldn't imagine having TWO little ones and going to school.  So that Sunday afternoon, I got on Auburn's Web site to see when the application deadline was for the Spring.  I had SEVEN DAYS to get everything in -- recommendation letters, test scores, resume, transcripts, etc.  That wasn't fun.  But I did it and received word today that I'm in there.

Besides being totally convinced that I'm crazy to go back to school (I barely have time to eat and shower), I am actually pretty excited.  If you remember, I'm taking a class right now that's requiring some grad school-like time commitments, so I think I can manage going back.  I love school, so I think this will be good.

In the meantime, allow me to share my attempts of trying to get just ONE Christmas card picture.  Below are a few of the shots from this week.  I'm not totally in love with any of these. I guess I have about a week left, so maybe I'll come up with something.


Happy Thanksgiving!

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