Birthday Giveaway Winners

 

Winner, winner chicken dinner!  Who’s the winner?  Let me see:

Prize Pack #1 Reimagined Classics — Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters; Pride and Prejudice and Zombies… Melissa Sawvell

Prize Pack #2 Hatter M series — Volumes 1, 2, 3… Elven Johnson

Prize Pack #3 Willomere series by Candace Camp — A Lady Never Tells; A Gentleman Always Remembers; An Affair without End… Stacey Sirtak

Prize Pack #4 Immortals series by Alyson Noel — Evermore; Blue Moon; Shadowland… Janan Cheskis

Prize Pack #8 Fantasy Pack — Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs; The Magicians by Lev Grossman… Rebecca Stephen

Prize Pack #9-10 Your Choice Pack

  • The Constant Princess by Philippa Gregory and The Mammoth Book of Regency Romance… Carol Mallory
  • The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffennegger and The Dangerous Days of Daniel X by James Patterson… Maureen Morra
  • This Book Will Change Your Life and Paradise Lost by John Milton… Melissa Sawvell

Congrats to everyone who won!

My Years Reflection 2011

It’s my 30th birthday year.  As part of my celebrations, I thought I would take my birthday month to reflect on my life.  To help, I am using some of my scrapbooked pages to illustrate my life.  For each year, I’ve chosen a few pages to highlight that year.  I hope you enjoy my look back as much as I do.

2011: No pics of pretty scrapbook pages yet.  I am a little behind on my scrapping…  But 2011 was a year of big changes for me.

  • New Town — In June I moved three states and 10 hours away to Omaha, NE.  It was something that I had been working toward for almost a year.  Even though the population is triple of my hometown, in many ways it feels the same.  Not quite the big city, but definitely with more to offer.
  • New Situation — A huge change in my family structure.  Not exactly what I wanted, but in the end I had to compromise. 
  • New Job — Moved in June and by September I was starting my new job.  To compare, I was looking for work back in Indiana for a year without success.  The economy is doing much better out here.  Very thankful for that.  A job means I can really start making a dent into my debt and start planning for the future.  Plus, I love the people and organization I work for.  It’s mission is to help kids and families; what could be better?
  • Contentment — After the funk of 2010, I’ve started to feel like I’m getting back to normal.  My moods are more consistent.  I’m getting more into crafting and reading.  I really got moving on my blog.  I found someone who I “fit” with.  Things are really looking up!

And now on to my 30s.  I feel like good things are going to happen this decade. 

My Years Reflection 2010

It’s my 30th birthday year.  As part of my celebrations, I thought I would take my birthday month to reflect on my life.  To help, I am using some of my scrapbooked pages to illustrate my life.  For each year, I’ve chosen a few pages to highlight that year.  I hope you enjoy my look back as much as I do.

2010:  A bittersweet year for my teaching family.  We found out right before Christmas 2009 that the school was in danger of closing.  By April, we knew it was a goner.  And we closed in May.  Everyone felt the loss deeply.  But life does that sometimes.  We just need to pick ourselves back up and continue.

Page 1:  Spriits were low in January when the music teacher suggested we in the trailer park (the six modular classrooms out back) through a passing period rave party.  We set up speakers in the walkway and cranked up the dance music every passing period.  By the afternoon, we had main building teachers coming to check out the party and even join in with the dancing.  It really lifted everyone’s spirits for a day.  And yes, that is me dancing on my classroom stairs (top right).

Page 2: Because of cuts and staff departures, the musical was canceled.  The Parent Teacher Organization roped (okay I volunteered) me into helped to create a musical theater, auction, spring concert, appreciation dinner for the Keystone family.  We themed it around the Wizard of Oz.  Four of my juniors played the central characters.  We also had appearances by the Wicked Witch, the Wicked Witch in training, the Wizard of Oz, Glinda the Good Witch, the Good Witches in training, the Wizard’s faithful secretary, and the entire elemetnary, middle school, choirs, and bands.  Whew!  It was quite a preparation, but I think we had a great night.  And we made enough money to cover some of our costs until May. 

Page 3:  With the early closing of the school, graduation was up in the air for awhile.  Thankfully, parents, teachers, and students pulled together to get our kids graduated with a proper ceremony and reception.

Page 4:  In May, I had my first experience at the Indianapolis 500.  I can’t beleive I hadn’t gone before considering I lived only 2 hours away.  The day was a lot of fun, but incredibly hot.  I think once was enough for a lifetime.

My Years Reflection 2009

It’s my 30th birthday year.  As part of my celebrations, I thought I would take my birthday month to reflect on my life.  To help, I am using some of my scrapbooked pages to illustrate my life.  For each year, I’ve chosen a few pages to highlight that year.  I hope you enjoy my look back as much as I do.

2009:  A big year with lots of adventures…  I just had to add an extra picture.

Page 1:  The boys had their first friends birthday party.  We celebrated at Chuckie Cheese and I decided we were never doing it there again!  Way to crazy.  But they had great fun.

Page 2:  For the Spring Musical, we performed Annie.  Not my favorite musical, but we had fun anyway.  I really got a chance to be backstage again.  Plus, I love the picture above with all my (my sposor class) sophomores in costume.  Tori, Jacob, Dakota, Chelsea, Anna, and Abby did such a great job!

Page 3:  Somehow I let my friend Catharine talk me into French and Indian War era reenacting.  Okay, she didn’t really twist my arm, I fairly willingly joined.  This was our first event: Feast of the Strawberry Moon in Grand Haven, MI.  And I loved it!  I would continue to reenact for until moving to Nebraska in summer of 2011.  Unfortunately Nebraska didn’t figure in the Seven Years War, so I’m officially done with that activity.

Page 4:  We also visited the family up in Naperville during the summer.  The boys had great fun hanging out with their “Uncle” Ian.  Alex especially loved the train themed restaurant. 

Page 5: Old friends and new celebrated Sarah and Adam’s wedding August.  The big event of the night…  reconnecting with J. 

My Years Reflection 2008

It’s my 30th birthday year.  As part of my celebrations, I thought I would take my birthday month to reflect on my life.  To help, I am using some of my scrapbooked pages to illustrate my life.  For each year, I’ve chosen a few pages to highlight that year.  I hope you enjoy my look back as much as I do.

2008: Another year of trying to establish routines.  But we had some great memories in there!

Page 1:  The boys and their class finished Pre-K.  They had an amazing teacher who prepared them for the Kindergarten.  The other picture is a bit weird, I grant you.  My first group of seniors decided to “take” my boys with them to Florida for the senior trip.  They made cardboard cutout bodies and print photos of the heads.  Then, they procedured to take the twins everywhere.  Here’s photo proof.  They gifted me the cutouts during senior wills.  I still have them, although they are creased and a bit worn from their adventures.

Page 2: My first graduating seniors, I will never forget them.  We had a trying, but eventually a great year.

Page 3: On to my second year teaching and the boys’ Kindergarten year. 

Page 4:  The boys were so adorable at the Christmas program.  Nick spent most of the time with hands in his pockets.  And Alex fidgeted through the whole song.  Too cute!

My Years Reflection 2007

It’s my 30th birthday year.  As part of my celebrations, I thought I would take my birthday month to reflect on my life.  To help, I am using some of my scrapbooked pages to illustrate my life.  For each year, I’ve chosen a few pages to highlight that year.  I hope you enjoy my look back as much as I do.

2007: I reached a major milestone this year and moved to the next stage.

Page 1:  Proof I graduated college with two bachelor’s degrees: women’s studies and social studies education.

Page 2: In July, I interviewed and received a position as the high school social studies at Keystone Schools.  I was so excited!  Bonus: the boys started Pre-K at the other end of the school. 

My Years Reflection 2006

It’s my 30th birthday year.  As part of my celebrations, I thought I would take my birthday month to reflect on my life.  To help, I am using some of my scrapbooked pages to illustrate my life.  For each year, I’ve chosen a few pages to highlight that year.  I hope you enjoy my look back as much as I do.

2006:  This year was all about exploration.  The boys started really exploring the world around them.  They also exhibited a lot more distinct personalities.

Page 1:  Every September-October a farm close to our house would hold a big Harvest festival with petting zoo, hay mazes, hayrides, food, and farm equipment demos.  The boys loved going every year.  In 2006, the highlight was definitely the petting zoo. 

Page 2:  Look how much everyone is growing!

Page 3:  I just love how I dressed the boys alike for Christmas even though no one can tell them apart.  A part of me things I did this on purpose just to mess with people.

My Years Reflection 2005

It’s my 30th birthday year.  As part of my celebrations, I thought I would take my birthday month to reflect on my life.  To help, I am using some of my scrapbooked pages to illustrate my life.  For each year, I’ve chosen a few pages to highlight that year.  I hope you enjoy my look back as much as I do.

2005:  This year was all about college.  Knocking out those classes so I could (eventually graduate).

Page 1:  Two of my brothers, Cole and Dustyn, graduated from high school!  Woot!  Very excited for both of them.

Page 2: Adorable pics of the boys.  But my real reason for this page was to show off my awesome geekiness.  Yup, those are my college report cards.  I am such a geek that I have kept all of these little pieces of paper that were mailed to my house and I even scrapbooked them!

My Years Reflection 2004

It’s my 30th birthday year.  As part of my celebrations, I thought I would take my birthday month to reflect on my life.  To help, I am using some of my scrapbooked pages to illustrate my life.  For each year, I’ve chosen a few pages to highlight that year.  I hope you enjoy my look back as much as I do.

2004:  Life was all about getting a routine this year.  I was in college, the boys were growing, and we were forging our own path.

Page 1:  So grown-up in their 1-year-old photos.  We had a great little party for them where they played with the cake and icing, but didn’t really eat it.  To this day, Alex doesn’t eat cake, but Nick will definitely indulge.

Page 2: By summer, we were ready to start exploring the world.  These pics are from our first trips to the zoo.  They absolutely loved it.  Look at those smiles!

Page 3:  More zoo trips (we eventually bought an anual family pass, much cheaper!).  This time Annika and family were down from Chicago.  I absolutely adore the pic of Annika holding Alex’s hand.

Page 4:  The boys first real Christmas.  They loved shredding the wrapping paper. 

My Years Reflection 2003

It’s my 30th birthday year.  As part of my celebrations, I thought I would take my birthday month to reflect on my life.  To help, I am using some of my scrapbooked pages to illustrate my life.  For each year, I’ve chosen a few pages to highlight that year.  I hope you enjoy my look back as much as I do.

2003:  Even bigger changes this year!  Well, okay two big changes…

Page 1:  The only picture of me pregnant (actually there are a few others, but I was only 3-4 months so not obvious).  The only sonogram pictures I recieved.  Baby A turned out to be Alex and Baby B was Nick.

Page 2:  Initial pictures of the boys.  They were so tiny (5.6 and 5.0).  To be honest, they kind of looked like aliens with their crazy long fingers and toes and teeny tiny bodies.  I especially love the shot of Nick screaming…  he would get all red and open his mouth really wide, but didn’t really let out much sound.

Page 3:  At three months old, we traveled to Naperville, IL, to visit with my dad.  While there, Alex rolled over for the first time, they boy started laughing, and we found out that Annika was going to have a new sibling (turned out to be a boy, Ian).  Annika was so helpful, entertaining the boys and even holding their little hands during car rides. 

Page 4:  Six months old and major changes.  The boys and I moved into our own apartment and I started back at college (albeit the local college IPFW).