Birthday Boy: 1 Year

First birthdays are never remembered by the child but are a remembrance for the parents, and mostly for the mom. ☺️ Seth is one year old as of last week and although the year went by incredibly fast, Don and I both feel like Seth has always been with us. We felt that way since the day we brought him home from the hospital – it felt so natural to have him in our family.

For his present from us, he received two cars and some bubbles from the Dollar Store. His reaction was so sweet. He delightedly gasped in surprise as he held up the cars. I’m so glad I was able to capture it. He is a happy, simple, little boy, and Donnie and I thank the Lord every day for such a wonderful son.

Two Nights with Cousins

Seth spent the weekend with Aunt Beth, Uncle Duncan, and his cousins, and did he ever have fun. At 11 months old he’ll take all the action he can get, and he was surrounded by it. He had four energetic cousins to try to keep up with and had the best time!

Donnie and I enjoyed our anniversary weekend, but at the end of it all, we were both excited to go pick up our little boy. We sure love his toothy smile and cheery face!

Costco is Way More Fun this Way

It’s always fun for Seth to be with his cousins, and yesterday we had the privilege of grocery shopping with Aunt Sarah and baby Gideon. I pushed the cart with the boys and Sarah had the food cart.

Seth sat happily in front, looking all around, while Gideon smiled and cooed to the back of Seth’s head from his car seat.

I had my list on my phone (Trello) and added costs to the items I usually buy as we went along, which helped me keep an eye on my end total. 😳 Sarah and I even decided we would split certain groceries later too which was nice.

Both the boys eventually got ridiculously tired and crying ensued till they both crashed on the way home.

Even though outings can be faster with just Seth and me, I’m happy any time I get spend time with my sister.

Amazon Prints: Wall Prints, Photo Books, and More

I just recently subscribed to the Amazon Prints newsletter, hoping to eventually receive coupon and offers. Currently, they are offering 20% off to select customers now through the end of May. See details and qualifications, here.

I’ve used Amazon Prints for a few different print projects and the quality of their prints is incredible. I’ve purchased two canvases, two photo books, and received 50 complimentary 5×7 prints – – all of them, outstanding work.

Amazon’s online editing tool is easy to use and I love the choice of layouts, background, and embellishments. They also have your order delivered within 10 days and don’t charge shipping for Prime members or orders over $35.00.

Here are some screen shots of the editing tool…

Screen Shot of Baby Book 01

Screen Shot Baby Book 02

and here’s a peek at the pages from my wedding lay flat album.

I have to say the cherry on top is that Amazon allows you to photo wrap the front and back of your book. So our wedding album looks like this:

All in all, a huge smile and satisfactory sigh after dealing with Amazon – – once again. 😊

Fishing for Lake Trout

Last Saturday, Don took me fishing. He’s owned a two person raft for the last 4 years, and in that time, has turned it into quite a proficient, little watercraft.

We spent a relaxing 3 hours in the sun, eating our picnic lunch and enjoying the time together. I’m beginning to cast my line with more fluency, and hopefully, I don’t look as ridiculous. ☺️ I’m so glad Don is a patient teacher, otherwise I’d get even more frustrated at my casts, and end up with my line in tangles about me.

The Outcome: Four trout and two sun kissed faces

Two of the trout were mine. It was great fun and I hope to go again with him, soon.