Saturday, November 20, 2010

You Can't Go Wrong With Shutterfly!

As the holidays are approaching, it is time to start thinking about Christmas cards. As always, I love a good photo card. I love seeing pictures of our family and friends every year. In addition, I think the pictures make great refrigerator material for the rest of the year. I always love receiving them from friends and family, so hopefully they appreciate my photo cards as well. I'm especially excited about our Christmas card this year because my good friend Emily is taking our picture! We always struggle to get good pictures of the three of us, so hopefully this year we will have an excellent card...thanks to Shutterfly!

As a promo, Shutterfly is offering 50 free 5x7 stationary cards to bloggers. Since I'm already a fan of Shutterfly and have used them many times in the past, I thought this was a great reason to promote Shutterfly to my reader(s). They really do have some great cards!

Here are some of my favorites:

Can't you just picture Charlie, Justin, and I on one of these wonderful cards?!?

I am excited to get started on our card! Be on the lookout for your Sinders Christmas card...coming soon to your mailbox!

Go here to participate in the Shutterfly promo yourself!

In addition, Shutterfly has many great products, some that would make excellent Christmas gifts as photo calendars and photo mugs. You can't go wrong! Personally, I am in the process of creating a really great photo calendar for my desk at work.

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Pop Music Lovers...

United State of Pop 2009

Download NOW. Seriously the best remix. Perfect for pumping you up during a good workout!

Sunday, January 3, 2010

New Year's Eve

We went to Maggiano's and enjoyed an amazing four course dinner. It was ridiculous how much food they gave us. It's been a good year, and we look forward to more good memories to come in 2010.

After dinner we were boring and went home for a low-key night.

Here's to a wonderful 2010!

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

The BEST Christmas

I think I said it about 100 times on Christmas, but I will say it again. I honestly think this was our best Christmas yet (minus Chip and Vanessa's absence before Christmas). We had so much fun spending quality time together making a gingerbread house, decorating cookies, watching movies, playing games, and hanging out with family!

On the 23rd we enjoyed our annual nice dinner out with my family. This year we started up at my mom's house for appetizers and drinks and then headed up Keltie's Restaurant in Westfield. It did not disappoint! After dinner we headed back to my mom's house for grasshoppers. Grasshoppers are a childhood favorite of mine that my grandma used to make me - blended ice cream and cream de menthe. Yes, my grandma gave me alcohol at the age of 12.

Justin, Charlie, and I decided to make a night of it and spend the night at mom's house. We had a fabulous slumber party.

The morning of the 24th, I helped my mom prepare lunch while Justin did manly things like change the furnace filters and fix the wireless internet. Michael and Emily arrived for presents and mimosas. We got some good loot - yoga mat, yoga towel, makeup, giftcards, and jewelry for me, and clothes and giftcards for Justin.

We also had some funny gifts.

Yes, Justin got some potatoes.

Of course, the dogs exchanged gifts.

Family picture time!

After we took pictures in front of the tree, the dogs wanted in on the fun as well!

How cute are they?!?!

For lunch we enjoyed a wonderful beef fondue meal. It was so much fun to cook the meat and veggies together in the fondue pot.

After a quick nap, Justin, my mom, and I raced off to church. First to Our Lady of Mt. Carmel where we were greeted with a full church, then to St. Maria Goretti. We arrived to Goretti 45 minutes early so we managed to get a seat there.

After church, Justin and I raced off to Clay City to see the nieces and nephews perform in the Christmas program. After the program, we opened presents with Justin's family (12 adults and 7 children - it was a full house!). Chip and Vanessa even made it out of DC safely. Then Justin and I drove home to Indy around 1am. It was a late night but such a great day!

On Christmas Day, Justin and I enjoyed a nice brunch of omelets, potatoes, and bacon while the mimosas were flowing once again. We exchanged gifts (more good stuff!) and drank more mimosas. My mom came over with Charlie, and next thing we knew another bottle of wine was gone! I had so much fun seeing my mom on Christmas day. Usually she is jetting off to Florida on Christmas, so it was wonderful to have her around!!

More treats for Charlie as well.

Mid afternoon Justin and I headed over to my dad's house (with a brief stop at Kendra's house!). We visited with the family at my dad's and played Apples to Apples late into the night.

So there you have it - the best Christmas yet!

Sunday, December 27, 2009

All I Want For Christmas....

Is to meet Kendra (Wilkinson) Baskett!

I guess I will have to settle for getting my picture in front of her house!

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Go Horse!

Fun times at the Colts Game on November 8!! What a great day!

I greatly enjoyed all the wonderful people watching during the game.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Visit to DC

Sorry for the absense...we've been busy! Time to play catch up! We spent a long weekend in Washington DC at the end of October visiting Chip and Vanessa and their beautiful new home!

We had a fun and busy weekend that began as soon as our plan landed on Thursday night! Dinner at Matchbox on Thursday night, a fun run around the Capitol on Friday afternoon, drinks at the swanky W Hotel with an awesome view of the White House followed by dinner at Founding Farms on Friday night.

On Saturday, Vanessa and I carved pumpkins, while the boys worked on projects around the house.

On Halloween night, we had tons of trick or treaters! We had some friends over and sat out on the porch handing out candy. We even ran out of candy - there were so many kids!

On Sunday, we went out to a local restaurant/bar and watched the Colts game!

Thanks to Vanessa for supporting the Colts (even though she comes from a Patriots-loving family)!