Thats falling…with style.

For the first time in I can’t remember how long, I fell.

I don’t DO falling.

I Damn sure don’t fall with Style.

It’s an ugly mess of hands and feet sprawled in the air looking for stable ground.

Let me paint the scene for you:

I get Bella out of her car seat, after picking Wyatt up from school. (Peyton had drama club practice, which is a whole blog in itself.)

In my hands were Bella, of course, and my Rachel Ray Magazine fresh from the mailbox that I scored free from a site I found on Facebook. (It’s entirely possible I just gave you too much info on that, but whatever)

Wyatt and Rhett race to see who can make it to the front door of our house first. With boys something is always a race. Wyatt usually wins, Rhett screams that Wyatt isn’t his friend anymore, blah, blah, blah.

Rhett decided today however, to run past the door to the steps that head to the third floor of our building. I am on my way up the stairs and in the process of yelling to Rhett that if he doesn’t get to the door by the time that I did…I would lock him out.

It’s an empty threat that never works.

Before “I’m going to lock you out” got out of my mouth, I tripped on my doggon flip flops.

And that’s when things went wrong.

I fell up the stairs, (because I don’t half ass anything and falling down the stairs isn’t nearly as awesome as falling up them.) ripped off half my toe nail, and half the skin off my left kneecap.  Both of my forearms were scratched up as I tried to do a turn/football hold/ don’t kill the baby move. Bella’s head hit my hand instead of the floor.

I just sat there for a minute. Rhett of course immediately bee-lined it for the front door, and Wyatt stared at me with his jaw on the floor.

The baby just cried.

Something kicked in with the boys and they were both at my side offering invisible band-aids and asking, Why did YOU fall?” Like I had done it on purpose of course.

Because my mission in life is to fall down.

I sucked it up, made my way inside to my beloved Lazy-boy and cradled Bella who was still crying.

Why was she still crying…she was fine. I caught her.

When I went to put her down on the floor in the living room that’s when I noticed she refused to stand. My 10 month old who has been walking now for about 6 weeks will not put pressure on her right foot.

Crap.

Now I really feel bad. I’ve never hurt one of the kids before. It’s that mother’s instinct to protect. Here was my baby girl crying in pain and a foot that was bruised, and I didn’t save her. That’s what runs through my mind.  Yes, I know it could have been worse. I’m glad it wasn’t.

With a little TLC and 3 X-rays she is doing okay. My nerves are not. She can hobble around on it with a smile, I’m afraid to walk up the stairs.

I hate flip flops.

And I HATE falling.

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Connecting with Family one card at a time.

I lived most of my life in the same town.

By most of my life I mean until I turned 23, had a child that was almost 3 years old, and had been married for 3 years.

When my husband was offered a job in Washington, Dc we jumped at the chance to try something new!

So off we went, two twenty- somethings and a baby, moving far, far away from anything we knew, and family we loved.

This meant that we would now be keeping in touch with each other via the telephone and snail mail. (Few of our family members were in on the whole internet thing at that time.)

So I started a tradition with my little family. Every Christmas I would take a picture of my kids by the Christmas tree, and have the best picture made into a Christmas card.

I myself love getting a good ol’ Christmas card in the mail. I mean sure we have e- mail, and yes a few less paper trails would be nice, but there has got to be something said about receiving a letter in the mail from someone you love.

As my family has grown, so have the Christmas cards I send. Over the past couple of years I have been including a family letter with my photocard, so that those who are close to us in heart and mind, but not so much in miles have the opportunity to feel close to us for the few minutes that they are reading our letter and looking over a picture of the kids.

When we had our last child this past December, I came across Shutterfly, while entering in Pampers points on the Pampers website. I knew I had to get some birth announcements for the baby so I thought I’d use a coupon given to me for my pampers points. (Because lets face it, as a Mom of  four, I’m all for saving where I can.)

I chose a design I absolutely fell in love with, added a picture I took of Bella and awaited with much anticipation for the announcements to come in the mail.

In no time at all, my announcements, were in my mailbox all packaged to perfection. I was so excited to open my yellow stationary type box they were sent in!

I was not disappointed. The cards were made of a heavy card stock, and the colors were bright and made the picture that I took myself look professional.

So it should come to no surprise that I would choose Shutterfly for my Christmas cards as well!

Their 2010 Christmas Card collection is awesome! I already have so many ideas I don’t know which to pick!

I really love this one for a couple of reasons, 1) How cool would a top ten count down of our year be?!?!? 2) I can also pick which three pictures that I like the best to add to the card.

 

This is another option as well, save me the time it would take to print out the family letter!

 

I’m a whimsical card type of person so these next few cards are right up my ally!

(*because I love a little sparkle, maybe I could add a little glitter to a few snowflakes on that tree???)

 

 

Now sometimes I feel like Classic is the best way to go and I just adore these:

 

 

 

 

Now with all these choices how will I ever decide???

* On a side note, I love Shutterfly. I am also one who shares a good secret as well. You want quality then go with Shutterfly, and you won’t be disappointed . Of course this is my opinion solely, I only think for myself. *

Also are you a blogger? Do you want to take part in Shutterfly’s promotion for 50 free holiday cards? Then go here and fill out the application to see if you too can participate. What do you have to lose?