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Thursday, April 08, 2010

Ultimate Blog Party '10

Ultimate Blog Party 2010

Welcome to the Ultimate Blog Party from 5 Minutes for Mom!

A little about my family...

We're an Air Force family and we just completed/survived the one-year-to-Afghanistan-deployment.

When my husband deployed the kids and I moved back to MD to stay with family. Joe is back, but he's in NM where he's currently still assigned. We'll be moving to SC this summer after our daughter finishes school. So when all is said and done it'll be a year and a half before we're all back together ... the kids are definitely missing their daddy!

The kids - I have two of those.

Kayla is my first born and she'll be 7 this July. She has an extra chromosome...#21 = Trisomy 21 = Down syndrome. Last year she was diagnosed with Celiac disease so we've been learning all about the gluten-free diet!

Lucas turned 2 in Feb, but most days he thinks he's 12 and can do everything by himself. He tries to keep up with whatever his big sister is doing.

As for me - I resigned from my job after Kayla was born and became a Discovery Toys consultant. I like to scrapbook, read, take photographs, blog, follow the Red Sox ... yada yada yada...

Now that I've finally got my party post up it's time to go blog hopping!

Oh, prizes! There are a ton of wonderful prizes you can win over at the Ultimate Blog Party! Here are my top 3 choices:

39 - A 2-night stay at any Hilton Garden Inn
104 – Shoot Me Now is giving away one $50 Visa Vanilla Gift Card
112 – $50 Amazon Gift card

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It Feels Like Chaos said...

Hi Michelle, I came over via the blog party and just wanted to say thank you for your family's service to our country. I cannot imagine how hard it must have been having your husband deployed while having small children!

Claire said...

I second the above comment. My DH and I met a month after he came home & didnt re enlist. I cant imagine how different our life could have been. Kudos to BOTH of you for what you do & making it work so well,for you! I love to hear about others lives & will follow along! Happy UBP!

Claire said...

Oh AANNDD I KNEW I had come across your blog before, because I remember those big eyes ( and I LOVE blueberries!) I believe I read you before, from Megan(Stella & A's mom)
Anyway, nice to *meet* you, formally!

Emma said...

Happy Blog Party Day! Lovely to meet you! Your children are so cute and smiley!! Smiling on camera is a rare occurence for my little one!

jerricapuck said...

Happy UBP!!
I third the above comments about your family and your DH's services.

Angie said...

Just stopping by from the UBP 2010. It very nice to meet you! You have lovely children!
Have a great day!


Amanda said...

My first born daughter's name is Kayla also- fab taste!
I am a lover of scrappin' and photography too

Andrea H said...

Your kids are gorgeous! My boys have big blue eyes too and they just melt my heart!

Nice to meet you =)

The Artful Hawaiigirl said...

Big Blueberry eyes is so adorable. We thank you too for serving our country. How often do we get to do that. Your daughter is beautiful and has gorgeous eyes!

SugarPlumsMomma said...

Blog hopping from the UBP! Your kids are gorgeous - those beautiful eyes!


Scattered Mom said...

Popping in from the blog party! Your header is just beautiful :)

Thank you for your sacrifices so that the rest of us can live in peace-I can't imagine sending my Hubs off to war, or being without him for a year and a half. You are both amazing!

Feel free to pop by Notes From the Cookie Jar any time, I'd love to have you there. Not many of my recipes are gluten free but perhaps you can give me pointers! :)

diane said...

blog hopping today. this is fun. yea ubp wolfbayou@yahoo.com

motherlylaw said...

Adorable kids! Can't imagine how difficult it is for you guys to be apart... Glad to meet you. Please visit me at www.motherlylaw.com.
Thanks, Anna from www.motherlylaw.com

Leslie said...

Howdy! Found you while blog hopping onn the UBP list. We're Air Force too - came here from Holloman in NM and Charleston was our first base! We loved it there!

Robyn said...

Your children are precious! Their eyes are gorgeous!!!

Happy party week! Good luck on the prizes you entered!

Sunshine Paperie said...

beautiful family! I know you are excited to have your family all back together!
Happy UBP10!

JoAnn said...

it seems like you have your hands full! I have two kids too (Boys) and they make me drink a lot of coffee. I clicked on your blog because the name was so cute. It's adorable! You have a sweet way about you.

Jen said...

Okay, I have to tell you how much your sweet girl struck with me after seeing your header...oh.my.golly she is the most precious baby {not so baby anymore I guess}.
Both your kids are so cute :)
Just here from UBP stopping in to say HI

magically ordinary said...

So happy I found your blog on UBP! Your little ones are beautiful and your daughter has the biggest blue eyes I have ever seen. Just gorgeous!

Can't wait to read more!

Sari said...

Michelle, thank you so much for your comment.. I tell ya, I am ready for some kind of faraway vacation minus people. :)

Love love the pictures of K and L.
Counting down the days when you are all back together. And in SC :)

Me (aka Danielle) said...

Hello! I've come from UBP! What a great blog! It was nice to meet you!

Debbie said...

Visiting from the blog party. Your family is adorable. Now following you. I hope you have a great week.


katydidnot said...

Thanks to all of you for your service and sacrifice. Also? Holy monkeys, how do you do it?

Vera said...

Your kids are absolutely precious!! And your husband is my hero!! I'm visiting from the UPB - I'm going to peek around your blog a little, if that's okay :)

joeandbridge said...

Hi there! Just popping in from the UBP to be your newest Google Follower! Hooray! Hope you had a great weekend and have a great week! You have beautiful children! Swing by my blog when you get a chance!

Bridgette Groschen
The Groschen Goblins

jamaise said...

Hello & nice to meet you. Sounds like you have a very full life! Your children are beautiful & you are so right about those blueberry eyes!

We are gluten free as well - it can be challenging I know - there are many great GF blog popping up though.

Have fun at the party :)

Anonymous said...

Oh those eyes! Clicked on you through UBP10 as my daughter also has big blueberry eyes. Your kids are adorable and your blog so sweet!

Lori at The Davidson Den said...

Stopping by from the UBP. Just wanted to say hi.

Oh, my word. Your kids are gorgeous! And I love all the family pics running down your sidebar. Nice touch!

I'm so glad your family will all be back together again soon. Hang in there. I'm sure being apart is tremendously difficult.

Oh, yeah. Discovery Toys rock!! :)

The Mrs. said...

stopping by from ubp! And a fellow military {Marine} wife

Your kids are adorable I know all to well how busy they must keep you when flying solo. Although we never are really solo now are we ; )

Mrs4444 said...

Your children are absolutely adorable. It's nice to meet you (via UBP). Please thank your husband for his service, and thank you for your sacrifice as well.

Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

What a precious header....This is such a fun party and I have already met some of the greatest bloggers... I am amazed at all the different and creative blogs. Stop by for a visit...just leave a comment on any of the last few posts on either blog and you are eligible for the GRAND PRIZE $100 GIFT BASKET!

Allison said...

Love the title of your blog. Your children are beautiful.

It's great to meet you!

Janene said...

What adorable, happy kids. You are truly blessed.

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Pricilla said...

Coming over from the UBP to say hi. Very cute kids.

Jenny said...


Nice to meet you! :D Just stopping by from the party to say howdy. Love your blog.

Have a great weekend and happy UBP! :D And hope to see you stop by sometime!!


Barb, Diabetic Snacker said...

Just dropping by from my blog party! I subscribe by rss google reader. If there's a giveaway count me in!

Anonymous said...

Hoping over from UBP! Your children have the best smiles! I'm having a blog party over at my blog today. If you get a chance stop on by and please add your link! Nice to meet you. - Meredith

Cascia said...

Just stopping by from the UBP at Five Minutes for Mom. I love your site and am subscribing to your RSS feed. I would appreciate it if you visited my blog and did the same! I'm looking forward to reading more and getting to know you better.

The Healthy Moms

L Harris said...

Hi. What a beautiful little family. Happy partying.

Guthrie Family of 5 said...

Your family is beautiful and just wanted to say hi stopping by from UBP.

Tiffany said...

Visiting from UBP10! You sound like a very strong woman with beautiful children!

Pennie said...

Please stop by and visit! We have much in common - I have two kids, too - mine are older (as am I) but they are boy/girl in that order teens. We aren't a military family, but we do appreciate what you all sacrifice for our country! I love scrapbooking and photography - just got a DSLR camera - totally newbie - don't know much but am learning. :)

{:miss v:} said...

Hi there! Stopping by from the party! Cute kids!!! Your daughter's eyes are just gorgeous!!

Nice to 'meet' you! Have fun partying!

Rona's Home Page said...

Love your blog and really enjoyed my visit.
I think this is my 3rd year. Not sure but really enjoy meeting new bloggers.
Great prizes this year! I hope you win one..or two.
I was late too but fashionable late for the UBP 2010.

A. Smith said...

Hi I came over from UBP and thinks you have a beautiful blog. You take fabulous pictures and I'm glad I stopped by. See you at the party.

CrystalsCozyKitchen said...

Just came over from UBP! I love the pictures of your children - they are so beautiful!

Kristi @kristigriem said...

What a beautiful family you have! You are an amazing woman-wow! So glad I found you thru UBP!!

earthlymama said...

Hi! I loved your post and your blog looks great! :) I will definitely be following. I'd love to hear more about the gluten-free diet. My 6mo old had a high nuchal thickness when he was in the womb so, they thought he had a chromosomal issue. All tests came back negative for anything, but he has had several issues since and dr's are stumped so far. Right now his head is measuring much bigger than it should be, I am pretty sure he has a sensory disorder, and he seems very sensitive to foods. I think we may have to do the special diet as well. Anywho- that's my boy in a nutshell. lol! Check out my blog if you ever get a chance! Your little ones are absolutely adorable!

Jenilee said...

Hello Michelle! My aunt used to be a discovery toys consultant. They have the best toys!! My sister in law is also in the Air Force. She will be deploying to Quatar at the end of the summer for 6 months and will miss her sons 1st birthday. I can't imagine what its like to have your husband deployed for so long. I love your blog and I'm excited to read more future posts!

If you ever do get a chance check mine out =)

Color My World Photohgraphy + Design

The Holbert Household

Jess said...

My niece was just diagnosed with celiacs I am forwarding your blog to my sister.

Visiting from UBP10 please stop by!

Carolee / Home4ever said...

Visiting from the UBP!

Sorry you have to go through everything w/o hubby by your side.

I must say you seems to be doing a good job- the kids look happy, and...

....they get to play with Discovery Toys!


Have a great blog-hopping time.

Jenn said...

Your kiddos are just adorable!! Hope you had fun at the Ultimate Blog Party! I know its over but I'm still partying and visiting some new blogs! :)

Jenni ("Miss Tutu")
My UBP blog post: How to Make a Tutu blog - hope you will stop by, say hi, and grab a free tutu making lesson! :) and Mom Blogger $100 Cash Contest