We’re over half way!

Category : Family, Pregnancy

A little Tidd update!  Lets go youngest to oldest.

Baby:  We are at 22 weeks with the wee-est one.  We were able to have an ultra sound the day Anna had her tonsils out.  It was the clearest ultrasound I’ve had and we got to see….. it’s arms and legs, it’s budda belly and pointy chin.  I have yet to scan the pictures in but they will appear!  We didn’t find out (again) and we’re pretty excited to see what God is going to mix up our house with.  I’m certainly looking pregnant now (again a picture soon) complete with maternity pants.  Gary got to feel the baby kick last week which is a lot sooner than with the girls and I have certainly felt this one kick a lot!  So either he/she is getting ready to fight for it’s life or give us a run for our money!  It’s almost a pound and about 11″ long (the length of a spaghetti squash).  We have picked out a girls name and the boys name is still being duked out.  :)  We are getting things in order to redo the girls room so it’ll start feeling more real when they move in together (pray for these 2, they are as opposite as night and day in how they keep their room).

Isabella:  She is a girl full of faces.  She’s mastered the pout and the “hurrumph” look complete with arms crossed.  In the same breath, she is the most polite little girl.  She’ll offer (without prompting mind you) to unload the dishwasher and change the laundry.  She’s full of phrases from movies and just life in general (taking after her daddy) such as: “easy peesy lemon squeezy”, “I’m right, Anna’s wrong”, “are you kidding me?” and “I don’t know about that one”.  She has also been through her first toy death this week.  With her little Polly Pocket house and her family in her hand, she leaned over to flush the toilet and I heard a little plunk.  I yelled stop but it was too late.  The mommy of the family was gone forever.  I even attempted a rescue into the pee water.  They both cried like someone died as it was both their favorite mommy.  The next morning, she brought Gary the container of people and said in a sad voice “can you open this because I need to pick out a new mommy”.  Break my heart!  Poor little thing.  We’ve since found a suitable mommy for daddy and we’ve moved on.  I did learn that all mommies, real and fake, have long hair and it’s pulled in front of their shoulders.  So cute.

Anna:  We are back to normal!  She’ll even show you by opening her mouth really big and stick her tongue out.  It was a long 2 weeks for all of us, probably the hardest thing to go through as a parent so far.  We’ve weaned her off the coddling and most of the whining is gone now.  :)  Ha!  She’s also officially made us old as we signed her up for Kindergarten and took a tour tonight.  Her eyes got bigger and bigger with each classroom she went in – from the library, to art, to music to the kindergarten rooms.  She’s excited to go and we’ll continue to work on her being a little less timid.  :)  Gary put it well tonight, she’s mentally ready, Izzy’s socially ready.  Hehe.  Otherwise, she’s doing good, getting bigger and looking older each day.  Still a little girly girl but loves the dirt just the same.

I’m heading to bed but I’ll do an update on us soon and hopefully some pictures to share (the month of February and so far March have been really lacking in pictures)!


Gary, Christie, Anna and Izzy-bella

Summertime Visuals

Category : Family, Photos

I’m a month into this new life that I love and am learning the fine balance of play, cooking, cleaning, errands and work but am loving all that I’m doing!  It’s a lot of work and keeps me going all day and night, but it’s been worth it.  I’m hoping to get on an at least weekly schedule of blogging on here to keep everyone up to date on what’s going on with us so bare will me yet as I find where to put that in our daily life.

For now, you can check out a few Facebook albums of photos from this summer and early fall.  We’re loving this balmy fall weather this week and hope to play some more in the sandbox and winterize the yard.  I’m learning to love fall almost more than summer as I love the colors, the hooded sweatshirts with sandals (no idea where Anna gets her need to strip off her socks and shoes any where she goes!), sunshine with a hint of cool in the air, honeycrisp apples, pumpkin anything, birthday planning and of course the delicious food.  :)

All is well in the Tidd house with Gary’s job keeping him plenty busy.  The girls are always growing and learning.  Anna is turning into a little fashionista with all her jewelry, hair always down or with some sort of large feather decor, pink all the time and sparkle shoes.  She’s still easily upset but we’re hoping to tame that little before Kindergarten next year.  :)   Miss Isabella continues to be our bruiser.  She’s had more bruises, dents and dings this past year.  Good thing she usually pops up without a ton of fanfare but my goodness, that girl needs a bubble or a helmet at all times!  We’re getting there with potty training, it’s a bit frustrating for both of us but we’re getting there.  She’s our social butterfly and jumps right in with most situations.

So that’s us at the moment.  I’ll be sure to share funny stories and videos again about the convos we have with these 2.  They keep us thinking and changing for sure!

Enjoy the photos:

Summerlovin 2011

Fallish Good Times

More to come soon!

Love to you all!

Gary, Christie, Anna and Izzy

Almost done….

Category : Family

Hey there!

Hopefully some people still read this!  I will be back to this space so very soon with so much to tell!  :)

Love to you all!


Being real

Category : Family, Pregnancy

I’ve been trying to think of when would be a good time to write about this (as you well know I like to write about anything from skiing to potty training).  I’ll get to Izzy’s 2nd birthday in my next post but a friends blogpost today struck me as it was time.  She talked about an honest feeling she was having with her newborn, something I know every mother goes through at some point.  But she was being real and putting herself out there.

We’ve had an up and down couple months in the Tidd house.  Now, I know everyone goes through sicknesses, hardships, etc so I don’t want this to be a pity party for us.  It’s another part of our life that forever changed us and I like to record those feelings and events as vividly as I can.  So here goes – forgive me family and friends as we didn’t share this with everyone at the time.  We were preparing to try for baby #3 in late fall and just like the first 2 kiddos, we got pregnant mid-November on our first try.  Before I even took a test, I knew something wasn’t right with this pregnancy.  I had been spotting for a week or so, which seemed abnormal for me.  Finally on Friday night (December 3) around 12:30am, Gary went to the store to get a pregnancy test.  Neither of us could handle not knowing anymore.  We were both a little edgy with eachother because of what we both knew wasn’t normal but needed to know if I was pregnant or not.  He came back with a pack of EPT (which should have been a sign to begin with as my other 2 I used Clear Blue Easy.  I know too much info, but it was funny that nothing fit the bill this time.)  I promised Gary I wouldn’t cry this time we took a test – the last 2 I cried, for Anna as she was our first and for Izzy as she came as a part of God’s plan.  :)   I didn’t cry but I wasn’t as excited as I should be b/c of this lingering feeling we both had.  I called the doctor the next week to tell them I had a positive pregnancy test to set up an appointment but was spotting.  The nurse (not my OB nurse) said that’s normal for some women, that it could be that way the whole pregnancy.  I knew better from my own experiences to know this wasn’t right for me.  But I went on through the next week hoping the spotting would end.  I called again and was assured that spotting was normal and wasn’t having any other symptoms as the time of anything more.  My appointment was scheduled for December 27 to make sure it was a viable pregnancy as I have to do Lovenox and Heperin shots with my history of blood clots.  After those 2 weeks had passed, I switched my appointment to the 20th as we had plans of telling the family over the holidays of our news but wanted it to be a good thing and not an unsure thing.

Friday, December 17 I was on my way home from picking up the girls from daycare.  I had been bleeding for about 4 weeks now and in my head, I thought it was going away.  But I started to feel a little more crampy as I was driving.  I ate dinner but didn’t feel right.  So I ended up on the couch, covered in a blanket as the pain was getting stronger.  Anna and Izzy didn’t know what was going on, but knew that mommy didn’t feel good.  So Anna’s first reaction is to start getting as sad as I look and cuddle with me.  Izzy’s reaction was to stick around me but wasn’t sure what to do.  Anna asks if I have to throw up and what was wrong.  I told her that mommy’s belly hurt.  In the meantime, Gary was on the phone with his mom.  As soon as he got off and realized that I didn’t feel good, he came over to hug me.  While we hugged, I had much stronger pains, like a labor pain and jumped up to run to the bathroom.  The girls, still concerned, follow me in.  Sitting there, I was still having the pains come in waves, my head was in my hands and dear, sweet Anna asked “Mommy, do you have a big poop?”  In the midst of the scary time, she made my laugh.  ::::::: Back story: When Anna says her belly hurts we ask her if she has to poop or if she has to poop.  That girl puts things together like nobody’s business. :::::::  So I tell her, no mommy doesn’t have a big poop but that her belly still hurt.  Anna is standing there with her blankie very concerned as to my well-being, Izzy’s totting around being Izzy.  So sweet.  Just after that conversation, the biggest pain seized through and I passed baby #3.

My dear, sweet husband rallied the girls to the living room, letting me work through the pain and emotions of having a miscarriage while he called the hospital.  After talking with the on-call service, he called Sheila over to watch the girls while we figured out what to do next.  I cleaned up and soon after, the on-call OB-GYN called me.  He asked me a few questions and from what I gave him, he confirmed that I had a miscarriage and told him I already had an appointment on that Monday.  Sheila and Missy showed up to tend to the girls, while Gary and I talked and cried a little.  (Thank you, ladies).

The rest of the night was a bit somber.  We knew that it wasn’t our (my) fault for this happening.  We knew we felt off with this whole pregnancy.  We knew (but didn’t really want to admit) that this may not end well.  But we also knew that this was God’s will for us.  We knew and know that God will grant us another child if it’s His will.  We know that He’ll stay beside us through all the ups and downs during the grieving period.  It’s been 2 1/2 months since that day and there are still some things working themselves out, a few less sad moments seeing a pregnant woman, a few more brighter moments that those 2 little girls bring out of us.  In the end, God has brought us peace and a hope that we’ll get another chance.


I had planned on blogging each week about my pregnancy and had started the first couple weeks to post at a later date.  I’ll share that with you here:

So, dear readers, you won’t be reading this till I’m about 8-12 weeks along but I wanted to chronicle weekly about what’s going on during this, my 3rd pregnancy!  I can’t believe it, well I can b/c we wanted this, but just like the other 2 there’s a surprise/scared/exciting feeling involved with adding another baby into the family.  Gary and I kind of had a saying “3 before 30″ for our family, so that would mean we’d have another baby by the time I turn 30 or we’ll be pregnant at that time.  Well we’re going to hit that mark just in the nick of time.  My supposed due date, according to my handy dandy friends at the BabyCenter, is August 3.  I turn 30 on August 16.  So we’ll see if this little one will arrive late like their biggest sister or a week early like their younger sister, ha!  So weird to say that.

Anywho, a couple Friday nights ago, Gary and I decided to start wrapping gifts for the girls, we were watching tv and wondering if I may be pregnant.  I was going to buy a test the next day but….. it got the best of Gary (and actually relieved me of wondering too much).  He ran to the store around 12am to get some tests.  So of course while he’s gone I’m thinking about it, it’s making me all nervous when in reality I knew I was pregnant.  As most of you know, we are pretty fertile (I know a little graphic but you chose to stick around to read this blog).  This isn’t meant to brag but we don’t have to try hard.   So Gary got home with the tests (and as weird as this sounds, he wasn’t able to find the ClearBlue digital ones I’d used for the last 2 kids, bummer!) so I took one and within a minute it declared and temporarily solidified my thought.  I wasn’t allowed to cry like I did for the first 2, so I didn’t.  I smiled a lot, hugged Gary tightly and jokingly asked “what are going to do now?!”  Hehe.  I’ve asked that with Anna and Izzy.  :)   I’m all about consistency.

So in the past couple weeks not much has been going on.  I have one difference from my previous pregnancies that gives me a little worry but was told the 2 times I called about it that it’s normal, is the light bleeding.  I know, again too much info, but it is what it is.  I did a little online research but like to steer away from that b/c people post only about issues usually not the normalcy of things, so for that I lean on my doctor for the answers.  I have no cramping or bleeding heavily to show something may be wrong.  But my inherent nature is to worry, so I may just bump my appointment up till before Christmas so I have more confidence breaking the news to the family over Christmas.  Hopefully that’ll work!  With the appointment will bring a wonderful prescription…. Lovenox.  I’ll talk about that later.  :)

Oh, nice toothbrush, how I’ve missed you

Category : Family

We bought toothbrushes.  Expensive ones.  Ones with fancy settings, multiple toothbrush heads, even a sanitizer.  We spent over $200 on our toothbrushes!  There, I said it.  Who does that?  You could buy so much with $200 or pay down some debt.  We do, obviously.  Why?  Thanks for asking!  Let me give you a short back story (not sure if short is in my forte, but I’ll do my best).

I talked about Anna’s dentist trip awhile back and our history of the dentist but now about our toothbrushes.  :)   Exciting, I know!  Growing up we both just had your run of the mill manual-brush your teeth for 20 seconds so your breath smells of toothpaste so mom will think you brushed your teeth-toothbrush.  Gary and I had different dental experiences growing up but in the end when we got married and were talking about having kids, we had to start a routine of going to the dentist.  So we started out with the 2 for $10 Oral B and Crest Spinbrush battery operated toothbrushes.  They were great when we compared to our manual ones.  They got me through years of no cavities.  Then we decided it was time to upgrade only because Woot told us we should.  On one particular day they had a Two for Tuesday of nicer Oral-B (I think) rechargeable toothbrushes for about $45.  Perfect!  Those worked great for about a year or so until mine wouldn’t hold a charge anymore and Gary’s was running out of gusto.  So we tossed those.  We hemmed and hawed for months on getting the best out there.  So in the meantime, we went back to good ole manual and tried to brush for 2 minutes but it just wasn’t the same.

Our dentist appointments came around in November and there came our decision maker.  Well for me anyway.  I was on about year 4 of no cavities, no nothing.  Then I was hit with 2 cavities.  Granted they got this new fancy light that detects cavities even sooner than x-rays, but still….  And for Gary, he’s been cavity free for awhile but continues to battle with gum issues and other past neglect due to no insurance as a young 20 something.  Since then, he’s been the model teeth guy, brushing twice a day, mouthwash twice a day, flossing each night.  Gold star for the Gar!  Which brings me into our $200+ toothbrush purchase.

Enter the amazing-feels like you walked out of the dentist and more everyday-5 settings-sanitizer-rechargeable-not terribly cheap replacement heads-but so well worth it Sonicare FlexCare Plus and FlexCare (for me).

These toothbrushes have a 2 minute cycle with a 30 second buzzer to change zones so all your teeth get the same amount of attention.  They vibrate instead of spin and clean between your teeth to almost feel like you flossed.  So not to be dazzled by the features of the brushes, they were really to bring our teeth and gums back to where they were and hopefully a lot better!  Our perio charting which shows how healthy your gums are should be out of the 3’s, 4’s and 5’s and down into the 1’s and 2’s. All in all this was an investment into better dental care, to save us from awful root canals and cavities and the biggest one, their bills, in the future.

A remarkable difference from past toothbrushes, especially this last one, is what we’re hoping for come May/June!

The Good, The Bad, The Gross

Category : Family, skiing

Great title for a ski/water park weekend huh?  Well it pretty much describes our weekend at Boyne Mountain up near Boyne Falls, MI.  Gary had been planning this trip for months, getting the best deal, checking on all the questions we had, getting rentals taken care of.  Needless to say, days before we left, he couldn’t sleep at night he was excited to go.  Mind you, this was just a weekend trip 3 hours north of where we lived.  This was supposed to the ultimate-everyone has a great time-Gary fulfills both loves of skiing and waterparking weekend.  And it was a lot of fun, but let me get the bad and the gross out of the way.  :)

Well I guess the bad and the gross go hand in hand.  The first bad is that Friday night/Saturday morning was the worst night we’ve ever had with the girls.  Usually they sleep great, maybe not perfect when we’re in new surroundings, but usually through the night.  The condo we had was set up perfect to let them have a good nights sleep in a big room.  My in-laws had the master suite off the backside where we found ourselves hanging out there mostly b/c you could watch the skiiers and snowboarders coming down the hill, lots of floor space, a TV and big bed to lounge on.  Then at the front of the condo was the smallish kitchen, living room and dining room where we dumped all our hats, gloves, snowpants, boots, babies, blankies, you name it.  :)   Then off to the left was our space and the loft Sheila slept in.  There were 2 queen beds and lots of floor space and the loft had 2 twin beds.  With that was a full bathroom and closet.  It was great!  We tucked Anna into one queen bed and Izzy set up camp in her pack and play yet.  Everything was super up until we went to bed….  Izzy woke up 3 times within a couple hours acting very confused and scared in her surroundings.  So she ended up in bed with us.  Then Anna woke up crying around 3ish for whatever reason, so Gary laid with her for awhile, then we switched, then I came back to bed and Izzy complied with going back in her own bed.  So that’s about 6 times up.  Around 7am, Anna asked for books to read in her bed and about 7:30 she sat up gagging.  I ran over to her and ::enter gross #1:: she threw up in my hand.  It wasn’t stomach remains just stomach acid.  Along with that was a fever.  A fever mommy didn’t prepare for so 2 phone calls later, Gary and his dad went into town to buy medicine, juice and Gatorade.  She “threw up” 2 more times that morning and we battled a fever throughout the day.  With a status on Facebook of Anna being sick, her caretakers commented and said strep throat was going around.  Oye…  So she ate on and off when her throat (which we didn’t totally knew hurt until Sunday) didn’t hurt.  So the bad is that Anna was sick for most of the weekend she was supposed be spending learning how to ski and living it up in the indoor waterpark (and gross #1).

Gross #2 is that Anna peed on the bed a little in the in-laws bed and gross #3 is that Izzy pooped in the bathtub.  There’s nothing more disgusting than….. I won’t go there.  Needless to say “Sorry Boyne Mountain, we puked in your towels, we peed in your bed and we pooped in your bathtub but we had a great time nonetheless!”

Erase all those visuals and come down the happy path of our weekend at Boyne.  Friday we got up there (after horrible almost white out conditions) to a little village tucked in the middle of nowhere with lots of friendly people working the grounds.  We checked in and got into our spacious condo.  We hemmed and hawed about who was going skiing and who was going to the waterpark.  Gary was anxious to hit the slopes so the boys took to the hills while the girls stormed the waterpark.  FYI: Don’t forget swim diapers for non-potty trained little ones.  They cost $4.50 each!  Yes, that’s one single one time use swim diaper.  Oye.  The girls had an absolute blast swimming and going down the little water slide over and over and over again…..  :)   Izzy is more stable on her feet than last summer so she was able to walk around the 2 foot pool (up to her chin mind you!) and only go under a dozen times or so only to keep doing it again and again.  I was excited for them for Saturday.  Unfortunately the above incidents prohibited us from going back to the waterpark again.  I love how much they love the water.  I’m excited for the summer again to hit up the lake and Michigan’s Adventure (which Anna still talks about)!

Saturday morning brought my first real attempt at skiing.  Back story: I can only share this as a lot of time has passed and I’ve made huge strides in my weightloss.  I tried to ski about 5 years ago but only got to the boot fitting.  We didn’t go for an official fitting a place specializing in such things but just took it from the rental area of the ski hill.  This proved quite painful emotionally as the boots wouldn’t fit over my calves.  I ended up leaving as I was so embarrassed and upset.  This was one of the turning points for my weightloss journey.  The next year I tried snowboarding b/c those boots were more forgiving but ended up falling way too much for my liking.  So I banded trying either for years.  But there was no excuse this time.  I was down 73 pounds and I got fitted for boots with no problems at all!  Back to this weekend:  I got all my gear on with nerves running through me but I made it up the Magic Carpet with little problems and went down the very gradual hill with more ease than I thought I’d have!  I then took up the chair lift to go up the mountain a bit more and fell off both times.  :)   Not as terrible as I thought but realized I needed to get into the weightroom more!  I went down the hill a few more times that day and did a new run Sunday morning, never falling on any of the runs.  Gary talked me through whatever issue I was having or emotion I was feeling.  He’s such an patient and understanding man, it made it that much more enjoyable for me.  And he’s pretty hot in his skiing garb.  ;)   It was beautiful, nerve-racking and exciting all at the same time.  In liu of losing you in my incredibly long post, I’ll just say I’m excited to ski more, my husband is beyond thrilled that I liked it and I’m looking forward to it being a family sport one day.  :)

We had a great time hanging out with the family, had some great meals, snacked a lot, hit up the endless breakfast buffet, shopped the few shops on site, enjoyed the amazing sunny Michigan days (we’ve had a lot of those lately!) and overall had a great experience.  With all that said, they refunded us for the waterpark since they saw us call about a sick child on Saturday and a little more for a plunger incident.  :)   Anna’s on the other side of strep throat, we’re praying the rest of us don’t get it and we’re preparing for an adults only ski weekend in February.

Now on to celebrating the wee little one’s 2nd birthday!  2?!  Where did the time go!?

It’s a new dawn, it’s a new day…..

Category : Family

Like Michael Buble?  You should.  It’s good stuff.

Anywho, as most of you know we’re in the new year of 2011!  Crazy.  We were just talking about when Y2K was all the rage and here we are 11 years after that.  Enough about stock piling pantries and watching our computers blow up.

It’s been a great year for the Tidd’s!  We celebrated Izzy’s first birthday and are ready for her next one in a few weeks.  2?!  How can she turn 2 already?  She’s turning into quite the little stinker now that she can talk in sentences.  Such as “I like food”, “That’s my baby!”,  “It’s dinner time!” and “I lub you, too.”  Anna turned the big 3 in October but prior to that she was fully potty trained, got her first hair cut and gave her pipe (paci, nook, plug, whatever else you Michigan people call it) to the pipe fairy.  She’s such a big girl and good little tattle tail.  Oye.  These 2 are quite the pair, a lovely sister bond in a constant more love than dislike relationship.  Gary and I made this year our get healthy year with a purging of all things junk and put fruits and veggies in their place.  Ok, so we weren’t perfect but we managed to lose 15 and 22 pounds respectively.  Along with that we hit up the gym, took work out classes and ran our first 5k runs.  The holiday’s cramped our gusto so with this new year, we’re back to the gym again.

Our Christmas break was great, crazy busy, but great!  We got to see our family in Chicago along with all the grandparents and some aunts and uncles but mostly we got to see old dear friends.  Who once all inhabited SoHo and Lansing now are at the literal ends of the earth, one being in Smithers British Columbia (think way north of Vancouver) and the other on Prince Edward Island (think another time zone over from NYC).  We all gathered at Melissa’s house in Lansing, 12 kids under 5 and 8 adults for a wonderful lunch and crazy big play date.  It truly feels like home when we’re all together even though we’re all in our 30’s (not me of course, I have a glorious 8 months left), in careers and parenthood, homeowners and bill payers.  These people know the heart of you and your story as we have such a deep history.  I love all the friends I’ve made up here in Michigan but these dear friends will always be with me to the core.  I miss them terribly but love them more when we gather together again each year or 2.  The best part is, the husbands seem to really enjoy each other’s company too and would probably have boys nights out if we lived close.  Love it.

This year is the year of renewal of past goals.  I don’t really make resolutions but goals for the year.  There is usually one over all goal and smaller goals falling underneath.  I think I started it the year we moved into our house.  The first being a declutter goal, I can’t find my 2009 goals but they included surviving with 2 kids under 2 and last year was getting healthy.  This year we’re going to continue to declutter (get rid of things that are just taking up space, that aren’t functional, that don’t mean anything to us), stay healthy (keep up with working out and throw in taking the girls swimming, train for the Riverbank Run in May, lose another 22+ pounds, getting better at our dinners, eat more fruits and veggies), getting connected to each other as a couple as we tend to run ourselves ragged till bed with stuff for others, the house, the girls, etc. and finally pay off our last debt, my student loans!  We’re big Dave Ramsey fans but we decided to deviate from the plan a little in the next couple years.  We’ll have no debt but the house and our large emergency fund stock piled, but we’re wanting to make our house feel like home again.  We did the painting and a little decorating, but we’re looking to do new flooring (the waves in the carpet are not very cool), a corner fireplace, moving of appliances, painting.  So in other words, a little bit of investing.  It’ll be all good, promise!  We’ll stay on the straight and narrow debt free path, fo sho.

So with all that said, Happy New Year folks!  I’m back.  You know why?  My little pouting (read here to see why) paid off as I have a new little black cherry, 17.4″ monitor, Windows 7 friend.  :)

Sorry dear readers….

Category : Family

Oh the neglect we’ve given you, dear blog.  It’s been a busy month – Chicago for 2 weekends, sick Anna, sick Gary, trying to balance this crazy life!  I’m trying to develop a “rough schedule” so that we post at least a couple times a week.  So here’s to a new start to a new month – it’s October already?  Yeesh!

We’ll be back, I promise!


New Videos!

Category : Family

We’ve had a video camera for almost a year now and for whatever reason, I can’t get the videos off the DVD’s and publish them.  They work super in our DVD player, but no where else.  So after a few hours of trying, I gave up and gave up videoing the girls.  I didn’t like the idea of not having them recorded so that one day we can all fawn over their high squeeky voices and cute ways to say things.  Enter Chase Reward Points.  So we don’t use a credit card for most things and if we do, we pay it off right away.  We also use it for big purchases and side work purchases so the points have added up!  So I checked out what we could get and found that we could get a new HD Flip camera and have a few points to spare.  It came just before we left on vacation, so we messed around with it and took a few videos while we were out in Colorado.  I’ve started to add some this week and hope to have everything up by the weekend.

So with all the blah blah blahing up there, click on the V icon in our header (on the right side near Anna) and it’ll take you to our Vimeo homepage where you can view the latest antics of the Tidd family.


Aaannnddd….. we’re back!

Category : Family, Vacation

So had the greatest of intentions on writing up a whole bunch of posts while I was on vacation, but….. I was on vacation and that didn’t happen.  So in the busyness of getting back to our daily routine, I’m going to start getting some posts in the hopper.

We had an amazing time in Colorado.  The girls traveled really well, thanks to some lap desks and a lot of mommy planning.  We saw the windmills and hills of Iowa, the flat plains and rolls of hay in Nebraska and the amazing mountains, streams and views of Colorado.  We spent much time talking with relatives of whom most we haven’t seen in 6 years, lots of good home cooked meals, game playing and turning dominoes into “elephones” and cameras.  We hiked up 2.2 miles, 1000 feet with 2 kids (one of which spent a lot of time in a backpack graciously carried by Dan) to see the beautiful valleys and mountains with those we love – all only happening because of our lifestyle change almost a year ago.  We rode the Cog Railway up to Pikes Peak to see Colorado Springs and the plains of Kansas.  Raffled off quilts that my mom loving started and some completed to raise over $800 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and to all find new homes to be shared in for years to come.  Thank you.  We bonded with those we’ve never talked with before because maybe we were too young to care or are now old enough to appreciate.  We warded off “man eating” dogs, tooks walks, swam in the pool, tried to get on the internet all week just to have a little taste of what was going on in the world, did lots of crafts, colored lots of pictures, made lots of puzzles.

It all was really just a refresher course on what was really important in life – being apart of an amazing, huge extended family, not always needing Facebook to be fulfilled, sharing in God’s amazing creation with the mountains, short burst storms, vivid rainbows, acres of forest, long streams and beautiful wildlife, figuring out the path God may have for you and hopefully one day realizing it.

Thank you, Klunders, for another reunion I’ll never forget.

Check out our week in pictures here!