Monday, July 21, 2014

blurb love.

You've heard me talk before about how much I love Blurb.com
They have done an amazing job on all of my blog books and I truly did not think I could not be any happier with them. 
But I am. 

One of my books started losing pages. They weren't torn out, just kind of coming loose from the binding. 


I don't know that this book was looked at anymore than the others, but this was my biggest book. I was 6 pages away from the 440 page limit. The following year is when I started splitting them into 2 books: School year and Summer.

This was a pretty special book, though... 

A pretty important year in our family... 

It made me so sad that the pages were falling out. The kids love to look through these books and I hate to discourage them from doing so... but it was making me nervous.

I got back on Blurb just to check out the cost of replacing it. (All of the books I've made are stored on there. I could go back and order more at any time! I love that!) This was my biggest book, though, and the most expensive. To replace it (with tax and shipping) was going to be over $140. Yikes.

So I emailed customer service. Told them the situation. They asked me to send them a couple pictures. In a matter of days, I had this...

A brand new book.
Reprinted and reshipped.
For free.
Ah-mazing customer service!
I thought I couldn't be any happier with them... but I was wrong. So, so happy with this company... their quality... and their awesome customer service. Lifelong customer here.


(And... this is why I'm trying to get caught up on pictures from weeks ago! Love having all these memories recorded in our books! Priceless possessions for our family!) 

july 5th.

Two little girls were really excited that Uncle Casey got the tire swing hung up again!




Homemade ice cream... 

Family football... 





Fireworks...

And just fire, apparently...


We never get to spend enough time with this little miss! Can't wait til we to meet her little sister in just a couple months! =)

Sunday, July 20, 2014

more 4th of july.

We spent our 4th of July morning down at the park watching some of the fun happening there! 
(And visiting Corey... it was a working holiday for him. Part of the day, anyway!) 

Mud volleyball... 

Frog and turtle races...

Corey got to do this fun job for awhile...





This girl. Those eyelashes... 



Chickens for the "Chicken Drop" game...


(Still getting used to having pictures on my phone! Finally entered the world of Smartphones!) =)

Friday, July 18, 2014

4th of july.

Our annual 4th of July reunion picture. Love these girls. Love their families. Love spending time with them.
I'm a better wife and mom because of them.
I so miss "doing life" with them. But so grateful we have stayed connected, despite the miles between us.





Setting up a tank war...








So who won? 
Ryan: "No one wins in war."  =)



See that pile of fire? (all the tanks) See those anxious faces looking over their shoulders?

This was why...

He was driving down the street and saw the fire and the kids, but no adults. He pulled in the driveway and saw all the adults sitting there, supervising. No worries... just made for a few exciting moments! =)



Still love the "Tangled" paper lanterns!