The Picture Of Me

So excited to be working with Ancestry.com this month because I want to share what I found with you all! I was poking around on Ancestry.com trying to fill out my family tree and I found my late Grandfather’s information and noticed someone had posted some pictures of him. As I was looking at them I realized one of the pictures had me in it! True story! This picture was over 30 years old and I’d never seen it before!

My Grandfather passed away in 1992 and I only got to see him a handful of times in my young life so this picture means a lot to me. I loved seeing the pictures of him when he was younger as well.

Ancestry.com is great for connecting with distant relatives as well. These pictures were posted by someone I didn’t recognize so I messaged her and she replied back and said “I got the picture From Alice (last names removed). She is soooooo nice. She is a cute little old lady and remembers a lot. And very helpful.” So my older relative wasn’t using it but I was able to get a message to her through this person. Have I mentioned lately how much I love the internet?

I found out a lot of information about other members of my family, too. They even have copies of the report of who was on the boat when my other Grandpa came over to Ellis Island in the 50s. It was pretty cool to look at those records.

Another thing I noticed? Seems as though my last name somehow gained a letter in the early 1900’s. It was interesting to see and made me realize that I should be searching for my last name with a letter taken out to find relatives in the 1800’s. I wonder what other surprises I’ll discover?

Want to explore your own family tree? Maybe learn more about your last name? Get a free trial of Ancestry.com! 

Our First Month Of Summer {In Pictures}

Summer break has been fantastic so far! I know I don’t share as many pictures as I used to so I wanted to share some of my favorites from the past month. These are all taken in the evenings and weekends since the boys are in camp during the day. I can’t wait to see all those pictures at the end of the summer! They’ve been to the zoo, horseback riding, golf, the movies and lots more fun places with the camp :)

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8 Tips To Save Money At The Zoo {And Brookfield Zoo Pictures}

We are lucky to have two large zoos and a handful of small ones in the Chicago area. Our favorite is Brookfield Zoo. Here are some of my favorite pictures from our first zoo trip of the summer (and ways we saved money while there):

Money Saving Tip #1: Brookfield Zoo has a dinosaur exhibit so instead of paying a lot in the gift shop for a souvenir, we picked up these dinosaur hats for just a couple dollars at Target.

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Money Saving Tip #2: Pack a cooler with drinks and food. We packed our drinks, snacks and the boys lunches. My mom and I ate food from a snack shack at the zoo and we splurged on ice cream since it was so hot outside.

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Money Saving Trip #3: Check into joining your local zoo, especially if you plan on going there often or are going to pay for attractions anyways. Our membership includes 4 tickets to the dino exhibit, 4 tickets to ride the tram, 4 tickets to the dolphin show, unlimited access to the Children’s area, free parking and guest passes. Once you pay for parking, it’s often cheaper to get a membership! Plus, zoo memberships often get you a discount on food and souvenirs.

Other ways to save?

#4: Look for coupons online.

#5: Check to see if your local library has any passes to local attractions (here in Chicago they do).

#6: If you are going to be purchasing a drink, look for refillable cups.

#7: Check to see if your zoo has free admission days.

#8: Enjoy a free show. A lot of times you can see zookeepers feeding animals or talking about animals around the park. These talks are free. Check the schedule at your local zoo.

How do you save money at the zoo?

Thanksgiving {Wordless Wednesday}

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Brothers in their matching outfits

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Cousin Sandwich!!

Happy 4th Of July {Cute Pictures Inside!!}

We hope you have a wonderful Fourth of July!! Love, Jacob & Lucas

It took about 15 tries to get this shot. Here are some of the other cute ones…

Wordless Wednesday: Luke’s Two Year Pictures

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These pictures were all taken at JCPenney Portraits Studio.

(Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post!)

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I have linked this post to: Wordless Wednesday Home

5 Minutes for Mom ~ Go Graham Go! ~ Jolly Mom

Mom of 3 Girls ~MomStart ~ Two of a Kind…

Momma Findings ~ Mom Knows It All

A Daily Dose of Toni

The Divine Miss Mommy

Grammy Mouse Tails

Top Ten Tuesday: Valentine’s Day Celebration

Here are ten of my favorite pictures from our day long family celebration of Valentine’s Day :) See more Top Ten posts at OhAmanda.

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Jacob built a block tower with mommy and daddy. Here he is being goofy :)

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Daddy reading Valentine Day books to Jacob while Jake snacks on candy hearts

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Jacob and Lucas opening their Valentine's Day surprises

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Luke tries on his froggie sunglasses

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Jake tries putting on his sunglasses himself.

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Lucas loved the chocolates. He only had one and couldn't figure out how to get the other ones out of the box.

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Jacob helped make sugar cookies

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Lucas fingerpaints for the first time. We didn't have much red so he used yellow.

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Jacob fingerpainted foam hearts (and then the paper)

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Lucas then decided to paint his face letting us know he was done painting.

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What about you? Did you do anything fun with your family yesterday?

Wordless Wednesday: Say Cheese

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE getting pictures taken at JcPenney Portraits! The friendly photographers, quality photos, and the low price ($3.99 with a coupon) is what makes me return time after time.

Last week we went to get pictures taken of my mom’s grandchildren. With four children under three I was afraid that we wouldn’t get a good shot but I was pleased with how the pictures turned out. Below are two pictures… the first makes me laugh and the second is my favorite of the bunch :)

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I have linked this post to: Wordless Wednesday Home

5 Minutes for Mom ~ Go Graham Go! ~ Jolly Mom

Mom of 3 Girls ~MomStart ~ Two of a Kind…

Momma Findings ~ Mom Knows It All

Frosted Fingers ~ A Daily Dose of Toni

The Divine Miss Mommy

Grammy Mouse Tails

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(Disclosure: This is NOT a sponsored post! :) I just really love JcPenney Portraits.)

Happy Halloween 2010!

Happy Halloween!!

Just for fun I thought that I would share pictures from the past couple years:

 

Halloween 2009

Halloween 2008

Mommy And Me Monday: Riding A Harley

This picture was taken at my favorite picture studio, JCPenney Portraits. Every month they do a theme and provide a background and props. For this one they had a child’s sized Harley Davidson motorcycle and a biker’s vest and hat. Jacob wouldn’t wear the hat or vest but in blue jeans, a white t-shirt, and black shoes I think he looked the part! :)

(Disclosure: This is NOT a sponsored post. I paid for these portraits with my own money (and with a coupon for $3.99 prints) and wanted to share the picture here. I really just LOVE the pictures I get taken at JcPenney!)

Find more Mommy & Me Monday pictures at Really, Are You Serious?

Top Ten Tuesday: Birthday Party Pictures

Our family

Lucas and his GeGe

Maddie (Luke's cousin)

Jacob and Claire eating cake

Lucas and Nana

The boys with Daddy, Auntie, and Grandma

Lucas walking

Lucas with his Great Aunt

Lucas and my friend, Audrey

Luke's Aunt Morgan and Uncle Brock

This post is linked up to Oh Amanda’s Top Ten Tuesday Meme

Take lots of pictures? (Giveaway!)

I don’t know about you but I love to take pictures of my family. I take pictures of my boys at play, at the zoo, and even after a messy dinner. I then upload all the pictures to my computer and now have months (ok, shamefully over a year’s worth) of pictures waiting to be printed. And then once I print them they just sit in a box because as much as I’d like to say I scrapbook I haven’t done a single page yet. All these good intentions I have and wonderful ideas of things I can create with my pictures and there they sit on Snapfish just waiting to be printed. Sound familiar? Well if so, then you are in luck….

Giveaway:

Vistaprint is offering one lucky reader a personalized, 12×12 photo book! No need to print out your pictures! The winner can choose from hard cover, leather cover or linen cover for their book. It includes 26 pages and a variety of layout and design options and free shipping. The value of this giveaway is over $50!

Vistaprint also offers products such as birthday invitations, custom t-shirts, and personalized mugs.

How to enter:

Subscribe to Making Time For Mommy (by RSS or email)

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in your comment below tell me what special person or event you would love to make a photo book for.

Giveaway ends July 21, 2010 at 11:59pm. I am sorry but this is only open to U.S. residents.

(Disclosure: I am not being compensated in any way for this post. The winner will receive the photo book from Vistaprint.)

Wordless Wed.- Too Cool

I have linked this picture to: Wordless Wednesday Home
5 Minutes for Mom ~ Go Graham Go! ~ Jolly Mom ~ Look What Mom Found… ~ Mom of 3 Girls ~
Momspective ~ MomStart ~ Two of a Kind… ~ Frosted Fingers

Favorite 2010 Easter Pictures

Lucas gives this Easter a "thumbs up"

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