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Well, they could be!!!

My sister Kellie moved back into town and was in need of a new job. Her work experience was with little kids at the local YMCA both in Beaverton and Eugene. She was in search of a flexible job while she is in the process of finishing her college education. She came across a posting for a new indoor trampoline place. The company is Sky High Sports. They are a franchise with locations in California, Oregon, and Washington.

Kellie has been involved with helping them get everything set up and their doors open!! She mentioned in passing that she had a vinyl connection. Que big-sister-that-is-certified-crazy who always takes on way too many projects. Obviously, that is where I came in!! I was in charge of creating vinyl for their doors, as well as their front desk area, and other sinage throughout the building.

Here are some photos of the finished product. I think they turned out well. Your thoughts are always important to me. What do you think??

Let me just tell you that this was on the hardest things I’ve ever cut on my vinyl cutter. It was 17 feet long. That’s right. Seventeen feet!!! It was a major learning experience. Let’s just say I never EVER want to cut vinyl that long again!

I also created a quick promotional flyer for them. Feel free to print it out and take it into the Tigard, Oregon location. Write “Kellie’s” name on the back (Kellie Studer) and the employee who has the most customers bring in the flyers with their name on it gets $100. Who couldn’t use an extra hundered dollars? I know Kellie definitly could since she moved back in with our parents and is trying to move out as quickly as possible!!! Help her out!!

Print this out Flyer for 1 Free Hour of Jumping with Purchase of One Full Hour. I already added Kellie’s name for you!!! Sorry, tomorrow is the last day to use the coupons, but there are many more coupons to come. If you can’t make it before then, they are having their grand opening on OCTOBER 15, 2010. Go check it out!

I’m so excited about this place. It’s always hard to find good entertainment (especially in the cold rainy months) for all the boys! Sky High Sports is a wonderful venue for kids and adults of all ages!! They offer private parties, birthday parties, dodge ball tournaments, a foam pit, and open bounce sessions. We are already planning on having Skyler’s Sixth birthday party there. Here are some of their other amenities too!

If you’re having trouble picturing the trampoline place, imagine several large trampolines pieced together to create one massive trampoline floor. If that doesn’t sound amazing, imagine having walls surrounding this area also made of trampolines. So, your children can literally be bouncing off of the walls!! No worrying about them falling off either!!!

Also, don’t worry if you have little kids, there are several different trampolines and they each have designated age groups that can jump. I think Lincoln is just as excited to jump as the boys are. So, go check them out. They opened their doors on FRIDAY, OCTOBER 1st. Don’t forget to print out your coupon (write Kellie’s name on it) and go jump! We all know tired kids sleep better and so do we!!!

adding new items to my etsy shop. Go check out all the new products that I’ve added to my shop. I can’t take all the credit for this. My sister, Kellie, helped me add these items to my shop (thanks Kellie for adding these for me).

Stay tuned for Halloween Cards, Christmas Cards, and more!!!!

Here are a few sneak peaks

I did it!!! I did it!!! I did it!! I’m featured on one of my favorite blogs of all time, Hostess Blog. Check out Linc’s Circa 1980 Surprise Party that was just featured!! Let me know what you think! Yay for me!! Okay, I am off to celebrate now!!!!

Yesterday was Skyler’s first day of Kindergarten. Can you even believe it? Well, maybe you can, but I can’t! How did my little 5 pound, 5 ounce baby boy turn into a handsome, intelligent kindergartener? It’s like it happened overnight. It seriously feels that way. I can vividly remember bringing him home from the hospital. Where does time go? That’s the one thing I wish I could harness and slow down sometimes.

Skyler is our oldest son. Sending a child off to school is totally new to me. I didn’t want to miss any moments of his first day. He was complaining that I was taking so many photos of him, but I warned him that I would never be able to get this day back and I wanted to make sure it was well documented. Poor kid. It’s not his fault he was born into a family with a crazy Mom. I promise, no children were harmed while these photos were taken. I shot these all without a flash! Hahaha! I kid. I kid!

I took a ton of photos of Skyler. I am planning on taking photos of all the boys on their first day of school each year. I remember going through the same torture when I was little. Actually, my Mom was really good. She didn’t take nearly the amount of photos we take today. That’s the blessing (or the curse if you are a little kid) of digital cameras!

Here are some photos of my handsome, adorable, incredibly old looking little man! It’s funny that he suddenly looks so much older just because he’s in kindergarten. Try not to look too close at these. They will melt your heart!

Everyone had to get in on the photo taking. Can you tell we went with a camo first day of school theme? All the boys had some camo on!!! I just love camo.

Skyler and Jackson were both super excited about waiting for the bus. My boys just love school buses. Everyone time we see one they have to point it out. Look at how patiently they were waiting. . .

Once Skyler got on the bus, my heart sank a bit. My little boy is on the bus. By himself. Oh, I want to cry just thinking about it. Is he even old enough to ride the bus? I had to set aside my apprehensions and let him go out to explore the world. It’s his time to learn. To make new friends. To gain independence. To thrive. Skyler, don’t forget about me. Remember me? I’m your mama. Make sure you come and visit me every once in awhile. Call to check in. Oh, what? He’s just going to Kindergarten you say? Well thank goodness because I am not ready for anything more than that right now!

I missed him so much, I met him at school. Okay, I’m not a psycho parent. I really just wanted to get some photos of him in his classroom. I didn’t hang out for very long. I just wanted to make sure he made it to his classroom safely. He was instructed to write his name. Then he had to complete a few more tasks before he could go and play on the rug. That’s where I left him. . .

We were so excited for Skyler to get home that we arrived at the bus stop 10 minutes early. Jackson was entertaining himself and being silly like normal.

Note to self: Three year olds aren’t super patient. Next time we won’t go so early. Look how focused he was. . .

It’s seems like this day snuck up on me. I mean, I’ve only had five and a half years to prepare for it. I’m not sure why I wasn’t more organized. I really wanted his first day of school to be special. I wanted to start some new traditions since he’s my first baby to go to school. I contacted an adorable client of mine who has a first grader and asked her what she does. Thanks Leslie for all the help and great ideas. I had this cute blue tub in my office. I always pick these up from the dollar section at Target. They are normally $2.50 and they make excellent “gift bags.” I usually vinyl the child’s name on it or a cute design. Thankfully, I had this on hand. It was perfect to hold all of Skyler’s favorite goodies. We have been saying “Kindergarten Rocks” the whole summer. I saw an awesome decal at JoAnn’s and I was going to make Skyler a shirt with that on it. Unfortunately, when I went back to get it, it was gone, but I thought it was so cute that I keep using that message. Kindergarten does ROCK!!! This was waiting for Skyler when he got off of the bus.

I also read a post on FUN First Day of School Traditions and loved the idea of a big cookie. You know that I love to bake and I can pretty much create an excuse. Since I wasn’t prepared, let’s just say the cookie tasted great, but the frosting was just slopped on. Next year, I will take my time to pipe on a beautiful message. Skyler was so excited this cookie was all for him. He was kind enough to share though!!!

Well, there you have it. A recap of Sky’s first day! We survived without a tear shed from anyone. I’m so excited for him and proud. He’s going to be a force to reckoned with. If you ask him what he wants to be when he grows up, he simple says “An engineer” (of course this was encouraged by his Daddy). You can be anything you want to be! Go get ’em Skyler!