March 25, 2009

Our First Date. . .

Was 8 years ago this past Sunday. March 22. It’s so hard to believe it’s been 8 years already! This is what we looked like back then:

And now that we’ve all growed up! :)

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Just to mix things up, I tried to take the pic in a different part of the house this week. This is the master bedroom. Not too bad, but I still think the lighting is better in the scrapbook room! :D I also shared one of my faaaaaaaaaavorite recipes ever over on the recipe blog today – Creamy Chicken & Dumplings. I woke up with a sore throat this morning and this soup was just what I needed. It’s so warm, and creamy, and hearty, and it just has soooooo much flavor to it. I love it. I needed it. :)

Creamy Chicken & Dumplings

Creamy Chicken & Dumplings

You don’t wanna miss it. :D And something else you might not want to miss is… my next giveaway! :)

Does your blog need a makeover? Are you in need of a fresh new header, or background, or maybe a cool sidebar slideshow? This week I’m teaming up with Ragan from Blogger Boutique to give away a $25 gift certificate to BloggerBoutique.com!

To be entered to receive a $25 gift certificate to BloggerBoutique.com, all you have to do is leave a comment on this post. One entry per person, please! The winner will be chosen by his or her comment number, which will be picked by Random.org’s number generator. Contest will run until 11:59 pm CST on Thursday, March 26.

Thanks for looking, and good luck!! :)



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1
Joann March 25, 2009 at 5:02 am

just love your site – I could spend hours just looking at
everything and how you put things together,now I need to check out Ragan’s site.
blessings, Joann

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Tracy March 25, 2009 at 5:05 am

Your blog is beautiful. I wish I was a little more computer savvy & could make my blog look like yours!

Thanks,
Tracy

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Misti March 25, 2009 at 5:14 am

Oh! I would love a new look for my blog. Especially if it could come out looking even half as cute as yours! ;o)

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Renae Reis March 25, 2009 at 5:48 am

So glad your blog is here for inspiration. Congrats on the 8 years!! Time flies doesn’t it? ;)

Renae

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Aimee March 25, 2009 at 6:28 am

Wow! I would love a blog makeover! Can’t wait to try the new recipe!

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Heather S March 25, 2009 at 6:43 am

The chicken and dumplings sound yummy. I must try that. It sounds like something Addison would like!

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Kim March 25, 2009 at 6:45 am

I love looking at your blog! It is so colorful and easy to read. I am thinking about starting my own and would love it to be as fun as yours!!!

I have been looking for a recipe for chicken and dumplings. Can’t wait to try yours!

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Mel March 25, 2009 at 8:03 am

With snow expected this weekend–your chicken and dumplings looks like just the ticket to warm the weekend! Can’t wait to give it a try. Thanks for the chance to win.

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lori March 25, 2009 at 8:08 am

I love the old and new picture-very cute :)-Fantastic giveaway!!!

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Mindy Hunsaker March 25, 2009 at 8:10 am

I would love a blog make over!!! Thanks for the new recipe!

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Connie R. March 25, 2009 at 8:11 am

Congratulations Amanda & Kevin!! I have seen the pictures of you and your hubby on your blog, from way back and think it is really cool that both of you stayed together all this time. I wish you both many more.:)

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Connie R. March 25, 2009 at 8:24 am

Congratulations Amanda & Kevin!! I have seen the pictures of you and your hubby on your blog, from way back and think it is really cool that both of you stayed together all this time. I wish you both many more.:)
BTW I love your blog!

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Jamie March 25, 2009 at 8:36 am

We are definitley in need of a cute makeover. Thanks for the opportunity!!

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Jen March 25, 2009 at 8:41 am

The soup looks so yummy, can’t wait to try it. Love the old/new pics!

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juls March 25, 2009 at 8:44 am

Love the pic of you two eight years ago and the current one is lovely too! The soup looks awesome, hope it helps you feel well soon. Thanks for a chance to wine a great giveaway! :D

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Reva March 25, 2009 at 9:30 am

The soup looks great!!! I do not have a blog spot yet but would love a chance to start one, thanks so much.

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Candy March 25, 2009 at 9:32 am

Amanda, you are so creative!! Congratulations on 8 years. May you have many more!

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Suzanne Martinson March 25, 2009 at 10:12 am

I am in desperate need of a makeover! Crossing my fingers…

Also, I LOVE your photo from 8 years ago and then your recent one. What a wonderful way to stay connected with the past and see how life evolves!

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Alexes March 25, 2009 at 10:42 am

Those layouts look so fun! I hope that I win :)

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Christine in NY March 25, 2009 at 10:52 am

Hi Amanda!

I stumbled upon your sight but I believe everything happens for a reason. I sent about 2 hours checking things out the first time then (the next day) spent another 2 hours discovering my favorite part your recipes!!!

Your Blog is gorgeous but most importantly has inspired me to begin an old passion of cooking again..yummy your Nachos recipe is amazing!

Keep those recipes coming!

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Valerie March 25, 2009 at 11:42 am

I love this site! I wish I knew how to do all of this fun stuff, it amazes me how AWESOME it looks! Definitely makes my day when coming and finding all of the yummy recipes and great fonts! YOU ROCK!

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Amy F. March 25, 2009 at 12:00 pm

Love your blog! I am a real fan of your work and have been for probably 5 years or so, when I first discovered you at SJ. :) Congratulations on your CK photo!

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Jen March 25, 2009 at 12:01 pm

Hi there!! I love your blog! Adorable! I hope that one day I can get one set up and hope that it will be half as cute as yours! :)

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Lynn March 25, 2009 at 12:09 pm

Mmmmm, can’t wait to try your creamy chicken & dumpling recipe, it’s one of my favorites! Thanks for the great recipes and fonts!

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Audra March 25, 2009 at 12:15 pm

Mmmm I might have to change my plans on what I was making for dinner.

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Olga March 25, 2009 at 12:17 pm

Hi Amanda,
Thanks for giving all of us the opportunity to share our great talents! You truly inspire me.
Ps. Now, if I could only be so lucky to win one. I am in desperate need of a massive makeover. Anything would help, lol.
Thanks

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Megan March 25, 2009 at 12:20 pm

Your soup looks great! I need to try it because it looks like something my husband would love!

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Carolyn March 25, 2009 at 12:23 pm

Of course I’m entering…how could I refuse anything you ever offer??? Love the pictures. My husband and I just celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary on St. Patrick’s Day and we’ve changed a LOT MORE THAN YOU GUYS HAVE…. =0)

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Rachele Funk March 25, 2009 at 12:52 pm

I am mostly a silent lurker, but I’ve been going to ask you a billion times if you or someone you know would like to re-make my blogs. I would LOVE to do them myself and I could, but I just never get around to it! I need a rountoit, but I don’t have any extras! Hope I win, and glad I clicked through. . . love, love, the the tags!

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Mary March 25, 2009 at 1:11 pm

Wow, could I ever use a blog makeover! I’m getting better at the whole code thing, but I have a looooong way to go, lol! The soup looks delicious, I’m going to try it the next time I get chicken in sale.

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kimmy March 25, 2009 at 1:11 pm

Look how plain mine is! Pick me please!

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Demetria March 25, 2009 at 1:21 pm

Congrats on the anniversary of your first date! Great photos by the way and thanks for opportunity to win the blog facelift!

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Misty March 25, 2009 at 1:45 pm

This would be fun!

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nicole green March 25, 2009 at 2:07 pm

you guys still look fantastic! :)

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Peggy Whisenhunt March 25, 2009 at 2:24 pm

How much I enjoy your blog even though I do not know you, but I have been receiving it for a long time and feel like I know you. By the way what part of the U.S do you live. I live in Texas.

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Michelle March 25, 2009 at 3:20 pm

I would love a blog makeover! :)

Thanks for sharing the recipe. It looks delicious and I can’t wait to try it!

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Diana March 25, 2009 at 3:22 pm

I don’t even have a blog so I think I really need to win this one! Thanks for keeping it fun.

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Gail Evans & Henry March 25, 2009 at 3:56 pm

Hi you two you are almost to the big 10 yr……celebration. You know you that both of you are special people and will be a blessing to all the people you touch. Keep us the great works.
Always,
Henry & Gail Evans

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Sarah March 25, 2009 at 4:06 pm

I am so glad I found your site! It’s amazing. I love the recipes and the soup you posted looks so good I will have to try it here readlly soon! I could use a pick me up!

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Wendi March 25, 2009 at 5:33 pm

Congrats! You’re almost to the big 1-0!

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Katy March 25, 2009 at 6:36 pm

Sounds fun! We having another baby in June and as soon as we get a picture of the 4 of us, I’d like to do a new header! Good luck to me!

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Rachel March 25, 2009 at 7:11 pm

Hi! My blog could totally use a makeover seeing as how I don’t know how to change it!

Congrats on 8 years!

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Denise March 25, 2009 at 9:30 pm

Congrats on 8 years!! Love your blog! Thank you for the free fonts! Your great!

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Christy March 26, 2009 at 12:32 am

Hi! Greetings from Rancho Cucamonga, California. I think you are doing a pretty amazing job on keeping your site fresh, fun and inspirational. I look forward to your future posts. :p

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Joy Gross March 26, 2009 at 3:07 am

Very cute photos of the two of you.. how time flies huh!

I was just thinking how badly I need a make over.. for my blog… (lol.. ok me too) I am not just saying this.. I was thinking of whos blog do I love how it looks.. and before I ever saw this post I wondered if you did blog makeovers.

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Carrie March 26, 2009 at 7:56 am

I love that you have been giving away cool stuff lately. I hope I win this time.

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Traci March 26, 2009 at 10:00 am

Congrats on 8 years! Hubby and I are celebrating our 10th anniv this year. Love the bright colors and your blog is just the cutest.

Hope I have the lucky number this time…my blog could use a makeover!

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Amy M. March 26, 2009 at 10:21 am

I just found your website – I actually have you bookmarked for free Pea fonts, but never looked past it! Wow! I can’t wait to browse around!

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Amy M. March 26, 2009 at 10:24 am

What a beautiful website! I have only known you for free Pea fonts – I can’t wait to browse around everything! :-)

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Diane Eck March 26, 2009 at 12:43 pm

Amanda, I always enjoy looking at your site! I do not know how to blog, and although I am interested, it seems as though it would take quite alot of time??! Could you do a tutorial on how to get started? As I said the last time…you should have been a teacher! Of course I’d like to win…but you will have to show me (or possibly some others) how to use our gift!The iced coffee sounds great too!
Diane

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Coleen March 26, 2009 at 1:40 pm

what a super fab giveaway! yeah!

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Vicki March 26, 2009 at 3:23 pm

I would love to update my blog.
Thanks for the chance to win :)

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Laura March 26, 2009 at 3:58 pm

Love your blog and your fonts!! Love, love!!

Oh please, oh please let the generator pick me!!

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Emily March 26, 2009 at 5:45 pm

Hey Amanda!
I love your site! And yes I would like to be entered into the contest!

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Kay March 26, 2009 at 8:14 pm

Hi Amanda. Happy first date anniversary! I wish I could remember when my first date was. You even have the picture of your first date, how cool is that?

The giveaway sounds great. Can’t wait for the result of the winner.

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katie m March 26, 2009 at 8:45 pm

How cool are you? Lovin’ the contests! Congrats on your first date anniversary. ;)

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Jen W. March 26, 2009 at 10:18 pm

Yay, a new recipe! I can’t wait to try it out! I caught my kitchen on fire making the tortillas last time so hopefully this time things go much easier!

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Megan March 26, 2009 at 11:07 pm

Happy first date anniversary! :)

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Melissa March 27, 2009 at 7:25 pm

I have been visiting your site for over a year now and just when I don’t think that it can get any better… it does!!! Thanks for being such an inspiration!

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Jill March 28, 2009 at 6:53 pm

Love getting email from you and I always open each one thank you for including me……you two look so cute!!!!

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Crystal March 29, 2009 at 5:50 pm

Super cute kit! I may try to use it to revamp my blog. THanks for sharing!

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pinch April 3, 2009 at 8:43 pm

super cute! thanks so much!!!

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Digiscrapmom May 5, 2009 at 1:10 pm

thank you for this beautiful kit :) love it!

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Ashlea May 20, 2009 at 2:29 pm

I still love my green…but I would love a blog makeover!!