Back to School 2016

It’s Back to School time around here! Summer went by in a flash I tell you. We have had some big changes going on in the fam jam this fall! My kids all went to the same school up until last year, which we looovvveeeed (and still love). Browder moved across the street (literally) and did 6th grade last year at a different school. It was all good at the Gulledge abode with them being in 2 different schools until Mama decided to go back to work this past February. Long story short we decided to move the other 2 across the street this year so that everyone would be under the same roof and on the same schedule (and go to school until 3:00 every day so Mama could work). They started Tuesday with a 1/2 day and yesterday was their first full day. They were excited and seem to love it and all I heard about yesterday was the lunchroom. This was a huge transition {for me mostly} after being at the same school for 6 years. They all started Kindergarten there and after 6 years, you pretty much know every nook and cranny and how everything works, what to expect, where to put the box tops and what to do when the copier jams. We are now transitioning in to the new school and hopefully one day it’ll feel like home! The kids have already made some cute new friends (and reunited with friends from church and past soccer seasons) and hopefully I will fit in somewhere too!

Garrison is in 4th grade, Browder is in 7th and Mallory is in 3rd!

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Not sure about this one but Browder is smiling. G is in 4th…. not sure what Mallory is doing…..

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Another huge change is that our soccer loving boys are not playing travel soccer this fall! We’ve done travel soccer for the past several years, with me managing G’s team for the past 2 (which was another part time {non paying of course} job for me). Suddenly our calendars are wide open this fall to let us adjust to a new school! Browder is doing Cross Country with the school so he has a hand full of meets and Mallory will do gymnastics. Garrison will just hang out and enjoy his break from 10 year old high pressure soccer! 🙂 Part of me misses it (the kids and families) but it’s nice to have a laid back fall too!

THIRD big change… our little family bought a little fixer upper lake cabin last month which we are now fixing up. Only Chip & Joanna aren’t here and it’s taking much longer than an hour episode of Property Brothers. We did enter in to this endeavor with another family so when we get together to paint, or haul off limbs, or spend 2 hours at Home Depot staring at ceiling fans, it’s a lot more fun. I will post some before and after pics soon! We had hoped to move in by Labor Day but I don’t think that’s going to happen. We’ve been painting for a few weeks and are redoing the bathroom and doing new floors before we move in.

When deciding a name for the compound, which is 800 or so sq feet of red + the also-red boathouse, Garrison brought up Terrence from this summer’s Angry Birds movie. The name has sort of stuck! Terrance is on Lake Martin which is less than an hour from where we live. Jeff grew up on this lake so it has been exciting to fix up a place so that our kids will grow up there too!

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I hope you all are enjoying your last days of summer, or are easing back in to the school routine like we are! Don’t forget to check out our new designs over at Applique Cafe too! We are still adding a few new ones here and there every week or two!

Happy Summer 2016

Happy Summer everyone! Since my last post, school got out and we’re just enjoying our {very short} summer! It’s already July 7, and my kiddos go back to school on August 9th. That is a month + a day or 2 away!!!! We still have more beach, more camps and more fun to squeeze in! I’m not ready to think about school supplies yet. We are nowhere near done with summer reading or math packets. I did, however, check new school uniforms off my list. Not. ready. nope. no. summer rules. As Mallory would say “summer is my life!”.

I thought I’d share with you a few of our summer pics. Here are my 3 this week on the 4th of July obviously! “G” is 10, Browder is 13 {gasp} and Sissy is 8. Don’t you love our store bought shirts? Pay no attention to Browder’s 2015 version.

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This keeper is from our beach trip we went on as soon as school let out. #chacos

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Another one from our May/early June beach trip. We were in Perdido Key, FL and are headed back there soon for another family vacay.

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This may be my favorite picture from the summer!

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I am also working part time this summer (3 days a week) and squeezing in a little monogramming/applique work too. Here are some shirts I did for some sweet sisters up in Birmingham. These are all Blanks Boutique t-shirts that my customer purchased and had shipped directly to me. We are also adding new designs here & there and you can check them out at Applique Cafe!

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Enjoy the rest of your summer! Thanks for stopping by! 😉

Black Screen of DEATH

Last Monday, April 11th, my computer was making a funny noise, so I turned it off to let it “rest”. A few hours later I turned it back on to find the black screen of death! You’ve all heard of it. You’ve all feared it. I lived it! After several attempts to “revive” it, I texted my husband who spoke to the computer guy at his office who confirmed it was dead. Dead. Hard drive was dead. Don’t you love my Emojis??

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Jeff took the computer to work Tuesday and I had it back by Thursday with a new hard drive AND Windows 10. With a lot of patience and a little help, and the saving grace of Carbonite, a little over a week later and I am back in business. The only casualty that I know of right now is my Photoshop Elements 10 photo editing software which I can’t seem to recover. I don’t believe it would be compatible with Windows 10 anyway, so I will most likely upgrade to PE14. One of the reasons I can’t recover it is because I can’t seem to find any record of when or where I got it! That is my fault.

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Reinstalled Monogram Wizard Plus with a simple upgrade from the MWP website… Check!

Reinstalled all of my MWP fonts I’ve purchased over the years (both from CD’s and from online in the Needleheads store)… Check!

Reinstalled Sew What-Pro. I did have to get my registration info from Sands Computing because it had been on my computer since September 25, 2008 and I had failed to write it down… Check!

Reinstalled my Photoscape photo editing software… Check!

Reinstalled my Canon camera software… Check!

Now on to Carbonite. The day my computer “expired”, I called Carbonite to let them know what was going on. They sent me an email with great instructions on how to restore all of my files. On Sunday afternoon I began the process, which took a little over 24 hours to complete. 12 years worth of embroidery and applique designs… RESTORED! 12 years worth of kid photos, design photos, website photos, etc… RESTORED! There were some files that were unable to be restored, but so far it’s not anything I miss. There are also some email files I had saved in my Live Mail that we have not restored yet, but they CAN be restored. If our computer guy can’t figure out how to restore them, then you can pay a support service of Carbonite 50 bucks to restore them for you. Worth it. Did I mention we pay less than $100 PER YEAR for Carbonite service? That “insurance” is well worth every dime, nickel and penny should your computer crash like mine did! I have customers email me all the time saying their computer crashed, and they’ve lost every design they’ve ever purchased (which is usually $2-4 a pop). I didn’t lose a single design, or a single photo of my precious children!

What I have learned… KNOW what softwares are on your computer and keep a hard copy somewhere of registration numbers, serial numbers, a list of where you purchased them etc. Also, keep all software CD’s in a safe place. I was able to re-install all of my MWP fonts I purchased (before the creation of the Needleheads Online Store) because I had all of my CDs and their serial numbers. I had to do some searching to find all of the above, so I will be more organized from now on.

I’m still getting used to Windows 10, but thankfully everything has been compatible and I got back to business with ease.

What else I have learned… go get Carbonite NOW, or SOME TYPE of backup system. You are CRAZY not to!

Let me know if you have any questions!

I’m leaving you with a couple of personal pictures. Jeff and I celebrated (early) our 15 year anniversary this past weekend down at The Grand Hotel in Fairhope, AL. It was FABULOUS and I’d move there Saturday if I could. Great shopping, TOP NOTCH eating (every restaurant downtown is a “local” place), and everyone and everything was so laid back. The people who waited on us in every restaurant and store we went in were super nice. Loved it! The Grand is a remarkable place in and of itself! And the TREES….

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Lastly, (2 of) the kids and I met Steve Harvey a few weeks ago. We are huge fans of his show Little Big Shots, and everything else he does (Family Feud, his talk show, Miss Universe (oops), etc). Mr. Harvey is friends and business partners with my neighbor, so when my neighbor saw the kids and I loitering on our front porch stalking them like crazy, he called us over for a picture. He was in town all weekend, so it was quite an exciting few days on our street. Lots of texting with neighbors and tracking his every move! That night Mallory asked if she had to take a bath, because Steve Harvey had touched her shoulder!! L…O…L Anyway we are big fans and can’t wait for him to come back to town!

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Have a great weekend!