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Wow, I can’t believe that the last time that I wrote was in May. Well, actually I can. I’ve been super busy. My youngest, who has been diagnosed with dysarthia (a motor speech disorder) has three appointments a week. I’m thankful that he’s getting the help he needs, but I find that I’m doing a lot of running back and forth. It doesn’t help that the hospital where he goes has very few parking spaces. I once spent 20 minutes trying to find a spot…but that’s another story.

We also went on vacation back to the States to see my family and the hubby’s family. IT. WAS. AWESOME. I didn’t want to come back, truth be told. It’s a good thing we have things to look forward to over here, or else I would have wanted to just stay put. I’ll try to post some photos of our month long vacation (since I took over two thousand) but I make no promises.

I really do hope to start writing on a more consistent basis and providing even some more free printables. I love designing and creating items that I know get used, so if you have any suggestions for what ot make, just let me know! Thanks for hanging around and not giving up on me.

Pretty soon I’ll be boarding a plane to visit my stateside family. This makes me more happy than you can imagine. I’m a bit homesick. Not for the places, so much, but for the people. Although I will be totally ruining my diet with some good ole American fare. So anyway, I was looking through some photos of mine to use as a filler for a design and came across this one of my dad and my oldest son.

I just love this photo. It’s such a tender moment. I think it even looks better that they aren’t looking at the camera or even aware of my presence. It’s a papa’s sweet kiss on a chubby grandson. Man how I miss those sweet moments. Can’t wait to make some more memories soon!

This past weekend of course was Mother’s Day. As always, I had an amazing day. I woke up to freshly brewed coffee (yummy chocolate truffle blend) and the hubby made me my traditional omelet. He’s the best! I wish I made omelets as great as he does. I didn’t have to cook, clean, or lift a finger all day. Man, I love Mother’s Day!

Here’s my two sweet boys who made me a mommy. I’m so incredibly blessed! It was also Linky’s birthday so we celebrated that as well. I can’t believe the little guy is three!

My sweet husband even drove both ways to the museum that we went to. I love not having to drive or lift a finger. He spoils me too much, but don’t tell him that. I rather enjoy it. Isn’t he handsome?!? We went to this Egyptian exhibit in the city of Speyer (about an hour away). The city itself is worth going to as it has some fabulous architecture, museums, and a lovely pedestrian friendly zone. You know you’re spoiled by amazing European architecture when you don’t snap photos of every little building anymore since they’re all amazing.

Posing with my babies in the main pedestrian thoroughfare.

The shops along the pedestrian way evoke memories of Venice to me. The colors aren’t adjusted at all. This is how they look. We had a delicious lunch at a sidewalk cafe, followed by some yummy Italian gelato (1 euro per cone!). The boys had chocolate, James had nutella, and I had raspberry.

More sidewalk cafes and beautiful architecture. We stopped at the park on our way back to the car. Too bad the shadows cast have our eyes heavily shadowed. That and the remains of gelato on the little guys’ faces…Not a perfect photo, but definitely a perfect day.

Hope your Mother’s Day was just as enjoyable!

I’ve been terrible about updating my blog. It’s not that I haven’t wanted to. It’s just that I’m going through a bit of a rough patch. That and the crazy busy schedule that my life is currently subjected to is overwhelming me at the moment. It’s not a bad busy, just busy.

My youngest son has been preliminarily diagnosed with dysarthria, a motor speech disorder. I say preliminary because it’s not an official diagnosis yet, though the speech therapist is pretty sure that’s what we’re dealing with. For a long time I didn’t think Lincoln looked, acted, or spoke like his age. I hate to be right in this case. As a mother, I want what’s best for my children, and I’m constantly berating myself lately. Was that fall down the stairs what caused the problem? Was it because I chose to do my graphics business or dishes instead of sitting on the floor playing with him? Was it something I did during my pregnancy? I hate the what ifs. Right now they’re tearing me apart. I could have been a better mother to him, I should have gotten him the help sooner, I shouldn’t have taken the doctor’s assertions that he was fine at face value. I’ve got to pull myself together and be better for him. He deserves it.

Easter is fast approaching and that means it’s time for a freebie! This time it’s a baggie topper for treats, specifically Peeps treats. Since I live in Germany and apparently all the Peeps are already sold out, I had to photography my baggie topper with cute chocolate bunnies.

Just purchase some Peeps (easier said than done here in Germany), a ziploc baggie (I used sandwich sides and tucked under the extra to make them shorter), and print out the toppers and affix them with some strategically placed staples. Voila. Instant cute treat!

Here’s the non-photographed version: Just imagine them with some cute bunny Peeps. You can download the single baggie topper HERE or the PDF sheet of two toppers tiled HERE Please feel free to pin, tweet, post about these toppers, but please link back to the original posting (ie: this blog post) so that I may receive credit. Enjoy!

So as a graphic designer, I have an affinity for fonts. I LOVE them. Probably a bit too much. I go into restaurants, read the menu and can tell you what fonts they used. It’s that bad. My husband likes to tease me about it. I also get quite a few questions from customers about fonts (everyone loves a good font apparently!). So I thought I’d share a few of my favorites. Here’s a few of them, in no particular order.

Adorable can be found HERE Champagne & Limousines can be found HERE Contribute can be found HERE Pea Breathe Easy can be found HERE Japan can be found HERE Sketch Block can be found HERE Anderson Four Feathers Falls can be found HERE Just Me Again Down Here can be found HERE Cookies can be found HERE Circus can be found HERE