January 30, 2012

We Didn't Start the Fire--Billy Joel

Hey readers! Bet you didn't think I'd be back this soon, haha. I wanted to talk to you about the Kindle.

I have 2 Kindles, a Kindle Keyboard and a Kindle Fire. Before I even owned an actual Kindle I had the Kindle app and several books on my iPhone. Kindle is pretty much the only non-Apple electronic I own, but but maybe I'll convince you to drink that Kool-Aid another day :)

If you own a Kindle or even have the Kindle app on your phone or computer, there are 2 websites you MUST check out: PixelofInk.com and InspiredReads.com. These 2 sites list free or reduced Kindle book. Pixel of Ink is any and every kind of book, while Inspired Reads is Christian books. I have got LOTS of Bible studies, church history stuff, etc. from Inspired Reads, but they also have Christian Fiction. I "liked" both on Facebook, so anytime they post new books it automatically posts on my Facebook feed. I don't even have to check the sites!

There are some other ways to read Kindle books for free. If you have a library card, many libraries now loan Kindle books through the OverDrive service. Amazon has started the Kindle Owners Lending Library. If you have Amazon Prime, which I do, you can check out one available book a month for free. And of course most classics are free as long as the copyright has expired, which applies to any book published before 1923.


January 26, 2012

Long Time Gone--Dixie Chicks

I know, I know. It's been forever since I blogged. The truth is, I can't even name how many times wrote GIANT posts with video and pictures and they simply wouldn't post! I use an app on my iPhone to blog and usually it is fantastic, but there was an update with a bug in it and it wouldn't post anything. Here's praying the most recent update actually fixed the bugs and you get to see this.

So what's new with us? The most important thing going on is Tyler and I are having a baby girl!! Her name is going to be Scarlett Mae Ellis. I gave Tyler a list of about 10 first names to choose from and he liked Scarlett the best. Mae was my grandmother's middle name, plus she's going to be born in May so it works. To compound the excitement, 3 other girls at church are pregnant! 2 are due within a month of me, one of whom is my best friend Brittany! Cara and I are having girls and Britt is having a boy. That will give each family both a boy and a girl! If you don't want to get pregnant you may want to stay away from the water fountains at 26th Street Baptist Church, haha.

In other news, Tristan had roseola. He ran a pretty high fever for 5 days with no other symptoms. He finally broke out in the telltale rash and his eyes were super swollen. He ran a low grade fever even after the rash started (which I couldn't find anything about in any of the info about roseola online), so we had 6 fun days (that's sarcasm, by the way). To top off my fabulous week, Tyler was at drill for the 3 worst days! Ugh.

Here are some pictures of what we've been up to:



Superman!


A Sunday snooze with Pawpaw.


Go Reds!


Painting at church.