A New Venture, Selling Books

20161019_195609As many of you know reading is something our family loves to do. Adam and I have been avid readers most of our lives. More recently Adam has embarked on a career as an Author when the job market proved saturated here in the Denver/Colorado Springs areas. This love for reading and learning is something we strive to pass on to our kids. We’ve read to them almost every night since they were babies, we visit the library regularly, and we are always looking to build our home library.

A few years back while trying to build our home library we came across Usborne books thanks to one of the daycare’s teachers. (Yes, their sales model is largely direct marketing.) Some of these books, such as “You Choose” and “Fairy Ponies” have become among the kids’ favorites. In the last week or so I attended a virtual party on Facebook and found many new books I wanted to add to our collection, as well as gaining more Christmas gift ideas.

With our current financial situation, it’s proving tough to find the money for all of the books we want to get. This party included a little more information on the business side and becoming a consultant than previous parties I’ve attended have. What I learned is that the discount could really help us afford the purchases we were looking to make. In doing the math I figured that even if we end up only getting the discount for a few years we’ll probably break even on the start-up costs. That said, we like the idea of getting some extra income on the side while simultaneously sharing our love of reading and learning with others.

If you haven’t heard of Usborne books I understand. It seems most schools out here use their competitor, Scholastic, for book fairs. Usborne is very similar in what they do. They concentrate on books for kids in Elementary or Preschool. They have exclusive books that aren’t available elsewhere. Their prices and quality levels line up with each other. Usborne even has a school book fair program that we would love to learn more about so we can share. (Maybe next year.)

As we head into the holiday season we’d love to help you find some books to give out as gifts, whether to your children, grandchildren, or friends children. The primary marketing method, and the one that gives the best discounts for everyone involved, is the party method known by us all. Usborne allows not only on-location, but also Facebook parties so we can do this from anywhere and include friends from all over. As new members of the Usborne team we are allowed to offer an extra discount to hosts for the first couple of months so please contact us to set something up as soon as possible. If you could also keep our family and our new ventures in your prayers, we would appreciate that as well.

Our storefront: https://1106185.myubam.com/

Merry Christmas 2015

We’ve been busy spending time with family such that we didn’t get this posted right away but for those who we don’t have address information for.  Here is our Christmas letter and a hope that you all had a very Merry Christmas.

 

20151227_181857 20151227_181908Dear Friends and Family,
We hope this letter finds you and your family doing well this Christmas season. 2015 has been a year filled with growth and change for our family. The two largest changes were our move to Colorado at the end of June and Adam’s new job in August. For those who don’t know the story we have been looking at moving to Colorado to be closer to Heather’s family for a while. Last year’s move to Circle Pines was part of this process. Finally, this April, after finding out that Boston Scientific would allow Heather to work remotely for a period of time we decided to make the move. We started making plans and although there have definitely been moments of needing to trust God it has been good for our family overall and it is clear that God is working.
Other Highlights of the year include:
* A family getaway to Great Wolf Lodge Indoor Waterpark over Valentine’s Day weekend which was a wonderful decision. We were just about able to pretend it wasn’t winter for the weekend. The kids have been asking to go back since we left. One is supposed to open in Colorado Springs in 2016 so we will see.
* Gideon’s first year of Little League baseball, which he really enjoyed from March to June. These four months were a little long but worth it. It was coach pitch and Gideon was telling us he was ready for kid pitch partway through the season.
* Cecilia participating in Gymnastics and loving it in May and June. She seemed to like this more than the dance class she had been in previously. We really need to find time to let her do it again.
* Gideon’s Kindergarten Graduation in June.
* Cecilia’s Preschool Graduation in June.
* Annual Camping Trip to Great Sand Dunes the end of July.
* Start of First Grade (Gideon) and Kindergarten (Cecilia) in August. We were a little wary of the school at first since it uses a style of teaching we weren’t sure would be good for Gideon. Cecilia appears to be thriving and Gideon is doing well. He says he prefers it to the one in Circle Pines. The biggest thing they miss in terms of school is Love To Grow On.
* Attending the wedding of two of Heather’s cousins (1 in April and 1 in September). Heather also attended a third cousin’s wedding in December. We wished the whole family could have gone but between the cost of airline tickets and missing school we just couldn’t pull it off.
* And lots of family time going to parks, on bike rides, and just enjoying being together.
As we look ahead to next year we look forward to seeing what else God has in store for us. And pray that he will bless you and your family as well.
With Love,
The Myhr Family (Adam, Heather, Gideon, and Cecilia)

Merry Christmas 2014

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Dear Family & Friends,

Merry Christmas! We hope this letter finds you and your family doing well. 2014 has been a full and busy year for our family.

January and February found us trying to survive the record breaking cold temperatures while preparing to put the house back on the market. On the bright side it made finishing some projects around the house easier as we didn’t want to be outside.

March brought an offer on our house after just one fairly quick showing. That showing? A day early while Heather was home with a very sick Cecilia due to a scheduling mix-up. They didn’t leave the house and hadn’t done last minute cleaning. The accepted counter offer started the process of looking for a place to rent and getting ready to move. Thankfully Heather’s grandparents and mother were able to come help finish packing. They were able to stay and help with most of the unpacking and setup in our new place as well. Gideon’s 5th birthday also fit in to the craziness of the month.

April brought our move and a month of faith stretching. Literally hours prior to closure we found out we were not going to close on time, and likely not even that day. Everything had gone smoothly to that point. After we were moved leaving an empty house in Elk River it seemed like the deal would fall apart. Our buyers were not able to close on the house they owned and thus couldn’t secure financing to purchase ours. We hadn’t even realized they had a place they were selling. Thus began several weeks of praying for things to come together after deciding our best option was to try and stick it out with them rather than putting an empty house on the market. God came through and we finally closed right before the end of the month ending up with a couple extra weeks interest rather than a full month’s mortgage.

May was spent getting settled in to the new location and schedule. Heather enjoyed a much shorter commute to work and daycare as the new place is literally 5 minutes from the daycare and about 10 minutes from her work.

June saw Gideon graduating from preschool and starting the school age program at Love to Grow On’s other location. It kept him extremely busy and made him tired as well. He played t-ball and we spent lots of time-park hopping. This was to compensate for the rental townhouse’s lack of outside space. We must have visited almost every park with a playground in a 20 minute drive.

As June shifted to July we drove to Colorado for a two week vacation. The first week allowed Adam and Heather a couple of nights away while the kids spent time with Grandma and Grandpa. Next we all went camping at the Sand Dunes for a couple of nights before heading to Longmont for a Shutts family reunion. (Heather’s mom’s side of the family.) We had a chance to see all of Heather’s extended family from that side, even her aunt Nancy when we skyped with her briefly. We briefly got to meet Felix, Erin’s (Heather’s sister) little boy, who was born mid-June. Activities with extended family included a BBQ, the Zoo, a ride on the Carousel, and shooting off air rockets in the park. While in Longmont we also had lunch with as many of the Reed side of the family (Heather’s dad’s side) as we could. Then we finished off the vacation with a few down days in Monument at Heather’s parents place.

After we returned from Colorado we had a couple of weeks before we headed to Osh-Kosh Wisconsin for AirVenture. The biggest air show in the U.S. The kids loved seeing all the airplanes and we got a chance to hang out for a while with Heather’s cousin Nathan who was there with work.

August highlights included the State Fair with good friends and then again with Heather’s parents.

The first part of September brought Cecilia’s birthday, Heather & Adam’s 10th wedding anniversary and Gideon’s first day of Kindergarten.

The rest of September and October were spent trying to find a new rhythm with school. This was difficult while trying to make going to the park a priority. After all day at school Gideon definitely needed the outside run around time. Halloween at our house included a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle and Princess Elsa. And 5 people at the door. 2 of which were coming home. The kids were bummed and wanted to know why people weren’t coming to our house.

November brought the start of cold and attempts to find indoor places to run off the afternoon energy. We settled on a local community center which includes a water park. A low-key Thanksgiving out with Adam’s brother (plus family) and parents was a nice way to not worry about cooking and cleaning in a small space, and a nice gift from Adam’s parents.

December looks to be relatively full as we look forward to celebrating Christmas in a few different ways.

Overall it has been a year full of change, fun, and growth. 2015 looks to be full of the same.

If you want to keep up with what we are up to a little more often feel free to check out our website, myhrfamily.net, where there has been at least one post a week for the past year giving glimpses into our family life.

We would love to hear from you as well and hope you have a wonderful Christmas season while you celebrate with family and friends. May you remember the reason for the season is Jesus’s birthday!

Love,

Adam, Heather, Gideon & Cecilia Myhr

 

GJM Airlines Flight Success

So in March Gideon turned four.  We actually ended up with 3 different celebrations for his birthday.

The first was just a small one with the four of us on his actual birthday.  We had his favorite foods for dinner (MacNCheese, Hot Dogs, Raspberries, and Pineapple).  Then he opened some a couple gifts from us and a few cards/packages he had received from family out of state. He loved the camera we got him.  Now we just need to get Cecilia one and hope she doesn’t break his before we do that.  (I scored a great deal on a point and shoot for him.)

The second was the our “flight” on Sunday afternoon with family, family friends, and a couple of friends from school.  We went with his love of airplanes and had an airplane themed party.   I found a printable party pack at simonemadeit.com which I used for the invitations and a lot of the decorations.  We had a homemade ice cream cake in the shape of an airplane and did a couple of fun activities.  Overall I think it turned out well and he loved it.  Detailed pictures below.

Finally, we celebrated on Tuesday with my parents after they got in where he got a few more presents from them and a couple others I hadn’t gotten wrapped in time for the party on Sunday.

It was a fun week of celebrations and he seemed to like it all.

GJM Airline Flight Pictures

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The Runway

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The Cups

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Cake View 3

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Cake View 4

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Airplane Magnet Craft

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Party Favor Area

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Party Favor Bag

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Candy Plane Favor

 

November 2012 Recap

Well so much for blogging weekly.  Once again time flew by and it’s been over a month since I last wrote.

We have been fairly busy enjoying life since I last wrote.  I had hoped to have pictures for this post but seeing as our main laptop is in for repair they will have to wait until next time.  So this will be a little bit of a steam of consious recap of the past month so I apologize if things don’t flow well.

First was Halloween with our Ice Cream Cone (or Cupcake) depending on what she felt like calling herself and our Fireman with the fire hose that made noise.  Daddy and Gideon had fun putting that together.

Then the first part of November the kids had a day off school so Adam and I took the day off and we went to the Children’s Museum for the day or at least most of the morning.  That was one of the days that Cecilia’s knowledge and understanding blew me away.  We had grabbed Subway on the way back to the car from the museum and Cecilia had helped Daddy pick out chips.  However, since it was a rather late lunch she fell asleep before the chips were opened.  When we got home she wanted chips so we told her we would have to go get more.  We went to the store and she informed us when we got there that she was going to ride in the cart to go help daddy get the chips.  The fact that she put it all together and had a fairly complex statement blew both Adam and I away.  We knew she was smart but that type of statement isn’t typical for a 2 year old.

November also included voting with mommy.  Gideon was interested in what Mommy was doing and actually got mad that Daddy had already voted so he couldn’t go help Daddy too.  And Cecilia liked the I Voted Stickers.  She ended up with 3.

Stone Soup lunch at school was a fun highlight near the end of November.  Both kids classes helped in preparing the soup and lunch and we joined them for lunch.  Of course they were so excited it took them a really long time to eat.

Then came Thanksgiving which was a somewhat quiet day at home.  We ate Turkey or Turtles as the kids called them rolls for breakfast while watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving day parade.  Then Grandma and Grandpa Nelson came over for lunch.  And our first snow occurred that day too so the next day we spent some time playing in the snow even though it was really cold.

The day after Thanksgiving was also the big decorate the house for Christmas day.  I mentioned on Thanksgiving that we should get the decorations out so that we could put them up the next day and the first thing Gideon said was let’s get the train.  The things they remember.  Although I may end up having to buy a new one this year as two toddlers can be a little hard on it.  But hey they enjoy it and that is what it was bought for.  I did manage to get most of the decorating done on Friday although some went into Saturday because some of the lights weren’t working and I needed additional garland which took Adam and the kids two trips to find.  Cecilia went in the morning while Gideon helped Mommy.  Then Gideon and Daddy had a special treat of a movie followed by errands.

This weekend was spent choosing toys to give to a toy drive which took almost 45 minutes.  Gideon wanted a fire truck but wasn’t finding one he liked.  In fact at one point when I showed him a lego one he said “It wasn’t perfect”.  We finally settled on Sarge fom Cars.  Cecilia had an easier time and picked a baby to give away.  We then got to see Santa (Cecilia didn’t want anything to do with him) and have cookies before getting our anual tree fom the realtor.  We then stopped for lunch at a restaurant.  The kids are getting so much better at restaurants which is nice.  While we were there we were having chips and salsa (it was a Mexican restaurant) and it was a little too hot for Cecilia so Adam gave her a plain chip to help cool her mouth.  Her words were “Feel me better”.  It was so cute.  The turning around of making her feel better.  Then after church yesterday we stopped at a live “Bethlehem” at another local church.  The kids were a little overwhelmed but seemed to have fun.  I think Gideon seems to understand the true meaning of Christmas though as the main thing he wanted to do was go see baby Jesus.  And yes we had to go at least 3 times.  Cecilia also liked that part and sat there just looking at him for several minutes.  I only pray they continue to keep that as the focus as they grow.

Finally today we put the tree up on the front porch and baked Christmas cookies.  We made some Gingerbread people and lots of sugar cookies.  The kids helped a fair amount although when she was done Cecilia started taking the cookies off the cookie sheet (before I could cook them) so I got to redo some.  Also unfortunately Gideon had a tumble while trying to decorate and a whole tray had to be picked up from the floor.  In fact the floor still has sprinkles but at least he was ok just a little scared.  Overall it was fun.

Oh and as I was making dinner I had the following conversation with Cecilia that made me smile:

Me: You’re a pickle.

Cecilia: You’re an olive.

I just had to laugh.  To her it seemed like a logical response.

Well that is all for now.  Until next time and in case I don’t manage to post again for a while.  Enjoy the Christmas season with your friends and family but remember that Jesus is the Reason for the Season.

Heather

Mid-October Memories 2012

Unfortunately I wasn’t feeling the greatest Sunday afternoon so I’ll give a quick update mid-week this week.  This past weekend we went to the farm where we have been CSA members this year to pick up our final “regular season” box of produce, get some pumpkins, and some chickens on Saturday.  It was a little bit of a chilly Saturday but the kids still enjoyed it.

Afterwards we went out to lunch at a restaurant.  The kids seemed to enjoy the restaurant and when we asked Gideon if it was a good one his reply was “Yes.  Because I picked it.”

Some of my favorite little memories of the week:

– While shopping at Home Depot Gideon had to ask everyone we met what their name was.  Employee or otherwise.  When they asked his name in return his reply was always “Gideon James Myhr”.  Have to give the full one.  Hopefully he will continue to be friendly and outgoing as he grows.

– Cecilia our “Little Miss Independent” always wants to do things by herself.  It is great to see her desire to figure it out although very frustrating at times as well.  Since she is so independent we decided to try some pull-ups this weekend so she could do it herself.  Ironically she wanted them to be like a diaper most of the time. (Somehow the one’s I had picked had tabs similar to diapers although a little easier to “restick”).  Although she did like doing it completely herself once or twice and convincing her that we need the diaper at bedtime was a bit of a challenge.

Well that is a couple short memories for you.  And I’ll leave you with some pictures.  The following were the cookies that came as part of the kids meals at the restaurant Saturday. Literally as big as their heads as you can see.  Enjoy.

Until next time.

Another Week Flies By

Well it’s hard to believe but it has been another week already since I last wrote.  Some days time seems to go so slowly especially when little toddlers don’t want to listen and other times it just flies on by.

I don’t have a lot of time but will share a few moments from the week that have made me smile:

– Today before getting out of the car the kids had to hug each other just because.

– Just a prime example of the two very different personalities of our kids.  Both were faced with the same problem earlier today.  The balloon they were playing with ended up out of reach in their cousins pack-n-play.  Cecilia’s response – Climb up the stairs reach through the railing and start trying to get the balloon herself. (Note: I stepped in so she didn’t fall down the stairs so don’t know if she would have figured it out eventually or not.)  Gideon’s response – Ask his cousin to help him reach it.

– Playing in the “castle” (under the dining room table) with my two little kids for a little while.  I had to call it quits when my neck started hurting.  Adults just don’t fit as easily as little toddlers.

– Gideon having talked about wanting to be spiderman for Halloween for at least a week once in the aisle of costumes decides on something else.  Go figure.

I’m constantly amazed at how quickly they are growing up.  Cecilia is starting to use full phrases.  I can’t remember what the one was yesterday that made us really go that was good right now but I do remember it happening.  And Gideon continues to amaze me with his logic.  Several times this week he has strung several ideas together in a logical order.  Unfortunately I can’t think of a good example at the moment.  If I come up with one I’ll have to add another post but hey I never claimed to be a night/evening person and my brain has started to shut down for the night.

So until next time.

And Time Flies By

Well as you can tell by the fact that it has been two weeks since my last post my hopes for    blogging regularly is definitely not going to be a daily thing at this point in time.  Hard to believe it has been two weeks but then it has been a busy few.

I had a couple of days in there where I wasn’t feeling good in fact was home from work two days.  Although in line with my theme of trying to find the good I looked at it as God’s way of telling me I needed some down time.  Now if I could figure out how to slow down without getting sick that would probably be better.

So I guess I’ll share a few of the things that have made me smile recently.  A good reminder for myself as well.

Gideon yesterday: “Is that truck peeing?”  There was a truck spraying water on dirt to keep it from getting too dusty.

Both kids “That’s funny” and then they start giggling.

The things kids remember.  From our trip to the Twin Cities Corn Maze in Champlin which includes a corn pit, hay ride, and petting zoo: “The cow pooped.” Because yes the cow pooped right in front of us.

Cecilia saying she needs to go potty then going and sitting down still fully clothed.  Yes for some reason she thought she could go with her clothes still on.

Well until next time hopefully one of those will help you smile too.

Focus on the Good

I’ve been wanting to start blogging again for a while but finding the time has been hard.  I want to blog for a few reasons.

1. I’d like to have an easy way for some people who don’t get to talk to us very often to be able to get glimpses into our crazy little family life.

2. I want a place to capture and look back on some of the little things that happen at any given time that make me smile.

3. I’d like to make a conscious effort to focus on the good and the many things I have to be thankful for.  So often it is easy for me to get caught up in all that is left to do or the tough things that I forget how good things really are.

So with that in mind I invite you to join in my little journey to look for the good in this little journey of life.

So today’s 3 things for which I’m thankful.

1. Last minute family outings like our trip to Elm Creek Park Preserve playground today.  Gideon had an absolute blast the fun and unique playground that one mom there commented was like something out of Dr. Suess’s mind.  Cecilia also enjoyed it but was a little small for many of the things.

2. Chances to eat outside in the beautiful early fall weather.

3. Two little kids who more often than not show just how simple yet wonderful life can be.

Now back to daily life and off to get the kids a bath before a new week starts.