This year so far has been a whirlwind of excitement, tears, and new beginnings.  My son started school as a first grader at Chandler Elementary.  He has made tons of new friends and really enjoys going to school every day. His first midterm came out and he made all A’s and S+.   I could not be more proud of him. He says his favorite classes are lunch and recess.  I believe that was probably everyone’s favorite while in school.

            For me this year has been a trying journey so far.  I have continued my education at Indiana Institute of Technology for my Associates of Science, and I have about 9 months left to go until I graduate.   I also started my new job with Tri-State Trophies back in April.   Once I was finally starting to get the hang of things and feel comfortable within my new position.  I was told I would be having Gallbladder surgery immediately.  Everything went well with the surgery and I was able to return to work within 2-3 weeks.  I once again got settled into my position, and started my training back up.  Then, I was told I would be having another knee surgery on August 30, 2018.  I had a pervious surgery in 2017 but never seemed to get relief from the pain.  So, once again I was put out of work from my new job.  Thankfully, my employers are wonderful understanding people.  They again allowed me to be off work for this surgery.  Everything went very well with the surgery this time and I am now currently back to work after being off for a month.  I’m settling back into my job and continuing to go to school, and still in mommy mode 24/7.  My son and I just moved into our new place, and we are really enjoying it so far.  This is the first time that we have lived alone without anyone else.  My son is very excited because I gave him the master bedroom with the bathroom in it.  I figured why would I need a big room?  It’s not like I have toys and things to play with.  I have high hopes that everything will continue to go smoothly these last few months of this year.  My son has basketball starting soon, and I will end this semester of school at the beginning of December.  I’m excited to host my first holiday get together at our new house, and cannot wait to create all of these new memories.  Just call me super mom because I can and will do it all.  I wouldn’t have it any other way. 

 

Cassie

If you're anything like me, you spend an insane amount of time in your kitchen. The kitchen is, how they say, the heart of the home! So when I bought my 1961 ranch style house a couple years ago I knew the kitchen, with it's original layout, cabinets, and floor, was going to have to be redone. When redoing any part of your house there are two major components to consider: Time and Money. My husband and I redid our bathroom a year ago on our own and while we did save thousands of dollars doing all the work ourselves the time frame ended up being about 6 months. (Granted this involved demolishing the bathroom to the studs and building it back up with time consuming tile work on the floor and in the shower.) However, knowing how long it took to do the bathroom helped us decide to put more money in the kitchen budget to allocate for a contractor to help with the major components. If you are not a DIY type then budgeting for a contractor should be top of your list. Once you have a budget and time frame of how long it will take you can dive into the fun part: the design. Your design will be specific to your house and needs. My design reflects the parts of the house we already updated: white cabinets, light gray walls, dark engineered hardwood floors, and quartz counter-tops. There were a could little things we easily changed to help update the kitchen. First we removed the box around the top of the old cabinets and ran the new cabinets to the ceiling. This helps make the room feel bigger and we have more storage space. Secondly the kitchen and dining room flow one right into the other so to make the design seamless we ran the same flooring throughout both spaces. Lastly my handy husband built a bench with built-ins on either side for the back dining room wall. This way we could push the table further away from the designated kitchen area and gained much needed cabinet space in the kitchen. Now my kitchen is the envy of my friends and family. If you are debating redoing your kitchen, or any part of your home, my advise is to jump right in. Nothing feels better than taking a part of your home that you hate and turning it into something you love!

 When I was younger I remember riding in the backseat of my parents car watching all the beautiful, twinkling lights, and I knew I loved Christmas. Now that I am older it is still the same! My husband and I even chose this season to get married in. Family, friends, food, giving and receiving presents, little ones listening for Santa all night long, and last but most definitely not least, the wondrous lights!

                Sadly I have been noticing a trend…..   You drive down the street and 1… 2… 3… 4… 5… houses… no lights. Then BAM! A  house glowing to the brim with lights galore! Then… (you guessed it) 10 or so more houses… no lights. This all or nothing saddens me.

                Even for those not as festive or even for those with different beliefs, we could all use just a little light on these cold, harsh days where the sun sets before most of us even get home from work. I am not asking for much, you do not need to climb roofs (risking life and limb) to make your street beautiful. NO.  Just one string, or wreath, or even a small candle in the window can make someone’s drive home bright.

                This is my dream! Turning down the street towards home and seeing a line of homes, each lit with one small piece of joy! What a sight that would be!

               

                From all of us at Tri-state Trophies!  

Merry Christmas!!! May all your Christmas’s be bright!!  

-Sheila

A DAY AT WORK

Hi, I'm Bones. My typical day at Tri-State Trophies usually starts off with a hot cup of Joe (I usually order a coffee, black, with a mop), especially on a windy day like today when I just get chilled to the bone. After I clock in, I get settled at my desk and get to work. Sometimes when we get especially busy, I have to answer the telebone. I stay pretty busy until I eat lunch around 12pm. Lots of times, I just don't have the stomach for it. But when I do, it typically consists of spare ribs or something like that. Bone appetit! After I eat lunch, I get back to work building trophies, filling orders, and helping customers around the showroom! Tibia-nest with you, I work myself to the bone. But my hard work doesn't go unnoticed by the lovely ladies here at Tri-State Trophies. Sure, we all have rough days—sometimes I'm just dead-tired—but I try not to let anything get under my skin. They're the same way. They're a kind, humerus bunch, and I love working with them.

 

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As one of the newest members of the TST team, I am completely blown away by the abilities of this business and staff. Coming from a jewelry sales background, I was a little worried about starting a new sales position with very little knowledge in awards and promotional items. I quickly learned that great customer service is the pride of TST and held in the highest regard, along with the quality of our products.  It is truly a delight to help clients honor others with our products, to help them promote themselves or the people/places special to them, to create for them something unique to represent a sentimental time or event < all things I loved about working in the jewelry industry.  I have been so pleasantly surprised by the similarities – it has helped with my transition into this position.  I am looking forward to learning and experiencing more of what TST can do– and the best thing is – I’m certain the sky is the limit! 

Paige