Pieces of Me

Thursday, August 30, 2007

First Day of Pre-School

This morning went really well. I did not freak out like I thought I would. We got Hannah up at 7:30 am and let her wake up a bit by watching "The Magic School Bus." Then we ate breakfast. Hannah chose a waffle with syrup. Cayden had a waffle and Petra had Cheerios. Mommy had oatmeal with splenda and fresh strawberries and a homemade iced nonfat sugarfree vanilla latte :)


Then we let Hannah pick out her clothes. She really wanted to play with her dolls before we had to leave so she picked out a "beautiful dress." We got her dressed, teeth brushed, and hair up and then she was able to play while Mommy and Daddy got themselves and the babies dressed.



We took some pictures and I made some layouts. To view more of our fun layouts check out my scrappin' blog!

Created using Laughter by Mel from BusyBeeScrapper. LO inspired by Becky Higgins.
Journaling: Hannah, Today was your first day of Preschool. This is the first time that you will not be home with me every day all day. To be completely honest with you, I was very nervous about leaving you with a classroom full of kids and a new teacher. I know the days leading up to today were harder on me than they were on you. You are so excited about going to preschool and making new friends. You are so independent and still want to spend everywaking moment at home with me. As much as I know you’re growing up and need to experience the world without Mommy and Daddy around all the time, I cannot help but think about when you were a little baby and needed me to takecare of you - to dress you, feed you, and play with you. Now you pick our your own clothes, pick out your own lunch, and play with your friends without me alongside you. I’m really going to miss you, Hannah. You’re my baby girl and I love you so much. I know you think you’re “all growed up” but it is my prayer that the days start to creep by slower than the past 4 years. I’m ready to let you spread your tiny wings and learn to fly. But you’re only allowed to go as far away as preschool this year. I will cherish every moment you are four and not think about Kindergarten until next year. I love you! All my love, Mommy August 30, 2007

Created using Laughter by Mel from BusyBeeScrapper. LO inspired by Becky Higgins.
Journaling: The excitement you felt today is written all over your face. Here is a series of pictures from this morning: A. This picture was taken of you on the ride to school. You’re so excited!!B. I think this picture is so precious. Here you are giving Daddy a goodbye kiss before I take you to your classroom. Daddy couldn’t walk you to the door because he needed to sit in the car with the babies. I think this was harder on Daddy than you.C. Here you are walking so proudly to your classroom all by yourself. You did not want to hold my hand. You are growing up so quickly.D. Mrs. Kerrie stops to allow me to take your picture with her on the first day. Most of the kids in your class have been to preschool before so their mommies were not asking for pictures. Your mommy is so happy that Mrs. Kerrie didn’t mind this snapshot. It’s hard to believe your first day is over. It is even harder for me to admit that you had a blast. This morning when I dropped you off you told me, “I KNOW!” when I told you, “Love you Hannah.” You are a mess!!!

From Preschool we headed straight to the chiropractor for our monthly adjustment. Guess who fell asleep on the way there ~ NOT CAYDEN or Petra! Little Miss, I'm not Sleepy, Hannah. Hehehee!

Now she's happily playing with Playdoh and Cayden is down for a nap!

It's been a good day.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Utterly Exhausted

Hi! I haven't blogged in a while. Between getting Hannah ready for Pre-School (she starts THURSDAY) and taking care of two toddlers, I'm exhausted. It doesn't help that I'm still trying to get a few scrapbook kits put together for my new store. I've been staying up too late, getting up too early, and trying to do too many things at one time. In fact, this evening, after supper (yes, it's 7:30 pm and we haven't had supper - don't worry the baby has eaten and Hannah is with Grandpa and Grandma), I'm going straight to bed. Let's see how many things I can cram into the next hour.

Hannah had a dentist appointment this morning. The babies went to Story time with my mom. She's so awesome. She is going to continue taking the toddlers to PBK Story Time throughout the school year while I take Martha shopping. What a great Mammaw!

Tomorrow we meet Hannah's teacher and take all her school supplies to her classroom. I'll update after the meeting (and after our last Play Group field trip to Krispy Kreme!)

I've lost 6 lbs in the past 2 weeks. Yipee!!!

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Mom to a Pre-Schooler???

So, I've belonged to MOPS for 3 years. I know that it stands for Mothers of Pre-Schoolers, but I didn't consider Hannah a pre-schooler. I joined when Hannah was 1 year old. And now, well, she's four. And this year, she's actually going to Pre-School. Pre-K to be exact. It's only 4 days a week from 9 am - 1 pm, but it's still school. She's going to be in the care of another adult who is caring for 11 other children at the same time.

I've been home with Hannah since she was born. Life was very rough in the beginning. We could barely pay our rent, had to decide which bill to NOT pay so we could buy groceries. Then we moved in with my in laws. It's been such a blessing, but we were a family of 5 for a long time and added a 6th member April 2006.

And in a month, we will be a family of 4. Grandma and Grandpa are moving out. We're buying this house. We will have enough space to live. We will be able to pay our mortgage. Life will be so different and yet to good. We are blessed!!!

And still, I sit here trying to not cry as I prepare myself for the thought of me, the only "teacher" Hannah has had in her whole life aside from Sunday School and VBS, is going to School, to be in Mrs. Kerri's class, with her friends and not her mommy.

I really thought I was ready for this. She's been driving me crazy ALL SUMMER LONG. She's so independent yet wants to spend every waking moment with me. And I haven't allowed her. She's had her down time; quiet time; art time; music time; movie time; story time, etc and play dates all summer long. I've done a lot with her, with brother in tow. I was really looking forward to some one-on-one Mommy time with Cayden.

I am keeping a little girl, now, but she and Cayden play so well together that I don't think it's going to take away from my time with him. Hannah has a completely different set of demands than Cayden. I cannot wait to spend some time with just the babies.

But I am really going to miss Hannah. She's my baby girl. She told me the other day when I asked her, "What happened to my baby girl?"
"Well, mommy, I'm all growed up, don't ya know?"

I know she's growing up, and that's a good thing. It's time for me to let her spread her tiny wings and start to fly.

But. . . . only to pre-school.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Hannah's 4 Year Well Check

Hannah had her 4 year well check yesterday. The appointment was at 3:30 pm so Daddy had to come home to keep the babies while Hannah and I went to her appointment.

They started out by weighing and measuring her height. She's finally averaging out after being super tall and super skinny for her age. She's 40 3/4 inches tall (still not old enough for the big rides at Sea World ~ She's pretty disappointed) and 34 lbs.

They did the hearing and vision screening, which Hannah actied like she didn't have time for. She was so funny. During the hearing check, she followed directions until she got bored, and then she started talking to me. The nurse reminded her to raise her hands whenever she heard the beeps, and Hannah's response was, "I've already been hearing all the beeps, I think I'm done." Of course she wasn't, so she was told, "You need to listen for 2 more beeps." She followed directions and as soon as she heard the final beep she said, "Okay, that's 2. I'm done!" and promptely took off the headphones.

On to the vision screening. They first show a couple of the pictures at normal sight to make sure she can recognize what's on the cards. Afterwards, she was told to look into the "funny goggles" for the pictures. And then with a pushpin, the nurse would point to pictures. One of the pictures was a birthday cake, so Hannah really focused on that object. She just wouldn't cooperate. But then they moved to letters, "What is next to the A?" and Hannah got everything correctly. She just really wanted to look at the birthday cake. . little stinker.

Of course, we discussed how awful bedtime is for us. It's a constant battle, and starting next week, it will be one that is not an issue because school is starting. And once Grandma and Grandpa are in their new home, we will not have to worry about disturbing anyone and can let her just pitch a fit. Regardless, we're going to try to slowly adapt back into a good routine. Stephen is working 10 - 6 pm now so his evening time with the kids is limited, BUT he can continue to do the bathtime routine he does with them.

The only "bad" thing about the whole visit is the shots. Hannah received 5 shots to get her caught up and ready for pre-school. Poor baby. But I told her, "You can cry, you can yell, Mommy can yell with you, but you cannot pull away." The nurse tried to distract her from looking at the needles, but she told Daddy afterward, "I got 5 shots, and they used the BIG needles, and they hurt me." Daddy's heart was broken.

Afterwards, she received a "BooBoo bear" and 5 stickers from the doctor, and then, Mommy took her to the Dollar Store and let her pick out 5 things. . . what did we come home with??? 5 little girl dollies to play with her Barbies.

This morning was storytime. The kids had a good time listening to the stories and singing with Mrs. Stacy. Cayden really loves the little chair so we may have to save up for Christmas and get him one.

Speaking of Christmas, with all the house stuff, we're going to start shopping, so I need Christmas lists from those for which we buy gifts. I guess I should let them know. Hehehe.

The appraiser rescheduled for Thursday. The house is starting to look really great since I've been "Fly-Ladying" and keeping things picked up. Grandpa is finishing the new thresholds today.

Ok, there has been a 3 hour break between typing this entire message. Now we're on to nap #2 for the babies and quiet time for Hannah, so I'm going to go and scrap a bit.

Blessings from Above ~ Rose

Sunday, August 19, 2007

ATTENTION SCRAPPERS

For links to new freebies, templates, and my LOs please visit my NEW DIGISCRAPPIN' BLOG

Saturday, August 18, 2007

I've Done It Again

After spending all morning working in Hannah's room, attempting to get it in some sort of presentable fashion for the Appraisal on Wednesday, I've taken a much needed break and did a little DigiWork. I've created an adorable LO of my kiddos playing at the Leander Water Playground. I think this is one of my best summer LOs so far!



Created with Beach Blanket Blues by Karla's Kaleidoscope Designs


And because I'm SO pleased with the LO, I decided to create a TEMPLATE to share!


Here's a preview:

And of course, here's the link. It is only available for 7 days AND there are only 100 to download.

Don't forget to leave me love! :) And if you use my template, please let me see your LOs :) :) :)

Friday, August 17, 2007

House Update

We started the loan process this week. The Appraiser comes on the 22nd. If all goes as planned, we will close on the 28th of September. Ernie and Liz will close sometime in September. That's really all the update I have for everyone. Just continue to keep us in your prayers.

I'll post more LOs tomorrow. I'm so sleepy. Off to bed.

Sales!

Hi everyone! This is an announcement for two of the designs I am on CTs for. First of all, I'm pleased to announce that Sarah from Sarah's-Designs has asked me to be on her CT. I'm so excited and cannot wait to work with her material!

Now, Sarah is having a fantastic sale at ScrapWorld
And Karla is also having a great sale this weekend.
She has a brand new grab bag available at Tina Williams Designs.
She is also having a 50% off sale store wide at TWD. You can check out all her items here. Including her latest release Grunge and Denim Ribbon Wrapped Frames. They're just a $1.00 during the three day sale.
And to boot, she has the matching paper as a FREEBIE on her blog!!!

Happy Scrapping!!!



Thursday, August 16, 2007

Bringing Back Memories

Okay, so. . I have this brillant kit called Mermaid's Haven by Candee. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it!! It's so pretty and peaceful and PERFECT for beach LOs. "What beach LOs?" you may ask. Well, that is the problem. We haven't been to the beach since July 2005, and I cannot, for the life of me, find those pictures. EEK. They're here, I'm sure, but where, who knows? The only reason I'm even on the computer right now is because the babies are sleeping and Hannah is entertaining herself in the play room.
So, what did I find to scrap? Hannah's very first beach trip photos. And boy, are they cute! Here's the first LO I've completed:

Designer Credits: Mermaid's Haven by CanDesigns.

Text Reads: Your first beach trip was so much fun. Our family went to Freeport Beach for the first time on July, 31, 2004. Here you are having the time of your life in the waves. You LOVE the water.


Designer Credits: Mermaid's Haven by CanDesigns. Summer Word Art by CanDesigns as well. Visit her Blog or Stores: www.digibydesign.com , www.scrapperszone.com , http://www.stoneaccentsstudio.com/store/

Text reads: You loved walking on the beach with Daddy. As long as he was nearby, you were happy as can be. Your daddy/daughter time is very precious. You are so happy when you're in his arms.

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

My First Freebie

I've made a template for you all to enjoy! I know some of my readers are New Scrappers, and I want to share this with y'all. I'm so excited!


There are 99 out there so it's first come first serve. And let me know if you love it. . . of course, you'll have to post your comments on my blog!

Monday, August 13, 2007

Playing Catch Up


I really feel like my life is zooming ahead of me, and I cannot catch up with it. I'm running in slow motion. UGH. I'm ready for swimming lessons to be over. I really think that's what is making my world feel upside down. Things are just go, go, go. . . nonstop.

Okay, Hannah celebrated her birthday with our family yesterday. I think she had a lot of fun. She was able to play with her cousins and see some people we don't see very often. I'm so glad that Nickie and Joel came to visit with their beautiful girls. Time is flying by and everyone is growing up so quickly. Hannah is four! In 2 weeks she starts PreK four day a week. I think it will be so good for her.

Starting tomorrow I am going to be watching a little girl for my friend. She's around 18 months old and I will keep her 5 days a week along with my kiddos. This is really such a blessing to us. As we are figuring out the whole house thing (which seems to be moving forward), I now have some income to help out with the finances. Things are getting exciting and I'm ready for it all to be final. It's a wait and see game right now.



I am starting Weight Watchers again full time with several of my girlfriends. We are going to do this together. I'm really excited and finally have the support I've been needing. Of course, I need to find all my stuff since we aren't doing the meetings. That's just an added expense that I'm willing to give up since I haven't been going anyway. I'm doing the E-Tools so that's will hold me accountable, and having friends to cry and celebrate with is something that is so important for me.


I think that's all right now in our little family. Hannah is four and female as her daddy says. Cayden is all boy and is now trying to climb over the furniture, not just on it. LOL.

I've made a few LOs recently. Not a ton, but a couple.


Hannah's Birthday Photo's by Uncle Kenny

Designer Credits: Beautiful Angel by Karla's Kaleidoscope Designs. Font: Tabor Handwriting

Here's one from Cayden's 1st Birthday Party.




Created this LO with Brayden's Birthday Kit by Traci Thompson. I recolored it to match Cayden's birthday cake! I'm pretty pleased with the results. I also used Traci Drane's Hanging Around Template.


And a LO recapping Cayden's summer!



Designer Credits: Kids Camp Papers and Sweet Summertime Wordart by CanDesigns; Arrows from My Favorite Boy by Jill D'zines; Summer Recap Template by Kristen Tilly


Journaling Reads: 1. You master walking! You started walking all the time on Father's Day 2007. You took your first steady steps at Uncle Les's house, walking into Aunt Cara's arms.2. GG, Aunt Lisa, Susie and Greg come to visit. We all went to Sea World. You and sister had a great time!3. On the 4th of July, we took you to the zoo for the very first time. You loved looking at the animals, but your favorites were the fish. Uncle Kenny took this photo!4. This summer is when we discovered you love to play outside, especially on the swings. You love to go "Weee."

This final LO of the evening, I whipped out just now. And now I'm off to bed. This is my sister-in-law and her youngest son.


Designer Credits: Template by Angela Sharrow; LO created with My Favorite Boy Sampler by Jill's D'zines.

Friday, August 10, 2007

Dog Bites and Birthdays

This past week has certainly been full of things to do. We are in our first week of swimming lessons. Actually, we just completed our first week of swimming lessons. Hannah is doing wonderfully well. To be honest withy ou, I'm shocked at how well she's doing. Let's see, we had our last dance class for the summer. Hannah's dance recital was tonight. You can watch her class dance to "It's a Hard Knock Life" by clicking here. It gets a little shaky because Mrs. Brianna got in my view of Hannah and I had to scoot around on the ground until I was able to see her again. But it's oh so cute. They did a great job. This was the first ever recital at the YMCA. I think it went well.


Hmm. . . Stephen's cousin, Christi, passed away from breast cancer. We really wanted to attend her Memorial Service but it was the exact same day and time as Hannah's 4th Birthday Party, from which I am still recovering. It was so wonderful though. Rapunzel make a special appearance, and the kids had a fantastic time. And it was so affordable. We'll have to try something else next year, though, since we've done Toys R Us two years in a row.


And then a good friend of my home church family passed away on Tuesday. His visitation was last night and the funeral was today. It was very hard for me since Stephen was unable to come with me. Just too hard.


Our playgroup is slowly coming to a close. We had Splash Day this week. I don't know what we're doing next week. Hannah and her two girlfriends also went swimming yesterday. I'm beat.

And to top it all off, Cayden got in the middle of my mom's two Pomeranians and ended up with a dog bite on his left arm. It shows in his 15 month pictures very nicely. He's fine. . .didn't really phase him once mom picked him up, and it's healing nicely. I thought my mom was going to kill her dogs though. They are fine, too. It wasn't out of aggression. The dogs were fighting over something and Cayden wound up in between them. I don't know exactly how, but I wasn't there, I was at Dance Class.

I've done a few LOs this week, but not many. I'm disappointed and planning on creating several this weekend. I'm excited. Tomorrow is my Calendar Stamp Camp with Cara. Nickie and the girls will be there. I miss them and are so excited to be able to spend some time with them this weekend. Hmmm. . . don't know what else is going on. LOL



Okay, here are a couple LOs. Now remember, creating and then actually getting them up on my blog are completely different stories. These LOs have been done for days.



This one was fun to create. I made it for a challenge at Make It Scrappy and DigibyDesign



Designer Credits: Papers are Summer Celebration by Madaleine Engel and Sun and Park by Maria LaFrance; Alpha and Glitter Elements are from the DST Birthday Glitz Kit; Template is by Laura B. Mundy of Little Bit's D-zynz for the DigibyDesign Template Challenge; Groucho Mask by Candy Cook; Fonts: Palace Script; Ma Sexy; Jokerman; Eras Bold; Horseshoes and Lemonade; Showcard Gothic



Made this LO for Scraplift Challenge at Digital Freebies and Scripture Challenge at DigiScrapDivas. Credits: Savannah by CanDesigns; Beads by Conny B, Swirl Clip by Kimberly Geswein, Stitches by Sheri Tierney


I created this LO in honor of my niece, Elise. Karla has a Kit she made in honor of all babies lost to miscarriage, stillbirth, infancy. I think it's beautiful.

Credits: Beautiful Angel by Karla's Kaleidoscope Designs.My niece, Elise, was born still last October. I created this page in her memory. I did cover the picture out of respect for my sister and her husband.




Here's one to recap Hannah's summer. I love the template and know that I will use it for a LO with Cayden as well.

Designer Credits: Papers: Got Baby by CanDesigns, Little Miss by Traci Thompson; Crown Element from Little Miss by Traci Thompson; Template by Kristen Tilly

Journaling: 1. GG, Aunt Lisa, Susie and Greg come for a visit and take us to Sea World. FUN! FUN! 2. You take dance for the first time. You LOVE it, especially twirling and leaping. 3. You also take Swimming Lessons. You're much more comfortable in the water and even go underwater. 4. You celebrate your 4th Birthday! Rapunzel comes to your party!

Finally, I'm getting the Playgroup Music Class LOs posted. I finished them today.

Credits: Sweet Stuff by Michelle Swadling. Music Notes (recolored) from Waterfall Melodies by Theresa Hernandez


Journaling Reads: The "A Little Rock and Roll" music class was so much fun for everyone. The kids were able to pound on these really big Sharing Drums. And boy did they pound. Even the littlest children were able to make some rhythm with the help of their mommies. July 18, 2006



For the August Ad Challenge at DigiScrapDivas.


Credits: Sweet Stuff by Michelle Swadling. Rock and Roll Elements by Tracy Drane


Journaling Reads: Mrs. Jennifer arranged for our playgroup to receive a free music class from Austin Lyric Opera. The class was called "A Little Rock and Roll," and it was led by Mr. Walter. He taught you a couple new songs, a few new games, and talked about how to have fun with music. You all had a blast. July 18, 2007

And finally, my two favorite LOs for of the week:

Created for Tracy's Template Challenge at Make it Scrappy

Credits: Jill D'zines My Favorite Boy Sampler; Paper and Glitter Elements from DST Birthday Glitz Kit; Cupcake Element from Brayden's Birthday Kit by Traci Thompson; Grin and Giggles Word Art from Giggle by J Cantrill; Fun Word Art by Amy Bleser from DigiScrapDivas Primary Fun Kit; Car and Bottlecap and Tag Elements from Little Boy Sampler by Sarah's Designs



That's all for now. :)







Thursday, August 9, 2007

Raising Alzheimer's Awareness Fundraiser

Millions of American families are caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s. The Alzheimer’s Association, the world leader in Alzheimer’s research, care and support, is dedicated to finding prevention methods, treatments and an eventual cure for the disease.

For all of those millions of people fighting this disease, my family is participating in the Alzheimer’s Association Memory Walk®. Team McIntyre hopes to be able to raise at least $1,000 to support the Alzheimer’s Association, which provides research, support and education for those living with the disease, their families and caregivers. Our immediate family's personal goal is $500.

We know we can do this with the support of friends and family like you. Would you please consider making a donation? You can give online at the link below.

Our Memory Walk Fundraising Page


Kids Portraits

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Hannah's Birthday Surprise

So we surprised Hannah with the ultimate little girl's dream. We had Rapunzel, Hannah FAVORITE PRINCESS (at the moment), come to her party. We have a friend who is just beautiful, Hannah doesn't know very well, and agreed to do it when I asked her to. Christyn, you are AMAZING! Hannah was awestruck. The look on her face when Rapunzel walked into the room was classic. I wish I'd had the camera ready. Although we missed the first impression, you can tell by the look on her face in these pictures that she's just so thrilled. Of course, my little four year old told me on the way home, "You know mommy, that wasn't the REAL Rapunzel." So, I asked, "How do you know that?" And her response? "The REAL Rapunzel lives in the MOOOOVIE."

Monday, August 6, 2007

Swimming Lessons

This week is going to be a crazy week. We enrolled Hannah in Swimming Lessons at the YMCA. For $40 we get 2 weeks of lessons (5 days a week). Today was her first day. She did awesome. I'm such a proud mommy. She was one of the 2 (out of six) who just jumped in the water and was completely comfortable with the floater's belt. Of course, we always have her in a life jacket whenever we are at a swimming pool of any kind, so I am pleased to know it's serving its purpose by keeping her safe and helping her become comfortable around the water. Today she put her head under water, blew bubbles in the water, kicked her legs. . you name it. I'm very happy with her progress. We'll see how she's doing by the end of the week.

Of course, my little girl turns 4 on Wednesday. We are celebrating with a Rapunzel Birthday Party at Toys R Us with her playgroup friends. And we have a special guest who is coming to make a surprise appearance for our little girl. Princess Rapunzel will be attending Hannah's party. She's going to greet the kiddos at the end of a scavenger hunt through the store. . . Hannah is going to flip out! And of course, we'll take plenty of pictures, have lots of cake, and just a wonderful time! I'm probably as excited as she is!

Okay, on to my scrapbook layouts. It's getting easier and easier to create these pages. Of course, I have awesome material to work with and the program is just so simple now that I've figured it all out. I can whip out a page in under 10 minutes so I take advantage of naptimes and this time I have after bedtime.

Both of these LOs are Brag Book Pages for the Brag Book QuickPage Challenge at Make It Scrappy





Credits: Hop Along by Traci Thompson; Sketch Inspired by Maria LaFrance


These are LOs from Cayden's 1st days of life. Remember, I'm very far behind on scrapping Cayden.

Designer Credits: Bug A Boo by Traci Thompson; File Tie from Huggable by J Cantrill; Fonts: Tabor Handwriting, Hey It's Red


Journaling - Left Photo: Right after you were born and they were moving you to take your measurements, you decided to make your gender proud by peeing on Dr. Seeker.

Center Photo: Now Dr. Seeker is given the opportunity to hold a freshly cleaned little boy and take a moment for a picture. Dr. Seeker was wonderful during my pregnancy.


Right Photo: Here we are right before you are put on oxygen monitoring with our nurse Camille and Dr. Seeker. Daddy and I are so happy you're finally here.

Designer Credits: Bug A Boo by Traci Thompson; File Tie from Huggable by J Cantrill; Fonts: Tabor Handwriting


Main Journaling: When I was admitted to the hospital four weeks early to deliver you, I had know idea that my world was going to be in slow motion for the next two days. I wemt into labor at home and arrived at Seton Hosital a little after 6:30 a.m. Dr. Seeker could not even come to check on me until after 12:00 p.m because he was in surgery all morning. I was slowly progressing, and by the timehe arrived, I was more than 4 cm dialated and 80%effaced. At 2:00 p.m. they decided to start me onthe induction drug, Pitocin, and within the hour, I needed to push. Dr. Seeker arrived, and in two pushes, you were here. The nurses noticed that you were having respiratory distress so after a quick kiss from Mommy, you were taken to the nursery and put under an oxygen hood. It was sohard not being able to hold you in my arms. Finally,the next day, we were able to have you in our room with us. It was at this moment that I finally felt our family was complete. April 28-29, 2006

Left Photo: After more than 15 hours of waiting, Mommy is finally able to hold you in her arms. I do not want to put you down, ever. You're my special little boy, and I love you very much!!!


Center Photo: This picture is of Daddy holding you for the very first time. You have been in thenursery under oxygen monitoring. We'vebeen very worried, but all is well, now!

Right Photo: You'd never know you had a rough start to life. Here, we are two days later, finallygoing home! Your sister is so excited, andMommy and Daddy are very happy!

Credits: Got Baby? Paper Pack by CanDesigns, Stiches by Lauren Reid and Eva K, Heart Alpha from Bottles, Blankets, and Bows by Mandie Annie

Credits: Got Baby? Paper Pack by CanDesigns; Tab Template by Lauren Reid; Stitches by Eva K

Journaling: The day that you, Hannah, came into this world, I knew the Lord had blessed me a thousand times over. Daddy and I had been through two losses already so when we prayed for your life and God granted us our prayer. I was worried that I wouldn't have enough love for two of you when I learned I was pregnant with Cayden, but the Lord has shown me how to love you both equally and yet so differently all the same. He has again blessed my life with your love in return. May 2006

Saturday, August 4, 2007

Just some LOs

So, I've been feeling really crummy today. My MIL was sick this week with some sort of virus, and I think I may have gotten it. . I'm achy all over, have an irritating headache, and very nauseated. I'm going to put up the latest LOs I've made this past week and then lie down. I've been busy. Working for three CTs gives me no more excuses for not having material to work with. LOL

These first LOs are actually two Quick Pages (QP) that I made for Karla's Kaleidoscope Designs Create and Collect Crop. She has her Backyard Buganza on sale at 60% off making the entire kit $2.38. If you're interested in the challenge, visit her blog.

This is a two page LO. The Page with the Title is the Left Page.

Credits: Backyard Buganza by Karla's Kaleidoscope Designs.

These next pages are from Hannah's friend's, Darby, birthday party. I used another one of Karla's kits for this LO as well. Again it's a 2 page LO.

Credits: Birthday Bash by Karla's Kaleidoscope Designs.

And finally, these last 2 LOs are my first pages of Cayden when he was first born. The pictures are actually from the day that Hannah met him. He was one day old. I think these are my favorites so far.

Credits: Bug A Boo by Traci Thompson

Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Summer Time

Okay, so I am completely ready for summer to come to a close. I've just been going nonstop with Hannah and all the activities in which we are participating. I feel like I haven't had a chance to just enjoy my kids. I'm frustrating and cranky and ready for a vacation. Of course, our trip to the beach is coming up in ONE MONTH ~ the countdown has begun. I'm ready.

Anyway, Hannah is all of four years old, and her birthday isn't until next week.. One minute she is my best friend and the next, I'm ready to wring her neck. She's both sweet and sassy causing much distress to my need for balance throughout the day. We are still having major bedtime issues, but I am praying that all changes when our living situation does. Only a couple more months until we are a family of four for the first time in our lives.


As our playgroup comes to a close, we are trying to find things to do. Today we had a Pajama Party. I cannot wait to create those LOs!

Anyway, I have been asked to be on another Creative Team. I'm starting to feel a bit overwhelmed, but now I have a creative outlet that helps me release stress. I am proud to be a member of Karla's Kaleidscope Designs. I'm eager to start working with her materials!


Okay here are my latest LOs. They are my first with Traci's kits.
Little Princesses Credits: Traci Thompson's Little Miss Kit. Template is by Tracy Drane. available at Make It Scrappy
Journaling: This is one of my favorite pictures of you and your closest friends, Kate and Darby. The three of you are Little Princesses playing dress up and having the time of your lives in a land of make believe


Little Ballerina

Credits: Traci Thompson's Little Miss Kit available at Make It Scrappy.
Journaling:Your summer playgroup took a tour of the Ballet Austin Studios You had the opportunity to watch "real" ballerinas practice. You also got to try on Pointe Shoes and "real" ballerina tutus. This was your favorite part!


First Steps

Credits: Traci Thompson's Kit Hop Along, Available at Make It Scrappy



And now, a couple LOs made with a kit by CanDesigns.

Texas Wildflowers

Credits for both LOs ~ Savannah by CanDesigns available at DigibyDesign and ScrappersZone




And finally, a few LOs from our Playgroup.


Dance Dreams

Credits: This is kit was from the Color Challenge at DigibyDesign. The letters came from Traci's Kit, Little Miss

Journaling: The girls from our playgroup had experienced a dream come true when they received a tour of the Ballet Austin Academy. Here they are trying on Pointe Shoes and posing for a picture together.


Tutu Cute Credits: This kit was from the Color Challenge at DigibyDesign