Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Monday, June 29, 2009
Maddy turned 5 months on the 26th! I didn't even realize it til Chris mentioned something after I had put her to bed! I'll have to upload a picture of her and do a special post for her.
Paper Popsicles is having a fun Blog Candy give-away. You can check it out on their blog here. If you haven't checked out the site yet, you should. http://www.paperpopsicles.com/. The store has great deals in it and offers free shipping after a certain amount spent. The message board is fun too!
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Here is a layout I did last week. The papers are from My Minds Eye. I usually don't say this about my work, but I really like how it came out. Chris and I developed quite a little routine when visiting and feeding Maddy while she was in the NICU. I think the nurses loved us as we were there all the time and did everything so they could spend more time with babies that were in worse condition! This is another one using the fun Twitterpated line from Imaginisce. Thank you to Nicole for mailing me some of the goodies and to Julia for the big ole RAK I won on her blog. Peyton was so sweet when visiting Maddy in the NICU. He always blew her kisses goodbye.
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Monday, June 22, 2009
Then I found this great little bike for only $5 and it came with training wheels! Thanks Julie...I think I got the best end of that deal!
I remember these nickel boards from Junior High. When I took woods I ended up making a nightstand instead of this game. I bought it more for memories than anything, but Peyton has really enjoyed playing with it today. You flick a nickel back and forth, taking turns, with the goal of making your nickel into your opponents hole.
Check back tomorrow, I have a few more layouts to share!
Sunday, June 21, 2009
My mom made this adorable purse for me for my birthday! I just LOVE it and get compliments on it everywhere I go! I just love the fabrics using my favorite colors at the moment, blues, green and browns.
Friday, June 19, 2009
Another layout using the FABULOUS Kaiser Craft line! We joked that Maddy was tanning when she was under the biliruben lights. The nurses stuck little pieces of velcro to her head and put these little sunglasses on her. She kept ripping them off though so they ended up putting a tube around the sunglasses.
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Monday, June 15, 2009
Julia was so sweet and included a few extras for me and an adorable pendant (which I happen to collect) that is just as cute as can be. Make sure to visit her Etsy Shop and take a peek at her fabulous pendants. I came across Julia on the Bo Bunny Blog (another great blog) which led me to Julia's Bits of Me blog. If you haven't seen Julia's work, make sure to stop by her blog, its full of fantastic ispiration!
Thank you Julia!
Sunday, June 14, 2009
Friday, June 12, 2009
This next layout is for a sketch challenge at Scrapbook Dreamer. The sketch was made by the ever so talented Tammy (aka Tammydee). The cute elephant was a card that was given to us. I thought it would be adorable on a layout.
So anyone find any great deals at any garage sales this morning? My mom and I went out and I found a really cool table with benches is one piece that folds up really small for camping! I was so excited!
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Here are the instructions to the Stink Ball, which I guess according to the instruction sheet is really called a Farmer's Dirt Baby.
- 1 knee high stocking hose
- 1 TBS of seed (annual ryegrass or other seed)
- 2 (8) oz cups of potting soil
- decorations of felt or pipe cleaners and wiggle eyes
- scissors and hot glue gun
- Open the knee-high hose and roll it down
- Put the seed in the toe of the hose (which is the head)
- Put the potting soil on top of the seed and pack the soil by shaking down the hose (you will have a ball now) and then tie a knot close to the ball of the hose. Leave 6-7 inches of your hose for the wick, and cut off the rest of the hose. Now decorate your baby.
Care of the Dirt Baby: You need to put the baby in a clear container or glass that is small enough at the mouth of the container so the base of the baby's head can sit upon the rim. Fill the container with water just to the base of the baby's head. Keep the container full of water to feed the baby. In 3-7 days the baby will sprout hair. In two weeks the baby will have lots of hair, and may need its first hair cut. As long as the baby is fed plenty of water it will keep growing if the hair is trimmed. Enjoy your dirt baby, and remember that all babies need a name by the time they have hair.
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Hello Chevy...or as Peyton would say, hello Papas Monster Truck! lol...
Its pretty sad when I found myself content for a half hour or more sitting in the front bay window watching them load maneuver the cars around so that the truck would fit on the back!
Completely changing gears once again, I have been asked quite a bit lately how Peyton likes Maddy. Well, here is a picture that explains it well. He just LOVES to give her hugs and kisses and quite often I find him curled up next to her or giving her loving like this.
Friday, June 5, 2009
In January 2009 my wife and I were faced with a situation that we never thought we would ever be in. My wife’s water broke and went into labor 6 weeks before her due date. When our baby girl “Madeline” was born, the doctors and nursing staff of St. Charles Hospital informed us that Madeline would have to spend time in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. They told us to prepare for up to 6 weeks with out being able to take Madeline home as they would have to hook her up to machines, run tests, and monitor her closely to ensure that she develops well and can survive on her own with out the help of special machines.
The news that our baby girl could stay in the hospital for six weeks had an emotional affect that was made less burdensome by the staff of the Bend Ronald McDonald House. The overall experience that we had with the Ronald McDonald house was amazing. All of the staff was very courteous and took the time to get to know us and show a true deep concern for the situation that we were in. Because we lived over an hour away and the hospital encouraged us to visit Madeline every 3 hours, the Ronald McDonald House filled a need that we were faced with by being so close and providing for a safe and comfortable environment for us to relax and reside for the short time that we were there.
Madeline was able to progress quickly and showed strength that allowed for us to return home after 1 week. During our week the Ronald McDonald House provided us with activities for our 2 year old to part take in such as toys, games, and passes to local kid centers. We did not have to worry about food and drinks as local groups and individuals provided meals, groceries and other staples for the residents of the house to enjoy. The house was amazingly clean and had the appeal of an upscale neighborhood home.
Our experience with the Ronald McDonald house would be rated a 10+ on a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being the highest satisfaction level. We are forever in the debt of the Ronald McDonald House Charities and will promote and speak of the charity with the highest regards.
Thank you Ronald McDonald House Charities!
scared and wet them...lol...it is because it was all out raining like mad!
This is the view out our front door. The hail looked like it was dancing down the road. I have never seen our downspouts spray water like they were.
Here is a view of all the hail that built up on the backside of the house.
Chris was able to tip the swingset back up and thought it was okay...I'm not going to be the first one to test it though. Other than a downed juniper tree branch that was the worst of it for us. Some neighbors had worse damage (nice horse fence down, shed collapse, etc).
I don't have any new projects to show just yet. I am working on a fun star album that I am going to donate for our local Relay For Life silent auction. I'm not going to be able to make it this year to support them so thought I would try to make something. I may end up making something else in addition or in placement of the star album, we'll see.
I'll be back tomorrow to post about our fun evening out we had last night!
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Here is a pretty simple layout. I wanted to document my pregnancy with Maddy well. Since it wasn't a simple pregnancy I have A LOT of journaling. The pictures were to show what I did most of the time...thank goodness for my laptop which allowed me to keep others updated and helped me pass the time quickly and keep my mind off of things. Sticker books also came in quite handy with Peyton. Ever try to keep a almost 3 year old quite and occupied in a hospital room?
Sedona was going crazy outside around 6am so I figured I'd get up and check what it was. Yep, we had a couple bulls and calfs in our back yard! Where was our weeny dog? Standing on the patio looking at them. lol... Ya just never know around here, we've had horses, deer and big horned sheep, so why not bulls.
How darn cute is this picture? I love it that Maddy is starting to smile so much. Chris had just walked in and started talking to her when I snapped the picture.
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
Monday, June 1, 2009
Here are some things I have found at garage sales and yes, even along side a road that I redid to fit my needs!
I found a couple of these cool blue glass pieces at a garage sale for a dime each! A little paper, flowers and brads and tada! A votive burner.
I was headed down the road not to far from my house and saw this hutch on the side of the road with a "Take me, I'm Yours" sign on it! Luckily I drive a truck and pulled right over and loaded it into the bed. I knew if I painted it black it would look great on top of an entertainment center we already had. Here is a horrible picture of it before and one after I painted both pieces and patched them together.