Thursday, August 27, 2009

Why do I even have a blog?

So...the point of this blogging thing is to share what's going on in our life with our family and friends, but what's the point of blogging if it takes up the actual time you should be spending with your family? We have just been really busy lately, there is so much going on that I have grossly neglected my blog. I appologize and will try to get on track...starting with some pictures of EmmaLee getting on the bus on the first day back to school (again.)

This is her third year in Preschool at the Elementary in the Special Education Program. Her birthday is coming up in November so she'll be 5 for the majority of the school year. I'm glad that she will have this extra time to catch up before kindergarten although she will be one of the oldest in her class throughout school. I was always the absolute youngest one in my class. My mom pushed me ahead to 1st grade after my 3 years in preschool and I skipped the whole kindergarten fun. I was the last one to turn 16 and go on dates, and last to drive or get my permit. Blah Blah Blah... anyways, here's the pics.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Ethan's New Haircut

I guess it's not so bad after all. He looks pretty cute with spikey hair!! I really did love the shaggy look though.
*Thanks for the pictures Kim!!*

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Like Father, like son

On the left is a picture of my husband Tyson when he was about 2-3 years old. It's so cute how identical his baby pictures look to my son Ethan!!

And the right is Ethan now. Well not exactly now, because we just got his shaggy hair cut yesterday and I have to say that I hate it! The lady did not do a very good job. We tried spiking it though and that didn't look too bad. I will be having my hair stylist and bff, Carolyn, fix it when we get home!!

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Wedding Card and a few more pics

The wedding colors were pink and lime green, so I made a tri-fold card to coordinate and coincidentally it goes right along with Day 67- Think Pink challenge over at 365Cards!!

And now some more wedding pictures...
My sister Nicole and her (very serious) boyfriend, Chad.

Sunday, May 3, 2009


Oops, I forgot this picture of Em with the bride, Miranda. Her flowergirl dress was really similar to Miranda's wedding dress!

Beautiful Flower Girl

My cousin Miranda just got married yesterday and EmmaLee was her little flower girl. She was so adorable!! I didn't get a lot of pictures, but here's some cute ones.

Friday, May 1, 2009


So we made it to Utah in one piece...mostly. Besides the fact that my kids got a total of 3 hours of sleep for the night! We took a short nap during the day, but they were soooooo cranky! We are staying here for the whole month of May so we had massive amounts of luggage and carry-ons, but we got through the plane ride with minor hiccups.

I am a little sad that I couldn't bring all my scrapbook stuff with me, now I can't participate in 365 Cards challenges. :(

Of course I didn't come down here empty handed!!! I brought my sewing machine! Yeah I know I'm a little crazy, carrying on a sewing machine, but what am I supposed to do to keep me busy for a whole month??? Besides, I am totally addicted to sewing right now, I have like 8 projects I am working on right now: a dress shirt for Ethan, a jean dress for Em, a couple laptop bags, and maybe a skirt, bermuda shorts, and baby doll tee-shirt. I'll have my work cut out for me, but I'm excited!!

I'll post pictures as I finish stuff!!

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Scrapbook Day- 4/18/09

I recently went to a scrapbook day hosted by our Creative Memories consultant. I'm not very productive at those things, it's just too much fun talking!! But I did manage to complete this one scrapbook page. I entered it into the page contest, but didn't win. Hope you like it!

This layout goes along with a couple others I have already made about EmmaLee's 1st birthday, thats why I didn't think it neccessary to include that many pictures.

I made the button tree and backstitched the trunk and limbs. I also made tons of French Knots along the middle border. I love to sew on my pages! It took a while but I think it's fun to play around and especially when I'm really happy with the result.

Monday, April 27, 2009

365 Cards Day 58- Something's Fishy

They are a set of 3 Birthday Invitations I plan on using on my son's 3rd birthday coming up in September.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Yay! My first Award!!

A new freind I met over at 365 Cards, Rose, has given me an award!! My very first one!! Isn't she so sweet!

The rules for the award:
The winner may put the logo onto their blog.
Put a link to the person who sent you the award.
Nominate 10 blogs.Put links to their blogs.Leave a message for the nominees.

I'm still fairly new in the blogging circuit but I do have a few blogs that I hover around and follow, some of my fav's are:

Leah @ PaperBlooms

Lana @ Sweet Peas Paper Creations

Rosmary @ Free Advice Worth Every Penny

Jana @ I Can't Wanna

Kim @ Angel at my Door

Carole @ Paper Arts

Krista @ Bella and Aidee's Mom

Debbie @ Debbie's ScrapArt

Now why not visit these talented ladies and show them some love? :-)

Thursday, April 23, 2009

365 Cards Day 52 & 54

Day 52- Tuesday's Trio

The Challenge was to use a Brad, Blossom, and Circle. I made a circle chipboard album with a paper folded blossom. I made the album using up cereal boxes. I really did double duty with the circle part of the challenge because not only is my album and pages circular, the blossom is also made by cutting out and folding 9 smaller circles. I'll show you how at the end of this post.

Next up is Day 54- Recycled Elements

I hope it doesn't matter that my project wasn't about making a card, for this challenge or Tuesday's Trio, but I love playing with paper so this is what I came up with.

I have been holding onto these little boxes that EmmaLee's medical supplies come in FOREVER!! Well, finally I have a reason to use them. I've wanted to re-cover them for a while but I guess I just needed a good push, like playing along with 365 Cards Blog!! I love it!
...And I made it coordinating to hold the little circle album.

Once I finish the album with pictures and stuff, I will add a title to the front of the box. I was thinking something simple like "friends" or "my friends", then I can use up all my random pictures of friends on the inside with some journaling about them or something.
(Wow, my ribbon is really wrinkled!! Ignore it, I'll fix that later.)

Short Tutorial- Paper Folded Blossom

Start by cutting out 9 circles, you will use 8 for the blossom, the 9th is just a base for gluing the others onto.
1. Fold all 9 circles into quarters. ( In half one way, then in half the other way) Then on 8 of them make score lines from the left and right horizontal line down to the bottom vertical line. (see picture)

2. Turn paper over and fold up on score lines.
3. Turn paper over again and fold the flat edges you just made by folding, into the center lining it up with the vertical line. Do on both sides and press down firmly.

Then just arrange and glue them to your last circle by fitting two "blooms" into each quadrant that you folded, matching the tips with the center.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Hearing Problems

We have recently have had a lot of hearing issues arise. EmmaLee gets quite a bit of "buildup" in her ear canals that we can't clean completely out and it has affected her hearing. Which in turn affects her speech development. She hasn't had a "normal" result from a hearing test since her birth. We were going in to see the ENT about every 4 months to have him clean off her ear drums, but it still didn't seem to be enough. We have since started going in about every other month to have her ears checked/cleaned. We have been in twice when the Doctor said that they were pretty clean, and he didn't need to do anything. But the times he does, are dreadful!!

He uses a long tubelike vacuum to suction off the debri clinging to her ear drum. The noise is quite loud, and she just screams like crazy. Mostly she's just scared of the noise, but it takes me and two nurses holding her body down so the Dr. can do it. She flails her arms and legs and jerks her head away from him so much that I have suggested using sedation for the times they need cleaned out. I can't imagine that he gets very close to the ear drum if he is constantly worried about her twitching her head and so not getting too close that it could injure her. We havn't had to sedate her yet, but we'll see about the next appt.

So in December we had him put tubes in her ears to help with the draining, and she also had her adnoids taken out. Apparently they help produce a lot of unneeded mucus. It seemed like she always had a runny nose, so it helped with that alot too. Well, the tubes have already fallen out within 2 months and they didn't help with the hearing much. One thing that the Doctor said was that when he was in there placing her tubes, he has never seen anyone with eardrums as thick as hers. The actual Tympanic Membrane is thicker than usual, which he thinks also might be causing her hearing problems. Which makes sense that her ear drums might be thickened since her skin is so rapidly turning over and producing new layers.

Originally we assumed the hearing loss was caused by the debri "buildup" in her ear canals and on the surface of the eardrum itself. The "buildup" mostly consists of dead skin cells, but then with her bathing process everything in her ear canals gets wet and waterlogged turning it into a kind of "goop". I clean her ears out thoroughly every day with a looped ear curette, but I won't ever go in deep enough that I might injure her ear drum. We love the ear curette, it works so well with getting out the debris and skin that gunks up in her ear. We use the white looped one that is second to the bottom in the picture.

At one point we were using a lighted ear curette that was amazing and prevented me from getting too close to the eardrum, but it was a sample and when the light burnt out we couldn't get insurance to buy a replacement for it. It worked like a flashlight, but used an led light that shone up the base of the ear curette and lighted up just the tip that was inserted into her ear. Oooh, I found some pictures to explain it better. I really wish we could afford to buy her a new one of these, it was great.

Well now that the hearing loss might be due to the thickness of the TM, we have started to discuss hearing aid options with the Doctor. But about a month ago we had another hearing screen right after a cleaning at the ENT and it really made a difference. For the first time we received a "normal" test result meaning she can hear at normal ranges. I have been so happy thinking that things are going to get easier for us, we wont need to look at hearing aids, and she will start to talk better and understand us better.

Well yesterday we went to the ear Dr. and he was very pessimistic about the "normal" audio results. He basically said that he thinks they did it wrong. If she's never had a normal reading before, why does she all of a sudden hear perfectly? I was at that Audiology appt. myself. I watched them do the tests, and I don't think they did anything "wrong". I can tell that her hearing has improved alot since we bumped up the cleanings at the Dr.'s. The Doctor, however, wants a "second opinion" and we will have to get her re-tested. So much for getting my hopes up.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

365 Cards Day 45 - Tri fold card

I just made this today to try and catch up on all the challenges for Scor-it week. I love this blog and am having so much fun playing along and blog hopping to see everyone's beautiful work, I am feeling a little inferior, but very very inspired! Thank you for all your sweet comments! I'm trying to leave some love everywhere I look for you too!

I'll probably end up stamping a sentiment on the green tab once I know who to give it to. Same with the inside, I love to decorate and personalize all the accessories, like the inside and the envelope.

I saw this tri-fold idea in a card folding book I bought, I love the little belt thing that holds it closed. Just slide the tab under the flower.


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