Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Finally something to post!

To get my creative juices flowin', I joined a challenge on Splitcoast to do 12 scrapbook pages by January 4th. Hmmmm. I've done 3, and one partial. It's now early on December 31st. Guess I better get crackin'!!!

I'm doing a scrapbook for my new little boy, who is now 3 months old. Hard to believe a year ago I didn't even know he was on the books for my 2008!! In any case, I decided that pages 2 and 3 of the scrapbook should be an introduction to who his parents were when he was born. I created a list of questions that I answered and made my son answer. I intend, whether successfully or not, to recreate this every few years to see how much the answers change. I figure my son MIGHT get a kick out of seeing how much his parents change throughout his life. Or at least laugh at us. Whatever.
So the pages are pretty simple, but still take a heck of a lot of planning when it comes to choosing cardstock that my printer likes (I have a great HP printer that I bought when we were stationed in England...but having to sometimes print on the A4 paper size that the Brits use made my printer sort of prissy and sometimes it won't take thick stuff), cutting it down to fit (because of course all I have in patterned paper is 12x12), then cutting it AGAIN to fit in the 8x8 scrapbook. But hey, it gets the job done! I chose pictures of when we were living in England for these two pages: my husband is standing in front of Stonehenge, and I'm on the Autobus down the Seine River in Paris.
In this picture you can see me "pretty" craft table, which is actually one of those fold-up card tables. It works out really well for me because if I ever choose to, I can quickly pack it all up and hide the evidence. :-) On my table you can see various new toys I picked up at Michael's (thanks to my mother-in-law for a gift card for Christmas, and a 20% off coupon I found in Parenting Magazine...I only spent 11 bucks! WOOHOO!!), as well as my baby shower book that I need to figure out what I'm doing with, another scrap page that is half in process, various types of adhesive...seriously, there are FOUR types on this table at the moment, and another few in my craft bucket! Sheesh...
So I'll try and have a few more pages to post this weekend. I'm also going to TRY to participate in the Splitcoast New Year's Eve challenges which will be all day. We'll see if that happens. Having a 3-month-old is time consuming. :-) Of course, it also makes me screwed up on's 2AM as I post this. Boy, tomorrow is going to be loooooooooong!

Friday, December 26, 2008

Merry Christmas!

I'm setting over a new leaf for this blog. In 2008, this will be the second or third post I've done. This is simply unacceptable. Yes, I've been busy (pregnancy, getting my Master's, moving across the Atlantic, giving birth, being a mommy...), but I need to start getting back into crafting and post some new stuff!

A forum that I belong to issued a challenge to do 12 scrapbook pages before January 4th. This is exactly what I need to light a fire under my lazy crafting butt! And I also want to get back into the Splitcoast daily challenges. My son received so many toys for Christmas, I know I can keep him highly entertained while I tackle my creative genious.

I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas, and I'll post some craft stuff soon!!

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Its been almost a year...

And a busy year at that!

So sorry I haven't posted. I haven't had any time to do crafts. In fact, the only thing I've done is a calendar (that my husband actually just ruined by setting it on a counter that had water on it) and some "just moved" cards. So let me explain WHY I've been so busy...

Announcing Cameron James, born October 2, 2008!

I found out I was pregnant on January 31st. This wasn't exactly a "surprise", but DH and I had actually decided to stop trying because we knew the year would be extremely busy and we weren't sure if a pregnancy would be a great idea. Well, obviously God felt differently! :-)

I had complications from the start. The doctors were concerned with miscarriage, then it was thought I was having twins, then they thought one of the twins died, then I was going to miscarry was crazy! Halfway through the pregnancy there were some concerns from a routine ultrasound, so I was monitored quite often through the remaining months of the pregnancy.

In all of this, DH and I decided we wanted to try and move from England early. The military has a program called "curtailment", which is when you apply to change the date you are supposed to leave a base. So we started this application in March, and it was finally approved in July. We found out we were approved to leave at the end of July, and found out July 31st that we were moving to Tinker AFB in Oklahoma City. We had two weeks to pack our house, sell our cars, get the dog and cat shipped back, make sure I was medically okay to fly...and we flew out August 15th. It was absolute bedlam!

We arrived in Oklahoma City on September 1st, after spending time with my family in Ohio. I was lucky to find a doctor who would see me, as well as a great birthing center. I was "induced" on October 2nd, with the intent of giving me meds all night and having the baby on the 3rd. The baby's heartrate was decellerating and wouldn't stay above the baseline, so the decision was made to do a c-section and get him out! He was born at 10:36PM weighing in at a healthy 8 pounds 8 ounces. My original due date was October 14th, so he was early. But who knows how big he would have been if we had waited any longer!! Plus, when they pulled him out, they found a huge knot in the umbilical cord, so it was good that he came out then.

I do intend to get back to crafting...I just haven't had any time! With the move, it took forever to get all of my crafts reorganized as well. I'm definitely going to try and post some things I have made throughout the past year...if anyone still reads this!