Saturday, March 26, 2011

March is a LION. Period.

Don't you just hate it when you look forward to a new month because the last month sucked? Then you realize the new month sucks even WORSE?? I seriously cannot make these stories up.

So my son was sick a good chunk of the last week of February and throughout the majority of March. Previous posts have discussed this. No need to rehash it. Sick baby = exhausted mommy.

My dog has been taking a slow and painful road down a spiral of yuckiness. The decision was made to put my dog to sleep WHILE my son was going through all of his health related traumas. I may have thought initially that I was ready for this, but I wasn't. The minute the needle had been inserted, I about yanked it out of the vet's hand. My dog was faithfully licking my face...either as a way of saying, "its okay, its my time" or in a dumb dog move like "this is my mommy and I know she won't do anything to harm me". My dog wasn't the smartest, so I'm thinking the latter. Which makes the guilt all the worse.

The EXACT SAME DAY I put the dog to sleep...we had vicious wildfires all over the state. Two were within a few miles of my house. A friendly neighbor, albeit an overexaggerating neighbor, told me the fire was less than a mile from our street and headed our way. To add insult to injury, I thought I saw flames behind the house and frantically started THROWING stuff into our cars. Umm...yeah. It was an orange construction flag caught in a tree. (Hello, my name is dork. I had to call 911 TWICE, once to report the fire, once to tell them how much of a tool I was that I couldn't recognize the difference).

Needless to say, this is why I haven't posted much at all. My emotions are at their limit. My mom came down right after my son got out of the hospital in an attempt to help, but it may have stressed me out more. My dad is currently here, with an already scheduled visit...and its stressful as well. So now I can say: February sucked. March sucked MORE. Oh come on April, be nice to me!!!!

Alright. So on to the cards we did for our March hostess club...three freakin' weeks ago. Can't believe I haven't posted these. Ugh.

The first is some sort of card I found on Splitcoaststampers a few years ago. I love how it turned out! The colors are so soft and inviting. Wild Wasabi is quickly turning into one of my favorites, which I never would have thought!

Stamps: Full of Life, Fast & Fabulous Level 2 hostess set
Paper: Wild Wasabi, Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla, Woodland Walk DSP
Ink: Wild Wasabi, Crumb Cake, So Saffron, Basic Black
Accessories: Very Vanilla 3/8" taffeta ribbon, Basic Pearls, Crop-A-Dile
This card was based on one of my swaps at the Branson regionals. I posted about it a few weeks ago, and hinted I would switch it up for the hostess club.

We added the floral image in white craft ink, then embossed with clear embossing powder on the inside. I really do love putting images on the inside.

Stamps: Just Believe
Paper: Concord Crush, Certainly Celery, Very Vanilla
Ink: Concord Crush, Certainly Celery, Whisper White Craft
Accessories: Two Way Glue Pen, Dazzling Diamonds, Concord Crush ribbon, Manhattan Flower embossing folder, Big Shot, Clear embossing powder, heat tool, silver brads

This was based on my other swap from the regional. Again I switched it up by adding more pompom trim and the buttons from SAB with twine through the holes.

Stamps: Bring On The Cake
Paper: Daffodil Delight, Melon Mambo, Very Vanilla
Ink: Various markers, Basic Black
Accessories: Big Shot, Elegant Lines embossing folder, Daffodil Delight pompom trim, cutter kit, Button pack from SAB, twine, Smooch Spritz

So I have two weeks before my next hostess club, plus a craft to plan for MOPS, plus planning an easter egg hunt for my husband's plus plus. I seriously need to prioritize and take some things off my plate. I only have one kid, and I'm this busy. Ugh!!!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

RSV is a four-letter word.

My poor little boy has RSV and Bronchiolitis. For those of you who are unfamiliar with RSV, it is the name of the cold virus...but when it hits little ones, it hits HARD. Cameron started with a runny nose, then it quickly escalated into a debilitating cough that would make him cry afterward. Needless to say, we ended up staying in the hospital overnight last week because it was so bad. His oxygen levels got down to only 88 percent, and you could tell he was really having difficulty breathing.

While the cough is better, the "regular" cold symptoms are not. So he's been really clingy and pitiful for going on 10 days now. We had tons of fun things scheduled this week (a zoo trip! a play date at an indoor playground! a play date with friends from MOPS! a trip to see cousins and a grammy in Dallas!) and we've had to cancel it all. Poor kid. Last night he wouldn't even sleep in his crib, he slept ON ME in my bed. 28 pounds on top of you isn't exactly comfortable.

Today he has the wonderful explosions coming out of both ends due to excess phlem getting into his stomach and digestive system. Ugh. Its not been a fun time.

So that is why nothing has been posted for awhile. I have three cards to show you from my last hostess club, but I haven't even had an opportunity to take pictures of them. My mom decided to come down from Ohio and she hates being so far away from a grandbaby that is ill. :( So she's been here since Saturday and she's staying all through next week too...thank goodness! Its been a Godsend to have her here with my husband at work all day.

Hopefully I'll get an opportunity to take some pictures soon. We did rearrange my craft room/guest room today, and hopefully throughout the next few days I'm going to go through and actually think about what I NEED to keep and what needs to go. I briefly posted some stuff over on SCS for sale, but haven't even had time to bump the stupid post or reply to the inquiries. Its been a baaad week.