Saturday, June 26, 2010

New Babies

I have nothing scrappy to share today. I've been very good at getting projects started, but not finished this month. I almost have my layouts done for the July kit for The Scrapping Bug. I know I say this every month, but I love the papers in this kit! I love them so much, I ordered more! I just have the finishing touches to put on them and they're done.

I have three other layouts still to finish and two mini albums. I haven't even touched my pregnancy journal in a while. There's tons I'd like to do, but either no time or no energy to do so. I just keep telling myself I'll get to it. And I will...Someday. :)

I would like to share with you the story of our new baby. Not the baby that I am happily growing inside, but a baby of the furry kind. Meet Charlie...
Monkey has been begging for a cat since Christmas. He wanted a cat named Gilbert. Steve has been begging for a cat since we moved into our current home two years ago. I've been the meanie saying no this whole time. Steve has been working overtime on the begging for a few months now. He even got me to agree to look at cats every once and a while. Thursday was one of those days he got me to agree.

Well, two cats caught my attention. A one-year old cat named Charlie and a nine-week old kitten named Aramis. We played with both cats. Monkey even played with the other nine-month old kitten who was marked as sold. Since his name wasn't on the cage anymore, Monkey called him Brother. It took an hour to convince me, but the boys did it. Monkey picked out the kitten and re-named it Charlie.

Overnight, we quickly became attached to Charlie. He was playful, energic and the biggest suck you have ever seen. Then Steve got the horrible call from the shelter. They mixed up the kittens! The people who had bought the other kitten came in to look at him and were floored that the kitten they picked out and signed for was gone. The shelter double checked the mirco chip ID number and sure enough, the kitten we signed the paperwork for was there. We had no choice but to give Charlie back. We agreed to take the other kitten since we, according to the paperwork, had adopted that one. Me, being the hormonal pregnant lady that I am, cried like a baby.

We explained to Monkey that the shelter made a mistake and we took home Brother by accident. The new kitten was really Charlie. He wasn't too sure at first, but quickly took a shinning to the new Charlie.

This one is much different from the other. He's thinner, longer and uses his claws a lot more. I wasn't sure if I wanted him, but told Steve I'd give him a chance. Worse case, we take him back to the shelter and pick out a new cat.

After spending the day with new Charlie, he's growing on me. We have some trainning to do and I have new curtains to buy (after trainning), but I think we're going to get along just fine. Monkey certainly is attached...

New Charlie and Chase playing with Thomas (and Sock Monkey and Pooh Bear)
Charlie sleeping in Monkey's lap. Don't get too confused; Monkey has his stuffed dog, Sticks, in his arms too. Charlie and Sticks are almost the same colour.
And a tiny bit more news, I'm seven months pregnant now. Yay! Third trimester! Getting closer and closer to meeting my littlest boy. I am now seeing my ob once a week. Looks like preeclampsia has risen it's ugly head once more. I had it with Monkey too. My ob will be watching me closely. We'll be working towards getting me as far into this pregnancy as we safely can to ensure the health and well being of baby Nugget.

Until next time...

Friday, June 4, 2010

Scrappy Projects

I just realized I forgot to share a layout from a while ago. I did it up for The Scrapping Bug's blog and totally forgot to share here.
Jillibean Soup is awesome! I love their papers. I was going to use newer lines, but while shuffling through my stash, I found these. I just had to use them. The picture was taken by Steve's step sister, Sarah. This was Christmas time. Looking back, all I can think is, this is just days into my pregnancy, many weeks before I even knew.
So, what made me remember I didn't share that layout? I had to do another post. I just sent off the email to Kim today (late...opps...), but I figure before I forget, I'll share it here too today.

I love, love, love the Dear Lizzy Spring line! I bought most of it when it first came out. Then I hoarded it. At first, it was going to be the base of my pregnancy journal (which I have completely fallen behind on), but I changed my mind and used BG's Koishi instead.

I decided Dear Lizzy was too pretty to just put in a scrapbook (or in a large plastic tote bin where at least 100 LOs are awaiting a new home). So this is what I did...
I found this frame in my mother's garage. I have no idea where she got it from. I intended to spray it down with Glimmer Mists and put something in it. I just didn't know what. This pretty frame has been sitting, staring at me for almost a year. I've grown to love it's rawness, I couldn't bare to spray it. Or dab it with white paint like I almost did.
I jumped on the flower making trend. These are the same (sorta) as the ones Elizabeth Kartchner did the video tutorial on the American Crafts blog. They were super fun to make.
Upclose of one of the butterflies. I used a Martha Stewart butterfly punch. I punched both pattern paper and then two different pink cardstocks. I used a tape runner to adhere a patten butterfly to a cardstock butterfly on fishing line. Some of the butterflies have been dressed up with some bling, but not all of them. And I just realized I took a picture of one of the worst examples! That butterfly has glue all over it's middle! Most of them are not that bad. But you're just going to have to take my word on it.

My frame inspired me and I ended up creating these right after I was done:
This Time Around - Such pretty, pretty papers! This layout has hidden journaling (can you see it peeking out) about how this pregnancy is different from my last. I started stitching and gluing when I realized I didn't have a spot for the journaling. That's why it's hidden.

Morning Cuppa - I played with Glimmer Mist. There's two blues (Frost and Sea Glass) and pink (Pink Taffy). I was just going to use white cardstock. So glad I decided to get messy instead. This layout is based on a sketch from Studio Calico's blog. Someday...Someday...Someday I'll have the extra money to finally sign myself up for a monthly subscription to their monthly kits. I'm sure I could swing it now, but I'd rather save up those pennies. They'll come in handy later on. Right now, I'll just enjoy hoarding their paper lines.

Until next time....

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

I'm Alive!

I'm here, I'm here! You know I am still alive if you're on my Facebook. I'm always nosing around that thing. But I lack in the blogging.

I have done a few things scrappy. I just haven't bothered to snap pictures of everything yet. I have a mini album that has gotta lost in the pile of junk I have growing beside my desk. I have a layout I finishd last night that hasn't gotten snapped yet. And I have a project for The Scrapping Bug's blog that I don't think I should share yet. Since it was made for the Bug, I should wait for the Bug to post it. And since I haven't even sent it to Kim yet, my blog is just going to have to wait.

I can share my layouts and card I made using the Bug's June kit! I love this kit!
Our Family - What do you do when you're about to grow your family by one? You scrap an old picture. This was taken January 2009! Monkey's not even two yet in this picture. Hopefully it won't take me as long to scrap a family picture when there's another kid added to the mix. (and typically speaking, this is just the family that live under one roof...There are two more kids to our family, they live with their mom)
Tweet Ride - Picture from 2008 here. My sister is so tiny, she can sit in Monkey's car and drive it around. Before Monkey could reach the pedals, she would climb in and give him rides. Now, he gives her rides. And drives under trees so low, she gets a face full of leaves (or pine needles).
Smile - I dug deep for these pictures this month! Monkey in 2007, under a year old. My sister snapped this one. His big, brown eyes and cheeky smile under that sucky make my heart melt. Like all mommies, I'm a sucker for my baby!
Home Grown Love - I went a little wimsical here. Lots of stitching, lots of fun and I added buttons. I have offically run out of red buttons! I have a huge box of buttons...Not a single red one in there. I seem to be on a red kick.
You and Me - At last! A new picture! Daddy and Monkey in the gazebo overlooking the river. Monkey's new favourite place. I really wanted the picture to stand out. I printed it a little dark so I didn't want to take away from it. White background, clean lines and messy handwriting pair up fine with it. How cute is that ribbon? I love it!
Miss You card - I have a hard time with cards. I challenge myself with every kit to make at least one. This one, not only came together fast, but I think it's kinda cute. It's the owl. I like cute owls.
So other than not keeping up with sharing my scrappy fun, what have I been doing? Well, for starters, I've been growing...
This is my most recent picture, taken a couple of days ago at 24 weeks. I feel huge already. I still have a lot of growing to do. I'm going to be as big as a house by the end, just like I was with Monkey. But I only have a 13 pound weight gain so far. I've gained back the 10 pounds I lost in the first couple of months, plus 3.
I've been hanging out with Monkey as much as possible too. We play trains, read books, shop, go to the library or park and just play outside. Monkey has become quite the little helper in the kitchen. It makes preparing meals go a little slower, but I'm enjoying our one-on-one time together before he has to share me.
And in ending, I'll leave you with a picture of Monkey's new haircut...

This is why I like to keep his hair long...It's not as wild when he wakes up due to weight. Now, he looks like he's stuck his finger in an electrical outlet every morning.

Until next time....