Thursday, September 30, 2010

Aloha Chickie...

I actually made the time to stamp inbetween taking care of my grandbabies=)  This card is for the Denami Design Sketch Challenge #4.  I'm actually impressed with the way this card turned out considering all I brought with me to Idaho is white cardstock, black ink, a couple punches, my prismacolor pencils and a couple of embellishments.  Everything else I used on this card I earned while helping Denami Design at the Stamp expo last weekend.  I guess I got lucky that I picked just the right coordinating stamps, ribbon, buttons etc, to be able to make a card worthy enough to enter in a challenge!     
Have a wonderful Thursday evening. 

Stamps:  Denami Design's~ Aloha, Med. Palm Tree, Tiki Hut, Surfer Chickie, Hula Chickie
Accessories:  Black Paper, Stickles, Flowersoft. Denami Design's Lime Ribbon & Tutti Fruitti Buttons.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Denami Design in Boise...

I hope this finds everyone doing well.  My internet access is limited while I'm in Idaho...and my stamping...well,  I'm having serious stamping withdrawals, lol.  I took a "me" day up to Boise to browse the local stamp and scrapbooking stores.  While I was in one of the stores I noticed a flyer for a stamp expo that was coming to town.  I asked  the store owner about it and she told me Denami Design will be there.  I was immediately excited about the expo!  I helped Nami and Gary at a stamp expo where I live.  I enjoyed it (and them) so much that I knew I wanted to help out if time permitted on my end and if Nami and Gary needed the help.  I was happy to hear they hadn't filled their show help yet=)  I worked all day both days and as always, I had such a good time.  The ladies just loved watching Nami do her demo's, she's so creative.  Paulina (Nami and Gary's daughter) made these beautiful poster boards (sorry, I just realized I didn't take pictures of them =( but they are in the distant back ground surrounding my head, lol).  The ladies LOVED the poster boards and how she had each section color coordinated.  They were complimented over and over again.  Paulina really did such a fabulous job and it showed!   Nami sold me on the ATG Gun!  That thing is AMAZING!!!  I've seen it before but I've never "seen" it be put to work...she gave me a full on demo of it and WOW!!!  I won't be buying glue dots, pop dots, ribbon glue, or double sided sticky tape anymore, thanks Nami!  I was able to get all the stamps that I was kicking myself for not getting at the last show and I picked up a few others that I fell in love with at this show.  Thank-you Nami and Gary for having me at the show, I can't wait until you're in my area again!  
Thank-you for stopping by, have a great week! 

Monday, September 6, 2010

Connor Michael

They say a mother's instinct is always right.  Well, mine sure was!  I planned on leaving for Idaho on Monday the 30th.  On the Friday prior I kept having a nagging feeling that I needed to leave sooner.  When I started to pack on Saturday (for 2 months) I just kept having this feeling of needing to leave sooner.  So, I called my BFF to ask if it was ok if I came a day earlier to stay with her on my way to Idaho.  She said, "sure" and asked did that mean I would be able to stay with her that extra day since I was leaving a day earlier.  I told her "no".  She asked, "how come".  I said, "Connor's talking to me, he's telling me I need to get there."  So, I left on Sunday the 29th instead of Monday the 30th. 
I arrived about 8:30 pm on the 30th.  Greeted my daughter, grandson Wylie and daughter's friends who were outside waiting as I pulled up.  I was really tired after the 11 hour drive and no sleep (ok 3 hours) the night before due to staying up late with my BFF and the excitement of seeing my daughter and grandson.  We didn't visit with her friends but just a minute.  I grabbed my suitcase from the trunk and brought it inside, it had clothes for Wylie and Connor that I wanted to show Mikaela.  We sat down and unzipped the suitcase.  Wylie was having fun flinging his clothes around=)  After I finished showing my daughter Connor's stuff, she says, "um".  I said, "what?". I get another "um..."  Again I say, "what?"...then..."oh my god, did your water just break?!?!?!"  Sure enough it did!  I was there a whole 5-10 minutes.  Absolutely crazy!
So, we get MY bag packed, lol...get Wylie off to a sisters and her BFF Jessi follows us to base.  We signed her in at 10:15pm.  She immediately asked for an epidural since they waited so long to give her one with Wylie.  They have procedures they have to follow, like taking blood and making sure you clot prior to calling the dr and anesthesiologist???  Hmmm, well, those results take about 45 mins to an hour.  When they came in again I mentioned that maybe things we're going a little fast, she's had 3 contractions in 5 mins?  Yah, they kinda just gave us the oh it's ok, all is good response.  Then my daughter asked to be checked again and when the nurse checked her she says, "oh my gosh, you are changing, um, yah, need to get things rolling here."  Mikaela went from 3cm to 5cm in 40 minutes. 
Eventually the dr. arrived, he gave her some meds to take the edge off.  The anesthesiologist arrived not so long after for her epidural.  He got her all taped up and we were to switch rooms.  I picked up my bag and took it to the next room where she'd give birth.  When I came out, Jessi was coming in and said, "he's coming, he's coming now"...   "what, are you kidding me?!?!?"  Nope...  Next thing I know the two nurses and dr were in the room frantically trying to get the bed taken apart for delivery, Mikaela had started pushing before the dr was masked and had his gloves on...two other nurses came in the room to tend to baby once he arrived.  Mikaela pushed once more and Connor Michael 1am on 8/31 weighing 6lbs 3oz 19in long.  Mikaela went from 5cm to delivery in another 40 minutes.  He was born 4.5 hours after I pulled up to her apartment.  I just knew he was going to arrive early but had no idea how thankful I was going to be for leaving a day early and relying on that mother's instinct!
Mikaela and Connor are both doing great.  Wylie is adjusting well to being a big brother.  I can't wait for my hubs to come up here and meet his newest grandson! 
I hope everyone has a wonderful week and enjoyed their Labor Day Weekend!

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Happy Anniversary Hunny!

I hope this worked! My hubs reads my blog so I had to preschedule this post, or try to, lol. I'm planning on leaving for Idaho on 8/30 so I can be in the delivery room with my daughter.  I'm bummed that I won't be home with my hubs to spend our anniversary together, but it is for a very special occassion I wouldn't want to miss for the world!  Besides, we're used to being apart, we're a military couple, ha!  So, Happy 17th Anniversary from Idaho Hunny! I {heart} you! It honestly feels like yesterday that we got married and now here we are about to (if we haven't already) have our 2nd grandson! Thank-you so much for all that you have done for me and our family, especially these last couple of years. I couldn't have gotten through it without such a supportive and understanding husband. Which leads me to saying...thank-you so much for working so hard on my watermark, it means the world to me. I hope it will raise awareness for others with my condition and help spread the word about Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome. I appreciate your understanding and support more than you know. I love you and miss you already. This card is waiting for you in my craft cave, top drawer of my orange storage bin=) Ok, mushy stuff out of the way, onto the cards details...
Bellarific Friday's Challenge is anything animal. I used Taco Ketto.  We have 3 Chihuahua's (Chi Chi, Kahlua & Corona). I tried my best to color her like "hub's chihuahua", Kahlua...she is a chocolate brown color just like the liqueur. I colored her in with my prismacolor pencils on Bella's Bestest Paper. I kept the embellishing simple since it's suppose to be a "manly" card, but I did manage to get in some smooch on her ears and stickles on her crown=) I hope you all have a fun and safe Labor Day Weekend! I'm looking forward to the Fall and cooler temperatures where I live!

Paper: Black Bazzill, BG Max & Whiskers
Ink: Momento Black
Accessories: Nesties, Denami Design Buttons