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As it's been awhile since I've posted, I'm not sure that all the links are working links. I'm trying to remove the non-working ones, but it's a work in progress.....

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

A better day today...

We're all finally on the road to wellness...YAY! Zack and Brianna still have a cough, but neither are running fevers, so I think they're over the worst of it. Nathan is starting to eat baby food again (hasn't eaten more that a few bites in almost 2 weeks), he ate a jar and a half of pears for dinner, so I think he's feeling a lot better too. I've gotten lucky and the 2 kids that I babysit haven't gotten sick so far, so I think maybe it's on the way out of my house.

I took Zack back into the doctor yesterday because he was still limping from falling off the bunk bed, and they decided to send him down for an x-ray, just to check things out. Finally got a call back about them around 5:30pm, and he got the all clear on that. So the doc is going with a bone and/or muscle bruise. Said to give them a call if he's not better in 2 weeks. I am sooo hoping he's better before then. It hard to watch him try to run after the big kids, but can't because it hurts. He's been a trooper about it though, he hasn't complained that it hurts, but you can see when he walks that it doesn't feel all that great.

I forgot to mention this the other day, but I am now the proud Aunt to beautiful twin girls, Lily and Ivy. My brother and his girlfriend welcomed them into the world last week. They were scheduled for a c-section on Oct. 2nd, but decided they didn't want to wait that long. Both were healthy, one 5lbs 3oz and the other 5lbs 13oz, both just over 17in long. Mom and babies are doing great, they were supposed to come home last Thursday (yes, I'm a bad sister and haven't called to check on them). That gives me a total of 4 beautiful nieces, and 2 handsome nephews. I'm hoping to get up there in the next few weeks to visit, and of course take lots of pictures!

Think I'm going to go play with my PaintShop and see if I can get some scrapping done, have a wonderful night!
Hugs,
Michele

Sunday, September 28, 2008

An update on Nathan...

Well, I got poor Nathan into the doc yesterday morning. The good news is that it probably isn't strep, the bad news was that the drainage from his upper respiratory infection gave him a double ear infection. I'm hoping that the anti-biotics they gave him will also help clear up what every is causing the respiratory infection.

Zack is starting to get better, but now Brianna is coughing and says she has a sore throat. I guess if she is still hurting tomorrow, I'll call the doc for her. Their doc is going to be sooo tired of seeing me by the time my kids are done being sick.

Hope everyone has good rest of the weekend, the Broncos lost to 0-3 Kansas City today, so that was a bummer of a game....Oh well, there's always next week!

Hugs,
Michele

Friday, September 26, 2008

My poor little guys...

Zack and Nathan have been sick ALL week. Nathan was first, he finally got his 3rd tooth in over the weekend, but on Sunday started coughing so I took him in to see the doc on Monday. They said he had an upper respiratory infection, probably viral, but not much they could do. Poor little guy has been miserable all week, it gets really bad about 3am, when he kind of wakes up and starts fussing, but isn't really awake. Then this evening when he woke up from a 3hr nap (that was the first clue) and was really hot, so I took his temp and it had spiked to 102.2, gave him some Tylenol, checked it again an hour later, only dropped to 101.9. So I called the on-call number for my ped's office, and when they finally called back, told me to just watch him and give the office a call in the morning to see if they wanted to do a throat culture.

The throat culture was suggested because when Zack woke up Wednesday morning he had a temp of 102.3, so off to the doc we went, and after checking his ears and such, they did a throat culture on him, and it came back positive for strep. Zack has just had a bad week, Tuesday evening, he was climbing on Dustins bunk bed, and fell off the top of it, and landed on his hip. So I had the doc check that out while we were there, because Zack was limping on his right side. They said that he probably just had a bone bruise and possibly a muscle bruise, but if he was still limping on Monday to let them know and they would have me take him in for an x-ray. They said that if he did have a hairline fracture it wouldn't show up till then.

Brianna has also had a sore throat and slight cough, but hasn't run a temp with it, so hopefully she'll miss out on it. Dustin hasn't had anything, and I'm keeping my fingers crossed that it stays that way.

In the midst of all this chaos I call home this week, I do have a layout to share with you:
This one is of my boys. The template is from 3s_enough at Midnight Scrapping, it's Template #59. The papers are from Dirty Grunge Rock Star by Lori at Scripity Scrap.

It was one of the 4 pages I managed to finish last weekend. I wanted to try and get some more done this weekend, but with all my kiddos being sick, I haven't gotten that far. Bri and Dustin are at my mom's and Zack and Nathan are resting comfortably (for now, keep your fingers crossed that they have a better night), so I may get something scrapped yet.

Have a good night!

Hugs,

Michele

Monday, September 22, 2008

Only one thing to say this morning.... ;o)

GO BRONCO'S!!!! LOL. Sunday football is sooo much fun at my house, especially when my hubby and I are rooting for different teams...


In honor of the Bronco's win over New Orleans, I made two LO's with 3s_enough at Midnight Scrappings' Bronco's fan kit....


The first if of Zachary when he was about 9 months old...
And this one if of Nathan, the pictures were taken in July, so he was about 6 months old....

Both of the templates by 3s_enough also.

I am pretty proud of myself... After not getting anything scrapped for almost 3 weeks, I sat down and did 4 pages this weekend. 'Course I still have an unknown amount to do still, a little progress is better than nothing....lol.

I hope everyone has a great day, I better get to bed, so I can get up for my daycare kids since it's Monday already...where did the weekend go? I'll try (keep your fingers crossed) to post tomorrow(well I guess it's officially "today" now) with some more LO's and how our weekend went.

Hugs,

Michele

Monday, September 15, 2008

What a day

it's been today. Nathan finally got the top tooth in that was bothering him, just to turn around in the last day or two and start working on some more. Two more teeth to be exact, I thought one was hard on him, these two are a killer.

His day went like this... He woke up about 6:30am, normal for him. And proceeded to stay awake until almost 12:30 and then only slept for about 20min, this is not like him. Normally he'll go down about 10:30 or 11 and sleep for almost an hour. He fought taking another nap all afternoon, finally gave in about 4:45, and woke up (thanks to his brother and sister) about 20min later. He finally gave in to bed about 8:30 which is almost 1 1/2 later than he usually goes to bed. The last few nights have been tough too, his teeth are bothering him so much that he'll only eat a few bites of baby food before he starts fussing and spitting it out, so he's only been sleeping 3-4 hours at a stretch at night, normal is 5-6. Think I'll be headed to the store tomorrow to see if I can find some of the Hyland's teething tablets, they worked well with the other kids, hopefully they'll work with Nathan too.

Zack, Bri and Dustin have all been doing well. Dustin brought home his first progress report a week ago Friday, and had A's in 4 out of his 6 subjects. The other 2 weren't that great, but he'd turned in what was missing in those 2 classes just before the reports were printed, so we won't know what those have been brought up to until this Friday. Brianna got her first taste of homework today. She brought it home Friday, but spent the weekend with my mom, so we didn't get to work on it till tonight. She brings the folder home on Friday, and we have until Wednesday to send it back. Zack is being his normal rambunctious self. He's walking with a slight limp at the moment because he some how managed to run the arch of his foot over with Dustins' desk chair, and cut the arch of his foot. Leave it to a 3yo to manage that....

I think that's all the news going on here at the moment, I hope to get back to posting more regularly soon. Still trying to get into a routine since I started back to watching my friends 2 kids.
Zack is telling me he's ready for bed, so good night all!
Hugs,
Michele

Another Word art....

Good Afternoon!! I only have a few minutes before I head out to get Bri off the bus, but wanted to put this up before I forget...

I'm still playing with the papers on the new mini-kit I've been putting together, it's called Brianna's Butterflies. I was a little burned out on that, so I started playing with this word art....

I started with just the square one, but wasn't sure I liked it, so came up with the oval one too. I zipped them both together in one file, you download them here.
I hope you like them, and can use them!

Have a good day!
Hugs,
Michele

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Nathan news, and I made a word art.....

Nathan got his second tooth in!! Finally....LOL. He's been struggling with this one for about 2 weeks now, and it finally broke through a few days ago. Now you're really in trouble if he manages to get your fingers in his mouth.

I've really been struggling with the new kit I've been trying to get done. Every time I think I'm done, I decide I don't like this or that, I think I've changed how the papers look like 5 times now...lol. I think my problem is, that since I'm still learning how to make the kits, I have to rely on several different designers CU friendly products, and get frustrated with my lack of knowledge and experience. I know it will come with time and practice, but patience has never been one of my strong points....

I did get the word art made that I've been playing around with for the last few days. Anyone with small children, will probably agree with this......
My Zack and Dustin definitely fall into this category. If you can use this, you can download it here.
The fonts I used are Hurry Up and Austrailian Sunrise (although I modified it a bit to make it come out the way I wanted).
Let me know what you think of it, your comments about my work is always greatly appreciated, good or bad....

Have a wonderful evening, I think I'm off for the night. Hopefully I'll get motivated to get some pages done one evening soon. I'm still trying to find all the credits for the pages I have done in the past, so I have sooo many that I don't yet want to post because I can't give proper credit.

Hope everyone has a great night!!
Hugs,
Michele

Friday, September 5, 2008

Look what Nathan can do....


He's learned in the last few weeks how to pull himself up to stand with things. He is getting sooo big! I can't believe he's 8months old already, where has the time gone?!? Now if he can just get the hang of getting back down when he stands up...lol. He still has a tendency to fall down instead of leaning over and reach for the floor with one hand. He's slowly starting to walk along the things he pulls himself up on, so I think he'll be walking before too long. Still waiting on the tooth though.

My mom and I took Bri in for a haircut yesterday. She said she wanted it short, so this is what she came out with:


It's a pretty cute haircut, and it doesn't knot nearly as bad as it did long, so that's nice when it's time to brush out after her shower.

That's all that's going on here at the moment, I'm wishing I could crawl back in bed. It's grey and cloudy outside, only supposed to be in the low 60's today, so it would be good napping weather. But that isn't going to happen, so guess I'll try and get motivated to finish up the laundry, and maybe get the new kit I've been working on for the last week and a half finished. I have 5 papers done for it, but am stuck on the elements.

Hope everyone has a great day!!

Hugs,

Michele

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Hi all!!

I finally got rid of the cruddy, run down feeling that accompanied whatever it was I had, now I just need to get rid of all the crude that has settled in my chest, will the fun ever stop?
Bri is still loving school, they have picture day tomorrow, and just sent the order form home today. How's that for communication? Would have be nice if it had come home, oh say last week sometime!!!! Oh well, atleast we didn't miss it.
Nathan is slowly but surely getting another tooth, sure wish it would come in soon. Luckily this one doesn't seem to be bothering him as bad as the first one did. He does like his frozen teething toys though.
Don't have too much else going on around here. Starting to get cooler during the night, but the days are pretty nice. It was like switch was flipped with September rolling in. It was in the 80's here on sunday, then only in the 70's today and for the rest of the week.
Since I haven't shared any LO's lately, I have 4 for you today, one of each of my kiddo's that I made for my mom to hang in her locker at work:
All of the templates that I used below are from 3s_enough at Midnight Scrapping. I'll put the names of the templates I used below each LO, but I'm putting the link to her blog here.
This one is LandScape Template (LS) #2; Papers and ribbon are from Jamie Rousselle's Nature Boy and the word art/label tape is from Joshies Pocket by Becky Soto, both can be found at DSP.
This is Panoramic Template #1; Papers and ribbons from With Love by Julia P. Word Art is by Brooklyn
Template is LS Template #3 ( The original template only has 2 frames, I added one...); Papers & ribbons from Moody Blues by Shabby Princess. Word Art is by http://dranet.blogspot.com

This one is Template #35; Papers & word art from Laura's Lullaby by Kelly Meaux and Jamie Rousselle at DSP.

Again all templates are from Midnight Scrapping, and you can find the link to her blog above.

It's time to go try and get my last resister into bed and asleep, have a good night!

Hugs,

Michele