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Thursday, October 30, 2008

Finally finished...

Brianna's birthday page(s)...


3s_enough at Midnight Scrapping, makes these great double templates as well as her regular ones, and I have several, but this is the first time I've used one, and I think I did pretty good. It's Double Template #8. The papers and elements I used in this I made from scans of some of the drawings that Amy made to do her paper scraping with.

Tomorrow is Halloween and Dustin and Bri are sooo excited! Zack right now could take it or leave it, I don't think the whole dressing up and going after candy thing has completely sunk in yet. I think by next year though he'll be as caught up in it as the big kids are. Hopefully I'll have pictures and/or some layouts posted this weekend of the kids in their costumes, will have to see how motivated I get...lol

Well, I'm off for today, need to get the laundry finished that I started yesterday. Have a good day!

Hugs,

Michele

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Well I have pictures....

But I haven't gotten the layout finished yet, so I'll have to wait to post that. Bri first said she wanted a Princess cake, but picked out one with just Ariel on it. But she liked it, so that's all that counts....









The doll with the crocheted dress was made by my grandma. My one also, but I didn't get pictures of it, so I'll have to post those when I get them taken. All in all she had a good birthday.
Today was a busy day for us, Nathan had his eye appointment today, which went way better than I expected. I took him in because of a clogged tear duct that had been bothering him since he was about 3 weeks old. But, thankfully it seems to have cleared on it's own, so they didn't have to do anything for that. They said it should stay clear, but should it clog up again, they said to bring him back and they would reevaluate it then. They did do a complete eye exam on him, including dilating his pupils, so he is still not seeing quite right now.
I had to take Zack in for a blood draw yesterday, because the last 2 times they checked his iron level with a finger stick test, it was low, so they wanted a full blood count to check and make sure he wasn't anemic. The doc called me back on that today and said everything was normal on his regular blood test, so that's plus.
That's all that's gone on in our world today, it was a busy one, but I got allot done. Nathan is about ready for bed, so I'm off. Have a good night!
Hugs,
Michele

Monday, October 27, 2008

Does it ever stop?

And off we go with round 3....

Had to take Nathan back to the doc again today, because he started getting really fussy Saturday, and last night was a very long night. He was also pulling at his ears....again. So off we went, and he has another double ear infection. He just finished his antibiotics from the one we went in for on the 16th, so evidently they didn't do any good. The good news is he isn't running a temp, but the bad news is that he was up fussing about every 45min starting at about 1am. So needless to say, at this point I'm running on empty.

I feel like such a bad mom, I have all the pictures from Bri's birthday party on my computer, but haven't gotten a chance to fix them so I can upload them here. Hopefully I'll get that done tomorrow evening. Nathan has his eye appointment in the morning to have his tear duct checked, so hopefully all goes well there. He (of course) hasn't had any problems with it since I made the appointment, but I guess I'll have it checked anyway, because with the way my luck runs, I cancel it and his eye will get all goopy again.

I did get a few layouts done that I would like to share. They're made from scanned pictures that are my grandma's taken in the 1940's.

This first one is the pictures taken when my grandparents graduated from high school. Both the kit and template I used are made by Renae, it's her template #38, and the ribbons and papers (which I recolored to match the pictures) are from her kit Nature's Gift.


This one from pictures that were taken just before my uncle left to fight in WWII, so year is approximate, my grandma couldn't remember exactly what year it was. The kit and template I used for this one are both from Renae also. It's her template #42, and the mats and papers are from her kit The Humid South.

I'm in the middle of working on a LO for Brianna's birthday, I'm using templates from 3s_enough over at Midnight Scrapping. I hope to have it done sometime tomorrow and post it along with the birthday pictures I've promised. For now though, I think I'm off to bed while Nathan is still sleeping comfortably. If tonight is anything like the last few, he'll sleep good till about midnight or 1am, then it's in fits until about 4. Have a good evening!

Hugs,

Michele

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Here we go again....

Well we were starting to get better. Brianna's ear infection has cleared up, Zack is walking allot better, hardly a limp at all. Nathan on the other hand.... He started getting fussy yesterday afternoon, when he woke up from his nap about 4pm, dad went to pick him up (I was headed out the door for Dustin's parent-teacher-student conference), and he had thrown up all over his bed. Some how he managed to only get it on his arms, none on his clothes. He threw up again when I was feeding him his dinner, and then as he was drinking his bottle around 8pm, he lost about 6oz of the 7oz he just ate. He felt really warm, and this afternoon (hasn't thrown up again thankfully) his temp was up to 101.4, and he's been tugging on his ear since yesterday. So off to the doctors office (again), the nurses stop me in the hall to ask about the other kids, if that gives you any idea how often we've been there in the last month. His temp had only gone down a degree from when I gave him some Tylenol 1 1/2hrs before going in. The doc checked his ears, and sure enough, his right ear drum was red and bulging (as the doc put it) again. This is his 2nd ear infection in the last month, and we're barely into cold season. I'm really hoping that this round of antibiotics clears every thing up, and it doesn't come back.


On a brighter note, Brianna has been estactic all day long, because she finally has a loose tooth! She's wiggled the darn thing so much today, that she was saying it hurt a little bit ago. I finally told her to leave it alone, and it would stop hurting. Now we just have to play to waiting game for it to come out.

I finally got a LO of Zack's birthday scrapped...it's only taken me 6months...lol


The template I used is from JustRenae, it's her template 56, the paper I made using a paint stroke overlay by Deb over at The Scrappin' Cop.

This one is one I made of Nathan, he was just hanging out while the bigger kids played at the park...

The template I used for this one is from 3s_enough at Midnight Scrapping, it's her LS template #087. The paper I made using another one of Deb's overlays, you can find that one here.

There is no school tomorrow, so counting to 2 kiddos I babysit, I will have 6 children in my house tomorrow until my mom comes to get 3 of my 4 for the day. So I think I'm going to head off to bed, so I can try and be half way awake and coherent when the 2 get dropped off dark and early at 6:15am. Have a wonderful night!

Hugs,

Michele

Monday, October 13, 2008

Today is....

Miss Bri's Birthday!!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my princess! She's been waiting for today for the last week, everyday she's asked is it my birthday yet? Since her birthday is on a Monday, we won't be having her party till this weekend, but she seems ok with that. I wanted to share the LO I made from her newborn pictures with you. Bri was born 5 1/2 weeks early, but weighed just over 7lbs, they told me if she's have went to term, she would have been close to 10lbs!! Even for as big as she was, she had the typical problems of any preemie...was put on oxygen within a hour of birth, trouble coordinating her breathing while eating, and various other things. She spent a week in the nursery because she couldn't maintain her blood sugar (it was only 13 when she was born), kept forgetting to breathe, and had a bad case of jaundice. I had her home a week, and while going from my mom's to my grandma's, she stopped breathing completely, so she got her first ambulance ride (I should say rides) to our local ER, then when they were going to send her home with just an apnea monitor, she stopped breathing again and was sent to Children's hospital for a week. She had a virus similar to croup. Thankfully she's grown into a very healthy little girl.

But here is my LO:

The template is JustRenae's template 8 and word art by JustRenae ; Paper from Baby Elizabeth by Meryl Bartho at DSP; Font A Yummy Apology.

Nathan is ready for a nap, so I'm off for now.

Have good day,

hugs,

Michele

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Oh what a day...

It's only noon, and we've already had a weeks worth of drama...lol.

Nathan and Brianna had a doctors appointment at 9am this morning. Nathan for his 9month check up and Bri, who escaped the strep Zack had, did end up with an ear infection. Nathan is doing great, ears are all cleared up, he weighs a whopping 22lbs 4oz and is 28 3/4in long/tall. He's had a blocked tear duct since he was about 3 weeks old, and today they referred him to an eye doctor to see what they want to do about it. His appointment for that is in 3weeks.

Now to the drama part of my morning...... Zack was being a boy, kept putting a penny in his mouth, told him to get it out before he swallowed it (can you tell where this is going?). So he takes the penny out, and is carrying it around in his hand. I'm trying to get things together to take Bri and Nathan to their appt. And here comes Zack crying "I swallowed penny mom, swallowed penny". Luckily, it didn't get stuck, and he was breathing ok, so off to the ER we went, to make sure it was going down like it should. So a hour and one x-ray later, he gets the all clear from the doc, the x-ray showed that it was in his stomach already, and not to worry unless he started having stomach pain and/or vomiting, which would mean it was stuck somewhere in his stomach or intestines. So barring that happening, he should pass it in the 3-5 days.

I'm sincerely hoping that the remainder of my day is a quiet one! Have a nice day!
Hugs,
Michele

Friday, October 3, 2008

Today

My little Nathan is 9 months old!! I can't believe how fast time has gone by! He's crawling and pulling himself up on everything, and we have recently discovered that he LOVES graham crackers and club crackers. He is also trying to drink from a "big" cup. Whenever Zack leaves his where Nathan can reach it, Nathan grabs it and has a taste of whatever is in it. I put together this LO of Nathan this morning:


The template I used is courtesy of Just Renae, it's her Template #46. The paper I made using an overlay by Gunhild Storeide and Gloria at Moo Too Designs.

I'm off to finish getting my grocery list together so I can go brave the Friday crowd at Wal-mart. Need to get my grocery shopping done, go birthday present hunting for the birthday party we are going to this weekend. Happy belated birthday wishes to you Ryan!!

Have a good day and a great weekend, if I don't get back to post this weekend.

Hugs,

Michele

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

I'm on a roll...

I was bit by the scrappin' bug this evening, and sat down and made 2 pages this evening!

This first one is of Nathan and big brother Dustin. I don't often get pictures of Dustin, because he always seems to be somewhere other than where I am with the camera. He was trying to help cheer Nathan up during one of his bad moments with his teeth a few weeks ago, by giving him a shoulder ride. Poor little dude was so tired that all he would do when Dustin tickled his feet was smile and usually he laughs this big belly laugh...

The template is by 3s_enough at Midnight Scrapping, it's Landscape (LS) Template #8; the word art is from Kim over at Kim's Scrappin'; and the papers are by ME ;o) (I'll get the hang of this designing thing yet...lol).

And next I FINALLY got a few of the pictures scrapped of Bri's first day of school. She's only been in school almost a month and a half.....(told you I was slackin' on getting my LO's put together)

Both the template and papers & elements are from Renae. The template is her Template #26; and the Kit I used is her My Precious Zoey.

I don't have much news today, everyone is still on the mend. Nathan almost has his 4th tooth in, you can just see the corner of it poking through on the bottom. And you can also see the little bumps of all the teeth that are just waiting to break through.

I think I'm going to head to bed, have a good night!

Hugs,

Michele