Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Blog Award

I got a super cute blog award from Kristen today! Thank you girl. I just love visiting your blog!

I'm supposed to share 5 things that I am addicted to and pass the award onto 5 other blog friends.

I'm addicted to:
1. Coffee
2. Scrapbooking
3. Anything Green
4. Blogging
5. Music

And here are my 5 peeps:
1. Leah
2. Elizabeth
3. Michelle
4. Marlene
5. Nichole

Have a great day girls!

To The Moon And Back

Well, maybe not really, but it certainly felt like we went that far today. Brandon and I took a road trip to the hospital where I’ll be having my surgery to pre-register. It’s an hour and a half away from my house, and it’s in the boonies. I had to take three different interstates to get there. Those of you who know me, know I can get lost at the drop of a hat, I hate driving on the interstate, and that I am TERRIBLE with directions. Needless to say… I got lost, but only once. That’s not too bad right? And I even I found myself with no help! I called Ronnie, and he laughed at me for getting lost yet again, so I hung up on him and wouldn’t let him help me. I finally made it home, and I was never so relieved to be anywhere before!

Here are the latest photos for my Project 365 project. I will be glad when this year is over. I’ve really enjoyed taking all of the photos, but I’m running out of ideas!

Last Thursday, Jordan had her follow up visit to the pediatrician about her kidneys. We got no new information, but we did get a referral to the urologist. Her appointment with the urologist is October 30. Here she is on the examination table, putting her shoes back on.


On Friday, Brandon was outside playing with his tool set. It’s one of his favorite toys. He just loves banging things with the hammer and hollering. That’s the reason why we call him Bam Bam sometimes!


Saturday morning I made beignets from scratch, I don’t get to bake half as much as I used to. I really enjoyed it. They had to sit in the refrigerator to rise for a few hours, then I fried them up for dinner. The kids absolutely loved the beignets! They are already asking to have them again. Here’s the recipe I used… Beignets 


Jordan has known how to write her letters for a while, but she’s starting to make them into words. She was so very thrilled on Sunday when she came up to me and showed me that she’d written “We” on her doodling toy. We’re so proud of her!


On Monday, Brandon was hollering “Daddy’s home!” He always does that as soon as he hears Ronnie’s truck pull up. I happened to be passing by in the hallway, and I snapped this photo instead of the other one I wanted to use for photo of the day. That boy sure loves his Daddy!


Yesterday morning while waiting for the bus, I snapped some photos of Alexis and Jordan sitting in the sunshine. They loved the impromptu photo shoot, and I loved the photos I got from it. The one of Alexis is photo of the day.  I just had to include one of Jordan as well.



Last, but not least, is the photo from today. All of my supplies for my surgery on the 7th. I had to buy five prescriptions today so I’ll have them on the day of the surgery, and the folder has my orders and information in it.


I haven’t posted too much information about the surgery, but it’s to help my back pain. I’ve been wanting to get it for a long time, and in a few days, I’ll feel like a new woman! (Or so they tell me…) After my surgery on the 7th, I won’t be around for a week, or maybe even a little bit more. So if you need something email me, and I’ll try to get back to you as quickly as I can.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Enough is Enough

These past few days have been a roller coaster. Forgive me if I’m not entirely coherent as I’m still suffering from sleep deprivation. I’m going to update my Project 365 photos and type what’s been going on along with them.

Saturday was pretty laid back. After breakfast, the kids went to play in Jordan and Brandon’s room. I walked by and saw Alexis reading to Brandon and Jordan. It was such a sweet scene that I had to grab my camera for the photo of the day shot.


Sunday started out pretty well. The kids were running around and playing football in the house with Ronnie. Don’t worry, they were foam footballs. LOL


Sunday morning when Jordan woke up, she felt a little warm. She looked very pale, and I knew something was wrong. I asked her if she felt okay, and she said “Yes”. As the day went on though, she looked worse. I took her temperature at lunch time and she had a 100 degree fever. I told Ronnie that I wanted to bring her to the emergency room because I felt like she was really sick. He said that I was overreacting, but I knew I wasn’t.

He and Brandon laid down together to take a nap, and I tried to get Jordan to take a nap. She was very restless, and couldn’t sleep at all. All of the sudden she got really still and quiet. I checked her temperature, and she had 103 degree fever. I started packing her up to go to the emergency room, and we left.

When we got to the emergency room, we were brought back immediately, and we saw the doctor a few minutes later. She looked that bad. Her oxygen levels were okay, but based on the fever and everything else they thought she might have the swine flu. So they tested her for that. Both flu tests came back negative. So they drew her blood and tested her urine. Her white blood cell count came back really high, and her urine was filled with bacteria. She had a full blown bladder infection.

Jordan doesn’t have a lot of feeling in her lower extremities due to the cerebral palsy. So she wasn’t feeling any pain to tell me that she had the infection. They decided to start her on IV antibiotics right away and they admitted her to the hospital on Sunday night.

On Monday Ronnie took off of work. He came to the hospital in the morning to let me go home and take a shower. He ended up staying with her overnight because he wanted to be with her, and I took care of the kids at home. Here is a picture of Jordan on Monday. She was so not thrilled to be in the hospital yet again. Yes, she was rolling her eyes at me.


Monday evening when I brought Ronnie the stuff he needed to stay the night with her, I walked in on them doing an ultrasound on her kidneys. I found it strange because the ultrasound tech was looking for her kidneys and couldn’t find them at first. Later he made the comment that her kidney’s were not where they were supposed to be. He was scanning really low near her hip bones, and I watched what he typed in on the machine, and it said “pelvic kidney” for the left side. I asked him for more information, and he refused. He said it was the doctor’s responsibility to tell me the rest, and the doctor had already come by for that day. I came home and looked up pelvic kidneys but couldn’t find much information at all.

On Tuesday morning I got up really early and got to the hospital before the doctor because I had lots of questions. The pediatrician told me that she had two pelvic kidneys (which basically meant that her kidneys never moved into the right position while she was growing). I had walked in on the middle of the ultrasound which is why I originally only thought it was one kidney. The pediatrician said that Jordan has to finish her entire course of oral antibiotics before they can do anymore testing because they will have to insert a catheter to do the tests to see how her kidneys are doing which could reintroduce more infection.

Here is Jordan on Tuesday, taking her nap in hopes that they would let her out of the hospital. The doctor told her to rest, and she took it literally. She slept for three hours!


She did end up getting out of the hospital on Tuesday night. She was thrilled to be home, and her brother and sister were excited to see her. You don’t realize how close they are until they’ve been apart.

Today, I called her regular pediatrician to make a follow up appointment. She’ll go tomorrow, and hopefully I will have more information. The worst part of all of this is not knowing. The only thing they’ve told me is that the position of her kidneys make it highly likely that she will have future bladder and kidney infections, and we may be looking at surgery depending on how badly her kidneys are affected. Please say a prayer for her. We can use all of the prayers we can get.

As for the photo of the day today, I thought this one expressed just how happy Jordan was to be home, and just how happy Brandon was to have her here.


I don’t normally let her have sippy cups anymore, but we are encouraging her to drink all she can to help flush the infection out.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Our Work of Art

I’m back for a Project 365 update! I’m running behind again. A day late… a dollar short… all of that! As usual.

The title for this post comes from Sunday’s photo of Brandon making chalk art. When I look at him, I think he’s OUR work of art. Such a sweet little man. Easygoing, and happy all the time. He truly is a joy every single day.


Monday’s photo is of all of the stuff I’ve gone through lately in the house to make a donation to the Vietnam Veterans. Something about organizing the house just makes me happy. I’m one of those people who could never be a pack rat. I compulsively de-clutter. LOL Brandon is a bit mad that I’m getting rid of his ride on truck, but he’s entirely too big for it, and it’s become a danger since he’s now started trying to use it as a skateboard.


Jordan had a follow up appointment with her Cerebral Palsy doctor on Tuesday. He said she’s doing well, but within six months are so we’re going to have to make some decisions about how we want to handle the increasing tightness in her calf muscles. She and Brandon love going to visit Dr. Karlin because he has a really big examination table that they play on. This wasn’t the greatest photo. Converting it to black and white only helped a little.


On Wednesday the kid’s school celebrated Grandparent’s Day by having “Gumbo with Grandparents”. Ronnie’s Mom came up and went to the school. After the celebration was over, she came to the house to visit with Brandon for a bit before she went home. I took this picture of him after he picked a “Fower” for his grandma while he was waiting for her on the front porch. (I used a Coffeeshop Action on this one.)


Yesterday, on the way home from dropping Alexis off at gymnastics, I had to stop and get a few groceries. The sun was setting through some clouds behind the grocery store, and I ended up with this photo.


Today, while wandering around trying to find a photo for Project 365, I noticed these really pretty flowers. They are growing wild in the ditch. I don’t know what kind they are, but they open every morning and close at night.


Before I go, I want to share this video… Jordan loves that “I Gotta Feelin'” song by the Black Eyed Peas, so I was thrilled when a friend sent me this video. You can’t listen to this song, or watch the video without smiling. Just try it! (It’s better viewed in Hi on the video player.)

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

My Grungy Valentine

I love grungy, textured papers. They are so much more fun to design. Designing grungy and girlie papers was a fun challenge. This is another of the older kits I had up for sale a while back. I’m offering it for the first time as a digital freebie. I’d love to see your creations with it if you want to link me to them.


Download here. Enjoy!

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Christmas Cheer Mini Kit

I’ve got another digital freebie to share. Some of you may have it because it was up on my old blog years ago, but I thought I’d post it here since the old blog is closed, and people who don’t have it can grab it here!

Here is the preview…


Includes three papers, 1 glittery title, and one felt title.

Download here, and I hope you enjoy it!

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Workin’ at the Car Wash

I’m back for a Project 365 update. There will be another digital freebie soon! I’ve been neglecting my blog a bit because we’ve all had the flu at my house lately. I don’t know if it was the regular “human” flu or the swine flu. Their doctor refused to test because, “The treatment is the same, and insurance companies won’t pay for it." I know it wouldn’t help their health either way to know, but it would do wonders for my peace of mind. Anyway! Enough whining. Here’s the update…

For Labor Day our identity theft issue was still up in the air which meant we had no money to do anything. We ended up hanging around the house and playing in the backyard with some of the kid’s friends. They even ended up eating dinner with us. While the kids were playing in the backyard, Ronnie decided to spend some time washing his Camaro. Of course, the kids had to get in on the fun. I can’t tell you how much Ronnie loved this photo when I showed it to him later.


On Tuesday Brandon was REALLY sick. He went from feeling mildly sick to super sick really fast. He didn’t sleep Monday night because he kept choking in his sleep on the sinus drainage. It was awful. So on Tuesday I brought him to see the doctor. She said he had the flu and that he wasn’t getting a prescription because they have to save the Tamiflu for people who are in the hospital. She told me to alternate Mucinex, and pain relievers for his fever. We had to stop by Wal-mart to pick up more medicine, and he ended up getting new jammies, and a foam football to cheer him up a bit.


On Wednesday, for the photo of the day I snapped a quick one of the girls with their new key chains on their backpacks. One of the sweet ladies who reads my blog, saw that the girls had the same backpacks and sent them key chains so they could tell whose backpack was whose! I had to take a photo so she could see how happy she made them. Thanks Reyanna! Sorry the photo is so dark, it was taken in the early morning before the bus came.


Speaking of friends… I have the best online friends ever! Thursday’s photo is of Jordan in her new poncho that my buddy Michelle sent her. Her adorable daughter had outgrown some clothes, and has a very similar girlie style to Jordan. So Michelle sent me a whole box of clothes. Jordan was immediately attracted to this poncho and threw it on over her school clothes, and demanded to wear it to school the next day! It’s been 80 degrees out lately, so she’ll have to wait just a bit longer. LOL


Friday was treasure box day at school for Jordan, since she was good all week she got to pick a prize out of the box. She came home with a spider ring. I remember having those when I was little! She kept walking around with it and “scaring” Brandon. She’s walk up to him, and he’d say… “Ahhhh, I ‘cared!” It was hilarious. Here she is examining the creepy thing closer. She’s got the daintiest little fingers.


Today while Ronnie and Jordan were taking a nap, Brandon and Alexis were playing in my room while I scrapbooked. I got out my color pencils and let them color. After a bit, I looked over and saw the two of them laid back like this. Brandon loves to imitate his big sisters. Sometimes that’s a good thing, and sometimes it’s a bad thing! We call it “Monkey see, monkey do.” LOL Yes, they were still in their pajamas. Today was a jammie day because it rained all day and we are all still feeling a bit under the weather. This flu has just been so hard to kick.


Don't Ask Me No Questions

I thought this was really cute. It's a set of questions to find out more about Heatherology. The study of me! LOL Feel free to copy it and past it to your blog and fill in the answers then link me to the post. I'd love to read about you too!


What is your salad dressing of choice?
Ranch. Yum!

What is your favorite sit-down restaurant?
Olive Garden. The Zuppa Toscana soup is to die for. I don't order anything but soup and breadsticks!

What food could you eat every day for two weeks and not get sick of?
Boiled shrimp or crawfish. The spicier the better!

What are your pizza toppings of choice?
Olives, Mushrooms, Onions, and Bell Peppers.

What do you like to put on your toast?
Strawberry Jam


How many televisions are in your house?
4 (Yeah, I know! Wow, huh?) I don't really watch them either.

What color is your cellphone?
Pink, but I totally want a lime green one.

Do you have an iPod?
Yep, I've got a green Nano, and I adore it. It was the best Christmas present ever. I can't tell you how many times my kids have watched movies on it at the Doctor's office to keep them quiet while we were waiting!


Are you right-handed or left-handed?
Right handed.

Have you ever had anything removed from your body?
My gallbladder, and a 10 lb. kid. LOL

What is the last heavy item you lifted?
The 10 lb. kid that now weighs 36 lbs. at 2 years old.

Have you ever been knocked unconscious?
No, thank goodness. I will admit that I've been that drunk though. Years ago!


If it were possible, would you want to know the day you were going to die?
No, Yes, No. Definitely no. I had to think about it.

If you could change your name, what would you change it to?

Would you drink an entire bottle of hot sauce for $1,000?
Yeah, why not? I LOVE that stuff!




Day of the week?
Saturday. Ronnie's home from work and can help me with these crazy kids!

December. Three birthdays and Christmas, and performances at the schools. Lots of fun!


Missing someone?
My grandparents. I wish we could spend more time together.

Tired. It's been a long day.

What are you listening to?
NASCAR. *Sigh*

Current worry?
Two words. Swine flu. Argh!


First place you went this morning?
To check my email. Where else!!?

What’s the last movie you saw?
Transformers 2. DH was happy.


How many pairs of flip flops do you own?
One pair, that I wear constantly.

Last time you had a run-in with the cops?
2002 when I got a ticket for going 87 in a 55. So not good!

Last person you talked to?

Last person you hugged?

Do you always answer your phone?
No. If I'm busy doing something with the kids, I'll check the Caller ID and call back later.

It’s four in the morning and you get a text message, who is it?
A wrong number. I hate texting, and most of my friends know that.

If you could change your eye color what would it be?
Violet. Why be normal?

What flavor do you add to your drink at Sonic?

Do you own a digital camera?
Yes, a Sony Cyber Shot. My dream camera is a Canon Rebel.

Have you ever had a pet fish?
Yes, an Oscar we called Oscar, and a sucker fish named Meyer. I'd sing the Oscar Meyer commercial to them. Yes. Go ahead and say it... I'm weird.

Favorite Christmas song(s)?
Mary Did You Know?

What’s on your wish list for your birthday?
Another year of the scrapbook kit club I subscribe to.

Can you do push ups?
No, but then again I'm not sure why I'd need to either? LOL

Can you do a split?
Umm... See above. LOL

Does the future make you more nervous or excited?
Excited. I love to travel, and I plan to do a lot more of it in the future!

Do you have any saved texts?

Have you ever been in a car accident?
Well... Yes. 4 to be exact. 1 when I was learning how to drive and I thought I had enough room to pull into traffic and I didn't, 1 when I was rear ended by someone, 1 when I accidentally backed my SUV into a ditch, and 1 when a guy ran a red light and totaled my poor little Chevy S10. I have bad car luck.

Do you have an accent?
Yes. Completely. A Southern accent. Not as thick as some people I know, but if you hear me, you know where I'm from.

What is the last movie to make you cry?
A Walk to Remember. I bawled like a baby.

Plans tonight?
Blogging and reading.

Have you ever felt like you hit rock bottom?

Name 3 things you bought yesterday?
Nothing. I stayed home all day.

Have you ever been given roses?
Yes, but I don't like red ones. They have to be white or yellow!

Met someone who changed your life?
Yes, Ronnie. He made me see things a lot clearer and helped me straighten out my life.

How will you bring in the New Year?
Dude. I don't know what I'll do tomorrow. I don't plan that far ahead. LOL

What song represents you?
Anything but Ordinary by Avril Lavigne

Would you go back in time if you were given the chance?
Yes, I'd go back and start over at the beginning of my childhood with what I know now.

Do you have any tattoos/piercings?
2 piercings in each ear. Used to be three, but I let the top ones heal. My belly button used to be done, but I let that heal too. One tattoo that I absolutely hate.

Does anyone love you?
Umm doesn't everyone?

Would you be a pirate?
Oh yeah. Sailing the open seas, and singing salty sailor songs. Count me in!

What songs do you sing in the shower?’
I Do Not Hook Up-Kelly Clarkson
Party in the U.S.A.-Miley Cyrus (I have an excuse! I have two young girls!)

Ever had someone sing to you?
My Mom, my brothers. We're a very musical family. Oh and Ronnie. Once. I'll never let him live it down.

Do you like to cuddle?
No. I'm weird. See? I told you.

Have you held hands with anyone today?
Yes, the kids while we were dancing.

Who was the last person you took a picture of?
Alexis and Brandon laid out on the floor in the same exact pose. Monkey see, Monkey do!

Are most of the friends in your life new or old?
A bit of both.

Do you like pulpy orange juice?
It's not real orange juice if it isn't pulpy!

What is something your friends make fun of you for?
It'd probably be a shorter list to name the stuff they don't make fun of me for. LOL

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Tree Hugger

My kids have new friends! I didn’t realize we had so many children living in our neighborhood. With our big fenced in yard, we tend to be a bit isolated. The kids prefer to play in the back yard, and it’s much less nerve-wracking for me because I know they can’t get out! The other day we saw a little girl out on our street as we pulled up from bringing Alexis to gymnastics. She walked over to the van and asked if our kids could play. A few days later she knocked again, and she brought her friends, and our yard has become one big party. LOL Here’s a photo of everyone spinning around on our tire swing.


On Wednesday, Brandon and I went to a local park I’ve been wanting to visit for a while. I was inspired to finally go by the fabulous Nichole, who has been having adventures with her kids, and taking fantastic photos in the bargain.

Here is my favorite photo of the day… That’s not a tree trunk. That’s a tree LIMB! On a huge fabulously gorgeous Live Oak Tree! Of course Mr. Brandon, being the boy that he is, had to climb it. Then he had to hug it. He melts my heart. Every. Single. Day. *Sigh*


Here’s a zoomed out photo so you can see the limbs trailing to the ground.


A little perspective on how HUGE this tree was… He’s sitting on a root, and I couldn’t fit the whole trunk in one shot.

Did I mention this park has a lakefront beach? No?!


It was our first time going there, and it’s only 20 minutes from my house! Needless to say, we’ll be going again. Because guess who absolutely loved it?


On Thursday, Jordan stayed home from school. She’s had this horrible cough and runny nose, I couldn’t get a doctor’s appointment until Friday. So I ran to the pharmacy to try to get some over the counter stuff to help her. She stayed in her pajamas all day. Doesn’t she just look miserable? Don’t pay any attention to the boy in the background. Seriously? Boys are icky! LOL


Apparently no matter what’s wrong with you… suckers make it better. On Friday at the pediatrician’s office, the diagnosis was a really bad sinus infection, and she’s on steroids AND antibiotics. I’m hoping she gets better soon, because although she looks pretty happy with her sucker, she really hasn’t been well at all. You can tell by how pale she is, her skin looks almost grey.


On Friday we also learned that our identity had been stolen. Ronnie logged into our bank account online, and discovered a balance of -$12oo.00 on our checking/debit account. Yep. Our account has been frozen, and we are penniless for 7 days. Our savings account is linked to our debit account, so it’s frozen as well. We could borrow money from friends or family while the bank takes it’s sweet time resolving the charges, but I’d rather not. So Ronnie went and cashed in our coins, and we were able to buy the milk and stuff that we needed. It really stinks that there are people out there in the world who think that’s okay. Seriously! Get a job, and a conscience for goodness sake! I’m just glad we caught it so quickly. It shouldn’t cause any issues on our credit.

On Saturday, the boys in the family were hanging out watching TV together and pretending to nap. Brandon would say, “I’m tired!” “Go sleep Daddy!” It was too cute, so of course I had to grab my camera. Lady jumped in the photo as well. She didn’t want to be left out. Her vet appointment has been postponed due to the money issue we’re having, but she actually seems to have improved.


And last but not least, I had help making our Sunday breakfast. Miss Jordan demanded to stir the pancake batter, and since I never refuse help cooking, here she is! She loves helping me cook almost as much as she loves sitting on the kitchen counters.



A while back I promised to post some of my older papers that I designed when I was selling at Elemental Scraps. I’ve also decided to post some digital and paper tutorials and tips and tricks from some of the classes I taught when I was teaching at my local scrapbook store. I have all of this stuff on my hard drive… so why not share?

First up is my Katrina kit. It was done specifically for my grandmother to scrap some of her photos from the storm, but the colors lend themselves very nicely to masculine layouts. Here is the preview…


There are also a few embellishments that are not pictured. A rusty iron alphabet and fleur de lis frame, a velvet flower, and two detailed word art pieces.

I have it separated into several links for those of you on dial up!


Patterned Paper 1

Patterned Paper 2

Solid Papers

Enjoy them, and feel free to link me to anything you make with them, I’d love to see!

Friday, September 4, 2009

And So It Begins

Apparently Alexis already thinks I'm old and out of date. Here's a conversation we had this morning...

Alexis: “Hey Mom!” “Did you know we’re learning all about the past in class this week?”

Me: “No.” “Really?”

Alexis: “Yeah, Ms. Carter was talking about the 80’s!” “Were you alive in the 80’s?”

Me: “I was born in 1980.”

Alexis: (With a look of shock on her face) “Holy cow Mom, you’re old!”

Me: “I’m not that old!”

Alexis: “I bet they still had grey TV (She meant black and white.) when you were little!”

Me: “No they didn’t!” “I had color TV!”

Alexis: “Still… that’s really old.” “I didn’t know you were born that far in the past.” “I bet you saw Smokey the Bear in person!” (They’re doing fire safety this week.)

Me: “Sigh.”

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

You Color My World Template Freebie


While designing a sketch for the paper layout above in Photoshop, I decided that it was cool enough to convert into a template. (Special thanks to Heather Munsterman photography for the photos!)

I ended up liking the sketch so much that I made a digital layout with it as well. I used a kit by Amy Sumrall called Children's Day and a Flocked Alpha by Christina Rene. The font is called Typewriter.


Here is a preview of the template design. Of course I changed mine up a little bit as you can see by the example layout. I’m offering the template to you as a freebie.


I hope you enjoy it! You can Download Here.