Tuesday, October 27, 2009

My Spouse

I decided to play along with this game posted by Baby Yayah, and I hope you do too. It's such a cute little quiz.

♥ What are your middle names?
Joy and Adam.

♥ How long have you been together?
Ten years.

♥ How long did you know each other before you started dating?
Not at all. We met because my friend dared me to post a personal ad online after I got out of a really bad relationship. I did it, and forgot about it. Two weeks later I got an email, and the rest is history!

♥ Who asked who out?
Ronnie asked me out.

♥ How old are each of you?
I am 29 and he is 30.

♥ Whose siblings do/did you see the most?
We see his sister way more than my brothers.

♥ Do you have any children together?
Yes. Three. Alexis 7, Jordan 5, and Brandon 2.

♥ What about pets?
One very spoiled rotten pug dog.

♥ Which situation is the hardest on you as a couple?
The uncertainty of adopting the girls. The court dates, the visitations. Never being sure if we would be able to keep them in the end or if they would go back to their biological parents.

♥ Did you go to the same school?
No, we didn't. He went to private school, and I went to public.

♥ Are you from the same home town?
Yes, which is why it was weird that we'd never met. We even had mutual friends.

♥ Who is the smartest?
I think I am. He thinks he is. LOL

♥ Who is the most sensitive?
He is. Don't tell him I said that though.

♥ Where do you eat out most as a couple?
He likes Chili's and I like Olive Garden.

♥ Who has the worst temper?
I think it's a tie. We're both pretty hot headed.

♥ Who does the cooking?
Me, unless I'm really sick. Then he pitches in.

♥ Who is more social?
Definitely me. He's very shy.

♥ Who is the neat-freak?
Me hands down. Seriously. He could care less.

♥ Who is the more stubborn?
This one is a tie too. It makes for some interesting discussions.

♥ Who hogs the bed?
He does.

♥ Who wakes up earlier?
He does. I don't get up until I absolutely HAVE to.

♥Where was your first date?
We went out to eat, and then to see a movie. It was the first American Pie movie. The funny part about is that there was a girl named Heather who was a "goody goody, choir girl, priss". (My name is Heather, and I was in the choir.) He still teases me over that.

♥ Who has the bigger family?
I think I do. We see more of his family though, or at least we used to.

♥ Do you get flowers often?
Every now and then. I think that makes it more special when I don't expect them.

♥ How do you spend the holidays?
Playing with the kids, visiting family, and freaking out that yet another year has passed. Seriously, where does the time go?

♥ Who is more jealous?
Neither of us is particularly jealous.

♥ How long did it take to get serious?
We were engaged to be married 8 months after we met, and married 8 months after that.

♥ Who eats more?
He does.

♥ Who does/did the laundry?
I usually do, but he's had to help me since I had surgery.

♥ Who’s better with the computer?
We're both pretty good, but I'd say he's better.

♥ Who drives when you are together?
He does. I hate driving and avoid it at all costs. We actually fuss about who is going to drive when we go places.

That's it! Feel free to copy and paste this to your own blog, and link me once you get it done so I can read your answers.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Chloe Paper Pack Freebie

I've been neglecting my digital friends, so I unearthed another digital paper pack I made a while back. The Chloe paper pack includes 14 papers that feature grungy textures, and fabulous fall colors.



I hope you enjoy the freebie! Since it's pretty big, I've separated it into several different downloads.

Chloe Download 1

Chloe Download 2
Chloe Download 3

For some reason, I don't have the preview included in the folders you'll be downloading. If you like having a preview with your kits, feel free to right click on the image above and save it so you can file it with the papers. If you need to refer to my TOU, you can find it linked as a separate download on the right hand side of my blog.

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I’ve been a bad blogger lately. Things have been really busy here. I’m having a hard time keeping up because I’m still in a pretty good bit of pain. I’ve been released to drive, but it’s still uncomfortable so I’m not going too many places. My house is so messy. You wouldn’t believe how messy. Ronnie is trying to keep up, and I’m able to do small chores. I just can’t do the big stuff like sweeping and things that make my arms move too much. Enough whining from me though, it won’t be long until I’m back to “normal”.

I have my Project 365 update all ready to go! I’m not posting the photo from the 18th for privacy reasons, so I’ll pick up on the 19th.

On Monday, my Mom brought me back to the surgeon for my checkup. Brandon came along to add to the fun. I didn’t have a sitter for him. Thank goodness he behaved! I got my stitches taken out. It wasn’t too painful. Of course I had taken lots of pain medicine beforehand! Here is my Mom getting into the car to bring us home. She didn’t want me to take this picture. Hehe

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Jordan was sick on Tuesday. She had a runny nose and a really awful cough. I brought her in to the pediatrician and she ended up on antibiotics for a sinus and ear infection. I took a photo of her waiting for the doctor to come in. She is such a goofball.

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The weather has been really nice here lately! It’s finally really Fall. My flower bushes are really confused still. Normally, they only bloom in the Spring. It’s nice to see my garden looking so pretty. I took this photo on Wednesday. 10-21-09

I got the new cake pan I ordered in the mail on Thursday. It’s a HUGE cupcake. You make the whole cake in the mold, and you stack it together. The kids can’t wait until I bake it. Brandon was more interested in the box. I gave it to him so he could play with it, and then later on I walked by his room and found him IN the box. My favorite part of this photo is his toes peeping out of the bottom of the box.

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Friday was Caps For Kids day at the girls’ school. It’s a fundraiser they do for children who have cancer. Alexis has been having a hard time behavior-wise, so she didn’t get to participate. Jordan was upset that Alexis didn’t get to wear a cap with her, but she still managed to smile for the camera.

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Saturday was a complete surprise. Ronnie woke me up and told me that Steph had called and invited us to the pumpkin patch. We weren’t planning to go because money has been tight after my surgery. She and Brian were planning to try to bring the kids on their own, but at the last minute Ronnie’s Mom showed up. I decided to go too. Even though I couldn’t pick up the kids, I was still able to help a bit. Ronnie stayed home to study for his CPA test. I got tired after a while, and Brandon was in a really bad mood, but we all managed to have a good time. Here is the photo that made Photo of the Day, but you know I’ll be sharing more as well. LOL It’s of Steph and Alexis checking out the big chicken at the farm.

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Brandon was in the worst mood, and he really just wanted to be held and loved. He has still been angry with me because I can’t pick him up and hold him. Steph was his buddy and carted him around.

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This photo is one of my favorites. I really love the covered wagon photo spot at the farm. The kids love it too!

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Here’s the King of the pumpkin patch. He finally perked up and played a little bit toward the end of the trip.

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On Sunday, I couldn’t find anything to take a photo of because I didn’t remember until late at night. So I snapped this one of my bulletin board. All of my scrappy inspiration is on there. Titles, memorabilia, layouts to lift, and pictures. This isn’t the greatest photo, but it’ll have to do.

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Today’s photo is of the really cool clouds I saw this morning when I brought the girls out to the bus. I went inside and got my camera after they left so I could snap a few photos. I just thought they looked so neat. I’m guessing we have another cold front coming through!

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I’m so excited for Halloween. This will be our kids second Halloween Trick or Treating, and my Mom is supposed to be coming up to spend some time with the us. She’ll be spending the night so she won’t have to drive home in the dark. I can’t wait to get pictures of carving pumpkins, and costumes!

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Joy and Pain

Please forgive me. I’m warning you in advance that this will be a photo-heavy epic post. Really. I may be able to publish it as a book when I’m done. I’m going to try to do my Project 365 update as short and sweet as I can. I’m SO far behind.

Tuesday: I was running around like crazy trying to get everything ready for my surgery the next day. When I came home, I found a little bit of happy on my front door step. My October Mosh Posh kit. Happy Day! Too bad I won’t be able to touch it for another week or so.

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Wednesday: I've wanted breast reduction surgery since I was sixteen years old. I have had constant back pain for years now, so I complained to my doctors and they did an MRI. They discovered that my back was being seriously damaged by the size of my breasts, and the doctor recommended a reduction. I knew I couldn’t afford to pay for the whole thing out of pocket but it was deemed medically necessary, and insurance agreed to partially pay for it. Finally, the day of the actual surgery came! I was terrified, but so excited.

Mom and Ronnie waited for eight hours for me to come out. Ronnie waited to see me and make sure I was okay. Then he had to go home to the kids. Luckily for him, he left with a HUGE ice chest full of pre-cooked dinners that my Mom had been making weeks in advance to make things easier. This isn’t the most flattering photo ever, but I figured I had to be the photo of the day. After all, it is a life altering event.

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Thursday: I spent the night in the hospital after the surgery. It was painful, but worth it. My Mom stayed with me in the hospital overnight. I’m so thankful she was there. There is no way I’d have been able to do it by myself. When I got released, she brought me to my follow up appointment, then home. We had to stop on the way home at a special pharmacy that carried a rare kind of bandage infused with antibiotics and Vaseline. Mom let me sleep in the truck, and she went in and bought them for me. This photo is of me in the doctor’s office waiting my turn. Again, not the greatest photo, but…

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Friday: I was in a lot of pain, but I was really glad to be home. I had to sleep sitting up in the recliner because of the swelling. I was flying sky high on pain medicine. I can't believe how much smaller my chest is! This picture is so horrible. That I’m not even posting it on my blog. Sorry! LOL

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Saturday: My grandparents drove two hours up to my house so my grandma could change my bandages for me. She’s a nurse, and she knew I was nervous about doing it on my own. They even stayed overnight in a hotel room so she could change them on Sunday as well. I’m really lucky to have so many family members who helped me.

Ronnie’s parents came over Saturday to take the kids out so I could rest for a while, and Ronnie let me sleep most of the day away. The thing I’ve been most upset about after the surgery is that Brandon has been angry with me because I can't pick him up. Usually, I'm the one cuddling and wrestling him. I took this photo of him, and he just looked so very sad.

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Sunday: I took a photo of the box of bandaging materials Mom got me. I didn't realize the surgery would be this much work! Ronnie has been helping me change the bandages, I can’t do it myself. He has been amazing through this whole process. I didn’t realize how much pain I would be in, or how much my activity would be limited. Basically, he’s been Mom and Dad, and he hasn’t even complained. He’s just glad that my back feels better and he “wants me to be happy”.

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Monday: My back doesn’t hurt at all anymore. I mean not the slightest little twinge. It’s a miracle! I’m a new woman! I finally felt good enough to sit up and check email. I made myself a little nest in my desk chair with pillows, and Germ-X close by. I have become such a germaphobe. Not that I wasn’t before, but now I’m even worse. I’m terrified of getting an infection, so Germ-X is my new best friend. I’ve even got Ronnie using it obsessively. Nothing like sharing your quirks right?

I have to mention that my Mosh Posh kit has been sitting there behind my Cricut mocking me because I can’t scrapbook!

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Tuesday: My Aunt Laura took me for my follow up appointment and the surgeon removed the drain tubes. Oh holy hell that hurt! OUCH! I couldn’t even cry because it hurt so much I was breathless. I won’t go into too much detail, but it was GROSS too. Thank God I had left Brandon at home with Ronnie’s Mom watching him. After the appointment, I took some pain medicine, and we went out for lunch. That’s right, I’m tough!

On the way home, we stopped at a JC Penney and Laura bought me my first new bra, and she paid to get my pain medicine refilled. I was so thankful for that because I had to pay $650 dollars up front before the surgery. Money was definitely tight. She also bought me an industrial sized tub size of Germ-X since my little bottle was history. The photo of the day was of my new bras, but I don’t want to post it here. Sorry!

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Wednesday: I was still in a whole lot of pain, but I kept making an effort to make Brandon less sad. The girls seemed to take everything okay, and weren’t that worried. They remember when I had Brandon, and they understand that I’ll get better and will be able to play again. Brandon had been taking things pretty hard, so I got out one of his favorite games, and managed to get down on the floor with it to play with him. He looks a little happier.

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Thursday: Brandon and I stayed home and didn’t do much. I did a digital scrapbooking class from the Type+Writer 2 class by Jessica Sprague that my grandma bought me to keep me busy after my surgery. I’m having a really good time doing that.

Ronnie came home and picked Alexis up to go to gymnastics. The two little kids were playing in their room while I put dinner on to defrost. I heard them giggling and went to check on them, and Jordan was under her bed. She and Brandon had piled all of their blankets in a pile, and Brandon was stretched out like he was king of the castle. Yes, he was digging in his nose. Boys are weird. (My friend Michelle bought him that shirt and it’s SO true.)

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Friday: This was a really bad day for me. I got tired of relying on everyone else to do stuff for me. I have a really hard time asking for and accepting help. I’m a really independent person by nature, and not being able to take care of things myself really frustrates me. I had a doctor’s appointment, and I decided not to take any pain medication and to just drive myself, and take Brandon with me. It was a REALLY bad idea.

Brandon threw a huge tantrum and cried. I had the hardest time pushing him in his stroller, and he got really upset when I had to have blood work. After we got home, I was in a lot of pain. I ended up sitting in the recliner, and crying off and on for the rest of the afternoon. I scared Ronnie when he called on the phone. I’m not a person who cries often, so he thought something was seriously wrong. Then I felt bad about that too, so I cried some more. I was a big mess.

It was just an all around awful day. I went outside to call my baby brother who turned 20 that day, and took my camera with me hoping to get a photo for the day. Despite my misery, it really was a pretty day. We’ve finally started to get some cooler temperatures. Jordan followed me out, and I ended up snapping this photo. My kids can always make me smile no matter how much of a pity party I’m having. I love the sun in Jordan’s hair in this one.

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Saturday: Today Ronnie wanted to bring the kids to the park. He was going to go by himself, but it was such a beautiful day outside that I couldn’t resist going along as well. The kids had an absolutely wonderful time playing, and of course I brought my camera. I got some great photos of them. Being outside like that made me feel a little more normal. I’ve missed being able to do what I want! All of this resting is just so not me. Here’s the photo of the day with Ronnie and Brandon. I love Brandon’s little country boy overalls.

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Ronnie also took this one of Alexis and I. I don’t look too terrible despite lack of sleep. (Edited with a CoffeeShop Vivid Urban Action.) We were sitting on the side of the sandbox watching the little kids play.

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Even over a week later, I’m still in a pretty good amount of pain. I don’t think I realized going in how major this surgery was. I am so thankful it’s over and that each day finds me getting a little better. The fact that my back no longer hurts makes it so worth it. I am just trying to slowly make my way back to “normal”. (If I ever was normal to begin with?)

I’m still working on catching up on emails, and commenting on blogs. If I owe you an email or comments, I promise I’ll get to you soon. I hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Update

I did okay with the surgery. I got home yesterday and slept most of the day. I've slept most of the day today too. Typing hurts, but I wanted to let all of you know that I'm okay so far. I've been running a low fever which is a bit of a concern. I go back in to the doctor on Tuesday, and I'll try to update again after that.

Hugs,
Heather

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Almost

Tomorrow is my surgery! I won’t be around for at least a week. I will try to do a quick post when I can to let everyone know I am okay. I’ve got one last Project 365 update before I go. I can’t tell you all how much I will miss being able to be on the computer. I’m addicted! LOL

On Thursday Brandon and I had to make a run to the grocery store. I wasn’t planning on it being a big trip, but once we were there I kept seeing stuff we needed. (Isn’t that always how it happens?) Before long Brandon was a little smushed. He refuses to sit in the top part of the basket anymore. He prefers basket surfing in the bottom.

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Friday was a really nice day. We finally had a little bit of cooler weather. (For Louisiana in the Fall, that means high 70’s.) The kids had a wonderful time playing outside together and I had to snap this photo of all three of them getting along for a change!

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On Saturday we made our yearly trip to the parish fair. We always have a wonderful time. The kids enjoy it because they get to ride the rides. My favorite part is taking photos, but you knew that already! I’m including a few I’m proud of in addition to the photo of the day.

All three kids together… and smiling!? Impossible!

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Ronnie had to ride the Ferris wheel with the girls this year. My back was bothering me too much. He so did not want to. He’s afraid of heights, but being a good Daddy… he did it anyway. Isn’t he great?  They rode in the pink bucket. Second from the right.

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Jordan loves the bungee cord harness ride. It cost me five dollars, more than any other ride. Did I care? No. Look at this photo! LOL

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Alexis was very brave this year and decided to try a new ride. She wasn’t very sure at first…

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But once it got started… she loved it!

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Sunday night I still didn’t have a photo of the day, until I walked by the kids room and saw Brandon sitting in the block bucket. He’s always doing crazy things like that. He makes me smile. Check out his cool new jammies.

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Yesterday, I just happened to have the camera handy when the bus brought the girls home. (I was outside taking a picture of a scrapbook layout I’d done.) So I snapped this one of the bus turning around at the end of our street. It was so gloomy and rainy yesterday, but in the afternoon it had just started to clear up. We’re so lucky that the bus drops the girls off right at the driveway!

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That’s all I have for now because I don’t have a photo of the day for today yet. I promise not to take any icky ones while I’m in the hospital. Please say prayers or send positive thoughts for me tomorrow. I sure could use them!

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Magpie Club Sketch Contest

Here's my entry!



Journaling: When Brandon started talking, he couldn't say Jordan, and since you two were always fighting, he called you "Mine" just like you yelled when you were trying to take your toys from him. 1/2008

Based on a Julie Bonner sketch for the Magpie Club. I thought the sketch was too cool, and just had to enter the contest.

Supplies: Lily Bee Vintage Poppy Papers, Thickers, and an Unknown Pre-printed Journaling Spot. The border was made with Sure Cuts A Lot software on my Cricut. The file is available here on my blog.