Thursday, December 18, 2008

It's a.....

And she's absolutely PERFECT!

Her heartbeat was nice and strong. She weighs about 13 ounces which they said was right on track and she was kicking up a storm! I've been feeling kicks (started the night of the "Wasp Attack"! LOL!) but they've been light and not very steady. Nothing like the crazy maniac kicking her big sister had going on in there! Perhaps that means that this will be my calm one? The one that likes to sit on the couch and quietly read? Hey! I can dream!

Here's a shot of her skinny little leg.

And her perfect little face! Look at that cute nose!

Here she is with her hand up by her face.

We are both more than happy! Drew, however, is in denial or something cause she keeps saying, "No! A brudder!" when I tell her that she's having a sister! LOL! We haven't settled on a name yet but I'll let y'all know when we do.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Revenge of the Wasps!

I'm sure y'all have seen me mention the wasps that come in through our fireplace from time to time. They always seem to "attack" when Jason's not home and I'm TERRIFIED of them! (Of course if our chimney had some sort of screening over/around it then this wouldn't be such an issue I'm sure.)

Anyhow...tonight Jason decides to light a fire in there--the first one of the year! It was going fine and him & Drew were sitting in there watching it burn when he yelled for me to bring the fly swatter. I run in there with it and he points to the rock ledge in front of the fire place where one lone wasp was hobbling along. I went to swat it when all of the sudden it was like you see in old horror films where bats fly out of a cave--100's (and I am not exaggerating at all!) of wasps came flying out! The ceilings in that room are 22 feet high and it's open to the upstairs on either side of it. I was screaming and hopping around! Jason was running around swatting and yelling at me to get some spray. Drew was screaming and running around. I ran to the kitchen and got the spray and Jason starts aiming it towards the fireplace (where they are still pouring out of!). I started yelling at him that he "can't spray that in the house and definitely not into the fire!" but really what choice did we have.

I grabbed up Drew and ran her down the hall to her room and shut the door. She was screaming and crying but unharmed/unstung and it was safest for her to be closed up in there. I ran back in there and grabbed the other can of spray and started aiming! We sprayed until we ran out and then continued running and swatting! By that time the combination of running up & down the stairs and all around the house shutting doors (to contain them to the center/open rooms) and the hideous fumes put off I couldn't breathe, I was gagging and coughing, and my throat was on fire! I threw open the front door and ran out on the porch gagging and making all kinds of racket! (Good thing we live way out here by ourselves!) Once I got that all under control I ran back down the hall to Drew's room (yes! For some reason I insisted on running the whole time! LOL!) to check on her. The poor thing was sitting in the middle of her bed just quietly crying. I went over to her and she just kept saying "Daddy kill bug! Daddy kill it!" I calmed her down a little and ran back to the living room. Jason was still running and swatting. The ceiling (22 feet in the air) was dotted with wasps and more were flying around up there. A lot of the ones near the floor were hobbling around so I was able to kill a lot of them with a shoe.

After about 45 minutes of constant killing we thought we had gotten them all (we've since found a few but they were near death already) except one that was on the rock of the fireplace up near the ceiling. Jason started shooting at it with my BB gun (shoots plastic pellets) but was missing terribly and basically just bouncing little blue balls all over the house! LOL! Then he wadded up a dish towel and started tossing it towards it to get it to move. This went on FOREVER as he throws about as well as he shoots! LOL! He finally lured it down by throwing Drew's soccer ball at it (a soft small one)! Surprisingly nothing was broken in all this!

When we got all of them killed Jason went in to check on Drew and she was asleep! LOL! We've since woken her up and checked her all over and she's fine. I however spent about 20 minutes puking in the bathroom! I somehow made it 19 weeks without barfing, inhale a bit of wasp spray, and lose it all! I kept asking Jason if I would be OK and saying that I didn't want the baby to come out with wings and a stinger! LOL! I think I'm fine now--other than the fact that I'm sure I'll never be able to sleep! I'm not a fan of bugs and having 100s of them flying out at me all at one time just pretty much sends me over the edge! LOL!

Apparently every kind of wasp known to East Texas was in there! We killed huge red ones, black ones, little red ones with yellow stripes, black with yellow stripes, and the ones that look like their 2 body parts are connected with just a string!

While I don't suggest spraying wasp spray directly into a fire, it did not cause the giant fire ball one would expect from the warnings on the can! LOL! Neither of us were very impressed with the show! LOL! And you can believe that I will be paying ANY PRICE to get someone to climb up on the roof/chimney to put some sort of screening over it! (When we built this house we were turned down by 2 of the roofing companies here because of the steepness of it and then the chimney sticks up WAY above the highest peak! And the meth addict that built the fireplace & bricked everything apparently didn't find a screen necessary! UGH!)

Friday, October 31, 2008

A Super Cute Bumble Bee and A Pregnant Witch

Bet you've waited all you life to see a pregnant witch huh? LOL!

Last Saturday we went to Alex's birthday party which had a costume theme. The witch dress was the only thing I saw that would accomadate my ever growing belly! Drew also wore her bumble bee suit on Sunday when we went to the hayride/fall festival at the church. Here she's flapping her arms and saying "Buzz! Buzz!" She is so silly!

Tonight we are going Trick or Treating in town and she'll be wearing the cutest poodle skirt outfit!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Pregnancy Update

Today I had my doctor's appointment. Everything went great--I'm still pregnant! (In case y'all just thought I was fat!) LOL! He said that the heartbeat was nice and strong (and still only one in there) and "in the girl range" (I know it's not an exact science and he said that too but he also said that in all the years he's been doing this it's usually right on.) We will of course be happy with girl or boy and will find out for sure in December. The prospect of us having another girl is less than thrilling to some people but Jason & I know that this baby is a miracle that we were not sure we'd have and are totally excited with whatever comes our way. As he was poking and prodding on my belly to find the heartbeat I felt distinct movement in there. I've been feeling little pokes every now and then but since it's early no one believes me! LOL! I KNOW I felt it today. Wouldn't you kick and squirm if someone was smooshing down on you? He also said that my uterus measures a bit larger than 12 weeks (I guess that's what he was feeling for while squashing my stomach down?). When we went in the first time I told them 2 different dates (about 4 weeks apart) and it's totally possible that I'm actually 16 weeks instead of 12 (not as likely but still a possibility) but he said we'd check it out more next time. I gained a bit more weight than I thought but he said that it's right on target for 2nd pregnancies. I'm sure it's got something to do with the peanut butter sandwiches I eat at 3 am every night!

Sunday, October 19, 2008

12 Weeks!

I've officially passed the 12 week mark! I have been a bit more nervous this time around. I guess I didn't know enough to be nervous when I was pregnant with Drew or maybe it's the fact that this time happened so easily compared to before. Other than the constant gagging (which was just teasing me with the off week! LOL!) I've been perfectly fine. No complications of any sort which is great! I have a doctor's appointment Wednesday so it'll be interesting to see how much weight my nightly peanut butter sandwich has caused me to gain. My scale shows less than a pound so far. I had Jason take a few pics of me today (Please ignore my freakishly long shirt! I didn't realize it was THAT long until I got all dressed and by then Jason was already getting in the car! LOL! Maybe it'll shrink in the wash like everything else.) and Drew wanted hers taken too!

Friday, October 17, 2008

"Think Pink" Kit

In honor of breast cancer awareness, Scrap-Frendzy is offering a special "Think Pink" kit.

All proceeds from the sale of these kits go to the Susan G. Komen Foundation!

Kit Contents:

Patterned Paper

2- Glitz Design "Hot Mama Silhouette"
2- Glitz Design "Gigi Pink Zebra"
2- Glitz Design "Hot Mama Damask"
1- Paper Studio "Black & White Floral"
1- Paper Studio "Pink & White Polka Dot"
1- Paper Studio "Zebra print"


1- Textured Medium Pink
1- Smoothies Hot Pink


1- Scrap-Friendzy Hand-made "Divalicious" Flower
2- 3" White Doillies
4- Punched "Glitter-flies"
1- Swirl Stamped Journal Spot
12"- Black Ric-Rac
12"- Pink Pom-Pom Trim
12"- Silver Sequin Strip
4- Hot Pink Buttons
4- Rhinestones


Glitz Design Glitter Cardstock Stickers- Pink
Glitz Design Lrg. Roller Doodles- Flourish

You get all of that for just $25.00 + $6.00 shipping. Go to to order yours today!

Here's a few things I created with mine.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

I am returning

to the Simply Obsessed Design Team for another term! I am so excited! I just love it there.

I am excited to say that Michelle & Brandy will be returning with me! (Brandy & I are quite the team! Perhaps a little dangerous at times but I think that just goes with the name! LOL!)

And these new faces as well:

Ronda Simpson (Ronda)
Suzanne Wikstrom (twinsand2boys)
Abbie Torroll (AbbieT)
Jennifer French (JenniferF)
Trish Harwick (TLHarwick)

I'm sad that the current term is over. I really became friends with everyone on the team and hope that we will all stay in touch! (You hear that girls? No disappearing on me!) I know that this new team will also do an excellent job and I'll gain even more friends!

A few pages

As many of you know my scrappy mojo has been missing for a while now--11 weeks and 4 days to be exact! LOL! You know it's bad when I don't even want to scrap! LOL! Here are a few pages that I've forced out recently.

These three were done with the beautiful October kit from Simply Obsessed. I even used an owl!

Here's my Random Chaos page for this week. The challenge is to use polka dots, flowers, & buttons. The tab pulls my journaling out from behind the photo.

And a few others.

Those last 2 are the same photos but one is for Drew's album and the other is for my pregnancy album.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

10 Weeks!

I am officially 10 weeks & 2 days pregnant! Jason took these photos of me a few days ago.

Now I am completely aware that my baby is only about the size of a grape and that for all practical purposes I should not be showing yet but....I did not look like this 10 weeks ago so I can only assume that it is pregnancy related! LOL!

The all day sickness has gotten so much better! This past week I was only a little bit sick at night or after I had eaten too much. I am so hoping that it stays away!

We got back from our trip to Arkansas this evening. I'll try to post some photos from that soon.

***ETA: There is for sure only one baby in there. There was only one heartbeat and I had a very thorough sonogram (pics are several posts below). The only place another baby could have hidden during that sonogram would have been in my throat! LOL! I popped out really fast with Drew too and was wearing only maternity clothes by 8 weeks with her. I am very short and the doctor says there is no where for anything to go but "out".***

The best thing about showing early is that people don't have to stare at you trying to figure out if you're pregnant or just fat! LOL!

Saturday, September 27, 2008

I've been tagged (again and again and again)

I have been tagged by many of my online buddies over the past few months. I am TERRIBLE about updating my blog and even more TERRIBLE about fulfilling my tags. If you have tagged me or given me an award in the past, I truly do thank you for thinking of me. I don't mean to ignore you I'm just bad about following through.

Leslie tagged me a few days ago with the following quiz. I figured it would make a better blog entry than me whining about morning (excuse me...all day) sickness and the fact that I can't get comfortable enough at night to sleep. I figured it would be more interesting than me ranting about the chat I plan to have with Eve or whomever screwed up the "miracle of birth" thing when I get to Heaven because really they deserve quite the lecture on this one! Really? An apple? It wasn't like the snake offered you chocolate! Anyhow...

The FIVE Tag:

10 years ago I:

1. was 21
2. was a senior in college (for the first time!) and on my 5th or 6th major
3. was driving my first Trans-Am--a blue convertible
4. had already been married for nearly 3 years
5. had no idea how hard the years ahead would be

5 things on today's "to do" list:

1. laundry
2. pack for our trip
3. sort through maternity clothes (They are currently in my living room floor!)
4. scrap
5. make it through the day without gagging (I did it today! 2 days in a row would be awesome!)

5 snacks I enjoy:

1. Cinnamon Sugar Donuts
2. Lays Regular Potato Chips w/French Onion Dip
3. M & Ms
4. Crackers with Squeeze Cheese (You know--the cool stuff that squirts out of a can?)
5. Coca-Cola (This isn't so much a snack as it is a necessity for the the safety of others! LOL!)

5 things I would do if I were a millionaire:

1. Hire a maid
2. Hire a chef
3. Hire someone to do Jason's job
4. Have the inground pool of my dreams built
5. Hire a professional organizer to fix my house

5 places I have lived:

1. Houston, TX
2. Centerville, TX
3. Buffalo, TX
4. Longview, TX
5. Carthage/Gary/Tenaha, TX (It's really all the same place! LOL!)

5 jobs I have had:

1. Texas Burger
2. Financial Aid Office at LeTourneau University
3. Pitts Hardware (office)
4. Carthage Twin Cinema
5. Stanley School (3rd, 4th, 5th, & 6th grade teacher)

And because I have issues with following the rules, I am not tagging anyone! LOL!

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Drew has a secret....

And she is pretty excited about it!

We will be welcoming a new little member to our family around the end of April. The 'official' due date is May 1st but because it will be a repeat c-section it will be the week before unless he/she has their own plans! LOL! So far everything is going well. I will be glad when I get out of the constant gagging stage and into the constant eating one! LOL! Drew says 'Hi baby!' to my belly which I thought was adorable but then she also says it to Jason's belly! LOL!

And because I can't post photos of one child without posting some of the other...I introduce our newest miracle.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Backporch Memories September Kit

I had the pleasure of working with the Medley kit form BPM this month.

Here are 3 pages and a card that I created with it.

Hot Springs

A few weekends ago we took the travel trailer up to Hot Springs, Arkansas.
We went to the Science Museum and saw a really cool exhibit on the Human Body. Everything in it (bones, organs, etc.) was real. They even had full bodies standing up--very cool but still a little creepy. Drew enjoyed playing with the displays (in the museum not the bodies! LOL!) and we took a little walk on the nature trail. Drew liked the oversized "Operation" game and kept saying "toast" when she was using the tongs. I guess because our toaster keeps "eating" things I have to fish it out with the tongs! LOL!

We also rode around up the mountain and stopped to take some photos.

We had fun but came home a day early to avoid any delays because of Hurricane Gustav. Hot Springs was filling up with evacuees and the stores and gas stations were getting crazy. Before leaving Hot Springs we stocked up on bottled water, juice, snacks, and 4 full diesel cans. To my disappointment (crazy I know!) we didn't need any of those things! There was no traffic, no lines at gas stations, and we didn't even lose power. In fact the 20" of predicted rain was really only about 3"! And that was spread out over several days!

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Catching Up!

As usual, I've made a million pages but have posted none! Aren't you glad you didn't hold your breath? (See last post if you have no clue what I'm rambling about! LOL!)

Here are my most recent creations! Click on the pictures to see them closer.

I made this page for the Guest Design Team contest at Backporch Memories and I'm happy to say that I won a spot for this month!

This page was made for my challenge at the SO crop last weekend. My challenge was based on the icecream flavor, Vanilla, so you had to create an all white page.

Last week's Random Chaos page...Nothing patterned.

Another one from the SO crop using Michelle's "Rainbow Sherbet" challenge.

A Random Chaos page--Red, blue, & yellow color scheme + buttons

These next 3 were made with the Simply Obsessed August kit. I just loved it and I am so in love with flocking now! If you haven't flocked, you must try it!

I created this page for the SO newsletter using a sketch by Sarah.

I entered this page into the sketch contest at Busy Bee Scrapbooking and WON! It also got LOTD at Create My Keepsake! (Notice I took that pic off the top of my blog so y'all don't have to look at my big butt in a swim suit anymore! You're welcome!)

During the crop at SO we took a quiz to find out what flavor of icecream we are. (I was Butter Pecan and Strawberry.) We had to then create a page using those flavors as some sort of inspiration. I took the easy road and used the colors for this page. Drew was only 6 days old here when Des & Debra came to see her.

I made this page for Kathy's circle journal. Her topic was "If I knew then" and I chose to go with the fact that I'm glad I didn't know. Click on the picture if you want to read the journaling but I won't be responsible for any running mascara!

If you are still here and have not run screaming from all the pages, thanks for checking out my blog and have a great week!