Friday, August 29, 2008

Cute picture for today!

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Just a quick post because I wanted to share this cute photo! I played a little bit with my photo software, just cropped, enhanced and matte edged. I just love the smile! And I can almost picture him on a surfboard!!
Hope that everyone enjoys the long weekend!
Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

34 years old...

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So yesterday was my 34th birthday. I don't feel 34! But, another year wiser, right?
Well, let's find 34 things that me smile!
1. My kids
2. My husband
3. My parents
4. My friends
5. My pets
6. My country
7. Happy Mail
8. Chocolate
9. Coffee
10. Pepsi
11. Rubber stamping
12. Scrapbooking
13. New crafting tools
14. My camera
15. Phone calls from my in-laws
16. Cupcakes
17. Cafemom friends
18. Blog Surfing
19. Blogging
20. Frogs
21. Babies
22. Puppies
23. Retail therapy (aka shopping)
24. Pizza
25. The smell of fresh rain
26. New socks
27. PJ's
28. Surprises
29. Vacations
30. Shrimp
31. Martini glasses
32. A clean house (as long as I don't have to clean it!)
33. Weekends off
34. Going home

I'm sure there's more, of course! And, no - they are in no particular order! So.. that was kinda silly.. but blogging makes me smile, right? :o)

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Emily Starts Preschool

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So, today was Emily's big day! Her very first day at "Big Girl School"! She was so excited! Today was the day that the parents got to stay in the classroom and see how things work, and where things are and watch how the children interact with the teachers. It was pretty chaotic, and I am still a believer that anyone who can work with that many toddlers on a day to day basis and still smile throughout it all, should be nominated for sainthood! Emily did really well! She was shy when it came time to stand up in front of the class and tell her name and age, so I had to help her with that.. while she hid behind the teacher next to us! After that, it was just play time. All the kids got to basically help themselves to whatever they wanted to play (oh, sorry "work") with. This is a Montessori preschool, which means that the children select their own work for the day. It is a mixed age group of children from ages 2-5, so the older kids help the younger ones. Emily did a very impressive job with the puzzles! She blew through some pretty difficult puzzles with no problems! And she loved playing with jars and bottles and cups of popcorn kernels, beans, beads and marbles. She just poured them from one cup to another, over and over, saying she was making me milk, or juice, or soup! She seemed to really enjoy herself! After a couple of hours, Iain and I snuck away to sit outside the classroom to see how she would act when we weren't there.. we don't even think she noticed we left! She was very good and we are very proud! Also, tonight, she counted to 5! I know that's not a great leap, but she always tends to skip from 3 to 6, forgetting 4 & 5.. so for her to say 1, 2, 3, 4, 5? That's big for this week!

Today was also my 34th.. er 28th.. birthday! After our morning at preschool, Iain drove us all down to Hermiston, OR just to explore. It's only about 1/2 an hour away, so it's not a bad drive at all. And it turns out that it's a pretty nice little town! I found the Daisy Bucket Design Studio! Daisy Bucket creates some of the most beautiful scrapbooking paper I have ever seen! And to see it all in one store was amazingly overwhelming! I didn't buy a single sheet of paper, because I didn't know where to start, and I knew that if I did start, I probably wouldn't stop! They also had some other scrapping products. I did get a stamp, some glitter, some rub-ons, some flowers and some hat-pins.. that's new for me.. gotta figure out how to use these absolutely adorable little hat-pins on paper! Then we found another scrapbook store (Oh boy) where I found a bunch more stuff! More paper - yes, I bought paper here, only because the Halloween stuff was just cool! and I got some paper to scrapbook Emily's first day of school! I got stickers, more stamps, and a scrapbook page layout kit to use with the photos of Emily's new swing at Grandpa David and Nana Cauleen's house. I'll post photos of those 2 scrapbook pages when I make them.. soon, I promise!

Bradley! I got a picture today of his smile that just lights up the whole room! I hope you like it as much as I do!

Monday, August 25, 2008

My first Blog Award!

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[love_blog.png]Wow! Thank you Lisa! What a surprise to find a blog award waiting for me! My dear friend Lisa is a wonderfully talented rubber stamper, paper goddess, card making superstar and I am lucky to call her a friend!

So, of course, the fine print:
I have to pick 7 of my favorite blogs and…
1. The winner can put the logo on their blog
2. Link the person you received your award from
3. Nominate at least 7 other blogs
4. Put links of those blogs on yours.
5. Leave a message on the blogs of the girls or boys you’ve nominated.

So, I will be nominating (and hopefully not duplicating too many of Lisa's nominations!)
- my Dad, of course!
- Jackie
- Ivy
- Marie
- Lizzie
- Heather
- Heather

When I make my regular "blog rounds" yours are the blogs I always check in on! You are all full of inspiration and talent!
Thanks, again Lisa!

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Bradley's 6 Month Check-Up

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Today was Bradley's 6 month check-up (yes, I know he'll be 7 months old on Monday! He's got a very busy Dr.!) He's a healthy, happy boy! He weighed in at an even 18 pounds! And he is 27 inches long! She said he is developing well and is right on track for his age! He wiggled, he giggled, he rolled around and he wouldn't hold still to be weighed! He passed toy from one hand to the other perfectly - that was the Dr.'s big test for the day! So, he doesn't need to be seen again until his 1 year appointment in January, but he will have to go in for a flu shot and booster in November.
We all went to the UPS store to mail a wedding present last weekend, and the very kind lady working asked Emily if she wanted to be weighed on the scale! So, we plopped Emily onto the scale and she weighs 35 pounds! We also weighed Bradley and he was 18 pounds! I told the Dr. that we weighed him at the UPS store, and she gave me a weird look! Like, "Why were you weighing your baby at the UPS store?" I just giggled! I should have told her we were sending him to Nana's for the weekend!
And Emily... dear, dear Emily...! I guess it was only a matter of time.. All little girls do it at some point. Mom says I did, too! Well, Emily cut her hair! Fortunatly, she may have a future as a hair stylist, because you can't really tell! She managed to cut off the lock of hair that I have been trying for months to grow out to be even with the rest of her hair!! So, now we are back where we started! It doesn't look bad, and we will just leave it be.. until the weekend before pre-school starts, then we'll take her in for a haircut!

I would like to just say Happy Anniversary to Iain before I close this post! It's been 7 wonderful years!

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