Friday, December 31, 2010

Saying Goodbye to 2010

2010 definitely had its highs and lows.

Some of the best parts of 2010 were Dan's first feature film being made and getting to see my girlfriends (Kirsten, Amber, Dani, Janine, Lisa and Shelby)!

I know 2011 will bring more ups than downs. :) But I'll say this, as long as I have my amazing husband by my side, great parents, 2 precious chihuahuas and wonderful girlfriends in my life every year will be fabulous.

Wishing each and every one of you a very Happy New Year!


Thursday, December 16, 2010

Handmade Ornaments

I wanted to try my hand at making Christmas ornaments this year. I used plain ceramic ornaments (on sale at Michaels for about 60 cents), scrapbook paper, pictures, stickers and mod podge. :)

Our little personalized Christmas tree.

I just love my new ornaments!
The back of the ornaments.

This year we have decided to give handmade and homemade gifts for Christmas.
Dan and I (yes, I'll be assisting) will be making/baking all kinds of yummy goodies.

I made each family an ornament.


This crafty project was easy, inexpensive and they turned out oh so fabulous.
Go out and make your own ornaments!



Thursday, December 9, 2010

Too much computer time?

Some seem to think so.

"Come on, Mom. Let's snuggle."


Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Holiday Card Craftiness

This year I wanted to make my own Holiday Cards. I made a little over 50 of them. And every single card is different. I'm happy with the way they turned out although I must say it was a lot of work!




I absolutely LOVED making them! I really didn't think I would love it as much as I did, but once I was done I found myself still thinking about making more and couldn't put the paper down. I just may have found my calling. :D


Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving, Everybody!

I'm thankful for my amazing husband and our love, my health, my husband's health, my kids (chis), the roof over our head, my amazing parents, family and wonderful friends! This year has definitely had its ups & downs, but without y'all this year would have been so hard to get through. Thanks for being a part of my life and making it fun and memorable!

Wishing each and every one of you a very Happy Thanksgiving!


Saturday, November 20, 2010

Snappy Toddler Dress

I made this cute little toddler dress for my cousin's little girl.
I used a cotton knit fabric and had never worked with it before. It was a little difficult to work with, but overall I was happy with the final product. I think it turned out cute!


and with a little long sleeve onesie underneath it's perfect for the cooler temps. :-)

Thank you to my friend, Kim, for posting the dress she made for her little girl and for being my inspiration when it comes to sewing projects. :-)

You can find the template and how-to by going to Prudent Baby.

When it came to using bias tape on the armholes I went to Sew Can Do and followed Cheryl's technique.

It was my cousin's daughter's 1st birthday and I made her a little card too.

And it was my first time making an envelope. I like!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Our Foodie Besties

It's not often that you meet a person or another couple who you just click with. It's amazing when you meet people on the web then come to find out you love the same things; mainly food, desserts, eating and being adventurous when it comes to food and willingness to try new things, but also just a similar sense of humor and a lot of laughing! It's also pretty sad when those friends live across the pond and you only get to see them once a year. But I am extremely grateful that we are able to see each other once a year and that they are in our lives. We are lucky to have such great friends!

Kirsten and I met on a website while we were planning our weddings to our wonderful men. We met IRL (in real life) in May 2008 while D and I were honeymooning in London. Ever since then we have become great friends and fellow foodies. Kirsten and Barry are our foodie besties!

We've hung out in London, Houston and last month in Memphis!




Hmm I wonder where we'll gtg next year...
London, Salt Lake City, Napa Valley, Spain???






Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Friday, October 22, 2010

Girlfriends

I don't have many friends. Growing up I never had a lot of friends.
I had a couple of close girlfriends and I was a girl who had more guy friends than girlfriends.

While planning our wedding I met a lot of wonderful girls online. I have become extremely close to some and one day I hope to meet and become close to more of my lovely friends (you know who you are my lovely blog followers!). You girls are not "online friends", you are simply my friends.

I've known these ladies (Janine, Lisa, Amber, Dani & Shelby) for over 3 years, but had never met them in person. We've become close and they are the ones I immediately go to when I'm happy, sad, need support or when I just need a virtual ((HUG)). They are just as lovely and loveable in person as they are online. It's not fair that we live so far apart, but I'm extremely lucky to have them in my life.
Our trip to Chicago was fabulous and I can't wait to see this group of ladies again in the future!


‎"As people grow up, they realize it becomes less important to have more friends, and more important to have real ones."

Friday, October 15, 2010

National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day


October 15 is National Pregnancy & Infant Loss Awareness Day
(Includes those who suffered a miscarriage, an ectopic pregnancy, a still birth, or the loss of an infant)
♥ Please take a moment today to remember those who hold their babies in their hearts and not their arms.


Anger, Frustration, Confusion, Fear, Grief are all feelings I have dealt with in the past 6 months.
The loss of a pregnancy is never easy. The loss of 2 pregnancies in 6 months is painful.

After 14 years together Dan and I began TTC (trying to conceive) in April.
We found out we were pregnant on May 16th. We were thrilled.
I calculated that I was 5 weeks pregnant and we scheduled our 1st ultrasound for June 1st when I'd be 7 weeks and 2 days. I remember June 1st like it was yesterday. I was both nervous and excited. As the ultrasound was being performed I remember the nurse's facial expression. She wasn't smiling like she had been just a few minutes before. She was looking really closely at the monitor and I could tell something was wrong. She didn't like what she was seeing or rather what she was not seeing. Our baby had no heartbeat. I can still hear the words, "Oh I'm so sorry, but I don't see a heartbeat". We were shocked, then the tears came. What? This isn't supposed to happen. No pregnant woman goes in thinking the worst the first time she finds out she is pregnant. Logically, I understood what happened, but Emotionally it was unbelievably hard. 1 in 3 pregnancies end with a miscarriage. It's nature's way of saying there was something wrong with the baby.

Dan was about to start filming and couldn't be there with me. Going through it alone was hard. My mom offered to be here with me, but I just wanted my husband. I kept going back & forth on whether or not I wanted to let the miscarriage happen naturally or take the medication (cytotec). I wanted to know exactly when it was going to happen so on Friday night I decided to take the cytotec, half a vicodin and I went to bed. Two hours later I woke up in some major pain. The pain was nothing I had ever felt before. I had pain in my back and in my stomach. I couldn't get comfortable, the vicodin made me nauseous. I slept for maybe a total of 4 hours that night. It was the worst night and Dan not being here made it difficult.

Thankfully my mom came by Saturday morning and took care of the kids. So grateful for my mom. That day I had a lot of cramps and my back ached, but overall I was feeling a whole lot better.

Physically, the worst part was behind me. I had cramps here and there, but nothing nearly as bad as the night before.

Emotionally, it took me a long time to deal with everything. I had my moments. It sucked. I would watch a show about pregnancy and I would cry or if I saw someone getting an u/s I would remember being in the office and getting the worst news and I would break down. I would see pregnant ladies and begin to tear up, but was able to hold it together when I was in public. I would try to avoid all pictures of friends on Facebook who were pregnant. I was happy for them, but at the same time I just couldn't see the pictures. It was too soon. I didn't want it to feel that way. I think about what it was like being pregnant for that short time and how quickly it can be taken from you. All the hopes and dreams are gone in an instant. I had hoped that this was the only miscarriage I would go through, but unfortunately it happened again.


On October 3rd we found out we were pregnant again. I calculated that I was 4 weeks and 2 days. We were so excited.
3 days later I started spotting and then bleeding. I tried not to freak out, but having gone through a loss you can't help but worry. I think this pregnancy was a chemical pregnancy. Thinking back I should not have tested early and should have waited to test until after my period had been late, but I did test early and it read PREGNANT so I still went through some pain and crying. I'm doing okay. I think by going through it the 1st time helped me this time... as weird as that may sound. I was kind of expecting the worst, while hoping for the best. We've only been trying since April so I keep telling myself to relax and see that we are lucky to have conceived twice in 6 months. But still...it doesn't make it easy.

Questions flood my mind with why this happens and whether we will be able to have a baby of our own. I want nothing more than to have a baby with Dan, but for some reason we are unable to have a baby of our own we will happily adopt.

I know that it's going to take some time to heal. I look forward to the day when we can start TTC again and next time I will do my best not to test early.

There are women out there aren't able to conceive a child of their own or who go through several more miscarriages than I have. There are women/families out there who have had to bury there newborns/infants. My thoughts are with them today.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Sissy's leg lift

A funny little video. Dan would go to pick Sissy up and she would lift her leg. :D

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Someone likes the mini trampoline

While at the farmhouse I learned that Baby Dan likes the mini trampoline. Either that or he just wanted to be right by my side. :)



Bouncy video of bear and me.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Semi-conscious actions

This pic was taken the 3rd day after surgery (Friday). You can see the left side of my face was a little swollen.


Dan says when I came out of surgery and was in recovery I loudly exclaimed in front of the nurses that
"the doctor administered the anesthesia AND he was AWFUL at it!". lol

I had the giggles afterwards. Dan made a comment and I just remember laughing and telling him not to make me laugh.

I told him to take a picture of me. He said his camera phone wasn't very good and I told him "just take the picture!".

While I was laying in my recovery room I tapped on the window next door to my recovery room that was also a recovery room for another patient. I'm sure that person was so out of it they had no clue what I was doing.


My sinuses have been hurting the past few days. Our upper wisdom teeth are so close to the maxillary sinuses that that may be what I've been feeling. It could also be residual pain following surgery. I'm hoping it's nothing serious. The good news is that the pain has subsided significantly. I have my follow-up appt. Tuesday and will discuss with my doctor what I've been experiencing and find out if it is normal.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

The Extraction

Tuesday morning I had my one wisdom tooth removed.

I was on Demerol and some nausea medication, an antibiotic and ibuprofen. I stopped taking the Demerol and nausea med Wednesday at 10 a.m. and have just been on ibuprofen as needed and the antibiotic until gone. I'm feeling pretty good. I was on a liquid diet for Tuesday and Wednesday that consisted of jello, pudding, apple sauce, vegetable juice and milkshakes and today I incorporated soft foods like scrambled eggs and mashed potatoes.

Dan has been a great nurse. So grateful for him. He replaced my gauze, made sure I was taking my meds on time at all hours of the day and night and made my yummy liquid meals. :)

Dan says I told him to take a picture of me while I was in recovery, but I don't know if I believe him. haha Although, you never know what a person will say when they are drugged up. :D

Now I look pretty unconscious here. What an awful pic.
Why would I want him to take a picture? I guess so I could blog about it now.

My 2 other great nurses

A few hours after I woke up...yeah kinda still out of it and looking quite terrified. :D

A little more alert now and giving a thumbs up.

Hope to be all better soon! I can't wait to eat normal food again. :)


Monday, August 9, 2010

Crafty Weekend

This weekend I was feeling crafty and needed to make a few things for my friend's daughter's birthday. I kept putting it off and finally just did it.

I made chalk!

You need toilet paper/paper towel tubes, duct tape, freezer paper and tempera paint in various colors.
And you need plaster of paris and water.

Mix water, color and plaster of paris to make pretty chalk colors.



Put liquid chalk into freezer paper-lined tubes and let sit for an hour.

Once they dry for an hour they can be removed from the tubes and then need to dry for 24 hours.

You can make your own chalk by following Martha Stewart's recipe & instructions.


I also made a washcloth puppy dog puppet. Pretty cute huh?

Puppy's ears go down.

Puppy's ears go up!
Make your own washcloth puppet by following Martha's How-To.

I found the hardest/longest part to be the hand embroidery. Good thing I took that class where I learned a few stitches or I would have been completely lost.
Note: Embroider face before you sew around the edge of the puppet. Pretty.freaking.hard to embroider the face when it's already sewn. haha



Monday, August 2, 2010

Belated Birthday Yumminess!

Since Dan was shooting his film and actually wrapping the day of my birthday he said he would make me something delicious when we returned to Houston. This past weekend he made me dinner & dessert. And oh my god it did not disappoint at all, but then again when does he ever disappoint? This meal is seriously one of my favorite meals now. Thank you to our dear friend, Josiah, and his mom for the recipe. It was amazing!

Kimchi Fried Rice & Fried Egg with Korean Marinated Grass fed Beef

Blackout Cake w/Raspberries (picture does not do it justice)

A slice of my delicious cake

And what do you make with leftover kimchi?
A delicious Kimchi Pancake of course. YUM!

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Yogurt Pancakes

Looking for a new pancake recipe?!
Look no further. :) This is one of my new favorites.
I found the recipe on Stonyfield's website, but I've also posted the recipe below. We didn't make the blueberry topping because we didn't have blueberries. We also substituted cinnamon with vanilla paste because I wasn't in the mood for cinnamon. :)



The pancakes were delicious. The texture of the pancake was so smooth and moist. You won't be disappointed, I promise. :)

Ingredients

Pancakes
1 egg
1 cup Stonyfield lowfat plain yogurt
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon sugar or maple syrup
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

Blueberry Topping
1 cup Stonyfield lowfat plain yogurt
2 tablespoons honey
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup blueberries

Directions

In a blender, combine egg, yogurt and oil. In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon and mix. Add the yogurt mixture and lightly combine. Using 1/4 cup batter for each pancake, cook the pancakes on a preheated, very hot, oiled griddle until golden, approximately 2 to 3 minutes.

For topping, mix together the yogurt, honey and cinnamon. Fold in the blueberries. Spoon over the pancakes and serve.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Open Gate Screen Shots

Just a few screen shots of the film so you get a feel of what the film will look like.