Thursday, August 23, 2007

Halloween, school, the good stuff!

So I logged online this morning at around 6:30am and was greeted to an IM from my good friend Mely :) She linked me to this page at Babystyle with all these adorable Halloween Costumes for babies. I LOVE Baby's first Halloween, Austin was the pea in the pod, Aidan was a Pumpkin and Thanks to Mely Adriana will be this...

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How cute is my little butterfly going to be? I love this! And I especially love that it has legs lol, no bunting, Adriana moves her little legs so much! (Dustin calls her Froggy because of it lol), it's just so perfect I could not be anymore happier and how girlie is it :) so stinkin cute!. I can't wait for this costume to get here. They also had these cute little costumes to...

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Beautiful Peacock, but it's bunting lol and a bit boyish to me.

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And a kangaroo and look what is in the pouch lol, a Baby Kanga, soooooooo cute!!!! I LOVE this time of year, it is my favorite, Fall, Halloween, my birthday LOL ;) Austin wants to be a transformer this year and Aidan wants to be a pirate. Next year we are all going to totally FINALLY do the scooby gang (family) theme, ALL of us ;)

Well I was up bright and early this morning because it was my son's first day of first grade, Okay is every year going to be a weepy mess for me on the first day of school? He was so nervous and excited he hardly could sleep last night and with him being up throughout the night and getting up with Adriana I am so tired today, I could totally use a nap. He was up to see his daddy leave for work, I fed him breakfast (poptarts, we decided on this because his stomach was a bit upset from nerves), I made him take a shower last night after I cut his hair so he would not have to bother with it this morning. I got ready, showered, makeup etc. We waited around, I made his lunch (Egg salad sandwich, capri sun, apple, scooby fruit snacks and a mini pringles cup.) When my mom got here we were off to his first day of first grade. We stood in his line and got to meet his teacher (very nice lady), then when the bell rang we went into his class. First impression, it's alot different then Kindergarten, so, so, ....well.... grown up :( no rainbow colored carpet for singalong time or story time, no group tables, it was so grown up, we put his backpack into his cubbie (had his name on it, it was so cute!) and walked to the desks/table he shares with one other student (Rosemary). There were 5 Kindergarten classes last year and this year there are 6 1st grade classes. He only had one child from his class last year (Ramon) in his new class. I think he is a little sad that Mara (his very close friend who is a girl, we CAN NOT call her his girlfriend or he gets so upset LOL) is not with him :( On his desk was his name tag taped to it and a pencil box with supplies in it (crayons, pencils and erasers), a gift from his new teacher. I remembered to take pictures of him before he left but silly me I forgot my camera on the counter in the kitchen on our way out :( so there I was the actual scrapbooker mom lol and the only mom there without her camera :( There was a dot to dot worksheet on his desk/table so he got right to it and started working on it, he loves dot to dots (this one had numbers you follow to make the pattern). I leaned in and told him it was time for mommy to go and that I loved him very much (at this time I start to feel the tears coming, not there just building) he said very slow (he was very nervous and I did not want to upset him so I whispered to him as I spoke.)that he loved me to, and then I told him I would be back when school was out to get him and that I hoped he had a wonderful and exciting day with his new teacher and all the new friends and classmates he would meet today. Then I went for the door. I of course turned around and stood half between the door and outside and watched him a little more, he was so into his Dot to Dot, I smiled , got teary eyed again and left. I can not believe he is in first grade, I am going to blink and it will be 5th grade, blink again and he will be finishing up Highschool, I don't want to stop time, but darn it where is that slow-mo button :)

Okay well I need to get my sketch up for my class and finish my second project for my second class, I will try and post those pictures tonight if I get time, probably after Big Brother 8 is over, I can't wait to see the Jen meltdown (I saw on the livefeeds) and how they play up the pen. nom/vote she will be getting tonight. TTYL

ETA- Here are my DT layouts for LRS...

I know I used these pictures on another layout but they worked out so perfect with This DT challenge we had at LRS (A sketch by Jennifer Swartz)

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The background is stamped with one of the SassaFrass Lass stamps I designed for LRS.

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More stamps I designed on this layout, they all match the new Dasiy D fall in love line.

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Nikki

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Awesome find

I was blog surfing yesterday and came across a blog that had these awesome looking felt flowers, she had a link to an etsy store that made them, so I clicked on it to see more. This store Pink Owl Creations , has some amazing girl hair pretties :) and felt goodies for scrapbooking. I could not help myself, so I ordered these felt flower hairclips for Adriana...

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and I ordered these scrapbooking felt flowers because they match some American Crafts patterned paper I have...

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The lady who owns the store and makes the stunning pieces also does custom orders so I am ordering this set here in the pink and also a matching purple set...

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I also ordered some custom flowers like these...

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and also a set in purple, brown and white and pink/brown and white to also match some American Crafts patterned paper lol.

I can not wait to get my first order :) She also makes Barrettes, Bobbi pins, hair clips, felt flowers and embellishments for scrapbooking, headbands and she has an awesome sale items section. Go check this store out, it's AWESOME! Here are a couple more samples of what is in the store that I liked...

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Things are going good here, I am working on the house today and getting my project #2 assignment done for the classes I am teaching at LRS. I have another long TODO list but am working my way through it pretty fast YAY lol. Okay I better get back to work. I will try and post later tonight, I need to post a couple weeks worth of pictures of Adriana lol. Okay TTYL

Nikki

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Weekend's over

Saturday was pretty busy for me, my mom came over and visited with us for a while which was so nice. Hi mom :) Today was a layed back day for the most part, I cleaned the house early and Dustin dropped the boys off at MIL's. We went shopping at walmart and then safeway for a few groceries. I have been living off of salads since Adriana was born but have been eating more and more veggies and I have cut out all meat now (I did this a year and a half ago and became a vegetarian for a long time, lost alot of weight to and it just made me feel so good healthy wise, I had so much energy), I was buying salad bags from safeway and albertons (soon to be luckys again woohoo they are bringing luckys back), but am now buying the HUGE 3 pound bag from costco for only $1.99, that is an AWESOME deal on salad! because those smaller bags from the grocery stores were like $4 a bag and super tiny. I love the mix of veggies you get in the bag to, so yummy. So I have salad for lunch or I will do steamed veggies (carrots, cauliflower and broccoli or steamed corn.) and a salad for dinner. I have also cut out regular soda and am drinking diet coke and a WHOLE lot of water. I am already starting to feel better and I have lost 10 pounds the last couple weeks. I have also been walking again and have started doing my walk away the pounds DVD's again. I am hoping once Austin is settled in school and I talk to Dustin's grandma about maybe watching Adriana and Aidan twice a week for a couple hours I can finally join the gym and do it a couple times on the weekdays and all of the weekend. I am determined to lose the rest of the baby weight from this time around, and the rest I need to lose from the other two LOL. Only time will tell, It is kind of exciting to me this time around, I think because I am so determind to get it done this time, I WANT to really do it now. I want to fit into smaller jeans, maybe not the size I wore before kids but smaller then the size I am now. I want to feel good again, I want to look in the mirror and say "dang she's cute" lol. ;)(totally joking there but I am sure you get where I am going).

When we were shopping today I saw the next lens I want for my camera and it was not to pricy (for a lens lol) It's the Canon 75-300. I want a good zoom lens and I think this is it. I want to be able to sit on the dry sand at the beach with the baby and get great shots of the boys in the water with out getting up and getting in the water lol. I want to take awesome pictures of the animals at the zoo. I also looked at the video cameras, I REALLY REALLY REALLY want one of these so much so I can record our babies. We had one when Austin was a baby and looking back at those video's is the best, I want to be able to do that with all of them now, capture them and be able to look back, remember and cry tears of joy if I have to lol (Austin's baby videos make me cry and laugh lol.) So my goal is to save up for one, and hopfully get one before Adriana is to big.

I changed the song on my blog tonight to Colbie Calillat- "Bubbly" I really love this beautiful song right now, it makes me so happy when it comes on the radio (Melissa I bet this will be one you are gonna love to ;) you will need this one for your iPOD), I need to get this CD (yes I am still a CD person lol, no iPOD here yet lol, although I do have iTunes on this computer LOL and have an awesome playlist on it that I listen to.

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I battled with changing the song because I totally LOVE Aly and Aj's new CD "Insomniatic" (Fits us huh Kristie lol ;) ) right now, I play it daily. And love their "Potential breakup song", the beat is awesome and just makes you want to get up and dance. The whole CD is AWESOME! These sisters ROCK their music!

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Okay well I better get off this computer and finish up a couple things before bed. I hope to post some of my DT layouts here soon, we have been doing these DT layout challenges now at LRS and they are becoming a favorite thing to do. Okay nightie night.

TTYL,

Nikki

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Layout, LRS, TODO lists, classes

First, here is a layout I finished today. I LOVED this American Crafts paper when I saw it at LM and I knew I had to have it (and a bunch more lol including a ton of the new CHA stuff from them) for Adriana pages. It was alot of fun to make, and I got to use my Tattered Tags felt butterfly with pin I bought from an Esty store.

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I have been a busy bee this week already lol. I am currently working on my DT stuff for LRS we have an awesome kit this month featuring the new "Fall in Love" line from Daisy D.

The main kit

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The add-ons

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The stamps (I'll take a picture of them in the Sassafrass Lass packaging and post it tomorrow).

Anyways, I am working on my regular DT work right now and I am finishing up one of my first classes (a cards/stamping technique class that will have a contest) I will be teaching this month there. I am teaching 4 different classes this month there plus I designed the stamp set that goes with this months kit, fun stuff :) I am a little nervous about the classes though, it's my first time teaching on line.
In other news lol, I have been making my TODO lists again and staying on top of things, Here is my list for today, I almost have everything done.

My TODO list for today-

DONE-get up
DONE-Shower
DONE-get boys dressed
DONE-get adriana fed and dressed
DONE-unload dishwasher
DONE-put dishes in dishwasher
DONE-start new load
DONE-wipe down kitchen counters
DONE-wipe down kitchen table
DONE-pick up toys in livings room
DONE-pick up lucky charms on floor in living room
DONE-dust entertainment center and photos/frames
DONE-fold clothes in dryer
DONE- Put clothes away
DONE-start load in wash
DONE- Pick up in Adriana's room
DONE- put boxes outside
DONE- put boys clothes awaydrink one water bottle
DONE-make beds
DONE-pick up shoe mess aidan made
DONE-finish layout
DONE-Pump BM and store
finish cards for class I am teaching
DONE-pick up scrappyroom
DONE-lunch
DONE-take out trash in master bathroom
DONE-Pull out chicken for dinner (chicken tacos)
DONE- Cook dinner
go for 30 minute walk

Okay well I better get back to my DT work and class stuff. I will post more tomorrow. Nightie night :)

Nikki

Saturday, August 4, 2007

Quick little blog post :) pictures....

I am busy busy busy lol, Working on some Scrapfest points for LM, cleaning the house, reading my big brother 8 updates at bigbrotherupdates.com (lol been going there for a few years now, love them for the live feed updates, since I decided to get showtime BBafterdark instead of the live feeds this year, I figured I would be in my room taking care of Adriana and BF that late so I had no time for sitting here watching / listening to them all day lol. LOTS of drama going on in the house the last couple days since they booted out the lovely NICK :( , everyone is turning on eachother, it's so funny and looks like America's player Eric will be out soon.

I am so loving all the new CHA stuff coming in at lifetimemoments.com right now, I picked up a few sheets of the new American Crafts, Scenic Route, Dream street and a couple chipboard items this last week. I also added a few new things to my wishlist there, new stuff coming in each week :)

Okay well I need to go give my little baby girl a bath so I will end this short and with a couple pictures :)

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TTYS

Nikki