December 17, 2010

After 4 years of submitting...

So when I got home, I checked my emails for updates and saw an email from "Joannie McBride" and thought, no way!! It can't be... this is someone's idea of a sick joke... seriously... after submitting to CK for almost 4 yrs I'm getting an email? OH YES LADIES... I'M FINALLY GONNA BE PUBBED IN THE CREATING KEEPSAKES MAGAZINE!!! And it's a layout that I made using all products by Creative Memories except for a little bit of mist by Tattered Angels woot woot... I am so freaking excited!!! My layout will be in the Fast pages section of the July/August 2011 Issue.

December 13, 2010

Edward knows his Poppy...

My Poppy passed away six years ago and lately I've felt his presence in my home. Last week, I've had my lights flicker in my scraproom when I was looking at a certain picture and I've had something fall on my shelf. I knew it was Poppy letting me know that he was here... There's not a day that goes by that I don't think about him.

Anyways, tonight, Edward did not want to go to bed. He put up a big fuss so I decided to let him look through my old scrapbook. I flipped to a page that had Poppy on there and Edward looks right at it like he knew who it was and started touching his face in the photo and then he bent down and kissed the page! So I looked at Edward and said, "you know who your Poppy is don't you? He comes to see you doesn't he?"

Mom has mentioned that sometimes when he's at her house, he'll suddenly look up like someones there and start smiling. He has also done this once that I am aware of. He looks up and reaches his arms up like he wants to be picked up.

I know some people don't believe in life after death but I do... and I just needed to share this.

December 9, 2010

Party time at 4:30 am.

My little man thought it was party time at 4:30 this morning... I said, no freaking way buddy! Changed his diaper and gave him a bottle, turned his music box on and back to bed I went. Just peeked in on him, he decided to play with his stuffed animals and then went back to bed. They were all in a circle around him :) Pete said that yesterday, Edward was in his crib playing for a few hours with his stuffed animals; talking up a storm. He was in the middle of the crib and all of his stuffed animals were around him! SO DARN CUTE!!! He's getting a few more for Christmas :)

November 29, 2010

I made the Creative Memories design team!!

Oh my, I am so honored to be apart of such a wonderful team!! No words can explain what I am feeling right now... this is truly a once in a lifetime experience for me and I am in awe that I get to work with some of the best designers in the Scrapbooking industry (my opinion).

Over the past two months Creative Memories has accepted several hundred applications for our Design Team positions. These projects were all phenomenal! There was a VERY large amount of talent to pick from. While it was very difficult, we did have to narrow it down…we thank each of you for taking the time to submit your talents. We wish each and every one of you well in all of your future "scrappy" endeavors!

It is our pleasure to introduce the 2011 Creative Memories Design Team:

Jen Martakis

Nicole Martel

Jill Klasen-Creative Memories Home Office

Cindy Liebel

Sarah Klemish

Shawna Webster

Leanne Bailey

Sharyn Tormanen

Ginger Williams

Jen Lessinger

Wendy Bretz

Celeste Smith

Liana Suwandi

Addie Rysavy

Amy Coose

Rita Barakat

Christa Paustenbaugh

Stacey Hansen

Jamie Cripps

Denna Motta

Sharon O’Nan

Julie Ann Kelley

Diana Brodeur

Lori Mancini

Jenny Bingham

Trisha Swan

Karen Hengel -Creative Memories Home Office

Lacie Schwanke-Creative Memories Home Office

These fabulous designers will share their talent with us in many different, the Project Center, our Catalogs, SCRAPS, and many other places.

Welcome to the CM Design Team!

November 24, 2010

I'm grateful for...

1. Grateful for GOD, my family and friends.

2. Grateful for my health.

3. Grateful for my husband who continues to adore me and remind me that I’m annoying and nagging at times (giggles)…

4. Grateful for my beautiful 9 month old son who lights up my life.

5. Grateful for my love for reading and scrapping!

6. Grateful for having the chance to travel before the baby arrived.

7. Grateful for having the courage and determination to earn my bachelors degree in Business Management after two hard years.

8. Grateful for having a house, a car, warm clothes and food in the house.

9. Grateful for so many fun memories with my hubby, family and friends.

10. Grateful for my friend Mischelle who stood by me while I was pregnant when most of my other friends didn’t bother to call. (I know who my true friends are)

11. Grateful for boots and fun socks.

12. Grateful for my ability to laugh at things through good and bad times.

13. Grateful for my mom and my grandmother.

14. Grateful for music that makes me happy and feeling young again.

15. Grateful to keep on learning and growing and to become a better person that I am.

16. Grateful for my independence and determination.

17. Grateful to have a good head on my shoulders.

18. Grateful to have a good job when several people are out of jobs right now.

19. Grateful to have my wonderful dogs and cat. (They make me happy).

20. Grateful for finally getting my scrapbook work published in paper magazines and books!

21. Grateful for being alive and having much more then most people have.

November 16, 2010

He is so bright for an 8 month old

OMG!! So the other day MY 8 MONTH OLD JUST TOOK 3 STEPS BY HIMSELF TRYING TO GO FOR HIS TOY!! He probably would have taken more had I not interfered... I was worried that he'd fall and bang his head on the shelf in my room.

On that same day, while I was trying to put Edward to bed, he was trying to climb over my shoulder; he was doing everything he could to get out of going to bed. I looked at him and said, "no, it's nite nite time." And do you know what the little stinker did? He leans his forehead against mine starring me in the eye with a mischievous little grin on his face that clearly stated, "mommy, you and I both know that you are not going to push this issue." LOL. So I started laughing and gave him an Eskimo kiss. Pete has been doing this with him...

So Pete will rub noses with him and say "honk, honk". And Edward cracks up... so I did it, I asked him where was my nose. He touched my nose. Then I rubbed my nose against his and said "honk, honk" and my sweet baby boy lost it. LOL. He was laughing so hard, I though he would pass stop breathing lol. And I started laughing and I repeated the process. It was about 10pm. when we were doing this and I loved every moment of it.

The boy's pretty stingy with his kisses... and boy was I surprised when I asked him for a kiss this morning, he opened his mouth wide and gave me a kiss. He made my morning.

And here he is tonight at 9:20pm. He clearly did not want to go to bed. I think he's becoming a night owl. Or maybe he is fighting to stay awake to play with mommy since mommy works all day. So I'm watching Edward crawl to where Paw paw is sitting. Paw Paw looks at him and does not move. LOL. So Edward squeezes by him, looks in my room, doesn't see anything interesting, and decides to crawl around Paw Paw back to me. LOL.

November 7, 2010

Eleven years and 1 month ago

Eleven years and I month ago, you approached me with, "How you doing?" You kept following me around at Shindig in October 1999. My friends tricked me and told me that I had to catch a ride with you if I wanted to get home that night... After a few drinks, I wasn't in the position to argue on the fact that we all went as one so why can't we all fit on the way back... So Pete took me to the pub where we all decided to drink some more... I remember looking over at Pete thinking he was the cutest man ever and kissed him right at the bar... Yep, I made the first move. I had just turned 21 too. I agreed to go out on one date with him. We spent the day at Deep Creek Lake, talking and spending time together. From then on, we've been together. This picture was taken in November 1999. We went camping at the beach for the weekend. We had a great time on the beach. My favorite part of was the bonfire that we built at night.

July 8, 2010

Two years ago...

Two years ago, I received an email asking for a layout that was selected for publication and now I finally get to see it in print!! So exciting!! The book was originally suppose to come out in the fall of 2009 but got pushed back... I haven't had a chance to look through the book, I just skimmed through it for my layout. I'm on page 77! Woohoo! Grab your copy here!

May 1, 2010

Scrapbook Inspirations Book Vol 1

Yeah, I'm so excited! I received my mini album and complimentary copy of the book that I was chosen to be published in! Here's the mini album that I made from several recycled packaging. Isn't it fabulous! I created this mini in December 2009 and held on to it for a few months, hoping to have it chosen! I am so excited to be in this book with several other talented ladies! Order your copy here!

April 20, 2010

Rough night

So last night, I had my finance class. Professor Harvey let us out at nine, one hour early because he didn't want to explode our minds... Finance is rough... Good lord, how do people do that as their profession? I'm guessing, they love it and are good with numbers and formulas... Me, not so much. Anyways, to be nice, I went to Taco Bell to get Pete a grilled, stuffed, steak boritto and I decided well I don't like Taco Bell cause it makes me feel like crap and it's so not healthy but I was hungry so I got a boritto too... Came home, Pete was a happy camper. I sat at my desk and ate my boritto at ten o'clock at night and went to bed. The borrito didn't taste so bad... until 3:00 when the baby woke up for his feeding... halfway through his feeding I felt nauseated... OMG, I so did not feel well. At this point, I'm hoping the baby got enough to eat because mommy needs to throw up! So I gently pull him off of me and put him in the crib. Thankfully, he stayed asleep. I ran to the bathroom and puked my guts up for about 10 minutes. That borrito tasted horrible coming up... ugh, every last bit of it including the mild hot sauce... I was sweating so bad... that's how sick it made me... so now, I'm sorry to disappoint my hubby, but there will no longer be a Taco Bell run on Monday nights after class... I don't think I'll ever eat at Taco Bell again... Not after last night.

March 29, 2010

Nice time

Yeah! Momom came over yesterday so that she could see the baby. It's been a little over 2 weeks since she has seen her grandson... This gave me the chance to run to the grocery store for food and the mall for something to wear for Easter... I refuse to where maternity! And I can't fit in any of my pre-maternity clothes... sighs... and may never be able to. But anyways, I found a dress that I loved in navy blue and it made me look pretty busty... so I got a bigger size in black. Of course I was sad because I loved the blue... but when I got home and showed the dress to momom and explained my dilema... she called another Macy's and they had the blue in my size! Yeah, so today she is taking the dress to exchange it :) woohoo. Mama's happy now! But now I have a problem... what shoes to wear!

Katie gave Edward a bath. His second "real" bath and he loved it. He only cried when he had to get out. The swimmies didn't work too well... he pooped again... sighs.

March 25, 2010

9:00 pm

So last night, I wasn't even thinking... I was drinking ice tea at 9:00 pm. Pete comes in and says " are you mad at me? or do you just hate me or something?" Me: "no why?" Him: "Well your drinking tea at night... it's gonna keep the baby up all night." Me: "I drink cofee all morning and the boy still sleeps... It doesn't even phase him." Well let me just say... oopsies! Pete just woke up from sleeping all day. I gave him the baby at midnight when he fell asleep and I went to sleep. Pete said that the baby did not fall asleep til about 5 this morning and then woke up at 9. Which at that point, Pete brought him to me with a dazed look on his face. I happily grabbed the baby and started talking to him as I slapt him on the boob. After he ate, I layed him on my chest and we both fell asleep in bed and did not wake til 12! Yea momma got some sleep and daddy didn't. I guess drinking tea after 7:00 is not a good idea!

March 21, 2010

Guess who's 1 month today?

Oh my goodness... I can't believe that my baby boy is one month old today! The past month has been a blur and has sped by fast! I was just talking to mom yesterday about this... telling her that I've done nothing this past month! But she reminded me that I have been taking care of the little man, making sure he's eating and taken care of... Good point! That's been a lot of work but it's getting easier as the days go by. I'm enjoying every moment too because he won't always be this tiny!

Here are a few shots I took of my mom's dog Zac and momom's dog Tilly. Aren't they the cutest?

Yesterday mom and I went to get a pedicure and man did I need it. It's been nine months since my toes received any tending, loving, care. hehe. Aren't they prettiful?

March 20, 2010

Got milk?

LMAO... I am still laughing this morning when I think about what happened last night. Pete was cracking up, shaking his head at me last night when I told him what happened. So last night, I had the baby in bed with while I was watching a movie and I was feeding him during this time. Well, the little man was pretty fussy about 9:30 and kept crying and knocking the boob away and I know he's hungry. He starts screaming and his face starts turning beet red which is unlike him... so I know something's wrong and I look down and find a drool hanging from the boob to his mouth. So I go to wipe it with a burp cloth and it's still there... and I'm like what the hell! So I look closer and my nipple is squirting milk out like a faucet! And my poor boy skept squinting his eyes and trying to move away as he kept getting squirted in the face. Just as I figured out what was happening, I slapped a burp cloth on the boob and started to wipe the little guy's face off... He was not a happy camper with mommy. LOL. But I had to laugh because I just couldn't believe what happened... lol

March 15, 2010

Snicker, snicker

Now why wasn't I smart enough to use this with the doc when she kept getting on me about my weight gain when I was pregnant? LOL. Good one!

I look at him...

While I was watching Edward sleep earlier, I couldn't help but think to myself, He looks like me when I was a baby so I went through my baby album and scanned a photo... Sometimes when I look at him, I see me in him but yet, I do know that it's too early to tell. I need to find a baby picture of Pete and compare them.

Spent the day with mom

So yesterday, mom picked Edward and I up around 11 am to spend the day at her house with Aunt Jamie and Katie as well. Gives us both a new scenary since mommy hasn't been able to leave the house due to a c-section. We had a nice relaxing day! Mom and the girls held the baby and I read, did some magazine work and relaxed a bit. Mom took the baby to church around 5 and I napped. When she got home, Jamie stripped Edward and put on a bathing suit and she and Edward got a bath. He absolutely loved it! Will upload pictures in a bit. Jamie had a great time until I heard her screaming from the livingroom. LOL. Edward decided that he needed to poop and well, there were a few little green terds floating in the tub. So Jamie starts yelling and shortly after that, Edward got scared and started to cry but once Jamie calmed down, he did too and well, that was the end of the bath. LOL. Mom will be sure to pick up baby swimmies for next time.

March 12, 2010

2 weeks old shots

I love this hat on the baby. He looks so good in green :) Here are a few shots that I took over the weekend. I had another fun hat but it's too big so I'll have to wait until Edward's head gets a little bigger for that shoot. LOL. Yes Jodye, I remember what you said... "he's going to be a toy to you." LOL. Poor kid will never escape the camera!

March 11, 2010

Mother, daughter holding baby Edward

Photo taken by Reagan Williams at This is one of the dozens of photos that Reagan took Sunday when she was here to do a a shoot of my new bundle of joy! When Mom sent it to me, all that came out of my mouth was Oh my God!! Isn't it beautiful? Reagan is located in the Catonsville area of Maryland for those of you who are in the area and are interested in having her do a photo shoot for you! She's great and I promise you that you will not be disappointed! She does wonderful work. I should have more photos next week sometime from the shoot to share!

March 7, 2010

Today was a good day

Dad came by since he was in the area to spend time with the baby. He has to come when the girls and mom aren't here because otherwise, they won't let him hold the baby... LOL. He even dressed Edward and took him for a walk around the block since it was a beautiful day out! He said that the baby really enjoyed it. He was looking all around. Mom came at 2 with Reagan, a photographer who asked if she could come do a quick shoot of the baby. This was fabulous because a few months ago, I emailed her telling her that I wanted her to do newborn shots... but after Edward came and I realized how much we'd be spending on diapers, wipes etc... Well I couldn't pay for the photo shoot which made me sad because this was something I had wanted. But in the end, Reagan asked if she could come take a few shots for free which was a win win for both of us because she can post the shots in her gallery, and I'd promote her on my blog and when I scrapbook the photos... I can't wait to see them. She showed me one that she took of the baby and I and OMG. She's good! She took some naked shots and Pete just thought it was wrong LMAO... But he just doesn't get it. Pete's mom is here for the week. She has been rocking Edward as she reads for the past few hours. It's been a rather peaceful day! Mom has been dying to get over here. She hasn't been here in a week and it's killing her. She couldn't believe how much Edward has grown in a week. He's fattening up a little. She said she couldn't wait another week and that she will be over on Tuesday lol. I tried to keep her out of the house while Pete's mom was here but I do understand mom's pain. LOL. And honestly, Kay doesn't mind. Mom also said that Jamie (my sister) will be coming by Sunday after practice to spend the day with the baby :) I'm surprised she has waited this long. She's absolutely crazy about her nephew. Well, things have been going really well. Today I finally put on some normal clothes instead of the pj's I've been living in for the past two weeks. It felt good to dress up. Mom and Reagan said that I looked great and I actually felt great. I changed like 5 times this morning because nothing fit right... I'm healing much quicker then I thought but that doesn't mean I'm walking the stairs or cleaning and lifting... Doc said none of these things for 30 days and I am not going against her orders because I do not want to have to have surgery again! Well, I'm gonna go for now. I have no pictures to post yet... My computer died yesterday... which I do not want to talk about because I'm devestated, so the pictures will have to wait because I don't have a way to upload them to hubby's laptop.