A Week of Craziness

Sometimes life sends a curve ball your way and you just have to do your best to catch it in your hands and hang on tight.  That's what the past week has felt like.  With our little girl's early arrival, I've felt such a mix of emotions!  Relieved to have the ole labor and delivery part behind us, but that feeling was replaced by worry when the next day, the pediatrician on call told us they needed to put her under light therapy for jaundice.  We both ended up spending an extra day and night in the hospital, her in a blue lighted box with nothing more than a diaper and a felt eye patch over her eyes and me sitting in my room, fretting as mothers naturally do.  Each morning, she had a blood test to see how her bilirubin levels were doing.  Wednesday evening, the pediatrician finally said she could go home as he thought she seemed to be fairly stable.  I couldn't pack up my things soon enough!  There's nothing like sitting in a hospital room like that for three days to make you want to just throw the doors open and run!

The home nurse came the next morning to check on us, taking another blood test for DD's bilirubin.  Result?  It had gone up three points!  We were told to just sit tight, feed her as much as possible and report to the lab the next morning for another bilirubin check.  I tried my best to feed her, but she was so sleepy and didn't eat much unless I force fed her, sneaking some supplemental milk in her mouth while she slept in my arms.  The next morning, her levels had risen another point.  More of the same at home...and more worrying.  Another blood test, another two point rise.  This time, the pediatrician that had guided us through DS3's bumpy jaundice experience (a grandfatherly sort) took over and made one simple suggestion:  put her strictly on formula for twenty-four hours.  Going against all the advice of the breastfeeding community, I put my trust in him and followed his advice.  Back to the lab Sunday morning and the result?  A solid two point drop!  I felt such relief from the burden of worry and frustration that had settled on my shoulders!  He wants her back this morning for another bilirubin check, but told us we don't have to be so strict with keeping her wrapped in the bili blanket she's been bound to since she's been home.  Hello, snuggle time!!!

So...if you're wondering where I've been hiding, I've had a little extra on my plate on top of the usual new baby things!  Believe it or not, I did squeak out a really fast CAS card just for something to distract me late one evening while she was dozing and the three boys were tucked in.  Here's what my hands put together in less than ten minutes:

The silhouette flower images, sentiment and the die cut butterfly are all black in color.  The narrow frame and gemstone are purple.  I drew the butterfly's flight path with just a fine tip marker.

I'm hoping for a less eventful week.  My dear mother is here spending a few days with us and that, in itself, is such a comfort.  Really, is there anything more comforting that the presence of your mother?

Have a terrific Tuesday!

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Happiness is…

...the magic of a carousel.

...catching fireflies in the evening.

...fresh green beans from the garden.

...the soothing sound of a gentle rain.

...the wagging tail of a puppy.

...fresh lemonade.


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Take Me to the Fair!


We spent a good portion of the day today at the county fair!  The weather was absolutely gorgeous and we took full advantage of it!  DH took a few hours off work to meet the boys and I, so that was especially nice!

We started out by walking through all the animal buildings.  DS2 was especially intrigued by the pigs this time around, for some reason!  His grandparents raise pigs, so I wasn't quite sure what drew his interest so much at the fair, but I took the opportunity to take some photos of him standing still!

DS1 was getting a bit cantankerous after we'd looked at the cows and pigs a few too many times...

...and I'm thinking this may just be a mighty fine photo to save for high school graduation day!

The sun was shining its golden light and with it came the need for some sweet fair treats!

Think, "Funnel Cakes!" and "Fresh Lemonade!"

Why is it that with all there is to see at a fair, there are so many ropes and signs?!  I'm sure that's what DS3 was thinking!

Ah well, there were still plenty of things to see that allowed little eyes to widen in wonder.

Another year.  Another county fair.  Summer is quickly coming to a close!

Little by Little

I hope you had a wonderful Thursday!

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It seems like gold accents are popping up everywhere these days and I am liking what I see of the trend on handmade cards lately!  I was able to try my hand at making one because this week's cue word challenge over at CASology is GOLD!

I happened to remember (something that doesn't happen very frequently these days) a mosaic Stampin' Up! set I have in my stash and it dawned on me that my metallic gold ink might just be what I needed to make a card for the challenge!  I'd looked through my embossing powders and spritz sprays already with no luck and the spool of gold cord I came across just didn't do it for me!  Thank goodness for light bulb moments!

Stamps:  SU (Mosaic), Paper Trey (sentiment)
Paper:  Paper Trey cardstock (white), SU cardstock (Basic Black)
Ink:  Encore (Gold), Memento (Tuxedo Black)
Accessories:  SU Mosaic punch, black gemstones, foam dots

Don't forget to spend a little time visiting the rest of the design team members' blogs as well as this week's guest designer's blog for lots of beautiful inspiration!  It's always interesting to see what the weekly cue words trigger in creative minds!  I can't wait!  Be sure and link up your own creation on the challenge blog by Sunday at 4 p.m. (CDT) for your chance to win a little prize package!  CASology is celebrating its one year anniversary this week!

(you're here!) 
Rosemary Dennis
Tracey McNeely
Guest Designer:  Hannelie

The boys survived their first day of swimming lessons.  DS1 seems resigned to going now.  DS2 tried so hard to be brave, but I noticed he was quietly shedding a few tears once he was in the water.  He is the sensitive, shy one, so I was wondering if that might happen!  Afterward, he stated he would rather not go again!  Only eight more days!  I'm thankful that they put the two of them in the same group this time around.  That, in itself, should help him and DS1 is so good about having him along, taking him under his wing.

Have a terrific Tuesday!
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Masculine Monday: Blue

After a busy company-filled ending to last week, it was so relaxing to spend a little time in my craft room Saturday afternoon!  Amazingly, my mojo actually agreed to cooperate!

A somewhat masculine card evolved when I was playing along with this week's photo inspiration challenge on Splitcoast Stampers' Clean & Simple thread.

Stamps:  Paper Trey (sentiment)
Paper:  Paper Trey cardstock (kraft), SU cardstock (Pacific Point)
Ink:  SU (Elegant Eggplant), Memento (Tuxedo Black)
Accessories:  Nestabilities (heart), Spica Copic marker (black), woodgrain embossing folder, foam dots, scoring tool

I embossed the woodgrain pattern on the center panel and then lightly scored two lines to divide the panel into thirds.  I then die cut the heart out of the center of the panel.  I die cut another heart out of blue cardstock and sponged purple ink onto it to give it a little character.  I stamped the sentiment and then traced over it with a black Spica pen to add a little sparkle.  I popped up the main panel and then glued the blue heart down to the card base to fill the negative space.

This week is the beginning of swimming lessons for DS1 and DS2.  We'll see how this goes!  DS1 is less than enthused even though he had them last year and survived.  DS2 is enthused as of now, but will see what he says after his first lesson this morning!  I never cared for swimming lessons as a girl (was even scared of the water), so feel myself dreading this, but being very careful not to show my feelings and crossing my fingers the two of them will have a positive experience!  Knowing how to swim is such an important life skill!

Have a marvelous Monday!

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Happiness is…

 ...surprise cakes, courtesy of your children.

...a gentle breeze.

...a listening ear.

...a date night with your hubby.

...air conditioning. at the end of a day.

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Time for T

Sometimes I really like a sentiment, but it won't fit on the area I have designated for it. That's when I have to dig deep into the creative depths of my brain to find a solution.

Stamps:  Clearly Besotted (My Cup of Tea)
Paper:  Paper Trey cardstock (white), SU cardstock (Calypso Coral, Sahara Sand), Memento (Tuxedo Black)
Ink:  SU (Primrose Petals)
Accessories:  teapot & cup dies (Clearly Besotted), linen thread, paper piercer, foam dots, Copic marker

I wanted to use a tea themed sentiment, but had this idea to use a tiny little tag for the tea pot.  I ended up using just the "T" from the sentiment, hoping those who might see this would understand what it stands for!  Wishful thinking?  I just love this set from Clearly Besotted!  I used a Copic marker to color the three spots of tea pouring into the cup.  I used the negative die cut of the cup to sink the cup into the card a little and popped up the tea pot to give the appearance of it hovering over the cup a bit.  The entire middle panel was popped up with foam dots after adding the pierced frame and three dots of pouring tea.

I created this card for this week's Clean & Simple Challenge over at Splitcoast Stampers:  a color challenge consisting of Sahara Sand (tan), Primrose Petals (bright pink) and Calypso Coral (coral) and white.

I can't say I'm really in any kind of mood for hot tea right now.  This week's weather is hot, hot, hot!  The boys are playing with a lot of water whenever they are outdoors and we're enjoying our fair share of popsicles!  This momma-to-be is not exactly enjoying the humidity that has arrived, so is hoping next week will be a bit kinder with swimming lessons and the county fair as destinations on the outing list!

Have a wonderful Thursday!

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