Saturday, September 30, 2006

Sleep Deprived

We are all sleep deprived and cranky around here! Camden is continuing his night-time coughing spells (which is not his fault, of course), which means that we're all up and down all night long. Leads to some very cranky moments!

Yesterday was pretty slow. Brian worked, I stayed home and did laundry, got some grocery shopping done. I went to Sally's Beauty Supply to buy a new flat iron. My Chi died after only 6 months, which is really annoying since I spent alot of money on it! Anyway, as we were leaving Sally's, Camden asked what store we were just in. I told him Sally's Beauty Supply. He said in a very disapproving voice, "Mommy, we don't talk about someone's booty." I tried to explain, but it didn't go over so well!

He has been a bottomless pit lately. I've heard all the stories about how much boys eat, but until this week had not really experienced it, but if he keeps it up, I'll never be able to keep groceries in the house! At lunch today, he ate 2 pieces of ham, Pringles, peaches, strawberries, jello, and a cookie and wanted more. This is after he had two huge helpings of cereal and an apple at breakfast for a snack this morning. After lunch, he came up to me, hugged me and said, "thank you for letting me eat lunch." Makes it sound like I never feed him when he says it that way!

We were supposed to go to my friend's daughter's birthday party today, but decided that since we're all cranky and sleep it would probably be best to skip it. Plus, it's a swim party, and since it's only 75 today, there's no way I'm letting Camden get cold and wet.

I'm hoping to get some scrapping in this weekend, maybe after Camden goes to bed tonight. Here's one layout I did last night.

Thursday, September 28, 2006


Poor Camden! He started coughing at 2:30 last night and we've all been up since! After finally throwing up, spending time in the bathroom with the hot water running, and several rounds of albuterol, he finally settled down about 4:50 a.m. I decided it wasn't worth it to go back to bed for 20 minutes, and Brian headed to the gym. This morning will definitely be a Starbucks morning!

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Oh, snap

Camden’s new favorite phrase is “Oh, snap.” "Chicken Little’s daddy says it" is what he told us when we asked where he heard it. He must say it 100 times every day. It’s quite funny!

It’s been almost a week since I blogged and I feel too overwhelmed to recap 6 whole days. So I’ll just settle with saying we had a nice weekend, got to see my mom and a family friend. Camden had lots of fun playing with his Grandma. He was running a fever Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, but when we took him to the doctor, he said it must be viral because there was no sign of infection. He’s back at school today and happy to be out of the house.

We found out Saturday night that Camden is going to have a new cousin. My brother-in-law and sister-in-law are expecting their third baby in May. They had actually started the process of domestic adoption, but God obviously had other plans. We're very excited for them!

My friend Kim kindly sent me PSE4, and so I had a great time over the weekend learning some of the fun things it can do. My favorites are actions! I spent some serious money on scrapping supplies. I can’t help it – I was inspired by all the new things I can do with it. Here are some of my weekend layouts.

Wednesday, September 20, 2006


I'm home today because Camden has got a cold. He's really been coughing and his asthma is flaring up so I decided to keep him home today in hopes that a day away from the germy daycare will help him get over it quicker. He's had a little cold for several weeks now, but this is definitely worse than he's been. I had actually taken a half day of vacation for today anyway because my mom and a friend are passing through town. They should be here early afternoon, so that will be fun. I've got a little bit of cleaning to do (you know I have to get it right if my mom is going to see my house!) and then I'm making chicken enchiladas for supper.

Poor Brian was so upset last night. When he got home last night, which was late because of class, he went in to take Camden potty before we headed to bed. He always does this and it just gives him another little chance to give him a hug and kiss. Camden usually sleeps through it. Well, last night Camden roused enough to whisper, "are you back from class?" Brian said yes, and Camden whispered back, "You have to go to class alot." And then fell back asleep. How sad is that! I will be so glad when Brian is finished with this teacher certification. It is definitely going to be for our benefit in the long term, but it's hard right now!

Another sad moment last night. My contender guy lost his match so he won't be going to the prize fight. Now I don't really care who wins! Next week is the finale and the fight will be live in Las Vegas.

Here is the Xavier layout I did Sunday, and also one that I've been working on for 3 days (which is unusual for me).

Tuesday, September 19, 2006


Apparently, we’re raising a psychopath. This is what Camden said to his Aunt Liz Sunday. He was hugging her goodbye and they were touching heads as they often do before he gives her a kiss. “I’m going to break your head so the blood will come out.” I didn’t hear this remark on Sunday, but I did hear it this morning when he told me the same thing as I was hugging him good bye. WHAT??? He’s smiling and very affectionate when he says it so I know he has no idea what it means. Obviously, Veggie Tales and Little Einstein’s are more violent that we thought! I have no idea where he’s heard this, but it must be one of his evil little playmates at school. LOL

This is not something I would post here very often, but I think it’s important and very close to my heart because of my own son. I know a fellow adoptive family currently in the process of adopting a sweet little girl with special needs from Korea. She has been waiting for 2 years for her family. The Murschell family has three other children adopted from Korea and are trying to finish raising money to bring little Chloe Jane home. If you’re interested in helping them or seeing more of their story, please click here.

I can’t seem to upload photos right now so you’ll have to stay tuned one more day to see a very cute layout of Xavier, my nephew.

Monday, September 18, 2006


Well, the camping trip was a success. Camden had a great time on Friday night with Brian and his Gramps. He did some fishing, washed his hands a lot (he can’t stand to be dirty), and came home WIRED on Saturday. I spent most of Saturday cleaning and getting ready for company. My sister, brother-in-law and twin nephews came in for a quick visit Saturday night and spent the night with us. I stayed up until midnight talking to my sister, which was nice. The boys are so cute! They’re 8 months old now and moving around and have their own little personalities. I just love their baby softness. They were enamored with Camden. When he would come around, they just lit up. It was so cute! I have a layout in the works, but it’s not quite ready. Stay tuned.

A couple of Camden funnies. These days everything is a race and he needs to “beat” us. Friday we were getting in the car and he was helping buckle his car seat. He was so proud of himself and said, “I beat you! I beat you! I’m a failure to beat you!” Now where he has heard the word “failure” I’m not sure, but it was so funny because he was certainly not using it correctly since he was pleased as punch! Friday morning when he got up, I hugged him, and said, “I love you, Camden.” Without missing a beat, he said back to me, “I love you too, Melissa.” Apparently, he's big enough that he no longer needs to call me mommy.

Here is one camping layout from the weekend. More to come from this event I'm sure.

Thursday, September 14, 2006


Today is my Friday so it’s a good day! Brian is taking Camden camping for the first time tomorrow. I hope they have a good time. I will not be joining them! While they’re out building a fire and setting up tents and fighting off bugs, I’m going to be getting my hair done and going shopping!

Survivor starts tonight. I’m very curious about how they’re going to handle this season. They’ve divided the tribes into 4 ethnic groups. I’m really hoping they have not stereo-typed these groups of people. Surely not! As a mother of an Asian child, I’m a little sensitive to this because even at such a young age, we hear comments about him all the time how that he’s so smart BECAUSE he’s Asian. Even had a family member tell us that it’s “inbred” in the Asians. Well, he’s just a cute, bright boy who happens to be Asian! If you’ve ever noticed in television, Asians are MANY times portrayed as very smart, but very geeky and socially inept. Okay, so I got a little off topic here!

Here are a couple more recipes and a layout from yesterday. For you non-scrapping people out there (mom and Becky), if you download these you can then print them as a 4x6 picture or print on cardstock from your computer if you’d like.
Photo Shoot - Sara Carling's Aero kit

Grape Salad - download here

Cheese Straws - download here

Wednesday, September 13, 2006


I've been working on recipe cards for a work project (I know - isn't that great to scrap at work!) and thought I'd offer them here if anyone wants them. I'll have more next week.

Neiman Marcus Spread - download here

Russian Teacakes - download here


The last couple of nights at home with Camden have been so sweet. Number one, he is playing by himself sooooooo well this week. This is not typical of him. Number two, he has just been plain sweet and agreeable. He’s typically a very sweet boy anyway, but he’s also 3, and has his moments, but not the last couple of days! I let him stay up and watch some of Dancing With the Stars with me. He is too funny! He heard them say that the men would be dancing the Cha Cha Cha, and he was so excited because apparently the Wiggles talk about the Cha Cha Cha?? This led to many, many questions! I sent him to bed at 7:30 (yes, this is actually late for him) and finished up Dancing With the Stars and then watched The Contender (it was a good TV night). I still think that Brian and I are the only people watching this show, but I LOVE it! We’re down to the quarter-finals, and my two favorites had to box against each other last night. Can we say gut wrenching! My first favorite did win, but I hate watching these guys lose! Some of them are devastated; some of them are so sweet to their kids trying to explain that they are fine, and it’s not about winning, but how that they fought well, and the kids are so upset and crying!! Anyway, enough about TV!

I thought we were past this point in our parenting career, but obviously I need to start picking out Camden's clothes before I leave for work! I used to do this when he was younger, but I thought Brian was mature enough to handle it at this point. HOWEVER, yesterday I picked up Camden from school, and he was wearing a t-shirt that was clearly too small for him. I mean, if his belly is showing, don't you think that'd be the first clue it doesn't fit! So this morning Brian calls me, and says he couldn't find anything to put on Camden. (This cannot be true because anyone who knows me knows that he has way more clothes than any child or adult should own) So, because he "couldn't find" anything, he got into the rubbermaid of clothing that I had set aside to give to my sister and pulled out a pair of jeans. This rubbermaid is full of clothes from last winter that clearly do not fit him anymore. So now my cute son wore a belly-showing shirt yesterday and high waters today! I'm picking his clothes out tomorrow! LOL
Here are a couple of layouts from last night.

So Mischievous - credits here

W & X - credits here

Boy Pile - credits here

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Dinner Conversation

This is how our dinner conversation went last night.

Me: Camden, what did you do at school today.
Camden: Nothin'
Me: Sure you did! What did you do with your friends?
Camden: We saw poop. Kaden saw poop and me. We digged in the dirt for worms. And a praying mantis was praying like this (hand motions here) and almost got us.

Well, I guess I asked! Brian and I had a good chuckle behind our hands!

I was supposed to go to Curves at lunch today, but I'm going out for lunch with a friend instead. Sounds like a good trade to me!

I've told Camden that if he's good at school today he can stay up with me to watch Dancing With the Stars. We did this last year (since Brian is gone at school), and he is so funny! He dances right along with them. The music makes him hyper! He also loves American Idol. Even when he was as little as 9 months old, when he would hear music, he would start bouncing away.

Here is a layout I managed to get done last night. I used Dani Mogstad's Old School kit.

Monday, September 11, 2006

Why, why, why

I know that this word is probably typical in any 3 year old's life, but it's about to drive me crazy! I have no idea how many times Camden asks this every day. Apparently, I need to on patience! We went out to lunch with Brian's parents yesterday, and Camden asks alot of questions anyway, but at lunch yesterday, he would ask a question. I would answer it. He would ask Brian the same question, then Gram, then Gramps. You get the picture!

I'm feeling a little bit overwhelmed by all the 9/11 coverage today. It is so sad, and I feel a little guilty that I just turned the TV/radio off when it got to be too much for me, because I know there are people who can't escape what today means because they were personally impacted. My brother is in Iraq right now because of 9/11. I do hope that all the coverage today will vividly remind people of why we are having this war.

No new layouts to share, unfortunately. I had to work Friday and Saturday and had no computer time. I did manage to get in a little shopping time on Friday and bought Camden some daycare clothes from Target, some really cute stuff from Gymboree, and splurged on one outfit from Janie and Jack. I tried it all on him yesterday, and can you believe my boy is finally growing?? He's actually needing 3t shirts from a couple of places. He's been in 18-24 for so long, and had just barely started into 2t.

Hopefully I'll get some scrapping done tonight and will share layouts tomorrow!

Friday, September 08, 2006

Temper, temper, temper

My morning started off with a bang! We woke up at 4:20 a.m. to a loud banging on our bedroom door. It was Camden wide awake and ready to get up. We put him back in bed, only to have a repeat performance at 5:30. Now this time, he actually REFUSED to get back in bed. He may throw the occasional fit, but it is a rare occurrence for him to actually tell us no and refuse something. Of course, there was no way we let him get away with that so our morning turned into a big battle between 5:30 and 6:00 a.m. He did go back to sleep briefly and got up at 6:30 and was very, very sweet.

Brian is in class 3 nights a week and so on those nights, I pick up Camden, we go home and have our normal routine, but Camden doesn't see Brian on those nights. Well, he has picked up on the fact that if mommy is picking him up, it means daddy won't be around. So this morning he asked who was picking him up from school. When I said that I was, his poor little face just puckered up and he started crying. He was heartbroken. I tried to assure him that daddy would be home tonight, he just couldn't pick him up from school, but I'm not sure he understood. It was sad!

Now for a cute story! Last night I told Camden that we needed to pray for grandpa because his shoulder was hurt (he has a torn rotator cuff). Camden immediately said, "Oh, I want to go to his house and kiss it." He was very sympathetic!

I'm headed to Curves this morning, to get my hair trimmed, and then to work for the afternoon. I may try to stop by Gymboree and check out their sale if I have time. Camden has no fall clothes! It's not cool enough yet for long sleeves, but it will be in the next month or so. Here are a couple of layouts I managed to get done last night!

Scraplift of Gina Miller.
Papers and elements by Carrie Stephens
Buttons by Jen Wilson and Amanda Rockwell

Humbug kit by Dianne Rigdon, Stitching by Gina Miller

Wild Sorbet kit by Carrie Stephens and Dianne Rigdon

Thursday, September 07, 2006


I've been busy getting Camden's fall/winter clothes for last year up for sale on eBay and ready for a consignment sale next week. If you're interested in Gymboree boy clothes size 18-24, check out my eBay auctions here. I can't wait to go shopping for new stuff! He's the best-dressed 3 year old you'll ever meet!

I've got a busy weekend ahead. Unfortunately, it's not fun stuff! I have to work Friday and Saturday preparing for and then hosting a women's luncheon. Not my favorite part of my job!

Here are a couple of layouts I managed to get done Tuesday evening.

Tuesday, September 05, 2006


It's a busy Tuesday! Just taking a quick break.

Camden had a good time at the picnic/cookout yesterday at Gram and Gramps although he did have a bit of trouble understanding that there were no bathrooms available!

Here is a layout I did last night.

Monday, September 04, 2006

Labor Day

Well, it's Labor Day, and I'm laboring away! It was a little tough to come in to work today because most people are off, but at least my drive in was good! Pretty much no traffic to contend with. The weekend was quite uneventful. Got the house cleaned and grocery shopped and that's pretty much it! We were planning to take Camden to see Barnyard at our local theater, but he threw several big fits on Friday afternoon so he lost the privilege! He was quite sweet the rest of the weekend, though. Some friends from church bought him a baseball helmet, and he either wore that thing all weekend or carried it with him. He even would hold it on the couch while he watched cartoons!

Here are a couple of layouts.