Tuesday, November 28, 2006


The basketball fascination is continuing! Camden could not wait to get home last night to play, and he played hard and fast barely taking a break for supper and a bath.

I'm really busy today and just posting during a quick work break, so I'll leave you with 3 layouts. The first two are using papers and elements by Stacie Prinzo and The DigiShoppe. The third layout uses papers and elements by Dani Mogstad available soon at The DigiShoppe. Happy Wednesday!

Perfectionist and Basketball

Brian took Camden to a basketball game last night since a boy from the youth group was playing the team where Camden goes to school. When they got home last night, Camden could hardly say hello to me he was so excited. He ran into his bedroom, grabbed his basketball, and then ran into our bedroom, and said, "make noise for me, daddy." Brian obliged by making the appropriate "music" and Camden came running into the living room, dribbling for all he was worth, and then proceeded to throw the ball against the door and rebound it (like he was being announced at a game). We repeated this process many times! He was soooooooooooooooo cute! His teachers said they heard about how his daddy was taking him to a basketball game all day long. He also seemed to be fascinated by the buzzer sound and kept telling me over and over to "bzzzzz."

I have no layouts to share today because I spent 3 hours (yes, 3 HOURS) working on our Christmas card last night. I probably shouldn't mention this is my second version, and that I probably spent at least 3 hours on the first version. Being a perfectionist is not easy, I tell you. I think I'm close to being finished, though.

One more funny thing about Camden. He's developed a chuckle! It's this forced little laugh that is just so funny. It sounds totally fake, but he uses it in appropriate situations, so it must still be in development phase.

And one not-so-funny thing about Camden these days is that he's decided it's really fun to copy us, and he doesn't always choose the best times to do this. Usually, if we're slightly impatient or in a hurry or in a discussion, he decides it's great to just copy everything we say. He's even done it while he's in trouble. Sometimes it's hard not to laugh. Others, it's just not funny!

And, let's leave you with a positive story. He's slept straight through the night two nights in a row and has been dry both nights! Yesterday, he got a donut for breakfast; today, stickers. Hopefully, this will work.

Sunday, November 26, 2006

Well. . .

. . . my Monday is not off to a good start. I left early for work today to make sure I got in my regular Starbucks coffee, but traffic was so horrible, it took me over an hour to get to work, and no coffee! There's always tomorrow!

Camden had a blast putting up the Christmas tree Friday night. He was soooooooooooooo excited! It was hard for him to wait while we actually put it together and got lights on it before he could work with the ornaments. He called Gram and Gramps and Grandma and Grandpa in the meantime because he was so excited and couldn't wait to tell someone the tree was up. Of course, he put all the ornaments in one spot so I went and fixed them when he wasn't looking! He's loving the Christmas music and insists that our Christmas tree stay lit at all times (even when he gets up in the middle of the night to go potty he must check on it!).

Saturday was pretty laid back and relaxed. Brian took Camden to the park to play soccer, and we rented Over the Hedge and planned to have a little family fun night with pizza, ice cream, the works. Unfortunately, Camden's lack of sleep over the weekend caught up to him, and he threw several horrible temper tantrums! We tried to avoid taking away the fun night, but he pretty much made it impossible! He ended up asking to go to bed at 6:00, and we let him!

Yesterday, Brian had a funeral to attend and was gone all afternoon, but Camden and I enjoyed a nice quiet time. He took a 3 hour nap, and I did some scrapping, which is always nice!

I think that's our Thanksgiving holiday in a nutshell. I think this is only the second major holiday (of any kind) in our 9.5 years of marriage that we haven't traveled, and while I definitely missed being with my family, it made our 4 days together feel like an eternity (in a good way) and it was very relaxing.

One funny story before I go. Yesterday on the way home from church, Camden was falling asleep, and so I tried to urge him to not go to sleep since we were almost home. He said in his sleepy, little monotone voice, "I'm not going to sleep. I'm just watching the world go by."

Give Thanks - Kim Hill Warm Wishes kit
Uncle Matt - The DigiShoppe's Sweet November collab kit, J. Phillips template
The Clan - Janet Phillips template, TDS Sweet November collab kit


Just one of the funny conversations we had this weekend.

Camden: Mommy, will you play with me?
Me: Hang on a second while I dry my hair.
Camden: But why?
Me: So it doesn't stick out everywhere and look ugly.

A few minutes later.

Camden: Mommy, will you play with me?
Me: Hang on a second while I finish my makeup.
Camden: Before your face gets ugly?

Friday, November 24, 2006

Black Friday

Our Thanksgiving Day was relaxing and full of good food! We spent most of the day at Brian's parents house, just eating, looking through the sale ads, eating some more, etc. The day ended on a not-so-good note, however. First, my sister and her husband were in a really bad wreck. They are okay somehow, but their vehicle is totaled. Even worse than that, one of the students who just graduated from the college where I work passed away unexpectedly. He was playing football, fainted, and never regained consciousness. My sister and her husband were in school with him, and he was a friend of theirs. It's so tragic for his family, and especially his wife of only two months.

On a lighter note, I've enjoyed Black Friday so far! We got up and left about 7:00 a.m., which is much later than we normally go, but we had Camden with us. He did really well, just very hyper and required a lot of attention, but hey, he's only 3! Target was crazy! I stood in line for about 30 minutes for a $3.99 Candyland game, and a $5.98 Polar Bear Express DVD. Kinda silly, I know! At Bath and Body Works, I waited over 40 minutes, but got some really great deals there. Headed to Gymboree next where everything, including clearance, was an additional 30% off (plus I had a $25 gift card!). Picked up a couple of really fun items for Camden there. We had breakfast at Panera and hit a few more stores, but not too many. Camden's behavior was deteriorating rapidly at that point.

Camden is very excited to put up the Christmas tree this evening. He keeps insisting it's going to snow tomorrow and be Christmas. Sorry to say it's only November 24, and the temperature is 70 degrees!

I mentioned a few posts ago about the bad wreck Brian and Camden were in last November. I decided to do a layout of it, so here is just one picture of the car, as well as a picture of Camden waiting for the police in the car oblivious to what had just happened.
Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Happy Thanksgiving!

I'm so excited that the Thanksgiving holiday is about to begin. I work half a day today and then I'm free until Monday! We're headed to Brian's parents for Thanksgiving. I'm sad to not be going home to be with my family, but we'll spend Christmas with them so it's all right. Brian's family has always lived so far away that I haven't really had to share holidays until this past year, but it's only fair I know!

I'm getting my hair chopped this afternoon. I grew it out for almost a year, and after that it's been the same length/style for about 8 months now, and I'm just ready for a change. Hopefully nothing too drastic, but definitely a change. Might even go for some long, side-swept bangs (which will probably drive me to distraction!).

Anyone else planning to shop on Friday? We almost always do. There's something really fun to get up at a ridiculous hour and rush to the stores and find all those great deals. We've always had family to watch Camden before, but this year I think he's going to have to come with us, so that might be tricky!

Cancelling cable and Netflix today; just another step along the way as we work on saving for our next adoption. I know neither of those are big ticket items, but every little bit helps, so we're just gonna do without. Totally worth it, of course!

All right, I guess that's all I have for today. Happy Thanksgiving!

Silliness - credits here

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

A Little Motivation

A little motivation, apparently, is all Camden needs to sleep through the night and not wake us up over and over! Right before bedtime last night, genius struck, and I promised him donuts for breakfast if he would either sleep all night or just go potty himself without waking us up, and he did! I also slept all night without waking up, which is so rare for me! Must have been a good night for sleeping. Of course, he was up at 5:30, but I guess it's a trade off.

Going to lunch with a group from work today. We always go out right after payday and take turns choosing places. Most choose crazy places like White Trash Cafe or Fat Mo's Burgers, but the guy choosing this time likes clean so he'll choose somewhere good.

Here are a couple of layouts from last night.
All Wrapped Up
Dianne Rigdon's Brown Paper Packages kit
My Little Monkey - credits here

Monday, November 20, 2006

A Great Weekend

We had such a nice weekend! Brian got off work early Friday, we dropped Camden off at his Gram and Gramps house, and we headed to town to do a little shopping, see a movie, and eat. Shopping was fun because I got to buy stuff! Bought a couple of new piano books and a new Christmas CD. Went to Kohl's and found a new sweater and two shirts. We saw Casino Royale, the new James Bond movie, and it was actually pretty fun. Headed to Olive Garden next where we waited for 45 minutes out in the freezing cold only to be seated in the smoking section (full of smoke!) and had horrible service, but the food was good so it all turned out okay. Our last stop was to the little bakery to pick up cheesecake and coffee.

Saturday was pretty low-key as well. Just hung around the house doing a little cleaning and alot of relaxing. Sunday we had church in the morning, but no evening service, which was wonderful! What is it about cancelled church services that's so nice?

Work today has been hectic, but I'm happy there's only 1.5 more work days left this week!

I had plenty of time to scrap this weekend, but am having serious issues! I scrapped four pages and promptly trashed all of them - just not satisfied at all. I've got lots of really great photos to scrap so maybe my inspiration will return quickly. I did finally finish one up tonight that I'm happy with. The photo is slightly blurred, but I think it's cute enough that it's okay. I used Amanda Rockwell's fabulous
Back in Black collection.

Much too cute

. . . for his own good! I mean, seriously, how could you resist this face? I'll blog about the weekend later.

Friday, November 17, 2006

Date Night

It's Date Night! We're celebrating my birthday and Brian's birthday all at once. Camden is spending the night with Gram and Gramps, and we're going out to eat and a movie. Brian sweetly offered to take me to Maggianos, which I love, but in keeping with our "save for adoption" mindframe, we're downgrading to Olive Garden, which I also love! Not sure which movie we're going to, maybe the new Bond movie. Then we're going for cheesecake at this cute gourmet family restaurant that has amazing homemade cheesecake. I'm very excited because Brian has no class, no work, nothing this week but us!

It's 10:20, I'm still in p.j.'s, and Camden is calling me to help him put together his Thomas track that takes up the whole living room. Not my favorite thing, but I've been parked in front of the computer all morning finishing this calendar for my in-law's Christmas gift so he deserves some time from me! I used Kimberly Geswein's calendar templates (found here), and they fit perfectly in the Winkflash calendar, just upload the pictures, arrange on calendar and order. I can't wait to get them. I accidentally deleted August, and don't have time to put it back up, so you'll just have to miss seeing that one.

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, November 16, 2006


Not much to post today, but did want to share a quick layout using Lauren Reid's Abby's Orchard kit and tell one funny Camden story. He was sitting on my lap the other night watching TV. If I let him stay up late, one condition is that he must sit on my lap. Used to be that I didn't have to bribe him, but these days I do! All of a sudden, he lets out a huge sigh and says, "Mommy, I'm just so tired of sitting on your lap." And off he goes to bed!

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

More Gifts

Warning: this post will be mostly full of useless information. I'm just rambling.

So my friend Kathy got me a cool gift set from
L'Occitane en Provence. I've been wanting to try something from there, but haven't yet so now I can! The great thing is I've been to that area in France. I really want to try their lavender products.

I got a gift card for my birthday I'm dying to use, but can't decide what to get. I might try the lavender products from L'Occitane, or I really want this Vera Bradley purse.

Origins is another favorite of mine. I'm sure you've noticed these are all girly, not-very-practical items! But hey, it's my gift card, isn't it!

I managed to get a layout done last night. I love this picture and hope the layout does it justice! Camden is so full of personality, and I think this picture helps show it off. You can find the credits here. I'm quite busy at work today, so I better finish up my break and get back to it!

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Let's talk Shoppe. . .

. . . . The DigiShoppe that is. Let me direct your attention to my new blinkie on the right! I'm a Shoppe Girl! I know all my non-digiscrapping readers out there don't have a clue what I'm talking about, but just believe me when I say it's a big deal!

I came home to a fun surprise last night. Brian had fixed supper and (more importantly) had brought home ice cream from Cold Stone Creamery for a little belated birthday fun. It was great to have him home last night! Only a couple more weeks before this semester is over. Next semester won't be quite as bad, and then we're home free!

I have some Camden funnies for you today. Last night sometime before supper, I had mentioned I was starving. So when it came time to pray, Camden said, "Dear Jesus, help mommy to stop starving. Amen." Apparently, he was listening! This morning at breakfast, he wanted Brian to pick him up from school this afternoon, and he said, "please, I'll be your best friend!" Now, I know that's not a new line for kids, but it is the first time he's used it!
Here is a layout from 2004 - our first Christmas. Credits here

Monday, November 13, 2006


Yes, I started my Monday morning with a Starbucks Peppermint Mocha - my favorite! I also noticed their Cranberry Bliss bars are back for the holiday season, but I resisted!

We had a good visit with my brother. Camden absolutely loved having his Uncle Matt around. Of course, it doesn't hurt that Uncle Matt brought him the movie, Cars, as then took him to the toystore and bought him a Cars racetrack with remote controlled cars, and then played with him almost every second! He had a blast. We were also able to meet up with my cousin, uncle, and respective girlfriends for dinner on Saturday night.

Yesterday was my 31st birthday (I am so old!!), and I can't say it was the best day I've ever had, but that's all right. I'm an adult, so my birthday doesn't have to be a big deal, right?

Exactly one year ago today, Brian and Camden were headed to West Virginia with my in-laws for a quick visit to family when they hit a spot on the road where a truck had been leaking diesel fuel. They were in a horrible wreck, and on two separate occasions during the wreck, tractor trailers were headed straight for the backend of their car where Camden was sitting in his carseat. I know God's hand kept them safe, because it's just not possible they escaped any other way. My father-in-law is our pastor, and he used this story as an illustration in his sermon yesterday and just talked about how quickly life can be taken away. It was very hard to sit and listen to because he was talking about my husband and baby!

I wish I had layouts to share, but there was just no time this weekend. I'm so happy Brian will be home tonight. He had class all yesterday instead. It's so rare he's home at night, that I know Camden and I will both enjoy it!

Friday, November 10, 2006

Happy Friday! My brother is coming for a visit tonight so I'm spending the day cleaning, doing laundry, and grocery shopping. Okay, pretty much how I spend every Friday, but probably doing a little more heavy duty cleaning. Brian went deer hunting this morning, but is coming home early to help around the house, which is great! Camden was up at 5:30 this morning so I'm feeling tired. I'm usually up by 5:30 during the week anyway, but somehow it's harder to get up when I'm off work!

Here are two layouts from last night.

Family is Forever - Credits here.


Thursday, November 09, 2006

Let the Celebration Begin

My birthday is not until Sunday, but the party is already beginning! I got to work today and was surprised with a $30 gift card to my favorite mall, a beautiful pottery bowl with really cool ginger potpourri to go with it. My boss and his wife know how to choose gifts I will really enjoy!

I've got a fairly busy day ahead of me at work today. I'm headed to Curves at lunch today (yes, Liz, I'm really going to do it today!), hitting Gymboree after work to quickly pick up matching holiday p.j.'s for Camden and his twin nephews (and okay, maybe a couple more things for Camden as well - there's a big sale so I have to, don't I?)

Okay, off to work for me!

Tuesday, November 07, 2006


I know many share this sentiment, but how great is it that today is election day! Mostly for this one simple reason - no more campaign ads. I'm so sick of them! I went and did my civic duty this morning before work. Camden went with us and thought he was voting by standing in line (not that he knows what vote means). So I went up to the little booth, and the man in charge of my booth was sooooooooo tall; my booth was also the tallest one there. And I am all of 5 foot standing on my tip toes! Brian said Camden said to him, "my mommy is small" as he looked at me, the man, and the booth!

Bought Camden's first Christmas present today. He's been obsessed with Cars since he first saw the movie preview months ago. He still gets excited and says, "there's my Lightning McQueen and my Mater" when he sees them. He's even named our two vehicles after the movie!

I was quite proud of myself this morning. I made my first contribution to our adoption fund from my scrap-for-hire business. It was small, but felt good anyway. Then as I started looking more at how much money we're looking at and how long it will take us to get there, I got a little depressed! Trying not to focus on long-range, but just trying to stay motivated for short-term goals.

This layout is a good way for me to stay focused! This is our first family picture taken just minutes after meeting Camden for the first time. Even 2.5 years later, it still makes me emotional to look at this picture.

Dianne Rigdon's Faded Harvest papers;
Gina Miller's sketch template (slightly revised)
Rhonna Farrer flourish brush
Dianne Rigdon heart with wings

Monday, November 06, 2006


Our weekend was fairly uneventful. I did have a nice quiet Friday morning. Camden went to school so I headed out to the nearest Clinique counter to check out some new make-up. This is kinda odd for me, but about 18 months ago, I met the manager for our local Clinique counter and we just really clicked. So now when I come in, we chat; she gives me free samples, good make0vers, etc. So I went and picked up some new eyeshadow, lipstick, and lipgloss. I was feeling slightly guilty until I read Gina's blog. Brian was at the youth retreat until late afternoon Saturday so Camden and I rented a movie for him and one for me. We watched Madagascar in the living room and ate pizza and Halloween candy and had fun. He laughed out loud over and over at the movie. Of course, later when I asked him his favorite part of the movie he said, “When the squirrels called the lion, hippo, and zebra ‘pansies’ and when the zebra said, ‘don’t bite my butt’.” Of course, he had to pick up on those two things! I watched American Dreamz after Camden went to bed and was quite disappointed. Pretty much a waste of my time!

Saturday Camden was up bright and early at 5:30! I tried to let him come to bed with me, hoping he would go back to sleep, but that boy is in constant motion and I finally kicked him out and let him go watch Madagascar again. I think he sleepwalked during his afternoon nap. After he'd been down about 45 minutes, I heard tons of racket in the monitor. I went to check, and he was walking into the bathroom completely loaded down with toys. He sat down in the bathroom floor and then just had this blank look on his face. He wouldn't answer me when I asked him what he was doing, so I picked him up and took him back to his bed. He immediately closed his eyes and was asleep. Kinda weird!

My sweet three year-old baby is at his Gramp's house watching a poor deer get cut up. Gramps and Papa Bob (great-grandpa) went hunting over the weekend and shot a deer and they are just desperate to get Camden over for pictures and to let him watch. Now anyone who knows me knows that I am adamantly opposed to this. However, it's a losing battle, and I only make things worse all around when I fight this so I guess I'm giving in. (well, he's already over there so I did give in) I just don't know how to avoid it when that whole side of the family is so into it. They absolutely don't understand my point of view and I don't understand theirs. Most of the time I win, but this is just one place that I can't win no matter how hard I try. You can be sure of this, though - I will not be scrapping those pictures (or even printing them!!). This is kinda funny, but I just remembered that our camera battery is dead so Brian won't actually be taking pictures!

I got to scrap some this weekend, which is always fun. What's really fun is this. Yes, I'm Kimberly's Mamalicious Girl of the Month for November. First Dani and now Kimberly. My birthday is not until Sunday, but it feels like I'm already celebrating! :)

Camden: Mommy, there’s bird poop on the window behind me. It’s gross.
Me: yes, it is.
Camden: Mommy, we don’t ever ever go poop on the window; only on the toilet. Okay?

Be Yourself - credits here

Fall Festival - credits here

Friday, November 03, 2006


Well, I'm feeling much better, but I look like Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer! Fun!

Camden told us Wednesday night he wants a tattoo. How he knows what a tattoo is I have no idea!

Not much going on this weekend, which should be kinda nice. Brian is gone with the youth group so it's just me and Camden.

I have a two-page Halloween layout to share using Nikki Painter's Halloween Treats papers and elements. I'm really happy with the way they turned out. Kinda of a different feel for me, but fun!

Wednesday, November 01, 2006


Honestly not trying to be a big complainer here, but I'm so tired of this sinus infection, cold, whatever it is! I feel much worse today than yesterday. I slept a total of about 3 hours last night because I was so miserable! I'm sure I'll laugh about this someday, but I actually fell off the bed last night! Not sure how that happened. Of course, Brian took it upon himself to laugh at me this morning, which was not really a good idea considering how I felt! This is coming from the guy whose idea of sympathetic is to tell me this morning that at least I'll be off work Friday! I have to get through work today, church tonight, and work tomorrow first! He thinks if I'd just get off the computer I'd have a quick recovery! He's wonderful to me, but sympathy is not really one of his strong points. I think it comes from the fact he's barely been sick a day in his life so he doesn't understand!

Camden "kinda" enjoyed the trick-or-treaters last night. He was pretty much terrified of the costumes and would throw the candy at them in the general direction of their bags. Brian ended up just taking over. We ran out of candy in about an hour (and we started out with a HUGE bowl) so either he was very generous, or we had alot of visitors! I've got a two-page layout showing all the fun, but can't get them uploaded for some reason.

Let's see. Not much else happening I guess. My dad did talk to my brother and the poor guy has been stuck in Kuwait for 5 days with only his back-pack! I guess there were plane malfunctions or something. He should be in the states by tomorrow night.

Hope everyone is enjoying their post-Halloween-candy-induced hangover!