Saturday, March 31, 2007

The bad week continues

This week has been the strangest week. So many odd things have happened. Some really tragic, and others just a series of strange inconvenient events. I could pick up and continue on my previous post with another crazy series of events in my life, but yesterday it was all put in perspective. While I was working yesterday at the college, one of our students collapsed and died. I cannot imagine the grief his parents must be experiencing right now, and I'm so sorry for them. This is the second student in our small school who has passed away this school year and I can't help but wonder what lesson God wants us all to learn from this. All week long I've been reminded of John 16:33 that says, "I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world."

Thursday, March 29, 2007


You ever have one of those days? Weeks? Let me describe my lunch hour and you'll get a good idea of what my whole week has been like. Brian is in town today and we were going to head out to look at some bedroom furniture for Camden. At the last minute, we decided to hit Sam's instead because I've got to pick up a few things for a reception here at work tomorrow. We make it about 2 minutes from school and get stuck in traffic and stuck and stuck some more. Finally make it out of that mess, turn around and decide to head to Qdoba for a quick lunch. Guess what, more traffic. An hour later, we make it back to work. No lunch break, no lunch to eat. Just an hour's worth of traffic.

Wednesday, March 28, 2007


I've been looking for weeks to find cute new bedding for Camden's room. He's moving into a full-size bed when we move and I want to have his new room set up and ready when he returns from Grandma and Grandpa's house (did I mention he's staying with them for TWO WEEKS when we move!). I finally found this from The Company Store. It's exactly what I've been looking for and it's on clearance. I think he will love it. I had no idea it would be so difficult (and expensive) to find cute, non-cartoonish boy stuff!

I've been working out at night at home and while I work out, Camden plays basketball behind me. Last night, I told him to go ahead and get started while I got the video going and he says, "but I want the lady to say hello to me first." So he waited until Leslie Sansone said hello and then he happily turned to his basketball goal.

We finally got some good news on the adoption front yesterday. Looks like our homestudy should FINALLY be ready to go off to our main agency by the end of the week for their review.

That's all for today! Maybe I'll finish a layout to post tomorrow.

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Lessons from Daddy

I'm just popping in quickly to post a layout from last night. I think the picture I used from the weekend is so sweet!

Sunday, March 25, 2007

Weekend pictures

Our family day Friday was alot of fun! Brian went to work as usual, but Camden and I picked him up about 3:30 and we headed to the local river and dam for a picnic and a few pictures. Camden thought it was neat that he got to pick out his own drink and chips when we grocery shopped earlier in the day and he had a ton of fun playing baseball and running on the small, sandy beach. The weather was absolutely perfect. It was about 85 out, which was pretty warm, but by late afternoon and with the breeze off the river, it was really great out. We headed home after a couple of hours and had Cookies and Cream Coldstone Creamery ice cream cake!

all of us
Camden and Brian
this boy can play baseball!
Camden and mommy
this smile just melts my heart
just messing around with the camera while Camden played
And here are a couple of layouts I worked on this weekend. This first layout uses a picture I took of Brian and Camden after his first night at home.

Friday, March 23, 2007

Three Years Ago

Three years ago today, Brian and I got up very early, flew to Chicago's O'Hare airport where we met our sweet Camden for the very first time and our lives changed forever. I've loaded some pictures below that tell our story from that day.

The first peek
Our picture with Kim Jung Ho, Camden's escort, who had tears in
his eyes as he kissed his head and said goodbye.

Look how bright-eyed and cheerful he looks even
after a 24 hour trip from Seoul, Korea

Camden's first nap with me
This is how I found Brian and Camden the first morning home
Already a daddy's boy after just a couple of days
I've got two layouts to share today. The first is from this past weekend - Uncle Michael and Aunt Liz with Xavier. The second uses a picture of KellieP and our kids from a visit in February.

Wednesday, March 21, 2007


I don't have much to say today, other than I'm glad the week is half over! I'm always ready for my weekend to roll around.

Camden and I watched American Idol last night, but I've decided that I'm going to have to cut him off! If I let him stay up with me, then he's all geared up and it takes him FOREVER to go back to sleep. If we stick with his regular routine of bath, read a book, and then I let him read a book or play with his leap pad on his bed for 30 minutes or so, then he goes right to sleep

Camden is at his Gram and Gramps house today. They've been wanting to have him over for the day for the last month or so. I know he'll have a good time. They're keeping him until church tonight. We'll hardly know what to do with ourselves coming home to an empty house!

Here is one layout I finished last night. These are pictures from Brian's cousin's wedding a few weeks ago.

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

My Best Friend

We have somehow attracted a cat to our house. She camps outside our door meowing day and night. Camden calls her "his best friend." He's so funny! He wants to pet her, see how she's doing, all the while referring to her as his best friend. I'm sorry to break it to him, but she's not ours and we're not taking her when we move! I do think that he would really like a pet. Maybe I'll have to cave and let him have a puppy when we get moved and have a bigger yard. We'll see.

I've been trying to get back into working out. I actually made it two times to Curves last week. I know, still not nearly good enough! I pulled out the old Billy Blanks Tae bo tapes last night and made it all of 11 minutes before I was dying! I'm headed to Curves today at lunch and maybe I'll pull out the tapes again tonight and give it another try.

Dancing With the Stars started last night. I love it! I'm a big Apolo Anton Ohno fan, and as a little girl, I loved watching Clyde Drexler play basketball. I have to give Heather Mills alot of credit for trying to do this show with a prosthetic leg! Every move she made, I was holding my breath expecting the leg to come flying off!

Here is a layout that I have finished and started completely over too many times to count, but I think I'm done. These are pictures from our first anniversary of adopting Camden, and I've included the email that Brian sent to family and friends on that day.

Monday, March 19, 2007


Well, after 3 out of town trips in the last 4 weeks, I think we're home to stay! We headed to southern Illinois this weekend to see my family, and had a good time even it was only for 24 hours. We got to spend time with my parents, two sisters, two brother-in-laws, and two baby boys! They're so adorable! They're going through a bit of an attachment phase, so they weren't too happy with any of us unless Micah and Becky were around, but that's all right. Chocolate seemed to help that situation a bit!

I stopped by Starbucks for my regular Monday morning tradition and decided to try something new: a caramel macchiato. It's quite bland! That's what I get for trying something new!

Camden came home from church yesterday and was so proud to tell us that he learned in Sunday School that God made Adam from dirt and Eve from ribbons. So funny!

Here are a few pictures from the weekend. As I look at them, there are many more of Xavier than William. We love William, too. He's just harder to tear away from his mama! Xavier is easy to bribe with chocolate!

William, Camden, and Xavier
William, Camden, and Xavier
Xavier and Liz
Xavier and Brian
Me and Xavier (notice the chocolate on his mouth!)
William and Becky
Michael and Xavier
And two layouts - first one includes pictures from the wedding last weekend. These are the faces I got when I tried to take pics. The second layout is of Camden and his two cousins.

Thursday, March 15, 2007

My Free Day

It's my free day! I'm home alone this morning, and I intend to enjoy it fully! I'm going to read and scrap.

We're headed out of town again tomorrow morning for a quick trip to see my parents, two sisters, twin nephews, and two brother-in-laws (how's that for a list!). We're all meeting a couple of hours from here so it should be fun, and not nearly as long of a trip as we've had the last couple of weeks.

I've already posted this layout, but thought I'd post it again because I found out yesterday that I'd won a contest with it and now I have a $25 gift card to My Digital Muse and I've very excited about that.

This is a layout that Kellie did using a picture she took of us when we met up a couple of weeks ago. I've got to get to work on my own LO using this picture.

And, finally, a layout from me. I really like the bright bold colors!

Wednesday, March 14, 2007


I talked to our caseworker yesterday, and there's still no progress on our homestudy. She also let me know she'd be out of the office the rest of the week and on vacation next week so we're looking at another 2 weeks at least. She also told us about an addition $450 fee they've decided to start charging. Brian decided to put a call in to her supervisor to very politely voice our frustration over these delays and also to protest the extra fees. We signed a contract in December based on the current fees. It just doesn't seem like they can add fees mid-process. I am trying not to be very upset about all this, but it's hard!

The good news about this week is that I worked Tuesday and today, but am off the rest of the week. I'm looking forward to a little "me" time tomorrow. I'm sending Camden to daycare and heading off to maybe do a little shopping and then for a long over-due haircut!

I got a bit of scrapping done yesterday, and the first one is even pink (I can't wait to start regularly scrapping in pink!).

Monday, March 12, 2007

Where to start

I know that we were only gone for 48 hours, but it feels like alot has happened since I last blogged. First, the wedding. Our drive down on Friday was good. We rented a mini-van, which definitely helps since there were 4 adults, 1 carseat, and Camden. Camden has got to be the best kid traveler ever. He is just so good. Doesn't need alot of entertaining, just lots of good snacks!

The rehearsal Friday night was a bit of a nightmare. We arrived at the church at 7:00 and didn't leave until almost 10:30! When we got back to the house, Camden was just burning up with fever and miserable (how did that happen during a 10 minute car ride?). We put him to bed and then hung out with the family until midnight or so. Camden slept with us (and, believe me, he was the only one sleeping!). He tossed and turned as many ways possible. At one point, his head was down laying on my knee and he was kicking my feet, just radiating heat the whole time. It was not a restful night! He woke up the next morning still burning up with fever, but was acting pretty good. Lauren (the bride - Brian's cousin) fed him BBQ chips for breakfast (I'm not a horrible mother, I'm just terribly outnumbered when it comes to these family trips. Either I give in, or I'll spend the whole trip trying to stop them from spoiling him rotten!).

Camden spent from 11:30-3:45 getting pictures taken before the wedding, standing still during the wedding, more pictures after the wedding, etc. He did sooooo good! We were very proud of him. He stood up there for the 30 minute ceremony and tried his best to smile the whole time (it kinda came out like a strange grimace, but oh well!). Suffice it to say, he was the star of the show! After the wedding, he was so funny. He came and asked if he and Leigh were married. He walked down the aisle with Leigh during the wedding. Leigh is Brian's cousin and the bride's sister (see pictures below). I wish I had more pictures to show you from the wedding, but these are pretty much the only ones that halfway turned out. It was very dark in the church and even the poor photographer was having serious issues with lighting and shadows.

The drive home Saturday was torture! We made it home about midnight. Camden was still running a 101.5 fever and continued to run a fever Sunday and Monday. He actually slept until 10:30 on Sunday, which is crazy because this is the boy that thinks 6:30 is sleeping in.

I was off work Monday (it's spring break at work) and we spent the day doing laundry, getting last year's clothes ready for a consignment sale, and took a trip to the doctor. I really should have looked at the consignment sale paperwork before spending a good 3 hours getting stuff ready because last night as I was packing it all up to put it in the car to take to the sale today I realized that they have changed their policy and yesterday was the last day I could bring it in. So, now I've got a TON of spring/summer clothes to sell with no sale to take them to. Oh, well!

In the midst of the wedding chaos, we got a call from a realtor with an offer on our house. As of this morning, we have a signed contract. I'm trying not to get my hopes up too high, cause you just never know! I guess we'll start packing again, though.

Camden said "ain't" for the first time this weekend. I guess the visit to West Virginia made an impact on him! Don't worry - I quickly removed that word from his vocabulary!

Enough rambling for today. Enjoy a few pictures.

Leigh and Camden

Lauren and Camden

2005 pumpkin patch trip

Uncle Rodney, Aunt Linda, and Camden

Thursday, March 08, 2007

Cookies for Breakfast

I'll admit it. I bribed Camden with a fancy cookie in hopes he would sleep all night last night (yes, another couple steps backward this week) and it worked. I'm happy and he's happy. No more cookies for breakfast this week. Unless I get really tired!

We're headed to West Virginia for a quick trip this weekend. We leave bright and early tomorrow morning, drive 9 hours, attend a rehearsal. The wedding is Saturday afternoon and then we're driving 9 hours home. Camden is the ringbearer and will be wearing the second tuxedo of his life.

Here are two layouts I've done this week. The first one is just for you, Becky, using those messy pics you sent me for mom's calendar. The second page is using a picture of Camden and his cousin Cheyenne.

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Let's Talk

Camden woke up bright and chipper this morning, as he normally does, and ran into our bedroom, climbed in my lap and said, "so, let's talk about something." It was so cute!

Here is a two page layout I did with various pictures from our trip last week to Pigeon Forge. I've got lots of really good pictures that I'll be doing more pages, but just wanted to do a synopsis of our trip. In other scrapping news, I've resigned from Penny Springmann and Lori Wiley's creative teams. I just needed a little more time to scrap for myself. Life is kinda hectic right now!

I've got a new blog header courtesy of Gina Miller and the Shabby Princess to celebrate our nice spring weather (71 degrees today!).

Saturday, March 03, 2007


So, what's new this Monday morning? I've been pretty busy at work so not too much time to think! Brian is off school for 2 weeks, which is great. Poor Camden is sick this morning. He been developing a cold over the weekend, and now it's full-blown. He spent all night coughing. He did, however, for the second night in a row, get up and go to the bathroom all on his own and didn't wake us up to take him. This is a huge victory!

I got to see Micah, Becky, and the boys on Saturday for the first time since Christmas. I can't believe they're walking. Aunt Melissa got to give Xavier his first taste of M&M's, and I was his best friend after that! It's so great to spoil them when they're not your babies - you don't have to worry about the consequences! Uncle Michael and Aunt Liz did a bit of spoiling themselves. Camden thoroughly enjoyed his blue Gatorade and the carousel ride on Saturday.

I really wanted to scrap more this weekend, but I've got so many pictures from the Gatlinburg trip that I'm almost feeling overwhelmed, trying to choose which ones to use. I thought this was a cute picture - Ashton was such a little mama to these two!

Friday, March 02, 2007


We apparently dodged a bullet yesterday! Well, dodged a tornado anyway. I did end up having to go pick up Camden early (and I'm not complaining about getting off work 2 hours early!). The storm that caused all the tornadoes in Alabama and Georgia were the ones headed our way, but they weakened and went around us.

We spent one last evening with Brian's older brother, sister-in-law and their kids on Thursday night. We had a really good time. They live in UT, which is about a 30 hour drive for us so we don't see them very often. I wish we could see them more - they're family, but also very good friends to us. All the kids played so well together! It was sad for them to say goodbye.

Camden is really keeping us hopping with these temper tantrums. Brian and I both are feeling quite discouraged about parenting in general right now. I know it's not supposed to be easy, but I don't either of us ever anticipated it being quite this hard!

I went clothes shopping this afternoon and was able to pick up a few work things. I also got Camden's Easter outfit from Children's Place. It's quite cute if I do say so myself. How do you feel about green pants? I promise Camden will be cute in them!

Here are two layouts from today - both using CT designs. The first LO using Eve Recinella's Doo B Dude available at SSD. The second uses a Penny Springmann kit available Sunday at SBE.