Saturday, June 30, 2007


It's official - the cat is staying and she even has a name. It was a toss up between Ruby and Rumbly Tumbly and Bessie was thrown into the mix a couple of times, but Camden has settled on Ruby. Aren't those names funny? He came up with all of them by himself. I never knew he would enjoy a pet so much. He just plays and plays with her - it's quite sweet to watch. And who knew Brian was such a softie! I think he's enjoying it almost as much as Camden.

Our Friday was full of the usual things - housework, grocery shopping, etc. (I'm boring even myself as I type this out!) I sent Camden to school because I had a big work project to take care of, but they called us about 11:00 and said to come get him because he didn't feel good. Not sure what was wrong because he sure seemed fine to us! We thought it would be a fun treat to go see Ratatouille last night, and Brian and I both thought it was really fun, but Camden didn't like it at all. He's developed a real aversion to any mean characters lately. He's watched Tarzan and Finding Nemo in the last couple of weeks and didn't like those either so I guess he's not ready to move past Veggie Tales, Disney, and Cars!

Today Camden and I had a "date." We met a couple of other adoptive moms for craft time at Michaels and then went to lunch. One of the ladies is an online friend who relocated here a couple of years ago, but this is the first time we had met face to face, and it was so fun. There's just something about being with other adoptive families that is so good. We share similar journeys to our children, and I think we approach parenting in a different way because of that journey. And I do think it's important for Camden especially as he gets older to be in contact with other Asian children as well as other adoptive families. I know that he doesn't realize he looks differently from everyone around him, but he will become aware of that at some point.

I have very exciting scrapping news to share, but it has to wait until July! Here's a page I finished - this picture is from last July.

Thursday, June 28, 2007

A New Pet

Yes, somehow I got sucked into letting Camden have this kitten! Someone dumped it off at church and after 3 days of listening to it meow, Brian caved and let Camden bring it home. He is so excited and keeps saying, "I have a pet now!" Look at that face - he's loving it!

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

No More Dish Pan Hands

After 3 months of living here, we've finally got a new dishwasher so no more dish pan hands for me! I am so excited! Poor Brian spent all afternoon working on getting it hooked up. He thought it was going to be an easy task, but two trips to the hardware store and 5 hours later, it's finally finished. He accidentally broke a water line, so our kitchen floor was flooded and it started draining into the basement, which is not a good thing! I think he used every available towel and blanket in our house to soak up the water. But it's all cleaned up and the dishwasher is working so it was worth the trouble!

Brian started working on stripping the dresser that we're going to repaint for the nursery last night. I'm very excited about that! Now I've just to find a crib! I'd love to buy a new one that transitions into a toddler bed and then turns into a full headboard, but I'm pretty sure that's not in the budget. We're planning to find a used one and then strip it and paint it white to match the dresser. I'd love to distress it and give it a shabby look, but I have no idea how to do that!

Today was a pretty good day at work - had a business lunch then a meeting with our marketing consultant so I was out of the office most of the day, which is a nice change.

Here's one page I finished up last night, and I have to say I really like it. I love the bright colors and I think the pics are kinda cute even though they aren't of Camden!

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Just Some Pages

Not much going on today so I just thought I'd post two of my newest pages. I did notice something weird going on with blogger yesterday - I actually posted last night about 8:30 and it shows up as 1:18 yesterday afternoon. Guess it really doesn't matter what time it shows up!

Had a near-miss catastrophe last night! We were working on finishing up some more adoption grant applications, and there is one particular application that is just HUGE and very detailed and long and we had spent several hours working on it a couple of weeks ago. Well, we tried to pull it up last night and couldn't find it. After about an hour of searching, we finally located it. It had been saved on Brian's laptop as a hidden file! It was good to get that one off in the mail today. We have two final grants we're applying for, and we've collected almost all the paperwork for them. Then we just sit back and wait. I don't have too much hope for them because adoption grants are few and far between and the need is much greater than the available money, but we'll see.

Monday, June 25, 2007

Happy Monday

It's Monday evening, and another week is off and running! Our weekend was uneventful (translated - boring!). Brian was pretty busy with church work since he was at camp last week, so Camden and I were on our own. I am so happy to say that Camden came home from camp a very happy camper and has been so good! I thought it would be a rough transition back home, but not yet. He did come home ultra-hyper, but we've had several good laughs from that ultra-hyper mode so it's okay. Yesterday, he played "church" for the first time. He sang, led singing, preached - all of it. It was so funny!

Since our pastor (a.k.a. my father-in-law) was out of town this week, Brian was in charge of the services. He preached on Sunday morning and did a wonderful job. I was very proud! For Sunday night, he put together a 20 minute video showcasing the last several weeks of camp, and I was quite proud of his technical ability as well!

Because I was still debating on whether or not to keep my Pottery Barn clearance purchases, I made another trip there on my lunch hour today, and I'm pretty sure I'm keeping it! I found curtains to match for $11.99 and really cute baskets for $6.99, plus another couple of accessories. If I can buy Pottery Barn items for Wal-Mart prices, I think I'm committed! As soon as we have it all together, I'll post pictures, but don't hold your breath. We don't have a crib yet, and we have to strip and refinish the dresser, plus paint the room so it will probably be a while!

Saturday, June 23, 2007

I Growed

Camden's opening sentence this morning: "Hey, look at me. I growed!"

Friday, June 22, 2007


Have I ever mentioned I love Fridays! I love the casual morning, the fact that my alarm doesn't go off at 5:10, that I can stay comfortable for a while, that I don't have to leave Camden while he's at his sweetest, and many more reasons. Brian and Camden are still at camp today so I actually slept until 8:30, which is VERY late for me!

I went to lunch with my friend Kathy and her two girls yesterday. It was so much fun - her little almost-2 year old Meredith is the funniest girl! She's got such an expressive face and is just so cute (and she lets me hold her!).

No big plans for the weekend here! I'm sure Brian and Camden are going to come home this afternoon and crash! Poor Brian's been there taking care of a cabin full of boys, and after Camden joined him, he had even more to do! Brian says the little teenage girls are spoiling him rotten - he'll come home in rare form I'm sure.

A year later I'm still working on scrapping Elizabeth's wedding pictures. Here's a picture when they were leaving the church. One of these days I might actually get these finished!

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Away at camp

Brian came home yesterday afternoon to teach youth group at church last night and took Camden back to camp with him. Camden was sooooo excited to be going, and was so funny! Brian called this morning and said that he had a blast his first night away. He's in a cabin with 8 other 13 year old boys, and he said the boys kept saying, "why didn't you let him come all week" because Camden laughs at all their jokes! We have read this cute little book to Camden once or twice about a little raccoon that is scared to go to school so his mother kisses his hand, wraps his fingers around the kiss, and tells him when he is lonely and scared to put his hand to his cheek and remember his mommy's kiss. Well, last night when I was telling Camden goodbye I told him I would miss him, and that sweet boy (who is obviously a genius to even remember this story we read to him several weeks ago) kissed my hand, folded it up, and told me not to be scared. He is just precious! Then he said, "let me goooo, bye!"

Tuesday, June 19, 2007


Seriously! How do single mothers (and fathers) handle parenting all on their own! Camden is keeping me hopping this week while Brian is at camp. These early mornings are killing me.

I went shopping on my lunch hour yesterday and bought nursery bedding for 60% off at Pottery Barn Kids, but I'm having second thoughts. I really love it, but it's just not the vision I had in my head for the nursery. Although to be perfectly honest, I've got many different visions so not sure I'll ever be totally happy with it. We'll see.

I had a three and a half hour meeting this morning which was pure torture, but we did get to have lunch on the boss when it was over, so that was nice.

Now that I've got Camden in bed for the evening, I think I'm going to go crash in front of the TV.

Monday, June 18, 2007

One down

Our father's day was quiet. Brian headed off to church camp with several of the junior boys yesterday so there was not much celebrating going on! After a week of Camden's general crankiness, I was not looking forward to having him all to myself, but he was really good yesterday. Spent some more time in the pool, watched the movie Cars for about the 648th time, played with the lincoln logs, etc. This morning was busy, but I managed to get both of us out the door by 6:20, and I even made it to work a few minutes early. I didn't sleep well, but I never do when Brian is gone. Sometimes I even resort to having Camden sleep with me, but that never lasts since his idea of sleeping with mommy starts with a death grip on my neck and then ends with laying on top of my head. It's torture! So, one night down; only four more to go.

Today's page uses pictures from September 2005 - look at Camden's chubby cheeks! Becky came home from France for a quick visit and brought Camden a horse costume. He didn't know how to use it, but mom quickly stepped in, pulled it on and danced around the yard. Somehow I missed getting pics of that, but I sure wish I hadn't! She's a good grandma.

Sunday, June 17, 2007

Happy Father's Day

Saturday, June 16, 2007

A Better Day

I don't think I said anything in yesterday's post, but it was a rough parenting day. Camden was not his normal cheerful self; he was pretty horrible. We had one issue after another, and it was just a discouraging day. That boy can throw some huge fits! Today, he's been much better, although still a little whiny.

Brian and I worked in the basement for several hours this morning going through boxes, labeling things for a yard sale, etc. Camden happily played around riding his tricycle, making birthday cakes out of dirt and planting a "tomato garden." We played around in the pool again this afternoon. He loves it as long as he doesn't actually get too wet. Made a quick trip to Walmart and picked up a pizza and a movie for tonight.

Here are two layouts - the first is from last July when Camden first learned to wink. The second page is a picture I took of Becky, William, and Xavier in May.

Friday, June 15, 2007

So Excited!

I got some very good news this week - Dani Mogstad asked me to be on her creative team. I am so excited - I already buy everything she designs anyway so this will be fun! (Becky, you should keep an eye on the Girl Talk Blog for fun ideas.)

I hit the jackpot yesterday on my lunch hour. At the last minute I decided to stop into Gymboree to see if there were any good sales. I've been staying away so I'm not tempted to buy! Camden certainly doesn't need any more clothes and I've already done some shopping for the new baby. BUT I went in and they were handing out surprise percentages off - mine was 50% off my entire purchase. So I did do some shopping. Who can pass up shirts and shorts and dresses for just a few dollars apiece. This little bathing suit (or babin' suit as Camden calls it) is adorable! Camden got quite a bit of things for next summer for $3.80/apiece. But mostly girly things because I can't seem to pass them up!
Camden had his first big pool experience last night. We went over to some friends' house. I'm sorry to say that my son is the biggest chicken ever! He is so terrified of the water it's not even funny. This afternoon we pulled out our little 3 foot pool, and he's still terrified, but not quite as much.

Here are a few layouts I've finished this week. I've got more to share, but I'll save them for another day.

Wednesday, June 13, 2007


So, I took a little mental health day yesterday and stayed home from work. I struggle with insomnia every few months, and I've been averaging about 3 hours of sleep every night for the last week. I am so tired! Last night was a little bit better - I think I finally drifted off about 1:30.

Brian and I spent about 3.5 hours last night working on adoption grant and loan applications, and we're not even halfway through our stack! It felt good to get some of that done, though.

Camden thoroughly enjoyed bike day at school yesterday! His teacher told us he's quite the competitor. Well, we knew that - even at 3 he is sooooo competitive! Right now he just has a tricycle, but I think we may try to get him a bike with training wheels for his birthday in July. Of course, we also wanted to get him a swing set, so we'll have to see which he'll use the most.

Here are two pages I completed yesterday. I especially love the first one - lots of color!

Monday, June 11, 2007

I Caved

I've been trying to make a concerted effort to be healthier. My plan was to implement something new every week. The last 3 weeks I've actually worked out 3 times/week. Last week instead of having my Diet Mountain Dew in the afternoon, I substituted a bottle of water with Crystal Lite. This week my plan was to drop my Starbucks frappucino, but I caved. My throat is sore; I was tired; it's Monday morning - need I say more.

Camden is usually SUCH a daddy's boy, but yesterday he wanted me to put him to bed and came straight to me (completely bypassing his daddy) when he got up from his nap. He kept saying, "you're such a nice mommy." Maybe it was all those cookies I let him eat after we baked them Saturday!

Sunday, June 10, 2007


The weekend has flown by! I spent the day Friday getting a pedicure, grocery shopping, and working around the house (4 loads of laundry takes a bit of time!). Friday night we headed out shopping for the house. We finally picked up curtains and accessories for our bedroom as well as organizers for Camden's room. I feel much better to have that taken care of!

Saturday Brian had to take the second half of the state education test, so he was gone for about 12 hours! Camden and I worked together, made cookies, played, etc.
I haven't felt well at all today - even stayed home from church. Hopefully I'm not getting sick again. That's happened way too many times this year!

Here is a picture of his new fashion accessory, as well as a picture from this afternoon. We bought him a bike helmet for "bike day" at school this week, and he does not want to take it off! Also bought a little pool for the backyard, but he has serious water issues ever since the little hot tub incident. The good news is that after lots of coaxing and about 30 minutes in the pool, he started to feel okay and actually play a bit. That picture of Camden in his swim trunks just makes me take a second look - when did he grow up? He just looks so big!

And here are two pages from the weekend. Apparently, I was on a Becky theme. And, Becky, if you're reading this, I specifically want to direct your attention to Layout #2. Remember feeding Camden those M&M's so he'd sit on your lap??? No complaining when I do it to William and Xavier!

Friday, June 08, 2007

In a Slump

I'm in a slump today; a bad mood is just hovering around me despite my attempts to shake it off. Sometimes life just gets in the way and things don't go as planned. It's silly, I know, but there are several things going on that are annoying and one major disappointment this week.

This boy, however, is not in a slump. Look at that face - he thinks wearing these glasses and the hat Grandpa and Grandma bought him makes him so cool. He's adorable, if I do say so myself!

Enjoy the weekend!

Thursday, June 07, 2007

Time To Go

Not me, my flowers from Brian. At the table last night while we're eating supper, Camden noticed that a few of the flowers were dying. He said, "Mommy, your flowers are dying. They drank all their drink and now they're dying. It's just their time to go." It was hilarious! He got that little "it's their time to go" phrase from my mom after we watched Charlotte's Web, and when he asked why Charlotte died, my mom (probably caught a little off guard) said, "it was just her time to go." Words of wisdom he's remembered and used many times - usually referring to bugs or flowers!

Another funny Camden story - last night while finishing up supper and getting ready for church, Camden was following me around asking a dozen different questions as usual. Finally, needing a little break, I headed to the bathroom and closed the door to fix my hair. Well, he sits outside the door of course and continued with the questions (seriously, he never stops!). Finally, I told him (in a slightly sarcastic tone - not my best mom moment), "just because - it's none of your business!. So when I opened the door, he put his hands on his hips, gave me "the look" (see picture below) and said, "You're in my business" and stomped off. I guess he told me!

Brian's grandpa did came through his surgery and is doing very well. Much better than anyone expected so we're very grateful.

And while I'm giving updates, Becky did get to have her second chemo treatment this week, so we're grateful for that. I think she's feeling okay for now. I've talked to her a couple of times this week. She did have Micah shave her head yesterday, which makes me sad. As I got ready this morning and was really irritated at my thick hair that refused to dry, I thought to myself that I shouldn't complain about my hair anymore!

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

A New Bag

It has been an embarrassingly long time since I bought a new purse (I am a girl, right?). Seriously, probably over a year. Not that I've been carrying the same bag, but still! Anyway, I finally used my birthday gift card (from all the way back in November) and picked up this cute Vera Bradley hobo bag.

We went for a walk before supper last night. Camden was so funny telling us all about his day. His new best friend at his new school is Anne-Katherine (it's quite funny to hear him say that over and over cause he gets stuck sometimes!). What's unique is that Anne-Katherine is adopted from China, and Camden's best friend at his other school was Ashley, also adopted from China. They're the only Asian children in the entire school. Today is swim day, so I'm sure he'll come home with lots of new stories.

Brian's grandpa is having open heart surgery today. His heart was almost completely blocked, and it's a miracle he was even alive and doing fairly well. We are anxiously awaiting word on how the surgery went.

I can't believe I forgot to mention this yesterday, but I'm working with Christina Renee this month, and it's so fun! (See her blog here). I'm sure you're going to see lots of pages using her designs. And, speaking of pages - here are two from the weekend.

Monday, June 04, 2007

Weekend Recap

I'm doing a little blogging here on my lunch hour, so I've got to type fast!

Our weekend was good. We went to the baseball game Thursday night, and as expected, Camden had a blast. This kid seriously likes baseball! He sat next to me and asked question after question after question after. . . well, you get the point!

Friday, I sent him to school and Brian and I headed out to do some shopping for the Kids Carnival on Saturday as well as some grocery shopping for us. Brian and Camden spent the evening doing fun things like putting up a dunking tank, filling water balloons, setting up a pitching game, etc. I scrapped! :)

Saturday was the big carnival, and it was a great hit. We had lots of families and kids attend. Camden had a blast. He had three (!) cans of pop, which seriously put him on a sugar high. It was alot of fun, but a very long day for Brian!

Sunday was pretty normal - church, then a lazy afternoon. Well, lazy for me anyway! Brian headed off to take some teens to camp so he spent all afternoon in the van.

Brian's grandpa is in the hospital and scheduled for open heart surgery this week. It's pretty serious because of his age as well as his poor health (besides the heart problems). He's feeling pretty well. In fact, the doctors have to keep him on a "downer" as he puts it because he thinks he's there to meet new people and visit so he's been up and around way too much.

Becky goes back for another chemo treatment this week. Her blood count was pretty low last week so hopefully it has gone back up. If not, they'll have to put off a treatment, which is not what we want, of course! You can't kill cancer without the treatments!

Camden was up five times last night. Seriously, when do sleep issues end? We were way too spoiled when he was a baby!

I did lots of scrapping this weekend. Here are three pages, and there's more to come!