Tuesday, November 11, 2008

This is my quilt

Okay, Karen managed to get me to post to my blog which I have simply ignored for the past two months! So from her I am inspired to show my quilt and how it's coming along...

Packaging up each row so it stays somewhat organized!

Some of the fabrics...love Amy Butler!

How it will look when it's all finished!

Sadly this is as far as i've gotten. I'm hoping to find more time soon.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Oh sheesh...Pre-K already?!

On August 20 my "baby" went to school for the first time! He was so excited to go. All ready with his new backpack and tennies. I don't know where on earth the time has gone. It all seems to be going really well except on some days when he misses me. But I figure it's less than three hours, how much can he really miss me? :)

I'm gearing up for fall here, just planted a whole front stoop's worth of mums and grasses yesterday (photo to come) and the pool is coming down tonight. I may even stick my "Autumn Welcome" scarecrow in the ground this weekend. But before I know it, winter will be here and i'll remember back to the hot days spent in the pool and will be sad I ever wished it away.

Husker football started on Saturday and we spent the evening with our friends Casey and Shannie and their four kids. We had a ball catching up...it had only been two years! Time flies when you're having fun (and kids).

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Wowsa, time flies...

It's been such a long time since I've posted but i've got all kinds of excuses...vacation, work, illness! But today i'm posting to try to win something, a new camera strap! Check out: http://www.cottoncandybynatalie.etsy.com/
She does some really gorgeous straps! I admire those who can take the seemingly insignificant and make something beautiful out of it.

Fabulous stuff!! Here's a picture. As a whole I am in LOVE with etsy...so many people with gorgeous wares waiting to be purchased by the rest of us who don't have quite as much talent but really wish we did! :)

My latest foray into creativity was for some wide leg lounge pants from Amy Butler's book. I haven't taken a picture of the finished product but here's one of the "ingredients."

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Oh to be One and Four

The boys are growing up so fast. One and four...I can't believe it. Here are some photos I took last weekend in a friend's backyard.

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Not quite a buddha

My friend Kerri is having her baby on the 9th. We used yesterday evening (between all of the storms we've been having) to take some pictures of her belly and her first "baby" Chet. I think they turned out pretty well. Thanks Kerri!! Good luck to everyone on Monday...can't wait to meet her!

Friday, May 2, 2008

Almost forgot about...

My new laptop bag...so fabulous!

I am honestly sooo excited about it. My laptop fits perfectly along with files, magazines, etc. It will be fantastic with my red luggage too and doesn't look a thing like your typical laptop bag! Thank you Kara at Kailo Chic! Now i'm walkin' around in style!

Adorable things

I am a sucker for all things adorable!! So today I bought these. They are magnets and so cute from etsy.com (The Purple Pear). The multi-colored ones are for moi and the others for my MIL. I think she'll dig them!
Not much else happening here, Ryan and Dad were in KC last night where there were tornados all over the place...Ryan called while sirens were going off. Talk about making me nervous! But he's called this a.m. and things are fine, minus the headache he has from too much imbibing! :)
Hopefully more as my job gets less crazy week after next...two weeks from now i'll just be getting home from New Orleans with another conference behind me. Whew!

Monday, February 4, 2008

New jeans in my future

Why is the perfect pair of jeans so elusive? Why do they fit on my thighs but leave a gap at my waist large enough to hold a lumbar pillow? Can't anyone figure out that my legs are actually quite long for my height? And why does every pair I like the looks of have a 6 inch rise? I'm not 16 anymore people!! Frustration! Hopefully i've found the answer to these questions...check out http://www.zafu.com/. Supposedly this site will help you "Find your perfect jeans, bras & pants in 3 minutes." This is fantastic because 3 minutes is about all the time I have to spare. I entered my proportion "issues" and luckily the site rounded up 18 pair of jeans, at least 4 of which can be found here at home at a Nebraska-based store called The Buckle. It looks like the brand BKE is what will work best for me and either the Harlow or Culture styles. Are you kidding me? 3 minutes to figure out which jeans to buy, 10 minutes to get to the store that they're sold in, another 10-15 to try them on...I honestly can't wait. If all it takes is 28 minutes to find the perfect pair of jeans, I am pumped!! I will report back to let you (and zafu) know if this actually worked!! Oh yeah, and the best part...$66-$68! No $200 pair of jeans for me...working wife with two kids, a husband and a
mortgage!! Wish me luck!

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Learning with Smilebox

Today I started playing with Smilebox. It's a great way to make cute scrapbook-looking layouts of photos you want to do something creative with.

(Note: Took down this slideshow momentarily. It gave out my full name which i'm not comfy with. If you want to see it, send me an email and i'll forward you the link!)

Friday, January 25, 2008

Exciting new websites to check out...

I was looking around for some free fonts for my newest foray into scrapbooking and came upon this site:
Amanda does a GREAT job of providing handwriting fonts (complete with instructions if you should need them). Their site is fantastic and they are just an adorable couple.

Also loving the BHG scrapbooks etc. site:

I plan on getting to Michaels this weekend for some scrapbook supplies as I don't own one scrapbook yet. Shame on me!

Tomorrow will be attending my niece Haley's dance showcase. I will tote along my camera and see if I can get backstage for some photos of the "Divas!"

Blessings for a great weekend!

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

The long, cold winter

Winter has been long and very cold and it's only nearing the end of January. I have had some good days this month despite the cruddy weather. I got a chance to take some really cute pictures of my boys, including Owen's new tooth! Look out world...he's chomping on everything! Last week I also had a chance to hang out with some good friends, Pat and Sheri. Heard good news from Sheri that she's moving back home so hopefully i'll be seeing much more of her. That is always good news! I'm also doing fairly well on my weight loss endeavors. Bye bye baby fat, hello cute spring clothes! Down 2.7 pounds towards my goal of 5 pounds this month. I even got on the treadmill a couple of times thanks to
the SWEET new iPod from my hubby for Christmas.

I almost forgot that Max had his first dentist appointment two weeks ago. He did fantastic and has no cavities! All of that wrestling him so he can get brushed was worth it!

Right now i'm learning how to use Elements. I took some family photographs of some friends of ours in November and managed to get them edited and printed this month. I even created an invoice for my "business." When she pays me this will be my first paying photography session. I plan on framing my first $1. Very exciting!!

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

happy 2008

It's time to look forward and make 2008 a good year. It occurred to me over the weekend that I had the ultimate high and ultimate low all in one year. The ultimate high was the birth of Owen on June 7th, the ultimate low being the death of my brother on December 9th. It's strange how life can change so much in 6 months. Luckily i've been surrounded by friends and family that have been there for all occasions, good and bad.

To look forward in 2008 i've got lots of things to keep me busy. I am planning a conference that will take place in May in New Orleans. I have never been there and so am looking forward to visiting the city and helping the economy (even as small as our associations contribution will be). I have also got plans to redecorate our basement. I'll be repainting the walls a beautiful shade of light gold, maybe finding some new art, rearranging the furniture, etc. I will also be converting our spare bedroom into a dressing/craft room for me. Since Owen was born we have had to be creative in order to find places for everyone's toys and clothes. Hopefully Ryan can come up with a creative and attractive solution for my dressing room. I'm looking foward to it. I got some new Amy Butler fabric for Christmas to help with pillows and even art work. Hoping to find some coordinating fabrics to add some color...i'll post pictures as I go along!

Happy New Year!