Birthday ‘Fever’

It may not be all about the birthday, but the soon-to-be Birthday Boy is home from school today with a fever!  I sure hope this passes by tomorrow and he's back to his normal energetic self! (albeit, super energetic but that beats being sick hands down!)  After my club last night he woke up with this fever ..given that this meant I cuddled him rather than go back to work (one of the glories of working from home) I didn't make it back to the studio or to the computer to reply to emails or to create a post.  Watch your inbox today if you were waiting on a reply last night.  I think we're on the home stretch and am hoping and praying for good health for tomorrow and beyond! 

Seeing as Ethan seems to be the star of the week around here I wanted to share a couple of pictures of him as he entered the World and very quickly captured our hearts!  It's true that once you hear your baby cry (especially if they don't at first and you have seconds of angst waiting to know that he/she is okay) and you hold them close and your hearts are immediately & forever bonded & tightly intertwined, that you quickly overcome the hardships of labor, delivery and recovery!  …now if only they came with a 'demonstrator' to show you how things are done in raising a child!  <wink> 


Here's what my 10 pound 13 ounce Baby Boy looked like after his first breaths were finally taken and we were over the initial scares and then shock at what he weighed!  I remember seeing his huge hand pop out of the bassinet that they were checking him over in and not even being able to guess at his weight! Look how easy it was to cover up his parts with just a small piece of Whisper White CS, a pair of scissors and a 1/2" circle punch.  It took me literally about a half a minute and some repositionable adhesive (so that I can take the 'diaper' off to put the photo back in our album) to cover him up.  Sorry, we weren't on trend with digital yet when he was born so photos of photos will have to do.  



Here he is at 1 week old and growing steadily!  He looks so grown up at just one week old!  (I tell you we learned our lesson quickly and by our 2nd baby, we wanted to slow things down so he definitely wasn't all dressed up in jeans quite so soon!)  Can you believe that by 3 months, Ethan was already 20 pounds?! He's definitely stretched into his weight by now and I'm just amazed at how quickly time flies!  He is definitely a bright blessing in our lives and we are excited to share his birthday tomorrow!  



It's definitely been one fun 'play date' for the past 7 yrs!  Forgive me, I couldn't resist. …here's one of the pages we created at Scrapbook Club this month using the Stampin' Up! Play Date collection of DSP and rub-ons!  I'm looking forward to taking some new pictures of the Birthday Boy as soon as Spring comes and adding them to this page.  This layout was another Sketchy Thursday layout.  I hope you like it! 


The details:


I'll be back to update with the supply list.  In the mean time, enjoy!  

CHALLENGE FOR THE DAY: Post a comment to share your most favorite birthday celebration!  I'll choose a random # again and the winner will receive Play Date Rub-ons! Thanks for 'playing' along! 

Posted on : Mar 24 2011
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MIA = ER (squared)

Or ER2 …the little '2' won't work in my title!  …a silly little '2' is the least of my worries or workload! 

I must apologize for being MIA and for my inconsistent blogging pattern or lack thereof since my fall down the stairs a couple of weeks ago.  Crazy how one incident can change or impact so much!  A thought that I'm sure rings clearly for so many around the World as we send help, hope and prayers to all the people affected by tragedy and especially to those affected by disaster in Japan.  

We'll skip the whole story here, but I have to say that while it's no fun to sit in the ER and await a battery of tests, I'm very thankful that we live in a place where the option is afforded to us.  I've had a series of 'scares' since I fell down the stairs and spent Monday evening at the ER with new concerns from my fall and then after being given warning signs and almost passing out on my boys at lunch yesterday spent the day at the ER again.  The news played on the TV throughout our wait, so while there was concern enough for me to be there for the 2nd time in 2 days, I was incredibly thankful to have somewhere to go and somewhere to seek treatment!  I'm equally thankful that my tests were clear and that the specific concerns of the past few days are now at ease.  What I'm most thankful for is waking up to my boys smiling faces.  Keeping my thoughts and prayers with the people of Japan…. I can't complain.  I'll have some muscle and nerve issues to work out (as well as new colds we probably all caught at the ER), but truly can't complain!   …can't even call this a batch of 'lemons' … seeing as all is well, I'm abundantly thankful! 

Thanks to all of my family, friends and club members for being so understanding these past few days as I've had to put classes on hold. I thank-you for your thoughts prayers and kind words!  I truly appreciate it! Thanks so much to a couple of extra helpful friends who cared for our boys and brought Ryan a 'care package', you are truly wonderful!  Here's hoping and praying for no more issues, no more trips down the stairs and treatments that work really well!  ๐Ÿ™‚ Can't wait to craft with you again!

In the mean time, I want to share a page all about one of the blessings in my life that I'm most thankful for.   My son, Ethan turns 7 in 8 sleeps (okay 7 by the time you all read this)!!!  He's so excited! He's had a whirlwind of a week too, lost his front tooth, spent two nights at home without me (lost his tooth on one of them), is getting highlights for the first time for his birthday and is anxious about his countdown!  I'm so glad I get to be his 'Momma'!  This page is all about him.  …forgive me, I still have to do my journaling!  This page is for my March calendar for this year.  A good friend and I create a page together each month (or sometimes a bit behind)  ๐Ÿ™‚  to put up on the wall.  Enjoy!

I used the play date rub-ons here to create a title for my journaling section and to add the owl.  The branch is from the Bird Punch.  Thanks to my downline member, David I no longer have to punch an Old Olive Branch and  Chocolate Chip branch and piece them together….thanks to his ingenuity it's as simple as punching one Old Olive branch and then brushing over the branch with the Chocolate Chip 'brush' marker tip!  Thanks for the tip David!  We all loved him for it when using this branch at card club!

As many of you know, I'm addicted to linen thread and our accessories…can never have too many buttons on hand!  I highlighted Ethan's age by accessorizing the '7'! …they really do grow up too quickly! …he even questioned me on the 'disorganized' number pattern in the paper.  …but he loved the page!  ๐Ÿ™‚

This page was created with:

Ink: Chocolate Chip (sponged everywhere), Chocolate Chip Marker (on branch)

Paper: Pear Pizzazz, Chocolate Chip, Naturals Ivory, Tempting Turquoise, Old Olive, Play Date DSP

Accessories: Birch Punch, 2 3/8 Scallop Circle Punch, 1 3/4 Circle Punch, Linen thread, Brights Buttons, Play Date Rub-ons & Stamping Sponges

Can't forget, I got the sketch from Sketchy Thursdays.  Love their sketches!

I hope to be back soon!  I've got plenty of catching up to do.  One post I will be very honoured to post about is an award I was given a couple of weeks ago!  Thanks to Jodi Kutz @ for graciously giving me this award! I was so surprised and of course excited! Stop in at her blog to check out her work! Jodi, I'm looking forward to meeting you on the cruise!

A quick note about my classes.  The RSVP deadline for many of them has passed and I had promised some photos.  With my recent series of events I'll be extending the deadlines and will send out photos soon and will offer some of the classes a 2nd time.  If you are on my email list, please watch there or come back to my blog (or ask to be added to my email list for classes etc.).  I'll also be offering the birthday project class with a 2nd alternate date as I'll be using the 21st to make up my Monday stamp club.  

Be well everyone!  Enjoy your day!  

Posted on : Mar 18 2011
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