Water Water Everywhere

So, our house almost flooded last night.  That was fun.  Not.  Luckily the neighbors went around clearing the storm drains during a break in the rain and the water started receding, but it was inches from my front door.  Might need to rethink my policy of declining flood insurance on the grounds that we’re nowhere near a body of water and it never rains here.

puddle collage

Raptor had a blast jumping in the puddles which, in her mind,  more than made up for the time spend “hunkered down” in the hallway yesterday during the tornado warning.

I can’t decide if I love that it’s downright cold this May or if I’m irritated that we can’t go swimming yet.  It’s usually swimming weather here right around mid-April so this is definitely throwing me for a loop.

I shot these pics with my brand spanking new 35 mm lens.  I <3 it.

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Introducing the Raptor Twins!

Meet Alexander James (Xander) and Emilia Marie (Mia).  They’re here!  And they’re perfect.  Loud, messy, sleepless, and perfect.  :)

1 monthHere they are at 1 month and 1 day.  I love that Xander is such a flirt and Mia’s all whatever, ::sigh::.  :)

Our lives are definitely changing and in more, and different, ways that we expected.  I never blogged about it, but we had a ridiculously complicated pregnancy with the twins including, but not limited to, a prenatal diagnosis of hydrocephalus for Baby A (that’s our sweet little Mia) so we were expecting her to need brain surgery (at a different hospital) within a day or two of her arrival.

They were born at 37 weeks 1 day gestation via an unplanned, but not emergency, c-section.  Maybe I’ll blog about that at some point.  We had mentally prepared for Mia to be whisked off to the NICU, so we were pleasantly surprised when both twins were allowed to room in with us.  The pediatrician came to examine them and gave us the great news that, while Mia would still need an MRI and to see a neurosurgeon, it did not look like she would need surgery right away.  In fact, she might not need it at all!  And there was much rejoicing.  :)

Then he dropped a bomb on us.

“Has anyone talked to you about the possibility that Mia has Down syndrome?”

Um, come again?  What are you talking about?!?

Due to some of our earlier pregnancy complications, we had not been able to do the blood work to screen for chromosomal abnormalities at 13 weeks.  That said, I pretty much had an ultrasound every week of my pregnancy and there was never any indication that Down syndrome was a possibility so to say that we were shocked would be a massive understatement.

It took about a week to get the genetic testing back, and it showed that yes, in fact, Mia does have Down syndrome.  No lie, it took me some time to process that, but now we can’t imagine her any other way.  She (and Xander) are perfect just as they are (though Xander could do with sleeping a bit more, lol.)

I imagine this blog will be undergoing a bit of a transition.  I’m still crafting (well, not much, but I will be!!!) and I’ll still blog about my crafty adventures.  I just envision that I’ll also be blogging a bit more about our adventures with newborn twins and a 5 year old.  After all, it’s only been 5 1/2 weeks and we’ve already had to call 911 (Xander had to learn the hard way that we don’t breath in our own puke!).  Who can tell what adventures the summer will bring.  :)

 

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Bluebonnet Pics

Sorry for the radio silence last week.  I have been wiped out.  Pretty much I get home from work and want to go to bed.  So much for the blog buffer, lol.  I did drag myself out to get Raptor an Easter dress and managed to take a few bluebonnet pics.

bluebonnetsIt’s nothing like last year’s amazing sea of bluebonnets, but I managed to find a pretty good field.  The fact that it had a little ditch helped.

bluebonnets-2It made it easier to crop out the hotel in the background.  lol.

bluebonnets-3As much as I would love to pretend that I’m going to take pictures of the babies in the bluebonnets, I think there’s no way that’s going to happen this year.  Plus, how do you take pictures of a newborn that can’t sit up yet in what are essentially spikey weeds?

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I had fun taking Raptor out for one last solo photo shoot though.  It’s hard to believe that in a week and a half (or less!) she won’t be an only child anymore.  I’m getting a little teary thinking about it.

 

 

 

 

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Carseat Covers

I finished them!  I used this tutorial and it’s great so I didn’t feel compelled to reinvent the wheel.  :)

Photo Mar 17, 10 09 28 AMThe main change I made was to use the same fabric for all of it instead of trying to find coordinating fabrics for the outer, inner, and handle.  I had a hard enough time picking coordinating fabrics for Baby Girl and Baby Boy!  Not to mention, I could feel my feet started to swell while I hemmed and hawed in the fabric section of Joannes.

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Here’s Baby Boy’s!  Incidentally, we’ve reached the point in the pregnancy where we’re doing phone photos.  #SorryNotSorry

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And here’s Baby Girl’s!  I’m really proud of how these turned out.  And it only took 2 days which is pretty good considering my lack of sewing skills.  lol.

Speaking of the babies, Baby A is a stinker and has decided to flip around into the breech position.  What does this mean?  It means we now have a c-section scheduled for April 8th.  Y’all, that’s less than 3 weeks away!  Eeep!  Time to prioritize a few last minute projects while making sure to take lots of put-your-feet-up breaks to avoid the dreaded bed rest.

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Wipes are done!

Whew.  Last week was a week, you know?  One of those weeks.  Raptor, who is almost never sick, got a nasty stomach bug that she so generously shared with me.  She and I were out of commission for almost a week.  I literally cannot remember a time in my life when I have been so sick.  Plus, RaptorDad and Raptor left on an epic road trip yesterday for Spring Break and he was trying to get everything packed and ready while taking care of 2 sickies.  I finally started to feel like myself this weekend and my mom came over to help me go some spring cleaning before the babies’ arrival.  And by help, I mean that she made me sit on the couch and just chat with her while she cleaned like a wee tiny tornado.  She’s awesome.  :)

Photo Mar 15, 3 59 27 PMI took the opportunity to go ahead and (finally) finish up the wipes!  Incidentally, I made twice as many as I need.  lol.  I’m pleased with how they turned out.

Photo Mar 15, 10 50 54 AMAnd if you’re curious, this is that it looks like when you’re 33 weeks 4 days pregnant with 2 baby dinosaurs.  3 1/2 weeks left!

 

 

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Lawn Fawn Snow Day Page

I did a bit of scrapping this morning after dropping Raptor off at school.  I decided to try and tackle some of my December pages before my box of new goodies got here.  I know once that happens I’m just going to want to scrap summer pages because I ordered some delicious summer papers!  :)

cozy coupe pagePhoto credit goes to the lovely Libby (and I promise the pics aren’t blurry in real life!  I just suck at taking pictures of pictures.  lol.)  This page actually came together pretty quick.  The red paper was a scrap that was already that size, and the strip at the bottom is actually the branding strip.  I found another branding strip cut off (I love it when they have cute stuff on the back!) and added it to the top.

cozy coupe page-2Then I just added a title using some thickers (the “s” is actually an “8″ that I cut up), some journaling, and some super simple embellishment clusters.  In this case, washi, a flair badge, and a few wood veneers.  Here’s hoping for some scrappy time this weekend.  :)

 

 

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2015 Project Life Week 6

Slowly but surely plugging along.  :)

Project Life week 6_I’m still using almost exclusively phone photos because those are the photos that are being taken these days.  :)

Project Life week 6_-2This was the week that my baby sister got married so I devoted the right hand page to the wedding festivities.  She hired an amazing photographer so I didn’t even bother to bring my camera to the wedding.  You know what?  It was fantastic!  I can’t wait to see the professional pics!

Project Life week 6_-3I love this card.  I didn’t have enough to say to justify using a whole card, so I found a filler card that I liked, added an acrylic heart that I probably bought 10 years ago, and wrote around it.  It turned out just as I had hoped.

 

 

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2014 Week 6 Project Life

We had a “snow day” today so Raptor and I worked on some crafty projects.  :)  First up was a Project Life spread.

Week 6 AOnly 47 more spreads to go.  lol.

Week 6 B

 

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Burp Rag Tutorial

Before Raptor was born, I added patterned rick rack to a bunch of gerber prefolds to use as burp rags.  It was super cute and it only took a few minutes.  Why not just use these same ones for the twins?  Well, because they are a little worse for wear.  lol.  We use them all the time to dry dishes, clean up spills, and more.  Have I mentioned that we don’t use paper towels?

My initial plan was just to make some new ones with the same patterned rick rack.  A few problems soon became apparent.  First, despite buying premium prefolds again, they were super rough and scratchy this time.  I guess I got organic ones last time?  Or maybe a different brand?  Second, I kind of wanted a way to distinguish between baby burp rags and kitchen burp rags.  Third?  I can’t find the damn rick rack.  lol.  Time for plan B.  lol.

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I was playing around on Pinterest, and I found this tutorial.  Perfection.  And goodness knows I have plenty of flannel laying around.  It was super easy.  I was able to do all 9 in 1 day.  First I cut out the flannel using the rotary cutter.  I just measured the center of the burp rag and added about an inch.  Sorry, no pics of that step.  I was working with limited time first thing in the morning.

burp rags

 

Then I *gasp* ironed the seams.  I know, I know.  I was scared of the iron too, but it was really no big deal and it did make the rest of the project easier.  Don’t worry, I’m not going to go crazy and start ironing clothes or anything.  lol.

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Here you can see that I just went around and ironed about a half inch on each side.  burp rags-3Then I just pinned the flannel to the center of the diapers.  I ended up getting the Gerber prefolds since that’s what they had at Target and they’re, well, far from perfectly stitched.  lol.  Good news is that it took the pressure off of me a bit with the stitching since no amount of pinning was going to make them perfect rectangles.  lol.

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Then I just went around the edges with the zig zag stitch.  Easy peezy.  :)

burp rags-6You can see that the stitching isn’t perfect, but I’m currently embracing imperfections.  After all, a baby is just going to throw up on it.  lol.  Overall, I’m super happy with how these turned out.  The flannel is nice and soft which is awesome considering how rough the diapers themselves were.  Plus, I can easily tell these apart from our kitchen rags.  Bonus?  Super cute.  I think I might add these to my baby shower gift idea list.  :)

 

 

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Jillibean Soup and March Goals

I made a page that I like!  lol.  You may have noticed that I make a lot of pages where I cut an inch off of 2 sides of patterned paper and then back it with cardstock to have a bit of a frame for the background.  As you can imagine, this leaves me with a ton of 1 inch strips of paper.  Today I decided to use some of them.  :)

park pageAs you can see, I just took a bunch of the strips from my Jillibean Soup drawer (I love their B sides!) and layered them to mat the photos.  Then I added a few strips of washi tape and a couple of stickers.

park page-2If I do a page like this again, I think I’d add even more embellishments to the strips of paper, but all in all I’m happy with how this turned out.

In other news, I just placed a huge order with scrapbook.com and I cannot wait for it to get here!  After making over 80 pages in the last 2 months without buying anything aside from cardstock, it’s time for some new product!  I will say, I’ve enjoyed falling in love with some of my old papers again, but there’s nothing like a big box of goodies to inspire me.  :)

Speaking of inspiration, how did I do on February’s goals?  Well, not as good as I did on January’s, but I did get quite a bit accomplished.

  1. Baby Girl’s Blanket- Well, I got a teeny bit done, but I really need to put in some time on this one.
  2. Finish Felt Letters- I have got to work on these.  For serious.
  3. 2014 Project Life- I got 2 out of the 5 layouts done.  That’s something, right?  lol.
  4. 2015 Project Life- I got 2 of the 4 done.  I want to catch up on this next month.
  5. Add trim to burp rags.  Done!  I’ll be blogging this soon.  They’re super cute.
  6. Fraycheck wipes.  Ugh.  I need to buy the fraycheck so I can finish these already.
  7. Scrap September 2013.  Done!  I got 9 layouts done and it feels great.
  8. Scrap October 2013.  Also done!  11 layouts for this month.  :)
  9. Scrap November 2013.  So close.  Only 2 more to go.
  10. Scrap December 2013.  I think I was a bit ambitious with the scrappy goals.  lol.  2 left to go in this month as well.  You guys!  That means I only have 4 more layouts left in 2013!  Sweet!
  11. Blog!  I was able to get a blog post up 3 times a week this month which was my goal!

I set some ridiculous lofty goals for February, so even though I didn’t meet all of them I’m feeling pretty great about the progress that I did make.

Now March…  Since the babies are going to be here early to mid April, the pressure is on!  Also, RaptorDad is taking Raptor on a wee road trip for Spring Break so I’m going to have a few days of dedicated crafty time.  Yay!  So goals for March.

  1. Shopping List for Frozen Meals
  2. Assemble/ Freeze Casseroles (0/3). I want to make several batches of lasagna, mac n cheese, and something else and freeze them so we don’t starve when the twins arrive.
  3. Scrap November 2013.  Only 2 to go!
  4. Scrap December 2013.  I’m actually hoping to knock out most of these before my big box of scrappy goodness arrives.  I know I’m only going to want to play with new things then and I didn’t order any Christmas stuff.  lol.
  5. Scrap February 2014.  Believe it or not, January 2014 is already done.  As is March.  :)  I may end up skipping February for now and working on April since I didn’t order any Valentine’s Day stuff, but I did order some summery stuff.
  6. Finish Baby Girl’s Blanket.  Down to the wire here folks.  Yikes.
  7. Finish Felt Letters.  It’s pathetic that these still aren’t done.
  8. Make Carseat Covers.  I’m excited about these!  I found a tutorial on line and I can’t wait to go pick out fabric for them.  :)
  9. 2014 Project Life (0/6)
  10. 2015 Project Life (0/6)
  11. Paint Nursery.  Soon!
  12. Assemble all of the Baby Stuff!
  13. Summer Activities for Raptor.  I want to come up with some throw down activities/ crafts for her for this summer.
  14. Blog! (0/27). This seems ridiculous, but it will give me a buffer through April.  I’d really like to be able to have some content post while we’re busy with babies.  :)  I’m think I’m going to photograph some of my older layouts and put them up on the blog.  I spotted a few blog worthy ones while I was assembling the 2013 (part 2) album.

 

 

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