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Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Brilliant Weblog Premio

Yay!!!! I have been awarded the

Brilliant Weblog Premio

By Joey And Aleetehea Thanks! I am so honored :)

Brillante Weblog is a fun award given by bloggers to other bloggers. The purpose is basically to promote as many blogs as possible in the blogsphere. And you may just make someone's day too.

So now I get to nominate 7 blogs to get this totally awesom award! Here goes:

1. Frostings and Sparkles
2. Bluemuf's Corner
3. Alison Gibbs
4. Bella Enchanted
5. Johnsy's Blog
6. Theresa Smith Designs
7. Reminisce Heirlooms

Here are the rules for the above nominees:

1) Add the logo of the Brillante Weblog award to your blog
2) Add a link to the person who awarded it to you
3) Nominate at least 7 other blogs or sites
4) Add links to those blogs on your blog
5) Leave a message for your nominees that they've won the Brillante Weblog award
6) Show a picture of those who awarded you and those you give the prize to (optional)

Long time no see....

So I know I kinda disappeared from the face of the earth but I am slowly coming back! We have had LOTS of stuff going on. I mean, who hasn't right? We had a beautiful baby boy, we moved, we got orders to Japan (supposed to be there Oct. 31st) and we went to Chicago, plus we have been dealing with some health issues my husband has. He has been in and out of the hospital and undergoing lots of tests. So that is why I have not been here. I have not been sewing or anything but now I am trying to get back into the groove of things.

So hello everyone! I am so sorry to not have answered any of your last comments and I am very sorry I have not been visiting! I hope you all forgive me :)

Here are some recent pictures for you to see of the babe and a few things I have managed to sew lately.

Friday, April 18, 2008

And my birthday is...

Hello everyone! I am just popping in for a moment to introduce Connor William. He was born on Monday, April 14 at 1:23 PM. He weighed 6lbs and 15 oz and was 20 inches long. He is home now and we are all adjusting to our new schedule. Everyone is doing wonderfully! Here are a few pictures. I will post back soon, and also I have to go see who my "Guess Connor's Birthday" winners are, if I have any :)

Saturday, April 5, 2008

Another Update

Ok, baby does not want to leave his cozy home so he is still hanging out. I sure hope he decides very soon to come out and meet us! The last few weeks are the hardest for sure and my official due date is tomorrow. We have grandma and Aunt Lisa here visiting form Chicago to meet his little guy too! I am sure we will do something fun this weekend so I will try and post some pictures, and of course if our baby decides he is ready, I will definitely post some pictures of him!

If you have not guessed a birth day for baby, it isn't too late!! Some one can still win a free purse!

Talk to you all very soon (I HOPE)

Sunday, March 30, 2008


Ok, we have about 6 days left until my due date, and NO, he has not been born yet. SO, we are getting down to the wire and I wonder who will win my little contest??? It isn't too late to enter! Just comment on the post below and you could win your own custom purse! I will let you all now when Connor is born! Talk to you very soon (I hope)

Saturday, March 8, 2008

Guess Connor's Birthday!!! Let's play a game and the winner will get a FREE CUSTOM PURSE made by me just for them :)

OK, who wants to guess what day Connor will be born??
My actual due date is April 6th, although the ultrasound had him measuring about 3 days bigger. All three of my other babies went a few days past their due date but my doctor said last week he thinks I will deliver between 38 1/2-39 weeks. I don't know but it is sure exciting to guess!

Plus the winner (or winners) will receive their very own custom hobo bag (photos are of other bags I have made) Just pick your fabric color choices and I will do the rest. Plus this bag can be made with a short strap to carry on your arm, medium length so you can wear it on your shoulder or long length so you can wear it as a messenger! How cool is that???

This bag is roomy, but not huge. I can make it out of corduroy or twill also if you prefer a solid color! Ok, just post here what your guess is and a s soon as he is born (and I get a chance to get on my computer) I will let the winner(s) know!! Good luck :)

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Update!! Pictures of Lorelai's Dance and My 32 week Belly Shot

My how time flies when you are having fun! Today I am 32 weeks and 3 days and I only have about 6 weeks and 4 days to go! Hurray! I am so excited to meet my little guy.

The weather is cold, but not as cold as some other places. We have mid 30's. I sure will be happy to be able to go outside in shorts again! I know the kids are ready for that too. They are not liking being cooped up in the house anymore. Who can blame them?

Tomorrow night Lorelai is having a Friendship Dance at her school. She is very excited! This is the second dance of the year and she had a blast at the first one! I will be sure to take pictures so you can all see how much fun it was!

Thursday, January 24, 2008

My "baby" turned 12!!!

I can't believe how fast they grow up. My son Gabriel is 12 years old as of January 23rd. He is my first child. I think he had a really good birthday. His dad surprised him with an electric guitar! He was so excited. I will post some pictures soon. Tomorrow we are taking Gabe to Dave and Busters to celebrate. I will take some pictures there too. Gabe got about $100 from family and also got some neat gifts. he got some more Tech Decks, a ramp for the Tech Decks, some portable speakers for his i pod, a new jacket, a book light, and the book Diary of a Wimpy Kid. I guess that is a really funny book. So far he loves it. I think I should read it when he is finished. Gabe is saving up all of his cash in the bank so he can buy a car. He is off to a really good start. He has already been saving his money for a few years. We opened all the kids their very own savings accounts for Christmas a few years ago. I will post those pictures soon!!

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Here is my belly and my latest project for Connor

I don't think I have many pictures of myself this pregnancy, so I thought I better get at least 1 before the baby comes. We are getting so close. About 10 1/2 weeks to go! I look not so great, no makeup or anything but that is OK. It is Sunday and we are just hanging out today.

I also finished this adorable patchwork quilt for Connor today. It has lots of puppies and different patches of terry cloth, minky, cotton, flannel, and fleece. The back is cuddly flannel featuring, yep, more puppies. I miss my puppy so much that I guess I am just trying to keep myself surrounded by them. I am sure, being a little boy that Connor won't mind. I added a little puppy pocket too with some loopy ribbons and Connor can keep his little stuffed puppy or whatever else he wants in the little pocket.

This is actually the first sewing I have really done since our Toby passed. It feels good to do something relaxing and to be able to create something beautiful.

Friday, January 11, 2008

Our hearts are broken...

Last Saturday, January 5th 2008 we lost a very dear part of put family. Our dog Toby had to be put to sleep. He was very sick and we were told by his doctors that his prognosis was not good. This was a very difficult decision to make and now, almost a week later it is still very hard for us.

Toby was a puppy when we brought him home. He was born on December 1st, 2000 in Salinas California. His mother was a stray and was taken in by Animal Friends Rescue Project (AFRP) of California. He was born at the Salinas Animal Hospital and he was the runt of the litter. All of the puppies were champaign colored except for Toby who was black and his brother Jamie who was brown. Jamie was adopted by one of the veterinarians in the hospital and Toby came home with us in February of 2000.

He was so small. I think he weighed maybe 5 lbs max. We wrapped him on a little shirt and he sat on my laps for the 20 minute ride home to Monterey. He was shaking uncontrollably and we later learned that this was normal for him. Toby was a bit of a chicken. He was frightened of blowing leaves, plastic bags, other dogs, and anything that moved suddenly and caught him off guard. Any of these things would send him running in the opposite direction.

We kennel trained Toby and he was very smart. It only took a few months of training and he went potty outside, never having any accidents until this past October, when he became very ill. Toby had a blanket and a "baby" (a little brown stuffed elephant) inside his "house" (that is what we called his kennel). If he misbehaved and we told him to get in his house, he ran right into his kennel.

Toby moved with us from Fort Ord in Monterey, to Alabama, to Chicago, to Beale AFB in California, to Fort Ord in Monterey again, and finally to Fort Mead in Maryland. While Toby loved to go in the car, it inevitably made him car sick. We always had good times traveling.

Toby was a really good boy. He would not climb on the table or counters to eat your food. He rarely ever got into the garbage. He never ran away from us (except to run barking at people as they walked by and scare the you know what out of them, but really he only wanted to lick them, he never bit) he came when he was called. He could sit and lay down though he was usually too hyper to do it for more than a few seconds at a time. He loved to run and he would run around us in circles outside. We were always afraid he would make himself dizzy and hit a tree.

Toby loved to go hiking and we took him often to Garland Ranch Park in Carmel, California. It was so beautiful there. there were so many trails to hike and there was a small brook where we would sit and rest while Toby played in the water.

Toby has been a part of out family for the past 7 years, as long a s Terry and I have been married. It is going to be very strange to not have him around anymore. It is hard for me to come home. He could always hear our car pull up and he would bark his head off until we opened the door. Then he would be standing there wagging his tail so hard you would think his butt was going to fly off into the wall. He sure loved us a lot. I walk in now, and the house is empty. No friendly wags and no barks to welcome you in.

In October, Toby got very, very sick and he really almost died on us then. He became very lethargic and then he refused to eat or drink. I took him to the vet and they ran a bunch of tests. They diagnosed Toby with hemolytic anemia. His body (his immune system) was attacking and killing off all of his red blood cells. He had to be checked into the emergency veterinary hospital and he stayed for a week. He received a blood transfusion and some medications to suppress his immune system. We were told that his condition was incurable and that he would likely need to be on medication for the rest of his life.

He had to take 8 pills everyday and have his blood checked weekly. He seemed to recover somewhat but he was never the same. He spent most of his day sleeping, he wouldn't play or run at all. This was such a change from the hyper dog he has always been. He has always acted like he was still a puppy. He also did a LOT of eating and drinking. His medication made him constantly thirsty and hungry. Because of the powerful drugs he was on suppressed his immune system, he kept getting infections. On Saturday of last week he was really sick again, refusing to eat or drink and having bloody diarrhea in scary amounts,so back to the emergency vet we went. The doctor told us that he would never get better. He was going to keep getting these awful infections that caused him to be sick and to have the bloody stools. He was going to keep suffering so we had to make a very difficult decision to end his suffering.

He was like one of my children. He came to us as a baby and we raised him, worried over him, took him everywhere we went and now there is a big emptiness. I know time will ease the hurt, but it seems like that is a long time away. Talking about him and writing about him I think helps me a lot. We have lots of pictures of him and lots of wonderful memories. I think we are lucky to have had such a good dog, even though it was only for a short while. I never knew how much losing a pet would hurt. I miss him so much.

Saturday, January 5, 2008

Connor Michael Baby Pictures (well ultrasound pictures anyway)

Hi!! I have finally got some pictures to share. We have changed baby's name from Connor William to Connor Michael. This is his daddy's and grandpa's middle names (Michael) so I thought that would be neat to bestow upon him. These photos are from 20 weeks, when we found out we were having a boy. I am now 27 weeks along and getting so close to the end. Yay for the 3rd trimester!! I cannot believe how big my belly is and I still have another 13 weeks of growing to go!