I have some big news..

And no.. I’m not pregnant.

In the next couple of days be looking for a big announcement from me about new business venture. Moms’ cove didn’t turn out so well for me, but this new venture is going to be a big move for Rick & I and I hope we can have a lot of sucess with it. This will become my new baby and I can’t wait to share the news with you all!


December 8, 2008. Tags: , . business, Life. 1 comment.

sick kids & new layouts..

Yup.. the kids are sick -again. Missy has the normal, cough and runny nose and Little Man is teething like no tomorrow and has a cold, no cough for him yet – fingers crossed.We are having a ‘cold spell’ so I don’t know if that has anything to do with them not feeling great as it was 80 something the other day and now we’re barely getting to 50 at night.  So I have both kiddo’s at home with me today and we’re taking it easy.

Rick and I have started refinishing Little Man’s dresser. Well it’s Rick’s dresser and side table from when he was a kid – he said he thinks he has had it for at least 20 years if not longer. Rick and Missy sat out on the back porch and sanded down the  side table and the drawer fronts for that yesterday afternoon. Then Missy & I primed it and I have put 2 coats of “the #2 miller lite car” blue on it (we picked the colour from Rusty Wallace’s old car, which is now driven byKurt Busch). I forgot to take before pictures as well as pictures of Missy & Rick sanding, but will of course post some “after” pictures once it’s finished. We still have the dresser to do, so when we start that I’ll make sure to get pictures of it going thru the whole process. We also painted the front door. It’s now a shade of “tomato red. We got rained out on Saturday so it still needs a few more coats to make it the “true” red it should be. With it being cold having the front door off at the moment isn’t going to work, so we’ll wait until it warms up just a little.

Last week (wow it’s really been that long since I wrote here) we took Missy to the Cole Brother’s Circus as it was in town and we promised her a reward for her awesome report card. Little Man hated the first 20-30 minutes but was really into the elephants.. they are so cute who wouldn’t like them? On the way out we let Missy have an elephant ride and I think that was the best part of her night! It was a great night out and something different besides going to the theme parks etc.

Here’s a couple of layouts that I have had “hiding” on my hard drive that I wanted to share.

All Boy -Little Man at one week old.
Created using Little Boy Blue by Julie Marie Designs.

Elephant Ride – We took DD to the circus last night and she got to ride on one of the elephants!
I created this Layout using Armina Designs Natural Batik Papers Vol II the rubber band is from Digital Candy’s October Mega Kit – Wicked, Background Paper and buttons by Julie Marie Scraps Country Pumpkin Kit, white mats by Kirsty Scraps.

Where is Adam?? – My Little Man playing his favorite game.. Peek-a-boo.

Created using Not for Boys by Armina Designs and the alpha is Puffy White Alpha by Julie Marie Scraps

Well I’m going to go and try to get a few more things done before Little Man gets up from his Nap


November 17, 2008. Creative Team, Digital Candy, Digital Scrapbooking, fun, Julie Marie Scraps, Layouts, Life, Missy. Leave a comment.

Little Man is One Today..

Wow, where did the last year go?? I can’t believe that Little Man has been in our lives for a year, it feels like I just brought him home from the hospital with us a couple of weeks ago – that’s sleep deprivation for ya!

He’s now walking, talking a little and INTO EVERYTHING. He is such a ham – he cracks us up at least once a day. He is a complete joy and I’m sad to see his “baby-hood” over, but can’t wait to see the little boy that he’s now going to become.

Here’s a couple of pictures of my handsome little boy on his “birthday” last year and this year.

During his first bath

After his bath – the nurses mow hawked his hair

After he destroyed his birthday cake on Saturday when we had his party

Little Man & our scarecrow on the front porch – this is from 2 weekends ago


October 29, 2008. Family, Life, Little Man. Leave a comment.

What a week this is turning out to be..

Tuesday is when it all started. We were all piled in the truck headed to take Missy to school (well, Little Man, Missy & I) and I hear her struggling to breathe. All I hear is wheezing and ask her if she’s okay. “I’m fine *wheeze wheeze*” is what I hear from the back seat. The closer to school I get the worse to me she sounds and I swing the truck around and head home. I call the pediatrician and make an appointment the minute we get in as they have both had a residual cough since they came off of the last round of antibiotic. 3pm is the earliest they can see them both. No big deal, I’ll just treat her with breathing treatments and keep her doing quiet activities until then.

Lunch time rolls around and Rick comes home forhis lunch break and Missy starts acting like she’s really sick – she’d been fine just a little wheezy all morning. He heads back to work and she progressively goes down hill from here. I was doing breathing treatments with her every 2 hours and it didn’t seem to be lasting her the 2 hours (we normally do them every 4-6 hours when she’s sick) and I start panicing as this is what happened last time she had pneumonia. I shower, and start getting ready to head to the doctors office and I hear “oh no.. Mama I just puked”. So now she’s throwing up and wheezing and getting up set causing her to be more out of breath than before. Little Man of course sees that the bathroom door is open and think’s it’s a game to see how quick he can get in there before I catch him. I call Rick in a desparate attempt to have some extra hands to help me clean up the mess that is now everywhere. I start cleaning up Missy after baby gating Little Man in the living room and notice she’s hot. So I finish wiping her down and help her change her clothes and take her temperature 101.2. Okay dose of Motrin, another breathing treatment and Rick’s home! Just in time for us to load up in the truck and head out.

Get to the pediatrician’s office and it’s the normal routine, weight, pulse ox, breathing treatment (I say normal routine as this is normal for us when she’s like this). Then she’s given 2 steroids, chest x-ray, blood draw and the diagnosis.. Pneumonia, but only in her left lung. The breathing treatment and steriod combo that they had given Missy helped her breathing slow down and  instead of heading to the hospital she’s sent home. Along with an antibiotic, steriod pills to be taken over the next 5 days and more breathing treatments. As well as Little Man has his own new concoction to take. Our Kitchen counter that evening seriously looked like a  pharmacy!

So now she’s home hyped up on Steriods, along with the mood swings that they cause and of course Adam is miserable too as he’s teething on top of being sick and of course he’s not dealing too well with Missy getting most of the attention from Mama.

Since she has been sick I have been able to keep her quiet (she’s normally a very active kid) by teaching her how to cross stitch. She’s stitching a small cat that looks like her cat Pumpkin. I’ll post pictures of it when she’s finished. It’s a slow progress and of course Adam doesn’t like the fact that I’m sitting with her and has made it difficult to get some done.

Then, last night I shut myself in my office and made Little Man’s cape for his Halloween costume. It turned out soo well (maybe I bias as I I made it). I didn’t follow a pattern or anything it’s completely 100% a Kate original lol. I have to get a couple of pics of it and then I’ll post it. he’s definitely going to be a super cute vampire.

I have a couple of layouts that I have finished for my CT’s but I will post all of those later…

I must run as it’s almost lunch time


October 9, 2008. Family, Life, Missy, Random Gabbings. Leave a comment.

I’m truly Blessed..

This weekend we took a weekend off and just spent time together as a family. Friday night after Rick came home from work we took the monkeys to the beach. This was Little Man’s first time at the beach and he absolutely hated it (I’ll show you the photo’s in a few). From the time we got on the sand till about 30 minutes before we left he cried! He hated the sand – well more like was terrified of it and of course the ocean wasn’t any better either. Missy & I went and took a walk down the beach and when we came back we found Rick & Little Man playing in the sand – he’d finally gotten over the phobia and was playing with his dump truck in the sand. I can’t believe how lucky I am to have found such a wonderful man who embraces marriage and fatherhood like he has. In that moment I was completely in awe of him. I am truly blessed to have 2 beautiful children and a great husband.

Sunday we spent all day with friends who we haven’t seen in what seems like ages and let the kiddo’s all play together and they had a wonderful time, we of course enjoyed ourselves throughly and I’m hoping it’s not ages till we hang out with them again.

Little Man has discovered how to climb up the stairs – all the way to the second floor this time not just the first landing – so now we’re trying to find every way we can to stop him from getting up the stairs. The way our stairs are situated doesn’t give us many options for baby gating, so I think we’re going to have to get creative and add some wood to the banister and make our own baby gate. He’s quite pleased with himself too!

Here’s some of the photo’s I took at the beach on Friday..

Little Man when we first got onto the sand

Missy didn’t waste any time with starting a sandcastle (this was seriously with in the first couple of minutes, I hadn’t even laid out the blanket yet)

Little Man not enjoying getting his feet wet

Missy doesn’t mind the water..

Here’s the Castle Rick and Little Man were working on. Missy picked up her shovel and started to help.

Little Man happy now that he likes being on the beach.

My family.. I’m hoping next time to find someone to take a picture of all 4 of us..

September 15, 2008. Family, fun, Life, married life, Random Gabbings. Leave a comment.

We’re finally moving!!

We are finally moving into OUR house. What a pain house hunting is. Seriously we’ve seen over 40 homes in our area. We finally realized we weren’t going to find our dream home – why we had that preconceived notion I don’t know and decided to look for one with potential (we’ve been watching way too much HGTV recently).

We fell in love with a 2 story, ranch style home. It needs some work – cosmetic only really – and a little updating and I think we could turn it into a great home. It’s a 4 bedroom, 2 bath, 2 car garage and honestly I can’t wait to start making it ours. The apartment was nice as I’d decorated it the way I wanted it, but the house we’re renting (until tomorrow) I haven’t done anything with, there’s still the home owners wallpaper borders, wall colour choice (which really is just white except for one bedroom which is blue) and doesn’t feel like home. I will of course post before and after pictures once I’ve decorated. For right now we are just trying to get moved in and unpacked or at least the majority of it, as my Aunt & Uncle are coming over to visit August 18th, so I want to have the house somewhat “normal” looking before they get here. We have a few minor repairs to make and then we will finally close on the house, but that shouldn’t take us too long and hopefully Rick can do most of the work himself.

Here’s a couple of pictures of our home. It’s soo nice to know that it’s going to be ours and we won’t have to worry about moving, landlords etc. , maybe Missy will stop calling the apartment home and finally call the house home.

from across the street

The front porch – That’s the part Rick knew I would fall in love with as soon as he saw it on the housing list

from the corner – here you can see the second story (that’s Little man’s bedroom window at the top there) as well as the big yard Rick’s going to have to mow lol.

I will probably not be about this weekend as tomorrow our stuff will be moved into the new house and then Sunday the cable company is coming to install our cable and internet. I’ll try and hop on rick’s laptop to let you know how the move’s going, if I’m not up to my eyeballs with boxes!

Well, I’m gonna run as I should be putting more stuff into boxes.


July 25, 2008. Family, Life. Leave a comment.

It’s almost party time!!

Tomorrow is Missy’s big day! This week we have been busy with final birthday preparations as well as our every day “normal” busy schedule.

So far this week swimming lessons have gone really well for Missy. Considering she is really not one for being in the water she’s taken to it like a fish – I watched her yesterday putting her face underwater, which is great progress for her especially with this only being her first week she’s doing great. Little Man on the other hand HATES with a capital H swimming lessons. His class is super cute – we sing songs, do silly dances etc and both days (he only goes Tues. & Thurs.) he has screamed the whole time we were in the pool. Yesterday the lifeguard dunked him and he didn’t care, she even made him swim underwater and he didn’t care, but yet singing “the wheels on the bus” makes him cry. I do tho give him credit as due to the all day rain shower we had Wednesday the pool was quite chilly and he hung in there like a trooper, myself on the other hand was shivering like a crazy woman! I’ll try and take a couple of pictures of the monkeys – probably just of Missy, next week while in class.

Tuesday after swimming lessons Bea came home with us and we had a fun filled afternoon. For lunch we made “silly face pizzas” using bagels and they had a great time! I have a couple of pictures of the pizzas they were just soo cute it was hard not to take pictures!

Aren’t they the cutest? Missy LOVED making the face pizza’s so I’ve had to promise that we can make them again with Rick as he was at work and missed out on all of the fun. I also let the girls dress up to eat lunch – they’d been playing dress up before, and I thought it would be super cute to have a “tea party” with their pizzas.

Here they are the ballerina and a kitty

I tried to take a nice picture of them while they are at the table getting ready to eat and they decided that they needed silly faces to match the pizza 🙂

I think the girls had a great time and I enjoyed having the pair of them.

Wednesday Little Man learned a new trick and earn himself a lower crib! I heard him on the baby monitor wake up from his nap – he sounded quite happy and was playing in there. I finished up folding the load of laundry I had and then went to get him. I push our bedroom door open and I find him sitting up peeking over the top of the crib at me! He was quite impressed with his little self and I had Missy run and grab my camera (of course!) and managed to catch his little face all happy with himself.

Needless to say the crib is now on the lower setting so he can’t fall out if he manages to pull himself up to his knees. He has also decided that taking everything off of the coffee table is a fun game too. I have a couple of books on there at the moment that I was tracing sewing patterns out of, and he likes to sneak up and grab them and whisk them right off! He’s had the paint chip’s, pens, the coasters you name it he’s had it off of there! He’s a destructive little monkey. He likes to pull out all of his toys from his basket and then push them all over the floor, he cries, I pick them all up again and we go thru the cycle all over again.

Well I have Missy’s birthday cake on the cooling rack in the kitchen, so I can get that frosted tonight – look for pictures of it tomorrow – I’ll probably post the pictures from her whole day in one big post, unless I get a chance to post the pics of the cake tonight when I’m finished with it.

I should probably go and get a few things done before Rick gets home and I am chained to the frosting and the cake!


July 18, 2008. Family, Life, Missy, Photo's. Leave a comment.

My latest scrap layouts….

With everything that has been going on I haven’t had a chance to sit still and really scrap, but this weekend I managed to squeak some time in, thanks to a wonderful hubby for covering for me for an hour! And I managed to create 2 layouts for my new assignment this month with Digital Candy . This month I am creating layouts for HolliHobbi. The first kit I worked with is “Rain” which inspired me to take some super cute pictures of Missy out in the rain with her umbrella. Thanks to Florida’s rainy season it was easy to pick the perfect time to do a photo shoot.

Here’s my layouts

“why does it always rain in Florida?” was created using the Rain kit by HolliHobbi. The template I used is by Moriginals.

“Rain Rain Go Away” – created using the Rain kit by HolliHobbi. The word art on the page is included in the kit, I just used a colour overlay to make it blend more into the paper.

If you’re interested in the Rain kit you can find it at Digital Candy

Apart from scrapping our weekend was pretty boring as Little man started getting sick Friday night. I took him to the doctor on Saturday and he has Croup & an ear infection, poor baby. The doctor said that it’s a very mild infection, but he must be sensitive to pain as most kids don’t fuss with their ears until it’s much worse. I’m just glad I caught it early enough! He’s been very cuddly which I’m lapping up as I don’t get that from either one of my kiddo’s very often. He’s even been sleeping with me again – I know we’ve just broken him of that not to long ago, but I hate him being in pain and sick. Missy gets to sleep with us every now and then, so I guess it’s only fair, that and I like a good cuddle!

Today Missy started swimming lessons and I have to say I’m quite shocked that she went off just fine and had no problems with going off with the lifeguard. The whole time leading up to class she has been a little worried about going. We arrived early so her “teacher” took her off in the pool alone and I think that helped boost her confidence a little more and she was quite happy after class and can’t wait to go back tomorrow. Adam has his first “class” tomorrow, we were sitting out on the side watching the baby class today and it looked super cute singing songs and just really playing about in the pool.

Tomorrow I’m going to be busy as we have swim class for both kiddo’s in the morning and then after that we’re bringing Missy’s friend Bea back with us for a lunch play date. I’m going to have Bea until 3:30-4ish, so it’s going to be a fun filled day while the girls play. I’m really looking forward to having her and spending a “girly” day with them.

I’m not sure how much I’ll be on to blog in the next couple of days as Missy’s 5th birthday is on Saturday and we’re having a party at the bowling alley for her. With us moving in the next week or so we figured that was much easier than inviting the family to our house for a boring ol’ get together. Wednesday I start making her cake. She chose a Hannah Montana cake that I’m going to hopefully copy from a picture we found online of a cake shops creation, I just hope I do it justice! I will of course post all of the pictures of the cake and of her party here. I just can’t believe how time has flown since she was a little monkey herself and now she’s all grown up. Gift buying this year has been super tough not just for me, but family also. I can’t believe how stumped I’ve been with what to buy her when normally I have it picked out months in advance. Any suggestions for a 5 year old girl are welcome as I only have a few ideas. We asked her and she said “a box of cereal” she’s just soo funny!

Well, I have things to be doing!

July 14, 2008. Creative Team, Digital Candy, Digital Scrapbooking, Layouts, Life. Leave a comment.

What a week *this could wind up being long*

Well we’ve had one busy ol’ week and it’s only going to keep being like this from now until Missy starts school and then of course we stay crazily busy for the remainder of the year.

We’ve had play dates at the park, a doctor’s visit (I’ll fill you in on that a little later), Missy spent the day with Nana and went to the beach, birthday party plans have been finalized and of course getting ready for our move – carpet goes in the new house on Tuesday!!

Missy’s doctor’s appointment was supposed to be a routine yearly check up – normally we go in, she has her vitals taken, we chat with the doctor for a few minutes, she has her routine echo and then we wait for the doctor to read it and then come and discuss with us the plan for treatment – which is normally nothing and then he says “I’ll see you in a year”. Nothing spectacular happens and we’re normally home in a couple of hours. So much for that plan this time around. Our appointment was at 11am and we arrived a little before that – I over judged the drive time from our house to his new office so we waited and were taken back early. I thought we were on a roll as the doctor had come in and seen us on time – normally we wait forever to see him. Then the normal transition of waiting for the echo to be started, the echo and then the wait to see him again before being discharged, all was going great, until the doctor comes in and apologizes for us having to wait and did we mind waiting a little longer as he wanted to do another echo and he was going to do it. I ask “what’s wrong” – no response and I start to worry a little. So he looks at his watch and says “how about you go and get the children some lunch and come back in an hour and I’ll do the echo and we’ll go from there. So I ask again and he informs me that he thinks he sees a small issue just below Missy’s Aortic valve that could cause an obstruction and would need to be removed. I have had heart surgery myself, but I was 18 months old, so I asked if it would be like the procedure I had and he says “oh no, this would have to be OPEN HEART SURGERY”. My heart just dropped to the floor. So we head out to go and get lunch and I called Rick to come and be with me as if that was what was going to go on I would need him as I wouldn’t be able to hold myself together. We came back, and went right in with the doctor and the echo tech. to have this repeat echo done. The doctor and the tech were discussing stuff and to be honest it was scary to listen to them saying about “well I can see it, but not quite what I want to see” and ” why can’t I see right there… ” “is it attached, I really can’t tell”. so he finishes up and Missy was quite happy as she got to watch another round of Sponge Bob we head to the exam room and he explains that he doesn’t think at this particular time that this is causing an obstruction, that we should watch it carefully and come back in 6 months for him to re-evaluate. If it looks like he originally thought he is going to refer us to a cardiac surgeon out of Tampa – St. Petersburg and we’d go from there. We were asking him about her down time etc. and he said it would be 3-5 days in the hospital depending on how she does and then we would have to keep her home for 6 weeks. I’m not sure how well that will work out as she’s a very busy little girl, so trying to get her to be easy for 6 weeks will be tough. Now I just have to wait for January to roll around and see what happens then. I’m going to discuss it with our pediatrician and see what his thoughts are. This was the last thing I was worried about. Her kidney issue had been “resolved” and we’d had a positive note on that one and then get whacked with this.

I’m going to have grey hair by Christmas with all of this stress! I guess it would be a new look!

Well I must run as Little Man isn’t a happy camper this morning


July 11, 2008. Life, Missy. Leave a comment.

Another Weekend has come and almost gone..

Happy belated 4th!! We have been keeping busy so I didn’t get a chance to hop on and wish everyone a Happy 4th. I hope you had a wonderful time, saw some great firework displays and of course stayed safe!

We didn’t do a whole lot of anything for the 4th. We had decided that we weren’t going to try and head out with the crowds to sit in the mugginess to watch fireworks, so we spent the weekend with my Mum, sister, her boyfriend & the kids. We did a small “firework display” at the end of our driveway which both kids enjoyed as well as a few sparklers. If we had been with out the visit from the mosquito’s I think it would’ve been MUCH nicer.

Here’s a few pictures from our weekend…

Little man watching the fireworks

Missy & Andrea watching the fireworks

Rick & Missy lighting sparklers

Missy & her sparkler

During the week the kids and I have been going for morning walks, we would go in the evenings but living in Florida with it being the rainy season we normally get rained out. Missy has a fascination with picking flowers, it doesn’t matter where we are, she has to pick at least one if she sees it. So I have shown her how to press flowers using Rick’s heavy computer books, so it’s not become a daily event to pick new flowers to press. Considering most of these are “wild” flowers that she picks from the side of the road or on vacant lots some of them are beautiful. here’s 2 I managed to take pictures of before she pressed them

It amazes me how pretty they are and yet I can’t seem to grow anything nearly as pretty in our yard, go figure! We have planted more seeds as we won’t be going away on vacation for them to not get watered this time, so hopefully they all grow, I’m getting a little disappointed with the rose seeds, as this is the 3rd time of trying with them and they still aren’t sprouting. I’m doing what it says on the package, so I have no idea.

This time around we have planted sunflowers, delphinium, petunias, asslyum *could have spellt that one wrong*, flax, daisy’s, a butterfly bush, pitcher plant and I think something else – I don’t remember them all. Most of them have sprouted but I’m still waiting on the pitcher plant to sprout as well as these darned roses. If they don’t sprout this time I think I’m just going to give up and buy an already established bush when we move into our house.

well I hear Little Man and it sounds like he’s ready for a nap *he’s in the office with me but getting cranky*, so I’m off for now. I will try to get back on later and post a few of my more recent layouts.


July 6, 2008. Family, Life, Photo's, Random Gabbings. Leave a comment.

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