Showing posts from June, 2009

Thank Heaven for Little Girls

Eight years ago Mike and I began our journey down the precarious, frightening, and depressing world of Assistive Reproduction Technology. Through ups and downs and too many losses to discuss, we finally received our miracle....

Follicals - October 2003
Chloe Elizabeth Cross was born at 8:01pm after an emergency induction nearly 6 weeks before her due date. When we were finally able to bring her home she weighed exactly 5 pounds (they wouldn't let her leave the hospital until she met that milestone). She was smaller than a Cabbage Patch Kid.

July 2004
For her 1st birthday we had a Luau party, and I started my tradition of making all the invitations for my kiddos' birthday parties. I wish I had one of the invitations - I thought I saved one but I've never been able to find it. They were pretty basic!!

June 2005

I do have a really bad scan of the thank you cards I made, though. :)
For her 2nd birthday we did a "bouncy ball" theme because all she liked at that ti…

Beat the Summer Blues! (part 1)

I don't know about you, but we are HOT here in Houston! Our temperatures have been over 100 pretty much every day, so it's even too hot to go to the pool. So, we are having to find all kinds of things to keep us busy inside the house where we won't melt!

Here in Houston there are a lot of places to go to beat the heat: the zoo, aquarium, museums, libraries, shopping centers, pizza places, etc. We are members of the Houston Museum of Natural Science as well as the Houston Zoo, but I don't want to spend money (or gas) every day.

But, when we are sequestered in our house the kids get bored. Quickly. And mama can only watch Toy Story so many times before *I* start wanting to blow things up. To avoid this dangerous activity I have had to plan things more carefully to keep everyone busy and away from explosives. (Don't look at me like that - you know what I'm talking about!!)

To save you from coming up with activities all by yourself, I'll share some of the …

Precious Blog Award

I got this award last week from Kristine, but I was so busy with staff development the first 3 days, and planning and executing Chloe's party the rest of the week I didn't have time to add it to my blog.

I am so blessed to get this award, "The Exalting Christ Blog Award" from my sweet crafting friend. Even though we only know each other "online" I wish we lived next door to each other! She's the kind of person who sends RAKS just because - and even sent my mom the sweetest card when she had fallen and broken three ribs! Be sure to visit her blog if you haven't because her art will blow you away. :)

This blog award is given to bloggers who consistently exalt the name of Christ on their blogs. What a joy to see crafters blend their passion for Christ and paper crafting. This award is given to bloggers who share Christ through their posts or through the design of their artwork. We are commanded in Scripture to be 'salt and light' sharing the…

The Perfect Fairy Princess Party

Planning a birthday party for your own little fairy princess? Just follow these easy steps! Remember that you can't plan your party in a day, or even a week - so be sure to get started at least 2 months in advance. (I'm already planning our Perfect Pirate Party for October!)

Step 1: The Theme

Your kiddo is probably already telling you what theme she wants - for this tutorial we're going with Fairy Princesses. You've got to have your theme before you can do anything else! :)

Step 2: The Invitations

I wrote about the invitations a while back, but here's another picture. The ones I sent out didn't have the extra bling that Chloe's has. :)

Your time line is important if you are making invitations. You want to mail them out at least 3 weeks from the date of the party, so that means you need to start making them at least 4 weeks out from the event. And so you'll have to buy your materials at least that far out, or longer if you are ordering (say from your f…

Theology According to Chloe

Chloe: God has to do what I say.

Me: Well, not really, honey.

Chloe: Oh, yes He does!

Me: Why do you think that?

Chloe: God loves me because God loves everything He made.

Me: Yes.

Chloe: When you love someone you want them to be happy.

Me: Uh-huh...

Chloe: When people do what I tell them to do it makes me happy.

Me: Yes, but...

Chloe: And since God wants me to be happy He will do whatever I say.

Me: Okay, let's start from the top....

Country Living Summer Cookout Kit!

Country Living Summer Cookout KitDates: June 15 - August 31, 2009 or while supplies last Promotion DetailsTake advantage of all the Summer Fun the Country Living Summer Cookout Kit can bring to your summer. This summer, Stampin' Up! has partnered with Country Living magazine to create a unique craft kit, which they will feature in their July 2009 issue. You will love how it can help you create special memories with a fun and convenient, coordinated summer barbeque!Item # DescriptionPrice118070 Country Living Summer Cookout Kit $24.95 The exclusive Country Living Summer Cookout Kit includes the following products:8 die-cut table tents (2 each of 4 colors) Die-cut components, bamboo skewers, and envelopes to create 8 shish kabob invitations 12 die-cut coasters (3 each of 4 colors) 16 die-cut tags (4 each of 4 colors) 24 12" x 12" printed food wrapper sheets (12 each of 2 colors) 4 printed recipe cards 5 yards linen thread Ruby Red Classic Stampin' Spot Night of Navy C…

So busy!

Wow! It's just a bit over one week into summer break and I haven't had a moment's rest! I have some staff development this week (Mon-Wed) and more next week (just Wed). Chloe is going to a play group every Wednesday for kids who will all be in Kindergarten at the same school in the fall. We've been to the library once (not a complete success...oops). I'm working on several yard and house projects. I finally finished a HUGE scrapbooking project I've been working on since February (and I gave it away without taking pictures. I'm totally going to steal it back so I can document that I worked on it!!). I still have graduate school every Wednesday night. And I'm trying to get everything in place for Chloe's 5th birthday party, which is just 5 days away and still needs some major prep.


What about YOU? How is your summer going?

Theology According to Chloe

Chloe: Mommy, how many faces does God have?

Me: Faces?

Chloe: He must have a LOT of faces!

Me: What do you mean?

Chloe: God watches over all of us and keeps us safe. But there are a LOT of people all over the world. That's a lot of faces.

Me: I think God just has one face...

Chloe: Then He must have a TON of eyes!

Ah, Summer Break!

Resting beauties after a hard hour of splashing in the kiddie pool.

Quicky Tilda Card

I was so busy this week making gifts and cards for people at my work that I almost forgot to make cards for Chloe's teachers!!! Horrible, I know... But, I did manage to stay up late on Thursday to pull together some cute, but relatively simple cards.

Ms. Sarah came to the school for the Spring semester and was WONDERFUL for Chloe. She, too, loves bugs and all things natural. She brought a pet frog for the classroom, and wasn't afraid to get dirty. It was really good for Chloe to have another woman in her life to encourage her love for science and nature.

Here's the card I made for her:

The paper is retiring SU! designer paper that I got a while ago and never used. I really like the colors, even though they aren't my usual combo. I didn't have time to pull out my Big Shot for any texturing since I spent so much time coloring Tilda. :) I was bummed that the sentiment came out a bit crooked - I was too tired to pull out my Stamp-a-ma-jig and suffered the conseque…

Monthly Recipe Card Swap!

It's time to start our Recipe Card Swap Club! Recipe cards are fun for many reasons...

You know that box under your counter stuffed with recipes you never use? Well, now you can get them organized and you can actually use them!You get tired of your own recipes - try some from other crafty folks!Everyone will be jealous of your gorgeous Recipe Card Albums.You can keep them or use them as one-of-a-kind gifts.You get to share your craft talents AND your Grandma's famous recipes.

Here are the rules:

These cards should be your best work - they will be part of treasured albums and I expect to see high quality. If you send poorly made cards I will return them - we have high standards! :) Look at my other samples (click the Recipe Cards link in my sidebar) to see what I mean. They don't have to be full of embellishments or overly complicated, but they have to look good and be made with quality materials.

Recipe Card base needs to be GOOD, thick card stock (Stampin' Up!, Pap…

Last Chance List!

The Last Chance List (formerly known as the Retiring List) is out - so be sure to check my Stampin' Up! website for the list of stamps and accessories that are going away forever! There are some products reduced to 50% off!!! You don't want to miss it - these things are as supplies last so hurry up and start shopping! :)

Additionally, SU! is having a Summer Fun Promotion! If you host a workshop in the month of June you can earn an additional $20 in free products for every $250-$399 workshop or an extra $40 in free products for workshops over $400. Check out my SU! website for more details. I have several dates open on my calendar - and since school is out I can do workshops during the day. What a fun way to kick off summer break!

AND you can take advantage of my fabulous Frequent Stamper Card program - for every workshop held you get 5 punches on your card! (Catalog parties count, too!) When you order online I keep track of your purchases so that you still earn punches …