My Adventures in Love, Life and Motherhood

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Happy Mother's Day!! :)

Just a quick post to say Happy Mother's Day!! We've just had a nice, relaxing weekend. My mom came yesterday morning and picked up Kadyn. They went yesterday to the California Train Museum to ride the train. I guess it turned out to be National Train Day so, that was a lucky coincidence! Then he spent the night there last night and they brought him home just a bit ago! It was nice to get some alone time but, the house just seems so much fuller with him here!

In other (pretty) happy news, I got a call on Friday from AT&T! They want me to start on the 28th so, I went yesterday and took my drug test and sent the stuff in for my background check. It is a bittersweet thing for me. In order for us to get to a better place, financially, I need to be working. But, I don't want to leave Kadyn either... :( But, it will all work out and that's what is important!

Well, I am off to spend some time with my guys!! Hope all of you Mommies have a great Mother's Day!!

Monday, May 3, 2010

Sharing some creations!

Hey there!! So, I just got onto a new CT, for Jill D-Zines. It's a hybrid spot so, I'm enjoying it! She creates cutter files so, I get to play with them on my Silhouette! I need to get ink for my printer and then I can print out papers and use the files!! But, here's what I've done so far. It's only been a week!

A treat bag and flowers, using her Bloomers! Digi-Cuts™

A paper layout, using her Curvy-Cuts Digi-Cuts™

I also host the monthly hybrid challenge at Plain Digital Wrapper. Since this month seems to be the true start of Spring here in Reno, and it's Mother's Day, I put together this bouquet for the challenge. Using 2 different flowers, I put them on cut up metal hangars and put them in my own popcorn box template.

I am currently out of ink so, I had to settle for a real paper version but, it all works the same!! If you would like to see how I did it, the challenge is HERE I picked up some other papers and plan on making 3 more of these, using only that second flower, this week, one for each Brain's and my mom, and one for a friend who just moved into her first apartment!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Am I crazy??

So, I joined the Skinny Jeans Challenge with a great group of gals, I'm hoping that having to take pictures of my body every week and own up to what I have done kicks my butt into gear!! I have done really good the last few days, not snacking on anything but non fat yogurt and fresh veggies. I only had one can of soda today and 30 or so ounces of water. Not as much as I should be getting but, it's a step in the right direction, right?? My goal, which may be out of reach is to lose 40-50 pounds by the end of June. It works out to be a little under 5 pounds a week so, if I push, I can do it!
Kadyn and I went for a bit of a walk yesterday but, it got cut short because it started raining. We were going to walk the neighborhood where the streets go up and down but, we only managed a mile and a half, maybe two, half down and half up... Today, we didn't do as much since it was freezing and threatening to rain all day and had started to snow at one point. But, we did go over to the little park across the way and Kadyn climbed and played and we played chase for a bit. Then he passed out around 7:30, I went and took a bath and am now watching Glee! I LOVE this show!! LOL So, I am off to watch it and try to get to bed early so I can get up early tomorrow and go over to the gym and get in a workout before Brian has to go to sleep. Oh, have I mentioned how much I HATE him being on nights?? He goes back on days in June...

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

New look!

I guess I can just never be satisfied with how my blog looks! LOL But, since Sweet Shoppe has a big sale going, I grabbed some blog wear. And, I am going to grab a few kits that I've been oohing and aahing over while they're cheap. :)

I am currently giving senior Kadyn his bath. In the last few weeks, he has decided that for whatever reason he has to have either Brian or I in the bathroom with him at all times while he is bathing. It doesn't matter if I'm reading or blogging, as long as he can see me! If I leave the room, even to grab a towel right outside the bathroom door,m he gets out and follows me!! LOL I figure he'll get over it soon enough and, it gives me a little extra reading time most nights! But, I'm going to have to make a trip back to the library, I'm running out of reading material! LOL In the last 3 weeks, I have read 5.5 Scott Westerfeld books. I'm almost done with the 6th one and then I need more books! LOL

In other news, I have a telephone interview with AT&T in the morning! It's for a telephone support for DSL self installation position. My brother's been doing it for a few months, my sister in law started training for it a couple weeks ago and a friend starts training in a week and a half. My parents have both been with the company for over 30 years so, It's certainly a family business!! LOL So, fingers crossed! Plus, it'll help us at home, and the benefits are better and cheaper than Brian's! The only downside is that Kadyn will be in daycare. Which is going to be a pain on so many levels. First, we have to find a daycare that is open late. My shifts can range anywhere from 5 am to midnight. Right now, Brian's on nights so, he can't watch him. He'll go to days in June so, it'll all change then. But, we will deal with it as it happens. :) At least the first month or so will be 8-4:30 so, that'll be nice. I just hate that neither Brian or I will be home to get Kadyn in to bed. But, it is what it is.

Now, I am off to do some scrapping. Which reminds me, I have a couple layouts to share!!

Created with the So Inspired Mega from Inspiration Lane:
Created with Lucky # 17 from Starving Artist Designs:
Created with It's Easter for Peep's Sake by Starving Artist Designs.

Thursday, March 25, 2010


This weekend, we have a friend's baby shower and our niece's first birthday party to go to and, my mom's birthday is next week so, I used my silhouette, papery from the Quite Contrary line from My Mind's Eye and some cardstock, some from Bazzill. So, here are the cards, the one with the cake is for our niece.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Things are looking up!! :)

We have been talking about me going back to work for quite a while now but, nothing has come of it. With Brian working 12 hour rotating shifts, we don;t have the child care thing covered. Which put a part time job pretty much out of the question. I applied for a job with AT&T about a month ago and got an email this evening to come in for testing!! I go on April 1st. I'm not exactly looking forward to going back to work full time but, it's what we need to do for our future. That's the important thing right now. We were hoping to go for number 2 but, that may have to be put on hold for a little while longer. Good news is, it's a union job so,if and when I do get pregnant again, the spot will be held. My brother started with them a couple months ago and had a gal coming back from maternity leave. So, I know the possibility is there.

If I get the job, we'll just have to get through the first couple weeks and then can get Kadyn into daycare. Luckily, he's almost old enough for preschool so, who knows!

Monday, February 15, 2010

I'm ready to celebrate!

Well, we got Kadyn a plain old wood toddler bed yesterday. Came home and set it up after dinner. We put his Cars bedding on it and an hour or so later, I notice he's missing. We look and he put himself in his bed! Now, granted, his bed is our room but, if he's out of our bed, I'll take that for now!! He whined a little when he realized that he was staying in his bed but, once he fell asleep, he slept until 7:15 this morning!! And, he had no juice or water the whole time! He woke up at 7:15 and came and asked to lay with us. So, he laid down, went back to sleep and I got up for the day.

Tonight, Brian starts working nights for 4 months. He'll go in at 7pm and get off at 7am. It sucks but, he does get a shift differential for the night so, yeah. It's going to take a little while for Kadyn to get used to Brian being home but sleeping. He asks every morning to wake Daddy up so , it's going to be hard for a bit. We can't close the bedroom door because the cat box in in our bathroom and Brian doesn't want them locked in with him. So, yeah...

Anyhow, I had to share the news of our night last night and now am off for a coffee date with a friend! I'm going to post a few digi scrap layouts here in the next day or two as well!

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Blog Makeover!

I have been itching and itching to make over my blog and I finally did it!! How cute is all this stuff?? I used the new Collab from Sunshine Studio Scraps. I think I'm in love. But, don't be surprised if it changes in a few weeks!! LOL I am going to start making myself layouts so that they're all ready to go.

We got our tax return on Wednesday! Thursday we went and did some of the shopping we've been talking about. I got a new laptop, and we got a new TV and stand for it. We've finally entered the digital age!! LOL We've been using Brian's 15 year old TV up until now. We may put it in our bedroom but, we're not sure yet.

We moved Kadyn's bed into his room a couple weeks ago and it did not go well! He was waking up 5 or 6 times a night, asking to watch TV or get into our bed. Then, Kadyn and I went with my mom and sister in law to Southern California for my cousin's baby shower and Kadyn and I had to share a bed so, he got used to that again. We did pick up a Cars bed set for him but, it doesn't go real well with his Elmo room! LOL So, tomorrow, we are going to go hunting and see if we can find a second hand toddler bed for him. We want something plain so that when he's over Cars, we can just change out his bedding. Then, we'll put the whole Elmo set on Ebay or Craigslist.

Well, the boys are sleeping on the couch and I am going to go sit down and watch more of the Olympics!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Progress and some Deliciousness!!

Well, to start, let me tell you about our SUPER yummy dinner! And, it was super easy! :) We had Chicken Taco soup.
It's a Crock Pot one so, that right there spells easy to me!! And, it's snowing out so, soup was perfect! :) Wanna make it?? Here's the recipe!! :)
1 can tomatoes, with or without peppers
1 can pinto beans
1 can black beans
1 can chicken broth
1 packet taco seasoning
1 small onion, chopped
1 can of corn
2-3 chicken breasts

Mix the first 7 ingredients on the crock opt, then add chicken on top. Cover and cook for 4 hours. Remove the chicken and shred, cook another 2 hours. Serve topped with cheese, sour cream and crushed tortilla chips.

Now, for some family related progress! We made the mistake of letting Kadyn sleep with us from day one and have been trying to work with him on getting into his own bed. So, a few months ago, we moved his bed into our room and tried getting him to sleep in it, with little luck. A coupe weeks ago, I was out, and the guys were home. Brian called to tell me that Kadyn was asleep in his own bed, entirely of his own accord! So, we're back on the quest! Every time we go into Toys R Us, he ooohs and aaaahhs over the Cars bed they have. Granted, he loved his Elmo one when we got it but, that's beyond my point! So, we have told him that if he starts sleeping in his own bed, we will get him the Cars one. And, he's allowed to have a drink at night, as long as he's in his bed. We let him climb in with us at 5 or 6 in the morning but, otherwise refuse. Once he's sleeping in his bed, we'll move it back into his room. And, once the tax return comes, we'll get the Cars set and Craigslist his Elmo set. Each night we remind him that if he wants his Cars bed, he has to show us he can sleep in his Elmo bed. So, fingers crossed, this works for us! It's nice to have our bed back! Brian hogs it now but, I can kick him!! LOL

Wll, I guess I should go and enjoy my nice, empty bed. Brian's playing Call og Duty so, I'm stakig the big claim!! LOL Night!