Monday, April 30, 2007

'O' is for Ouch!

I haven't shared videos in a while because I didn't have time to upload them. I got a chance tonight so here are three of my favorites from April 9th.


Saturday, April 28, 2007

Feel the burn!

Saturday we attended our first Boise Burn game. It's Boise's new indoor football team. We took 14 people with us and had a great time.
Flower was loving Uncle Ryan and Aunt Amanda that night so they got lots of lap time. She would copy everything Ryan did!


She also loved watching the cheerleaders and would copy their every move! It was so cute! My nephew was so cute sharing his ice cream with her and wiping her mouth after each bite with his napkin.
She made her way down the row, sampling everyone's as she went! She eventually convinced my mom to just give hers up! :) It warms my heart to see my family love on her! We had such a great time. Oh...and our team won! :-D

Friday, April 27, 2007

Sew crafty.

Sew far I am having sew much fun with my machine. Most people know that one of my favorite articles of clothing is hooded sweatshirts. However, I don't like mine to look like anyone else's. For years I have adorned mine with band patches. That is getting tired. So, I embellished my latest two hoodies with some fabric. I love the designs I created for both! The sewing skills need work but I will wear them with pride! :o)
I also made Flower a dress. I am sew proud of it! It's officially my first piece and I think it turned out pretty damn cute! She looked adorable.
I can hardly wait till the fabric I ordered online arrive so I can make some more.

My next project was a skirt for me.
It had six panels and I loved every fabric choice! I still need to perfect the pattern a bit but I was able to wear it and have another to sell.
I think I'm going to like this new craft!

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Public Art

It's been a while since I posted any public art. In fact, it's the first on my new blog so it's way over due, especially since we have so many here in this great city! Here is one of my favorites!
This is painted on a wall of a parking garage owned by the company I work for. It is enjoyed by all the patrons of a fun little restaurant downtown. Isn't it fantastic?!

My Dad.

Last Friday my dad called and asked if he could take Flower and I to lunch. Of course! We walked to Pie Hole and met him there. I just love watching both sets of our parents interact with Flower. It deepens the love I already feel for them. She looked so cute eating her pizza and playing with Papa. He has this ring with a ruby that he has worn for years on his right ring finger. I have watched him play this game, with all my nieces and nephews, that when they touch the ruby he makes an obnoxious noise and shakes his hand in an attempt to scare them. It works and they giggle wildly and go back for more. I was so excited it was about to be her turn with the game when she started reaching for Papa's ring. It was so cute. He and I had a great laugh at her expense. Unfortunately she wasn't as amused. It genuinely scared her. She did laugh but so she didn't go back for more. Some day. It was sure entertaining for us though. I love my Dad.

Why did you get your wedding ring tattoo'd on?

I receive that question a lot and this photo explains it all.
NO, that's not a red ring on my index finger. That is what happens when I wear rings or earrings. I finally had to stop wearing earrings a few years ago so KG surprised with diamond earrings that had platinum posts for Valentine's Day in 2005. Those suckers were pricey enough and have not left my ears since! There is no way we could afford a platinum ring! A tattoo was much cheaper! I have several cute rings that I just can't wear. I guess I was just hoping my body would give me break! It's such a cute ring. A mood ring no less. Everyone knows I needed that on lately. That photo is looking pretty damn good too. That's after having the ring was off for a week! I only wore it for a week! It's on the mend. Just days before it was scaly and peeling. Nasty! Such fun. Oh and it hurts like hell too! It feels like a chemical burn!

Part two to this story. I went to the Doc yesterday for an unrelated reason...more on that in a minute. While I was there however, he asked why my finger was red. I explained and then he informed me, based on a few things I had told him, like I had a headache everyday last week and when I turned my arm over, palm up, it felt as though my arm was going to snap, that i had given myself blood poisoning. That's when I realized that the headaches did in deed stop a couple days after I took the ring off, as did the arm pain. He said it could have been much more serious had I not taken it off when i did. Lovely. All in the name of wearing a cute ring.

Anyway, I *heart* Dr. Loveland! He made me feel so much better about everything! He validated my feelings and really made me understand that I shouldn't be ashamed of not being able to feel happy. In November I started thinking my ADD medication wasn't working anymore. I was becoming very forgetful again, getting frustrated easily at little things and thought the meds were giving me migraines. I also had emotions that wouldn't quit! We all agreed to wait until after the adoption was completed and Flower was home for a bit because all of those things could have been caused by the adoption. Well, it's been almost 3 months since she came home and things are just getting worse. Although now depression is in the mix because I just can't keep things together. Having her home made it that much more obvious that is wasn't working because she is such a good kid and at times I should be feeling so much joy, I'd feel numb. That would make me depressed and so the cycle goes. I have been afraid to change the meds though because changing them always makes me gain no less then 20 pounds in a month. Yikes. My doc is brilliant, however, and decided to just keep things simple and add a medication to the one I'm already taking and not rock the boat too much. If this works, then we can visit the idea of phasing the other one out slowly. I have to go back in 30 days so hopefully by then I will begin to feel like my old self again. Having irrational responses to almost every situation was beginning to make me feel like a psycho! Yay for good doctors. He told me everything I needed to hear and I felt so good when I walked out of there yesterday! :)
I am also more then grateful for KG who always acts like I'm normal and makes me feel so good when I'm at my worst. I am a lucky gal! :o)

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Give me a B, Give me an I, Give me an R...

Ok that will take too long! Give me a T-H-D-A-Y! What's that spell? BIRTHDAY! So today was Flower's Birthday and it pretty much rocked my, er, Flower's socks off! ;) Yes, she is two years old today! We spent the entire day in our jammies. I also didn't work. :o) She slept till 10, giving me an hour and a half of computer play time before she woke up happy as can be. She awoke to tons of balloons strewn about by KG the night before. He went above and beyond my request of a few balloons thrown around. He actually made balloon creatures! There were flowers, giraffes and dogs a plenty. He even put miniature chocolate in two of the balloons. She popped them with a pin to get to the chocolate. He also used balloons as wrapping paper taping blown up balloons to her little gift. So clever! She helped me make pancakes and we ate together on a blanket on the floor. She got to do her own syrup and everything. During her nap I got to enjoy an hour bath and reading. At five KG woke so I got ready and then Flower got to enjoy a bath.Once we were all ready we took some 2nd birthday family photos and then went to dinner. We took her to Joe's Crab Shack, but only after discovering a flat tire. We think someone must have deflated it. Thanks to KG's dad for giving us a portable compressor, it was inflated quickly and we were on our way. Joe's is an obnoxious place and she had a blast!

They put a huge hat on her head and beads around her neck and the entire restaurant sang 'happy birthday'.
Then came the chocolate cake. It's huge! She didn't waste anytime digging in. We also got her a t-shirt. The one I really wanted to get her is tye dye and says Peace, Love and Crabs. It was not available in her size so we settled on another tye dye number that says 'My First Joe's Crab Shack T-Shirt'. Not nearly as fun but she looks cute none the less.
After that we went to the home of a family in Meridian who have a business called Hand Made Memories. Our friends, Jenn and Cliff, gave us a gift certificate for the baby shower to get Flower's hand mold. We decided on a family one instead. We chose to get all of our hands holding an iron rod. We got a name plate that will state, Jensen Family 2007--"Hold ON!"(name that song reference--sara you should get this!). It will take about 4 weeks to get it back. They were a neat family and it went well. We then made a stop at Joanne Fabric. I spoiled myself with some fabric and sewing purchases. A girl needs supplies to truly be a sewist! Now Flower is sleeping away and I am enjoying Gilmore Girls with KG as I type this. What a perfect day! :o)

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

MMM...cookies!

Flower and I made cookies for the first time on Tuesday while KG was at karate. It was so fun!
It's good a thing we weren't sharing these with anyone because, as you can, she doubled dipped plenty of times! This is definitely the fun part of being a mom!

Why?

Why, after a pretty good day, does it have to end emotional? Flower got adequate sleep last night therefore woke in a good mood. I also got a lot of sleep and was happy in return. We played and, although I did get her dressed earlier, I didn't get dressed until 11:30 and didn't finish getting ready until 1:00 when I put her down for a nap which she went down for really well! She didn't whine one time today! I then went to the office for a few hours and when I came home she was awake in her crib with a smile. I was not overwhelmed by thought of KG going to karate at all! We made chocolate chip cookies while he was gone. Anything she dumped in ended up more on the counter then in the bowl and that was ok. She had a fun bath and that gave me a chance to pick up a bit. Then she went to bed beautifully with no tears after a lovely dinner with KG. So why now is it 5:45 am and I still haven't slept? Is it because of all the other days that I feel inadequate and don't deserve to be her mom? I feel completely spoiled at how easy she has made this parenting thing on us! I am having a lot of these nights lately. Now I feel overwhelmed bout the day ahead knowing it's starting soon and I have to tackle it completely tired! Good thing I have a doctor appointment soon! Thank heavens for KG being able to come home on his lunch break for me to cry it out! He always makes me feel better!

So Much To Say~Dave Matthews
Say my hell is the closet
I'm stuck inside
Can't see the light
And my heaven is a nice house in the sky
Got central heating
And I'm alright
Yeah, yeah, yeah
Can't see the light
Keep it locked up inside
Don't talk about it
Talk about the weather
Can't see the light
Open up my head and let me out, little baby
Here we have been standing for a long, long time
Treading trodden trails for a long, long time

I say my hell is the closet I'm stuck inside
Can't see the light
And my heaven is a nice house in the sky
Got central heating and I'm alright
Here we have been standing for a long, long time
Treading trodden trails for a long, long time
I find sometimes it's easy to be myself
Sometimes I find it's better to be somebody else

I see you young and soft oh little baby
Little feet, little hands, little baby
One year of cryin' and the words creep up inside
Creep into your mind
So much to say
Here we have been standing for a long, long time
Treading trodden trails for a long, long time
I find sometimes it's easy
to be myself
Sometimes I find it's better
to be somebody else

So much to say
Open up my head and let me out
Little baby

Whatever!
Oh and I'm not doing anything constructive today! Scrapbook and play with Flower is all anyone is getting out of me! Screw work and responsibilities for once! :)
Peace Out!

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Flower's first dye.

Friday night my brother and his wife went out of town so KG
and I stayed the night with the kids. KG went gaming at John's
so I had a little party of my own. I invited Sandee and her two kids
and my friend Kristen and her son Cameron over to dye eggs!

Flower wanted so badly to be part of the big girls conversation!
When I get together with Kristen and Sandee there is big fun
and laughs to be had! :) This night did not disappoint! Flower kept
mimicking our laughs which would only make us laugh that much more!

Flower had a ball! She thought the dye was pretty great!

We were all impressed that with that many kids, only one cup of dye was
spilled! Yay.


I think all the kids had a really great time! I know we ladies did!

After a crazy week, this Friday night fun was a much needed break!

Let's kick it.

can you dig it?

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i love life. i love my family. i love adventures.

past ramblings

peace out