Thursday, March 20, 2008


What in the world does the title mean, you ask yourself. It's our little Abby's way of saying her own name. We're able to recognize some of her words now. And she loves to dance and sing when Ron turns on his crazy music. :) She's also a water baby - so much so that she and I will be taking a Mommy and Me swim class at the local Rec Center.

Thank you for your well wishes - the antibiotics and rest have done me a world of good. My energy level is still low, but I am doing well otherwise. Life is good!

Some of my latest layouts:

Amanda's friend Emma had a tea party this week along with some other gymnastics friends, and my, what a sumptuous fete it was! Both for the stomach and eyes. :) The girls were giddy with excitement not only to be with one another but to use real tea sets.

Here is a layout of the day's events:

And look what emerged from the digital camera - this photo of Emma's sister! Wouldn't she be perfect for a Baby Gap contract?

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For layout credits, click here.

Monday, March 17, 2008


The two little ones have been ill off and on for the last week, and out of the blue yesterday, I was slammed with a fever of 103.4 and the whole gamut of chills, sweating, shallow breathing. You name it. Found out that I have an infection that requires antibiotics. Life is a bit better now with the proper drugs, but it's going to be a slow recovery.

Wahhhh, I know. Whiny whiny. :) Dear husband took good care of me - he's so wonderful.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Blogging woes - fixable?

I've wrestled with Blogger long enough - my original post from Thursday, March 13th is still not showing photos, so I'm reposting! Have a wonderful Sunday -

Ah, it's good to be back. Had to take a hiatus to finish some things up.

Learning environment at home
We've been considering homeschooling as an option for Amanda's kindergarten if she doesn't get into one of three local charter schools. To be honest, homeschooling sounds so exciting yet scary at the same time - not because I think Amanda would suffer socially (this is one of those ignorant assumptions about homeschooling that we should all throw out the window), but because I don't know if I can carry it out the way I conceptualize it in my own brain. So, I've decided to give it a "test run" until July. Regardless of what type of schooling situation Amanda gets to be a part, you'd better believe I'll be all over it. And supplementing her schooling with a strong learning environment at home is a goal I wish to gift to both children.

New curriculum? Check.
Excited little Amanda? Check.
Organization? Oh Lord, please help me.... :)

Some layouts
Here's one I did using my friend Liv's" Esteban Adventure Kit:

And one using Andilynn Designs' Waiting For Summer Kit:

Credits here for this next layout:

Using Lisa Habisreutinger's Springalicious Kit:

Thank goodness for warmer weather!
Ron and the girls have been going out to our neighborhood park regularly to take advantage of the nice weather we've had. I decided to follow along on Saturday:

Abigail has let us know that she wouldn't mind taking residence at the park. Look how happy she is there:

And it's a good thing the weather is allowing us some outside time, because folks, we have a climber on our hands, and the house is slowly falling apart:

Abby likes life on the kitchen counter and tries everything in her power to be there.

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