night time is for...

*playing zen mode of plants vs. zombies. i do wish stinky the snail woundn't go to sleep so quickly. or maybe i wish i could go to sleep as quickly and often as stinky...

in a perfect world, i would be this mouse RIGHT NOW:

*sorting and working on orders for CHA for The Sampler. Since i can't be there, i can at least be hyper organized. we'll see what good that actually does for us.

*worrying when this baby is going to come out. with the boy, our OB poked him out before i really got a chance to panic about him showing up on his own. this time, we're playing the waiting game.

as for baby update, i could have sworn i was going to have her a couple days ago. horrible stomach ache, back pains, a general feeling of weirdness, and even some good punches in the cervix. but nothing intense enough to call labor&delivery or just hop in the car. eh. today we had an OB appt. baby is measuring roughly 7lbs, 12oz. roughly, right... her parts are all matured (i.e. lungs are working and such) and i'm about 3cm dilated with membranes intact. so. no baby. not today.

*making pans of lasagna and enchiladas for the freezer. at least we can eat once baby does show up... 

*working on a few challenges: 

with all the late nights and issues that go along with, my creativity hasn't been at its peak, so i've adjusted and really gotten into some challenges. this layout is one of the many small moments i wanted to capture from 2011 and just never had an idea for it. Over at twopeas, they have memory keeping monday and i really dug the video and ideas that the host shared. quite pleased with the layout and creating this layout gave my mojo a good kick in the butt to finish up some other projects i've been working on...

It kinda feels like cheating making a layout this way, BUT it was fun none the less. not to mention, i got to use some scraps from the feb2012 kit from The Sampler along with some other goodies i've been hording for idk why! (i.e. mister huey's mist in white, those lovely thickers, and a very small bit from my ever growing washi tape stash)

this layout i love! again, memories from 2011 that were printed but never actually documented. one of my favorite bloggers is doing a weekly sketch challenge on her blog. I adore sketches more than one person should and this sketch was no exception. a very simple sketch, but that made adding the little details even easier. well, that and the Jan2012 kit from The Sampler made it really easy too!

as for this layout, it does have a story to share... i'm not really one to make a big deal out of little man's strengths and weaknesses. we encourage him and support him, but nothing over the top. he knows we're proud. however, this little lego he assembled shocked me. husband and i had been helping him build "real" legos from just before his 4th birthday. those duplos just weren't cutting it. then, one day, he found this lego in my bag (i keep a stash for long waits at restaurants and such) and he built it. alone. it caught me unexpectedly (hey, the bag said it was ages 6-8!) and made me proud that he could create something like this with his little hands already!

*watching countless hours of Stargate: SG-1. thank you netflix for your xbox interface. much better than the one the bluray player was using.

**NO matter what ANYONE tells you.... night time is certainly not for sleeping ....not even a little...



The Sampler's Jan2012 Sketch Challenge!!!

things are scooting along here swimmingly. i am in full on nesting mode right now. everything MUST find a home or the donation bin or the trash before baby shows up. The only real crafting i have been able to get done lately even reflects that...

This month's sketch from The Sampler is even fairly clean if i do say so myself.

...and my take on the challenge using the The Sampler's Jan2012 Kit. I cannot believe that this shade of blue/teal has remained so appealing. I love how the layering of the same tone but different pattern looks here.

yup. so lots of cleaning and organizing around these parts. today i'm even spending some time at my crafts desk in hopes of getting things finally sorted from the holidays in hopes of easily accessible crafting once baby makes her appearance. who knows how this will end....



The Sampler Jan2012 Kit: READY, SET, GO!

i'm crushing hard over this month's kit from The Sampler! I started working on project life for 2012 like everyone else and their mom... and this kit is PERFECT to get me inspired and on my way to documenting this amazing year as it unfolds! I HIGHLY recommend picking up this kit! Check out The Sampler's blog for more details!

what i learned today....

dear internet, 

after watching 4 youtube videos, searching for 2 cutting plates that i do not aleady own (and finding they are impossible to get now) and trying approximately 1271624t7549493272 different plate combinations from the cutting plates i already do own, i have found that you can cut quickutz dies in a sizzix vagabond (or BigShot) machine by simply using the a, b, & c plates from the provo craft cuttlebug... i'm sure i'm late to the party on this one but thats not really surprising either.

regardless, i hope this post saves someone else a headache later on...





last night husband and i were watching an episode of through the wormhole with morgan freeman and some super-smartiepants-man tried to tell us that TIME really did not exist. instead everything is just a series of snapshots that all exist at the same *cough* time (although he avoided using the T-word as much as possible) ...so basically i gathered that he was telling me that our lives are like flip books.

flip book or not, time effing flies.  i have no idea where the past four weeks have gone. a complete whirlwind of teaching classes and packing and shopping and traveling and eating and shopping and eating and eating and eating... now we've been home a whopping two days and i'm chipping away at a mile long todo list. BUT i'm starting to get to the good parts. today i got to play with some baby things. (they're so little and tiny!) tomorrow is for crafting and work of that nature. right now.... right now is for naps. and by naps i mean the kind that last 6-8 hours.

oh, and btw...

i'm pretty sure that 2012 is going to be pretty awesome.


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