Look what I've been up to

Here is what I've been doing. Pics of my wall hanging that still needs some work. I have another strip that goes down the side by the snowman that says "we can build a snowman". Still have some top stitching to do and then add the border, attach the back and quilt it.

edit 12/1/06 - had to remove something since I am making it stuff for Christmas gifts. I'll re post it after the holidays. If you need a picture fo what was here email me.

2/1/06 - advent calendar back up!!


RAK'd and loving it!!!

Oh my goodness...I came home today to find these PINK cards in the mail from sweet Shelley from CE '06 and before I go to bed I had to post them. I LOVE them! Do you know how happy this makes me...what a day! Plus I subbed for a bunco group tonight and WON first place. I won this Party Lite Tree decoration that holds votives...very fun!
I can't believe how PINK they are!!!
Thanks Shelley!


Celebrate Life

WHOA...it's been a while since I've blogged and Debbie told me today I really needed to update it since the last post was so sad...Now on to a happy one.
I realize I have a lot of things to update on but for today I am going to talk about TODAY!

Debbie and I went to see Stacy Julian (one very inspiring chick) at the CK Scrapbook Convention in Bellevue. We attended her back stage party where we were blessed to receive her newest book - The Big Picture. If you don't have it - GET IT! Since I already owned this book I decided to have a little drawing for the girls on the CE (Creative Escape - you know the fun thing I went to in Arizona that I'll tell you all about later) Yahoo board! I asked who did not have this book and to let me know. When I got home tonight I had about 16 emails from girls telling me they did not own it and did not know why they didn't. So I put there names in a basket, had Wade draw a name and we had a winner...KRISTIN BRUNO (she's on the right) from New York. I love this girl. She is so fun & spunky and adorable and sweet. Here she is with her friend Karen at CE...aren't their shirts cute? They made them using a Heidi Swapp mask & iron ons!
Stacy had her new baby with her that she just adopted from Korea two weeks ago...precious! So not only did we get her book but we also had a bag full of goodies..Stacy's favorites and then as if that wasn't enough she did a drawing for 3 sets of 4 of the Memory Keepers albums she uses, Stone Creek mini totes & few other fun things.
So sweet! One thing I learned and LOVED and am going to do is us the Stone Creek mini tote as a Handwriting tote...see page 119 of her book. This is where you put all your handwriting tools so you can journal on your pages using your own handwriting...come on girls let's do this!!
Here topic was CELEBRATE LIFE...
She talked about how scrapbooking is self help. How Life is not a dress rehearsal. She is so right. We don't get to do this again, we get one shot at it so Celebrate it. Scrapbooking is mostly for us how we live scrapbooking every moment. Just because we are not doing an actual layout does not mean we are not scrapbooking. Walking thru Target is inspiring, getting ideas this is also scrapbooking...I must agree!
Stacy loves sprinkles...these are a standard staple in her home. I love sprinkles too but her family, they use them on everything not just the freshly decorated sugar cookies. It makes life more fun...
She really makes you see things in a whole new light...Love how she is so simple. That is my goal to get more done and keep it simple. I'm going to try sprinkles more and so should you...do it and tell me about your adventure with sprinkles.
I could go on and on and you would fall asleep at your keyboard so I won't.
But I am going to tell you this if you do not own her book go get a Joann's coupon and buy it. It is so inspiring.
Oh one thing I have to tell you, at CE Stacy wanted to know where she could get the {create} shirt I had on (the one's I had made for me & my roommates at CE) and I told her I had them made. Well I also just had one made for her and took it to her at the convention...You should have seen how excited she was!!! As soon as Debbie sends me the picture of the three of us I'll post it on here.
UPDATED - Debbie sent me the photo...here we are!!



Sad day...

Today, august 29th is a day I will remember for the rest of my life. This is the day my sweet friend Lisa went home to be with God. She put up a fight & was determined to prove the doctor's wrong. God was ready for her today. He has a special place in Heaven for her.
She is healthy now, free of pain.
It saddens all of us left here on Earth. We will always remember her.
I always thought Debbie, Lisa & I would grow old together always scrapping together. I had so many trips I wanted to take back to NM.
Well I will be going again on Thursday thanks to my ever so loving husband who worked extra so I could go. As if sending me to Phoenix for a scrapbook excursion wasn't enough...
Here is the last photo taken of her in the hospital before she became very sick.
Her email to Debbie about this photo read:
Hi my sweet friend,
My Mom took this of me, you should be glad I let her. I am still looking healthy, so I let her, so some of my friends won't worry knowing I am still feeling good and have color.
I love you my friend.
I think of you often. Wish you were here. I may stamp a little tonigh. Maybe.
Love ya.Lisa

Lisa will always have a special place in my heart & she will not ever be forgotten.
Love you my friend...


Going back...

Yep I went back to Weight Watchers tonight. Now I am going to eat right again & take care of myself. I want to be a healthy mom when the time comes.
I was glad to know I was still under my original starting weight of 188...that's what I weighed in at in February of 2005.
I did find out that I can not do Weight Watchers while I am pregnant but it will start getting me to eat healthier.
So until I am pregnant I will continue to go & believe in myself. I will make goals & post them. Wade will see post its every where...he'll love that.
So if you come to visit you won't wonder why I have stickies all over.

Well I got good news tonight that Lisa's live count is going down. If you ever doubt there is a God or a God that can do miracles you better think twice. My friend is living proof.
She is eating some..not much. She is drinking coke slurpees. I better check on that & make sure they are Pepsi...she doesn't like Coke. I'll add that to the "do List".

Only 21 days until Creative Escape...my trip to Arizona. The scrapbook excursion I can not wait for. I get to meet Heidi Swapp! I love her....

Got a surprise phone call from one of my roommates tonight...Sherron (pronounced Sharon). She is a sweety...says she can't wear pink (doesn't look good on her) but I'll have to see for myself. She lives in Arizona & has not ever been to Scrapbooks Etc...that will change. And she will be going there when I go to visit...(I'll drive Sherron!!). She wants to move to Bellingham some day...I am encouraging that one since my favorite scrapbook store is there. Pretty sure I could talk her into letting me stay the night.
We are going to brave swimsuits so we can go down the lazy river! Oh yea...

Off to bed so I can get up for work...this work.
Debbie is leaving for Utah. I pray she has a safe drive there & that her car will behave & not breakdown. Seems like I haven't seen her forever and then when she gets home I'll have one weekend to see her before I leave. Which I am sad she's not going but she will have private classes from me on everything I learn. And she knows I'll shop for her too!!!



I just want to take a moment to think about my best friend. Lisa is her name. Today she is fighting for her life as the affects of cancer & chemo are trying to take her from us.
Picture L to R: Debbie, Trina & Lisa (9/17/05)

Warning...this is long....will post a pic later!!!

I met Lisa at a LSS (local scrapbook store) where she was teaching classes. I just started scrapping and was trying to get away from the creative memories style so I visited the LSS and saw the classes Lisa would be teaching...I signed up right away based on the layouts I saw (had no idea who Lisa was). After taking a few classes I really liked her style. I really liked this girl. Well I also decided that this new hobby was going to be something for life so I needed to step out of my box & meet people with like interest. I started going to late night crops at the LSS and Lisa was there by her self that night. She was over there designing a layout to teach. It just so happened to be a fishing layout. Well I knew I needed to take that class because Wade & I would be fishing soon & what a perfect layout. I started talking to her (I knew I wanted to be friends with the sweet girl...something about her!). We talked and I told her about me...how I was planning a scrapbook store excursion & had cookie exchanges. Months later she had said she liked that about me and wanted to befriend me at that time...well she did. She invited me to a "private" crop that a bunch of gals that worked at the LSS had after hours.
Now let me tell you a litte something...Lisa had this friend Debbie and she had to tell Debbie she invited an outsider - me (Debbie loves it when I tell this story!!). Debbie shrugged her shoulders and said OOHHH!!!...not real thrilled but went with it. I showed up and had fun...actually I really don't remember that night. I do remember I was nervous to meet all these strangers.
Lisa invited me to home parties at her house & I went and from there our friendship grew. We scrapped every friday and/or saturday at her adorable house in Orting. I was single & her husband (at the time) was always hunting or fishing so we had the house to ourselves. Debbie joined us a lot too. But since they were both stay home moms they scrapped a lot during the day. But Debbie didn't want us having fun without her so she did find a way to sneek over there. The big thing at the time was who was going to share the table wtih Lisa...well it was usually Debbie because she could get there first & if it was just Lees & I well we had our own table.
I've come to realize I was the lucky one...None of us want to share a table now!!!! We always ate junk when we scrapped. I introduced Lees & Deb to Touchdown Taco Dip, what a great garlice press Pampered Chef had, to Mary Kay makeovers. They introduced me to Longaberger(thanks girls), At home America, Close to my Heart,Impress and converted me from Coke to Pepsi. (Yea I remember I would always bring my own Coke because all they ever had was Pepsi. They've inspired me to be a better scrapbooker & most of all they gave me the gift of friendship.
Tradition was that when it was your birthday we had a scrap party...so we did...I was turing 29 and it is a weekend I will never forget. Lisa was going thru a divorce. Husband had left 6 months before & we really had the house to ourselves. Debbie got the weekend away (5 minutes from home!!!) and we were scrapping & I always found a way to get them to out for shopping!!
Lisa felt like a sore throat was coming on so she ran to the doctor that afternoon so she could get ahead of it so she wouldn't be sick for the weekend.
No big deal right...so we ate, shopped, scrapped...and the phone rang. We all thought who is calling at this hour (11:30pm). Well it was Lisa's doctor saying she needed to go have her blood checked again because the tests from earlier that day were not good. Her white blood cell count was very low. So we battled who was going to go to the hospital with her since Taylor was sleeping & the Dr. said it could not wait til morning. We even made her call the neighbor to take her...(nice friends). Well I lost & stayed with Tay & Deb & Lisa headed for the hospital to have a quick blook check & come right back to finish this FUN weekend we were having...they had crepes to make in the morning darn it....
Well this is when it all began. Lisa was immediately admitted. She had Leukemia...I cried when Deb told me. I said how much time do we have with her? Leukemia to me meant dying.
Her family immediately came out & life went crazy. Lisa was in the hospital for chemo for 30 days. We had to get busy..this girl needed money. We made suckers for money...they were a hit. Don't ever ask me to make suckers...EVER I will laugh at you!
Lisa taught me I could pull an auction together in 6 weeks. At the hospital I looked at Deb & said I am doing an auction for her. So I did...and we raised $8000 (i think!!) for her.
Lisa had to sell her house & move to Seattle to be closer to Fred Hutch & SCCA. She was going to have a bone marrow transplant. Renee her sister was a 100% match.
She had the transplant & when she was released she moved back to New Mexico to be with her family who could help her financially.
My friendship began to grow with Debbie...before that I always felt a bit insecure around her (yes Deb I did...!!!) I am so thankful Lisa introduced us & didn't back down when Debbie didn't want me to come to the scrapbook thing!!! {wink}.
Debbie has also become my best friend and without her I don't know what I would do. She has taught me so much...we'll save that for another blog entry.
I feel so blessed that I even met Lisa and had 2 wonderful years with her here in Washington.
In 2005 I got engaged to be married so I didn't plan any trips so New Mexico was out of the question. But Lisa came to Seattle to be in my wedding. I am so happy I have photos of her...her hair all grown back & feeling good.
Then in February Lees called & said she needed her friends to scrap with. So Deb & I went in March. We almost didn't because she would be coming here in June for a check up at SCCA.
But we did go. I almost held off until October for the balloon festival. I am so glad I didn't.
2 weeks after we left Albuquerquee Lisa found out the Leukemik cells were back in her body. She went back to the hospital for chemo, she would be out in 30 days, home to get better and back to Seattle for another transplant.
Sometimes God has other plans then what we have planned. Lisa is still in the hospital. I think we are up to about 50 or 60 days. I have lost count. I do know this...she is a miracle right now.
She had her chemo treatment and has gotten worse. On August 7th Gayle (her sister) called & said Lisa only had a few days to live. Her liver count was so high (35 - 5 is normal) the doctor's expected her to go into a coma and then it would be over. She would go to heaven & leave all her loved ones her on Earth. Debbie asked if we could talk to her so we did on speaker phone...the words LOVE YOU TONS from her weak (slurred) voice will always be in my head. It took everything in her little body to say that. I know she was smiling when she heard us talking to her.
So Debbie & I planned on flying out there sometime soon..Thursday came...Lisa was still fighting.
She even got up out of bed & strolled in the halls in her wheelchair. Quite an accomplishment for where she was at.
Her liver count continues to rise, fluid is on her heart & everthing is wrong with her...she is just sick.
She has the best mom...her mom will not give up on her. Nor will we. Lees always told me she was a strong willed child....and she is.
She told Julie (her mom) she wasn't ready to go. She is fighting for her daughter Taylor.
She is fighting for herself, family & friends.
I am not ready for her to go. When she comes home I will go to see her and just hug her & be close to her.
And tell her all the things we never tell anyone until it's too late...
So be sure to say I love you and tell someone how they've made a difference in your life. Don't wait til it's too late.
Read the book Tuesdays with Morrie.
Love ya,


And they are off to Germany...

Today my sister Heidi, Scott & Brea all left for Germany. They will be gone for the next two years. And all I can say is it better go fast! I am so happy for Heidi because she is happy! She is taking the journey of a lifetime and this will be such a great growing experience for her. I am sad because I have never lived away from her or my niece Brea. For the past nine years Heidi had been a single mom and my mom and I helped her take care of Brea. She worked Saturdays so it wasn't uncommon to have Brea on the weekends. Heidi was good about having lots of people take care of her but Mom & I had her at least 2 weekends a month. And now we aren't sure what we are going to do with those weekends. She is such an easy child to take care of. I am going to miss her more then words can ever say. I was blessed to have her this last weekend. My mom is on a cruise so she didn't get to share in the fun we had but she is having her own fun with the crazy red hatters!! I took Brea miniature golfing with her friend Jaycee and then I surprised them with riding on the go karts..you had to be 10 but I broke the rules a little. The joy on there faces was priceless. They had the best time and that is all they could talk about. I am so glad I could make her happy. Then we went back to Jaycee's and they swam for a few hours. We headed home to have dinner & take Uncle Wade to a movie for his birthday. Saw Taladega Nights (stupid movie). I was so disappointed but oh well. We went to this little theatre in town and it is very old. It plays one movie only & you're lucky if they show it twice in one night. It's cheap & so are the treats! It was too cute because Brea wanted to know what other movies they were playing...she had only ever been to a Regal Cinema where you get the selection of 5-10 movies and you are told what theater # to go to!!
Of cours after to movie the tears starting flowing. It would be my last night to cuddle with that girl. And I know when she comes back in two years cuddling with T-T is not going to be the thing to do anymore.
Heidi & Scott came to pick up Brea and I fixed them lunch. They stayed and visited for a few hours and then it was time to say good-bye. I hate good-bye's all I did was cry. Brea & Heidi told me to stop...they were very strong. But they've had lots of good-bye's to say. They are so excited to which makes me so happy.
Brea called me this morning to say good-bye again...she is so sweet. So now here I am crying again. I've been crying for about 45 minutes. I need to pull myself together and get ready. I am going to go have a fun day at my friend Debbie's. We're going to scrap, have lunch & scrap more.
Dang I am going to miss those girls....


Why do I....

procrastinate!! I do not know why but I do know it drives me crazy. I put things off until the last minute. Just like Sunday night. I had until Monday to get something "extra ordinary" made for my Let's Escape goodie bag (pre Arizona function) and I wait til Sunday night...when it was so frickin hot. I thought I was going to pass out. I was sweating and miserable. But I had to get it done. No way was I going to send an email saying I would have my package out late...all because I waited til the last minute. Even in high school I would leave my homework til the last minute and then stress about it. Hopefully I will get better...but then again!! Just like right now I am procrastinating on making cards for my dearest friend Lisa...who is so ill she can not make her own thank you cards & would not be happy if her sister sent out store bought ones. Her sister Gayle asked Debbie & I if we would make thank you cards & send them to her so she could write thank you's on Lisa's behalf. So of course we said yes...Debbie did hers that hour and me - well here I am on Wednesday not making them. I am going to though right after this blog entry.
Then Debbie wants to see pictures of the journal I made for my good bad. See I am so bad at getting photos sent...at least I took them. I think I just like to make her sit in suspense about what I did. See I don't usually scrap or create anything at home. It's usually at her house or somewhere else but we are always together {no wonder I get nothing done}. Before it was Deb, Lees & Trina and now it's just Deb & Trina (copying Lees's layouts!). Must be comforting to me to have the "Deb's seal of approval" on my crafting. I don't know. I always ask her "Is this OK" or "Can I do this"...of course I can...who the heck has ever seen the scrapbooking police...well maybe they are out there...The one's that don't pick our entries for publications - oh wait you have to enter before you can get rejected!
Speaking of publications Lisa was published in the best ever crafting magazine last month (June/July) issue of PAPER TRENDS - pg 20! As soon as she is well enough to come to Seattle I am going to hunt her down & get her autograph & a photo with her. Just like I am going to do with Heidi Swapp in Arizona.
If you live near a Costco you better get there & get one of these....
Haven't gotten mine yet but I will have it by FRIDAY (i hope). Love this totally random entry I am typing...just getting crap out of my head. Plus it's been forever since I BLOGGED...where di July go???
I am so obsessed with Heidi Swapp - she is the reason I LOVE Pink. She is the reason I am going to Phoenix. I still can not believe I am going (alone!) I am even considering getting my haircut like hers...yes SHORT. Don't tell Wade he doesn't know yet. I am going to MAYBE do this after Heidi, Scott & Brea leave. Then I won't feel so guilty going to someone else to do my hair....hahaha.
Here is the journal I made for my goodie bag swap. I hope Marcia likes it!!
So here it is....that black thing is an elastic thing around the book to get it to stay closed.
well I need to get some card making done...before Debbie yells at me AGAIN!! {hehehe}



Everything will be OK!

First off I want to thank everyone for your prayers & support...we appreciate it so much.

Friday afternoon I started spotting. Didn't think it was too big of a deal but I knew to watch it & call the doctor. Saturday everything seemed fine until I got to the reception. Still a little bit of spotting. Tad bit more then the day before but the color was the same. Wade dropped me off at home around 11:30. Now the spotting was actually red not just pink and it was heavier. So I went to bed knowing that if I did go in to the ER there isn't anything they could do this early into the pregnancy. I had no cramping so I went to bed...after I cleaned Bella up from the burr tree that attacked her!! I woke up to severe cramping and a pounding headache at 2 am. I got up and things were not looking so good. I was in pain and decided I better go to the ER to confirm what I already knew was happening...I wanted to take drugs but didn't until I knew for sure. So I got Wade up and off we went. I decided to just go to Enumclaw thinking it could be faster since we were closer and I didn't want to drive to Auburn in that much pain...guess I shouldn't have thought that way since I would have drove there with labor pains...ok so I wasn't thinking to clear and Wade...well he just woke up and didn't really know what to think.
Got to the ER to find computers were down so check in would take longer but who cared we were there & the ONLY ones there...SHOCKER!
Well being the only ones there you would have thought things would have gone a little faster...NOPE. 5 hours later I was finally released to leave with the outcome that we already knew. I miscarried. What can you do? Nothing. So we went home and tried to sleep. Phone kept ringing so I gave up and got up and made the best of the day.
Today was Heidi's gift opening & I had the gift from the Preston's, Style Bar & McBride's. No way was she not getting her gift from us! Plus I needed something to keep my mind off things. If I don't stay busy I knew I would be a mess. So Wade, Mom & I headed up there. I'm glad we went. I wanted to say good bye to Scott's parents & see my sister get all the fun stuff for her home.
I did good & stayed stong. My nieces Brea & Ashley were so sweet. They both came and hugged me and told me they were sorry. To be 9 (happy b-day Ashley) and not truly understand the meaning of all this and too be so kind hearted about it...sure made me feel good. I told them it was ok and not too worry there would be another baby soon. Ashley said "I sure hope so." She loves babies and loves to hold them. I know she'll be a good cousin. But when it was time to go Wendy hugged me and gave me words of encouragement (as many others have done) and I had my breakdown. She has been thru 2 miscarriages herself so she can truly relate.
Overall Wade & I are doing just ok. Wade's been quiet and I can tell he is angry. I found my Baby Name book in the garbage. We all have to deal with it some way. As I said in our email we'll get thru this. I would rather it happen now then at 6 months. I know this is God's way of having baby angels for mom's in heaven to take care of. And also His way of telling us the time is not now or maybe not healthy enough. And that is ok too.
We will have a family someday when the time is right. But for now this is what we get to go thru. It will makes us stronger.
Thanks again for all your prayers, support & words of encouragement. We do appreciate each & everyone of you.
Trina & Wade

Heidi tied the knot!!

Friday and Saturday were spent doing wedding stuff. What a fun time we've had. The anticipation leading up to it was draining but the wedding was so fun.
We got to meet Scott's parents who are from Kentucky. They are so fun & sweet. We all adore them. Heidi is so blessed with great in-laws. They took Brea as their granddaughter and just think the world of her. Susan, Scott's mom is getting used to being called "grandma". This is their first grandchild. They have spoiled that girl.
Friday we had rehearsal and Wendy punked Heidi. Heidi believed for 3 months that Wendy was going to have a REAL trained squirrel deliver the rings down the aisle. I do not know why she was having a blonde moment & believing this story. Wendy shows up with a decorated mini wagon & a stuffed squirrel carrying a sign "JUST MARRIED". Heidi laughed and thought that was so funny she could not wait for the real FILBERT III to arrive on Saturday to perform. She said "this is going to be great." Wendy told her that stuffed one WAS Filbert. Heidi wanted to know where the real one was at. We had to tell here there wasn't a real one...this was all she was getting...She said...I GOT PUNKED! That was a good moment!

Meet Filbert III.....

Filbert's Ride....
We all went to dinner at Al Lago's near Lake Tapps...that is some good Italian food. I think Wade & I will be going there again. Scott's parents treated us all to that. His Aunt & Uncle, cousins and Grandma all came too. It was so fun to have them there. They stayed in Seattle this week and have been doing tons of "SEATTLE" stuff.
Saturday the girls all met at the salon to get our hair & make up done. We had such a special time just hanging out, chatting, eating muffins & OJ. Then it was off to Mom's to get ready. I had to go home & get my stuff together first. Left the house & forgot my dress & shoes. So I ran back in for that. Finally got to mom's to get ready. Heidi looked so beautiful & SOOO HAPPY! She just radiated that day. She was very nervous the flowers wouldn't turn out the way she wanted but I think they did. She seemed very pleased with them. They were gorgeous. The rosed opened perfectly.
Then it was off to have pictures. Our friend Debbie House did the photos. I am sure they turned out great. We all had a fun time posing her & the groom. They were all good sports. It was very warm and the wedding party were troopers. Amber was a blessing (her & her husband Chris introduced Heidi & Scott). She did everything for Heidi. She was at her beck & call. Made sure she had water, lipstick, food. You name it, Amber did it. I love that girl. I am going to miss her when she leaves. But she is going to take good care of Brea for me and keep me updated on her happenings. She adores Brea as much as I do and will be a good back up for me! (thanks Amber!) After photos we took off for Mud Mtn. Dam and got the wedding rolling. Things went great. Of course as in every wedding there were a few hitches. But they are married and the 3 are a family now. Scott is so good to Brea. Wade & I feel really good about letting Brea go to Germany. Not that we have a choice in this matter but we have peace that Scott will take care of that Girl. We adore her as if she is our own and will miss her so much. Thank goodness for technology so I can see her via web cam.
The reception was a good time. The guests seem to enjoy the party. I didn't get to mingle much since I had a few "MOM'S" there that made me stay off me feet due to my spotting. But I had a good time watching everyone. Didn't get to dance either but Heidi did plenty of that.
It's nice to have it over but it was fun while it lasted. There were memories made that will not be forgotten.
Heidi, Scott & Brea I wish you the best time in Germany...see world Girl!!


Crazy days ahead...

So the count down is on. Heidi is getting married in less than 2 days now. I haven't talked to her much this week. Her in-laws to be arrived in town on Sunday and she's been on the go ever since. They flew in from Kentucky and this is there first time to Washington. So Heidi is showing them around and trying to get her wedding stuff together. Mom was home cooking today for the wedding. She is doing all the food. Thank goodness Heidi's friend is taking over the kitchen at the reception so my mom can enjoy herself.
I have been a bit emotional this week. Lots of excitement and sadness building up for this. Exciting that Heidi is getting married but then it's sad because she's leaving in a month. Only 2 weekends left for Brea & I to hang out. I know she will be back...ok enough about them leaving or I'm going to cry.
So I have a busy day on Friday. Chiropractor, Pedicure, last minute shopping, finish or should I say start the guest book. Then off to rehearsal & dinner after that. Get home and go to bed and start again on Saturday.
I hope Heidi enjoys her special day as much as I did. I want her to take in the moment and not worry about the small stuff. Hey at least she will be smarter than her sister and not drop food on the front of her dress 5 minutes before walking down the aisle!
Last Saturday was her bachelorette party at The Longhorn. That was a fun time. Heidi looked so cute.... I just love her so much.
Heidi tells my mom to pass the message along to bring my camera to the pedicure. What sister does she think is coming with her...photo op...I am all over it!
Debbie is going to be the photographer for the wedding...she is going to do great.
Oh yea her oldest daughter Kaylee leaves tomorrow at 6 am for Utah. She is growing up and moving out of the house. What a great experience for her. Debbie will be sad tomorrow so I better check in on her {mental note}.
If I don't make notes I forget. I am so forgetful now that I am not taking my omni and I'm pregnant.
Speaking of that I have been feeling so good (so many people ask if I've been sick)...nope!! The only time I get naseau is when I get a headache but other than that I feel great. My pants don't button anymore so mom and I went shopping last Saturday for maternity clothes. I love those pants. I bought the cutest white capris. I think I am going to go buy another pair in a different color. I could wear them everyday.
Next Friday (7/14) Wade & I go for the ultrasound so I'll keep you posted on that.
Please keep praying for my friend Lisa. She is not doing so well this time around. Chemo hit her pretty hard.
Ok well it's off to bed so I can get up early and start the craziness. I'm just glad I'm not the bride this time!!!
Good night...


1st Baby Doctor's Appt.

Friday I had my first baby doctor appt. We chose to go to Dr. Maccio in Auburn and have the baby at Auburn Hospital. Dr. Maccio is the sweetest doctor. You can tell she really cares about you as the patient and wants you to have a very healthy pregnancy.
She had lots of imformation for me that day...how much weight I can gain (20 lbs.), eat healthy, excercise, take my pre-natal vitamins and lots more.
The clinic gave me a diaper bag full of fun sample stuff, a notebook from the hospital & a handful of flyers full of good information.
Next appointment Wade is going with me since it will be an ultrasound. We will be able to SEE the baby's heartbeat...how exciting!!!
I am still trying to digest all of this. Wondering how the heck I am going to do all that I do & don't do and raise a baby too. I know it all works out many people do this!!

I have lots of reading I'll be doing. Mom bought me a book last weekend called My Pregnancy Week by Week. So I can read that once a week and know what is going on. Tracy let me borrow a book about childbirth the Bradley way. And Debbie let me borrow 2 books...one with lots of reading the other with lots of photos. I can't remember the names of them right now.

Friday, Sue (my mother in law) called Wade and said she bought an exersaucer & changing table for us or if we didn't like it she would keep it at her house...so sweet of her.
This will be the first grandchild on both sides in NINE years...wow it's about time, huh!!!

Yesterday mom and I drove to Portland for my cousins wedding. We had a great time until it was time to leave & we walked out to find my car GONE! Yep it had been towed. At first I thought my joke playing uncles got ahold of my keys and moved it but this time there was no joke. Called the tow company and they had just towed it within the hour. Wondering why it got towed...well IF YOU OBEY THE RULES YOU MISS ALL THE FUN... Debbie taught me that!
So I parked in a business parking lot which had a sign half way down the building about parking at your own risk. So I parked figuring the business was closed it was Saturday evening what was the harm. Well the tow truck driving was conveniently driving around and had a sign to hang there (Right in front of my car) and towed it at the same time. Apparently he has permission from the business to tow any cars that did not get permission to park there...WHATEVER!
So $185 later we were out of that town and heading home!

Today (Sunday) was so blasted hot for this area - 97 degrees!! Holy cow! Helped Heidi get her grooms cake gifts put together. We had lunch at Ranchitos and then she brought me the rocking chair she had at her house. The rocking chair has been in my family for years. My mom rocked all of us kids in it. Wendy & Heidi have used it so now it is my turn. I love that chair. It was always in our living room when I was growing up.
I had a list of stuff I wanted to get done today but since it's so hot I can not move with out sweating. No air in this out. Sat in front of the fan and read my NEW magazine I got from my Creative Escape secret sister. I was so excited to get that in the mail.
Finally it cooled off outside I sat out on the deck and ate my dinner. Debbie showed up and we sat and chatted, had strawberries & ice cream too. Yea we got 10 lbs of strawberries today from my father in law. So I shared them with Heidi & Mom. Deb & I ate some then I decided to cut some up & freeze them for winter time when I am going to want fruit & can't get any.
Wade put weed killer on the weeds and everywhere he thought needed them. Hopefully no over spray got on my tomato plants I am growing. They are growing quite nicely too. I had him water those babies tonight just in case he did get weed killer on them (no way am I touching that). So the dogs had to be inside most of the day which they were not happy about. Tonight after Debbie showed up Bella decided to escape out of the hole she had been digging. Gunner tells on her everytime by standing at the hole with his nose in it. No way can Gunner fit under the fence. So Debbie & I drove around the block...no Bella. We said forget it she'll find her way home if she wants to. Sure enough Bella was back on the couch when we got home...in trouble of course. She is the problem dog! But oh well we still love her.

Today Lisa went into the hospital for her week of chemo. Please keep her in your prayers.
She will be feeling ok this week but next week as her numbers go down she will not be feeling so well. I was able to IM with her tonight for a short time and she said she is in good spirits and has a lot of faith about all this. She asked for everyone to send cards of encouragement and to keep her in your prayers. After chemo she waits for counts to come up, like two weeks, do another bone marrow biopsy...then pray the leukemia is gone or at a low percentage, then I believe she will have to come up to Seattle to have a lymphocyte injection with Renee's (her sister)lympocites to cause GVHD or anti leukemic and pray.

So that was my exciting weekend!!!


Summer is here!

Yea today is the first day of summer. For a minute I didn't think it would actually show its self. Right now it is so nice. If I had a laptop I would be out on my beautiful new deck my husband replaced a few weeks ago. He got new deck furniture for a VERY early birthday gift and it's all setup now.
Last night my mom & I played bunco with the BUNCO BABE group. They have been playing for about 13 years now. I joined about 2 years later. Ever month the hostess picks a theme and everyone brings a gift for the theme. Then when you roll a binki (3 of the same number you are not rolling for) you get to go pick a gift. Everyone goes home with something and money if you are lucky enough to be the winner or loser!! So last night I went home with the cutest gift (thanks Lane). I was blessed with flip flop patio lights. They are so dang cute. I can not wait to hang them up. Maybe my deck will have a theme of FLIP FLOPS. Yea...I'm sure Wade will love that.
So tonight before I sat down to make this a fun entry I read my email and got some very sad news from a dear friend of mine. My friend Lisa was diagnosed 2 years ago with Leukemia. She went thru chemo, bone marrow transplant and moved to New Mexico to recover. She has been recovering and progressing quite nicely until just recently. Debbie & I went to visit her in March and just after that her numbers went down again. So the doctor told her she had to have blood draws every other day. They found that 16% of the leukemik cells had returned to her body. The graph vs. host was night fighting the transplant. So they watched it and upped her meds to get it going again. Monday she had another bone marrow biopsy and found out today that 75% of the leukemik cells are back. The graph vs. host is not working. The bad cells are taking her body over again. She will be going to the hospital on Sunday to start chemo for 7 days and then she'll be back home. I just can not believe this. I believe she will be having another transplant but I'm not sure on that.
Please pray for my sweet friend and her family. Her daughter turned 10 today and found this out too! So sad.
I do not know the outcome of people who get the leukemia back.

Baby news -
Well no news yet!! I am feeling good. I have a doctor's appt on Friday so I will have more information then.



The BIG news!!

here is the first of many blogs to come! i am so excited to get this going and there is no better time than now.

the big news i want to share is that on friday night wade & i found out that we are going to have a baby!!!! yea!!!! i am still in shock about all this but it's growing on me. i am very excited at the same time. so if you haven't heard already that is the BIG news! we aren't going to find out what we are having...we want you all to be surprised! my side of the family has all granddaughters & wade's has grandson's. so this will be exciting for all of us. my brother of course said we better have a boy! wade controls that so no one can blame me. and if calculations are correct the baby will be due in FEBRUARY...not the month of choice for my family. we have 4 birthdays already that month. oh well i just want my older sister wendy to have something to complain about...hahahaha!

right now things are a bit crazy in my family. my younger sister is about to get married in 3 weeks. and then one month later she's moving to germany with her soon to be husband and daughter. i am going to miss them so much. i am sad she won't be here for the arrival of the new little mcbride but we'll have web cams so she'll be able to see the baby that way. and of course she'll get the phone call no matter what time of day it is over there.

oh the other good news for today is Kasey Kahne was on the poll in Michigan and WON!! way to go #9. and since today is father's day (wade's first unofficial father's day) he got a special gift...#9 sleeper & binki. this kid will have no choice but to be a #9 fan.