Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Happy Day Daddy...

I want to wish my dad a very happy birthday today!
in honor of his day i am going to list my top 10 favorite things about him...
1. he is SO smart and has such a quick witt
2. he is a peace maker
3. he is the BEST grandpa changes diapers, babysits anytime, and just loves estee to pieces
4. he can rock a newborn to sleep better than anyone i know
5. he is the BEST to vacation with and always takes us to the best restaurants
6. he gives really good advice
7. he has been a teacher for more than 30 years and his students love him
8. he always compliments my photography and encourages me
9. he loves having his children and grandchildren around him
10. he calls me just to see how I'm doing
happy birthday Dad! i love you!

Monday, January 29, 2007


i am getting so sick of taking photos indoors, i do have a couple great spots but my creativity is definitely getting stretched... so ready for spring to get here!

we had a looong night last night, estee didn't want to sleep and i was throwing up all night (yes i am in my 5th month of pregnancy and STILL throwing up) we didn't get to sleep until about 5am so i am exhausted today and watching the clock until estee's nap...

Sunday, January 28, 2007

don't know why...

i just keep coming back to this one... not sure if it's that crooked little smile or those to die for lashes but i cant stop staring at it... a new favorite of mine. {hope everyone is having a great day}

Friday, January 26, 2007

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

just some stuff...

we have been hanging out around here all day, it has been nice... i was even able to scrapbook during estee's loong nap.

Chris and i are heading out for a date tonight while chris's parents watch estee, very excited for a night out without worrying about food flying all over the place and spilled drinks!!! and one from today that i just like :)

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

happy birthday Mom...

today is my beautiful mother's birthday! she is the greatest mother and grandmother and i am so lucky to have her... i can only dream that estee will someday feel the way about me that i do about you mom... i love you so much! hope your day is great and wish we were there for the celebration! last night ann came over and stayed the night with us (chris is out of town for work and i hate being home alone at night, I'm a total baby!) anyways we had such a great time we went to a few stores, got pizza, cleaned, watched TV and painted, we were up until about 2:30 AM, i am definitely feeling it today!

here is my painting from last night, sooo dippy but still alot of fun to do.

i am going to hang it in my so sparkling clean studio, here is a photo of the desk that still looks a bit cluttered but trust me, the room is spotless and everything is organized thanks to a lot of help from ann... and i was finally able to set up my very fancy new professional wide format printer my parents gave me for christmas... cant wait to play in here now!!

Sunday, January 21, 2007

i yub you...

that's how she says it to me and oh does it melt my heart every time! she has been so sick all weekend in fact both she and chris were diagnosed with strep and estee also has croup so she sounds so bad... poor girl.

so here are a few from this morning, of her just playing with some of my buttons...

hope everyone had a great weekend!

Friday, January 19, 2007

not much to say...

just a few photos i am loving from today!!! my beautiful friend Amy... she is due to have her little baby boy in about a week and she looks so gorgeous!! At lunch group today i was able to snap a few of her, can't wait to hold that little guy!

Wednesday, January 17, 2007


Can't wait...

Chris and i booked our Europe trip yesterday and i am so excited! we are leaving the end of Feb. and staying through the first week in march, 8 days! we are flying in to Paris spending 4 days there (where we will be celebrating our 4 year anniversary on march 1st) and then taking a train to Venice, Italy and spending 4 days there, with a day trip up to lake Como by train.

I am so excited and am already counting down the days... i talked to my doctor and he gave me the green light to go, in fact he said the second trimester is the best time to travel. My Mom is going to come here and watch estee for the week so everything is taken care of... i sure am going to miss her though!

so if anyone has been to any of these cities and has any suggestions on restaurants, don't miss sights, etc. let me know...

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

the first little flutter...

i just love feeling that first flutter in my stomach, feeling my little baby move, reminding me i am carrying a life... seems to make all the sickness and anxiety worth it! last night was the first time i was sure i felt it and it made me so excited, i cant believe we are going to have another one!

here are a few of estee playing on my bed, really ready for some warm weather here...

oh and be sure to check out Ann's blog she finally put photos up of her paintings and they do not disappoint...

Monday, January 15, 2007

one year of blogging!!!!

i cant believe i have been blogging for a whole year now!! i am so happy i started this blog, and am so grateful for all that it has brought in to my life... new friends, connections with old friends, family being able to see estee on a daily basis, and endless inspiration.

i thought i would share my latest entry in my art journal, (i took the photo before i wrote my journaling) so it is most definitely nothing special, and every entry is totally different, but i am really enjoying doing it. anyways, thanks to all of you for your comments on my blog... you have inspired me and taught me so much and even gotten me through some tough times, i am so happy to have this great community of friends!

Friday, January 12, 2007

making me happy today...

i have been home all day cleaning and doing laundry, it is freezing cold outside and we got so much snow yesterday that everything is covered. i am usually anxious to get out of the house but today, i am just happy being home... getting things in order and catching up on stuff. thought i would share a few things around my house that are making me happy...

my new art set... i am still working on my art journal and loving it!!! my acrylics on my messy desk (organized chaos in my scrapbook room!)

Estee's albums displayed on my coffee table in the living room... i *love* finally having them out.
my collection of vintage salt and pepper shakers, i only have 6 sets but am always on the prowl for them.
only the best candle ever made... seriously run don't walk to anthropologie and stock up, i ALWAYS have one burning when i am home.
my stash of buttons (and this is only a small potion of them!) i have a serious thing for buttons...
new stuff just waiting to be used...

anyways, hope everyone is having a great day!
{oh and i would love to see what makes you happy around your house!!!!}

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

My little parrot...

I opened this toy camera she got for Christmas this morning and she has not put it down all day, pointing it at me and clicking her tongue... So cute. Who knows maybe she will be the next photography prodigy?

Monday, January 08, 2007

Sorry for the scary post!

Well, I was still pretty much in a bad way when I posted the last post so excuse me that it was a little worrisome. I am definitely okay and so is the little baby.

it all started Friday afternoon, out of nowhere I got a terrible pain in my back, so bad in fact that I got really worried. I called my doctor who instructed me to take a warm bath and try and get some rest (ya right) well it got worse and worse to the point that the pain was seriously out of control, like more than I could possibly bear, I was vomiting from the pain and just totally zoned out just trying to get through it. I went to the emergency room and to make a long story short I had a kidney stone, ya I know totally gross and every bit as painful as you have heard they are, I had an ultrasound (got to see our cute little peanut) and then just had to wait for it to pass. I was admitted and spent the night and all day Saturday there, i was totally dehydrated from throwing up so much that they wanted to monitor me.

and now its over, I cant tell you how grateful I am to have that experience behind me, that my baby is okay and so am
I. I was so worried and in such pain, it was one of the worst experiences of my life, just gnarly.

So my advice to you tonight is drink lots and lots of water and hope you never get one!!!!!!!! thanks for all the emails, phone calls and well wishes... you guys are the best :)

*oh ya, and i got this today so i should have some very cool photos to share soon!

Sunday, January 07, 2007

a nightmare...

I'm not sure if I have the strength to even get into my weekend now, lets just say I spent most of it in the hospital as a patient in A LOT of pain, the baby is fine but I on the other hand am still recovering, both physically and emotionally :) more details to come, but for now enjoy the cute photos I snapped of estee just hours before my ordeal...

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

100 things about me...

thought this would be fun to do especially since i loved reading Amy's so much, so enjoy and hopefully some of you will do it as well, it really is a great way to get to know yourself better...
1. i am a twin twin sister is my best friend, i love and admire her so much.

3.i am completely anxiety ridden
4.i love animals
5.i have a pretty complex mind
6.i love music and how it makes me feel
7.i am a T.V junkie
8.i hate answering the phone if i don't know who it is
9.i have a terrible singing voice but love to sing
10.i love to travel
11.i miss my grandpa every single day

12.i hate how competitive i am when playing games
13.i traveled to japan as an exchange student in high school
14.i am athletic
15.i love going out to eat
16.i hate to clean my house but love it when it is clean
17.i miss being a kid
18.i make decisions quickly
19.i am a really picky eater
20.i failed my drivers license test 2 times before passing
21.i love fresh sheets
22.i love decorating my house
23.i played basketball in high school
24.i was mini miss yuba sutter
25.i wrote chris all through his mission
26.i fight for what i believe
27.i am hard on myself
28.i have strong political views
29.i love the beach
30.i had a magical childhood
31.i watch the news everyday and always know what is going on in the world
32.i am extremely close to both my mom and my dad

33.i hate my feet
34.i hate being alone
35.i love shopping and all things fashion
36.i love antiques
37.i am always planning something
38.i love learning new things
39.i love to read though rarely do it
40.i hate buying makeup
41.i love laughing with family and friends
42.i always wished i had green eyes
43.i usually have my money spent before i even have it (although i am getting better at saving!)
44.i love pajamas
45.i call estee's nurse about EVERYTHING!!!
46.i want peace
47.i really, really want this
48.i love art museums and exhibits
49.i think my sister is the funniest most beautiful person

50.i love las vegas
51.i love to sleep in
52.i am NOT a morning person
53.i love boating
54.i can play the flute
55.i love taking photos and capturing life
56.i want so badly to be close to my children
57.i want to learn to sew
58.i am hard to get to know
59.i love candy, my favorite being good and plenty
60.i love to cook
61.i hate to exercise
62.i want a better world for my children
63.i cant believe estee is mine (how did i get such a blessing?)
64.i am good at impressions :)
65.i love vanilla everything
66.i love to be challenged
67.i have such a love for my faith and strong rooted beliefs
68.i am impatient
69.i love a good movie
70.i am not matchy matchy at all, i love to mix color
71.i love the color green husband and i laugh all of the time
73.i never shop at walmart
74.i would go crazy without tivo
75.i love giving gifts
76.i am a night owl
77.i love to take baths
78.i never imagined that becoming a mother would change me like it has

79.i love reminiscing
80.i am extremely sentimental
81.i am grateful
82.i love pepsi
83.i love the summertime and warm weather
84.i am excited about the future
85.i have never broken a bone
86.i love printing my photos at home
87.i am really good at tony hawk on xbox
88.i love magazines
89.i love having a little girl

90.i love going to the town i grew up in
91.i am always pushing myself
92.i love seeing my husband and brother as fathers, my sister as an auntie, brother as unkie and mom and dad as grandparents
93.i am so excited to have a new baby
94.i am forgetful
95.i am unorganized
96.i love fondue
97.i love collections
98.i am obsessed with good frosting
99.i am so grateful to finally be feeling good again
100.i want to be better in so many aspects of life

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

I just loooove her...

she did not want her picture taken today... so this was the best I could do! I just love this petticoat skirt I got estee for Christmas, so you will definitely be seeing more of her in this!!!