Wednesday, December 12, 2007

He's Here!

I'll post the whole story soon, but for now, here is the story in brief:
After laboring off and on for four and a half days, including all night Tuesday night, December 4 into December 5, I awoke at 3:51am, realizing that my body had gone into "pushing mode." You know, you can't stop it at that point. I cried out to Chris, "This baby's coming NOW!" He jumped out of bed and called our midwife. While I worked through the next few contractions on the toilet, praying that I wouldn't have him right there, Chris set up the video camera and started to fill the birth pool. I didn't want to miss out on catching SOMETHING on video, and I figured if I didn't make it into the pool for the birth, at least I could sit in it afterward with the baby. Well, with Chris' help, I managed to make it into the pool before the last contraction. Ahhh, what relief! I broke my bag of waters to relieve some of the pressure, and then there was the top of his head. I said, "Chris, do you see the cord?" "No, just head!" Then, WHOOSH! Out came his whole body in one motion. I scooped up my baby into my arms and he began to cry lustily right away. I realized it was probably from the shock of coming out of that warm water, so I put his body back under the water, which calmed him down some. He pinked up very quickly. The midwife's assistant got there about four minutes after the birth, and the midwife just a couple minutes after that. All was fine, and we are loving having a new little one around. We named him Isaac James, and he weighed 7 lbs. 4 ozs. and was 19.5 inches long. He was born at 4:16am on Wednesday, December 5, 2007.

Well, you're probably thinking, "Whew! That was the short version?" Guess I got a little carried away. Hee-hee! Click on the pictures above for a closer look.

More pictures:

Big sister Chloe

Jack's turn

Kyle helps weigh Isaac

Peter checks the baby's heartbeat

Joseph's tender kisses

Big yawn for Kyle...or is he hungry?

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Very cool video

A friend sent me a link to this video, which I thought was so cool. It was done using white gloves and ultraviolet lights.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Funny eBay sale from mom of six

At the time I saw this auction on eBay, it was up to 44 bids for a total of $103.50. Soooo funny!

Please note: I did not write this hilarious episode. I merely copied it from eBay. (If only I had as great a sense of humor about my kids.)


I'm selling a bunch of Pokemon cards. Why? Because my kids sneaked them into my shopping cart while at the grocery store and I ended up buying them because I didn't notice they were there until we got home. How could I have possibly not noticed they were in my cart, you ask? Let me explain.

You haven’t lived until you’ve gone grocery shopping with six kids in tow. I would rather swim, covered in bait, through the English Channel, be a contestant on Fear Factor when they’re having pig brains for lunch, or do fourth grade math than to take my six kids to the grocery store. Because I absolutely detest grocery shopping, I tend to put it off as long as possible. There comes a time, however, when you’re peering into your fridge and thinking, ‘Hmmm, what can I make with ketchup, Italian dressing, and half an onion,’ that you decide you cannot avoid going to the grocery store any longer. Before beginning this most treacherous mission, I gather all the kids together and give them “The Lecture“.

“The Lecture“ goes like this…

MOM: “We have to go to the grocery store.”

KIDS: “Whine whine whine whine whine.“

MOM: “Hey, I don’t want to go either, but it’s either that or we’re eating cream of onion-ketchup soup and drinking Italian dressing for dinner tonight.”

KIDS: “Whine whine whine whine whine.“

MOM: “Now here are the rules: do not ask me for anything, do not poke the packages of meat in the butcher section, do not test the laws of physics and try to take out the bottom can in the pyramid shaped display, do not play baseball with oranges in the produce section, and most importantly, do not try to leave your brother at the store. Again.”

OK, the kids have been briefed. Time to go.

Once at the store, we grab not one, but two shopping carts. I wear the baby in a sling and the two little children sit in the carts while I push one cart and my oldest son pushes the other one. My oldest daughter is not allowed to push a cart. Ever. Why? Because the last time I let her push the cart, she smashed into my ankles so many times, my feet had to be amputated by the end of our shopping trip. This is not a good thing. You try running after a toddler with no feet sometime.

At this point, a woman looks at our two carts and asks me, “Are they all yours?” I answer good naturedly, “Yep!

“Oh my, you have your hands full.”

“Yes, I do, but it‘s fun!” I say smiling. I’ve heard all this before. In fact, I hear it every time I go anywhere with my brood.

We begin in the produce section where all these wonderfully, artistically arranged pyramids of fruit stand. There is something so irresistibly appealing about the apple on the bottom of the pile, that a child cannot help but try to touch it. Much like a bug to a zapper, the child is drawn to this piece of fruit. I turn around to the sounds of apples cascading down the display and onto the floor. Like Indiana Jones, there stands my son holding the all-consuming treasure that he just HAD to get and gazing at me with this dumbfounded look as if to say, “Did you see that??? Wow! I never thought that would happen!”

I give the offending child an exasperated sigh and say, “Didn’t I tell you, before we left, that I didn’t want you taking stuff from the bottom of the pile???”

“No. You said that you didn’t want us to take a can from the bottom of the pile. You didn’t say anything about apples.”

With superhuman effort, I resist the urge to send my child to the moon and instead focus on the positive - my child actually listened to me and remembered what I said!!! I make a mental note to be a little more specific the next time I give the kids The Grocery Store Lecture.

A little old man looks at all of us and says, “Are all of those your kids?”

Thinking about the apple incident, I reply, “Nope. They just started following me. I’ve never seen them before in my life.”

OK, now onto the bakery section where everything smells so good, I’m tempted to fill my cart with cookies and call it a day. Being on a perpetual diet, I try to hurry past the assortment of pies, cakes, breads, and pastries that have my children drooling. At this point the chorus of “Can we gets” begins.

“Can we get donuts?”


“Can we get cupcakes?”


“Can we get muffins?”


“Can we get pie?”


You’d think they’d catch on by this point, but no, they’re just getting started.

In the bakery, they’re giving away free samples of coffee cake and of course, my kids all take one. The toddler decides he doesn’t like it and proceeds to spit it out in my hand. (That’s what moms do. We put our hands in front of our children’s mouths so they can spit stuff into them. We’d rather carry around a handful of chewed up coffee cake, than to have the child spit it out onto the floor. I’m not sure why this is, but ask any mom and she’ll tell you the same.) Of course, there’s no garbage can around, so I continue shopping one-handed while searching for someplace to dispose of the regurgitated mess in my hand.

In the meat department, a mother with one small baby asks me, “Wow! Are all six yours?”

I answer her, “Yes, but I’m thinking of selling a couple of them.”

(Still searching for a garbage can at this point.)

Ok, after the meat department, my kids’ attention spans are spent. They’re done shopping at this point, but we aren’t even halfway through the store. This is about the time they like to start having shopping cart races. And who may I thank for teaching them this fun pastime? My seventh “child”, also known as my husband. While I’m picking out loaves of bread, the kids are running down the aisle behind the carts in an effort to get us kicked out of the store. I put to stop to that just as my son is about to crash head on into a giant cardboard cut-out of a Keebler elf stacked with packages of cookies.

Ah! Yes! I find a small trash can by the coffee machine in the cereal aisle and finally dump out the squishy contents of my hand. After standing in the cereal aisle for an hour and a half while the kids perused the various cereals, comparing the marshmallow and cheap, plastic toy content of each box, I broke down and let them each pick out a box. At any given time, we have twenty open boxes of cereal in my house.

As this is going on, my toddler is playing Houdini and maneuvering his little body out of the seat belt in an attempt to stand up in the cart. I’m amazed the kid made it to his second birthday without suffering a brain damaging head injury. In between trying to flip himself out of the cart, he sucks on the metal bars of the shopping cart. Mmmm, can you say “influenza”?

The shopping trip continues much like this. I break up fights between the kids now and then and stoop down to pick up items that the toddler has flung out of the cart. I desperately try to get everything on my list without adding too many other goodies to the carts.

Somehow I manage to complete my shopping in under four hours and head for the check-outs where my kids start in on a chorus of, “Can we have candy?” What evil minded person decided it would be a good idea to put a display of candy in the check-out lanes, right at a child’s eye level? Obviously someone who has never been shopping with children.

As I unload the carts, I notice many extra items that my kids have sneaked in the carts unbeknownst to me. I remove a box of Twinkies, a package of cupcakes, a bag of candy, and a can of cat food (we don’t even have a cat!). I somehow missed the box of Pokemon cards however and ended up purchasing them unbeknownst to me. As I pay for my purchases, the clerk looks at me, indicates my kids, and asks, “Are they all yours?”

Frustrated, exhausted from my trip, sick to my stomach from writing out a check for $289.53, dreading unloading all the groceries and putting them away and tired of hearing that question, I look at the clerk and answer her in my most sarcastic voice, “No. They’re not mine. I just go around the neighborhood gathering up kids to take to the grocery store because it’s so much more fun that way.”

So, up for auction is an opened (they ripped open the box on the way home from the store) package of Pokemon cards. There are 44 cards total. They're in perfect condition, as I took them away from the kiddos as soon as we got home from the store. Many of them say "Energy". I tried carrying them around with me, but they didn't work. I definitely didn't have any more energy than usual. One of them is shiny. There are a few creature-like things on many of them. One is called Pupitar. Hee hee hee Pupitar! (Oh no! My kids' sense of humor is rubbing off on me!) Anyway, I don't there's anything special about any of these cards, but I'm very much not an authority on Pokemon cards. I just know that I'm not letting my kids keep these as a reward for their sneakiness.

Shipping is FREE on this item. Insurance is optional, but once I drop the package at the post office, it is no longer my responsibility. For example, if my son decides to pour a bottle of glue into the envelope, or my daughter spills a glass of juice on the package, that’s my responsibility and I will fully refund your money. If, however, I take the envelope to the post office and a disgruntled mail carrier sets fire to it, a pack of wild dogs rip into it, or a mail sorting machine shreds it, it’s out of my hands, so you may want to add insurance. I will leave feedback for you as soon as I’ve received your payment. I will be happy to combine shipping on multiple items won within three days. This comes from a smoke-free, pet-free, child-filled home. Please ask me any questions before placing your bid. Happy bidding! :)

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Family Portrait

Taken June 2007.

Kyle is 11, Chloe is almost 10, Jack is 6.5, Joseph is 3.5, Peter is 18 mos., Chris is 39.5 and I am 38. :)

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

A different look at the same template

This is the same Kissed Studio Template but used for a Bren Boone Color Challenge. This picture of Chloe was taken back in 2002 when she was only five. Wow, time flies!

Credits: Template by Kissed Studio, paper by Kirsty Wiseman called Chili Pepper Blossoms, metal alpha by Stacy Kluczny (can you tell I like that one?), Beaded Brads by Bren Boone (say that five times fast), swirls by KariQ, and the fonts are China Cat, Budmo Jiggler and Saeculum.

Sunday, April 15, 2007

I love Joseph

Of course, I love all of my children. That's just the name of my latest layout.

Credits: template by Kissed Studio, papers (slightly recolored) and some page elements by Miss Vivi from the Kit Denim, gold stiches from the A Second Story to Tell Kit by Meryl Bartho at Digital Scrapbook Place, Chrome Brad by Anna Benjamin at Paper Moons (from her Cozy Kitchen Kit), metal alpha by Stacy Kluczny at Fonts: I hate Comic Sans and Destroy (do I detect a theme?)

I really had fun with this layout!

Thursday, April 12, 2007

New layout

I was finally able to put together a layout for Nancy Comelab's blog challenge. The idea for this came in the wee hours of this morning.

Credits: Paper is Little Lamb by Jen Wilson, photo frame by Katie Pertiet, photo (recolored) by Woodsy from Stock.Xchng, tape by IOD, font is Jane Austen, floral overlay behind photo is a recolored stamp called Majestic Floral by Lisa Whitney. Scraplifted from the last layout on Nancy's blog challenge.

Friday, April 6, 2007

Super Jack

Thought I'd post a few of the recent layouts I've done. I used another of the kissedstudio templates for this one. I hadn't done a layout just for Jack yet, so I thought I would this time. We went bowling for the first time as a family back in January and took Chris' new camera. Jack enjoyed coming up with some fun poses for us. Since it was a flash shot, I thought I'd have the shadows in the layout look like they were from flash lighting. The layout's a little busier than I think I like, but I like the lighting effect.

Papers and elements: True Colors Kit by Lori Wiley, Be My Valentine Kit by Lisa Whitney, Beautiful Mess Kit by Lisa Whitney, Spring Arrows by Agnieszka (slightly recolored)
Fonts: Calvin & Hobbes, Bowl-a-Rama, Lauren C. Brown

And a couple more recent layouts I've done. These two of Chloe were done for a challenge posted on Pink Poodle Studios.



And, lastly, I'm posting this layout of Peter I did about a month ago after I did my first photo extraction using, a free program similar to PhotoShop. Photo cluster by Nancy Comelab at My Digital Muse. Fonts: Porcelain, Artistamp Medium

Well, that's about all for now. Enjoy! :)

Thursday, March 29, 2007

First layout for my new blog

The gals at have been so sweet to start providing FotoFusion templates for us FotoFusers. This is my first attempt at using one.

I'll come back later and add the credits. I'm out of time right now.

Updated: Credits

There's a party goin' on

I have joined the party! Click below to join it, too!

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It won't last much longer, though--just through March 31. Get in on it now! :)

My first freebie!

These are some papers I came up with while trying out a technique described by Misty Cato. I hope someone can use these. As everyone else says, I'd love to see a how you used them. Send me a link to your layout! I welcome constructive criticism. Please let me know if the link doesn't work, too.

UPDATE: I think I have fixed the link to the papers. Sharp learning curve here, folks. :) Let me know if it still doesn't work.