Memories from January 28th, 1997.

-My water suddenly breaking at 33 weeks.
-Me getting back into bed pretending my water had not, indeed, broken. (Good thing I was low fluid, eh? Ewwwwwwww!)
-Just how quickly Tim sat up wide awake when I said (about 20 minutes later) "Uh, honey, I think my water broke."
-How convinced I was that I was going to look like an idiot... be one of "those" women who have the "I think my water broke scare at 1:00 a.m.". (And yes, I now know it doesn't matter a bit if you are one of "those" women!)
-How I told Tim he owed me IHOP on the way home if I was going to look like an idiot at Labory and Delivery.
-How utterly shocked I was when then nurse held up the strip and told me "Oh, yes, it DID break!"
-Calling my mother to tell her baby was coming.
-Tim's mom bringing us the CD player so I could listen to music.
-Watching BirdCage with Tim trying to keep my mind off the pain.
-Finally getting scared when the nurse told us the helicopter transport team was on stand-by to whisk baby away to Dallas. What?!
-Finding out that pitocin is evil.
-Finding out that epidurals are the best freaking thing in the world...until they wear off.
-Lalo's "Cheers" sweater.
-Tim being an outstanding labor coach when I needed him. (This ended up being his only chance to be labor coach.)
-Hearing Tim say "It's a TORI!"
-Staring at this tiny perfect pink little girl, just a hair under 5 pounds and being totally in love.

Forgot to add:

This weekend DigiScrapDivas is having a ReDesign Grand Re-Opening kinda thing going on. I'm hosting a chat Saturday at 9 pm EST. So if you are interested in joining in be sure to check it out. Hope to see you there!

Tori's birthday will be here soon! And so will her adorable present. She asked me for one thing only. I just wish I had some boots and a hat for her!

Tori plans to save up all her birthday cash to buy herself Nikki the new American Girl Doll of the Year.

Made a layout with the new DivaDuos's kit by Kim Hill and Sue Jones. Isn't little TJ just so stinking cute?

Tommy has an appointment at the doctor's in a bit. I'm sure he has bronchitis... again. So we're going to get on meds and feeling better.

Tonight, if Tommy feels up to it, we're going to the museum for Member Night. It'll be fun.

Have a great Friday. Talk to you soon :D

edited to add: Yep, bronchitis... sinus infection... etc. Off to get meds.

Happy Thursday.

Tommy is home today due to a croupy cough. Fun. I have TONS to get done. TONS.

We had a nice dinner with Tim's parents at The Oyster House on the Causeway. TJ cried pretty hard when we left to head home. Poor kid.

He had a sorta rough afternoon as it was. He goes to the opthomologist every 6 monhts right now. (Better than every three months like it used to be!). He had his eyes dilated which he REALLY hates. But he weathered it all very well. The appointment was a bit of a head scratcher for us. I mentioned I had seen crossing now and again with the glasses on and often when he took them off. Sure enough during the exam the doctor noted that focusing up close was indeed becoming a problem but that 'he was controlling the eye's desire to turn inward'. So, we thought we'd be upping his script to the max he would tolerate. But found upon further examing that his eyes were actually preferring a slightly (ever so slightly) weaker script.


So, we discussed bifocals (color me silly I had NO idea kids could wear them... that was a 'duh' moment) and other options. Doc said he preferred to drag his feet as long as possible in putting him in bifocals. The eyes are teaming well and his reading is doing ok. So, we opted to leave everything as is. I asked if we were looking at repeat surgery and he said 'no' at this point. Hooooray!

So now today I'm hoping to clean bathrooms, vaccuum, and get things together for some fun CT things I have coming up Saturday.

I managed to finish up a layout last night using next month's DSD incentive kit "Sweeter than Candy". Can't show you though... it's not been released yet!

Well, off to get 200 things done. Everyone be well.

New Layout

New layout with a picture from this weekend (see post below) made using Kim's newest kit.

Weekend Fun

It was a laid back weekend but we still had lots of stuff going on.

Friday I totally messed up the dates. I thought it was Members' Night at The Gulf Coast Exploreum. We had plans to meet Tim, have dinner out and then enjoy a night at the museum. LUCKILY, Tori noticed the date on the invitation prior to us driving to Mobile for nothing! Oooooops.

Saturday the kids got to go to one of their favorite places: Paint 'n Parrot to celebrate Jenny's fifth birthday.

Tori ended up spending the night with one of her friends Saturday night. So we took the boys to Mobile for Burritos and the joys of Sam's.

Sunday was overcast and muggy. Yuck. I decided to give a new recipe a try from a show Tim and I watched this past week. It turned out pretty good. I think I'll adapt it to our regular recipe we use though. It was a lot more work than you would think! One of the secrets was to chop up all the veggies in a food grinder to the consistency of baby food. Kids never knew they were in there. Bwhahahahaha!

Tagliatelle Bolognese
from Tyler Florence

2 ounces dried porcini mushrooms, wiped of grit
1/4 pound pancetta or slab bacon, finely chopped
1 medium onion, finely chopped
2 celery stalks, finely chopped
2 carrots, finely chopped
5 garlic cloves, minced
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
2 bay leaves
2 sprigs rosemary
1 pound ground pork
1 pound ground beef
2 cups milk
1 (28-ounce) can diced tomatoes
2 cups dry red wine
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 pound dry tagiatelle pasta
Freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano, for serving
1 handful fresh basil leaves
Fresh ricotta cheese

Reconstitute the mushrooms in boiling water for 20 minutes until tender, drain and coarsely chop.
Puree the mushrooms, pancetta, onion, celery stalks, carrots, garlic, together in a blender.

In a heavy bottom pot add olive oil, bay leaves, herbs and cook gently until fragrant, then add vegetable puree and continue to cook for a further 5 to 10 minutes.

Raise the heat a bit and add the ground pork and beef; brown until the meat is no longer pink, breaking up the clumps with a wooden spoon. Add the milk and simmer until the liquid is evaporated, about 10 minutes. Carefully pour in the tomatoes, and wine and season with salt and pepper. Bring the sauce to a boil, then lower the heat and cover. Slowly simmer for 1 1/2 to 2 hours, stirring now and then, until the sauce is very thick. Taste again for salt and pepper.
When you are ready to serve, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil, add the pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until tender yet firm (as they say in Italian "al dente"). Drain the pasta well and toss with the Bolognese sauce.
Serve with a good scoop of fresh ricotta cheese and garnish with some shredded basil, grated Parmigiano and a drizzle of olive oil.

Plenty of sauce left over for lasgana in a week or so. Yummy.

Well, it's a rainy Monday around here. Everyone have a fabulous week!


Can you spot him? Hint: Dead center.

Wedding layout

Kate and Cody. You're on the blog!

There was a call out for wedding layouts. So I just HAD to use some of Kate/Cody's fabulous (stunning) wedding photos. I went for a more masculine layout... I was thinking for a guy's desk.

So, what do you think? Everything by Amber Clegg.

Removed for Publication... it'll be back later, I promise!!

I think I might change the date stamp in the corner. Oh, get the little hint, by the way? Thinking for a guy, figured I had better include the date :D And yes, I know all the men in OUR family would never forget an anniversary. Just a generalization in the gist of 'selling' to an editor. No worries!

So, DSD has a new owner. The transition has gone wonderfully, I'm happy to say. The site still has that small town feel that I love. Starting this week challenges will be posted on the 1st and 16th of each month. So scoot on over and check out my new challenge already!

I created this layout for this round:

Tori informed me that it was "good". She pointed out that very little has changed now that she's older. You do realize she will be TEN this year? Well, nothing has changed she said, except that she does NOT like violin now. Anyone need a used violin?

Kids are back in school today. Tuesday is my day to work at the K1Center. So I need to get the heck outta here.

Hope everyone has a fabulous week. See you soon!

Tommy's preschool had Fairytale Day last week. He was, obviously, the little mouse from "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie". I was had a slightly tearful mommy moment when I realized this little costume probably won't get used again. We originally made it for TJ when he was one of the Three Blind Mice for Fairytale Day back in 2005. Then TJ used it in Kindergarten for "Storybook Day" (he was the cookie mose too). Tommy used it 2006 for preschool and was the "mouse that ran up the clock".

I guess we got some pretty good use out of a little sweatshirt and some felt strategically sewn on?!

I called Nikon today totally expecting Nikon to blow me off. I expected to hang up and have one whopper of a head ache... and no camera.

I don't know what's up 100% yet. BUT the customer service guy, Rick, did indeed find the service order number for me. It's been in the repair area since November 1st.

So... happy, happy, joy, joy!!!

The camera has been found.

In celebration... a layout made using the January DSD Mega Kit.

AWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW! Isn't Baby Tommy SO sweet? I love this picture taken when he was just a few minutes old.

Me! How cool is that?

Check out Digital Artist Magazine this month. I have a little interview in there! To see the whole thing you'll have to pick it yourself!

It looks to be a lazy post Mass Sunday around here. Always a good thing...

Obviously I'm getting some scrapping done. Life is quiet now. Not much to blog about. Sorry for being so boring! :D

I'll have some exciting stuff later... maybe.

We had a nice laid back day over at a friend's house. Tim had to work, but eventually joined us for the last 2.5 hours. The kids ran around and played all day while the grownups just hung out and had a few adult beverages. Trivial Pursuit 80's Edition took WAY too many hours. Luckily for Jane and eventually Tim joined our team which, of course, quickly moved us to the winner's circle. Go Tim! ;)

Today all the kids have different playdates. I'm trying to catch up laundry and clean a bit.

I'm working on drafting up my resolutions for 2007. :D

Tim and I are playing around with the idea of getting our own place down the line. I'd hate to give up this location but I think we need to have our very own place. Sharing is MUCH harder than you would think. We will be staying in Fairhope, of course. So no HUGE changes. I'm applying for a few remote telecommuting jobs at this point. I'd really like something where I can be part of the school experience for the kids. And I never want them to do after school care etc. Out of the question. Something will come up. I am sure of it.

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and enjoy a blessed New Year.

Catch you later!

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