I am updating this baby!
Especially for Kay, who so faithfully checks in :) (and who is likely to give up hope entirely if I don't get a few pics up here!!)
It's been one of those months where I kept thinking...someone pinch me...this can't be real! But indeed it has all been very real and wonderful (well aside from last week when Addie and I had the stomach flu....her puking all night and me wishing and praying I would just puke already (thinking it would make the yuck feeling go away.)
I spent the first two weeks of March in SEATTLE!!!! (a serious pinch me moment since we were just there in December) And I don't want to sound to over the top....but....I got to fly FIRST CLASS all the way from London to Seattle (you know...that section way up front with the FULL UP BEDS and open fully stocked bar (not that I cared about the bar....I don't drink alcohol on planes, but it did give it a very fancy feel....all that top shelf booze just open for everyone to pour at their leisure.)
I went to Seattle for two very special births. First, my niece Kate, arrived a few days after I got there. I got to be with my sister-in-law, brother, mom, and sister-in-law's Mom and sister in the delivery room. Witnessing Kate join the world was one of the most (if not the most) amazing experience of my life. (much better than having to go through it myself :) ). I honestly can't describe the total all consuming joy and amazement of the experience. And I do have to say, Trish was as SUPER STAR....I mean A*M*A*Z*I*N*G.
Gosh, enough already...PHOTOS!!!!
*all taken at the hospital when she was about 18 hours old.
Baby Kate has the most gorgeous skin of any baby I have ever seen...really just rosy and pink and perfect!!!
My Pencil Lines layout this week is all about Baby Kate
*i took the "Kate only" pics when she was five days old....Trish took the one of Kate and I when she was a week old.
Now really....another pinch is in order......one of my best friends since the beginning of time also had a baby while I was there. He was almost two weeks late and only arrived the night before I had to come back home, but, again...SO AMAZING! He's called Hank and is such a darling little man....with more blond (super blond) hair than I have ever seen on a new born. I am going to save my pictures of him b/c they are on a "layout in progress."
Since I've been back, it's been full tilt, on the go! Being away really made me realize how much I cherish the everyday aspects of being a mom....those big long cuddles with the kids in the mornings (and Addie stroking my face and saying "I love you so much mommy"...she does that three or four times every single morning!!) and my other favorite..... the big "pick up and twirl around" hugs when I meet Dean at his classroom door every afternoon. I think being away for a spell makes everything look rosy and sunny and fresh. The trick is, making sure to keep noticing and cherishing all those things that make life so remarkable!
One more "Seattle big"...another one of my dear friends, Jennifer, got engaged on Valentine's Day. She is getting married next June and is having Dean and Addie in the wedding.....how cute with Dean be in a tux and Addie as a little flower girl!!
I have been scrapbooking and creating like CRAZY!! I have so many classes coming up and The Scrap Review is now in full swing....not to mention all the Pencil Lines work. I've been in a groove with it, so it's been fun and rewarding.
I taught at Your Touch of Craft's first workshop today and it was awesome. Amanda and Sara pulled out all the stops to make a great day for everyone. It was a cool group of ladies....some that I have known for a long time, but haven't seen in ages....so fun to catch up with them! I am waiting on some pics from Dawn and then should have lots to share!!
My first article at The Scrap Review went life last week. Here is a teaser...but you will have to get over to the site to really check it out!
I will leave you with this picture of Dean (about the only picture I have taken since getting back home....well aside from all the scrapbooking/project pictures!)
And don't give up on this blog yet....who knows...I might really become a regular again...OH and I still have Spike's party (and all the pictures) I still have to share with you!