Thursday, June 28, 2012

The One with Baby Jane's Shower

My dear, sweet friends threw Baby Jane a shower last night. I got this sparkly sweater from H&M in Washington in April and finally had a good excuse to wear it! No, it's not maternity, but whatevs, it kinda sorta fits :)
Ahhhhh, I love the decorations and the set up! It's perfect!
Erica dipped these doilies in food coloring and dangled them on the wall and from the ceiling.
Cheryl made these delicious cupcakes.
Lindsay made the cookies and Veronica brought the fruit to make fruit pizzas - they were so good!
Jenny supplied the dishes and tablewear and made the take-home treat for guests which are in a different pic. It all came together perfectly! I could have cried :)
Edible pearls! 

The fruit cancels out all the sugar right?!?
Gal pals.
Jane is going to be the best dressed baby girl ever :)
I carried my loot down to the parking lot in the Bybee's awesome grocery cart.
I took more than my fair share of Jenny's pretzel rods - my fave!
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Thanks so much girls for coming! I had a lovely evening.
Yesterday was the 27th of June, my due date is July 27th, so just one month to go! Although I won't complain one bit if she decides to come today!

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

The One with June 2012 American Crafts Layouts

I sat down to scrap and Fox was being such a good boy playing with his toys (that NEVER happens!) that I was able to get a record four pages done in a day!
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Journaling says: Every year keeps getting better and better! I love my life and my family and my jobs and my pets :)

How to: Trace a plate onto cardstock then use an Xacto knife to cut it into triangle wedges. Cover each wedge with strips of patterned paper. Adhere the wedges back into a circle on a pink cardstock layout base, removing one of the wedges so there can be a little gap between each piece. Drop dark blue spray mist across the top right and bottom left corners then embellish with butterflies punched from dark blue patterned paper, jewels, and pearls. Adhere a photo to the middle and frame the left and right edges with scalloped borders punched from white cardstock. Create a layered embellishment from a round die cut, pinwheel, number stickers, and a baker's twine bow. Write journaling a journaling spot, place the year using number stickers on a label sticker, and group them all on the bottom right side.

Supplies: Cardstock, patterned paper, stickers (journaling spot, label, numbers, pinwheel), round die cut, pen, adhesive: American Crafts; Baker's twine: The Twinery; Pearls, jewels: K & Company; Spray mist: Studio Calico; Punches: American Crafts (scalloped border), Martha Stewart Crafts (butterflies); Sewing machine: Brother; Thread: Coats & Clark
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DJ FOX

Journaling says: We put Chris' massive headphones on Fox to see what he'd do and he LOVED them! He walked around like he was so cool so we call him DJ Fox.

How to: Die cut three large stars from a white cardstock background. Trace the cut out stars onto scrap cardstock and cut them out slightly larger. Cover each scrap star with wedges of patterned paper then adhere them behind the layout. Sew around each star to secure them in place. Layer a large and small photo (the same one) on the bottom right corner. Die cut stars from kraft cardstock, stitch around some of them, and adhere one on each patterned paper star, create the title on another, write journaling on one, and stamp the date on another. Adhere the kraft stars on the layout as shown. Top the kraft stars on the patterned paper stars with a large button. Drop brown spray mist on the corners then embellish the mist with star confetti punched from white cardstock.

Supplies: Cardstock, patterned paper, letter stickers, date stamp, pen, adhesive: American Crafts; Buttons: Crate Paper; Star confetti punch: Martha Stewart Crafts; Spray mist: Studio Calico; Ink: StazOn; Sewing machine: Brother; Thread: Coats & Clark; Die cut machine (Cameo), software (Silhouette): QuicKutz
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 SANTA BABY

Journaling says: I thought there was going to be a super long line to see Santa so we go there super early. Turns out we were the only ones. Fox climbed right up onto Santa's lap, they snapped this one pictures, and that was that!

How to: Cut 36 triangles from different pieces of green patterned paper and cardstock then adhere them in a Christmas tree shape on a vintage sheet music paper background. Add a brown woodgrain paper tree trunk and embellish the tree with brads of all varieties, buttons, pearls, and jewels as shown. Place a photo on the right side and create a title at the top. Die cut three snowflakes from kraft cardstock, adhere them on the layout, then outline them with silver glitter glue. Once the glitter glue is dry, journal around two of the snowflakes and top them with chipboard snowflakes.

Supplies: Cardstock, glitter paper, patterned paper, brads (fabric, glitter, holly, jewel, pearl), buttons, chipboard (elf, letters, snowflakes), letter stickers, number rub ons, pen, adhesive: American Crafts; Jewels, pearls: K & Company; Glitter glue: Ranger; Sewing machine: Brother; Thread: Coats & Clark; Die cut machine (Cameo), software (Silhouette): QuicKutz
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I LOVE SEATTLE

Journaling says: Whenever I go home we always have to take a trip into Seattle to eat at Mae Phim, wander around Pike Place, and shop at Pacific Place. I feel like such a tourist in my own city!

How to: Die cut a Seattle skyline from cardstock, place it at the bottom of a ledger paper background, spray over it with aqua mist, remove the template, then stitch around the skyline using yellow floss. Adhere lots of little photos across the top half of the layout then embellish around them with lots of stickers. Create a title and write journaling on the bottom.

Supplies: Patterned paper, fabric brad, stickers (arrows, borders, circles, cloud, flowers, letters, sentiments), date stamp, pen, adhesive: American Crafts; Floss: DMC; Spray mist: Studio Calico; Ink: StazOn; Die cut machine (Cameo), software (Silhouette): QuicKutz
 Until next month, or maybe sooner if I get the mojo!

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

The One with Eric's 24th Birthday

What are little brothers for if not to dress them up in pretty costumes, share embarrassing photos, and otherwise humiliate publicly :)
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And of course, my most favorite video of Eric of all time which I swear I post every year.

It's funny how many of the things Eric mentions have now come true.

In all seriousness though, Eric is the goofiest, funniest, most random guy on the face of the planet and he is lucky enough to have an eternal companion who can put up with his silly ways. 
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I'm so proud of him - he just graduated from BYU and moved back to Redmond, Washington of all places so he can start a super great job at Microsoft. I may be a little jealous :)

Happy birthday Eric - ya done good!

Monday, June 25, 2012

The One with A Week in Instagrams

Since I always have my phone with me, it has become my main source of photo-taking. What have we been up to lately? My phone can tell you! Or rather, show you.

There are two houses in the streets behind our apartment that constantly have commercials filmed in their front yard or innards. On this particular day at "the house with the red door" they were filming a Toyota commercial. You can see the bright red car parked on the front lawn. So keep a weather eye out for that commercial!
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Just a few days later there was ANOTHER commercial filmed at the same "house with the red door". I once met a film location scout on an airplane and she said that the house owners are usually compensated with one month's mortgage. So in just a matter of a week these people got two months of their mortgage taken care of. Must be nice! Anyway, on this day the were filming a Wendy's commercial. There was a fake yard sale set up all over the front lawn. I'm not sure what a yard sale has to do with fast food... only time will tell! They even brought in bird-noise specialists to control the "Parrots of Pasadena" because the birds like to flock in the palm trees on the grassy center knoll in the middle of this neighborhood. What do bird-noise specialists do exactly? They had two hawks in really small enclosed and dark boxes (super sad) that they'd fly around to scare away the parrots if they made noise. It was indeed pin-needle quiet all day. I was afraid the parrots wouldn't come back cuz they'd be too scared, but sure enough, they were back the next morning ready to squawk the day away!
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At the other house that always gets filmed at (which also just so happens to be my favorite house in all of South Pasadena), their front lawn had been "pink flamingoed." I don't know what it means or the point of it, but Fox thought they were pretty cool. Or did he?...
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Jane's room is coming along! I placed all the frames and mirrors and canvases in the order I wanted them, snapped this pic, and then I had fun decorating/spray painting/artifying them all. The wall is now complete so the full reveal will be soon.
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Every late May/early June the jacaranda trees sprout beautiful purple flowers. Marengo Street in South Pasadena is particularly stunning with both sides lined with these trees. So pretty!
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Fox drinking from the sprinkler. That, or he's copying what I look like during my first trimester hunched over the toilet...
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Fox and Daddy riding Dumbo when we went to Disneyland an hour early last week.
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Best buds! I love that Fox gets to have a doggy to grow up and play with. 
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This morning Fox was running around being silly and he slammed his bedroom door. The mirror on the other side came crashing down and shattered into a million pieces. Does this mean we have seven years of bad luck coming our way? I sure hope not!
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That's it in a nutshell!

Friday, June 22, 2012

The One with Heaven is Here

Do you read Nie Nie?
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I was living in Utah and had just started up my own blog when I came across a few other blogs with posts about a woman who had just barely survived a plane crash - one of my biggest fears. Turns out I'm actually named after one of her sisters - Page - since my mom was her Beehive advisor or something along those lines (still waiting to hear back from you Malm to confirm or deny this :) - updated: confirmed! )
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I read on my cousin Sara Jayne's blog her smashing review of Nie Nie's book and so I got it for my mom for Mother's Day.
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She whizzed right through it. My dad even read it, but thought it was a little sappy :) I told my mom I wanted to read it after they were finished.

 I got it in the mail yesterday.
I finished it today.
It's that good.


Sara Jayne wrote better than I can how I feel about the book, so I'm copying and pasting:
Stephanie Nielson describes in detail her life before, during, and after a devastating plane crash that left her body 80% burned. 
Her descriptions of the accident and recovery are heavy...hard to read but I could not stop.
My favorite thing about the book is that it is a real life love story.
Stephanie and Mr. Nielson (as she calls him) met, fell in love, and were married by the time she was like 19 years old.
All she wanted her entire life was to have a family of her own.
Stephanie and Mr. Nielson went through an unimaginable nightmare together.
Can you imagine literally being burned alive?
One of my biggest fears.
Instead of harvesting blame and anger their love and respect for each other grew and they came out of their trial even more in love than before, despite their majorly changed and disfigured physical appearances.
Being LDS I also enjoyed reading her words about the Church. 
She didn't come off preachy at all, she simply stated what she believed in a 'take it or leave it' kind of way.
I was constantly wondering what people who aren't LDS thought of it all.
The only thing that I didn't like about the book is that I was sad when it was over.
Make sure you have a tissue handy with this one.
For realsies.

Thanks for the book recommendation SJ - and if anyone wants to borrow "my" copy - please do because I want to discuss it ad nauseum!

Thursday, June 21, 2012

The One with Early Entry to Disneyland

Along the lines of yesterday's post - another thing I'm SO grateful for is our proximity to Disneyland! Fox loves it, I love it, Chris loves it - win win win all around! I realize that some people don't even get to go once in an entire lifetime, so I am very very very thankful for the opportunity to live so close by. A few weeks ago I got an email from Disneyland with a special offer for annual passholders to enter the park an hour early, all we had to do was pick a date. That date was today! We set our alarms for 5am... when I know that I have to wake up early to an alarm, I don't sleep well. Thanks for that one Dald :) We were out the door before even the crows were up. 
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After a quick dash down the 5 we made it to Disneyland and ran, or rather, walked briskly to avoid being yelled at, to the tram. 
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We got to the park and were ushered to the cast members handing out special wristbands.
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It was so empty!
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Now, had I taken a picture of the entrance to California Adventure, that'd be a different story. People are going nuts over the new Cars Land! The lines to get into the park at 6:30am, even when it didn't open until 8am, were outrageous. 

Once we got in we dashed down Main Street. It was so awesome to see it so bare. 
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Hello Walt and Mickey!
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Bye Walt and Mickey!

What's this? Did they get married at Disneyland?!?!
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I wonder how much that costs and how it's done? Pretty cool!

Our plan of action: Hit up all the rides in Fantasyland cuz goodness knows those lines get long fast once the park opens. 
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We got RIGHT ON Peter Pan! That's a first! And it was awesome!
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We bopped around from kiddie-ride to kiddie-ride and Chris took Fox on a couple rides that I would never go on in this state of pregnancy; like Dumbo and the Mad Tea Party.
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All I could see was the top of Fox's head. It was so cute. Plus they were the ONLY ones on the ride - rad!
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One more spinny ride - King Arthur's Carousel:
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It's that time of year - watch for crossing ducks and ducklings!
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While Chris went on the newly re-opened Matterhorn, I took Fox on Nemo. 
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We had the entire submarine to ourselves! Seriously!
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Once we got off Nemo the park had officially opened and the crowds were pouring in. We ran back to Fantasyland to go on the couple of rides that didn't open until 8 like Storybook Land Canal Boats. It took every ounce of Chris's being to not yell "Go Cougs!" to the family we shared the boat with... 
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After finishing up with Fantasyland we headed over to Adventureland. Do you remember my friend Katie and the YouTube video of her daughter Lily when she found out they were going to Disneyland?
The video went viral and now has over 9 million views! TODAY they arrived at Disneyland and get to stay in the Dream Suite:
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I am soooo jealous :)

Cool light.
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One of my favorite parts of Disneyland is all the pretty flowers. Take time to stop and smell the roses!
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Singing and livin' it up in New Orleans Square!
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The Haunted Mansion doesn't look so scary with the big beautiful blue skies and sun shining on it!
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There were posters and what not everywhere advertising the new Disney/Pixar movie Brave. Princess Merida was in the house taking pictures and signing autograph books.
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Mountain climbers climbing on the Matterhorn. Now that'd be a fun job!
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The best family pic I got:
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All-in-all, we went on 20 rides in 4 hours. That's pretty amazing! 
We have tickets for early entry to California Adventure in a few weeks, we can't wait!