Monday, June 29, 2009

Sad news

Mike got a call from the National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP) today as a 6-month follow-up to his bone marrow donation. They follow up regularly to make sure Mike doesn't have any long-lasting effects from the procedure. The kids and I have prayed for the man who received his bone marrow every day since we found out Mike would be donating. Just last night I prayed that we would get an update. They told us we would be updated quarterly, so I knew it was about time. During Mike's follow-up call today we found out that the man who got his bone marrow died. Apparently he got pneumonia in April and died from that. We don't know much more than that, but it is likely his immune system was still suppressed from the transplant. We will continue to keep his family in our prayers. I may even try to send a card to let them know how sorry we are and that we've been praying for all of them. Regardless of this outcome, we are still glad we did what we could and would probably do it again. I can't remember if I mentioned in previous posts, but Mike has been called as a possible marrow match three times, but ended up being the best match just once - so far. With that kind of record it seems possible we may go down this path again.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

New Blog Format

Well, what do you think? If you're reading my blog through blogger or getting an email of this post, click over to my blog and let me know what you think of my new blog layout. Who knows, I may even give away some blog candy, so be sure to leave a comment and let me know what you think.

ETA: I got a couple of comments that the light pink type was too hard to read. By some miracle, I was able to figure out how to edit the new template to darken it. Hopefully it looks better. Let me know!

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Teacher Gifts

At the last minute I put together some sets of cards to give to a couple of my kids' teachers as a thank-you gift at the end of the school year. I still had a few pieces of the retired Summer Picnic paper with the apples on it. I've seen several people use it for teacher gifts and I thought it would be perfect. Here's what I came up with.
I made the boxes from one sheet of Real Red card stock and a strip of the Summer Picnic paper. I attached some of the double stitched grosgrain ribbon with some giant brads. Each box held 8 cards and 8 envelopes.
I wanted these to be generic so that the teachers can use them for any occasion, so I didn't put any sentiments on them. I embossed the apples on the punched out image for a little more interest. I think they really liked them. Both of the teachers who received them insisted they wouldn't ever use any of them! ACK! I told them to use all but one of each design and just save one if they had to!

We're gearing up for another Latenightstampers blog tour, so be sure to check back soon. We also just got back from a week's vacation at one of the most beautiful places on earth. I'll also be back soon to share some pictures from our trip.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Baxter

I told you all a while back about our precious new little guy. We did end up going with Baxter for his name. Not only did it receive the most votes from all of you, by far, it was also my favorite. I pulled the "I'm home with him all day, I get to choose the name" card. He's so precious and fun and the boys absolutely love him. Here are some pictures of our sweet little guy. Thanks for stopping by.

The down-side of having a white puppy - he gets FILTHY!!! I had to bathe him twice in the first week we had him. Once for digging in the mud and once for playing in the garage. This is after the garage incident. He was so dirty!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

More May Ladies' Night Out Projects

There were a couple of projects from my May Ladies' Night Out meeting that I haven't shared with you yet, and I have a few other crafty things I did that I didn't get posted, so I thought I'd pop in and show you some crafty goodness.

I did a card similar to this last year for Father's Day, but this year I used the Parisian Breeze Designer Paper and Baja Breeze for the card base. All of my Ladies' Night Out gals got to make this card last month.
The bonus project for May was this pocket card using the Walk in the Park designer paper and the pennant die for the big shot. I'm sure you all noticed (*wink*) that I messed up the sentiment. :O) Just goes to show you, if I can demo this stuff, anyone can!
I'm REALLY going to miss these in-colors next year. I'm hoping to get my new catalog on Monday, but so far things haven't been going as planned and I'm not sure when it's going to arrive.

I also had a couple of graduation cards to make for some cousins. This is what I came up with. I needed one card for a guy and one for a girl, so I felt like this was gender-neutral enough that I could use it for both.
One last project - Stampin' Up! announced some fun new pop-up dies recently. My girlfriend, Carrie, got the pop-up cake die and she came over and we made a couple of these. SO FUN!!


You use the die to cut out the pieces for the pop-up cake and then just add some decorative strips for the outside of each layer. Although I took this picture before I closed my card, the cake folds in half when you close the card and then it pops back up when you open it. This moved right to the top of my wish-list after I used it. What a fun surprise. I just know my kids' friends would LOVE to receive a card like this. Heck! MY friends would love to receive a card like this!

Well, along with my new catalog, I'm going to receive some new preview stamp sets and accessories, so I'll try to share those in the next few days. Until then, happy stamping!

Monday, June 8, 2009

Susan G. Komen For the Cure

In Boise, the Race for the Cure is always held on the 2nd Saturday of May every year. The Thursday before, the local affiliate holds a Survivor Dinner. It's a wonderful event that gives special recognition to breast cancer survivors in our community. I go with my mom, a 10-year survivor, every year. This year was no exception.

The event is a beautiful celebration. This year was especially special for my mom and I was so glad that I was there to share in her celebration. Here's a picture of my mom and me at the dinner, and a picture of the room where dinner was held. They also hold silent and live auctions to raise money for Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
My mom volunteers at the Susan Komen office on Tuesday every week. Then during the month before the race, they hire her full-time to work there while they prepare for all of the events that take place the week of the race. This year, they honored my mom with a volunteer award. She and I were both so surprised. I'm sure I cried more than she did. I was so, so proud of her and everything she does for this amazing organization. Seeing her recognized for all of her hard work was overwhelming to both of us. Here she is with her award.
The keynote speaker this year was Gold Medal Olympian Kristen Armstrong. She's a Boise native and she still lives and trains here. She won the Gold Medal at the Beijing Olympics for the cycling time trial. Her speech was so inspiring. I think my mom gets a copy of it on DVD and I'm going to have to borrow it and listen to it again. Here's a picture of Kristen holding up her gold medal during her speech. And I was a bit of a stalker and got my picture taken with her and had her sign my program for my boys.

It was a wonderful evening of celebration, and I've regularly reminded my husband since that evening, that, "I'm best friends with Kristen Armstrong, and I have the pictures to prove it!"

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Backyard Campout

Wow! Where to start! As usual, my life has taken priority over this blog and it's been a while since I've had a minute to post. I'm really hoping I can carve out more time to blog this summer. I'll try to catch you up on what's been going on in the Slaughter House. (Did I ever tell you that was the runner-up for my blog name? Slaughter House 5. I still think it was a good choice.)

My husband's birthday was the end of May. He wanted a new backpacking tent for his birthday since this year Jordan is probably big enough to go backpacking with the big boys and the old tent wasn't big enough to fit us all. To celebrate the new tent, all of the boys had a camp out in the back yard. Mike is seriously the best dad EVER. Here are a few highlights.

Here are a couple pictures of the crew and their camp spot. Mike even built a teeny tiny campfire on the patio. Speaking of teeny tiny, of course we discovered all too late that we were out of regular marshmallows. Never one to take no for an answer, Mike helped the boys roast MINI marshmallows. I still giggle every time I think about it.

Here they all are tucked in cozy and tight and reading their bedtime stories. I laughed again when Mike came in about 30 minutes later exasperated because they wouldn't go to sleep. My response? "They don't go to sleep in the camper, why on earth would you think they would go to sleep in a tent in the back yard?" Dawson finally got tired of all of the messing around too and came in to sleep in his own bed for the night. The other boys made it all night, until about 5 a.m. when everyone had to come in to go potty.

What a fun adventure! The boys had a great time and made lots of fun memories with their daddy. Oh, and Mike's birthday cake? One of these, of course.
I'm still trying to get over the sugar high.

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