Pink and Gold Obsession

It’s no secret that pink is my favorite color, but gold?  I resisted that trend for a long time.  I finally gave in and I’m kicking myself for waiting so long.  Pink and Gold 4 Lyfe!

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I did some pink stars with a bit of texture medium and then  sprayed some hearts using my heart stencil and some Heidi Shine.

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It was subtle, but I like the way it turned out.  The cardstock is actually teal, not sure what’s up with the color in this pic.  That’ll teach me to try to be all fancy and use my real camera!

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Also loving the vellum with gold!  And the gold washi!  And my adorable cousins.  :)

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October Goals

Let’s see how we did with the September goals, shall we?  :)

  1.  Scrapbook October- Done!  In fact, I love my new Crate Paper goodies so much that I was wishing I had more pics from last October to play with.  Luckily it’s October again so I’ll have new pics to play with soon!
  2. Scrapbook May 2015- Also done!  I love scrapping more current pics.  :)
  3. Project Life- Well, I did 5/6 layouts, so I didn’t make much forward progress, but I didn’t fall further behind either.  I’m counting this one in the win column.
  4. Blog- I fell down a bit on the blogging last month.  Things have just been so crazy around here!  I’ve decided just to give in and start posting iPhone pics of my layouts.  The quality isn’t as good, but the reality is that I have limited time and I’d rather scrap than edit photos of layouts.  lol.  At least I have a plan moving forward.
  5. Register for the Buddy Walk- Done!  In fact we have a team and everything.  We might even get shirts.  :)
  6. Reframe DAD pics- Not yet, but I bought the frames so that’s a step in the right direction.
  7. Decorate for Halloween- Done!  I <3 decorating for Halloween.  :)
  8. Decide on Halloween costumes- still working on this one.  I’m pretty sure the babies are going to be bats, but I need Kate to commit to being a witch first.  She has until Wednesday to decide!
  9. Finish cross stitch project- If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I got a lot closer to finishing this than I thought I would!  Still, not quite done yet.  It’s being put on hold while I focus on Xander’s stocking.
  10. Layout list for August- Done!  It’s almost all iPhone pics.  Need to bust out the real camera this month!

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Look at my adorable babies!  I took this pic on Friday and I had to scrap it right away.

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I used my stencil to make the hearts, and then I did some splatters with my gold Heidi Shine.  I matted the pic with what might be my last piece of my favorite paper from the October Afternoon Witch Hazel line.  Then I added in a bunch of pieces from the Crate Paper After Dark ephemera pack, a bit of washi from Target and some sequins.  I love it!  And I just uploaded some more pics from this weekend to play with.  I might end up staying caught up with October.  lol.

Speaking of staying caught up, I need to set some October goals.

  1. Scrap June 2015
  2. Find a Christmas line I like
  3. Scrap December 2014
  4. Scrap January 2015
  5. Layout list for September 2015
  6. Project Life
  7. Xander’s Stocking
  8. Twins’ Halloween costumes
  9. Kate’s Halloween costume
  10. Blog
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4th of July Scrapbook Page

This was an exercise in using up scraps!  I haven’t loved a 4th of July line in quite some time and I’m not *generally* in the habit of buying lines that I’m meh about.  There’s too much that I love!  All this to say, I’m down to a few piddly scraps.  Still, I’m happy with how this turned out.

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I didn’t have any big pieces of paper left so I matted the pics individually.  The heart paper is two separate strips so I just put that little target where they joined.  And of course, I started off with some texture medium and a stencil!  i finished it with some Thickers (I cut the TH down) and a few sequins.  Only 4 more layouts and I’m done with June!  Still need to go back and do December – March though.  lol.

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Halloween Goodies!

Y’all.  I freaking love Halloween.  In fact, I *may* have pulled out all of my Halloween decorations on September 1st.  lol.  Imagine how excited I was when this arrived:

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Why yes, that is pretty much the entire Crate Paper Halloween line.  I haven’t been this excited about a collection since The Pier!  I don’t usually devote a whole layout to our pumpkins, but this particular year we announced our twin pregnancy this way so I had to include it.  :)

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Sorry, you’re getting it as an iPhone pic.  Xander has stopped sleeping.  Again.  Good thing he’s cute!  First up, the bat stencil!  OMG I love it so much.  Then I used up some of my old October Afternoon Witch Hazel.  I wish I had bought more of it years ago!  I added some of my new doilies and a few stickers.

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I was loving all of the glitter so I decided to edge the wood veneer bats and pumpkin with some stickles and I love how it turned out.  Then I thought it just needed a little something more so I added the ric rack with my handy dandy tiny attacher.

I only had a few layouts to do for October 2014 because I was so sick last year which was a bummer because I’m having so much fun with these supplies!  No worries.  I plan to take a ton of pics this year.  :)

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Xander and Neurosurgery Update

We’re in the clear for at least 3 more months!  Mia’s Dr said he wasn’t going to base his decision only on the numbers on the scan and that clinically she looked great.  What a huge relief!  Now we just need to get through her ENT appointment (which I’m fu-reaking out about) and we’ll be good for at least a few months.  I hope.

Xander is doing great too!  He’s quite the little roly poly!  He actually rolled over in his swing last night so it looks like we’ll me transitioning him to his crib.  Excuse me while I go cry in the corner.  The past 2 days where he only woke up once in the middle of the night have been a blissful interlude that I will cherish forever. lol.


Xander had a great time at the Children’s Museum with Kate while Mia snoozed.  :)


Enjoying his mom-sickle!  We just freeze some expressed milk in some little silicon trays from Ikea and then pop them into these mesh feeders.  They’re a huge hit around here and we love that the babies can participate in dinner.  :)

Wow.  Looking at these makes me realize that I need to be better about using my big camera!  I love my iPhone, but these leave a little something to be desired.

I’ve actually been scrapping a bit lately!  In fact I’m now caught up through the end of November 2014!  I can’t wait to finish 2014 all together.  :)  I’ve also been powering through 2015 Project Life.  I did 3 spreads today.  :)  Never mind that I’m still in June.  That’s some serious progress.  Is that something y’all would like to see?

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Here’s a recent layout; the companion to the one I posted last week.  It was super hot at the park, but Kate had fun and the babies tolerated it.  More stenciling and doilies.  And I’ve been hoarding the flair badges, but I couldn’t resist using them on this page.  :)


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Mia Updates

Oh, my sweet Mia.  We’ve had lots of appointments in the last few weeks so lots of updates!  Mia went to see the eye dr and the results were mixed.  Structurally her eyes are fine which is fantastic news, but she is borderline for needing glasses.  Since she’s making great eye contact (girl friend will make eye contact for days) her dr wants to hold off on glasses for now.  We’ll revisit that next year at her next appointment.  I’m already shopping for cute frames.  Rest assured, Mia will be absolutely adorable in glasses.


Mia says, “Why did you let them dilate my eyes!” ::shakes tiny fist::

We also had a repeat visit to the cardiologist and everything is looking fantastic.  She does sill have a partially fused aortic valve, but it doesn’t seem to be negatively impacting her at this time.  Most likely she’ll need a valve replacement, but not until she’s like 40 years old.  I’m officially not worrying about things that are 40 years in the future.  Y’all, I have bigger fish to fry.  😉  You should have seen us trying to get the heart ultrasound done.  Little miss wiggle worm didn’t want to keep still so the ultrasound tech finally suggested that I get up on the table and nurse her during the scan.  I had to channel my inner contortionist, but we got it done.  lol.  Thankfully my dad was there to help wrangle Xander.  I don’t know what I would do if we didn’t have family close by!  Probably lose my mind.



We let them have some mom-sickles (frozen milk in a mesh feeder).  Minds=blown

Then the biggie, Mia had a repeat MRI of her brain last Wednesday.  We were supposed to see the neurosurgeon immediately after the MRI, but the had to reschedule because he was stuck in surgery.  We went ahead and got the MRI done and scheduled the dr appointment for this Wednesday (tomorrow.)  I wasn’t even worried about it.  Mistake number 1.  Always worry about everything.

Well, my mom and I were waiting at the pediatrician’s office for the babies to get their shots when the neurosurgery office called.  Uh oh.  Apparently the MRI showed that her ventricles had grown which is not good.  They wanted to know if she was showing any symptoms  that would indicate that we needed to be seen sooner than out appointment the following week.  Cur panicking.  Especially when we consider that they symptoms are throwing up (um…  she’s not having Xander level exorcism pukes, but she does spit up.  And it has gotten worse, but her occupational therapist attributes this to her working her abs more.)  and being fussy (first off, she’s the most chill baby ever so I’m not sure that waiting for her to fuss is the answer.  Second, she is fussing a wee bit more, but it seems like she fussing because she’s demanding more attention, not because she has a headache.  Wanting attention seems like a good thing neurologically.) To recap, she had her first MRI in April and they were on the large side but ok.  Then her second MRI in June showed that they were larger, but still ok.  It would have been better for there to have been no growth, but this wasn’t alarming.  I don’t know what this MRI is showing exactly, but I can’t help but think we might be back in the range of needing a shunt.

Since we were already at the pediatrician’s office, I may have demanded that a dr or nurse practitioner come look at her before she got her shots.  The consensus was that her fontanelle (soft spot) was “full but not bulging” so we should be good to wait a week.  While I didn’t love hearing that it was full, at least it wasn’t bulging.  The nurse practitioner also really pushed the shots so we went ahead and got them.  Now I’m kind of wishing we hadn’t only because she was fussier than usual this weekend, but that’s most likely due to the shots.  Of course, we’re supposed to be on the lookout for fussiness.  ::sigh::  If it’s not one thing it’s another.



She and Xander loved the Thinkery!

In other news, she’s doing great in therapy.  We just put some kinesiology tape on her this week to help stimulate her to activate her core.  I was resistant to this for a while and couldn’t pin point why.  Her occupational therapist helped me to work through it.  (Apparently she doubles as a shrink.  Which is awesome.  :)  )  I was having a hard time admitting that she needed the extra help, but I’m over it now and going full steam ahead with anything that will help her.

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No glasses yet, but they will be coming sooner rather than later.  Heart is awesome.  She might need a brain shunt, but we don’t really know anything just yet.  That appointment is tomorrow.  Next up, ENT in a few weeks.

And now for the scrappy goodness:

RaptorMama Scrapbooking-9I’m going to pretend like I intended that frame in the top right corner to be crocked.  lol.  (Side note.  Is that how you spell that?  It looks weird.  Crooked?  Crooced?  cadiwompus?  Tilted.  Let’s go with tilted.)


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Using Your Stash

I haven’t gotten any new goodies in a while (I’m waiting for some of the new releases to come out) so I’ve been digging into my stash a bit.  I found some old Echo Park paper that I still love!  In fact, I’m torn between wishing I had more of it and being excited that I might actually kill off a collection.

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Those trees!  I still love them.  And those tiny babies!  They were only 3 weeks old here.  Look how huge that rattle looks!  I still think of them as pretty tiny, but man.  They were REALLY tiny for a while there.

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I had mixed results with the rub ons.  The title worked really well.  These smaller ones not so much.  To be fair, the rub on sheet is several years old and I could have done a better job sticking that heart paper down.

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Here you can see some subtle stenciling.  That heart one is totally my fav.  I mixed in some newer embellies- wood veneer, flair badge, and the doilies.

Mia has an eye appointment this afternoon.  No biggie, just a routine check up.  But y’all, they said it was going to be 2 hours long.  ::sigh::  Should be interesting!  Then Kate starts Girl Scouts tonight.  I’m not sure who’s more excited, me or her.  :)

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Goals Update and Underwater Pics

This summer has been quite an adjustment for Raptor and me.  Last year we went swimming multiple times a week.  This year, not so much.  lol.  On this day my friend suggested that we take the kids to a splash pad, but it is just too dang hot.  I thought maybe I could try taking them all swimming if we went to the pool in my mom’s neighborhood where the shallow end is in the shade.  My plan was to sit in the shallow end and just hold the babies, but when I called my mom to get the pool key she pointed out that my plan was insane.  And because she’s insane, she offered to watch the twins while I took just Kate swimming.  I felt like Mel Gibson in Braveheart.  Freeeeeeedoooooooom!!!!!!!

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I took these pictures with my underwater camera which I love.  It has a bit of a shutter lag so the pics are hit or miss, but when they hit they’re so much fun.

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I kept the rest of the page pretty simple, but I couldn’t resist playing with some mixed media goodies.  Whenever I make a background page now I grab some scraps of paper off of my desk to use up the leftover texture medium.  Then when I’m making a quick layout and don’t have time to let things dry, I can still have some.

Goals…  Ugh.  I did terrible last month!  The babies have decided that napping is for the birds unless I’m holding them.  On the upside, we finally got our air conditioner replaced so the art room no longer resembles a sauna in the evenings and I’ve been crafting a bit after the babies are in bed.


1. Scrapbook October 2014
2. Scrapbook December 2014
3. Scrapbook April 2015
4. Do some current layouts (5/5)
5. Project Life (3/6)
6. Blog (6/13) Whoops
7. Work out 5 days a week (missed a week)
8. Register for Buddy Walk (I did get a stroller though)
9. Video of interview book fail. Not sure if I want to retry this or not.
10. Frame DAD pics Done. I even hung them on the wall. Then promptly knocked them both onto the floor and broke the frames. sigh

I ended up focusing more on current layouts and didn’t get much done for 2014, which is kind of a bummer because I”m so close to wrapping up 2014, but I just wasn’t feeling in the holiday mood. But some of the new releases (Hello Crate Paper Halloween line!) have me super excited. I just need for them to arrive at the stores! With that in mind…

1. Scrapbook October 2014
2. Scrapbook May 2015
3. Project Life
4. Blog
5. Register for Buddy Walk
6. Reframe DAD pics
7. Decorate for Halloween!
8. Decide on Halloween costumes
9. Finish cross stitch project
10. Layout list for August 2015

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Sorry for the radio silence last week!  It was absolutely crazy busy.  Both babies had therapy (Mia twice), they had their well baby visit with shots, Mia had to go to the cardiologist for a check up, we had to replace our AC, Kate had open house, and one of my BFFs came to visit for 3 days. Whew.  I’m tired just typing all of that!  I’m hoping to get back in the swing of things this week and by some miracle (a combo of therapy for both babies wearing them out and my mother-in-law sticking around after therapy to help me transfer post nursing sleeping babies to their swings) they both slept for over an hour.  At the same time.  IN THEIR SWINGS!  It was a Christmas miracle y’all.  I’m thinking about buying a lotto ticket tonight.  :)RaptorMama Scrapbooking-6


I love how this page turned out.  Full disclosure, I was a wee bit tipsy when I made it so I was willing to take a few chances.  I haven’t been scrapping much since the babies decided that daytime sleep is for the week, but now that our AC has been replaced post bedtime crafting is an option again.  It’s like a whole new world has opened up!  Previous to this our office resembled a sauna in the evenings.

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I started off with some gel medium, yellow gelatos, and a heart stencil.  It was subtle but I liked it.  Then I decided to go crazy and try the “packaging technique.”  Basically, you smush your distress ink stamp in some of the clear plastic packaging that embellishments come in.  Then you add a few squirts of water and smush it around in the paper.  I didn’t have a squirt bottle handy so I added a bit of Heidi Swapp color shine in gold and I love the effect!  It gives it just a bit of sparkle.  Plus, I didn’t have to go find a squirt bottle which is a real positive considering how lazy I am.  😉  These papers are all super old too.  It is nice to be using up some old stuff!  I want to organize and purge my craft room and I figure the best way to start is to force myself to start using up this old stuff I’m hanging on to.

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I finished the whole page and then realized that I needed a border to help ground it so I just trimmed it slightly and mounted it on a piece of patterned paper.  Normally I hate how thin this cheap cardstock is, but I actually love that you can see a teeny bit of the pattern peaking through so consider this a score for thriftiness.  I also realized after I took these that I never journaled!  Whoops.  Thus are the perils of tipsy crafting.  I went back and added a few lines of journaling tot he right of the photo between the Sunshine and the actual sun.

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First Day of 1st Grade!

Raptor started 1st grade on Monday!

first day-2I can’t believe how big she’s gotten!  She was so pumped about her first day.  And she came hoe bubbling over with excitement and even ::gasp:: told me about her day!  I realize it’s only the first week, but I can see how nice it is going to be to have her home at 3:15 ish instead of 5:30 or 6:00.  She came home, had a snack, told me about her day, we read a chapter of the book we’re reading, (The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe)  (I had to add a link so it would be underlined.  Aren’t books supposed to be underlined?), leisurely packed her lunch together, and just had a generally relaxed evening.  I realize that it will be more hectic once homework starts next week, but I think it’s going to be so much better than last year.  I have to say that going back to work full time, having Kate start kindergarten, and being pregnant with multiples all within a 2 week span made for a pretty insane year.  I’m so glad to be back at home this year.  :)  And today is early release day (her charter school has early out every Wednesday) so I get to have an extra 2 hours with her!  Yay!  Maybe I’ll try to set up a little activity for her to do while the babies have OT for 2 hours this afternoon…  Hmm…  I’ll ponder that.

first dayAnd the boots.  Y’all.  How darn adorable are those boots.  She got some boots right before she turned 3 and she wore them, literally, to pieces.  So we got her some new ones for her birthday this summer and she was beyond thrilled.  They have (adorable) uniforms, but she still likes to jazz them up a bit and the boots accomplish that.



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