Wednesday, July 30, 2014

It's a.....

To say we were excited to see the positive on the pregnancy test would be an understatement. Well, for me anyway. I have definitely been overjoyed to experience pregnancy again. The kids are excited to have a sibling on the way as well. 

Since finding out we are expecting, we have had a couple of ultrasounds, so that we could see our little Decker. The first was of course to verify the pregnancy and see how far along we were at the time, which happened to be about 7 weeks. 

7wks 2days

Of course when you see babies at that gestation, they look a little alien like. :) I think baby Decker looked pretty cute though! I'm bias of course!  

Our second ultrasound was closer to 20 weeks and was to determine gender and get all of baby Decker's measurements to make sure they were growing right. 

19wks, almost 20wks 

Once again, a bias mommy here, but I think baby Decker is pretty darn cute! Look at that profile. Baby was all stretched out too, and had their feet pushing up against my bladder. Little stinker!! 

I'm not sure if we will get to see our little one again before they arrive, but I can tell you this, we do know that Baby Decker is a Baby GIRL!! 

She was not very cooperative at first, so we couldn't see what she was until I finally asked the tech if she knew the gender of the baby. She said, "oh yes, I knew right away." I was like, "um, okay, then what are we having??!! " (Seriously, I HAD to know!) And when she said GIRL, I was overjoyed. Keith and I had been hoping this baby was a girl... of course we would be happy with a boy, and had a name we loved picked out for a boy too, but we had that hope for a girl first. :) We have decided to name her Lena. Lena was a great great aunt of mine on my mother's side. I had forgotten about her since I was so young when she passed, but my mother reminded me when I told her I loved the name Lena. It worked out perfectly. 

We have already begun little Lena's nursery, and it is coming along quite well. I am almost 26 weeks and have been feeling great! We have been working on the baby registry and gathering things for her room. I am making most of the decorations, which I will be sure to share with you as they are hung up in the room. 

Thanks for sharing in this journey with us!! 




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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Some Hiking Photos - Photo Heavy Post

As I told you in my last post, Keith and I have been hiking a lot. I have fallen in love all over again with nature through hiking. We have a lot of fun and have seen some beautiful sites in Missouri and Illinois. If you have any good hiking recommendations, we would love to get them, esp those within the Midwest region of the US. We are willing to travel for a good hike. :) 

Here are some photos from some of our more recent hikes... 


Pickle Springs Natural Area









Taum Sauk State Park












Hawn State Park









I'm not sure if you noticed in any of the photos of me, but I have begun to develop a bit of a tummy bump. :) If you aren't friends with me on Facebook, then you don't know, but Keith and I are expecting a baby November 7th this year!! We are so excited. This is our first together, but my third child. Keith has been a second father to my first two for the past 7 years, so there is no doubt that he will be a wonderful father to his own child as well. 

I have some baby shares for you that I will put in another post soon! 





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Monday, July 14, 2014

It's been too long! I'm back!

I'm such a bad blogger. I've been, well, busy. We all have these times that keep us from doing something we once enjoyed doing. These were some of those times. Also, I just wasn't feeling like blogging. I have never been what you would call a great blogger. I don't always word things right, and a lot of times I ramble. Writing has definitely never been a forte of mine. As I always tell you after not blogging for some time, I will try. I'm thinking that I don't set realistic goals for myself. Weekly posts might just be the way to go, and not focus them on just my artwork. How about I make the posts about what is going on in my world at the time? I'm thinking I can handle that a bit better. :)

Ok, now that my initial rambling is out of the way, I can share with you the full projects I created for the first issue of Scrap n' Art Online Magazine I contributed to. The April Issue was the debut issue for a few of us new designers. Here are my creations from the April Issue: 





I'm really enjoying being on this Design Team. Going down to one team was a good decision. Keeping up with team obligations is a lot easier with one team, and it's really organized to boot, so I'm very pleased.

As far as other news in my life, we have been doing a lot of hiking the past few months, and getting a lot of time in at various state parks within 60 miles or so. Keith and I are really loving exploring Missouri's natural beauty. There are some great parks near us, and after we went on some good hikes, we checked a hiking book out of the library. We found even more great hikes in it...


We kept it for the duration we could from the library and then checked it out again! Finally, we decided to buy it. If you are local to STL, and love the outdoors and hiking, then I highly suggest this book. It goes with us on all of our hikes that we do from it. We still haven't gotten to all of the hikes, which is nice. Not to mention that most of the parks and places listed have multiple trails anyway, so the book is going to take a long time to finish. If you are interested in the book, here is the link: http://www.amazon.com/Hikes-Within-Miles-Including-Farmington/dp/0897328833 

Tomorrow I will share some photos from some of our recent hikes that we chose from the book. For now, I am off to bed! 



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Saturday, April 19, 2014

Sneak peeks from the April Issue of Scrap n' Art



I am so excited to share with you some sneak peeks of a couple of pieces I have in the current April issue of Scrap n' Art magazine. I've also included links to the articles. (Please keep in mind, you must have a subscription to the magazine in order to see the full article. A full years subscription is only $25 for a year!! That is something you really just can't pass up!) 

Click HERE to sign up for a subscription. 

And here are those sneaks.... 



Stop by and check out the April Issue! You will find tons of inspiration and ideas! 





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Friday, April 18, 2014

Art Journal Swap - My Book

Since discovering art journaling I've been fortunate enough to meet some more wonderful artists on my journey, and for the past couple of months have been participating in an art journal swap hosted by the awesome Frog Dog Studio.  We are each in a group with other participants, and are using our OLW for the year, or a favorite phrase which each participant in our group will use to make their spread in our respective journals. :) It's a lot of fun.

My OLW for the year is Faith. For myself, this isn't faith as in God, or the Bible. Personally, I need to have more faith in myself and the things that I can do. So many times I doubt myself and my ability to succeed and get things done. I need to stop worrying that I will fail and focus more on believing in myself. It's about having faith in oneself.

Here is my cover. I LOVE butterflies and wanted to have them incorporated in the album cover, as well as use Neocolor II crayons which are my current favorite art product to work with. This definitely incorporates my favorites. After I finished my cover, I wanted to make sure that I protected it somehow, so I used self leveling gel by Golden to cover the entire cover and back. 

I added an envelope to the back inside cover of my journal for my fellow swappers to leave notes, business cards, or anything else they want. I tried to keep the colors similar to my cover... but used acrylic paints this time. 

My first spread in the journal. I incorporated all of my favorite colors, textures and of course, a butterfly. 

Because the one page spread just wasn't enough for me, I had to do a two-page spread as well in the journal. I used some Pan Pastels, gelatos and paint pens along with my stencils.  

This journal swap has been a lot of fun thus far. I have worked on several journals already and can't wait to see all of the work that has been done in mine. I love seeing other peoples work, and I especially love seeing how others interpret someone else's word or ideas. 

As soon as the swap is over, I will be sure to share all of the work by the awesome artists in my group! 

See you soon! 


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Sunday, March 23, 2014

A Special Birthday

Today I have an adorable Birthday Card up on the Speedy Scrappers Blog using Crate Paper's Party Day collection.

Here is a sneak for you....


Want to see the whole thing? Head over to the Speedy Scrappers Blog

Thanks and have a great day!! 




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