Thursday, September 27, 2007

My life :)

I don't have much to say today. My life is kinda busy right now, but busy in a good way. I am too tired to write a post that is well thought out... so instead it will be more like a list of things going on in my life right now:)

* I have been trying to list items in my Etsy shop on a regular basis. Just one or two a day... I usually list a whole bunch at a time, and then go a long time without listing anything. While talking with my lovely friend last week, she encouraged me to list more regularly instead of all at once. And because she is a genius, I had to agree:) So that is exactly what I have been doing. I plan to list a couple more items later today.

* My shows are finally starting their new seasons!!! I am so excited, and also slightly appalled at the amount of television I actually watch. Prison Break is back *yay* I love me some Wentworth Miller. Also I am excited to be able to watch HEROES, Grey's Anatomy, Desperate Housewives, Supernatural (not starting till next week), Boston Legal, and a few others... And then there are the new shows... I am going to be such a couch potato. Good thing I can pull my table over in front of the TV and make stuff... Oh, and did I mention we got our projector fixed, so now we can watch our shows on a 110 inch screen??? SWEET! Maybe all my shows being back on will help pull me out of my Twilight obsession... Or maybe not.

* Speaking of my Twilight obsession... My insane fan girl talk has FINALLY convinced my husband to read the books. Well... not read, but listen to. We are currently listening to the Twilight audio book. Right now Bella is stuck in the parking lot at school behind Edwards car while a few boys take turns asking her to a dance. Hehehe :) LOVE IT!

I think that is about it for today. I have some errands to run. But, if you are at all interested I did post over on the Phoenix Craft Mafia blog today... You can go read a bit of something I wrote last year for Nanowrimo... I am not promising it is anything good... But its also not terrible :) So if you DO read it, tell me what you think.


edited to add a little bit more...

Also, today I am listening to some of my ALL TIME favorite Broadway shows. I was lucky enough to go do a Broadway tour when I was a senior in Highshool... I got to see 5 shows that week... they were AMAZING. But by far, the best were these three.

Side Show *This show had me sobbing by the end. It was THAT good. Emily Skinner and Alice Ripley were sooo fantastic, there are no words for what I feel when I listen to them*

The Scarlet Pimpernel *I met Douglas Sills... he was sooooo scrumptious, I was in love with him for years... listen to his VOICE!*

Jekyll and Hyde *not with David Hasselhoff... ewww. No, I got to see it with the original Broadway cast (actually I saw ALL of these with the original casts) Which means Linda Eder *my hero* and Robert Cuccioli *swoons*!!! Now... This song gets me EVERY time. I love me a bad boy, I realllly do. And he is sooooo uber creepy and SEXY as hell in this show. If you watch closely you will see him lick her hand... When I saw it he licked her wrist and I almost died! SOOOO creepy!!!! And also, I admit it... HOT!*

Monday, September 24, 2007

Applying mascara....

It is not often these days that I get the chance to do my hair, get dressed up in something that looks more like real clothes than my pajama's, and put on make-up... I shot this photo yesterday while I was getting ready for Church, wouldn't you know it... I actually got myself all prettied up and we ended up not going at the last minute because Chad had a project to go finish for work. Meh. Ah well, at least I got to go through the day looking like a person who actually pays attention to what they look like :)

I make odd faces when I put on my make-up... I never paid attention to what my face does when I put on make-up... now I know:)

To see other peoples Self Portraits just go HERE.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

We do it at home: A Birth Story.

I have not yet participated in this months SPC, simply because I have not been around any cool bathrooms... And the thought of shoving all the dirty laundry out of the way so I can set up a picture has been less than appealing to me. Maybe next week... But my sweet friend Jenica suggested I use a photo from one of my births, and although they are not pictures I took myself I thought it was a good idea. So I did :) Just a little warning though, for those of you who might get offended easily or something... There is some side boob showing in the photo's. You can't see nipples or anything like that but I am obviously not clothed in these photo's. I don't get bothered by such things, and while I doubt many people would be upset by these pictures... Some people may not be so ok with a little nudity. I love these pictures, and so I want to share them. And that being said, You have been warned :)

Some of you may be aware of the fact that I have three kids. And of those people who know this, some of you will know that I gave birth to all three of those kids in the comfort of my own home. That's how we do it around here. We fill up a children's swimming pool with nice steamy warm water in the living room, or bedroom... I hop in, and a little while later I emerge holding my new baby. Simple :)

Well, this last time around things went a little differently. We thought that my labor would be blindingly fast like my second one (the one where my midwife didn't make it in time and me and the hubby did it ourselves). So as soon as my water broke, we were in super fast motion getting everything ready. We phoned Pam our fantastic Midwife. We filled up that pool as fast as we could... And then we waited. And waited some more...

With my first two pregnancies as soon as my water broke it was go time. Baby was coming and baby was coming NOW! With Kayden I was in labor for just over 4 hours from first contraction to baby out. With Jett I was in labor for only 1 hour from first contraction (water broke on second) to baby out. See why the midwife didn't make it? ;) With Kael things went a little differently...

My water broke. We spazzed out and got everything ready... And nothing happened! I had maybe 3 of 4 little contractions and then they just kinda stopped. Pam arrived and we all just kinda sat around waiting for the party to start. A couple hours after she got there we all decided to go back to sleep for a while... no reason being up all night if we can be sleeping right?

Well, after about 5 hours of nothing Pam comes in to check and see how I am doing. I roll over onto my back so she can check me, and suddenly we are in business. A HUGE contraction comes rolling through me and I tell her its time.

Now, at this point the water that has been sitting in the pool for a little over 5 hours is cold. So, I get in the bathtub to wait for Chad to add hot water to the pool... no such luck. We should have known. As soon as I got to the tub there was absolutely NO moving me. My body was already pushing involuntarily as we moved me from my bed to the tub. If I remember correctly, we had just enough time to fill the tub, with me in it before Kael made his debut in this world. I only remember sitting up, bracing my legs on the wall and Chad's shoulder as well as I could. Screaming because at the last second I got a terrible leg cramp, and then I was catching my baby. All 9 pounds 3 ounces of him. Like I said, its a party!

He was adorable! He was born with a full head of WHITE hair. Not just peach fuzz either, it was at least 2 inches long on top. Kinda explains his pretty long blonde hair now :)

Anyhow, these are my two favorite pics of that day. Kael is literally seconds old in these photo's... I can't be sure, but I think we have not even cut the umbilical cord yet. We always wait a while to do that.

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Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Monkeys on crack

I know that a couple other bloggers have mentioned the insanity that is Yo Gabba Gabba... But I feel it is necessary for me to mention that I think this show may have infact been created by a few monkeys on crack.

Now, when I was a kid we had Sesame Street, and Mr. Rogers... Those were good shows... But now we have weird random stuff like this.

And I had to laugh really really hard at this one... I will never be able to watch Lord of the Rings with a straight face again.

Monday, September 10, 2007


That is Kael. Kael Morgan Cranston, my youngest.

Cute isn't he? Yes... that's right. He. Kael is infact a boy, despite his lovely long hair.

Did I mention that he has very long hair? It goes all the way down his back when its wet... Pretty soon it will be touching his butt. My hair has NEVER been this long in my entire 28 years on this planet!

Lots of people think its about time we cut his hair... And I have entertained the idea myself a time or two... and yet his hair remains firmly attached to his head.

We have convinced ourselves that his hair is like Samson's. If we cut his hair we think he will lose all of his cuteness and turn into a rotten 2 year old... It happened with the other two after all... we just never connected it with the cutting of the hair... :)

I figure we will have to cut it soon... people jut mistake him for a girl far too often... Which makes me sad. I love boys with long hair. And he doesn't look like a girl to me... except for the one time my friends daughter dressed him up as a cheer leader with clothes from her dress up box... and then we put his hair in pig tails... What??? It was HILARIOUS! I need to get the pictures from her.

Ah well... What do you think? Should I leave it long? Just look at that hair! I would die to have that growing out of my head :)

Oh, and a post is coming soonish about how the trunk show went over the weekend :) If you want to know now, you can read all about it HERE on our Phoenix Craft Mafia Blog. :)


Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Ramblings and what not...

Well... I have been a bloggy slacker. I admit it! But I have been so busy getting ready for the Trunk Show I am doing this weekend I have had NO time to do much else. I did however write a post for the Phoenix Craft Mafia blog today, that you can read HERE. Go read it and make me feel special ;) It has a sneak preview of some of the things I have been working on lately too. Let me know what you think.

Oh, and The Phoenix Craft Mafia has a new look... We are packing some heat now!

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