Friday, February 25, 2011

Add Another Item to the List

Okay, despite how I've been feeling lately, I've worked really hard to keep my blog posts upbeat and positive. Sorry, but that is not going to happen today. This post is mainly for me, since I am a horrible journal keeper, so that I can look back and remember all that went on.

So I went to the doctor today. Just a normal visit to check up on my diabetes and all my medications. Love my doctor, his nurse is awesome, his office is great, I hardly ever have to wait, love them, totally recommend them. Anyway during the visit I mentioned these little episodes I've been having. Randomly my heart starts racing super fast. It beats so fast and so hard that my chest hurts, I get really really light headed and nauseated. I feel really sick and have to go lay/lie (sorry, never can remember which one to use) down. They have just been happening the last month. Now my heart rate is normally fast, but this just feels weird when it happens. Anyway, I mentioned it at my appointment this morning and next thing I know I changing into a gown getting ready for an EKG. Of course with my luck, or lack thereof, it was abnormal. Perfect! I mean, it's just what I needed, another health issue! For New Year's I found out I had diabetes and now just in time for my birthday I find out all this about my heart. When it rains, it pours! So now I am off to see a specialist and to try and sort all of this out. I blame my parents. Nice genetics Harvey and DeeAnn! Both my parents had hypertension (high blood pressure), oh wait, so do I! Thanks. My dad also had several heart attacks and heart procedures before he died. It just so happens that February is heart health month!
I see the specialist a week from Monday so hopefully I can get all my questions answered then. The thing that concerns me the most is that my mom offered to take a day off work to come to the appointment with me. I mean of course my mom has worried about my health lately with all the diabetic stuff, but she never mentioned coming to an appointment. My mom is a nurse with critical care experience so I told her the specific things that showed up on the EKG and she got kinda quiet and told me to take the soonest available appointment and that she was willing to come with me. I wasn't super worried, but now I feel like maybe I should be. Besides wondering how serious this all is, I worry about how it will effect me fertility wise. If it is a serious heart condition will they let me do IVF? Just a lot to deal with.
Basically I feel like it was a crappy start to the weekend. Anyway, just feeling like I have had more than my fair share of health issues this year. Just needed to vent.
On a happier note, Nate gets off of work soon and I want to something fun this weekend! I am also trying a new recipe tonight that I am really excited about it!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Happy Birthday Keith

I have the most handsome nephew. Not only is he super cute, he has a darling little personality! I truly feel so privileged to have been able to watch him grow. Keith has two fantastic parents that have been so good about letting us play with and spoil him. Every time I see Keith, he brightens my day. Today Keith is turning two years old! He is so grown up, I can hardly stand it! I wish Keith a very very happy birthday today. I hope two is a super fun year for him.

I have taken hundreds of photos of Keith. He is so cute, every time I get my camera out and say, "cheese," he gives me a fantastic smile. He loves it if you show him the photos when you are done. This "cheese" face is how I will always remember him at this age.

I love when Keith comes over to our apartment. I love that he feels comfortable enough to walk around and explore. He knows where we keep our food and loves when I give him treats. Nate and I love having one on one time with Keith. Nate loves that when Keith comes over they can watch cartoons together. Notice how they have the same expression on their faces. I guess cartoons entertain boys of all ages.

Most of all, we love how fun and loving Keith is. He is always giving kisses. He started adding a little "mmmwah" sound with his kisses. So cute! Keith has the best and most sincere laugh. He is so entertaining to be around. We had a family party last Sunday and Amanda (Keith's mom) made the cutest dinosaur cake. Of course Keith loved it, and I'm told it tastes better when you eat it with cars!

Oh Keith, we love you so much! You are such a fantastic addition to the family. Happy Birthday!

Monday, February 14, 2011

It's Here!

It's a Valentine's Day miracle! My scrapbook came! I love how it turned out and it even came ahead of schedule! Winkflash rocks! Let me show you...

P.S. Did you know that today was supposed to be my birthday? Yep, Valentine's Day was my due date. However, I didn't make my debut for another two weeks. Don't worry, I apologize to my mom every Valentine's Day.


Happy Valentine's Day Nate! I love you and I am so glad you are my valentine.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Looking for Craft Ideas

I am on the hunt for some cute St. Patrick's Day crafts. I am finally starting to feel up to being creative. Do you have an idea for me? I would like to have the crafts finished by the end of the month so that I can display them starting March 1. Also send me some ideas for Easter, really any spring craft. Keep in mind I am diabetic so I don't want things that revolve around baked goods or candy. Any suggestions? Would anyone like to come over and craft with me? Here are a couple things I have found so far:

Luck Sign from It's A Girl Thing

Fabric Flowers from The Creative Crate

Butterfly Wreath from The Creative Crate

I LOVE the fabric flowers, I think they would look so cute in my kitchen or on my entertainment center. I would love other ideas though, and I'm serious about a craft party! Thanks!

Monday, February 7, 2011

Lovin' It

Oh man, I am so loving this Valentine's Day kit I bought this morning. Best part, it was on sale! Yay! I used the Vintage Valentine kit from ScrapOrchard to decorate my blog. It's probably my favorite blog look yet, so don't be surprised if I don't change anything until October! Anyway, I love this kit and I just wanted to share!

Also, I am posting a hot wing recipe on the Durfee Family Recipe Blog. I made 4lbs. of these suckers yesterday and Nate and my brother ate them all! They said they were great! I didn't even get a picture of them because they were eaten so quickly!

One last thing, since I am talking about things to love, I am so loving Tim McGraw right now. His song "Felt Good On My Lips" has been stuck in my head all weekend and I love it!


Woo hoo! I just ordered my book. I saved $118 due to the sale. I am so excited, I can't wait for it to get here. They said the estimated arrival date is next Wednesday, so hopefully it comes on time. One of the last pages I did was a double page of our wedding, I wanted something simple and clean, yet still formal looking. Here is what I came up with.

P.S. I have the worst cold. I just want it to be gone! It's obviously making me grumpy, plus it is making my blood sugar go all crazy. Lame. Colds suck.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Random Facts

So I spend what feels like a million hours scrapbooking today and I need a break. One thing I noticed about my scrapbooking is that I need to do more pages of everyday moments, the simple things that make us who we are, funny things Nate says, our date nights, things like that. In the spirit of celebrating the simple things here are a few random (and little known) facts about me. Enjoy!

* I am freakishly good at guessing the temperature of a room. No joke, I can tell you the exact temperature of a room. Seriously, just ask Nate, I'm good.

*I refuse to sing in public. I was once told that I had an awful voice after singing in church one day, and I haven't sang in public since. I will however rock out to Pandora when I am at home alone. I always play music when I cook or clean and I think I sound just fine. One time my neighbor in the apartment upstairs told me she could hear me, so embarrassing! I try and sing more quietly now.

*When I am home alone I cannot have silence. It freaks me out, I have to have music or a book playing on my ipod or have the tv on. I have to feel like there are other people there with me. The only time it is silent is when I read, which is not very often.

*I consider myself a better cook than my mom. Please don't tell her. Don't worry, she doesn't read my blog. Does that make me an awful person? I'm not sure.

*I am a fast reader, always have been, and I hope I always will be. I'm no champion speed reader, but I read faster than the average bear. I enjoy reading, I need to read more, I just feel like I never have time!

*I really like my handwriting. Oh my gosh, that sounds so vain! Do you ever have those days when you seriously can't think of one good thing about yourself? Well every once in a while I do, and I remind myself that at least I have decent handwriting.

*I still get jealous when I think girls are being overly friendly to my husband. One time we were going through a drive through and Nate handed over his debit card to pay. The little cashier girl asked if the picture of the snowboarder on the card was him. Oh my gosh, you should have heard the way she said it and the stupid smile on her face! She was totally flirting with him! And his ring was on his finger and I was there in the passenger seat! Slut!

*When I was growing up I really really wanted my name to be Montana Jo. Okay, stop laughing and let me explain. First of all, this was a secret that was going to be taken to the grave, but I made the mistake of telling Benji and Amanda and they thought it was so hilarious and of course they kept bringing it up. Amanda is now pregnant with a little girl, I offered to let them use the name Montana Jo and they said no. So rude! Okay, here is the story. I have an older half sister who is named Tori Jo. Tori is 14 years older than me, so I have some super fun memories of sleeping over at her apartment and hanging out with her and her roommates when I was like 8 or 9. So since she was Tori Jo, I figured I could be Tana Jo (that would be my nickname) and everyone would think we were so cool. I also really liked the name Brooke growing up, that was my second choice.

*Here's another fun fact about young Kim. I used to get perms. The sad part is that my bangs got permed too. Keep in mind that I was young, really young, and that it was totally my mom's fault! It was the 90's people!! No, do not even ask to see pictures.

Okay folks, laugh it up, laugh it up. Hopefully that made your Wednesday a little bit better. I wonder if I have any friends left after this post. Feel free to share embarrassing facts about yourselves in the comments! Ha! Okay, I need to get back to scrapbooking.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

It's Panic Time!!!

Okay folks it's official. I am going to be off the grid until Saturday. Please do not be offended if I don't answer calls, texts, or emails. I also will no be looking outside for carrier pigeons of smoke signals. Sorry. It is crunch time! Winkflash is having their flat rate book sale for the next few days. This is a huge deal! I get a beautiful, custom bound 12x12" scrapbook filled 100 pages of my digital scrapbook pages for only $25. That is insane! Do you realize that you can't even have individual pages printed that cheap, let alone bound into a book! Insane! So basically I need to get my hiney in gear and finish my book. I have nearly two books full but since they are in chronological order I can't leave any gaps, and I have some pages that bug me that I want to re-do. I am determined to finish and have it ordered by Friday. Oh my gosh I can't wait!!! So for the next few days I am going to scrapbook and watch the first season Burn Notice, don't judge me, but it actually sounds fun!

P.S. Please don't look at my blog. I LOVE February, it is a fantastic month, and hugely underrated! It saddens me that I haven't put up a cute February header and such, as soon as my book is done that will be next on the list!

Okay, I finished the wedding announcement/invitation I was working on yesterday so I am scrapbooking my little heart out. Here are the pages I've made/edited so far (as of 11:20 Tuesday morning). One is from 2008, one from 2009, and one from 2010. I still need to make a double page of our wedding from summer 2007, but I am dreading it because I know it will take forever. That will probably be the last one I do.

-Newport Beach Vacation 2008. Don't worry about how the papers don't align perfectly, the binding will hide it.

-Zak's Homecoming 2009. Boy pages are not my favorite, they stress me. I don't want to make them all frilly and feminine, and I kind of feel limited. Oh well, here it is.

-Benji's Birthday 2010

*Answer to a comment. Yes, I do everything from scratch. Sometimes I browse through templates and find some inspiration. Some templates might have a photo grouping that I like and some may have a fun way to incorporate a title. I use those ideas and make my own pages. My most favorite digital scrapbook store is Sweet Shoppe Designs, they have the best selection hands down and I like the aesthetic of a lot of their designers, I would say 90% of all my scrapbooking purchases are from this site. I also like Shabby Princess, Scrap Orchard, and Scrap Matters.