Friday, November 28, 2008

Here kitty, kitty, kitty, kitty.......

Yes, count them FOUR!!!!

We now have FOUR cats, our latest edition, added to our family a few weeks ago, on Vetern's Day!
Meet Prince Capian of Narnia aka "Prince".

He is the Prince to the THREE other cat QUEENS that precede him.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Queen of Narnia!

Sienna insisted on dressing up as a Narnia (from the movie Prince Caspian) character.
She didn't fit the "normal" Narnia costume, but I did find this one, that fits her well.
And She enjoyed telling everyone that she was a "Queen" from Narnia.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Life is short....

Enjoy every minute of it.
See the beauy, and feel the love.
Pick the flowers, drink the Starbucks and apple fritter.
Spoil your children, let them eat two brownies.
Love your husband, and try not to argue with him constantly.
Spend the $$, go to the movies, buy popcorn w/ butter, and some pop!

This is a happy end, everything you have done, makes a difference in someone's life.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Congestive Heart Failure - What da ?#@% is that?

I have had a roller coaster summer.First of the excitement of searching for and BUYING our FIRST house!And then now suffering from yet another health problem.
i don't know how many of you know that I have Mixed Connective Tissue disease, a chronic disease that i will live with the rest of my life. This strange disease is cannot be defined as it can have many diseases within the mix. But, They are all autoimmune diseases, where basically your body attacks itself. I have a combination of lupus, fibromyalgia, raynaud's phenomenom, arthritic psoriasis, inflamation, fatigue, GERD, etc.But, the point is this past month i found out that I have yet another debilitating disease...Congestive Heart Failure. My husband eneded up taking me to the ER, days before we were to move into our new house. He took me in because I had trouble breathing, coughing, and just wanted to lie down and sleep. The rest of the week, I could'nt tell you about- since I hardly have any memory of it! I did spend 2 1/2 days( they released me on the 3rd evening) in the hospital being drained of my blood for tests and wheeled all over to be poked and probed. It was nice and queit though. :wink: Unfortunately the moe into the new house went terribly bad and I have no idea where 60% of things are...somehwhere in a box in the garage. Luckliy my parents were able to come from Hawaii to help me recoup, and help Dave with the move.So, sorry to be rambling, but right now, all my "human realm" friends dont understand what I am going thru right now. I went from feeling like a "normal" depressed, sick person to a sicker, more depressed person - not to mention an extra 10+ pound of water retention!So, basically something happened to cause my heart to stop pumping as hard as it should, normal pumpage is 70+% rate, I registered at 30%. This caused my heart to get big to make up for the bad pumping, making breathing faster and harder, casuing me to have shortness of breath. All this causes leaks and other problems, leading to high blood pressure, and a very high pulse---not to mention the water retention-- which causes very bad dry hacking coughs that kept me awake for days!So, now I am still working with bunch of specialist, one who I call the 'reeper"- my cardiologistm just becuse he looks like one of those creepy old men (like the preacher guy in the "Poltergiest" movie.having a heart/cardio MRI next week, hopefully it will give us some ideas what caused this to happen so we can control it correctly.
And of course, being a web addict I have found that the prognosis can be as early as 4-5 years for death. THIS SCARES the shit out of me. I know not everything it true and legitamate, and I an only 36 years old, but I am literally writing my "bucket list" here, I am freaking out and the only thing that is truley grounding me are my Koi in my bakyard pond. I go out 3x to see them, talk, and meditate with them. But, sooon ORegon weather is going to make that hard in the rain.
Still rambling.....On the bright sidem .I did win a local scrapbook queen contest and got a gf for $250 for the store. I bought 10 sets of cubicle type storage untis for my new scrpabook room. hopefully, I'll have enough strength to put these together and set up my space.
So, anyone with info on Congestive Heart Failure, please e-mail me.Thanks for listening, it has really put me a in good place to get to bed for the night.
And hugs or prayers are very much appreciated!Aloha, Mel

Monday, September 15, 2008

I'm Alive!

Amazing but true, after a month of having trouble breathing, I ended up at the ER!
I can't remember much of that week, I was so out of it.
And this all happened during the first week of our move to our new house!

Anyway, I ended up being hospitalized for almost 3 nights.

My diagnoses were : Congetive Heart Failure, High Blood Pressure and Heart rate, elevated liver toxins, Urinary track infection, gallstones, anemia, and jaundice.....right on deaths door step. But of course I didn't see any reason that I had to be there in the hopital and was pretty perturbed about the whole thing.

Meanwhile, my parents, visiting from Hawaii, as well as my brother Matt and his family were busy moving all of our lovely crap from our old house to the new.
Boxes were filled, stored, hid, buried, etc... and know I have no idea where anything is. Especially that ELUSIVE OVERDUE library book that is haunting me!

And since I have been back home, nothing to drastic has changed. I have been given new heart / blood pressure medications, take off some Lupus / Connective tissues medications......and still feel as crappy as ever. And maybe even, if possible more crappy. I have no energy. Walking is a hardthing to do, and those stupid stairs in this house is killing me! I huff and puff like the big bad wolf at the top, until I catch my breath.

I have no idea if we will ever get this house unpacked, or if I will even feel the same healthwise.
But, I do know that I enjoy my new backyard, and my new five fishy Koi friends who are my daily therapy and joy.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Sienna's Hannah Montana Diva Party - July 12

It was an awesome Hannah Montata Diva Party!
They got their make-up done, dressed up in sparkley dresses, shoes, and hats, and got to walk the red carpet! The also had fun sing karoke style with Hannah montata!

Saturday, August 23, 2008

It's moving time!

Tomorrow is the day!

We get the keys to our new house!

We are no longer renters, but home owners!

It's been a long summer hunt for the perfect house.

And I think we found it!

I have been so stressed out, that I haven't scrapped ANYTHING since may!

Amazing but true.

Can't wait to get my new scrapbook room set up so I can get scrappin' again!

I have about 10 scrapbook kits sitting in their boxes, waiting to be played with.

Hopefully the move will go smoothly, as we are only moving less that 2 miles away from our current house.

Anyway, sorry for not updating my blog lately. I'm sure once we get moved in, AND Sienna goes back to school, I'll have plenty of time for the blog and scrapping!

BTW~ I am currently NOT designing for any company, so if you like my work, please let me know, I would love to design for you! ;)

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Meet our Molly!

Molly is our newest addition to our family!

She is a dilute Calico Tabby cat.

She was born on March 29, 2009.

She is very sweet, loves to cuddle, and loves her toys!

And she likes to explore our backyard, with Sienna.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

OPAAT June 2008 Kit!!

5 Sheets Patterned Paper:
NEW Luxe Designs "Simply Luxe" & "Color Me" Collections:
Simple Grid (double-sided)
Simple Dot (double-sided)
Color Me...Starstruck
NEW Rusty Pickle "Pop Star " Collection:
Ashley (double-sided)
Miley (double-sided)
4 Sheets Bazzill Cardstock
1 Half Sheet (6x12) Doodlebug Beetle Black Sugar Coated Cdstk (not shown in photo)
1 Pkg. Creative Imaginations Glitter Chipboard Black Alphas (not shown in photo)
1 Pkg. NEW Kaiser Craft Self-Adhesive Rhinestones (color may vary)
1 Maya Road 2 Ring Layer Book (3"x8")
1 NEW Fancy Pants Transparency Overlay "Doodles"
1 Sheet Stampendous Class A Peel Stickers "Flower Chain Silver Sparklers"
3 Die Cuts With a View Cardstock Flowers- White
3 Sheets Creative Imaginations (from Creative Cafe) 6"x6" Felt/Polka Dot
5 Creative Imaginations (from Creative Cafe) Felt Flowers (colors/flowers may vary)
15 American Crafts Medium Brads (colors may vary)
2 NEW Maya Road Trinkets-Crochet Shimmer Butterflies (colors may vary
3 Yards Ribbon (to match/may vary)
5 Maya Road Trinkets Beads- Hearts & Butterflies
1 NEW Kaiser Craft Wood Flower
2 Maya Road Office Shears- Log Cards (may vary)

Order it here:

Welcome Spring!