Lovin’ Life

Just lovin’ my life with Jesse

37 weeks May 28, 2009

Yesterday was my 37th week in my pregnancy. I feel like I’m a timed bomb that’s about to go off soon. When? I don’t know! I think Jesse’s very excited for our baby to come soon. He always tells me, “you’re already 37 weeks! Give birth, now!” Hahahaha!!!! He’s a happy daddy! 🙂

Here’s what I’ve been up to since the last time I wrote on my blog: SCRAPBOOKING, watching Jesse watch basketball and baseball games online (or with our friends), trying out different recipes (especially chicken recipes because that’s what we always have in the freezer), playing with our blender and my beloved mixer, etc.

Jesse watching Lakers vs. Nuggets (Game 4)

Jesse watching Lakers vs. Nuggets (Game 4)

(Game 4’s last 30 seconds) This is how Jesse is when Lakers are losing in a game —- BIG TIME! He’s too quiet! Maybe if our friend, Nate, was around, he would’ve been talking a lot? I should’ve taken a video of him yesterday (Lakers vs. Nuggets, Game 5) when the Lakers were winning so you could see the difference.. hahaha!

Towards the end of my 2nd trimester, Jesse and I gathered as much baby stuff (and pospartum stuff) that we THINK we needed. Thanks to those who sent us clothes and other things, we were able to save a lot. I must admit, it was very tempting for me to buy those cute little baby outfits whenever we went out to buy, say, bottles and baby’s health care. I’m just glad I was able to control myself as much as I could. And if I couldn’t, I asked Jesse (of course, I had to ask his permission first) if we could go to ROSS & buy some from there (Ross has almost the same brands in other stores but they sell it a lot cheaper!) One day we went to Sears just to look at the cute baby stuff they had there & I found a 3-pc set of bibs for $9.99 (I think?) from Carter’s. It was so cute, I wanted to buy it. I thought it was cheap enough. I held it for a while in my hands, admiring it, then I put it back. We went to Ross afterwards and I saw the VERY SAME set of bibs for $2.50. I was so happy! Jesse let me buy it! 😛 And now that pretty much everything is here for the baby (& me), I went back to scrapbooking again.

My first set of clear stamps

My first set of clear stamps

Here are my first set of clear stamps. I don’t really know much about stamping and I’m still trying to learn but eversince I read about clear stamps, I got really interested with their ease of use and storage. They’re a little bit more sensitive than rubber stamps, though. These ones were on sale so I grabbed them. It’ll be a long long time before I’ll probably buy myself another set since we need to be frugal.. hehe.

My messy workspace

My messy workspace

Here’s my scrapbooking workspace. It’s been like this since I started on our wedding scrapbook album (January). I could only do 2 or 3 pages (max) each week (or every other week) because I tend to get lazy most of the time (when I still didn’t have a big bump) or just the thought of thinking another layout drives me nuts so I put off making another page for a few more days. Now it takes me a while because my big bump makes it harder to make a single page of scrapbook. Caleb moves around A LOT (non-stop, even) after 30 mins. of starting a page, as though he’s telling me, “you need to lie down, mom, and make some more space for me! It’s really cramped in here!” Well, here’s a peek of a few pages of the album that I’m still working on.

Front cover

Front cover

random pages

random pages

random page (bride and groom)

random page (bride and groom)

random page (LA Temple)

random page (LA Temple)

random page (garter toss)

random page (garter toss)

I didn’t do our album the way most scrapbookers do (with all those layers of papers, die cuts, eyelets, etc., in one page) because it would take me a century to finish if I do it that way (plus, I still don’t have that kind of creativity). I still have about 7 pages to do and the clock is ticking fast. I really want to finish this album before I give birth. Hopefully, I can.

Pregnancy is wonderful and amazing! I had an easy pregnancy during my first 2 trimesters. But even though I’m having a hard time now (I can’t move an inch without pain somewhere, especially getting out of bed), I will not trade this experience for anything else — not even the fun of creating a handmade card or a scrapbook page. Maybe I’m only saying this because I’ve had an easy pregnancy and never threw up and all (except for being nauseous all the time, & for those killer headaches I had during my first trimester). But still, it’s a wonderful experience knowing something — no, SOMEONE, is living inside you… already manipulating you! hahaha! Just kidding! The first little flutter of movements are such a joy! I will never forget my husband’s face when he felt our baby’s movement for the first time. I will miss his kicks inside me (they seldom hurt me) whenever I’m hungry, or have been sitting for a long time, or fast asleep (he loves waking me up in the middle of the night). We’re still looking forward to hold our precious one sometime soon– how soon, we don’t know. I’m bracing myself! Haha!

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Charlee Leila February 19, 2009

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Hannah Gellor, our friend who went with us to the Big Island with her family, gave birth to a beautiful, healthy baby girl on Feb. 17th, 2009. It was the day after we got back to Oahu after our trip from the Big Island (click here). She was one tough momma the whole time we were there. She only went to the doctor last Tuesday as another appointment for a check-up. It turned out to be her “giving birth” day.. hehe! She was supposed to be due next week, but since the placenta wasn’t nourishing their baby anymore, the doctor suggested/asked if Hannah wanted to give birth that day (since it’s going to be a c-section again). At least their baby was healthy this time and was born with no complications, unlike with Niobe. They named their newborn Charlee Leila Aracena-Gellor. She weighed 5.1 lbs.

My friend, Lei, sent me some of her scrapbooking supplies last week which I received on Tuesday. And since she sent me lots of “it’s a girl!” scrapbook stuff, I thought to make a greeting card for Hannah. I still have so much room for improvement, though. (Click the pictures to enlarge)

with my handmade envelope

with my handmade envelope

Front cover

Front cover

message

message

 

Crochet and Birthday Card October 15, 2008

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2 weeks ago, Jesse bought 2 rolls of yarns and a crochet learning kit from Walmart. He decided he wanted to learn it, but also urged me to learn how to crochet as well. So when we arrived home, he tried it out at first. It was a little hard for him so he encouraged me to try it, and I did. Thanks to youtube, we were able to have another source of “tutorial” for crocheting other than the little book that was with the learning kit. I was learning double crochet stitch when I stopped last week. I don’t know why I’ve stopped. It’s probably because my laptop died and I couldn’t understand the english instructions in the book until I watched it on youtube, or maybe just because we found out I was pregnant and my mind was always somewhere else since then.

I also tried to make a birthday card for Jesse last week. I’m always out of ideas whenever I’m about to start making a handmade card. But what I like about it is that, even though I don’t have a layout or theme in mind yet, just by displaying things visually before me, I could come up with something. Layouts/themes/blueprints doesn’t work for me. I have to see the objects I want to use laid out on the table before I could decide what I want. It also takes me a while to decide… 😛 The second thing I like about making my own cards is the feeling I get when I’m done creating them. Sure, it could take time but it entertains me a lot! And as a wife with no job and no classes to attend (thus, no homework to do), I really need to do something productive and entertaining to consume my time. I love making handmade cards  even though I don’t have all the high-tech stuff that most scrapbook(ers) use these days. It makes me feel good when I finally get to see the final product. It all just starts with plain sets of papers, different pairs of scissors, a pencil, glue, etc. and 2 or 3 hours later… wallah!!! Sometimes I get upset with what I’ve made because sometimes they’re ugly. But even so, at least I’m using a talent I never thought I had even though I’m still not really good at it.. yet!

 

Yet Another Thank-You Card September 29, 2008

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Here’s another thank-you card I made for Mama and Papa Sparks last week (I think).

 

Scrapbooking (Non-digital and Digital) September 20, 2008

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This week I made some scrapbooks. 3 pages digitally-made for Zeke’s birthday and one handmade for Grandma and Grandpa Sparks.

The ones I made for Zeke are ready-made templates but I edited it a little bit according to my taste, especially the second one where Sarah and John are included in the pictures. I changed that one a lot because the original template looked too “crowded” for me and redundant for the third page (it had the same “starry” background at first, too). I had to look at all the pictures of Zeke so that I have pictures to use (from the latest all the way until when he was born).

Hopefully I’ll learn to be more creative with my handmade ones, though. Enjoy!

first page

first page

second page

second page

Zeke page 1

Zeke page 1 (click to view larger image)

Zeke Page 2

Zeke Page 2 (click to view larger image)

Zeke Page 3

Zeke Page 3 (click to view larger image)

 

Boredom July 22, 2008

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After my baby was picked up by her mom (okay, she’s not my baby… I am just her babysitter), I was trying to figure out what to do next. I’m always like this every time the baby has already been picked up. It’s always 3 more hours before Jesse comes home so I always tried to find things to do. I always excluded going outdoors since I’m always not in the mood to go out alone.

I wrote down earlier today (while the baby was sleeping) what I want to do for the day. One item in my “to do” list is to make a handmade card for Jesse. It’s been a while since the last time I made one.

My first attempt was a (failure) fiasco. It was supposed to be a black card in the front with three cut-out heart shapes. I glued a red construction paper at the back of the black construction paper right after I cut out the hearts. Next thing I knew, I cut the hearts the wrong way! They were upside down! So I thought of improvising it a little bit… I tore the other half of the black construction paper but part of it got left off with the paper that I wanted to keep (where the hearts were). It was okay though… at least at first. I stared at the black construction paper with cut-out shapes of hearts. I thought it would be cute if I tried to sew a white thread around the hearts to make a box in it. I thought it would look nice at the red construction paper at the back of the black paper too, but it didn’t. I was so blank, I ended up crumpling up the paper! Better luck next time, I guess…

I looked at the other half of the black construction paper that I tore off earlier. It was lying there, with an unbalanced “torn” figure. I decided to fold it in three and wrote in a pencil the words I love telling my husband the most. I tore off the sides to balance the paper since it had an unbalanced “torn-off” shape. Then I sewed the paper with white and red threads, following the guidelines of the words written in pencil.This is what I ended up with:

 

Table setting April 10, 2008

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A simple way of setting the table. My group mates took the dinner plates to our food on it so I didn’t have it here on the picture. They were nice plates (with bamboo drawings).
To be unique from other groups, I folded our group’s napkins into a “bird of paradise.” In the end, the other groups started folding their napkins, too, because James (from one group) knew how to make a clam shell fold and a crown fold. 3 other groups folded their napkins that way.

Today was our last Lab day in Home Economics: Food Prep class. This time, the lab was about making a time schedule of what time we will finish preparing/cooking/baking a certain food. Each group made 4 kinds… the veggies (which was easy and was assigned to me so I can set the table), the chicken roll up, cheesecake, and the bread. Each time someone was waiting for their assigned food to finish baking or steaming or anything, they helped out with a member of their group who needed help. However, I didn’t get one when I was setting the table because all of my group mates were busy helping each other with the food.

We had 1 hour and 30 minutes to prepare everything and by 2:45, we had to be seated in our table already with the food in our plates (well-presented).

Everybody was following the book when they were setting the table, including myself. Our teacher said we don’t have to cover our whole table with tablecloth because none of her tablecloths will fit anyway so I left it as it was even though I wanted the tablecloth to hang down a little bit at the edge. But it seemed to me that our table was “pale” (I don’t know how else to put it) so I folded our napkins into something I learned from PCC. At first I made a water lily fold which didn’t really look good because we didn’t use any thing that would require to be put upside down on top of a napkin anyway. So I tried the fan fold but I still have to train myself more with it. Then I tried the crown fold but the napkins weren’t standing firmly because the napkins were too soft. I tried candlestick fold but the napkins were too big for the plastic cups… so my last resolve was the bird of paradise… the picture I got is the worst looking one, though. It looked like something else.. hehehe.

As soon as the dinner plates arrived with the food, everybody started eating so I was kind of embarassed to take a picture of it no matter how the food looked great! Oh well…