Lovin’ Life

Just lovin’ my life with Jesse

Malia Johnson Photography February 6, 2010

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So our old neighbor, Malia Johnson, is giving a free session this month and I wanna try my luck. She’s a great photographer! I love her style and her photos. You should check out her blog and her portfolio. It’s great! This is the link to her giveaway: 100th Post and a Giveaway

 

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!

 

Winter Ball 2009 March 31, 2009

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Last week, Friday (March 27), we went to the winter ball in PCC. We didn’t stay long, though, because we got tired even before midnight stroke. Good thing home was really near and we were able to spend a quick trip on our way home so we could go to bed.

We helped out selling/checking tickets and putting wristbands on students (while the first movie, “Fireproof,” was playing at the IMax Theater) before we started enjoying the night. Right after our shift, we went to Hale Aloha to have dinner. The food was great! Jesse tried to finish 2 plates but he was unsuccessful.. hehehe! Afterwards, we went to see the movie, “Bedtime Stories,” at the  IMax Theater. It was funny! We only spent a few minutes after the movie to check out the dance at the Hale Aloha before we decided to go home.

Anyway.. here’s some of our very few pictures taken that night. Thanks, Summer, for the dress! 🙂

dinner time at Hale Aloha

dinner time at Hale Aloha

Before going home

Before going home

Before going home

Us with my 28 weeks and 4 days pregnant belly

 

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

 

Stand By Me January 21, 2009

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This is a video from Youtube that was forwarded to Jesse’s email, I think. And we really like it so I thought to post it here. There are really people with great talent out there. I especially like Clarence Bekker’s voice.

 

Tagged November 19, 2008

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8 Things About Me
8 favorite TV shows
We don’t have TV & I haven’t really spent a long time watching TV since 2004.. hehehe…

 
8 Things I did yesterday:
1. ate and ate and ate
2. took a nap
3. watched National Geographic videos
4. folded our clothes
5. went to our friend’s birthday celebration
6. played with Niobe
7. waited for Jesse to finish playing NBA Live
8. wrestled a little with Jesse before going to bed

8 Things to Look Forward To:
1. December!
2. baby
3. immigration stuff getting done…
4. bigger clothes
5. date nights (hopefully)
6. first trimester of my pregnancy is almost done!
7. big tummy & Daddy Jesse
8. seeing my parents again next year (hopefully)

8 Favorite Resturants
1. Jollibee
2. Subway
3. Cheesecake Factory
4. Golden Coin
5. Maxx’s
6. Panda Express
7. ChowKing
8. Luring’s

8 Things on my Wish List:
1. healthy baby
2. be nearer to Filipino grocery stores or restaurants (for my cravings.. haha)
3. Cricut
4. Canon’s Rebel XSi (or similar kind of camera)
5. no more rainy days before we leave Hawaii next month (i want to go to the beach!)
6. stamps & inks (for scrapbooking)
7. weekend dates?!? 😛
8. see my mom & dad next year…

8 people I tag: Sam, Jesse, ate Shey, Lei, Mariana, Ashley, Asenath, & Sta. Claus 😛

 

Crazy Singing Bird November 11, 2008

I was just surfing youtube for animated videos and I came across these. I thought they were kinda funny: