It was a crazy and fun-filled birthday weekend for my brother and my hubby, Jose. We ended up not doing a separate birthday cake surprise for Jose because he didn't want us making a big fuss over his birthday. But apparently, the guys at my brother's party ended up having a 2nd drink (or two or three or more) on Jose's behalf as well!
The slideshow above is a quick recap of photos I was able to capture on my camera. I regret not being able to take more photos of the guests and our family, but I was busy with "mommy duties" - following my 2 year old around the entire time of the party.
It was fun seeing my brother have a good time with his friends and family. He was definitely faded beyond faded (which was the point). But he was taken care of by everybody in the house. LOL my Dad and his "selfie" shots around the party. Let's hope he's not posting those pics on his Facebook page. haha!
The overall decor was beautifully put together by my sis-in-law, Sheryllyn. You wouldn't know that this was just put together in two weeks!!!! My favorite decor of the party was the centerpieces: the DIY "tri-frames". Pretty self-explanatory process, but so beautiful when put together. I might have to use that for an upcoming party that I decorate for..maybe for a 1 year old birthday party for future clients.
I can't wait to celebrate more "40th Birthday" celebrations in the near future. Just about everybody around me is turning 40, or almost there - like myself and Jose. Well, we still have two more years.
I'll enjoy my last few years of being in my thirties.
My brother's 40th birthday was on Tuesday (the 14th) and his party is this Saturday. I made a banner to place over the backdrop for his photo booth. Since the backdrop will be black, I decided to go with a backing color that I've never done before in all my three years of making party banners - white!
My sis-in-law told me to pick a theme color for his birthday, so I thought that sticking to black and white with hints of gold would be a nice touch for a male birthday party. This is his 40th birthday too, a big milestone...so we had to add some glittery details to it! I know for my 40th birthday, I'd like to have some shiny decor for my party (I still got two more years to go)!
I did something a little bit different to this particular banner that I don't normally do. I threaded the ribbon in the front of the banner as opposed to "hiding" it in the back. The banner looked a little plain to me as I laid everything out on the table before assembling. I wanted to add something but I didn't want to go overboard with it. So as I was threading the ribbon through, I noticed it looked much better being exposed. I also added stars in between the words "40th" and "birthday" . I had to break up this banner or it would've extended over 10 feet! LOL my photobooth backdrop width is only 5 feet.
I'll be posting more photos of the party this Saturday so you can all see how the banner looks as it is hung over the photobooth.
By the way, Jose's (the hubby) birthday is this Saturday! I'm thinking of surprising him with a small ice cream cake at my brother's party when the crowd gets smaller and we're about to clean up. He doesn't read this blog, so he won't even know about his cake surprise!
Will I ever find a better "home" for my ribbon collection? Yikes!
And there's my mix of new school and old school crafting: my Cricut and Sizzix.
If I could, I would love to have ALL the die cut machines out there. But *sigh*, it's just a dream.
Just a crafter's dream.
And here's my 2 year old, Noah cozy in his little tent in the craft room. Of course, he's on Youtube, watching something Thomas the Train related.
I can't believe it's been two years since my last blog post. LOL I've been busy! First of all, being a mom to two boys isn't easy - so that's where I've been for the past two years...being a SAHM (stay-at-home-mom).
But I've also been developing my "craft" with dessert tables and paper crafts. Majority of my work for the past two years are on my Instagram page @cyndetails
I'm trying to take a different approach with my work this year and focus more attention on "paper crafts" as opposed to last year with my dessert and candy stations. I'll still be setting up dessert tables here and there, but it won't be a primary goal for me this year.
These mini treat boxes are my own custom template that I worked on last week while I was looking through the pantry and noticed a full bag of unopened Hershey's Nuggets from Christmas. So I put these candies to good use!! It can be a pain to try and figure out a template on your own, especially when you can just easily find a cartridge or make your own svg file for your die-cut machine to do the work for you.
But there's just something rewarding about figuring the measurements out on your own, trimming with a paper trimmer, and scoring with a scoreboard. There's nothing wrong with mixing old school crafting with new school crafting. And the best part about it all is that you can proudly say that the creation is "yours". =)
I can't believe the last time I posted a blog was the day I delivered Noah! He was born on October 17, 2011 @ 10:56pm. I had to have an emergency C-section due to my toxemia/preeclampsia history. =(
I know that in my previous blog entry I wrote that I "accepted" the fact that if a C-section was necessary, I would have to deal with it. But honestly, it was the most traumatic experience for me!!! I know that there are plenty of moms out there who have had C-sections for all of their childrens' births like it's no big thing. But for someone who has never gone through that before, and wasn't even expecting it..it's an experience that I'm not sure I can go back to. As much as we would love to have another baby someday in the future, I don't think my body and mind could handle going through a C-section again. I'm just not as strong as others may be.
But the good news is that Noah is a healthy baby and that's all that matters in the end. He will be one month old this Thursday! Right now, it's 6am and I can't go back to sleep after an early morning feeding. I downloaded this "baby app" on my phone because I wanted to log in how long Noah has been sleeping, eating, and needs to be changed. He's right ON THE DOT every 1 1/2 to 2 hours!!!! Who needs an alarm clock when you have a screaming baby?!?!!? haha! It's been so long for me since I birthed a child that I forgot how crazy sleep deprivation was. But it's nice to know that in a few months, I'll be able to increase my sleeping hours from 2 hours to 4 to even 5 or 6 hours! WOW!!!!!!! I'm looking forward to that!
We have a photo session for Noah and Isaiah this Friday. I wonder how that's going to turn out. Hopefully Noah will be sleeping happily while we take pictures. He's too young to be awake and smiling on cue so I'm not expecting "open-eye" shots with Noah. But if he's awake, we'll have to make the most of it! For now, I've attached a few pictures of Baby Noah from the hospital and from home.
I'm trying to stay as calm and relaxed as I can today. I had a routine exam this morning and was told by my doctor that I need to go to the hospital tonight. Due to my "toxemia" history with Isaiah 9 years ago, and toxemia again with this second one..they want to be extra careful that the baby is delivered and safe.
I'm nervous, I don't know what to expect out of being "induced". I've accepted that maybe a C-section might be a route we'll have to take. It's for the safety of the baby and of course, for my health.
Going to be given Cervidil tonight to soften the cervix and if everything looks good tomorrow morning when the doc checks in on me, we can start the Pitocin. *sigh*, with Isaiah everything was so fast and done on its own without the use of meds. But it's true what they say, "every pregnancy is different". I don't remember how long I pushed with Isaiah, but I just remember how good the feeling was when he came out. I won't be too TMI on here, but it was a nice feeling!!!
I prepped all of Isaiah's things for the week. I'm going to be missing him when we're in the hospital. Of course, I'll be calling him every night to check on him. Unless I go into labor, then I'll have to see him after the baby is born. I was supposed to chaperone his field trip this Thursday. I guess not anymore!!!
Just got back from a followup appointment from Wednesday's "scare" of my sky-high blood pressure. Doc's orders for me are to rest and just take it easy from now until the baby comes. I guess I haven't been doing much resting and relaxing because so many things have been on my mind lately. I have a history of high blood pressure, especially from when Isaiah was born..so I have to make sure NOT to let this happen again.
But the baby is ok and everything is looking good so far with him and with me almost being 37 weeks. We're almost there! I'm just resting in bed with the laptop. I just finished watching last night's episode of the X Factor on the DVR. It keeps me busy while I'm in the last stage of just "waiting" for Noah to be born already. These are the following shows that I'll remember and will remind me of this pregnancy when I look back: X-Factor, Terra Nova, The Office, and The Lying Game. When I was pregnant with Isaiah, all I watched every single night was the Cosby Show - no wonder Isaiah loves that show too!!! Or maybe he just tolerates it because I still watch it to this day.
With this pregnancy, I'll have memories of terrible singers, dinosaurs, stuck up society girls from Arizona, and the Dunder Mifflin Paper Company!
Another funny thing that I remember about being pregnant with Isaiah was certain music that I couldn't listen to. I know there are certain foods or smells that people can't stand that will make them sick because it takes them back to their 1st Trimester...well, with me...it's music. With Isaiah, particularly during my first trimester, I remember listening to a lot of Wu-Tang, especially Ghostface Killah. At that time, Ghostface came out with a single called "Ghost Showers" and I would PLAY that song out!!!!! I loved that song! Then later on towards the end of the first trimester, that song made me so sick that when I would hear just the intro, I would get nauseous. To this day, I still can't listen to that song and I refuse to try to listen to it because it might make me sick. Hearing that song makes me feel like the room is closing in on me.
Guess which artist makes me sick during THIS pregnancy? Janelle Monae. =(
I'm so sad that Janelle Monae's music makes me sick because I LOVE her and everything about her! I listened to her so much and I analyzed and broke down every single song she had. When I found out I was pregnant earlier this year, I slowly stopped listening to her because it made me sick. Now that I'm almost done with this pregnancy, I try to listen to her, but I can't even finish a song of hers anymore. I even tried to add one or two songs of hers in my ipod so we could listen to it at the baby shower - but I had to delete it because it made me feel weird inside. I can't force my brain to not let her music get to me. Just like with Ghostface, Janelle Monae's music makes me feel like the room is closing in on me and I'm about to get stomped on by an elephant. I'm weird, but that's exactly how I feel!!
I don't think I'll ever be able to listen to Janelle Monae ever again. It's crazy how pregnancy does that to people sometimes. Thank GOD I wasn't listening to Mariah Carey during my first trimester, right?! Oh man..imagine that. Because if I were listening to Mariah during my first trimester, I would never ever get to hear her voice or her music again!!! It's almost like a first trimester curse for me now. LOL
I can't believe I actually made it through the baby shower! As I was looking through the pictures, I was wondering at first why I wasn't in a lot of them and why it was mostly Jose...then I realized, "Oh yeah! I didn't want to get my lazy butt off the chair most of the time". But the party's over and now it's time to fix and re-fix the diaper bag and pack my bag as well. I'm really happy that we got a LOT of what we needed for the baby. Thank you again to every single one of you who showed up at the shower. WE LOVE YOU!!!!!
Washing all of the baby items in Dreft makes me feel nostalgic and I remember Isaiah 9 years ago when he was a baby. I packed one of Isaiah's newborn pajamas that he barely wore, and I would like Noah to wear that for his going-home outfit. I'm excited!!! Any day now, Baby Noah will be here, so I gotta be ready. I was looking at the diapers and packing some in the bag and I also asked myself, "Will everything just come back to me? I'm sure it will. But how will it be the second time around? I'll have a little crying baby in one hand, and a 4th grader with tons of homework to deal with!"
Just like Shiela said, "Ready for Round Two?!!?" I hope so!!!!
Last night was a very challenging night. I couldn't sleep, as usual. I just kept going to the bathroom. It felt like the baby was pushing his head down on my bladder every hour of the night! This is really prepping me for the long nights I'll be having with the baby. I should get used to this, I know. We'll see how this week turns out. I'm just wondering if I'll make it to my baby shower in two weeks. Who knows, maybe the baby will make an early appearance and I'll just have to bring the baby to the baby shower! =)
I haven't posted anything in a while because I've been so exhausted to even sign on to anything. But I have some energy right now because I took a pretty long nap early today.
Yesterday was Isaiah's 9th birthday! He really is growing up so fast before my eyes. I still watch my old dvd collages of him when he was born, and all those little movie documentaries I made of him month-by-month. I remember everything like it was yesterday, literally. I think that's something only a mother could claim. =)
I'm almost 33 weeks this Monday. I am at that point where I'm pretty much over the whole "pregnant" thing and would like to meet my little one that's been living in me for almost 9 months now. I had a CRAZY cramp on my left calf early this morning and I couldn't stop crying. I still feel it right now at 8:25 in the evening. I don't know which is worse, sciatica or "charlie horses".
Thankfully, San Diego is back to normal with electricity everywhere. The other day (9/8/11), all of San Diego's power went out. It started in Yuma, AZ. I don't know the exact details except for that it was an employee of an electric company who was doing a routine maintenance check and basically he screwed up and what resulted was San Diego got affected by his "routine" maintenance check. At first, when all of the power went out (3:45'ish in the afternoon and got restored completely at around midnight), I couldn't help but think of some kind of "sign" of an apocalypse. It's always automatic to me now to think that way. But then I also thought it could just be our area. When I found out it was happening all over SD, all I could think about was the heat and to make sure to eat and drink. Isaiah's birthday ice cream cake was in the freezer, but I told him he can eat it so it wouldn't melt and go to waste. Yeah, it was a day before his birthday, but I think he would've been more crushed if he saw his birthday cake all melted.
Later that evening, we also found out that all schools in San Diego would be closed the next day due to the power outage. Isaiah had a really BIG smile on his face because it was his birthday. So he got a free day off on his birthday! =)
For Isaiah's birthday the next day, we just had a simple birthday dinner with family. Originally Isaiah's choice was at Chili's, but when we all went there, it was closed due to the spoilage of certain foods, etc. So we went to Isaiah's second choice restaurant which was Red Lobster. I can't believe how much we all pigged out and took advantage of the "All You Can Eat SHRIMP!" LOL
Here are some pictures of Isaiah's birthday on 9/9/11.