Sunday, December 6, 2009

24 hours old

and already dressed in purple!

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Stella Grace has arrived

Stella Grace Hughes arrived at 1:50 pm on Dec 4, 2009. She is 19.65 inches long and weighs 9 lbs, 15 oz, just an oz short of her big brother. I'll add more pics later

Sunday, November 22, 2009

The faces of 50!

Here are some pictures from yesterday. I got flowers and candy and a real hug from Seth. All of the pictures without the cupcake were the ones I took in my self portrait session yesterday.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

so a funny thing happened in my week

I had good intentions. I was going to document this week in my life. It was a pretty significant week in my life, too. My plan was to take a picture of myself every day. My plan was to make a mini book with those pictures. My plan was to celebrate the week I turned 50. Well, life got in the way of a week in my life. I got busy. I had stuff to do. I forgot! I took pictures a couple of those days. I took pictures today. In fact, I actually like the pictures I took today, the day I turned 50. I intend to take more later, when the girls come over and I blow out a candle on my chocolate cupcake. I plan to hand the camera over to someone and say, "take my picture, please." You see, it's my birthday and I want some pictures of it. Did I mention that I am 50 today? Well, I am. I have the gray hair and the "smile" lines to prove it. I'll share pictures, later.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Day 2 of a week in my life

Today is Monday. I woke up to a cold windy morning and had to wear the winter coat to work. I found myself at a store near Boo Boo's, one of my favorite sandwich shops at lunch time. I stopped in for a bacon and avocado sandwich and a piece of their yummy fudge. I left only to find the battery dead in my car. An hour later, when roadside assistance showed up to give me a jump. I was surprised to see the little lady who had come to rescue me. She got me started again and I went home. I wasn't going to take a chance that it wouldn't start again. I did not get to make the side trips I was planning to the post office and to the computer store at UTA. CS4 is going to wait until another day, I guess. Karen and Seth came by the house and I let Seth take pictures with my camera. I also gave him a Christmas tree "tatoo" with my stamps and ink.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Day 1 of a week in my life

This week will conclude with a milestone in my life and I plan to document the week with words and pictures and put them in a minibook.

Today was a good day because it was just an ordinary Sunday. I slept late after attending the Lady Antebellum concert last night. I had my cup of coffee made with the cool new Keurig machine, read the paper and went to 11:00 Mass. Curtis and I had dinner at Texas Road House and just enjoyed the day.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

I am cleaning out the old scrappy files again

I am blessed to part of a wonderful design team at Memorable Seasons. (see the link on the right side of this blog) Jill is an incredibly generous owner and I find lots of wonderful treasures on my doorstep each month. I use as much as I can but I still find myself with an abundance of beautiful patterned paper scraps. Of course, I take advantage of way too many of the incredible deals she offers, too. I am trying to get down to a leaner supply stash and I find I just can't bear to throw good paper away. I also have numerous sheets of stickers and letters that only have a few pieces missing from them. There is lots of chipboard and flowers and just a few stamps, too. I have put together several "care" packages full of odds and ends that I will send to anyone who is interested. Please send an email to with your snail mail and I will get those out to you. Unfortunately, I need to limit this to US residents. Postage out of the country is just a little too high.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Halloween pictures and more catching up

Wow,it has been an eventful week here in the Owens home. On Monday, Karen began having contractions. At that point, she was only 33 weeks. They were consistently 4 minutes apart when she arrived at the hospital at 9:30 pm. Fortunately, she had not started to dilate and they were able to stop them after two shots and a pill. Don't ask me what they gave her. I have no clue. However, by 11, when it looked like she would be there a while, I took Seth home with me and put him to bed. I had a heck of time getting tha boy up to take him to school the next day. It has been a long time since I had to do that kind of duty. Karen is now on a prescription to keep her uterus relaxed but has contractions when she exerts herself. That is why I got to take Seth to his school carnival and trick or treating last night.

I also would love it if you would say some prayers for my extended family, too. Joe's (my son-in-law) grandfather is in the hospital with heart and kidney failure and is not expected to make it much longer. His family is keeping vigil at the hospital and I brought Seth home with me yesterday afternoon to make it a little easier on those sitting in that waiting room. 6 year olds just don't sit quietly very well. Karen came over here for a little while to get Seth ready for trick or treating but went back after he was finished.

My cousin's 26 yr old son has been diagnosed with a brain tumor in his frontal lobe which has caused him to have seizures. He is on medication to control those seizures and they are going to monitor the tumor for a while because the neurosurgeon thinks it may have been there for a while. He was recently laid off of his job and does not have insurance. Please pray that he finds a good job soon so that he has coverage if the time comes to remove the tumor.

Allison has been furniture shopping and has purchased a dinette set, a couch and chair and is all set to move out next month. She is very excited and I am for her. I know she is ready to get out of her parent's house.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

I heart Brian Andreas Story People

So many of them speak to me like this one that came to my inbox this morning.

Dark Garden

I once had a garden filled with flowers that grew only on dark thoughts but they need constant attention & one day I decided I had better things to do.

See more of them here.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Pregnant women are beautiful

especially when she is my own baby girl....

I've been eyeing this pink wall at Miguelito's Mexican Restaurant ever since I found out Karen was pregnant hoping it would be a girl so I can take a picture of a pregnant belly in front of it. There is a blue wall on the other side of the building.