Friday, May 23, 2008

Ode to Epson

I have a not so secret love. Unfortuantely this love cannot always be consumated, this week I finally got a taste that has me yearning for more.
I had a sweet project to do for Kelly's kindy class and this baby was the star of the show. Ladies and gents I give you....... The Epson Picturemate Dash.
Isn't she cute??
I am a big Epson fan but unfortunately I can't always afford Epson, so I go without. I would have loved to have gotten the Picturemate Zoom but I couldn't find one in town and I didn't have the $200+ at that second, so I bought the next best thing.
I most say I'm in love. The quality is great and most of you know what a print snob I am. When I was printing out the photos for Kelly's class I got so many ooohhhs and aahhhs that it just made my heart feel all warm and fuzzy. Great quality prints and I can print them right now and not wait 1 hour plus for prints or ordering off the net. hehehehe!! I feel like it's christmas!!
Scrapbook layouts look more interesting to me now that I have more printing options. I'm almost stumped with all the cool stuff that is roaming around my brain.
My next Epson buy I would love to have is the R1900 or R2400. Both of these are top quality wide format printers (about $500+) this is great for the photos that I want to print and put on my walls and for the scrapbook pages where I can print right on the 12x12 cardstock.
My other Epson that is on my wish list ( I actually do have a wish list) is a v-something flatbed scanner ($130ish) this I would like to have so that I can scan old photos of my family for scrapbooking and to scan the kids artwork to put on scrap pages.
So on my wish list of 8 things I can now mark off two.
Carrie's Wish list
Canon 24-70L lens $1100
Epson 2400 printer $600
Epson picturemate dash $130 gotcha baby
Epson scanner $130
13'' tv/dvd for scraproom $100 maybe for christmas, on sale??
print out all photos $500 almost done
a cell phone ??? as of last night on the way
a laptop computer ???
typing this list out for posterity in case I lose the hard copy

Thursday, May 15, 2008

So everything went well with my two appointments yesterday. My sugars are coming back under control and i haven't gained any weight, also almost all the pain I was having is gone. Thank you Jesus!! That was making me seriously miserable.
At the sono I got to see the baby's heart and the tech said that it looked fantastic. It was so cool to see all the chambers of the heart beating. The baby's stomach is still in the right size range (even with all my cheating) and the little bugger weighs about 2lb and 11oz and it +/- 15 inches long. I was a good girl and told the lady that I didn't know what I was having and didn't want to know. I can't say I'm not curious, but I'm liking the anticipation.
Kelly keeps telling people that she is having a baby sister and her name is Shellshe aka Chelsea. Now we have no idea where she got the name from but Rob said it should be a name that we consider. Ok, considering it.

Funny things kids say-
So both grandmas were over yesterday evening. Kelly and Wyatt are running around playing like banshee's. Kelly comes running into the living room saying that Wyatt is playing on her tv. huh??
It seems Wyatt is turning the tv off and on.
So I tell Kelly to tell Wyatt to stop and that we don't do that with the tv and he knows better.
Kelly then goes back to her room and says to Wyatt, "Stop you foul beast!"
We all look at each other and start laughing. I call Kelly back to the living room and ask her where she had heard that foul beast line before and she said from Hanzel and Gretel, a cartoon that G-mom Ross had at her house.
I'm just glad that this time it wasn't MY fault.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Post #200!!

Okay so last Friday I'm sitting in the house by myself when I hear a noise. It sounded like a tarp being snapped in the wind. No biggie, the wind was really blowing that day. So I look outside and i don't see anything. About 30 minutes later I go to check the mail and this is what I found. Please note the almost perfect semi circle. This is how they fell and lay. Well we were planning to have the tree trimmed when we get that stimulus check. Guess what got moved up to Saturday?? Yup. As I was taking this photo, this guy who had quoted Rob a price for trimming the tree shows up. So I have Rob call him and they make arrangements.
I will now leave it at that because the guy so pissed me off on Saturday that I was in tears and ready to beat him to a pulp. this is the tree before the trim and I haven't taken a recent picture (like you really care anyway) But imagine this tree with 4 palms sticking out of the top.

Mothers Day was very nice. I did pretty much nothing except to watch movies and read some new magazines. Of course the next day I had to do the dishes from Mothers day but that was fine.

Since my breakdown at the doctors office a cuple of weeks ago I have been swimming almost every day and I'm feeling much better. I'm not sure if I will swim today cause it's kinda chilly out and might rain but we will see. Tomorrow I go in for a sonogram so I hope to get some new pictures of baby. I'm trying to eat better and keep my sugars down. I just can't wait to have this little one and get somewhat back to normal.

So here is my BIL Chuck with mom Ross. This was one of the best shots taken and I'm thinking of getting it bigger to give to Mom. Of course Chuck would probably argue because he was tired, dirty and needed a shower. Looks good anyway.

So for those of you waiting to hear about LUBBOCK well........
the proposal went in yesterday and now it's a waiting game to see if the regional wants us to make some adjustments.We upped lots of stuff (salary) and made notes that this was just an estimate and subject to change due to gas prices and whatnot.
So everytime Rob calls my heart skips a beat. So the first part of waiting has begun. If the regional agrees then it goes to corporate and then round two of waiting begins. So I will keep you all posted.
Have a great day.

Friday, May 02, 2008

wow! I didn't realize how longs it's been since I posted.

Life has been extremely busy and extremely not so busy. I think I held off posting at first because we had some news that I couldn't share until Rob and I had told our parents.

By now most of you know that there is a possibility that Rob might be transfered to Lubbock Texas. Rob came home from work one day and I was asleep on the couch, so instead of waking my up he hit the net and started house hunting. Once I was awake he told me about his regional asking him if he might be interested. So Rob looks at me and says."are you interested?". Not sure of anything at this point I said lets look it up, and of course Rob had already been looking things up.

After putting the kids to bed we kept doing research, I posted a question on 2peas for the lovely ladies that lived in that area to give us a heads up on stuff. Before we headed to bed that night Rob asked for what felt like the 100th time,"now how are you feeling about it?" Let it sink in dude!! I'm interested but nervous. Within the next few days Rob has a call with the regional who says to draw up a proposal showing how much it's going to cost to get us to move to Lubbock, plus whatever money/raise Rob is wanting, oh and to do it as cheap as possible.

Ummm... yeah I am not going to Uhaul it with a 2-3 month old infant. Not when his boss got a moving company to do all the work and he is married with an 11yr old. So I proceeded to do most of the legwork, for airline tickets(to house hunt) gas for two cars driving, food for 4 of us, hotel for 1 night. start up costs for gas,electric, water, garbage, yada, yada. Then I made Rob do the research for the moving company cost. Lets just say we are up to about $7000 total. So not sure if the company will go for it but with the cost of fuel it seems reasonable. Also we need a clause about what if our house doesn't sell??? Will the company buy it???

The cool thing about texas is that we can buy a house almost DOUBLE our size for less then what our house is worth and for the same if not less than what we are paying now. YEE HAWWWW!

So there is that update.

Headed over to Julie's house last Saturday for a girls scrapping night. I really enjoyed myself and we hope to get together even earlier in the day next time so that we can a) get more done b) spend more time together. It's nice to finally have a group of friends who understand what you are doing and enable you to buy the products that others have brought that you get to try out!! hehehehe (insert evil smiley)

So Robs oldest brother Chuck is in town till this coming Tuesday and when he goes back I will really miss having him here. the kids are just enthralled with him and have gotten to spend lots of time with him and grandmom. At first I wasn't sure if we were going to get along like we did last time he visited. Something about the way he talked and how he talked set my back up bad. So I just kinda sat back and listened to Rob, mom and Chuck talk. Then I said something that I finally realized how ALL the brothers sounded alike but it didn't bother me when Rob sounds arrogant,cause Rob says I know he is right(ass), and the words out of my mouth were to some effect that Chuck was an arrogant ass and reminded me of his brother Terry whom I can't stand. That I know that this is my problem and I'm tyring to work through it. Which I have. Yeah, not very eloquent and somewhat mean but boy was I getting pissy. So since that day everything has been great and we get along fine.

So that has been what's been up the last few weeks. The proposal will go in on Monday and then it's a waiting game. I'm twenty eight weeks along and somewhat miserable already but I have a sono scheduled on May 14th so hopefully baby is doing great. Sure is kicking an awful lot :)

Love Carrie