Wednesday, September 29, 2010

How we told my family

We were trying to think of a fun & special way to tell my family about being pregnant. We didn't want to wait TOO long because they knew we'd been having trouble and we didn't want them worrying longer than was necessary. Since two of my brothers, and my SIL and their girls were all living in California for the summer for work, we decided we'd tell them at Bear Lake on the first evening because we'd be ALL together.

My mom always told me that she wanted to know first and that I couldn't tell other people before I told her. So we had to think of a way that was technically telling her first, but so everyone else would find out too.

I had bought my mom these really cute notecards at the Disney Store because they were on clearance for $1.99, so we decided I'd be like "Oh hey mom I have these cute Mickey cards I bought you for 1.99! They are so cute." And then slip the picture of me and Josh holding up the pregnancy test in with the cards. (the picture in the post just before this one) I knew she'd want to look at every card, but you do hear me in the video say "You have to look at each one, they are so cute". I guess I was just nervous she'd miss it or something. Josh was in charge of setting the camera inconspicuously on the table so it would record everything!

Anyway - we waited until after dinner and everyone was gathered around the pavilion area and then set the plan in motion. Sadly, one of my brothers, Scotty, walked away to the bathroom right as I handed the cards to mom so he sort of missed it but you hear him at the end of the video when he comes back and find out what happened and give a big "WOO HOO!". It's funny! But other than that, the plan worked perfectly!

Anyway - here's the video. My aunt and cousins and our family friends that we go to Bear Lake with every year are all in video too. So there's lots of people. It was such a special moment and I'm so happy the video worked and we got it all. Hope you like it!

OH and I did get permission from my mom to post this video. haha! So don't worry!

Monday, September 27, 2010

guess what guess what guess what!

Hey you guys!! I have some BIG BIG BIG news!!!!!


Yes! We are expecting our very first baby!

We actually found out back on Josh's birthday in July. (Talk about a great 30th birthday present, right!?) We tried for 1 year and 2 months to get pregnant. It was a hard year of waiting, and disappointment. But we just had to have faith that it would happen and FINALLY, IT DID!

I'm 16 weeks now, a little over 4 months. (This ultra-sound was from our 12 week appointment). I'm due on March 11th.

We find out if we're having a boy or a girl in less than 4 weeks! RIGHT BEFORE I leave for Orlando! So yes, these two Disney trips in October will be be totally Thrill-Ride-Free for me! I'll have to content myself with Small World and the likes! HAHA But that's TOTALLY fine by me!!!

We actually just had our 16 week appointment this morning and all is well! They said everything looks great. We got to hear the heart beat, which is always amazing!

I do get SUPER tired and my bed time has bumped way up. Josh and I used to be total night-owls and were very rarely asleep before midnight. Now its rare if we're not in bed around 10:00. And I do have to take little naps here and there. My energy has been way down.

BUT - I haven't had any morning sickness or anything like that. I get a little bit of a stomach ache at night sometimes, but its nothing bad (I'm pretty sure its just gas). I've been VERY lucky. I get it from my mom. She wasn't ever sick with her babies either.

If you can't tell we're just a little excited! And I'm so happy I can finally tell you all! It's been really hard keeping the secret!

And, yes, you can probably expect a few new "baby" products from Britt-ish Designs in the next 5 months of my pregnancy! HAHA!! I'm sure I won't be able to help myself.

So - that's my big news. Probably the biggest news I've ever shared on my blog before. Pretty cool!

Have an amazing day!!!!

Friday, September 24, 2010

its a very FUN friday!

Hip hip hooray! Friday is finally here!! I'm so excited because that means its time to release my new kit!!

I realized its been 2 1/2 years since I created a general Disney inspired kit. It was high-time for a new one!

and . . .

And of course I've got a little add-on freebie for you at the end of the post, so ready through the end!

Here's the page I scrapped with the new kit.

And more amazing creations from my wonderful Britt Girls . . .

Isn't it a fun kit? I hope you guys like it as much as my team and I do!

Alrigthy - here are the Show Offs for this week!

Thanks for sending in all the Show Offs. You'll all be getting my new "Just Plain Fun Bonus Alpha" as your gift this week.

Would you like to Show Off and get free stuff too?? Well, read all about how it works at the bottom of THIS POST.

And last but not least, here's the add-on freebie for you!

Well, I hope everyone has a fun weekend and that you find some time to squeeze in some scrapping! TTFN!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

just a peek!

OK, so I know I've been silent on my blog all week! But it's because I've been working REALLY HARD on my new kit!!!!! Wait until you see it! I'm seriously giddy with excitement (seriously giddy??! Isn't that an oxy-moron?! HAHAH) to release it tomorrow.

Here's a little peek to tide you over!

See you tomorrow!


Friday, September 17, 2010

'inspiring' new templates

Hello there! Sorry about the delay today. Apparently my site went back up in the middle of the night, so I can finally get going with all my Friday releases, the newsletter, etc!!!

ANYWAY - happy Friday. Here's what I have new in the shop today!

"Inspired by Courtney Templates"

and . . .

"Just An Alpha"

Here is what I scrapped with the new templates!

more inspiration from the britt girls!

And now, on to this week's Show Offs.

Thanks to all the Show Offs this week for sending in your LOs. You're all getting my "Just An Alpha" as your gift this week.

If you'd like to be a Show Off, but aren't sure how it all works, just read the end of THIS POST.

And that's it for today!! :) Have an excellent weekend. Hope you have something fun planned. TTFN!

site down

Well, its midnight and i've been waiting and pulling my hair out for the last 4 hours. My server host had some emergency with a power transformer in their city and were forced to shut down which means my site is down until they get it back up and running.

So I give up. Newsletter, new products, everything will just have to wait until I get up tomorrow morning.

I just pray my site is back up by then.

Going to bed tired and extremely frustrated.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

a few layouts to share

Hi guys. Just thought I'd pop in today and share a few LOs I've scrapped over the last couple weeks!

First up - a couple pages from my Nov. 2007 trip to Disneyland. Sigh . . . someday I'll finish these '07 trips. (NOTE: you can almost always click on my layouts to see them bigger)

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Apparently I'm into scrapping 2007 photos these days. Here are some pics from Thanksgiving 2007. (this page is a re-do from an UGLY old LO I did a couple years ago!!!)

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And time traveling back to the present day . . . this page is from our trip to Bear Lake this summer.

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That's it! Just posting layouts today. Have a good one!

Friday, September 10, 2010

new kit! WOO HOO!

Hey there everybody! I have a new kit today and I'm really lovin' it!

Isn't it fun!?! Here's the page I scrapped with it!

And check out the inspiration from the britt girls!!

I hope you are just smilin' ear to ear after seeing "Toothy" and all those awesome layouts!

Now - let's enjoy this week's Show Offs!

Thanks for all the Show Offs this week. Each of you are getting a coupon code good for one free Word Art pack from my store! So watch your email inboxes.

Would you like to Show Off and get free stuff too?? Well, read all about how it works at the bottom of THIS POST, and then start sending in those Show Offs!

And that's it from me today. Short & sweet. Hope you have a wonderful weekend!!!

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

join me in italy!

I wish I meant the REAL Italy (its my #1 dream vacation), but I mean the Italy in EPCOT!

I'm putting together a big group lunch at the brand new Via Napoli restaurant in the Italian Pavilion! Inside The Magic wrote a great review about the restaurant that you can read here. (Warning: the pictures and review will make your mouth water and your tummy grumble!)

I can't WAIT to try this place! It looks SOOOO good!

We'll be lunching together on Wed. Oct. 27 at 2:00pm. Everyone is welcome, but you need to tell me your coming in advance. I just need to make sure to have enough seats reserved! There's a thread at MouseScrappers with a list of who has "RSVPed" so far.

If you'd like to join us (and please do!) either email me or post in the thread at MouseScrappers. There are also lots of other meet ups going on while I'm at Disney World if you can't join us in Italy. Check out the meet board and find time that works with your schedule.

I'm getting REALLY excited for this meet-up trip to Florida. My mom is coming with me, and we are both just so psyched! We booked our flight this week, so now it feels SUPER official that we're going. We got a pretty good deal on a direct flight. YAY for no layovers.

Hope to meet lots of you in Florida!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

what fun!

Camping is so much fun. I love to be in the great outdoors. Of course, I like to camp at places where there's a working restroom and a shower, so maybe some of you wouldn't really call it true camping! But we sure had fun this past weekend. Even though the trip was short and sweet, we had a VERY nice time at the Fillmore KOA.

I've never camped at a KOA before, but having a pool to lounge at all day was so awesome! I'm all for KOAs now!

Plus it was really HOT!! We NEEDED that pool just to keep cool.

Favorite moments from our Labor Day Camping Trip:

- swimming
- campfire chats
- dough boys
- cooking (and eating) outdoors
- sunflowers
- bunny rabbits
- playing Skip Bo
- waking up in a tent with my honey

Sure, there are always things that don't go as planned or aren't so nice about camping trips (we had bee stings, stubbed toes, sunburns, WAY too much wind, etc. etc.). But the good outweighed the bad for sure. I'd love to make it a yearly tradition!

Hope you guys had a fun Labor Day weekend too. TTFN!

Friday, September 3, 2010

grab bag reveal & new schtuff

Hi there!! Happy Friday. Is everyone (in the states) looking forward to a fun 3-day weekend? Josh has to work on Labor Day (lame) but we're still going camping with his family all weekend!! We leave later today. It's going to be lots of fun!

Ok . . . on to today's business. First I'll reveal the contents of the Grab Bag! All of these products are now in the shop on their own.

OK . . . and now on to NEW products!

Here's the page I scrapped with these new items . . .

And check out the awesome work from the Britt Girls this week . . .

Alrighty - here's is this week's Show Off Slideshow.

Thanks for all the wonderful Show Offs this week. You'll all be getting my new "Tiny Prints" paper pack.

If you'd like to be a Show Off, but aren't sure how it all works, just read the end of THIS POST!!

And that about wraps it up for me today. I have lots to do still to get ready to leave for our camping trip later today. So I best be off. Have an excellent Labor Day weekend and I'll see you all next week!

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