Tuesday, February 11, 2014

December Daily 2013 - it's a wrap

I finally have all my ducks in a row! Here is my official wrap up of December Daily 2013. I did end up doing things a little bit differently than I thought I would so you'll see some differences between the finished pages and the base pages.

I also realized that by trying to make things easier on myself, I actually ended up making them harder! So next year I will definitely be going back to the format I did in 2010 and 2012. And because I'll have a new baby in the mix next year, I'll also be doing my prep waaaay in advanced to make sure that the project actually gets done. I'm someone who gets overwhelmed very easily so I want to be proactive and as organized as possible.

 
Here is the website I talk about in my video that has the free rustic graphics that I put in my chalkboard elements: http://www.welivedhappilyeverafter.com/2013/11/12-stunning-free-rustic-graphics.html. Thank you Hannah from We Lived Happily Ever After, they are beautiful!

Thank you for sticking with me on this project! My morning sickness was definitely worse this time around so I appreciate your patience while I finished everything up.

Coming up soon on my blog - there are LOTS of home crafting projects brewing in my head! My nesting instinct is kicking in and so is my creativity so stay tuned for some fun sign/palette projects!

Love and Craziness,

Friday, February 7, 2014

Hello little miracle

One thing I've learned in the last few years is that you can't plan everything. It's actually a hard concept for someone with autism - especially if you've been a planner your entire life. When we were first married, we had a five-year plan to start a family. And everything went according to plan and our son Roman was born just before our sixth anniversary.
 
We had always planned to have two children. So we tried for another kiddo when Roman was about three. And....nothing happened. For years. Then I was diagnosed with celiac disease and my life changed forever. Celiac disease is an auto-immune condition that causes infertility and miscarriage. "That was it" I thought. That's my cue that we were going to be a one-child family.
 
We started giving our baby things away. I started going to counseling to help me deal with letting go of having a second child. I even went back on the birth control pill for even more closure.
 
And I got pregnant. Completely out of the blue. Without trying.
 
Granted at the time, we were "between" pill packs so there was an opportunity for something to happen. We were surprised but excited! Unfortunately it was short lived and I miscarried at six weeks.
 
I thought for sure that was it. That was my closure. We had one kiddo and it was going to stay that way. We were so, so lucky to have one amazing and beautiful child.
 
And then this December I found out that I was pregnant AGAIN. While we were on the pill (granted it was the mini-pill which is less effective than the regular pill). At 36 years old. And the kicker? It was a slow month for us - we were both really busy so there was a grand total of ONE time that this could've happened. And it did. Incredibly enough I was pregnant again. Holy crap.
 
I kept expecting something crazy to happen. "There's no way that I could have another baby right now, we didn't plan it!" kept running through my mind. But as the weeks passed and I started getting symptoms, it became very clear. I was pregnant and staying that way.
 
So this is our official announcement - we are having another baby! We are due August 21st. I just had my 12 week ultrasound and everything looked great. So welcome sweet little miracle. We can't wait to meet you!
 
Love and Craziness,
 
P.S. - I WILL be doing another post shortly wrapping up December Daily 2013. I couldn't say before, but I have been really sick with this pregnancy so everything has fallen to the wayside in the last two months. Thanks for your patience ;)

Saturday, December 28, 2013

December Daily 2013, halfway there...

Well hello there! I hope you all had a wonderful, safe, and very Merry Christmas.
 
I finally have a new video out! I talk about my progress so far and also about how I made a BIG mistake this year when I tried to make things easier :P 

The finished album is coming soon! Thanks for watching!
 
Love and Craziness,