Friday, March 7, 2008

Blog Party Time!!!

5 Minutes for Mom is hosting the Ultimate Blog Party, and of course I feel the need to play along!

For those who don't know me, I'm Laurie. I'm a British-born Canuck living in southern Arizona (how's that for confusing?). I've been married to CJ for 5 craaazy years, but we've known eachother for 9 years. We have three children who we adore and who drive us crazy all at the same time: Mercy, who's 3.5 years old, Porter, who's 2 years old, and Jameson (J), who's 4 months old. M and P were both c-sections, but J was a vaginal birth, my VBA2C, and I am SO proud that I was able to accomplish that.

We are also LDS (mormon). CJ was born and raised LDS, I joined the Church when I was 13. We met at an LDS college, Southern Virginia, 1998/99. We started dating and then he went on his 2 year mission to Bilbao Spain, while I went back to Canada and then over to Scotland for a year to train with horses. He got back in 2001 and started at BYU. I came back from Scotland in 2oo2 and 5 months later we got married. :D M joined us two years and two days after that, then P came along 14.5 months later. And J was born two weeks shy of two years after that.

I love to scrapbook, both paper and digital, but lately it's been much easier to do digital, plus I can do more without shelling out a ton of money. I don't really post on any specific digiscrap sites, but my dear friend Jesse sells on Designer Digitals, so go visit her. :D I love crafty things, I just tend to never finish them. I'm slowly learning to quilt, or at least I keep telling myself that when I look at the fabric sitting in the closet.

I love taking photos too, thanks to some great friends I'm learning to take better ones. Mostly of my kids, since that *is* my constant surroundings, plus southern Arizona... well, it's not that pretty on the eyes. At least right now... we did just have some daffodils bloom though, so hope is on the horizon! I also am trying to do a 365 day challenge, I have a blog for it. Check it out and leave a comment on your favorite pic!

I am sliiiiiightly sarcastic, or as my mum says, I'm "quick witted". I love getting in a good verbal sparring match with CJ, because he can never think of retorts as fast as I can, and it just gets plain hilarious listening to us. He's the cool calm guy while I'm the on-edge, snarky girl. We're an interesting pair, but it works for us, and any of our friends will tell you that. I'm also a pessimist and a bit catastrophic, but to each his own. I'm trying to work on it...

I love the fun things you can find on the internet, and I've made some amazing friends on here that I doubt I'd have had the courage to talk to if we'd met in a store or something. Plus I've found some friends from college and the likes that I'd lost touch with, and it's so great being able to see what they're up to and see them with kids! I don't feel like it was that long ago, but time flies and all that jazz.

Ooh! I can't forget this: one of the things I do in downtime or when I need a break from the kids is I help my dear friend Karyn out and edit photos of her bows for her. Karyn owns Little Pink Ladybug and is one of the BEST bowmakers you'll find. Seriously, the bows she comes up with... insane. And she's one of the sweetest, kindest people you'll ever meet. The woman's got class AND talent! Plus she gives me bows in exchange for the tiny bit of work I do for her. I'd do a giveaway as part of the blog party, but I don't think I could part with any bows she might donate. LOL.

OOPS!! My prize list!!

A $50 gift certificate to JuJu Beane Boutique
A $50 gift certificate to Happy Panda
A shirt from Baby Candy
A 12x12 Custom Wall Canvas from JuJu Beane Boutique
A My Baby Can Talk DVD Set from My Baby Can Talk
A custom tutu from Live~Love~Dance Boutique
A $50 gift certificate to Paperlicious.com
10 T-shirts from PMKU
A $25 gift card to Target from Mommy Bytes
A pair of flaming Babylegs from Fire Mom
A $25 gift certificate to Little Piddles
A baby shirt from Uncommonly Cute
$25 from Lori
A webcam from Liz
A photo tile necklace from Elemental Memories

24 comments:

Debbie Yost said...

Hi Laurie -

I was just talking to my mom yesterday about how my sarcism gets me in trouble sometimes. Some people just don't get it! Oh well, their loss, not mine.

It's nice to meet you!

Not the Queen said...

I haven't tried digital scrapbooking yet. I've wanted to; it would most definitely make it easier.

Nice to meet you! Thanks for stopping by!

That Chick Over There said...

I'm dying to try digital scrapbooking too.

Becoming Me said...

So nice to meet you. I loooove to on-line scrapbook although I am way behind. I started one when our son was born 10 months ago and then we moved and I started blogging...
I'm having a praise party on my blog and am planning a complete praise post sometime this week. Blessings to you!

BrineS said...

I'm inviting you to party with me!

Win some chocolate from my-sister-in-law and I...we blog about CHOCOLATE...me from Australia...and her from Michigan. Here's the link: http://thechocolistas.blogspot.com/2008/03/ultimate-blog-party-2008.html

What am I doing in Australia? I married an Aussie...and moved to Brisbane, leaving my family and friends and all the right-side-of-the-road drivers in America.

Win a handmade pocket place mat from my blog Comfort Joy Designs. Here's the link:
http://comfortjoydesigns.blogspot.com/2008/03/ultimate-blog-party-2008.html

Want to know more about life in Australia? Visit my A Cup of Joy site where I keep up with my family and friends in America. Here's the link:
http://acupofjoy.wordpress.com/

Happy Partying!

FireMom said...

"Quick witted" is what my Mom says, too. Or she tells me to watch my tongue. LOL.

Happy blog partying!!

FireMom from Stop, Drop & Blog.

JujuBoo said...

Love the name of your blog. Nice to meet you! Have a great time blog partying :)

Cassie said...

I have been told that I am sarcastic also...I take great pride in my sarcasm though...=) My sis used to live in Arizona, so we have visited there a few years ago...Beautiful area...but I agree, you need some water...to go with all the sand...have a great one

Cherrye said...

I have just heard about digital scrapebooking. I plan to check it out! Enjoy the party!

mommyknows said...

Great post!

Going to take a peek at your photo site!

MK

Stacey @ Happy are We said...

I've just had a lot of fun looking through many of your blog posts. :) I've got a little guy who's just turned 6 months, so I have a soft spot for all the cute video and pics of your littlest one. :) Nice to meet you, and take care!

~Denise~ said...

Happy blog party!

malleycc said...

hi there. I love scrapbooking too but never seem to have alot of time to do it. Have a great party.

duchess said...

It's nice to meet you. Your blog is great. Come over for a visit & we'll chat some more.

callie & steve said...

hey laurie! it is so good to here from you! boy has it been a while! and i can't believe you have THREE adorable children now! what fun! i need to take notes...

Ellinghouse said...

what a great get-to-know you post....thanks! I'll be back!

Happy Panda said...

Woo Hoo glad you like my little online store. Your blog looks like a lot of fun. Good Luck in the prize drawing and happy blog hopping.

Maria said...

nice to meet ya!!

hope you stop by and see my little party!!

Debba said...

I bet you have fun at your house! Love your blog and your wit. Thanks for partying with the rest of us bloggers!

Stop by Girlfriendology.com and say HI. Thanks -

Debba / Girlfriendology.com - a place for inspiration, appreciation and celebration of girlfriends
www.girlfriendology.blogspot.com

The Random Muse said...

Happy partying

Jeni said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog!

I'm impressed that you had a VBAC after 2 C-sections! Way to go! I wish that were an option for us, but since our girlie was born by a classical C-section, if we go into labor with a future pregnancy, my uterus could rupture or some pesky thing like that...

Naomi said...

thanks for stopping by my blog party! Please visit again, I'll be posting a bunch of new contests in the next week or two...

Little Pink Ladybug said...

I never knew so much about you! How completely cool! Thanks for the Bow love :) You are so sweet to me :)

I love the digiscrapping, or at least I think I would love it. I bought software, i know I am capable, but someday when I run out of ribbon, I will try my hand at it.

Storm said...

Still hopping from blog to blog... my goal is to post at each blog at least once. Nice to meet you. Happy blogging!