Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Trying some editing...

So, I don't know too much about editing pictures, besides removing blemishes and playing with he brightness and contrast. I have been putzing around with Adobe CS3 and this is what I have come up with so far...what do you think? I am by no means good, just playing around!


Before
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Before


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Thursday, June 25, 2009

Just a couple pictures!


Just a couple pictures!

Peeking out at the rain

Best buddies!

What a cheesy smile!



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Alphabitty Moments

Back with another letter of Alphabitty Moments from 4 the love of family's blog. Head on over to see everyone elses Alphabitty Moments! Just click on the picture to see them larger!

I have to catch up from last week, when I was gone, so here is letters
Q & R!


Q is for Quality Time
R is for Reading


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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Happy twenty-nine babe!


So many posts today and I almost forgot to publish the most important one!!!

HAPPY 29th BIRTHDAY BABE!

Today the hubby turns 29...holy moly, only one more year and he's the big 3-0! What a year it has been and it has flown by. Thanks for another great year of memories babe! We love you SO much!

Blowing out his candles!

Oops...you forgot one daddy...I'll get it for you!




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The rest of the family revised!

I made this post at the beginning of the month and with my crazy forgetful pregnant brain, I forgot 3 important people! Oops! Here is the post with the addition of the three people I forgot!

You all know me, you have seen and are getting to know my kids, but now I'd like to introduce.....

The rest of our family to you. Here goes....

Auntie Sara (Rara) and uncle Nicko
Brian's younger brother and his wife. Sara is Chase's godmother and is amazing with him! I don't know if I have ever heard her tell him "no." She always finds new gadgets and toys for him to play with. Nick is one funny brother-in-law/uncle. He always knows how to make the kids laugh. Him and Brian think too much alike sometimes. :)


Uncle Timmy (Mimmy)
Brian's youngest brother. Timmy is the youngest of the Oxborough family and just graduated college. He is the comedian of the family and is sure to get a laugh out of everyone in the room. He is a server at a restaurant downtown and is a great people person! When you need a quote from any comedy movie, just ask Timmy.

Grandma and Grandpa O
My husbands parents. They are first time grandparents and are pretty close to experts! They spend a ton of time with the kids, because they live so close and are on our speed dial for a babysitter. They help me wear out my children, so we can get some sleep at night. I don't know what I'd do if they didn't live so close!

Grandma and Grandpa Vroom
My parents! They have 4 grandchildren with one on the way. They love to ride motorcycles (hence the nickname "vroom"). They are two very busy people, but love to spend time with their grandchildren, when they can. We go to the same church as them and the kids love to see them every Sunday morning.

Uncle Kyle
My brother that is two years older than me. He is Abby's godfather. He spends much of his week managing a restaurant, but still finds time to come see the kids and get free hair cuts. He is one of my best friends, thou we fought like cats and dogs when we were younger, we get along great now. I learned a lot from him...good and bad and I couldn't thank him more!

Uncle Adam and Auntie Katie
Katie is Brian's sister and Adam is Katie's soon-to-be husband. Katie is Abby's godmother. They are our roommates for the next year. They are AWESOME with the kids! Katie is a toddler teacher and Adam works for the Twins. Adam and I are very much alike, it is almost scary. He will finish sentences as I am thinking them in my head. They are our sanity some days. I would have to say, if it weren't for my help, I am not sure if these two would have ever gotten together! :)

Uncle Sean, Auntie Katie, Matthew and Riley
Sean is my older brother (by 4 years), Katie is his wife, Matthew is my 11 year old nephew and Riley is my almost 6 year old niece. They are so much fun to be around and we always get a few laughs in when the kids are together. They live about 45 minutes away, so we don't see them as much as we'd like, but when we get together, we are sure to have fun.

My Hubby-Brian
My main squeeze! My partner-in-crime. My secret keeper. My best friend! We met almost 9 year ago and got married almost 5 years ago. He is the greatest husband and father, I could ever ask for. If we fight, most likely it is my fault. I sweat the small stuff, even though I shouldn't. If someone is wrong, it is most likely him, he knows this too. He supports me, with whatever crazy decision I have/am making.

Now you know a little bit more about the people you read about in my blog.


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She's almost two!

Wow, these past two years have flown by. I had my father-in-law take some pictures for Abby's 2nd birthday and these are some that were super cute, but not my favorite that I will be using.


As promised...here are her 2nd birthday party invitations. It will be an Abby Cadabby theme.




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Some Favorties!

Just two of their favorite things!






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My new toy!

My favorite thing that saves me 10 minutes a day!

GHD MK4 Flat Iron

So last time I got my hair cut, my stylist used her new flat iron on me...it is the GHD MK4 flat iron. I immediately fell in love! It straightened my hair in 5 minutes and did tug or pull at little hairs at all. It slid right through my hair and if you use it right, by doing small sections slowly, you only have to go over it once. It comes in a cute little bag with two hair clips and a DVD on how to use it, which I have not actually watched.
I used to have the Revlon straightener from target which runs about $25.99. This GHD MK4 is pricey, but you totally get your money/time worth. It runs anywhere between $140-$250, but there are a lot of fakes ones out there, especially on Ebay. So when you see them for $80 or under, they are not the real ones. It comes in black or magenta...of course I had to have magenta.
This straightener rocks! I can't say enought good things about it. It doesn't dry out your hair, like the other ones do. It is similar to the CHI, if any of you have that, it is just a different brand, but the same great concept. I love my straightener and an so happy I invested in it.

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Wordless Wednesday!


WORDLESS WEDNESDAY!




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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

I need some help!


Can someone please help!

I have filled up my space on my blogspot.com blog and I am wondering how some peoples blogs are .net and .com.
I have deleted some many pictures and posts, trying to add space and I have even deleted two other blogs. I don't want to have to do that. I have been blogging since 2006 and would love to keep an ongoing one for my children to read someday.
I am wondering if people have bought their blog website? I am wondering if I should just purchase a different website and transfer my blog to there, or if there is a way to buy my blogspot URL and go from there. There is a way to upgrade space, but I don't think that is what I want.
Can anyone please help me out.
Thanks so much!


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A cake to die for!

Many of you had commented on a cake I made awhile back and I just made it again the other day for my sister-in-laws wedding shower, so I thought I'd give you all the recipe. It is very easy and it tastes 100% better than the box cake.


Triple Lay
er Chocolate Mousse Cake

1 3/4 cups flour
2 cups Sugar
3/4 cup Cocoa
1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
2 eggs
1 cup milk
1/2 cup oil
2 tsp. vanilla
1 cup boiling water

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour 3 (8") baking pans. In a large bowl, combine all dry ingredients. Add milk, oil and vanilla; beat at medium speed for 2 minutes. Remove mixer beaters and stir in boiling water by hand. Pour into pans and back at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes. Completely cool before frosting.

Chocolate Mousse:

1 Envelope Knox Gelatin
2 Tbsp. Cold water
1/4 cup boiling water
2 tsp. vanilla
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup cocoa
2 cups chilled whipping cream

Chill mixing bowl and beaters in freezer before use. Sprinkle gelatin over cold water-let stand 1 minute. Add boiling water and stir until clear-let cool 10 minutes. In Chilled mixing bowl, blend sugar and cocoa, add whipping cream and vanilla. Beat at medium speed-beat until stiff. Pour in gelatin and beat until blended. Fill and frost layers- Refrigerate at least 1 hour.


There you have it, my famous cake! Yummy!


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