Notice the temporary header change? I made this “Celebrate Tori” header the same day I made the other one and have been saving it in anticipation for today! Today is unoffical official severance day!!! I say unofficial because techncially severance occurs at the adoption hearing but as far as legal recourse goes…all the timeframes have expired. Sometimes it takes a little bit to get all that worked out so we have been anxiously anticipating the arrival of this day. I did not expect there to be an issue in this situation but having this done with is still cause for CELEBRATION!!!!! So for a little bit, I am going to slight the boys a tad and celebrate my daughter in the diary header. (I’ll bring them back soon enough LOL). The formal adoption should occur sometime in May or June. Looking forward to that day (though I feel so much better that there is no longer anything in our way). Thanking the Lord for His great mercy with this!
And Susie…yes I know that you want to see her Easter dress but I haven’t had time to play with those pictures yet. Maybe tomorrow I can work on it?
I am so mad at myself tonight because I have to totally recreate my layout above because I accidentally saved the original version in web size! Ahhhhh!!!! Makes me so mad to have to duplicate work. I need the original because I am doing these digi scraps for my DVD albums, displaying them on the web is actually my secondary purpose (though, I must admit…quite fun right now)! For all you Photoshop lovers, here is a little tip for you…that background was so fun and easy. If you use the single column marquee tool on your image and then transform and stretch it clear right and then clear left, you actually stretch the pixels of your image into a very colorful stripe that will obviously blend well with your picture. Of course you have to do this in layers so you can put your original image on top. If you create another layer and then stretch vertically and then change the blend mode to overlay and play with your opacity…you can make a nice plaid. In the above example I put a horizontal stripe behind one picture, vertical behind the other and plaid at the bottom. This picture had enough colors in it to make a very soft and pleasing color spread I thought. I realize that is a pretty shotty PS tutorial but if you work with PS often that will (hopefully) make sense to you. Heidi?
Yesterday when we were at Grandma’s, Grandma commented on Tori being a tad fussy at one point. Tanner looked at her and said “No she isn’t fussy right now. Her fussy time is at 7:00 PM and it’s only 1:30 PM“. Serious as could be. He is soooo adorable. He is such a vigilent guardian of her schedule. I walked in the door from grocery shopping tonight and asked Jim when her last feeding was. Before he could reply Tanner says “7:30″. He keeps track of every feeding. What six year old does that? You should just see him with her…he dotes on her BIG TIME. He is constantly kissing her and stroking her hands and trying to comfort and cuddle her. It’s like he has all this bottled up affection and it’s pouring out on his baby sister. It’s also wonderful for me because as long as I have Tori in my arms, Tanner is cuddled up to me! Love it! He has been so happy since we brought Tori home. She just really lights Tanner up. Everyone who has been witness to it has commented. In fact, some of the pictures I took Sunday will serve as evidence to this because you can see Tanner smiling on in the background in so many pictures. I’ll have to do a little collage of that. I read back through diaries of when we brought Ty home recently and was reminded that Tanner, at two years of age, was the same way with Ty. He really loves babies.
Oh my adorable Ty…my boy who has been in to everything. He keeps asking me to read Curious George books to him and I am so not surprised that he appreciates this curious little creature. Tonight he was so precious. I was wearing a black nightgown and Ty said “Mommy why aren’t you wearing your bear jammies? Take that off and go put them on!” I told him I didn’t really feel like it and I was happy with what I was wearing. He then says “For me? Will you put them on for me? Then I can cuddle you?” Like I could actually resist that. I had those bear jammies on in about three seconds. I need to take a picture of me holding Ty in those fleece jammies. Precious memory for sure.
Tori and I watched her first girl movie together this weekend. Finally saw Enchanted. I got to watch a Princess movie with my daughter. (The boys actually liked it too). What an adorable movie! Made me write mental lists of girl movies I will need now. I already have (in mommy’s collection) Sleeping Beauty, Little Mermaid, Mulan, and Beauty and the Beast, Peter Pan and Aladdin but what more will I need? Hmmmm….. Never really loved Snow White but I do need Cinderella. Does Ever After count? That is my favorite version of Cinderella. Any suggestions on the best girl movies?
She is sleeping a tad better now. Most of the time she sleeps from 11:00 PM to 3:00 and then wakes up again at 6:00 AM and then again at 9:00 AM so it’s 4 hours, 3 hours, 3 hours. What was difficult was that she wasn’t always going back to sleep after these feedings but in the last several days she has finally started to go right back to sleep. We have had her for 6 weeks tomorrow and today was my first nap! I’d say that is pretty good! I tried so hard to stay awake but while Tanner and I were reading his book for school, I just couldn’t keep my eyes open any longer. It catches up with you eventually. So what in the heck am I doing blogging at midnight then? I just got her to bed about half an hour ago and I wanted some mommy time. Other than that nap, I hardly had a moment to myself all day and I am the personality type that really requires some quiet personal time. I am rambling about mindless details now and I should be sleeping so signing off.