Friday, August 29, 2008

Did you know...

Tigereye is a stone I've never cared much for. Something about the shimmery shades of brown and gold. I'm not necessarily a big fan of gold, and I'm CERTAINLY not shimmery. HOWEVER, recently my stone guy, AKA "Mr. Edweirdo" , sent me a gorgeous chunk of RED tigereye! I was in total amazement and fascination. When I told him I'd be needing more soon, he informed me that he'd check if he had any more, and if not, he'd just "cook some up" for me... literally. Red tiger eye is created by sticking a chunk of regular golden tigereye into the oven for several hours till the desired shade of red is achieved! For some reason this just baffles me. Just a little fact to impress the staff at Starbucks with next time you stop in for your tall skinny cinnamon dolce latte with the pumps of syrup split between the sugar free cinnamon dolce and sugar free vanilla...mmmmm...


Oh man...

...I could not be more excited about this...

Thursday, August 28, 2008

The rundown - Part 2...

So I mentioned a while back that I was going to take a few posts and introduce you to all the "key players" that would most frequently be gracing the pages of this humble blog. I was just about to post the "first day of school" pics I took this morning of my 6 year old, Lillie, when I realized that some of you may not know who Lillie is... Thus, I commence with "The rundown - Part 2"... the introduction of my little women...

My hubby and I have been married for 8 years now and we have 3 of the most gorgeous little ladies you'll ever lay eyes on (besides your own kids of course - but I am their mom and I do speak the truth). First off there's Lillie...

Lillie is 6 years old and our oldest she-child. I had always loved the name "Lillie" but finding out it was my grandmother's maiden name just sealed the deal. She is every bit as lovely as her name implies and, with the exception of a period of a few months where we had to have some SERIOUS disciplining sessions to counteract the "terrible 2's" , she is a very mild-mannered child. As previously mentioned, she just started in with the 1st grade and was already upset today (first day of school mind you) that she had made ONE mistake, forgetting that "Igloo" started with an "i", and not an "e". "Perfectionist" is one word that pops into my head when I think about her. :) She is a HUGE help to me around the house and informed me yesterday that she "thinks it's about time she learned how to clean the bathroom because she really likes to scrub stuff". Keep it up girl.

Isabel is our middle child. I’d say she’s 4 years old but if you ask her (or if she hears you tell someone else she’s only 4) she’ll quickly hold up 4 fingers on one hand and a bent pointer finger on the other to symbolize that she is in fact “4 and a HALF.” She is tiny but definitely has the sass to make up for it. Picture in your mind what the perfect combination of “girly, petite, baby-doll loving, lip gloss fascinated” and “get down and dirty, picking up worms, poking dead animals, and a strange fascination with blood” would be, top it off with the fact that she can’t say her “R” sound yet (“Barbies” are “Bawbies”, etc) and that’s my Isabel. She can often be seen at home wearing as many different clothing combinations as I’ll allow, changing frequently and ALWAYS layering. Skirts over pants are a favorite but ponchos (even in the middle of summer) come in a close second. I will be so interested to see what she ends up choosing as a career path - last I checked it was either “nurse” or “cowgirl”.

(this picture was take at Dairy Queen right after she told my mom - who had just bought Isabel a blizzard that she wasn't eating very well - that "I think I would eat this M&M blizzard much better if they had only just given me the M&M's")

Sophia (“Sophie”) will turn 2 in October and is our youngest little woman. She has definitely added an interesting dynamic to our little family. Lillie and Isabel are 1 day shy of being exactly 1&1/2 years apart in age and as such, have always been quite close. Little Sophie arrived 3 years after Isabel and has unmistakably assumed the role of “baby of the family”. It has only been recently that she has even wanted anything to do with Isabel, previously only wanting hugs and attention from the not-so rough and much taller “big girl”. Sophie has my dad completely wrapped around her finger (as well as several other people under the sub-category heading of “Grandparent”) and can melt you in 3.7 seconds if she so desires.

I could go on and ON with stories about each of them but I’ll save some of that for another post, another day.... and believe me, there WILL be more. :)


Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Tomorrow's the big day...

I'm sorry that I haven't posted in about a week now but things have been QUITE a flurry around here with "back-to-school" excitement and all that goes along with it. My 6 year old (Lillie) is in 1st grade this year and my 4 year old (Isabel) will start preschool a week from today. I remember when my 3 siblings and I were young, my mom would always get herself a brand new, fine-tipped sharpie along with all of our school supplies. After we got home, she'd lay everything out on the dining room table, sit down, and proceed to write our names (first AND last, since "you never know if there might be another Emily in your class this year") on EVERYTHING, down to every last crayon in each of the 4 boxes of 24-count crayons (now, I'm no math whiz, but that's, like, 96 crayons, not to mention all the #2 pencils, erasers, glue bottles, etc we all needed!). I remember thinking to myself that I would never go to all that trouble some day when I had kids of my own. Well, that being said, today I spent the afternoon sorting through all the school supplies, and adorning everything with the girls' names - even down to every last individual crayon.

Tomorrow I should have some "first day of school" pics to post for you!


Saturday, August 23, 2008

All's well...

Just wanted to check in to let you know that Sophie's appointment at Children's hospital could not have gone any better!... except for the slight scheduling debacle where they had moved the actual appointment with the Dr. to the day we were there but hadn't bothered to let us know that they hadn't moved the ultrasound appointment from the date they had both originally been scheduled a week ago. Sweet, sweet Jenny at the front desk helped us out and couldn't have been more kind. Everything was straightened out and we ended our stay with the pediatric Urologist assuring us that everything looked great and unless anything comes up in the future, he saw no reason for us to return for any check-ups! He then wished us all the best and then recommended we have an early dinner at the Cheesecake Factory. Though I can truly say that I did go into the appointment worry-free, I think (whether it was audible or not) I did let out somewhat of a sigh of relief, and I had a bit of trouble wiping the smile off my face for several hours afterward. God is good and I am so thankful. So thankful. 


Thursday, August 21, 2008

One last time...

I am so thankful that God has blessed me with 3 beautiful, healthy kids - and all it takes is one visit to Children's hospital to solidify that thankfulness in my heart. I bring this up because, though my kids are very healthy, we did have our stint of hospital visits with our youngest little woman, Sophia, which all started with a little something out of the ordinary my doctor noticed on a pre-natal ultrasound.
On that ultrasound, it was clearly visible that one of my tiny, unborn baby girl's kidney's was twice as big as the 'normal' one. We were sent on to a perinatologist (a fancy name for the doctor that specializes in deciphering prenatal ultrasounds) who, set us at ease a bit by at least assuring us that "surgery in-utero" would "most likely not be necessary". Somewhat settling words, yet somehow not so settling. On October 25th, 2006, Sophia was born and within the first few hours of life, had the first of several ultrasounds of her own.
The final determination was that one of her kidney's had partially duplicated during development and had 2 ureters (the tiny tube that carries urine from your kidney to your bladder) connected to it instead of just one. The tube connected to the extra portion of kidney was almost totally blocked off (rendering it almost completely useless) and further testing determined that there was some urine reflux back up towards the kidney, posing a serious threat of infection if left as it was.
After visiting with the AMAZING pediatric urologist at Children's hospital in Omaha, NE, the determination was made that Sophia would need surgery to remove the extra portion of kidney and correct the reflux issue. Surgery... at 6 months old. I'll spare you the details of that whole ordeal as I am mostly just thankful it's over...

Sophia will turn 2 this coming October and tomorrow, we go for, what will hopefully be the LAST of our visits for follow-up testing to Children's hospital. I was convinced that we'd have, at the very least, yearly appointments for the better part of her childhood, if not beyond, as well as the prospect of having to keep her on antibiotics long-term to ward off any threat of infection that may linger... BUT... I am also convinced that just as God guided the hand of the surgeon that day so many months ago, He has also done somewhat of a miracle as far as all the aftermath is concerned. The initial post operative tests showed that everything was in perfect working order, that no anti-biotics would be required, and that they would schedule one FINAL check up just to scope things out and confirm the total and complete return of her entire urinary system to working order. I know that tomorrow's final visit and subsequent testing will prove just that. Though we had our bout with Doctors, and waiting rooms, and kissing our sweet little girl before they took her away in her tiny little hospital gown, I am so thankful every day that now, out on the other side, our little Sophia is healed and whole.


Friday, August 15, 2008

A beautiful sight...

I had quite a lengthy stint in my workshop today (with MUCH thanks to my parents who kept my kids for the day!) and I kicked it off by removing this 6x6 sheet of 20 gauge sterling silver from it's cardboard packaging.... Isn't it beautiful!!? I think so at least. Almost too pretty to cut into...almost...


Thursday, August 14, 2008

Dum, dum, da dum dum DA dum...

That was the olympic theme song in case you couldn't tell. We don't typically watch a lot of TV around here but I must confess, we've been pretty hooked on watching the olympics. It's so inspiring to see so many amazing people who have spent so much time practicing, working, and honing their skills... almost makes me wish there was an olympic silversmithing team. I'd totally go for gold... ok, well, maybe silver :)


Monday, August 11, 2008


Befuddlement... I'm not sure if that's even a word, but if it is, it certainly describes me and my current feelings about my recent acquisition and exploration of adobe photoshop. Until recently, I had been doing all my photo editing, as best I could, via the limited set of tools included with iphoto. Now, I feel like girl who never took a day of spanish in her life, dropped down into the middle of a marketplace in mexico. I checked out a few books at my local library but if anyone has any helpful tips, tricks, or general encouragement, I'd be eternally grateful!

Scratchin her head,

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Goose pimples...

Between being extra busy lately with all things family and church related, paired with a severely diminished silver stock, I have been in a bit of a creative funk lately. HOWEVER, having just received my most recent (WAAAAY too expensive) silver supply order and a bit of a break in the chaos just ahead, I am feeling some serious surges of silversmithing excitement... I'll DEFINITELY keep you posted.