September 28, 2010

kindle cover.

Once pay day gets here (it really needs to get here, by the way - I still haven't figured out how I am paying for my eyebrow wax this afternoon), I am going to try my hand at making one of these. Or one of these, but with a way cuter fabric.

I tried making one last night without a guide (you know, just using my noggin), and it was a disaster. I guess I am one of those "visual learners" after all.

On a different note, I am enjoying my Kindle Wi-Fi more than I thought I would. Now that I have gotten a bit more used to it, it's actually fun to use! Nothing will change my love for real books, though. It's just not going to happen.

Speaking of books, I have finished two between my last review and now and have started on a third - see the new book on the side bar? Yay!

I'll have those reviews up soon...I hope.

September 24, 2010

the little one's nursery.

It has definitely been a labor of love, but my girl's nursery is finally complete! There are few, very small, ticky things we need to finalize, but if they don't get done, I think I'll live.

Here are a few shots. However, you can see more on Facebook by clicking here.

The view from the door:



View from one of the closets:



And I just love how it looks with the lights off, sun shining in through the window. It's very peaceful.


September 22, 2010

kitchenware, anyone?

Holla if you're interested or know of anyone who might be!

Click here for my craigslist ad.

Here are better pictures of what's up for grabs.






September 19, 2010

my body is not my own.

I can't exercise the way I want to or sleep the way I want to. I can't clean the house without feeling like I just ran a marathon. I have been forced to wear a "prenatal cradle" around the house to keep the weight off of my lower back. I can't wear my engagement ring anymore. I can barely shave my legs.

But I can do this.

Click if you dare.

September 15, 2010

pregnancy brain.

All my posts lately have been about baby stuff and/or pregnancy stuff. I'm sorry! It's just, well, all that's on my mind these days. It's all I do. I am a Type A Planner and everything needs to be just so before she arrives. So, I'm sorry.

With that being said, I thought I would rattle off a few funnies that have happened in the past month or so regarding my "pregnancy brain." As an avid planner (some might say borderline OCD), the absentmindedness that comes with being pregnant is a real point of stress for me...for about 2 seconds...and then I just laugh because it can't be helped.

In the last month or so:
  • I couldn't find my iPhone. I looked high and low. I looked everywhere in the house. I resigned myself to the fact that I probably left it somewhere and Husband would be annoyed that we needed to buy a new one. But wait. I found it...in the pantry...next to the Triscuits. Huh?!
  • We went to Babies R Us with a $150 gift card that we had intentions of using for baby's mattress, diaper changer, and other accessories. I must have said the words "Gift Card" at least 15 times while we were perusing the aisles. "We can get that with the gift card." "The gift card will pay for this!" "Let's put this towards the gift card." You get the idea. We get to the register, the guy scans all my items (which of course, hit just under $150 because, after all, I was going to use the gift card). I pay with my debit card. Huh?!?! Luckily, I was able to just return everything 5 minutes later, buy it all back and yes, pay with my gift card.
  • We went to the movies. I always bring a sweater because I'm an "always bring a sweater" kind of gal. It was a grandpa sweater from Old Navy, which I loved. I left it at the theatre. I will never see it again. Goodbye, grandpa sweater.
  • There was something else. I know that because there were 4 things that stood out as crazy behavior. But, of course, I can't remember what that 4th thing was.

September 14, 2010

Christmas Card Sessions (or otherwise known as I-NEED-FAMILY-PORTRAITS NOW!! Sessions)

Can you believe it’s that time again? Fall is soon approaching and with the wonderful season comes all those fabulous holidays, including Christmas!


In the spirit of the season, Backflip Photography is offering “Christmas Card Sessions” to get you ready for those important family and friends touch-points.


Here are the details:


For $65 (yes, that’s it!) you will receive a one-hour photo session at the location of your choice, 10-12 edited images/different poses on CD, all images taken at the shoot on CD, and a photo release form which will legally allow you to make all the prints you want for those greeting cards!


Sessions must be booked and take place before November 15, 2010 as yours truly is expecting a baby on Thanksgiving Day!


Book now as slots are already filling up fast! You don’t want to miss out on this great deal and definitely don't want to regret not getting those pictures done like you did last year ;)


Please note that the 15% off active military discount does not apply and that other packages are still available during this time.


To book your session, please email Cassandra at backflip_pix@yahoo.com or leave a comment on the Backflip Photography Facebook page.


Happy Fall, y'all!



September 13, 2010

research project: pack n play (UPDATED)

Update: I ask and their Pack n Play didn't come with the bassinet kit. Boo! Oh, how I so wanted a like-new Pack n Play for $20. Back to the drawing board (also known as craigslist). Thanks for the info, everyone! It was much appreciated!

Quick! Mom advice needed!

We want to get a Pack n Play for the baby and Husband's cousin is willing to sell us her like-new Pack n Play for $20! The only problem is I am not sure if it's what we really want, based on this picture.



Does anyone have any thorough Pack n Play knowledge they can impart? I don't want to have to bend down that far to put her to sleep, nor do I want her that low to the ground when she's so brand new! Basically, I want to know if this particular Pack n Play has the parts to make it look and function more like this one:



Can anyone tell if her particular Pack n Play does that? Or is her's just a basic, more "play pen" like model? Do all Pack n Plays have the adjustable bassinet feature?

I'm overwhelmed.

September 10, 2010

adventures in registering.

I hate Babies R Us. I hate that store with the passion of the fires of a thousand hells. Ok, that's probably too much, but I DO NOT LIKE THAT STORE.

To be fair, other Babies R Us stores in other cities in other states might be wonderful. Just not mine.

With that being said, my Mom and I tackled my baby registry yesterday. We set out in good spirits. We sat down at the desk and created the account with one of the representatives. We were advised to save the "infant feeding" section for last because "it can be overwhelming." Fair enough. We got the scanner gun and off we went!

At first, it was fun. A LOT OF FUN! Blankets, sheets, toys, bibs, decor, etc. I am loving this, I thought.

Then it was time for the infant feeding section. Dun dun dun!

By then, two hours had passed and I was getting hungry (which these days translates into "mega cranky"). I stared in awe at the wall of bottles and nipples and suddenly felt very overwhelmed. The following is an account of my thoughts at this point:

Which brand of bottle should I get? Do these things REALLY help reduce colic? Slow nipple? Fast? Medium? Huh?! How much is a breast pump? $300!??! You've got to be kidding me! Why do I need a boppy pillow FOR MY boppy pillow? There are different sizes of pacifiers?! Does my child really need all this?! What about the babies in Africa? They survive just fine without "slow" flowing nipples. All this baby stuff is just a marketing ploy. Why does a breast pump cost $300?!?

I was exhausted! I don't even remember what bottles I scanned or what nipples or anything. I had had enough! We decided it was time to call it quits at Babies R Us and get some lunch. Best decision, ever.

We gave back our scanner gun and got the registry printed out. Other than the "infant feeding" section, it was a success.

We had a lovely lunch at Cracker Barrel (mmm, macaroni and cheese) before heading to Target. We created the account and got the scanner gun. This time, registering was a LOT easier. In fact, it was underwhelming. It only took about 30 minutes (thank God) because our baby section at Target is quite small...and that was a welcome change!

Five hours later, Baby Girl Webb was officially registered. It was a successful day, but I am so glad that is over!

Just so you know, I still hate Babies R Us and I still want to know why a breast pump costs $300.

September 8, 2010

homecoming.

I had the pleasure of taking photos for one of our squadron family member's deployment homecoming. These are always special days full of anticipation, nerves, and pure bliss.

While we were waiting in the lounge for the plane to touch down, a little girl wearing a blue dress and Mary Janes walked up to me and asked if I would watch her "jump two squares at a time" (the floor of the lounge was tiled with alternating black and white squares). I didn't know this little girl from Adam, but I said, "Sure! I'll watch."

The little girl proceeded to clumsily jump over the squares. With much fascination, I exclaimed, "Wow! That's pretty impressive! I know I couldn't jump two squares two at a time!" She grinned from ear to ear.

She then explained to me that her Daddy was coming home today.

I replied, "He is?! That's wonderful! Are you happy to see him?"

She nodded yes and then told me again: "My Daddy's coming home today!"

I smiled and asked, "Who's your Dad?" Foolishly thinking, of course, that she would tell me his name and that I would recognize it and immediately know whose child this was.

She looked at me like I was the strangest person she had ever met before exclaiming, "He's Daddy!"

Of course he is, sweet baby.

She then skipped away and proceeded to jump over more squares.

Here's a straight-out-of-the-camera shot (unedited) from yesterday's homecoming. My favorite part of this shot is his hands. Holding her so tightly! *Sigh. These are the best days.


September 3, 2010

i like the sound of that.

Lately, I find myself perusing this website...a lot.

I know now is not the time to seriously delve into this wild-hair-idea, but someday, maybe.

Cassandra L. Webb, Esq.

I like the sound of that.


September 1, 2010

toby boy.

It's another sad day.

My mom's sweet dog, Toby, died last night.

We got him when I was 13 - which made Toby 105 years old. That's pretty darn old. He was a beautiful Golden Retriever and we are surprised that he even lived that long to begin with. It doesn't take away, however, the sadness surrounding his passing.

He lived in Texas with my mom so she has a stronger connection to him than I do, obviously. The poor guy, he was just so old. It was his time.

We are sad today and will miss him. He was such a sweet dog.

A dog has no use for fancy cars, big homes, or designer clothes. A water log stick will do just fine. A dog doesn't care if your rich or poor, clever or dull, smart or dumb. Give him your heart and he'll give you his. How many people can you say that about? How many people can make you feel rare and pure and special? How many people can make you feel extraordinary? -- John Grogan
 
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