Monday, May 30, 2011

A Forever Keepsake

My husband showed me this Google Chrome commercial.

I just fell in love. It was a whole new way of making a keepsake for my children besides keeping up with printing photos, scrapbooking memories. It's a FOREVER KEEPSAKE that will be online for them to view. I've always been a big fan of technology and this just made me love the advancement of technology so much more in a more meaningful way. I've already created email accounts for both Ethan and Arianna. I feel that this memory keeping can be done quickly in the moment i'm feeling something or want something to be remembered. I can do it on my phone while i'm out and about with the kids and snap pictures and/or video then upload it immediately without forgetting the moment or waiting to send it later.
I don't know when i'll plan on giving it to them. I want them to appreciate it, savor it and remember it. My goal is to do at least a weekly email (if not more). I'd like to do it till they're at least 18. I want to give it to them when they're old enough to understand and appreciate my gift to them.
I also plan on giving their email address out to our immediate family members. I want them to get some emails containing someone else's perspective and love for them. I know this is one forever keepsake that will never get lost or stolen or damaged.
I think i'll give this to them when the moment is right. Maybe as their 18th birthday gift or their graduation. Or maybe on their wedding day.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Ever Changing Technology - A Look Back & Remembering

This is quite a DIFFERENT kind of post. Something i've been thinking about lately that I want to document on a scrapbook or something. I was thinking how far our technology has come. My 4 year old is playing with an iPAD nowadays and it is touch screen! That was unheard of in the 80s!! It was something you saw on Star Trek: TNG...playing with a touch tablet or scanning things.
When I was 5 or 6 years old in 1986-87, I was playing with my dad's Commodore 64 computer. My dad LOVED technology and always had to have the latest gadgets. I know i'm sounding like my parents when they use to say that they remember when they use to watch B&W TV as a teenager. LOL. But I remember I would stick in this block cartridge (a skating game) and my sister and I would play for awhile twirling our figure skater character. I mean, it was a 2-player game so luckily it was just us two. (And who can forget about Oregon's Trail in school!! That was such an awesome game!)
Then in 1991 (I was 10 or 11 years old), my dad bought his first 286 PC. That was sooo cool! LOL. I loved using this Word program and would just type random things. I remember I use to go with my dad to this software store and he would rent these floppy disks or little hard disks games and copy them at home. Hahahaha. I thought my dad was so cool!
I remember it was about 1993 or 1994 and my dad (after a couple of upgrades from his 286 to 486) logged onto the Internet. Oooh. That's big. Remember when a 56.6kbs modem was FAST?! I remember being in Grade 9 in my Keyboarding class where my teacher had asked how many of us owns a computer. Only 2 out of 30 kids raised their hands. I was quite proud. =P I remember my classmates asking me to print them up all these hip-hop or R&B song lyrics I find on the internet or cute Sanrio pictures for them. (Oh man, Sanrio was BIG back then!) I also started to go into chat rooms and chatted with all these different people in the world.
I also remember my dad shelling out $1200 for a CD-ROM burning recorder. Oh, he loved burning stuff. I can't believe he had to spend that much money on a CD burner. DVDs weren't even known back then!
Then when I got older, in the late 90s in high school, I remember an old junior high classmate of mine owning her own cell phone. I'm not talking about a little tiny thing we have nowadays, but those big chucky, block-like phones. I was like, " that's so cool"! Pagers were a BIG thing too (including having your own 1-888 number) and so paging people were cool. My little sister got her first pager when she was 17. My dad bought a cell phone and I remember he had it sitting in his belt clip all the time or he would be calling people up all the time. I remember meeting Tommy (my future husband) and he had this leopard print Nokia phone (do you remember those Christmas dancing Nokia phone commericials?!). It's funny but Tommy STILL has the same cell phone number since the late 90s (almost 20 years later)! I refused to get a pager or cell phone. I didn't get my first cell phone till July 2001. It was a Nokia 8390 or something like that where the most excitement I had was changing the cover to these cute ones.
I also remember logging onto the internet chatting through a local chat room where all these Asian high school students knew each other (in real life) and chatted. I met Tommy through mIRC #casa. We were good friends first. (Can't believe i'll be telling my kids that!) Around that time I started to self-teach myself how to make web pages, web design on the internet. I had a webpage on Homestead and this other site on Yahoo (can't remember the site). I also started to teach myself PaintShop and Photoshop and started making web graphics for my web pages or my personal page on Asian Avenue. *shaking my head* That graphic up at the top I created and I remember people "stealing" it and it was all over the 'net. Yes, I made that. =)
After a few years, after many changes in technology, I remember texting. It had to be about 2004 or 2005. I remember hearing on the radio how big texting was in Asia, especially the Philippines, before it became very popular here in North America. I remember owning a LG Shine phone where I could actually facetime with a friend who had the same phone (that had to be about 4 years ago). I didn't use it much...but it was cool to try! I remember taking pictures with my cellphone back in the mid 2000s was sooo cool! I remember the first iPods. Say whaat!? I had a walkman, then a diskman then an MP3 disc player then these iPods came out. Big time! I remember when the first iPhone came and it was HUGE. TOUCH SCREEN!?! Tommy bought his first iPhone maybe 3-4 years ago. I only switched over to the iPhone last year when my Blackberry Bold was starting to not work on me. (Yes, I had a "crack"berry and I BBM'd people too).
I now own a 4G iPhone, LOVE using all my apps, camera, texting, etc. Tommy bought the 1st gen iPad last year in August and now my 4 year is playing with it. Ethan had been playing with Tommy's iPhone for the past 2 years already. He now knows how to search for an app, download AND install the app or go on YouTube on the iPad/iPhone.

Crazy how things have changed. I haven't even touched on the fact that I owned a Nintendo or GameBoy and now have a PS3 or XBOX 360. Or the different TVs I've had. Or the first digital camera I had and now am looking forward to day when I can own a DSLR. So many changes in such a short amount of time. I think i'll have to make a mini book about all the different gadgets i've grown up to one day soon!

Sunday, May 22, 2011

May long weekend...not so pretty outside.

It's been cloudy & rainy all weekend. Such a downer. I feel bad for all those people who are camping or going to the cottage for the first time for the long weekend. Not pretty weather. Or those affected by the flood. This weather is not good.
I have been busy indoors scrapbooking! (Instead of folding laundry).
First up, Arianna's 7th month page.
I had a totally different idea on how to put this page together. I ended up going with the doilies from the Studio Calico May kit (Lawn Party) by cutting it up and putting it in a couple of places. Added doilie stickers from the Jolee's Boutique line i've had forever. My favorite part of it all is the ribbon. I've never really added ribbon with ruffles.
And of course, I had to document Ethan's OBSSESSION with tucking his pants/pjs into his socks!
I love that circle punch by Martha Stewart! One of my favorite ones (at the moment). This is for Studio Calico's Sunday Sketch challenge (5/15).
I tucked the journaling behind his photo. All the paper are from a Studio Calico add-on kit but I really can't remember which one. LOL.
Alright, back to some house chores and playtime later. =)

Monday, May 16, 2011

A Beautiful Weekend

What a beautiful weekend we had! Clear, sunny skies! And warm weather. MUCH NEEDED.
On Saturday, we woke up VERY EARLY. I took Ethan grocery shopping and then for a carwash. It was nice to be up early and enjoy the rest of the day. I was planning on doing some spring cleaning but instead took advantage of the gorgeous weather and took the kids to the little corner store to get candy. Afterwards, we went to the playground so Ethan could play.
In the evening, Arianna and I did some browsing at Winners for home inspiration ideas and see if I could find any cheap stuff to decorate the home. I did find alot but bought some AC 8x8 and 6x6 albums for only $6 and $5! Awesome deal!

Sunday, we slept in a bit, then went out to me Tommy for lunch at Boston Pizza. Mmmmm. I had the spicy perogy pizza and Tommy had the Jambalaya fettucini. YUM! Since the Starbucks Frap deal was still going on, I took the kids to Indigo bookstore so Ethan could play with the train table (of course). My mom & sister ended coming to meet us so we grabbed our frappaccinos.

Right across the bookstore, a little fair was going on, so we all walked across to enjoy it. Ethan rode a kids rollercoaster, a little Kangaroo ride and then the Ferris wheel with his Auntie. Mom, Arianna and I just sat and enjoyed the beautiful sunshine.

Here's to an awesome weekend and hopefully an equally awesome week! =)

Friday, May 13, 2011

Arianna - Nine Months old

Ahh, my sweet Princess Arianna turns {9} months old today! Yup, on Friday the 13th. She was born last August on Friday the 13th as well. It's no longer a bad luck kind of day but a good one! =)

At this point, Arianna is...
- crawling FORWARD (not backwards anymore!)
- able to sit up on her own from lying on her stomach
- will pull herself up on to her knees holding onto furniture (or whomever)
- she'll try to stand up (and can stand up for a few seconds on her own two feet)
- is babbling more "da-da" or "ba-ba"
- still sleeps well
- claps her hands
- smiles or laughs more often
- eats ALOT
- plays with toys or watches TV now (she likes "Toopy & Binoo" or "Four Squares" or "Roll Play" on Treehouse
- loves playing with Ethan
- loves taking baths or playing in water

I don't know how life would be without this sweet girl.
Happy 9 months, sweetie!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

"Love Him" Layout

I love this kid to bits.
He's four years old now (WHAT?!).
Time has flown by.
He's taught me to be a mother, to worry, to laugh, to cherish the little things.
He is the sweetest, funniest, goofiest, most charming boy EVER (but i'm biased). =)
He tests my temper & patience ALOT (on a daily basis).

BUT, I wouldn't trade it for anything in the world.

Saturday, May 7, 2011


Yup. I joined the National Scrapbooking Week Challenge on Studio Calico. LOL. It's prompting me to scrapbook pictures I've been meaning to scrapbook but just haven't had the motivation to do. (Plus, it gives me a break from doing those 150 invitations).
Here's my FIRST EVER layout i've posted on Studio Calico's gallery. It's my take on the Color Combo challenge and based on Waleska's sketch.

Ethan was bugging me for days to let him go outside so he could "take my bunny out". I had to show him that "Bunny" was actually chalk. We were on our way out so we had to leave the Bunny chalk on the steps. Well, Ethan wasn't too happy...he was pouting and upset all the way to my mom's house, to the grocery store, and finally fell asleep on the way home to our house. Funny funny kid.

Onto the next challenge!!