Monday, June 29, 2009

July Ornies

Last Thursday I had the privilege of hosting my ornie swap group at my home. Our theme for July was Patriotic. These are the new cute ornies we all ended up with!

I Won :)

I got an exciting email today...I won my choice of 3 prizes from doing my blog posts about cervical cancer! I get to choose between a $300 spa pass, a stay in a Park City resort or an iPod with an iTunes gift certificate. I chose the stay in a Park City resort. I'll be sure to take pictures when I go and post them!

Monday, June 22, 2009

FSA Picnic

On Saturday we had a picnic with our Families Supporting Adoption (FSA) group. It's a chance for families involved in adoption in any way to get together every couple of months and get to know each other better. We have different activities during the year for example last time we frosted sugar cookies, this time we had a picnic and next time we are hoping to do a service project. We share stories and experiences and everyone has a good time.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Happy Birthday Andrew!

Happy 29th Birthday to my wonderful and loving husband. You are my best friend and I can't even imagine my life without you. I love you so much.

Utah Cancer Control Program's Cervical Cancer Prevention Contest Part III

The good news is that cervical cancer is largely preventable. Although the HPV vaccine can provide some protection, abstinence and regular screening with a Pap smear test are critical to early detection and successful treatment.

To prevent cervical cancer women over the age of 18 should get regular pap tests even if they have had the HPV vaccine. See for more information.

This concludes my posts about HPV and ways you can help protect yourself from this virus. Cross your fingers and maybe I'll be lucky enough to win a prize for my efforts!

Monday, June 15, 2009

My New Niece ~ Kinley Nicole Heward ~

My new niece arrived late Friday night and I was so happy that I got to be there. My brother and sister-in-law are very proud parents and my nephew Lincoln, from the very moment he met his new sister, is a very proud big brother!

Kinley Nicole Heward
Born: June 12, 2009
Weight: 5 lbs 9 oz
Length: 17 in

Being an aunt is so fun! I have 1 nephew and 3 nieces now and I love them all so much!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Thrift Store Finds

I had a doctor's appointment on Tuesday in SLC so on my way I decided to stop by the West Jordan DI and donate the stuff leftover from my yard sale in May. After dropping off my old stuff I decided to go in and see if I could find any new stuff and look what I came away with! I had so much fun finding all this and I only spent $5.50! It was a good day.

Utah Cancer Control Program's Cervical Cancer Prevention Contest Part II

In the United States, cervical cancer affects more than 10,000 women every year, with deaths approaching 4,000 annually. In Utah, approximately 60 women are diagnosed with and 17 die from the cancer every year. Because the majority of cervical cancer is caused by HPV, the contest is encouraging proper prevention for females ages 18-30.

Cervical cancer is caused by the HPV virus. Females between the ages of 9 and 26 can get a vaccine that prevents 70% of cervical cancers. See for more information.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Flower Beds

Saturday we worked on our flower beds. We pulled weeds, added some color with flowers and put a fresh layer of bark over everything. We also planted a couple planters with flowers as well. I do love a yard full of flowers!

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Utah Cancer Control Program's Cervical Cancer Prevention Contest

As you may or may not know, I work for the local health department in my area. My official title is Office Technician and, among other things, I check-in patients that come in for immunizations. Beside verifying their address, phone number, insurance information, I also check and see what required immunizations are due and then I also recommend additional vaccines. One of those additional vaccines is the new HPV vaccine recommended for girls ages 9-26 years of age.

Cervical cancer is caused by the HPV virus. HPV is spread by skin-to-skin genital contact and can be prevented by abstaining from skin-to-skin genital contact or having fewer sexual partners. See for more information.

The Utah Cancer Control Program is having a contest to get the word out about the HPV vaccine to prevent cervical cancer and so for the next 3 weeks I'll be posting a random fact about HPV in order to provide knowledge about the virus and the vaccine. I could win a $300 spa pass, a stay in a Park City resort, or an iPod with an iTunes gift certificate if I'm chosen for participating so thanks for indulging me!

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Ornies And Prim Decor

Recently I was invited by my sister-in-law Kim to join an ornie swap group and we had our first swap this past week. The theme for the month of June was "Summer". There are 5 people in the group so we each brought 5 ornies that we made or bought to the swap. I bought beehives on ebay and they were so cute and prim! They were first sewn, then stuffed, painted, baked, sanded and then rubbed with cinnamon so they smelled like cinnamon toast. Yum! Mine also had rusted safety pins and bells on them, which I have to learn how to do! It gives them an antique or prim look. Others coffee or tea-stained their ornies, which also gives them an antique or prim look. We each kept one of our own and then we each got one from everyone else. We also had a tea party, which I really enjoyed, but mostly I just loved being with and taking ideas from this group of very creative women! Can't wait until next month when our theme is "Patriotic"!

I was also invited by my friend/cousin-in-law Savannah (she and her husband Josh are trying to adopt like Andrew and I) to drive out to SLC last Friday and attend "Adoption is an Option" presentations at Copper Hills High School in West Jordan. I was really excited and so I took the day off work and we headed to the city. Unfortunately as we were leaving Heber, the woman who invited us to come, called and said the presentations had been cancelled, but we decided to still go on into SLC anyway and meet her to get materials and then we did some shopping at The Quilted Bear and Tai Pan Trading, which are 2 of my fav stores! We also had lunch at the Olive Garden, delicious as always, before heading back home again. I'm posting some pictures of the cute things I got on my shopping trip for my house.

Plate has a picture of an old barn with a flag and says "American Country".

This is totally me!

Bowl for new ornies to be displayed.

This is how my $3.00 yard sale table turned out. I love it!

As for other new decorations, I found a picture of this willow tree stitchery on another blog and fell in love with it so I asked my SIL Kim to recreate it. She is so endlessly talented and it turned out so perfect. Thanks Kim!

For Christmas Andrew bought me some metal stars and we finally got them hung up on our house this past weekend. I think they turned out pretty cute! One is red and one is black.

A year or two ago Andrew and I had this vinyl lettering made for our front door. You can't really tell from the picture, but it's a big "E" with Ercanbrack spelled in cursive over the top.

And last, but not least, here is Emillio meowing to go outside, which she doesn't really want to do because she gets scared, but she thinks she wants to anyway! I caught her with her mouth open. Isn't she cute?!!