Okay disregard the latest post.. I don't know how to redirect..
Here is the new, and hopefully final, site for theJAKAfiles:
You can google friend connect me here! So please do so :) I will come back around and make sure I am still following you.
Thanks everyone! :)
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Okay disregard the latest post.. I don't know how to redirect..
Posted by *.::alex::.* at 8:34 PM
Saturday, February 20, 2010
Personal choice has led me to Wordpress to fulfill my blogging fantasies. Haha.
No, really though. I am setting up my blog over at http://thejakafiles.wordpress.com/
Follow with me? :)
Please re-friend me on Google Friend Connect, as I don't think that will convert.
Thursday, February 18, 2010
I created my banner using Photoshop.
My first ever creation.
Like, seriously, ever.
So far, I absolutely adore Photoshop, but it is going to take some getting used to.
I like to give credit where credit is due. Therefore, I'd like to thank Rebecca's Scrapping Silliness for her Karmatic Impact freebie that I was able to download. Not everything in my banner came from her freebie, but a good majority of it did. Using a couple elements that were in my misc scrap folder, and some re-coloring in Photoshop, my banner was born!
In the coming days, I am hoping to re-do my button, and my contact info. Maybe, eventually, I'll be able to make my very own layout. Haha, okay maybe not. :)
Sometimes, having an infant totally and completely stinks!
Poor thing is miserable.
The closest thing we can get to "help" for her is Vicks BabyRub, which is just like Vicks VapoRub but intended for babies ages 3months and up. Either that, or let her be in the tub all day, which, by the way, she would love!!!
Last night, I didn't know what we were going to do. She was crying and crying, and nothing I could do would comfort her. I thought about the Vicks we had in the cupboard, but knew the adult version isn't good for babies.
Then it hit me - DUH! I have the Vicks BabyRub in with the rest of her bath time lotions and body wash.
I can't say that she slept like a baby, but she definitely slept better than the previous two nights.
This morning she is super congested, still, but it sounds like things are breaking up in her chest, and her cough sounds more productive than it has all week. Perhaps it is a sign of good things to come!!
Do any of you have any other suggestions for a baby with a cough/congestion/stuffy nose? I'd love to hear them!!!
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Ever since I had Konnor, I have never been at the top of the priority list. Purposely putting myself after others, I don't often have the newest clothes, the coolest phone, or other spiffy things.
Yesterday, I bought a laptop. Four hundred dollars of something just for me! After purchasing my new Toshiba, I am feeling the normal guilt that I feel after buying something for myself.
After battling with myself, "oh that $400 could have gone here or we could have done this," I took a step back. No, really, this was a good investment. With Justin on the computer as much as he is, I need this.
What do I need a laptop for?
Well I really need it to keep up on JAKA365, which is my photo blog. If you haven't seen it, check it out!
But I also need it to keep up with this blog. If I have the desire to start reviews, the need for my own computer is pretty obvious.
More than anything, though, I wanted my own computer so that I could access the internet when I wanted to. My phone's internet isn't fast nor reliable, and to be honest, typing with a Blackberry isn't fun. Haha.
Monday, February 15, 2010
There is an overwhelming force that drives you to keep your child(ren) safe.
Unconditional love is no longer something you imagine, but something that you can feel.
You realize that priorities change. Life rearranges. The world no longer revolves around you.
The true meaning of friendship becomes apparent. Those without children can never understand what a parent feels.
Then you realize. They aren't true friends if they let your bundle of joy get in between the two of you.
I remember the friends I had. The relationship that I lost. I was 19 when I had Konnor. Barely out of school. At first, I could pawn him off on my mom to watch while I had fun from time to time. Mostly at her house, while Konnor slept in my room.
Looking back, I sucked at being a mom. I thought I was hot shit, when in reality, there was nothing hot about my relationship with my son. Sure, he knew who his mommy was, and he loved everything about me, but I wasn't the best.
In almost four years, I have come so far. Honestly, I can say that I am proud of who I am. The mother I am. A woman. I have grown up.
Having children has tough me a lot about my life. But my children have also helped me cut out a lot of people in my life that never really mattered.
Stay tuned, Part 2 of this is coming up.......
Valentine's Day... A day for love, a day for appreciation, and a day for........ chocolate?
I love being spoiled just as much as the next girl, but who is to say that Valentine's Day has to be the only day to express your true feelings for someone?
This year, I made a vow to myself, and a silent vow to Justin (meaning he doesn't know) to never take him for granted, and to tell him just how much I love and appreciate him.
Yesterday, I spent my Valentine's Day with my love and my little loves - Justin, Konnor, and Ariana. We relaxed, we were lazy, and we enjoyed the company of one another.
Oh, of course Justin spoiled me (and himself a little) by going out and buying some goodies from Victoria's Secret and I spoiled him with his Christmas/Anniversary/Valentine's Day/Birthday gift by buying him a PS3. Yes, I know, I did it. Bought him the one gift I am going to kick myself in the ass for later. But hey, at least any game he plays on that thing can be put on pause, right?
In addition, we bought the kids each a cute little t-shirt, teddy bear, and some bubbles. Konnor and Ariana both adore bubbles, so we bought Konnor a bubble gun and Ariana a thing of bubbles. Hours of entertainment in the living room, and I can just vacuum that soapy goodness right up. Haha!
Besides going to Outback on Saturday night with Justin and Ariana, that was the extent of Valentine's Day, 2010. Simple, sweet, and NO chocolate (just how I wanted it).
What did you do for Valentine's Day? What did you receive? I want all the juicy details from my lovely readers!! :)
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
I am also proud of where I live.
I was born in Portland, Oregon.
I was raised in Portland, Oregon.
My mom was born and raised in Portland, Oregon.
Thursday, February 4, 2010
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Monday, February 1, 2010
Yes, that is my very high-pitched voice. Lol. It isn't normally that bad, but you know.. Mommy thing, right???