Friday, November 27, 2009

2009 Family Recap

We went to Kiddie Acres over Spring Break.
Mark's baby sister, Liz, got married March 1st.
Easter 2009 (notice Tyler's band-aid to hide his stitches)

Tyler's 4th birthday and our new kitten, Juno (with old cat, Teddy).

Riley and Mark finished a family Triathlon! The boys played dress up this summer.
Our family at the pumpkin patch and the boys dressed for Halloween.

My big old belly at 29 weeks. Tyler loves his baby sister! :)

Mark is still working hard as a Programmer in the IT Department at Austin Regional Clinic. With 2 years under his belt, he feels pretty comfortable at his job. He has really enjoyed working out and running this year. This summer, he completed his first Triathlon, then did a family Triathlon with Riley. He’s also run a 5K and a 10K this year, as well as going on regular runs in the neighborhood with the boys to help Riley complete his marathon. I always keep him busy around the house, too! He has built many a furniture piece from IKEA this year!

As soon as I finished teaching Pre-K at Mother’s Day Out this spring, I found out I was pregnant! It did come as a surprise, but in September we found out we are having a baby girl, which is so exciting! She will be at the top of our 2010 highlights, since she is due January 21st. Just before I found out that I was pregnant, I agreed to take on the role of MOPS Coordinator at my church. This is our third year, and we are still growing and going smoothly. God has really blessed this group! We even started a sister group in Kyle this fall, which 2 dear friends of mine are coordinating. This summer was tough for me, with the first trimester pregnancy yuckiness and the scorching heat. We spent a lot of time indoors at home this summer.

It’s amazing that Riley is a 7 year old second grader! He is such a big boy and so helpful to me. He’s a great big brother to Tyler, and I know he will be great with his baby sister (he loves babies!). He loves school and was so excited to get the teacher he wanted for second grade. They have lots of animals in their classroom, including leopard geckos and snakes. He really enjoys running and completed a Kids’ Triathlon in July and ran a 5K in October. He did his first sleepover camp last summer and had a great time.

Tyler is 4 and is such a big boy. He and I are doing “home school preschool” and he is learning his letters, numbers and other fun stuff. He loves to “read” and has many of his favorite books memorized. He had to give up his room for the baby, but is excited to share a bunk bed with Riley. Their room is full of Legos, which both boys are very passionate about. I am always amazed at the original creations they come up with! Tyler is running with Mark and Riley—his goal is to do the 5K on his own next fall. Tyler has also had his fair share of boo-boos this year, including stitches on his forehead in March from falling at the park.

It’s been another fun year for our family. We’ve gotten to do some fun things, like going to Round Rock Express baseball games and stock car races at the local track. Mark and Riley got to go camping this spring with a group of men and boys from our church. This summer, we tried some new things, like seeing “Up” at an outdoor theater, learning to play laser tag and race go-karts at Austin Park and Pizza, and going to the Children’s Museum in New Braunfels.
We got to go to Sea World in San Antonio and stay at the Hyatt Wild Oaks Ranch for our summer vacation. It was really fun, especially spending 4+ hours a day in the pool. We also took the boys to the Riverwalk and Rainforest Café.
Oh, and another highlight of our summer was the addition of another cat, Juno. He is an adorable Siamese cat who is so funny and friendly. We originally thought he was a girl until I took him to the vet about a month after we got him. He keeps us laughing and on our toes.

It has been another wild year, with lots of ups and downs. It is so rewarding to see the boys growing up and seeing their character develop. They have really bonded with each other. They both are thriving at church and love Jesus and His word, which is truly exciting. We are looking forward to 2010 with our newest addition. We can’t wait to meet little Kendall Joy in person. She has already captured our hearts! I am so thankful that I can look back and see God’s love and faithfulness in our lives. He has truly blessed us beyond what we deserve.

Love, the McDaids

Friday, July 3, 2009

Just Released! Stampin' Up's New Catalog!

The 2009-2010 catalog is officially live! It is beautiful and full of great new products and project ideas. You can view the catalog online or contact me to purchase one. They are $5. If you purchase a catalog, you will receive swatches of the 6 new In Colors for free.

I will be having a new catalog preview and a watercoloring class Friday and Saturday, July 24 and 25th from 10:00-12:00. The class is $15 and you must RSVP by July 13th. You will make 6 3"x3" cards using 6 different watercoloring techniques. Plus, I will have a BONUS card for you to make using a brand new hostess set!

Also, Brenna and I will be continuing to do the monthly stamp club. If you are interested in being a part of it, let me know. Stamp club is a great way to gradually build your product stash and have some fun girl time!

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Big News!

The McDaid family will be welcoming a new member in January 2010!
Will it be another boy or will it be a girl??? Time will tell!

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Handcrafted Items for Sale

Faux Alligator Skin Wristlets Gift Card Holders $5
Colors Available: Moss, Celery, Chocolate, Turquoise

Monogram Cards Boxed Sets $15
Ten custom made monogram cards with envelopes in a coordinating box.

Baby Girl Thank You cards Boxed Set $15
10 handcrafted baby girl thank you cards with envelopes in a coordinating box.

Baby Boy Thank You cards Boxed Set $15
10 handcrafted baby boy thank you cards with envelopes in a coordinating box.

Assorted Greeting Boxed Set $15
10 cards with assorted greetings with envelopes in a coordinating box.
To place an order, please e-mail me at Please allow 1 week for completion and delivery.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Handcrafted Items for Sale

I have been working on some projects to sell. I am very excited about putting some of my creations on the market. Here are a couple I am offering:

Faux Alligator Skin Wristlet Gift Card Holder $5
Colors Available: Chocolate, Celery, Turquoise

Parisian Boxed Card Set, includes 10 cards and envelopes in a coordinating gift box $15
Walk in the Park Boxed Monogram Card set, includes 10 custom monogrammed cards and envelopes in a coordinating gift box, $15
Stay tuned for more projects I'll be posting, including baby thank you card sets and card sets with custom greeting options.
If you are interested in ordering a set, please e-mail me at

Sunday, March 29, 2009

My Next Stamping Class and Finishing Out Sale-a-Bration

I'm very excited about my next stamping class! I am going to teach you six different watercoloring techniques. Watercoloring has always been a weak area for me, it seems like too much work, and I haven't been impressed with the results. But that all changed when I tried SU's watercolor paper! It's so sturdy! Plus, I am in love with the Pun Fun stamp set, which just screams to be watercolored! It makes very cute mini birthday cards. So, I hope you'll join me for this fun class. If you cannot come, I will offer a to-go kit after the class.

When: Saturday, April 18th 10 am

You'll make: 6 3"x3" cards with envelopes using 6 images from the Pun Fun stamp set.

You'll use: watercolor paper, Blender Pens, Aquapainter, Watercolor Wonder crayons, Watercolor pencils, Stampin' Pastels, Stampin Write markers, Classic ink, and Craft ink.

Cost: for class only $15; for class + Pun Fun stamp set for you to keep $45

RSVP with payment by April 8th

Only 2 days left to Sale-a-Brate! Don't miss out! Contact me before Tuesday if you want to place a qualifying order!

Monday, March 9, 2009

Stamp Club Card

Here is my contribution to this month's stamp club. I've been wanting to make the scalloped medallion for awhile, and I want to do more watercoloring, so here is what I made!

If you want to make a card like this for yourself, contact me!

Friday, January 23, 2009

Fun New Stuff!

I have added links to the new Stampin' Up! catalogs. There are some great samples and new products, so check them out!

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Some Crafty Projects!

I have been wanting to stamp on onesies to make custom gifts ever since I saw the ones Emily did on her blog. So I got some new stamps and Palette Inks for Christmas, and I finally made some tonight! They turned out great, and they were so easy!

I am a little bit sad tonight because my cat is missing! I was away for the weekend, and I have not seen him since I left Friday and Mark hasn't seen him since Sunday morning. He's done this before, but I don't think he's been gone this long before! I hope he'll come home.
We've also been struck with cedar fever here. We all have itchy, watery eyes. I hope it won't last too long, because it is no fun! Especially getting on to the boys about not rubbing their eyes--they hate that!
I'm planning to get more crafty tomorrow with Valentine's projects! I'll post again soon!