Tuesday, June 28, 2011

It's been a couple of weeks!!

I can't believe it's been a couple of weeks since I posted last. I've been just a little busy. LOL I just got back from Maryland and Virginia. I taught at Photo Scraps a beautiful scrapbook store. I then taught at the Great American Scrapbook Convention!!

I got to stay at this beautiful bed and breakast. It was so stinkin' adorable!!

I got up the next morning and went over to Photo Scraps where I taught two classes. I had such a great time getting to know all my students. I can't wait to go back!!!

I then headed over to Virginia. I had another beautiful room at the hotel. It was great because I stayed on the 6th floor and my class was on the first floor. I would get up each morning, get ready, and just go straight to my class. Between classes I could go to my room or do something else. I went to the expo part of it to go shop. I went straight to the Carolee Creation booth to purchase purchases and jewlery!!

It was great getting to know all of my students in my classes. I had a lot of them that took all three. It was great fun!!!
My students introduced me to Chick Fil-a!!! OMG!!!! SO YUMMY!!!!!! I at their everyday for lunch!!!

Look forward to next year!!!! Hope to see everyone again!
Suzy West

Sunday, June 12, 2011

New challenge at Our Paper Place

I was at Our Paper Place before I left for Texas and told Sarah that we should make a challenge video for her store. She thought it would be a fun idea. We got together the other day and did the video with the help of Gloria (our camera girl and co-owner) and Sierra (our "director"). We had fun putting filming together and Sierra felt very special to be a part of it. LOL
You can view the video here: OUR VIDEO
We invite you to take on the challenge. You can find out more information on Sarah's store website, OUR PAPER PLACE
We look forward to seeing what you create.
I'll be teaching at Our Paper Place next week, check out their site to see what's up!!
I'll be attending the Great American Scrapbook Convention--CHANTILLY in a couple of weeks. The day before the show I will be teaching at a wonderful store, PHOTO SCRAPS in Eldersburg, MD
Have a wonderful day,

Suzy West

Wednesday, June 08, 2011

Excited...and a winner from the kit contest!!!!

Hi everyone!!!! I'm excited to say that I'm working with an awesome company that I love!!!! I'm going to be busy getting all the prep work done so we can launch soon!!
I'll be putting together a DT call VERY SOON!!!! I want people from all over the WORLD!!!
If you are interested in having me view your work in the meantime...please post your blog here.

I have a winner for one of my kits....the winner is:
CLHAJNAL said...
Hi Suzy! I am having such a blast here at GASC, you are a wonderful hostess!!!!
Carrie Hajnal
Please email me at psajfamily@aol.com with your addy

Hugs, Suzy West

Tuesday, June 07, 2011

Crying in the backroom

How do I start this post? Let's see....I know...Last week was one of the worst times in my entire life...but I had fun! WHAT?!?!?!?!?!? LOL (just read on...you'll see why)

(warning...there will be tons of rambling...more than usual...going on several days with little sleep, LOL)
For a mom, there is nothing worse...than being in a different state and receiving a phone call or text that your daughter is being rushed to the hospital! That's what happened to me!
Let's back up a couple of weeks. Sierra got pneumonia. She was really sick. We got her "all better" and she was fine. I had a trip coming up and was going to not go if she didn't get better, but she did and so I went.
I was having an amazing time in Texas teaching classes, burning calories from the blazing hot sun that was making my hair expand and my make up melt, and had already hosted the Thursday night crop that was a lot of fun!!!!
The next day I was in class. I had put on my timer so I could make sure to finish on time. The buzzer went off...but it wasn't the timer...it was a text...with a picture of my little girl on a hospital bed. YES...this is how I found out she was sick!
My husband didn't want to call me to "bug me" so he thought....after class...I'd see a text and then call him. NOPE...I found out during the class.
I just tried to keep my composure...went on with my class. It finished...thanked everyone for coming and RAN out the class to find out what was going on.
I called my husband and he told me she was going to be okay and not to worry...YA RIGHT!!! he said..."right now we are just waiting to find out what's going on and why her fever is not going away...so stay where you are and have fun!" again...YA RIGHT!
I had a cry fest...wiped my eyes and tried to look semi normal and headed out for the next crop night I was to host.
For those that attended...I want you to know that I had a blast.....and I hope this doesn't sound like I didn't have fun...because I did while I was there...but I wanted to be home with my baby.
I would go out to the floor...laugh, do prizes, etc...(and honestly...I did have fun)
and then I'd go to the backroom...and CRY at the thought that my baby was sick.
I'd call my husband...who seriously....had not left her sight for even a moment. He was amazing! He barely ate, he hadn't showered, he missed work that entire time...and never complained!
He told me..."have fun and do what you need to do...because you get home...I'm going to need you". I told him I was having a hard time eating and he got mad and said, "eat or your going to get sick and you might as well stay there" LOL So yes...I ate.
So I continued what I was doing...I did try to check on flights to get home early...and EVERY SINGLE flight was FULL and OVER sold!!!
I called the night before again...FULL
Finally...the morning of...I got up...put on my clothes...and I was out of there. I couldn't wait to get home. Paul said she had a rough night the night before.
I got there...boarded my plane...called and told my baby I was coming home. Then nothing.
We sat there...for a while...and then we heard...there was something wrong with the plane...we had to get off!
We got out...they announced that they were trying to figure out what was going on and to just sit and wait. YA RIGHT!!! I went over to see if there was another flight I could take...and as I had heard several times before over the phone..all flights were FULL! There was nothing.
Finally a new plane arrived and I got on told my family I was on and was coming home. Then nothing...we sat there yet again!!! I couldn't believe it!!! They were checking some things and would get back to us. Finally everything was clear and we took off!
Those were the longest hours of my LIFE!!!! We landed and my parents were there to pick me up. I RAN into the hospital when we arrived and Sierra's face was priceless!!!! She was so happy!
She told me she was so happy I was there and to please not cry because it would make her cry and she just wanted us to hug.
Earlier that day...she had a relapse. Now, she was still pale but she was doing better. She really perked up and started talking more and saying silly things. We sent daddy home to rest and spend time with Jeremy (my other sweet angel).
She and I started playing school and talking and I could see her getting better and better very quickly. We had visitors come and they gave her gifts. She was sitting up and was THRILLED!
That evening...she took her first steps with out passing out and we walked around the hospital.
The Dr. said that everything was better and that it looked like she could go home!!!
I wanted to make sure so I told her we'd stay one more night. That night, she slept like a baby! It was her first night with real sleep!! I was in heaven!!!!
The next day we got our plan for home treatment and now...I sit here on my bed writing this while she sleeps right next to me. One of her legs is on top of mine and I can feel her little breathe on my side...because she's laying here..that close. She's a sweetheart and I love her to pieces!!!
My son...and older daughter...I love them so much!!!! I missed them both so very much to!!
While Sierra rested...I went to pick up Jeremy from school...it was the first time I had seen him since I left. We spent one hour of quality time together...I dropped him off...told him to take a shower because I was taking him to the Dr.'s at 5. I quickly drove over to where Angel was working and surprised her there...she needed her mommy as well. Spent 45 minutes with her and then rushed home to pick up both Sierra and Jeremy. Sierra had a quick check up. Jeremy had a physical.
We came home and a sweet gal from church had brought us dinner.
THANK YOU!!!! Thank you to everyone!!! I read Sierra every single get well wish she received and she loved all of them!!! Thank you!
Sorry for the rambling!!!! Hugs
Suzy West

Saturday, June 04, 2011

Sierra update

Last night I received a phone call that Sierra was re-admitted in the hospital.

My heart just broke, I was in the middle of hosting a crop of hundreds of amazing women and there was nothing I could do about it. I went to the back...cried for a few minutes...found out the details...and went back out as I knew there was nothing I could do.
I want to start out by saying that I have an amazing husband. He has stayed so strong through this whole thing and has not left my Sierra's side. He's been extra cautious as he knows I am freaking out...double checking everything every time I get a break (I have called Dr's., bishops, specialists, etc). Paul keeps telling me everything is okay and says, "Don't worry, I got it". I don't know if he knows this but every time he says that...I feel really good and it reassures me that everything will be OK.
Sierra has pneumonia. It started out on one side of her lung...she caught another bug and now has it on both lungs. For children with Hereditary Spherocytosis...pnemonia is really bad. She's going to have surgery next month...It's supposed to help her a lot. She's been so bad I suggested we do the surgery now, but unfortunately...they say there is no way, she's too sick and not prepared.
So we are going to get her all better and prepare her for next month.
I didn't sleep last night, I kept texting with Paul to find out the details and for about an hour...I did nothing but cry thinking that about her and how much I miss her. I'm also sad for my son Jeremy...my lone ranger...who gets forgotten...not on purpose...but it happens as we have been in and out of hospitals the last few weeks. Next week...I'm going to take him out and spend some quality time with him.
I called Paul this morning to find out more details. He said that the nurse said that we have one of the sweetest little girls. He asked why. Last night he laid down in the hospital bed with Sierra and this morning he finally fell a sleep. The nurse came in to check on her and Sierra had one request, "please don't wake up my daddy".
I am so blessed to have the sweetest little daughter, I love her so much.
Thank you to everyone for your continual prayers.
Sierra loves reading your posts so please leave some here and I'll be sure that she gets to see them. Thank you everyone!!
Suzy West