Wednesday, December 15, 2010


Well still no pictures.. but we did meet santa!

Thursday, December 9, 2010


So you think that having a photography business would mean that you get tons of pictures of your newborn, but it totally doesn't. I find myself everynight thinking "man, I needed to try and get a few shots" But everynight comes and goes and we still don't have very many pictures... I did however get at least 2 yesterday before Crue started crying and telling us he's had enough!

Wish me luck today!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

GG Digital Designs- A deal a day

Just a heads up on gg digital designs current offer! Be sure to check everyday for some crazy deals!

Also check out the newest kit Christmas time. Perfect for those holiday pictures!

Here is the page I did with the kit.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Crue Justin Hamblin

The birth story of our son Crue Justin Hamblin.

I still can’t believe that our son is finally here... I have no idea what my rush was because I’m so tired with my lack of sleep lol. Thankfully I’ve found enough energy to write his birth story.
Monday the 15th of November I had a doctor appointment that I was not looking forward to. I for sure thought that our doctor would say that I’d have to have a c-section but thankfully I dilated enough to have my water broke.
I was so excited you have no idea... I went straight home and started nesting like crazy! I vacuumed, dusted, moped, did laundry and packed the hospital bags. I don’t know if it was the cleaning or the fact that my brain knew that he was coming tomorrow no matter what but I started having contractions. All through the night I was having contractions and by 5 am I told Justin to get up because I think that we needed to head to the hospital. He talked me into staying and eating breakfast so while he got over at Justin’s horrified eyes thinking that I was going to die of pain lol. Because there were 4 the last hour of sleep I walked the house in pain... it wasn’t shortly after that I lost my plug... and let’s just say how disgusting! We were scheduled for 7 am. I know that’s so early for us but we were able to make it to the hospital and on time.
We got there and butterflies were starting to turn in my stomach. I knew that this was it. For some reason I kept telling myself that something would happen and that we’d have another stillborn. I know, my brain does that sometimes. We were quickly moved into our birthing room and hooked up and ready to go. The doctor came in at around 9 and broke my water.... and when she checked me I was already a 3+ as apposed to yesterdays 1and a half. As soon as she broke my water she said to get the epidural and I thought that man, these aren’t too bad, I can handle this. So I opted not to have the epidural right away. I always thought that you didn’t progress fast when you got the epidural. But that was an old wives tale because I went pretty fast. By 12 I was ready for that epidural. I still remember looking of us being induced I had to wait my turn for the epidural. Now I know why my doctor said to get it now and not to wait. Finally the anesthesiologist came in around one and I was so happy to see her. With the epidural in I was feeling better but I still could feel the contractions. Time felt like it went by so much faster... next thing you know it was 2:45 and I was ready to start pushing. I was pushing with the nurse for 15 minutes and by the time the doctor came in I was almost done... I was so wrong about pushing, I thought that you only pushed like 5 time and the baby came out.... I didn’t realize that it was like 5 rounds of pushing 4 times for 15 seconds each.
At 3:13 our beautiful son was half way out but the cord was wrapped around his neck so I had to stop pushing. Finally everything was great again and I gave the final push. He was born at 3:15 and was completely perfect. I was worried when He didn’t start crying.... because a baby's cry is the most beautiful thing in the world at that moment. When the doctor was cleaning his air ways he just looked around really content.
She then placed him on my stomach and I was able to hold him and marvel at him until he started peeing on the doctor, then I was laughing.

Finally he was all cleaned up and I was able to really cuddle him.

I swear I was holding Beckham too. It was surreal to look at him those first few moments. He looked exactly like Beckham. Justin and I took a few minutes to thank our heavenly father before we had Beckham come in. Also we were thinking of a name still. We finally decided on Crue. We chose Crue because we wanted to name one of our kids after Clair, Justin’s dad. His middle name is Rue and so we took his first letter and middle name and combined them. Which gave us Crue.
When Beck did come in it was the most sweetest thing ever. He came in with this big smile just waving at the baby. He couldn’t wait to give him hugs and kisses, just look at him here...

All in all it was great and life couldn’t be better, well maybe more sleep could be better but it’s so worth it. Every yawn and every ache in my body doesn’t matter because we have Crue.

It’s amazing how he’s healed my heart in ways I didn’t think possible.

Crue Justin Hamblin
Tuesday, November 16th
8 lbs 3oz
22 inches long

Monday, November 15, 2010

Always me... or NOT!!! UPDATED!

Do you ever feel like everything always happens to you and don't know why?

Well this pregnancy has made me think that.... let me re-phrase that. Because all I wanted was a VBAC and it's looking like I’m not getting my one wish I feel like it's always me! I've been patient. I've been prayerful. I've been calm. I just feel like I can't take another trial right now... I thought "Hey maybe I'll get a break for a bit"

Why in the world do I think I should get a break? If I got a break that means that Heavenly Father didn't care about me and so I know that He does care and He's constantly pushing me for the good. I just wanted this one thing to go my way and I'm being a baby about it.

I need to start not comparing myself to others... I do that way too much and this is what always happens. I get down and depressed. Church didn't help yesterday either...

No joke everyone I saw said "you're still pregnant?!" The first few people who said it to me was fine but after everyone it got really old and I just wanted to say "It's not that hard to look at my belly and see that" I know that people don't want to make you depressed it's just when you are so emotional as it is and you go to church to try and focus on the Lord rather than a silly delivery and instead you get reminded of the thing you would like to keep on the back burner for a few hours it's hard. I couldn't even face relief society... I almost walked in, I peeked my head in and saw that there were no seats and said "Ha! it's a sign to just wait in the hall" Good thing I had a few friends to keep my mind busy.

I cried so long yesterday after church poor Justin thought "What happened to my wife... After church you should come home feeling good" I did feel grateful that I went... the primary program touched my heart and I'm glad that I got to see Beckham up on stage for awhile. I'm also glad that I went because that was officially my last Sunday for a few weeks. Taking the sacrament was a good reminder for me. The real reason we go to church. It was just after sacrament meeting that I didn't enjoy too much lol.

I so am not looking forward to the doctor today. I know what she is going to tell me, "Sorry Jamie, you're still a 1... it's time for the c-section" I was teasing yesterday and said “Hey, I could pull out the tears and see if that would help” but I think she'll get them either way and she's that type of doctor that I think it wouldn’t phase her one bit

Ugh I'm sad today too because of Harry Potter.... Yes, harry potter, wipe the confused looks off your face because you read that right. I've ALWAYS gone to the mid-night showing of Harry Potter... my sister and I are kinda obsessed and this year I just had to tell my mom to sell my tickets. We have the best seats ever too! I keep saying if I have the baby today I could make it... but I’d be just getting out of the hospital and that wouldn't be fun at all... so I’m having to sell them. Knowing Justin he'll take me to it another time and it will be more special because it will be with him. :) Again it's just my mind thinking that... ugh it always happens to me.

Darn mind. Stop making me sad!
Well most likely this will be my last post until I have news to share... Hopefully news that I got to have my VBAC and that he's healthy and has a name LOL. I'm going to keep my fingers crossed that I'll still get my VBAC. I still have faith believe it or not.

I am going to miss being pregnant though... and this is one of the reasons....

I've had this for 9 months too... wait 10 months LOL

Well now I’m so embarrassed....

I went to the doctor an emotional wreck today and boy what an experience. I said a quick prayer before the doctor came in to let me accept Heavenly Father's will and that I will be happy that I'm even getting a baby! It came out good news.... I've progressed and so I get to be started tomorrow morning at 7! I'm still in shock and I am just so excited. (Not about the 7 though... ouch that’s early for the Hamblin’s)

Yesterday in our Sunday school class... the Bishop gave good council. Do what you should now before you get tempted by Satan. I've been on my knees asking for forgiveness that Heavenly Father will forgive me. I shouldn't have doubted Him... I need to remember to put Him first no matter what... to always trust Him because He always does what's best for us. I could have saved a lot of tears, stress, and grief if I would have done that first.

So everyone.... learn from my mistake! Be an optimist and trust the LORD!

Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.

Alma 37:33 Preach unto them repentance, and faith on the Lord Jesus Christ; teach them to humble themselves and to be meek and lowly in heart; teach them to withstand every temptation of the devil, with their faith on the Lord Jesus Christ.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Not a worry in the world!

So still no baby....

After my appointment yesterday I feel more calm and relieved. Our doctor was nice enough to let us go another week of hoping and praying that I go into labor on my own.

A lot of people have asked a lot of questions so I'll answer the top 5.

1. Why can't they start you? It's too dangerous to start me apparently.. I've already begged her, but I'd rather be safe then sorry.

2. Why were you able to be started with Nora then? She had already passed so the danger was really low.

3. When is the day if you have a c-section? Sometime late next week. Not sure yet...

4. Do you have a name? Nope... we can't decide/agree

5. Where are you delivering? Davis if it's a regular delivery and Ogden Regional if it's a c-section.

I actually woke up this morning with the worst cold ever so not having the baby quite yet is fine by me. I can barely keep my head up let alone the duties of a new baby. This week I've been really calm and okay with whatever happens (I know Justin's blessing has helped in my feelings towards that too) and I only feel peace.

I've been thinking a lot about Nora, a year ago today I was in the hospital right now preparing for one of the most emotional experiences of my life. I've been so worried all along with this pregnancy that I would go into labor either today or tomorrow and that was my worst fear... would I be able to handle it? Would I freak out over every little thing? Will I wish that I was holding Nora instead of this little baby? But after the blessing I received yesterday I know that I am strong enough to do this. I know that Heavenly Father will be there to look out after me. Just hopefully it's not the 24 hour labor that I had! Yikes wouldn't that be awful? I can't believe that it's been a year! It went by so fast... maybe it just feels that way because I miss and think about her everyday. We have pink balloons and pink mini cupcakes to send up to heaven tomorrow for her birthday and Beckham is so excited. He can't wait to go to the grave and "see my baby Nora" as he puts it. Let's just hope the balloons can carry the cupcake. ;)

Anyway so today I haven't a worry in the world. I have the faith that the Lord will be there for us and that He's going to be looking out after us. I just wish I would have thought about this last week... I think that I took 10 years off my life with me worrying.

Thursday, October 28, 2010


So for sure I would have thought that the baby would be here by now....

But nope.. nothing.. notta thing!

So our doctor won't let us have a regular delivery unless I continue to dialate... Okay i've been a freaking 1 for months now. MONTHS! You would think with all of my running around, lawn moving, house cleaning, walking, running, jumping, craziness and nesting that I would have budged a little but nope.

I so don't want another c-section.... I mean come on. Let me just do this the way women have been doing it for years!

If anyone has advice please let me know!

Oh yeah and I only have until Monday... otherwise it's a c-section. :(

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Not enough time

Did anyone see these beauties over at Tatertots and Jello?

If not have you picked your chin off the floor yet? I seriously want to make some so bad... but there isn't enough time in the day for me :( Just thought that I'd share some pumpkin envy!

Thursday, September 30, 2010

General Conference Oct 2010

We all know what a struggle it is to keep young ones busy while we listen to conference. Well this conference I've been determined to have enough things for Beckham to do to stay quiet and hopefully listening.

First I really enjoyed the packets over at sugardoodle because they are age specific. I actually printed out the entire nursery age packet and then a few pages here and there in the junior primary packet.

also a little tipsy has a cute pumpkin page here.
has a few pages too... but I think that they are a little too hard for beck, although he loves coloring activities like the missionary one they have.

One more from the idea door just because!

I think with that and a few non-church related coloring books we'll be set.

One of the other things you need during conference is snacks! Here are a few things I'll be making to keep Justin and Beckham happy... okay me too! LOL

My Awesome Aunt's Caramel Popcorn

2 large bowls of popped corn (best if done with oil in a pan over the stove)

1 cup butter
1/2 cup light Karo syrup
2 cups brown sugar
1 can sweetened condensed milk

Combine Karo, milk, and butter in medium sauce pan. On medium heat, bring to boil. Boil until "soft ball" stage.

Poor over popcorn and mix.

Also because I don't wanna be standing in front of the stove all day I always do something in the crock pot and Wendy's chili sounds really good right now!

Another thing that we are going to do is on Saturday right after the last session we go to jamba juice to get a "You were so good" treat! On Sunday grandma has treats for the kiddo's after conference so I'm good not to worry about that!

Any who! I hope that these links helps someone!

Loves and Hugs


Monday, September 27, 2010

Baby Room

So do you all remember how I was going to stencil the room? Well Justin the sweet hubby that he is, talked me out of it! Instead, I just painted it cream and did some board and batten that is really trendy right now. I'm going to have a lot of blue, red and green accents so hopefully I can mask the affect of beige walls. Justin did have a good point, if I stenciled it blue I would want to change it in a couple of years... this way I can change this room into the bedroom for the boys when they start sharing the same room and it won't be "baby nursery"... it will be more grown up!

I had progress pictures that somehow got misplaced so I'm starting from here.

Last week we painted the crib blue and the dresser blue! So watch for the photos!

I need to get off my blue itch or else the entire room will look like cookie monster barfed in it!

Any who happy home updating! Did I mention that we're slowly changing the living room? Yeah.... I'm doing as much as I can before the baby comes because we all know what happens when kids arrive... plus not to mention the holidays coming up!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Ugh moment

I was making muffins the other day for Megan’s bridal shower and my mind was wandering thinking about things. I don't know why or how but I got thinking about Nora and somehow she just popped into my mind. I miss her so much.

Will someone please tell me “How in the WORLD am I still alive after that, how did I live through that without becoming completely messed up?!" Wait, maybe I am. During the shower I saw a lot of people in our old ward and they brought up Nora. It was so hard to talk about her without wanting to cry. I don’t know why either.... usually I’m SO happy when people remember our daughter. Then it happened the thing that I HATE most!!!! People start saying man those Hamblin’s just have all boys! I just want to seriously scream at the top of my lungs and say “Are you really that dumb” There is a girl in our family, just because she isn’t with us in human form doesn’t mean that she doesn’t exist or that we never had her. It drives me crazy that people just disregard her. Especially when my own family does it. Justin and I look at each other when people do it and he knows that it just breaks my heart. He’s mentioned how that really hurts me to his family and they must have forgot because they do it all the time when people ask about my pregnancy. I shouldn’t let it bother me so bad but it really does. It really makes me want to curl up in a ball and cry. We still miss Nora and we still have our struggles everyday. I just don’t get it when people think that I should be over it and that it’s okay to say hurtful things.

When you're pregnant everyone asks if this is your first and I ALWAYS say 3rd no matter who it is. I wish that my family wouldn’t say “oh this is her second” because then people ask "are you having a boy or girl?" and I say "boy" then they proceed to say.... "don’t worry, you’ll get a girl someday"...I ALREADY have one people! Then the family goes into the “Well at least we get to pick the girls in our family, because we don’t have any that are born into the family” Then the curling up into the ball comes over my body because they just disregarded Nora again which is like a stab in the heart!

Ugh I wish that she was here. Beckham misses her too. Every night when he says his prayers, he’ll pray that he can play with her and that she is having fun with tonto and his 2 lizards and that she’s safe. It’s so sweet to see him remember her. Every time a balloon is released or accidentally let go he’ll say “mommy, mommy look Nora get’s another balloon” He’s asked about her birthday coming up and asked if we are going to do something for her birthday. I love how children just get it and how they have the sweetest thoughts. Thank heavens for my 2 amazing boys that look after me and take care of my emotional mess. Love you Babe and I love you Beck!

I just wish I could hold her again, just for moment, so I could remember how very real she is. I miss her.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010


Beckham had his first ever soccer game last night and was it cute or what!? After 40 minutes of play, about 10 kids running off the field crying because the other kid took the ball away (beckham included but he was crying because he needed a drink LOL) and 3 scored goals later it was over.

Here is the conversation we had after the game..

ME: Beck did you have fun?
BECK: Yeah, it was fun.

ME: Why were you crying?
BECK: I was hot and thirsty.

ME: Why didn't you run over and get a drink?
BECK: Cause I was playing mom

JUSTIN: What was your favorite part?
BECK: Um, I donno...

ME: What do you mean you don't know?
BECK: I liked it all

JUSTIN: That's good.
BECK: Yeah... Can I open my treats?

LOL I seriously think that the treats are his favorite part. He's not sure about kicking the ball away from other kids yet.

It's so funny I think.... all growing up we teach kids to share and play nice, to take turns and be friends. But in soccer we are telling them to take the ball away and to do this and do that. It was funny to see all of the kids react in a way that is somewhat the behavior of them thinking... "Okay, if I take the ball away I am going to get in trouble so I'll wait until he kicks it far"

Here are a few pics of the game!

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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

We had a birthday Shout Hooray!

I can’t believe that my baby is 4! It seems that only yesterday we were bringing him home... but enough with the sad mommy stuff and let’s get on with the ever massive picture post!

So when I asked Beckham what kind of party he wanted he was quick to answer and said Dinosaur!

Here is the dinosaur that greeted the guests along with his invitation that we framed up!

What would a party be without decorations? We had dinosaur tracks everywhere!

We had dinosaur noise makers!

A few non-related decorations

After the peeps arrived we played a few games!

For this game we made our own fossils! (stamped our hands in cement)

We whacked at a dinosaur!

Then we had a fossil to excavate!
(these little babies we found at the dollar store! Score!)

We opened a few gifts!

Had some delicious mud cake and cupcakes

(this was wrapped around my glass bowl! There was no way I was going to attempt to pipe his name in frosting!

Snaped a few pictures

And gave away some favors!

attached to the favors were a Rex juice box, 3-D dinosaur book, extra cupcakes and their party hat! There was also a dinosaur gummies and fruit roll-up but I wasn't fast enough to snap a picture! LOL

All in all it was a great party!

All of the decorations that I made up were made from the kit prehistoric by gg digital designs.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Move into the county Gonna eat a lot of peaches!

So my grandpa has apricots and sweet peaches coming out of the wa-zoo! Literally. Two days ago we picked over 150lbs of apricots and you can't even tell. Anyone want apricots? Here is the huge lug we brought home to share with Justin's family.

So what to do with all of these apricots? We usually make apricot jam, juice (my favorite), dried apricots that are de-lish and we do some canning. Seriously though, after peeling that many apricots I get bored really quick. Good thing I have help on the canning today!

As for peaches, well that's a different story! I have tons of recipes that call for fresh peaches. I made not one, but 2 fresh peach pies today! Look at my Becky homemaker skills!

After making the pies I still had a ton of peaches left over so I decided to make a peach smoothie. Then I realized that I had a ton of raspberries in the garden so I made me a raspberry-peach smoothie for me and Beckham! He was very happy!

Can you believe that still, after all of that, I have a ton of peaches left over!? I'm going to have to freeze them and save them for future smoothies~ I get more peaches today too! I bet I bring home another 40lbs! No joke...

With sweet peaches or "cling" peaches you can't really put them up (can them) because they cling to the peach nut and peeling them can be very difficult. So we use them for the baking, eating, freezing, jam, and late night snacks. The canning peaches hopefully won't be ready for another month or so... because I'm kinda tired of peeling peaches to be honest.