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so I just went and bought some new running shoes. I am excited. I went with asics again… I always try on a bunch of different shoes, made by different manuf. and then I always end up with asics. I have them on right now… breaking them in. guess what: they are pink. (well, white – with pink and black – they had my name written all over them!)
I also got a new pink watch. It’s not a trendy, cutie watch- it’s more functional like for timing intervals, stop watch and it even keeps time for 2 time zones… perfect for when eric is traveling in china. I love it. it was on clearance! My body is still struggling with the ‘body-transformus-back-itis’; characterized by extra pounds, continued cravings, aches, bags under the eyes and perpetual tiredness… and the baby is almost 10 weeks. i find myself wondering if I will ever feel normal again!?! Takes time I guess!
Well, that is not all I have been “up to!”  … this week was the memory trends trade show in las vegas… the show thing is stressful. This time, we had a small and simple release…so it wasn’t too bad!  it is fun to see all my friends in the industry… good time to have meetings, talk about opportunities and imagine what the future holds… I am so very lucky to have such wonderful people on my team- I mean REALLY on my team. People who believe in me, more than I believe in myself. none of my crazy imaginations would go anywhere without them. it’s stunning to think about all that we have accomplished and learned. today I received a package containing several pieces of our CHA winter release… (already!?) always so FUN to see the stuff I have been imagining come to life.  and the perpetual cycle continues as I am busily working on designs for CHA summer.  Quite a ride really.  here are some quick shots of MT. i never take as many photos as i would like. i get way too distracted. so KARA… i don’t know where you were during this photo. but… left to right: Stephanie Sassoville and Nichole Smith both work in Florida at Advantus as brand support… they are awesome and so great to work with! then Janet Hopkins- lives in Dallas, and just came on as Education Coordinator… and you know Em.  if you want to see me being a total dork talking about our new release, you can see it on Monique Mclean’s blog…   they made me to this little podcast, and it’s actually kinda funny! thanks Monique for making my new calendar the "favorite find".
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Speaking of QUITE a RIDE!!!….. it was the kids’ fall break Thursday and Friday, and being at the show all week, I was experiencing a large dose of ‘mommy guilt’. I really wanted to come up with something fun that we could do that would be fun and memorable for the kids. Fall is finally the time that people can actually spend time outside, so we decided to go camping. I gave the green-light to getting some motorized vehicles.  I have been the party-pooper on getting the boys into dirt biking. (it scares me). I mean, my boys are crazy enough on bicycles…I have been very hesitant to put a turbo engine on the backs of their bikes enabling them to ride farther, faster and jump higher. (can you blame me!?)  however, it’s in their blood… it’s inevitable. We rented 2 quads and 2 little 50’s (dirt bikes) and headed out for an adventure. And ADVENTURE we found. We live right in Saguaro National Forest. (Saguaro Cactus are the big tall cactus with the big arms… the ones straight out of the Road Runner and Wylie Coyote cartoons). Spectacular really… it’s the most unique, rugged, and beautiful desert anywhere (in my opinion).  We drove about an hour or so east of our home, and back in where there are just miles and miles of off-road trails. This was the first time the boys were on dirt bikes, although it’s been their dreams since they were 3 and 4 years old… maybe earlier. I was nervous… but they both did GREAT!  Eric has been in the scouting program for the last 8 or so years, so he has every piece of camping equipment known to man…the cool thing about camping, is that when the sun goes down, it feels like you should be in bed! The kids were so tired… so we were all tucked into our sleeping bags around 9pm and I slept like a log. (I can sleep anywhere, and usually don’t hear a thing). eric wasn’t quite as lucky- he was in ‘protective dad mode’ and heard every car, stereo and bike that drove by. Let’s put it this way, we weren’t the only ones with the bright idea to go camping for the weekend. This morning, after breakfast we went for a long ride and we all had a blast. i heard the boys saying to each other “wasn’t this the best day of your life?”… they loved every minute. I think that so much of my attention has bee focused on the little baby, that it was so great to spend time focused on the older kids, doing something they really wanted to do! I think it gave me some newly found leverage!

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  1. Shelby 14 October, 2006 at 10:57 pm - Reply

    my husband and his family are big in to dirt bike riding, and he says that our new baby will be too..haha. Glad you had a good time! Looks like a beautiful spot for riding!

  2. aliciaking 14 October, 2006 at 10:58 pm - Reply

    show us a pic of those pink shoes! love to hear the boys had fun on the dirt bikes, my husband went to sand dunes today on his, I had to work at my new scrapbook store!
    Alicia

  3. aliciaking 14 October, 2006 at 11:05 pm - Reply

    speaking of scrapbook store, where’s my HKS product??!!? I ordered the whole catalog..just about!! JK, I’m sure it’s on the way, I am impatiently waiting for the best product out there!

  4. Kelly 15 October, 2006 at 2:37 am - Reply

    That’s so cool. Glad the family had fun!
    Watched the podcast, you are sooo cute.
    p.s. I love the calendar too…great idea ;o)

  5. Vee 15 October, 2006 at 3:29 am - Reply

    OMG they look so cute and cool on those bikes
    I love you guys life force
    totally awesome and living life to the fullest
    like you should
    I love the calendar too and will most def be picking one up when they hit the shelves. 🙂
    have a great Sunday!!

  6. Jamie 15 October, 2006 at 5:55 am - Reply

    love love love the calendar…WHEN will they be available? I’m getting the organizational new year itch.
    thanks…j

  7. stephanie Tafoya 15 October, 2006 at 7:06 am - Reply

    I am a mom of dirt bike boys…keep the faith, that is all you can do….and saftey gear…and so, I assume that you will come out with some dirt bike/ moto-x (motocross) bling for us dirt bike moms…????…queen of the campgrounds….girls get dirty too!…
    you are the best Heidi….I read your blog everyday, and just wanted you to know that when you make a comment about the “yummy” logo on the “polka Dot” chicks blog…I sqeeled with happiness!…I did that! I know that we are just human, and the same, but it was very exciting to have YOU, make a fun comment about something I did!
    have a great day, oh and, I ran my first marathaon with ASICS….my fav. shoe over all…have a great day!

  8. denise in gilbert 15 October, 2006 at 7:11 am - Reply

    Heidi, when can we expect your new products at Scrapbooks Etc??? Will you have some to show at your class on the 28th?

  9. Sara Amuso 15 October, 2006 at 7:21 am - Reply

    I’m not able to view that link, do you have to be registered to mac.com? Or do you need a Mac? Would love love love to see the new product, didn’t get to Memory Trends this year.

  10. Monique 15 October, 2006 at 10:17 am - Reply

    Glad you liked the podcast. Thanks for being a good sport…so what did Emily think, 🙂 It was good seeing you and your team….and I can’t wait to get my hands on your new product! Get some rest and hope you have a wonderful day.

  11. Ruth Pannell 15 October, 2006 at 11:07 am - Reply

    Yep, I live near you and camp out all the time out east. Best not to camp at the weekend though… too many people are out on the quads. But isn’t the weather too gorgeous this time of year?

  12. Suezi Gurzi 15 October, 2006 at 11:30 am - Reply

    sounds like some great swapp family times!! I am with you on the motorcycle thing. just gave in myself about a year ago. They do LOVE it!!!
    Met you this past week…the crazy girl from MAMBI
    Don’t know what i just did. ???
    Anyhoo,
    it was great to meet you and look froward to great new product coming out.
    have fun with your new pick shoes..i am an asics fan as well!!

  13. Rorie 15 October, 2006 at 11:43 am - Reply

    Asics are awesome! I’m like you and keep going back to them, regardless of whatever else I try on…although my newest pair of shoes are the Nike ones that are like running barefooted. Like those too. 🙂
    Dh has already determined that our son (1 year old) will be an adrenaline junkie just like him. He’s already planning on the dirtbikes, 4-wheelers and any other thing that just scares mommy to death! 🙂

  14. Jolene George 15 October, 2006 at 10:30 pm - Reply

    Thinking about your boys saying this is the best day of their life made me smile. You had to let go of your fear and in return you created lasting memories for your family. What a great thing! http://jolenegeorge.blogspot.com/

  15. Sarah S 16 October, 2006 at 5:37 am - Reply

    Finally some bling bling. It was getting expensive using cell phone jewels on my stuff. Thanks your a genius.

  16. Catherine Scanlon 16 October, 2006 at 7:12 am - Reply

    Did you buy your new Asics in Brunswick, Maine?? I was shopping at the local strip mall and I SWEAR you were trying new sneakers on at TJ Maxx….or at least there was a woman there that could be your identical twin that was trying on new sneakers!!!! The resemblance was amazing!
    BTW, I always seem to gravitate to Asics to, they just fit great. Have a great day.

  17. Amber Ulmer 16 October, 2006 at 8:46 am - Reply

    Hey Heidi!! U must post a pic of the shoes!! Sounds like MT was great… Great Pics!! Love the new product! Can’t wait for my parents store, Scrap It! in Hermitage, TN to get it in. I would soooo love to work for you!!! MAN… those ladies are super lucky!! Where can I get a job application?!?! Great pics of the kids! Glad u guys had a great time!!!

  18. Tanya Webster 16 October, 2006 at 10:09 am - Reply

    Hey Heidi….you look amazing for just having a baby 10 weeks ago and you are tired because you have done so much!!! creative escape sounds like it would make ANYONE tired let alone a new mommy!!! baby #4 rocked me hard with being tired so make sure you take time for you to recharge and get back on your feet…you are amazing!! 🙂 T

  19. lisa 16 October, 2006 at 10:44 am - Reply

    wow, i’ve never seen you irl, i mean like talking and moving around. so fun to see what you’re ‘actually’ like!
    this is totally the year for calendar stuff– simple scrapbooks was full of em for their nov/dec issue… it was so awesome to see another one, and the SHEET PROTECTOR!!! what an awesome idea!! wtg!! i love it!

  20. Jody Ferlaak 16 October, 2006 at 8:03 pm - Reply

    For my first show, I loved Memory Trends…everyone was so sweet to me, and I came home with lots of new products. But, still can’t wait for your new stuff to come out…and I was SO glad to have seen you and gotten a few pictures with ya. They’re so cute! That’s what everyone says about me…’You’re so cute, you could be Heidi’s sister!’ Love that- a total compliment. Thanks for inspiring me to scrap. I’m still kind of wondering how I made it into the CK top 10- but it’s been a thrill. And I hope to make more pages and tell more of my stories in them. Happy running! Hugs to Em too. =)

  21. kim Loewen 16 October, 2006 at 9:22 pm - Reply

    Sounds like you had a great week…mt and family outtings…. And your boys look so cute with their dirt bikes! Just a warning and not to scare you…but my hubby just broke his colar bone in two places riding his dirt bike…they never grow up. He can’t wait until next season when he can ride again!

  22. elizabeth 17 October, 2006 at 12:41 pm - Reply

    love asics also, i do the same, always go back to the same ones. I have run a couple marathons also, good luck training, that is the hardest part i think!
    liz

  23. Nicolette 17 October, 2006 at 3:05 pm - Reply

    WOW! it looks like the area I grew up in and used to ride dirtbikes at…. How wonderful… Maybe you should consider a line for extreme sports! I know Id use it!

  24. jacqui jones 17 October, 2006 at 4:41 pm - Reply

    reading part of your blog this morning was like reading back my life…i also had a baby girl when u had capri and i know the story ofmaking the body go back…its so much harder second time around…just know that someone here in oz is doing the exact same thing as u..: ) attempting to get the bod back lol

  25. vicki f 22 October, 2006 at 6:54 am - Reply

    running? i am at the walking stage and i know you will do great in your training. the tennis shoes will help. great pixes from trends. can’t wait for your product. i just love it. keep it coming.
    glad to see the boys have so much fun. great pixes. can’t wait to see your layouts with these.

  26. Kim Rose 30 October, 2006 at 11:06 am - Reply

    Hi Heidi!
    So good to see you at MT girl! Your booth was amazing!
    Several of us will be attending Creative Escape next year. See you then!
    Kim Rose
    Idaho Falls, Id
    aka: crazy Idaho chic!

  27. Michelle Aguilar 26 November, 2007 at 11:44 am - Reply

    Hi Heidi
    I really enjoy your blog. You dont’ know me but, I have been a customer at Scrapbook ETc. since they opened plus a big fan of your stuff. Before I read your post, I was at the Cecina yard sale as I look forward to this each year. I could not believe the stuff your friend had for sale.
    If you ever need any help, I am also available to help you also. I stay home for 10 years and my youngest child is now 10.
    Ok, well guess what? I have been trying patiently for the past 2 years to get into creative escape, and YIPPEE, I am going. I got chosen for the lottery, and I am ever soooooooooooooooooooo excited. I am also excited you are in China. Wow, what a remarkable adventure and experience you get to have. that is so neat for you whole family.
    Well, you care and be safe.

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