Sunday, October 31, 2010

I Love Grandparents' Day!

Of course I had to stop and see my other two adorable grandkids (Ellie was asleep)
Brayden is learning to read and write!

Brayden was all about the scary faces pose. When his teacher asked him to introduce me, He crawled up on my lap and hid his face on my neck while giving me a big hug.


Victoria is such a talented writer!



Best reason to take time off work: Grandparents' Day! We had so much fun filling out a questionnaire about our likes and dislikes - and we have a lot of the same things. Victoria said, "You could check me and Brayden out and take us out to lunch if you want - just a suggestion" :) A few weeks later, Kim surprised them both by checking them out of school and taking them to lunch.










Halloween Festivities

After our dinner of "worms on a bun" (strips of hot dogs, boiled until they curled), we made spiders out of Oreos, etc. Note Audrey's extra long legs.
Ellie didn't bother making a spider - she just ate the ingredients.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Bear Lake on Labor Day Weekend

Kim and I spent the day at one of my most favorite places with some of our most favorite people :)
Ellie loved the water and marched around and then lifted her legs straight out.
We had such a great time that we decided to make this a yearly tradition!

Best Day Ever!


We stopped for lunch at the Scenic Overlook. It was crazy windy, so Audrey wore Mommy's hat so she could eat without her hair getting in her face and food :)



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Sunday, August 8, 2010

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Happy Birthday, Mommy!

I helped the kids make birthday cards for April's birthday. I have a bagful of ribbon & lace scraps that they were using. Victoria picked out a piece of ribbon and was delighted when it fit exactly and she didn't have to cut it. We had a great discussion about the Lord's tender mercies - His way of letting us know he loves us -and that the ribbon was a tender mercy of the Lord. The cards all turned out very cute and they were all very creative - as you can see!
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Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Sunday, July 11, 2010

BEAR LAKE 2010!!!

"Bear Lake Blue" Eyes

New Swimsuit!!! (I get one every 10 years or so.) Anyway, I wanted a two piece to make it easier to go potty, but couldn't find one. And, it was like doing aerobics to even get into the thing. So, I cut off the middle and the bottom, then put elastic around the top of the new bottom. Kim says you should see my new bottom! :)

Before . . .


. . . and after!


The water was sooooo cold! (Who took this photo?!)




"Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful, beautiful boy"










Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Having Second Thoughts . . .

So I found and bought a pattern and the fabric to line the shirt I'm planning to make out of the gorgeous embroidered tablecloth (see prior post below), BUT I just can't bring myself to cut into it. Maybe I should make something else out of it that would last longer than a shirt; something that could be an heirloom for generations. Any ideas?

Sunday, May 16, 2010

"Flood" P.J. Pants and Sleepovers





I have these favorite flannel pajamas that - you guessed it - have totally shrunk in length on the pants. So, I did something totally unconventional and lazy (sorry Mom!). I started just below the waistband on the pants and cut 2" off both sides - almost down to the hems. You could cut more or less - depending on how baggy your pajama pants are. Then I sewed the sides back up and took the 2" I had cut off and sewed it around the bottoms of the pajamas. Since they have a pattern, you can't even tell.

While I'm talking about pajamas, our adorable grandkids slept over a couple of weeks ago. While I was making pancakes for breakfast, two-year-old Audrey started screaming. I turned around and she had tried to follow our dog, Lucy, through the triangular part on our table (see photo) and her head was stuck! Now I was in a dilemma: should I immediately try to get her head loose or should I run for the camera?! Since she was pretty hysterical, I tried to get her out. I couldn't budge her so sent Brayden for Grandpa. By the time they got back, I had freed her. Brayden asked how I did it and I said, "I unfolded her ear." And he said, "You undid her ear?!"

Sunday, May 2, 2010

How Do I . . .

My VERY talented Mother-in-Law did this gorgeous embroidery on a linen tablecloth probably 65 years ago. It has some tears and stains so I want to cut it up and put part of it in a Heritage Quilt that SOMEDAY I'm going to make. I want to make myself a camp-type shirt out of the rest of it, but I think I probably need to somehow stabilize the fabric so it won't fall apart the first time I wear it. Any SUGGESTIONS?

Where's the Flood?!

Single fold bias tape sewed to the bottom of the pants (as close color as I could find :)

Finished product - Ta Da! The white hem line just looks like the stitching line
I hate it when I buy some new pants, then the first time I wash them, they SHRINK!!! So, I've discovered if I let down the hem and if there's still a line where the bottom used to be, I can do this: Buy the same color of single fold bias tape and sew one side to the bottom edge of the pants, fold the bias tape up and pin and press. Then turn the pants right side out and stitch along the line that used to be the bottom of the pants, making sure that you're catching the top side of the bias tape.