Saturday, November 18, 2017

Welcome Baby Jack!

Born 7lbs. 5 oz. 18.9 in. long.
He's been kept snug in homemade blankets by great grandma and

and his Name Quilt by Meme here. He's a quiet, sweet, little baby boy.

He's of course, a wonderful addition to our family and big brother L O V E S him!!!!

He holds him constantly and charmed us all as he rocked and sang to "his baby".  

He was determined to get me to buy baby brother his "first set of dinosaurs" and...

 ...he genuinely gives this whole "big bother" thing a BIG thumbs up!
He's already a great big brother and we are so very proud of him. I give our daughter a 
"Big Thumbs Up" as she certainly did a good job preparing him for this transition.
"LIFE IS GOOD"
Thanks for sharing this special moment with me. 
The kids are busy moving this weekend...so if by chance, I miss Tuesday Archives this coming week it's because I don't have internet service yet...but know I'll return with updates as soon as we do.

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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Tuesday Archives #174: Bow Tie Quilts

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This week's theme is: Bowtie Quilts
This week's highlight is a bowtie quilt made by our blogging friend Sharon who blogs at Vroomans Quilts. These bow ties were all made from her son's flannel shirts! I love that!
I've not yet tried a bow tie pattern but after seeing Sharon's quilt and watching tutorials on line, this looks like a quick and easy, scrap busting pattern.


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Monday, November 13, 2017

A peek at some quilting...

I got both of these quilts finished this past weekend:
Spiderman is all "webbed". Arg....what was I thinking when I layered flannel, batting annndddd a thick fleece. Oh this will most likely become our grand-guys "new" favorite quilt...but I had a lot of thread breaks quilting this one....but I finally got him done.

After spidey was done, I ran my dinosaur pantograph to finish our soon-to-be-born little guys quilt.
I love that it coordinates with his big brother's dinosaur quilt.
I did machine stitch the binding onto both of them for a quick finish and they are now wrapped and 
awaiting to be gifted later this week. At which time I'll be sure to share them finished and in the hands of my grand guys. (That's so wierd to write....grand "guys!"). As you can imaigine, I start this week with butterflies of anticipation and excitement in my stomach as we await the upcoming delivery later this week. Stay tuned! And, thanks for  your well wishes and for stopping by.

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Saturday, November 11, 2017

Happy Veterans Day!


Thank you to all our Veterans today for their service to our country!.
As I revewed "Why we have Veterans Day" with my Second Graders,
we discussed what it means to be: brave, courageous, and patriotic.

I found it enduring that so many of my students genuinely expressed interest in
wanting to join a branch of the military when they grow up:
5 Branches of the Military:
Army - 14 students 
Marine - 1 student
Navy - 2 students
Air Force - 4 students
Coast Guard - 2 students
With respect, honor and gratitude, we salute you!
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Friday, November 10, 2017

My Weekend List

I awake this morning to a quiet house and a three day weekend ahead. My first, true, three day weekend since the school year has started that I can look forward to just being home and in my sewing studio. I don't even know where to begin, but a list is sure to help illiminate me walking in circles trying to figure that out. I not only need to get some quilting finished, but I need to pack for being at my daughter's for two weeks. So here I go:
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Quilting:
3. Sew binding onto both of these quilts.
4. Prep another of my wool BOM.
5. Go through my stash and put together a new sewing project...
or two for the two week's I'll be at my daughters.
6. Pack my sewing machine and projects.

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Home:
1.Saturday: Final mow/leaf pick-up
2. Catch up on laundry
3. Organize bill pay
4. Pack "basement" things into truck
5. Monday: Vacume and Dust
6. Tuesday: Change sheets and Clean Baths
7. Pack: Decorative Roosters to give to Jen
8. Pack dog food and beds
9. Print pictures for calendar
10. Tea-dye duvet 
11 Prepare birthday presents
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Me:
 Pack clothes for two weeks away.
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Thursday, November 9, 2017

A Fall Morning...

The kids were all lined up, ready to start their day with me.
Yet, as I looked out towards their playground, I was struck by the serenity of this moment.
I love the transition of life that occurs in the Fall. It's such a season of contrasts. Trees put on a vibrant show...then just as quick, go dormant for the winter. Many of us replace mowing with raking leaves...and soon, snow shoveling. We turn our clocks back to grab just one more hour of sunshine in the morning ...yet it also welcomes our nightly trek towards those long dark winter nights. In the home, cotton sheets are replaced with flannel and down comforters are an added layer under homemade quilts.  Cold dinner salads are exchanged for warm, soothing soups and crock pot meals. 
So now I'm kinda curious what seasonal transitions do you have?? Please do share...

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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Tuesday Archives #173: Baby Bibs

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This week's theme is: Baby Bibs 

Bernie, who blogs at Needle and Foot became a grandma for the first time earlier this year and made these adorable bibs for her new grand-daughter. It's always so fun to make useful home-made gifts.img_7960


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Sunday, November 5, 2017

Shoshone Falls, Idaho and Snow!

I spent most of my weekend visiting our oldest daughter in her new home town of Twin Falls, Idaho.
This is Shoshone Falls Idaho:
I'm so excited that they live here now. The canyon is beautiful and offers ample opportunities for family hiking and kayaking. The town is inviting with enough to do without being too big. 

All my pictures are a little "grey" in this post, as we had our first "skiff" of snow this weekend too.

It was that cold, wet, fluffy kind of snow. 
We didn't let it stop us from touring the town and checking out the area. 

Yes, our grand guy WAS as cold as he looks in the below picture...but he LOVES the falls and it was the very first place he insisting on taking me to when I got there. 

This picture below was one of those spontaneous cute moments our kids give us as he ran up the walkway and hugged both his mom and I thanking us for taking him there.
 My daughter said the falls is literally his new "favorite place" in the world . He was happy:

 And where were the men? At a Boise State game having a ton of tailgating fun!

And Jackson...he, Cami and our daughter's dog, were all home with a house sitter.
I got good reports that all were well behaved. Thank goodness!
So now, with only eleven days until our second grandson is born, it's time for this grandma to get lesson plans ready for school, quilts done and her bags packed! Stay tuned.

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Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Baby NAME Quilt

Inspired by Lori Holt's new Spelling Bee book,  I sewed this little quilt together for our new little grand guy using two sets of charm packs to coordinate with his big brother's third birthday quilt. It will be perfect for his crib measuring 38"x50". The letters are the six inch uppercase letters (Boy, they were quick and easy to make too!)  I think it will give them all something to "roar" about don't you.
I bought a brown minky fabric for the backing and am thinking of a royal blue binding 
to match the name row. What do you think??

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Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Happy Halloween!

Lordy! What am I doing?!?!?!?!?
Okay, truth be told, my daughter made this Batman costume last week for a Fall Festival we went to and then insisted I wear it to school for our "super-hero" themed Halloween. Arg!
 I had honestly planned on just wearing a t-shirt and jeans to school today! But so far...I've been a big hit! The kids love it!! So lesson learned: Sometimes it's GOOD to push yourself out of your comfort (or in my case, "effort" ) zone. So with that said, Happy Halloween guys!
 I hope a few cute trick-or-treaters make your day today.

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Monday, October 30, 2017

I'm Happily Back!

I sure missed my routines of blogging and sewing. But, I'm also so grateful I had the foresight to put so much on hold as we enjoyed family fun with our daughter, SIL and grand-guy as they stayed with us this past month during their transition. We so admire their patience as they make this big move with a wee one on the way! Wow! So much has happened.
Our grand-guy turned four! ( I didn't get his spiderman quilt done in time, but luckily, four year olds really don't know the difference and he'll be excited whenever it does get done.)

My niece's college volleyball team played in town. Good to see her!

I had the best little yard helper: 

He even earned $2.00 bucks for helping Meme pick up leaves...
...as he also enjoyed numerous rides to empty our cart into the "trash trailer".

My son-in-law and I finally had some time to enjoy a fresh brewed beer (or two)
as we caught up on his new job and the details of their move.

And of course, hanging out with Poppi is always a special treat.

It was also nice to have my very own "super-hero" to help me with my volunteer work as I made my bi-monthly trip to our local food bank to stock up on donations for our school backpack program.  I coordinate this program for some of our homeless students so they have food on the weekend. 

I'll sure miss our daily walks. Typical four-year old humor, he thought it was absolutely 
hilarious that Jackson would ride in the stroller with him!

Luckily we had the most prefect Fall weather and enjoyed the crinkle of the leaves under our feet.

Poppi will also miss his nightly hot chocolates with too many marshmallows and making him
rootbeer floats "without the ice-cream". (I know! We laughed too.)

This past weekend we found ourselves "wrapping up the month"  with a breakfast of  unlimited pumpkin pancakes and a morning of outdoor fun. (Note: Four year olds are sooo much fun!)

All this was followed by an afternoon of pumpkin carving.
 I can't wait to decorate the front lawn with these for Halloween. 
I also think they'd  make a cool quilt!
Sooo...this morning finds them on the road to their new home and 
though my heart is a little sad to see them go and he cried to leave...

...I'm looking forward to finally finishing that spiderman quilt and the one I got pieced for our new grand-guy who, as you can see, is due to arrive in just a couple of weeks!
November is going to be a special month for us.  I'm looking forward to sharing my November projects with you and catching up with all that you've been up to as well. Please do stay tuned as I soon become a Meme once again and this little guy becomes a BIG brother!
 
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