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Tuesday, May 26, 2009
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Monday, May 25, 2009
At the end of the Civil War, a day was set a side to remember the men and women who died serving our country. Those who perilously fought and gave their lives so that we could have better ones.
Just a reminder of what Memorial Day really is.
I luckily have not lost family in Iraq but I have lost friends. When I was in Germany awaiting my husband's return from Iraq, I was able to meet a wonderful man named David Ayala. He was humorous and friendly. Made you feel like you were the only person in a room of hundreds. A great guy. He, unfortunately, passed in Afghanistan leaving behind a devoted wife, Athena. I cried and found solace in friends who also loved David. I know to this day Athena is still doing what he believed in. Helping others. She has taken the survivor's benefits and returns to her homeland yearly in the Philippines and does mission work. I think that is what David loved her for. I think of him often and think of how sad of a loss it was. We need more people in this world like him.
Sunday, May 24, 2009
I thought this was funny so I wanted to share. We went to my Brother in laws last night and we sat around a fire outside telling stories. My husband was telling a story and he said, "we got up at the butt crack of dawn." The story went on and he was about to say it was noon but someone busted in with, "the hairy back of noon." I died laughing. I'm obviously easily amused. Butt crack of dawn - hairy back of noon. Hehe.
Check back on the 27th for a chance to win- I'll be participating in the May Giveaway hosted by Sew Mama Sew!
Thursday, May 21, 2009
There were other good pictures that didn't fit in other places so I also had just photo pages.
The album turned out really well. I was quite proud. Did it motivate me to make M's? No, but I have more supplies now. :)
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
I just wanted to give a quick update. My Grandma decided now that she is being left alone to rest and all the tubes are out and they are stopping poking her every half hour that she might stick around. She actually started doing much better and started feeling better yesterday. I guess she just got some ICU-itis. They are all over you constantly there and you really don't get rest. My mom called me this morning, early I might add, to tell me that Grandma definitely is feeling better. She was bossing everyone around and laughing. I'm so glad to hear it! I'll head up later today.
I did find a good book to share with M if... Its called Waterbugs and Dragonflys. Its a little abstract but I think that it was really nice. Basically, it talks about how waterbugs climb up a lily stalk and turn into a dragonfly. The other waterbugs don't see this transformation and are confused because everything was great underwater. They promise that next time one will come back and tell the others why people don't return. So one goes, transforms and its glorious, beautiful and free. Unfortunately, he can't go back to tell them. His new wings won't let him break the water barrier. The newly transformed dragonfly finally gives up and knows that someday the other waterbugs will join him and understand. I think it can lead to good discussion about how the loved one is happy and even though they were happy before they can't come back but someday we will see them again. Not that I want that discussion.
Sunday, May 17, 2009
Up here. She just left but she and her siblings have the unfortunate decision of... So if anyone can help me- if you have had experience with this- how do you tell an almost four year old one of her most favorite people is no longer. Hell, how do you tell a 33 year old? I would appreciate any advice I can get.
Friday, May 15, 2009
I did finish one block for the pieced together quilting bee. It was the drunkards path and it was challenging. I watched the tutorial but for some reason it was supposed to be 12.5 inches but mine ended up being 14 inches. I have no idea how I did it. My mom looked at it and thinks it was the pattern I used. I will show you when I am near a real computer. My Mom and I did take a break and took M to the park. One thing about Washingtonians is if the sun comes out for even 15 minutes we are taking full advantage of it or complaining that it's been sunny for so long it needs to rain. We may get a chance to put our raised garden together. We have to do it soon or nothing will grow!
Thanks listening. I'll be more interesting later.
Monday, May 11, 2009
M had a great time with out me. They hung out at Nana's house and M played in the newly rototilled garden. She was so dirty she had to strip outside and be carried to bath tub. I even found dirt in her eye later in the day! My Uncle Ray also took her to an exotic chicken farm after she was cleaned up. She had a blast. I wish I had photos!
She also gave me a doll dress. She said she hunted every where to get the perfect dress for my doll. I love it! So cute and I love that it fits the time piece of the doll so well. I told her she has to make a matching dress for M since it is so cute. I got the typical Mom response - we will see. (She also gave me a 1/4 inch foot for my machine - YEAH!)
We did receive bad news this weekend. My brother in law and sister in law are getting divorced. What I thought was funny (not the divorce- that's awful) was that my mom kept trying to console me. Finally, I was like, "Mom, I am not getting divorced and they aren't my parents." She just smiled and realized what she was doing. I think it was some residual guilt of her and my dad getting divorced when I was six which I am glad they did. It just made me giggle.
On a side note, this is pretty popular in the crafty blogging world today. At Craft Hope, a website designed to help others with our crafty skills, they are beginning their second project which is to give children in an orphanage in Managua, Nicaragua handmade dolls. I decided it is so worthy and I have made some dolls in just a few hours that it really is just a minor giving. If you are interested - check it out. I just have to figure out which doll to make or I can just make a few!
To all those moms, Happy Mother's Day, a day late.
Friday, May 8, 2009
I also received from my daughter, my mother's day gift. Three year olds can't wait. Her dad took her shopping. I got a bag full of candy! Gummi snakes and sharks and some chocolate and pocky. I love pocky! Then I got some Christmas rings, a valentine's day frame and a huge lollipop. Plus, at day care she made me a plant out of hands and gave me her potted plant. She was so excited!
As a side note, Kat at Ripping Out Seams is hosting a virtual quilting bee. If you have never done it, it is a great experience. Everyone is assigned a month and during your month you send enough fabric to everyone to make a quilt block of your choosing and they send it back. Its fun because you are challenged to try new things and to be creative. Check it out!
I also saw a picture of one of the twins. Mary-Kate or Ashley, who knows. Anyway, I love this purse. I think I am going to figure out how to make one similar out of fabric since I can't afford the leather one she has. Isn't it cute!?
Thursday, May 7, 2009
Monday, May 4, 2009
Saturday, May 2, 2009
I sketched out what I wanted and picked fabric.
Of course, I got way more fabric than I needed.
Then I cut and fused to the base fabric which was the blue sky. Don't worry it is squared. The picture is way crooked for some reason.
Then I free motion machine and hand quilted where I wanted.
Added beads to the river. Its nice when things you have had for over 20 years comes in handy. :)
Some more beads to the bushes to add some interest.
And wallah! I am done. I just hope my swap partner doesn't think it is crap. Its so hard when you don't know the person and you can't go to their blog to see what sort of thing they are into. I am thinking about making another one now. I was watching Ni hao Kai-lan and I loved this little landscape they had with this brightly colored tree. It was so colorful and simple. I might make it for my mom for Mother's day. She loves my crap (she is a mom - she has to, right?) and I have enough fabric. :) Or maybe I need to get some more. Hehe!