Monday, January 23, 2017

Reading and writing

sam's reading level was recently tested as the end of first grade. She is really off and running with reading. The other day she read grant ALL the books in our seasonal book basket. 

Yesterday we took the kids out for dinner and grant blew my socks off when I realized he can write letters. He wanted to spell pirate here. I asked him who taught him that and said that I did, but nope, not me! 

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Flea Market Sunday

Yesterday was 70 degrees. We wore shorts. I got a sunburned. The kids complained about being hot.

Flea Market weather!

Old Halloween costumes.
Super cute tablecloth.
And the best score - five of these absolutely amazing Smokey the Bear posters. I am trying to figure out a non damaging, non $$$$ way of hanging them. I'd like to hang three at a time over the fireplace.  The kits that are non damaging are like $20+ each, so that's out.  I thought of the old pants hanger thing, but the ends really want to roll up. The DIY for poster hangers have you glue them in, so that's out.
Back to the drawing board.
Goodness I love the bugs.
And the nest art is so beautiful.

We are home from church, time to sort out the mountains of laundry, the groceries and other blah blah.  Happy Sunday to you!

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

I still fit

It was so warm today, 70! A big ice storm is headed our way, but grant and I made the most of it and played outside for hours.
I think he was surprised he can still fit in this car. 
Never mind the pallet junkyard, that diy has been forgotten. 

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Hapde Burfday Sammi!

And just like that, she turns 6!

It's hard to imagine she is currently the age Jack was when she was born. In some ways Sammi is *really* my baby, not Grant.  She is a tiny thing and it makes her seem much younger than 6 really. Sometimes I look at her and think wait, you can read?!?!?

She continues to be a bright spot in everyone's day.  No one can meet Sam without feeling her positive little spirit.

Dear Sammi,

Today you are 6! A growing up girl. Hapde Burfday my love.

The transition to kindy has been rough, huh? I know you miss me, and I miss you.  Growing up is not so easy to do.

You are:
reading like a fool, all the things!
always toting a backpack full of books
still in love with ALL THE TINY THINGS. If there is a tiny toy you need it.
spiritual (amazingly so)
extremely emotionally intelligent
good at math
the only kid I know who very easily gives up toys to clean up their room or make room for new
very attached to both of your brothers, for different reasons, and easily able to get along with two boys who can be quite challenging
super, super into art and crafts - you must own 9,000 crayons
petite (this is probably the year grant passes you by)
hardly ever a problem for me and dad
a picky eater (although now you will raspberries and carrots, this is  HUGE progress)
in book club at school and gymnastics afterwards
pretty sure you are going to grow up to be a gymnast (Although I am pretty sure you are more science minded than you think)
still into fashion and always wearing all the not matching things you can find in the drawer
hate wearing socks and shoes ("the grass is heaven on my feet")
saying things like - my head feels like a wrecking ball! when you have a headache
find lots of things scary (like frozen. who finds frozen scary? you.)
your favorite food is mac n cheese (or mcds)
your favorite color is rainbow
your favorite book is currently a Nest for Celeste, although you are still toting around Little Owl

My hope for you this year is that you grow into your voice a little more. You have things worth saying and worth being heard my girl. Say them LOUD and make sure people hear you.

Love you

Monday, January 09, 2017

Play time

Sammi's birthday is so close to Christmas that we usually wait to have her party until Feb.  So to celebrate her when it's close to her actual birthday we take the kids to Chuck E Cheese.  We went yesterday for an hour or so.

 I tried taking Sam off on her own and leaving Grant with Dave, but she completely did not know what to do with herself with Grant.

 So, we paired back up.

 We have these new bumper cars and my kids are crazy about them.

Grant is a complete blur in this place, but he was SO excited to win a bunch of tickets at one game.
Sort of on a whim Dave and I grabbed some blocks for the kids at Christmas. I've been looking for good, affordable blocks since Jack was small! These are Melissa and Doug. (They were $39 at Marshalls.) We used gift cards from Nani and Papa to buy a second set. They are BY FAR the most popular Christmas present. The kids play with them every day.

I loved their creative use of the felt with the blocks here.

Tomorrow Sammi turns 6! Back then with her birthday post.

Tuesday, January 03, 2017

Floral four patch quilt

At some point last year I was surfing the internet and found myself ordering several yards of very sweet large scale floral prints. It was hard to choose a quilt for them to be honest.  Usually I work with much scaller scale prints.  Then I was flipping through the book linked at the end of the post and thought wow! I really love this super simple four patch with all the prints.

So, off I went.
The only hiccup is that in my mind this quilt was pink.  None of the pink sashing fabrics seemed right though. It really just screamed for the periwinkle.
Aren't they so sweet?

The back is actually pink.

The inspiration quilt in Cotton Candy Quilts.

Pattern 4 patch
Variety of cotton prints, mostly 30s repros, with one actual vintage print
gingham is Robert Kaufman Carolina Gingham which is so, so soft and lovely
Cotton batting
Backing is a shabby chic from Target sheet
Finished at 64x64
Completed Jan 1, 2017

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Happy New Year!

Well, here we are staring down 2017.

Let's check in on 2016:
12 quilts finished.

6.2 miles of white thread went through the sewing machine.

And we took our annual family selfie this morning. I am seriously squinty eyed from wearing contacts. I have started wearing one contact for near and one for far and it takes my eyes an hour to get used to it every morning. So, first thing? SQUINTY. Awesome. LOL

in 2017:

I really hope to get back to this space a bit more, BUT Instagram is just so easy.  The blogger app is not supported anymore and won't work on my new ipad, so I have to sit down at a computer. I take most of the pics on the ipad.  This is going to require some actual work on my part methinks.  However, I hardly took any pics of the kids this last year. So few it was hard to pull together my yearly calendar.  That makes me a teensy bit sad.

One little word. I didn't choose one last year I don't think? It didn't seem necessary really. Or maybe I didn't give a crap. Three kids is definitely a circus (14 doctor visits in October this year!) and I just do what I gotta do most of the time right now. I always think oh, things will slow down now, but really, they never do.  But anyway, this year generosity seems like the word for me.  Not just things (although that has been part of it), but of spirit.

I read an article on facebook this morning that said that actually the big problem for women is not the actual doing of all the things, but the thinking about all the things. That's truth, isn't it?  It had never occurred to me that even though people are helping out with things around the house that it never feels like they are helping because my brain is still holding ALL THE THINGS. It's a lot. And it's worn me out this year. The kids are beyond the diapers and bottle stages but now my brain is certainly bursting at the seams with all the things I have to do (and remember and think about) for each of them. You can read it here.

Life is definitely a crazy journey, and at nearly 42 I do know this - as soon as you think you have got one thing figured out it all gets turned on its ear and you have to start all over again.

So, there you have it. 

I have to live with this Christmas stuff up for one more week for that project and then I can take it all down and get back on with the quilting of all the things! (and the never ending minding of the children, of course.)

Happy New Year to you.

Friday, December 30, 2016


Christmas has come and gone in a flurry, but I'm working on a project that means we will still be in the thick of it for another week around here. (Even though I am dying to get on with it already.)

Like everyone else I feel like the weeks fly by me. 

There were some good Christmas bits - this sweet doll.
Some annoying bits. (This idiotic toy.)

There are pics of the boys, but only on the camera.

Some wonderful gifts for me, this lovely pile was just one of them.

Despite my swearing that it would be Christmas light at our house this year, something came up and I had to go full out.

Here are few more touches this year, all new ideas for us:

Back to the vintage tree with me this year.

So, that was Christmas.

I'm trying out gluten free over here. Actually I have been for a few weeks. I have been having a ridiculous amount of rashes and it's a last ditch effort to calm that crap down.

I'm trying to squeeze in one more quilt this year.

I'm trying to keep the kids from wrecking all this fragile stuff.

I'm planning my next quilt.

I'm looking forward to a trip to the fabric outlet in January.

I'm thinking about blogging. This was my lowest blogging year since I started more than 11 years ago.

I'm still working on some deep, fundamental personal changes over here too.

I will hopefully pop in tomorrow with the annual family new years photo, the year in thread report, the year in quilting report and my one little word of the year.

Until then!

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Merry Christmas to all

I decided to try the Christmas jammie photos this evening instead of tomorrow morning. The kids are always WAY too wound up to do it on Christmas morning. BUT! The light at night after church is so bad. Maybe Christmas eve morning is really the ideal time? My kids have been bouncing off the cotton picking walls ALL DAY though, so...

As usual there was 99% monkey business (I am looking at you Grant) and 1% picture taking.

 Oh oh, almost a decent one!

Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!