Friday, November 28, 2008

Happy Birthday, Princess Emma!

Emma turned 5 today. We had cake with the now-traditional sparkler candle. I am officially all caked out, since we also had cupcakes twice to celebrate--- last Saturday at her party with friends, and on Wednesday she took cupcakes in to her school. This is chocolate though, so I might need a little for my breakfast tomorrow... And guess what? Emma will have another birthday in 365 days (but who besides her is counting?)

For her birthday Emma received an American Girl doll (Kirsten... she's Swedish you know, and we are all about getting back to our roots!), clothing for said doll, the Barbie Christmas Carol DVD, and Elliott took us all (yes, even Sophie, and she did great!) to see a production of Charles Dicken's A Christmas Carol. We went out to dinner afterwards, and it was a fun day!

Our tree is decorated, the inside of the house is decked out with nativities, and tomorrow we are all going to help Elliott put up the outside lights. Christmas season is in full swing around here!

Have a great weekend!
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Thursday, November 27, 2008

Give Thanks

I have so many things I am grateful for...

The true and living Gospel of Jesus Christ

My 4 beautiful children, and each of their distinct personalities. Sometimes a joy, sometimes a trial, but always a blessing.

My wonderful husband, who is generous, patient, loving, hard-working, and HOT to top it off. I could not have gotten a more wonderful man as my partner for eternity.

My family... the ones that raised me and that I grew up with. And I will include my husband's family in this too. I am lucky to have 4 great parents and 20 siblings when everyone is totaled up. And we all get along really well for the most part!

My sister Judy is especially on the list. She is my best friend, and shares her talents generously, plus she is really encouraging of the wacky things I attempt.

Wonderful friends. Seriously! The group of women I am friends with here in Indiana is amazing. They are so talented, so fun, and I am grateful that they actually want to hang out with me despite my quirks!

A few less important things:

I'm still in love with my Yukon. I even loved it when gas prices were high, although I admit I am happy they are lower now.

Gas prices of $1.62 a gallon. Yeah, enough said!

The internet. Seriously, it is an addiction, but it makes life so much easier, and connects me to friends and family so easily. I better add my laptop to this too.

My pastry cutter. Elliott bought a really nice one on Amazon about 6 months ago, and I love it!

Size tall shirts and sweaters from Gap and Old Navy. I have a long torso, so most shirts and sweaters aren't long enough on me. These keep me from being a plumber, hahaha.

The public library.


Mascara, blush, and lip gloss.

My sewing machine (Janome 6600P). It is a great machine, even though it is being neglected (again!)

Our camera (the kids are growing, but at least I have memories!)

Pumpkin Pie (It is hard to sit here and smell it, but not cut a piece from one I made last night!)


Monday, November 24, 2008

Another Auction

Click here to help Baby Josephine's parents.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Mommy, I has a moustache!

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This was an ad in the quilt magazine I received in the mail today...

(PS... it's fake!)

Friday, November 14, 2008


One week ago:

A few days ago:


At least she is making progress... look what an improvement she has made in placement over the week!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

You don't have to push a handcart... be a pioneer.

Yes, the past two weeks have seen me putting my pioneer heritage to the test... would I have survived? Stay tuned to find out. In the mean time, here is what I attempted:

Sourdough Starter
My advice: use a larger jar! I have since moved my starter into a half gallon mason jar and it fits very comfortably! We haven't actually made a loaf of bread from the starter yet... hopefully tomorrow!

Raised Bed Gardening
This is prior to adding the topsoil/compost. Elliott's grandma commented on his blog that they didn't need hay in their beds. The hay helps the soil retain it's moisture (but still allows for drainage, unlike a plastic liner), thereby needing to be watered less. I'm pretty sure you need that more in California than we do here. :-)

We all know I am way into quilting... the big news is that I have actually started a new quilt. I haven't had time to devote to quilting lately, but two days ago I decided Sophie's nap time is my new quilting time. Emma gets to watch a movie (horrors, I know, but she needs a bit of down time in the afternoon, and won't take a nap, so this is win-win for both of us!)

These are some fabrics I bought when my parents were here... I am making the top just so I can use the backing fabric. I love it... I'll have to post a pic of it later. The block is called Bento Box, but I am using a pattern from a book dedicated to scrap quilts. This block is HUGE... each quarter of the block is 12 inches, and the blocks go together really quickly. I can make about 2 quarters of a block in 1/2 hour (that includes cutting the fabric)... I am sure if I chose to chain piece the process would go even faster. But I am enjoying seeing the blocks come together one by one.

Have a great day!

Saturday, November 08, 2008

I really wish I liked to sew.

Apparel sewing, that is... It is nothing like sewing a quilt block.

Why, you ask? Because these dresses would be way easy to whip up... at a fraction of the cost!

Alas, my apparel construction days are long gone, as evidenced by the several dresses I have started for my girls, and never finished. Maybe next year.

2009 is going to be the year of finish it up. If I can ever get back to my sewing machine. Yeah. Doesn't work so well when I want/need a clean house.

A momma only has so much time in the day. Lately mine has been spent building. And baking. And playing. And wiping noses.


yet my house still is not clean.

More later, Sophie wants to brush her teeth.

Friday, November 07, 2008

Just in case you like her style

You can get the outfit Michelle Obama wore on the tonight show here.
(I actually really like the skirt... maybe she should have worn this for election night!)

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Giveaway Results

So sorry that I haven't posted these yet. We have been super busy the past several days. Our Bamma and Pa are here visiting us, and we have had unseasonably warm weather the past few days... I am taking advantage of it and trying my hand at being a pioneer woman. More on that in a future post, but for now, the winner is...

Laura... who said, "Oh, I'm so in! I knew you'd do something lovely!"

Laura, thank you for thinking the giveaway is lovely, and I am glad the fabric and pattern will be going to a loving home! :-)
Elliott has your address, so hopefully in the not too distant future, the package will arrive at your door.

Thank you everyone for playing, and have a great day!
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