Wednesday, January 26, 2011

My Little Fashonista & SS Block 1

 So Ash helped Natters get dressed this morning and she always lets her pick out her own clothes.  This is her.  I am sorry for the dark pic but I really had to chase her down to get this picture :)
 Not 2 minutes later I was brought new shoes and watched as she pulled the snow boots off.  She was a little more willing to take a couple of pictures.
 Love these boots!
 Natalie has been loving to play with the magnets lately, but she just pulls them all and puts them on the very bottom and gets mad if she sees you move them.  Silly girl.  (See the red pot in its happy placce on the stove.  Totally love that pot!  Thanks Mom and Dad!!!)
 Monkey and I sat at the door looking at the trees and our toes this morning too.

And here it is in all its imperfection!  I am totally not happy with it but like Kristen said, no one else will notice the imperfections except me (and now anyone that reads this).  So the decision has been made to leave this in all its imperfection and I am gonna try to just enjoy the journey.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Saturday Sampler Block .75 (grumble)

Can I just start this post by saying "WHAT WAS I THINKING?!?!?"  I joined a block of the month club at the quilt shop in the next town south of us (Hennessey) and thought that it would be a lot of fun.  Get to learn some new skills, and get over to the fabric shop once a month :) Well they don't tell you that when you make your first block you may go bald from pulling your hair out.  But let's just say that I now know why they give you a whole month for each block.
 This is the pattern.

 I got all the pieces cut and started putting things together.  At this point I was still feeling pretty proud of myself.  Not too hard;  now just so that you know, NEVER say that! I put this next to the block that goes with it and it was a half inch too big.
 So out with my handy dandy ripper and then some trimming (that I thought I had done correctly).
And this is where I end tonight.  Totally feeling defeated and hating that there are pieces that no longer line up.  I am torn between leaving it and knowing that it was the first stepping stone to my new blanket (cause let's face it, I am never gonna make enough of these blocks to make the quilt in the picture), and finishing it, learning my lesson and seeing if they have any extra kits to remake it.
Reguardless I am gonna go take out some frustration on the pots in my sink, yes I know its late but I really wanted to sew and who else will scrub those dishes?  :(

Sunday, January 23, 2011

New Family Pics - Jan 2011 (Enid Family Photographer)

I know that all have been posting from this session but I thought that I would add my favorite.  On New Years day Evalee wanted to get some new family pics so Kristen and I took some; in 12 degree weather. 
Aren't we cute?!

For Jan - Flight Suit Bag

 Before Christmas I made a Diaper bag for myself, and one of the ladies that Lewis works for, out of old BDU (Battle Dress Uniform) tops.  I also made my neighbor a bag from her husbands flight-suit. 
 A friend of mine asked if I could make her a bag out of her hubby's flight-suit and Lewis thought that he needed to see what it felt like to wear one (silly boy).
 So this is Jan's bag.  All it needs is her hubby's patches and it will be complete.  I really love how it turned out!

If anyone out there sees this and is interested in either the flight-suit or BDU/ABU bags please leave me a comment on the this post with your email and I will get you the details and pricing info.

Rise and Shine

Every Monday at the elementary school they start out with an assembly called "Rise and Shine".  The classes take turns being in charge and reading the announcements.  On the 17th Katie's class was in charge;  they get to read all the announcements, lead the pledge, the school song, the National Anthem, and sing "Happy Birthday"  to all the kids who have birthdays that week.  All the kiddos K-3 sit on the floor (partially pictured) and the older kiddos get to sit on the upper level (behind me).  Katie's job was the quote of the week, " If I cannot do great things I can do small things in a great way".

A few last ABQ pics

 Above is my sweet sister-in-law and baby "Omie". 
 Brand new baby "Jillie-Bean"
 Natters showing her nutty side :)

I walked into Grandma's room one afternoon and this is what I found.  All the girls having fun :)

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Christmas 2010

 I apologize that it has taken me so long to get this updated but Christmas was a crazy trip and everyone was either sick before, during or after.  
So before we left for ABQ I helped to organize the annual Airman Cookie Drive on December 13th.  It was a base-wide event with the OSC and ESG both participating.   We baked and gathered and decorated over 1000 cookies and then packaged them for the Airmen that live in the dorms here at Vance.

 Just a few of our cookies.

 That evening we packaged them in these cute bags (the cookies were in zip bags inside these to ensure freshness).  Lewis and the kiddos came and helped with this.
 On the 14th the OSC Pres, Vice Pres, as well as Katie (my neighbor who helped me with the organizing and exwcuting of the event.  WE call her "big" Katie around here:)) and a couple other volunteers and I went to the dorms and hand delivered all those cookies to the 100 Airmen that live here in the dorms.
 We got to ABQ on the 20th (the 19th was Lewis' Christmas Party for work) and then on the 21st we had Katie (and Evalee's) birthday party at Peter Piper.  This has become a tradition that Katie looks forward to every year.

 Can she really be 7?!

 Katie got so many great gifts!

 On the 23rd I took some family pics for Matt and Elisha (you can see more on their blog; link on the sidebar)
 We spent Christmas Eve with the Taylor's and then Christmas Day with my fam.  It was a blast but since I was sick the majority of the trip there are very few pics.  The kids had a blast and that is all that matters :)
 On January 1st we took family pictures with the Taylor's. Kristen and I did the photography and I think that they turned out pretty good considering that it was 12 degrees outside....

on the 2nd we went to go and get the kiddos from Chris and Kristen's and the starter went out on the van.  Luckily I am married to Super Man and he was able to fix it :)  We came home on the 4th, and that is about it.  I know we are so boring.  Anyway Happy New Year to all and be on the lookout for your Christmas card that will be coming this week,  I know it is more of a New Years card but I have to get them out:)  Love to all!