Saturday, December 31, 2011

A year in review, in pictures

January - Hummers

February - Buster and Skater

March - Monkey and Bugs at Great Wolf Lodge

April - Dh at the ocean on our anniversary

May - T2, Drummer and Heir at Sunday dinner at Drummer and DIL's house

June - Auntie and I on the trip of a lifetime!

July - Diablo Dam

August - Campfire with my parents and the Post's

September - LOTS of fishing!

October - Fun times

November - Us, Me and my guys!

December - Christmas morning.

I wish you all a very Happy New Year. I pray you have all you need, some of what you want and peace through it all.


Saturday, December 24, 2011

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas to all....

And to all a

Good night!


Tuesday, December 20, 2011

You might be a Redneck......

This picture has nothing to do with my post.

Angel sitting and watching me looking very innocent and regal. Trust me, she isn't!

We are finally trying to get into the holiday spirit. Dh and Skater went and got a tree on Friday. It sat on the deck until Sunday in a bucket of water. After Church we finally said lets do this thing! So in it came. It was put mostly in the corner to sit until after dinner - which was at Drummers. Thank you DIL it was fantastic! After we got the tree in Dh saw all the pine needles all through the kitchen. He decided that instead of using THE BROOM he would get his leaf blower out. Isn't he special! NOW I will admit it worked. However a bit overkill if you ask me. I could only stand and laugh and think OH I'm living a Jeff Foxworthy Redneck joke right now! Then I grabbed the camera.

Cleaning up.

Trying to blow me over! Not happening Cupcake!

At least he was thorough.

When we got home from dinner we decorated the tree.

Then because I have clogged the vacuum EVERY year with pine needles and we don't have a shop vac' DH got the blower out again and put it on suck instead of blow and sucked up the worst of it!

Dh's little helper! Monkey was having a bit too much fun! LOL After they went to bed I "fixed" the tree and called it a night.

Have a blessed week!


Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Sunday Dinner and a recap

I haven't meant for it to be so long but Blogger would not cooperate with me.
It was back to our house for dinner. Heir is done playing football for the year and it wasn't a home game for the Seahawks so he was able to come. It was nice to be together. I had been playing Scrabble with Monkey and it was sitting on the table. The big kids got it out and played a couple of games.

Scrabble game and hot chocolate.

The non gamer Skater.
When Monkey was little he used to stand on Heirs hand and he would hold him up. They were trying to get him to do it again. He could NOT do it. Heir could have held him up but Monkey couldn't stiffen up enough and trust to stand there.

Having another go at it.

Sort of success.

laughing to hard this time.

Trying it with Buster. He didn't do half bad!

The whole group of Littles dancing. So stinking cute!

Even Buster was doing it.

We had so much fun watching and laughing with/at them.

Princess has been totally into Lili and Stitch. She and I were doing the Hula. Dh took pictures. I will spare you the pictures. LOL Princess is beyond cute! I think she is going to be ready for dance class soon.

Have a blessed week.


Monday, November 28, 2011

The Reveal

If you didn't read yesterday, do that first.
My plan was to just send my parents Christmas home with them or mail them if we didn't see each other. My aunt and my friends all said NO NO NO! You must see your mom when she opens the quilt. I conceded that they were right. So I did all the finish work on the quilt and folded it and put it in a box and wrapped it! A gift wrapped before Christmas Eve! Who knew! Then the plans were made that they were coming for Thanksgiving dinner/weekend.
After dinner and dessert on Thanksgiving before all the kids left I said I have something for you Mom.

My dad knew immediately something was up. This is me telling them that this gift was 8 years in the making.

My mom opening the box.

Not quite sure what she's looking at yet.

Now it's all clear.

She loves it!

Everyone loved it! I was so glad my kids were here to see her get it.

Have a blessed week.


Sunday, November 27, 2011

THE Quilt

This story starts over 8 years ago.
I worked for a lovely lady who had a family tree quilt that I truly admired. It was a wonderful idea. I thought I can do this but tweak it a little so it is more my style. Now just so you know I have never embroidered in all my life. So I was talking to my Auntie and telling her what I was thinking. I had a layout in my mind. I told Auntie we need two more babies in our family to make this work right. Be careful what you wish for!(joke!) We got those 2 and 2 more! The first time I started the quilt I used really cheap muslin. It didn't work well at all! So back to the drawing board with MUCH better muslin. Best is better! I got the list of names gathered with the help of my aunt. The last name on the list was Baby Edgerton. He is now 7. HA!
So I got out my embroidery hoop and set to work! It took me a long time to get going. There is blood, sweat and tears in those squares. Seriously! It was a lot harder (I KNOW I KNOW!) then what I thought. I would work furiously on it then get frustrated and not work for a long time. Like 6 years long time. Last year I decided to get serious and get the thing done. I knew my mom would LOVE it and I wanted her to have it. I also had a lady who I scrap book with that is an avid quilter and said she would help. So I plugged away and got all the squares done. Joan and I made a date to go get fabric to get it under way.

Here is the fabric and the squares that go to Auntie. The picture was to show her the names most important to her.

There are 45 pieces in all.

The top all together.

The top with the border.

My bed is a King for reference.

You can still see the pencil marks. It hadn't been washed yet. There was still blood in places!

I had really grand illusions that I was going to actually quilt this thing. THEN I had a reality check. So it is just tied. Some day I would like to actually quilt something. I think I will start much smaller then a quilt of this size.

Done! With Bugs in the corner reading names. My boys have been as excited for this to be done as I was.

The border and binding.

The back.

Tomorrow, The reveal.