Hi there! I hope that you all had a great weekend with friends and family. With an extra day to our weekend, I have been busy sewing. Hoping to get a quilt top finished – but not quite yet! Hopefully today I can get to all the pressing, pinning, and sewing that needs to happen :)
After church, before play clothes, we got a couple of good pictures of the kiddos –
Owen, Sophia, Ella & Emmalie – April 2010
Emmalie has lost two teeth in the last week! Quite a milestone – she enjoys sticking her tongue in the space her bottom front teeth no longer need.
More of the pictures are like this!
So I did it! Got pictures of the girls in their dresses! For details on the dresses – see this post and this one.
These pictures are the happy moments … Read More »
I was hoping to have a finished dress to show you again today. . . I caught Ella’s cold, and have been taking it easy. I’m hoping to be feeling much better today! And then finish it :)
I’m itching to have a quilt or two to post here! I love looking through flickr and seeing beautiful creations – there’s just not enough hours in the day! You all understand that one!!
I have posted a poll in my sidebar – I did the same one a long ways back, before the inception of Blogger’s Quilt Festival, before most of you were readers. How do you press your seams?
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Lots and lots of inches/feet/yards of bindings! I like to roll my binding on a ruler like Natalia, and then I’ve learned I can wear it like a bracelet while attaching it to my quilt top. This keeps it from getting twisted, or tangled.
Here’s a tip for you —
I sew my strips together this way. I’ve tried cutting them on the 45 degree angle, but usually mess it up! So my easy solution is to sew, then clip away the seam allowance. Most of the time I don’t mark it, just eyeball it and move on to the next bit :)
I’m sure there’s a few of you shaking your finger at me – I’m okay with that – this is what works for me. :)—–In other news, my Emmalie is sick with pneumonia :( She’s had a couple of … Read More »
It has been snowing a lot this week, and the wet heavy kind. Usually we get the powder fine snow that is easy to shovel, but hard to build a snowman with! With 6 inches in the driveway I headed out with the girls after lunch, while Owen napped, to get the shoveling out of the way. I probably ought to have returned indoors right away, but I decided to help build a sledding ramp with the girls!
Ella built her snowman, while I built the sled hill with Emmalie and Sophia.
Aren’t they cute!?
The girls gravitate to the piles of shoveled snow, to go down on with the sleds – which is fine and lots of fun, until it ends up where it has been nicely shoveled from. I don’t care too much if it’s just our space, but more often … Read More »
Just in case Owen isn’t the only one with the desire to put a train in his sisters’ hair! This is what happens – and it hurts!
The back story — I was vacuuming up after the Christmas tree removal and had shooed Sophia and Owen into the kitchen while I did so. Owen loves his new “choo-choo” and was protecting it from the big, noisy vacuum! They each had one running against their cheek, both curious about the rub they were getting – when Owen had a great idea! Put it in her hair!! She must not have been paying enough attention, and as he is refusing to talk much more than “choo-choo” opted to whack her in the back of the noggin. Thankfully, I heard Sophia’s screams over the noisy vacuum, and came to her rescue!
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Sophia, Owen, Emmalie, and Gabriella
Of course my snow bunnies are big part of my highlight! And of course the reason for my constant running to and fro. The day started with a student council meeting for Ella, a half-hour before school starts, then a coffee for me. We stayed in the car and dropped Emmalie off back at the school. Sophia, Owen and I stopped in at home, to check email and grab a snack – you know they are never full – then went back to school for Kindergarten centers. One hour well spent with attention loving Kindergartners :) My little ones play for an hour in the classroom, it works!
That’s Sophia walking back to get another sled. Our street is piled high with snow!
Since we had just 40 minutes until Emmalie … Read More »
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It’s snowing again here, and has actually warmed up, hooray! I still have no voice but I can tolerate 30F much easier, and the girls will play outside for an hour at least today :) There’s a new snowman being built as I type!
Oooh – here’s a little photographic evidence :)Hope you are warm and blessed today ~Amy
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We have had a week of frigid temperatures, I’m not complaining really, but I have to stay warm! So here’s a fun post for you —
1 – Wear your warmest down jacket, over your second warmest down jacket, with a scarf from mom too.When we first moved here from Southern California, I needed the biggest warmest jacket I could find – I was never warm! Now I mostly wear the lighter of the two, this week I’ve doubled up when taking the girls to school at -10F.
2 – Good boots.Those ugg boots don’t work for me here – I need traction so I don’t land on my bum outside! These are a pair of North Face boots I got on Steepandcheap a couple years ago. They zip up the back, making them a quick and … Read More »
This mama is a little emotional! The first day of kindergarten is exciting and new, and a little bit hard. Sophia’s first sentence this morning was “I’m 5 now too.” She wanted to go with her sisters and not be the one left at home. We all sat on the kitchen floor for a few minutes explaining how fast the hours would go (it’s 2.5 hrs!) and that we would get Emmalie as soon as she is done, and then go back for Ella, of course.
I was reminded of when Ella went to kindergarten, Sophia was 3 months old, and Emmalie was 20 months. Thankfully Joe was a Pastor at the time, and worked from a home office. But still, it was a lot! It was also the first time that Emmalie reacted … Read More »
Going back to school is not only emotional for mom – it’s hectic! In the last couple of years I have developed routines with Ella to make sure we get out the door on time. And now getting ready for Kindergarten, Emmalie is getting in on the action!
Much like the chore list, I make checklists for the girls of everything that they need to do before going to school. This may seem really basic, but I have found giving them the checklist eliminates the need for me to constantly question/nag, and gives them a little control. Who doesn’t love to be in charge of them self!? Also, Ella makes her own lunch – this helps to ensure she actually eats it, as she made the selections and put it together herself.For Em I used pictures … Read More »
It’s been busy here! My sister came to visit with a friend and stayed at a hotel in Park City – that means pool time for the kiddos! And Joe took the long weekend off to go backpacking up in the Uinta Mountains. Now that we have settled down again – back to our routines – I can tell you about it :)
This is my favorite picture that Joe brought back – so much beauty up there! He went with his Dad and brother Zach (who spends a lot of the weekends here) so the three of them enjoyed hiking and being in the great outdoors.
Some fun shots of the girls at the park with Aunt Natalie —and lounging around here at the house.
Owen is very serious with new people – we were glad when he … Read More »
I know – it’s already September, I was slow to take the time to figure out paper piecing. I’ve read a few tutorials, but until I sit down to do something for the first time – it is still an unknown. In the end I had a lot of fun making these for Amy –
Over last weekend I took the time to make tomato sauce for the winter. It was an experiment. I love to make my thick and hearty sauce, but usually use canned tomatoes from the store. So I bought up 30 fresh, locally grown tomatoes at the farmer’s market – after all the simmering I was left with 2.5 quarts! I was/am a little disappointed :( It’s not cost effective, I can purchase a 10# can at Costco for less … Read More »