Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Thanksgiving Recap

We had, as has become our normal routine, Thanksgiving with S's family last week. It was, as has become our normal routine, absolutely delicious! One change this year - Brooke and Michael didn't make it because they were all getting over a stomach virus. We missed having them with us:

Greeting Papaw

Watching football and checking out the pink butterflies.

The table.

The centerpiece - five scarecrows...hmmm...

The ever-popular piano bench.


Playing with the scarecrows.

Hanging with Papaw.

Cutie Patootie in her turkey shirt.

More piano, please.

I'll take a side of dubious, please. 



Fun with Big A.

IMG_2366, ah FUN with Sophia!

Fun to hang out with family.

See you soon.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Ethan, Ethan!

As I mentioned yesterday, last Wednesday, I took some photos of Melissa's chunk of love, Ethan. I last photographed him when he was something like three weeks old. Now he is almost six months old! Time flies. Here are my favorites of the photos we captured last week at the Arboretum:

Sweet face!

Big smile!




We tried the "into the sun" look and I think it worked nicely here.

Contemplative Ethan

Such a good natured boy!

Will you look at those cheeks! And those legs!

Hey Mama, whatcha doin'?

I think this one is my favorite.

Photo op with farm equipment.


Ethan, Ethan, you're a darling boy!

See you soon!

Monday, November 28, 2011

Back to the REAL WORLD

Oh how re-entry is painful after a gloriously long, wonderful weekend such as I just experienced. We were productive, we cleaned out and up and away, we ate good food, we visited with relatives, we put up Christmas decorations, we went to the first Sunday of Advent at church, and we spent time TOGETHER. It was SO wonderful. Pretty near perfect.

And now, to ruin that festive occasion, the REAL WORLD has come a-knockin'. Now, don't get me wrong, the real world ain't all that bad. I mean, I have already said I like my job. And the people AT my job, etc etc. It's just, well, YOU KNOW. I don't have to 'splain it any further. You know.

Thud. Back into the thick of it. 

So, to help you with your re-entry, here are some photos I snapped last Wednesday. I met my friend Melissa at the Arboretum to take photos of her little chunk of love Ethan, who will turn six months this week. We did take photos, and I will share them with you. Along with tons of other photos I took on my desert island called a long weekend. But, for today, just some pretty ones of flora I snapped before Melissa and cutie patootie arrived. It'll help me make it through the day, and I hope it helps you too.

Are gourds flora?

Not sure the right classification of a gourd.
But they are pretty, no?





This is apparently a mum. 




These are also supposedly mums.
Can someone verify that for me? M-kay. Thanks.

This one - I believe its mum status.



There, now. I feel better already. Here's to a soft landing back in REALITY for all of us. 

See you soon.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011



I am thankful for the home we live in and the shelter it provides.

I am thankful for our friends that lift us up and keep us real. I appreciate their counsel and example, their laughter and the memories made with them.

I am thankful for a job that I enjoy 99% of the time, co-workers who are a joy to see and work with on an ongoing basis, healthcare (at all) and that is worth having, and the paycheck that provides for our family's needs.

I am thankful for a wonderful extended family of relatives here and in Indiana. I love to walk by their photos in my hallway every day and think of them. I love to talk with them, read about them on Facebook, email with them, and just sit with them. They are amazingly diverse and sometimes crazy people that I love very much.

I am thankful for my adorable, smart, funny, amazing little boy who I thought would never exist. He is such a blessing to our lives. I love his giggles, his silliness, his smile and his cry. I love to watch him sleep, eat or play. I can't wait to see him every day and love to imagine my tomorrows with him. He is amazing and wonderful.

I am thankful for the man who is my son's father and my husband, for kissing me good-bye every morning, for providing for our family, for making me laugh even when I've had a horrible day, for being such a good Daddy, and for being my biggest fan. And for all the other stuff too. He is my love.

I am thankful for all of this and much more. I am a lucky girl in a society where there are so many people who want for so much. Sure, we have challenges, but we know where our next meal will be, where we will sleep and what we will do with our time. We are blessed.

We ARE blessed. We are BLESSED! And I wish the greatest blessings to you and your family. Happy Thanksgiving.

See you soon.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Sewing Project Update: UNCLE

So, I waited along long enough that it was panic time on these ol' Christmas vests. So, my sister-in-law Kim, who makes all the cute dresses for the girls, offered to come help me sew. So, I took her up on it. And, I forgot to take photos. But, I took some at the end. So, here they are. How's that for some choppy sentences.

I should say, it was not so bad - if I had just FORGED AHEAD without worrying so much about what I didn't know, it would have been fine. But, it was fun to have Kim help me too. We spent about five hours on ONE VEST last weekend - three hours Saturday night and about two more on Sunday. Lather, rinse, repeat to get one for LM, but man, Andrew's vest is looking GOOD! Here you go:

Gratuitous shot of Kim at the sewing machine
Yes, you need Wet Ones to sew. Who are you people?

Messing with the back of the vest - the way the center comes together at the bottom is tricky.

Instructions. That were MOSTLY in English.
There were only a couple of times we were stumped.

Trimmed pieces. Lots of trimming.

Toddlers entertaining one another.

Seriously, they are so cute together.

The night before Sophia came with her paci in her mouth. I had to give LM his because he kept stealing hers. Actually, even after I gave him his, he kept stealing hers. LM and I had a little "come to Jesus" talk about stealing someone else's paci, and then he seemed to move on to more fruitful pursuits. LM knows when his Mama is talking serious turkey. And not just around Thanksgiving, if you know what I mean.

Did I mention there was trimming? 
Oh, yeah, I did.

I did actually trim and sew, too. I did! Actually, I did most of the sewing on Saturday while Kim read directions and ironed. Kim sewed on Sunday and I did the directions/ironing. And this is why I remembered to get the camera out on Sunday. Because I wasn't SEWING, people, come on!

S, doling out the goods.

Toddler negotiations of said goods.

OK, so here it is, people.
Pretty good, huh? 
(No comments about the dingy ironing board cover.)

It was, at this point, lacking some slip stitching of a seam on the inside of the vest. (Is that really needed? I mean, it is the INSIDE.) And, buttons. I'm going to finally check out the buttonholer on my machine. Ha. And, a little belt part for the back. That's it! One is pretty much done! Only moments before the holidays arrive! Imagine! It seemed so far away back in August when I hatched this plan...but I digress.

The back.

The center seam on the back. 
Um, can I get an AMEN for that seam? I mean, REALLY!
Look how well that fabric matches up!

So, a big ol' thank you goes to my SIL Kim, who pushed me over the edge into actually doing it. And, for sharing her sewing expertise with me. Only one more to go. I think I can, I think I can, I think I can...

See you soon.