Monday, July 21, 2014

5 DAYS DOWN....5 TO GO!


LOTS OF KISSING GOING ON



Well it's Monday afternoon July 21, and we are already half way through our visit with Melody.  They are off today visiting with Mike's family and so I am doing some laundry and going through some pictures.  I decided it would be much easier to make two posts out of this visit as sooo much has happened and is going on, then to over load both you and me with doing it all at the same time after they are gone.  Soo let's see....They got here last Wed and the trip was a little wild, lol.  It was an EARLY morning for both the boys, and Luke especially did NOT want to stay seated for the flight, but they finally arrived safe and that's all that really matters.


THE BOYS ENJOYING SOME OF THEIR NEW TOYS
 We have had wonderful dinners in and out, hours and hours of conversation, lots of hugging and kissing and just enjoying those boys, and honestly I couldn't be more pleased.  On Friday morning Grandpa and I decided to have a little one on one time with sweet Sam and took him to see the new movie Fire and Rescue.  What fun it was! He was just as good as he could be, which for a 2 year old could have just as easily gone the other way, lol. And we all LOVED the movie, but especially Sam.  He wore his new fireman hat, munched on popcorn and ice cream, and wanted to "do it again!"  lol.  Got a few pics of that...

NICE AND COMFY ON GRANDPA AND SNACKING ON SOME GOLDFISH




TIME FOR A SUCKER 
GRANDPA AND HIS LITTLE FIREMAN
WE GOT SAM A LITTLE TRIKE AT THE SECOND HAND BABY STORE NEAR HERE AND HE LOVES IT!  RIDES IT EVERYWHERE.  BEST 15 BUCKS WE EVER SPENT! LOL




MELODY JOY


On Sat. we got together with the extended family to celebrate Melody's birthday, but also to just let everyone get a chance to see them.  It is VERY hard when they come to California for them to get around to see all the family on both sides and all of their friends that are still important to them as well.  We had it here in our clubhouse and honestly I tried to keep it as simple as I could as truthfully those kinds of parties are always soo much work.  And I didn't want to be tired, just enjoying everyone.  We had lots of snack type food, pizza, salads, and cake.  The kids ran (at full speed it seemed, lol) and soo thoroughly enjoyed themselves that they all toppled into bed quite beat when it was over, lol.  I was not far behind them.  I have to thank my sister Diane especially who helped me get the food together, set it all up, and helped clean as well.  I honestly couldn't imagine having done it without her.  Actually, everyone helped clean up and it was most appreciated.  There were 5 of them under 2 so it seemed as if there were babies everywhere.  I was exhausted when I went to bed that night I am not going to lie, and my knees were screaming their protest. But I slept like a rock and woke up yesterday feeling pretty good.  Melody and Mike were gone yesterday most of the day too, so hubby and I got all the food and party things put away, gave the house a much needed vacuum, did a quick grocery shop, and then took a nap!  lol.  I do feel as though we get the lion's share of their time when they are here as they stay here.  That gives us the morning and the evening with them even if they are gone all day.  We have sat up and talked after the babies have gone to bed every night until 11 or 12.  Last night we were ALL in bed by 10:30 though so that was good.  Not used to those late nights, lol.  Thursday our family (my boys and their family's) will have a beach day and then go out to dinner for Melody's actual birthday. I am enjoying it all and NOT dwelling on the fact that it will come to a close soon. They leave bright and early on Friday morning.  I put together a little slide show of the party.  Hope you enjoy.

HUBBY AND I AND ALL OUR GRANDS...MINUS THE OLDEST 3 THAT IS!

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Monday, July 14, 2014

WEEK-END HAPPENINGS...AND SOME FABRIC STORIES

This will be quick as I have LOTS still to do, and it will probably be my last post until after Melody and her family are gone.  I know I will have my moments where I will no doubt visit around while Melody is off visiting Mike's family and some of their friends though, or goodness knows how far behind I might get, but we will see.  Grandma may need to be dozing during the down moments, lol.

We spent the week-end on the run.  Does it seem like we spend a lot of our week-ends like that?  It does to me sometimes.  But on the other hand, I enjoy it and I am not complaining.  Sat. we took off early (AFTER thoroughly cleaning the porch furniture and trimming out there!) and went to Riverside where we met Diane for lunch and then hit a couple of quilt stores in that area that we have been wanting to get to.  My husband is a saint and went along with us and carried things around for me etc. As I have said before not sure what I'd do without him...wink.  It was really kind of crazy to fit this outing into everything else we needed to do this week-end, but I have been fretting over getting the fabric that I had FINALLY decided on that I wanted for a quilt for ME, lol.  Every since I took up quilting, I had wanted to make a quilt for me for our family room.  I had only a small idea of what I wanted and I have been all this time (when I could grab the moments that is) searching for fabric, both styles and colors, to come up with what I wanted.  A couple of weeks ago I decided on both the fabrics and the pattern, and I have been somewhat frantic to get started on it every since.  I felt like I needed to get all of my July and August gifts out of the way first, so I could concentrate exclusively on it.  I have also been gathering ideas for a Christmas quilt for ME, and I have come up with that too.  It will include both embroidery and quilting which I am very excited about as well, but first things first.  I want to make the family room one before I even get started on that, lol.  Anyway, I had decided on Civil War Fabrics.  The colors and the style so suit my family room one would wonder why it took me so long to come up with it, but it just did.  So naturally I began the search.  The pattern I am going to use starts with two layer cakes.  Figured I'd just get a couple of layer cakes in both darks and lights to make the pattern. Well there is where I ran into my first problem.  I simply could not find layer cakes pretty much at all in these fabrics, and the ones I did find I didn't want. I guess it is the 150 anniversary of the Civil War and LOTS AND LOTS of ladies are making Civil War quilts and the fabrics cakes are simply hard to come by.  One of the sights I went to that had the layer cake I wanted (at one time anyway) simply said, "This fabric is no longer available, and NEVER will be again!"  I had to laugh as I read it to my husband.  Soo onto to plan two.  I would have to gather my own fabrics and then cut them all into 10 inch squares like the layer cakes are and do it myself.  I was really hoping to eliminate all of this, as cutting is not my favorite thing, and it means having to be ever so careful while I do too.  But having made the decision I went to both of our local quilt stores but couldn't really find what I wanted. And I don't really like to mix and match fabrics online when I need soo many different colors, and really wanted to SEE the fabric myself which means of course going to the actual store.  Thus the panic began to set in, lol.  I had called both of these quilt stores in Riverside and they assured me they had LOTS of the fabric in the colors I wanted, so we decided to go on own.  They are both about 45 minutes from here.  Sorry for all this background info, but you get the idea of why I felt like I HAD to go look and buy before there truly was nothing and I had to re-think the whole project.  Anyway, the first store not only had NONE that I liked, it was sooo hot in the store (not running their air ~ whatever were they thinking when it was near 100 degrees outside?)  we could barely stand it. Onto to store two.  Now this store was just our kind of place.  Both Diane and I LOVED it.  How we ever found it though remains a mystery as it was in the oddest little remote spot ever.  It was soo cool in there I felt I could have stayed much longer then the hour and half we were there, but the old knees were screaming in protest by the time we were done as it was.  They too were running a little short on some of the colors I wanted, as they got hit up hard during the quilt run.  They had NO navy's at all (except for in fat quarters) and that is probably my main color I wanted, and didn't have many burgundies either which was my next big choice.  (apparently they are everyone else's as well, lol).  But I found enough in fat quarters to get 98% of what I need.  I am needing just a little more (1/2 yard of each) of both a navy and a burgundy and I am all set.  Let me show you as best I can what I got.

RICH NAVY'S, BURGUNDIES, OLIVE GREENS, AND PURPLES.  AND THEN THE GOLDS WILL BE THE LIGHT COLORS THEY ARE PAIRED WITH TO MAKE THE BLOCKS

A LITTLE CLOSER LOOK

SEE THE BURGUNDY IN THE OLIVE GREEN FABRIC?  LOVED THE WAY IT ALL TIED TOGETHER

A lady who worked there was a TREMENDOUS help to me or I am not sure I could have come up with these choices.  I am excited to get a few blocks done to see how it is going to look, but I will have to refrain until there are NO babies underfoot, lol.  And speaking of babies, we hit up Target and a couple other places after that and managed to find a few new toys to entertain the boys with.  I also got MOST of what I need for her party next Sat., and have my lists made for the grocery store.  I am getting my nails done and the car washed when I finish with this post (and while I am working on the laundry ~ YAY ~ for multi-tasking) which leaves my hair for tomorrow and a couple of other quick errands.  I might make it after-all...whew.

I did want to show you really quick what I won.  I am always entering give-aways for fabric and such on the quilting and sewing blogs I follow, and I pretty much NEVER win, lol.  So when I was notified that I did WIN one I couldn't even remember which fabric it was for.  Going to the site I was super excited to see what I had won.  However, when the fabric arrived a couple of weeks later it wasn't the fabric I thought it was suppose to be and was fabric I know I had never seen before, lol!  However!  I do LOVE it!  And there was sooo much of it!  42 fat quarters of sweet vintage style scrappy type fabric.  Let me show it to you....

LOOK AT IT ALL AND IN SOOO MANY COLORS TOO!


LITTLE CLOSER LOOK AT SOME OF THEM

Anyway, I have only just recently been following this blog, and I love it, so a big THANK YOU to them, and I am urging you all to check it out if you haven't and you are interested in that sort of thing.  The name of the blog is Clover and Violet, and you can find them HERE.

OK, guess that's it for now.  I simply must put this computer down and get back to my list.  Hope you all have a good week.  I am soo excited for Melody's visit (they will be here Wed. afternoon...early!) and pray for safe travels for them, and that we might all be healthy during their visit.  Blessings to you all!  Debbie


Friday, July 11, 2014

THE PROJECT THAT MADE ME QUESTION WHY I SEW....

Well it is actually done....the project that wouldn't die...the one that defied all odds of what might/could go wrong, lol.  Honestly it was one of those projects that makes me wonder what in the world I find fun or satisfying about any of this.  My daughter (who hears almost all of my musings rather they be positive, negative, or both!) has said to me (more then once btw), "Mom, I just don't get you.  This is your relaxation and fun you say, and your outlet for creativity, but you are OFTEN frustrated, perplexed, and at times downright annoyed as you sit ripping things out and striving to make something "just right" or even perfect. How is this fun?"  It has caused me to at least briefly consider rather or not there is any truth to her questions. I DO stress myself at times, and DO struggle and strive to make something the way I want it to be.  And as I have analyzed it, I KNOW there are some deeper reasons why I do, but at the end of the day it is who I am, at this season of my life anyway, and so I MUST press on.  Maybe it is because, as I have mentioned many times before, quilting and embroidering (at least by machine) are new to me and I want them to be as second nature as garment sewing is, and they just are't.  In fact, FAR from it.  I have sewn since I was 12 years old and have always enjoyed it.  I have ALWAYS wanted to quilt and somehow I just assumed I would have a step up on it as much as I have sewn, but in some ways I think it has made it harder.  Whenever I sew a garment, be it a shirt for my husband, a dress for a grand daughter or whatever it is, it is EASY for me now if I concentrate to make it perfect.  But I think I am forgetting the MANY MANY MANY shirts, dresses, collars, sleeves, and things that weren't.  How many times I threw something in the trash as it was finally beyond fixing.  Or stuffed it away in a cupboard or drawer and thought to myself, "I'll think about this later." How I could honestly be reduced to almost tears because I WANTED to do it, and yet struggled.  And then, finally, it all fell into place and became easy, and there was honestly no stopping me.  But now, after all these years, I am back to struggling.  Back to frustration and S L O W L Y learning something new, and now I am old, lol.  My body screams sometimes in protest, lol.  My neck and back and rear end can only take so much of sitting in the same position bent over my machine in my hard little wooden chair (a soft comfy one is on my "want" list).  And yet at the same time all I can think about is the things I want to make, and how little time there is to do it.  And so that's enough deep thinking and musing for right now, lol.  It is what it is.  So let me tell (I will try to be brief!) my recent dilemmas.  I had decided a lighthouse embroidery design would be perfect for my younger sister Danae.  She loves lighthouses, she loves the beach, and I had found the perfect one.  I did mention that it was a full blown picture (way more involved then most of the things I have done) and that my first attempt took 4 hours.  Well, I purchased 5 more threads, DOUBLE stabilized it, got a much nicer piece of fabric and set to work again.  I developed a system for all the color changes that really helped me keep track (don't know how I didn't think of this sooner!) and took my time.  I will say I did most DEFINITELY enjoy this part.  I have from the beginning.  Now that I know how to work everything, it is both relaxing and creative.  However (why did you know that was coming? lol) I sat in the little hard chair for 4 hours straight.  I don't think I even got up once to use the bathroom.  I was afraid of forgetting where I was and making a mistake and having to start over again.  And let me just say this, I would NOT have done this again.  However this one had come out was going to be how it was.  So needless to say, I was stiff, hurting, sore, but OH SO HAPPY!  It came out soo pretty.  Let me show you the design!

IT MAY  NOT LOOK THAT INVOLVED BUT THERE ARE OVER 35 COLOR CHANGES IN THIS DESIGN!  I USED THE SAME COLOR ONCE OR TWICE AS I HONESTLY COULDN'T SEE THE DIFFERENCE, BUT THERE WERE STILL A LOT.  I HONESTLY WISHED THERE WAS SOME WAY TO MAKE THE DESIGN BIGGER, BUT MY MACHINE IS NOT WIRED FOR THAT.  THIS IS THE CLOSEST I WILL EVER COME TO PAINTING AS I HAVE NO ARTIST ABILITY AT ALL.  SO THIS IS KIND OF LIKE PAINT BY NUMBER.  I'D PROBABLY MAKE IT EASIER ON MYSELF IF I JUST USED THE COLORS THEY TELL YOU TOO FROM THE COLOR CHARTS, BUT I AM KIND OF A REBEL TOO.
Then I had found some perfect "beachy" type fabric a while ago to make the rest of the pillow with.  Oh my, again, one thing after another went wrong.  Rip, rip, rip, and finally I actually cut some of it off with my rotary cutter.  I won't even tell you all that went wrong.  I will tell you this part, (though maybe I shouldn't) but I guess it is kind of funny.  The pillow cover was actually TOO small for the size of the pillow form I had bought.  A LONG story why.  But I had decided that pillow was going in there if it was the last thing I did.  I struggled, pulled, pushed, poked, and finally sat on it (not a slight weight I am btw) and it's in, lol.  I imagine if anyone had caught me perched on that pillow they might think I had finally cracked up, haha.  It is not exactly perfect ( still looks a little too full ~ might have to sit on it again!l) but honestly, I no longer care, lol  It is finally done.  Finally sitting in the chair waiting to be wrapped up for my sister.  But I think I will at least LOOK at it for a while before I do, lol.  Her room is in soft blues, and she has beachy type pictures on her walls in white frames.  I think this is going to look nice on her bed.  Let me show you this pillow.

A DEFINITE "TA DA" MOMENT!

LOVED THIS FABRIC AND IT IS SOO SOFT.  TO THINK THAT I HAD ONCE CONTEMPLATED QUILTED THE BACK WITH A COUPLE OF DIFFERENT COORDINATING FABRICS...yeah right, that was happening.
So there you have it.  My project that took all week, lol.  I guess I did take yesterday off as my sister Diane was here and we worked on her quilt.  OH MY GOODNESS it is ever going to be cute.  I will take pictures soon and share it's progress if she doesn't care.

Meanwhile, I actually won a giveaway on a quilting blog and won myself some darling Retro fabric.  Two big fat quarter bundles worth!  42 fat quarters in all.  I will share more on this later as I still need to run to the store.  I did get Melody's place mat finished too today so I can clean up my sewing mess and will be taking the next 14 days off!!  So for at least 14 days you won't be hearing any more sewing dilemmas or sob stories from me.  Hope you all have a wonderful week-end and are finding joy in your summers.  Blessings to you all!  Debbie


Wednesday, July 9, 2014

HODGEPODGE WEDNESDAY!





It's time again for the Hodgepodge.  Time is a flying...

1.  July is National Anti-Boredom Month.  What was the last time you were bored?  What's your go-to cure for boredom?  Truthfully, I really don't know.  I am almost never bored.  And if I find myself in that rare state there are many things that will snap me out of it.  Unformately right at the top is eating...sigh.  But so will chatting on the phone, the computer in my lap with plenty of places to visit, games on my i-phone, a book, TV, and sewing or thinking about sewing, and then there is always a nap.  Don't think I need to go on, lol.

2.  What's the last thing you made a reservation for?  Well let's see....I guess it would be reserving the clubhouse for Melody's birthday party/big family gathering in mid July.

3.  What's one thing on your summer bucket list?  Any plans to make it happen?  Don't really have a bucket list per say, unless you count all the one on one time with each of my grandkids.  And yes, the "plan" is in full swing.

4.  What's your favorite summertime sip?  Truthfully as boring as it sounds I NEVER drink anything but plain old water with the exception of the cup of my herbal tea every morning.  It USED to be ice tea!  And yes, I still miss it!

5.  What do you find is the best way to handle another person's  hostility and hopefully ease the tension?  If I find myself around or talking to someone who is feeling or acting hostile, I usually do my best NOT to engage at all.  Or "fuel the fire" so to speak.  I try to listen and be that someone/somewhere for them to vent though..  I also do my best to say something funny as I find laughter is good medicine most of the time.  I guess I am talking more about being around someone who is "grumpy" or crabby or irritated or even downright mad and therefore acting and saying things somewhat hostile, not a TRULY hostile person if you know what I mean.  If someone were hostile to the point of being violent I'd get myself out of there ASAP.  

6.  Your favorite film set in summer?  OK, well let's see...there are a few.  Off the top of my head I'd probably go with Stand By Me...though I haven't seen it in a long time.  Can hear the theme song in my head already...Under the boardwalk, down by the sea...  But then there is also On Golden Pond and the Notebook is to isn't it?

7.  What word are using too much lately?  Wow, guess that might be...HUNGRY, lol.  Dieting for 3 weeks now and hungry is always right there at the top popping out every other minute it seems, lol.

8.  Insert your own random thought here.  I have many so I will try to lasso in only a couple.  I spent the day yesterday embroidering a BEAUTIFUL full blown picture (though small) on my embroidery machine.  I didn't intend for it to be a full blown picture, but that's what it was.  Just to give you a clue it had 4 different shades of blue in the sky and water, and 3 different shades of white in the houses and lighthouse! And 4 different shades of grey in other places (didn't even know there even were that many shades of grey!)  It took me almost 4 hours!  I did break here and there in that time, but still!  And here is the bad part!  I need to do it again!  I have a few places where the color of thread I chose is NOT working, and it is ever so slightly crooked too. I really wish perfectionism was not one of my traits as honestly it is really pretty flaws and all, but I know I will never be able to bear it.  So a trip to the store for thread, a nicer piece of fabric (a really dense design NEEDS a thicker nice piece of fabric) and maybe even a little stronger piece of stabilizer as well.  And I need to get it done as it is the front of a pillow I am making for my younger sister for her birthday and I am running out of time as Diane will be here tomorrow, I STILL have one place mat to make for Melody's birthday and she will be here NEXT Wednesday for 10 days (only 1 more week!  YAY!) and her birthday is only 5 days after that, so I want this to be done by Friday.  And I still need to grocery shop, get my hair and nails done, find some new toys for the boys to play with while they are here, CLEAN and organize things for her party.  Think I will make it?   It seems I always rushing to finish something...maybe it's why I am rarely bored, lol.

Enjoy the rest of your week!  Blessings to all!  Debbie









Monday, July 7, 2014

OUR LONG WEEK-END WRAP UP...

This was such a busy, busy long week-end that it seems amazing that everything that went on happened in just 3 short days!  Hope you all enjoyed your 4th as much as we did.  It was just another one of those glorious type summer days that just kind of help to make the 4th of July one of my favorite holidays.  We gathered again at my oldest son's Joe's house for an afternoon and evening of swimming, good food, fireworks and fun. My only assignment was the tossed salad and I whipped that together right before we left.
Don't think I did another speck of actual work the rest of the day.  Can it be that I have reached that stage in my life where I take a seat and watch all the younger women busy with something at these kind of events?  I busy myself with the important things like holding babies and talking with grandkids.  It was a pretty warm day, near the mid nineties, but really very comfortable in the shade by the pool where I sat and watched them all splash around for a several hours. It was just my kids and grandkids (which makes for a pretty full house!) however not only was Melody and her little family not there of course. neither was poor Vinny and my other DIL as he was running a fever.  The guys played a couple games of basketball, and then jumped into the pool again to cool off from their efforts. The kids never did get out, lol, and us ladies sat around and visited the time away. Dinner was VERY yummy.  Barbequed chicken (my dil Leah's chicken is to die for) and tri-tip, plus potato salad, baked beans (I promise I will share our wonderful recipe for these soon!) my tossed salad. chips, and of course watermelon.  For dessert there was decorated sugar cookies and ice cream.  As the afternoon turned to early evening the kids got out of the pool finally and ran around in Joe's big yard.  Us adults continued our conversation and visiting while we watched them play.  I think this is near the top of all my favorite pastimes in the world.  Enjoying conversation and time with my kids and their spouses, while watching all the cousins enjoying them selves.  As it grew dark we loaded in our cars to drive the short distance to a nearby school where we have the PERFECT view of the local high schools big firework display.  We discovered this spot last year and honestly I don't know how it is that we seem to have it to ourselves.  There is really quite the crowd in other areas.  We need to keep it mum though as it just couldn't be a better spot.  Donatella and Cody both took up their watch on grandma's lap, and my arms were full of 5 year old cuteness and laughter.  The others kids preferred to stand,  and the other adults stretched out on the grass.  This grandma brings her comfy lawn chair everywhere.  As tempting as that grass looked I am afraid I might still be down there had I joined them, lol.  You knew some pictures were coming, and here they are...

JUST HAD TO SHOW YOU HOW PRETTY THE NEW RUNNERS LOOKED ON HER TABLES!  SHE WAS THRILLED WITH THEM.  I LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS ROOM OF THEIRS!  MIGHT BE MY FAVORITE DINING ROOM EVER!  LOL

THE OTHER ONE.  YOU CAN SEE THE TABLE THAT IT NEAR IT WITH THE OTHER ONE IN THE BACK GROUND.  TO THE SIDE IS PRETTY LACE CURTAINS WITH A VIEW OF THEIR MASSIVE YARDS.  

MY OLDEST GRANDSON 19 YEAR OLD EVAN WAS DRESSED FOR WORK AND LEFT VERY SHORTLY AFTER WE GOT THERE AND HAD TO WORK UNTIL MIDNIGHT!  WE MISSED HIM!

AND HE'S OFF.  I ASKED HIM TO POSE IN HIS APRON AND HE WILLINGLY COMPLIED.  DOES PRETTY MUCH WHATEVER HE CAN TO PLEASE GRANDMA!  LOL

THE LITTLE COUSINS WERE GLAD TO BE TOGETHER FOR THE DAY!
DONATELLA LOOKED SOO ADORABLE.  GRANDMA COULDN'T BEAR TO RUIN HER DARLING CURLS IN THE POOL, BUT SHE HAD NO SUCH MISGIVINGS, LOL

CAPRI'S CURLS ARE MAINLY NATURAL, BUT SHE LOOKED ADORABLE TOO!


I GOT THEM TO POSE BEFORE THEY JUMPED IN!  LOVED THIS PICTURE!

CODY WAS SOO EXCITED!

COOL AND REFRESHING



SIMBA JOINED ME IN THE SHADE, LOL

AND THEY WERE DOG SITTING FOR RHONI.  SUCH A NICE DOG.  SHE WAS RESTING WITH THE LITTLE ONES

THEIR TWO NEW PUPPIES...SUCH SWEET LITTLE THINGS

YUMMY FOOD...THOUGH THIS PICTURE WAS BORROWED FROM MY SON JAMES, LOL.  I AM AVOIDING CARBS SO MINE WAS FULL OF SALAD AND MEAT ONLY.  HIS LOOKS BETTER I AM THINKING, LOL
ICE CREAM TIME!

CODY ALWAYS TAKES DONATELLA FOR A FEW RIDES

KIND OF BLURRY. BUT ROOM FOR BOTH
After the show we headed for home and brought little Capri with us to spend the rest of the week-end.  We are trying to arrange a time that each one of the younger (not the babies though, haha) grands will come and spend a night or two with us this summer.  There honestly is just nothing like one on one time with each of them.  There was a little bit of jealousy going on that Capri was chosen first, but they all did a very good job of settling in and realizing their turn would come.  How I enjoyed this sweet little nine year old girl!  She is the oldest of 4 and the individual attention and focus on just her was a treat that she really enjoyed.  She woke on Sat morning to realize that the day would be decided mainly by her.  I did point out that while even what she ate would be MAINLY her choice, to remember that it was only because it was "for a day" not that Grandma would always allow such reckless abandonment from healthy food, lol.  Breakfast she chose chocolate donuts and bacon and orange juice!  She was giddy over the fact that she could have more than one chocolate donut and didn't have to "share" any with her brothers or sister, haha.  We spent a leisurely morning chatting and watching some of her favorite cartoon shows on TV.  She decided she would like to see Malificent at the movies, and if it was OK, she would like to bring along her cousin Jeffie as well.  All was quickly arranged and after we picked him up we stopped for lunch at the Rain Forest Cafe.  Don't know if they have this restaurant everywhere, but it is a fun little place for children as you eat in the middle of a rain forest complete with animated animals, HUGE fish tanks, and fun.  She chose mac n cheese for lunch and it must have been good as she gobbled it right down.  After lunch we did a little shopping.  They were having a GIANT sale at Children's Place so we bought a couple of cute new little outfits for summer wear for her as well.  And! some cute little plastic bracelets too.   She was very thankful and sweet to shop with. Then it was time for the movie.  She and Jeffie agreed on some candy to split, had some popcorn and their own icee drinks.  Capri pointed out later that Jeffie didn't share the candy very well, haha, so grandma is going to have to speak to him about that.  Capri was quite cute when I told her grandma would talk to him later and said, "I think he probably just thought I didn't want anymore grandma"  Yeah right, is what I thought, lol. After the movie we dropped Jeffie back off and we went on home.  We had planned on spending a little time at Barnes and Noble looking for a new book (one of her favorite things to do!) but she decided she was kind of tired and this grandma was kind of relieved.  She was tired too. And as she pointed out, "this is not the only time I will come and stay with you grandma!"  haha  We spent the rest of the evening having pizza for dinner (or her and grandpa did anyway, I fixed a salad) and watching some very girlish type little movies. A really cute Tinkerbell one and a My little pony. We chatted and discussed the goings on as we watched.  I was thoroughly entertained, but grandpa busied himself on the computer. She had chosen root beer floats for her dessert, and then quickly showered and washed her hair.  I was soo pleased that she let me do whatever I wanted with her hair.  As I have mentioned a few times, I LOVE doing hair, and have really kind of missed doing little girls hair.  She was sound asleep by 9. How grateful I am for this time with her.  I got a much bigger look into her little personality and feelings on her life, and hopefully made some memories she will cherish.  Spending time at my grandma's house were memories I cherish to this day, and I want that for her and all of my grands as well.  Yesterday we packed up her things and headed down to San Diego for church, and her visit came to an end.  Here are a couple of pictures we took.

SHE AND ELVIS RELAXING...HE WAS GLAD SHE WAS HERE TOO!

YOU CAN'T REALLY SEE HER HAIR BUT WE DOUBLE FRENCH BRAIDED THE FRONT AND SIDES BACK.  SOO CUTE!

GETTING TO BE SUCH A GROWN UP BIG GIRL.  SHE LOOKS LIKE HER MAMA HERE

JEFFIE AND CAPRI.  HE IS A YEAR OLDER BUT CAPRI IS TALLER, LOL.  I LOVE THAT THEY ENJOY EACH OTHER

DIDN'T NOTICE TILL I WAS POSTING THIS THAT HER EYES WERE CLOSED...SIGH.  BUT HERE SHE IS SPORTING ONE OF HER NEW OUTFITS FOR CHURCH!

After service on Sunday hubby and I decided to hit up another movie as we had to kill some time by the coast as there was a bon fire later on for my brother's birthday, and we didn't want to have to drive back out.  And it was HOT yesterday.  We saw Under the Stars.  A real tear jerker for sure.  I enjoyed the movie, though wish there might have been a little more spiritual look at what happens after death.  After that we headed back up the coast towards Huntington Beach and hit a lot more traffic then we counted on.  We arrived at the party a little late, but thoroughly enjoyed ourselves visiting with everyone there.  The weather was gorgeous at the beach, and the waves were GINORMOUS! lol.  Seriously, good 6 to 7 footers.  I took no pictures as I didn't want to mess with a camera or my phone with sand.  They thankfully found a spot right next to the walk way so I didn't have to walk more than a foot or so in the sand.  It is almost impossible with my knees to walk in sand, and I was REALLY grateful that they did.   We got home close to 10 exhausted from our week-end and tumbled into bed and here I am.  I intend to finish up my last place mat today for Melody and get started on a pillow for my sister.  I have to get out the embroidery attachment for that and I am looking forward to it.  Haven't embroidered for a while.  I KNOW this was A LONG post, but I had to get it all in for my journal book.  So to those of you still with me, rejoice! you've made it to the end!  Enjoy your week!  I think we are suppose to cool off a little bit by mid week, and I am glad!  Blessings to you all! Debbie

STOLE THIS PIC FROM BROTHER OF HIM AND HIS KIDS


MELODY'S HANDS ARE ALWAYS FULL!  LOL

MISSED THESE TWO CUTIES ON THE 4TH!

SWEET LUKE WITH HIS MAMA
SAM LOVED THE FIREWORKS!!