Friday, June 15, 2018

MY WEEK....


I decided to get another post up making good on my intentions to pay more attention to this blog.  This week has flown by!  Monday we went to Disneyland, and it was one of those trips there where everything just went soo well.  We were walking in the gates as it opened at 8 (which I have personally NEVER pulled off) and what a difference that made.  By noon we had hit most of the major roller coasters without standing in line longer than 15 minutes or so, and a couple of the smaller rides as well.  The weather was beautiful, and the crowds were VERY manageable.  That did change at around 1 when it became SUPER hot, and the crowds were gargantuan.  However, by like 5 it cooled off considerably, and the crowds just seemed more bearable.  We had gone on most of the rides we wanted to get to, and stopped and had a nice dinner.  By 8:30 hubby and I had had enough, and we left my son's family there to close the park down.  I did ride more of the rides than I thought I might, to include my favorite....the Matterhorn.  HOWEVER!  The ride had barely begun when I realized the error of my ways. lol  It whipped around faster than I remembered and my neck was not very happy.  All of my grand kids got a big kick out of grandma riding a roller coaster, and my son got a small video clip of me on it.  You can't really hear it that well, but I am yelling out  HUGE MISTAKE!! lol much to the delight of my husband and son.  Here are some of the best pics of the day...


FROM LEFT TO RIGHT....VINNY, JD, CODY, CAPRI AND DONATELLA

NEVER SAW ANY OTHER CHARACTERS BUT DONALD...BUT HE WORKED, LOL

THE KIDS LOVED THIS ONE...I HAVE HATED IT FOR YEARS, LOL


BOTH CODY AND VINNY GOT A BIG KICK OUT OF THE STORM TROUPERS

SWEET VINNY WAS THE ONLY ONE WHO RODE THIS

TELLA IS MY YOUNGEST SON'S DAUGHTER, AND CODY IS MY OLDEST SON'S...THEY ARE 11 DAYS APART IN AGE.  THEY WERE INSEPARABLE ON THE DAY...SOO CUTE TOGETHER

VINNY ON THE CARS

THEY ALL ENJOYED THE SHOOTING RANGE

THE CASTLE LIT UP AT NIGHT
THUNDER MOUNTAIN

NOT SURE HOW HUBBY MANAGES TO RIDE THIS THING, BUT HE ENJOYED IT!






Tues I spent relaxing and recovering from our day at the Magic Kingdom, and then the rest of the week I spent at my sewing machine.  I am trying to finish up a patriotic quilt, which I have always wanted for some reason.  Then...I also decided to make up a patriotic wall hanging for the wall on our front porch.  I had swore I would NEVER make up this pattern again as I struggled so with it the first time, but I really liked the idea of it on the front porch, so I decided to try again  This time I followed the directions a lot more carefully, and watched the video tutorial on it a couple of times as well.  It went MUCH better this time and I actually enjoyed it this time round.  It's still not perfectly flat (I have a hard time with bias) and there's a couple of other "flaws" but all in all I am pleased.   My first one I would have given a C-, and this one was a good strong B, lol.  OH!  And I ran short of fabric on my quilt and had to order some to finish off the top and bottom borders.  If I wasn't such a clown when it comes to math this would have never happened, but it did.  Who knew quilting involves soo much math!  Let me show you these....I will hopefully get the rest of the fabric for the quilt today and finish this off so I can get both pieces to the quilters tomorrow so I can finish them off in time for the 4th of July!





Looking forward to the week-end.  It's supposed to cool off into the low 70's and I am totally looking forward to it.  I don't feel like super hot weather just yet.  Hope you all have a good week-end.  I am off now to do some much needed visiting.  Blessings to you all, Debbie

Saturday, June 9, 2018

CATCH UP....AGAIN!

I just can't seem to get back on board blogging.  I REALLY wish I had not let myself go to that place where I laid it aside, as it just seems as though I can't make myself be disciplined about it anymore.  And NOT that blogging needs to be a disciplined thing, but rather something for enjoyment and record keeping, but at the same time it does require "ATTENTION"...lol.

Sooo I guess I decided to TRY and catch up a bit with some things that I do want to be in my blog books....Sooo lets see.  We did go out to Melody's in late May.  We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves as always, and managed to stay several days this time which was nice.  Little Sam graduated from kindergarten and that was fun.  They are all getting sooo old and soo sweet.  Here are a few pics from our visit....

HERE THEY ARE ALL SPORTING THEIR NEW SUMMER PJ'S I MADE FOR THEM TO BRING ON THE TRIP...THEY ARE ALL GETTING SOO BIG

HOW CUTE ARE THEY?  

BEFORE ONE OF OUR LITTLE TIMES OUT WHEN WE WERE THERE

WE WENT TO A MUSEUM ONE DAY WHILE WE WERE THERE WHICH HAD A LOT OF HANDS ON EXHIBITS FOR THE KIDS.  THEY ALL ENJOYED IT

I LOVE THIS PICTURE OF MY GIRL AND HER SWEET BOY LUKE.  HE JUST FINISHED UP PRE-K AND HAD SUCH A GOOD YEAR.  HIS TEACHER TOLD MY DAUGHTER HE IS EVERYBODY'S BEST FRIEND.  HE WON THE "HEART OF DAVID" AWARD AS HE ALWAYS SHOWS SUCH LOVE FOR EVERYONE.  
 And I have made a couple of quilts.  One for my brother's new grandson...NiXon, and one for my niece Katie.  Let me show you both of these real quick...

THIS IS KATIE'S....SHE WANTED TO BE "COVERED" IN SCRIPTURES SO I FOUND SOME EMBROIDERY DESIGNS AND ADDED THEM TO SOME LOG CABIN BLOCKS AND CAME UP WITH THIS.  ALL HER FAVORITE COLORS AND FABRIC CHOICES....I REALLY LOVE HOW THIS CAME OUT.

I MADE THE BACKING OUT OF A SOFT CREAM COLORED MINKY.  I ESPECIALLY LOVE THE WAY YOU COULD SEE THE QUILTING THIS WAY, IN ADDITION TO THE FACT IT JUST MAKES IT WARMER AND COZIER

CLOSE UP LOOK AT SOME OF THE QUILTING AND FABRICS....
 All the following pictures are close ups on some of the embroidery designs...I found some really cute designs and then used coordinating threads and fabrics to make them up.  Soo much fun.







THIS IS NIXON'S QUILT





When we were at Mike and Melody's they gave us a big screen TV that they had gotten through some promotional thing and didn't have any use for.  We brought it home with us which then of course caused a whole string of things that happened.  We had a DINOSAUR both wall unit and TV and we had been considering for a while updating both.  This just escalated things.  Now I LOVED my old wall unit, but it was solid oak and as such was super super heavy, and had I had anywhere else to put it, I would have.  Instead we went to quite a bit of work and effort just GIVING it away, lol.  And we had to have some one that collects junk come get our old TV as we couldn't sell it and NOBODY wanted it, lol.  It was soooo big and soooo heavy, but it did still work really well.  But it was what it was.  Well, then we needed a new TV stand/entertainment unit of some sort, and that led to moving other things and buying new chairs etc. etc. etc.  Sooo much for a "free" TV, lol.  Not that we weren't grateful for that as it works soooo well and we are enjoying it way more than I thought I would.  It took quite a bit of effort to pick out some new things, get them delivered, arrange and rearrange things in the rooms but finally we got it all together.  I couldn't be more pleased.  Let me show you our "new" look...

SOO HERE IS THE NEW TV CABINET/ENTERTAINMENT UNIT.  IT HAS A "FAKE" FIREPLACE WHICH WILL HEAT A 800 SQUARE FT ROOM IF YOU WANT IT TOO.  WE HAVE BEEN REALLY ENJOYING THE LOOK.  AND LOOK AT THAT TV PICTURE...WHO KNEW IT COULD BE SOO NICE?

FROM ANOTHER VIEW....THOSE TWO CHAIRS WERE IN OUR LIVING ROOM, BUT I JUST REALLY LIKED THE WAY THEY LOOKED IN HERE BETTER, AND IT PROVIDES THE ADDED SEATING CONVERSATION ROOM WE NEED WHEN FAMILY AND FRIENDS ARE OVER

ANOTHER VIEW FROM ANOTHER ANGLE INTO THE ROOM

AND STILL ANOTHER

LIVING ROOM THEN NEEDED TWO NEW CHAIRS AND THESE ARE THE TWO I PICKED.  THEY RECLINE WHICH IS NICE, AND THEY ARE SUPER COMFY

CLOSER LOOK

Well we are ready to get going on our day so I will post this for now  I am pretty close to catching up with all the things I wanted to post with the exception of a very recent visit from Melody's family here in California.  We are taking all of our youngest grandkids to Disneyland on Monday, so I will try and finish catching up with everything here on Tues.  Then I will TRY to do a much better job.  I have been reading most of your posts, though I haven't been doing much commenting.  I've truly missed you all.  Hope you are all off to a good start of your summers.  LOVE AND BLESSINGS to you all.....Debbie




Wednesday, March 28, 2018

HODGEPODGE WEDNESDAY


Decided to jump on the Hodgepodge today!  I am on a roll!  This is my second post within a week!  I've been soo bad about blogging, and I do miss it.  I am really wanting to do better but I am not going to stress myself, so when I am in the mood, I'll post I guess.  Anyway, join the other hodgepodgers by clicking on the pic below.






1.  What's a word that describes your life?  A word you wish described your life?  Hmmm I've given this more thought then you might think!  lol  I guess if I have to pick just one word (because there would be many I think!) I would say...blessed.  It's by no means perfect.  I've a list a mile long of aches, pains, problems, and sorrows, so don't think I am not struggling with my fair share.  But at the same time the things I have to be grateful for could take me many posts to explain.  So over-all?  Blessed for sure.  And a word that I wish described my life more?  I'd go with...active!  Now again, don't take me wrong.  I am busy, busy all day pretty much every day.  But my arthritis limits me more than I would like in the "active" department.  Most of my activities can happen easily from a chair, lol.  But at this point, I am grateful that my hands are still able to do pretty much whatever I want.

2.  Back in my day__________________?  We had to worry soo much less about our kids playing outside than parents do today.  I am totally amazed when I listen to some of my kids talk about how limited it has to be with the way things are today.  Your kids pretty much have to be in your sight at all times, and some things my kids did regularly would just be out.  My kids used to (in the summertime of course) go outside and get on their bikes or their skates and take off playing with neighborhood kids just showing up in time for lunch and dinner.  Now if they wanted to leave the neighborhood and go up to the corner store for ice cream or something they did have to ask my permission first.  But I don't remember many a time it wasn't granted.  The older ones looked out for the younger ones and they just kind of lived outside.  Swimming was another permission item but it happened almost everyday somewhere.  There were countless games of baseball, basketball, and kickball played everyday.  All us "at home moms" knew each other and we all kind of watched out for them all too, and talked among ourselves as to what they might be up to.  Today's world is so different.  Soo many mom's work.  Sooo many kids are in the house and on computer games and phones for entertainment.  "Disappearing" outside for the day is truly just a thing of the past.  How sad that is to me in some ways.  Kids were more independent, more self reliant.  I hear the phrase, "I'm bored" frequently!  My kids knew never to utter those two words as it meant a chore was assigned before they could blink, lol.  Sorry, as always my answers are WAY too long.  lol

3.  When it comes to takeout are you more likely to opt for Italian, Mexican, or Chinese food?  Does a typical week at your house include takeout?  I guess I will go with Mexican, though I don't know if it is Mexican in the traditional sense.  It's El Pollo loco.  They have a chicken bowl that's really pretty good.  And no, takeout for us does not happen very often at all.

4.  Think about the people you most respect.  What is it about them that earned your respect?  I think it would be in the way they treat others.  Always respectfully and with love.  They don't gossip or engage in negative talk about others.  They are strong, mature Christians and conduct their lives as a true testament to Jesus.

5.  What's something your friends might see and say is "so you"?  Sewing machine...hand made baby clothes...Spending soo much of my time sewing baby clothes, lol.  I made a summer romper yesterday for my new great nephew Davis.  I have been seeing the pattern used all over facebook and Instagram and I just couldn't resist making one of these up.  It was fun and a quick and easy sew.  And a "new" challenge as well.  I had never made a shirt or romper that had the front placket before and I really wanted to try it.  Way easier than I thought so now I don't have to avoid them, lol..



6.  Insert your own random thought here.  I am doing this Tues morning and I have a busy day ahead.  I am about to head out to Newport to get my hair done, and then this afternoon a group of high school girls has been gathering here for bible study.  I honestly did not plan on this group and am still amazed that they asked me to lead this considering they are 17 and 18 and I am 63!  lol  But I SOO enjoy not only looking into God's word together, but seeing it through the eyes of such young women.

Hope you all have a good week!  Blessings to you all!  Debbie
















Thursday, March 22, 2018

THE SIP AND SEE,,,,,


Well here we are to spring, and TWO full months since my last post....I have been very busy with all of my usual things...sewing, grandkids, housework, sewing, bible study, re-decorating my house, and oh did I mention sewing?  It seems as if the longer it gets between posts, the less likely it seems I will continue at all.  And yet...I DO miss blogging.  I come on and read YOUR posts way more often than you might think, because I seldom comment anymore, which is difficult for me as I do feel like I've always got something to say.  But today I woke up without a whole lot on my agenda, rain falling outside which makes me want to just stay put, and a full on desire to TRY and catch things up a bit.  I've no idea if anyone at all will read this as I've been sooo absent from the blogging world, but I REALLY want certain things to be documented in my books, so here I am.  Truthfully I am not even sure where to start.  I guess I will just tell you about the Sip and See I had here for my niece Jessie a week ago.



I have no idea if I mentioned that my niece Jessica (who is not only Melody's cousin but life long best friend as well...not to mention my hair dresser) adopted a sweet baby boy they named Davis John last Oct.  They already have a son, Weston, who I have probably mentioned a time or two before as well.  So my sister Danae (Jessica's mother) and I decided to throw her a party to celebrate this new baby, and welcome him into this family.  Melody decided to bring Claire and fly out for the party, and trust me I couldn't have been more elated.  They were here for 4 days which was just wonderful.  Jessica's brothers and a couple of my sons, plus my other sisters and their kids and grandkids all gathered, and it was just such a fun day.  Some of the cousins had not seen each other since my mother's funeral, which was almost 5 years ago now, so that was really nice.  It truly is scary sometimes how fast time goes.

I think I did mention that I made the quilt for the new baby's room.  I might have even shown it already, which if I did I am sorry.  I don't think I showed it all finished though, lol.  It was a lot of fun to make, and I enjoyed every minute of it.  Trust me, I look for reasons to make a quilt, or to make baby items, so it was a fun few weeks for me.

I MIGHT HAVE MENTIONED THAT SHE DID THE NURSERY IN BLACKS AND WHITES (with pops of red and mint green)  I MADE UP SOME OF THESE SQUARES, AND PLAYED AROUND WITH IT A LOT, BUT WAS VERY PLEASED WITH THE WAY IT CAME OUT

THE QUILTING ON THIS WAS DONE BY A FRIEND OF MINE WHO HAS HER OWN QUILT SHOP AS WELL.  SHE DOES A FANTASTIC JOB, AND I REALLY REALLY LIKE WHAT SHE DID WITH IT

THE BACKING WAS DONE IN THESE CUTE LITTLE CLOUDS. 
 And then....I had bought a "panel" which is a printed picture or saying on a piece of cotton lycra knit from my favorite shop well over a year ago.  At the time, Jessica was going through fertility treatments trying soo hard to conceive another baby, and I bought it in hopes that God would answer her prayer.  Well, He did answer her prayer with the coming of baby Davis.  Soooo I wanted somehow to incorporate that panel into something for the baby.  I originally thought maybe a nightgown.  But as it turns out I heard through the grapevine that Jessica is not really fond of nightgowns, and plus, they don't really last very long.  I decided after a lot of thought to make a pillow out of it.  She can put it into the nursery somewhere (plus the colors were black and white so that helped a lot) and keep it for a while to remind her of God's goodness.  I ironed a pretty heavy interfacing onto the back of the panel to help it be stiff enough to work for a pillow (the knit was pretty thin and soft...like a tee shirt) and went from there.  I used some of the fabric from the quilt, and pulled in some of the mint green too.  Let me show you...

I LOVE THIS BIBLE SCRIPTURE, THOUGH THE WORDS HAVE BEEN CHANGED FROM I TO WE!  
I PUT HIS NAME ON AND ADDED A DECORATIVE STITCH FOR SOME OF THE QUILTING.  I HAD ALSO ADDED A LAYER OF BATTING TO GIVE THE FRONT JUST A LITTLE MORE UMPH...BUT THE REST OF IT WAS JUST STITCH IN A DITCH

HERE IT IS WITH THE FINISHED QUILT

I made her a few more things, some of which I KNOW I've already shown you, but here they are again...lol

THESE TWO PICS GOT REVERSED BUT OH WELL, LOL.  THIS IS THE BACK OF ONE OF THE TEETHERS WHICH IS MADE OUT OF A SOFT TERRY CLOTH.  THEY ARE MADE WITH AN ORGANIC BIRCH-WOOD TEETHING RING AND THEN YOU JUST TIE THE FABRIC ON.  IT CAN BE TAKEN OFF AND WASHED, AND I GUESS DAVIS IS REALLY ENJOYING HIS

FRONT

PRETTY SURE I ALREADY SHOWED YOU THESE LITTLE BASKETS.  I STORED THE LITTLE TOYS AND TEETHERS I MADE IN ONE, AND SOME OF THE BIBS IN THE OTHER. SHE HAS SOMEWHAT OF A LLAMA THEME IN THE NURSERY AS WELL
 
BURP CLOTHS
MORE TEETHERS

LEGGINGS...SOFT AND COMFY

TOY...ALREADY HAD THIS EMBROIDERY DESIGN, AND ALL THE FABRIC AND RIBBONS TO MAKE THIS, SO WHY NOT?

SHOWED HIM BEFORE TOO.  THIS IS A NEW EMBROIDERY DESIGN

SOME OF THE BIBS...I ACTUALLY MADE A FEW MORE.  THEY CAN BE MADE WITH LITTLE PIECES OF FABRICS (MANY WHICH I HAD IN MY STASH)...THE FLIP SIDES ARE DONE WITH TERRY CLOTH SO THEY WILL BE ABSORBENT, AND A SNAP FINISHES THEM OFF.  DAVIS HAS QUITE THE ISSUE WITH SPITTING UP, SO HE GOES THROUGH SEVERAL A DAY OF THESE.

MY SISTER DANAE BOUGHT THIS FABRIC AND ASKED ME TO MAKE UP A FEW MORE BIBS AND TEETHERS AND LEGGINGS, BECAUSE HONESTLY YOU CAN'T HAVE ENOUGH OF ANY OF THESE ITEMS.  I GUESS FOOD PRINTS ARE VERY TRENDY AND POPULAR RIGHT NOW AND JESSICA REALLY LIKED THESE PRINTS TOO

MY SISTER ALSO BOUGHT THIS FABRIC BUT I ADDED THE BLACK ON THE ONE SIDE OF THE FRONT JUST BECAUSE I THOUGHT IT LOOKED PRETTY CUTE.  I ALSO ADDED THE LITTLE POCKET.  I TOOK THIS BEFORE THE SNAPS WERE ADDED THOUGH AND THE ONE I HAVE WITH THE SNAPS ON DOESN'T SHOW THE ROLLED CUFFS, LOL, SO I JUST DECIDED TO POST THEM BOTH
SNAPS....THE BACK OF THE ROMPER IS ALL THE MILK PRINT

Sooo here are a few pics of the day, and the time spent with Mel and Claire...

MEL (in the blue) AND JESS IN FRONT OF THE DESSERT TABLE   GUESS I DIDN'T TAKE A CLOSE UP PIC OF THE CUPCAKES AND COOKIES WHICH IS JUST A SHAME AS THEY WERE JUST DARLING

STAR OF THE SHOW


DAVIS AND I

MISS CLAIRE

SHE IS NOTHING LIKE HER MAMA AS SHE IS SUCH A GIRLY GIRL, AND MEL WAS ALL TOM BOY TILL SHE WAS 14 YEARS OLD, LOL...OH HOW I ENJOYED HER

BE STILL MY HEART


CAPRI, JEFFIE, AND JD...A FEW OF MY GRANDS

CODY, PRISCILLA, TELLA, AND VINNY....A FEW MORE


SOME OF THE OLDER COUSINS

EACH OF MY SISTERS AND I HAVE ONE DAUGHTER A PIECE.  HERE WE ALL ARE...FROM LEFT TO RIGHT..JESSICA AND DANAE, MEL AND ME, KATIE AND DONNA, AND DIANE AND MICHELLE
Well this is long enough (if your even still here, lol) so I will close for now.  I have a few more things to catch you up on which I will try and do another post soon and do just that.  I hope to get around this afternoon and catch up on the rest of you as well.  Sooo many blessings to you all!  Debbie