Thursday, February 26, 2015

GRATEFUL THURSDAY!


I haven't written a Thankful Thursday post in ever so long and is LONG overdue, so I decided to jump right in this morning and get it done.  One thing I have managed to learn over the years is that a thankful heart IS a happy heart.  And I try my best to remember that and keep my focus and heart centered on the many blessings that are all around us. Sooo let's see.  Should I go with the big or the small or a combination of both?  lol  I think I will concentrate on just this day.

Today I am thankful for this BEAUTIFUL weather we've been enjoying this week.  Just about perfect in my opinion.  Cool brisk mornings, and warm sunny afternoons.  I am sitting here in my chair by the window with it wide open while a breeze that is brisk enough to make me drape my quilt over my lap sifts through.  Now some most  people I know would probably think it's TOO cool and would close that window, but it is honestly one of my favorite times of day and I love listening to the birds sing to each other all around me.  I even love to have my legs and feet covered in my quilt while I sit typing on my laptop sipping my tea.  The window in our bedroom has not been shut once since I finally turned off the air conditioning in late Oct.  Even when it rained.  I love hearing it (soo rare anyway!) and I REALLY love snuggling under the comforter with my nose nice and cold when we sleep.  And oh, how grateful I am that my husband likes it this way too!  Which brings me to my hubby, and how grateful I am for him.  I was thinking that yesterday afternoon again.  How grateful I am for his presence in my life right now.  Someone who shares my everyday ups and downs and whose mind and heart so mirror my own.  Is as eager to discuss our kids, our grandkids, and our simple pleasures as much as I am.  I am a very spoiled woman I have to say and at times I wonder how in the world I have ended up so blessed in this department, but I just am.  I never want to take that for granted.  Then of course there are my kids and my grandkids, but surely that goes without saying.  So I will get a little more specific.  My middle son was laid off from his job last Wednesday. The Company that he worked for has been struggling for quite a while so it didn't come as a total shock, but still it wasn't exactly good news.  However, as of yesterday afternoon, he has offers from 3 different places to chose from!  How grateful we all are!  We gave our opinions and advice over the phone last night as he shared the different possibilities, and then prayed with him that he might make the right decision for his future.  And then, I am so grateful that my daughter is being blessed with a little girl.  Now she is already a VERY blessed woman and a third little boy would have been just as loved I am very sure, but I am grateful that she is getting the desire of her heart just as I did 28 years ago when she was born. There's nothing quite like your kids being happy that brings joy to your heart is there?  Which makes me see how our happiness and joy is soo important to our heavenly Father as well.  Hard sometimes to wrap our heads around the fact He loves us with a much greater and more perfect love then we could ever love our own children.  How grateful I am for that!  And for His presence in my life that always brings me peace and comfort.  I have a feeling I could go on and on but I will stop here.  I am meeting my sister Diane today at Hobby Lobby for a little fabric shopping and lunch.  Soo grateful for those days and times with her too.  So guess that's it for now.  Hope you all have a good day and look for those blessings that bring you joy!  Debbie

You can join the others HERE who are sharing their grateful hearts too!



Wednesday, February 25, 2015

WEDNESDAY HODGEPODGE


It's time for the HODGEPODGE.  Join the fun...you'll be glad you did!



1.  Did you watch the Oscars?  How many of the Best Picture nominees have you seen? (American Sniper, Birdman, Selma, The Grand Budapest Hotel, the Imitation Game, The Theory of Everything, and Whiplash.   Yes, I did watch the Oscars.  We had seen quite a few of them....American Sniper, Selma, The Imitation Game, and The Theory of Everything.

Do you think actors should use their acceptance speeches as an opportunity to promote their political and/or social agenda?  Does that sort of speech make you more or less inclined to change the channel?  No, I don't think it is the time or the place for it.  But then I didn't listen to many of the acceptances.  We let the show get WAY WAY ahead and then we fast foward through most of what either didn't catch our interest or was annoying, lol.  The thing that amazed me the most was Lady Gaga.  Oh my goodness....what a beautiful voice!  Who knew?

2.  Speaking of the movies...are you comfortable going to a movie alone?  How about dinner in a restaurant (not fast food, but an actual restaurant)? The second half of the question was posed by Carrie who blogs over at It's Not Easy Being Queen.  Thanks Carrie!  I am totally comfortable doing both, and have, but not often.  It's just more enjoyable with company.

3.  What's the last home repair or home improvement project you had to pay someone to complete?  In hindsight was this a project you could have done yourself?  Well, I guess the last home project we PAID to have someone do was all the work we had done on this house before we moved in.  And no, there was NO WAY we could have done it ourselves.  There are a few things coming up that we are going to tackle ourselves.  If I had it my way, we'd pay to have them done.  But hubby can't bear to when he knows he can still do them.  My feeling is his work week is long and stressful and he needs to relax on the week-ends not paint and repair things.  I have a feeling I will lose this battle though!

4.  Have you ever had Indian food?  Like it or no?  If you're a fan, what's your favorite dish?  Have you ever prepared this yourself at home?  Is there an Indian restaurant in your current hometown? Nope never had it.  Doubt I'd be  fan.  Don't have a favorite obviously.  Nor of course have I prepared it.  There might be a restaurant as there are SOOOOO many around us, but I have never looked.  I am pretty sure it and my tummy would not get along.  

5.  A song that reminds you of your parents?  Pretty much anything by Dean Martin, or by  the Tijuana Brass.  Can still see them dancing to all of these.

6.  The 26th of February is National Tell a Fairy Tale Day.  What's your favorite, or one of your favorite fairy tales?  Do you have any childhood memories associated with a particular fairy tale? Well I guess one of my favorites is Sleeping Beauty.  But I also love Beauty and the Beast.  Nope, don't have any really childhood memories with any of them.  

7.  What's a problem you solved yesterday?  Well lets see.  I was making the bed skirt for the coming new babies nursery.  I didn't have enough fabric to make the stripe at the bottom as big as the pattern called for.  Plus I didn't really want it that big anyway.  So I had to figure out how big I COULD make it to not only get the look I wanted, but to have enough of the fabric.  There was no going to buy more of it either as I bought it at the store that closed down and I had NO idea who it was even by to try getting it somewhere else.  Math IS NOT MY STRONG POINT!  Can't emphasize that enough, lol.  However I did figure it out and it came out perfectly.  

8.  Insert your own random thought here....I don't have any random thoughts right now.  How weird is that for me?  lol  My mind is on the rag doll I am still contemplating making and how I might go about it.  That's about as random as I get, lol

Hope you all are having a good week!  Blessings to you all!  Debbie



Monday, February 23, 2015

OUR TYPICAL WEEK-ENDS!

Good morning!  This will probably be short as I don't have too much new to mention, so it will be just one of those rambling, "what did she say?" kind of posts, lol.

I took my quilt to the quilters on Friday.  It was different in that the quilt store that had become my new favorite has ALSO shut down their doors.  Stars and Scrapes.  Well actually they didn't close down altogether, but they are moving to a new location and they have not opened up their new doors. However, I had exchanged many a text message with the gal that did the quilting for me and asked her what her story was.  She is still doing quilting so I could either send her the quilt in the mail or drive it over.  I chose to drive it over.  Well....don't know about repeating that.  It might depend on how well this comes out as she IS the best price I have found.  But she wasn't exactly around the corner.  Not that the store was either which was where I was taking the quilting in the past, but her home is even further.  Anyway, on top of that she was wrapping up a cold (or so she said!) though it seemed to me that she was knee deep in one.  She was practically without a voice and coughed an alarming cough a couple of times.  I wanted to put a mask on and possibly some gloves and get out of there as soon as possible.  We discussed design, thread, backing etc. and I left as quickly as I could. I touched NOTHING (I even let her open the door for me when I was leaving) and when I got into the car I quickly used my antibacterial lotion I carry in my purse and gave my hands a good scrub.  The quilt of course will be washed a couple of times as well before it goes anywhere.  Might sound a little paranoid I guess but I can't tell you how many horrible colds and flu's have been going around out here and I want to continue to escape.  They seem to just hang on forever to whoever falls victim to them as well. I will tell you frankly it is one of my pet peeves.  WHY? do people refuse to realize that they are contagious and continue to go out and about or mention that they are under the weather? Now I realize of course that sometimes you just have to go out.  And you may not be sick enough to be in bed and life goes on etc.  But this woman was sick!  She should have mentioned to me that I might want to give it a week or so before I came to her house.  At least given me an option to decide rather or not I wanted to expose myself.  I KNOW I would have mentioned it.  Enough about that! lol Anyway....it should be done in a week.  

Sat hubby and I had a slow leisurely morning (how we love our Sat. mornings!) and then decided where to lunch (it is pretty much our routine) and what movie we might want to see (another one of our regular activities).  We picked sushi and McFarmland USA.  I thoroughly enjoyed it.  It had almost all of what I think makes a good movie.  Starred Kevin Costner first of all who might be one of my very favorites.  Based on a true story and I always enjoy that for some reason.  And then it was a sport movie....we are now gathering speed on what I like.  Then, it was what I call a "diligent worker movie" haha.  Which means the stars work hard and against great odds and are successful in whatever they are struggling with.  All in all a good movie that I would recommend.  After that we grocery shopped (ANOTHER regular Sat. activity) and spent the rest of the day parked in our favorite spots watching our shows on TV, visiting and chatting away.  It's what we call a perfect Sat.  lol  Doesn't take a whole lot to entertain us.

Sun was pretty routine too.  We traveled down to San Diego and went to church, and he was ESPECIALLY anointed yesterday.  Just soo good.  After service and fellowshipping for a while we all went out to lunch at Mike's BBQ.  We sat around and visited for quite a while and then headed back home.  We go almost all the way home before the rain started up so that worked well for us. And then we sat down and watched the Academy Awards until we tumbled into bed.  It was OK.  A little long (isn't it always?) We have not seen Bird Man and I was kind of surprised it won.

And that, for anyone whose interested, is pretty much our usual typical week-end.  lol.  I guess I could just skip these posts and say, we had our usual week-end, but then what would be the fun in that?  Hubby did manage to fix my lap top so I am back on my newer computer.  Thank goodness! The old one was really starting to get to me.  Most of the numbers didn't work.  I couldn't use my parentheses (and I ALWAYS seem to use them! lol) And the period key is missing altogether.  Oh, and the shift keys don't work either.  lol.  I think you get the point.  Anyway, I am grateful.

It rained quite a bit in the night, but the sun is out and shinning brightly this morning.  I was kind of hoping we'd get some more rain.  Oh well, grateful for what we did get! I plan on making the bed skirt for the crib this week, and the crib sheets, and possibly even the pillow. And I have a couple of new quilts I want to get started on (for me!) and found some new patterns for summer pj's for the boys.   Plenty to keep me very busy.  I hope you all have good week!  Blessings to you all!  Debbie


Thursday, February 19, 2015

THE FINISHED BABY QUILT


Well  I have had another such relaxing, S L O W week that I could "almost" feel guilty, haha. Seriously though it has been really nice.  The weather has been almost perfect as well.  Nice, warm, with cool gentle breezes blowing.  We are suppose to get a little rain this week-end and I am really hoping it happens as California is sooo parched and desperate for moisture.  I have taken my time and S L O W L Y pieced together the quilt top for the baby.  I experimented around with a couple of different looks, and at one point was using maybe 5 different shades of mint, which is the main color she wants in the nursery. I made some pinwheels, and some hour glasses, and some plain blocks and some with sashing and some without, and with cornerstones and without cornerstones, before we finally settled on just two different shades of mint, with plain mint sashing and coral cornerstones. She is pulling in splashes of coral in the nursery but doesn't want too much. Pale grey and off white are the neutral colors used.   We had soo much fun designing this.  It's a very simple quilt and not that large.  About 44 by 44.  So let me show you....

I STARTED WITH  EIGHT BY EIGHT BLOCKS AND THEY FINISHED AT 7 BY 7 BY THE TIME I HAD MADE THE HOUR GLASSES AND SQUARED THEM UP...CAN'T SEE THE FABRICS VERY WELL IN THESE PHOTOS BUT WHAT APPEARS TO BE WHITE IS ACTUALLY WHITE WITH TINY LIGHT GREY FLOWERS.  AND THEN THERE ARE TWO DIFFERENT PRINTED MINT FABRICS.  TWO OF THE BLOCKS WERE JUST ONE FABRIC COLOR, AND THE OTHER BLOCK WAS A MIXTURE OF THE TWO FABRICS, BASICALLY GIVING ME 3 DIFFERENT BLOCKS TO WORK WITH


I CROPPED THE PICTURE AND MANAGED TO GET CLOSE ENOUGH YOU CAN SEE THE FABRICS BETTER.  I FLIPPED THEM AROUND SO IT WENT A SOLID COLOR AND THEN A MIXED AND THEN ALSO SO THE LIGHT GREY AND WHITE WAS ALWAYS NEXT TO A COLOR





JUST ANOTHER ANGLE

HERE IT IS UP AGAINST THE BANNER THAT WILL HANG SOMEWHERE IN THE NURSERY, AND THE SCRIPTURE PICTURE I MADE.  THE BACKGROUND OF THE SCRIPTURE PICTURE IS THE SAME GREY AND WHITE ONE IN THE QUILT.  IT ALL REALLY MATCHES WELL I THINK

AND THEN SHE BROUGHT HOME ONE OF THE CENTERPIECES FROM THE SHOWER AND WILL USE THIS SOMEWHERE IN THE ROOM TOO.  AGAIN, SUCH A GOOD MATCH!

Anything that was breakable she received at the sprinkle she left with me and I will bring when we come when the baby is born.  They are busy painting the nursery and moving things around in preparation.  Luke is going to join Sam in his bedroom in a big boy bed eventually, but probably not until the baby is ready to leave Mel's room once she is sleeping the night at around 3 months or so. So several more months for Luke to grow and mature.   Meanwhile Sam is beside himself with excitement over Luke sleeping in his room.  Told his mama, "We don't need to wait for Luke's new bed....he can just sleep in mine with me.  There's lots of room."  haha  I have a feeling it will be a L O N G wait for little Sam.  And probably more then one "play session" to break up once they are finally together when Luke moves into the big bed from the crib when they are put to bed at night. But they are soo cute together, and are really starting to play together more and more as Luke has gotten older.  Sam especially is such a social little guy.  Very outgoing and friendly and constantly wants to be around kids.  He is very much like his parents is the truth of it, and I guess Lukey is proving to be just the same.  They have somewhat settled on a name.  Well, let me rephrase that, lol.  They have decided it will either be Claire Juliet, or Juliet Claire. I love them both!  But she thinks she might have to wait for a look at her to decided who she will be.  I had the HARDEST time of all naming Melody.  We honestly just couldn't settle in.  The boys were easy.  But not Mel.  I had leaned very heavily towards Summer most of the pregnancy.  She was to be born in the middle of summertime and it just seemed perfect.  But for some reason I felt a "Summer" had to be a blonde, and when she was born her head was covered in dark brown hair.  Of course a month later it all fell out and she's been super blonde every since, lol.  Then I wanted to name her Melanie, or Melissa or maybe even Mandy.  But on the 4th day after she was born and we were ready to go home, we had to fill in the birth certificate before we could leave, when it suddenly occurred to me.  She was a Melody!  She would be the music in our lives that we'd been wanting and missing, and so she was Melody Joy. Might sound kind of corny, but honestly that was my thought process, lol.  Oh, and btw, NEVER did it occur to me that everyone would call her Mel.  lol  Soooo all this to say I do get how they can't seem to settle on a name for her....been there and done that.

I am bringing the quilt to the gal who has done my quilting for me and I am anxious to get it back so I can see it finished up.  The backing will be a creamy off white Minky, and the binding is a soft coral and white print.  She said it should take about a week. Meanwhile it's onto the bed skirt.  We are going with the same mint as the sashing in the quilt, with a solid 2 inch stripe of coral at the bottom. It has two pleats.  I made this same pattern for Jessie, and it is an easy one.  Then a couple, or maybe 3, crib sheets and that part will be all done. The sheets are the easiest of all.  Take maybe a half hour to whip together.  Then I am going to "play" some more.  A pillow and some stuffed animals will be made out of all the left over fabric and scraps, and what I really want to try my hand at is a rag doll. But we will see, lol.  I've still got plenty of time God willing.  I do have a gift or two to make in March as well, so I am sure I will be plenty busy.  I never stop being grateful that the Lord has seen fit to bless me with this season in my life.  Where I am free to create at my machine for hours at a time if I want to, and nap if it so strikes me, and have lunch with a long time girl friend, which is what I did yesterday, and spend time with my grandbabies, and read a book, chat on the phone with my sisters, and just generally live a life that brings me such simple joy.  We all know how quickly things can change and who knows how long this might be the case.  But for now I intend to take full advantage of it, and hopefully bless others along the way with what I can make.  Hope you all enjoy your week-ends.  MANY blessings to you all!  Debbie





Monday, February 16, 2015

WEEK-END WRAP UP

Well hope you all had a nice Valentine's week-end.  We had a very nice relaxing one over here.
After our usual Sat. morning morning coffee/chat time we decided we'd have a nice "Valentines" lunch out.  And we hit the restaurant by 11:30 figuring we needed to beat the crowds.  Trust me here in So California...and probably most places...everyone eats out on Valentine's Day, lol.  We went to the Cheesecake factory and I had a delicious salad.   Then we went and saw the movie The Imitation Game.  We both thought it was a pretty good movie.  It did strike me that it is honestly sooo hard to imagine what in the world it would be like to have been born with such an amazing mind.  I usually enjoy movies that are based on a true story and this was no exception.  After that we did our grocery shopping and headed home where we spent pretty much the rest of the day on the couch and easy chair in front of the TV watching old movies.  Perfect day for us...And yesterday we headed down to San Diego for church as usual and after service took little Donatella to celebrate a little with her for her sixth birthday.  She is our Valentine's baby.  Can't hardly believe she and little Cody are both already six!  We have decided since we have been blessed with soo many grandbabies that it is just the best to get one at a time with them to ourselves for a little while and let them feel pampered and focused on if only for a brief time.  This particular little girl has quite the relationship with her beloved "Grampy" lol.  Right from the start she has felt the sun rises and sets in his presence, and has the hardest time sharing his attention with her siblings. Or with anyone or anything else for that matter.  She has been known to say, "Grampy you have been watching football for HOURS and talking to everyone but me!"  haha. Anyway, we felt pretty certain she would love some one on one time.  So we started right after church by letting her chose where we lunched, and then we'd move on with a trip to the toy store so she could pick out her own present.  That worked really well with Cody and may just be our new routine for birthday's.  She picked pizza for lunch so we went to BJ's and she had her pizza and grandma picked yet another delicious salad.  Then it was on to Toy's R Us.  She could hardly contain herself.  Now at this point I had one of my knees that was giving me some grief so I turned them loose in the store on their own and waited for them in the car.  Well let's just say that might have been a mistake.  First of all Grampy is a pushover which all of his kids and now grandkids are VERY aware of, lol.  Now that's not to say grandma is some toughie, but in comparison it might seem this way.  They were gone quite a while.  I was about to hobble in and see what was happening for myself when here they game carrying a pretty big bag with.....now if you can imagine this!!  a hello kitty DRUM set!  Can you imagine?  lol  I began thinking to myself, well our kids might be just a little uphappy with us over this, lol.  But upon inspection I see that it is just a drum...not a SET of drums...and a harmonica, a tambourine, and pair of shaking canasta's... he was also talked into a game of hungry, hungry hippo.  Tella was beside herself with excitement though I will say, lol. We headed back to their house after that where they had set up for a little party with all her little girlfriends. They were to dress up like princesses and get to put on makeup and feast on cupcakes and snacks.  Sounded perfect to her.  We left before the festivities began and so far haven't heard IF the drum and other musical instruments have been enjoyed by all, lol.  We got home and we spent the rest of the late afternoon and evening pretty much the way we had the day before.  This week I am ready to get started on the babies quilt.  I intend to do just a simple hour glass pattern so it should go together pretty quickly.  Looking ahead at the weather for this week it looks like it is going to be just gorgeous.  Somewhere in the mid to high 70's all week.  Goodness I do feel badly sometimes when I see what some of you battle, but then again California weather is one of it's big selling points.  I could go on to mention all of it's flaws....but then what is the point of that? lol  Hope you all have a good week wherever you are, and may you experience many of His blessings! Debbie






CAN'T MISS THE ADORATION ON HER LITTLE FACE FOR GRAMPY


THEY PLAYED LIKE A BAJILLION GAMES OF TIC TAC TOE...

POSING BY HER DECS WITH  HER BIG BAG!

WANTING TO PLAY HUNGRY HIPPO

BIG BROTHER JD WAS READY TO PLAY WITH HER!

LOOKS FUN!

LOOKS LIKE VINNY JOINED ALL THE PRINCESSES

HAPPY BIRTHDAY SWEET GIRL!




Friday, February 13, 2015

THIS S L O W WEEKS WRAP UP


Well it's finally Friday afternoon, lol.  I don't remember a week in quite a while that seemed to go by this slowly.  Now don't get me wrong.  I enjoyed every minute of it.  I honestly just needed a little time that wasn't rushed and busy and full.  I did do some sewing but I took my time and didn't feel the least bit "hurried" about any of it.  I had myself a nap, or maybe even 2, lol, and caught up a bit on my leisure reading.  And yesterday I spent with my grandson's Cody and Jeffie celebrating Cody's sixth birthday a little late. They are both get out early on Thursday's from school so I picked them up there and we headed first to the movies to see Paddington the Bear.  They snacked on popcorn and icees, and we had the theater to ourselves.  After the movies I took them both for hair cuts.  And then we went to Toys R Us where Cody picked out his birthday presents.  Can't tell you how much I enjoyed them.  I intended to take their pics after their fresh hair cuts, but ended up forgetting.  Take my word for it....they were quite handsome!  Then since their mama works later on Thursday's I decided to take them to dinner too. I was totally impressed with how well they behaved and how good their manners were.  Makes such a difference doesn't it? I didn't get home until almost 7 but it was such a nice time.

There is something wrong with my new lap top so I am using my old one. Goodness I had forgotten just how many little annoyances this one has.  It won't type several different numbers, only 1 of it's shift keys works, it sticks all over the place and on and on the list goes.  But for now I am grateful I had a backup.

I have had me quite a time these last couple of days getting over Melody being gone again.  Won't see her of course until after she gives birth.  She and I talk via text every day several times a day, but enjoying an actual conversation on the phone is kind of rare anymore.  She has her hands a little full for that.  And when her hubby is indoors her focus is on him.  I think she might have gotten that from me, lol.  Her "boys" to include her hubby were sure glad to see her though too.  You would have thought she had been gone a week instead of 3 days.  This picture kind of says it all...

JUST SHEER JOY
I made a few bibs this week and I have decided to try something a little new....I have enough fabric left to duplicate every one that I made so I am going to offer them for sale and see if there is any interest.  I do not want to go to the trouble of setting up an Etsy shop, especially when I have no idea if after I sell these bib and hair tie combos I will ever even want to do it again, lol.  And that's IF they even sell at all.  Melody, who has like a bajillion friends most of whom are having babies or have babies, is going to post these on her Facebook and Instagram pages and see if we have any interest.  I am offering them here as well.  It's very difficult putting prices to things so I apologize if they seem unreasonably priced, lol.  I just know of course how much they cost me to make in the first place, and then of course there is shipping, and we won't even really consider my time.  But they have to be at least somewhat worth my while.  I looked around on Etsy and Instagram to see what things are going for, and then priced mine quite bit lower, lol.  I have no doubt I am going about this wrong and somewhat half heartily, but we will see.  IF any of you are interested let me know as my hubby has a PAY PAL account we can use.  Here they are....

OK HERE IS THE FIRST ONE...THIS BIB IS QUILTED IN WHITE DECORATIVE STITCHING AND HAS WARM AND NATURAL ON THE INSIDE FOR MORE ABSORBENCY.  THE BACK IS WHITE TERRY CLOTH.  THE LITTLE LABEL SO SWEET IS PUT ON WITH MACHINE STITCHING.  IT COMES WITH A MATCHING HAIR TIE BAND THAT IS SIZED FOR BABIES 0-3 MONTHS, THOUGH I COULD MAKE ONE BIGGER IF NEEDED.  THE BIBS CLOSE WITH SNAPS

LITTLE CLOSER VIEW

 ALL THE SAME THINGS AS THE FIRST SET THOUGH I USED A DARKER GREY THREAD TO QUILT IT WITH HERE 

LOVED THESE LITTLE LABELS

AND THIS ONE IS MY PERSONAL FAVORITE, LOL.  THE QUILTING HERE HAS BEEN DONE IN  A DARK PURPLE THREAD.    THE MATCHING HAIR TIE IS ALSO 0-3 MONTHS SIZED

CLOSER LOOK AT STITCHING AND LABEL

AND THIS IS THE BANDANNA BIBS THAT ARE SOO POPULAR RIGHT NOW.  THE YOUNG WOMEN SEEM TO LIKE THESE A LOT AND THIS IS MELODY''S PERSONAL FAVORITE.  I THINK THE OTHERS ARE WAY CUTER, BUT IT MIGHT JUST BE A GENERATIONAL THING,  THE HEADBAND AGAIN IS 0-3 BUT CAN BE MADE BIGGER.  THIS BIB IS REVERSIBLE AND YOU CAN SEE THE FABRIC ON THE FLIP SIDE AT THE TOP.  IT CLOSES BY JUST STICKING ONE OF THE ENDS THROUGH A BUTTON HOLE AND PULLING TILL IT STOPS.  SUPER EASY AND CUTE LOOK

I am going to ask for 20 dollars for the combo or I will sell separately if someone is just interested in one or the other.  The bibs on their own would be 15 dollars and 7 for the hair ties.

OK I guess that's it for now.  I am looking forward to the week-end though it's heated up here in So California these last few days and we are pushing ninety today.  A little too warm for me.  Not a lot of plans besides a birthday party on Sunday afternoon for my little Valentine's grand daughter Donatella.  Hope you all have a GOOD week-end, and enjoy your time with all of your Valentines! Blessings to you all!  Debbie



Tuesday, February 10, 2015

OUR 40TH ANNIVERSARY


I have managed to sift through pictures, download the wonderful ones my DIL took with our good camera, and put them together in a slide show.  Everything about the celebration went really, really, well and I am so glad we decided to go ahead and do this.  We debated all over the place as to the size and lavishness of this event, and I am soo glad now that we decided to keep it simple.  Back when we got married 40 years ago it was a very difficult time for my mom and dad.  My father had just recently decided he wanted to, shall we say, "move on" and had left my mom and moved in with a woman that he finally later married.  My mom was only in her early 40's and she spent a few years as a single mom (there were still 4 children left at home including my youngest sister who was only 5) before she married my wonderful step father whom she spent the rest of her life with.  But I am regressing horribly.  The point of this was to tell you my parents were in the midst of a pretty ugly divorce, and basically had no money for my wedding.  I was a VERY young (just barely 20) single mom myself and while still living at home had only managed to save a very small amount.  My hubby was freshly out of college and was supposedly just spending the summer in California before going back home to South Dakota to look for work and begin his life.  He was working that summer, but had not managed to do much more then support himself and get along.  Looking back at this no wonder my mother was horrified when we announced we were getting married.  To top it all off we had only known each other 3 months when we made this decision too.  We no doubt looked a little nuts.  However, let me tell you the pluses, lol.  We were both new Christians.  And we had both (like two weeks before we met) had prayed that we might meet someone who shared our beliefs whom we might be able to spend the rest of our lives with.  There was no doubt in either one of our minds that we had met just such a person.  We were both really ready for this step despite our young ages (he was 23) and knew that WITH God the rest of the "details" could be worked out.  So the first thing that happened was Jeff looked for a more permanent job and one that would provide a much better income and chances for advancement.  I did the same.  That was pretty quickly established and so then we set the date and moved forward.  We were going to have to pay for the entire wedding ourselves and unlike soo many couples in these days it seems, we never even considered not marrying because we didn't have the money for a big wedding.  It was all about the marriage, not the wedding. Things began to fall into place.  My mother's wonderful friend (who was a strong Christian and mentored me for the first few years of my Christian life) offered to make my wedding dress.  My aunt Carolyn offered her back yard for the reception, and got the wedding cake and some decorations for us.  My sweet grandmother put in money towards the food.  My girlfriends mothers made the bridesmaids and flower girl dresses and threw me a shower.  With our new paychecks we furnished (with thrift store and garage store finds) the basics we needed to get going, got an apartment and hubby moved in.  My point is we kept the wedding guests down to a VERY small number and did everything very inexpensively, and did without many things.  A professional photographer for one. But looking back I honestly just could not have been happier, and was soo excited to start my married life that it was all I could really focus on.  God blessed us in almost every way He could it seemed.  I only worked the first few months that we were married and then hubby landed a really good job and provided us with enough income that I quit my job and stayed home with our son.  I was pregnant by this time with our second child as well.  I never did go back to work full time.  I dabbled here and there when I wanted to, but the Lord blessed us financially and I never really had to.  I tell you all of this to tell you that in the back of my mind there has been a part of me that thought that maybe some day I would do it up big.  Have a large reception and invite everyone I would like to and have a DJ or a band (didn't have that the first time either) LOTS of flowers (we had to stick to plain white carnations) and maybe even take a nice "honeymoon" type time away as well.  We spent two days in Big Bear the first time with a car that was barely running, lol.  Sooo when our 40th anniversary was coming it seemed like this might be the time to finally do all of this.  But as we began to asses what this would really cost, the idea became less and less appealing.  Suddenly it was taking on the feel of a wedding reception, and I had already had my fun (and expense...mercy) doing that when our daughter married.  We then debated doing nothing at all and maybe just taking a trip away somewhere.  And then when we couldn't decide about that either so we thought maybe we should just have a nice dinner somewhere and call it a wrap, lol.  We finally decided (seriously with only 3 weeks to plan!) that we would have a very simple reception following a renewing of our vows inviting only family and people who had been in our wedding.  My son provided us with his churches fellowship hall to use and that gave us tables, chairs, linens, coffee makers, refrigerator etc. to use for free.  We decided to go with a "taco truck" for food.  And oh my was THAT ever a good decision btw.  They came to the hall, set up right outside the door and made tacos to personal order out of chicken, carne asada, pork or fish, rice, beans, chips and several different salsas, and quacamole, cheeses and all the fixings.  It was beyond tasty let me tell you.  Everyone loved it and honestly we ate way more then we probably should have (me at the head of that list) and still had enough left over to send home with a couple of my sons for their families.  They provided paper plates, napkins and forks too.  Then, we had a dessert table with cupcakes, cookies, and some candy.  To drink there was ice tea, lemonade, water, coffee, and several different soft drinks as well.  I did want ROSES, so we got white and red roses for centerpieces and to sit around as well.  Now I have to tell you that other then to say WHAT I wanted, I really did NOTHING else for this party.  My son James and his wife Larissa pretty much TOTALLY put the whole thing together.  They searched for the food and booked the taco truck and negotiated all the details for this.  Bought the flowers, made the arrangements themselves, had a friend who did the cupcakes and got the cookies and candy somewhere, don't even know where.  Decorated and set the whole thing up, and my son not only put together the slide show with the jumbled bag of old pictures I gave him, but also had to somehow darken and improve several of the photos that were faded and very old looking as well.  They framed and hung some of the pictures to sit around too.  And this was while they worked their own SUPER busy lives that consist of running the ministry of that church and all that is involved with that, working their 4 kids including an 18 month old baby and homeschooling the other 3, not to mention of course just day to day running of the house of such a large family.  How they did this honestly I don't even know.  And they were both relaxed and unstressed, and happy about it all.  I can tell you very seriously. if they had not stepped in and done this for us, none of this would have ever happened.  We provided them with the money we were willing to spend, and they worked very easily within that budget btw.  To say that I was grateful really just doesn't say enough.  I was thrilled with it all.  Soo now having told you all that, I will tell you about the day, lol.   Most of us went first to church service where James is starting a new study in the book of John.  It was soo good, and 6 people went forward to accept the Lord as their savor, and begin their Christian lives which set such a nice tone for the day.  After that we drove the short distance to the fellowship hall where the Taco truck was parked and the food was ready to eat and everything was all set up.  Larissa had left church a little early to get over there and handle that.  We all enjoyed our lunch and each other.  After the lunch we did the ceremony.  It was very special.  My son was hilariously funny at times as well as serious, and it was just perfect in my opinion.  After that my sister Diane gave a little speech as did my brother in law Greg and we all enjoyed a toast with a delicious sparkling cider in cute little glasses.  Then it was dessert time and again we just chatted and visited the afternoon away.  It was just soo nice.  A girl friend of mine (the one whose mother made the bridesmaid dresses)  and who was one of my bridesmaids, came and I had not seen her since Melody's wedding six years ago.  I spent a great deal of my time catching up with her.  We have been friends since we were 9 years old.  I have another friend who was also a bridesmaid whom I have also been friends with since I was 9 years old but she was not able to come. I still see her quite frequently though, so that's good.  All in all it will go down in my memory book as one of the best days ever.  And you know it struck me again how very little money (or the lack of it) has to do with a wedding.  Now don't get me wrong....I see absolutely NOTHING wrong with whipping open the check book and celebrating a marriage with a spectacular wedding.  My daughter's wedding was an example of how well I fit into that way of thinking.  What I mean is how it seems to me that soo many of the young people today think it is the ONLY way to get it done.  That somehow you MUST have all of these things.  That an elaborate (usually out of the country!) honeymoon has to be taken as well and so they save for years or hope that somehow the brides parents have set money aside for just such an event.  I honestly can't tell you how many times I have heard, "We can't afford to get married, so we are just waiting till we can."  Meanwhile they are already living together.  How is it they seem to have the money for a "marriage" so to speak, (the day to day living together) but can't marry for lack of money for the wedding itself?  It's really kind of sad.  That they think they are somehow cheated or deprived if they don't have the big wedding.  Well I have rambled WAY WAY too much, sorry, so I will now show you a few good photos on the day, and both the slide show my son put together for us, and the one I put together of the day.  (they are both reasonably short btw)  I do have to include some of the better pictures here so they will be documented in the books I make as of course the videos don't show there.  Enjoy, and blessings to you all!  Debbie

CAN'T TELL YOU HOW MUCH I LOVE THIS PICTURE!  ALL LOOKING AT CAMERA WITH SMILES ON OUR FACES AND DRESSED NICELY ETC.  IT WORKS FOR ME, LOL



MY OLDEST SON JOE AND HIS WIFE LEAH

MY MIDDLE SON JOHN AND HIS FIANCE JESSICA

MY YOUNGEST SON JAMES (SINCE IT WAS HIS WIFE TAKING PICTURES I DID NOT GET ONE OF THEM TOGETHER!)

JAMES AND HIS OLDEST DAUGHTER CAPRI

LARISSA AND JD

SOME OF THE GRANDS...CODY, CAPRI, JEFFIE, TELLA AND JD

LITTLE VINNY ENJOYING A CUPCAKE

AND DOZING IN HIS STROLLER RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF A NOISY LOUD GROUP, LOL  (NONE OF MY KIDS WOULD HAVE DONE THAT!)


RIGHT AFTER THE CEREMONY

KISS TIME

LOVE HIM

video

This little video gave me such a fight, lol, but it is on.  You can hit the full screen button on the right hand bottom side and it will go larger so you can see,  But remember, these are old UNPROFESSIONAL pics and the quality is not too good.


Click to play this Smilebox slideshow