Tuesday, May 26, 2015

OUR QUICK TRIP....

Well here we are...it's Tues morning and the holiday week-end is over, and we are back home again. It was a really good trip even though it was a pretty quick one.  I think I can re-cap it pretty quickly. We left around 10ish on Thursday morning and drove straight through to Lordsburgh New Mexico where we decided to stop for the night.  We had a yummy dinner and then went to bed and got a great night of sleep.  We got up really early, packed up and then enjoyed their complimentary breakfast before getting back on the road.  We were pulling onto the dairy around 2ish and the boys were just waking up from their naps.  They were SOO excited to see us!  Little Luke was awake in his crib so I went in to get him up, and was greeted with an excited, "Oh hi Grandma!" lol  Can't believe how well he is talking now.  We went back into the family room where Sam then heard us and came running from his room seriously not even really fully awake and saying, "oh hi!!  You are finally here!"  He'd been not so patiently waiting and watching for us all morning his mama said.  Had a hard time convincing him to go down for his nap at all, lol.  I guess I can't tell you every little thing they said and did that was soo darling and cute, though trust I'd like to, lol.  Soo adorable.  And little Claire, well she was just as precious as you can imagine a 5 week old baby to be.  She seemed a little bigger but not as big as I feared, and I can't tell you the time I spent just holding and rocking and loving on her.  Grandpa spent pretty much all of his time out walking and exploring the dairy with those boys.  Goodness he gets quite the workout, lol.  I brought along my sewing machine and got it set up and went to work fixing all the bloomers and rompers I had made for her...which was a lot!  lol.  But the leg holes were way too tight on every one of them.  I had cut six inch pieces of elastic for them, which I am not sure why as the patterns told me to cut eight inches.  But I thought they were too big that way so I NOT SO cleverly made them smaller.  Anyway, it took me a lot longer then I thought it might to make them all bigger.  I cut the elastic eight and half inches which seemed perfect.  A little too big for now, but plenty of growing room.  Will probably last her until August, or maybe even September depending on how quickly she grows.  Babies grow soo fast.  But I just couldn't see letting them all go to waste, and Melody was very excited.  The new outfits I brought all fit really well too. We also got her new curtain valances she had bought for the family room and kitchen ironed and hung.  They looked really nice.  I helped her catch up her laundry a little bit too.  I can tell you that Melody has her hands SOOOO full with those 3 little ones I am not sure how she does it.  And so patiently too.  I may have had 4 children, but they were all 3 and 1/2 years apart not close like hers are.  It's quite the challenge let me tell you  But I am very proud of the job she is doing, and grateful that her hubby is a hands on dad and helps her out in every way when he is not out working.  We celebrated little Luke's birthday as he will be two years old this coming Thursday.  Sam "helped" grandma decorate the cake and he and Luke BOTH enjoyed his new things.  One nice thing about having a brother who is only 20 months younger.  Lots of things work for both of them.  Sharing is a constant issue of course, but honestly both boys are doing well with that too.  Now let me show you some of the pictures I did manage to get.  OH!  Before I do that I need to tell you that my old lap top bit the dust right before we left.  Sooo I am back on the old one that has sooo many issues I am not sure how much blogging I will get done as it is sooooo frustrating.  We are researching replacements at the moment, so if I seem to be missing, know that I am reading and commenting as much as this computer will let me.  OK, back to the pictures...

GETTING THE THREE OF THEM BY EACH OTHER, LOOKING EVEN SOMEWHAT AT THE CAMERA, SITTING STILL AND SMILING MAY BE IMPOSSIBLE FOR A WHILE.  OH MY GOODNESS WHAT WORK WENT INTO THIS PICTURE.  GRANDPA HAD THEM LAUGHING AT LEAST FOR A MOMENT ANYWAY!

THIS ONE WAS EVEN WORSE!  LOL  I TRIED TO JUST LOOK CONSTANTLY AT CAMERA WITH A SMILE PLASTERED ON MY FACE AS THE BABY WIGGLED AND FUSSED AND LITTLE LUKE KEPT WANTING TO GET DOWN, AND SAM WAS BUSY WITH HIS FINGERS, LOL  SO THIS WAS THE BEST WE COULD DO

I DID GET THIS ONE OF LITTLE CLAIRE.  HOW ADORABLE IS SHE?  LOL  SHE WAS NOT AWAKE ALOT, BUT WHEN SHE WAS SHE WAS VERY AWARE AND FOCUSED, LOL  SHE REMAINS A CLONE OF HER MOTHER

SHE'S JUST HANGING HERE WITH GRANDMA.....WEARING HER NEW LITTLE EYELET TOP AND PINK BIRD LEGGINGS AND BOW.....ADORABLE!

ALL THE GUYS....LUKE, SAM, MIKE, HIS DAD, AND HUBBY

WE GOT LUKE A POP UP TENT AND TUNNEL.  THEY LOVED IT...LUKE WASN'T SURE AT FIRST THAT HE WANTED TO CLIMB IN THAT TUNNEL THOUGH, LOL.  SAM WAS ALREADY INSIDE

HE DEBATED A WHILE, BUT EVENTUALLY WAS CONVINCED

LOVED IT ONCE HE GOT IN

MIKE AND MEL GOT HIM THIS LITTLE BASKETBALL AND HOOP.  THEY GOT IT HUNG EVENTUALLY AT THE PERFECT HEIGHT.  HE LOVED THIS TOO

THEY WISELY GOT THEM BOTH THEIR OWN BALLS, LOL.  THEY ARE RESTING UP HERE FOR GAME TWO, LOL

SAM NEEDED TO SHOW LUKE HOW TO BLOW OUT THE CANDLES.  LUKE DIDN'T SEEM TO NOTICE OR CARE THAT SAM WAS INVOLVED, LOL

WISH THIS WASN'T BLURRY....HE WAS SOO EXCITED AND CUTE

HE GOT TIRED OF THE CAKE BITES FALLING OFF OF HIS FORK, SO HE JUST LOWERED HIS HEAD FOR A BITE, LOL

PRETTY GOOD GRANDMA!

FINGERS WORK PRETTY GOOD TOO!

ANOTHER ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE SHOT.  LUKE DOES NOT SEEM TO SEE THE POINT OF STANDING, SITTING OR POSING STILL FOR PICTURES, LOL.  LAUGHING AT GRANDPA AGAIN
All in all it was a very nice, fun little visit.  We left the dairy SUPER early yesterday morning as we decided we would just drive straight through as Jeff needed to get back to work this morning.  It was going REALLY well for us and we would have made it home in record time, but once we got back into California and hit Palm Springs it was over.  Palm springs is about an hour and half from us....with no traffic of course.  Suddenly it was complete grid lock....I could write an entire post on that section of the trip alone, but I will spare you and give you only the facts....we were both soo done, sooo tired and soo over it that we considered just getting off and finding a room for the night.  However when we got off the freeway to check that possibility out and at a minimum get something to eat and use the bathroom, it proved to be the biggest mistake of all.  Let me just say this.  We never did get anything to eat, never got close to a bathroom, and wasted over an hours worth of time fighting even worse grid lock trying to just get back onto the freeway,  The good news was once we FINALLY got out of that area, we gathered speed once again and pulled into our drive way around nine thirty! OH MY GOODNESS....I was never soo glad to be back home at that point.  And yes, we have learned our lesson. Never again will we travel home ON a holiday again.  California just can't handle that.  I did not feel totally well the whole time I was there either.  Had an attack of shingle pain one afternoon that was really pretty bad, but I did press on.  It didn't last thank goodness, but let me tell you I am tired of not feeling my best.  Hopefully soon I will put that behind me.  Poor hubby had to get up and go to work this morning and I felt kind of bad.  Sorting through pictures and catching up laundry is all that is on my list.  I intend to start some new sewing projects this week, but not today. Hope you all had a great week-end.  I am going to try and catch up with all of you as soon as I can.  Blessings to you all!  Debbie   I have a couple more pictures to share though.....I know,  SHOCKER, lol

MEL SOMEHOW GOT THIS SHOT YESTERDAY AFTER WE HAD LEFT...PRETTY GOOD I THOUGHT....AND NOW THAT I HAVE SEEN FIRST HAND HOW HARD THIS IS TO ACCOMPLISH, IT'S EVEN BETTER, LOL

AND I GOT THIS OF ANOTHER SET OF MY GRANDKIDS YESTERDAY,  THEY WERE AT THE WILD ANIMAL PARK IN SAN DIEGO,  SEE THE TIGER BEHIND THE GLASS?

AND MY SWEET LITTLE TELLA!  GRANDMA MISSED SEEING HER AND HER BROTHERS AND SISTER SUNDAY!
And i just had to share this super quick little video of little Vinny praying.  He too speaks amazing well for his 21 months.  His prayer is pretty quick, but it's right to the point,  lol  ENJOY!

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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

MID-WEEK CATCH UP....

It's pretty early (for blogging anyway!) Wednesday morning but I decided I'd better get a quick post up while I've got the chance as this is shaping up to be a pretty busy day.  We have decided to go to New Mexico for Memorial Day week-end, and I've lots to do still.  We really debated back and forth as to rather or not we should make another trip out so soon, but we both feel like we can probably survive ANOTHER 17 hour drive (both ways of course!) and let's face it, we have a pretty good incentive, lol. I am itching to get that new baby in my arms again, and we will celebrate little Luke's second birthday as well.  It's been decided that I am going to bring my sewing machine along because as it turns our several of the little bloomers I made for Claire need some adjusting in the leg openings. I made them a little small.  It's soo hard to try and "guess" what size to cut your elastic for both the waists and the leg openings on those things.  But if I make the openings a little bigger, those bloomers will last her through August so it will be worth it.  I have finished up a few more little things for her in the last few days, and have thoroughly enjoyed myself doing so.  I have used the same pattern kind of a lot as it is so quick and easy.  Let me show you....

I MADE UP THESE DARLING LITTLE LEGGINGS AND HEAD BAND AS I COULDN'T RESIST.  I DID GO TO THE NEXT SIZE UP PATTERN SO THEY SHOULD FIT HER THROUGH THE SUMMER.  THE LITTLE BIRDS ARE JUST PRECIOUS I THOUGHT...JUST SOMETHING ELSE TO GO WITH THE WHITE EYELET TOP 

SAME PATTERN...TOTALLY DIFFERENT LOOK, LOL.  THIS IS A STRETCH DENIM..MADE THIS WHOLE OUTFIT FROM A 1/2 YARD OF FABRIC!

SAME PATTERN...HOW DARLING IS THIS FABRIC?  I HAVE PLAIN RED KNIT FOR A PAIR OF LEGGINGS FOR THIS TOP BUT I HAVEN'T MADE THEM YET.  THEY ARE ON THE LIST FOR THIS AFTERNOON.  ALL OF THESE THINGS ARE IN A SLIGHTLY BIGGER PATTERN.  
JUST HAD TO SHOW YOU A PIC OF HOW SHE GROCERY SHOPS WITH 3 OF THEM LOL!

AND TAKES WALKS WITH THE 3 OF THEM!

ANOTHER NEWBORN PICTURE...LOVE THIS!

ALREADY LOOKING UP TO BIG BRO....MELODY SAID SAM IS SOO GOOD WITH HER.  PROTECTIVE, INTERESTED AND LOVING.  AND CLAIRE FOLLOWS HIS VOICE ALREADY WHERE EVER HE IS!  SOO SWEET

SHE'S GOT SOME SILLY BIG BROTHERS TO KEEP HER ENTERTAINED!

ONE OF THE MANY BLOOMER ENSEMBLES I MADE.  SOME OF THE LEG OPENINGS WERE BIGGER THEN OTHERS...NOT SURE WHY, LOL  GUESS THIS SEAMSTRESS WASN'T CONSISTENT

SHE SENT ME THIS PICTURE YESTERDAY.  AGAIN, SHE SAID SAM WAS JUST SOO SWEET AS LUKE COULDN'T KEEP UP WITH HIM, BUT SAM KEPT TURNING AROUND AND SAYING, "COME ON LUKE...HURRY UP..." AND THEN WOULD TURN AROUND AND COME BACK TO HIM.  SOO CUTE.  MELODY IS TRAILING BEHIND THEM WITH THE BABY IN HER CARRIER.  LOOKS LIKE A LONG ROAD TO ME.  NO WONDER ALL OF HER BABY WEIGHT IS ALREADY OFF  THEY HAVE TO TAKE THEIR WALKS IN BOOTS AS THERE IS LOTS OF MUD ETC. THERE AND YOU KNOW BOYS AND MUD PUDDLES, LOL

LOOK AT THIS PRECIOUS LITTLE BRACELET.  WHAT I WOULDN'T HAVE GIVEN TO HAVE HAD SUCH A THING WHEN MELODY WAS A BABY.  I LOOKED EVERYWHERE BUT THEY JUST DIDN'T EXIST SOO SMALL.  MELODY SAID THEY COME IN EVERY STYLE AND COLOR YOU CAN THINK OF.  SHE RESTRAINED HERSELF AND ONLY BOUGHT ONE.  DON'T KNOW IF I COULD HAVE
I just have to share this little video with you.  I get soo many of them a day I can be entertained for hours.  But this one, while it is only a few seconds long brought me to literal tears.  It is of little Cody and his end of the year musical performance from school.  Again, for those who don't remember or don't know, Cody is our little autistic grandson.  He has just finished his kindergarten year and did remarkably well.  His progress has just been phenomenal.  He points at the end of this to his parents and it is just the sweetest thing you ever say.  Hope you enjoy it!  (he's the one in the striped shirt!)


Well that's about it for now.  I've a day of errands, laundry, watering, the knit pants, and a good vacuuming to do today.  We hope to leave around noon tomorrow.  We are not going to drive straight through this time, but hope to get to at least Tuscon by tomorrow night.  That way we should be pulling onto the dairy around 1 ish on Friday.  I hope you all have a good week-end!  We will definitely be remembering and praying for all of those service people without whom we wouldn't enjoy the freedoms we do!  Blessings to you all!  Debbie


Monday, May 18, 2015

I WILL REJOICE!




It's Monday May 18, 2015, and two years ago this very day my sweet mom entered into the gates of heaven having ended her 80 year long journey here on this earth.  In many ways I can't believe it's already been two years, and yet in many others I can't believe it's only been two years.  Soo many things have happened since she's been gone.  It's funny, the older and older I have become the more and more you begin to think of your own mortality and the fact that there isn't a one of us who will escape our earthly deaths. One way or another, on one day or another we too will leave this place, and begin our eternities.  The question of course has to be, are we really ready for that?  And I guess the answer has to be...we'd better be.  Because the Bible assures us, tomorrow is promised to no man.

James 4:14  whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow.  For what is your life?  It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away,

I've missed my mom in a hundred little ways....some expected, and some very unexpected.  I feel I've gone through the process of grief at times reluctantly, and at other times moving as quickly as I dared in order to reach that place where the pain wasn't so fresh, and didn't overwhelm me so badly.  So far all I've learned is that at times I seem to be in such a good place with it all that I can smile and reminisce and linger so on all the funny, loving things she said and did, that it brings a literal joy to my heart.  And yet at other times, the sorrow is deep, overwhelming and painful and just the sight of certain pictures of her can bring me to tears and depression.  I guess this is just the way it is.  I KNOW in my heart she is in a better place.  I KNOW in my heart that I wouldn't wish her back here to suffer all the this life and world has to give....not for one minute.  I  KNOW in my heart I WILL see her again...I WILL talk and spend time with her again, and as a Christian my hope is firmly in what lies ahead.

Heb. 6:19a  This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast....


She lived a full and healthy life for the majority of her 80 years.  She raised six children all of whom who loved her to pieces and was blessed with numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren, to carry on the legacy she left behind.  She had a husband who loved and cherished her, and much, much more.  She was soo very blessed.  So today as we mark the two year anniversary of her passing, I will chose to remember those good times, and to focus on the fact that our salvation through Jesus Christ assures us that we will meet again.  So while this is a sad day for all of us, it is a happy date for her!  It was just the beginning of her days in heaven with Him, free of the burdens of this world.  I will rejoice for her!

My sisters and I will are meeting today at one of mom's favorite lunch spots, Mimi's.  She would have NO DOUBT ordered the french onion soup (she never could resist it!) and joined in on our conversations with enthusiasm.  We will smile and remember her, and tell stories that only sibblings can understand, and probably no doubt shed a tear or two, but KNOW in our hearts that her joy is now complete in Him.




Thursday, May 14, 2015

SOME SEWING PROJECTS, AND THE PROFESSIONAL NEWBORN PICTURES!!

Well this week has whipped by much like most of the last few.  I have kept myself busy, but at the same time I am trying to take it easy.  The shingles remains the same....occasional tingles, occasional slight pain, occasionally somewhat punk....But ALL only occasionally, and very, very workable.  I just want it off of me completely of course, but I have been told it might take a while and this is as good as it might get in the meantime.  Which I am totally fine with, as long as it doesn't relapse or get worse.

I know you all know I keep myself busy mainly at the sewing machine.  It is definitely my "happy" place, and where I go to relax etc.  But I kind of get in moods.  I might be in the mood to quilt.  Or I might be in the mood to embroider on my embroidery machine, or I may be in the mood for garment sewing, lol.  So unless I have something I am really needing to do, I just GO WITH THE MOOD of the moment.  This week (and last I guess) it has definitely been garment sewing; mainly baby clothes. Most of the little things I have been making for Claire call for very little fabric.  1/2 yard or even less. And I have SOO much in my "stash" I could sew from there for quite a while.  All of you seamstresses and quilters know what I am talking about.  So I have mainly just stuck to what I already have on hand which keeps me from feeling guilty about sewing so much for her, and has the added bonus of using up some of my stash.  I think in my last post I showed you the little lavender ruffled skirt with attached bloomers.  I made an white eyelet top to go with it.  Now this fabric I did buy, but a while ago.  I just couldn't resist it at the time, and knew I'd use it for something eventually. This top will be perfect not only for summer weather, but because it will go with everything.  And then, I still had some of it left over so I decided to make a little white eyelet bonnet as well.  And while it did come out cute (NEVER could resist a bonnet for a baby girl!) I hope it fits as I doubt I will make another one of these.  At least not off of that pattern, lol.  It was way too fiddly...and you know me and fiddly.  And then I liked that little ensemble so much, and it was sooo fast and easy, I made up another one out of coordinating fabric of blues and greens.  I made this one a matching hair bow as well.  Let me show you these things...

I LOVE LOVE LOVE EYELET TO BEGIN WITH, AND THIS IS JUST ADORABLE.  THIS LITTLE TOP IS SOO EASY TO MAKE, AND I LOVE THE RIBBON TIES AT THE SHOULDERS.

HERE IT IS WITH THE LITTLE SKIRT.  THESE MOST RECENT LITTLE THINGS I HAVE MADE IN SIZE 0-3 MONTHS, WHILE MOST OF THE OTHER STUFF WAS NEWBORN.  CLAIRE IS STILL FITTING INTO ALL OF THOSE OF COURSE, (WHEN YOU START AT ONLY 6 POUNDS NEWBORN LASTS A WHILE) BUT THIS SHOULD MAKE IT WELL INTO SUMMER.  PATTERNS RUN MUCH BIGGER OF COURSE TOO THEN STORE BOUGHT CLOTHES.

AND HERE'S THE BONNET.  I REALLY HOPE THIS FITS HER.  APPARENTLY I NEVER DID GET A SHOT OF IT FROM THE FRONT, BUT YOU GET THE IDEA.  THE RIBBON TIES TIE UNDER THE CHIN IN A BIG BOW

IT WILL LOOK REALLY CUTE WITH ANYTHING THE LITTLE WHITE TOP IS PUT WITH, OR EVEN WITH ANYTHING REALLY I GUESS

AND HERE'S THE SAME THING IN THE BLUES AND GREENS.  LOVE THESE COLORS TOO.

WHEN I FIRST STARTED MAKING HAIR BOWS I BOUGHT THE LITTLE BANDS IN PACKAGES OR ROLLS.  VERY INEXPENSIVE.  SOME OF THE LITTLE BANDS WERE AS LITTLE AS 29 CENTS.  SO NEEDLESS TO SAY I HAVE A TUN OF IT.  MOST OF THE RIBBONS I HAVE MADE MYSELF WHICH I BUY WHEN HOBBY LOBBY OR JOANNES HAS RIBBON (OR EMBELLISHMENTS) ON SALE MAKING THESE SUPER, SUPER INEXPENSIVE TO MAKE.  (SOME LIKE 30 OR 40 CENTS!)   CONSIDERING MOST HAIR BANDS ON ETSY COST AT LEAST 10 DOLLARS OR EVEN WAY MORE, I CAN'T BEAR TO THINK OF MELODY PAYING THAT FOR THEM.  PLUS AGAIN, I LOVE LOVE PLAYING WITH THIS AND MAKING THEM.  SHE MADE THE MISTAKE OF MENTIONING SHE COULD USE SOME GREY, MINT, AND SMALL WHITE ONES.  HERE'S WHAT I MADE YESTERDAY,

AND HERE'S SOME BIGGER BOWS.  I WON'T TELL YOU HOW LONG IT TOOK ME TO GET THAT GREY ONE ON THE BOTTOM LOOKING RIGHT, LOL.  BUT I WAS FINALLY HAPPY WITH IT.
And then.....Melody got back her professional newborn pictures.  Actually she just got the link to look at them online.  I have copied them from there so they still have the logo on them, (which the photographer was fine with btw) but you can see them just fine.  She is having a few printed for me and I am sooo excited.  They just came out soo cute!  I have to tell you just a little story about this....Melody was hoping Mike would get in from the farm early enough to take a quick shower and join them for the pictures....that didn't happen, lol.  He did get there in time to help somewhat, but he is not in any of them.  And then of course you can imagine trying to get a newborn, a 23 month old and a 3 year old to cooperate for pictures...I don't have to really say much about that, lol  But then when you add in trying to make yourself look attractive enough to be in them as well, it became almost impossible.  Melody said she was in a full sweat, though trust me you can't tell.  Sam though was REALLY  REALLY good I  guess which made up for the fact that Luke was kind of a mess.  How on earth the photographer managed to get the ONLY shot with all 3 of them in it remains a miracle, as it was just a moment he did on his own, totally unplanned or un-posed.  Let me show you....

ISN'T THIS SWEET?  I GUESS MIKE WAS SOMEHOW HOLDING THIS THING..LOOK AT HER FOOT!  LOL

I LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS OF MY GIRL AND HERS...

AND THIS JUST CAPTURES SWEET LITTLE SAM

AND MY PRECIOUS NAUGHTY LUKE...LOOK AT THOSE EYES!  BE STILL MY HEART
SAM COULD HARDLY BELIEVE HIS GOOD FORTUNE ON GETTING TO HOLD CLAIRE LIKE THIS.  HE WAS GIDDY...YOU CAN SEE IT ALL OVER HIS FACE...

AND HERE'S THE ONE WITH THE 3 OF THEM.  LUKE RAN INTO THE ROOM, KNELT DOWN AND KISSED HER AND 2 SECONDS LATER FLEW BACK OUT OF THE ROOM.  WHAT A GREAT PROFESSIONAL THEY HAD, LOL. 

There were several others, but these are the only ones with just the logo on them so you can see.  You get the idea anyway.  Soo precious.

It is pouring rain here right now and I am LOVING it!  We are supposed to get rain today, tonight, and all day tomorrow.  YAY!!  I wish it would be doing something for our horrible drought, but I doubt it will.  Hope you are all having a good week.  Looking more and more like we might be heading out to New Mexico/Texas at the end of next week.  We will see.  Blessings to you all!  Debbie

Monday, May 11, 2015

A MOTHER'S DAY WEEK-END WRAP UP....

Well I hope all you mom's out there had a nice Mother's Day.  I sure did!  Or I guess you could call it a Mother's Day week-end, lol.  It started Friday afternoon.  My middle son is working very close to us now, and so he took me out to lunch.  We met at a wonderful Mexican restaurant near here and had a long leisurely lunch and visit.  I think I have mentioned before that sometimes this is just the way I like best to "visit" with my kids.  On a one on one way basis....It just works soo well for getting that time to REALLY catch up and visit individually.  Not a lot of opportunity for that when you come from a big family.  We decided to try and do this at least once a month since he is working so close. Sure will work for me.  And then Sat. morning after a couple of quick errands we headed down to San Diego.  My youngest son and his wife were participating in a "wipeout" race and so we were asked to baby sit with their 4 while they did.  Their other grandparents usually do the baby sitting as they only live about 5 minutes from them, but they had other plans so we gladly filled in.  I took the opportunity to take the two girls to see Cinderella.  Oh my how darling that movie is!  We all loved it!!  "The dress" is soo spectacular!  I recently read that the dress had over 250 yards of fabric in it! That's a lot of fabric, lol!  On the way home I took the opportunity to discuss with the girls what they thought made Cinderella SOO beautiful.  Tella was sure it was the shoes, lol.  "They were SOO pretty grandma!" Capri was convinced, "it was the dress!"  and they both agreed "maybe it was her makeup!"  But I said, "the thing that made her SOO beautiful was her kindness.  That's why everyone loved her!" Tella especially thought  on this for a minute and said, "And that's why her step mom was ugly!"  "She was soo mean!"  lol.  I assured them that was exactly right. We snacked on popcorn and the girls had icie drinks too.  Meanwhile Grandpa put Vinny down for a LONG nap, and he and JD played football in the street out front to their hearts content. Vinny was just waking up when us girls got back and they were home shortly after that.  They then made us a WONDERFUL dinner to celebrate Mother's Day.  We had tri-tip, sweet potatoes and a wonderful salad.  It was sooo good! We visited the rest of the evening away with them and then headed home.  It was a REALLY good day. And then, yesterday my day started with little video's from Sam and Luke.  How I LOVE getting video's.  The technology we have today at our finger tips makes long distance family SOO much more bearable.  I responded with a video back of Copper the dog talking, and Melody was glad to get a new one to show them.  They had watched the other one to pieces. lol. We didn't want to make another trip down to San Diego to go to church so we watched our old pastor online. Fabulous as always. Around 2 we headed over to my oldest son's house for an early dinner.  OH MY GOODNESS!  I am pretty sure I have raved before about how good of a cook my DIL Leah and her mother are, but it bears repeating AGAIN.  They had made home made enchiladas, carnitas, beans, rice, and chips and salsa.  It was SOOO good.  I did eat a bit more then I should have, but it was just too good to pass up.  I brought strawberry shortcake for dessert, so we really had a feast.  We sat outside after that and soaked up the wonderful, GORGEOUS spring afternoon and early evening.  We visited with all of them until we finally headed home around 7.  All in all a wonderful week-end with family.  I do have several pictures now to show you, but not really of the events themself.  Don't think I took any pictures at all, lol.


WHEN MY KIDS WERE GROWING UP I USED TO DISPLAY ALL OF THE CARDS THAT I RECEIVED FOR VARIOUS THINGS ON MY PIANO FOR SEVERAL DAYS.  THE BOYS TEASED ME ABOUT THIS HABIT, THOUGH SECRETLY I THINK THEY ALL ENJOYED HAVING "THEIR" CARDS UP THERE.  FOR MOTHER'S DAY THIS YEAR MY YOUNGEST SON GOT ME THIS GIANT CARD AND MADE THE REMARK, "AND I WANT TO SEE THIS ON THE PIANO".  SO YESTERDAY I SENT HIM THIS PIC OF HIS CARD ON DISPLAY FOR MY DAILY VIEWING, LOL.  THEY HAD ALL SIGNED AND DRAWN PICTURES AND DECORATED THE INSIDE OF IT.  I LOVED IT OF COURSE!



AND THEN MY OLDEST SON'S FAMILY MADE ME THIS HOME MADE CARD!  THEY KNOW ME WELL!
MY HANDSOME OLDEST SON HAD TO GO TO AN AWARDS DINNER ON FRIDAY NIGHT AND WEAR A TUX.  A RARE OCCURRENCE FOR HIM TO GET SOO DRESSED UP, BUT HE SURE LOOKS GOOD THIS MAMA IS THINKING!

JOE AND HIS BEAUTIFUL WIFE LEAH
AND OF COURSE SWEET CLAIRE

SPORTING HER ROMPER!

HER FAVORITE PASTIME....DOZING ON MAMA
 And then somewhere in the end of the week last week I finished up the quilt for my daughter's friend.  It came out super cute I think, and I sure hope it blesses her.






I GOT THIS EMBROIDERY DONE.  AND A CLOSE UP OF THE "FRINGE".. IT  CAME OUT PRETTY GOOD EVEN WITH THE COTTONS

SOME MORE EMBROIDERY

AND HERE'S HOW THE SATIN LOOKS ON THE BACK

On Friday morning before I went to lunch with my son I decided to try out a new pattern that I had not had an opportunity to try for Claire.  I have SOOO much scrap and this calls for soo little I was able to make it up just out of what I had.  It came out super cute, and I am thinking it will be an adorable addition to her little wardrobe....I know, I know, she has A LOT but this grandma can't resist, and it's just fabric sitting there for no reason anyway, lol.  Let me show you....

ITS A LITTLE LAYERED SKIRT WITH ATTACHED BLOOMER PANTS!  SOO CUTE!

I also had some edged eyelet that I have cut out a little top for (had both the fabric and the pattern, so again practically FREE, lol) And I have enough of a few more coordinating fabrics so I might make up a couple more of these.  Quick and easy, and oh soo cute.  That's about all on my plate this week. I am still not 100% but it is all very workable.  I am REALLY wanting to say that there is no more pain or tinglings, but it is just not the case.  I am beginning to wonder just how long this might last.  I have both heard and read all the horror stories on this so I try not to let my mind go there.  What will it solve? Not a thing as I far as I can see.  I have done all I can do to get over this and there's not much left to try.  What will be will be.  But it sure doesn't stop me from petitioning my God.  We are contemplating making another "short" trip out to Melody's.  Over Memorial Day week-end.  I really want to see that new baby again before she moves totally out of this stage of her life, and it is almost little Luke's second birthday as well, so we could celebrate that with them too.  Seems like he was just born, and now he's almost two and little Claire has made her appearance as well.  These first few years in their lives go by soo quickly, and they change soo much.  I want to get in much as I can.  Hope you all have a WONDERFUL week.  We are having some truly spectacular weather here.  Even got in a nice rain last Thursday night and Friday, and there might be some more on the horizon.  Blessings to you all!  Debbie