Monday, October 10, 2011


We had a really busy week-end, and truthfully I just enjoyed every minute of it, but I am kind of tired today, haha...

Friday night we went to BJ's to celebrate Jessica's 25th birthday.  It was a really good time.  How I thank God for this young woman.  Beautiful, sweet, helpful, giving, funny, talented, creative, and full of life are all words you simply have to use to describe her.  Her younger brothers are twins (not identical) and are pushing 22 now and I honestly couldn't believe how OLD they look now.  Where oh where does the time go?  Seems like it was just yesterday and they were all running around with Mel just being kids.  I did get a picture of them having a good time.  The guy right next to Jess is her husband Phil.  Already married a whole year, and they just celebrated that in Hawaii.  How fun....

Sat. Jeff & I sat around and enjoyed coffee and a LONG chat.  We haven't done this in 3 weeks and we had both really missed it..(the SITTING and coffee part, not the chatting, haha)  After that we got ready and headed out for lunch and a movie.  We saw Moneyball with Brad Pitt.  I REALLY enjoyed it.  But then I usually love a sport movie of any kind, especially if it is based on a true story.  This one was especially good in my opinion.  After that we got the car washed (after the L O N G drive it was REALLY bad, and then did a massive grocery shopping.  Jeff barbequed for dinner and we watched a little television and headed off to bed. 

Sunday we headed down to San Diego for church and the day.  It was good to catch up with them.  The service was wonderful.  After service we decided to go to lunch to celebrate a belated birthday for both me and Larissa.  Our birthdays are just two days apart so this is turning into a tradition.  We settled on sushi.  I was soo in the mood, haha.  After a yummy lunch we went back to their house and the guys put the football game on and Larissa and I hung her new curtains that I had finished making BEFORE Sam was born, but hadn't gotten a chance to get to her yet.  I had enough left over fabric to make a small runner for the table, and then I got her a center piece to go with it....There is a LONG story behind the curtains, but I will give you the short version, lol.  Let's just say, I had a senior moment and cut them shorter than I intended and went into a total panic that I had ruined the fabric.  Larissa was never worried for a moment as she was sure I'd figure something out!  Well, the finished product looks good, but they are not like I had originally envisioned them.  She is thrilled with them, so that is all that matters.  Here is a couple of pics...

Soo cute!
This pic is kind of dark, but you get the idea... : )

A closer look at the fabric

We hung out the rest of the afternoon visiting etc., and then I was supposed to go to the women's craft project at the church that Larissa had arranged, but I was tired and my back has kind of been bothering me after our 16 hour car drive so we headed home.  Looking at the finished product on Facebook this morning made we wish I had stayed.  They were soo pretty. 

My step dad's surgery is tomorrow and I will go the hospital and hang out with my mom for the day.  I have a feeling it will be a busy week of this.  I am praying that all goes well, and that he gets the relief he is so desperately looking for.  The weather is GORGEOUS and just feels soo much like Fall in Southern California.  WARM during the day, but nice and cool in the morning and evenings...I am loving it.  I am fighting the urge to throw the towel in on my diet sooo badly.  I just want to relax, and bake, and cook, and OK... EAT!!  But I just can't do it.  I know I will regret it.  If I start now I will eat right on through the holidays and gain back who knows what.  I am going to press on but I will admit that I am doing some whining over here....sigh.  I am also missing baby Sam.  I could tell he was gaining weight from the last couple of photo's Mel sent, and sure enough she took him to the doc's today and he is already up to 7 pounds 5 oz and is 20 inches long.  This means he has gained, in a little less than 2 weeks, a little over a pound and half and grown a whole inch!  WOW!!  He is just doing great!  Melody's MIL and Mike's sister have been there for the last couple of days to meet Sam.  I am happy they are getting this visit.  They helped Mel give Sam his first tub bath as he had to wait until his cord came off before he could do so of course, which meant I had already headed home before that happened.  I am soo glad they were there to help out with that first time experience.  They sent me a couple of darling little pics of the event.  Here is one....the look on Mel's face is again priceless.

I just can't express enough how happy I am for her that she is holding her baby in her arms.  God is sooo good.  And after MANY years of female issues, I honestly feel this is a direct answer to prayer and a miracle to behold.

Hope you all have a good week....much love to you all!


  1. It is obvious that the joy in your heart spills over here. I'm thinking those handsome/beautiful kiddos have something to do with that?!!

  2. Wow Deb! So cool that Sam has arrived! I know your heart is overflowing!! What a joy!! And what a cutie he is!

    You have been one busy gal! So have I...and with lots of obstacles...I just keep trucking but haven't been able to visit at all!!

    Hugs to you, sweetie! Have a lovely week!

  3. Love all these sweet pictures,
    especially little Sam. :0)
    Seems like only yesterday I was
    ever so carefully bathing my
    babies in their little tub.
    I can hardly wait for grandkids.
    You are blessed, no doubt!

  4. What a beautiful family you have! So blessed, as I'm sure you know:)

  5. Love the pics! Really nice ones. I really enoyed the one with Mel on the bath. What a blessing.

  6. Your pictures are always so beautiful! I think you have a rich and full life... blessings all around! :)


  7. Jessica is very photogenic! HB to her!
    I love the colors in Larissa's curtains. I think they turned out great.
    So nice to get out with DH for a date! Such a nice break from all your busyness!

  8. Such a joy stopping y to catch up with you and see the gorgeous photos of your family.

    Hope things go well for your dad and you all have a good week!

  9. Sorry I am late here...I don't know how I missed another one of your busy and wonderful weekends...your decorating looks great, great material.
    Oh their first mother always did it for some reason and I just allowed her to...I didn't get to do the first bath until number 6!! Don't tell her...I just let her have the joy. Your picture is priceless

    Prayers for the family and all that is going on..rejoicing with you in all things.

  10. Love catching up on you! And I love reading how you spent your Saturday. So nice and relaxing. The curtains you made are beautiful. You really are very talented. The picture of Sam is priceless!!! Enjoy your day!

  11. Oh Debbie what a great post. Congrats on your new grandson, he is darling. Love the pic of Mel bathing him for the first time. I have missed catching up...all is well with me and it looks to be good for you too. Prayers for your dad.
    Curtins are darling as well!!! Love that fabric.
    Happy Thursday!

  12. I loved seeing a photo of Sam; how adorable! It sounds like you've been busy Grandma. I wondered if that movie was good. Glad to read your opinion Deb.

    Blessings and love,

  13. Love the fall decor and the sweet baby pictures! What a wonderful time of year this must be for you, minus the heat! Mercy... 100 degrees? We've had beautiful fall weather thus far. Just how I like it... mid 70's and lots of color beginning to happen.

    Thanks for checking in with me today. God's blessings upon you and your family in the days ahead.



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