Monday, November 30, 2009

Muffin Tin Monday

The kids are really into building their own dinners lately.
I like it because it fills in the muffin tins quickly!
Clockwise from top left:
spaghetti noodles, peas, peaches
olives, meatballs (from Costco), and spaghetti sauce

Sunday, November 29, 2009


Showing a little college love:

True fans are fans win-or-lose!
Which is a good thing because in our state rivalry yesterday....
we lost 30-0!!!!

Yes, to ZERO!
Oh well. It certainly wasn't a surprise!

All I can say is


Monday, November 23, 2009

Christmas Quilt Along: The Back!

I found the fabric for the back of the Christmas quilt!
Look at this gorgeous, burgandy nativity toile:

I love it!
(And it was 50% off!)

Because I don't want to pay extra for custom quilting,
I'll be quilting this one myself.

I met with my quilter today to discuss
the previous quilt's issues with her.
I'm glad to say all is well!

The relationship with your quilter
is much like the one with your hairdresser.
(Or so I've heard, since I actually go to GreatClips! :o))
She's learning what I like as far as quilting goes
and so am I.

Without going into details, it has all worked out!
She DID quilt the design I picked
but there are some options that could be changed
to give it more the look I prefer.
Apparently I'm different and don't like the default settings!

I did leave my next quilt with her.
For some reason I didn't take a "before" picture
so I will have to show you the "after" next week.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Baby Mucho #4

I couldn't be more thrilled!
Two will have a sister!
Which means she'll get a bunk bed,
her whole reason for even wanting a sister!
The division of rooms will be evenly split as opposed to
what would have been three teenage boys in one room!!!
It's a girl!



One recently told his teacher that he "earned" a baby sister!

When she asked how he did it,
he scrunched up his nose and nodded his head
and very seriously said,

"I did a lot of chores."

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Little Bit Funky Quilt Along

I love walking into the family room
in the mornings and seeing this:

My kiddos snuggled up under my quilt!

I love the quilt, I don't love the way it's quilted.
I'm debating approaching the quilter....
I'm pretty convinced she didn't quilt
the pattern I picked, a wonky stipple,
and it has these perfectly round meandering loops.

We'll see. I actually have another quilt ready to quilt
and she's so dang convenient, I'll probably end up
approaching her about it and seeing what she says.

But in the meantime, my babies love snuggling up under it in the mornings. They couldn't care less how it's quilted and that makes me so happy!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

No pigs allowed!

We got our swine flu vaccinations!

We got to the clinic held by the health department
(I even pulled One out of school early)
and we still weren't first in line!

We were, however, prepared to wait a looooong time!
Games, food, chalk, toys....
the mom next to us even brought a table!

Look how official this looks! It was so surreal! I mean, when does the doctor not have enough vaccinations?!? Here come the health officials:

Three was the only one of us who already had his shot so he was completely relaxed with the whole situation:

How we felt about getting sick:

After three hours of waiting outside in the cold and rain, they led us into the elementary school cafeteria to fill out some paperwork and then into the gym for our shots. This line went to the end of that hallway back there, around a corner, out the building, out to the sidewalk, down to the street corner, around that corner, and halfway down the block!

Did I mention that the line was that long and the clinic wasn't even due to start for another 30 minutes? Yeah, talk about people being desperate to get the vaccine!

But wahoo!!!!! We got 5 of those precious 1000 doses! And good thing too! After that clinic, the county canceled all future clinics due to lack of vaccine! Whew! You don't even know how relieved I feel!

Monday, November 16, 2009

Christmas Quilt-Along: A completed quilt top!

I love my quilt top!

(click on picture to enlarge)

Let me tell you about the importance
of copying in crafting!
If I hadn't copied the fabric from the pattern
to the best of what Joann's had to offer...
who knows how this would have turned out!
But I LOVE it!

I love it, I love it, I love!
I can't believe I made that!!!

How does yours look?
If you followed along,
leave a link in the comments!

The last step is quilting and binding.

ps. Sorry for the blogging break! Apparently I needed it!
And Stellan is doing FABULOUS! The surgery went better than they had ever hoped and my understanding is that he is now completely and forever free of his heart condition!

Monday, November 9, 2009

From One Mom to Another: Stellan

That "Praying for Stellan" button over there ------>

It's there for a reason.
I've followed the MckMama blog for awhile
She's the one that does Not Me Mondays.

Her baby is so super sick.
The tests that MY baby has gone through
are like nothing her baby has gone through.

Is going through.

Her baby flat-lined today.
Right in front of her face.

They got his heart going again
but the surgery they've been planning for,
the one he's not quite old enough for,
the one he's not actually stable enough for,

is happening right now.

Please pray!

Click on the Stellan button for the whole story and updates.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Let it SNOW!

I really need to get going on
my advent calendar.
I've been meaning to
but lately I'm just so tired.

Growing a person is hard work!

No more excuses!
Even if I do one square a day,
it still won't be finished
until Nov 25!

And we all know
I will not be completing
one square a day.

So to get the ball rolling again,
Let it SNOW!

This little bonus square
fills in the top quite nicely, don't you think?

This is going to be so cute!
I can't wait for it to be complete!

48 days until Christmas!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Muffin Tin Monday

Look who got to enjoy Muffin Tin Monday
in all its glory for the first time?!?

He didn't dump his tin,
just rearranged the food a bit....

But, oh, was it yummy!

Some of his favorites (broccoli, ravioli, oranges)
in a muffin tin????

What more could you ask for?

Monday, November 2, 2009

Christmas Quilt Along: Week 5

How do your big trees look?
A little gigantic, don't they?!?

This week's assignment is
tree trunks and tree block assembly...
step 4 &5 of the pattern (here).

Happy Quilting!
There's only one more step after this!!!

Sunday, November 1, 2009


From Halloween, of course.
Kids ate free if they wore their costumes.
It was a no-brainer!