Happy Fourth of July

We spent the Fourth at a friend’s house for a cookout and fireworks.  It rained all afternoon and into the evening, which made for some pretty wet kids and some challenges when it came to the fireworks.  Nonetheless, we all still had lots of fun!

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Quilt Along – DONE!

I managed to keep up with the weekly schedule and finished each and every task on time, which left me with a beautiful quilt to celebrate the Fourth of July!

Finished Quilt

I took a leap of faith and did the free-motion quilting and have to agree with all those who posted to the forums that the inconsistent stitch size and mess ups really aren’t all that noticeable after the whole thing is done and washed.  I’m super pleased with the results and it was really fun to sew so haphazardly.

Trimming it all up was fun and very satisfying to see it so close to being done.  It also left me with plenty of scrap batting and backing fabric to complete a much smaller quilting project that I’m planning for July.  It was tempting to just use the backing fabric to bind the quilt and not do the extra work of making my own binding out of separate fabric.  That’s what I’ve done with the past two quilts that I’ve done with decent enough results.  But, I stuck to the plan and the directions of the Quilt Along and chose a plain navy blue fabric, cut it into strips, pieced it back together to make one super long strip, ironed, and began sewing it on.

And the final kicker was hand-sewing the binding onto the back of the quilt.  I looked for a way to do it by machine since that would obviously be much faster and easier, but in the end, I sucked it up and blind-stitched the whole darn thing.  It took HOURS, most of Thursday evening and all day Friday.  I managed to finish it with enough time to wash and dry it before bedtime and really take in the fruit of my labors.

So the quilt is done!  DONE!  I have a few small sewing repair projects ahead of me this week, hemming a pair of pants, and sewing on many lost buttons, but I’m already searching out my next quilt project.  I have a small project in the works from the scraps of this quilt, but I’m ready and anxious to make quilt that I plan on keeping for us.  Izzy will need one for her toddler bed for the up coming winter and maybe another one for a super big girl twin bed in the coming year or two.  A few doll quilts would be good too for her to play with.  Alex’s bed doesn’t have a quilt on it and he might appreciate one come Christmas time.  We could use a few throw-quilts for the back of the couch and the end of our bed and maybe a new picnic quilt or two.  And the quilts that I would love to make and give to friends.  Oh yeah, I’m totally getting into this quilting thing!

Happy Birthday!

James 33 Birthday

Another birthday celebration here yesterday, this time for one special papa!  I helped Izzy make the cake in the morning.  Alex did the base layer of frosting and….

Cake decorating Izzy Boys cake decorating

All three kids got a bag of colored frosting and went to town decorating the perfect birthday cake!

33 Birthday Cake

I think James liked it!  Even though he had to work, I think he had a darn good day and will be enjoying all of his new camping stuff very soon!


Alex’s Birthday

8! cupcakes

Eight years and one day ago, I went into labor with my first baby.  It was a long labor with happy memories of sharing cheese and crackers over the tub with my dear husband who continually brought pots of boiling water in an attempt to keep the water warm.  I spent most the day in that tiny, tiny bathroom.  Eventually, things progressed and we went to the birthcenter.  After a bit of excitement, I began pushing.  I pushed, and pushed, and pushed… for 4 hours, I pushed.  And finally, Alex made his entrance into the world!  We were so happy and I was secretly gleeful that I managed to birth him at the very last hours of March 31st, only to discover shortly thereafter that the clock in our birthing suite was BROKEN!  It was actually 1:50 AM on April 1st (not 11:50 PM that the clock read.)

Alex has taken much pride in having his birthday on April Fool’s Day and loves to participate in the joking of the day.

We’ll be spending the day at the Children’s Museum at Alex’s request and then having a dinner of cheese pizza and cupcakes before opening a couple of presents.  We’ll celebrate with friends and family on Saturday at a local park/playground.  Happy 8th Birthday Alex!

Birthday Season

Birthday girl!

We celebrated Izzy turning 2 last week!  She had a cold for the big event, but seemed to enjoy family, cake, and presents just the same.  She didn’t seem to mind at all that her brothers were playing with her new toys while she cuddled in mama’s arms for the following couple of days.

We also shared some big news with our family about another upcoming birthday – oh, sometime in October.  We’re thrilled to be expecting our fourth baby this fall.  The kids are pretty excited too.

Alex’s birthday is next on April Fool’s Day, turning 8 years old!  We have some party planning to do, something to do with dragons and phoenixes and being outside to play.

Happy Valentine’s Day

I woke up early this morning to a paper trail of hearts leading to my computer with a beautiful poem written by my dear husband on the screen to wish me a Happy Valentine’s Day.  How lucky am I!?!?

Later we went “shopping” for gifts.  I got James a warm wool long-under type shirt to keep him warm on his camping trips.  He got me a wonderful 50+ year-old wooden door at the Habitat-for-Humanity Restore.  It’s exactly what I wanted!  I have a plan and it involves being crafty and I’ll share the end results in a couple of days.  Can’t wait!