Oh Hollis, I sure love you.
I cant help but laugh that you got into your sisters valentines she was going to take to school the next day, removed all the suckers, ran out of the room with as many as you could carry and proceeded to unwrap them as fast and you could.
I had so sigh, but smile when I saw that you had the capability of opening your sister’s rainbow loom rubber bands and were throwing hundreds of them up and over your head while happily yelling “Hooray!”
I was a bit grossed out when I found your sippy cup and beloved Thomas the Tank Engine when I was dumping your dirty diapers into the wash. But really all I could do was love you even more.
I think its interesting that you try all the cabinet and door locks regularly to see if we have left them unlocked. And take full advantage when we have.
When you grab my nose and pinch that super sensitive spot really hard while saying “my”, I wince and sometimes shed a tear but still think you are the cutest thing ever. That goes for the times you poke me in the eye, again saying “my” and then look so proud.
You keep me on my toes, give the very best hugs, look lovingly into my eyes regularly and are really just the cutest little boy, ever.
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I took advantage of nap time and got a bit of sewing in yesterday. I’m a little more than a third of the way done with my pink, red and green penny patches. Yay!
I am so glad my little boy is napping again. He had us scared there for a week or so. I did have to wake him though, to get the big kids today and his cheeks were rosy. Hopefully he isn’t getting sick.
On the note of picking up the kids- It started snowing a few minutes before I left to get them. Upon arrival, one didn’t take my advice and had bare red arms and the other was bundled up appropriately. I love that I didn’t have to say a word and can know that my point had been made. A little silent I told you so smile, if you will. Ha!
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Last week we had a teaser of lovely weather. The 50′s and 60′s can feel like shorts and tee shirt weather after weeks and weeks of below freezing.
Today I had to explain to the kids that even though they are tired of wearing a winter coat to school it is must. With a wind chill in the negatives it just isn’t safe to have bare arms.
Sigh… I sure hear them. February is hard don’t you think?
Lots of gray, maybe some snow on the ground, yet so, so, (sigh…) so ready for spring.
Hollis doesn’t seem to mind it all that much. He loves to go outside but is perfectly happy to race his trains around the track again and again.
I guess I should stop lamenting and get to working on my quilt. Ooh, now that I say it, that sounds lovely. I WILL
be turning on my sewing machine today. Even if it is for just a few minutes. Yay!!!
How do you combat the February Blues?
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Penny Patch quilt number two is all prepped and ready to start sewing.
(not so) Funny thing happened.
I cut all the way through my cutting board. Right along the ten inch line. Right onto the table. Never thought about that happening.
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I don’t know when it started. Sometime after leaving Turkey and before Hollis was born I think. I’d have to look through the blog to know for sure. It feels like it’s been a long time anyway. What I’m trying to say is…it’s back!!! I think I can finally say that my desire to make and create is back. Yay! It’s so strange how my mind let this part of me go. And then, out of the blue it’s back again. Not the same as it used to be, but back none the less.
In its absence I learned a lot about what I was spending my time on and how it affects my family, my marriage, my friendships and my own personal growth.
With this desire to create back in my life, I find my self treading carefully and for now am trying to keep things simple and use up materials I have.
So… Along with my ongoing quilting project I have been crocheting some stones.
My goal is to have a few projects going at the same time. Ones that I can have ready and available to pick up and get to work where I left off. My quilting stuff is organized on a table in the basement and these crochet stones have been in a baggie in my purse. I love this new way of thinking. No longer am I in a hurry to get projects done and I am finding myself enjoying the process of making so much more.
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My goal while in Nebraska (only 5 months or so to go) is to go through all my scraps and make them into quilts. I don’t imagine I will finish the quilts but I do hope to have things organized and moving in that direction.
I have completed the most annoying task to organize all my little scraps by color and then cut them into 6 in, 3 1/2 in, and 2 in strips. As it turns out for the pattern I wanted to start with I needed 6 1/2 in cuts instead but I’m trying not to think about that too much.
Right now I’m working with the blues, browns, and oranges.
This quilt top is now complete and I’m cutting into my large scraps to make the back.
I am following this Penny Patch tutorial and really like how it came together. I think I am going to use this same tutorial for the other quilts as well. Unless I change my mind that is.
If you are considering making your first quilt, this is a great tutorial for beginners. Actually, being self taught, I learned a ton from it and highly recommend it.
That’s all for now but I suspect there will be more scrap talk in the near future.
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This year my parents gave me this lovely nativity set. When I opened the package and realized what it was, tears came to my eyes and I felt so happy. This is my first real nativity set. When I was first married we had a block one, which I enjoyed. After a few years (and moves) it was retired and I have been casually keeping my eye out for a new set. Not in a hurry, I overlooked the ones in the stores year after year and to be honest, I didn’t really think much of it. However, when I opened this gift it just felt so special and right that I was a little overwhelmed.
Later that day, I was talking with my mom, letting her know how much I loved it and how thankful I was. She told me where she got it and this little gift just got even more meaningful.
This year, my parents went on a trip to Israel and got to visit the Holy Land in person. They were on an LDS guided tour and had a lovely time. My mother specifically had told me many stories and her overall understanding of who our Savior was and her connection to him. While there after visiting the site where it is believed Christ was crucified she picked up this Nativity set. Now, don’t get me wrong, after living in Turkey for a couple years and visiting Holy sites there, I know what markets are like. Far from Holy places of peace and the Spirit. However, when you get away from the crowds at least mentally, you can get a feeling and if you are especially in tune, you may get a spiritual witness of the events that occurred at that location. So, in keeping with that spirit I try to imagine that this little nativity is from a place where my Savior, Jesus Christ has walked. This little piece of information makes me love it all the more.
The first thing the caught my eye was that the figures were made out of solid wood. I loved the different colors in the wood and wondered what type it could be. My father informed me it was olive wood and that the figurines were hand carved. Just another added bonus.
Now, I am not they type of person who would put this up on a high shelf to protect it from the children. And because of that, I imagine the back ground scene and least wont last forever. As you might be able to tell from these pictures it is currently displayed in the middle of our train table with Thomas bustling around it all day. Hopefully however, it will be loved and enjoyed for years to come.
Thanks mom and dad, I love it.
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