Archive | June 2014

My Innova Longarm is FINALLY here!

Monday morning and I was Anxiously awaiting the arrival of my new baby – my Innova Longarm Quilting Machine!

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It was a few hours late so I puttered around my quilting/sewing studio…It finally arrived!

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The first piece is one of the 12 foot leaders!

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Here is the side piece!

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The frame is almost done!  I hovered the whole time – excited to see it nearing completion!  Mike, the co-owner, was very patient with my hovering.

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Here is the actual sewing part!  Woot Woot!

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It is finally time to play!

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The tablet with Pantovision.  It came with 50 pantograph patterns, but I stand up front and trace it on the tablet instead of behind the machine with a laser light.

I played a little Monday at home and then went to three days of 9 to 5 classes with Renae  Haddadin from Quilts on the Corner.  She is a fabulous quilter – she got Best of Show at Paducah last year.  She was marvelous, as was her whole team!  See all her ribbons?!  I used this photo off her website, since somehow I lost the whole first days worth of pictures!  ARG!  I did ask permission to take her photo so I don’t think she will mind me borrowing one of hers.

My children all decided they are grateful that I am a stay at home mom normally. It was super fun and overwhelming.  I missed my kids and it made for long days and short nights, but I am so happy I got to go learn.  Blessed to have a husband who is excited about my new adventure and is supporting it financially. Now it is time to practice, practice and practice some more.  The experts make it look sooooooo easy and it really isn’t!

Happy Wednesday!


Blessings of Summer

There are so many blessings that come with summer – more time with my children – no nagging about homework  – less roaring around to get to things on time – less lessons – less stress!

Every morning I wake up to the beautiful songs of the many birds that share our neighborhood with us.  In return, I leave my big strawberry patch unprotected so they can enjoy a strawberry or two.  I tried several times this week to get a picture of one particular robin that loves the strawberry patch, but it kept hopping behind the big rock to hide or flying off.  A friend suggested I cover the strawberries to keep the birds out of them, but I know God is generous to let my patch produce so many strawberries, so I want to be generous to His other creations.  Thursday morning we picked and ate as many as we wanted and these are the leftovers…with many more ripe soon.  We have made 4 batches of freezer jam and shared bowls full.

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This beautiful purple flower is full of honey bees – love the buzzing they make. The little brownish specs are the bees – there are about 7 bees in this picture.

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My little rose garden is blooming and most of them survived a mass die back this winter and are growing beautifully. They make me happy inside and they smell so good.

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Green grass to play on, a neighborhood we feel safe living and playing outside in, enough water to drink, keep things green and to play in.  Notice the white stripe right down the middle of the lawn?  That is from the slippery slide the kids enjoyed last week.  After such a cloudy gray spring, I am especially enjoying our beautiful blue summer skies!

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Let’s not forget popsicles, picnics, sunrises, sunsets, bike rides, working in the yard in the early morning coolness before the sun peeks over the mountains, hikes in the mountains, tubing down the river, camping, reading in funny places, and family reunions. I didn’t get a picture but one day we had a family of Quail bobbing in and out of our raspberry patch.  The dad, mom and 5 babies.  They were so cute.  We watched and watched for them again, but we never saw them again.

What are your summer blessings?

1st Week of Summer Equals Success! Wahoo!

When Blondie got up Saturday morning and announced she was Booorrred!  I thought I was doomed to a long summer of whining! After all it was officially still just another weekend.  But after one week of summer, I haven’t heard that phrase very often – thankfully! We have kept super busy with a variety of activities. First up (actually this was Thursday, May 29) Brownie graduated from preschool and is officially going to Kindergarten in the fall.  Isn’t she beautiful?  Her hair is naturally hombre. She didn’t want to dress up – she wanted to wear her preschool t-shirt one last time.



Monday morning was busy with piano lessons, my very first quilt class ever at a LQS, the Elf Princess started Drivers Ed and Miss America started basketball camp at the High School. Both teenagers decided to go makeup less this summer and the Elf Princess isn’t going to use heat on her hair.  She came home from Drivers Ed all horrified that her class was full of super HOT boys and she didn’t wear makeup.  I thought for sure she would break her vow, but nope, she has gone makeup less all week so far. I am happy that she is comfortable enough with her beautiful face so she can go without makeup. MIss America is off to bball camp.


The afternoon was spent moving sand from our neighbors yard to our yard for our new pool.  We splurged with our tax return this summer and got a bigger pool – bigger kids need more space. Bigger pool equals more sand.  Today I am weary of sand and setting up the pool so I am resting while I blog.  I am sure the nagging will be begin to finish getting it ready so we can start filling it today.  haha – as I was typing that, Blondie asked if we could fill the pool today.  I reminded her that the last big pile of sand has to be shoveled into the wheelbarrow and moved so we can lay the pavers around the pool. Everyone must be as tired as I am because no one moves when I mention the sand pile.

Tuesday morning we went to the theater for the kids summer movie club. That was relaxing. After the movie, we drove the big white truck to the quarry at the base of the mountain for another load of sand.  The teenagers got to unload that one.  They shoveled it into the wheelbarrow and I hauled it to the spot.  I swear that was the biggest load ever!  And we have hauled lots of sand throughout the years. Piles everywhere!  It ended up being too much sand for the pool space, so we added more to the sandboxes. We had to lower the ground so we also now have a big dirt pile for them to play in.  Tuesday night we wanted to go play in a splash pad but when we went out to the car, the rear tire was low.  I drove to the gas station to pump it up and found it had a screw in the tread so we came home and had Creamies and watched a show instead.

Wednesday morning the tire was sitting on the rim, so I pumped it up and drove to the tire store.  Thankfully it is under warranty and it didn’t cost me anything.  Blondie has a sinus thing going on and complained about her ear the whole time we were waiting so I called our chiropractor and he squeezed her in to do a sinus and ear adjustment.  We got home with 5 minutes to spare before I was suppose to start teaching my kids sewing class. whew!  Sewing class was fun.  Blondie kept telling her friends at school about her sewing projects so one of the moms asked if I taught classes.  I didn’t but I decided to….8 classes this summer.  Brownie, of course, insisted on being one of the students.


They made Kleenex covers and water bottle covers.  Brownie is too short to reach the pedal and another student is too afraid to push the pedal so I had to sit beside them and push the pedal for them.  We ended class with Popsicles. Next week we are making easy bags. Wednesday afternoon in the blazing hot sun (the tarp and sand were so hot they were burning our feet – I HAD to wear shoes! That is against the rules in the summer!) Miss America and I struggled and were frustrated putting the pool poles into the little support pocket things for a couple of hours. Only hours later to find a random piece of blank cardboard in the bottom of the pool box that actually had a tip on the other side to make the pool insertion easier!  ARG! Get them wet first.  That would have been nice to know!


This is the pool and the pile of sand that no one wants to move yet. I am too tired to make a fuss about it.  The crazy thing about hauling, moving, and leveling all the sand is the places that hurt on me – my stomach muscles and my elbows.  Go figure.


The big kids are mad because I am only going to let them fill it to a safe level on Brownie – which means not the full 4 feet.






Of course – summer means computer games!  He loves the Spirit Animal books. Special thanks to my little brother!  There is this game that goes with the books that my son just discovered.  I, of course, have to be the mean mom and try to limit him to an hour a day.


The empty pool box makes a fun fort – lots of strawberry eating and book reading going on in there.  Then a big bee buzzed in and they came screaming out and that was the end of the box this morning. LOL

It is only Thursday – we still have scouts today.  They will be cooking – hope it is edible.  haha  Tonight is the school party at an outside aquatic center. The kids are super excited about that.

Not to mention all the friends coming and going – and the tv being on every time I turn around – not a tv fan!  The teasing and wrestling, staying up late and getting up late – oh NOT!  They keep forgetting that part – everyone is up by 7:30/8:00 am. Well, not the teenagers. Where is MY peaceful time?!  I am being the “meanest Mom” ever.  They can’t even ask me for something until their chore and piano practicing it done.  4 days into summer and that is still working pretty good.  Now to get it to last ALL summer….

Happy Summer!  How was your first week?