"Lo, Children Are An Heritage of the LORD: and the Fruit of the Womb is His Reward" - Psalm 127:3

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

More Birdie Stitches Blocks & Another Car Seat Cover

So I bet you thought with my Dad here, I probably didn't get time for any sewing, right? Well, you would be wrong. I actually had a very productive week - especially with the hand sewing.

I had started the January block for the Birdie Stitches BOM before he got here, and I managed to finish it early in the week. I used all blues and grey and one light tan for the legs, noses and arms. It is much prettier in person.

Then I did the August block, finishing it all in one day. I picked it because there wasn't too much involved in it and I wanted to be able to focus on visiting. I started and finished it all in the same day I finished the January block. We spent a lot of time sitting and visiting, so I worked on these while we visited. We also spent a lot of time playing pinochle, and I seem to have lost my touch ... if I ever had the touch - ha. Anyway, we had a great time, regardless of the score... though Grandpa ought to be able to say he had a great time, and the score was great too - I think he won nearly every hand we played!

Today I've just finished the February block. I started this one right after the August block, so I'm done in less than a week - about 4 days really, and there was quite a bit to do on this one. Now I'll have to pick my next block, and pick out all my colors so I'll be ready to keep going. But before that, I've got a lap quilt to put together. I'm pattern testing for a blog friend and can't share the specific project until she lists it for sale. I like the colors I've chosen and think I can probably get the top done this week. That's my goal anyway.

The only machine sewing I did was to put together a car seat cover like the one I made before. I was asked to make one by a friend who saw mine and wanted to give one to her sister who is due to have a baby next month. I was given free reign on what fabric to choose (that was a mixed blessing. I love to pick fabric, but I had never met her, and knew absolutely nothing about her sense of style. Hope she likes it, but then I think this was a pretty safe choice.)

This is the third car seat cover we've made. My daughter made one for my sister. Hers is made out of pink and blue Dilly Dally fabric - pink on the outside, blue on the inside - big loopy flowers. Very cute fabric. It would be cute to do a whole nursery in it. I don't know how we managed to miss getting a picture before we gave it away. Maybe I can talk my sister into sending us a picture ;)

Our Make-Up Photo Shoot

Remember last week I posted pictures my daughter had taken of everyone else at the lake? These are more of the same, but this time I was the photographer and we got pictures of the baby and my daughter, who missed out on the photo shoot last week. Enjoy!

Oh, and for those who think we're raising a miracle baby, the baby is not sitting up on his own yet (he's not quite 3 months old yet). All the pictures have cleverly hidden support - me or my daughter - holding onto him :)

Helping make footprints :P

I wish I was this photogenic!

Monday, September 26, 2011

Catching Up: Grandpa's Visit

We've been having a lot of fun with Grandpa here for a visit for most of the week. So much fun in fact, that I haven't had a chance to do any blogging. Here are some highlights...

Saturday we went back to the same beach we were at a week ago to do more fishing and playing in the sand. We picked up some subs and had a picnic.

Doesn't it look like the two year old is buried in the sand? Ha. This is on a pretty steep hillside, and there is a hole dug into the sand that he was sitting in.

Both the boys enjoyed wading into the lake. It's a nice gentle slope here so they were able to have a good time without being in too much danger.

And, Grandpa was supervising.

We saw a lot of beautiful butterflies at the lake. I think pictures might be better than all the work with pinning bugs. And these won't crumble after you go to all the work of collecting them :)

We caught a few fish.

Well, my husband caught two. I had one on my line for a quick minute, but didn't get the hook set in time.

They were pretty fish - shiny and brightly colored rainbow trout, which you can't really tell in the picture.

It was hard to get the two year old to leave the fish on the stringer in the lake. HA. ALL BOY!

They were kind of small ... (my daughter, Vanna White).

See what a difference camera angle makes? HA. Now that's how to tell a good fish story.

We wore everybody out. I buckled the little guy in and he was asleep before we could even get everyone loaded :) We did portrait style pictures of the baby and my daughter - the ones who missed out last time, but I will put them into a separate post.

Saturday evening we went to Papa and Bugga's to watch the big game - University of Nebraska vs. University of Wyoming. It was a house divided - my dad in the Nebraska hat, and father-in-law in the Wyoming hat :) Good friendly competition :)

Being originally from Nebraska, I had a hard time with this game. I didn't want either team to lose. Mostly though, I hoped Wyoming would play a good game, and earn some respect, and that Nebraska would win as they have more to lose bowl-wise. Got my wish :) Wyoming played great, but Nebraska prevailed.

Doesn't this look comfy? Everyone had their eyes on the game :)

Most of my guys, all cuddled up on the couch watching the game. The 20 year old had to work. You can see how cooperative the baby was being.

And here are a few more random pictures from our week. This is one of my favorites :)

Grandpa often had his hands full!


Sweet brothers :)

It's been a great week! ;)