Tuesday, July 28, 2009

My New Vera B. Bags

I actually celebrated my birthday when we were in Chicago. My mom didn't give me my present, which was money, until we came home. She knew I would probably spend it at the LEGO store on Jonny if she gave it to me in Chicago. I took the opportunity to enhance my Vera Bradley "collection" by adding the large tic tac tote, and backpack in the retiring pattern Frankly Scarlett. I also got myself a couple of little things. I didn't need much in the line of accessories because I already had a purse in this pattern and most of the matching stuff.

We have not been doing much since returning home from vacation. Yesterday we painted the kitchen. That may sound like a huge project, but there isn't a lot of wall space in there to paint. I had good help with the project. Jonathon spackled the nail holes while I taped off the trimming. Then while I trimmed he rolled the paint on for me. He is pretty good help for a ten year old boy.

When we bought this house the original owners had just repainted the entire inside and everything is white or off-white. We just aren't a family that can live in an off-white or white house. My plan is eventually to get the inside repainted some different colors. The kitchen color was not exactly what I expected (one of my former fifth graders mixed it for me, could that be why? Revenge for a b in spelling?), but once I get some things hung around it will tone the color down some.

Today I finally got some stitching in as I have been busy with little projects here and there. I finished straightening the garage up and doing what I thought was needed there. I also got my vocabulary folders for my next year kids all put together and assembled one sleepless night.

Next week will be a hectic week as well. My mom is having a cataract removed and that will be a couple of days of appointments, Jonathon needs to be enrolled in school then, and he also has a doctor's appointment to update some immunizations. By then it will be back to work for me.

Have a great week.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009


I decided to do Jonathon's ten year scrapbook online, I think I already discussed this. I spent two hours working on our vacation and did not hit save when I closed and it is ALL GONE! What was I thinking?

Monday, July 20, 2009

Honey, We're Home!

We just returned from our Chicago trip. I am only going to upload these pics, because in all I have about 200 and it is just too hard to choose them. This one was a favorite. It is of a lighthouse on Lake Michigan. It was taken during a sunset cruise on the lake Saturday night.
Now of course if you ask Jonny he would say this was the highlight of his trip, the Lego Store, he is making a little gift in this picture to take home to his friend.

We did a lot while we were there and the kids had many new experiences and maybe someday when Jonathon grows up he will know that there is a big wide world out there and he can go places and do things besides living in SE Kansas. We took city transportation, taxis and things that we don't have the opportunity to do around here. We went to the Hancock Observatory, the Museum of Science and Industry, the aquarium, and Navy Pier, they played on Ohio Street beach for a brief while, and of course spent time on Michigan Avenue, enjoyed a water taxi ride and sunset cruise on Lake Michigan. They saw the different versions of artwork featured, the street performers and enjoyed the shops on Michigan Avenue. We went to Fannie May's candy store and ate hand-dipped chocolates.

When we went to the pool at our hotel we could see the Hancock Tower on one side of us and the Sear Tower on the other side. We also had the unique "experience" of being in the city the day the name of the Sears Tower offically changed to Willis Tower.

It did feel good to sleep in my own bed last night, though it took me awhile to wind back down. I must say that I really needed the vacation to help get things in back in some sort of perspective. We haven't had good summers the past two years, in fact the past two summers were downright mind boggling stressful with the flood, losing income, Dan's parents losing everything they had, and everyone being switched around and sharing living space, added to that the chronic illnesses both of his parents were dealing with during the '07 flood. In '08 everything finally fell in like a house of cards with the farming operation, so this vacation was a good break for all of us. Even though we loved the trip we are ready to be home again.

Tomorrow I have to get busy cleaning the place up and getting things back in order, then I am starting to stitch again.

Have a great week.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

How To Beat A Heat Wave

We have had some pretty hot temps in Kansas this year. During June we had several triple digit days and the past week we have had them almost every day. Jonathon and his buddy spent most of the day Monday sacked out in the recliner in the basement playing video games and watching TV. They certainly looked relaxed when I sneaked down the stairs to get a picture of them.

I, on the other hand have been hibernating and stitching the days away. I have finished stocking number 4, and started the fifth one this year (the nineteenth in the total lineup), and worked for a couple of days on the LH Heart of America.

Have a great week.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Newly Framed Prairie Schooler

I picked this up at Hobby Lobby on Friday afternoon. Now I just have to wait until Thanksgiving to display it.

Have a great Sunday.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

The Almost Stocking..

Well, stocking number 4 is at an official standstill until the UPS man shows up with my order from the Silver Needle. As you can see there is just a little bit left to do and as soon as I get the missing thread it will be finished.

From the second picture you can tell that I am making very little progress on the LHN Heart of America design, but I guess a little progress is better than none.

I took my Prairie Schooler Thanksgiving piece to Hobby Lobby last week to have it framed. I didn't have mats put on it since it already had a border. Their pre-made frames were 50% off, so it didn't cost a lot to get it framed. It should be ready later this week.

I hope all of you are having a great week after the 4th.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Fourth of July Photos

Most of Dan's family was home for the fourth, well, actually all of the sisters and brothers made it at some point in the weekend, just at different times. We enjoyed eating lunch at Jack's Place in Liberty. That is a place you actually have to eat at to enjoy. We spent time at the farm shooting fireworks, grilling out at our house, shooting more fireworks, and Sunday evening Aunt Heather whipped everyone three times in the ever popular basketball game of PIG.

In the middle of all of this I did manage to make an order to the Silver Needle to get my thread along with fabric and charms to make two more stockings for two surprise recipients. I am kind of picky about who I cross-stitch for, it has to be someone I know will appreciate it and I think this will be the case.

Jonny and Abby

Our nephew Wyatt.

Our niece Kelley, her significant other James and their son Jameson.
James recently graduated from Yale and will attend law school in the fall.

Our neice Kimber and her husband Luis. They are expecting their first little one in October. Kimber, Wyatt, and Kelley are brothers and sisters. Their other brother Tyler did not make the trip with them.

Our nephew John.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Home Remedy for the 4th

I had to share this sure fire home remedy for those little burns you get when shooting fireworks. We use this all the time when we get small burns around the house. It is BALMEX, which to mothers of young ones is diaper rash cream. Case in point the picture above--burn sustained from some mishap while trying to blow bark off the tree with a firecracker. A little of the diaper rash medicine and the stinging is gone and the burn is no longer "hurting". The only reason the wound merits a band aid is because what self-respecting kid of this age would want to be seen in public with baby butt cream on his finger.

I am not proclaiming this is good for major burns, like you might get from the flamethrower made of two-liter bottles and marshmallow gun the above victim has on his back. I suspect this would even work for sunburns, although I haven't tried it because I never stay in the sun long enough to get a sunburn. I do, however, promise the first person I spy with a sunburn I will smear some of this on and let you know the results.

Have a great 4th if I don't talk to you before then!