Saturday, June 26, 2010


Here is my second finish of the summer. It is titled "America" by LHN. I am not sure what I will start next, Lord knows I have several choices what with all the stash I have bought in the last eighteen months.

Summer is slowly winding it's way through June for us. Our next big event is the annual July 1 shoot 'em up with our friend Christopher. July 1 is the day that they start selling fireworks in our fair city. Every year on July 1, (after Jonathon's dentist appt.) I take Christopher and him to the fireworks stand. They come home and spend hours in the front yard shooting "stuff". The other night at the ballgame Christopher's mom said he had already told her that on July 1 he was coming to our house.

I have tried through the years to make my house a fun place, full of snacks for kids to hang out. It was all part of my master plan for the teenage years, which are quickly approaching. If our house becomes the hangout, then I won't be wondering where my kid is, and hopefully I will know what he is doing. Dan and I really enjoy Jonathon's friends and having them around the house.

We have two double headers this week then our baseball season will be finished. I am ready, although I must say our evenings at the ballpark are quite enjoyable for us as a family. I only wish the bleachers weren't so hard! And I am one of the lucky ones with a lot of padding.

Here's to a great weekend for everyone. Try to stay cool.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Brave Hearts Finished

I finished this piece two days ago. It is Brave Hearts by LHN. I have currently started America by LHN. I guess this post demonstrates the dangers of stitching blogs-- you see, therefore, you think you must stitch. I am trying my hardest this summer to stitch up some of the things I have bought and my WIP's. I have decided with the exception of thread I am buying anymore stitchy supplies until I have stitched those I bought this past year.

We had a double header Wednesday night. We won 1 and lost the other. Jonathon did really well, he did manage to get on base a couple of times. The neighbor kid aka Batman was also playing t-ball at the next game over, so between games mom and I went down and watched him bat. Of course when we got there he was busy in the dugout filling his ball glove with water. I asked what he was doing and he said--"Filling this up with water."

The weather here has been very hot and humid, so that is giving me lots of time to sit and stitch. Of course if you could see my house right now, well, it looks like I have been spending a lot of time sitting and stitching.

Murphy got her stitches out this morning at the vet's and she weighs a whooping 10 pounds. I had to laugh my cousin's daughter had a baby this morning and Murphy only outweighs the baby by 1 pound 2 ounces.

Here's to everyone having a safe and wonderful Father's Day weekend.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

News From the Homefront

Well, summer is in full swing here, or I should say summer is trying to be in full swing. We had four inches of rain Sunday night which canceled more baseball games. We should be like halfway through our schedule and here we have only played one game.
We have been spending time outside in the evening practicing our batting. One of his coaches recommended that we get an old tire and have him stand on it while batting, thus teaching him to keep his feet still and helping with balance. We also went and got this broomstick type bat and really small woffle balls, which are supposed to help. I don't know how much this has all helped, but we are definitely having fun with the practice and getting in a lot of family time without the x-box or the computer.

Of course no practice would be complete without Murphy the Diva lying right in the middle of everything relaxing.

I am busily stitching on my newest LHN design that I do not know the name of. It is almost finished and if I got off of the computer for one little bit it would probably be done. The design has the verse telling about the colors of the flag and what they mean. I am also currently crocheting an afghan for a Christmas gift.

Jonathon has had the summer bug that is going around. One day he had a fever of 101.7 and then it stayed low grade for the next couple of days. He was signed up to do a 5k that Saturday. When Saturday morning came around he said he wanted to participate, I think he wanted to run because he and a friend has signed up together. Wellllllll, that turned out not to be a good idea. It was very hot and humid that morning and he definitely wasn't up to running 3+ miles. He walked most of it- crossed the finish line- asked to go to McDonald's for breakfast-came home took a shower and laid on the couch the rest of the day.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Battle Hymn of the Republic

I'm baaaaaaack! I finally got around to finishing the BHotR, after several months of putting it off. So here you go. I am back where I started having a bunch of stuff backed up to frame, but hopefully HL will have some specials this summer.

School ended for both Jonathon and I the week before Memorial Day. I really enjoyed my students this year. Every year at the end of the year I "make" them write thank you notes--only we call them letters of gratitude- to two adults in the building for helping them get through middle school. It doesn't have to be a teacher necessairly, but just an adult who has made a connection to them. I always go through them sorting them and making sure they don't say something rude or inappropriate and have to redo the assignment. As usual there is always one that sticks out in your mind. This year one male student wrote a letter to the science teacher and I literally laughed out loud when I read it. The science teacher shows a video of a birth. One line in his letter referred to the video, and it went something like-- I will never forget the video of the live birth, that image is burned into my mind forever!

Jonathon did very well in school as usual. He participated in the school spelling bee this year and got 4th place with 46 kids participating. He tried out in his classroom, but then got stage fright and didn't want to do it, but I made him anyway and he was happy that he did. He also received rewards for his performance on the Kansas State Assessments.

Right now, he is busy with baseball and planning to run a 5K tomorrow with his friend. He also got x-box live last weekend. I resisted and resisted before finally giving in, so far, it has worked out okay, but he is spending way too much time playing video games! Of course I haven't been here a lot lately as I have had meetings with work, running here and there with my mom and getting some things taken care of. Next Monday and Tuesday should be the end of that.

Dan's work has picked up again after a long, slow winter. He worked twelve hours today, which will be nice on the checkbook balance.

I have started a LHN pattern, and of course I can't remember the name for the life of me. I am looking forward to be able to stitch and read stitching blogs and basically getting caught up this summer. I have been spending some time everyday getting some house project underway.

Have a great week and I hope life keeps you in stitches!