Saturday, November 28, 2009

Thanksgiving Break

Joel and I were lucky enough to be able to spend a week with our family over the Thanksgiving break. During the week, we attended a birthday party, three family celebrations, and plenty of time just hanging out.

Here is the birthday boy, Wynn...turning the big 5 years old!

Here is Rebekah sporting her Mom's sunglasses. She is so stylish!

Sanders is getting so grown up. Here he is right after he got a haircut.

Just the boys. Uncle Joel, Sanders, and Wynn.

Uncle Joel, Aunt Abbi, Sanders, Wynn, and Rebekah.

Joel and I are so blessed with amazing families. We both incredibly enjoy being an Uncle and an Aunt. Every moment we get to spend with these kiddos above and our other nieces and nephews is special to us. Unfortunately, I don't have any pictures from this past week with our older niece and nephew...I will have to do better at Christmas. Avi Grace is pictured below in her overalls that I blogged about last time. I was very pleased with how well they fit.

Just lounging...

Here is a back shot so you can see how well they fit.

On the way home today, Joel and I stopped at a Chick-Fil-A to get one of their AMAZING milkshakes. My personal favorite is the cookies and cream one. Anyway, while we were waiting for our handspun treat, we got to take a picture with the chick-Fil-A santa cow. Aren't we too cute?

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving break, and that you were able to spend a little time relishing in how much you have been blessed by God. I know I sure did. Now, I am looking forward to the upcoming Christmas season.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

What I've been up to lately...

A couple of posts ago I mentioned that I had taken a machine quilting class. I have been practicing my free motion quilting on scraps of fabric. I have a small boy's quilt in mind that I plan to donate to a charity (perhaps Project Linus), so that is why I have been practicing on all of these trucks and cars.

These are in NO way perfect, but it was fun to try out something new. I did the train first, and you can definitely tell it! I think the truck looks the best. By the way, the color in these pictures is awful, but at least you can see the quilting. (It is actually green fabric with white thread.)

Also, I found a good deal on a Burda pattern - 9772 at the local JoAnn's store this week. I decided to go out on a limb and try it! It is the first piece of clothing that I have made that is partially lined. I am proud of it, but most of all I am proud because I didn't have any difficulties while sewing it! I almost always have some sort of major question about what the directions mean or something like that.

I still have to do the buttonholes on the bib and put the buttons on the straps. I thought the fall fabric was too cute.

I hope you are having a good week. It is nasty and rainy here today. We turned on the heat for the first time this weekend. I am about to whip up some waffles, and then maybe we'll watch a movie.