Friday, June 25, 2010

Summer Projects

The girls and I have been trying to keep ourselves busy with fun projects this summer. We love the kid's scrapbooking classes at my work and the girls wanted some cute/crafty aprons to wear to class, so:

We came up with these. I love how they turned out. The patterns are from the book "retro aprons for kids", and the girls chose all their own fabrics and trims (all from Scrapbooks, Etc of coarse!). They really reflect their tastes and personalities.
Then it was on to more projects. Not only do we have amazing quilting fabrics, but we also have cotton flannels that I have been craving! I finally got some and made little "cuddle" quilts for the girls (inspired by the talented Heidi Lynn I die cut all the pieces with our quilter's dies, and they went together so fast. Celeste did a lot of the sewing on hers.

Celeste chose her own fabrics (above) from Riley Blake, Amy Butler, Michael Miller, Moda...

And I chose Sophie's fabric from Amy Butler with the beautiful Michael Miller floral on the back


She really loves it!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010


After 8 months of fundraising/preparation and a 22 hour delayed flight Alexa is FINALLY off to Europe!

With passport ready

And all checked in

we met up with friends (Payton Swaim)

and said our goodbyes

Then, Alexa headed upstairs to pass through security and onto a plane to take her on the trip of a lifetime. FINALLY!

18 Years

18 years ago, today, Tony and I married in the Silver Bells wedding chapel in Reno, NV. Kind of cheesy, I know. But, already having a child (Michael was 11 months old) made the whole "large wedding, white dress," thing seem unnecessary. But why Reno? Why Silver Bells? In 1970 while in college, my parents eloped to Reno and married in the Silver Bells wedding chapel. They married there, because my mom's brother eloped and married there. And a few years later, my mother's younger brother married in Reno as well. It was kind of a family tradition, I guess we are not all the big wedding type!
I got 2 anniversary celebrations this year. Saturday night Tony and I went to dinner and a movie:

Then Sunday night we went to the Brazilian BBQ with Michael and Mercy, and then Michael treated us all to a movie (what a guy!).

So, happy anniversary to my husband, my friend, and father of my beautiful children. You always make me smile, we laugh everyday day, and I can not imagine a life without you. Here's to the next 18 years!

The Worst

Alexa Was supposed to leave for Europe last night on her much anticipated trip but, thanks to British Airways and a mechanical issue with the plane (yikes!), her flight has been delayed for nearly 24 hours. Seriously bad luck for all these kids, and we hope to see her off later today. I hope to post some good Bon Voyage photos tonight.....

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Memorial Weekend

We spent Memorial weekend at "the cinders" by sunset crater, near Flagstaff. We camped and went riding, and I have no pictures of the camp, nor riding. Oh well! Here's what I do have:

The kids, plus Michael's girlfriend Mercy, and our friend's son. You can kind of tell how pretty it was there.

Michael and Mercy

OK, one riding picture of Tony.

On our way home we stopped by these ruins. It was really cool!

And Mercy took this picture of the 6 of us together:

Not looking our best after 3 days of camping, but it'll do! Then reality hit as we drove down from the cool weather to arrive in the valley and a reading of 107 degrees!