Saturday, June 18, 2011

Happy Birthday!

Today is Josh's birthday! Luckily, he made it back home from 3 weeks of desert training to celebrate with everyone! His mom, step-dad, and little sister flew in for the occasion so we have been enjoying some family time for the last couple days. Tonight we are taking him to a nice dinner at a local place in Downtown San Diego. 

While everyone is napping, I'm going to go put some icing on the cake. I hope it's as tasty as Gray's birthday cake, but I'm not even going to attempt to decorate it. :) 

Happy Birthday Josh!

Dang. I should have gotten candles like this...

Something to think about...

Just to give you a final picture of the quilt I finished a week or two ago. I'm still deciding weather or not to rip out the binding and re-do it by hand. 

Last week I finished a quilt top (Josh being gone makes me much more productive) for my niece. It's twin quilt was completed and gifted to her sister quite sometime ago, so it has been on the 'to do' list for a while. I've decided to send it off to have it quilted by the nice lady in Arkansas (who I mentioned in an earlier post) so I can get started on my next venture. I'm not ready to quilt something and gift it. Not yet anyway. 

Besides having the fabric for one quilt top in the beginning stages, I've decided to make a quilt for Gray for Christmas. I have a few ideas, like a pinwheel quilt, a wonky blocks quilt, a plus quilt, a zigzag quilt, a string quilt, and about a million others. Do you have any favorite patterns that you would like to share? I'm looking for more fabric to add to the selection for the quilt (especially some green fabrics), but this is what  I have so far. I've got to decide before I can start cutting. I'm head over heels in love with the helicopters and the blue fabric (an older Lizzy House print that is becoming more and more difficult to find). I'd like to get this one together rather quickly, but may finish it after the one I've already sort of started, to give me something else to practice quilting first!
This is what I have to think about...
If my quilting posts bore you to pieces, I'm sorry. Most of my friends don't sew/quilt so you get to hear about it! 

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Night. Night.

The other night Gray was not ready to go to bed, at least that is what he kept telling me. 

Mommy: "Are you ready for bed?"
Gray; "No, no, no." (in his sweetest voice)

I let him stay up a little longer while I was paying bills, etc. He got out a pillow and a quilt and laid down to watch some cartoons. When I looked up to check on him a few minutes later, he had already passed out.* No matter how wild and crazy of a day we have had, this always melts my heart. 

*We sleep with PJs (it generally gets cold here at night), but he spilled something all over them so we were going to get a fresh pair when we went back upstairs to bed. Luckily he pretty much slept through getting another pair on and went right back to bed.   

Saturday, June 11, 2011


This is typical of my life when Josh is gone. That is all. 

Apparently the sprinkler is broken. 

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Keeping Busy.

Josh has been busy preparing/training for this deployment, so Gray and I have been looking for ways to keep ourselves entertained. I finally started (and finished) quilting the a quilt top I completed piecing a few months ago. To be honest, I was pretty scared to quilt it. I've made quilt tops, but I always send them to a fabulous lady in Arkansas to have them quilted. After considering taking the next step in the quilting process for a LONG time (and reading a lot and watching a ton of YouTube videos), I finally decided to just try it. I was scared to potentially ruin the whole project, but as it turns out quilting isn't really all that hard. I wouldn't want you to inspect the finished product up close, but I like to think it's a pretty good first try! I don't think I ruined it! The binding is also completed, but I'm considering ripping it out because I'm not ultra-happy with the end result. I should have just done that by hand... 
Back of the quilt. 
Gray loves the finished product!

Gray and I tried a new church last week. It's super close to the church we had been going to, but Josh wanted to try something different and a little more traditional. A friend told me about this church several months back and I'm really glad we tried it.
Headed to church. 
After church, Gray and I went to see Kung Fu Panda 2 with a friend and her kiddos. It was a super cute movie and Gray loves popcorn so he was happy. 

No worries. We didn't even get close to finishing this bag of popcorn. If you get the small, Gray spills it all over the ground and freaks out. If you go medium, it's all of .50 more and he never spills much. It's a win-win situation. 
Watching the Cars 2 preview.
He is SO excited about that coming out this summer!
We have gotten into a few other things (like starting a new quilt) and cleaning up the house and yard in Josh's absence. It's all too exciting to blog about. I know that makes you sad, but maybe my next post will be about washing out the baby pool after Gray threw no less than 15 rocks and 1 lemon into the water last week.

*Don't judge my iPhone pics. :)