That my blogging has become non-existent. My apologies. We’ve been busy soaking up the summer. First there were fireworks at the city show (exploded straight into the crowd instead of the sky thankyouverymuch).
Then there was some merry go rounding,
It’s been busy on some days, slow on others, and hot all the way through. We’re looking forward to some crisp cool autumn air and some more frequent blogging for all 6 of you to read. Over and out.
Abby and I are (trying) to soak up these nice summer days where she’s the only kiddo the best we can. This morning we headed out to our city’s fun, totally free kid’s day as part of the city’s strawberry days celebration week. Abby was still a bit young for most of the activities, but she loved seeing all of the “puppies” that were there with their owners for the pet show. She was so so sad when I took her out of the little area with 3 little cocker spaniel puppies… she loved them so much! She was happy to see that there were a lot of other dogs to look at when we left those 3.
Why, yes! We did have a lovely Easter Sunday! Yesterday I finally decided that Abby must have an Easter dress for actual Easter and not the week after, so I took myself to the fabric store in between sessions of General Conference to pick up the fabric. Things got busy (while the boys went to the Priesthood Session my mom and sister and I went to dinner and did a little shopping) so I didn’t end up starting her dress until about 9:30 PM on Saturday. It’s a million times easier to sew while The Gril is asleep, so I just got on a roll and didn’t quit until about 3:30 AM when I finished it. Then I had to help the Easter Bunny out! I rolled into bed around 4 AM but it was so worth it!
I got the fabric at 40% off at a local quilting shop (they do a 1 yard minimum on their sale fabrics, which works out perfectly for toddler size dresses which usually take just over a yard). Between the fabric and the zipper, this dress cost about $9.00 to make. Sweet! It was a fairly detailed pattern, so it took longer than I expected it to, but I love the way that it turned out! These are the first sleeves I have put on one of her little dresses without an elastic bottom, so they had to be gathered and cased inside of bias tape. Between that little detailing, the ribbon on the front of the bodice (the pattern didn’t call for the pleating type thing, but I thought it would be more fun), and the gathered pockets, I think the extra time makes for some cute extra touches.
This morning we had to wake The Gril up at 9:45 so that she could do her Easter thing before we got too far into Conference. She was a little mystified by the whole thing, but she did enjoy finding treats all around! She got a tiny chocolate bunny, some peeps, and a little baseball type cap for wearing outside when we are out in the sun, plus the egg loot! She kept picking up one egg at a time, eating what was in it, and throwing it on the ground to find a new one. She learned how to shake it to find out if it was empty pretty quick… that’s my girl =]. We did get her to throw a few eggs in to the basket at one point, but she was much happier just holding them one at a time.
Of course, we had to stop by Grandma and Grandpa’s house for a delicious Easter dinner (Thanks mom!!) and some egg dying. We went with a tie die kit this year, and our eggs turned out pretty? In the eye of the beholder, I suppose!
What a lovely day it was… Holidays are getting more and more fun as our sweet girl figures more and more things out. I am really looking forward to Halloween and Christmas!
Well friends, I’m back! I’ve been working/playing up in Idaho since Wednesday but now it’s home sweet home and back to some really exciting things I have cooking. Like cooking for instance: I’ve got grand plans for dinner all this week. Not usually my strong point, but I have a feeling this week will be a good one. There’s also some etsy and giveaway goodness coming up too. Fun!
While I was away I got to go to Grand Targhee for a couple of hours and do a little skiing with my uncle while The Gril hung out with my aunt in the kid’s club right there at the resort. Let’s pretend that I am an amazing skier, for in reality I am really really not. I was sore (super sore) for a good 3 days post my little jaunt down the mountain.
I also spent a few days in Idaho Falls helping my sister-in-law and her husband paint their living room, hallway, and main bathroom. After some ceiling paint color choosing issues we got down to work and were able to finish aside from a few minor touch ups here and there. It was a lot of work! I think I am ready for a vacation from my vacation… isn’t that how it always ends up? =] I can’t wait to own my own home so I can do a little painting of my own. Sigh. Someday!
Just a little reminder to myself as I have a million and one things to do today (The Gril and I are going out of town tomorrow bright and early, and you know that long long list of things to do before you head out!) to make it fun and stress free while I get things done. I think everyone should take a minute to relax and enjoy life today. I think we forget all too easily that life is not to be hated every step of the way. Let’s enjoy it!
My cousin Brittney is having a little baby girl (Hannah is the current front runner for a name, I believe) sometime around May 30th. Can you believe that she’s only 1.5 months away from delivery? Some people have all the luck! We gave her a little family shower this weekend and this is the only picture I snapped. Dang it! We used the same decor as Abby’s first birthday and my sis in law’s bridal shower. Those decorations have done their job plus a little… maybe we can squeeze one more event out of them?
The Gril’s been sick with a high high fever, so we’re taking it easy today. But I CAN’T WAIT to show you a little change I made to our place last night. =]