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does anyone else have movie night in their laundry baskets?

i’m assured it’s ‘so comfortable!’

loved the Blindside by the way.

Sara got her new cast on. taking the old one off was a bit traumatic but she loves the pink.

unfortunately we may be going back to  get it replaced again. they wrapped it so high it pinches her little bum every time she stands.

i’ve started working on all the crib bedding only to discover i ordered a 1/4 yard less than needed. which is a problem when it’s pretty much sold out in every local store!


i have one bumper pad half done and decided to put up the crib to make sure it was the right size.

that may have been a mistake because Sara has taken her asking for the baby to come out from once a day to about 10 times a day.  ryan is so excited to have a brother he can hardly stand it. jena as usual is pretty uninterested in the whole thing…or she’d like you to think.

barry finally grouted the tile last night so we will hopefully have the bathroom put back together by the weekend. hopefully i can get some decent pictures of it.


and just for those who don’t know

these two finally got engaged!

woo hoo!


she won them a honeymoon to Mexico!

wow, i’m totally jealous.


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We have wanted to take out few shelves in our back closet for a long time and make a spot for all the kids ‘Stuff’.  Last Friday Barry decided to get to it. Then he asked if I wanted to paint the closet while it was empty.  Of course the answer was, ‘duh, Yes!’  I also wanted to finish painting this back hall and stairs and bathroom.  We have had the paint sitting around since we remodeled the kitchen last year, so why not?

Nothing special as far as color goes, just the same tan from the rest of the main level. But oh, how I love freshly painted walls! Especially right inside your garage door that is the dumping zone for everyone’s stuff.

But like we usually do…suddenly we were redoing the entire half bath. Cabinet out, toilet out, floor out.

This is Barry painting a wall.

He does NOT paint.

I paint.

He will do anything but paint.

But seeing as I kept leaving big circular belly marks on the walls, he didn’t have much choice.

Here is our little PBJ covered helper Scooter, which is what her dad has started calling her since her broken leg.  She is very good at bossing everyone around.

The girls kept us entertained with music. This is their tripod turned microphone that they sing into every afternoon.

Laminate Glue is a bugger to get off!

And here is the latest condition of the bathroom.  Everything is painted and Barry started laying the tile last night.

Please note the bottom piece of tape, “Do Not Wail On Tile”.  This is what happens when you tile at 3am. Wail and Walk become the same thing. :)  The kids thought that was very funny when they discovered it this morning.

Hopefully this project will be done in a few days.  I wish I could get better pictures of it but that is a challenge in a 3×3 hall and a 5×5 bathroom.

And for everyone who wants to say this is me ‘Nesting’, you are probably right. But it’s Barry nesting too. He does it right along with me every time I’m pregnant.  Sort of like the first time I was pregnant, with Ryan, and I gained 25 lbs and he gained almost 40 lbs.

Seriously. :)

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I finally got a new sewing machine.

I adore it.

It sews just like it’s suppose to. I wasn’t asking much, just some even stitches and correct tension, that’s all I wanted!

It’s the Bernina Activa 220. A pretty basic machine really but it does have 20 or so extra fun stitches.

It does Free Motion Quilting like a dream. Being that I’ve never had a machine that did it correctly, it’s a dream to me.   After researching for about 4 weeks it came down to this or a $4000 machine.  I looked really hard but I couldn’t seem to find the 4 Grand lying around. :)  I also found that at least 4 of the professional quilter’s I follow either started on this machine or still use it.

So I have finally started finishing up some things I’ve had lying around for months.  I even ripped out all the quilting on a 50×60 quilt I had done on my old machine so I could redo it.  I’m so happy I did to.

I finally quilted my Wonderland  Table Runner and I decided to try some pattern quilting rather than just random stippling or loops.

Not horrible for my first try but not real impressive either.  There is definitely a talent to this art and I have yet to discover it.

I have decided that I don’t hate binding so much now that I have a decent machine.

I didn’t even curse once!

I’ve been seeing those new Car Seat Cover things around and decided I wanted one.  But I wasn’t about to spend $40 bucks on one. $12 is more my style. :)

(I do realized I just totally sounded like my mother, aunt and grandmother, claiming I could make anything for cheaper than you can buy it. Which is SO not true. But when it is, I’m all for it. So I don’t want to hear any comments from my sister or my cousins. You know I’m talking to you, Heidi, Amber and Teri!)

I also decided to put a very thin batting inside since I’m having a winter baby and wanted the warmth. I’ve never seen one with batting but I’m really happy with it.

I didn’t realize it when I bought the fabric but I like that it matches my car seat.

Barry looked at it and said, ‘So is that supposed to be for a boy?’

To which he receive the ‘I’m pregnant, cranky, don’t mess with me, evil eye’ from me.

And then he responded ‘well, I guess it’s kinda boyish’, and then he ran away.


A few minutes later he returned with a Pepsi for me and started rubbing my shoulders.

Smart Man.


Now I’m just not so patiently waiting for this fabric to arrive by mail so I can get all the crib bedding made.

Cause ready or not I’m being induced on January 25th.

Nothing like cramming it in at the last minute!

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Christmas project

I’ve wanted to make this table runner since last year.

I thought I was pretty happy with it but I used felted wool and it did not survive the abuse it got everyday.

I wanted it to be pretty primitive so I just zigzag stitched everything which I really like and I also loved the wool texture.

It ended up really stretched and wavy so I’ll be remaking it again next year.

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I’ve had these Wonderderland by MoMo Charm Squares sitting around for about 6 months.


I Adore them. But what to make with them, hmmmm…..

6 months and nothing brillant struck me.


Big surprise.


So I decided to just pick a pattern that I have in my ‘make it someday’ list and go for it.


This is about the point when I looked over to find my shadow with scissors in hand, attempting to cut my hexagon pile to pieces!


She’s decievingly cute.


And thankfully unsuccessful in working scissors.


I’ve yet to decide on what to back it with, so we’ll see how it turns out.

I used this tutorial here.

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I have been attempting to finish this quilt for over a week now.

My original plan failed because I can not find the thread I used to applique the stars on.

I attempted an overall stipple and hated it so after about 4 squares I stopped and unpicked it.

I attempted to machine quilt stars all over and basically I sucked at it…so I unpicked it again.


Did you know that you can quilt a 12″x12″ area in about 4-5 minutes and it takes you about an hour to unpick it?

I don’t suggest testing this. Twice. Just trust me.

I think I have decided to hand quilt it.  But then again that may change!

Here is my little helper, who must be on top of some portion of my quilt at all times.

It’s very helpful.


I currently have an two dressers full of fabric.  One of them is going to have to be used for baby number 4.  Which means I’m going to have to start cleaning up this mess.

I haven’t finished that either. I usually just open the door, look inside, groan and close the door again.  And for some reason that isn’t helping. Hmmm?


My other project last week.

Welcome to Peach Headquarters.


My mother apparently lost her mind a few months ago and ordered 5 bushels of peaches. For those of you who don’t know that’s about 13 boxes.

I kept asking her what she was going to do with them and she just gave me this look, you know the one your mom gives you when you should just shut up and do what your told. No matter that you might have a point or be right.

So I just shut up and did what I was told. :)

After 2 days of canning we had 150 quarts of peaches.

I don’t really want to eat peaches for a while.


Here is my other problem, not that I’m complaining, because I never complain.

My food storage room in the basement is packed! I just cleared off every last inch of space to fit all of my salsa so I had to find a new place for peaches.  Our back closet had to be cleaned out (which it totally needed) and now I have 2 shelves full of peaches.


Don’t you love the new Silver lids?

It’s silly, I know but they look so much better than the old gold ones.  My mom actually commented to me that she wondered why they had changed them.  I personally think it’s a younger generation thing.  Canning has become pretty popular/trendy with my generation and I’ll bet there are more than a few of you who would rather have the silver than the gold. Am I right?

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Wow, its been a while.

I’ve sat down several times to do a little update but I had 2 problems.

1.  No pictures, my camera isn’t working and you can’t have a post without a picture. Well unless is really interesting or funny and I got nothin in those 2 categories.

2. I am Mrs. Negativity the last month or so. Really, I’m a blast to be around. Whine, complain, poor me, blah, blah, blah.

I had my little breakdown a few days ago and I’m feeling a little better.  I’m going to be positive. I’m going to look at all my blessings and be grateful.  My little pity party wasn’t helping anything so what’s the point anyway? Right? I’m a work in progress and now I’ve decided to actually progress.

Ok, moving on then…

I needed something to distract myself from myself so I started a little quilt/table topper/I don’t really know what it’s going to be yet.

Please excuse the  iPhone, as it is the only camera I have at the moment.


It sort of ended up being a little patriotic with the Reds, Blues and Tans/Whites. It’s funny how quilts come together, when all of the blocks were separate I wasn’t really loving it, but now that I have them together I think I like it.

I still have a lot of borders to add which should make it much cuter since I’m using this blue polka dot.  I love me some polka dots! Seriously, they are just one of those silly things that make me really happy.


Speaking of works in progress. My Mama is going to be so proud when she see’s this!  (She won’t see it for like 2 months cause that’s how often she reads blogs and she won’t comment cause that would be too hard to figure out. :) Love you Mom!)  Now take a look at this…


Can you believe it? I USED THE IRON!  My seems are all pressed and actually sew in the right direction!  See I told you I was a work in progress and something you taught me finally sunk in! Woo Hoo!  And can I just say that it is soo much easier to put a quilt top together when you iron it. Holy Crap, you have no idea.

When I made Jena’s Quilt about 2 years ago she would stand in her sewing room with me and iron all of my blocks.  It made her completely crazy that I wouldn’t iron them.  I owe that quilt looking so good to her. I can’t imagine what it would have looked like had she not ironed for me.

Now Mom, you can’t say that didn’t bring a little tear to your eye.  And guess what I’ve even been ironing Ry’s Church shirts too!  Wow, I’m really making more progress than I realized. 9 years of marriage and I am finally ironing my kids clothes.  Barry’s clothes, ehh, not so much. He can do it himself.

Ok, one more picture before I go because it totally cracks me up.


Check out Sara’s Gut!  That thing looks like it’s about to burst!  Which is funny because she is my skinniest baby and her belly never looks like this.  She must have just eaten or something.

She has become my little stripper this summer. She thinks she needs to take her clothes off and run through the hose all day long.  Yeah, we are totally white trash like that.  In the front yard too.  Somebodies gotta bring a little Ghetto to the neighborhood and wouldn’t you rather look at that cute butt than the 14 year olds boxer shorts?

Yeah, that’s what I thought.

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