Car time conversation

20 Jul

Background info: Ian is 7, Kaiden is 6, liam is 4, and nana is…never mind how old (as dirt) I am!


so we are on our way home from a movie and Liam asks:

“nana?  Where do we live?”

i reply “we live near Trent”

liam: “no, we live in canada”

ian and Kaiden: “we do not live in CANADA!”

liam: “yes-HUH!  I know because of the maple syrup we eat on pancakes and waffles”

ian and Kaiden snicker and snort.  Ian:  “Liam do you live in china?

liam: “no”

kaiden: “do you live in America”


ian:  ” well look at that American flag!”

kaiden: ” that means you live in America not Canada”

ian:  UNITED STATES of America! We are a m e r i c a n s!”

It’s quiet for a minute and then Liam says just loud enough for the boys to hear:

“I live in French”

And groans erupt from the back seat along with much head slapping.

Boppa time

6 Jul

ElianaDisney princess castle


Tag you are it!





I know the snaps aren’t the greatest but the subject is!

Ready set LEGO!

13 Apr


setting the scene.. 3 boys ages. 7, soon to be 6 and soon to be 4.  Common interest LEGOS.  Buying Legos, building Legos, racing Legos, leaving a lone lego on the floor to be step on at 3 am (old lady potty run) and nearly taken out by, eating lego treats, watching lego movies…I think you have the picture now.

the invite:

Lego invite Lego invite Lego invite

the gift bags:


Included in the bag was a coloring book that Carin printed and I stitched down the center to hold it together (yes you can sew on paper!)


i spent an entire day making almost 200 lego crayons:

Lego crayons

And several lunch hours cutting out lego magnets:

we tossed in a little jar of bubbles that were super cheap and all we had to do was open the package!  Which after the crayon day, was about all I could manage!

and the attire:

Lego shirts Lego shirt Carin purchased shirts in their favorite colors and printed their name and mini figure with their birthday #  on an iron on transfer.

The cakes: lord Business, Batman, and superman.  Dairy free and made by Carin.

Lord business Batman Superman


The games:

Lego car Build a lego carRacetime and then race it!

Lego mini figure cookie decorating:

Cookies  Lego figure picture taking:Photo studio

Be your favorite lego character: Scott Karen emmett lego building:Lego  And lego toss, musical chairs,  lego carry and of course a Hard Hat Emmet piñata: Pinata  The kids had a blast.  And were almost as tired as the adults at the end of the day!





28 Mar

So the church bake sale itself was a success.  But my little cookie holders, not so much.


I made 20 little holders using washi tape, burlap strips and buttons.


And I ended up buying 12 of them back before we dropped prices to 50%  for the last 10 minutes.

Cookies Cookies

oh well Scott now has some fresh cookies and I have 12 decorated holders for some future event.

Oh well not a total loss.  Unbeknownst to me at the time, I guess I had a couple people trying to determine my age and so far I must be keeping the wrinkles at bay as the guess was a few years less than my actual age.  Thank goodness they weren’t trying to guess my weight.  Course maybe plumping up my wrinkles is what shaved those years off the guess.  Dang it.  Waddling off to the treadmill now.

Let’s get all lovey dovey for a minute

12 Feb

Soon it’s valentines day so in addition to being in birthday mode, we (mostly Carin) took a slight detour….

the valentines.  Ian and Kaiden are having a party at school today so we made these valentines for them to exchange with their classmates:

Valentines Super each to make.  Get some twinkies but don’t eat them ( okay it’s not THAT easy).  Print out the little minion characters and tag (“you’re one in a minion”).  cut it out and tape around the Twinkie if you managed not to eat it.  glue on some googly eyes,  use bakers twine to string the tag and staple it to the wrapper.  Walaa!  Repeat 40 times.

ian class was encouraged to make a valentine box at home and bring it to school to collect their valentines in.  Ian chose “hard hat Emmet”.  Again pretty easy.  We already had hard hats in the costume shop.  Carin slapped on a coat of red paint and put his name on the side.  We used a shoestring potato can for the head.  This was painted with both spray paint and acrylics.  Ian did a great job on his hair don’t you think?

Emmet ..Ian/emmet

And to show appreciation for each of the teachers and room helpers, Carin filled a jar with dove chocolates and put a cute little printable on the lid, string some fun yarn around the rim and tag each jar.

Valentine Valentine

January finishes

11 Feb

Total of 5 finishes for January.  Heirloom was offering double points for small quilts.  These first 4 will either be wall hangings or table squares.

Jan finish1 Up close 1 Back 1

The square in the middle of the block is probably 1″ finished.

Jan finish 2 Up close 2 Backing 2

Little blue baskets, badly pieced but not real obvious once given a hot bath and dry!

Jan finis 3 Up close 3 Backing 3

Teeny 9 patch!  The squares within the 9 patch are 1/2 ” finished!

Jan finish 4 Backing 4

Colorful little hour glass.  Apparently the photog decided against an up close pic!

i think (don’t quote me) these were Jo Morton patterns from her little women club.  Love the texture created by the quilting, wash, dry process!  I quilted all 4 of these with 1 backing.  Quilted was freehand as is obvious when looking at my wiggly lines!  I hand bound these.

Jan finish 5 This one is a nice lap sized quilt that we gave as a wedding gift.  2″ finished batik squares.  Quilted in a teal thread with a nice all over design.  This quilt was hand bound.

and that wraps January. So I started with 96 – 5 January finishes leaves me at 91!


More ufos

4 Feb

Ufo X 3. Ian Kaiden and Liam’s bed quilts.  Needs borders, wheels, quilting and binding

Ufo Ufo  So that is 5 more for my quilt tops.  These next items qualify for the Heirloom Creation challenge but do not add to my unquilted top total. ie: I’m still under 100!  Dang I missed one.  No photo but it’s a mini Jo Morton hour glass. So 6.  Still under 100 and still a non hoarder!

Ufo X 2.  These are quilted and ready for hand binding

Ufo Purse just needs handles

Ufo Just needs the handwork on the binding

Ufo Kelly’s GC squares.  Needs a little fix on the quilting and the bias binding applied and the handwork.

so I think that puts me at 96 quilt tops, plus 5 “projects”