Monday, May 26, 2008

Cutie Pie

I've had a fairly productive quilting weekend, considering Saturday was spent at a family wedding (which was beautiful). I have the top done for my UFO and got the last row sewed onto the Dick and Jane quilt. I needed some materials for my next project, so off I went. It was a bit hard leaving, though, with my boys looking all cute... I have no idea how Ian can sleep in a position like that, but he's been running a fever this weekend and not acting like himself.

When I got home, the sun had finally come out and the temp was just right for playing outside. Ian loves being outside, and had the 'All Boy' look of overalls on today. He was just too cute and I had to share.
Ian munching on a strawberry.

Splashing in the pool because it was too cold to get in.

Trying to stand back up.

Hope everyone else was able to get out and enjoy the weather. Happy Memorial Day!

Tuesday, May 20, 2008


So living in Omaha, we get a few airplanes overhead each day. Every time we're outside and hear one, we make the sign for Ian and also say the word. Now, this doesn't happen every day, usually about 3 days a week. Today we were eating our bowls of cereal for breakfast and you could hear an airplane flying over. Out of nowhere, Ian says, "Airplane" and makes the sign. It was just so random because it's been a few days since we saw the last one. He constantly amazes me with how quickly he picks things up. I can't believe how much a 15-month-old can do.

The school year is quickly winding down. Only three days to go. I'm looking forward to spending the summer getting caught up on my scrapbooking and quilting projects, but more importantly, being able to experience every minute with Ian. I've gotten a good start on my May UFO, the pieces are all cut out and the background assembled. I just need to iron the appliqué pieces down. It will help now that season finales are happening, too. I won't get so caught up in my TV shows that I don't get anything else done.

Saturday, May 17, 2008

What a Day!

The weather here was perfect today. I spent the morning running errands, and the afternoon planting flowers. I don't have much of a green thumb. Most of the flowers I plant are perennial bushes (roses, lilacs) and bulbs (tulips, iris, callas) that I don't have to do anything to, or plan anything. Planting annuals in containers is another story. I've tried different combos over the years and have never found any I really like... until know. I don't know if it's all because they're pretty much the same color, or if it's because my planters are actually pretty full, but I like this year's planters.

We took Ian on a picnic this afternoon. We went to Chalco Hills, a place we'd never been before. It has a huge lake and lots of nature trails. Ian was so cute. We didn't think to bring something for him to sit on, and I was worried Darrin wouldn't get to enjoy his food because he would have to hold Ian. Turns out, Ian can handle sitting at the table just fine. To me, the cutest part was watching him swing his feet back and forth.

After we were done eating, Ian had blast playing on the slide. But the neatest part was the nature walk. Darrin and I are used to seeing deer because of where we grew up, but it was so weird to be walking down the path and have one less than 25 yards away. It never moved no matter how much Ian talked or we took pictures of it. They're so used to having people there.

I hope you all had time to get out and enjoy the weather. I can't wait for another day like this one.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008


I know it's been awhile. I made myself promise not to post until I made some serious progress on my quilt. I thought I could get it assembled faster than I did. I always seem to underestimate the length of time. I thought I could get the pinwheels done in a day... more like a couple months. I thought sewing the rows together would take two hours... more like five. The quilt's one row short (I need to make one more pinwheel block). I'm thinking a thin border in one of the pindots (red, orange, yellow, green, blue) and then a bigger piano key border. I was leaning towards a thin red border. Opinions?

Ian went back to his daycare provider for the first time today, but I don't think he was keen on that idea in the beginning. He was so used to getting spoiled by his grandparents and staying at home. He wasn't the only one getting spoiled. It was so nice having my mom here last week, and then spending a long weekend with Darrin's parents. They cooked meals, cleaned the house, got up early with Ian. It was like one long mother's day for me! Speaking of mother's day, Ian got me the Tenderness figurine from Willow Tree and Darrin promised me a date night. I think we've had maybe two of those in the 15 months Ian's been alive. Date night for us is dinner and a movie, and with movies as expensive as they are here, we don't go very often. Here are some favorite pictures from this past week.
Self-portrait of Ian and me

Ian with Grandpa Dan

Darrin and Ian

Ian with Lacey (he says "Sasey)

Hope everyone has been able to get out and enjoy the weather. Only 8 students days to go until Ian and I can enjoy them all summer long!

Sunday, May 11, 2008


Michele at barrels of monkeys has tagged me.

Here are the rules:
1. Pick up the nearest book.
2. Open to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the next three sentences.
5. Tag five people, and acknowledge who tagged you.

The closest book I have is Lush Life by Richard Price.

"Faces. Unhappy tables, cokey waiters, who's passing by out there"- Steele tilted his chin at Rivington- "which of our neighborly neighbors is gearing up for another offensive at the next Liquor Board hearing. Great reader, great anticipator, alert as hell."

No idea how that ties into the context of the story, it's my next read, but haven't started it yet. No idea who to tag, either. The only blogs I read are those in the Prolific Quilters ring, so any of you ladies want to, go on ahead. I'm headed off to quilt, so that hopefully I can get the top pieced tonight and can post later.

Monday, May 5, 2008

14 Days and Counting

Today was the last workday until the end of the year. I was actually productive and got my lesson plans done for the 14 student days we technically have left. If you take off the field trips, track and field day, etc, it's even less. Don't get me wrong, I've loved working with my students this year, but they don't hold a candle to spending time with Ian every day.

Yesterday was quilting Sunday with my best friends. We quilt the first Sunday of every month. We spent more time this month planning our quilting trip through Iowa than actually quilting. I'm originally for NE Iowa, and so is Sara, one of the girls I quilt with. Her aunts own a quilt shop, so we're all headed up there in July, stopping at other quilt shops on the way there and back. Anyone know any must-see shops we should hit in Iowa? I got all the blocks cut and pieced for my quilt top, and now just need to sew it into rows and sew it together.

Ian's going to get spoiled this week. My mom is coming out tomorrow to watch him the rest of the week. His daycare provider had a death in the family and she's gone this week. Mom will leave this weekend, and Darrin's parents are coming down and staying until Tuesday, so the spoiling will just continue. It will actually be great having the extra help around home because these next two weeks are just crazy with after-work activities. Hopefully I'll be able to get the rows together by the end of the month.....

I finished reading a book this weekend: The Girl who Stopped Swimming. It had a few interesting connections to my life, such as the main character quilts (though she does art quilts) and her hubby is a computer programmer (just like mine). It had an interesting twist at the end that I didn't see coming at all.

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Quilt Group

The May UFO challenge has begun, and this month's number actually corresponds to the month-5. That means I'm working on my May wall-hanging. One of the gals in our group is celebrating her 300th post. Check out her blog- she's giving away some prizes
We won our softball game last night. That makes us 2-0. Ian's had a crazy week. His baby-sitter had a family emergency and we've had to spend this week finding different people to watch him so that Darrin and I didn't have to take off most of the week from work. Our friends have really stepped up and helped us out, which is great. They've become our Omaha family, since our family is all 6 hours away.

This weekend is busy. My work book club is getting together on Saturday, and Sunday is quilting group day, plus we're meeting with the owner of the cabin we're staying in this summer for vacation. I can't wait for summer vacation!