Sunday, April 27, 2008

The Unveiling

You are the very first to see my latest creation.

This is the first full-sized reproduction sampler that I have designed, and will be selling as a pattern. It is based on an oldie that I have admired in my digital sampler file, but the photo I have is blurry, so I took plenty of artistic license. It took me two months to finish stitching the model. It is still unframed, but otherwise finished, and I am SO happy!

Drumroll, please...

I didn't have quite enough of the darker linen, so, in the spirit of the resourceful women in past centuries, I simply spliced another strip of linen to the bottom! I was a little nervous about how it would turn out, but I couldn't be happier with the final result.

I know that most of my readers know little or nothing about the history of samplers. Feel free to ask away, but be prepared, because I absolutely LOVE old samplers, and you will probably get bored long before I run out of things to tell you.

My brilliant Son saw it on the counter and had a great time practicing his alphabet...

And then he flipped it over to make sure I kept the back neat. :)

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Big Fish

This past Saturday, we took a much-anticipated trip to the Bonneville Fish Hatchery so that Big Brother could see some really big fish. They have some very large Sturgeon in a viewing tank, and lots of rainbow trout that are out in a shallow pond where people can feed them. Our Boy also got to see a train go by, which was equally exciting to him!

After a way-too-short nap in the car:

Baby's naps are always short!

This was a small-ish sturgeon:

We waited out a huge hailstorm while down in the fish viewing house:

Sturgeon look creepy from the bottom:

"Wook, Mama! BIG FISH!"

Baby Girl really didn't care too much about the fish. This photo was taken just before she let us know that it was once again nap time, which she took in her Mama's arms while Big Brother had all the fun!

Post-Hat Hair!

Monday, April 21, 2008

Happy Birthday, Dear Farmboy

Matt's birthday was on Thursday.

We have been enjoying a week-long visit from Uncle Mike and Auntie M Twist, all the way from Southern Arizona. It was fun having them here to help celebrate the big day.

the Boy simply WOULD NOT stop asking for cake ALL DAY LONG. No matter how many times I explained that it was for his Daddy, and that we couldn't eat it until Daddy came home, he was just SO excited. And when his Daddy finally came through the door, the first words out of his mouth were, "SUPISE! CAKE!" Here he is FINALLY enjoying his dessert:

Cousins enjoying cake time together:

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

What's Wrong With This Picture?

Taken this morning... April 15... It was almost 80 degrees two days ago.


The Boy: Wook, Mama... draw!

Mama: Very nice, Buddy.

Mama: What is it?

The Boy: A Man!

Mama: ???

Mama: Oh! I see it! Good Job, Buddy!

The Boy: Yeah. Dank Ooo.

Sunday, April 13, 2008


Why plant just one flower,
when, by expanding the hole just a little...

You can plant thousands?

On a Warm, Sunny Day...

You must gaze up at the sky while hangin' in your front pack...

And you must bury your whole face in a Fudgsicle while sittin' on the porch swing with Daddy...

The Best Stain Remover

And it is all-natural too... SUNSHINE!

Friday, April 11, 2008

3 Months Old!

Here she is with her bear...

And here she is with her brother...


Monday, April 07, 2008

Fun with Auntie Jo

My little sis stopped in to visit this weekend, and while I was out grocery shopping with the Youngest, she entertained our Firstborn with a bowl of ice...


Me and my Girl