Yeah!!!! It's the first day of summer!! The longest day of the year! I really wanted to take the littles to the park and have our first "picnic" of the year....but you know Michigan...the weather didn't cooperate....AGAIN! My littlest one asked that we get a "real" picnic basket this summer....and i thought " If that is all it takes to make his summer memorable....then why not?" He was so thrilled!!
He is the one with glasses....the other cutie is one of his best friends...and cousins..Bradley! They love to play together and get into mischief...can't you tell by those grins??
The weather here has been pretty comfortable so far...just warm enough for the kids to go swimming and play outdoors...but not too warm to the point of melting while trying to get dinner on the table!
This day was a scorcher though!! How desperate do they look??? Ha ha ha!! We didn't have the time to start up our huge pool so we let the kids set up this kiddie pool....and it was so hot they couldn't wait to get in! I was sitting in the air-conditioned house like any good mother would do! Can't have me melting out there too....who would take care of all my chores?? Hee hee!
Finished another rug....the camoflauge one i was making for my brother-in-law. That one was a pain. I tore up some of his old, worn out shirts that he didn't want to part with and added it in with a brown sheet. Using different fabrics was more trouble than i thought. I will definitely think twice before agreeing to do that again. Here it is...even though you can't see the true colors...it did turn out nice:
Now i am working on a new one...using animal print flannel sheets. I love working with flannel Sheets!! They are so easy to tear and they flow really well when making the rug. And they are very durable. I'm trying to get a nice stock of them done so i can have a booth at a craft fair this fall. I love working the craft fairs...with some help of course! I also want to make some hand hooked rugs...but i don't have tons of time to get all this done....and i haven't finished a hooked project yet. The wool can be so expensive and i am leary of buying some if i don't really get into the process. You need time and patience.....and it seems i don't have much of either right now!!
Just a little note: I have been doing ok with my health lately. I have lost another 3 lbs so far and i have been walking two miles at least three times a week. Having a walking buddy who feels and eats like me has helped me a great deal!! WE are so much alike it is scary!! Hee hee!! I go see the doc in July and he wanted me to lose at least another 10lbs....i hope he isn't disappointed...but i am trying and i feel i am learning how to live a better life...not just be on some silly diet that i will certainly not follow for long...as has been the case in the past! So wish me luck....that he doesn't want to put me on more meds...i hate taking pills...its bad enough i have to take the one for blood pressure! Until later...
I am back!!! Sorry it has been so long...and its going to be a few more days until i can post some "real" things...but i couldn't access my blog!!! Can you believe that??? I have so many things to share:
Aiden had his kindergarten graduation ceremony. I finished my camoflage rug.
We have inquired about constructing on our property(finally!) Summer officially begins here in a week ( have to admit..i'm not ready!!) And so much more!! I am so glad that i have finally fixed the problem!! I have missed all my blog world friends...and i hope you have missed me!!
In times like these....where there is no money for the schools and teachers are losing their jobs every year...i feel it is very important to let Good teachers know they are appreciated....so.....of course this crafty girl had to get busy...like i don't already have enough on my plate!! Hee hee!!
I have two littles that attend school...we won't even talk about the older one...she would kill me if i made something for her teachers...LOL!! That means two gifts...well..budgets aren't just tight in the schools ya know...so we had to get clever!! And i believe we have already discussed how i like to play in "blogland"!! Oh the ideas!! I wish i could remember the blog i got this idea from...but of course....i can't..but i want to give credit where it is due.
These are for my daughter Anne's teacher...Mrs. Duncan! She has such a way of teaching that makes the kids feel special and important. She challenges them and i really appreciate her...she is a hoot too!! We totally click and i LOVE that!!
These are for my son Aiden's teacher....Mrs. Shown! She really has a talent working with little 5 yr. olds. I volunteer in her room all the time and can't believe she does this everyday!! Hee hee!! The children ADORE her and listen to her every word!! God bless women like her!! To make the plaques...i just took a thin board (Bought mine at Walmart) glued some pretty paper on the front..glued another piece of paper on that(after i wrote the cute little words after their letters. The kids thought of the words and i copied them!!) Then i top coated it with decoupage glue to make it last. Drilled some holes and added a ribbon. So fast and easy but it makes a great impact. Its something they can take home or hang in the classroom!! The cards were just as fast and easy!!! I folded some cardstock, trimmed the one side with my decorative scissors, glued a piece of decorative paper on the front (i matched the paper to the paper from their plaque!). Then i glued a gerber daisy on top of the paper. When that dried i wrote the saying inside! I thought it was such a clever way to say "thank You!!" Don't you?? I hope they like them....i know my littles can't wait to give them their presents. SO TO ALL YOU TEACHERS OUT THERE:
THANK YOU AND GOD BLESS!!! Not everyone could do the jobs you do and you are truly appreciated...even if you aren't always told!!
Just wanted to ask everyone to stop and say a prayer today for all those ravaged by the severe weather last night!! I couldn't believe my eyes when i was watching the news this morning...my heart aches for all those people. Tornadoes are my biggest fear in life and i can't begin to understand the fear they felt before they hit. Please pray that God helps them heal quickly and pray that they can overcome this tragedy with whole hearts! Thank you!
I'm here...i swear! I know its been awhile..but i have been so busy that when i stop for the day...i really do stop!!
First things first: I went back to the doc and guess what?? I lost a total of 5 pds....i know it doesn't sound like much..but its great for me. AND...... My heart is normal!! No bad flaps..not enlarged...no blockages...etc.!
WHEW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! That is such a great weight off my shoulders. I was so worried that the test was going to reveal something was terribly wrong. Heart disease runs in both sides of my family...my dad died at the age of 42 from a massive heart attack. So you can imagine my sigh of relief! BUT.......now he wants me to lose 10 more pounds by July 15th.....can it be done...you betcha! I'm gonna get right on it.....as soon as all the Easter candy quits yelling my name and jumping into my hand from the basket! That mean candy....doesn't it know that i have goals?? Hee hee!!
Speaking of EAster....how was everyone's holiday?? Mine was great of course. Its always about the little's ...doing all the decorating and telling them the stories of how Jesus gave his life for ours. My little daughter was actually crying this year...until i reminded her about how he rose again to heaven!! Here they are decorating their eggs at my mom's house:
They couldn't agree about what kind of decorating kit to get...so mom to the rescue...we used regular food coloring..and vegetable oil! We loved how they turned out! The colors were more prim (totally my fave!) and shiny! And how cheap...i didn't have to spend a dime....yahoo!!
Here's my pretty egg.....pretty good huh?? Hee hee!! I had to get my fingers in there too of course! As the littles and i decorated...my oldest was hard at work too:
Not sure what she would do if we didn't have access to the internet! i believe she did actually joined us towards the end and dyed one egg....hey...we'll take all we can get...hee hee! We spent Easter sunday with the family at my mom's house. We have it there because my grandma is bed ridden and if we didn't do it there...she nor my mom would be able to enjoy the festivities. We had a great meal and then hid eggs for the kids....they loved it!
Not quite sure how i managed to get a picture of just my two..but there they are...deep into the hunt. We only lost two eggs...not too bad i think! My daughter won the prize for the most eggs...$3.00! Whoo....plus she found 5 plastic eggs that had money in them! Boy was she happy. Thought i might have to borrow some of that money so we could get gas to get back home!! Just kidding...you don't want to get me started on that subject!!!
And here is my last easter picture i'm gonna share:
Isn't she the cutest bunny you've ever seen?? That is my 4 month old neice Jeri. I couldn't stop kissing those cheeks....she is the happiest baby i have ever come across...and that is saying alot! Just love her!
Well i guess thats about all i have for now! i received another order for more dishclothes and i'm still working on the rug for my sister...not to mention the games i volunteered to put together for the school. I need to take some photos of those one day..who ever thought these games up did a great and imaginative job! You'll see! But they are so time consuming...oh well ....anything for my kids and their education!!! Talk to you soon!! may God bless you in all you do!! Tonia