Sunday, April 19, 2009

weekend sewing!

I did a little sewing this weekend and so much fun! I made two skirts for
Madeline...they are cotton and were super easy. Pretty cute!!!
{just ignore the GIANT bruise in the middle of her forehead...she ran into her friend at school!}

Saturday, April 18, 2009

A few things from around here...

Things have been kind of busy here this week.
TAKS in 1 1/2 week for me and some new project stuff for Will.
Maddie is good but I think she's ready for summer like her mama!
I think we are all a little tired and have a touch of the "I-don't-wannas"
Here are a few things that have been going around here!

{This is a crayon holder for Maddie's church bag}

You have to turn your head because for some reason these
pictures refuse to orient on the screen correctly:/

{we had hail on Wednesday night!}

{onions in the garden}

{garlic in the garden}

{little skirt I made Maddie today}

{cute owls and fun stitch from my new machine!}

Easter 09

Easter was cool and rainy in Dallas this year.
We had a wonderful service in the morning,
a little egg hunting after Maddie's nap,
and ended the evening with family dinner.
All in all it was a wonderful day for celebration!

{putting flowers on the cross in front of church}

{sweet pea!!!}

{pretty eggs}

Thursday, April 9, 2009


Madeline's teacher told me this story:

She overheard Madeline and a little boy talking while in one of their centers. After a short while, the chat became a little loud with Madeline saying, "I do too have peanuts at my house!" and the little boy replying, "Girls do NOT have peanuts!"

At this point the teacher thinks to herself, "this isn't really about peanuts."

Madeline storms over to the teacher and tells her that her friend says she doesn't have peanuts but she does because her Pops brought them to her. The teacher doesn't really respond because the little boy is headed over towards her. Madeline goes off and the little boy says to the teacher, "Madeline says that she has penis at her house but my dad says girls don't have penises!" and walks away leaving the teacher to ponder this situation:)

Out of the mouths of babes!

Friday, April 3, 2009

My new toy!

I have entered the 21st century for sewing! After several years of borrowing sewing machines from family members (thank you so much!), I finally own my own machine!!!!! I am not an expert seamstress, I kind of like to think of myself as a dabbler. I was taught pretty early by my amazing grandmother and my talented mother. I have done a few projects over the years, including the bedding for Madeline's nursery, and really enjoyed the hobby of sewing. After much research and debate I finally settled on a Brother CS-6000i.

I received my new machine this past Monday and I have not had the energy/courage to do much more than set it up on the table and read the manual. I must confess that because it is computerized I was a little intimidated! This week there have been a few times that I just sat in front of it and stared! I actually worried that I had stepped out of the small boundary that encompasses my sewing skill.

Well let me tell you something, it is an AMAZING machine! The bobbin threaded so easily, the upper thread was simple, and the pièce de résistance is that I don't have to use the foot peddle! You heard correctly!!! I can sew with the touch of a button!!!!!!!!

See that gray button with the arrow??
All I have to do is press that button and it just sews away!!
Oh wait! Did I forget to tell you that my new machine has what is called an automatic needle-threader?? I know, right?!?!? All you have to do is follow the arrows on the machine, press the lever, tug on the thread and release the lever. This actually pulls the thread through the eye of the needle!

The side load bobbin with the clear cover is pretty amazing too :)

I am in LOVE :) Off to sew now, wish me luck!

Thursday, April 2, 2009

60 years

This past weekend we spent some time with Kathy's family to celebrate the 60th wedding anniversary of her mother and dad. On Saturday we all got dressed and headed out to The Gaylord Texan in Grapevine for family pictures. The photographer, Cindi, was so sweet and patient with everyone and her work is phenomenal! After pictures we went to lunch together to celebrate Bill's birthday. We had so much fun just talking and laughing and of course watching the little girls! That evening we met in Fort Worth (just the grown-ups) for a quiet steak dinner. Of course we were in the V.I.P. lounge!!

The two of us before we hit the road!

Madeline in front of the koi pond

Madeline and her sweet cousin Ellie were so happy to see each other! They insisted on holding hands and had a great time hamming it up for the camera. Aren't they just beautiful???