Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Happy 30th Sarah!!

I wasn't there, but it was a glorious day! At the right is one of the only newborn picture we have of Sarah, taken 30 years ago with her Daddy-O, my hubby Greyhair.

Here she is on her first birthday in all her cuteness. She had a six-week old baby brother by then....(no comment, Greyhair).

Not much else to say, except that I'm very happy and lucky to have you in my life.


I love you,

Friday, April 25, 2008

Birthday Bash!

We'll be leaving shortly for the time-share in San Francisco where we will meet up with the girls to celebrate their 30th birthdays (Kate, last Tuesday and Sarah, next Tuesday).

I'd leave you with a few snaps of our girls at the various ages and stages, but Blogger is not cooperating and I must hurry to get this party on the road.

Greyhair and I are still trying to figure out where the last 12 years went, let alone 30.....

Until Sunday,

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

It Was Thirty Years Ago Today....

That Kate Aileen Gibson was here to stay....

A glorious 30th birthday to my daughter Kate, whose birth changed my life and hers forever. We were both extreme novices at the mother and daughter thing, but we muddled through it together and here we are.

Kate arrived two weeks before her scheduled due date, but given that this was in the pre-ultrasound dark ages, and all we had was the old-fashioned calendar for estimating arrivals, who knows?

Her grandmother spent a few nights and early mornings trying to console her so I could sleep.

She was a less than happy infant and spent quite a bit of her first 4 months doing this when she wasn't nursing. (See left)

Fortunately, baby-wearing was in it's first reincarnation and we spent a lot of time like this:

Thank heaven for the Snugli~!

In any case, the last 30 years have flown by and I just want to wish my darling daughter a


Friday, April 18, 2008

I Love My Postman!

Even if he does park his truck in front of my house for his daily nap, because today he brought me some wonderful and partly unexpected things.

First, as I was expecting, he brought me round 3 of the Spring Fling Round Robin, started by Luisa in Lisbon, Portugal and continued on by Liz in Brighton, UK. This baby has been all over, and if I could remember offhand where I'm sending it I wouldn't tell you because we're not supposed to, so there. Liz included a lovely FQ (metre) of this lovely fabric as a present for me which was very, very sweet.

As if all that wasn't enough, Sharon also known as The Quiltgranny sent me a couple of fabrics from her recent sojourn to San Luis Obispo county because she knows how much I love "The Day of the Dead," so she sent me these lovelies. I've been lusting for the black calaveras fabric for ages and I've never even seen the other one, so BONUS!!! Thanks Sharon!

Finally, after exhibiting an enormous amount of self-control and ironing Greyhair's (my spousal unit) shirts, I started work on the first of my Sew-A-Rows. I chose the 1930's project (duh) with Linda's propellers and Sandi's butterflies. I decided to add these guys, which you may remember from Alex's quilt last year.

Angie at Timberhill Threads suggested an alternative to my fusible thread applique, so I'm going to try it and will report on my success.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Blog Slacker

What with my trip to Pennsylvania, coming home to do the guild's newsletter and then going to Fresno to hang out with Kate and the boys while her hubby was camping, I've not done a lick of sewing in weeks. That does not make Ms.Jan a happy girl.

I currently have 4 (yes, four) Sew-A-Rows to work on. Luckily, they are not due until June. My next installment of the Mini Round Robin also arrived plus a couple of lotto blocks for Nancy, NP.

Guess I'm going to be sewing my heart out over the next week or so. Darn. I do have the Sew-A-Rows planned out and will post pictures and EQ designs tomorrow.

Before I left for Pennsylvania, I was cutting some celery from the Urban Garden on my deck and I was totally shocked to find a bird's nest with 3 eggs hiding in the plants. While I was gone, Momma bird (a robin) lay another egg and after my weekend in Fresno, all were hatched. I'm trying my darndest to keep my mitts (and camera) off of the family, but it is hard!

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Happy Birthday Blondie!

Happy First Birthday to the youngest member of our family, Alexander who is also known (by his brother) as Blondie and Baby. During his short life, he has suffered more than one indignity at the hands of his warped Mommy and Auntie Sarah, but he will survive, I'm sure.

He is a very sweet boy and I can't wait to celebrate with him this weekend!

I love you Blondie,

NOTE: You can see official first birthday pictures from his Mommy here.