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Sunday, October 20, 2013

it's been so long

wow! it's been almost a month since i've blogged! i have been meaning to log in here and share what's going on but it's been so busy!



this little sweetie turned 3 months old! can't believe it.  i really can't.  he's just so getting big too fast for me.


we also went to the coast for a week long vacation (which was wonderful and much needed).




this made me smile.  in our room one morning at the resort.  daddy and little man drinking their breakfast.





and these cupcakes from a local cupcake shop were amazing! truly.  we stopped there twice and it was pure heaven each time.  maple bacon chocolate cupcakes, triple chocolate ganache, root beer float (with little straws!), pb&j, boston creme pie... seriously, there was not enough time to try them all, but try i did.  as many as possible.  oh yes, and let's not forget peanut butter and chocolate.  just kill me now!



the boys on the sand dunes.  they had so much fun running around on the beach.  they and their dad took their RC racing cars and they all had a blast racing their cars around on the beach and sand dunes. it was so much fun and very relaxing.  we had some family join us for a bit while we were there.  it's always so much fun to have family or friends come visit for awhile.  we are going back again next year - at least once - it was so much fun.

 in quilting news, i'm working on a custom quilt for a customer.  it's a surprise for her in-laws 50th anniversary and all the blocks are being made by friends and family. i'm going to be piecing the blocks together and quilting and binding it.  possibly it was the wrong time of year to take on this project (since it's like, super close to Christmas!) but i really wanted to be a part of such a special event. i mean, 50 years together! that's pretty amazing.   i'll have pictures soon.  i just started receiving some of the blocks and plan to start sewing them together today.  this has to be finished soon so i really can't wait for all the blocks to arrive.  i'm going to start sewing short rows together and then if more blocks arrive soon i can easily add them in.

that's all for now! more soon.

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Scrumptious Table Runner

i did get some time at the machine to finish this little beauty yesterday.  it's not a color combo that i traditionally go for so it was actually kind of fun to break out of my box for a bit.  



fabric line used is Scrumptious by bonnie and camille.  i used 2 of the new mini charm packs moda has started making (a collection of coordinating 2.5" squares for those that don't know).


isn't it great!?! i really like the bright spring colors.  i think it would make a wonderful christmas gift for someone.


and that red polka dot binding? love! i may have to purchase more.  soon.  it's from bonnie and camille's happy go lucky collection.  


it's in the shop if anyone's interested.


that's all i have for today.  we leave this morning for a trip to Long Beach.  out of the 5 of us, 3 are sick (me included) so it should be an eventful trip.
hope you have a great week!

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Life

 Not as much sewing has been happening around these parts lately.  We've been too busy enjoying the end of summer and loving on a new baby.  A new baby that is almost 3 months old now! I can hardly believe so much time has passed since this little bundle was first placed in my arms.  He's such a happy guy.  He always has a smile for everyone (though he keeps his best smiles for his favorite people).  


At 2 months.  I just love this little guy!

A bit of sewing I managed to do one night while everyone was asleep.  I have it quilted now and am waiting for the binding to arrive in the mail.  I'll post more pics once it's finished.  This one is destined for the shop.
The tiniest of frogs found in our front yard.  We have a lot of frogs around our house and outside in the garden.  I love hearing them croak at all hours of the day and night and the boys sure do love catching them.

A stack of fabric I picked up from JoAnn's a few weeks ago and forgot to share.  Not sure what it will be yet.  I'm thinking the bottom fabric (red poppies on a white text background) will become some placemats with a red border (pictured right above).  I ended up buying the last of the poppy fabric.  Love it!
Playing with a set of new knees just like the ones they put in Jake's moms knees last month.  He was really interested in how the new knees worked and how everything went together.  Benefits of having a grampa that works at the hospital.  He got to see and play with a pair of metal knee joints.



And building.  So much building happening.  With Duplos, legos, wood blocks, stuffed animals, rocks, acorns, old boxes destined for the recycle bin.  These kids love to build.  I am always finding little "creations" (as we refer to them) around the house.  On the floor (and most certainly exactly where you're going to step because why would they be anywhere else?), on counters (right where you just cleaned so you could start making dinner), on the couch (in the very spot that you sit down to nurse the baby every single day, many times a day) and scattered all over their bedroom.

I don't mind so much though.  They're learning and developing skills and it cleans easily enough.  These are the little moments that I cherish.  I love seeing their minds at work and their hands busy.  And really, at such a young tender age, is there anything more important than learning through play? I think not.

And I tell you what, just since this summer this boy has blossomed. He's picked up on writing pretty well all on his own, without any interference, which is exactly how it should be I feel.  His penmanship is great!  He was so proud of himself for reading the sentences and figuring out the word needed all by himself.  And I was too.  He's a pretty amazing little boy.  'Course I think all three of them are and I'm a little biased.


And one more pic of this little sweetheart.  Just because he's so little and smells so sweet and we all can't get enough of him around here.

So that's life these past few weeks for us.  I will hopefully have some more sewing pics to share soon.  I did manage to get a few more small things pieced together last week but no pictures yet.
Hope you're having a great beginning to fall!

Friday, September 20, 2013

Seven

My oldest turned 7 on August 23rd.  I can hardly believe it.  It's such a magical age I think, don't you? Seven is when they start to develop who they really are.  The skin that was just a little too tight sheds away and this beautiful, magnificent little person is there, just waiting to go out and discover what they're made of.  The child disappears - not completely - but too much for this mama to handle just yet.   I look at Aiden and see glimpses of who he is becoming, watch him grow in confidence and knowledge, honing the skills already there and discovering new ones along the way and I'm filled with peace.  He is an amazing person with such a big heart and playful soul and I'm so proud to be his mama.

I tried finding a picture of just him for this post and almost couldn't.  He's such a great big brother that lately any pictures of him are also of another brother or two he's loving on.  

He was so proud to be able to burp Ronan all by himself.  He really is a big help to me and I appreciate all the hard work he puts in (and love that he doesn't think it's work!).
Teaching Odin how to ride his scooter.  Aiden got a scooter for his birthday this year and asked me and Jake if we could get one for Odin since he really loved riding Aiden's.

At the skate park the day after his birthday party.

Looking forward to another wonderful year with you buddy! Love you!

Friday, August 30, 2013

A bit of Gardening

Some of the beautiful tomatoes from the garden.  I'm so pleased we've been getting as many as we have.  Last year none of our tomato plants did well at all.  They have thrived quite well this year and I have plans for many more tomato plants next year.  We gobble them up so quickly they barely make it into the house.

The next day I managed to sneak out and get a few more tomatoes all for myself.  All with some herbs I cut for drying.  Basil on the left and a few different types of mint to the right.  I'll dry the mint to use in teas during the winter months.  

I tried beets for the first time this year and was amazed at how much I love them.  Love.  Them.  They are amazing! I bought an absurd amount from the Farmers Market and roasted them in the oven with some kosher salt and a bit of coconut oil smeared on them.  They were so amazing I could not stop eating them.  Neither could Jake and the boys.  As fast as they came out of the oven they were devoured.  Seriously.  Not one little crumb of them remained by that evening.  I had hopes of preserving them for a winter treat but alas, I don't think I have any hope of getting them to last that long.

A wonderful mid day snack we've all been enjoying.  Tomatoes and basil from the garden with some mozzarella from the farmers market.  Truly delicious.  I love the bounty of summer.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

A Bit of Sewing


So I finally managed to get some sewing done in between being a mom to 3 young ones.  Both the older boys were occupied one afternoon and little Ronan was taking a wonderfully long nap so I decided to sneak over to my sewing machine.  I spent the better part of an hour sewing a few of these blocks together with all my gorgeous little 2.5" scraps.  I was unsure what to make them into... A quilt would be gorgeous with all this bright happiness, but a table runner could be nice too... then my sister-in-law (who isn't even a quilter) mentioned what a nice pillow cover a block would make.  Well duh! Why didn't I think of that?!?  So... I think a few pillow covers and maybe a table runner will be in my near future.  I'm just loving all this bright scrappiness!


Just a few other glimpses of what's going on around here.  My husband surprised me by bringing this beautiful hydrangea plant home to me.  I love these trees and this color was so perfect.  We will plant it in a pot for now and transplant it into the ground once we are moved into the new house (which is hopefully going to be built this fall).


A few samplings from the garden one day.  Some incredibly sweet little tomatoes, basil, spearmint and apple mint.  The tomatoes were gone soon after the photo was taken and the herbs are all drying now - along with many other bundles I've managed to cut, wash and dry.


And how could I not end a post with this sweet face? He is such a joy.  So very loved by all of us.  Doted on by his big brothers.  While I may not be getting much sewing done lately I am enjoying my quiet times with his guy so very much.  Sewing and fabric will always be there.  This little face will not.

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Ronan

We welcomed little Ronan Alexander Joyce into our world on July 2, 2013 at 8:42 am.  He is so very loved by us all.  He has hardly spent any time not being cuddled, loved or held by someone.  

Just a few hours after birth.  He is absolutely perfect.

Just like the two that came before him, I am completely in love with him.  I could just stare at him, hold him and love on him forever.  

Tired mama and baby.  

The four most important people in the world to me.  Trying not to be emotional, but this picture gets me crying every time.  There is so much love and happiness in this one little snapshot.

Well, we are finally home from the hospital and settling back into life.  There won't be much sewing happening around here for awhile.  Recovering from a second c-sec is a lot harder than I thought it would be.  Besides, my machine is in the shop getting fixed right now.  Figured this would be the perfect time for a tune-up since I will be otherwise occupied for a little while.

Hope everyone is having a lovely weekend.  We plan on hanging around home and taking it real easy this weekend.