Wednesday, November 18, 2009
...a little sunshine and blue skies this morning, even though the forecast was for rain all day. It's now afternoon and the clouds are rolling in, but this morning it was so nice to see the sun. It's still been really cold today, but the sunshine made it all worth while.
Today I am thankful for Dom's good health.
Monday, November 16, 2009
Today I'm thankful that I got to talk to my grandson and find out that he had a really good day. It was his first day at his new school since moving to Alaska a week ago. He sounded happy and excited about his teacher, his class and the friends he has already made.
Today I started a new class on Jessicasprague.com called Holidays in Hand. Tara and I are both taking this class and I'm really excited about it. We will be making a holiday album for this year as well as getting and staying organized throughout the holiday season. I think it's going to be fun!
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Sunday, July 26, 2009
The little kids playing in the pool Carla and Pep brought and set up in the backyard. Pictured: Gracie, Joey and Aiden.
Dom opening his gifts with McKenzie in the background.
Mark and Donnie...and that's little Skyla that Uncle Mark is holding, she doesn't look too sure about him.Looking down the table towards Dom. That is Aiden in the sunglasses on his left and Bob Lavoie barely made it in the picture on the bottom right corner.Andrew and Jeremiah eating dinner, you can also get a partial view of Aiden on the right side of the picture.
Another shot of the dinner table, I was so busy I didn't get very many pictures but did make sure I took some after everyone had gotten their food and were sitting down. I wasn't in my "photographer" mode, so I must apologize for the lack of good pics...sometimes you just got to go with whatever you get. In the picture above you have a close up of Tara and Andrew, above them are Jeremiah, Elaine, Bob Lavoie's daughter, then Dom at the head of the table. On the right side of the photo are Chad and Bonnie.
Now looking down the table in the other direction from upper left and moving clockwise: Dom Jr., Carla, Kylee, Mike, Ken Gemma, Laura, McKenzie, Tara and Andrew (in the blue shirt).
Another shot of the table with Jake, Bonnie's great-nephew in the foreground. Everyone else is shown and named in the other pics.
- Crunchy Napa Cabbage Slaw (this was a really good slaw, one of the best of had, but you need to really watch how much cilantro you put in, it can get a little spicey!)
- Spinach-Blackberry Salad (this was a little unusual, but surprisingly good I used marionberries from our yard and shaved parm cheese)
- Romaine and Mandarin Orange Salad (I really liked this, the poppy seed dressing was great! I'm glad I have lots left over and I was even able to send some home with Chad and Melissa since Chad really liked the dressing too!)
- Greek Tortellini Salad (I added black olives, and chopped hard salami, didn't add the spinach leaves, added chopped basil leaves instead - this seemed to be a crowd favorite - the lemony vinegrette was really good)
- Cucumber/tomato/green onion salad with balsalmic vinegar dressing (my own recipe that I have been making for years, a real favorite with several people in our family. So glad our own onions were ready to be picked for this, they add such a great flavor to the salad.
- Bruschetta in a bowl: tomatoes, basil, mozzarella and croutons tossed and dressed with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. (got the idea from #42 here).
- My own homemade potato salad that I have been making for years.
- Fruit salad with watermelon, honeydew melon, red seedless grapes and green seedless grapes.
Monday, July 13, 2009
Sunday, July 12, 2009
Saturday, June 27, 2009
Today I was looking around another website that I used to go to quite often and I came across this blog entry that I had written in December of 2007. It is a memory that I want to keep so I've copied it over to my blog. It was interesting to me how making things here at home always seem to bring back so many memories of my mom, just like my previous blog about making jam with my girls, this little homemade gift also brought memories of my mom. I want to keep these memories and pass the on to my children and grandchildren.
the following Blog entry was written December 21, 2007:
I always try to make something a little different for my oldest brother for Christmas, this is what I came up with this year. It is one of those unfinished wood boxes (8 x 8 and about 2 inches deep). I started by painting the top the bright pink. Over that I tried some of that Tim Holtz one-step crackle paint in a denim blue color. It was the first time I had tried this product, and it does work, you just have to make sure you put it on really thick. I got it too thin in most places so when it did crackle, it was a very fine crackle. Once that had dried I went over the top with one of my distressing ink pads to emphasize the crackle effect a little more. Next I started to decorate the box. Used a Heidi Swapp clear stamp to stamp the word "Play" then cut around the stamped image with a craft knife. Mounted that on some paper and adhered it to the top of the box. It still looked a little plain so I started layering different rub ons until I had a look that I liked. Wrapped some pink and blue striped ribbon around the sides of the box and the outside was complete. Just a couple thin layers of decopage medium over the entire out side, let that dry and moved on to the inside. (I really like to decopage over the ribbon on projects like this. It helps keep the ribbon securely in place and also keeps any ends from fraying.
Since I wanted to keep the unfinished wood look on most of the box, the inside was rather easy. Just cut a piece of printed paper to the correct size and adhered it into place on the inside of the top. Next I cut a soft pink piece of Bazzill cardstock to the correct size and started measuring out the lines for my gameboard. Some Mrs Grossman's Design Lines from my stash made the perfect Tic Tac Toe grid on the cardstock, once that was done I just adhered the gameboard into the bottom of the box.
Instead of the usual Xs and Os, the game pieces are pictures of my brother and his wife mounted on DCWV Glitter cardstock and covered with 1" page pebbles. Made 5 of each and my little homemade gift is ready to go.I think my brother is going to love this, especially the fact that you play the game with pictures of him and his wife. I can just imagine his grandkids coming over and arguing about who gets to be G'ma and who gets to be G'pa!
When I'm making gifts for my brothers at Christmas I can't help thinking of when we were kids. With 6 of us children, things were always tight around this time of year. My mother would start working on making us gifts months ahead of time and was always so creative with what she came up with and how she would get them all made in secret with all us kids around. She could work on my brother's and sister's gifts while they were at school, but with me being the youngest, I was always at home with her. One of my favorite memories was the year when I was about 4 or 5 and she made me a stuffed doll with this beautiful yellow yarn hair and a complete wardrobe. For weeks before Christmas I watched her make this doll and all these wonderful clothes that she told me was for my cousin for Christmas, and my mother never lied to us kids. I was so jealous that my cousin was going to get this wonderful gift. You can't imagine my surprise on Christmas morning when I unwrapped my gift and found that wonderful doll. Come to find out my mother had actually been making two dolls, not just one, for all those weeks. One for my cousin and one for me.
Friday, June 26, 2009
Monday, June 22, 2009
Sunday, June 14, 2009
Sunday June 14 we had the baby shower for Melissa out at our house. The shower was hosted by Tara and Piper, they did a wonderful job! I was just looking through the pictures from the day and I'm so pleased with how everything turned out. Melissa seems so happy and healthy, pregnancy really looks good on her. Here are a few of my favorite shots from her special day.
Whenever she decides to make her appearance, she will be very well loved!
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Saturday, June 6, 2009
Last Saturday we headed to the Coast to visit with Barb and Glen. The weather on Saturday was pretty grey and drizzly, typical Oregon Coast weather, but Sunday it was only partially cloudy and the temp was in the 60s. After golfing, lunch in Waldport, making strawberry jam, and helping in their yard, Barb and I finally were able to get down to the beach for a short walk in the early evening. I got some great photos, like this one of the sun just before it sunk behind the bank of clouds on the horizon. We had a wonderful visit, played some Mexican trains and enjoyed the wonderful view of Ona Beach State Park from their front deck.