Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Monday, July 30, 2007
J was very kind and gave the kids a great explanation of how the machine works which is pretty cool. I thought that it would be all computerized but it is not. She actually stands behind the quilt and guides a red light over a template of choice (we chose ladybugs, of course!) The machine is a foot or so away from the template and light and mimics the pattern onto the quilt. I might be able to describe the process better after a good night's sleep...;o)
Anyway, the quilt should be done minus the binding (Bless Betty's heart-She is going to do that too!) and tag(will have that embroidered this week) my mid August. We are getting so close-what a fun ride this has been! We spent the drive home talking about all of the things that we did in anticipation of the rest of the chidren which was fun. Granted, with my early deliveries, we only had about 7 months to prepare for each of them!
Sunday, July 29, 2007
This look may have worked for Michael Jackson in the 80's but this poor boy got everything from snickers to odd looks today. I've never received so many hand-me-down offers in my life. Don't get me wrong-I love hand-me-downs but the combination of events today had me mortified! In perspective though, Heavenly Father probably doesn't really care what a kid wears to church as long as they show up, right?
Saturday, July 28, 2007
There was a day not so long ago that I swore I would never own a pet. Now, here we are making homemade dog biscuits for our spoiled pup! These were good! Peanut butter flavored-just like a peanut butter cookie with no sugar. I'm on the hunt for a dog bone shaped cookie cutter. These seem to border on canine-cannibalism.
Friday, July 27, 2007
It's been almost 2 years in the making but the squares have been united and Meili's quilt is almost done! I think that Betty did a wonderful job. It turned out even better than I had imagined it in my head! I love the red and black fan border!
Here's a closeup:
It is so cool to look at each of the squares and think of the people who sent them along with their wishes for Meili. What a treasure! I can't wait to look at it with her one day and talk with her about all of the people who were thinking of her and waiting for her along with us...
After I spread the quilt top out on the floor to snap a few photos, the kids had a great time looking for each of their squares and finding the squares from their grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins. I so appreciate all of the squares from friends we know and friends from blogland!
On Monday morning, I'm off to an appt with the long arm stitch lady. She is hunting for a ladybug stitch design for us. If she can't find one, I may just opt for a meandering 'red thread' design. I'm also hoping to have a small tag embroidered that says, "100 Good Wishes for Meili-2007" to stitch into the binding on the back of the quilt. It could be done as soon as late next week-I'll be sure to post more pics!
Betty has done a fantastic job and she was quick and very reasonably priced! If you would like her to do a quilt top for you, send me an email and I'll put you in contact with her.
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
Well, we're back from vacation and slowly yet reluctantly readjusting to reality. I am gearing up for a monster post about all the fun that was had so stay tuned... I spent yesterday playing catchup with work. I don't talk much about my job here because I want to respect the privacy of my clients, many of whom I now consider friends. Many if not most of my home study clients have returned home with their children and are ready for readoption and post placement services which I truly enjoy. It is one thing to talk and speculate about attachment/adoption issues with families as they are preparing to adopt and quite another to sit down with them and their child(ren) and talk about what reality has been for them. I love that it always seems as though the child has always been a part of their lives even though I knew them when they weren't yet a family. It is also nice to have that reaffirmation that babies come home and ours will too. My favorite sw moment yet was when I showed up at a family's home for another follow-up visit after the adoption of two older children and was greeted at the door with hugs from them. I write tons of reports and shuffle lots of files but my job is so not about the paperwork.
Believe it or not, I sat down with the intention of discussing bedding! I finally made a purchase for the girls' room!!! After searching every store and website I could think of in every price range imaginable and consulting Audrey of course, we finally decided on these two numbers from Wally World. Matt claims that moments like these (when my decisions save him $), he actually loves me a little more-so everyone is happy! Audrey loves the flowers and I love the colors. I also find it very cool that this bedding style comes in two versions, a quilt and a comforter. We bought one of each so Meili (once she's ready for a twin bed) and Audrey will have bedding that coordinates but is not actually identical. Now the big task is to choose a color or colors for the walls. Right now the room is banana yellow and we are leaning towards a medium/light purple. I hope we(I) can decide on paint faster than it took to decide on bedding!
In other exciting news, I dropped off 100 squares and fabric to Betty (Jackie's mother-in-law and master quilter) just before we left on our trip and I received an email this morning that the quilt top is done!!! I can't wait to see it. It's going to be emotional to see all of the squares put together. It has been almost 2 years in the making and at times seemed like it would never happen-kind of like the adoption! We chose a basic 10X10 (squares not feet) pattern with black sashing (1" strips) between the squares. There will also be a 4" or so border around the squares that is red with black fans and then the edges will be bound in black. The backing will be black flannel with a ladybug pattern and the whole quilt will be stitched using red thread, of course! Lots of black but it really makes the squares stand out individually. I can't wait until it is finished!!! I'll be sure to post pics as soon as I can.
I have enough extra squares to make a small crib-sized quilt for Meili to cuddle with and I've already bought an awesome flannel material with lanterns and cherry blossoms to back it with. I'm thinking of buying an extra set of sheets from the sets we just bought and trying to make a bumper pad and a dust ruffle out of them along with some more extra squares. I may have to wait until the kids are back in school to accomplish much of anything, though. Only 2 and a half more weeks!!!
All right, back to laundry.
Thursday, July 05, 2007
I spent the rest of the day conquering Mt. Laundry in preparation for our next trip. We leave Sat. for CA again. My mom and I will fly out from there and head back east for a Church History/American Heritage tour while Matt stays behind and entertains the kids. Once we meet back up, we have some fun things planned to do as a family down there-probably a trip to Knott's and maybe a visit to LaBrea Tarpits for the resident dinosaur fan, Noah. Two days ago, my Leno tickets arrived in the mail! I have a sick obsession with attending TV show tapings and I've just about seen every one that I'm interested in. There's a slight chance that I'll get to see Letterman next week in NYC which really only leaves the holy grail.....Oprah. If that happens, I'll have to find another reason to live.
Anyway, back to the 4th. In between laundry loads, I played simple games with the boys. Noah and I took turns drawing a squiggle that the other person had to make into a picture for hours. It doesn't take much to entertain that boy. Later in the day he said, "Mom, today was awesome. You didn't even clean anything!" Hmm. I guess I should spend more time with him during the day and get more cleaning done at night while he is asleep.
Our favorite event of the day was making a Jello Flag. Grandma Judy gave us the mold last weekend and the boys have been begging to make it for days. It is supposed to look like this:
Ours turned out like this:
It looked so pretty in the picture. I'm not sure why ours turned out looking like a placenta. We haven't laughed so hard in a long time! The freaky think is that I put the layers in the correct red, white, then blue order and somewhere along the way the blue and white layers inverted... Noah had a fun time decorating it anyway:
and the finished product, though not aesthetically pleasing was delicious!
At around 5:30, on the way back from a caramel apple run, both boys fell asleep in the car so I postponed BBQ plans and called the caramel apple dinner. Worked for me! I hope that everyone had a good time!
Monday, July 02, 2007
When I was 8 years old, my grandparents bought me a matching set of bedroom furniture. It has always been very special to me and several of the pieces are still in the family. In fact, Audrey uses the dresser now but it is on it's last legs. I hope that she and Meili will enjoy this furniture as much as I loved mine.
On Saturday morning we enjoyed a delicious crepe breakfast at Matt's mom's (our parents live blocks from each other) with Mitzi and Elna (Matt's great aunt and cousin) who were visiting from Utah and Pennsylvania. These two women kept my husband alive when he was in college in Utah. (They fed him on the weekends while he used their laundry rooms.) Good food and good company! The plan for the day was that Matt would stay with his family and attend a memorial service for an Uncle that passed away several months ago. He played the guitar for the service and I'm told did a great job. I took the kids and my Mom drove us out to Long Beach for the Anime Expo where my brother had a booth. He is an amazingly talented artist and can do just about any medium. He is best known for his minimalist 'emo' comic strip-Pon and Zi. I was able to line up with his hoards of fans and listen to them gush about his art talent and watch them ask for his autograph. I was very tempted to shout in the middle of the crowd, "Hey, I changed that guy's diapers!!!" but refrained. Jeff sent us home with tons of merchandise-thanks Jeff!
After that, we headed to a beach near the Queen Mary where the kids frolicked in the water and Taylor took a skim-board lesson from Uncle Jared who is only three years his senior. T really looks up to him and I could tell that he was more brave than usual trying out the board not wanting to disappoint his uncle. He actually did pretty good for a first try. Poor Noah took a skim board to the head and bled all over the place. Grandma Judy threw us a towel I applied pressure and tried to calm him down. The bleeding stopped but I still wasn't sure if he was in need of stitches or not. I took him over to the lifeguard station and Lifeguard Brent (first day on the job) cleaned and bandaged him up and declared him good to go-no stitches necessary. Noah was mortified when I brought out the camera. The battery was dead so Aunt Julie retrieved her camera/phone. I'll have to get the picture from her later.
After the beach, we headed to Rubi's for lunch. It's a hole in the wall place in Whittier where we used to live. I think I've probably sat in the high chairs in that place. I ate the requisite bean and cheese burrito and had a chocolate chip shake to top it off. Good stuff and the braces have done their job. I used to not be able to take a clean bite out of a burrito because my teeth didn't line up right. That right there was worth the $!!! It was also nice to not have to wear the burrito home in my grill!!!
We headed back to Mom's, left the kids with my Dad and went for a pedicure. It was my first spa pedicure and was worth every penny. I wish I knew what she soaked my feet in (battery acid?) because they have never been so soft. There's nothing like a fresh pedicure to make you feel like a girl. We went back to Mom's and ate a delicious dinner with Janine (my sister) and Brice and James (my brother) and Faith and their two girls. [If it seems like siblings keep popping out of the woodworks it's because I am one of seven.] We ate too much and then had an impromptu talent show. Grandma put out a match with her mouth. Jared juggled three balls. Julie played the tuba and James played the trumpet which was very impressive since he probably hadn't seen the thing for 10+ years. He even gave the tuba a try and did pretty well. I would have participated but wasn't in the mood to clean out a closet on a full stomach. ;o)
After a quick and action-packed weekend, we hit the road early Sunday morning minus one child. Audrey is staying with my parents for the week since we will be down again next weekend. On the way home, Grandma received a gas-pumping lesson. She is 74 and until this day had never pumped her own gas. Recently, the gas station near her stopped doing full service and she has been driving miles away so someone could pump the gas for her. Not if I can help it! Poor Grandma. I have a twisted interest in getting her to do things that are out of her comfort zone. We have taken her on a hike. She has danced on the Ellen DeGeneres Show...you get the idea. She's a good sport!