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Showing posts from June, 2008

The Trip From You-Know-Where

Don't get me wrong- the trip in general was wonderful. As you can tell from the pictures, we had a fantastic time visiting family. So much fun. But, the actual traveling was one of the worst experiences of my life.

I used to say that I was going to be good in this life because I did not want to end up at the Dallas Fort Worth International Airport after I died. It's been quite a few years my hatred had faded. Plus going through Dallas was the quickest and cheapest this time around. So, I decided to take a chance. Bad, bad idea.

Everything was uneventful until we got to Dallas. Brendan drove us up to Salt Lake, we said goodbye, Anna and I got on our first plane. She was a great little traveler. She and I got into Dallas at about 3:30. Right off we checked on our flight- all seemed normal. We went to our gate. And then four others as they kept changing our gate. Then they delayed our flight. And delayed it again. And again. Keep in mind, all of this is with me six months pregnant …

The Finished Quilt

As promised, here are a couple of pictures of the wedding quilt all finished and already being broken in.

When my little brother walked in the door, there was no "Hey, good to see you!" or "Glad to see you survived the Dallas airport!" (more on that in the next post). He went straight to "Where's my quilt?". There was no waiting for the actual wedding or even for his fiancee to be there. He wanted it there and then. It was nice to see something I spent months on getting so much love right off the bat.

The Illinois Leg of the Trip

Ok, it seems like the only time I took my camera out during this part of the trip was our visit to Saint Louis. Lots of fun pictures from the Magic House (which is amazing) but no pictures whatsoever of Anna with her Uncle Zach or Great-Grandma George. What was I thinking? I guess we'll just have to go back soon.

Here are a few of the pictures I did manage to take. More can be found at

The Arkansas Leg of the Trip

Our little family is back safe and sound from our adventurous trip. There is really too much to even begin to write about so I'm just going to throw a whole bunch of pictures at you.

More photos from the trip can be found at

Getting It Done

Official "Getting It Done" month is off to a great start. Three projects have been crossed off my list.

1. I finished the Wedding quilt last night. The plan is to wash it tomorrow and then do the official photo shoot. I'll show it off then.

2. This shirt has been sitting on the top of the crafty shelf since the end of last summer. Just waiting for me to sew a single button back on. Today I finally took five minutes and got it done. Anna promptly wanted to wear it- over the shirt she was already wearing.

If you're thinking "Wow, that shirt has a cool retro 70s vibe" that's because my mom originally made it for me. I really like that it's Anna's now.

3. Well, I was on a roll (and avoiding the deep cleaning that my apartment desperately needs before I leave for almost two weeks) so I made myself a bracelet.

I have really wanted to ever since I finished the first. So, it wasn't on my official list of already begun projects but I can only do so much f…

Tales of Manliness

So, last night Brendan decided he wanted to make Soft Pretzels. Very yummy. I was most excited. Somehow, though, he managed to cut his finger. On a soft pretzel. Not on the pan. Not on the spatula. Not on any other sort of kitchen implement. He cut his finger on a pretzel. I know, a pretzel.

And then to add insult to injury, what he thought was a normal everyday bandaid turned out to be one of Anna's Elmo bandaids. Of course, Anna wanted one of her own as soon as she saw Brendan's.

I think he's only agreed to let me post this story because he has a brown belt and is ready to beat up anyone who laughs at him.

The Depths of My Madness

Every once in a while I like to take a look around the house and do an inventory of crafty projects in process. This can be a little shocking and always ends with resolutions not to buy anymore craft supplies.

First, there is the wedding quilt. It's hard to miss seeing as it takes up half my kitchen.

This is the most pressing crafty. Unless I want to spend my time with my family sitting around hand sewing on a binding, it has to be done by this time next week. Should be possible. As long as little things like work and packing and cleaning my entire house don't get in the way too much.

Next, right by the computer for some odd reason is the prototype for a commission of six sets of necklaces and earrings.

All the details are decided. I just have to order a couple of things online (oh, that's why I left it by the computer) and assemble all six sets. By the end of June. Plenty of time after the trip to Arkansas and Illinois, right?

Hiding behind a chair in the living room is Ell…