Friday, August 28, 2009

Piecing is Done!

So it is came out to be 65x75, and again, while not perfect, I think it looks pretty darn good :)

Next steps include ironing, trimming all the loose threads, getting material for the back and border and batting.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Quilt Along Coming Along

So I have 3 rows together, and the 4th pinned! I have to admit, I MAY not have read the directions completely and MAYBE I forgot to iron so MAYBE mine won't be PERFECT... but I am VERY happy so far with what I have done :) And in really only one week!

The hard stuff is coming... but I am excited :)

This morning as I stepped out of the shower, Aubrey was sitting on the potty and says, "MOM, I need privacies".

YOU need privacy... this whole sharing a bathroom thing may not work out!

Monday, August 24, 2009

Family Picnic/Carnival

The girls have been very busy at Ms. Lori's (or as Molly says, "Sans"), working on a surprise carnival disguised as a picnic invitation.

Well, this weekend we were treated to quite the event! Lots of games (ring toss, skee ball, Knock Down, golf, fish, squirting, etc) with tickets and prizes made by the kids! The girls were so proud of "their" games, and each child manned their games and provided the rules and tickets.

Welcome sign they helped color.

Some of the games

The vases made by the kids - for the moms.

Again, the kids helped paint these - and helped by lying down to be "traced".

Doug couldn't resist

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Making a Quilt Week 2

I started this on Sunday. I did Week 1 by 10am Sunday morning - cutting out the strips. Now I have sewn together my 14 groups of 6. My next step is to iron and cut the strips into 12.5x12.5 blocks... hopefully 42 blocks.

Here is where I work... in the dining room.

After I cut out all the strips, I created 14 piles of 6 different strips.

Like this.

And here are a bunch all sewn up and piled high!

Thanks to Little Bit Funky for doing this!

Friday, August 21, 2009

In the Weeds

What a satisfying one hour of work... still more to go... but still satisfying!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Richmond Island

Our last day in Maine we spent the day at Richmond Island with the entire family. We had a BLAST (even without naps!!)!



Being the youngest isn't always fun.

Building the gift shop for the GIGANTIC trench/hotel.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Quilt Along Step One

Get the fabric.

I am stepping along with Little Bit Funky.

Great Island Common

Last weekend we met up with some friends at the Great Island Common, a beautiful park in New Hampshire. We had a great day!

Friday, August 14, 2009

Ferry Beach

Max loves Maine too. As soon as we get about 3 miles away from the house, he starts barking and crying. He knows where we are going. Ferry Beach allows dogs before 9am, so we take him swimming. This beach is so lovely, and at low tide, you can walk to sand bars, see crabs in tidal pools, and hermit crabs are ABUNDANT!

I took so many pictures this morning, so forgive me...

My family

Grandy and Granddad

Hermit Crabs

This is the crab Aubrey found in a tidal pool.

Granddad showing it to Molly

In the tidal pool.

Doug swimming with Max... because Max couldn't find the Frisbee.

Molly having a temper tantrum.

So daddy put a hermit crab on her back.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Things Aubrey Mastered

... in Maine this year.

  1. Riding a bike, look mom no feet, look mom one hand, look mom eyes closed!
  2. Riding a razor scooter, one foot up, spinning around
  3. Frisby Throwing and Catching - hours with Royal playing "real" frisby!
CRAZY and as much as I am proud, I am shocked and kinda sad - have I been holding her back?

What else could she do if I let her?

Top 10 Things I Didn't Have to Pack

  1. Pack N Play
  2. Diapers
  3. Wipes
  4. Stroller
  5. Baby Monitor
  6. Bottles
  7. Sippy Cups
  8. Booster Seat
  9. White Noise
  10. Anything knitted
... hear that? The sound of my heart being ripped out of my chest?

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Circus Smirkus

If you live in New England, and have an opportunity to hit Circus Smirkus, you should! We had a blast. Aubrey and Molly sat next to the ring for 2 solid hours ENTRANCED! Our group had ages 3- 73 and we ALL loved it (that did include a 16 yo boy)! Photos were not allowed, but here are some we took before the show.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Treasure Island

We once again did our tour around Richmond Island, stopping at different beaches searching for treasures. We found sea glass, rocks, shells, and sand dollars.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Top 10 Things I Love About Maine

10. Scratch Baking Bagels
9. Jody's Farm - lettuce, carrots, lobster, etc
8. Taking Max swimming at Ferry Beach
7. Edgecomb Potter
6. LL Bean
5. The Good Table (muscles and sangria)
4. Two Lights Lobster Roll
3. Looking for sea glass with the girls (and finding it).
2. Spending time with family and Aubrey and Molly's COUSINS!
1. The sound, smell, and feel of the ocean restore my soul.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Ice Cream Stand

One of the great things we do in Maine is walk up to the ice cream stand each night. Our first trip up - and Granddad treated!

I think everyone enjoyed it!