I love this picture Shelly took during Sunday’s birthday party.

Jac looks so tiny but she’s definitely the boss of this group.


Birthday Girl

Happy birthday to sweet Leanne, who turned 7 on Sunday.

She spent Friday 

and Saturday 

at Disneyland with mom and dad, 

then finished off her weekend 

with a party 

in the (cold and windy) park.

Good times.



Leia and I needed fabric for a secret project, and I wanted her to have a large selection to choose from - and this store is just dang cool - so Saturday we headed to Carpinteria and Roxanne’s. Leia went in thinking dinosaurs and came out with a whole new (fantastic) plan. Stay tuned . . . 


Since we were so close, we continued on to the Santa Barbara Zoo for a little face-painting . . .

giraffe viewing . . .

condor courting . . .

and sister-cousin time.

It was a lot of walking for little legs 

and I thought Jac would be sound asleep as soon as we put her in the car.

Nope. Leia passed out first, falling asleep almost before we were out of the parking lot. Vampires are so cute when they’re asleep. 


Happy, Happy, Happy

Got this back tonight from the long-arm quilter.

It’s amazing what quality quilting can do.

I liked this ok when I sent it off but didn’t think it was anything really special.

Now I love it. It feels so calm and peaceful. The orange and purple backing doesn’t photograph well but it’s gorgeous. So happy this UFO is done.



Youngest son is engaged!

He proposed to his girlfriend on Valentines Day and she said yes.

So happy to be getting another wonderful DIL.


Hurry April

Only two more months until we meet this little guy in person.

 Donovan Richard

Also? Ultrasounds are amazingly detailed these days.


Baby Baker

I’m always looking for new things to try with the grand-girls, so when this super easy - only 4 ingredients!! - artisan bread recipe showed up on FB we had to try it. 

Leanne and I mixed the dough last night, then let it rise overnight. 

This morning Leanne shaped the dough, 

then Jackie helped form it into a ball

and pat it into shape. 

Does anything smell better than bread baking??

This tasted every bit as good as it smelled. I’m already thinking about variations . . . more salt (sea salt??) . . . or Italian spices . . . or some cheese . . .  We’ll definitely be making this again.