Leia gave us a short concert today,

“helped” by brother Donovan

until Leanne distracted him. 

Jackie would have "helped" too but she was busy climbing on my back while I tried to video. 

Leia’s been playing for less than a month, taking a class at her school. I’m thinking she’ll be a pro by May. Right?? #proudbiasedgrandma


Gifted And Gone

I purchased this Grinch panel in August, 

planning ahead(!) for a November birthday present. 

But did I start sewing it in August? Of course not. 

I needed it today so I started it Sunday . . . plenty of time, right? 

 Backing, purchased Saturday 

It is if you hand-stitch the binding and sleeve in one 6-hour marathon. Ouch!

The second gift for the birthday girl, 

finished last week (yay me!), 

was this Pop Open Pouch - my current very favorite bag pattern - 

in a blue mermaid batik. 

I love how the purple zip brings out the secondary colors. I’ve made 5 of these to date and plan at least a few more. Such a fun design.

 Also celebrating 31 years of craziness friendship 

And the birthday girl liked it, so that makes it perfect. 



Halloween 2019

This was Donovan’s first trick or treating and he *loved* it.

 My favorite NASCAR driver

It took him only a couple of houses 

to figure out that all he had to do was knock and look cute 

for people to give him goodies. He was so excited!

 My little firefighter

Jac was last out - she was slow finishing her dinner - and first back home. She wanted to help me give out candy, so we were both happy. 

Leanne’s official costume was a unicorn 

and she looked super cute heading out with Pop and Donovan. 

I also liked her Leanne Van Gogh look from earlier in the day. 

Addy and her bestie were a devil and a giraffe. 

Notice who’s missing? Leia’s away at science camp with her school and didn’t get to go trick or treating. She made me promise to save her some lots of the good candy . . . 


Arrgghh, Pirates!

I love it when a plan comes together. 

Hubby bought this pirate ship backdrop months ago, planning to get pics with the baby grands over the summer. 

 Lady pirates with attitude

But we got busy, and the idea languished, 

until this week 

when he spotted a full-size talking pirate on sale (half price!) at a local store. 

Marie went costume shopping yesterday and voila - 

cutest photo shoot we’ve had yet. 

Donovan was napping for the first photo session -

plus wrangling him and Jaclyn at the same time would probably not have gone well - 

so he had his own session afterward. 

My favorite pic of the day is this one - 

Jac, standing just off camera and trying to comfort Donovan, saying, "Don’t cry Donvey, I right here."



Pumpkin Painting Party

We love Halloween and decorate almost as much as we do for Christmas. 

So how could I pass up painting pretty pumpkins with a pack of my favorite peeps?

The painting parties are held at local restaurants, which usually works out well . . . 

but today a youth soccer team party bumped us from the indoor dining room to the outdoor patio.

Did I mention today was windy, with temps in the low 90’s?

And that a second soccer team decided to have their party - with awards! and cheering! - on the sidewalk right beside us?

I felt bad for our teacher, having to compete with wind and noise, 

but we had a blast anyway.

Can’t wait to do it again. Indoors. With air conditioning.

 Leia’s nod to Nightmare Before Christmas 





 Teacher’s sample