Baptism for Carver

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Sunday was baptism day for Carver.  We had planned it for December but things didn’t work out with the weather and it was postponed.  Sunday was a beautiful day.  Carver hasn’t been feeling the best.  All the yucky sickness stuff from childcare got him.  He had a cough and cold but was a trooper.

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Kalissa and Craig picked Kelli and Kayla as sponsors.   Traditionally it’s a boy and girl but there’s no way they could pick between the sisters.  Both adore him.

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Here’s Carver mid yawn…. [Read more...]

Kids Came Home

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You might remember that our family Christmas got delayed because of weather.  We ended up holding it on January 2nd.  All the kids made it home.

Notice any one you haven’t seen before?  That would be Buck’s girlfriend Lora.  They’ve been dating for awhile but this is our first time meeting her.  From what I know…she’s wonderful.  I can’t say a lot more because she had lost her voice and we couldn’t talk the best.  All I know is that she makes Buck happy so that makes me happy…I can honestly say that I don’t think I’ve ever seen Buck happier.  I’ll tell you…he’s smitten.

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We are really low key.  Gifts are not important at all.  This year we tried a new “game”.   Goodies are wrapped in plastic wrap into a big ball.  When the game starts the first person rolls dice trying to get doubles.  The person to their right puts on mittens and tries to unwrap the ball of plastic wrap.  Any prizes that come out of the ball while they are unwrapping are theirs to keep.  It really was fun.  Watching Kalissa was a hoot.

As soon as the person got doubles the ball and dice moved on to the next person.

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Poor little Carver got passed around the table too.

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Here’s Jason working on the ball.

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We do a gift exchange too.  Everyone brings a gift and then we play a game to see who gets what gift.  Kalissa brought this cute Iowa Totally Bamboo State Cutting & Serving Board.  I asked her where she got it thinking it would make a nice shower present.  She said Amazon.  She also said that they have all of the states….CUTE!

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Kayla was an Amazon shopper too.  She got all sorts of super cute lids for Ball jars.   My favorite was the Jarware Piggy Bank.  Once put on the jar, the jar looks like a piggy.  The money goes in through the mouth.  I thought that would be a cute kid gift.  It would be fun seeing the money in the jar.  She added other great jar lids…Jarware Honey Dipper, Orange, Jarware Drink Lid, Orange, Orange, Jarware Fruit Infusion Lid, Green it was a fun gift.

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A package had come in the mail a few days before our Christmas.  It was from Connie.  She said I couldn’t open it the kids were home.  Inside were packages for Kayla, Kelli, me and Kalissa….HOMEMADE MITTENS!!!  They are completely adorable and we all love them.  Each one of all got a pair that matched what we like…Kayla is a stripe girl.  Kelli’s are gray with a cute soft pinkish tones stripes.  Mine are RED and Kalissa’s were black with an almost snowflake design.  We all were thrilled with the pairs we got.

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…and what makes Christmas even better?  Kids of course.  Here’s Carver in his new hat Auntie Kayla made him.  It was adorable.  Sadly Carver wasn’t feeling the best this day.  I think he finally caught a cold.  I’ve been trying as hard as I could at childcare to keep him away from as many germs as possible.  I think I failed.

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He’s a trooper though and is doing pretty good with it.

It was a great day….they all got along…no one left hungry and the weather cooperated.  I’d say that’s a good day!

THANKS a million Connie…you were so sweet to think of us.

Butchering Hogs

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Read the title of the post before you read on.  I know some of you don’t like these type of posts but I blog about my life and last weekend we butchered hogs and that’s what I’m blogging about today.

We have friends that we butcher hogs with each year.  They have some awesome equipment that makes the whole process tolerable.  I can’t say that I love the actual meat processing but I do love hanging out with the kids..and I definitely love having a freezer of meat.

This time around, we were processing 5 pigs.  Typically it goes a little like this…Friday afternoon Hubby and a couple of the guys get the hogs to this point.

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I hate that part and stay away from it.  I’m so thankful that there is some in our bunch that can do the deed as if it were up to me to do it, I’d likely be a vegetarian.

From there it gets all cut up.  Some cut with a meat saw…the pork chops, ribs, hocks and roasts.  The rest is hand cut by knife.  We don’t save out hams.  As of yet, the guys don’t have a good way to cure them….besides, we all love pork sausage.

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Some of the meat comes my way…I’m the wrapping at the station with my trusty helper Karl.  Everyone hates dealing with plastic wrap so that’s where I get stuck. See? [Read more...]

The Note

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I got a call from a gal in the area I know not to long ago.  She was cleaning out her sewing goodies and for the most part, was giving up quilting.  She was wondering if I wanted her scraps and things.  I know her…not really well…  I knew her to be a quilter.  I knew where she worked.  I knew her kids were a little bit older than mine….I didn’t know a lot more than that.

She had been reading the blog and found that my sewing room is a “land of misfits”…with all sorts of scraps and leftovers from lots of different projects and most of them aren’t mine.  I told her I was happy to get her scraps….I’m on the more the merrier thought process when it comes to scraps!

We arranged a drop off time and I didn’t think a lot more about it.  She came and I got the goods.

Look at all the fun things….As much as I loved the stuff the note meant so much more.

She, like me, spent too much time visiting doctors in 2016, had re-evaluated things, and decided she didn’t want to quilt anymore.  She told me that she appreciated the blog.  She told me other things too…Let me say, it’s one of the nicest, most unexpected, appreciated notes that I’ve even gotten.

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I didn’t get all the way through the scraps yet.  I did decide one thing…I am cutting as I sort and organize…I’m cutting out this.  I’ve loved the quilt since Bonnie Hunter first started working on it and still love it.  This box is perfect for the start of scrap quilt.  For anyone wondering this is in her book More Adventures with Leader and Enders.

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There was also embroidery floss.  Sadly it’s J&P Coats brand and everything Kelli and I stitch is DMC.  There is a lady at the nursing home that Kelli works at that is always stitching towels and pillowcases so I think we’re going to pass the thread on to her…she’ll be so excited.

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I am so thankful that I had a chance to make this connection and to get the note.  Sometimes when I sit at the computer desk writing blog posts I don’t always know that I’m doing much but babbling and writing a journal of sorts.  It’s nice to know that something I wrote was of use.

Too often, I am so busy being an introvert in my own community that I don’t stop and see the good people right in front of me-right in my own community.  That’s something I want to change about myself.

I do want to say this to the gal who sent her goodies my way….if you ever miss quilting, stop on over for a quilting date.