October 5th, 2013


Yes, we are still among the living!   Just not the blogging…


The girls are as sweet as ever.


They are the best of sisters, and best of friends.


We couldn’t be more Blessed!


We are enjoying our homeschool time.  Can you guess what we’re studying?


We are also embracing fall, reluctantly.


Though we do enjoy the harvest!


Which has kept us quite busy.




Mom and two of her friends have also kept me supplied with their beautiful quilts to machine quilt for them.


The girls get special Grandma time while I do these projects.


I’ve also hosted some church baby showers.


Okay, enough excuses.  Enjoy the pictures!



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Apples, Apples, Apples

December 1st, 2012

A couple weeks ago we made apple cider.  One advantage of living in this beautiful valley:  an abundance of apples.

We started the night prior, by moving the apples from the truck into the garage down this handy chute.

Then comes the washing, sorting, and cutting out any bad spots.  This year we used a Fuji Golden combo.

Warren and Alex did all the heavy work with the grinder and press.

The girls were great little helpers, and even better supervisors.

Getting more apples, before taking a recess with the big kids.

Another important step in the process is filling the jugs.

And then the final product!  Oops, I guess this is the wrong photo, but you get the idea.  Miah was even a good helper 5 years ago!

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Summer Happenings

July 20th, 2012

My foremost title for the summer has become the chauffeur.  It’s a good thing we don’t need to do schoolwork this summer, because I don’t know when we’d fit it in.

Between ice skating and gymnastics,

Special library events (this one was Animals of the NW),

Swimming lessons,

And playing at Grandma’s while Mom quilts,

Or cans fruit,

The girls don’t have a chance to be bored.

Not that they even know the meaning of the word “bored”; they can entertain themselves quite well.

When we’re not hurrying somewhere, the garden keeps us busy.  We recently discovered a resident toad keeping cool under the zucchini plants.  Keep eating those bugs, little guy!

Even our nights have been eventful.  To accompany our high temperatures, we’ve had some impressive thunderstorms (for this part of the country).

Thankfully the lightning strikes that have started wildfires near us have been followed by rain squalls to help put them out!

Finally, today’s big event?  Tooth number 4 is gone!  Yes, gone.  The tooth fairy won’t even be able to find it …

Little Projects

June 26th, 2012

Ami has waited patiently for her doll quilt that was promised nearly a year ago.

First I had to finish her 100 Good Wishes Quilt, then I gathered the pre-cut scraps from both their quilts and put them together.

So it’s a scrappy quilt.  Lots of 5″x 5″ and 2.5″x 5″ pieces.

She’s more than pleased with it.

Her critters seem content to be wrapped in it.

And each piece of fabric comes from someone special just like their big quilts.

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Finally Done!

March 9th, 2012

Ami is now the proud owner of her very own 100 Good Wishes Quilt!

As soon as I finished stitching the binding, she wanted it on her bed.

Of course we had to take some pictures first.

Both the front, and the back.

“I like the panda bear!”

Did you see your name block?

“Now I’m ready for a nap.”

Just one more picture, with both your quilts!

I remember Miah being fascinated with her new quilt, too.

My haven’t the years flown by!

Although I finished both the quilt top and back in January,

I didn’t get to the final step, the quilting, right away.

There were a few other quilting jobs already in line…

Mom is the master quilt maker.  I just do some of the machine quilting for her.

Her 90 year old friend, Virginia, keeps me busy, too, with her baby quilts.

In all I’ve quilted seven this season (winter), with another in progress and maybe one or two more after that.  Then that should be it for a while, as it will soon be warm enough for gardening/hiking/outdoor time!

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