Thursday, February 23, 2017

Doggie Doings

I'm a softee when it comes to hosting grand dogs. It's not my first rodeo at dog sitting. 

Joy gets treated equally well. The weather forecast was for a rainy/stormy night. So we brought her in for the night. With things being different and all you know. She was more than happy to oblige.


I made her a pink bed and she claimed it as hers. 


By late night she was out like a light. 


Morning came. Then noon. And she was still inside. I took her on a run/walk/bathroom stop and came right back in. She choose a few dog toys from Poochie's stash and played quietly with an occasional squeak from a toy. 


Plans were to put her out shortly. But one thing led to another and she stayed in again for a second night. 

She slept good that night. This is where she was the next morning. 


What have I created?

 


 
 


 

 

 

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Guest

We're doggie sitting one of the grand dogs. Joy is her name and her parents are facing real life moments:
* sold a house
* no closing date on the new house
* they are homeless
* so living with the aunt of the bride-to-be which is also their realtor
* getting married in less than two weeks
* going on a week long honey moon
* and, have no where to leave the dog for about 3 weeks. 

First a sibling kept Joy. Only for three days. She barked all night and escaped out under the privacy fence. 

Then they tried a dog sitter for two days. Which would be great if it wasn't over $400 a month fee for her services. 

We're trying next. We requested a dog house along with the dog. So far. So good. We haven't heard a peep out of her. The first night she slept in her dog house all night till 8am the next morning when I went to check on her. She came our stretching and wagging her tail.


She's eating well. We feed her more than we were instructed too. She may go
home a little heavier than when she arrived. 

I take her for walks and she trots around looking for her mom and dad. 

 
But she's a little saddened not knowing why her life is all upside down. I tell her they'll all be back together at their new home ASAP. 




 







Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Side by side

On a majority of our RV trips some of our kids and their family would meet us and camp with us. I enjoyed being the hostess, mawmaw on the scene, and in charge. But, one group loved it so much they purchased their own camper. Now they want to follow us and camp out beside us. 


They made their initial trip and invited us along beside them. It was really the same for me. I still was the mawmaw on scene and we hosted the breakfast each morning. Only difference was that we slept 2 instead of 6. A big difference. Quieter and roomier. 

It was a quick close-by stay and an off season weekend not crowded. I took advantage of an early morning walk. We're early risers. They're sleepy heads. We had planned the meal schedules as to who would do which. So we were heads up on getting things ready and done. We rode bikes both days, all day. 


They hosted the bonfire and smores' night. Marshmallow toasting memories will last forever. 


Smores' seemed to hit the spot.



The fire was roaring with a slight chill in the air. 


And a lovely rare moon that night makes the case for a camping weekend life. 










Sunday, February 5, 2017

Showering

I had every intention to write everyday in February. Well, I've had no spare minute to share a moment. Now that the weekend is over, I have the time. 

Friday was a shopping day looking for a dress and the shower gift. Both was accomplished. The great Mall that I find so hard to maneuver in was my destination. And I must say I think I finally  conquered it by myself. Making my way in Dillard's, Macy's, Pottery Barn, and Bed, Bath, and Beyond. 


Saturday was the shower day. An awesome southern gathering in the back yard/patio with a theme of Mardi Gras/Crawfish. Mardi Gras beads hanging and draped everywhere. A Mardi Gras cake, boiled crawfish with the trimmings (mushrooms, corn on the cob and sausage), deli sandwiches, and cupcakes arranged in the shape of a crawfish was on the menu. 

The shower gifts were so appreciative of the bride/groom-to-be. And the guys rolled out a game of corn hole. 

Sunday still had me in baby sitting mode for the fourth day. We enjoyed a lunch delivery of jambalaya, little ones most favorite dish. 


Sunday nite I'm back home. Tomorrow morning I'll be back in the work force and waiting for more fun times. 


 

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Out and About

Just me and the little man today. 
After school we made a stop at the cookie store. 


One for each of us to eat there and one each to go.


We spent time working on a Batman Lego set before bedtime. 


We'll see what day two brings tomorrow. 



 



 

 

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

January

January days were filled with a to-do-list. 

** Snow Day - a three day winter weekend kept me home and off the streets. I played in the snow by myself. If only it was more than an inch deep.


** Two Sick Days kept me home from work with strep throat dictating my food and drink intake and pjs dominating my dress code. 


** Sewing Days took over the majority of the days to-do-list. I've accomplished two flower girl dresses for the wedding of our youngest son coming up in one month. I've made the cathedral length veil for the bride-to-be that she asked if I thought I could make cause she couldn't find the exact design she wanted. She designed it, I made it. No pictures of these projects until the wedding day. But a shot from the engagement pictures at the southern plantation where the wedding will be.


** Wedding to-do-list is long with mother-of-the-groom duties, rehearsal dinner plans, wedding shower gifts to choose, my dress/shoes for wedding, father-of-the-groom clothing, and things not even on my to-do-list for the wedding. Another  picture of the bride-groom-to-be of an engagement picture at their picture session at the southern plantation where the wedding will be. 


** An extra sewing project was added for two dance carry bags. She gave me her idea, gave me the supplies, and I sewed them up in one night. 


I amaze myself in how I can whip something up in no time. There were no rip outs or re-dos on either of these. It all went so smoothly and quickly. The mom choose these colors and design. Don't know how the recipients will react to them!


So the last hours of the first month of the new year is here. I've accomplished a lot and am thankful. February will bring. Valentines Day, wedding showers, babysitting duties, birthday celebrations,  and King Cakes with the Mardi Gras season that has already started. 

 

 

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Winter Special

The cold front came. Low temps. Cold enough for a fire. Rain. Sleet. Snow. 

Fresh fallen snow over a bed of recent fallen leaves. A layer of snow and ice so thin it's embarrassing. 


But it makes for a write-up for the blog. So I donned the winter scarf, furry boots, mittens, and a little winter cap I had bought last year for one of the little ones. 


It was sad to have no one play in the "snow" with me. I made a snowball or two and threw it at the husband behind the camera. 


This will be my winter wonderland for the weekend. 


I'm not a winter person, so no love lost over the snow party I didn't have.



 


 
 


 
 


 

 

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Happy New Year Festivities

My Happy New Year party was a few days ahead of the real New Year's Eve. I spent two days with the little ones and we had our own party. 


It may or may not have been a forced party when it came time to do selfies. 


But with a few bribes and a lot of retakes we made it thru the picture session. 


Sorry, but I'm gonna get some pictures. This may be my only proof of a New Years Eve Party. 


More selfies to get in the mood. 




We had the noise makers and the 2017 glasses and New Year hats to make it official.


Our party food was pizza, holiday cupcakes and ice cream. 


And more selfies.



The end!! 


Happy New Year!
 
 


 
 
 


 


 

 

 

 

and Christmas came

A favorite holiday that goes by too fast with family and friends and too much food and gifts. But I love it. 


We enjoyed the traditional food spread. 

We always read the Christmas Story, The Newborn King, from the same book every year making it a Christmas tradition. 

The adults draw names and and we pass around the gifts with ooh's and ahh's and some haha's. And the little kids are loaded up with gifts too. The little ones wanted to play santa and pass out the gifts to everyone. It was sweet they wanted to "give" the gifts out. That may we'll be a new tradition. 

It's more than just about the gifts. The reason why we give gifts. Jesus is the reason for the season.

 

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Toy Soldier

There's a Christmas Toy Soldier in my life. I've been working on it for a week now. 

Since it's a girl toy soldier, the top has a twirl to it, stripes down the sleeves and straps across the chest. Red and gold bling everywhere. Pants with side stripe like every toy soldier/nut cracker has. And black boots for sure. 


After looking at hundreds of Christmas Toy Soldier's helmets online I decided on what style I would make. Trust me when I say no two helmets are exactly alike. Even while in malls with Christmas Toy Soldiers on display, I would stop and take note of every detail. 


This helmet has a feather, gold trim to match the top and pants, black bib, and black chin strap. 


I cut and formed a heavy sheet of sewing stabilizer interfacing into the size and shape of the helmet,  then sandwiched it with thin quilt batting on one side and gold sequin fabric on the other side, using spray adhesive to adhere in layers. I did the bib the same, then hot glued the bib to the helmet edge. Then hot glued all the embellishments and attached an elastic sequin band for the chin strap. 

And a Christmas Toy Soldier can't be without her shoulder tassel decoration, for lack of proper term. 

It's for a 2 and 1/2 year old who is going to be a Christmas Toy Soldier for a day.