whew…. I am beat!

But we are having a great time. Except for the fact that my precious father in law is in the hospital. Prayers would be appreciated.

Just for fun my cousin Jennifer and I attempted to take our newborns and her 2 year-old and 5 year-old to have their portraits made at JC Penneys….oh.my.word

All probably would have been perfect if they had been running on time but after waiting an hour we had 2 very miserable 2 month olds and a 2-year-old who wanted the cookie we promised him RIGHT NOW thank you very much. Since we could not calm the babies they suggested we go walk around until they fell asleep and them come back and they would take sleeping baby pictures. I assumed that when they made that suggestion that when we returned they would get us in right away NOT make us wait another hour by which time the babies had woken up and were now hungry. In the end we settled for screaming baby pictures…. and hopefully soon my eye will stop twitching. I did enjoy having extra time to visit with my cousin but 4+ hours in the Penneys portrait studio was probably not the ideal location for chit-chat.

Yesterday my mother in law took me to Textile Fabrics in Nashville to do a little Christmas shopping. He he he….she was naughtier than I was and she doesn’t sew. I guess having a granddaughter makes it imperative that she buy me all the cute little girl fabrics she can find! We came home with a great haul (pictures will come). Textile fabrics is my favorite shop even if they are ridiculously over priced (12.98 for quilting cotton ala Free Spirit/Michael Miller yeah right sucka) but they have such an amazing selection and their ribbons, trims and buttons are wowsers!

The cooking and baking frenzy has begun and I must confess to having very high hopes for a nap tomorrow. I am exhausted.


We have arrived!

In Tennessee that is…. yippee. Reagan is now being snuggled by her grandmom, granddad and uncles. I am rejoicing in the extra hands to help with the baby wrangling. Except no one was eager to help at 4am this morning when she wanted to eat. I guess night feedings are still my gig.

We have a jam-packed week ahead of us. So many friends and family to visit and shopping to do. Not including all the normal Thanksgiving prep work.

Sunday (today) we are heading to my cousin Jennifer’s to celebrate her son Aj turning 2. My normal 2-year-old gift is usually finger paint or a musical instrument but as I am a mom myself and have to worry about retaliation I decided to go with something else. Ok I lied…. I totally got him a xylophone!

Monday I am heading back to Jennifer’s to teach her how to sew. We are very excited. Tuesday is shopping with my mother in law during the day and visiting with our very cherished friends Kenny and Cary in the evening. Wednesday I hope to meet Diana for lunch at Burdett’s tea shop and then off to get Reagan’s picture made with her cousins. I also have to bake all the Thanksgiving pies on Wednesday. Thursday (after the frantic cooking) is eating and relaxing with family. I also have my fingers crosses grandmom will watch Reagan while Michael and I possibly go to the movies with his brothers. Friday my mother in law and I do lots of shopping. I have my heart set on a trip out to Textile Fabrics in Nashville. And after an exhausting and fun-filled week we will start the horrifically long journey home on Saturday since I have to work on Sunday afternoon.

Reagan did great on the trip down. We did break in into 2 days since we couldn’t leave until after Michael got home from work on Friday. She had the birds in the back seat to keep her company and I made sure we stopped in Paducah to stretch our legs at Hancock’s of Paducah. I even rewarded her for her good behavior by letting her pick out some fabric for a new outfit and a new Oliver and S pattern. Reagan has very good taste. She must have inherited that from me!

I hope you all have a fun and blessed Thanksgiving week with those you love. I know we have so much to be Thankful for!

Non stop Tuesday

I got up early today to head down to Textile Fabrics in Nashville (off Wedgewood). They have an amazing selection and lots of super fun stuff but they are ridiculously over priced. Seriously…they have free spirit fabrics marked for $12.98 a yard. Michael wanted some linen and I found a gorgeous one but was not coughing up $50 a yard (especially when I needed 3 yards) I did pick up some more cherry buttons and a yard of Japanese linen with the three little pigs on it for $22.98 a yard. Good thing my mother in law was paying.

Then I drove up to Springfield (which is a haul) to meet my grandmother for lunch. It was less unpleasant then it usually is and I shall leave it at that.

I ran to the bank and grocery store for my mother in law and came home and started dinner (after a 30 minute nap)

After dinner I went BACK to the grocery store with my mother in law for the rest of the Thanksgiving stuff. She seriously goes to Kroger every single day. It is sort of making me crazy.

We played Dominos this evening and started some Thanksgiving prep work. Tomorrow starts our serious cooking and baking.

I also hope to meet up with a friend and hit up the mega Joann’s with Michael…who still wants linen


For someone on vacation I sure am busy!

It’s the fun kind of busy but I may need a spa day to recoup from my vacation!

Today we went to Church with our family. Then out to lunch at Demo’s with church friends and family. We squeezed in a little shopping before heading to Springfield to my dear friend Diana’s for dinner. We had a great time and it was so fun catching up. Her husband Jonathan makes a mean lasagna.

Tomorrow is shaping up to be another day full of fun!


P.S. I totally boycotted the grocery store today.


Impossibility Update

Mom and Dad’s quilt? Done (see post below)

Matching Pillow cases? Done

Gingerbread men? Will be stuffed with stuffing while I am at work today and finished before the Play

Pot Holders? Mostly done but will be making a roadtrip unfinished. I will bind them in TN.

Both quilts and half the other gifts are wrapped. I will finish the last few things tomorrow morning.

Kitchen gadgets are collected. Laundry is caught up. Hair will be undone as I couldn’t fit it in.

I was so excited to be leaving that I woke up at 4:30 this am to get some last minute things done.

I do have to work on our road trip play list since I am pretty certain my husband will not let me listen to the Wicked soundtrack for 14 hours straight. (But I totally could) And I refuse to listed to Elvis or Jerry Garcia for 14 hours straight (But he totally could)

Holy Guacamole Pablo Picasso!!!!

We leave Friday for vacation and I have a metric ton of things to finish/get done. To make it even more fun I won’t have a day off until Friday. Ahhh well, In the words of the great Mr. Magorium ‘Your life is an occasion, Rise to it!’

I am ready for a challenge and a whirl wind week. I can do this….right? You believe me, don’t you?

Things left to accomplish:

Stitch the binding down on a quilt (a very, very large and important quilt)

Whip up 2 coordinating pillow cases

Finish quilted pot holders

Gingerbread men ornaments

Extra curricular activities this week (which have the potential to make the above list humanly impossible but hey, I am super woman…or crazy)

Tuesday night knitting group with my Ravelry homies…in Wausau (45 minutes away)

Wednesday night bible study

Thursday night date with Christin and Emily to see RENT…wooo hooo.


That leaves Monday night free right? Well, I sort of work until 10pm mmmmm. I can accomplish this. I will accomplish this. I need Mountain Dew.


When will I finish my list? Pack? Gather kitchen Utensils I must haul with me to Tennessee ? Cancel Dentist appointment? Get hair done?


I can’t wait to get to Tennessee and relax. I suspect I will need it. I am also super excited to visit family and friends.

P.S. My social calendar is filling fast so if you want to see me let me know soon or you might miss your window of opportunity.  That or your allotted time will be result in you accompanying me on one of the many grocery store trips my mother in law is certain to send me on!