Tuesday, April 19, 2011


So, I follow this blog (sweetfloweret - it's posted in my links). Tina has the cutest things on her blog! I love the fact that she posts every day. She has quite the following too! So impressive and inspiring. I was on her blog the other day and she posted the most darling crab fabric! Now - truth be told I don't generally seek out crab fabric, but I thought to myself, "self - you must make something from that!" So - I ran out to the fabric store and bought some!

I'm making a quilt for my friend's new baby (mentioned yesterday). Here is how it's going so far. I've not made a square block quilt before, so I'm just learning as I go. It's turning out okay so far. I have 3 more columns to sew together then I can sew the rows together, then attach the back, stuff in the batting, and apply the edging. I'm a little nervous about applying the edge around the blanket as I've never done this before...but it will be a good experience I suppose. And my gift-ee is more than understanding when it comes to hand-made-with-love flaws. haha!

In other news I've come upon a new game. WORDS. Actually Words with Friends! I remember a few years back I was a part of an online scrabble game among 4 friends. Each of us would take a turn - then the game would go to the next player. It was so much fun! The problem with the game was that it would allow any "word" so once people realized this they made up all kinds of not real words to get I quit playing. NOW this game is back and it won't let you submit bogus words. The only thing is, only 2 people can play during 1 game. You can have multiple games at once, so that's nice. I hope they upgrade it to have 4 people to a game, how fun!

Tonight is the last night of my small group at church. It's had its ups and downs. Overall I think it was a good experience and I'm looking forward to the next small group study. Lina announces what "it" is tonight! I can't wait!!!

Monday, April 18, 2011

It's been a while!

It's probably a good thing I don't have a regular "following" on my blog. There are going to be times where I don't update very frequently at all. Perhaps I would make more time if I had more followers? I'm not 100% sure that would really help though. So much has happened since my last post.

First of all, my friend Shannon had her baby. I just can't wait to get back to omaha and see Jude! What a great name, Jude. She told me it means "happy." That is SO AWESOME! How would you like your name to mean happy? Love it! I'm currently working on a quilt for Jude...not sure if I will actually get it done in time...but we will see? I have 2 weeks...well...3 weeks to get it done. Making a quilt for Jude would be a lot easier if I knew how his baby room was docorated. All I have is "vintage nautical." ...well hopefully the fabric I picked out remotely matches this theme. Jude was supposed to be here in May, however apparently he had other plans!! I can't wait to meet him.

In wedding news - My brother's wedding is coming up quick! The shower is just around the corner...also in 3 weeks. I'm busy preparing cute games and praying the restuarant will have it all together when we arrive. The invitations are sent out and I'm already receiving RSVPs! I really hope Jess is pleased. I really want her to feel welcome in our family.

Jr. High - Wow only 5 weeks left in the jr. high year...and we are not meeting for 2 of them (Easter and Mother's day). That only leaves 3 more weeks with my 7th grade girls! They're going to be 8th graders before I know it! YIKES! I can't imagine how their parents feel...they move through jr. high SO FAST!!! Small group - This week is the last week small group will meet on Tuesday nights. A friend of mine usually does a summer study and I really enjoyed that last year, so hopefully she does it again!

Family - The hubs and I are doing really well! Not sure if I mentioned it before but we have a roommate right now. I feel like more and more he's becoming part of our family. Seriously. I mean, he was a friend before, but in the past month or so...he's just become part of our lives. It's honestly been a great experience having him in our home. God has completely blessed us by him staying with us, and I hope we have been/can be a blessing in his life as well. A lot of people have commented on how "generous" it is - that we opened our home, but really...after all God has blessed us could we not? It's only because of him that we really have everything we do. Well - that wraps up my mini update.

Hopefully I get more family followers! Have a great day.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Mall Adventure!

So, when's the last time you spent 2 hours in a mall with a 13 year old girl? How about 4 of them? Or even 8 of them? Sound crazy? Well, it might be...but's just something I do. I wouldn't recommend everyone go running to their church and volunteer in the jr. high youth group, but really if you did it would change your life forever.
When is the last time you found yourself in a fitting room trying on a nightgown? haha! Well, I can honestly say this could possibly be a first for me. My friend Melanie and I took our small groups to the mall today and we had a blast. The only sad part is that we really only got to spend time with 4 girls each and hindsight being what it is...I think it would have been super fun to spend time with all 8 of the girls. So what's with the picture? Well, this is me attempting to look old and frail...there's not much in the way of props in a Sears fitting room, so a nightgown was really all I could come up with.

Melanie and I made up a list of things the girls had to dress up as - then take their pictures. I swear we could have spent another hour doing was quite fun to watch the girls creativity.

To the right we have Bessie, the hippie. We couldn't do much in the forever 21 store because there seemed to be a store associate on guard at all times at the dressing room. Might I say that Bessie is a super fast clothes changer!
To the left we have Keri, Natalie, Lexy, and Bessie all as movie stars...I know - one can hardly recognize them w/ those sunglasses and such! Very bling and high-profile these girls are!

Can I just stress that you really haven't lived until you go shopping with at least 3 or more of these girls.

Next up we have the princess, the picture is a little off, but I think it works well. After visiting Jessica McClintok ALL of the girls have decided that THAT's where they're going for their prom dresses. (you're welcome moms and dads out there)

I will try to wrap this up as quickly as possible, but there is just SO much I want to say. The girls I spent the afternoon with have to be some of the sweetest, kindest, funniest, and innocent girls I know.
I've been their small group leader for going on 2 years now, and really I must say I love them so much. They make me smile whenever I see them. I swear when I'm with them I feel 20 years younger...well...that is unless they start talking about crushes and all that. Haha.

Ok I will post some more pictures because they're just so much fun.

Intense workout!
Bike race!!!!
Bestie Bridesmaids
The Playa
Ready for a ball!
Best girls ever - and that INCLUDES the ones not in this picture (you know who you are!!!)