Ten on Tuesday

1.   Loved spending time with my family in NC.  Post about that to come later.

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2.  Look at what are actually blooming this year after many years of just being a nice green schrub.  Someone told me that watering them would be good – who knew!!!

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3.   Our newest addition to the family.  Brett couldn’t be happier.  It was amazing to see that there are VERY few non self propelled lawn mowers anymore.  We purchased a soon to be extinct bred.  Our last lawn mower lasted 18+ years.  If that is the case with one we’ll be very very happy.photo 4


4.  Playing softball has been lots of fun every other week.  This past week Brett was catcher and loved it!photo 2


5.   Sometimes I don’t even know my own strength.  That bat has hit well for our family for 20+ years.

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6.  Played tennis with Owen for the first time in a long long time.  Had lots of fun.  Owen won 6-2.  Looking forward to the rematch.photo 2 (1)


7.  Not to miss out on all the fun – Brett and I headed out the next day to play tennis. I love his determination!photo 3 (1)


8.  Lots of fun projects being planned and finished in my sewing room.

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9.  View from the top of my training run for Hood to Coast.



10.  Brett had his Special Olympic Softball Tournament on Sat.  He loves the game and I love his ready position.

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Ten on Tuesday

1.  It has been a great summer!  With weather like this who can complain.


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2.  It is a miracle.  The jobs are still happening and we are on week 2.   Love this sight of Brett each and every morning.

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3.  My children have decided that just asking me to make something for dinner doesn’t work so they have taken to Facebook to ask me to make them certain things for dinner.  Here is the first – rolled lasagna rolls.  They were quite tasty.

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4.  Becky has started a 6 week summer learning course,Brain Chase.  Our friends told us about it.  They have to do math, reading, writing and other activities each week.    It stated out with Becky getting a decoder ring in the mail.  It is really cool and she uses it to help her solve the clues.  There is a box buried under a rose bush somewhere in the world.  The first to pinpoint it within 2 miles on a map, gets to fly there with a parent and dig it up.  It has a $10,000.00 scholarship, plus a cool trip.  Becky is having lots of fun and we are hoping that we win!!!

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5.  Saturday morning I tried out a downhill run to get me prepared for Hood to Coast (I’m running leg 1).  This is the view from the top of the Issq Highlands.


I loved running downhill.  Effort wasn’t much at all to go much faster than I have done in the last few years.  Only downside we my calves which were so tight Sat-today.  I walked yesterday and went out for a very slow jog this morning.  Good thing I have 2 months to get myself ready for the race (and the two other legs that I get to run after the downhill).

6.  Love this view of Brett – his vocal cords are getting lots of practice.

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7.  Owen started his new job this week for a company based in Boston.  So excited for him and it has been amazing to see how blessed we have been in this whole process.

8.  I have found my happy place.  I know when I need to go just to smile.  My friend’s fabric stash.  Oh the joy of just looking at all the fun fabric!

9.  My new job,  4 hours a week is perfect.  I like having so much time to be with the kids this summer.

10.  Can’t wait for next week.   Family reunion time in Top Sail Island, NC with my family.  Oh to sit on a beach and boogie board for a week.  HEAVEN!!!!

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Grey and Yellow Quilt

I love this quilt.  A good friend was trying to help her daughter who had bought fabric  a few years ago.  She had sew the triangles into strips and purchased extra material.  She wasn’t sure what to do with it.  I put the triangles together and pieced the backside and sewed it together.  She still had an extra row of triangles so it screamed make me into a pillow to me.  So that is what I did.

Love the color combination and the way it turned out.  I might just have to make a lap size one for Becky in the near future.

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Halloween Quilt

I looked for lots of patterns that would work for the Halloween Layer Cake that I purchased a year ago.

I settled on this pattern – because I wanted you to be able to see the prints in the material – not just the color of the material.

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I decided to quilt a huge spider web as the quilting on this one.  It was a first, but love it.

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Ten on Tuesday

1.  LOVE LOVE LOVE Summer.   How I love the summer time.  I love not having a bus arriving at 6:40am.  I love the chance to sleep in or wake up.  I love spending time with my kids.

2.  This summer we have started something new.  We’ll see if it makes it longer than the standard 1 or so.  I put up a list on the whiteboard for Brett of jobs and things he needs to do.  It was been so fun to watch him get up and listen to music for a bit and then put his headphones on and walk around doing his jobs listening to music.  I have to keep thinking of harder and harder jobs because he is doing these with ease.  Becky is doing great working on her list each day.  The best part is that the TV is not on very often and when it is it is mostly Brett and Becky playing the Wii.

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3.  Saw this on the back of a car on Saturday and had to share it with you all.

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4.  I am still working in my yard.  I am thinking this will be a summer long project.  Now when I walk on the grass (loosely used), I see lots of moss and weeds.  Small steps, small steps I keep telling myself.

5.  We have been going on a walk everyday.  Usually to the store or the park.  Monday we headed to the park and Brett got to fishing.  Let’s just say that he has been spoiled on his previous fishing trips with Uncle Bryant and fishing derby.  Beautiful day!

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Loved the ducks and their babies as we fished.

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6.  Lots of fun having a birthday lunch for a good friend and with amazing women.  I am so lucky to have great friends here.

7.  I have been doing a 1/2 marathon training plan to train for Hood to Coast.  I have been running longer and faster than I have in a long long time.  Great to see that my body can still to do it.  Hoping that the times start dropping at some point.  I do love it when it tells me to run slow.  I have that pace down.

8.  When I run out of quilting projects (that never really happens, but want to do a quick block).  I make one of the 100 options in a book of 100 modern quilt blocks.  It is fun to use up scraps and some day I’ll have a huge quilt.  Here is one of the blocks.


9.  The first three hours today with one child was like groundhog day.  This child lost the use of his electronic devise last night.  All I heard this morning was “I want my xxxxx (fill in the device name).  It didn’t matter what I said or did – same question kept coming.  By some miracle – once this child took a shower.  Life has been normal.  But I think I heard the phrase at least 200 times this morning.

10.  We have been continued to be blessed.  It is amazing to watch Heavenly Father’s plan for us take shape.  So grateful.

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Ten on Tuesday

  1.  I have learned the power of small and simple steps and 15/30 minutes time chunks.  I have been working on weeding my yard.  Believe me when I say that I have lots of weeds.  As I have been putting the list of to do’s on my white board, I have put down 30 minutes outside every day.  I have been doing it.  At the beginning, I was checking my phone for the countdown hoping that it would be done soon.  The first couple of times my progress was so small.  As I have been doing it for about a month now, I am still a long ways from being done, but I don’t find myself dreading this 30 minutes of my day.  In fact when the timer goes off, I figure I’ll finish up the section or keep going til I fill up the small bucket with weeds one more time.  I love to look outside or walk up to my front door and see it becoming more and more weed free.  I am not saying that I like gardening, but I do like to see progress.

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2.   My days are quite simple lately, with Brock using my car to get to work most days.  I sew, clean, weed, laundry and work on family history.  I am able to spend time with good friends – walking, running or chatting.  I like this simpler life.

3.  Started a new one day a week job last Wednesday.  It is for a small company.  4 hours a week.  Just what I am looking for.  Enough to keep myself in the market, but not taking over my life.

4.  Finished this quilt for a cute baby girl who is joining Owen’s uncle’s family.  Best part is that I was able to make it using my stash.

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5.  Last Adventure Tuesday was last Tuesday.  We are off for the summer.  Last hurrah was kayaking in South Lake Union.   We used a different location this time and had fun spending some time in Portage Bay.  Love spending time with these amazing women.  at kayaking 2014-1 at kayaking 2014-4 at kayaking 2014-6 at kayaking 2014-13 at kayaking 2014-16


6.  Played Volleyball on Sat night.  So fun to see the progress of so many people from when we started in December.

7.  Today is Brett’s last day of school and Becky’s is tomorrow.  Bring on summer!  So looking forward to not having to wake Brett up at 6am til September.

8.  Owen is amazing.  I love how he can make me laugh and keeps my always feeling loved.

9.  I have a couple more quilting projects in the works.   Love to see how they are all coming together.  Happy to take requests – you just need to provide the fabric!

10 .  I love summer with all the fruit choices we have.  Bing Cherries just got cheap enough to buy and oh how I love them.

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Sister Christmas Quilt – Seascape Pinwheels

Just finished another quilt,  I have never had so many different quilts in different stages.  I used to be only work on one at a time and now – yeah not so much any more.  Does that mean I’m becoming a real quilter?

My sister that we have for Christmas this year never reads my blog – so It is easy to post her info here and it will still be a surprise.  (if she suddenly starts to read it – I will blame my other sister who do read my blog).  Actually I liked this quilt so much I don’t want to have to wait til Christmas.  (Note: Yes it seems a bit early to have a Christmas quilt done, but I am seeing my family this summer for a reunion so I wanted to have it ready to bring it then – she can choose to wait or not wait.)

She said she wanted blue, green, yellow color scheme – no pattern request.  I found a picture of a quilt somewhere – don’t remember any more.  I thought it would be a great time to use up extra scraps.  I thought I had a huge pile with plenty, still a novice I guess, because I had about a 1/3 of the material I needed.  I had bought a layer cake a year a go called Seascapes by Deb Strain for Moda.   It was exactly the amount I needed to finish the quilt.

The yellow’s make a pinwheel through out the quilt which I loved.

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I love all blues, aqua’s, green’s with a splash of yellow.  I was trying to figure out how to quilt it.  I saw a quilt (once again – can’t find it now to give them credit that had quilted waves on a quilt).  Thought that would be fun to try.  LOVE how it turned out.

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The back was lots of fun to make it a little off, but not too off.

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So Merry Christmas (love being done already for the extended family)!!! and Looking forward to our beach vacation with  my family in 3 weeks!!!!


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Baby Quilt – Giraffe and Circus Theme

Brett’s teacher at school is having her first baby.  She told me they had a circus/zoo theme with Red, Orange, Teal, Grey and white colors scheme.

Found two quilts and loved them both so I made one for each side.  Loved how it turned out.

Here are some pictures:

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Ten on Tuesday

1. Playing catch up!  Becky has been doing lots of fun things with her hair lately thanks to Pinterest and our neighbor.

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2.  I tried my hand at a fruit cake off Pinterest.

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3.  I have been spending more time now than in a long long time going through the attic, garage and rooms trying to get rid of stuff that we don’t need any longer.  I had a pallet in the garage.  I looked on Pinterest and found amazing things I could make.  A swing, a chair, side tables, coffee tables, etc.  I actually found the best use ever for a pallet – as a garden tool holder.

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Best part it It looks just like it did on Pinterest (no nailed it pictures needed).  All you have to do it put it against the wall.  My kind of Pinterest project.  I promise that is my last Pinterest inspired one.

4.  I had the chance to take photo’s for another Honor Flight.  So much fun to be around these amazing men and women.  Here a couple of my favorites.

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5.  My car hit 100,000 miles.

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6.  Brett’s dreams have been coming true.  We were at Redmond Town Center trying to get things set up for the Amazing Race and they were having a exotic car show.  So much money was lining the street it was crazy.  Brett has been dreaming and looking at pictures of white Lamborghini’s for months now.  Lucky him – There was his car on the street.

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I love this one…

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7.  Another dream of Brett’s has come true.  He got to drive a jet ski.  We were told he was fast and LOVED bouncing over the waves.   He is counting down the days til he can go on it again.

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8.  I went hiking with my good friend.  We hiked Mt. Si.  It is a 8  mile round trip with a vertical elevation gain of 3,779.    It was a good hike and my calves let me know the next couple of days.  The views were amazing!  So worth the hike.

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9.  Saturday  night we got to play softball with a number of families.  It was so fun.  I don’t think I have hit a softball in a game setting for 20+ years.  We have added this to our Saturday night activities (taking the place of the bowling league).  We now alternate one week volleyball and the next week is softball.  So much fun!  Get our friends together and play some ball.

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10.   We have been blessed so much in the past month.  I would be very ungrateful if I didn’t mention how often blessing and tender mercies have happened in our lives.  It is truly remarkable how much we are loved and watched over.  Thank you to all how have made a difference in our lives and you probably don’t know you have blessed us so much.

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Adventure Tuesday – Little Si Hike, North Bend WA

We headed to North Bend to hike this 5 mile round trip hike.

It was a cool crisp day and was perfect hiking weather.

The hike was much more technical than most we have done – meaning lots of rocks, tree roots to step on, over and around.  Loved all the trees and boulders which have fallen off Little Si.

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There were a group of women who were hiking also.  They are part of a group from Olympia who hike every Tuesday and Thursday.  Their group has been going for 32.  With only 3 years almost under our belt at Adventure Tuesday’s looks like we have a long life ahead of us.

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Here we are with Mt Si behind us.

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Facing the other direction with North Bend behind us.

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Here is the view from the top.


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Good hike.  Not to hard, but the scenery is different than most the hikes around with the dense woods and huge moss covered boulders.

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