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.

Before example:

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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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Amazing Race Sammamish Style – May 26, 2014

We had another great Amazing Race. This was our 3rd one which we did for family on Memorial Day.  It fun to put all the clues together and then interesting to see how quick or slow they complete them.

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We had two categories:

  1. Teams with their youngest child 6 or older.
  2. Teams with their youngest child 5 or younger.

Here were the rules we had:


  • Teams must stay together
  • If a child under 3 is sleeping in a car seat, one adult may remain with the child in the car while the remaining team members complete the activity.
  • At some locations, you may need to search for a clue upon arriving at the location. In these cases, the clues will be found inside a large white envelope. Please only take one clue for your team.
  • Please read clues carefully
  • Today is Memorial Day. While racing, please remember that others may be observing the holiday differently than you. Be respectful and reverent and kind.
  • If more than one team arrives at an activity, and the activity only allows one team at a time to attempt it, you will take turns attempting the activity.

We try to start off the race with some sort of activity which will spread out the teams.

Clue #1 – Name 7 movies that were quoted in the email invitation.   When we wrote the initial email (which was included on all emails to them about the race), we put in 8 different movie quotes.

If they didn’t have a copy of the email we did give them a copy.


Once they had gotten at least 7 movies, the were given their next quote:


Clue #2 – Find your way to Pine Lake Park and look for your next clue.

LOCATION #2 – Pine Lake Park  

Once here they had to look around to find their next clue – our clue box was white envelop tacked to a park sign.


“Minute to Win It” challenge

This is a Detour.  You have to complete only ONE of the two Tasks.

You will have one minute to complete the task.

Option 1:  Fill the jar with water

Take water from a cup with a straw and using the straw fill up a jar to the line.


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Option 2:  Use a ball to knock over bottles

Put a pair of tights on your head with a ball in the end of the leg.  You must knock down a row of water bottles using the ball without using your hands to touch any part of the tights.

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NOTE: I had used a pair of my tights.  I tested on me and didn’t have a problem.  Didn’t try it on a kid.  The tights were a bit too long since kit was only kids who did this challenge, they did great.

After completing the challenge successfully,  they got their next clue below.

Clue #4 – Congratulations, You took less than a minute.  Travel to the Issaquah Post Office to find your next clue.

LOCATION #3 – Issaquah Post Office:

Upon arrival, teams will look for and find Clue #5 -

Count all the PO Boxes in the post office -   Put your count on the card and hand it to Kris for verification.  Once you have the correct number, you will receive your next clue.

This was my favorite, but the racer’s least favorite.   I liked it because they had to work for it and just because you got there first did not mean you were leaving first.  It worked great to have it on Memorial Day when the PO was closed – so there weren’t many people checking their PO Boxes.

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Clue #6 –

Memorial Day is a great day to remember those who have served our country to give us the freedom we have.  Travel to Fall City Cemetery to find your next clue.

LOCATION #4 – Fall City Cemetary

Upon Arrival, Teams will Find Clue #7 at the cemetery:

The Names of three military veterans are listed below. Each one of them is buried and has a gravestone in this cemetery. Your task is to find one of the three graves and write down the Year of Birth, Year of Death, which war they fought in, and which branch of the military he served in.

Please remember to be respectful while you are in the cemetery.  No running, shouting, or playing around.

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Receive Clue #8 after the cemetery:

Your next stop on your tour is Perrigo Park in Redmond.

LOCATION #5 – Perrigo Park Redmond

CLUE #9 – This Task is a Road Block

Who loves Honey Nut Cheerios?

You must select the person from your team who will do this task now, before opening the remaining portion of the clue.


The team member you selected now must find the cup that has a star printed on the inside.  To do this, You must pick a cup of cheerios, eat the whole cup of cheerios and if there is a star on the bottom, you can get your next clue.  If not, you must pick another cup and eat the entire contents.  Continue until you get a cup with a star on the bottom.

A teammate can be swapped for another teammate once they have eaten the Cheerios from at least the number of cups as they are old (max of 16).

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The most a team had to eat was 6 cups.  That was plenty.  If I did it again or you do it, make the limit 1/2 your age or max of 8.


Receive Clue #10 after completing the task at Perrigo Park:

Head to American Eagle in Redmond Town Center.  You will sing the national anthem for the Amazing Race volunteer sitting right outside the store as a team.  Have your photo taken.

LOCATION #6 – American Eagle

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Loved the enthusiasm!  One team did it triple speed.

Receive Clue #11 after singing the song.

Now you have a sweet tooth.  On foot, head to the Sweet Factory and buy ¼ lb. of your favorite candy.  Do not eat it yet.  You will need it later in the race.  Then, travel to Grass Lawn Park to find your next clue at the top of the tallest tower.

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Clue #12 – located on top of the tallest tower.

You have scaled a great tower – now you have a detour ahead.

This is a Detour.  You have to complete only ONE of the two Tasks.


Option 1:  $2.00 in change

Select one team member to do this task. They will be blindfolded. They will then search through a bowl of cooked spaghetti, and extract exactly $2.00 USD, in coins, while blindfolded.

Two teams at a time may be searching within the same bowl.



Option 2:  Play 21

In this task, you must throw a beanbag into a set of ringed targets to score points. You will have 6 tosses and must score Exactly 21 points using all six tosses. If the beanbag is touching a line, the higher point value will be scored.  If you do not score exactly 21 points in exactly six tosses, you must get back in line and another member of your team may try again.  Each member of the team must take a turn before a member can repeat an attempt.


I didn’t have pictures of teams doing this event because volunteers were busy.  What we learned.

  • Cooked spaghetti after a couple of people put their hands in it gets really really gross.  Either have fresh spaghetti or try something else or just have them do it blind folded.
  • For the targets – 15 feet away from the target was a bit too much.  10 feet away – much better.

Receive Clue #13 -

Travel to x SE xth Street, Sammamish, WA  – Park on the street. Follow the driveway to the house, then walk along the left side of the house to approach the lake.  The activity will be Stand-Up Paddle boarding. One team member will be required to perform this task.


LOCATION # 8 – friends home

They had to paddleboard out to the floating dock in the middle of the lake and get a glow stick from the volunteers on the dock.  Then they had to bring it back to the volunteer on the shore.  If they dropped it, they had to go back and get another one.

Again no pictures since I wasn’t there.  They did have fun!


After Paddleboarding, Receive Clue #14 :

On your way to Beaver Lake Pavilion, Stop by a store and get a half pint or a one pint carton of half and half. You will need this for your next activity.

Location #9 – Beaver Lake Park Pavilion:

On Arrival, find Clue #15

Make your ice cream by following the instructions on the poster.  Have the judge determine when your ice cream creation is acceptable. (Frozen enough, etc.)  Once it has been passed off by the judge, mix in your candy (from the sweet shop) and eat the ice cream from the bag.  When your team has eaten the ice cream, and the judge has approved, get your next clue.

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Loved it when Mom’s were trying to encourage their kids to eat more ice cream.  How often does that happen in life.

Clue #16

Go find Owen at the pit stop (also within Beaver Lake Park). The 1st team to arrive is the winner!

LOCATION #10 – Pit Stop

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Last year we had a suggestion from a family to have some sort of activities for the kids to do once they finished.  So this year we brought the water balloon launchers and a tennis ball and a bat.

The kids loved taking turns “helping” each other launch the tennis ball.  Owen did a great job hitting the tennis ball across the field (no picture – you’ll have to take my word for it).

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We had a great time!  Thanks to everyone who came to participate and help!

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