Ten on Tuesday

1.  Lots of fun on the last couple of Tuesday with Adventure Tuesday – Paddle boarding and Biking the John Wayne Trail.  Although I’m finding Tuesday’s can get very busy hence why sometimes I miss a Ten on Tuesday.  Trying to get it done I promise.

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2.  Brett is so funny.  Love how he perceives how a high schooler should act.   On Wednesday, I drive him to school, because my job is a mile or two from his school and I go in while they are at school.  His classroom is at one end of the building and the main entrance is at the other end.  Last week one of the EA’s was waiting at the door near his classroom to let the kids getting off the bus in that door. I asked him if he wanted to get out.  He told me that was for when your ride the bus.  He wanted to walk in the front door so as not to be confused with the bus riders.  Love his way of thinking.

3.  Owen got on his lumberjack skills on last weekend.  I have been wanting a change to my front entrance since I started working in the front yard last spring.

Can you see the difference?  Here is before…


and after….

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Love the openness of the front.

4.   I HAVE MY CAR BACK!!!!!   Brock did it.  He bought himself a car.

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5.  Oh the things we have done with having a car again..

Batting cages on a Friday afternoon with Brett.  Brett was in heaven to have a consistent pitcher.  I was in heaven for not having to pitch for a half hour straight.  I’m sure we’ll be back soon.

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6.   Brett was living his dream of driving a go-kart.  We headed there last Friday after school.  Brett was so excited to go – he came and found me at my friend Tamie’s to bring me home (I have been know to spend a bit of time chatting with Tamie in the past).  We got to the go-kart place and we were the only ones in the building, just what I had hoped for – private race for Brett and Becky.

I was so surprised that Brett could steer and press the gas as well as he did.  Straight a ways and gas are not Brett’s friend when a turn is needed.  He loves speed.  Good thing the Go-Karts were battery powered and they had the ability to limit the speed he could go.

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7.  We went on Saturday to play Foot Golf.  It is golf using a soccer ball.  Needless to say Becky destroyed us even getting par on a couple of holes.  Lots of fun and we had a great afternoon.  We played it on a par-3 golf course (9 holes) and the just had the foot golf tee’s off to the side of the golf tees and the Pins were located in a different area than the golf pins.  Lots of fun.  I am sure there is one in your neck of the woods – for example for all my AZ family – Shalimar Golf Course has one – bet you didn’t know that!

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8.  Becky decided that she was ready for a change in hair lengths.

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minus this…

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gives you the cutest 12 year old around.

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8.   Owen started yesterday back at Microsoft.  He spend 8 years then 4 years ago left to try new adventures and we are so happy and grateful and blessed to have him starting back again yesterday.  He is working as a sales engineer for Sharepoint.

9.  Tried out a supposed no-fail carmel apple recipe from a good friend…  Looks like it was a success…

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After eating them – they were delicious!!!!  Total success and a no fail – until you leave them out of the fridge overnight.  The caramel melted a bit.  But still tastes wonderful.

10.  Love when I’m working on family history and I discover pictures of very distant relatives.  It so fun to put faces with a name and history.  For example, I have relatives who were from Ireland/Scotland and their first 4 kids were born on small islands in Greece during the 1810’s.  Looked up and realized that was during the Napoleonic  wars.  How cool is that.  Here is a photo of the younger brother (not the parent) whose older 4 siblings were born in Greece’s.

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Ten on Tuesday

1. Summer is over and the kids are back at school so I have no more excuses why not to post. We have had a great summer. Yesterday I posted all the quilts I made this summer. Have more that I’m working on. Will try to be more regular with my postings.


2.  Will catch up on a few activities we did during the summer.  Surry Bikes on Alki Beach – this time we brought Brock along with us.  Love the Seattle Skyline.

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3.  Visits from our favorite people.  Robin and Jana Bell!  We miss you guys!


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4.  I tried a new diet.  It is an app called DietBet.  You bet money that you can lose 4% in 28 days.  I discovered that money is a huge motivator.  I didn’t change what I ate, but had the self control to stop snacking from 3-8pm.  Liked it so much just signed up for my second.

5.  Hood to Coast was amazing!

View from the start of my first leg..

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6.  View from the start of my second leg.

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7.  View looking towards the start of my third leg at 2:30am

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8.  Finish Line with my team.  This is our 9th year running together.  3rd Hood to Coast.

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9.  New Day Northwest with the kids.

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10.  First day of school and first Seahawks game day photos.

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Twin Boy Nautical Quilts

My good friends daughter is having twin boys.  I knew that her nursery was going to be nautical themed.  I saw a quilt which used the alphabet flags for boats as the theme so knew I wanted to do that.

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Had fun with the chevron print for the quilt back.

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Wanted to make a second quilt, but that would be the same but different.  Came up with the alphabet (same) in Morse code.  So each letter is a different material.  Lots of fun but turned out a bit longer and skinnier than I had expected.  Should be a great race track someday!






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I kept the back the same but with a slightly different color for the chevron.

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Now to sit back and wait for those cute babies to come!

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Diagonal Modern Quilt



This was a fun quilt to make.  Found a quilt like this on pinterest.  Had some amazing fabric that I knew would be perfect.  I just love empty space that this quilt has to offer.  I love the pops of color.    I am learning the I love Modern Quilts over traditional styles.quilts b-1  quilts b-3

I wanted something fun for the back so I came up with this (from another quilt online of course).

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Love how you can really see the quilting on the back – I did not quilt the solid color strips o the front and you can really see it on the back.

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Log Cabin Quilt

We have an incredible friend who has been so nice to us this summer.  This was a thank you gift for all the kindness she has shown.  She asked for a log cabin quilt with red and khaki.   Loved how it turned out and it was fun to check off another quilt pattern that was on my list of quilts to make.

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This quilt I sewed with a diagonal straight line (okay mostly straight line – don’t look too close) with red thread (suggestion from a good friend).  Love the contract with the red thread.  Will have to do that more often.

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Boise State Quilt



I was trying to figure out what to give my Boise State Fan for her birthday.  I saw this pattern from Thimble Blossom and knew it would be perfect college quilt.  I emailed my favorite quilt shop (SisterQuilters) and asked them to pick out blues and oranges that would match Boise State colors.  I think they did a great job!  Love their customer service!!quilts a-7 quilts a-6 quilts a-5

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Nine Square Patch Quilt

The past few August’s have had lots of baby being born.  I love baby quilts.  It is a fun way to try out a pattern on a small scale.  My friend didn’t know what sex she was having so she wanted a neutral gender quilt with bright colors.

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This is another stitch that I learned in my walking foot quilt class.  Loved how it gives so much more character to the quilt.

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Love the kites on the back of the quilt.

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Granny Square Quilt – Baby Girl

My good friend was having her 10th Baby.  She has the most incredible kids so I wanted to make her a baby quilt.  It was so fun to see this one come together.  Have always wanted to make a granny square quilt so this seemed like the perfect solution.

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I have recently took a class on straight line quilting.  Was excited to try off some of my  new skills.  I love how the pattern helped make it great!

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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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