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My life is one half finished project – literally and figuratively. Every time I get ready to sew something I wonder why in the world I didn’t learn from my Mom when I was younger. Why didn’t I at LEAST take home ec? Why didn’t I learn a little bit about basic sewing before having kids? No motivation. I’ve been busy with other creative endeavors. This would have been a good skill to have before now.

Toddler Apron Dress – had good intentions of this being Garner’s Easter Dress but it was more of a learning experience for me. Collars, sleeves, button holes. What was I thinking? Should have stuck to a bishop. Ha!

Toddler Apron Dress by Collars, Etc. Super cute and probably easy once I get one under my belt. This will be a View 4. I cut the piping for the sleeve too short and didn’t have enough and froze. If I’d known more I would have made it sleeveless. If I’d been more confident with sewing I’d have made new piping or used no piping on the sleeves. Can I just say that patterns aren’t the easiest thing to follow if you’re not an experiences sewer. Or is it seamstress?

Bishop, pleated and ready to smock. Creative Keepsakes Bumble Bees plate.

Pleated Daygown by Creations by Michié. I have a white cotton lawn for that one and those sweet little buttons. The plan is do do some shadow work of either kits, duckling, or some other baby thing. This is baby Graham and really should be easy! It’s a daygown!

I need some time…and some energy…and some lessons!

My husband has been working like a machine in our yard. From the new fence section, to the sod, to the flowerbeds – way to go JD! He raced a bad storm last week and got every piece of sod laid, the yard rolled, the tools put away and in the house before the sirens went off. We’re thankful we’ve had a lot of rain because it’s made it easier to dig and weed and we haven’t had to water it yet!



And the beginnings of a beautiful backyard and playhouse for Garner 🙂

See that sweet new fence section too? Little by little by little.

Along with lots of yard we, we managed to make it to our three year check-up at the doctor. Garner’s tubes have made it into the ear canal and will eventually fall out. They’ve been amazing and we pray we don’t have to repeat that.

We were blessed by hanging out with Adrienne and her beautiful daughter Tamayah at the Easter Egg Hunt at church. She is due 3 days after me with a little boy too 🙂 She is a sweet young woman who has the same fears and excitement I do. I asked how we could pray for her and she said that all she wanted was her family to be together and to be happy. I asked what what she was wanting and all she said was a crib. It just really hit home with me that her big want, being a crib, is something that most of us just know we’ll get when we’re pregnant. Ever time I walk past our guest room/soon to be nursery I feel a prick in my heart for Adrienne. Lord show us how we can help provide for her. She’s part of the FIT Mothers program that our church sponsors and only one month in. I want to pray for her that she will stick with the program.

And we had the pleasure of attending Garner’s first dance recital! It was something else! And she’s quite the performer. 🙂

It’s been a nice week. And tomorrow we’re back to work after a 4 day weekend.

Lovely and busy weekend once again.

I get to mark something off my 40 before 40 thanks to JD. 🙂 The bulletin board is done and the room looks more complete than ever…Chair…rug…other things hung on the wall to come…

Before heading to Oakland Garner rode her bike for the first time! She’s a pro and LOVED it.

We celebrated the recent marriage of Amy and Mike in Oakland yesterday. Garner got to hang out with horses and her cousin Meredith. She had a lot of fun.

Oops! Garner couldn’t resist picking the ONLY tulip in Aunt Janet and Uncle Dan’s yard.

Janet passed down two sweet smocked outfits for Graham. His name is the middle name of JD’s grandfather and my grandfather, dad, brother and nephew. The tractor longall was a tribute to Felix Graham who worked for International Harverster.

And the sweet ecru shortall is a monogram M with whales. Hawaii is a favorite place of the Medley’s (and mine).

JD is busy tearing up the yard and flower beds in prep for next weekend. We’ll get our Palisade Zoysia sod for the back and our shrubbery and mulch for the front. It will be a yard weekend. I can hardly wait for the yard to be a nice green carpet. Garner will love it and we’ll enjoy it too! Lots and lots of hard work ahead.  Hoping to cap off the evenings by grilling out some Farmer’s Market fresh veggies and fish. YUM.

And while work is at it’s busiest for this time of year….I’ve had the pleasure of testing out one of these babies:

Review to come.

And I get to order 10 of these babies this week!

Here’s how we’re winding down our weekend…blog post…prepping lunch, nap stuff, dance clothes, etc. for tomorrow…and watching some Berenstain Bears…

Here’s to a nice weekend and hopefully a wonderful week ahead.


Another favorite children’s book that Garner has enjoyed also. The names of the characters are so fun to read – Mrs. Hipple, Clover Sue, Mrs. Primm.

From Amazon:

In this book, almost everybody loved Lyle the Crocodile until one day Clover Sue Hipple (a new friend to young Joshua Primm) started putting hate mail under Lyle’s door. Nobody knew who was doing this, until one day Mrs. Primm caught the note writer and found out why she was angry with Lyle. She invited Clover’s mother to meet Lyle, only to end the visit with the crocodile falling on both Mrs Hipple and Mrs Primm. Mrs Hipple threatened to have Lyle arrested. But at the beach the next week, Lyle saved Clover’s life, and won over both Clover and her mother.

One thing I’m glad my Mom kept from my childhood was our “I Can Read” books. One of my favorites was Lucille. Garner picked this book out a long time ago and wanted it read night after night. She memorized the book and was able to “read” to me – almost perfectly. Tonight I overheard JD and Garner having bedtime story time. JD read Lucille to her and it reminded me of her reading it to me. Her little voice – so precious talking about Lucille and her friends. That’s a memory I never want to forget.

I’m not sure it’s even in print anymore but if it is…it’s worth the read.

From Amazon:

This book is about a horse named Lucille. Lucille belongs to a farmer, and helps him to plow his fields. One day Lucille realizes that she is `dull and dirty’. The farmer’s wife has also realized this. She takes it upon herself to turn Lucille into a lady. First Lucille gets a hat with pink roses on it. Next she gets four shiny, red, high-heeled shoes. And last but not least she gets a white dress. Now Lucille is all dressed up as a lady. The only problem is, she doesn’t know how to act like one. When the farmer’s wife invites some other ladies over to meet Lucille, she gets nervous. Finally she runs out of the farmhouse and back to plow the fields with the farmer. She has realized that you shouldn’t hide who you are.

This story is told in a very straightforward manner that endeared it to me. Every page has wonderful illustrations. The pictures of Lucille all dressed up in her finery are really precious.

April 2011

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