2015 hasn’t been an easy year for our family. However, regardless of the difficulties there has always been joy. Our three boys bring smiles to our faces and laughter to our house on a daily basis and for that we are always grateful. Regardless of what 2016 brings I hope that we can always focus on what really matters, our family. Happy New Year everyone, here’s to a wonderful 2016.
2015 a year in review…
We read books, we built a ridiculous amount of things with duplo, enjoyed the cooler weather outside and it even got cold enough one night to freeze water outside. The boys set up an “experiment” and were thrilled that some of the water froze.
April was a crazy month. We hosted the annual Shrimp Boil which also served as George’s retirement party, Jamie got a new standing desk, we rearranged most of the office after getting the desk and created a lego area for Jamie and a sewing area for Kristen, we celebrated Easter and decorated a bunch of eggs, did a heck of a lot of lego building and Kristen finished another quilt.
We built a bunch more lego, we swam in the pool for the first time in 2015, finished up a the school year at MSEE, Charlie got a new bike, Jay started riding a bike without training wheels and Luc got his first haircut.
We prepared and decorated with the Holidays, Charlie learned to ride a bike without training wheels, we took a trip to Jacksonville to celebrate Memere’s birthday and got to see a lot of family and we celebrated Christmas.
I can be some what of an ADD crafter. I enjoy painting (furniture/canvas/paper/peg dolls), drawing, hand lettering etc. You name a craft and I have probably done it and enjoyed it. I usually skip around doing a little bit of this and a little bit of that all of the time. However, I certainly have been bitten by the quilting bug lately. I day dream about fabric and patterns, I have been fitting in sewing whenever I can and I am having so much fun with it. Lately, my biggest crafting problem is not knowing what quilting project I want to work on next- they all look like so much fun! I finished my first queen sized quilt and while it certainly isn’t perfect, I really do love it. We have it on our bed right now and it makes me happy every time I see it.
I really do need to get better at photographing quilts, still objects aren’t prevalent around our home so I don’t have much practice, but here are a few so you can check it out ;)
2013 year in review…
Jamie celebrated his 33rd birthday, worked out the kinks of our new shared sleeping arrangements and therefore battled with some very tired boys; we built a whole lot of duplo towers, made some pretty adorable Halloween costumes and battled off some terrible preschool germs.
Every January as I look back at our year I can’t help but feel so incredibly blessed. We have had a wonderful 2013 and I can’t wait to see what 2014 is going to bring!
Every time I get pregnant I have grand plans to make all sorts of things for my soon to be kiddos. In reality time slips away from me and I don’t get nearly everything done that I want to. I have however managed to make a blanket for each one of the boys; Jay and Charlie’s were crocheted and Luc’s was quilted.
I picked up quilting (I am not sure that is even a true statement since I am still just playing around with the “art”) after Charlie was born so it seemed like the natural choice for Luc’s blanket, that and since I was pregnant in the summer I just couldn’t bare the thought of crocheting during the scorching heat. It’s nothing fancy, I didn’t use a pattern just made it up as I went along, but here it is in all of it’s glory. Isn’t my little quilt-display-helper in the corner cute?
It’s no secret that I have usually been categorized as the responsible, prepared person for most of my life. I mean I usually can be found at home most nights and not out partying (this was the case even before children) and in college I was known to have anything you might need… needle and thread to fix your ripped seam- I had it, bandaid- yup, tylenol- sure, stain stick- indeed, among many other things AND sadly I had most of these things with me at all times in my purse. I liked to think that it was good prep for having kiddos ;) That being said, I guess it’s only fitting that I have picked up a hobby to match my Granny ways- quilting! I have always enjoyed most types of crafting although sewing was never really my thing. I did a bit of it from time to time while working on projects for the kids or house projects but never loved it. However, this Christmas my wonderful husband got me my own sewing machine and since then I have been hooked! I love how simple it is to use my new machine (I was borrowing my Mom’s old machine prior to this and never quite got the hang of it) and I have been sewing during my free time. My first big project was a quilt for Jay. I fell in love with this cute car fabric, Peak Hour by Riley Blake, and thought that it would make a perfect blanket for my car loving kiddo. It’s not a perfect quilt (don’t look too closely at any of the seams, most of them are pretty wonky) but I did it on my own- including the machine quilting so I am pretty tickled with myself. And more importantly Jay loves it which means I am one happy Mama ;) I can’t wait to start working on my next project… now if only I could find a few more hours in the day to sew…
My sweet husband modeled the full quilt before leaving for work this morning, although his little helper preferred watching to participating.
Jay also wanted to help show it off. The snuggling photos are my favorite, makes my heart smile.