Friday, June 25, 2010

Wow...10 years already

We made it to and back from Oregon last weekend in one piece. It was a hectic/short trip for my 10 year high school reunion and to visit with family and friends in southern Oregon. Seeing family is always interesting and stressful. Families are like that for everyone I think.

The reunion was weird. There were a handful of people that I spoke to more in the few hours of the reunion than I did in all of high school. I expect more people to have grown up in the last 10 years and be able to at least smile and say "hello, how are you" and not walk away giggling and making comments about what people look like (this was the weird part - a lot of people seemed like they were still in the high school mode except that now they could legally have alcohol). I'm glad I went because I was able to connect with a lot of people that I had lost touch with over the past 10 years and it was nice to catch up.

I spent a few hours with James at his shop where he showed me some of his latest creations. This almost finished quilt top was one of them:

How amazing is that!  I love the way the flower blocks blend together to form the forest floor and the appliqued borders are amazing (and way better than any of the applique that I've attempted). 

Hopefully, my next trip down won't be as full of stuff so we can rest a bit more (I'm hoping some time in August works).

Thursday, June 10, 2010

My boys!

I have the greatest cat ever!  Romeo is such a sweet boy and all that you could ask for in a cat (especially when you have a toddler in the house).  He's cuddly, loves to sit in my lap, and best of all, he is tolerant of Dominic!  And, Dominic LOVES Romeo so much.  Yesterday, we walked in the front door and Dominic immediately goes over to Romeo gives him a kiss on the face, a hug, and then another kiss.  It was adorable! 

I am constantly amazed at how tolerant and patient Romeo is with Dominic.  He'll just lay there and let Dominic pet him, tug on his tail, poke his face, hug him, and lay on him.  When he's tired of he'll walk away and sit up too high for Dominic to reach him or hide under a bed.  He's never struck back or done anything to harm Dominic.  I loved him so much for being so understanding of Dominic.

Here is Romeo enjoying the large pile of scraps I was trying to sort yesterday afternoon.  And then Dominic noticed him enjoying the pile and decided to join the fun.

My boys are the greatest.  :-)

TV and Internet

This morning I read an interesting article from the New York Times: Hooked on Gadgets.  It's really very worrisome since I have a young child.  Right now, we have a rule that Dominic is allowed no tv and I'd like that to continue for a long time.  We do let him watch some short videos online (about the alphabet) but they are only about 1-2 minutes long and I always sit with him and talk to him about what he is seeing.  And, I limit his video time to only once or twice a week.  I'm also working on convincing Will that we don't need cable when we move to our new house.  I really see no need for it since I don't want my son to grow up watching tv and playing on computers all the time.

The thing I think will have the most impact on him is how much time Will and I spend on the computer each day.  It seems like the laptop is always on and in the room.  We both check our emails all the time and Will has an iPhone that he lets Dominic play with sometimes (a few toddler friendly games). 
We are no where near the level that the family in the article is at but I could easily see us getting there.  I don't want Dominic to grow up and be that weird kid who never plays video games and never sees tv or movies.  I just want to make sure that both are a low priority for him.

What do you do with your kids?

Saturday, June 5, 2010

June is here already...

I spent the month of May trying to crochet a lovely lace shawl and failed.  I'm so out of practice with my crochet skills that I had to unravel my work half a dozen times before I gave up on the mohair lace thread and picked up some worsted weight to work with and re-learn how to crochet!  It's going slowly.  I picked this really nice bamboo and silk blend yarn and then spent time searching for another pattern to practice with but the yarn is so silky and soft that it's hard to keep an even tension on my stitches.  I'm still working on it and hope to have two nice shawls/scarfs by the end of summer for use this fall.  I also found a quilt shop in Olympia that had a lovely scrap bag pile and found lots of new scraps for my hexagon quilt so I've picked that up again and I am rotating between hexagons and crochet (when I have the time for either!).  Somehow I didn't end up with any pictures of my crochet work this month - seems very weird since I'm doing my picture-a-day project.

I'm searching for fabrics for Dominic's big  boy bed quilt this month.  I have several ones in mind already but I need to find them and see them together in person before I made my final decision.  I drafted four different versions of the pattern last month and settled on doing it in blue, green, and yellow and we will do his room in an outer space/astronaut theme.  I've already found an awesome star lamp to go in his new room.  I'm just not sure what type of sheets to get for his bed - I'm not making them since I want them to stand up to the heavy use and washing that sheets get.  Plain solids or something more festive?  I found some white sheets with blue stars that I think are in the right shade to coordinate with his bed quilt but I'm uncertain if I should go with something so easily stain-able since he's so young. 

I have two lap sized quilts almost finished (my pink and green one block wonder and my fall quilt) so I've decided to finish one of them for June project of the month.  The one block wonder has the main top panel finished and the borders and binding are all cut out and ready for assembly.  I'm going to quilt it very simply with a straight line around each of the hexagons.  The Fall quilt has all the fabric for the binding, backing, and borders ready to cut and all the blocks are sewn together.  I need to finalize the block layout and sew them all together and then cut the borders, etc.  I think the one block wonder is more likely to be completed since it's much closer to a finished state. 

In other news, we are in contract with our NY house.  It should close sometime in July but who really knows since we've had many issue with just getting into contract.  Please cross your fingers that everything goes smoothly from here on out so we can finish our move and find a new house here in WA!