November 27, 2011

.a blissful weekend.

During this holiday weekend, I got to spend a lot of time in the craft room! I have not had a lot of inspiration since school started – but lately, inspiration is abundant and it seems I can’t get enough done!!

Here’s what I worked on this weekend:

I quilted and machine-sewed the binding on this baby quilt. It has a flannel backing and the backing is the ONLY thing I bought for this quilt! The entire quilt top is leftover pieces!

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The pattern is Spring Fling by Cluck Cluck Sew.
Fabric is Bliss by Bonnie & Camille.
Quilted by Marcie

I finished piecing these blocks on Wednesday. Mom helped me lay them out into rows and I finished sewing them together on Friday night. This is my first quilt using the Ruby fabric by Bonnie and Camille!

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I quilted and machine-sewed the binding on this table runner. It’s also made entirely of scraps! I love that!

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The pattern is called “It’s the Little Things” by Thimble Blossoms.
Fabric is Bliss by Bonnie and Camille
Quilted by Marcie!

This last quilt has been sitting in the stack of quilts behind our couch since summer, I think, just waiting for the binding to be hand sewn on. I even took it to Wenatchee a few weeks ago because I thought I’d sew in the car, but didn’t. I picked it up last night while watching the Apple Cup (Go Cougs!) and then finished it this morning! YAY! Not a huge accomplishment, but it sure feels like it!

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The pattern is Easy Bake by Cluck Cluck Sew.
Fabric is Bliss by Bonnie & Camille.
Quilted by Marcie

In addition to these, I sewed a border onto a quilt, prepped a quilt to be basted, and quilted & machine-sewed binding on another one (it’s in the washer right now!).

It feels great to have all of these projects done. I’ve acquired quite a stack of completed quilts on the pool table downstairs…I’m thinking about trying to sell some of them at a local craft show that is going to be held at Connell Elementary in a few weeks. I counted and have about 12 that are just sitting there…but can I part with them?!

.thankful: the rest of the month.

My Facebook status’s for the rest of November…

November 9: I'm thankful today for music. As I'm watching the CMA awards, I'm realizing how much all types of music is intertwined through my day and life. I love music that tells a story...sometimes pieces of my story. Music is such a gift!

November 10: Today I'm thankful for veterans-those who serve our country to protect our freedoms. "And I'm proud to be an American, where at least I know I'm free. And I won't forget the men who died Who gave that right to me "(Thank you for sharing your gift of music with CHS today Kelly Anderson Knight. I love hearing you sing!

November 11: Today I'm thankful to get to share in the celebration of Justin and Sheianne's wedding!

November 12: I'm thankful for my family. Love having fun with them! We play hard, laugh hard, and love each other very much! We were out together last night and heard the comment more than once, "they always have fun wherever they go." That's us! :)

November 13: Today I'm grateful for a day of rest and relaxation in preparation for the upcoming week. Oh-and a few hours in the craft room!!

November 14: Today I'm thankful for the students at school for making me laugh everyday. One girl asked me today if my family members are all born with fish on our feet. Haha! She know Karlye, Melissa, and I and that we all have Christian fish tattoos!!! Cracks me up!

November 15: Thankful for getting to chat with friends. Everyday I think of so many that I would love to spend time with in person or on the phone - wish life would slow down so I could. Thanks for letting me stop by so late Todd and Jessica! Great to see you! ♥

November 16: Today I'm grateful for my friends Nick and Kate. :) love them.

November 17: I'm stealing Melissa's thankful status--I'm thankful there are 3.5 school days until Thanksgiving break!!

November 18: today I'm thankful for the weekend and a Friday night dinner at Mei Lings with my parents!

November 19: Today I'm thankful for a safe trip to Wenatchee and back for the cheerleaders and I---and I'm grateful Melissa and her friends were protected and kept safe in their car accident.

November 20: I'm thankful for a day with family...

November 21: I'm thankful for Melissa being on the mend and for getting to get nails done & pedicures with Mom, Melissa, and Amber.

November 22: I'm thankful for my Beta sisters! They make me smile!

November 23: Today I'm thankful for some time off from work to celebrate Thanksgiving, catch up on sleep, spend time with family, and get into the Christmas spirit.

November 24: Happy Thanksgiving!! I'm thankful for each of you, my family & friends, good health, my job, and the blessings in my life. Also for Samson...we're snuggling on the couch watching the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade. He's a little sore and tender after getting some shots yesterday. Poor guy.

November 25 (yesterday): I'm thankful for a day spent with my Mom, sister, and cousins...and a resurgence of creative vibes that led to 7 hours in the craft room!!

November 26: I'm thankful for our little town--the close-knit community, great friends, and wonderful tradition of football!! So fun to cheer on the Eagles today to another trip to the championship game AND see so many friends home for Thanksgiving.


November 26, 2011

.goin’ home to the Dome!.

The CHS Eagles had a rematch against the Chelan Goats in Moses Lake. We played them in September – one of the first games of the season. It was super duper hot at 95 degrees when the game started in Chelan back in September and Chelan was missing some key players including their quarterback. We won easily then and all season since then, the question has been – could we do it again?! Here’s our chance!

The girls were excited to be in Moses Lake – they have a great field and they got to cheer on boxes!


Kirston flew this week in the dance routine. She has great technique!


She wanted to plank the air. :) What a girl!


This is the 3rd or 4th year in a row we’ve played in Moses Lake during the post season . We have a tradition of taking each girls’ picture on their box.





Whenever we tell Kirston to pose, this is what we get. :)










Group shot pose #1 – Sommer’s face cracks me up in this picture


Group shot pose #2 – silly girls!


Group shot pose #3 – that’s better!


The player introductions. Thanks to the DCC for our new idea for introductions!


Here we go….one of these teams gets to go to the Dome!


Santa came to cheer on the Eagles!


The Eagles had a great game…making some big plays early on really helped. Ryan Heinen had about an 80 yard touchdown run that got the crowd on their feet! It was great!

The girls performed at halftime - “Mercy” by Duffy. They did AWESOME! I love hearing the crowd cheer them along!

With about 3 minutes left in the 4th quarter, the score was 42-14 and an Eagle victory was imminent. The starters came out of the game and made room for the 2nd string to get some playing time.

Matt Hadley taking a breather after putting it all out there!


I love watching Kyle Berry – he gets so excited and pumped up. It’s hard to not have some of his enthusiasm brush off on the crowd!


The celebration has begun!


“On to State! On to State!”


Final score: 42-14


Some pretty excited boys!


This will be the 5th time in 6 years that the Eagles play in the championship game. We are very lucky to have a great football program that makes it so fun to cheer on!

November 25, 2011

.black friday.

For about the fifth year in a row, Mom, Melissa, Karlye, Amber, and I went Black Friday shopping today. Craig even got to join us for a little while! We are not extremists…we don’t leave Connell until 7am. It was great to have all our shopping done and enjoyed a nice lunch by 1:30pm! I didn’t have a lot on my list, but got most of what I was looking for!
Here’s where we went:
  • Target (@Queensgate so we could get Starbucks too!)
  • Best Buy
  • Craft Warehouse (30% off bolted fabric!)
  • Macy’s (new luggage for our trip!) and the mall
  • JoAnn’s (best buys of the day!)
  • lunch at Red Robin
  • Bed, Bath, and Beyond
  • Starbucks again!
Fun day and I’m still home in time to get some crafting done and do some online shopping!!

November 24, 2011

.thanksgiving day.

We spent a nice, relaxing day at Doug & Vicky’s. We had a smaller group this year than we have had in the past. Doug, Vicky, Craig, Jackie, Mark, Kim, Karlye, Amber, Dad, Mom, Melissa, Grandma, and I.
We watched a lot of football, played some cards, talked a lot, and ate some delicious food.
We took some family pictures after the meal…right about the time the tryptophan kicked in. Amber said she’d never heard that word and thought we were saying “trip to Japan.” Oh that girl is a crack up!
Mark, Grandma, Mom, and Doug
Craig, Grandma, Karlye, and I
Amber, Melissa
Amber, Grandma, & Karlye
Melissa, Grandma, and I
Melissa’s new Facebook profile picture!
She was modeling her “cardigan” like Rosie…
We’ve been loving these two cute British girls that have been on The Ellen Degeneres Show a few times.
Grandma and Craig
We made our game plan for Black Friday shopping – leaving at 7am from Connell. With all these stores opening at midnight, it makes me want to go  - but then I remember, I am not looking for any big ticket items..just want to get in on some sales – 40% off at Craft Warehouse, buy 1 get 1 free thread at JoAnn’s. That kind of stuff. A few Christmas presents and a few things for me!

November 23, 2011

.not just another pretty face.

 I found these pictures on my iPad this evening.
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They really are nice girls.
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I hope these don’t give you nightmares! :)

November 21, 2011

.connell wine and brew festival.

This post is a week overdue….oh well. You’ll keep on reading, right?!

Last Saturday – November 12 – was the annual Connell Chamber of Commerce Wine and Brew Festival. My Mom takes her jewelry to display and sell.

It was a fun evening with Mom & Dad, Melissa & Karlye, and their friends.

wine tasting

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Lots of friends – lots of laughs – lots of fun – lots of people!

We finished up the night at Michael Jay’s with the rest of Connell, it seemed! Always a fun night!

November 20, 2011

.football quarterfinals vs. CASHMERE!.

We travelled to Wenatchee yesterday to take on the Cashmere Bulldogs for a second time this season. There wasn’t a whole lot talked about this game around school this week – I think everyone was nervous since we had lost to Cashmere the first time around.
The cheerleaders watched a movie on the way to Wenatchee – but got bored and stole my phone and iPad. They took about 50 crazy pictures like this and changed all their contact pictures on my phone. Silly girls.
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We got to Wenatchee and it was snowing. Talk about some excitement! They wanted to take a picture in the snow. You can’t see Sommer’s face because she’s doing “the Kirston.” :)
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Here’s a better picture of them! They were all bundled up with layers and layers for the game. They said they didn’t get too cold.
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I thought this was cute. They huddled before the game like the boys do!
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I missed the C and the H – but got the S! :) They did a great job cheering at the game…so proud of them! They performed a dance at halftime. We had two alternate endings ready – one with stunts and one without, just in case. Good thing! They were awesome!
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You can see how snowy the field was. I was afraid of a bunch of injuries for the football players, but I don’t think there was anything major.
This was a well fought game…but we came out on top! YAY!
Connell, 20 – Cashmere, 9
Two touchdowns and two field goals!
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It snowed right up until the game started. When the fog cleared, there was a beautiful view from the stadium overlooking Eat Wenatchee.
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Here they are - the team that's pulling out all the stops right when it counts!!
This picture was on the Wenatchee World website. I'm pretty sure it's Matt Hadley - and what I really like about the picture is that it is so "him." He is a record breaking fool and a major force on the football field - but beyond all of that, he's an all around nice guy. I think this picture shows that he's a fierce competitor, but when the games over, he's a good friend.

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We will play against Chelan next week (not sure on day or time yet) – also for the second time this season. Last time it was in Chelan and 95 degrees when the game started. I have a feeling the weather will be a bit different this time around…