Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Brief trip

I just got home from Aurora, Colorado.  Family funeral :( .  My brother lives there so I was able to stay with him and realy enjoyed the visit.  I took my three younger children so it was a pleasant break. 

I have lots of pictures of the mountains but all from my vehicle while driving in Aurora.  I told my brother how lucky he is that he has such a beautiful view while driving around town. 

Monday, March 22, 2010

Don't you just love Ebay?

This is a cheap find from ebay, free shipping and auction closed under $10!!

I got a big batch of misc aida fabric.

   This will be great for making Christmas ornaments, book marks and pin cushions!!!  I had no clue what would be in the box, I saw one picture and bid and won.  I am going to have fun with this stuff!!

Update. . .

I think the girl has picked her school.  She will go the first year to Hayden.  Hayden is a wonderful school, private with small student body in the neighborhood of 500-600, grades 9-12.  Her older brother is there and this is the best option for her for now.
Topeka High, my alma mater is also a wonderful school but the student body is > 1500 maybe around 2000 students. It is public and pulls from all over the city. Since she is coming out of an 8th grade class of 26, also private and her older brother is at Hayden, we chose Hayden. She will not however be in the band. This was the deal breaker - she does not care for the band instructer at Hayden and has opted for debate instead. She will continue to play clarinet, acoustic & electric guitars on her own and in the Mariachi (Guitar,Vihuela & Guitarron).

I have to stop and have the priest sign off on her "parishner in good standing" form. Simply states that we tithe, volunteer and go to church on a regular basis.

Ol'man, I am gonna have a good cry come May when she graduates!


Wow, I think in my mind she will always be 3 and her sister 2 - life has been a whirlwind since then!!!

The sisters 3 years ago - I lost alot of pictures when my camera was stolen.  Always up load your photos!!!!

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Cinco de Mayo skirts

I have the 3 gree skirts cut out and have sewn all the ruffles together.  (I need to get pictures of this process on line).  I was going to serge the edges and serge the skirt panels together tonight but I go called into work.  I usually work midnight to noon on Sundays but another staff member called in and they asked me to come in at 8pm on Saturday so there went my sewing time. 

I hope to get this done Monday or Tuesday.  If not for sure on Wednesday.  I will take pictures of what I am talking about then and post them on my web page.

I added a picture above of the skirt pieces in a pile.  You can't tell what is what but there are 3 skirts on the floor waiting for assembly.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Think I like it. . .

I have been working on my blog.  Changed,changed and changed again my template and colors ~ but now I think I've got it the way I want it!

I need to add more pictues.  Yes, I have been reading my manual!  So wish me luck.  :)

My daughter is trying to choose her high school for next year.  Right now she is enrolled in both. 

So the choice is: 

- Hayden High School - private catholic school.  Her brother is enrolled at this school currently and will be a senior next year (her freshman year) and will be available to guide her through the in's and out's. 

-Topeka High School - much larger, about 3x the student body with a larger offering of curriculum. 

She is coming out of a small private school with 26 in her graduating class.  He eldest brother went straight into Topeka High he had a small graduating class of >20.  Her other brother went straight into Hayden with the majority of his graduation class of about 26.  Both have and did well. 

She is a straight A student, plays multiple instruments and dances with the Ballet Folklorico de Topeka.  While my husband would prefer her to go to Topeka High, he would like her to go to Hayden the first year.  Just to get her feet wet so to speak.  I am very torn.  If her brother was at Topeka High it would be go for it but with him at a different high school and I am leaning towards the smaller school where most of her friends are going.  She on the other hand is torn.  While she really wants to go to Topeka High she also likes the idea of going to school with her brother and all her friends.  She has actually researched the two schools and feels she would benefit academcally from either equally.  Yes, she is a researcher.  She is very much the nerd but she is so very beautiful (not just a mother talking here) that boys are drawn to her.  She prefers to keep them as friends and is quick to explain this to the boys.  I think I will let her and her father decide, I trust my husband and I know he has his daughters best interest at heart. 

Please guide us heavely father in our time of decision, Amen. 

Monday, March 15, 2010




I really need to learn how to use my camera. I have a cannon Rebel EOS 18-55IS with additional lense EF-S 18-200mm. I love my camera but I am no expert as you can tell from my pictures. But I am learning and having fun so that is the point ~ Right!

Time to get Serious

I hope really hope - no I am going to do this.

Let's face it the odds are against me but in order to feel better I really have to do this. I am going to be 45 in July. I wear a size 12 to 14 (more on the size 14 side) and am 5"6 1/2". I have given birth 4 times and work 60 to 70 hours per week. I am usually tired and a bit confused, except when working then just tired but focused.

Yes, those are all my excuses. In a nice little paragraph, take your pick any one will do.

So what is it I am want to get serious about?? My body. I really hate it. I hate the 30+ pounds I have gained over the last 5 years. I hate the way it has changed my body and how my once fairly firm body has gone soft. I hate seeling the cheese on my thighs and mid section and my droopy bottom. Oh, what a mental image.

My husband, bless his heart does not complain but I really hate looking at myself. I really need to get serious with the exercise. Nothing too major. Jazzercise 2-3x / week, walking 2-4 x / week and easy free weights only a 15 minute session.

If I want to get really crazy, my daughter wants to start running with me. Yes, I use to run and look damn good too. But alas, life has spiraled out of control. I use to meditate & pray daily.

But looking back there is a common thread in my life that I see, I have never been content. Content to just be in the moment. I have always longed for what was, what could have been or what I want to be. So, I am going to take out my 12 weeks back to me plan and live by it for the next 12 weeks. No matter what the excuse, it is time.

When I turn 45 I want to be happy with where I am at that moment. Yes, there will always be hopes and plans for the future, but I really want to once and for all be focused on the moment. To live in the here and now.

Sewing - well I have cut out the Cinco de Mayo skirts. I plan to sew for at least one hour today when I get home. That should at least get the bottom ruffles put together and maybe all the panels.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

My Machines




This is my Janomi MO200 QC - I purchased this to replace "Edna" my beloved Kenmore. Edna and I spent many hours creating some beautiful costumes and garments. Unfortunately Edna was unable to be repaired. She still stitches a excellent straight stitch but nothing else. I still have Edna as a back up and travel machine (when I know that I am not going to need anything other than a straight stitch). I do love my knew Janomi and the buttong hole function is to die for!


This is my Huskylock 936. I purchased this machine 5 years ago and sadly I still have yet to learn how use this machine. Oh, I serge everything and use the same 1-2 stitches but nothing more. I am looking for a class or some kind soul in my area who is willing to spend time teaching me to fully use this wonderful machine.



My embroidery machine is also a Janomi - 350E to be exact. I am taking classes at the shop I purchased this machine. I really enjoy it.