Monday, July 20, 2015

Nana Camp 2015

 This year was the third annual Nana Camp for us.  We had nine grandchildren in attendance. (you have to be potty trained)  Usually we have it in the summer, but since Chance and Colby would already be moved to Texas by then we decided to hold it in May.  Since they all love to camp with us we had a camping weekend.

We really only sleep four in our camper, so we took a tent too.  The first night Payton-14, Clara-5, and Maddux-3 slept in the tent.  Even with rain they stayed out all night.  The others slept on the living room floor.  The next night they ALL slept in the tent except Aela.  That night it rained and thundered and still they slept. (I think they were exhausted!!)

We choose a spot close to a playground and further away from the river than we usually camp.  I could see the playground from the camper.  They played and played at that playground.  I am STILL sweeping up sand in the camper!

And we hiked up to Fossil Gorge...........
Gathering for a group photo before exploring.

Drinking out of the water fountain was a lot of fun!  Everyone had a turn at it.

When we were done exploring Fossil Gorge we hiked down a paved trail next to the river.  Finding just the right walking stick was an important job when we took a break.  Then they quickly became swords!

 After lunch it was time to rest for the youngest six......and Nana while Grandpa and the three oldest fished.
 They were so exhausted that they all slept except Grayson!
Fishing was up next.  I sat and untied knots while Grandpa kept the poles full of bait.
 The two oldest boys went to their own fishing spot, so they didn't need our help.

Grandpa told them all to sit still and be patient.  Hah!  Patience in three year olds and five year olds is hard to come by.  BUT Maddux absolutely won the award for patience.  He sat perfectly still and waited until he got his first fish!  He was the only one to catch two fish that day, and he was thrilled!

One night we sat around the campfire, and the next night everyone grabbed their blanket/sleeping bag, chair, and pillow and we had a movie outside on the big screen.  Even the neighbors came to check it out!
We always do a craft.  This time we painted bird houses.
It was serious business!

And we ate........

Yummy cookies that Chance wanted to show his dad. (They're Travis' favorite.)
Nate & Chance help me make "Big Foots" for breakfast.
Chance enjoyed the BBQ chicken!  
And we ate!
Our final group picture was last.  We made the mistake of doing it when the parental units were there, which just made everything worse!  Funny how well behaved they can be when the parents aren't around!
Maddux absolutely did NOT want to wear a red nose!  So we went on without it.
 Of course when we were done.........
A good time was had by all!  But I know Nana and Grandpa were exhausted!!!

Nana camp could not happen without Grandpa!  Thanks for being a good sport and going alone with things you didn't really want to do.  And Payton and Cael were so good at playing with the little ones!

Sunday, May 24, 2015

40 Years of Wedded Bliss!

40 years ago today we married!!  We had a small wedding with a cake/ice cream reception. Followed by a quick one night away honeymoon.  We were so young......
First it was just the two of us, and in a blink of an eye we became a family of six......
Along came the weddings and grandkids, and now we are a family of 20........
We were lucky enough to have all of our immediate family plus more celebrate with us a few weeks ago.

We had a great time!  Thanks to everyone for coming to celebrate with us.
We've changed....Just. A. Little.......
Here's hoping for many more happy and healthy years!

Monday, May 18, 2015

You Are My Sunshine

Our newest grandchild, Evalie, was born in March but planning for her quilt began much earlier.  Her parents always have a theme for the nursery.  They originally decided upon The Wizard of Oz.  After looking at the fabric available I alerted them that there wasn't much kid friendly fabric for a baby quilt.  After searching on their own they agreed.

So they decided on the song....."You Are My Sunshine".  They had an idea in mind for the quilt, so we sat down and I sketched it out with their input.
They told me they wanted the clouds to be something more three dimensional rather than just flat, and they wanted bright colors.   Without a pattern I had some trial and error to do to figure it out.  And I forgot to say that I didn't know if I needed a boy quilt or a girl quilt, so I planned to do both.

Because I was hoping for a girl, I decided to make the girl one first. A first look while still on my design board......
And a final project......
For the clouds I made it chenille by using four layers of fabric on top of each other, stitched about 3/8" apart, then cut three layers between stitching.  
The raindrops are appliqu├ęs , and I tried to make the quilting around them look like more raindrops. 
The letters are machine stitched using a blanket stitch.
I hope Evalie will cherish it forever!