Saturday, November 28, 2009

What a time we are having!!!!!!

Well, here it is Saturday and we will be heading home on Sunday.  It has been a wonderful week and I am sad that it has gone by so fast.

We arrived in Washington DC on Sunday night.  We had a late dinner with Nick and spent the night at his apartment.  Got up Monday morning, ran some errands and then headed to Maryland to check out the house.  We unloaded our car and then went back to DC for an evening dinner with Nick.  We picked up some things from his apartment and headed back to the house.  It was raining the whole way there and we got lost once, but finally got back on track and made it OK.

Alex and the boys, along with Alex's parents arrived Tuesday afternoon.  Let the fun begin.  We played and much fun.  Carlos is 2 yrs old and what a fun little guy.  Andres informed me he is 5  1/2  and so grown up from last summer.  We made a pinecone turkey for the Thanksgiving table and then he made a couple of robots.

Around 8pm Jeff, Alex, and Alex's Dad left to pick up Ellena at Baltimore airport.  Nick took the metro out of DC and met up with them.  They all finally got back to the house around 11pm.  Of course, we stayed up until 2am talking.

Well, that is all for now.  Internet time is over and headed back to the house.  Will post more later.  Hope everyone is having a great weekend and staying warm.


Saturday, November 21, 2009

Heading to Maryland

We are headed to Port Republic, Maryland for Thanksgiving with two of our children.  We left this morning at 8am and drove to Lebanon, TN where we are staying the night.

Up bright and early Sunday to hit the road again. My Mom and a good friend of ours, Laura, is riding with us.  We are meeting Laura's daughter at Bristol to drop her off and then on to Wytheville to meet my brother to drop off my Mom.  We will pick them up on Sunday, Nov 29 to head back home.

No pictures yet, but please check back in a couple of days.  I hope to have some to post.

Happy Thanksgiving to all....enjoy your holiday with family and friends.  There is a lot to be thankful for.


Monday, November 16, 2009

Almost Turkey Time!!

Well, it is almost here. I can't believe that is already the middle of November. Seems like we just had Halloween and trick or treaters. It was rainy and cool today. Nice day to stay inside.

The past week flew by. Jeff had arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder on Wednesday and is recuperating nicely at home. He has to wear a sling with the pillow at his side for a month, so he is adapting to using his left hand. Doing quite nicely, I might add. Goes back to the doctor on Thursday to remove stitches and talk about physical therapy.

We are leaving for Washington DC on Saturday to spend Thanksgiving with Nick. Ellena, Alex and the boys are flying in from Puerto Rico to spend Thanksgiving with us. Alex's parents, who live in California, will also be celebrating with us. It is going to be a great time. Can't wait to see them all.

I participated in a retreat this weekend with my ebay group, AAPG. You find all your UFOs and see what you can get finished. I can actually say I got quite a bit done. Here are the ones I found to work on.Then here are the ones I finished.Then I found this Santa to finish, but forgot to buy stuffing when I went to the store today. Maybe I can get him done this week.I did also get the binding on the maple leaf table top quilt that is in the first picture but forgot to take a picture of it finished. Will post a picture next time.

I also received some wonderful RAK gifts this week from my AAPG friends. Jo sent a cute Halloween card with some awesome spun silk thread. It is sooooo soft.
Pam also surprised me with a box of goodies. I can say, I haven't eaten all the chocolates yet, but give me another day or two.
AAPG is such a great group of women to be a part of and they are always full of surprises. Thanks Jo and Pam for your random acts of kindess to me.

Well it's late, so guess I better close. Busy, busy week ahead.

Wishing everyone a great week ahead. Smile and think positive.


Saturday, November 7, 2009

Fall leaves everywhere!

Well, it's about time to rake the leaves again! Jeff worked last Saturday (10-31) raking leaves from the yard, driveway and street and a week later it looks like this again. So we spent the biggest part of the day doing yard work. But the weather was beautiful. Temperature in the 70's and 10-15 mph wind and lots of sunshine.
Ashlee came by to walk on the treadmill and then fixed lunch for us. She is such a sweetie!!! I came in around 4pm. After a refreshing shower, I decided to get some Thanksgiving decorations out and set around the house.I set the pilgrims on the dining room table with the pumpkins and turkey. The ceramic man pilgrim will be moved to the kitchen area and will hold a small plant in his pot in the back.

When my children were small, I always tried to keep the things they made at school. These pilgrims and turkey were made by Ashlee when she was 7, so that makes them 17 years old. I guess next year when they turn 18 they can leave home.LOL. I just love them. The pilgrim man has that surprised look on his face and the pilgrim lady just sits there with a big grin. It looks like the turkey is trying to escape. They are sitting in a wooden bowl with vegetables made of wool felt. They are very special to me. Hope you all have some special memories like this. Our children grow up way too fast too soon.I made this pumpkin from sandcastle fabric and hand-dyed wools. It sits on the wooden bench by the front door. A reminder to always "be thankful". The pilgrim couple box holds little cloth pumpkins. It was made to hold candy, but I like the pumpkins in it.Oh, I also did an online scavenger hunt with my ebay group before I went outside to do yard work. You know, first things first :-). It was lots of fun and neat to see what the ladies participating found. Tomorrow we get new clues and get to look for some more stuff. I can't wait.

Wishing everyone a great rest of the weekend and spend some time outside if you can with your family and friends.