Monday, June 27, 2011

SO I got Brandon's outfit finished. Andy didn't pick it up until Saturday night. He looked very handsome in it. Lunch at Andy and Christine's was good. They grilled hotdogs and hamburgers and everyone else brought other things. Christine wouldn't let me hold the baby. I guess too much stimulation. Whatever.

After that Kim and I went to Louise and Al's to deliver our Christmas gift to them. They don't need anything and are impossible to buy for,so we decided we would cook a full meal for them and 3 other couples. Anything they wanted. Well they decided to host an association meeting where they live. Appetizer, salad and dessert for 24 people. needless to say this was more work and more expensive than the full meal would have been. I made sesame wings, hot taco dip, rueben dip, shrimp spread, a big bowl of fruit, pasta ham salad and a blueberry and a nectarine cobbler. Also deviled eggs. Almost all of the food was gone and really I made a lot.

Today I took apart a bridesmaid dress for a wedding we are invited to on Saturday. Aubrey and the girls came over and we started sorting through clothes and cleaning and organizing bedrooms upstairs. Allison and Chris and Evelyn will be coming next weekend so we should have a bigger bed than a twin size. We will be going to my friend Kris's in Wisconsin to pick up the bed she bought from my Grandma many years ago and offered back to me.

I got the order for 60 dozen cookies for James Brothers for the 4th of July. I plan on mixing them up on Friday and baking Saturday morning and Sunday afternoon.

Brandon's Baptism

This is the outfit I made for Brandon and this is the whole family minus Allison, Chris and Evelyn who couldn't make it down.
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Wednesday, June 22, 2011


I have been thinking about how I get things done lately, or don't. I have realized that if I have a deadline of some sort, compamy coming, wedding, graduation, etc., I get a lot done. The problem is, I generally know how long it will take to do things. I don't start until I have to. I don't rush and I get done usually as the people are coming in the door. It's the same with sewing. I am making Brandon's baptism outfit for this Sunday and I got it cut out yesterday. I will sew it today and tomorrow. I have other projects to do in the house, painting and cleaning. I just am not motivated to do them because there isn't a deadline. I have had sewing jobs to do for people and they have said no hurry. I finally got around to it a year later. Really! I also realized that since I reached a certain age
, I get distracted easily. I just go from one thing to another. That never used to happen to me. Also, I am a morning person. During the school year I get more done as I get up and get the kids out the door. Now I have a 5 year old who likes to sleep in and my sewing is out in my shop. It's hard to leave her in the house alone. She could play outside but it had been raining alot this year. It is right now. So what do I do? Read blogs and wait for her to get up, eat breakfast, get dressed and by then it's lunch time. It's hard to rush Alair. I will go out for an hour or two and get Alair set up with some art project and then it's time to get supper ready. I sometimes go out after supper if I need to get something done soon,which I probably will do tonight or tomorrow. I also do better if I have several things to get done at the same time. I really do well under pressure. The busier I am, the more I get accomplished. Isn't that profound?

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Father's Day

Thursday I took Alair and HyeIn and we went to see Christine and Brandon. I got a couple pictures and Christine reluctantly let me hold him. Very cute. after that we met Kim at the Singing Hills Cafe and had lunch. Ryan was there "copping" for Waterville and we had a nice talk. Friday Emily and family went there and he was there again.

Friday we went to Carmen's for Bible Study and then I had to get ready for the Lia Sophia party on Saturday. I made brunch for it and cleanrd house.

The party went well and we were going to go shopping after and out for supper. The whole family was going. Alair had a high fever and that just stopped everything. Emily and family and Marty went any way. HyeIn went to a friend's. Aubrey went home to do some work. Kim went to Aubrey's and did some stuff. I stayed home and did nothing. Alair was still throwing up this morning so Kim went to church with Aubrey. The kids came over for lunch and we grilled burgers. I made a Strawberry Rhubarb Pie that was very good. Alair's fever broke a short time ago but still doesn't feel well.

Tomorrow we take HyeIn to the airport to go home. It will be very quiet here when she leaaves.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Minus One

Yesterday we took Nina to the airport. We had some mixxed feelings about her leaving. While we got used to her stereotypical German arrogance and being very opinionated, she was a sweet girl and never meant to hurt anyone. It is a relief to not have to be responsible for another teenager. We will miss her.

Yesterday was also the Bullhead Days parade. It rained and was quite cool. The little ones got an awful lot of candy though.

Saturday I babysat Claire and Natalie while Aubrey met her group of friends from high school for a get-together. Everything went major meltdowns. Allison and Evelyn came down Friday afternoon to watch Alair in the Jr. Miss Waterville Pageant. She didn't get her name drawn, but didn't care. She had fun and that was the main point.

I hope to get to see Brandon this week. They were coming yesterday, but the weather wasn't nice for a premature baby to be at a parade in. I have to start his baptism outfit this week.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Many Things

So many things have happened since my last post.

We have a new grandson. Brandon Alexander was born on Friday, May 27th. He was a little over a month premature. He had some issues breathing, but that is better. He needs a tube for feeding yet, but is improving. Hopefully he will be able to go home soon. I have not been able to see him as we have had a nasty virus.He weighed 7lbs. 1oz. Good size!

While Brandon was being born, our exchange students were graduating. I can't believe they are almost ready to go home! Nina leaves this coming Sunday. We had a party for five of the fes on the 29th. It was nice and lots of school kids came.

Memorial Day we left for the Black Hills in South Dakota. Aubrey and her girls went with. We came home on Thursday. It was alot of fun. The exchange students had a great time. We saw the Corn Palace, the Badlands, Mount Rushmore, buffalo at Custer State Park, and the Trial of Jack McCall for the shooting of Wild Bill Hickock in Deadwood. We saw the shooting twice at Saloon number 10. We also had an old time picture taken.

Thursday, the 26th, Alair graduated from Kindergarten. It was great. She and Ashley had to recite what they had learned over the past year and then got a diploma from one of the board members. After that all the students put on a play, The Three Piggy Opera. It was so cute.

Saturday was Alair and Claire's dance recital. It lasted three hours as it was with Mankato. Way too long. Next year we are going to change dance schools to one that is closer and smaller.

This week we have VBS, Junior Miss Waterville Pageant, in which the winner's name is drawn out of a hat, and Miss Waterville Pageant, and Bullhead Days and Nina goes to the airport Sunday morning and hopefully we get back for the parade Sunday afternoon.