Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Girls day

One weekend, while Dennis was in San Diego, I invited 2 of my very good friends and their kids over for a girls day. We went to coffee first and then shopping with lunch in there. We had a great time! Trek is 2 1/2 and Ava is a little over 1 1/2. A good time was had by all! Rhonda and Jenny, lets do it again someday soon!

Trek being adorable as always. I love his big brown eyes!
Ava being super cute! I also love her eyes - blue!

Trek had tried his hat on Ava but he wanted it back so was putting it back on himself!

Blanket / Quilt for Larry

Recently I had a co-worker retire from work as he was battling cancer. He always saw the good in everyone he met and was a prince of a gentleman. I had asked Larry what his favorite animal was and when he said elephant I got really excited because they are my favorite animal too. I had heard that cancer patients get cold easily so I found a beautiful elephant panel and bought some more soft, cozy, fuzzy fabric to make a blanket for him. The material I chose happened to be really hard to work with so I had a gracious co-worker offer to quilt the blanket for me. I was super pleased with the results! Larry passed away April 30th and I know he will be missed by all. The company I work for, in the 20 years it has been in business has never shut down for anything. However Lightspeed did close the afternoon of Larry's memorial service so many of his co-workers could attend. We all miss Larry dearly and think of his wife and daughters often. Hug your family and love them with all the love you have. And, be like Larry and kind to everyone you meet. You don't know what others might be going through.

The front of the blanket laying down on a bed

The back of the blanket. Can you see the beautiful quilting design?
The blanket being held up outside. It was fairly good sized.

After visiting Larry once he was at home, he told me that he cuddled with the blanket all the time and that he showed and told everyone that came over about it. I am so thankful that he made use out of something that I put not just work but a lot of love into!

Girls weekend!

One fine weekend in April, my mom's 2 sisters decided to go visit her and have a girls weekend. 2 of my girl cousins got to join in on the fun. I decided that it would be fun to go and surprise everyone by showing up. When I arrived on Friday night, I rang the doorbell and my girl cousins ran to the door screaming "Jenny Jenny Jenny is here." We had a great time that weekend. Friday night was filled with food and visiting. I was shocked and amazed when at about 9:00 my mom and her sisters were ready to turn in for the night! I sure know that I take after the Smith side of my family being a night owl. Good thing I had a book to keep me up until an appropriate time to turn in for a Friday night! :) Saturday, I took the girls to a park and then we went shopping. We also went out for coffee and had a lavender latte! Have you ever had one? If not, it's definitely worth a try (although one of my aunties didn't care for her's too much) Saturday evening 2 more of my cousins, who live in the area spent the night at moms house. There were 4 little bodies in the living room for the night. I was once again shocked and amazed when on Sunday morning I heard my 4 cousins talking, giggling, and some arguing at 6:30 am!!! I was definitely not ready to face the day yet! Anyway - a great time was had by all. I'm thankful that my mom, aunts and girl cousins let me in on their girls weekend (uh, not that they had much choice) :)

Sophie posing and being cute!

Chloe's turn for posing. This rock was so tall - she is an amazing rock climber!

Chloe and Sophie - my 2 adorable cousins!
The girls and me! Thanks to Chloe's fast climbing ability and the auto setting on my camera we were able to capture all 3 of us!

Again my adorable cousins. Chloe helped Sophie up this rock, it was super cute to see them working together!

Sophie wearing Auntie Debbie's reading glasses and typing at the old typewriter!
4 bugs in 4 rugs!
Sunday morning I did the girl's hair! For Chloe and Sophie I did criss cross french braids. They are sort of hard to see in this picture but super cute! Willa wanted a ponytail so that's what she got!

The kids all crammed in the car - heading back to Uncle Chris's to drop off 2 kids! See Finn tucked way in the back?

My mom and her lovely sisters! Aren't the beautiful? What an honor to have them in my family!