Sunday, February 11, 2018


Wow, I missed posting in January, so let me catch you up on what's been going on around here. 

I spent most of my time working on baby gifts for my niece.  It's hard enough to make gifts for one baby and making for three babies was a big endeavor.

My first time making sock monkeys.  I made one for each baby and the fourth one is for big brother.

Leaping Stripes and Blocks
Pattern by Moogly
Started January 8, 2018
Completed January 21, 2018
Yarn: I Love This Yarn from Hobby Lobby 
Colors used listed below

Dark City Blue
Gray Mist
Antique White

Dark Olive Green
Gray Mist
Antique White

Gray Mist
Antique White

My niece, her hubby and Little D (who turned 1 in September).  Her shower was Sunday, January 28 and she was 25 weeks when this photo was taken.  She is doing well, but is quite uncomfortable.  She's been on modified bedrest since December 11.  Since she is high risk, she sees her doctor weekly.  So far he has allowed her to stay home, but her doctor said she may have to be admitted to the hospital at some point.  The goal is to make it to 32 weeks, but my niece says she's ready now.  The doctor has been giving her pep talks each week and told my niece that for every day she carries the babies, it's two less days in the NICU.  

One year ago, Hazel joined our family.  I can't imagine ever being without her.

The past week has been filled with snow.  My area has had snow everyday since Sunday, February 5 and our weekly total now stands at 20+ inches.  The good news is that the coming week is supposed to be calm with no precipitation in the forecast.

Hazel and Hollie have really been enjoying the snow.  

Whatever the weather is in your area, please be safe.

Saturday, December 23, 2017


Hazel's 1st Birthday ~~ December 17

Prairie Schooler Ornaments ~~ Stitched Gifts Given to Family

 Merry Christmas


Happy New Year

Friday, November 17, 2017

Oh my, it has been a long time...

Hello, dear friends, it's been a while.  We've been so very busy these past weeks.  

After DD's surprise visit in September, she wasn't able to come home in October like she had planned.  Instead, I was able to take a long weekend to visit her in Texas.  We won't get to have her here for Thanksgiving, but she is planning on coming home for Christmas.  Since she will be deployed the beginning of May, I'm going to try to visit her several times between January and May.  

My oldest DD is feeling better and has actually gained a few pounds, but still weighs less than 100 pounds.  She went back to the doctor a few weeks ago and has been instructed to wean off the medication to see how she does.  So far, she's been doing well with less medication.

It's been pretty rough for my mom as she has been having many medical issues resulting in emergency room visits, doctor appointments, tests, procedures and even a couple of surgeries.  

In early November, we got to celebrate some birthdays.

Mom turned 77 and her brother, Uncle D, turned 75.  We gathered at a local Italian restaurant for a wonderful dinner.

My niece and her husband announced that they are expecting again.  After several failed IVF attempts and 2 miscarriages, they were blessed with a successful pregnancy and had Baby Daniel a year ago.  They decided to try IVF one more time and found out they are having TRIPLETS!  Last week's ultrasound shows they are having 3 identical boys.  We are so excited and, yet, anxious at the same time.  We already know she will be going on bedrest around Christmas time for the remainder of her pregnancy hoping to make it as close to her May due date as possible.

Somehow with everything going on, I did find some time to stitch 6 ornaments for gifts.  I will share those pics when I have them completely finished.

My friend asked me to paint the wooden butterflies he's been making and I was glad to help. 

These are just a few of the 20+ butterflies I've painted this fall.  

Hazel is 11 months old!  

Dottie Dog, Hazel and Hollie think it's treat time, lol.