Sunday, June 28, 2009


This evening we went to Kristen and David's to celebrate Will's(6/27) and Kaitlyn's(7/9) birthday. They have friend parties but this was a chance for family to get together. I had been working on a dress for Kaitlyn and had put the finishing touches on it in time for the party. I got the pattern here and thought these would be great for all of my grand daughters. Now that I finished this one I can better size the others. I thought it looked great and she loved it too. Will liked the Transformer and the leggos and Kaitlyn loved all the Hello Kitty stuff. In a few weeks we will get to see William get Baptized. This will be the first grandchild to be Baptized and we are all pretty excited.

Friday, June 26, 2009

A Life That Matters

I got this in my email this morning. Thanks to my SIL for some timely thoughts that are relevant to my life right now.

A Life That Matters

Ready or not, some day it will all come to an end.
There will be no more sunrises, no minutes, hours or days.
All the things you collected, whether treasured or forgotten, will pass to someone else.
Your wealth, fame and temporal power will shrivel to irrelevance.
I will not matter what you owned or what you were owed.
Your grudges, resentments, frustrations and jealousies will finally disappear.
So too, your hopes, ambitions, plans and to-do lists will expire.
The wins and losses that once seemed so important will fade away.
It won't matter where you came from or what side of the tracks you lived on at the end.
It won't matter whether you were beautiful or brilliant.
Even your gender and skin color will be irrelevant.
So what will matter? How will the value of your days be measured?
What will matter is not what you bought, but what you built; not what you got, but what you
What will matter is not your success, but your significance.
What will matter is not what you learned, but what you taught.
What will matter is every act of integrity, compassion, courage or sacrifice that enriched, empowered or encouraged others to emulate your example.
What will matter is not your competence, but your character.
What will matter is not how many people you knew, but how many will feel a lasting loss when you're gone.
What will matter is not your memories, but the memories that live in those who loved you.
What will matter is how long you will be remembered, by whom and for what.
Living a life that matters doesn't happen by accident.
It's not a matter of circumstance but of choice.
Choose to live a life that MATTERS.

Friday, June 19, 2009

A Week's Work

This week Sevrine went to Utah to visit her dad and I get a break from watching her. On my list of things I wanted to get done during this break was to make jam. I usually make jam this time a year and we were getting low on my raspberry. (Ric's favorite.) I made enough batches to replenish my pantry and some to give away to friends.
While watching the College World Series, I started the baby blanket. This was born out of a mistake I made in a scarf pattern I was working on. I had miss counted and the lace pattern did not look like the pattern, but I liked this result instead and thought it made for a nice blanket pattern. I interchanged the cross stitch to give my wrists a break. Both projects are fun to work on and I am getting more done than I expected because ASU is still in the tournament and I get a little excited when the home team is on. LOL

Saturday, June 13, 2009


I finished the sweater this week. This is the Felix, Seamless baby cardigan. The pattern can be found here. I liked this pattern and will probably make this again. I have been working on the ABECEDAIRE sampler from Claire's blog. I like working on this so I hope it doesn't take too long to get it finished.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Fruits from our Labors

This is the Lizzie Kate Double Flip-It I finished this week. I hoped to get it done for May but had to Frog it and add the charms. I call this "words to live by". I really like working on this and it will go with the Lizzie Kate ABC's. Now to find the right frame and mat so I can hang in a place of prominence in my home.

The garden that Kristen and I planted is starting to produce. I already picked a couple of zuchinni. This made a great salad that I had for lunch. I have enjoyed the process of this garden. I noticed a softball size watermellow and pumpkin. Looking forward to more yummy produce.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Weekend Visit

This past weekend we got to see my nephew Alex who just returned from his two year mission to Southern California. Hailee and Sevrine loved seeing their second cousin and giving him lots of love and attention. This last picture I took from his aunt. Alex enjoyed his dinner appointment with Jon Heder (Napoleon Dyamite). He said he talks just like Napoleon. It is always nice to get together and have fun and laugh.