Monday, July 21, 2014

Blueberry Picking

 The girls earned 1 free pound of U-pick Blueberries through their summer library reading program and Allison had been asking to use her coupon ever since she got it.  I finally decided we'd try on Saturday morning while leaving Mark at home to work on painting.  It worked out better than I expected.  We only picked for about 45 minutes.  Heidi held her bucket but stood in front of the bushes and ate every ripe blueberry she could get her hands on (thankfully she generally left the green ones alone).  Every so often she'd put one in her bucket and then immediately take it out and eat it.  Then a very kind gentlemen noticed her and her empty bucket and put a handful in can imagine where this is going, right?  That is when she figured out what the buckets were for and became obsessed with mine! We wrapped up shortly after :)
Allison did a great job picking and nearly picked a full pound herself.  I only used her coupon - I figured Heidi ate her free pound while we were picking :)

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Summer Heat!

 The last week or so has been just plain hot around here!  Mark & I are always looking for ways to beat the heat so last night he picked up the girls and brought the into Corvallis where we had dinner at Panera (and Allison got a flip-flop cookie to share!).  Then the girls when to play at the fountain park..

 I love Allison trying to be a helpful big sister and 'help' Heidi in the fountains.  Heidi wasn't so keen on the 'help' :).


 It was time to download pictures from my phone - here are some favorites.  Heidi in her hat, my favorite!

 This girl LOVES being like her big sister - helmet, scooter, water bottle and all!
 Allison has been working hard on her Cinderella Lego Castle.  
 The Heidi-bug cracks me up!
 Mark's grill was on it's last legs so he went ahead and bought a Traeger.  And I am not complaining.  He's been making some fabulous food of late including these ribs.
 Our church had a picnic after church a few weeks ago - Heidi was a trooper but was ready for a nap and would lay her head down on the table.
Allison took this picture of Mark herself :).

Finished in 2014 No.5 or 6?

I finished another quilt... and I've totally lost track of what number it is :).
This quilt was sent off to Alaska to another friend expecting a baby boy any day now!  Anita & I had quite the time trying to figure out what to do for a quilt for her - and after I sent her a bunch of example pictures we settled on a color palette of green & blue/cobalt.  And then I through some lime in there because it pulled in the backing fabric which is some of my favorite, ever.

 I originally tried to make this quilt a double herringbone but it was just to busy, so chevrons it was.  I tried to make up for the simple pattern with some high contrast quilting.  I found a variegated thread that was the perfect match for the colors in the quilt.  I was really nervous quilting it as the first few seams I did were really bold (they had high contrast on both the white & color parts!).  When it was all said and done I think it worked out pretty well.  It is hard to see the colors in the pictures.
 This picture does not do the backing justice but it is the best I've got.  The back has a bunch of race case with scribbles after them.  I loved the colors & the fabric.
All ready for Alaska....can't wait to meet it's future owner SOON!

Quilt Show 2014

I finally downloaded the pictures from our trip to Sisters on my phone.  We certainly had a fun time in Sisters for the quilt show.  Here are some of our favorite things
 Leslie's Mom managed to get us the last hotel rooms available in Sisters this year.  Allison loved the fancy tub, especially after swimming in the pool in the evenings.
 This is Allison showing us what she thought was her favorite quilt (until she found the 'Berenstain Bears' one).  This one looked like a teacher with students.
 These were the 'Employee Challenge' quilts, and some of our favorites.
 Allison actually enjoyed looking at all the quilts....and....
 we had to keep her fed with lots of cold treats - shaved ice & gelato!

 Allison loved being wrapped up in her beach wrap after swimming.
 Some selfies with the Sisters in the background!

 We found this Cinderella carriage in the middle of Sisters.  Allison had to make sure Aunt Pam saw it, too on Sunday!
 Sunday meant even more treats, including this fancy hot chocolate for Allison!
 This was Allison's favorite quilt of the entire show - the Bernstein Bears quilt.  We saw it on Sunday and it was much closer, much to Allison's delight!

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Sisters Quilt Show - Other Entertainment

 Allison & I spent this past weekend in Sisters with some of our very favorite people, Miss Leslie, Grammie and Aunt Pam just to name a few.  We joined in on the quilt show festivities a bit - but it was HOT when we were in town so I didn't bring my big camera along.  We had a few mini-excursions, though where I got the nice camera out.  Allison was such a trooper this weekend and it was fun to have her along so we could do some non-quilt show activities.  We went to the fish hatchery and fed the fish.  Allison loved it (until the thunder storm got too intense!). 

 Saturday evening we went out to Miss Leslie's parents' new property to look at the mountains (this is the greenspace in the corner of the development).  It was a gorgeous evening.  We wrapped up the day with a trip to the pool / hot tub after this!

Friday, July 4, 2014

BBQ on the 4th

 After a hike up Mary's Peak and naps all around the Booths and Nana & Papa joined us for a 4th of July BBQ.  Mark tested out his new Traeger smoker with ribs (they were excellent!).  The little girls loved the kiddie pool.  We wanted to get a picture of them both in their festive attire and the easiest way to do so was for Janelle to hold them.  Heidi is developing quite the soft spot for Aunt Janelle and Uncle Jon.

 Yes, this was dinner.  It was pretty fabulous!
 Heidi loved hanging out with Uncle Jon.  He helped her eat her dessert - until she stepped in it :).