I was in town today and found these:
My daughter, Becca, is a graduate of the University of Alabama, and is currently enrolled in their Master of Library Science program via online classes. Yep, Roll Tide, Baby!
It has only been a couple of weeks since I announced that we would be grandparents again. My beautiful daughter, Emily told us after nine long years that she would be blessed with a new baby. She told me a few days ago that the baby is not to be. We both cried, and I wished like crazy I could be there to hold her in my arms and comfort her. I have been sad for her since then, and wanted to give her a few days to absorb her loss before I wrote about it. I know she will never forget that little life. Neither will I.
I know you have all been waiting for pictures, so here ya go! It was the most beautiful wedding and we had so much fun! On Friday night, we went over to the Cornelia Community Center to meet up with Rafe’s parents and their friends Evelyn and Gabe, and Rafe’s Aunt Ann to decorate the venue and set things up. It was hard work, setting up tables and chairs.
We put out all the linens–table covers, chair covers, sashes for the chairs. Candles. Lots of candles. and tyed some more bows.
On Saturday night, we attended the Non-Rehearsal Rehearsal Dinner. We met so many people, and met up with our daughters there:
Left to right: Emily, Becca, Me, Becky, the bride.
I wish I had taken pictures of the food. Becky and Rafe made sure there was gluten free food at the rehearsal dinner and at the wedding. I felt so special just for that! At the rehearsal dinner, which was held at The Nacoochee Grill in Helen, Georgia, I had Shrimp and Grits with Grilled Asparagus. OMG was it ever good! FabGrandpa had Flank Steak, and it was so tender he could cut it with a fork.
FabGrandpa and I really hit it off with the parents of the groom. At the rehearsal dinner, Nancy and I both stood up and said our little piece, and we both got all choked up and cried. (and of course our husbands and children laughed at us!) We are both just so very happy for our children.
On Sunday morning, Jenna Carros from Charmaine’s Inc. came to do everyone’s hair and makeup. I went first. Jenna did a wonderful job and made me look stunning! She put my hair up in a loose bun in the back, and my makeup was not too much. I loved the finished look.
When it was time for FabGrandpa to get all dressed up, his daughter told him “Dad, put on your black Converse sneakers and let me see how they look with your suit.” She deemed it appropriate, and said “That is so “Dad”.”
and then the party started! There are so many more photos, I may just post some more tomorrow.
So I had to tear myself away from the computer and the website work, and sew something. I had promised my daughter a backpack for her birthday, which was in November, so that was the first thing I picked up today. The thing has been sitting there, all cut out and ready to sew, for weeks.
Becca is a HUGE Harry Potter fan. I found some embroidered patches with her favorite house emblem on them, Gryffindor:
That patch will be on the front of the backpack. I’m using orange fabric on the outside and for the pockets:
The whole thing is quilted and padded, and the pocket is big enough to hold her netbook or her e-reader. Or whatever. I used a piece of green corduroy that I found in a thrift shop for the inside. It is very soft. This backpack will be very sturdy, and has some very stiff interfacing in the middle.
And because she is a knitter, I made a pocket that goes all the way across the inside, with small divisions to hold knitting needles. At least I hope they will fit in there. Those pens and pencils fit in there pretty snugly, so maybe the needles will stay put in there. And one bigger pocket to hold a notebook or something. Tomorrow, I have to make the sides and top, and then put the whole thing together. I think I accomplished a lot, and made my poor neglected sewing machine happy.
My daughter, Becca, and her boyfriend, Ken came to visit us. They live in the Denver area, and spent the weekend in Taos, NM. They arrrived here onMonday night, right about the time we were having horrendous severe weather here at the North Rim. There were 4 tornadoes, and 28 tornado warnings, high winds, hail, lightning, and thunder so loud it shook our trailer on Tuesday. I had to work at the entrance on Tuesday, so they came out there to eat lunch with me. After I got home, the electricity went out for 6 hours. Welcome to the North Rim in October. But seriously, it is not usually that bad.
We had a wonderful visit, even though we did nothing at all on Wednesday, my day off, except for me to rest my poor old tired feet. I cooked dinner at home–I made the last of the catfish we brought with us from Alabama, smothered with sauteed onions. There was a shrimp and avocado salad and some brussels sprouts to round out the meal. We talked most of the day, and half the night while we waited for the electricity to come back on. Even though we still have heat in the RV when the electricity is off, the furnace in the trailer next door where they were staying was broken and did not work.
On Thursday, we got up and went to Zion National Park, stopping for breakfast at Jacob Lake Inn. That is my favorite place to eat in the area–they have good bacon and decent hash browns to go with my two over easy eggs, and I have never gotten a gluten reaction eating there.
We stopped at the scenic overlook to take some pictures and buy some Navajo jewelry. My pictures didn’t come out that good, but just look at those pretty necklaces!
A little further down the road we stopped again to take pictures of The Vermillion Cliffs and these great clouds. The weather was still not cleared up to the east of us, and it showed in these photos. We went over to Hurricane, Utah so that we could buy some groceries and enter Zion National Park through the west gate. On the way, we stopped at Sprindale Fruit Company for some delicious smoothies and some Nauvoo Jam.
Springdale Fruit Company has a very good selection of dried fruits, nuts, jams, and jellies. This time of year, you can pick your own apples. We didn’t pick any, but we did buy a few pears and plums, along with a jar of Raspberry Jam. Mmmmm.
Zion was truly amazing, as always, except that they are working on the roads there so we were not able to stop much to take pictures. I did get a few:
After we drove through Zion, we went to Kanab so Becca could buy cheezy souvineers for the kids she keeps, and then to Nedra’s Mexican Restaurant for dinner. I had the carnitas, which were very good, and came with the standard rice, beans, and corn tortillas. As we drove home we were treated to a beautiful sunset to end the day. AndFabGrandpa was laughing, because Becca, Ken and I all had our cameras out, taking pictures as we flew down the road.
While I won’t look as slim and sleek as that model, I have ended the search for my Mother Of The Bride dress for Becky’s wedding. I have only been shopping and searching for it since August of last year. This one has all the things I was looking for: It has sleeves, because I do not do sleeveless. It has a beaded or sequined bodice. It comes in amethyst, which is a color I like and that looks good on me. And it was reasonably affordable. It takes 11-16 weeks for delivery, the website says, so it will be a while before I can model it and see how close to her I look in this dress. I am just glad that the dress has been ordered. Now I just need to find some shoes, and a nice necklace to wear with it. The hunt is on…..
Monday started early, with Emily showing up at the motel at 8 a.m. We loaded up all the girls and headed out for a fun day out without the guys. We had breakfast in the lobby, then headed out to the nail shop to get manicures and pedicures.
Little Sarah had never had a mani-pedi before. She was a little “weirded out” by the massage chair, and laughed when the manicurist was working on her feet, but she loved every minute of it. (the big girls did, too!)
We all loved the pampering. We kept the folks at the nail shop pretty busy. Although I don’t like to wear nail polish on my fingernails, I do love the color on my toes!
Apparently, blue nail polish and flowers are really “IN” for the eleven year old girlie crowd.
After all the toes and fingers were done, we went next door to the Coldstone Creamery for some sweet refreshments. Did you know that you can get cake batter ice cream, that has no wheat or gluten in it, AND they will put some buttercream frosting on top? Now THAT was a delicious way to end the day!
I have so many projects to get done that sometimes I don’t know where to begin. I made a rule for myself a couple of years ago that I have to finish one thing before I can start another, because I had gotten into the habit of not finishing things. I would make the quilt top, but not follow through with putting the layers together and quilting the project. Since I made that rule for myself, I have finished lots of things.
I DO still buy fabric, and cut things out before I finish the project at hand, but this just gives me something to pick up and sew. Today, I finished sewing the star pieces together for the Star of Bethlehem quilt I am making for Seth and Sarah.
If that looks familiar, it may be because I am making one very similar to it for Becca and Ken. There is only one fabric that is different in the two quilts. These are king size, and I am sending them out to a long arm quilter to be quilted. My sewing machine won’t handle that big of a job. Here is a photo of Becca’s quilt ready to go:
Yes, I was working on it in the maintenance shop. I had to clean of the work bench and tape some plastic on it to have a space big enough to work on. Sometimes I go to a quilt shop and use the tables in their back room. I have never been turned down for doing that, as long as they don’t have lessons going on at the time.
I had bought some yellow and purple fabric for the new baby’s quilt when a month or so ago:
But then this cute cute girlie girl fabric came in the mail last week:
So now our new little missy will be getting this purty fabric called “OH, Cherry, Oh” for her first quilt from her FabGrandma. I haven’t decided on a pattern yet, but I think I am going to let the fabric tell me what to do. I got what is called a “turnover”, which is a pack of 40 pre-cut triangles, and three 1 yard pieces. I love those pre-cuts–they make it so easy to get started doing something.