Wednesday, March 12, 2008


It was a fun day of celebration in our home yesterday as our youngest turned eleven. He has been recuperating from a nasty bout of strep throat, so we were also celebrating his return to good health.

A yummy meal of what we fondly call "Skillet Stuff" was followed by a special birthday cake made by a sweet big sister and the traditional birthday treasure hunt. In our family, we never make getting gifts an easy thing. They are always hidden away somewhere to be found only by following clues or solving a puzzle.

A new Gandalf costume for Moonbeam Cinemas' upcoming Lord of the Rings movie was a big hit, as was the promise of a William Wallace sword to be delivered soon.

We finished out the evening with a private screening of Moonbeam's new Speedy Boy episode, Number 005: The Case of the Siphoned Voltage, with Unc and AL who stopped by for a birthday visit.

All in all, a delightful birthday for a truly delightful son.

We love you, buddy! It is such a blessing to have you in our family. We thank God for you!


When our daughter was younger, I made her a poodle skirt that she absolutely loved to wear.

She was the cutest thing bouncing around in that full circle skirt. We took her to dinner one night at a fifties' diner in a town near us, and she was quite a sensation. The owners loved the fact that she came dressed in appropriate attire. Alas, time passes quickly, and that poodle skirt was outgrown long ago.

I've been promising a new poodle skirt for quite some time now, but there has just always been a more pressing project at hand. After the baby quilt was finished, we decided it was time to dive in and get to work.

Our pattern included three different appliques, and after much consideration my girl opted for the record and musical notes. She reasoned that it would be fun to have something a little different this time around. What a good choice!

It was a really fun project, and we had a great time working together. M is really coming along in her sewing, and I already see the potential for her beginning and completing a garment all by herself in the very near future. I'm also glad to have her help on those Lord of the Rings costumes they want me to make for their new movie.