Thursday, June 26, 2008

Stitching finish

I've had this in my stash for quite sometime & almost every time I start something new, I think "Oh, I'll stitch this" ... then something else catches my eye & off I go to that other "else". But, now, finally, I stitched LHN's "America"!!! Whoo hoo!

I have to say, I'm disappointed in the house colors. They don't look bad in this picture, but in person, I think there could have been a few other colors used - but, it's all good. If you look closely, you'll see the windows I personalized ... (gotta love a good rationalization!)

I've made a fabric choice for the Bent Creek rows that I think I'm taking next week when I travel. I met Renee & Lauren for lunch - we did a floss toss on a few of Lauren's fabrics and decided on Sugared Toffee (I think *lol*). Then we went to CMH, where I wanted to get floss I'm low on (or totally out of) for the rows .. their stock was a bit depleted. :-( Oh, well, it's a great reason to stop at a LNS next weke!

Monday, June 16, 2008

This past weekend was K's graduation party - and we had such fun! Got to see people we've not seen in quite awhile - and, unfortunately as it goes at parties like this, we didn't get to chat a lot with anyone - but it was still fun & we so appreciated everyone coming to celebrate with us. There were some we'd hoped to see - but, with our weather as weird as it got Friday night, as well as everyone's crammed-crazy schedules, it was understandable that some couldn't make it. (Boy, don't I sound magnanimous? *lol*)

Of course, that said ... there were those who didn't show ... well, who I hoped would have, or, to be honest, I guess I thought "should" be there. Yeah, my expectations of others ... One was K's dad's girlfriend - and rumor has it, she went to a movie with co-workers. She's not attended one performance, one whatever of K's in at least 4 years if not longer. She certainly won't be invited to anything else T&I host for K. A few band parents I'd hoped to see weren't there. :-( And then there's the family members who didn't come ... *sigh* Some I understand the why, some I don't. And it's all out of my control, but I know the actions of others, especially recently, has me repeating "I'm done, I'm just done" about many people. Or, as K said Friday morning, "they just aren't really family anymore...."

I'm especially curious to see what happens - if anything - over the next couple of weeks. We won't be in town for the 4th of July but I know there are some who expect us to be here (well, really at their home), a gazillion dollars worth of fireworks in tow ... and it ain't happening. Lots of reasons, but seems to me if they can't drive to our home because of gas prices, we can't afford to drive to theirs. Oh, and of course, there's driving the country roads in the dark ... *sigh* A part of me wants to be angry about all of this. I'm beyond tired of people who take, or expect to be given - but they don't have the consideration or social graces or anything else to give from themselves.

Many have asked me what I'm going to do, now that my time as a band parent/booster is done. I'll have more time to scrapbook, stitch, read, garden, spend time with those I choose ... and I'm discovering that my tolerance for things I don't have/need to tolerate is at an all-time low. There's too much good, fun, beauty in this world to let my soul be bothered by those who just irritate.

Yesterday, we attended the celebration of the 60th wedding anniversary of my parents' best friends. T&H are my 'other' parents & their children are my brothers & sister. The celebration was bittersweet - T&H both have cancer and are failing quickly. I'm very concerned about how my mother will handle it when either or both die, their friendship is that strong. Their illnesses have both come on very suddenly ... and watching them, talking with their children & friends, further pushed me to the realization that my life has to be what I want/choose it to be ... Not that my job as a mom is done (that never happens! *lol*), but as K moves forward into her college life, it's time for me to rediscover myself.

Wow ... heavy stuff for a Monday morning ....

Saturday, June 07, 2008

and more...

Let's see ... we have the pages for me & T, K's dad, my parents, her daycare (way back when! *lol*) ... and maybe some duplicates. Hmm ... maybe I better check previous posts before I put anymore here! :-)

Updating - scrapbook alert!

As you can see, I've been working on K's scrapbook ... somewhat endlessly as her party is this coming Friday.

These first 2 pages are for T's family ...

These are pages for K's dad's family ..

And these are my family ... well, some of them. ;o)

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

The grads

the grads!

This past Saturday, we had a "family" grad party since we have 3 high school grads this year. (In case you hadn't figured it out, that's them, in the photo above *lol*). Mine's the one in the middle & was the only "true" grad on Saturday since her ceremony was Friday night. A lot of people expected us to be in tears - and I even wore waterproof mascara to the ceremony, thinking all those people were right. Instead, we were celebrating! No more GMHS nonsense EVER again! But, more on that at another time.

Saturday was fun - a bit too long for me - and attended mostly by people I (nor K) know well, if at all. But, it was a nice day & fun to catch up with a few people. K & I stopped by a friend's grad party on our way home, then she went to another with some high school friends. T hasn't been feeling well, so I wanted to be home with him, rather than out partying.

K found out Sunday that Tiffin is starting a "pit" this year in their marching band, so she'll be playing bells & such - and doesn't have to report to camp until Aug 14 (4 days later than originally planned). She's super thrilled - knows what she'll be doing, has a few more days at home, etc.

Now to get K's party planned (Friday the 13th) and get the scrapbook completed. We've got about 20 "sets" in the binder now but I'm betting I'll fill the other 10 we have at home since I've yet to do her "friends" pages, band, senior year .... I've taken pictures of those done to add here - just haven't had the time to sit & upload.

We're to get strong storms this afternoon & evening. *sigh* I pray everyone stays safe through all of this weird weather that's been assaulting our country lately. Oh - and - GO WINGS!!!!!