Sunday, July 2, 2017

Life's Wandering

School's out for summer! 
The end of year skate party just might have made you laugh more if I had a photo of the two grandmas on wheels, but alas this was my view and thankfully no one snapped a picture of us!
We celebrated our grandson's love for learning and promotion from kindergarten.


Learning continues through the summer with a visit to The Tucson Children's Museum. The museum is interactive for all age groups and is one of the most creative venues I have visited. The exhibits teach real life skills. As you can see I have helpers that will do my groceries

 listen to the hearts of those that need healing
 give immunizations to those that are well
and drive me places. 
There is something for every age group. 
These magnetic PVC pipes can be creatively arranged to drop in ping pong balls where they follow their course into a trough for easy retrieval. 
This might be worth building in a playroom if you are occupying many!  
Hello from the Garden of Gethsamane in Tucson. Word to the wise...take shade!
My guy got another year older and he just gets more handsome every year.
We will be hanging out in the Old Pueblo all summer so I surprised him with 6 months of dates to take us through the end of the year. It was great fun coming up with original ideas! 
love how the kiddos gather when gifts are involved
It was a handmade effort given with much love!
To know me is to know that I love a good building tour.
 On this Tuesday sunset evening I was in the right place at the wrong time. 
Thus, my tour with the Yuma Latter Day Saints Leadership followed by a reception fit for a king. 
I joined the grand daddy of  Temple Tours; but let me back up.
I GOT THE DATE WRONG! 
The public relations director extended 'tender mercies' as I tagged along somewhat confused about the whereabouts of my hostess.
I could not have been more grateful for their welcome! 
Did you know that all desert tortoises in Arizona belong to the state?
True dat! If you are caring for one you are merely the custodian.
Welcome "Tucker" to our yard. He is so interesting to observe. 
He mowed down so many plants at first and was very fond of this potato plant.
We are preparing a winter habitat for him and he is gradually becoming less shy.
I need to share a most humbling experience in meeting Amanda Mae yesterday at the Twenty Five and Four Fundraiser. I was not certain if she would be there since she is the mother of two small boys and already gives so much to families struggling through heartache and uncertainty in the NICU.
 Amanda was there.
 Amanda was there all day. 
Amanda stood at the door and greeted everyone that entered.
 Amanda shines hope in others. 
His grace radiates in Amanda. 
The Nook was a fantastic restaurant that I would not otherwise have visited. Their generosity is authentic; they have first hand experience with a NICU baby. Go...support them. Owning a small business is rough. Owning a restaurant is rougher. I have done both! I met small children that beat the odds. I met strong mothers that make what I did with full term babies look easy. Diaper shirts got their start at the hospital where my kiddos were born over 30 years ago and I do not pretend to understand the sacrifices of pre-term babies and their families but I am proud to have been involved in the grass roots efforts to sew and deliver shirts to St. Joseph' Hospital in Tucson. Thank you for the privilege. My grand daughter is in 2nd grade and is choosing the fabrics, helping to pin, iron and sew. I am humbled indeed!
 I am overwhelmed by the goodness of this organization.
 We take time out to role play with our hand puppets before they are top stitched.

This little guy has my heart!
He has no idea how sweet he is and someday he will be a good catch.
But for now stay your tender, funny, happy, sweet self!
Let freedom ring all the days!



Sunday, May 14, 2017

may.be

Once upon a time I was monogamous.

may.be you were too

I read one book at a time
I had one knitting project on my needles
I practiced one exercise
I did one thing at a time
I studied one new skill in a class

Before the advent of rapid response electronic data I was content to absorb singular thoughts. Over the last couple of years I started several things at once and finished none of them! The end result is that unfinished projects  were tugging at me and the stack on my night stand was out of control! 
May.be the month that it all gets finished! 
May.be

GO
Final week of  Design for Volume 1 Westminster Catechism 
28 weeks of art and music with the Grands!
My how they have developed their own art style. 
  When a project is labor intensive I will often make twice the number of parts so that I can quickly assemble the second one. That is exactly where this journal came from. The parts were started in 2015 and I finally pulled it all together. The spine is unusual and makes binding the signatures inside very easy.  
    Here are the front and back covers. 
This is the first page.
Each page has a little something that personalizes the journal.
In this case the meaning of Debbie:bee
There are lots of pages but the one that was the most fun to make was this envelope. 
It was created using the newest Tim Holtz "hipster" stamps.
Each signature (5 in all) has its' own theme.
Here is the center of one of the sections. I love the turquoise.
Each month there is an assignment related to my One Little Word. 
I caught up on those assignments too!  
 Two of my favorite things that occupy my time!
  may is under construction
 And lastly I completed our 2017 calendar featuring Baby M. 
These age progression calendars remind us how quickly life flies by. 
Savor each moment.








Oh and there was a photo shoot with this peanut! 
 He will be the star of the age progression calendar for 2018!

A Mothers' Day Proverb 
26 She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction on her tongue. 27 She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. 28 Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her.
Proverbs 31:26-28


















Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Early Spring Things

What a blessed Easter we celebrated this year!
No celebration would be complete without tasty treats from "The Great Auntie Lynda"!
Sweeeeeet!

Tags in the making for the kiddos egg hunt.



These gals pals had fun!
but we were missing this one
who was celebrating her own new beginning
Welcome to our newest grandson who arrived an hour before Easter!

Baby G arrived a week or so early at 8lb 11oz 
Blessings like these leave me speechless.




Saturday, April 8, 2017

a l'il sugar to sweeten your day

Dude I am One!
My fans all came young and...
...older
He embraces his innocence unaware of what is about to take place.
le gateau grand
 le gateau petit
the first taste
It was not long before everyone dug in.
Such a silly ritual that entertains us all 
but for a few moments
at his expense 
and just like that it is over. 
These amazing parents have done all the heavy lifting.
Their sweet son radiates joy with his constant smiles.  
Happy First Birthday to our teeny tiny grandson. 
Be still my heart.