Wednesday, February 23

New Designs

I made these up as I went...



Her skirt is sideways in this...oops




They need to be ironed, and I've fixed Ginnie's shirt bagginess since then.  But you get the idea.  I think they turned out pretty cute!

Friday, February 18

Ginnie is FIVE! And Daniel is...let's just say young!

Five years ago today, I gave birth to a wopping 8lb 14oz little girl ~ born right on her due date, and named after a great woman whom my husband loved and adored. 

Happy Happy Birthday VIRGINIA!

   
This morning at seven thirty am, Daniel was kind enough to wake us all up so that Ginnie and him could open their gifts before he had to go to work.  He's been out of town this week, so we missed his birthday and decided to celebrate both his and Ginnie's special days together.
                                 
Angela must have thought it was everyone's birthday because nearly every other one, she'd say something like, "It says, Happy Birday Angela!  Happy birday to me!!" and then proceed to tear into a gift of her choosing.  Daddy and Ginnie were gracious and allowed Angie to help quite a bit ; for a good five minutes following, Angela sang and danced around the room, all the while grinning and beaming with excitement.  These are the moments that I feel my heart could burst with happiness!

Hyrum drew a picture of flash and wrote this note sealed in a homemade envelope for Ginnie (this a couple days ago)- and when we dropped her off at preschool, he went over and gave her one last hug.   Ginnie's teacher just melted and commented that I must be doing something right (how could I possibly take any credit?).


   Hyrum's always had a nack for taking care of the women in his life. 
Brings me back to my birthday several months ago when he woke up first thing in the morning and brought me breakfast in bed, then made me a cake, lunch, wrapped gifts, made cards with the girls - and the list goes on. He spends entire birthdays and holidays focused on what he can do to make them extra special.
  
So, this morning, much like any other morning, Hyrum was feeling the urge to play Super Mario Galaxy.  I watched him hesitate, and then in a disciplined and serious tone, let me know that he couldn't play video games unless it was alright with Ginnie because it was her birthday.
holding Hyrum's drawing

She's so beautiful.  It's a miracle to watch your own daughter grow and blossom in ways that you never really had a chance to as a small girl -simply because of a close and great relationship with her father (how grateful I am for my Daniel!).  With the grace and wisdom of an old woman, the energy and enthusiasm of a five-year-old, and the attitude and style of a teen, our Ginnie Ann keeps us on our toes and constantly entertained!

A peek at some of her favorites ~
  Ruby
miniature sized boots and purse 



 Sarah hadn't seen her Daddy for five days (the other kids saw him last night and this morning)-and when he came home from work with a headache tonight, she crawled over to him as quickly as she could to sit on his lap.  She sure is attached, as are all my girls.  I'm incredibly thankful to have such a great man in our home.  I just love him to pieces~silver hairs and all (not too many, just enough to make him look distinguished and important).  He gets more handsome as he ages!  THIRTY-SEVEN and goin strong.  Most people that I ask still think he could be in his late twenties so I'd say he's aging well.

Happy Birthday my sweet husband, and beautiful daughter!

I am taking my honey out on a surprise date tomorrow night...hopefully I'll remember to take pictures.  It's gonna be good ;)

Monday, February 14

MEN

To end this VALENTINE's day, I'd like to say that I'm eternally grateful for men ~ for who they are, and just that they are. :)

For my sweet brothers, whom I grew up with - had so much fun playing and working with, and who are all the apple of my eye.

For my buddies and best friends in elementary school who always made me feel like one of them, accepted - and safe.

For the great examples I watched in high school from a safe distance, whom I listened to, came to love and secretly hoped that someday, they would also come to know me.

For my Uncles, whom I have always adored and who have always made me smile.

For my cousins, whom I wish I could hug every day and tell how grateful I am that they are a part of my life.

For my Grandpa's ~ happy patient and kind, and ever loyal to their wives.

For my Father-in-law, whom I love and adore more over time as I come to see how his example and who he is, truly molded much of who my husband is.

For my earthly father, who was always there to love me no matter how much I tried to push him away, and who joyed in my successes, and offered counsel and a warm, strong embrace when I was struggling.

For my Eternal Father, who has always treated me extra special like I am His little girl.

For my wonderful companion - who has seen me at my very worst countless times, and who nobly stands by my side with the utmost dedication, patience and unconditional love.  He is my hero.

For my son - who is the dream son that every mother in the world wishes for (no bias here).  Purely wonderful - and perfectly made for our family.

For all the men in the world, who desire so much - simple acceptance and appreciation from the women in their lives.  Thank you for enduring our often intolerance of differences and unnecessary drama.


So many great men in my life I could not do without, nor would I want to. 


All men everywhere, thank you for all you are ~ for all the good you do.  And for how hard you work to take care of your women and girls.



I hope to teach my sweet daughters through example and word how to revere, honor, respect, love and cherish the men in their lives.

Sunday, February 13

Reversible Church Bags

BACK

This is my new thing.  Getting more fancy as I get more experience.  And it's paying off!  
BACK AGAIN
FRONT


REVERSED BACK
REVERSED FRONT

More creativeness

This was a shirt I almost never wore because of how see-through it was, amongst other things, but it was extra baggy so I had plenty of room to add pleats.  Oh, and the sleeves were from this shirt down below.
I cut off most of the collar on this one.  It looked too boyish on me, so I used the sleeves for Sarah's white dress, and made a sort of over shirt for Ang, adding the elastic and flower with bow for a stylish accent.
This looks much better in person-she looks all grown up in it.   This was just a long dress/shirt I had that I added some white material and lace to the neck part and brought in considerably.


This shirt was also one of my favorites..a bit too short though for my liking (mommies can never be too careful because of all the bending, picking up, and other crazy acrobats required at a moments' notice).  It fits as a loose dress on Ang, or a little more snug long dress shirt on Ginnie.


 I know this blue shirt doesn't go with it, but I was lucky to get it on her right then to model it.




Wednesday, February 9

Tuesday, February 8

More Creations

I stayed up sewing last night.  My shirt that has never fit right, and a t-shirt that was just getting worn out, I retrieved from the garage, and made into something new for my girls.  I'm finding that sometimes simple is better.  I also used some of my left over leggings (white, and too baggy) for the top half of Ginnie's shirt.


Stellaluna and Cardboard Butterflies

  My thoughts have been turned to a famous LDS blogger.  Josh Weed is his name. He had come out with a post about four years ago decla...