Thursday, December 16, 2010

Katie's Mission Call

Katie received her mission call on Thursday. Unfortunately, her father was working at the temple until late, so she had to wait until 10pm to open it.

Then she read, "England London South" and made this face. I fell on the floor laughing. It had only been 8 days since she had left London! I guess 4 months wasn't enough. Now she is making plans to return.

She will report to the England MTC on April 22, 2011 and serve for 18 months.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

How do Chains work?

Since the snow was impeding travel, we decided it was time for a chains demonstration. Everyone had to be trained how to install chains on the Golf and Jetta. This looks like a sales pitch!

Early Snowfall

This was my view after getting stuck in the snow. No one could get up this hill without chains, and with a cliff to the left, the woman who is sideways wouldn't accept assistance.
So after an half hour, we were able to back down to the bottom of the hill and turn around. This was the view going the other direction. Eventually, we made it to 532, crossed over, and parked at Islander's. Then we hiked back to be met by the Huff's. Crazy day!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Quilt Design Class

I found a perfect class for me! Lorraine Torrence is teaching Art Design at Quiltworks in Bellevue. Although she's been teaching this for 20 years, I am now at the point of noticing. I want to do something original! So our first assignment was to make a few quilts showing symmetry and asymmetry. I used a simple leaf for each one so they could be a series. Then I manipulated them a bit to engage the viewer.
This is an example of radial symmetry. All of the inside pieces are fused. The blue is supposed to represent the earth.
The following asymmetrical piece was the hardest. How do you achieve balance without symmetry? I drew this piece in my sketchbook about 25 times. At the class, Lorraine suggested I paint a little yellow in the green leaves to add more color balance. Also, I should cut off 2-3" inches of the left side. I'm good with that.

Next month our assignment is to create 5 or 6 quilts with asymmetry by copying the masters. I think I will attempt a Cezanne landscape.

Quilt Photos

It's been years since I was able to take a good picture. I had a good camera, but all the hanging and the lighting is a pain to set up. So I put together my own little photo session.

I decided to hang some sheeting and take good pictures of the quilts in the house. It is so much more complicated to hook up the lighting. Some turned out better than others.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Sawing Logs

These little cuties have all gone to their new homes. The little black one "Trogdor" went to a Russian family in Mount Vernon. Luckily, all the remaining three were able to go together to a family in Stanwood. Why is everything growing up and leaving home?

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Howard Preparing

Trying to take a picture of Howard for his mission is a challenge. He makes every dramatic pose except the "Responsible Adult" pose. Eventually we got a great one, but why show it here?

Sunday, September 5, 2010

It's Fall!

The leaves are already starting to turn. I made this in the summer, but it seems perfect to hang now. What you see is fused woven background (Judy Irish's class) and a little Frieda Anderson influence. Everything is fused, then quilted. It must have been the fastest quilt I ever made.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Katie always Reading

Katie was home for all of two weeks. Still, it was enough to get her immunization shots, fix her teeth, and buy her luggage. She flew to London on August 31 for BYU Study Abroad through December. If you want to see her blog (she is an incredible writer), check it out at:

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Roof Finished

Paul and the boys have finished the pole barn roof. Hurray!

Sunday, August 1, 2010

New Golf!

I have entered a new realm. It's the TDI world! Now Paul and I have almost-matching diesels. Of course, he has 340,000 miles and I only have 150,000, but I'm not comparing. It's a sporty little thing that gets 52 mpg which is good for my wanderings.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Frazier turns 16!

Howard gave Frazier this cool shirt that says, "Shut Up, Fool!" I gave him an Ipod. Go figure.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Marnie's Ballet Recital

We raced back from San Diego, flung Katie out the door in Provo, and arrived home in time for Marnie's ballet recital. She danced to Stray Cat Strut with gusto.
Then she was a little ballerina in Rain, Rain, Go Away. Ballet has been a great class for her and she will be continuing in the fall.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Disneyland in a Day

After planning for 3 months, we hit Disneyland for one thrilling day. I used RideMax to optimize our ride schedule, which resulted in 28 rides in 14.5 hours. We rode until we didn't want to ride anymore. The Dole Whips were delicious and the weather, perfect. Because of the Give a Day promotion, we did it on the cheap. We had 6 free tickets!
Space Mountain for the third time makes Howard crazy! But we'd all be screaming in a few minutes. It was almost everyone's favorite ride of the day.

Paul is worried that Jack is going to spin him into infinity! And beyond! We all tried our best to pass out from the spinning.

The Haunted Mansion doesn't seem to be frightening the kids much. It was still early in the morning so we walked right in. That meant we missed the line that wanders through the graveyard. We didn't stand in many lines.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Back to the Board

There is no place I'd rather be than out there on a boogie board. On the last day of our vacation, we looked out the hotel window to completely flat water. I felt sorry for those who were coming to surf. We were packing up to leave.

LDS Sites Tour

Our first stop was the Mormon Battalion Visitor's Center in downtown San Diego. Jack was dressed up in period gear and sent to fight the non-existant Mexican Army.
Frazier drove this covered wagon through the broken concrete that is known throughout the area.

Howard thought he should text someone when he completed the 2000 mile journey.

Finally, we were able to do some temple work at the San Diego Temple. Unfortunately, the entire structure is covered with scaffolding so a small picture would have to do.

Life after Graduation

Just days after graduating, Howard laps up the surf and sun. What more could you want in the 3 months between school and...more school?

Windham Vacation

We were stationed for 4 days on the beach and took advantage of all the sun and water. Luckily, the weather cooperated and we had a great time. No one got sunburned or eaten by the surf.

Trip to Oceanside

After an horrific breakdown outside Mesquite, and limping into Las Vegas, we gave up hope and rented a van to complete our trip to San Diego. We arrived at Tad's home at 8am instead of 8pm. He was so nice to us and let us sack out on beds and couches. But the pool was too tempting for some.

Graduation Pics

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Howard Graduates!

It was a Miracle. After weeks of hideous weather, the clouds parted and the sun shone on graduation. Everyone was astounded. Howard sang with David a new song in front of packed stands of parents and grandparents. Paul's parents came up from Salt Lake and we all had a great time together.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Graduation in 2 days!

Calvin will be walking across the wet grass toward his diploma in just 2 days! The last two weeks have been so busy with Scholarship Night, Talent Show, Eagle Court of Honor, 5th Ave Theater Awards, and more, that we've hardly seen him. And because he has to work tonight, I have to emcee the Senior Memory Night slideshow.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Talent Night

Calvin accompanied Claire on an end-of-the-year performance. He is so lucky to have hair because the next day I shaved it off. Really. Hopefully he'll find a barber in Idaho that can do it better than his mother!

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Kitten Education

It's important to start early with kitten education. If you wait to begin reading to them, they lose all interest and start chasing each other around the room. We find they like books such as: Puss in Boots, The Lion King, and Cat in the Hat. However, leave the television off, or they will be distracted and learn nothing.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Vancouver Temple Open House

We made a little day trip to see the temple on a gray, rainy day (is there any other kind?) and loved to see inside the new Vancouver temple. Frazier is missing because he got to visit the previous weekend. It's decorated in Arts & Crafts Style with long linear stained glass, green and blue throw rugs and dogwoods carved into everything. The wood moulding is all very wide and dark. Although it is a small temple, the open house was bustling for weeks. Border security finally called to find out what was going on because 1 in 3 cars crossing into Canada were coming to see the new temple!

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Wedding Singer

There is nothing like hanging out with performing teenagers for a month. I feel younger already! It was a delight to work with Mr. Ronning and Mr. Morash who run the music programs at the high school. I can't believe how many hours they put into each performance. We practiced 8-10 hours a week after school for a month, and then really shifted into high gear. Every night the show was amazing. Unfortunately I couldn't see some of the action because I was glued to my sheet music. Calvin was so fun to watch!

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Wedding Quilt

Ashley's wedding quilt is made prettier by the frosty fabric that shows off the quilting. I had to take a few of these photos as I went, so when I got to the end, I would remember placement. I don't have a full shot, but the Giant Dahlia Sheryl made was beautiful.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Chuckles Quilting

Chuckles, the silly kitty, takes up a vantage point to watch me quilt. I like to have her in this spot rather than on top of the quilt as I work.