Good-bye Summer! *sniff, sniff*


We had a wonderful summer.

I’m so sad to send the kids to school today!  I am going to miss hanging out with them so much!  I think I only sewed twice this summer.  Yikes!  But I’m okay with that because we had a lot of other summer fun.

I always feel like summer goes by so fast & I don’t make a real effort to make awesome summer memories with my kids. When school starts I  usually regret not trying harder.  But this year has been different.  We  made an effort to have fun together daily, not just on our vacations. At the beginning of summer we made a list of things we wanted to be sure to do.  We didn’t get to them all  but we did A LOT more this summer than we usually do.

Here’s some of what we did:

  •  found a park with awesome bike trails
  • went camping in the Boundary Waters
  • summer reading program at the library
  • spent time at the pool & beach
  • had water fights
  • ran through the sprinkler
  • camped in our backyard
  • played kickball
  • went to the movies & ate so much popcorn we almost puked
  • made homemade play-dough
  • discovered shapes in the clouds
  • went tubing
  • played lots of Legos
  • made s’mores
  • had a picnic
  • played Monopoly, Uno, Crazy 8’s, Yahtzee, & Battleship
  • spent time up north with cousins
  • read like crazy
  • looked for shooting stars
  • camped on the north shore
  • fought the waves of Lake Superior
  • went hiking
  • saw the lift bridge in action
  • got LOTS of exercise at karate.



Today my kids go off to 1st & 5th grades!  I can’t even imagine how they can be that old already!  This will be a challenging year for me, because this is the first time in 10 years that I don’t really have a reason to be home during the day.  My kids will be off, doing their own thing, not really needing me.  I mean, yes, they need me & always will, but I’m serving no purpose all day long while they are at school.  I’m hoping I get on a great schedule & get lots accomplished.  I should have time, for the first time in a long time, to get all my not so fun tasks done, along with my fun things too!  I’m looking forward to it, but hoping I don’t end up feeling like a waste of space…  🙂 I have some thoughts in my head about what else I could do, but for now, I’m not making any big decisions.

So, farewell Summer!  You’ve treated us well, I look forward to you visiting us again!


Works in progress…a list

Here is my ridiculous works in progress list.

I wrote it out the other day.  I had about 12 things & thought “that’s not too bad!” then throughout the day I just kept writing things down.  I really wish I had a craft room so I could  stay organized.

  • Teacher gifts (5 total)

black white and red fabric choices for teachers

  • May blocks for do. Good Stitches

fabric for may do good stitches blocks

  •   Knit a baby hat for Mindy
yarn for mindy's baby?

Probably not going to use these colors, will have to do more digging in my stash.

fabric choices for birthday buddy swap?

T was waiting not so patiently for me to be done so I could play Bionicles with him. Haven't decided what I'm going to make for her yet. Just thinking about it. (Are you opposed to any of these choices MaLora? Or do you see something you like more somewhere in this post?)

  • Spicing Up The Kitchen Swap (partners are not assigned yet)
  •   Something red for Nicole
red/ natural linens

Maybe? (Nicole let me know which red fabric you like the most out of all these pictures in this post.)

  •   Owl pillow for T

fabrics for owl pillow

  • Bed skirts (2)
  • Finish boys quilts (2)
  • Pillows for the living room

tuftes tweets fabric for living room pillows

  •  Sliced coin quilt

  • Cherry House quilt-along
  • HST Orange quilt

  • Single girl pillow
  •  Shower curtain
  • Quilt for my bed
  • Christmas scrappy bento box quilt
  • Apron b&w
  • Apron for Brita (my sister)
  • PJ’s for the boys
  • Senja’s (my other sister) quilt (started this about 10 years ago)
  • Bright wonky sampler quilt (also started about 10 years ago)

It’s nice to see it all in one place but seriously, how will I ever finish all of that?  Especially since I have about 10 days until I start working full-time (only temporarily).  The first 9 need to be done, the other ones are just when I have time.  So I guess that’s not so bad.  But I had better get to work.