"I should not talk so much about myself if there were any body else whom I knew as well."
-Henry David Thoreau

Thursday, July 20, 2017


I forgot to share my latest project with you all!  How could I forget?  Months ago I decided that I wanted to make a quilt for the twin bed in Eleanor's room.  She's (hopefully) no where near sleeping in it, but it's part of her room and so I got to work.  I used my Grandma Whimpy's machine to piece the top and attach the ruffled hem, but I hand quilted it.

Heat.  So much July heat.  Heat advisories in place around here and they aren't kidding.  Drew was out of town the first few days of this week, but I got to keep Kayla & Braeden one night and it wasn't terrible.  By that, I mean that it was great.  Eleanor had her favorite people to play with for hours on end.  Also, I'm kinda sweet on those kids. 

Wednesday morning we went bowling with my mom.  It was Eleanor's first bowling experience since she was just a wee babe strapped to my chest.  (Tangent: I super duper miss wearing her.  I LOVED the experience of wearing that chubby little baby and I'm so glad that I did it.  But, she's a big kid now and there's no longer a need for it.  I'm not crying.  You're crying.)
Bowling went really well, even if I did feel a bit frazzled at keeping her contained and behind the foul line. Apparently the camera on my phone will focus sometimes.  Not always, but sometimes.  So I have some pics. 

 Then I decided to take advantage of Kayla's skills and interest and let her babysit Eleanor inside so I could mow the yard for Drew.  This was a kind gesture to try and make his life easier after being out of town, but guess what?  It was HOT.  This new weather app is cracking me up.  These were the conditions when I went out to mow. 
 I quickly remembered that I hadn't mowed this yard ever, and I haven't mowed a yard at all since we lived in Siloam.  I am apparently older and less enthusiastic about manual labor than I was 2 years ago.  But ya know what?  I did it and I didn't die. 
Eleanor was exhausted from all the fun, but just couldn't take a nap.  She played in her bed for 2 hours and never went to sleep, so we  called it a loss and I got her up so we could take the kids home.  Have you ever been in a car with Eleanor and Braeden?  There's lots of talking.  I finally resorted to just giving an "uh huh" and a "yep" every once in a while so that they would think I was listening.  Sweet Kayla just wants to sing to the radio (which is lovely to listen to, by the way).
Eleanor wasn't happy to leave her besties, but less than 10 minutes after we dropped them off she was out. 

 I snuggled her for a while. 
 But 5:30pm naps aren't good for prospective bed times, so I woke her up.  She wasn't impressed. 
Y'all stay cool out there.  It's a good day for a nap in the AC.