{ special gift }

On Memorial Day, we had a little brunch at our house. We invited Scott's family to come for crepes after we all visited the Logan cemetery. It was fun to get together, though we missed several brothers and sisters. Breakfast was delicious with ham, fruit, scrambled eggs, and crepes filled with cream cheese filling and topped with hot fudge sauce, strawberries and cream. When Scott's sister, Jill, came into my kitchen, she handed me this darling little box with a note attached. I knew it was something special since it was from Jill. The anticipation was as fun as opening the gift!

Sure enough, it was special. But Jill exceeded her usual wonderfulness this time! She had sewn a beautiful linen pincushion embellished with handmade flowers. It is exquisite. Jill just "whipped it up" which always impresses me. The little tag she made is also adorable. 

Jill does things with a flair. That's Jill with Suzie. (Notice her gray lace sweater and white linen pants - see what I mean?) I call it understated elegance. Her style isn't cutesy. It's very fresh and current and classy with kind of an Anthropologie feel. And a little mix of Martha Stewart and Mary Engelbreit thrown in. She also makes amazing baby things that are machine embroidered or hand stitched for her little grandbaby, Lucy. Thanks, Jill! 


- way fun -

Suzie and Lizzie AND Becky and Emmett came to visit. Here are a few scenes from what Emmett calls 'that farmer's place.' Thanks to our neighbor's well-kept field, we have endless and lovely photo-shoot possibilities. It was a fun coincidence that both kids were in purple! 


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= pink & green =

I love wandering around our yard when spring comes and the colors are fresh and pretty.

Our huge crabapple tree fills the backyard with fragrance when it bursts into blossom. Too bad the dark pink only lasts for a week.

This little tree on the north side of our house has pretty light pink flowers.

I LOVE these colors - the spring green and bright pink are my favorites all year. They're bright and filled with hope for warmer temps and lovely outside days.

I was standing in the field behind my house taking my pictures for my Facebook profile, when the neighbor's cat came from behind and rubbed up against my leg. It startled me, then I was scared and quickly climbed on the fence.

 I'm scared of cats, and this one is especially 'pushy.' He hangs out in our yard and has bitten Sierra and my neighbor across the street. This cat has this look that makes me want to run in the house and close the door.

Guess I better stay on my side of the fence from now on!
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[ quick visit ]


A quick trip to see Suzie, Winston and Lizzie. Their latest project is a swingset - they had it all finished but the slide. So Grandpa Scott helped Suzie get the last holes drilled and bolts in. Lizzie could NOT wait! She loves it. 

The breakfast buffet is always a must-do. 

Saturday morning at the Farmer's Market, park, and pond at Tule Springs Ranch - historical site and hangout for geese and peacocks. 

A fun, WARM afternoon at Siegfried & Roy's Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat at the Mirage Hotel. 
Church and then the long drive home...but worth every hour in the car to enjoy that darling family. 


= random thoughts =

Wow...where did the week go? I meant for that last post to be at the top of my blog for only a day because it's kind of dumb, and it seems it has been just a day since I wrote it, but the date says May 6.

And now it's May 13. Mother's Day has come and gone (it was good), and in three days it will be Brookie's birthday. I don't even want to write that she's turning 12. Seriously, where did the years go?? Brookelyn is our oldest grandchild, and it just can't be true that we will have one in Young Women's and Jr. High and all the other 12-and-up things. Brookie and I were chatting yesterday about the day of her birth and how amazing it was for me as a first-time grandma to hear her first cries and see her beautiful little face. And how, instead of waiting at the hospital through her mom's long labor, I spent the time shopping at a nearby mall...until Aaron called and said, "Come quick!" and I left my purchase on the counter and ran to my car. Some of that shopping expertise must have rubbed off on Brookie literally from Day 1, because she's a good shopper. Good taste, good endurance, good at digging through the sale racks, and good at sniffing out the classy and leaving behind the trashy. We both struggled in the 'tween store Justice the past few years as we shopped for birthday gifts, because we got tired of the peace symbol on every item of clothing. You can only take so much peace.

At work, I've been pretty busy helping Kim at Kimberbell Designs get ready for spring Quilt Market this week in Portland. She is going to have a wonderful booth with lots of new and adorable quilt patterns. The finished quilts are amazing - it has been so much fun to arrive at work and see her latest creations.

As I write the instructions for her patterns, I plan in my mind to sew each one. With the quilt shop downstairs, it's easy to drop in and buy the fabric I'll need. Maybe all that sewing will happen this summer. Above is one of her new table topper patterns. The collection of patterns is called Kimberbell Cuties - because they're little and quick and cute.  See what I mean by wanting to sew? (Kim and I see eye to eye on pinwheels...love them and must have them on almost every quilt.)


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It just occurred to me that I've been part of the raw food movement for a long time - even before it was "in style." My raw food comes in the form of...chocolate chip cookie dough, brownie mix, cookie sheet cake batter (slurp)...
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