Well, I didn’t make all of it, but I had fun this year making some of Christmas. The girls were in desperate need of comforters this year. Their old ones had fallen apart, so I decided, rather than buy them I would make quilts.
When I was a kid my mom made my brothers denim quilts and I loved them. A while back my mom gave me a huge basket of old jeans she had collected, and over the years we have added to it. I decided denim quilts would be the thing, though they are horribly heavy, so I decided to go with denim and fun pink girly prints. They turned out marvelously cute (though very flawed 🙂 ), and I have to give a huge thanks to the Joan Fabrics empoyee who advised me to use embroidery floss rather than yarn to tie the quilts because it looks nicer and won’t ball up. Yay!
For the boys this year I made snakes – my mom used to make us these too when we were kids and we loved them. They are over six feet long. They were a hoot to stuff – and quite literally a pain. 😀 The only way to get the stuffing all the way done into them was to swing them through the air toward the ground as hard as I could. After a few minutes the stuffing would move a couple of inches and I’d scoot my hand up and keep swinging away. My arms ached for days afterward.
And of course, for James’ birthday, is the fleece blanket in the background.
Next year I’ll reverse and make quilts for the boys and snakes for the girls. 😀
Last Friday I recieved an email that was sent out to all the ladies in our ward (that have email) that Emmanual Children’s Hospital needed baby blankets. Apparantly they only had one or two left. I was especially excited for the oportunity to make some blankets to send to the hospital. As I read the email a thrill of excitement went through me. They were going to be delivered on Halloween – and I had James’ post-op appt on the same day. When the lady that was going to the the blankets up to the hospital had her baby, I was asked (since I was going anyway) to go.
It was so wonderful to watch the mound of blankets grow and to deliver them to the community laison at the hospital. She was so grateful. They hadn’t recieved a blanket donation in two months. Usually they get donations all the time, but they are particularly low right now. I’m hoping to get some other wards to start blanket projects and maybe we can inundate them. 🙂 It was wonderful to help and give back something that had meant so much to us when Jacob had heart surgery.
For those who are new to my blog and want to know the history behind this post check out these links:
Jacob’s Story (short version)
Jacob’s Sotry (long Version)
Not Just a Blanket
James’ appointment also went very well. There are no problems whatsoever. He just has to have his ped check his testical once a year and once he gets to teen years he learns how to do a self exam and has to do it once a month. Actually, and I didn’t know this, just like women are supposed to give themselves a self exam monthly, men are supposed to as well. Anyway, I just mention it in case others are clueless like I, and my husband, are. 🙂 It will be especially important for James because his risk will be higher.
On the sickies front:
Elizabeth’s temp is normal, except for those moments when it is not. I was an irresponsible parent and sent her to school today, even though her temp last night (after being normal for the ENTIRE day) jumped to 100.5. It was 99 this morning, so I didn’t feel too bad. She was in tears of devestation last night when she learned she might not be able to go to school today. She loves school so much, and today is Halloween, I couldn’t be THAT mean to her when she was feeling so good. It was normal when she got home from school today – and then 99.3 a couple hours after that. So who knows what it is doing. Her glands still feel swollen. I figure we’ll get through the weekend and then see what things look like on Monday.
James has a bad cold and is very congested, but at least he isn’t croupy any more.
And, I caught it. The cold that is. But at least we are headed into the weekend, which means I’ll have a hubby around to watch kids so I can NAP. WOOHOO! 🙂