Archive for September, 2009

Doin’ the Lord’s Work

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Well, we finally got the embroidered pieces of fabric back for the vestments! It took forever but I think it was worth it because it looks beautiful. Once these are done the next set will be the white vestments.

Phillip is going to work on it over the weekend, and it should take about a week or so to finish everything up (meaning a week from this Saturday). He already has the lining cut out and ready to go. He has cut out the shape of the vestments using the embroidered fabric and now just needs to sew all the pieces together including the cording, which can be tricky. Then we have to send the stole back to get the cross embroidered onto the back seam. But that should not take more than a few days, I should think.

Here is Phillip sewing up the lining of the burse.

Here is Phillip sewing up the lining of the burse.

"Woman! This isn't Blue Planet, stop taking pictures!"

"Woman! This isn't Blue Planet, stop taking so many pictures!"

Here is the vestment. Its pinned together to give you an idea of how it will look. The design down the center is embroidered on, and the lines on either side is the trim that will be sewn on in that spot. Though not pictured here, it will have a gold cording trimming the edges of the garment.

Front of the vestment

Front of the vestment

Back of the vestment

Back of the vestment

Maniple, burse, stole, and

Top left: Chalice veil; Middle left: Burse; Bottom left: Maniple; Right side: Stole

Detail of the embroidery on the

Detail of the embroidery on the burse

Brunch, Turtles, and Laundry

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Today after church our friends Matt and Randi came over with their daughter Lucy to have a leisurely brunch with us. I made oblong pancakes, runny undersalted eggs, tater tots and sausage. Good thing they brought donut holes and strawberries and cream so we could snack on something while I took forever to make a mediocre brunch!

It was a good day, though. There was good conversation and good company, and the girls all played pretty nicely together (considering they are 3 girls under the age of 3)! After we finished eating, the girls had some fun with a laundry basket… never mind that there were toys available. It was the basket that was their preferred toy.

The girls all piled in the laundry basket

The girls all piled in the laundry basket

At one point Ivy called me and said “Look, mom!! Look!! Violets a turtle!!” I came over, fearing what that meant. And sure enough….

...Ivy had trapped Violet under the overturned laundry basket!!

...Ivy had trapped Violet under the overturned laundry basket!!

Can you see her in there through the holes? Poor baby!!

Can you see her in there through the holes? Poor baby!!

Don’t worry, the picture taking only took about 5 seconds and then I freed her. Violet wasn’t even fazed by her imprisonment, fortunately. A few minutes later, Ivy called out again…”Look!! Lucy is a turtle!!” And Randi went running to save her daughter from Ivy. It was really hard not to laugh, but we don’t exactly want to encourage trapping children under laundry baskets.

It occurred to me at one point that I had just done a lot of laundry the day before, and there were no empty laundry baskets just lying around the house. Where in the world did Ivy get that basket and what happened to all the clean clothes???

Oh.

Oh.

Anyway, later in the afternoon after the Sowders left I got this cute pic of Violet as she felt the need to do some computer work.

Like father like daughter!

Like father like daughter!

Then she gave me this really innocent look…

"Whaaaat? Does this look like the face of someone that would hack into your system?"

"Whaaaat? Does this look like the face of someone that would hack into your system?"

And that was our Sunday!

Things That Can Climb

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Opossums.

Opossums.

Monkeys.

Monkeys.

Mountain Goats.

Mountain Goats.

Violet Leal.

Violet Leal.

Hello Kitty

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Today’s ballet theme was Hello Kitty.

Dressing up. It happened too fast to capture on video, but right after this picture she actually chased her own tail, going around 3 or 4 times before catching it LOL.

Dressing up. It happened too fast to capture on video, but right after this picture she actually chased her own tail, going around 3 or 4 times before catching it LOL.

Waving around her ribbons, which she totally loved.

Waving around her ribbons, which she totally loved.

Meow!

Meow!

Ivy with her teacher, Miss Alene.

Ivy with her teacher, Miss Alene.

A word about the video: pay close attention at the part when the music volume goes down to almost nothing. You are going to hear a loud THUNK, which is an over-zealous grandparent hitting her head against the viewing window LOL! I am truly disappointed that I didn’t capture it on video, and only got the sound. That would have been really funny! Rewind the video once or twice to hear the THUNK so it will sink in just how funny of a sound that is!

By the way, yes – there really is a Hello Kitty song, and you are about to hear it. I had no idea until I heard it in class today.  Enjoy!

Zip-a-dee-doo daaa!

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This morning, despite my bleary eyes and typical early morning sluggishness, I somehow noticed that the day looked particularly crisp and cool. I poked my head out and, amazingly, it really was crisp and cool! There are days when I have been in my climate controlled bubble at a nice 75 degrees for days at a time, and the cerulean sky almost seems inviting rather than scorching. But usually, when I poke my head out to double check what I already know to be true, I find out what it would be like to commit suicide by sticking my head in an oven. No offense to anyone who has ever lost a loved one to suicide by oven.

On those days I then retreat back inside and think hateful thoughts about the heat. Then I remember hot Vegas Halloweens and think about how much I hate hot Halloweens. Its wrong on so many levels, I have no analogies that would do justice to describing how horrible hot Halloweens are.

The point is that this morning I decided we should take advantage and eat breakfast outside. It was lovely and peaceful with the freshest of breezes.

The view of the backyard from our spot in the shade. Look how blue the sky is!

The view of the backyard from our spot in the shade. Look how blue the sky is!

Another view of the peaceful side of the yard, from behind some flowers.

Another view of the peaceful side of the yard, from behind some flowers.

The chaotic side of the yard, with Violet trying to crawl away.

The chaotic side of the yard, with Violet trying to crawl away.

Ivy totally looks like Sara in this picture!

Ivy totally looks like Sara in this picture!

Violet chowing down on cereal. And a floating ghost spoon, to her left.

Violet trying to chow down on cereal, but mostly spilling it. And a scary floating ghost spoon, to her left.

This is Ivy's "why because?" expression.

This is Ivy's "why because?" expression.

Let me tell you a little something about Ivy’s “why because?” phase that she is going through. Everything that happens and/or is said is followed by “why because?”, and I answer her question only to be asked again, “why because?” and the answer to that question is met again with “why because?” …and on, and on, and on…. Let me give you an example.

Me: Let’s wait for Nan to get in her car before we drive away.

Ivy: Why because?

Me: Because we want her to make sure she is ok.

Ivy: Why because?

Me: Because we like her.

Ivy: Why because?

Me: Because she is a kind person.

Ivy: Why because, kind person?

Me: Because she just is!

Ivy: Why because?

Me: Because… because…just because!

The End.