Monday, October 20, 2014

Family Pictures and Projects

Every fall we do a family photo shoot. Usually I get inspired when the leaves start changing and I insist, but this year Dave took the initiative and insisted. We've done our own photos with a tripod for the past 4 years, but this year it really became a challenge! We got one where everyone was looking at the camera, but that was it!

I wish Dustin was smiling and I wish Logan's hand was down, but we'll go with it! I think we'd do better if we conned someone into taking them for us, but with these boys, it's hard to "schedule" a time for them to be happy. So we wait until a happy time, rush to get them dressed and take a few photos.

We got several cute pictures of Dustin, but this is the best of the bunch! He's such a happy little fellow.

This is the best we could get of Logan. He was in a silly mood, so we have a ton of weird faces. So we're going with one of these for the mantle for the next year. Unless I can get him outside in the same clothes in a more photo friendly mood.

Getting ready for this shot, I had everyone's outfit picked out. Then Dave came in and decided he didn't want to wear the shirt I picked out. And Logan followed his lead, insisting on a different shirt. So I gave Dave a color palette he could pick from, then I changed Logan and my shirts to match (Dustin's was close enough to keep the same). At least everyone was happy in the end!

I've been cleaning up my project bin lately. I have a ton of stuff I've started, but haven't finished. So I dove in this week and got some things done.

I saw this idea on Pinterest! It's a plank of wood with holes drilled into it and cross stitched with hemp. I love how it turned out! It's hanging above the fire place downstairs.

I did this on the back of the one I made for Spring. I just used paper I had on hand, and turned out ok.

This was a necessity! Logan loves to pull the towels down from the stove. So I added two button holes and a button to this so I can attach a few towels to the oven door (I made 4). I have to put them on backwards (so the button is hiding), but it has kept the towels on the stove for a week now! I love that the towel can still lay out flat if I need it to, but it can also be buttoned on!

I sewed two covers for our 3 inch foam camping mats. I had these 90 percent done, they just needed the buttons and top flap sewed on. I finished one and have it on Logan's top bunk! He loves climbing up there and playing. I've told him when he can climb up and down all by himself he can start sleeping up there. We have another year for him to figure it out and Dustin moves into the bottom bunk.

I started this pillow in May. I cut it out and surged it, but didn't finish it. So I sewed the edges and stuffed it! Dave and Logan have been loving relaxing on the hammock.

And this bad boy!!! Long story… a few months ago I approached my Mom and Grandma about starting a quilt. We're having a family reunion next summer, and I thought it would be fun for everyone that wants to to create a square for a quilt. We then make enough to give one to everyone participating and all trade at the reunion. So we all will end up with a Reunion quilt. The theme is the beach, and this is the square I've come up with. Only 10 more to make!

This weekend we got two date nights! Friday Dave's parents called and asked if they could babysit (YES! ALWAYS YES!). We decided to go out for Thai food and the Temple. Logan's had an ornery few weeks, so this was SO needed. We had a great time! Saturday we got to go to the Adult Session of Stake Conference and picked up some German Chocolate ice cream to enjoy later. It was great to have two nights off in a row.

Dave also got the shed re-organized this weekend and I got our winter and summer clothes switched out. Neither are fun, but both were good to get done. This weekend it starts getting busy again, but it was nice to have two weekends in a row with no plans!

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