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With buying the new house, landscaping, a few home improvement projects, car expenses, and furlough days, this summer was pretty tight for us.  We decided to take a few short trips and enjoy our area instead of a big vacation this year.

Yesterday we spent the day in the Portland area with J’s cousin.  We started at Multnomah Falls.  We chose to do the short walk to the bridge (.2 miles) instead of the 600 foot climb (1 mile) to the top of the waterfall.  Maybe next time I will be braver.  The girls were standing in front of the short falls in this picture.

After the falls, we went to Portland’s Rose Garden.  It was absolutely gorgeous.  I had never been there before, and I LOVED it!  I am certain we will go back.  I can’t believe we used to live a few miles from there and I had no idea it was there.

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What’s in a name?

I was just reading about Sarah’s search for the perfect name for her almost here baby, and it made me think about how we named our girls.

When I was pregnant with our first daughter, DH and I each picked out a name we liked.  I wanted to name her Hope Vianna.  J liked the Vianna, but thought we should name her Holly.  I like Holly, but this baby’s name was Hope.   We decided to wait until she was born to decide which name fit her more.  We talked openly about her name and were often told we were nuts and should name her……  After many many many hours of labor, she was (finally) born.  DH looked over at me and said in the sweetest way, “After that, you can name her whatever you want”.  And so Hope Vianna was her name.

A few years later, I was pregnant again with a little girl.  We again debated what her name should be.  Holly was in the running, but we landed on Sarah Michelle.  I had a wonderful great aunt Sarah and I really like the name Michelle.   This time we kept it a secret and would just say we don’t know for sure yet.  The only people who knew were J, Hope, and I.

When the baby was born, J explained that Hope’s name is pretty unusual and the baby did not look like a Sarah Michelle.  I agreed with him completely.  I took one look at her and knew her name was Emily Cheyenne.  We had never discussed that name, but it was just right for her.

So tell, how did you decide on your kid’s names?

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Tiny girls

Last night, I was looking at some pictures from when Emily was born. I can’t believe it’s been 4 1/2 years. The time has just flown by. Hope is finishing first grade on Tuesday. They are not my tiny babies anymore.

I thought you might enjoy a photo of Emily from a couple of years ago at my parent’s house.

She and Ginger (the dog) were great friends. They shared a love of pancakes. Ginger died this year and it’s been hard on us all. We miss her kind spirit. She was always so protective and loving.

Ginger was born on my birthday and we got her when she was 5 weeks old. She was a great companion for many years. My parents have started looking for a new dog. It feels like the right time, but it will be hard to find just the right one. We will never find a replacement for Ginger, but hopefully we can find a new dog to share our lives.

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I got way less finished this weekend than I should have. I spent an incredible amount of time with my friend Jack the seam ripper. I had a little trouble dialing in the ruffler. I have it set now to go from 15 inches to 10, so I can take the size I want to attach a ruffle to, multiply by 1.5 and come out with the length I need to cut for the ruffle. One site I saw said to ruffle extra and just cut off what you don’t need. I just can’t be wasteful like that. I have to have exact measurements. I made the girls each a skirt and a pair of short pants.

Hope’s Short Ruffled Pants

Emmy’s Short Ruffled Pants

Skirts – Round two

I think I can use the pattern for the short pants to modify for several pairs of shorts. I also think I could lengthen it for pants for the fall. They were very easy to put together (once I stopped ripping them out) and I made Emmy’s in a couple of hours last night from cutting out the pattern and picking out and cutting the fabric while watching a movie, to sewing while the show I was watching was on commercial.   J flips during commercials, I sew during commercials.

Please ignore the slight blur, there was a small fingerprint on the lens I didn’t see until after the pictures were taken and the girls were in bed, so no retakes tonight.  Gee I wonder how that got there????

Well I’m off to my sewing corner to try for some shorts.

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Twirly Girls

The girls are lovin’ their new skirts. You should see them twirl. I need to do a little work on the one for Hope, so it will probably be shorter next time you see it.

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Super Girl

The girls each had a red Super Man cape that they wore all the time.  They loved them so much they wore them out.  The Velcro  no longer held the capes on and the fabric was so worn I could not add new Velcro without the fabric falling apart.  I decided they needed new capes so I made them new ones.  They are pink and reversible.  They Velcro closed, but I put a rose button on for decoration.

They went together really fast, and the girls seem to love them.  Emmy has worn hers almost non-stop since she got hers.  Here are a couple of photos of Hope modeling hers.

(For some reason I can not get this one to face the right direction.)

I went to Cost Plus World Market a few days ago and got a new ornament for my Christmas Tree.  If it looks a lot like a tea ball, its probably because it it.  We always have had a tea ball on my tree because when my brother was little he kept putting ours on the tree.  I bought him one a few years ago that was shaped like a tree and he loved it.

I bought a new toy for my sewing machine.  I am working on a project with it, and hopefully by this weekend I will have some new things to share.

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To rip or not to rip?

I took the frog quilt top to work today and showed it to another quilter at the office.  She unfolded it and said how cool it looked with a few of the blocks going the opposite direction.  She really liked the way it made it look.  I took a look and almost died when I realized one row was sewn with the yellow and red reversed on several of the blocks.  Of course it is not one of the end rows, so I see some unsewing in my future.  She said it adds character and I should leave it alone.  I am just too much of a perfectionist and I can not see myself doing that. Ugh, and just when I thought I was about finished with this one.

I went to the gym on Wednesday night and added some time to my cardio.  I felt fine at the time, but boy have I been sore the last couple of days.  I spent some time in the hot tub this evening and have been drinking lots of water to try and get part of the soreness out.  I like to work out on Friday night so that when J and I go on Saturday I can take the girls to the pool while he is working out and not feel bad about missing a workout.  I am not going to try it tonight though.  I think by tomorrow I should be back up to feeling like a human again and ready to work out with J.  Not so sure the girls will be happy about missing their pool date with Mom, but sometimes it’s not all about the princesses.

Speaking about the princesses, the tv in their room went out and they needed a new one.  We just bought them a v.smile for Christmas and have bought several games and the gym mat for it.  I found them a Disney princess tv and it was on sale.  Woo hoo.  They are so excited.  The tv is pink.  I have been told at least 10 times that pink is their favorite color and it’s so cool that their tv is pink since I got  it for them.  I’m so glad they like it.  Emmy’s favorite princess it Ariel.  When you turn up the volume, Ariel shows on the screen.  She is jazzed.

Tonight I’m going to try and make a chicken bake out of the box and see if it’s edible.  If it works out, it will likely be a new standby for gym nights.  It’s something J could start when I get to the locker room and it should be done about the time I get home.  I’m still trying to figure out how to go to the gym, make food, see my children, and get to bed all in a reasonable time after work.  I am determined to make this work!

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