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Happy 60th Birthday

Thursday, December 2nd, 2010

Nov. 15 was Tom’s 60th birthday.  About 1 1/2 year ago we decided to celebrate in a big way and take the entire family to Disney World.  Needles to say, I have been doing alot of planning, especially the past couple of months.

Tom and I had talked about getting t-shirts for everyone, but we didn’t really make any definate plans.  Six day before we are leaving for Flordia I was talking to Emily (one of my daughter’s in Utah) and telling her that the “Queen of the Projects” was still entertaining the idea of trying to do t-shirts.  She told me to forget it, there just was not enough time.  I just did not want to because that is the one thing that alot of people had told me to be sure and do.  So, she sent me to a blog on how to do a t-shirt design with freezer paper stencils.  This was a possibility and pretty interesting.

I think that part of the problem with doing t-shirts was I was not sure of what design to put on them.  Emily and I had talked about a few people that might be able to design a drawing for us, but it just had not worked out.

I decided that I could use this picture.  I used the tutortial here to manipulate the photo.  I took this picture of Tom when we were on our fact finding mission to Disney World in August 2009.

As I was working with the design, I decided that this was CRAZY!!!!  This was going to take way to much time to make it look good and I didn’t have alot of extra time.  Monday morning I started calling t-shirt imprint companies to see if they could produce my order by Friday.  I received quite a few “NOs”, but Customink said yes and they were excellent to work with.

In October I was in Seattle visiting my brother and sister-in-law and while there Rodney gave me a quick lesson on layers in Photo Shop Elements.  This was very valuable information that really helped me out when I was working on getting this design just right.

Here was how the design came out – I decided that it needed some more work.  I did not think that Tom would like looking so scruffy.

Here is the final design.

I received the t-shirts on Thursday.  The one for Zephyr was way too big…….so I remade it smaller.  Needles to say, they all looked really cute.  Tom still knew NOTHING of this project.

Once in Flordia the kids and I decided that on Monday (Tom’s birthday) – our first day at Disney World (Magic Kingdom) we would put on our shirts, but put something else on over top of them.  When everyone was in the kitchen area I would send Tom back into our bedroom to get something and we would all take off the outer shirt and surprise Tom with the 60th Birthday shirts.  It was pretty fun to see everyone wearing these shirts.  Tom was surprise.  I then handed him a wrapped gift – his shirt.  He changed and we all headed off to Disney World.

Here is all 17 of us wearing our shirts.

Change in Thinking

Friday, February 26th, 2010

On Valentine’s Day I flew out to Utah to get my Grandma fix.  Since Utah is a popular destination for easterners during Winter Break the flights were really expensive this year.  I opted to take flights with layovers to reduce the ticket cost.  On the way out I flew through Minnesota.  My layover was over two hours long.  Upon landing in Minnesota I had a very novel idea – if I walked to the other end of the airport and back I could spend the time getting some exercise instead of just sitting around.

On my travels through the airport I found this poster………….

There was also this map of the route for a 1.4 mile walk.

The only problem I had was that I didn’t have my sneakers on.  When I fly I opt to wear slip on shoes making it easier at the security check points.  Needless to say, after I had walked over 2 miles my feet were not happy (in fact, I had a few blisters).

On the way home my layover was at the Las Vegas airport.  They were not as encouraging on the exercise front – the slot machines were the featured attraction.

I did have my sneakers – so my feet were much happier after this layover.

This post is for my Grandkids!!!!!!

Monday, September 7th, 2009

Tom and I had a GREAT time at Disney World. We went for a long weekend (not nearly enough time). This was MY FIRST visit there. I hope that none of my grandchildren (or kids) have to wait until they are over 50 years old for their 1st visit. Since this post is mainly for my Grandkids and none of them know how to read – we will go with “A picture is worth a 1,000 words”. Enjoy!!!!

Since we were there for such a short time we only went to the Magic Kingdom, which means that there are alot more adventures awaiting me on my next visit!

I can’t WAIT to go to Disney World with my grandkids! I think that will make it even FUNNER! (I don’t think this is a word, but I that’s okay – you know what I mean.)

More vacation pictures

Monday, September 7th, 2009

Tom took a ride in this helium balloon.

Here is Tom at 400′ looking around Disney World.

There was a really cool Lego store and lots of different things made from Legos (someone is as (or maybe even more) obsessed with Legos as I am with folded Hexagons).

Why Flordia????

Monday, September 7th, 2009
A couple of years ago we purchased these vacations from this marketing group (who were selling vacations to timeshare locations) – and time was running out before we lost one of the vacations. Since I had never been to Disney World we decided that this would be a great place to go (and it WAS). We had upgraded our package so we actually stayed at the resort (and take the 1 1/2 hour tour).
There were some amazing birds around. Fun to see.

This shot is from our bedroom window.

Also from our bedroom window – we had a great location.
The one of the best things about the location was – that the Space Shuttle was launched while we were in Florida.

That trail of light was created by the space shuttle (and Tom’s photography).

(This was also taken from our bedroom window – prime viewing location.)

Quick trip to Utah

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009
On Friday morning Tom and I flew to Utah for Zephyr’s blessing. Zephyr is smiling all the time. Babies change so quickly.
Here are the three older grandkids. Friday afternoon we had a barbaque in Emily and Ben’s backyard.

Snuggle time with Prairie

On Saturday evening Grandpa and Grandma babysat Autumn and Prairie. Emily and Ben went to a movie and dinner to celebrate their 7th Anniversary.
We took the girls to Jump On It and met Jason, Christy and Ty there.

Here is Christy getting some good air. Autumn really had a good time.

Prairie had fallen asleep on the way there, so it took her alittle while to enjoy herself,
but she did at the end.

Ty was fearless. He just ran from trampoline to trampoline.

The Weinehimer family on our way home after the baby blessing. Ben gave a wonderful blessing. We are thankful to have him in our family.

This was Zephyr’s special day, but I don’t think he was feeling so special right then.
Emily designed and constructed this outfit. I love the bow tie.
They actually tie is each time!
After the blessing we went back to Emily and Ben’s for lunch. Ben’s uncle stopped by. He came in his small fire truck. Everyone was pretty interested in it. It also created a great opportunity to get almost everyone together for a group shot.

Tom gave me this sweatshirt for Mother’s Day.

On Monday we went to This is the Place Park with Jason and family. It was Baby Animal Day. We had a great time.

Anyone for the Derby?

Tom and I flew home on Monday afternoon. We arrived back in Pelham around midnight. We had a great week-end. We love our family and enjoy seeing them.

Grandma Wrap-up

Tuesday, April 21st, 2009

I had a wonderful time in Utah last week! The kids were wonderful. This Grandma thinks it’s good that the younger people have the new babies because it is a lot of hard work – but LOTS of FUN!!!!!! Here are a bunch of pictures from the week’s activities.

We frosted sugar cookies that Emily had made before my arrival.

The scary pirate.

Take a nap (ha, ha, ha!)

What was I thinking when I bought these HUGH suckers?

Zephyr has two proud big sisters!

Lot’s of fun times!!!!!

Mommy and baby time!

One day Jennie and I took the girls to Jump On It!
We had a lot of fun, but my legs are way out of shape.

Relaxing after a workout at Jump on It!

The snowstorm on April 15!

On Saturday we met Jason, Christy and Ty at the park in Salt Lake City. Nice day, but a little windy.

Here are my four Grandchildren!

I’m Leavin’ on a Jet Plane

Sunday, April 12th, 2009
I am on my way to Utah for one week where I will be on full-time………..

Can you see the smile on my face?


Friday, September 12th, 2008

The next few days is going to be a Stay at home vacation – thus Staycation. The past few Septembers the girls have come with me to Idaho to visit my father. We spend the week sewing. Since my dad passed away in February we decided to still get together but they would all come to my house and enjoy the NEW studio. Emily (and her two daughters) and Jennie (and Janaradan) arrived on Wednesday. Yesterday we had a somewhat lazy day. Some of us attended a baby shower for Edna (who is expecting twins). I work with her in the Young Women’s in my ward. After we returned from the shower we actually got going on some of our projects.
Emily is working on piecing a feedsack quilt she is marking. This is the second one she is making from this pattern. She wants to (or have me) quilt it on George . Jennie is trying to decide what project she wants to work on. She said that she wished that she had brought something to quilt because she wanted to try out George. I got out a bunch of projects that I said she could quilt. She is going to quilt a Halloween stack n’ whack I pieced a few years ago.
Autumn and Prairie played outside, but when it started to rain they decided that it was time for a movie.
I started working one of the blocks for the back of The Generations Unite. This quilt will have six generations represented (and worked on by four generations. The footprints are Prairie’s when she was 5 days old. Jennie choose the paper-piecing hummingbirds and
Emily choose the Easy Piece blocks in the corners. One down, thirteen to go, then to had my Folded hexagons.

Sitka Summary

Friday, September 5th, 2008

Brian in front of his store.

Inside the store.
These bag looks really cool when it changes color.

What Del Sol (and Sitka) thrives – cruise ships.
People actully live in these houses out on the islands.
They use boats to get back to the main part of Sitka to do there shopping, ect.

On Saturday morning we went whale watching.
It was cool, especially when we stood out on top at the front of the boat.
We saw a bunch of whales. It was pretty amazing.

Bear warnings were all over –
I guess this local is ready if he sees a bear.
Brain, the might fisher!
(Caught with his bare hands.)

Tom and Brian went for a hike while I stayed in the car. (More about what I did on my next post.)
It is REALLY beautiful – but REALLY WET!
This road on the island is about 15 miles from end to end.

We visited the Alaska Raptor Center.
A really cool place that works with wounded birds to rehabilate them to live on their own in the wild. If they are not healthy enough to live in the wild – they become education birds.
We went and saw some native dancers. This girl actually works in the Del Sol store.

Sunday the sky was clear and we actully saw the sun for a good part of the day.

Many totem poles on the island. At one place we actally saw a man working on one.
Bald eagle out in the wild. They are amazing to see fly.

The church fits right in with its surroundings. A log style type church.

A couple of action shots from our visit.