New Orleans, LA | Weekend Away

June 22, 2016

We spent a wonderful weekend away, visiting some old friends down in New Orleans, LA. The city is about halfway for both of our families. Although we finally live back within driving distance, we haven't gotten together over the last 2 years. Nothing like an impending move to motivate you to make plans! 

You know it's a good trip when you only took a handful of photos. I meant to take more, I really did, but we were having such a great time chatting and exploring that I didn't even really think about the pictures.

A few highlights....

Cafe Du Monde - Delicious beignets, they are like dense sopapillas. We went to the original location in Jackson Square, and walked several blocks to get there. We found out after there were other locations closer to us, which would have been easier on our feet.

Cochon - Awesome Cajun dinner spot. We were all starving and this was close to our hotel. It turned out to be one of the best meals we ate there. If you go, you MUST get the macaroni & cheese, it was beyond amazing. We also tried the chicken & andouille gumbo, cochon, lima beans, rabbit & dumplings, lemon poppy-seed cake and blueberry crumble.  

Audubon Aquarium - We have been to many an aquarium. Monterey Bay Aquarium is a long-standing favorite and the Audubon Aquarium definitely held up to our expectations. It has seahorses, jellyfish, a shark tank (including a walkthrough tunnel), and penguins. It also has a touch pool where we got to touch manna rays. Definitely a highlight. Plus, it's indoor and air conditioned, a perfect place to escape the summer heat. 

We did do a quick trip through Bourbon Street and the French Quarter, but it's not a family friendly area of town, so we made it a quick trip through that area.

Weekend trips seem to fit our family lifestyle the best. We are homebodies by nature and too many days away from home makes us kind of itchy. Since we will be moving back the the west coast, we are already thinking of our next destination.

Here is what we have come up with so far....
Yosemite National Park
Redwoods National Forest
Mt. Shasta
Oregon Coast
Catalina Island
Santa Barbara

Any other suggestions? I would love to visit/eat/stay at already approved places.


My Whole World | Mixing Old with New

June 13, 2016

Let's be honest, stars and hearts never really go out of style in the scrapbooking world. Maybe that's why my stash is full of them! 

This page is full of all kinds of bits and baubles from kits and collecting over the years. The sunburst journaling tag is an ancient Studio Calico find, that was hiding in a long forgotten box. When I use things old supplies like that, it justifies to my former self who thought, "I'll need that one of these days." High-Five Me!

The curved lines were so fun on this paper, I knew I wanted to incorporate them into my design. It worked out perfectly for the text string. Trimming the vellum to the perfect curve took a little more time, but in the end I think it was worth it. I stitched along the top to hold it in place. 

As Zoe is bridging the world from little girl to girl, my role in her life is also changing. I'm trying to let go, while still letting her know I'm always around. It's a delicate balance. It's hard to let go when she is my whole world. Having only one child is a double edged sword sometimes. She has me all to herself, but then again, she has me all to herself. For now she still lets me decide most everything, but I have a feeling those days are sooner coming to an end.

It's these tender times that make me want to document every day, and every feeling. I love looking back at these moments and being able to see how much has changed, and how much has stayed the same.


Space Race Quilt | Hexagons

June 7, 2016

Space Race Quilt

Another Day, another quilt. Well, not really. I actually finished this fun quilt a few weeks ago, but I just barely got a chance to take pictures of it. Like most of my project, I've had this fabric for years and have just now gotten around to turning it into something. 

Something about moving always motivates me to finish my works in progress projects. Thankfully the only piece that I needed to buy to finish it was the backing. This line was made in cotton and flannel. Generally, I only stick to cotton backings, but I splurged for some cozy flannel. 

Space Race Quilt

I didn't use a pattern for this quilt. I just cut as many hexagons as I could from the fabric that I bought. I still have lots more hexagons left - which will someday by turning into another quilt. To make sewing the hexagons easier, I used half hexagons. I used my Hex N' More Ruler by Jaybird Quilts.  Worth every penny. It fits perfectly on 1/8 yard cuts.

I quilted in an all over swirl pattern with orange thread. I wanted it to blend into the orange flannel backing. I ventured away from a lot of my standards on this quilt, but it sure is fun to look at.

I love stripe bindings. If you look at most of my quilts, I try to use some kind of striped binding. Stripes are my favorite pattern (just look at my closet) and they always seem to make the best bindings. 

Space Race Quilt

It's a pretty good size quilt. I haven't measured it yet but it's probably 70 x 80ish.  It doesn't have a home yet, but it's awaiting a purpose, beautifully rolled up until I find one for it. 

Space Race Quilt


Have You Heard the News? | Moving Again

June 6, 2016

It's true. I posted this photo on Instagram and Facebook a few weeks ago, but I wanted to share some more details about our upcoming move.

We will be leaving Texas about 1 week shy of our 2 year anniversary in Ft. Worth. Yes, we've crazy. No, I'm not looking forward to moving again. Yes, we will miss it here. Just before Thanksgiving we also moved for our apartment to a house. Texas has brought a lot of firsts for us, and it will always hold a special place in my heart.

We will living in Palmdale, CA, which is outside of Los Angeles, past Burbank, and about 2 hours from Las Vegas. It's high-desert, which means it's still hot ( I just can't catch a break with these hot climates) 

We are going to be so much closer to both our families, which makes us and them, very happy. Currently, plane rides are required to visit family, which means they only happen once or twice a year. I'm excited to be able to spend holidays and long weekends together. We are excited to explore the LA area and make our first trip to Disneyland. 

If you have any suggestions of things to do or places to explore, particularly outside, we would love to hear about them!


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