Sunday, May 16, 2010

Fun, fish, feet, finds, farts and an almost finish

I don't want this weekend to end! Fun, fun, fun! It started on Saturday morning with the crossover ceremony for the cub scouts - my wolves are now bears!

The ceremony took place at a local lake that I've never been to, but I will certainly be going back. It amazes me how many games kids can think up with just sticks:

Once everyone else left, the boys and I got fishing poles out of the car and went looking for some hungry fish.

They love to fish; me, I'm not so enamored. However, it did give me a chance to sit in the sun and contemplate my feet (am I the only woman who doesn't paint her toenails?),
and quilt.

Next was an estate auction. Man, I miss having a pickup truck! I could have come home with lots of nice furniture for our basement. However, I restrained myself. It helps to be hand quilting during an auction - keeps your hands busy so you don't bid on absolutely everything! I brought home just two rocking chairs, a huge toy chest for the kids, a boy scouts mess kit for Jason, 4 drinking jars,

(I LOVE drinking jars! I made some sun tea today, and I swear I thought I was my mother, sipping tea from a sweating jar on the porch. Aaaahhhh!)

and a popcorn popper for our campfires!

(Can't wait to use this. Can you make out our little firepit just in front the kids' clubhouse?)

Then, once I got the kids home and bathed, we stayed up late to watch the Nutty Professor on DVD. Um, way more bad words in there than I remember - oops! But my kids are at the age where they think passing gas at the table is hilarious, despite all of our admonishments about how inappropriate it is. We finally decided, "if you can't beat 'em, join 'em", and rented this movie for the hilarious (and inappropriate) family scenes.

I guess I wore the kids out because they didn't wake up til 8 and 9 AM today. Me, I woke up motivated to spend another day outside, this time doing yardwork. I'll be sore tomorrow, but the score is now "Erin - 1, Weeds - 0". The rest of the day, I did laundry (including my orphan top - I haven't sandwiched it yet because some of the orphan blocks that I inherited were stinky, and I didn't want the whole quilt to be stinky, so I washed it on delicate and prayed that all my seams would hold - they did!) and spent hours on the porch, alternately quilting and reading. The center of my Bright Future Quilt is done, and now I just need to tackle the borders.

Big thanks to Em for recommending The Art of Racing in the Rain. I am LOVING this book, although it is taking me for an emotional rollercoaster ride. If you pick it up to read, be sure to keep your dog at your side; you will find yourself compulsively petting and loving on him/her while you read, I guarantee.

Short week this week - 3 days, and then hubby and I are off to San Francisco and Palo Alto to celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary (and 17 years together) while I work a conference. I'm thinking I'd like to prepare a little embroidery to take with me, something small. Hmmmm.....


Amo House said...

Lovely weekend Erin, thanks for sharing it!! If I visit, can you arrange another one?? :-)

Quilting in My Pyjamas said...

Hi Erin,

Happy anniversary in advance. I'm envious of your weekend, you packed so much in!

The Bright future quilt looks so happy. Cant wait to see the whole thing.

quiltfool said...

What a wonderful post. You kept me racing along through your fun weekend as if I were there with you. Lane

Judi said...

Happy Anniversary in advance! Have a great trip with Adam.

Barb said...

Sounds like a wonderful weekend. And in such a beautiful setting. Everytime you post a picture of your place with the mountains in the background, I wish I was there too. Have a great trip to SF--happy anniversary!

Char said...

Looks like you had a great weekend. Happy Anniversay, I hope you and your husband have a great trip!

Rachel said...

What a great weekend! Your post made me feel so energized - I want to get out in the garden, do some quilting, and buy furniture (uh oh).

I loved The Art of Racing in the Rain, too. That dog is so insightful! You'll love the ending.

Congrats to your little wolves for turning into bears (how does that happen?).

Kim said...

Now if you had that book on CD you could listen while you quilt!
Its one of my favorite things to do!

Have a great time in SF...are you staying at a B&B in Palo Alto...they've got some great ones there! Happy Anniversary...and many more. ( love your short hair :0) )

Happy Sewing

Ms. Be said...

Awesome popcorn popper! I am so jealous! As far as the farting at the table thing goes-- I am patting my belly right now and praying for a girl...