Monday, November 29, 2010

Getting' Crafty

This post is way over due. (no baby joke intended)

Since I purchased my new tiny white sewing machine, I figured I needed to use it as well! So, I went to work making some fun crafts for my friend Jeannine's baby shower. At first, I was just going to make the hat out of the flowers that I had previously created. It turned out so great, that I decided to make a bib. After finding just the right flowered fabric, I carefully cut out the flowers and sewed them on the corner of the bib. :) I was pretty excited about the bib!

And then- the onesie. This was a bit tougher as the pink fabric of the sweetheart letters was much lighter than the bib flowers. But they sewed on nicely, and I added a few small beads for an extra sparkle. Everything was packed up and sent out to Jeannine's baby shower to await her little lady in January!

Crackers not necessary when sewing- but they sure do taste yummy.

We'll Miss You Grandma

Farewell My Precious Grandmother

Farewell My Precious Grandmother
Your Race On E
arth Is Done
You Now Live In Heaven
With God And His Gracious Son
Although My Heart Mourns For You
And My Eyes Are Filled With Tears
I Am Thankful That I Had You
To Love And Guide Me Through The Years
You Were Always An Inspiration
Your Strength, It Knew No Bounds
I Know That God Has Blessed You
With Many Heavenly Crowns
So Farewell My Precious Grandmother
You Will Always Be In My Heart
I Will Remember Your Gentle Teachings
From Which I’ll Never Part

My grandmother passed away on Monday, November 22nd. My sister was able to fly back on Sunday night and we drove to Columbus to see her in time before she passed away

. I will miss her so much. Grandma taught me strength and caring. She never missed a dance recital, marching band performance, basketball game or concert. Grandma always sent a card on every birthday, we would go to craft fairs together and have birthday breakfasts. Grandma loved to dance with my grandpa, and she loved to bake. I will never forget being at my grandparents house every Christmas Eve. The smell of gingerbread and hot coffee, will forever keep her in my heart. Love you lots Grandma, and miss you more.

My grandparents at my cousin, Nikki's Wedding

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Movin' on Up.....North.

Well everyone, the cat is officially out of the bag. We're moving! Yes, that's right...didn't we just build a house and move in? We sure did. And now we're packing things up and moving yet again. Here's a little timeline of how things have gone in the past months/weeks-hence the absence of posts.

October 18th: We found out about the possible move. I won't forget this day and exactly what I was doing when Ryan called and told me that he had a meeting. I was in the kitchen, looking down at our wood floors, browning meat for tacos and my mind started swirling. Move?! What?! My head really couldn't wrap around the idea.

October 25th: Exactly one week later, after 7 days of pros and cons of both locations, I had a small meltdown. This was a big decision. BIG...and that's when I decided I wanted somebody else to make this decision for us. Both Omaha and Minneapolis were good places to live and work and raise a family.

October 29th: Woke up this morning with my first ever migraine. We needed to make a decision-before my head is pulled apart bit by bit.

October 31: Halloween. Ryan and I go on a nice long walk-it was unseasonably warm. Things are becoming clearer and God is holding our hand and guiding our way.

November 4: Meet with Realtor-get good info about possibly selling our house.

November 5-7: Visit to Minneapolis to scout out the area.

November 8: Final decision made, tell family. House officially on the market

November 9: Tell Friends and my work. For Sale sign goes up in our front yard.

November 12: First showing at our house.

November 13: Breathe

After writing it all out, I really can't believe it'll be a month tomorrow since all of this happened. I guess God has a crazy way of leading us through life. Ryan and I are so excited about this new adventure and we are really grateful for the opportunity to live in a place like Minneapolis. Plus, I couldn't be more proud of my husband-a great promotion in this economy is such a fantastic gift. I know Ryan does a wonderful job at Gallup, and I am so happy for him. It is bittersweet leaving family here in Omaha (that's you mike and sara), and all of the memories we've made. But we know that we have so much ahead of us.

Our next tasks for life, finding me a job and a place to rent/live.

Foreshadowing? Maybe so :)

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

44 Degrees and Rainy

It feels like a Monday, but its really Wednesday, or at least it feels that way to me. Yesterday was beautifully sunny with a high of 73, and today its 44. My mind wanders from work to daydream about snow flurrying through the air. I'm ready for winter. I know, I'm crazy living in Nebraska and saying that I really am truly ready for the coldest months of the year to be here already.

Ryan and I took a trip to Minneapolis this past weekend. (more details on that to come) The Mall of America glimmered with the first signs of Christmas decorations, lights were hung in the hallways, but not turned on. Some stores have started to put out their fake holiday snow and advertised holiday specials. We're still a good 2 weeks from Thanksgiving, but I guess in retail the earlier the better. With the economy the way it is, I feel like holiday spending isn't being pushed on us this year as it has been in the past. But then again, I do a lot of my shopping online. :)

I love this time of year, and I love the changing of the seasons. It helps me to look forward to each and every season we get to experience here in the Midwest. As Autumn turns to Winter, I am reminded of the scarecrow we used to stuff as a family and sit on our front porch, and the times I spent watching my dad in his sweatshirt and stocking cap work up and down the ladder to put up the Christmas lights before the snow really started falling. I love those memories and seem to relive them each year.

I'm looking forward to the first set of winter flurries, but I guess the spitting rain will have to do for now.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Happy Belated Birthday Jared!

My "little" brother's birthday was October 28th, since he's now 22, I can't really call him little anymore. :) My parents came down last weekend to hang out and watch the husker and have a mini birthday party for Jared.

I can't believe he's a senior in college already! Where does the time go? Last I remember, mom and dad brought him home from the hospital as I snacked on candy corn from the porcelain jack o lantern and stared at this new baby brother of mine. We used to pretend we were Olympic gymnasts on the backyard swing set, and play hot lava in the basement with pillows and blankets thrown askew on the carpeted lava floor.

Jared- you've grown up to be an impressive young man, and I know that not only am I proud of you but the rest of the family is too! Thanks for being my pesky little brother, and enjoy your special day!

Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you

Happy Birthday Dear Jared, Happy Birthday To You!

The Family