Saturday, November 1, 2008

Nathan's Halloween Costume 2008 "The Death Jester"

Nathan and I spent many hours on this costume. First he presented a picture idea, then we had to take his measurements, after that we had to draft a pattern. With all that behind us we still had to make alterations as we sewed. Boy did we ever sew and sew and sew up to minutes before time for him to go out. Getting the collar to stand up was an issue but we used floral wire fed into narrow seam-like pockets to make it pliable. All in all, we are pleased with the outcome. Oh, and he also had a skull mask that he lost somewhere in the neighborhood, running from ghost and ghouls I guess.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

A Good Friends Visit

We were so happy to welcome a good friend that we have not seen or communicated with in 4 years, we call him Master Kim! We met Master Kim 10 years ago when we enrolled our then 5 year old son in his Taekwondo school. Nathan progressed through the many levels of the martial art as we all built a rewarding friendship. Then in 2004 Master Kim had to close his school and move and we also had to move. Somehow our move dates happened on the exact same day in October of 2004, us heading to Georgia and Master Kims family heading to Indiana. We lost touch as phone numbers changed and communication was no longer possible, but then in Master Kim looking through old paperwork from his school found our email address and sent us an email not knowing if that would still be active. We were elated when we received the email and quickly responded! The timing was great as we were moving back to the Midwest and would be closer to our good friend. Well, the weekend of Oct. 25th 2008 was the weekend that we had a visit from Master Kim. We walked to dinner at the nearby Chancery restaurant, which is where this picture was taken. The rest of the weekend was spent catching up and reminiscing! The visit was too short so Nov.1, 2008 Nathan wanted to go to Master Kims new school in Indiana and work out with him again.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Ireland trip

My dream trip to Ireland happend in Feburary 2007 for my husband and mine 20th anniversay. We flew into Dublin airport and traveled down and around THE REPUBLIC OF IRELAND, it took 9 days. We had a great time meeting new people and making great long distance friends. Everywhere we went the people were so nice and it was geniune! We stayed in a different bed and breakfast every night and one night in a castle in Waterford. Take a look at the pictures and you will love Ireland to. This land really calls me to go back and maybe one day I will.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Nathans' First Sewing Project

Recently while my son and I were trying to think of birthday presents for my twin daughter, his sisters, we ran into apparent dead brain. However, after several days of trying to find the perfect gift for 20 year olds, it occurred to me that my favorite gifts were ones that were made. So I shared this with my son , who has been wanting me to teach him to sew, and he thought making something would be fun. Then we were off to wade through thousands of patterns to find that pajama pants would be his choice. I talked him through laying out and cutting the pattern, then placing pieces together and sewing. He caught on very quickly and sometimes moving on before telling him how to do it. Take a look at the pictures to see Nathans' first sewing project.