Thursday, July 28, 2011

Alive and Kicking

Every year I think that I can get so much done in the school events....more time....but every summer I end up getting way behind in everything! When will I ever learn my lesson??

I am alive and kicking still though, even though it's been almost 2 weeks since I have posted anything. I have been quite busy though.

1) I got all of the i spy packages out for the swap. It took a little bit longer than I would have liked but due to the  Postal Strike in Canada I am still waiting on two packages....we will see what happens there.

2) I am in Colorado (I live in Utah) visiting my Mom and Sister for 2 weeks +. I like coming here, it seems a little easier with the boys (I don't have to watch them like a hawk) and I get to have more "adult" time. With Trav working so hard and so much, its easier for him (only 1 person to care for) and me to come here.

3) The boys are in swim lessons for the very first time! (I know I am a slacker!) We have them until the 4th, and so far things are going good (pictures below)

4) I got a quilting job! I am quilting 2 quilts for a lady I have known since I was a little girl. She has some antique (2 generations) tops she would like to to finish for her, so she can give it to her children for Christmas. She has 2 more after these, but we are waiting on those for now. I am not charging very much...mostly because she has been a long time (good) friend and because I didn't know how much to charge. I did think about the $.01 per inch, but it seemed really high. So I said $50 for each. What would you have charged? (Anyone) They are roughly 78"x90"  each

5) I am also working on a wedding quilt for my cousin. She is getting married later this month. I am starting from scratch!! Only have 7 blocks done (sorry no pics) and have about 50 more to go! My mom asked me to make this for her, and of course I can't say no!!

6) I am also trying desperately to finish a Moda Bake Shop tutorial! I started it about 2 weeks ago, and have it all pinned, but I need to quilt it, bind it, take pictures of it, and then write up the tutorial!! GRRRR

7) My mom also has several quilts she would like me to finish for her if I have time. One is ready to be pinned and quilted - and then I think 2 others need to be finished pieced and then quilted. What I do for my Mom...she OWES me big time!

8) I also brought a quilt that I need to finish binding. It's been done for some time- I just need to finish it. I brought it with me so that my sister could take some awesome pictures with her AWESOME camera. Oh I wish I had hers.

9) I then brought my work horse of a sewing machine. It's timing was off and so it's getting repaired now. So some good news thus far!!

See everything that I need/want to get done??? They all will get done but who knows when. Then add upon that- 1) Nathan's birthday on Sunday 2) a garage sale we are having tomorrow and Saturday 3)helping my Mom get her house organized and put together.

Now for some pictures:

Swim Lessons
 Brandon has done AWESOME! Although he has never been afraid of the water and is willing to try anything. His teachers seem to be doing okay with him too. He does have moments where he has problems focusing, but overall- he is doing great!

 The first day Kimball tried to join in the lessons but we didn't sign him up. So I found the director person and asked if they had room for him in their level 1 class. Luckily they did and we were able to put him in. He has been doing awesome! He is much like Brandon in this, not afraid of the water and does whatever is asked of him. The only thing he doesn't like is being cold! They are in the shade most of the time and when he is out of the water- he shivers! But overall he is doing wonderfully!

 Nathan has been having a hard time with swim lessons. He IS very afraid of the water and would much rather stick to the side, never put his head under the water and have a floaty at all times! I have been challenging him to push himself and do everything they ask of him. Every day he gets a little better but I am hoping by the end he will be more comfortable with the water. I have told his teachers to be more firm with him- but they are young and afraid of being too "mean". Oh well we will get there in the end.

 Yesterday they got to jump of the diving board for the first time. Brandon jumped 3 different times! Just got up there and did it! I was so proud of him!
 Nathan on the other hand....I told him I would buy him a toy if he jumped off (positive reinforcement). He did good until he got to the end of the board and then didn't want to jump....
a nice parent got on to help him the time I got over there I told her to just throw him in and she did just that! Nathan's teacher caught him and he was only underwater once and for only a second. I am hoping today (or by the end of next week) he can jump off the diving board by himself with no help!

That's a little of what's going on with me and my family....only more fun to come!


Pumpkin Country said...

glad to 'see' you again :)
my dd is 8 and is deathly afraid of water. we've tried swim lessons once in the past. we thought we'd wait. i think that was a mistake. she is signed up again in august. wish us luck. mainly she is afraid of water up her nose, and her face getting wet. and she is NOT my kid with autism lol. Joe, my one with autism is 10 and is taking lessons with her too.

~Niki~ said...

ooops, pumpkin country was my old blog. it's really ME, here now LOL. butternut street.

martilindsey said... sound busy!

As part of their lessons (or on your own) insist that they teach your kids how to climb out of the pool at the different areas of the pool.

Marti in San DIego