Friday, September 30, 2011

Cub Scout Fun

Brandon was so excited when he started cub scouts. He had a few problems with participating in all of the activites, well the ones that involve being in a group. I understand his reserves and his dislike for it, but we made it VERY clear from the beginning that if he was going to be in scouts he had to participate in EVERYTHING. Even though he may not like all of it, he still had to do it.

I am proud to say he has improved so much! I am very proud of him and all of his hard work!
 One thing that he HATES to do and has a hard time with is skits and performing in front of people.
 His Den Mothers are so wonderful and understand his reserves so for their skit that they did, he got to take his scooter, and be the "Scooter Boy". He did so great!
 Even when he had bumped into people and things he handled it well. He normally would have gotten really upset because he didn't do it right. But he just went along with it.
Here is his little Den Pack...a good set of boys!
 Brandon received two belt loops, one for archery and bee bee gun shooting. He was asked if he wanted to say anything, and he said "Ummm no". So cute!
Grandma Walker was able to come watch and support Brandon. We are VERY lucky to have family members so close to come to these events like this.
They then got to play a game with a new Den (they are combining two Dens). Brandon did very well working with basically complete stranger. They had a game with cooperation and with helpful inputs from me and Grandma he got it down.

We are working hard with his scouting and hopefully by January we will have it all done! I also want to really try and get Brandon to do as many extras that he can. I think once he realizes how fun scouting can be, he will LOVE it all and want to do it on his own.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Halloween Giveaway!!!

Okay I am going to admit it.....I am a follower junkie! I get so excited when I see someone else is following makes my day. I know, I am pathetic, but hey, let's be honest. It has taken awhile, almost 2 years to get to 200 followers but I will take it! 

To celebrate this little monumental milestone for me, I have decided to do a little giveaway. I have been going through my fabric, organizing and sorting and whatnot...(okay so I am admiring my stash!!) and I found a perfect giveaway! I will be giving away a charm pack, Haunted Mansion by Sanae to one lucky follower! This is perfect for Halloween and just in time!! 

To enter just leave me a comment and make sure your a follower! Please make sure you have an email attached or it's on your profile, otherwise you will be disqualified. International entries are welcomed!

Giveaway will end on Monday October 3rd at 6pm MST. Good luck everyone!

Friday, September 23, 2011

First Field Trip

Kimball had his first official field trip the second week of school. We accompanied me MANY times over the years for Brandon and Nathans field trips, so this was his official first field trip!
 We went to a local pet shop. It was fun to look around, Kimball loved the fishes! (Just like his Daddy). The lizard he is looking at was so silly, he kept trying to get out and standing up. Then for HIPPA reasons I can't show the kid's faces in Kimball's class....something about privacy or something!
 Then afterwards we did a few errands and then stopped by Menchie's. It is a new frozen yogurt place by our house. It is self served and let me just say...AWESOME! You get to make your own, so you choose how much you want and what you want to add! Mine is the top right while Kimball's is the bottom left...they were so good even Kimball's dinosaur wanted to eat some!
 He is getting so big so fast! We also got these cool spoons. They are a hard plastic so you can use them again and again!
They had a chalk board on a wall so Kimball took time to play. He did a lot of scribbiling until I drew my awesome dinosaur (top right). He then made a T-Rex..all of the squiggles coming out is the meat that he is eating....that's what he said anyway.

I completely recommend Menchie's to anyone...find out if they have one in your area! Reasonably priced, lots of flavors and good!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

What I do....

What do I do now that my kids are gone all day??

Besides taking a nap, exercising, checking blogs and email, playing facebook games....I do a lot of these sort of things....
My goal is to get my house clean keep it that way. So far I have been so-so....but I do have to admit that the house hasn't stayed this clean for a long time....if ever!

Then once I do chores around the house, I get to spend a lot of time quilting....I think I might actually be able to finish all my WIPs before the end of the year!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011


I have the best helper in the world!
I had to sort some triangles that I needed sorted, and they were all bunched up in a tub, I needed to lay them out so I could iron them and then sort.

He was so sweet and when I asked, didn't want to but did it for me. He is such a good helper! He also supports me in my quilting and crafts so much! He has LOVED everything that I have kind of man!

Monday, September 19, 2011

My Baby....

My Baby is growing up!! After many times of asking, he won't let me put a rock on his head to stop him fact none of my boys will let me!!

 Kimball started at Giant Steps Autism Preschool this year. Both Brandon and Nathan attended. It is a full day program 4 days a week. Needless to say....I need a dog!

Kimball was so excited! He started 2 weeks after his brothers which made it harder for him! He helped picked out his new school cloths (of course Thomas is there) and wanted to take his brother's old backpack.
 He will be 4 years old next month, but it just seems like these last 4 years FLEW by! He was such a brave and good boy...
Here he is getting to school....he checks in....puts his card with his name and job chart....hangs up his backpack....and then goes and plays until it's time to start the day.

He already loves his teacher Janeen (Brandon had her too). He also gets to ride the bus to and from school which according to him is the highlight of his day.

The second and third day of school didn't go as well. The second day I had to literally peel him off me and leave him screaming! Now that was HARD! It's so weird to have a kid that is clinging, Brandon and Nathan would run away from me, not stay by him. That day I cried, I hadn't cried at all until then. I left him and went to Trav's work and hung out with him for a bit...everyone thought it was cool that I wanted to be with Trav at work, but he was my support.

Kimball is doing SO much better now and is excelling really well in school now. Although he says he doesn't have any friends, but insists that he doesn't want any. Okay....note taken.

Sunday, September 18, 2011


I have a hard enough time keeping my house clean (okay liveable) so I am a mean Mom and don't let my kids play and do certain things....

1. No playdough
2. No silly putty
3. No paint (I have slacked in this area a little)
4. I don't let them make sugar cookies
5. Decorate Easter eggs

Get the idea? I mostly HATE cleaning up after them once they do it. We have done some of these things at other people's home, but a place where I don't have to clean up! See I am a mean/lazy Mom!

The other day, I made a mess....and I must say that I had a great time making it!

This is the ONLY mess that I enjoy!

( Notice the M&M's and Diet Coke? A common diet for me these days....chocolate and pop)

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Birthday Boy

This month Trav turned the big 35 years old! It seems so old to me, being only 27 (okay I will turn 28 in 2 1/2 months, but still). We did a VERY low key birthday. Trav just wanted to stay home and wanted Papa Murphy's pizza. I ordered two stuffed ones, and it lasted us for 4 different meals!
 I love my MAN!! For his birthday, Nathan wrapped tons of different things around the house! It was so cute! Then we went to the store and got him a few gifts, a Large glass mug, a Raiders lanyard, contanier of candy corn and pumpkins and lighters. Nathan insteaded on getting him something scary because, Daddy loves scary he got him lighters! Was a silly kid! He also is getting a new computer game that is coming out in November, we pre-ordered it. I can't remember what it's called and he has told me SO MANY TIMES! Oh well.

Kimball isn't in the pictures because he had fallen asleep, he had had a long night before and got up early.
Please ignore the dirty counter
He got a store bought cake from Smith's (Kroger), it turned out to be really good! It was super moist! The next day I made him some spiced cupcakes and brownie cupcakes (turned out weird, but everyone loved them). We took them to his Mom's for his birthday celebration with his family.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Springville Quilt Show

A few weeks ago I was able to attend the Springville, UT Quilt show. I was going to enter a quilt of mine, but I didn't make it in time! Darn it! Next year.

There were tons of beautiful quilts, but not many that were my taste....but here are some that I thought deserved mentioning....
 This was a small beautiful quilt, although my camera didn't do a great job, in fact all my pictures are VERY lacking, but money to buy a better camera...but I am VERY tempted to save for a new one!

I love this, each block was about 2"! She used scraps from friends from all over. She also hand quilted, very pretty!
 I noticed a very popular theme, quilt art. Also stitching art. These were so pretty! I loved them and I think one of these will be in my future! I want to try one, just once. If you can do a close up on it, do it, you will see all the different fabric! The one of the temple, each tree had about 10+ pieces of fabric on it.
 I really liked this yin-yang look of this quilt. I also liked the colors. I think it would be awesome to make a more prominent pink and brown one. Does anyone know what this block is??
 Loved this quilt, it was probably a queen size with all of these different blocks, all scrap. I loved the cool colors! Right up my isle! Although how would one make this? Just make different size Dresden blocks? The middle is a yo-yo. Does anyone know what this block is??
 These are some cute one...the top left was made to put in her children's room. So cute! I think it would be awesome to do a quilt along and do each different block! Then the cats for my aunt who just loves them! Then the top right, I have a goal to make one of these one of these days, definitely need to get better first. Then the bottom right is from V&Co! Love the different pink in it!
 The top left was made in a quilt guild, each took a letter of the alphabet and made something featuring it, and had to use 3 different types of stitching, IE applique, patchwork and something else. I really liked this one. The then the bottom left, it was a large quilt, but this one block was all.LOVED it! I definitely want to make one some day. So pretty to just feature some colors. The top right used just two different leave pedals, it is so pretty! The the bottom right, thought it was an AWESOME modern quilt, and a GREAT idea to do in a modern quilt guild meeting.
Then every year there is Halloween quilts. These were the two different ones. I love the different blocks and jut the variety that it shows! Awesome quilts!

Next year I definitely want to enter at least one of my quilts, if not two....any suggestions???

Down to Business....

Wow I have neglected my blog for too long!! Sorry down to business....

1. Ronny the Robot Winner:
Out of 18 people who entered, we have a winner....

Congratulations Caroline!!

Caroline said...
Okay, I'll be honest: I don't pay much attention to who writes the patterns for the quilts, and I was AMAZED to see that all of the quilts that I've bookmarked as "To-make someday" are yours. But I have to say this little robot one is quite cute. We love robots in this house (I was the finalist in the last Moda Bake Shop contest with the Robot Toothfairy pillow) so I know that this quilt will be on my SON'S "Mommy's needs to make for me" list. :)

I will be emailing you to get your address to send it to you!

Overall the favorite quilt from Moda (that I made) is #1 Robot Love, #2 American Pinwheel and #3 Hidden Stars.

I wonder if people think my quilts are too hard, what do you all think?

2. Do to lack of interest there will be NO NFL square swap. WAHHHHHH!!! I was really excited to do this but only one person signed up! Oh well...if anyone gets interested in the future let me know!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

My little scout...

 ***If you are looking for the NFL Square Swap, Click here***

This summer I (with Nathan and Kimball) got to go with our ward's cub scouts to a cultural museum at BYU.
 Brandon was SUPER hyper in this small museum with about 50+ other cub scouts and parents....
 sometimes his fellow scouts have little patience with him, but for the most part they like him.
 We tried looking at all of the different facts about our state and the American Indians that were in Utah....but they just didn't hold their attention....
 So we spent a lot of time making crafts....
 Then we got to make hieroglyphics...Brandon made a REALLY cute saying....he was rather creative....(I couldn't find where I put it....somewhere around here...)
 In this picture...he looks like me...instead of just Travis...
 We then had an area were we could try to build a hut like the American Indians did (I forget who they were, thankfully I'm not a history teacher!)
 Nathan just made a teepee....
 Kimball and his friend just liked to dig...
After the museum we went to a duck pond over at was all fun and games until the boys started throwing rocks at the turtles!! We put a stop to that right away....

For this activity Brandon earned a lot of different achievement awards and earned a badge too!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Robot Love on the Moda Bake Shop

Yeah another one is finished! Robot Love! The tutorial for this can be found on the Moda Bake Shop.
 I am just in love with this quilt! I have had this design in my head for it since FEBRUARY! And it has taken me well over 6 months to get it finished!
 I did make this one for Brandon, and he LOVES it. Although at first he told me he wanted a dinosaur quilt instead of a robot quilt, but once I told him that was fine I could find another boy who like robots, he said he wanted the robot quilt!
 For the quilting I did pebble stitching around the raw edge robot on the front, so on the back you would get this awesome outline, and then for the sashing I did just a 1/4" line.
 I am so happy this quilt is done and am VERY happy with it!
 When I was stewing on the idea in my head, I found this Robot guy pattern at Material Girls. I had to buy him!
I decided that I would have a giveaway for this little pattern, since this is my 7th Moda Bake Shop quilt!
This pattern makes this cute little guy, Randy the Robot, which goes GREAT with this quilt! He measures little over 20" tall.

Giveaway details: 
So if you want to win him, here is what you can do...

1. Leave a comment telling me what is your favorite of my Moda Bake Shop Quilts.
2. Giveaway ends Saturday September 10th at 10pm MST.

Easy isn't it? I you do like my blog, I would love to have more followers! I love to see that people like my different quilts and my babbling! Lets face it, I like being popular!
Moda Bake Shop Quilts:
 1. All Stars
 2. Field of Tulips
 3. American Pinwheel
 4. Framed
 4. Bird Love
 6. Hidden Stars
7. Robot Love ( I know I have such amazing quilt names! LOL)

Thanks for stopping by!