I have to brag on my kids. I’m so very blessed. They’re just such incredible young men. They give their best at everything they do, they’re passionate about their beliefs, they’re funny and intelligent, strong, kind, courageous, bold…in short, they’re everything I prayed for when I was carrying them.
Last night, we had a party for Rachel’s birthday/graduation. I kind of played “least in sight,” because I didn’t want to put a damper on the festivities by having a parent around. I made sure there was food and lots of soda, but for the rest…the kids just entertained themselves. I finally had to crash at 1 a.m., but there was still a houseful here, so I asked Jon to be sure anything perishable was put back in the fridge. I figured I’d get up this morning to clean, but – nope. The house was immaculate. Everything – EVERYTHING – had been put away, the table had been shrunk back to normal size, the trash was thrown out…I was amazed. The house looked better than it did before the party. And, I know you’re asking: With a houseful of kids, was it hard to get to sleep? You know….from about 3 p.m. until after 1, there were people here, and mostly – I didn’t even hear them. They talked, they swam, they even sang a little (ok, except for the older person leading the song, it was really goofy singing, but still – it was singing. Kind of.). They were so polite and thoughtful. (Not bad for mostly guys, huh??)
And then there’s Wesley. Wes has only been working at his current job for a few months, and he’s already been approached about “moving up.” There was a note on the table this morning that he had been called in to work today (one of his few days off. I think in two weeks, he’s had one day off). Of course, he went in – cheerfully, I’m sure. He always does his best, and has even gone to work a few days when he didn’t feel 100%, but he didn’t want to call in sick so soon after starting a new job. I’ve been there a few times when he’s been working, and he always looks so nice – shirt tucked in, clean, neat, always polite – even when people are grumpy and mean.
I’m very blessed. Even on their bad days, my boys are incredible. Not that there are many bad days. Wesley complained last week that he’s never allowed to be in a bad mood; we always want to “happy him up.” I think it’s because he is so rarely in a bad mood that it’s just weird when he is. It’s one of those, “Oh, my gosh – what’s happened to Wesley??” moments.
I was joking with Mike yesterday. As a realtor, he sometimes has to have locks changed on houses when he lists them. He’s pretty good at “breaking in,” so we can save some locksmith charges if he can get in without calling a professional. Yesterday, we told the kids we had to go break into a house, but we’d be back. My parents were also here; Mom had just finished her Bible study at the jail – so we were joking, “Jon’s parents are breaking into houses, his grandmother spent the afternoon in jail…how did he and Wesley turn out so great?” Only by the grace of God, I know.
This was supposed to be a Thanksgiving card, but I have lots of family members with fall birthdays, so I switched the sentiment.
Stamp sets: Gently Falling*, Teeny Tiny Wishes (please tell me again WHY I wanted so long to get this set…); Ink: Cajun Craze, Tangerine Tango, Old Olive, Certainly Celery, Chocolate Chip, Crumb Cake, More Mustard, So Saffron classic; Chocolate Chip, Cajun Craze, Tangerine Tango, Crumb Cake stampin’ write markers; Paper: More Mustard, Cajun Craze, Naturals Ivory, Old Olive card stock; Spice Cake designer series paper*; Other: Simply Scored*, Spice Cake designer buttons*, doily triple layer punch, 1-1/4″ circle punch, word window punch, Chocolate Chip dotted scallop ribbon, mini glue dots, stampin’ dimensionals, color spritzer tool, sponge (*Holiday Mini Catalog sneak peeks)
This uses a new set from the Holiday Mini catalog, Gently Falling. It’s a “2-step” stamp set and with the clear mount stamps, it’s a snap to line up. I used different colors for the outlines and the solid images, but you can easily stamp the outline in one color ink, then, using the same color, stamp off with the solid image (stamp one time on scrap paper), then stamp on the project without reinking. I filled in empty areas with the color spritzer tool.
For the acorns, I inked the outline image with darker markers (Chocolate Chip, Cajun Craze), stamped on the doily, then used the lighter markers (Crumb Cake, Tangerine Tango) to fill in.
The technique I used was the “grid technique.” It’s sooooo easy with the new Simply Scored tool. I bought extra little markers (guides you snap into the tool to show where to score), and placed them at 1/2″ increments. Then you, well, simply score. Turn the card stock and repeat. No moving the card stock or re-measuring. Just zip, zip, zip with the really nice, padded stylus, and you’re finished. I scored first, then stamped so I’d have the “grout lines” in the images.
Oh – those buttons? They’re 1-1/2″ in diameter, so they’re really, REALLY big! A friend of mine, Jean Fitch, suggested using them to frame photos of pets, family members (yes, she listed pets first; I think her cat edits her posts), first letters of words, things like that. So I grabbed her idea and framed the acorns. The buttons would be great on sewing projects, though, and there is Spice Cake fabric in the mini that coordinates.
That’s it for today. Whew! I must be making up for my short posts from last week. But it’s hard for me to be “short-winded” when talking about my boys. Thanks for stopping by!