Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Weekend 'Sleepover'...

It was a bit impromptu last Friday as my parents
decided to go down to SC to get our house ready for selling.
Unfortunately, the house wasn't kept up so well
so it took them a few days to get it all nice and clean

after the renters had left.
So from Friday to yesterday,

we stayed at our close friends' house.

I had a wonderful time! (It was my best friend and all ;)
I enjoyed taking care of my siblings and
spending a lot of time with Stephani and her mom :)
I, being my mother's daughter (lol), took loads of pictures;

but will reluctantly choose only a few to share :)

The childrenreally enjoyed playing outside.
They loved riding their bikes together down the dirt road...

Stephani and I enjoyed relaxing inside.
We had fun chatting and holding guinea pigs...

Saturday was pretty busy.
The children played outside more.
They also had fun playing games inside...

Stephani and I rearranged her room and deep cleaned.
It was quite some work since she has 2 excersise machines in there!
We later sat around and sang a lot...

Sunday was more relaxing...

Also, I got a picture of our orchestra at church!
Since I started playing my violin (sometimes fiddle;),
another lady started playing her flute,

and our pastor's youngest son plays with us sometimes...

We really like having the orchestra, especially since
our church has only about 50 people (including children)!

A small church, yet so many ministry opportunities!
I'm very thankful for our church and being able to serve!
We then went home and took a wonderful, much-needed nap!
Pastor's message in the evening was very powerful.
I plan to post my notes on it sometime soon.

Monday, we had a Memorial Day grill-out.
The pastor and his family came over as well.
I laughed at how funny Mr.C was in his 'head garb'.
I told him that he must have been in Iraq too long!

While he grilled, we were preparing the other food...

I must admit, after weeding the garden and getting prepared,
my friend and I had to rest for a little while.
But, we didn't wake up until after pastor arrived!
It was kind of funny/embarassing, since we were on the couch!
We all had a good laugh, though!

After supper, the children all played kickball.
I came out to read and take pictures...

Tuesday was even more relaxing.
Stephani and I took a 2 hour nap!

Carolynne had fun dressing up...

It was good to have my parents home again.
They arrived in the evening and we all grilled out for supper.

It was a great few days.
I particularly enjoyed having

my quiet time early in the morning!
I liked being able to sit outside on their
porch swing and listen to the birds while doing it.

Well, I hope you all enjoyed your weekend.

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Finished school, picking strawberries, dress details, & my first bloom!

Busy, busy, busy!
That's why I haven't been very consistent with posting.
But now that I'm finished with 11th grade (!!!!),
the busyness should die down some.
(Although I do hope to start 12th in a month or so!)

Earlier this week, we went strawberry picking.
The weather was beautiful and we had a great time...

My friend and I

Beth and Carolynne



Afterwards we went to our friends' house to jam it.
Well, actually just the moms jammed.
My friend and I were exhausted and decided to rest
and then we sang a while later.
The jam turned out really good...

I was also very excited this week to have my first blossom.
I've never been able to grow things before,
but back in November I decided to try my hand at day lilies
(at least I'm pretty sure they're day lilies).
I've been taking care of them every day since,
and on Wednesday I saw my first bloom!
I was so happy the Lord blessed me with my 1st flower!

It was so pretty and smelled good too!
I'm glad to say that today I found 2 more
and lots more are about to bloom!

Recently, I was asked in a comment
about what dress pattern I use.
I make most of my dresses the same,
using the 'Women's square neck dress'
from Common Sense patterns. It's pattern 416E.
I adjust the neckline and the sleeves to my liking.
Also, I do not use the skirt pattern it gives.
I like my skirts really full! (Mine have a 12 foot hem!)
So I use the 6 panel medieval skirt pattern from NEWLOOK.
It's pattern 6614.
I slightly adjust the top of the skirt to make it wider
for more gathering to my bodice
and I also add on 4 inches in length.
Here's another sample of the dress.
My friend and I just recently made ourselves matching ones...

Well, I hope you all have a great weekend!
I plan to post again soon!

"Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation:
the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak."
Matthew 26:41

Kindred Spirits In 2008

Best Friends In 2008
Originally uploaded by hskubes_gal

Here I am 15 and Stephani is 12.
We were sitting on an antique bike in my backyard
wearing our matching blue dresses.
(Click to see a larger view!)


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