Saturday, October 30, 2010

Dear Grandma . . .

A picture's worth a thousand words - and the tears of joy you will shed when you see this picture!


Your amazing and adorable grandchildren

P.S.  You're welcome :)

P.S.2  I have many more to share :)  :)

P.S.3  Click on the picture to bring up the full size image - then copy and save to your computer - well, if you want a copy that is :)  :)  :)

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Are You Ready For Some Football?

Ryder's having a stellar year playing football.  It's amazing how much he is learning.  He started out the season as the new kid on the team, so they just used him to fill in on both offense and defense, but he has shown great improvement and is now a starting running back.  I just love this picture.  When Ryder first saw it his comment was, "Mom, Chase (red #77) is holding."  Love that he understands the game.

Here he is again.

He can also block bigger kids.

And recover fumbles.

And of course do the fun stuff like have everyone cheer for you as you burst through a banner! (Yes, they do have their own Pirate Cheer Squad!)

Life on the football field is good!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Not For the Squeamish!

Wow, have we had a time of it lately.  Normally we are super healthy and see our physicians only for immunizations and well visits.  Unfortunately, both Melanie and Ryder have had to make trips to the doctor in the last few weeks.

First, Ryder broke his finger at football practice.  Now, I know you may be thinking, "that's what happens when 2nd graders play tackle football," but it happened when another kid tackled him when he wasn't looking - goofing off.  Ryder doesn't usually cry much, and he didn't this time, but I knew when he didn't want to go right back in that something was up.  He sat out with it on ice for a while and then tried to play during his very favorite tackling drill at the end of practice, but he couldn't do it.  It just didn't seem to be improving, so I took him in to have it x-rayed that night.

Sure enough his right pinky finger was broken.  They put him in a splint and scheduled him with an orthopedist to have it evaluated further.  Fortunately a splint and no football for 2 weeks was all he ended up needing.

OK, now for the gross part.  Seriously, if you can't handle gross, don't look at these next pictures.

Melanie tells me she had a hang nail that she pulled off, but when she pulled it off she also pulled a big chunk of skin out from under her toenail.  Well, it swelled up like this.  We tried to treat it at home, but nothing worked, and she could hardly walk and certainly couldn't play volleyball.  So I took her in, and they numbed her toe up and removed a portion of her toenail. and gave her some antibiotics.

I took this picture while the doc was off looking for a silver nitrate stick to stop the bleeding.  When he was done he wrapped her toe up in this enormous bandage.

Do you think it's big enough?  Melanie wanted to go back to school that day, just to show off her ouchie.

I am so crossing my fingers that we are done with doctors for a very, very, very long time!

Monday, October 11, 2010

Goody Bags

Every year I get at least one chance to make the goody bag for Nicole's volleyball team.  Basically it just means we're providing snacks for the girls to eat before their match, so they'll have lots of energy and WIN!

Last year I got to do the bags for their game on Homecoming Day, so I made these bags with little mini mums attached.

That was fun.  So this year I decided to make a fabric gift bag to put all their stuff in.  Here are the bags all sewed up and lined up.  I just love the volleyball ribbon I found for the handles!

Here's a peek at what was inside.  I'm pretty sure no one went hungry!  By the way, those Butterfinger Snackerz are delicious :)

What's inside
The girls must have had plenty of energy, because they beat their opponent easily.

Now the rest of this is just a tutorial to follow if you want to make a fabric gift bag.

How to Make a Fabric Gift/Goody Bag

You'll need:

1/3 yd. of 44" fabric per bag
12" x 22" piece of coordinating felt per bag
2 feet of ribbon for handle
2 feet of ribbon for ties
pinking shears for cutting top edge
coordinating thread
sewing machine

1/2" seam allowance is used for all seams

1.  First cut your fabric and felt rectangles.  I cut my 44" wide fabric into 12" strips with my rotary cutter, then cut them in half to make my 12" x 22" rectangles.  For my bags I used one black, one print, and one felt rectangle for a coordinating effect.

2.  Next I made a "fabric sandwich" layering fabric, felt, fabric together.  The felt should be against the wrong side of the fabrics so that the outside of the sandwich is the outside of your fabrics.

3.  Then with the layers pinned together I measured and cut the sandwich in half to make one front and one back piece.

4.  I flipped one piece over so that the finished bag would have a different fabric on the front and on the back.

5.  Cut the top edge of each piece with pinking shears, and pin handles and ties in place.  I just laid a yard stick on each piece and placed a handle at 4" and 8" with the tie pinned at 6".

6.  Stitch across the top of each piece to lock handle and ties in place.

7.  Pin and sew front and back pieces right sides together along 3 edges (2 sides and base).

8.  To create the bag base open bottom seam out flat to create a diamond shape as shown.  Draw a line where the triangle is 2.5" across.  Pin and sew across line.

9.  It should look like this.

10.  Turn right side out and there you have it!  Fill with your choice of goodies or gifts :)

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