Thursday, March 11, 2010

Buggy Barn Quilt Class

Saturday I went to a Buggy Barn quilt class with my mother-in-law.  It was so much fun.  Each person picked their favorite Buggy Barn pattern and brought their sewing machine, fabric and supplies.  I, of course, chose the 3 Stars pattern I posted about here. 

These are the fabrics I am using:  all purples.  I had a lot of fun lining them up and seeing which ones look best together.

Buggy Barn patterns are so cool.  You just stack all of your fat quarters, trace the pattern on freezer paper and iron it on the top of the stack.

Then you cut it all apart.  (Look at that cool triangle quilt on the wall behind me.)

When you have all of the cuts made, take the top piece of each part of the star put it under the stack.  That makes a two colored block.

Now you just sew it back together, easy as pie.  One of the cool things about these patterns is the fact that you square up the block as you are sewing so nothing needs to be perfect.  I love that.

Here are all of the large star blocks.  I still have to trim most of them.  I think they look so great! 

My mother-in-law chose the maple leaf pattern.  It had 25 pieces!  I love her fabric.

Here she is with her completed block.  She did such a great job.

I still have a lot to do but did I mention it is so much fun?  I will keep you posted on my progress. 

Just call me Starr.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Monster Garage

We are a nickname giving family and Monster Garage is K5's nickname.  

Can you guess what happened 1.13 seconds after this picture was taken?  K5 morphed into Monster Garage.  Look closely at his brow which is starting to furrow.  Don't let the little smile fool you.

So anyway, he doesn't want to be potty trained.  Whenever anyone asked about it he would say that he was going to use the potty when he turned 7.  (That's right, 4 years from now.)  After hearing that for a couple months, I came up with a foolproof plan:

Monster Garage turned 7 last friday.  I made him a yellow cake with yellow frosting and yellow sprinkles.  (No pun intended!)  

He got to color his potty chart, open presents, and be the center of attention all night.  He even used the potty once.  Once was just enough to get my hopes up that this grand charade was going to work.

It didn't. 

Today I waved the white flag and surrendered.  He is back in a pull-up and couldn't be happier.  He got a fun party and a cute little duckie...

and I got a great lesson that cost a lot less than college tuition and is more applicable to real life than some of the classes I took.  Now if I can just finish my application for "Mother of the Year", I'll be set.

Just call me Starr.   

Monday, March 8, 2010

Water slide!!!

On the way home from Big Sky, we stayed at a motel with an indoor water slide.  The K-boys thought they were living the sweet life.

I think they do live the sweet life.

Just call me Starr.

More Big Sky

I thought I had better post some more pictures from our Big Sky trip since I took so many and I never scrapbook anymore. 

This is a great one of grandpa and K5.  They sat in the beautiful sunshine and ate red licorice together while I was on the Magic Carpet with K4.  I am sure grandpa learned a lot of interesting things, lol.

 After a long, fun day of snowboarding, K4 fell asleep with his helmet and goggles on under the bar stools.  It made me so happy that he had so much fun that he wanted to wear his snowboarding gear in the condo.  It was so cute!

I am not sure what to write about this picture other than yes, I do have my hands full.  How did I get so lucky?

Grandma brought cards to play hand and foot.

  I found this cool picture of K2 sliding a pipe.  He is awesome.  I don't dare try that stuff.  I have gone on the box in the mini-park but I guess I have seen too many out takes in ski movies to think that they look fun.

I am not a complete scardy cat.  My favorite place to board is in the natural half pipe even though the tight turns at the bottom make my heart race a little bit.

Just call me Starr.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Snowboarding at Big Sky

We just got back from a week of snow boarding in Big Sky, Montana.  It was pretty fun.  The K-Boys did great.

K1 showing them how to do it.

K2 loves hitting jumps and riding pipes and boxes and going through the trees.

K3 hucked himself off of the jumps over and over and over and over and over and over...

Even K4 hit the jump.

K5 needs reins.

Mr. K doing a 360 out of the natural half pipe. 

Me and my little bro.

So between doing laundry so we had clean clothes to pack, making sure everyone had boots, gloves, goggles, snow pants and helmets that fit them, packing everything up in bags, (with a hurt shoulder I might add) packing a dinner to eat on the road, snowboarding all week, and then unloading, unpacking everything and doing laundry, I haven't gotten anything done on my Finish the House List.  That might be the longest sentence I have ever written but it is a good excuse for no progress, right?

Just call me Starr.