Sunday, 20 July 2008

Still Sane????

DH and I have survived our week of babysitting our two grandsons - Jackson who is 3 1/2 and Hunter who is 22 months. It was a very busy week for us. The boys are a great joy but also a source of great busyness. I know now why we have our children when we are young. The two boys and their parents have now returned to our home with us where the 6 of us will spend a week. They are all looking forward to playing in the lake and on the sand beach.
Jackson is always delighted when we pay an extended visit and is known to climb into bed with us early morning and go right back to sleep. We just love his slow wake ups and giant hugs.
Hunter has finally clicked in to who we are. Because we are gone for the winter it has taken him a little longer to figure it out. He can now say Gamma and Poppa - I think he is trying to wear it out. He is talking a blue streak and is quite clever. This morning, I told him he was a cute boy and his answer - I no cute boy, I Hunter. Cracked me right up.
You have seen photos of the other two grandchildren so this time we feature Hunter getting his second haircut. Please excuse the runny nose - he has a summer cold. I mentioned that I had finished a lovely bookmark that Clare from Fair and Square had sent me. Here it is:
I reached the halfway point with PS Autumn Leaves - the frogs have obviously moved on to someone's else's house as I was able to accomplish quite a bit. Again, blogger has rotated this photo for it's own reasons. I'm beginning to think it wouldn't be my regular post without at least one sideways photo.
I evened pulled Noddy and Friends from the bottom of my bag and now you can see Noddy's yellow car taking shape. It is colorful and a quick stitch on 14 count aida so I get a lot done when I pull it out.
And my last piece of stitching - the 3rd part of Lady Periphaeria's Mystery Sampler. I had lots of trouble getting this one going again. Even after all mine and Dani's careful counting - it was still off. After three starts, you can see my meager progress. Ah well, onwards and upwards.

Well, that's all the stitching for this week. I did take the opportunity while at my son's and use his wireless to visit all over the stitching blogs. It was such a treat to view everyone's wonderful stitching and catch up on everyone's news. There seems to be a lot of pregnancies popping up all over. Wow, congrats everyone. After this past week, I am indeed glad it is you and not me.
And one final thank you to Dani for joining me for a little shopping and dinner one evening. She and I frequented my favorite restaurant anywhere "The Lone Star Cafe" in Ottawa. They make the BEST fajitas. Their shells are made fresh on site. I can still taste those fajitas and smell the mesquite. It was nice to have an adult conversation and to have a break from the children and grandchildren.
Till next week, take care everyone.


Ranae said...

Great time visiting the grandkids.
Hunter is a cutie and I love that name.
The lighthouse bookmark is an awesome finish, love lighthouses too.
Who is the designer for Noddy? I never seen that one before.
I haven't even started the Mystery Sampler yet :( , It's looking great.
Dani sure sounds like she is a fabulous friend.
Happy Stitchiing!!

tkdchick said...

All of your projects are looking great Kathy! It was wonderful to see you and its going to be too long before I get to see you again!

Barbara said...

Wow, you got some great stitching done even with a houseful of chaotic critters. ;)

Rowyn said...

Hunter is gorgeous, and sounds like a character!

You have lots of lovely stitching on the go there.

Mmmm fajitas, I love 'em!

Wendy said...

It sounds like such a nice visit...that is continuing! Have a wonderful time spoiling those grandchildren!

Sonda in OR said...

That lighthouse bookmark is great! Your grandson is a cutie. Have a good week with your family.

Vonna said...

Awww...lookie at that cutie ;) What a darling! And your bookmark rec'd is just gorgeous!
I love your PS WIP too...when are the new PS's coming out...seems they are late this year?
Goodness all around Kathy! Now you know howcome I'm always tired! LOL!

Beatrice said...

I missed you this week. The summer is passing us by.
Your stitching is all lovely and I'm glad the 'frogs' left home!
Enjoy the visit with the kids.
See you Thursday I hope!

Suzanne said...

What a lovely week to have spent it with your grandsons.

All your WIPs are looking really good. My problem with counting must have moved on to you. I had that the previous week and no matter how many times I counted, I just couldn't get it right.

Sharon said...

Busy but fun! Your projects look fab!

Michele said...

what a fun time you must have had! I can't imagine anything nicer than having a grandchild climb into bed with me :) someday! lol

Love the bookmark!

Cheryl said...

Hunter is a cutie! Have fun with your family.
Lots of lovely stitching pictures :)

Cheryl said...

By the way...i remember posting a thank-you on my blog but i never said a personal thank-you for sending me those PS charts. I love those santas and it was really kind of you to think of me and send them to me. Much appreciated :) I was so sick around that time i was barely on the computer

Lynn said...

Having just had a visit with my grandchildren I know exactly where you're coming from. They are exhausting! Love them though.
I think your frogs may have taken up residence here. I've had a lot of trouble on one of my new starts. I'm hoping to leave them behind when I head to the cottage.
All your WIP look great. Talk to you when I get back.

Stitchingranny said...

Oh make the most of those hugs Kathy. Oz is 6 now and I feel this is going to be our last summer of huggers as they are getting less and less frequent.

I downloaded the Lady P for the first couple of months and then had to admit that I didnt have enough time now so let it go but it is really pretty and so different.

tkdchick said...

Kathy I've given you an award, see my blog.

Oh yeah... any word on if you found out if you can join me at that retreat????

Nicola said...

Great bookmark finish. The WIP's are looking good, really love the Noddy one.

tintocktap said...

Wow - two grandchildren around and you still keep up with your stitching! LOL Well done, your proects look great! And I love the lighthouse bookmark.

Carolien said...

I love that: 'Gamma and Poppa' ...
Your finished lighthouse looks great!

Hugs, Carolien