Tuesday, November 29, 2011
never eat;-) Our children, kids no more.
I took about 5 photos, a few more than I took last year...just too much to do to remember!
I'm finding some serenity in my new role as a Grandma to be. I can't change the fact that this baby will be born in NY and not here in Chicagoland. I never strayed from home or my family. When we married we lived across the street from my parents...but that is not the reality of Kristen's life. We'll stay close with the technology available to us. I saw her belly bump first on face time, and we are a phone call away. While Kris was here I shared with her a record album called...Relax, Here's Your Baby. (Anyone go to class with Margaret Gamper, back in the day?) I used it when I was pregnant with Kristen. I bought the baby it's first gifts. The book, Grateful, that I featured on my Thanksgiving post and a Charlie Brown Thanksgiving, one of Kris' favorites. Along with it, I gave Kris a tag that says... "Making the decision to have a child is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body." I'll have to be a traveling granny, which is fine with grandpa, as long as he can drive. I still get to be a hands on great-aunt to our little bird and her little sister to be born in January. That's a comfort to me, to be needed by the small ones in our family. I'll have to learn to deal with NY, and hope to be there for Kris when she needs us. Just when I was getting the hang of our new reality (of grown up children), now we have the newest reality, Grandparent hood!
I wanted to tell you how we found out that Kristen was pregnant... We were at the Country Living Fair in Ohio, and it was a Sunday morning. The hotel dining room was filled with travelers like us, having breakfast. My phone rang and it was Kristen...and with no warning she says, I'm pregnant. Well, my reaction was to cry, and cry and cry some more while my husband, after informed that he was to be a grandpa, continued to eat. I had to leave the table and walk outside, where a woman was sitting near the pool. I could not stop crying and this dear woman, thinking I was receiving horrible news came and wrapped her arms around me. It was the sweetest kindest thing. Then my husband came out, (with my breakfast plate, as if...) and held me till I calmed down. I was in SHOCK! When we checked out it seemed everyone knew about the crying lady...including the front desk. We went on to the fair and had the best day, telling everyone that we were going to be grandparents. We could tell everyone because we knew no one, until I saw Carrie, from Hot House Market. My husband drunk with being a Grandpa almost spilled the beans, so Carrie, if you're reading this, that's the big news! We were under orders to keep things quiet for a few months!
November is just a blur, and December will come and go in a blink. I'll be taking time to enjoy it all. Thanks for all your kind words, and congratulations. Enjoy this beautiful day.
Saturday, November 26, 2011
I'm in a "glass case of emotions", to quote Ron Burgundy from Anchorman. Our world will never be the same. "Grandpa" couldn't be calmer or more proud. A baby... I've known for a while, but was asked not to share the news till now. A baby grows in Brooklyn, and I am here. Wonder why I was crafting like a fiend? It's how I work out my anxiety. So much is going on in my head and in my heart. Kristen is feeling better, after a few rough months...she is going to be the best Mom ever, no doubt there. Doug has been so good, and taken such good care of Kris... More soon. Take care my friends!
Monday, November 21, 2011
This Sunday we went to one of our very favorite places, Mequon, Wisconsin. The funny thing was, that though we also went to see our dear old friend Lake Michigan, at our favorite spot along the beautiful coastline, we really went to see our favorite gentlemen farmers, Josh and Brent, The Beekman Boys!
I got an email saying that the "Beekman Boys" would be in Chicago on Saturday and in Mequon on Sunday. We don't really need a reason to go up north on a Sunday drive, but since we missed the "Boys" at the Country Living Fair in September, we especially hoped to be able to go, and have them sign their new cookbook. So go we did...
Friday, November 18, 2011
Thursday, November 17, 2011
here at Cottage Charm and Family Inspiration. Thank you girls!
Feels good to turn something old and dusty new again.
Graphics Fairy. I made an envelope back but kept the salvage edge that was fringed. Now, I have a few vintage buttons to sew on the back.
This concludes this installment of "Procrastinating...Thanksgiving Edition!"
Enjoy this beautiful day!
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
upholstering a footstool, spray painting glass...crocheting, and I still have sewing to do for Guild! The good news is all my Thanksgiving shopping is finished except for the fresh fruits and vegetables. The house is in good order...New bed in guest bedroom, check...master bathroom, foo fooed and functioning, check. Patio cleaned and items storeddddd....well, not everything is done...we still have a weekend, well, a Saturday for that!
faux mercury glass technique I learned on youtube. I said I was spray painting! This is how you do it. Glass vessel, small amount of water in the bottom. Spray silver spray paint onto the surface of the water. Swish the water around so it covers the sides of the glass. Empty the water. While the glass was still wet, I sprayed some paint inside the top edges to cover.
How about those clear glass ornaments...
Did I mention we could have up to thirty people for dinner on Thanksgiving? Oh no, I was too busy crafting;-) More to show you soon! Have a great day!