Monday, January 26, 2009

Visiting with the Triplets, Wool Quilts

I left on a jet plane January 15, bound for Omaha, Nebraska home of my three little bundles of Joy. I wanted to go in December but I am glad I waited with all the bad winter weather, airport delays, it really worked out better all the way around.
I always like things I look forward to, to be in the future instead of the past. I love memories but being in the moment is the best! A week can go by so fast. I shared with my son that I took my shoes off Thursday evening and didn't put them back on until the following Wednesday when I left for the airport. LOL.... Actually, I never left the house.
First, I want you to see the blocks Kindra made, so cutely displayed on their mantle. Thank you Kindra, I love the way they came out.

Here we are getting ready to get off to the airport, my little guys have been very sick the entire week. They have the Rotavirus, I think it is shortened for Roto-Rooter virus personally, the worst diarrhea I can ever remember. And the smell, whooooo....lets not go there...... the nurses say the smell is one way to distinguish it from other reasons for diarrhea, whatever, not for sissy's to be sure!! I am adding here after I posted that I read today that one of the goals of the " Gates Foundation includes improving global health by reducing childhood deaths from rotavirus in half. " After my week with the boys I have a new appreciation for the philanthropic efforts on behalf of the foundation

Jaxon had it the week before I came and Hayden was just getting sick, Ethan came along 4 days later. We were really hoping Ethan would not get sick. But alas, all did get it. I can tell you I was very nervous the last two days there, I was not wanting to have those symptoms for my trip home. Thank Goodness I didn't!!! Here are a couple before the bug pictures that Krista shared, it wasn't a trip where alot of pictures were taken. I'm sure you can appreciate why!
This happy picture is small, sorry, I am no techy, they come as they are!!! But they are all smiles.
They are rolling over from their tummy to their back, and so close to going back to their tummies!
I really like this picture, Hayden is in the middle with Ethan, left and Jaxon, right. They each have their own little personality and Hayden is shorter. Jaxon looks so big!
Jaxon has some important things to share with Ethan. Tummy time together was put on hold for the time I was there. We tried to keep Ethan from getting sick but in the end he got it too!

Jaxon was feeling better and Krista wanted to try some rice cereal, Yeah! I got to be there when this First Time event happened. He didn't mind, but it will take some time getting the tongue trained. LOL......

I just have to share this photo, what are Always Pads in the changing area for, you ask? And the larger overnight extra protection diapers? Well, back to the diarrhea, Ethan, bless his poor little bottom, had diarrhea so bad we couldn't keep anything where we wanted it. Oh! My! Lets just say we were trying!!!! You know the saying "pulling out all stops" Yes it was!!!

But......on to better topics...... Pictures tell a good story......and I wanted the boys to know that they were there when the first African American President was Inaugurated!! So we took pictures of them playing on the floor, and in the seats..... they like the time together, the facts were not important to them, but it will be good for their memory book. Kinda like "You Were There".
Wednesday morning Jaxon was feeling pretty good and Hayden was almost ready to be over the hump, we had a nice play time together......they are getting so fun and interactive. They know when you move away and go to help there brother, hmmmm.... giving that little cry demanding your attention back on them. Yes, they were not feeling great but better for sure!!
Jaxon gives this little expression alot, I have some Grandma studying to do with this little guy to really figure out what he is thinking!! He holds that smile back as long as possible then gives you a little shy smile. Be still my heart,.... if he isn't a charmer!
Oh, I think he is just a little sad to see his Oregon Grandma go for now, well that is what I will tell myself anyway because I sure feel sad leaving!!

But waiting back home for me besides my DH and five tail-wagging Wirehairs! It's Farmhouse Woolens BOM #3. Yes, Sunflowers are one of my favorite flowers, because I can grow them from seeds, they come in all colors and sizes. And it is a wool BOM that makes it even better. I love the wool Karen chose for every part of this block. The seeds in the flower could not be more perfect. It is fast to work up too. This month I used freezer paper for the vase and star, and Steam A Seam 2 for the flowers and leaves. Anne, of Cotton's N Wools is doing a tutorial this month on working with wool. Go over and see, wool is fun to with.

I have been in the straightening up mode in the sewing room. My wool was just to hard to see down in the basket. I took it all out and put my basket on its side and put the wool back in. Now I can see most everything, at least the biggest part. My market basket is full of solids and I organized it by color, shades and hues. I noticed that price tags were on alot of bundles and pieces. Oh My, I think I have invested pretty well, LOL..... but I have spread the wealth around to quite a few shops, so if nothing else I have enough to keep me happy for a bit. That is if I can stand to cut them up when the time comes. But it does feel good to get the cupboards organized.
I do have a project in mind for some of the bundle rolls, and getting them organized has me inspired to get my pattern ready.

I will need twenty fat quarters and that is why I purchased the rolls from the Buggy Barn.

It is this Wool Stars quilt in there book "Gone Crazy". It is just scrumptious and calling my name this very cold winter. Before I get to cutting fabric I have a challenge to keep with my BoM that I have started. I have a couple blocks to complete and then one day in February this will get underway. Until then I can look at my wools and they will be my motivation.

There is so much going on out there in blogland, I have not been able to check up on everyone. We lost our highspeed internet and dial-up doesn't like alot of pictures. We are up an going again so I need to see what Linda is saying about her home being featured in Country Sampler Magazine.
And Kindra's blocks are there in her kitchen window. Oh, and I did see Picket's painted kitchen, man she is one talented gal. My husband gasped when I showed him that, I think he thought I wanted to paint my kitchen. No, just the entryway and Master Bedroom. Teeheee........ This blogging thing is very inspiring!!!
Winter blessings!


Kindra said...

Hi Carrie,

I hope those boys are getting back to their normal selves. I can't imagine having 3 little boys sick at the same time. :( They are so cute and I can see through the photos, their personality.

It's fun to see my handmades in others' homes! I'm glad they like them.

Were you here to experience our spring in January weather? It was quite nice but now it's back to normal. We enjoyed it while it lasted.

Have a great week!

Anne said...

The boys are absolutely adorable. I just want to pinch those little round faces. Glad you made it home without any tummy probs. LOL. Nice wool stash there girly! Yummy colors.

Darlene said...

Welcome home, Carrie! Oh, I'm all to familiar with the Roto-Virus - Big YUCK!

The boys are cutie-patooties - glad you enjoyed time with them.

Carol said...

Carrie I can tell you had a wonderful time...sad that the boys were sick, but how lucky for mom that she had you there to help. I can't believe how big they're getting...and cute as can be.
Love those wool rolls...they are just yummy!

Kim said...

The saying goes that Necessity is the mother of Invention. I think you all did good by those boys, trying anything to keep them clean and comfy! Poor babies. :( Lucky that you were there to help. Poor Gram, lol, been there, this is no fun!

Love the photo of them sharing the Obama's big day, too. Great idea!

The wool filled cabinets and projects you have going and planned are a delight. Nice to see you are well stocked. :D

Carrie P. said...

Hey Carrie,
Glad to have you back. I know you enjoyed those baby boys, diarrhea and all. Your wool is yummy looking and your block is so cute.

yellowfarmhouse said...

Oh my gosh Carrie - those boys are absolutely scrumpshish - lordy they are adorable - I just wanted to reach through the computer screen and scoop them up. I'm sorry that they've been sick - poor little guys that couldn't have been fun for them.

OK now your wool stash you know makes me drool, LOL. I loved that sunflower block and number 4 is pretty cute also. Hey that wool quilt with stars is screaming my name, LOL.

Hugs - karen

Terry said...

Oh my goodness look how much they've grown! All so cute, and so full of personality!
Bless their little bottoms being so sick and all.
I love your wool stash! Mine is getting low, and I need to restock.
The sunflowers are wonderful. My favorite annual.
Glad you had such a wonderful trip!

Tomatoe Creek Prims said...

I can't imagine either, having three at one time and especially poor little sick ones. But they sure have grown and so cute:) What a wonderful experience for you:)

I love the star quilt just fabulous and the sunflower will be so are so talented.

Sew Create It - Jane said...

thanks for the links...I've enjoyed blog surfing :o)

Marcia said...

Oh the triplets are adorable. Multiples are so much fun, but so much work too. I'm the mother of 6, the last being 8 yo twin boys, so I know how hard it is when a bug hits several kids at once. I'm glad they're doing better.

Judy S. said...

Glad your grandbabies are on the mend, and I'm sure your help was much appreciated. They sure are cute! Thanks for visting my blog; I'm glad to have discovered yours!
Gosh, you have to make everything in 3s!!! You need quick knitting projects, that's for sure....

Stina said...

Hi there.. I recently bought Wool Garden too...and I so long to start that one!! :o)
And I love the wool you got there.. in Sweden we cant get the wonderful wool you have in Usa!!!

Linda said...

Hi Carrie! It was so sweet to see update dpics of the 3 little guys. They are getting so big! Poor guys having that nasty virus! That is not a fun one for sure. I am so glad you escaped it!!

I love that BOM - Karen has exquisite tatse in everythng she does!

Olde Tyme Marketplace said...

What great pictures! I loved your idea of the one you took while President Obama was saying the oath!
Your projects look super too!
Take Care,

Simply This and That said...

The photo of you wool is scrumptious! ooxx`jodi

Anonymous said...

You have been blessed, those little tikes look so wonderful, sorry they were sick.Our family used to ski every Feb. at Mt. Bachelor, we loved your area it is truly a beautiful place to call home.