Oh, what a busy week this has been!
We had a 4 day weekend, so after 3 soccer games on Saturday and an especially busy Sunday, we decided at the last minute to rent a little cabin at a gorgeous nearby park to escape it all on Monday and Tuesday.
I think it's safe to say we all had a really great time...even without any electronic devices! Or maybe I should say, especially without electronic devices.
Argh, Matey! Who needs a Wii when there's a pirate ship in the mini golf course?
We were the only ones at the mini golf course, and Hyrum played something like 7 games in a row. Can you tell he was very intent on his game? The equipment was only a couple of dollars for an entire day, so we goofed off at the vacant golf course for a wonderfully long time.
Can you believe the incredible scenery surrounding this course? The older kids could have stayed even longer, but Hazel made it quite clear that it was high time to make our way to the giant playground.
I just could not get over how beautiful the trees were, especially in the evening as the rich, golden sun streamed through the foliage.
The weather while we were there was absolutely, positively, PERFECT. Unseasonably warm in the mid 60's, no wind, gorgeous clear skies...have I mentioned it was perfect?
I'm usually not a huge fan of yellow, but golden autumn leaves, in all their various hues, really take my breath away.
So I'm skipping around in the chronology a bit...on Sunday I wanted to get some family photos taken for the Christmas card that I always have the best of intentions to make and send out. Because of daylight savings and a late church time, we only had about 15 minutes of prime sunset time for pictures that day. It was the usual mega-drama to get the family ready and out the door, and then poor Hyrum hurt his finger and spent about 5 precious minutes being upset about it (hence the Hyrum-less photo above).
Awww, isn't that the sweetest picture ever? Nothing like a giant hug from Hazel to turn those frowns into smiles.
By this time, Eliza had gotten her feelings hurt and was sulking in the van for another 5+ minutes or so (tick tock tick tock as the sun was setting).
So I got the two younger kids to have a leaf throwing party in the meantime...
...and they were having such a fun time...
....that Eliza thought she might as well join in after all.
I managed to get a couple still (sort-of) shots of the kids and was setting up the self timer for the official family portrait when Hazel decided that she was absolutely not going to stay up where it was sunny any longer. The shady path leading deep into the woods proved too tempting and she disappeared down the forest trail.
...And thus ended our chances of getting a family portrait that day in optimum autumn lighting (sigh).
Off we went to chase Hazel down, tripod in tow, and we eventually convinced her to pose with us for some family shots, despite the fact that the sun had disappeared below the tree line at this point.
This was the best we could come up with = mediocre at best. I think I'm going to have to endure another round of family-picture-taking-torture again, unless you all can convince me that this one will do.
I tried a black and white version too...is this any better? What's your vote? Do over or make one of these do?
While you're thinking that over, I wanted to show you this collaborative quilt project my friend Sharon and I did for a mutual friend who just had a baby boy.
I sewed the quilt top and back using my fabrics from The Garden Club, and Sharon worked her magical quilting touch on the rest of it.
Didn't she do a fantastic job on the quilting?
The big blocks of fabric were like an open canvas for her, and she had a great time doing all sorts of super fun designs within the blocks.
And check this out...she even sewed "Garrett" into the quilt in several places!
Isn't that such a cute idea? What a great way to personalize a baby quilt.
Sharon sewed the binding on too, bless her heart. I can't stand doing binding - it seems like it takes as long as all the other steps of the quilt combined and I get very impatient. I just want the darn thing done at that point!
I have another quilt that Sharon quilted for me that I'm looking forward to showing you...I just finished sewing on the binding while at the cabin (I felt like a pioneer, stitching away in my log cabin like that..minus the electricity and heater, that is). I have to admit that working on the binding was less irritating when I had no other distractions/optional activities. I just snuggled up on the futon and stitched away while Eliza sat beside me reading Harry Potter - the last book! - and it was so relaxing and cozy. A very good memory-in-the-making for both of us.