Evenin' Ladies! I have a very picture heavy post for you. As always, double click to embiggen.
I am here to report that you can spend a week with your son, his wife and their two adorable (OK, I'm prejudiced!) children and have a grand time! It seemed like a week long party, albeit with several nights of sick kids. Both Glenn and I took the whole week off so we could fully enjoy our visitors and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. There was quite a bit of... ahem... drinking, a whole lot of eating and even more hugging of babies. We went to antique malls and giant electronics stores, and best of all... bead stores (twice!).
Here are a few family snaps from the week for your enjoyment. First we have a very proud Grandpa and a cutie with a cold. Poor Aiden was sick for half the week. A couple of nights were spent with Randy and Beth waking every hour on the hour. I took him at 6am one night to give them some sleep. He and I snuggled into the recliner and slept for a couple of hours. Lovely!
A patient Daddy... the T-shirt reads "My Daddy's Tattoos are cooler than your Dadddy's." ;0) They were watching Glenn play his guitar.
Beth and I introduced Sophia to beading. Beth held the cording and Sophia did a pretty good job of getting beads onto the cord. She got a bit frustrated but in the end she made a necklace. Got to start them young!
And we did a little beading ourselves. I knew Beth liked jewelry so I took her over to The Bead Museum in Glendale, where we picked up a few goodies. We played with beads that night and then realized we needed some crimps so she could finish her necklace, so we went to another bead store... Bead World here in Phoenix. Oh, what a mistake that was! It is a VERY nice bead store... I was salivating! We had fun!
Here's the necklace and earrings I made. I already had most of the beads, but I needed findings and a clasp... and I found just what I needed at Bead World.
Closeups of the gorgeous clasp and the pendant are on my Flickr page.
I love it!
I did do some beading on my blocks before the kids came down. Here are blocks 1 - 4... only block 3 needs more beading. I want to finish it before I move on to another block. I'll probably be joining some of these together soon so I can start the applique and embellishing. I can't wait, it's gonna be fun!
Block 3 (only partially beaded)
Block 4 (the center block)
OK... I'm caught up now! I sincerely hope this post didn't crash your computers with all the pics!