Monday, November 26, 2007

A Good Week and Progress...

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!
Glenn and Aiden

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.
Randy and Aiden - nose

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!
Beading with Sophia

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!
Beth beading

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.
Purple and silver necklace
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 1
Block 1 - beaded

Block 2
Block 2 - beaded

Block 3 (only partially beaded)
Block 3 - partially beaded

Block 4 (the center block)
Block 4 - beaded

OK... I'm caught up now! I sincerely hope this post didn't crash your computers with all the pics!


Susan said...

Your family is adorable, and you certainly had fun with them. It's a good thing I forgot about the bead place in Glendale! Your necklace is lovely, though.

I love the way your blocks are looking. You must be so excited to get so far along!

Debra Spincic said...

Hey, how come you didn't invite me? those are the kinds of stores I hang out in & spend money!

I am LOL at the T-shirt!!

Allison Ann Aller said...

These blocks are utterly fabulous.

And the family is is so much fun to gt to see them here.
Cute DH, too! *wink*

verobirdie said...

You've got a very nice family and you really look happy.
Your blocks are turning out great.

threadspider said...

What a great week you've had! Family and beading and fun. Weeks like that are great. That necklace is just beautiful and I love the way the Dream blocks are developing.

Rian said...

What fun!! I am jealous! Sounds like a perfect weekend with your family and that darling baby. And the bearded one is cute, too.

Rissa said...

The blocks and the family are beautiful!

Amy a.k.a. dragonryder4 said...

Wow what awesome blocks I just love them . I have had so much fun reading your blog , you do some wonderful work :) I will be visiting again very soon