Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Home at Last!

Our little prince charming is now finally at home! Released from the hospital on his 2 week birthday. Sleeping 2 - 3 hours stretches ... parents are, in my daughter's own words ... "surviving" !!

I told her surviving is good!

Here are some pictures of Ben being transported home, in his own bassinet, waking up not too happy in his own bassinet ... all part of the package!

Counting down the days 'til I'll be there to spoil him for 14 solid days!

Monday, May 25, 2009

My turn!!!

Me, me, me ... it's all about me !!!

Every other month there are two members of our virtual quilting bee that are the assigned recipients of their chosen quilt block. The alternating month there is just one person. June is MY month!!! And June is almost here.

I chose June because other people will be sewing for me and I just sit back and wait for the packets of amazing-ness to start arriving in my mailbox. Planned so since I will be in Seattle for the latter part of the month. Then that little stinker decides to arrive six weeks early and test his grandma's patience to the Nth degree! I don't want to wait until the last minute to put my packets together, so here they are, all done except for writing up and printing out 17 copies of what I'd like done with them.

June 2009 is going to be one of the most awesome months of my life!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Sweet Marie

I've had this little lap quilt done for a week or so but just got the label sewn on last night. It's made from various pink ribbon fabrics in the disappearing nine patch pattern. (Thanks again Rachel Griffith!)

I made this for a patient at the office where I work who recently lost her husband and who has recurrent breast cancer. She's a dear, dear lady in her early 80's who reminds me of my own mom so making this was therapeutic as my mother passed away of a heart attack before having an opportunity to even begin her breast cancer treatment.

I know when I give this to Marie today we'll both cry but that's therapy too. I miss you mom. You'd have loved Benjamin ... I'll give him extra kisses for you.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Waste Not Want Not

Little scraps put to good use.
Now I want to make myself
a pin cushion!

One day closer

Everytime I see a new picture of this little guy, I have to marvel at how beautiful he is. Is it just me or is he really, truly beautiful ?!!!

I think it's pretty obvious his daddy is quite smitten with him. Remember that, Rick, when he's finally home and wailing at 3:00 a.m. !

Look at these tiny fingers. Perfection. Amazing.

Bee Inspired - May - Nettie

Okay, now both of my May blocks are finished for the bee inspired virtual quilting bee. You know what that means.. I'm next!!! So now I need to get my stack of fabrics out and start cutting them up and putting together my packets to mail out. The thought was that I'd not have any sewing to do as I'll be in Seattle for half of the month. Then I got to thinking, Hey, I may have some pretty interesting mail waiting for me upon my return! It's all good!

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Bee Inspired - May - Deanna

I have two different people to make blocks for in May.
I actually intended to start with a different one, but I loved this pattern when I saw it and knew it was exactly what I wanted to do for Deanna, who also chose stars as her theme. I'll pick up something to send along
with this and get it in the mail next week.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Ben makes progress

The kids (as parents can always refer to their children - of ANY age - have posted a whole lot of pictures to photobucket, so I chose a few to post here. The baby is doing really well; they were able to remove the feeding tube from his nose yesterday, he doesn't have to be under the bili-light any longer, and he's almost back to his birth weight. He still has another week of the i.v. antibiotic so projected discharge date is next Thursday. I may be a tad partial, but I think he's absolutely perfect!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Baby Ben Saga Continues

I've asked Rhonda if she'll try to post at least one picture a day to her MySpace so I can feel connected with all they're going through. They've been more than cooperative ...

I love that Rick is already reading to the baby. Rhonda and Rick are both avid readers, as is this grandmother. Benjamin seems quite content to hear his daddy's voice.

Dosing in daddy's arms ... hopefully he doesn't roll off of daddy's lap!

Rhonda and baby, all in blue.

Benjamins's numbers are coming down nicely. Hopefully only one more day under these lights.

Rick says that "little old ladies make these hats for the newborns." He probably means us 50 year olds!

Monday, May 11, 2009

DQS6 Received!

This morning I stopped at the post office to pick up my international package. (Okay, and to mail another box of teeny baby boy clothes to Washington for my brand new grandson!)

It was from the little country of Luxemburg. Inside was the most darling little quilt, along with a delicate dresser scarf, a beautifully embroidered handkerchief, two pieces of very pretty fabric and a postcard!

My partner says this is an original design. The quilting is beautiful and I love the yo-yo's.

The center is accented with a covered button on top of a larger yo-yo, on top of a circle of teensy tiny little white yo-yo's. It's amazing!

I feel very lucky to be the recipient of this beautiful little quilt and promise I will give it a good home! Thank you, Lil!

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Happy Mothers Day

My dear daughter sent me this on my cell phone while I was at the grocery store. I imagine a couple of people in the frozen food isle thought I was nuts as tears rolled down my cheeks ... do you think they might have thought it was because the price of tater tots has gone up so much ?!!!

A new life ... A new love.

I see these pictures and it still all feels so surreal to me. Until I can touch him, it's like it's all a dream. But a really, really great dream!

So instead of this year being Rhonda's first Mother-to-be Day, it ended up being a Mother's Day after all! I know she's overwhelmed with everything. After all, she thought she had six more weeks to get ready!

These pictures are so priceless to me ...

What a miracle the creation of life is. Look at this tiny piece of perfection.

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Prom 2009

Steven and Ashleigh looked so nice for Prom tonight. They picked out their own flowers, outfits, everything, themselves.

Steven assuming what I referred to as his GQ pose.

Wouldn't be a photo shoot without Ashleigh being gangster in at least one shot!

They DO make an adorable couple, don't they ?!! (Of course, I'm not the least bit biased!)

Friday, May 8, 2009

More Ben and Daddy, too!

Holy, Moly, this is going to be the longest six weeks of my life!

I want to hold him!

Baby Benjamin

What a wonderful Mother's Day gift!
My baby and HER baby ...
I SO want to jump on a plane and head west;
but practicality says I need to wait until my
originally planned departure date ... six weeks away!
I love you Benjamin ... and your mommy and daddy, too!!

Thursday, May 7, 2009

I'm a Grandma!!!!!!!!!

No pictures, but a smile from ear to ear!!!

My daughter delivered a healthy 5 pound 7 ounce baby boy this afternoon ... six weeks early. It's killing me that she's three thousand miles away and I'm not there. I can't just drop everything and head out there now when my plane ticket says June 13th.

Pictures to follow as soon as available.

Welcome to the world, Benjamin Edmund Nye.

I love you!

Sunday, May 3, 2009


So my company and I went out to the Outlet Mall to do a little shopping. With a new grandson arriving soon-soon-soon (Oh, yeah, I am WAY excited!) I cannot resist the temptation to pick up adorable baby things when I see them. This little argyle sweater was just too cute to pass up.

But I was most excited when I found SOCKS to MATCH !!! (Ah, yes, it's the little things in life!) Hope you all had a great weekend as well.

Leslee Jayne

We had company this weekend. My brother-in-law was here with his six year old son, along with a friend, and two more nephews and a niece. Needless to say, lots of noise and not enough sleep!

For whatever reason, Miss Leslee Jayne decided that Uncle Ronnie's lap looked like the best seat in the house. Now, you would have to know my husband pretty well to understand that this is a highly unlikely scenario! However, he was quite tolerant and we even got a glimpse of a smile a time or two!

While I enjoyed having them here for the most part, the silence that settled over the house as they pulled out of the driveway was most welcome!