Photos from the Beach

On Sunday, we went to the beach.  We had planned to go on Christmas Day, but the weather wasn’t that great.  The weather was only slightly better on Sunday, but at least it didn’t rain while we were at the beach.  It rained all the way to the beach – so much so that we kept debating turning around but decided to see what it looked like at the beach before we made a final decision.  It was overcast, but still nice.

Here are a few photos from that day.  We went to Bellows AFS – our favorite beach.  When we got there there was only on one other group on the military section of the beach.  It picked up a bit later as it brightened up and closer to lunch, but by then we were ready to leave.


My husband made a “sand” snow man.


And he wrote this on the beach:


But this is my favorite picture of the day:


along with this one:


Little Monsters

We started the designated two hour interval of trick-or-treating with a HUGE cauldron of candy (3 huge mix bags from Costco – 150 pieces each).

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We then sent two of our own monsters out into the neighborhood (with friends’ families).

One was an old guy waiting on the tsunami to get here (if you didn’t know we had a tsunami warning on Saturday night that didn’t amount to much)



He is wearing my aerobics belt, some arm floats’ (really my leg “weights for aerobics) and has a pool noodle. 

We also had Slenderman’s wife:




We decided that Slenderman’s wife neeeded to be pretty and have pink hair.  She used her brother’s cape from last year’s bloody skeleton costume (I cut the length of it so she wouldn’t be tripping all the time) and one of her brother’s black t-shirts on backwards to hide the graphics.

The only thing we spent on costumes was the makeup.

An hour and 45 minutes later, we get back our monsters with their own candy and our candy is gone… not sure that was a fair trade…. Winking smile


Hope you had a Happy Halloween.

Weekend & Mother’s Day

Saturday, I had an adventure. It was my monthly sewing bee of the Sassy S&B Quilters. I normally hold it on Saturdays at a community center provided by the management company of the housing I live in. Since it is on Saturday, I have to pick up the keys to the room on the Friday before.  I forgot to do it, despite the many comments to friends “I can’t wait to go sew tomorrow”.  This is only the second time in four years that I forgot to pickup the key the day before the bee.  Needless to say, I was kicking myself.  The last time I forgot the key, it was the night before after they closed and I had time to call everyone and cancel.  I didn’t even remember this time until I was pulling up to the room to unload my car.  There was a couple of people already waiting.  I called around and finally was able to leave a message for the manager.  We waited for an hour and with no phone call back, I decided to pick up and move to my house.  Luckily, I had cleaned a few days before, so it wasn’t too bad (otherwise I wouldn’t have even offered to have people come back to my house).  Some declined, and that was fine, we have about 15 –25 people show up every month to the bees (hence the reason to hold it at the community center!).  We caravan to my house, which isn’t very far away, and unload our stuff.  I unload my car so we could have extra tables (usually three tables, an ironing board, an office chair, and then my machine and projects).  During this, my friend Maureen showed up and noticed that someone was opening the pool that was behind the room, and asked if he had keys to the room.  He stated no and I think asked if he wanted her to call someone.  She did and thirty minutes later the office manager called me and asked if I was able to get into the room.  This is about 30 minutes after we left to go to my house.  She was super nice and said she (or someone else) would meet me at the office to let me get the key).  We all pack up again (only Kristin the superwoman was sewing already) and head back to the community center.  The rest of the day was pretty uneventful – just a nice day with friends!

For mother’s day, my children told me to stay in bed, to not get up.  I pretty much assumed they wanted to make me breakfast in bed.  All week long I was getting questions like “so when you make bagels in the toaster, you push the bagel button, right?” and “do you like ketchup with your hash browns” and “how do you like your eggs?”.  I was a little scared because my son (12) is just beginning to cook and while that is fine, my husband is on deployment right now, so no adult supervision downstairs while he cooked.

They came upstairs with this:photo


A bagel with cream cheese, and scrambled eggs.  Yes, no hash browns, because I told them I couldn’t have them.   The eggs were a little undercooked, but I really wasn’t that hungry that early so that was fine.  It was a great attempt for his first time making scrambled eggs! I am proud of my kiddos!

Happy Easter


I hope everyone had a nice Easter.  My family didn’t do much.  The Easter Bunny visited with baskets for the kids and I of course I forgot to take photos.  We went to see a movie and then out to dinner.  A low-key day for the most part after a busy weekend.


Hau’oli Makahiki Hou!

That is Hawaiian for Happy New Year!

My sewing machine is having a “spa treatment” (aka being serviced to make it to its best). A part in the bobbin area broke.  The tension was WAY off and it was not sewing very well at all.

It is a Janome 6500.  I want to name it.  I have had it a while, but since she is going to be my travel machine only in a few months, I feel I owe it to her.  She has been through a lot.  She has been faithful to me.  She keeps on ticking after the beating she has gotten (a cracked screen because my daughter sat on my case when she was in it).  I snapped off a spool holder when I had left a cone of thread on it when I put it in the case.  So she needs a name that is a strong name.  Something that has character!  Any ideas?

Yep, you probably guessed it, I will be getting a new machine in February.  My big surprise from “Santa” was permission to buy a new machine when our tax refund gets here.  I will be getting a Janome 6600.  Why not a Horizon, you ask?

Well, many reasons.  If I had known when I was buying my 6500 that the 6600 was coming out, I would have waited a bit.  Secondly, I have all the accessories (case, sew-ezi table, etc) that fit the 6500 and the 6600 is the same size and shape as the 6500 so I don’t have to go buying more stuff to fit it. Lastly, the price difference between the 6600 and the horizon is just too much.  I can’t wait until I am able to go down and get it!