Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Resuming 'normal'

We are resuming our normal(?) lives now.
We met the boys parent's half way on Sat. & gave them the boys back. It is always so hard to let them go, because they live so far away & we know not when we will see them again....normally! But, since Thanksgiving is next week..guess what?! We do know this time when we will see them again.
I wonder if they will still remember how to say GRANDMA....yes, I managed to teach at least 2 of the boys how to say grandma!!!! Made my week!
We did lots of things to create wonderful memories. They probably will not remember, but I sure will. One day, we made a new dessert called Mountain Apple Cobbler. You chunk apples & wrap them in crescent rolls. I let the boys do that part & put them in the pan. I then added the topping ingredients.
The next day, we made sugar cookies...ok, I cheated this time...I had a package of dough in the refrigerator. I let them take the chunks off of the cardboard & put them on the cookie sheets. I then let them add sprinkles to the cookies. Lastly, I turned the oven light on, so that they could 'watch' their cookies bake! And of course, they had to enjoy them as soon as they were finished cooking.
They are 'into' the cars from the movie CARS. So, one night, it was a trip to Walmart. Papa helped each boy choose a car. You would have thought we gave them a million dollars each. They were all so happy. They slept with their cars each time they were put down to sleep. (I would go get it out of the beds when they fell asleep!)
Ok, onto stitching! One of the groups I am in is doing advent stitching. We will end up with 24 little designs....just the right size for ornaments or cards, etc....
I have done one so far & hope to do one today. I am attaching a picture of the first one. I think this will be an ornament, but I am not sure yet.
I have also been working on the 12 days pieces. I have now finished day 3. This is finish #49 for the year.
In another of my groups, we are doing an ornament exchange. I received mine while the boys were here, but haven't shown a picture yet, so it is attached as well.
I think that is my update for now. I have GOT TO clean house today...Monday & Tues. are busy with babysitting & running him to &  from preschool, so today is the day!!
watching our cookies bake

ornament & card from exchange

Advent stitching, Day 1

PS 12 3
Thanks for stopping by & for your kind comments....they mean so much to me. Have a wonderful week.


Julie said...


How wonderfult that 2 of the boys can say Grandma, what a heart melter that must be.

Beautiful stitching as always.

Rita said...

What an adorable pic of the boys! It sounds like they had a lot of fun on this visit.

Beautiful stitching!

WendyCarole said...

clever boys they are growing up so quickly
love the stitching

Tricia said...

What a fun update! I love your stitchy finishes and that sweet picture of the boys watching their cookies bake. I'll bet their mom and dad had a nice week and it sounds like you did too!!

Linda said...

Even from the back, those boys are adorable. Great stitching. Oh how I want to work on my 12 days.


Mylene said...

Sounds like you had lots of fun with the little ones.
Cute finishes as well as the ornament received from the exchange.

Sherre said...

The boys are growing up so fast! I know the joys of hearing your grandchildren call you grandma! Totally delightful!

Michele said...

sounds like a lovely time with the boys! What wonderful memories you are making with them.

Love you finishes :) and that reindeer ornament is sweet.

Denise said...

The things we do for the kids! Hopefully they will always remember the fun things Grandma did with them.

Stitching looks great - your about to pass me again in total finishes! lol

Lesleyanne said...

Lovely memories of your time with your grandchildren. Great stitching.

Mouse said...

ooo you din't let me know you were cooking cookies, would have been over soo quick heheheh ....lovely stitching too ... and I am sure the wee ones will remember :) love mouse xxxx

Carol said...

Aww...I love the photo of the boys anxiously awaiting the cookies to be done. You must have had such a great week with them... And to hear them say "grandma"--so sweet! I can't get over how much taller they look than just a few months ago!!

Darling finishes, Shari--I stitched that Rudolph one way back when I first began stitching and I still hang him on my tree each Christmas :)

Lois said...

What an adorable picture of the boys waiting so anxiously for those cookies to be ready! The house must feel very quiet without them. Enjoy stitching the 12 Days. I've really enjoyed working on them through this year. I am full of admiration that you already have 3 completed!!!!

Mindi said...

I love your 12 days of Christmas ornament set you're working on, and glad you got to spend some time with your grandkids.

Nancy M said...

Adorable picture of the grandsons! We made chocolate chip cookies and she loved the dough! LOL She was so excited when we went to the store and saw the Christmas tree. Can't wait to see her reaction to the decorations at my house this year! Nice finishes on the ornaments. I REALLY need a finishing day!!! Maybe if we ever get together, we can plan to do that instead of stitching!!

Meari said...

That is an adorable photo of the boys! Love it.

Nice stitching. The reindeer ornament from the exchange is really cute.

Anna van Schurman said...

That photo reminds me of my nieces pulling up the bar stools to watch the cookies bake in the wall mounted oven. And always at an age when you can't get them to sit still for eight minutes!