Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Easter Recap and some SC

How was your Easter weekend?

It was chilly yet again this year at my house. I have finally come to terms with it and am very excited about next year, because I'm absolutely going to make my girls super cute aprons they can wear over jeans instead of spending money on dresses you never get to see.

Really. And they'll be cute. And they'll be able to wear them to school. I already have patterns from Fig Tree & Co. I'm just going to wait to see what Heather Bailey comes up, although I do love Nicey Jane.

Chilly or not, we did have a great weekend. We live on 2 acres so are a good spot for easter egg hunts. At around 11am, this is what I found in my backyard:

Raegan (my neice), Payton and Morgan, Shelby and Krysta (a couple of close family friends), and Kael (my nephew).

I always have fun getting eggs ready, but because of the gusting winds and my Betty Baker status in the kitchen, Steve was tasked with the hiding of the eggs. The kids had a blast.

Afterwards, the sugar high began:

We deep fried a turkey, which I've never done before, but it was really good. I also made some of PW's Cinnamon Rolls, which were delish, if I do say so myself. I even made deviled eggs, and I've actually never made deviled eggs before.

My sister Sabrina came with a couple dozen decorated eggs we had embellished the night before, and after admitting she had put them in a pot for about an hour and a half, they became the best candidates for this:

Why yes, you are seeing that correctly. I've hidden it for years, but yes people, I am that tacky neighbor with a tower in her yard.

It used to be the radio tower for the airport in the 1940's. That white building on the left, which is also on our property, has some radio equipment in it that should be in some sort of air museum. We've had people stop by our house and tell us stories about our tower that irritate me, lol, because it adds historical content to something I'd be happy to remove.

One of them comes out of Alaska in the 1960's, when the big earthquake hit. Apparently our tower was the beacon for ham radio users to get messages out of Alaska to family members.


What to do with it? Rent it to a cell phone company? Tear it down and sell the metal for scrap? Use it for wind power and put a windmill up top which will generate enough power for my home and then send power down the grid so I get a check from the power company every year? No idea what we should do with it. But if we tear it down you can't put one back up again, so there it sits.

Honestly, the house needs so much work we haven't had time to worry about it.

But in April? In April we launch eggs. Easter Eggs. At the tower.

Yes, we are that kind of redneck.

Oh my how the boys love it when it's egg launching time.

I didn't post a photo, but this year they perfected a technique as the day wore on by attaching the tubing to our swingset so that two people wouldn't have to hold on to it.

This enabled my 6 year old to launch her own eggs, which somehow went further than anything her daddy had been trying. It was pretty funny.

I wish you could see the mountains in that photo. They are right there behind the trees. It hailed later in the day so the clouds had come in and covered them up. But we have mountains. That's one reason we bought the place.

Another exciting part of the day was the opportunity to get most of the kids with their Great Grammie. My mama's mama.

The other reason that was extra special this year was because she finally got to meet this little bundle of joy:

Yep, Lilly and her mom and dad came to stay with me for the weekend. They said she was teething and a little fussy but I don't believe them. A sweeter baby I have yet to meet. And those cheeks!

I miss her already and can't wait to see her again. If not before, we have plans to head her direction, the Seattle area, Labor Day weekend. Can't wait! She'll be on the move for sure by then.

Thinking of Lilly and her family made it easy to do my Studio Calico layout for the month:

Homefront's Dollhouse and Alpha Stickers mixed with pieces from the Anthology line as well as Crate Paper's Brook line.

Homefront Fabrips made the easiest brads using my I Top tool and the small brad daddies. I also used some fun rubons, the orange buttons and a blue doilie. My big scallop was hand cut with a Dollar Tree ruler, but I can't wait for my Double Embossed Dotted Lace punch to get here from EK Success! It'll get as much use as that Scallop Sentiment punch I use all the time, methinks.

Seeing my brother become a father has changed him, and me. Lilly has no idea how lucky she is to have him for a dad.

I feel fortunate to have him for a brother. He's 7 years younger than me, I'm the eldest and he's the youngest of 4, so it's great to finally have something in common. I can't wait to get to know them better as a family and to spend more family time together. It's been great!

He's already commited to coming down for Easter every year (he seems to think he can outdo the design on the egg launcher. I told you, we rednecks can draw people in to our web like nobody's business).


I have been busy with assignments lately, which is one reason I haven't been posting as much. I can't wait to share my work with Scrapbook and Cards Today and their summer issue, as well as a "Confidential" article assignment I can't share yet. Oh, and I'm excited about this too.

I'm also knee deep in soccer, but I'll share the Iguana and the Dolphin later. Payton made the age cutoff by 4 days, so I'm a soccer mom to two sweet girls, who are having the best time. So even though it's only 36 degrees out and the winds are blowing 15-20 mph, I still have a smile on my face as I see them darting around the fields.

Fun times.

Be back soon! Davinie


  1. Anonymous2:23 AM

    There you are Dav, I wondered where you'd gotten too :)
    Such a fun post to read! And I love it when you have "confidential" stuff to tell us, can't wait!

  2. Wonderful photos and an adorable page! :)

  3. Just so you don't feel like the only "red-neck" on the block, read this post.


  4. Anonymous6:57 PM

    Photos were great, I was so blessed to be there,happy tearful thanks.Love to all,Gramie

  5. loving your use of the itop tool

  6. Love that layout! :) She's adorable! Congrats on the Crate!

    Oh...and when we were growing up we had a giant antennae in our back yard that I believe was for my dad's HAM (sp?) radio! I thought it was so cool when I was a kid. Now I know the truth. ;)

  7. What fun pictures and a fabulous page!