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Tuesday, December 1, 2009

One Hand, One Heart



In honor of Sew, Mama, Sew's Giveaway Day, I am including my current giveaway! But to sweeten the deal, I am now adding another prize. Second place is now a child's apron with a matching doll-sized apron in your choice of color! First place is still the Moda Bake Shop ensemble. Third is now a gift box of goodies from Creations Gallery, my mortar and bricks store in Colby, Kansas. And fourth place is a good chunk of fabric from my personal stash. Whoo hoo! Merry Christmas to you! The winners will be chosen at random from random.org. I am extending the giveaway to midnight on Sunday, December 6 and will draw on Monday the 7th. Just leave me a comment on this post. Don't leave it on today's or you won't be entered! Just click the link, or scroll down two posts to the one with all the comments already. Good luck! I'm having so much fun hearing from everybody.

Here is my new matching child and doll apron:



Although a bit big for my sweet little Anna, isn't this so cute? It's completely reversible and has two pockets. So is the doll's.


So, today is my 9th Anniversary! (well, almost today as it is the 1st when I'm writing this) I can't believe how fast the time has flown by. Three completely horrible pregnancies with wonderful outcomes and a six year house building project later, here we are. It hasn't been ALL good, but most of it has.

I was thinking of the funniest thing that's happened in our marriage. It sure didn't seem funny at the time, but now it does. Well, we had just moved in to this house, which means we had been working on it for a little over a year. We were worn out. Worse, Todd hates spiders. Earlier that day, he called me over because I don't get too worked up over spiders and showed me on in our window well the size of his hand.
This is not the spider, but a similar one I found at http://www.arachnology.be/pages/wolf
Anyhoo, he was already worked up. Then this awful smell started emanating from our basement. It was the first of many times this happened. I went down to investigate. (It turned out our plumber -- one of the few people hired to work on our house besides us -- had forgotten to glue the pipes together and sewer gas was leaking from the vent pipes. This is beside the point and took many years to figure out. We had to tear down finished walls to fix this. Auggg!) So, Todd was worn out. I had just gotten six-month-old Nathan to sleep. I tiptoed down to the basement in my bare feet and pajamas. And in this dimly lit room, I see something HUGE and furry moving. It's not six feet away from me, the HUGEST centipede I have ever seen. I am barefoot. In my quiet not to wake the baby but fully terrified voice, I scream-whisper for Todd. He is irritated but comes down and is nearly as freaked out as I am, but does manage to kill the beast.

I actually think ours was bigger. No joke.

Did I mention that our dog Ralphie was sprayed by a skunk that week and came streaking through the house. Anyway, Todd, overcome with emotion, says, "Let's get out of this Jurassic Park!" Oh, I still laugh thinking about it. And we did get out. For three days we lived with my in-laws while getting the courage to go back to Jurassic Park. Or possibly because of the smells. We sort of disagree on that. I've never seen anything like it before or since.

I love you, honey. Thanks for putting up with me all these years. Especially all the sewing. And the store. And when I can't get pictures to work and stay up late working on them. You are truly the best thing that's ever happened to me and my best friend as well.

Love,
xoxo


65 comments :

Amanda said...

cute little aprons. happy anniversary.

Jackie said...

Happy Anniversary to you! Today is my Anniversary too. I also did a post about it, check it out!

Michele said...

Happy anniversary! That was one big centipede. I would have fainted or done my "snake scream!"

Kathy said...

What an adorable apron. I also love the wedding picture. Congrats on 9 years. My hubby and I are coming up on 5 years with 3 kids! Yikes!

Mare said...

Happy Anniversary! Mine is on monday 7th, we are celebrating 15 years! I'd love any or your prizes!Thank you!

simplymodernmom.com said...

cute apron! happy giveaway day! here's my giveaway http://www.simplymodernmom.com/2009/12/the-gift-box-a-giveaway/

resmith said...

Happy Anniversary!! Sounds like you have had some interesting 9 years.
My two oldest daughters birthday is today and no they are not twins. It is strange how I have read on different blogs that they are in Kansas, my husband was actually born there. We do get back for a visit and I am going to have to check these places out that people are talking about.

Angela said...

Happy Anniversary! the bugs would completely freak me out!

Leslie said...

what a funny story. happy anniversary. good luck on all the giveaways. your aprons are adorable...count me in

Erica said...

How adorable!

Hope your day is special!

Tara said...

Cut aprons! Thanks for the chance to win!

Goose bumps all over after reading about your bugs!

Tracy said...

Cute little aprons! I hate bugs~especially spiders...

Dee said...

Happy Anniversary! We celebrated 19 this year! The aprons are just too cute and would make my little niece just dance and squeal!

Thanks for the chance to win such a fabulous giveaway!
Merry Christmas!
http://thequiltingdee.blogspot.com/

WCS said...

Today, December 2, is our 9th anniversary! What a coinkidink! Happy Anniversary!

Cute aprons!

A. said...

Oh. My. GOD.

Centipedes are my most scared of and disgusted by thing. I almost THREW UP. If I were you, I'd have died.

Brave lady, you.

Tanya said...

Happy Anniversary! Great giveaways!

Llamabean said...

Happy Anniversary and what a darling little apron model :)

Natural Violet said...

Cute aprons!!

Mary said...

Happy Anniversary! You guys are brave. I don't think I could go back to a house with that level of insects and arachnids. It'd be back on the market!

Thanks for the giveaway!
Ferilyn@yahoo.com

Trish at Two Peas in a Pod Homegrown Designs said...

Oh my goodness...I think I would have fainted at the centipede. Wow...congrats on your anniversary!

baukje said...

happy anniversary, and count me in please for the giveaway

miss fancy said...

Happy Anniversary! Thanks for the chance to enter your giveawy! Super Cute Aprons!

Jodi said...

Cute aprons. Thanks for the giveaway.

tammiemarie said...

Hello from the other end of Kansas! Your post made me laugh! My honey and I bought a fixerup house in the country when we first married which we called the Money Pit. Snakes in the basement, raccoon (with babies!) in the attic, an enormous spider in our bathroom...ahh, the memories. Congrats on your anniversary, and for not fainting at the size of that centipede!

Rafael's Mum said...

Just writing to say Happy Anniversary! and I just LOVE your blog banner! what a fantastic photo!!

Don't include me in the giveaway as I don't have any little girls to give the apron to but it looks ever so sweet!

Good luck with your giveaway!

Lisa B said...

Aprons are adorable!!

Trudy Callan said...

I am also doing a giveaway. I have two blogs, www.sewingwithtrudy.blogspot.com and www.artisticcreationswithtrudy.blogspot.com

My 9 year old daughter is having a giveaway on her sewing blog as well, www.sewingsister.blogspot.com

Hope you'll stop by and have a look around and enter our giveaways.

Have a blessed day.

Trudy

yawkar618 said...

happy anniversary! it's also my mom and dads so you share it with some good people :)
The apron set is absolutely adorable! My daughter would love it... although it might be a little big for her... that's okay though, she's only got one place to grow and that's up!
and bugs... i almost started to gag just looking at the picture!
again, happy anniversary!
sandandstarfish.com

Gin said...

That is such a beatuiful wedding pic. Thanks for the giveaway, its very generous!

patriciaconesa@gmail.com

Spendlove said...

Sweet giveaway- thanks for the chance, those bugs are disgusting!

Kari said...

Happy Anniversary!

Thanks so much for participating in the Sew, Mama, Sew! giveaway. :)

idreamofquilts said...

Very cute and Happy Anniversary!

rheawhite said...

Happy Anniversary! I love the aprons.

Kristin Kimber said...

Very Cute! I have 2 little girls that would just love these! Happy Anniversary!

Mary Anna said...

Happy, happy anniversary! Do you live in Texas? We have freakish critters here too. I once called the exterminator because of a gross spider dangling outside my living room window. Seriously!

Mary Anna said...

Happy, happy anniversary! Do you live in Texas? We have freakish critters here too. I once called the exterminator because of a gross spider dangling outside my living room window. Seriously!

annemarie said...

Happy Anniversary - beautiful wedding picture and those aprons are adorable.

Lisa @ Life with 4! said...

Happy Anniversary and Merry Christmas to you and your family!!!

Very Verdant said...

How very cute. My Christianna would love this apron...but not that huge monster of a bug thingy! Oh and Happy Anniversary. We celbrated our 16 only a few days before yours. November 27.

seemommysew said...

Happy aniversary! Such cute aprons and even cuter kids!

Mindy said...

Cute aprons!

Sara said...

Oh my goodness, where do you live? Because I never want to live ANYWHERE near a centipede like that. I think if your story were my story, it would have ended with cardiac arrest.

On to lighter topics, what a cute giveaway! My daughter who turns 3 next week would ADORE these!

Lee said...

wonderful aprons and great model. I have an Anna too, but mine is 15. glad to have found your website and congrats on the Moda bakeshop entry.

Lora said...

such cute things! i love all the fabrics you've chosen too! thanks for entering my giveaway. :)
love your blog.
blessings,
lora

Joanne said...

The aprons are lovely. Please count me in!

glamdring (at) thegreatlands (dot) com

Care said...

I love the idea of matching aprons for girls and their dollies!

Thanks for the giveaway -- Count me in!

eVeshakti said...

Happy Anniversary! what a story about your house! but these are the ups and downs of life, years from now it'll be a great story to tell (it is today too) and your house that you've worked on together will be that much more special for all the work you put into it and all the squiggly things you got out of it!

jennie said...

such cute aprons. my niece absolutely loves helping with cooking so this would be perfect for her! :)

JJ said...

Love all the prizes!

Rebecca said...

Happy Anniversary! Cute aprons - you must have happy girls on baking day!

Stephanie said...

Happy anniversary! Great giveaway... thanks!

Helena said...

Those are cute aprons. Happy anniversary too.

nrnoodle said...

You make such beautiful Aprons. I sure hope I win one. That would make a great gift for my little helper in the kitchen. Thank you. Love your Blog!!

bethany said...

Those are super cute and so many giveaways....awesome!!

marcela said...

Cute giveaway. Thanks for sharing. and happy anniversary!
markymarcela(at)hotmail(dot)com

Ashley said...

Cute aprons!! ashleymhc at gmail dot com

Freda said...

Those aprons are so cute! Thanks for the giveaway your offering. And eventhough I'm late, Happy Anniversary!

linababe said...

happy anniversary to you!
my little daughter would LOVE this aprons!!!!

greetz, lina

Christy said...

Happy anniversary! God bless you!

Carrie said...

What a sweet story... congrats. I know about horrible pregnancies... whew. I also have a equally terrifying centipede story from when we lived in Hawaii. It might not be appropriate to put on the blog post, but let's just say I almost had an embarrassing ER visit! Thanks for entering my giveaway!

Elle said...

Happy Anniversary! What fun and beautiful aprons. My girl is getting a doll for Christmas and the matching aprons are such a good idea.

FlowerMomma said...

soooo cute!! Congratulations on 9 years!

Breanna S. said...

my daughter would love to have a matching apron set for her and her baby.

Tina Conger said...

Happy belated Anniversary to you and Todd! I remember the day well.

Tina said...

Oh, and tell Todd he's a wuss! :-)

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