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Fair 2013

August 14, 2013

Ever since we moved here, we wanted to participate in the loca fair. It wasn’t until 2 years ago that we actually did. This year is our third year. Today we went to the fair grounds to see who won what. This is not extensive and some of the things we don’t know if they placed or not. The 4th and 5th place winners get participant ribbons. They were labeling items while we were there, so I’m not sure about a few of them. Anyway, here goes… in random order….

Giles Co fair 2013 023 Charlotte’s scrapbook took a first place and best of show!!!  (No on in the family has ever had a best of show ribbon before this year!)

Giles Co fair 2013 024James’ homemade puppet collection.  His ribbon is the blue for first place, not the white.  (Unless he also got 3rd place for something there?  I don’t know!)

Giles Co fair 2013 025Kevin’s “Helm’s Deep” from Lord of the Rings won second place in the model category.  Personally I think they should have a separate lego category as so many come in.

Giles Co fair 2013 026 Charlotte’s Marian shrine made out of popsicle sticks won 3rd place and MaryEllens’ decroated popsicle sticks won 1st in the small wood category.

Giles Co fair 2013 027James’s decorative wooden ax won 1st place in large woodwork.

Giles Co fair 2013 028Kevin’s collection of Lord of the Rings lego figures. (ed. to add. 4th place in collections.)

Giles Co fair 2013 029Jame’s photo of the soldier won first place in photo of a person or persons.  I’ll see if I can find the original photo since my flash ruined it here.

Giles Co fair 2013 030 Kevin’s Frist Place in Any other Painting (It was Acrilic and they didn’t have a category for that) won Best of Show!!!

Giles Co fair 2013 031MaryEllen’s horse drawing that was made into a plate from her friend’s birthday party won second place in marker drawing.

Giles Co fair 2013 032MaryEllen’s little figure won second place in paint on wood.

Giles Co fair 2013 033MaryEllen’s pencil drawing won 4th place.

Giles Co fair 2013 034MaryEllen’s crayon drawing with real grass!

Giles Co fair 2013 035Veronica’s horse and unicorn drawing

Giles Co fair 2013 036James’s face won first place in charcoal drawing.

Giles Co fair 2013 037James’s tank in the marker category (ed. to add won 4th place in marker and crayon art.)

Giles Co fair 2013 038James’c cannon photo (looks blurry here, but is not) (ed. to add 4th place in photo of man made structure or structures.)

Giles Co fair 2013 040James’s opossum in a trap photo.

Giles Co fair 2013 041MaryEllen’s wax figure won 3rd place

Giles Co fair 2013 042MaryEllen’s bookmark won first place in cross stitch

Giles Co fair 2013 043Charlotte’s fabric doll (sort of up side down) won 4th place in stuffed toys.

Giles Co fair 2013 044“Chip,” James’s prized puppet won 5th place in stuffed.  There was no other category for him, but it didn’t seem fitting.

Giles Co fair 2013 045MaryEllen’s cake won 3rd place.  It looked much better when it was delivered.

Giles Co fair 2013 046MaryEllen won first place for her skirt.

Giles Co fair 2013 047MaryEllen’s “biscuits”

Giles Co fair 2013 048MaryEllen’s pumpkin pie won 3rd place

Giles Co fair 2013 049MaryEllen’s green knit scarf won 2nd place.

Giles Co fair 2013 050On the right had side, you can see a little orange wax figure.  That’s Charlotte’s 5th place.

Giles Co fair 2013 051Charlotte’s covered lego model

Giles Co fair 2013 052Kevin’s big watermelon (21.8 pounds)

maryellen fair 2013 015 Blurry picture taken by MaryEllen of her “ocean box” that she has been working on for school in zoology won 2nd place in models

MaryEllen’s Cookin’

April 3, 2013

MaryEllen is becoming quite a good cook. Even her eldest brother told his friends that the other day. For St. Patrick’s Day she made a delicious loaf of Irish Soda bread shaped like a shamrock. Just thinking about it makes me want soda 2013 2

MaryEllen used the recipe below except she replaced the sugar with Sucanat and replaced the buttermilk with soymilk with umeobeshi vinegar in it.

She took a cooking class with some other girls her age and learned to make some delicious lunches.  She has made a tofu feta wrap, which I didn’t get pictures of, and this lovely curried tempeh sandwich with avocado and aolie (is that how that is spelled?  It’s a gourmet mayonnaise) on sourdough bread.  It was delicious…

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Now, here are token baby pictures taken this morning by Charlotte…

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From MaryEllen’s Camera

February 23, 2013

MaryEllen got James’s old camera when he finally saved enough to buy a better one. Unfortunately it does not take the best pictures. Her’s was one of the two that were at Genevieve’s Baptism. So, the quality is not the greatest, but you get the idea.

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The pictures are backwards here.  Genevieve screamed until the water was poured over her head.  Then she was so calm. Also, the gown was my grandfathers and from the 1880s (1886, I believe.) My friend Joan re-did the sleeve for us as the original ones were shredding. She did a lovely job. At a later date I’ll post some of the pictures that James took. They are a better quality. It is getting late here and I must go to bed. Enjoy!

Photo by James

August 31, 2012

Saints Artist Trading Cards 2011

November 26, 2011

We had so much fun last year participating in Pondered In My Heart‘s ATC saint swap that we were thrilled they were doing it again.  Unlike last year, we made sure we took pictures of everyone’s cards before they went off in the mail.

Below you will find our artists’ works.  First, the process.  We gather a lot of saint books and art supplies and set up at the dining room table.  (John set up in his room.)  Veronica, at 3 years old, was given stickers to keep her busy.  We all went to work for the afternoon.





Now for the cards….(Please remember to click on the pictures for a larger view.)

Veronica’s cards (age 3)

Charlotte’s cards (age 6)

MaryEllen’s cards (age 8 )

James’s cards (age 11)

Kevin’s cards (age 13)

John’s cards (age 14 & eldest child)

Mom’s cards (never mind how old!)

Although I’m not an artist to say the least, it was very relaxing and fun to take the time to create some art.  When we receive our cards, I’ll try my best to get a post up about them.  After all, I still have a half completed post about our trip in May waiting for some attention.  A Mom’s work is never done!

Oh, I almost forgot.  We did take some pictures of Vincent that day.  It is a little challenging to get a good picture of him when  you are holding both the baby and the camera.


Month 5 Blocks and More

June 5, 2010

The Month 5 blocks for the Womens Voices sampler were a little more complex, so they took me two days.  (Not to mention that I did other things besides quilt!)  I really like them.  There was a time when I was not too fond of green and pink together, but now I like that combination.  That is what we have here.  The little pink pieces really make these more appealing to me.  Funny how things like that change.  The name of the pattern is Crowned Cross.

     The pink is not so neon looking in real life, only in the pictures. 

I complete the Farmer’s Wife # 26 again, the Cut Glass Dish.  In completing this block, I have 3 thoughts.  First, I will probably never make this block again, at least not at this small size.  Second, I don’t like Thangles much.  Third, I wondering what I have gotten myself into with this quilt.  The small size is really something.  Block 54 turned out much better, but there were no Thangles involved.  I think this block 26 turned out better than the last one, but that isn’t saying much.  It took a long time and a lot of ripping, but I am not doing it again!  I think when the quilt goes together, it will look a littl better because the edges will straighten out a bit (hopefully!) 

Edited to add, I just uploaded photos  on Facebook and found that I did half of this in the wrong direction.  Should I change them or keep it this way?  Decisions, decisions…

Now for the really fun stuff, MaryEllen got out the scrap bags and started sewing.   Let me say right now that MaryEllen saved her money long and hard so she could finally get an American Girl Doll.  Her best friend has Felicity, so she felt it only fitting that she get Felicity’s best friend, Elizabeth.  From here on out, when you hear us refer to Elizabeth, you’ll know who we’re talking about.   Back to the scrap bags…  Before I knew it, MaryEllen was showing me a little rag doll that she made for Elizabeth.  Without further adieu, here they all are….


 We hope you are having a wonderful Saturday!


March 5, 2009

Here are some pictures that MaryEllen and Kevin have been working on.  The polar bears and the parrot were sent off to Nature Friend Magazine with the hopes of having them published.  The War Between the States picture I found sitting on my desk this morning.  Remember, you can click on the pictures to enlarge them.  Enjoy!

Mary Ellen’s Polar Bear:


The rest of  the drawings are Kevin’s:




Around the House

September 2, 2008

I actually meant to post some of this before Veronica was born, but, you know how that goes.  We started school shortly before she arrived.  MaryEllen and I have been having fun with Serendipityand their Along the Alphabet Paths.  Here are some pictures from A week.

A is for Apple Pie.  (Yes, it is macrobiotic and it was yummy!!!)  Oh, and the apples came off our tree this year!

A is for Angelina Ballerina, St. Anne, and Mrs. Applebee.  These are MaryEllen’s pictures.  (You can click on any of the pictures in this post to enlarge them.)


Then Veronica came and the pictures of school stopped.

Aunt Ann sent some lovely baby clothes and a box for the children filled with art supplies.

At our local church we had a seminarian visiting for a month.  We all really liked him and we made it to Mass on his last day in our town, the Tuesday after Veronica was born.  In case you are wondering, James did not want to get in the picture.

Now, onto the garden.  If you saw the looks of the garden, you would not guess that anything was growing in there.  But the cucumbers have been really good and the winter squash is coming along nicely.  I cannot wait to show off our “Long of Naples” squash.  They are not quite ready yet, but they are doing the best and I am surprised by their size.

In the meantime, 2 watermelons.  First, the one that John was so excited about…Ali Baba.  The seed was saved from Iraq, before the war.

The next variety is Georgia Rattlesnake (named for the pattern on the outside.)


Next we have the harvest from August 28th (cucumbers, acorn squash, 2 delicata squash, kale, green beans, and yellow lemon summer squash.)

Last, but certainly not least, my long daikon radish, the basket of squash and the Georgia rattlesnake (watermelon and radish just picked today!)

That picture was taken today while Veronica napped.  What, no pictures of that adorable baby?  No, not yet.  Yesterday she was Baptized, it was Kevin’s birthday, and the Labor Day Festival at church.  Joe’s camera has all the Baptism pictures and as soon as he can stop mowing the lawn and being otherwise busy, he’ll put them on my computer so they can appear here.  Until then, enjoy the produce!

MaryEllen’s Art

October 30, 2007

I don’t mean to brag here, but we have been blown away by our 4 year old’s pictures lately.  She just loves to draw.  The other day she came to me with a picture that at first I thought for sure her older brother drew.  Nope.  Indeed she did it.  She made several and I watched her.  Anyone a Tomie DePaola fan?  Here is Mary Ellen’s Strega Nona.


Here is another picture she gave to me today.  I know they are ducks.   I think the man in the box is a War Between the States Soldier.


You can click on the pictures for a larger view.