Monday, August 17, 2015

And the Winner is…

And the Winner is….

Carol Hodges from Apex North Carolina is the winner of the SLS Retreat challenge!

Great job, Carol!

If you missed the info on the challenge, you can find that post HERE.

I wasn’t on hand for the reveal of the winner – I was on a plane headed to Boise, and I really missed not being there for the last workshop day at retreat, and getting a chance to spend just a few more hours with these lovely ladies.

They are all well on their way home now, and I wish them save travels to their homes and families. I can’t wait until we can do this again!


I made it to Boise by noon!


My cute mom!

We were headed to my brother Mike’s house for a family cook out, but of course, we needed a stop at the grocery store to pick up just a few things.

How would you know that my mom is my mom if you saw her walking through the grocery store?

Simple!  Take a look at her shirt:


I spy hexies!


My handsome brother mike manned the grill!

And he doesn’t just grill, he gardens like nobody’s business. He made the best batch of awesome salsa with tomatoes, onions, peppers, cilantro and garlic all from his own garden.  I stood there and talked to him, watching him chop.  So fun to be here in person.

You know, I only make it home about once a year – and an afternoon of visiting is just not enough.

But we filled in as much love as we could as Sunday afternoon was the only time we could fit a family visit in because my brothers and their wives have jobs and lives and we know how that goes!


Grandma reading to Elizabeth and Jaxon!


I love this photo!

And isn’t baby Jax just the sweetest?

Oh those feet!

Oh those chubber legs!


Yes, he is daddy’s boy!


My brothers and me.  Family.

I’m up in Garden Valley Idaho with my mom for the next few days.  Temps this morning?  Oh, 50 at 8am!!


The plan is simply NOT to plan.  Just be and do as we feel fit.


This is what it’s all about.

Have a wonderful Monday, everyone!

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  1. So fun to be able to catch a little time with family, quality not quantity counts! Just wondering how Mark is doing? I know we are not "real" family but we are Quiltville family and by extension....he is still on my prayer list every day! Working on Garden Party today, goal is 10 blocks before I can move on to current project full-time. loved the yellow and blue from Plano but I am still a red girl at heart!

  2. Sounds heavenly. Lovely family. And Idaho sounds much nicer than Arizona (or NC) in August.

  3. Would you be mad if I said your mother is cuter than you? Love the three on the floor with all the feet. Enjoy!

  4. Thanks for posting such wonderful family pics :) Thanks be to God for all the blessings He has bestowed on your family. Have a great visit with your mom.

  5. Enjoy it ALL! I was going to comment on those Chubby Toes. Even better if the cuties were pictured holding their Auntie Bonnie Quilts. I spotted the Hexies! Yep, That's your MOM alright. Be safe flying through the Smoky Skies of the PNW.

  6. Sweet photos. Enjoy your time with family. Savor every moment. It goes by so fast.

  7. Your Mom is adorable, just like you! So happy for you to be able to visit family! Enjoy! Sending Hugs! Debi Hanna!

  8. Is it ok if I copied your mum's idea of a Hexie shirt? SOOO wonderful!..just to let other HEXIE people know we are OUT and ABOUT!? So glad you had family time...thats a good "Battery Charging Moment!"

  9. Is it ok if I copied your mum's idea of a Hexie shirt? SOOO wonderful!..just to let other HEXIE people know we are OUT and ABOUT!? So glad you had family time...thats a good "Battery Charging Moment!"

  10. You look so much like your older brother. Enjoy your times with your family Make happy memory of your visit.

  11. What à great famy you have. Treasure every minute with them. Time passes way too fast. Happy quilting, Yoka B

  12. I think we would know that was your Mom anywhere. You look a lot alike. Same beautiful smile. Enjoy your time together and just relax.


  13. Anonymous8:43 PM EDT

    I am so glad you csn spend a little time with family. Enjoy!
    Cathy Odle

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