Today, I just want to give a quick recap of December 2008. I have so much to share about my plans and new projects for 2009, but it seems fitting to first finish up loose ends from 2008.
First, my birthday. I mentioned in my last post that I turned 37 in December. I am getting awfully close to 40! Exciting and well, definitely made me thoughtful. I realized that this could easily be my midlife point. If I look at the average age of death for alot of my family members, both maternal and paternal, I have actually gone beyond my midlife point. Now, like most people, I am obviously hoping to live for a long time, preferably in my 90s. And I want to be as healthy and fit as possible for as long as possible. So, I sat and thought about where I stand now and where I need to be. Inspired by my Aunt Sandra's diagnosis with breast cancer, I figured I need to make some really bold changes. I think I overall live pretty well..take good care of myself...but I don't excercise daily. And I know I need to do that to be in great health and not just good or very good health. Right now I have age on my side, but soon, I will cross that threashold where things will start to slowly stop working optimally if I don't take better care of myself. So I joined a gym, which I love and also signed up for a big bike ride. Yes! Me! Riding 45 miles in October with the Lance Armstrong Live Strong bike ride in Austin,Texas. My husband will be riding 95 miles. And together, we hope to raise a couple thousand dollars for the Live Strong Foundation, all in honor of my Aunt Sandra. I am so excited about this. I have been searching for ways to give back more and this is just also going to be a great physical challenge to train for. My husband is an avid road cyclist. I have done indoor cycling classes in the past, but never actually ridden a road cycling bike outside. Something about have my feet locked onto the bike freaks me out! But I know to ride your best, you must have the shoes and thus your feet, clamped to the bike. iI have pictured myself multiple times flying through the air attached to a bike. Not pretty. So I am changing my thoughts. Now I visualize myself speeding gracefully up and down the hills, keeping up with group, possibly leading at times, doing great. Positive thinking...I really need to do more of that! And I have never used my own body power to ride 45 miles! So this will be a great challenge. If you are interested in sponsoring me and/or my husband, I'll be sharing my page link on the Live Strong site soon and will of course keep you updated on my progress here as well! I am supposed to start the MWF 5:15am cycling classes next week. What have I gotten myself in to?lol
I also spent a fair amount of time in December trying to figure out how I can use my business to raise money for charities I love to support. I have some great projects underway, that I'll be sharing with you here of course when the time is right. One is coming up already in February. So look out for that!
I gave my new little neighbor a little sewing lesson when she came over to play with Leah. All three kids made their own pillows. They were so excited. Here is Peyton's little orange pillow made with some great Heather Ross fabric.
And then Leah used this out of print butterfly print from Free Spirit Fabrics (Jane Sassman, I think).
And Lucas chose this monster truck fabric for his. He was mid-word when I snapped this one! The girls stitched up the openings on the pillows on their own, but Lucas did 2 stitches and turned the work over to me. :)
I am going to startup doing some private and group lessons here locally, and I am so excited about this. I loved my little sewing lessons with my girlfriends back in Germany (remember this post) so I have been itching to get back into this!
Then I can't forget Christmas vacation. I mentioned in the last post that my family and I traveled 15,000 miles in 2 weeks! We flew over to Munich to celebrate Christmas with my husband's side of the family. This was the 3rd year in a row that we had Christmas in Munich! Of course, this year, we thought we'd still be living in Germany, but when we moved back to the US in August, we promised the inlaws that we would still come for Christmas this year. I am so glad we did. I love Christmas in Germany! My mother in law is actually a classical musician (retired now, even though she just released a new CD and still plays concerts on a regular basis...she plays organ and harpsicord) and has a gorgeous organ right in their house (I know, who has an organ in their house!!). So Christmas with them is always filled with music and tradition and family. We all had such a great time together...the time went by way too quickly. Here are a few pictures from our visit.
The kids love the Christmas tree in Germany. My inlaws still light real candles on the tree. It is just stunning!
Christmas Ever Dinner...Lucas was exhausted from all the excitement and the jetlag!
My mother in law and my hubby's cousins girls at the piano on Christmas Day.
Singing Christmas Carols in the Music Room. We do the carols bilingual...most songs are sung in German, and then there are a few English selections, like Jingle Bells and silent night.
My brother-in-law in the kitchen.
Cousins...sharing a meal at the table together.
Some funny pics of the kids...a mock photoshoot. They had fun putting on Gro and Opa's hats and shoes and taking pics.
and Modern Cowboys!
Then we went to Maryland to spend New Year's with my side of the family. Another great time! We were hopping around so much while there, so I did not drag the camera around all the time. But I did want to share this picture of Leah with my cutie pie niece (and God-daughter) Skye Alexis.
And here's one of her napping on my hubby. He sat with her for about an hour like this! Made us want another!
Isn't she adorable. She just turned 1 in December. The 4 of us wanted to steal her. Leah said she smelled like cupcakes. She did. Sweet, sweet! I can't wait until she is old enough for us to wisk her away for a few weeks!
December also brought in a load of gorgeous new fabrics! It killed me to not be able to get these right up on the website! But they are up now and lots more to come soon (including new European prints for spring...including lots of great cottons for boys! and some lovely new Japanese prints as well!). So keep your eyes pilled and if you are on my mailing list, be sure to check your inbox. I included a coupon code for you to enjoy on your purchases throughout the rest of the month!
Okay, now that I have recapped December, I'll be back soon to get on to what else is New for 2009! I have to get back to my sewing machine. I made 3 quilt tops this week and havestarted cutting pieces for 3 more! Here are the 3 I finished already.
This weekend I hope to start the actual quilting of the 3 quilts. I doubt I'll get them all done. We'll see.
And here are pics of fabric I'll be using for the next 3.
So, after I have blabbed on forever here, tell me, what are you up to this weekend/what are you working on?
Have a great weekend, and we'll talk soon, folks!