• Finished Quilts in 2010

    Click pictures for full details! Julia's Field of Blessings See Mom, I *Can* Make Snowmen in Texas! All Shook Up Pansies & Primroses Vintage Spring Vintage Baby A Bad Copy
  • Finished Quilts in 2009

    Click pictures for full details! Sunshine & Swimming Pools Loving Hands Boy Woogies Carina's Quilt Front Charity Quilt 1 Charity Quilt 2
  • Finished Quilts: Previous Years

    My sister's quilt Elena's Signature Quilt Cosmic Spiral Simona's Flower Garden ...And Everything Nice The Wool Quilt The Original Woogie
  • Finished Craft Projects

    Traveling Car Playmat Brown Bear Matching Cards
  • Finished Girls’ Dresses & Costumes

  • Quilt To Do List

    *Julia's "Baby" Quilt
    *Bethlehem Quilt
    *Kaffe Fassett String Quilt
    *Star Happy Batik Quilt
    *Red & Tan Single Wedding Ring Quilt (blocks made)
    *Batik Charm Square Quilt
    *Lingerie Quilt
    *Purple & Gold Mystery Quilt (just needs quilting!)
    *Eagle paper-pieced Quilt (@ half pieced)
  • Other Craft Project To Do List

    *Alphabet Matching Card Game
    *Apple/Pear Dress for Elena
    *Pillow Case Dress for Julia
    *Knit Dress for Elena (need to do post!)
    *Knit Shorts for Me
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At 3:42 a.m. on August 24th, my dear Elena turned 4 years old:

 Elena at the very moment of her birth

(Yes, I take a picture of both girls each year at their birth moment.  This is the 1st year Elena slept through my picture-taking ordeal.)


Will her birthdays ever stop being so bittersweet?  Or so shocking?  How is my little baby 4 years old?  Yet at the same time, I feel like she’s been here all my life.

Mmmm, Ice Cream!

This year for Elena has been great.  Soon after her last birthday, she started Mother’s Day Out.  I was **so** nervous and warned the teachers of her shyness.  And that she’d never been without me.  I think the teachers thought I was crazy!  Elena loved “school” and suddenly broke out of her shell, and now will lead her friends around instead of just following them.  She still has moments of shyness, but will join in on the fun much faster these days.


Elena tells great stories.  Most of them of course involve princesses.

Beautiful Elena

Elena still has a great affection for her bellybutton.  For those uninformed, where some kids have a special lovey or suck their thumb, Elena twiddles her bellybutton.  It is her comfort.  Her happy spot.  Just yesterday she pretended to go to work:

Me: Where do you work Elena?

Elena: I work to make bellybuttons happy!

Me:  Oh?

Elena: Yes!  See!  I do the bellybutton dance and then everyone feels better!  (as she lifted up her dress, put her finger in her bellybutton, and danced around.)


She is a lefty!  I am so befuddled at this development since NOBODY in our families is a lefty.  She tried to be a righty for quite some time I think in that she’d try to mimic us exactly, but her left hand seems to be winning out.  Anyone with tips?  How to make life as a lefty easy?  Do I need to tell her teachers so they don’t accidently give her crayons in her right hand and confuse her more? I’m all ears!


She is TALL!  Yet another surprise!  She is off-the-charts for height for the 2nd year in a row, so I guess it’s not a fluke?

Posing as a model again?

She LOVES her sister.  LOVES.  Whenever we walk in the door she happily takes off Julia’s shoes.  It is hilarious — Julia now immediately lays down on the ground and puts her feet up in the air patiently waiting for Elena to help a girl out! 

Mmmm, Candy

And she happily is the 1st to greet Julia whenever Julia awakes.  I am pretty sure she has pretended to hear Julia on more than one occasion…


She gives the BEST hugs and kisses.

Riding her new PRINCESS bike

She is our special little girl, who in one instant talks about how big she is, and in the next asks for reassurances that she will always be our baby.  Yes Elena, you will always be our baby.

Moments after birth

One Response

  1. How sweet! What a wonderful personality emerging is this great girl! And yay for another left-hander in the world! Best advice, don’t let anyone force her to be right-handed.

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