Saturday, March 10, 2012

Great Wolf Lodge

In the worst winter snow of the season, Rob and I took Ava to Great Wolf Lodge. We left last Friday night in effort to beat the snow storm but ended up right in the middle of it. After a white knuckled five hour ride to Traverse City we made it in one piece to the Baymont Inn. Originally, we were planning on riding up Saturday morning with four other families but opted to leave early since our reservations were not refundable and we thought the highway would either be impassable or shut down. So... we hit the roads early and sighed a big sigh of relief when we safely parked our vehicles for the night.

Saturday afternoon our whole group which included the Barksdales, Kooistras, Arnoldinks, and Huysers made it to Great Wolf Lodge with a pack of wild kids ready to swim.

Here is a view of all of water park...

Ava loved sliding down on her tummy... The GWL staff blew the whistle on her several times for violating the rules and not going down on her butt!!!

She had fun swimming in the kiddy wadding pool.

Captain Ava...

She loves GWL!

Here is a cute picture of Ava on the steps of our room suite holding our "Elise Candle" and waiting for story time.

She had to tuck Dora in bed because she was tired from swimming all day!

Ava, Kamie, Alaina, Jacob, Kyle, and Kaylie waiting for the story to start.

Rob holding Baby Joe!

Here are all the animals telling the kids a bedtime tale.

Wolfie & Violet visited during the story.

My Wolf!

 Ava had to have a stuffed wolf from the gift shop that she had to name LOVELY. This is her telling the momma wolf outside the shop that she was going to take Lovely home and be her new momma.

She loves LOVELY!

Rob, Ava, and Lovely sitting in the lobby waiting for our pizza.

This happy kid made our trip worth the white knuckle ride. We can't wait for our next water adventure!

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Todd's T-Shirt Quilt

As part of my 2012 goals to make something for each of my family members I created a quilt for my brother, Todd's, birthday. It was a big hit and now everyone would like one. I guess I will be busy for the rest of the cold months making quilts filled with flannel for the one's I love. As they say, a family stitched together with love seldom unravels!

It took me a handful of months just to get 30 T-Shirts. I wanted this to be a surprise for him so I rummaged through our closets and Goodwill for the majority of them. Finally, I asked him to give me a few of his own old T's for the final touches but he couldn't ask me what I was using them for. All thirty shirts have some meaning whether its a favorite sports team, hunting or fishing related, a place we have been, or an event we have supported!

After I organized the shirts out I cut them into 12 1/2 in by 12 1/2 in squares along with the 30 flannel squares I needed for this project.

Then I made T-Shirt/Flannel sandwiches and stitched each one with an "X."

Using the flannel I personalized a T-Shirt with an "e" for him because he tells me I need to mark my sewing goods with a label of sorts. I embroided it with our love saying, "LUV YA 4EBS XOXO" Which means, "I will Love You Forever - Hugs & Kisses!!!"

I also specialized the Detroit T-Shirt by keeping the neckline and making it into a pocket for the safe keeping of his remote, phone, or whatever else he wishes.

Then I sewed all thirty shirts together...

I used a rag scissor and snipped the boarders of all the shirt squares.

Finally, I washed it so the agitation of the cycle would rag the quilt and give it a cool frayed look.

Then the Wednesday before his 39th Birthday I invited him over for the secret Birthday Gift reveal! As he opened his quilt he noticed right away some of the shirts he donated to the cause...

Pleased and Surprised... He claims this is in his top three prized possessions!

16 hours in total... 5ft by 6ft... I am proud of my work!

I will love this brother of mine 4EBS!

On a tiny side note... Here is a picture of us taken at my mom's on one of our Wednesday Night Sleep-over Office Parties just before I cut the shirts. It's of him wearing one of his old favorites that made it into his quilt! We are holding up season 2 and enjoying a McDonald's flurry that was purchased with cash from my sewing sales. I love this picture of us even though we are not looking our best. Our smiles say we always have fun together no matter what MON'!"

Bowling is FUN-tastic!

In effort to try and spice up the fun this winter, Rob and I took Ava bowling for her first time! We went with our neighbors the Barksdales and the Arnoldinks. A good time was had by all and I am sure we will be back again.

Here is our Bowling Queen... I love her shoes!

Rob showed her how to roll the ball under-dog style...

Kaylie helped her using the ball-stand...

The kids had lots of Bowling Alley Snacks...

Here is Kris, Angie, me...

We all had a fun time... However, I must say that the price of bowling is not as cheap as it was when we were kids. Yes... I had to go there with a walking backwards in the snow story. I'm getting old! Seriously, it was pricey. We bowled for two hours and our bill was $60 dollars. That was unlimited bowling for the two hours we were there, shoe rental, an appetizer to share, and two drinks. For some reason that seems pricey to me so it's a good thing we had fun with friends!