Tuesday, May 13, 2008

My Real Life (...or, what I do in between crafts!)

This sassy looking girl was going to her prom! This, unfortunately, was the best picture I could get! She went to the prom with two of her friends mostly because they wanted to go and they wanted her with them. She did not want a standard prom dress, but I think she looks very cute in this cherry print dress that I made for her graduation. I think it's the first time she's in a dress in a loooong time! She is definitely growing up! Since prom, she has also worn the dress to our annual May Birthday celebration at her auntie and uncle's house. Everyone was so impressed! They are all used to seeing her in grungy jeans and her grafitti-covered army jacket!

She even surprised me on Sunday when she dressed for our picnic in a little sleeveless tee and shorts! What a beauty my baby Carmen is.

Almost eighteen years ago she made a mommy out of me! I remember going to Mother's Day brunch when I was fully pregnant with her and I felt so proud to be one of the "mommies" along with Grandma, Aunt Denah and Mom. This year, we packed up a picnic and went to Crosswoods Park. Pretty standard looking park, right? There's the library on the left, the playground, the tennis court and just out of sight on the right hand side is the Community Center.

But when you turn around, this is the view:

And this is what you see when you look up:This is a gorgeous little corner of Citrus Heights. Arcade Creek runs right through here and the place is full of beautiful old river oaks. I used to bring the children here all the time when they were little.
Eric and I made these amazing sandwiches. Here's the recipe, if you would like to try it. Please note- the bug is one of the guests, not one of the ingredients!

Handsome husband contemplates nature:
Eric poses handsomely, while his best friend Cody watches for seagulls. (LOL- no! There was a lot of grape tossing going on!)

That is my granddaughter Nicole there with Carmen. The two of them are best, best, best friends. Always have been.

Good dog Buddy. After being insanely fetch-obsessed, he finally got worn out and took a rest!
It was a GREAT Mother's Day. Most years I try not to have any expectations and then I sit around and secretly wait (hope) to be feted. This year, I took the bull by the horns and planned a day that I knew I would enjoy and then I made it happen! Everyone had to do what I said and it was great. I hope all the mommies out there had a lovely day! crafting news...this is what I have been obsessed with for the last two days:

It's a little Hitty doll! I am making it out of Aves Apoxie Sculpt. I roughly shaped it and then when it dried, I started carving. I am loving her so far! I will post updates as I progress.
I have some little goodies to share with the first commenters on my last post. I will be contacting some of you for addresses in the next few days. I'm so excited to show you what I made!
Speaking of mail love, Lisa apparently has still not received my box. I sent it Parcel Post on May 2nd! Do you think I should contact the post office? I didn't insure it or track it. I'm so freaking out about it. Why oh Why didn't I order tracking? Cross your fingers for me, Friends!

9 friends said....:

  1. Hia Bettsi, I'm just catching up with your week. What a lovely Mother's Day. The park is so beautiful- those trees are gorgeous.

    The swaps you made aare lovely- what a brilliant crown!

  2. What a beautiful family you have, my friend! Great work on the pretty dress, too!

    I respect you so much for everything that you do: working, raising a family, taking care of your house, crafting and blogging, all with a determined joyfulness!


  3. Your family is beautiful!

  4. What a beautiful place to have a picnic! And those sandwiches look yummy! I might have to try that recipe.
    It was nice to meet you. Thanks for leaving a comment on my blog!

  5. Hi Bettsi! It sounds like a wonderful Mother's Day!

    You are blessed! :)

  6. Main - you've got a good-looking family! And kudos to your daughter for doing her own thing at prom (and to you for making such a cool dress!) I went to prom one year when I lived in a small town with my dad (until that point I had grown up in a big city.) There were no clothing stores, so I had to borrow a dress from someone at school (i was kind of like your daughter in high school - no dresses!) the dress was shimmery purple with a big flower on it - horrifying! Too bad dad couldn't sew!

  7. Good Morning, Bettsi
    Here I am bringing up the rear again. I owe you a long email; perhaps you will get a surprise one in your inbox today.
    Can't wait to see what you do with the Hitty - it will be perfection, I know!
    Your family is spectacular looking.
    Thinking of you with great fondness

  8. Great to "meet" your family, Bettsi!
    Your daughter reminds me of my own Kate, nine years ago, going to her prom, the only girl wearing a short dress, and proud of it! Seldom wore a dress, but now works in NYC and wears skirts & classy clothes all the time!
    Good to catch up with you and your blog!

  9. Your family are lovely!! I love the cherry print dress you made, it's gorgeous!
    Can't wait to see the finished Hitty doll!


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