Monday, June 12, 2017

Goofin' Off With a Fun Family Weekend

This past weekend we had a lot of family come in town for a wedding.  We had a lot of fun spending time together and creating new memories.  I was able to sneak in a little stitching and quilting time even with all the fun activities going on and was able to get this done on the Captain America quilt.

Step IV - D

Step IV - E

Step IV - F

Step IV - G
These pictures show the progression of how the large blocks are slowly being assembled with the sub-units that I pieced earlier.  It's fun watching this all come together.  I am still really looking forward to having this quilt on our bed when it's finished.  I am shooting for an Independence Day finish so I can have a red, white, and blue quilt on the bed.

I also did a little bit of cross stitching...much more than I had anticipated.  Here you can see I finished another small section.

Mickey and Pirate Friends Cross Stitch - 06/11/2017

On Friday night, my niece got married.  It was a simple and beautiful wedding.  She did so much of the work herself.  She is quite the talented and independent woman.  It was a fairly small wedding with family and close friends.  Personally, I love intimate weddings.

My niece and her husband have a one-year-old daughter who joined them right after the final "I do's" were said.  Here is the family being introduced.

The Awesome Family Being Introduced to the Guests

And should you be worrying that there is no Disney slant to this story, please worry no more.  My niece's husband once worked for Disney at Disney's Blizzard Beach water park in Orlando, Florida. How is it that there is always a Disney connection for me?  Just lucky that way, I guess.

On Saturday, since there was so much family in town, the extended family got together for a gathering at my parents' beach cabin.  The weather was cool but at least not raining.  The kids played for hours on the beach digging holes and catching baby Dungeness crabs while the adults chatted away and got caught up on what was going on in everyone's lives.

Then this moment happened...

A Boy and His Great-Grandpa Walking on the Beach
This cutie of a boy grabbed his great-grandpa's hand and they went for a walk together.  I can't begin to tell you how much this picture means to me.  My Dad (Great-Grandpa in the picture) has had a lot of health issues this past year.  The fact that he is able to walk on the beach is a small miracle in and of itself.  I snagged a picture quickly because it reminded me of this...

Partners Statue - Mickey Mouse and Walt
This statue can be seen as you come down Main Street in Disneyland in California or the Magic Kingdom in Florida.  Blaine Gibson, the sculptor, said he was trying to reflect Walt's goal of making a destination where families could play together and make happy memories. When my parents bought their cabin on the beach, they were trying to create happy memories where families could play together...just as Walt did.  My parents have now created four generations of happy memories at their cabin on the beach.

It was a magical weekend!  What more can I say?

Linking up to Main Crush Monday at Cooking Up Quilts.  

20 comments:

  1. How wonderful to have the family together for a wedding! Glad you were able to have some crafting time too :)

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    1. Rhona, Thanks for dropping by. I stayed pretty focused and busy last week so that I was able to get a lot done. I love to feel productive and have something to show for my work at the end of the day. --Andrea

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  2. Your block is really pretty! Great job! Your cross stitching project is really interesting. Look forward to seeing your progress!

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    1. Thanks for dropping in. Yes, the cross stitching project is in the very, very, very early stages. I'm still on page 1 of 30. I have years to go before it will be finished. --Andrea

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  3. Love the pic of your dad with his grandson. The quilt and stitching are looking great.

    Linda

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    1. Thanks for dropping by, Linda. That picture of my dad and his great-grandson is a treasure for sure. There were a lot of little miracles that took place that my dad was there and able to take this walk. --Andrea

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  4. What a fun picture of the two of them -- one that will be a treasure for years to come! Glad you had fun times with the family!

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    1. Thanks, Wendy! It was a great weekend. --Andrea

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  5. Good morning! What a nice post! All good things happening and I like the way you're posting your quilting progress. I would really love to make a quilt myself, but a little fearful of it. I love to sew and was taught how on a treadle machine when I was five. I started out making doll clothes. Anyway.....You inspire me for sure. Beautiful stitching and beautiful family. Love the picture of the little boy with his great grandfather. I'm now your newest follower. LindaLee

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    1. Thanks for dropping by the blog. Don't let quilting intimidate you. It was much simpler than I thought it would be. I just needed to know how to sew a 1/4-inch seam. I do tend to use simple patterns, so that helps. I enjoyed looking at your projects! Looking forward to seeing more. --Andrea

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  6. Wohoo progress on your projects even with the wonderful weekend. What a great pic of your dad on the beach. So sweet. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thanks for dropping by, Katie. Any progress is still progress. --Andrea

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  7. What a lovely post Andrea. Wonderful family fun weekend and even a little time for stitching. Quilt top progressing and looking good.

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    1. Thanks, Sheryl! I've been enjoying the projects, so I'm glad I was able to sneak in some quilting and stitching time.

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  8. I am absolutely in LOVE with your Cap quilt! I can't wait to see it finished! Funnily enough, that Blaine Gibson statue has a whole other meaning for us...we like to take pictures of Mickey's butt! It's a running joke with us because every single animal in Disney, be they live or "animated", always seem to have their butts in our faces for one reason or the other and we now make it a point to search out the butts of the "stable" figures!

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    1. Keiley, I guess my "Partners" statue picture fits right in then...the back side. (smiling) Love your family's sense of humor. I swear, we have got to be related somehow...maybe third cousins 21 times removed? --Andrea

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  9. Love the picture, those are the best ones when you catch people unknowingly. Your square looks great and I look forward to seeing more of them!

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  10. Thanks for dropping in, Faith. I agree that the best pictures are the ones that occur naturally and not posed. --Andrea

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  11. Hi Andrea, a wee note to say so many thanks for visiting my blog and your lovely words.Your Dad and the wee boy, this is so special, I have tears, of happiness and memories of my own Dad. Beautiful wedding couple/ and baby too, and her gown, a gorgeous one. Cheers, Jean.

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    1. Thanks for dropping by, Nancy. And a special thank you for your sweet comments. --Andrea

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