Thursday, July 23, 2009

Pioneer Day Eve Update

Well, here is what happened with the Pioneer clothing. My good friend Diane loaned us this outfit: (WARNING - Pioneer outfit model should be treated as a hostile witness, your Honor).

Thank you, Diane!! The white blouse was one of the Goodwill Finds.

Below is the outfit I DID create. The hostile model chose yellow fabric in a non-hostile moment:

It all looks better in person. I also made pretty cool bloomers out of jammie bottoms. One pair looked like this - you know, for patriotic purposes:

The other pair I made had big yelllow chickies. LOVE them. Forgot to photograph them. Gotta be a little unconventional, you know?

Happy Pioneer Day - a little early.

(Ok, she wasn't really "hostile", she just wasn't too happy about wearing pioneer clothes for 4 days. Can't blame her for that.)

Saturday, July 18, 2009

....and they sewed,. and sewed. and sewed.... AND sewed.

Aren't these lovely items of clothing?

"Old lady" clothes, you say? That's what Les said. Nope - these are pioneer outfits in the making.....seriously. L leaves in 4 DAYS for the stake's Pioneer Trek, and I have not started making her clothes yet. I decided to try something different and I am going to re-make these things from Goodwill into almost authentic pioneer clothes. I'll keep you posted. Hopefully Les will model for my photos.
Wish me luck!
PS- the bright-colored pink striped and flag covered items are jammie bottoms, which I was going to turn into unconventional bloomers. However, L hi-jacked the pink ones and so now I have to make another trip to Goodwill. Sigh.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Good Times in Novice Gardening #6

Here is the latest garden news - well, it about doubled in size while we were away. The trellises are not strong enough - blew that. The squash and tomato plants are taking over all the squares. The lettuce peaked then, too, and a few friends enjoyed it for us! So glad it didn't just rot. So now I am trying to figure out how to get the trellises to stay up to hold the strong and heavy plants. We should have secured them better - now we know. Several things I planted by seed never came up. Maybe I didn't water them enough? Ideas?

Some of the produce! I ate squash and zucchini for dinner tonight. Yum.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Symbols and Signs

She's home.

My adorable, bright and dear daughter is now back home and hopefully not leaving for a very long time. For any new readers who happen upon here, Les has been in a boarding school in Utah for 14 months. You can read more about it in this post.

The school gives each girl a very special farewell ceremony.

Here are some highlights:

This is the "cradling" ceremony. The departing student chooses two songs which she feels describe her, define her, and reflect her experience in changing her life. Leslie chose, "Little Wonders" by Rob Thomas, and "Extraordinary", by Mandy Moore. Great choices - find the lyrics and you'll see why. During this ceremony, the music is played while the girl is gently lifted and rocked by all those around her who love her - the other students and friends and staff, teachers, therapists, and parents are now again at "the head". Significant in numerous ways.

The "graduating" student also makes a stepping stone filled with items that reflect who she is, what her journey has been, hopes for the future, etc. She shows each item and tells what it means to her and what it symbolizes.

And then it is put into the cement!

Here is her finished stepping stone, or "head stone" as the girls
affectionately(?) call it:

That evening, we met up with most of the Utah Tait family for a little dinner and celebration of her being on her way home.

The "Good to Go" sign is very significant, don't you think?

We visited family in Vegas and also in Arizona. My sister in law, Darlene, had this displayed in front of her house:

This year we have learned many therapeutic words and phrases. One of those phrases is called "getting back to baseline", which means that you are taking a few minutes to be calm, relaxed and ready to discuss anything. For example, if we are having an important discussion and one of us is getting riled up or upset, another family member says, "ok, take a minute to get back to baseline and then we will continue". The discombobulated person then takes a moment, a time-out if you will, to self-regulate and be calm.

Well, in Mesa, there is a prominent street named Baseline. While out with my nieces, we all thought it would be very appropriate to take Leslie's photo on Baseline to prove that she knows how to get there! Ah, the irony!

Yep, she's there. For now.

Upon arriving back in good old Merry Land, we happened upon this:

Thanks, K, for the sign.

We have been through countless thoughts and emotions over the past week. We feel grateful to our Heavenly Father for the blessings that come after the storm, and especially those that come DURING the torrential rain. We know more storms will come - in one way or another.

For now, though, the symbols and signs show us that some sun is here
for a while.

Excuse me while I bask in its brilliance.