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I've solved the problem of looking at my watch while taking a picture, I just need to get Charley to take it. 😬 We're out for Indian food tonight with Nana, Oupa, Sarah, Scott, Charley, Ezra, Paul, Isaac, Emmie, and me. #arizonalegofthemove #familytime #familydinner #cousintime #nanaandoupa #applewatch #indianfood #nephews #nephewlove #parentingteens
Paul took this picture of me in the van sleeping with the cat while he was waiting at a fast food line, she definitely sleeps prettier than I do. 😂 #arizonalegofthemove #spainherewecome #moving #thegreatgriffithmigration2017 #bengal #bengalcat #bengalkitten #catpeople #allergyseason #allergycoma #mybaby
Well, the tire is pretty shredded, but we're at my mom's on the spare, and no one is any worse for wear. We're currently debating putting the van to bed and getting a rental car for the next 10 days, or getting a new tire and having her limp across the finish line before she gets sent into the big parking lot in the sky. #arizonalegofthemove #spainherewecome #moving #thegreatgriffithmigration2017 #carproblems #theoldgraymaresheaintwhatsheusedtobe
So thanks to the worlds worst allergies (tm) I was conked out in the van as Paul drove us to Tucson from Phoenix. I became aware of the back tire of the van making a slightly odd noise, but wasn't sure what it was......... until a minute later when the right rear tire blew. Holy smokes, we are attempting to send the van out with a bang! This old girl has carried us from 2004, when we got her used with 77,000 miles on it, and has seen us through car seats, furniture moves, international moves, a total engine blowup and overhaul, and she's traversed the united states a couple of times. I guess she gets to have a bit of a lame flipper every now and again at this stage. Luckily/or unluckily Paul got voted most likely to fix the tire (since I've been alone in the car for a few tire changes) and so I'm now inside with Tiger thinking light thoughts and helpfully reminding Paul we have free roadside assistance in America if he wants, while he sassafrases over a rusted out bolt on the spare, we discovered in Korea, that makes it now want to drop. #theoldgraymaresheaintwhatsheusedtobe #carproblems #thegreatgriffithmigration2017 #moving #spainherewecome #arizonalegofthemove
I spent most of today purpleifying Sarah's laundry room. (Which shouldn't have taken the whole day, except it's a lot of doors and cutting in, and we had to keep shifting the washer and dryer.) Paul and Scott raised the cupboards above the washer and dryer, added shelves between them, and it's going to be really bright and functional in there now. (Purple is Sarah's favorite color, and she's always wanted a purple room, so now she gets one!!!) I still need to paint the skirting boards and add new knobs to the cabinetry, but other than Sarah getting to hang whatever she wants on the walls, it will be done tomorrow. #painting #diy #maker #makeitwork #makersgonnamake #arizonalegofthemove #spainherewecome #purplewalls #decor #homeimprovement #sarahshouse #favoritecolor #beforethebaby #helpasistaout
I'll have to see if I can get a picture of the boys wearing them later, but their astronaut suits are done!!! I used a performance knit to hopefully stop them from sweating to death, and they are made with a dropped crotch and cuffs, so that they can have the body, arms, and legs be a little long, but not go over their hands and feet, so they can last a little longer as they grow. I used my mom's embroidery machine for the chest designs, and added in a little foiled gold stretch fabric to make them a little fancy. My favorite part is the little bit of stuffing I put in the collar, so that it's stiff like a helmet lock ring thingy would be. Now I just need to figure out helmets for them!!! #makersgonnamake #maker #arizonalegofthemove #pcslife #moving #nephews #nephewlove #luckiestauntie #astronaut #astronautcostume #spainherewecome #summervacation #sew #sewn #sewing #sewcrafty #sewcialists
Anyone who knows me, knows it's pretty much impossible for me to deny a dress-ups request from the little boys. Charley apparently knows me (😬) and made a bedtime dress up costume request last night, all enthusiastically with a "we could make it tomorrow!!!" thrown in. "Of course we can make it tomorrow!" I say, as we make a midnight Walmart run, so I can have the fabric ready to go. (I'm a sucker for little people who believe there's no task I'm not up to sewing, even if it's out of midnight Walmart fabric, and my sewing stuff is currently floating on the ocean.) #luckiestauntie #nephewlove #nephews #dressup #dressups #sew #sewing #sewcrafty #sewn #babyezra #charleyboy #babylocksewing #babylock #babylockimagine #knitsewing #babylockpresto #mymomsmachinesarefancierthanmineanyway #thegreatgriffithmigration2017 #moving #pcslife #arizonalegofthemove #maker #makersgonnamake
I love how technologically savvy kids are, there's nothing weird about this in Charley's world. #snapchat #nephews #nephewlove #luckiestauntie #familytime #noyouhaveafunnyface
Crazy runs in the family around here, but it's the best kind of crazy! All morning has been a cousin swim session at Nana's house and it's so fun to watch how sweet and patient my kids are with their little cousins, and how they are developing those deep loving relationships through serving and taking care of them. This is what summer's should always look and feel like, and I'm so grateful for these fleeting moments we get all together. #cousintime #swimming #nephews #nephewlove #parentingteens #airforcelife #airforcefamily #militarylife #militaryfamily #pcslife #moving #spainherewecome #summervacation #bonding #luckiestauntie #familytime
Two of my favorite things met each other today, and I couldn't stop giggling for the joy of seeing it happen. Ezzy might be a slightly bigger fan than Tiger, but she was very sweet and tolerant of him, which was all I could ask for! #nephews #nephewlove #catpeople #catsofinstagram #bengal #bengalcat #bengalkitten #ezzyiscatpeopletoo #happiestdayofmylife
The sun's being a bear right now, and there doesn't seem to be anyway to get it out of my eyes, but this is the Embroidery so far. Charley wanted a blue beetle when I facetimed him, so a blue beetle there is. Only a couple more hours to go, and we just crossed over into Arizona! #designonthefly #airforcefamily #airforcelife #militaryfamily #militarylife #militarymove #pcslife #roadtrip #embroidery #handmade #handsewn #crafty #sew #sewn #sewing #sewcrafty #maker #makersgonnamake #suninmyeye #carcrafting
I haven't managed to get very far, every-time I'm looking productive the cat sits on me, so I can only work when she's decided to harass someone else. 😹 but we are more than halfway through today's drive, so we are in New Mexico and will be in Arizona before it gets too late tonight. #maker #makersgonnamake #embroidery #sewing #handsewn #handmade #sew #sewn #sewcrafty #roadtrip #thegreatgriffithmigration2017 #pcslife #militarylife #militaryfamily #airforcelife #airforcefamily #catpeopleproblems #designonthefly
I'm working on hand sewing a maxi dress style swimsuit coverup today, days one and two of the road trip were a little boring since I didn't plan well and bring any hand work, so yesterday we stopped into Hobby Lobby and I bought 2 yards of rayon gauze, some needles, thread, an embroidery hoop, and some flosses, so I can at least have something to do on the last day of the trip! Now I just need to decide what to stinking embroider. 🙄 #thegreatgriffithmigration2017 #embroidery #sew #sewing #handsewn #sewn #maker #makersgonnamake #makeitwork #blankcanvas #roadtrip #innewmexiconow #designonthefly #thisistheshoulder #sewcrafty #crafty #hobbylobby
We had a lovely time, being fed amazing food, in wonderful company tonight! I always feel very blessed in my family whenever we get to spend some time with my Aunty Jean (my mom's sister, and the reason my middle name is Jean) and my Uncle Roy. We have kind of a fun bond in the fact that Jean was pregnant with Maiya the same time I was pregnant with Isaac, so my kids are closer in age to her than her own siblings are! #coloradolegofthetrip #family #pcslife #roadtrip #airforcefamily #airforcelife #militaryfamily #militarymove #militarylife #thegreatgriffithmigration2017
We spent a lovely evening seeing My Auntie Jean and Uncle Roy, Cousin Maiya, and my Gramma. We feel so lucky to have the chance to get to see her while she is in the States, since she is from South Africa, and we don't know how much longer she'll feel up to making trips, she's my last living grandparent, and is the major reason I sew, and make things. Tomorrow morning first thing we are off, to the Arizona leg of the trip. #parentingteens #family #roadtrip #thegreatgriffithmigration2017 #coloradolegofthetrip #bestgrammaever #airforcelife #airforcefamily #militarylife #militaryfamily #militarymove #pcslife #ontheroadagain
Isaac looking like not Kate Gosselin post haircut. #justsaynotokatehair #kateplus8 #parentingteens #haircut
Who wore it better? The answer, neither. Isaac's first act of the day needs to be a haircut. (We've let it get too long because we've been busy.) #parentingteens #kateplus8 #notacompliment #justsaynotokatehair