Sunday, December 30, 2007

2007 Wrap Up....

Hello Friends, I hope this finds you all snug as a bug in your homes celebrating the coming of the New Year with family and friends most loved. I thought I would take this opportunity to wrap up 2007 and bring in 2008 with a toot from my horn.



2007 was a good year for myself and my family, of course there were losses and gains, trials and smiles, tribulation and jubilation...but all in all, I have again learned many lessons and I am thankful for those. I am thankful for the health of my family, our faith and continued resolve to be a unit.



I have gained many friends through this blogging community and can look back at this same time last year and remember sort of feeling like an outsider looking in, because I was new to blogging, didn't have as much "experience" with finishing, etc. This year, I have gained so many new friendships and feel that I have a place in our community, I'm happy with the finishing I have learned, am eager to learn more and am looking forward to my stitching as never before. I have this blog and your friendship and inspiration to thank for that!



In 2007 I have:

Finished 53 cross stitch projects

Participated in 32 various exchanges

Started participating in a Round Robin Hello Neighbor

Authored 6 Tutorials

Had 55269 people visiting me at this blog

Had 10879 people visiting me at my Tutorial blog: here

Co-founded an exchange board: Fair and Square

Made a whole lot of friends (please look in a mirror here)



In 2008 I hope to:

Do a whole lot of stitching!


Please take a moment to look through my photo albums for my finished projects and what I hope to continue working on....I'm going to be much better in photographing my stitching this year than in the past year and I've uploaded all my WIPs into various groups so that I (and you too) can track my progress.



I will be starting my Dear Diary Sampler on Jan. 1st! I will be starting back up my Cirque de Cercles project too.



I am slowing WAY down on exchanges this year, most of the exchange groups I belong too are closing. That leaves me with Fair and Square and Hello Neighbor. I'm participating in a three way exchange this year with 3 other lovely ladies, that I hope to get to know better, and I hope to stitch and spoil a lot of my friends. I'm open to personal exchanges, but I think I'm going to step way back from other exchanging at least for the time being.



I think I've rambled enough....I won't be back until Jan. 2 with a picture (hopefully) of my Dear Diary Start :)



Until then may your ring in 2008 with health, laughter and safety

Friday, December 28, 2007

One last HURRAY for 2007...

Hello Friends! Thank you for all the wonderful Christmas wishes and cards/letters that were sent our way this super Christmas season! I appreciate your kindness, generosity and friendship, more than you can ever know...
Now for a one last Christmas present that arrived in the mail right before we were to get into our van and travel to our parents homes.
Sweet, talented, generous Su sent me this lovely, gorgeous ornament that I had been drooling over on her blog! YIPEE! I was astounded as this was THE one that I just took a nose dive for and there it was in my mailbox. Su thank you so much for the beautiful gift from your lovely heart!


Following is a pictorial that sums up the Pfeiffer Christmas Chronicals:



A whole LOT of presents


A whole LOT of cooking

A whole LOT of eating what we and others cooked


A whole LOT of playing with our new toys


And a whole lot of goofing off and having fun!

Friday, December 21, 2007

Christmas Elves

Well yesterday Christmas Elves struck at my house :0)

Carol the sweetheart of blogland sent this lovely package with the "big man" supervising!



Obviously Carol has a direct line to the Head Elf himself, for she knew my very own potholders were a sight of disgust and sent me some brand spanking new ones! The old ones went STRAIGHT in the trash! Carol also sent me some super smelling gingerbread wax tarts and the loveliest of all lovlies the Prairie Schooler Santa pinkeep ornament! Which took pride and position on our tree right underneath the angel topper's feet! Yes sir! Sure does look good on my tree! Thank you so much Carol - you say I've done a lot for you this year, and I don't think I have done much of anything that a friend would do, but I appreciate the gift, I shall treasure it always and think of you each time I take out a pot roast or sheet of cookies with my pot holders ;)




Then much to my surprise and pleasure...the cutie of blogland Nicole sent me this:


Cloisonne Whitmans tin (sorry for the poor picture...you know winter is here) and a SUPER lovely Christmassy colored scissors fob! I'm lucky to own two of Nicole's fobs and I love this one as much as I loved the other one. And I was just dancing around my kitchen when I pulled out the Cloisonne tin...I've been coveting them for some time now! Thank you sweet Nicole for your gracious and generous gift as well!
What have I been up to? Stressing over things I MUST GET STITCHED, and instead of stitching those things, I've been doing this:


I stitched this back in 2002 or so and I finished it last year into a pillow...that I hated. So the other day when I was decorating my house.....with new shelves that I had bought because of my MIL's b-day gift I stitched....I decided to rip it apart (the pillow) and finish it into a pinkeep.
Turned out pretty good didn't it?
It's stitched on light blue aida, not my favorite anymore, but the design is lovely. And I made the rope cording myself! *yay* me!
It's a little larger than I like my pinkeeps, but hey it's mine so who cares?! I like it!
Today, is raining and gloomy here, my laundry is done, folded and put away, the house is clean,the baking is done and I'm going to stitch the ENTIRE day! Let's hope I get at least one of the 5 projects I have to have done...finished!
And if you don't hear from me before Christmas, I wish you all the very merriest of seasons, may your heart be full and your load light! And may you know the peace and serenity of all that is Christmas :)

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Corn, Squares, Goodies and Goals....

Lot's to share in a short amount of time....
LOVELY Fair and Square friendship squares from the sweetie AmySC. She picked out squares that fit me to a "T" and stitched them in silk...what more can a girl ask for?!
Then on top of those lovely squares she sent me a little Christmas surprise:

Blackbird Designs "LOOSE FEATHER" charts...that I'm *really* wanting to start "collecting" and two skeins of Holiday WDWs threads in the varigated colors "Bethlehem" and "Noel". Thank you Amy your friendship means a lot to me! And it's always a special day when we exchange ideas and e-mails and find our "ideas" are often too large for our wee fingers to stitch! LOL! Thanks for being there!


Then this is my "autoshipment" from DSL I got my last installment of CCN's cottage houses threadpack series and I added Fear Not by Midsummer Night Designs, I all of a sudden have fallen in love with MND's....I have one waiting in the wings to "start" in the new year...Love them!


Why was I so tired last night you ask? Well feast your eyes on this:



It was my yearly Caramel Corn Extravaganza day! This is what the packages look like individually...the little ornaments were made by my children. They are the Christmas presents for their teachers at school.


Here's the whole pile of Christmas Presents...the big naked bags in the back are for my Dad and Mom...I figured theirs didn't need embellishment.
So today we will trek to school carrying 8 bags of caramel corn for the teachers. My kids only have one teacher each, but there are so many people that "help" my kids and I've developed relationships with them, so I'm gifting them too. I already took a 2.5 gallon bag of Caramel Corn in yesterday to the school office for the secretaries and principals. So today it's everyone else.
This week at school has been basically all play and no work for my kids. Last evening Ian told me that he could "get used to going to school if it was like this all the time" !!! LOL! On Tuesday they had the Accelerated Reader Convocation and there were 3 little Pfeiffer kids that were announced and got to walk up on stage and receive their certificates for meeting AR Goals! HURRAY Katie, Ian and Jacob!!! Mom was so proud! WHOO HOO! Today is the Accelerated Reading "Goal Party" - so those that made the goals gets to play BUNCO this afternoon at school. That's a high pressure situation for the boys, because it's a timed game and involves rolling dice and they sort of fall apart when it comes to involving a lot of different motor skills in a short amount of time. Believe me, I know how nervous and stressed they get playing Yahtzee turbo...but we'll have a talk about it being a "fun" time not a "beat everyone" sort of time....Katie just hopes they aren't on her team...LOL!
Well today is supposed to be CdC stitching time...but I don't think I'm going to be able to work it in this week....I just have too much to stitch and not a lot of time....I am DEFINITELY slowing down on exchanges next year, I'm burning myself out.
Until next time, may you fingers dance across your fabric as you stitch!

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Ornaments galore!

Hello Stitching Buddies :) Hope that all is well and right in your world. I need to do a quick post because there was a couple of parcels that were delivered successfully yesterday.



First up is dear Mary Kathryn....she was my Stitching Blogger's Birthday/Christmas Club partner this year and I must say the experience was a lovely one for me. I didn't "know" Mary Kathryn, but I got to by reading her blog to determine what she liked for her Birthday last January 31. Lucky for me, I've met a wonderful, spirit filled woman that I so enjoy to hop over to her blog and read her entries...she has amazing decorating, color sense and most of the time, I want to copy all she does...LOL!

This is the "Christmas" part of her package for this year:





Designer: Prairie Schooler

Design taken from Designer Series leaflet "Home for the Holidays" this is the church

Fabric: Sassy's Fabbys in Khaki 32 ct. Lugana

Fibers: DMC

Finished as Ruffle Edged Ornament


Thank you Mary Kathryn for allowing me to be your partner :) It's been a fun getting to know the woman behind the blog :)



Next Up: Tessa and Maddi sent Katie and I a lovely HUGE parcel yesterday....

The parcel occupants can be seen at Katie's blog, Here is what I received from sweet Tessa:

Reindeer Door Knob Ornament from Tessa


Isn't it the sweetest? I love it....We were spoiled with Christmas chocolates, stitching kits, buttons, a stuffed bilby, keyring, more and more....Both Katie and I were blown away. Sweet Tessa and Dearest Maddi, thank you! You made Katie's and my night last night :)


Finally, thank you for your kind words about my MIL's gift. It was packaged and DH took it to work to mail today :) It will be a day late, but that couldn't be helped...it had to dry. I will say one thing....I stitched so much and so fast that my "middle man" - needle pushing finger was swollen and inflammed yesterday! LOL! I have a large callous on it anyway, but I think I pushed it over the edge! But I can't let it stop me...I have to start my Fair and Square exchanges today! Or at least one of them anyway....


Until the next time....have a great day and smile to show the Christmas Spirit!

Monday, December 17, 2007

Quick gift for MIL....

Hello friends....hope everyone is doing fine and fit as a fiddle :) We've dug ourselves out of the snow/ice/rain/snow/ice....frozen mess and everything is in order for the week!

Saturday evening at 11:30 p.m. I had just put the finishing touches of wrapping presents when I said to my DH, "Have you got anything for your mother for her birthday?" He promptly replied, "No, when is it?" Which I promptly replied, "Dec. 19." This gave him a completely terror stricken look...wish he'd look like that when it was my birthday......

So anyway, so ensued the beginning of the following pictures, he asked me nicely and I agreed to make his mother something....I treated myself today some lovely tin shelves from Hobby Lobby for my effort to produce this:


"Home of a Quilter"
Design: a collaboration of many charts from Little House Needleworks
Designer: Dianne Williams
Threads: DMC
Fabric: 28 ct. Buttermilk Jobelan
Finished as: Flatfold
Can anyone guess which charts I used to come up with this? Well.....I'll just tell you straight away...it was the from the freebie chart...Small House and Quilt Time Sampler. I did the arrangement of the motifs myself. I think it couldn't have turned out any better, I really do like just about everything about it. It had been awhile since I've made a flatfold, so I had to think about the finishing and used my own tutorial! LOL!
The backing fabric was from the remnant bin at JoAnn's that I had dug out this summer...just saving for something.....and today was the day!
I'm finishing the final touches of a Crazy Exchange return exchange today and then hopefully I'll get to the exchange stitching I need to finish up/get started on...I have 2 fair and square partners this round and I also have 2 SBEBB exchanges all due the first couple of weeks in January....so I need to get my needles flying, huh?!
Until the next time....may your day be BRILLIANT and your needles FLASHING through your fabric!

Friday, December 14, 2007

Sweet Marie

Hello Friends! I hope that each of you are ready for a good weekend! Sounds like Indiana is going to be visited by old man Winter this Saturday and Sunday....depending on his mood, we'll get either slammed with snow, frosted with ice or rammed with rain.... So I'm getting out my fuzzy robe, furry slippers and settling in for a cozy weekend at home! Yippee!!!

Well the reason I'm blogging today is shown in the following pictures:


I went to my mailbox this p.m. and found a huge package stuffed in it! I looked at the return address and it was from sweet Marie I nearly cried (not kidding) when I saw what she had done for me. Isn't it the most lovely of gifts? The Frosty pillow and the grubby snowman is just the kind of primitive things I love decorating my home with and Marie knows this as we both love primitive country. Marie, you just astounded me!! I don't know what swayed Marie to be my friend, but I sure am happy that we crossed paths, not because Marie sent me this wondrous gift, but just because she's a sweet friend, we exchange e-mails, I think she is the most beautiful crafter of all things, cross stitch, embroidery, quilting, she even makes DOLLS! I'm in awe of her creative abilities. Thank you Marie, you are a sweet, generous angel!
I've also received some e-mails from some very kind ladies of late telling me how they enjoy reading my blog and that I bring a smile to their face. I am humbled to think that this may be so. I enjoy this blog so much and the connections I make are just icing on the cake. Blogging to me is almost therapeutic....and I've always had the ability to put words on paper, I don't try really, it just flows out, it is a God given gift and for that I am thankful. I am thankful for many things in my life and one of those things is this blog and your friendship. Thank you all for visiting me and letting a little part of me into your life! Thanks for being my "friends".
Until next time, may you stitch a masterpiece!

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Thursday....

Is here and I have lots to share! First off, I been remiss in showing all the lovely things that have been sent to me of late.... This is from the lovely Wawanna's Website...she held a contest and I won! It is a fob, thread counter and frogger! Isn't it cute?!

I've been drooling over this chart for some time and the lovely Jen sent me her pattern since she was finished with her project and also sent along two threads to grow on! :0)

I also received a lovely parcel in the post yesterday, but neglected to take a picture of it all....but sweet Michelle over at Ozark Sew 'n Sews sent me a most lovely Pine Mountain embroidery chart, and 3 skeins of Mori Silk in lovely pastel shades of lavender, spring green and yellow.

Thank you ALL sweet friends for the lovely Random Acts of Kindness! They are much appreciated by me!


Next Up: My CdC!!! Who Hoo!!! I finally got back to stitching it! This is my progress for my week 4 (I'm behind 3 now) but here it is:

Not the most overwhelming of progress I've ever had...but it is looking pretty good....


And finally, I had people personally e-mailing me about my "lightening strike of brilliance" and so I'm going to go ahead and show you this:



Clear as mud? LOL! Anyway I've been inspired by the Heartfelt Friends RR and especially by Lizzy's RR that is working up just SUPERIORLY! You'll have to go check hers out on the blog....anyway.....I have all the Dear Diary Charts by LHN and I was wanting to stitch them, but as I looked at them, they just didn't appeal to me individually....until I saw Lizzy's RR, I'm sad to say they would have gone unstitched....So at approximately 3:00 a.m. Sunday Morning I came up with the above layout and "design" of what I am terming my "Dear Diary Sampler". I'm placing the charts based on their counts and in smattered around the outside will be the Beatitudes that each chart comes with and in the center will be the small block that says "These I hold dear..." and then the wavy lines are a border of flowers/vines and leaves from another LHN chart to give some sort of "frame" around it all.....I've got to ding around with it some more...but there it is in my own handwriting....I tell you I was calculating and writing so fast....it was probably most funny to watch, but sadly no one was awake to witness the genius! LOL!
So what do you think?! I'm interested to know! I'll get to start at the first of the year.
I'm stitching it on a 1/2 yard of Sugared Coffee Sassy's Fabby that just happened to get in the mail the week before as you all know! So.....there you have it!

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Andrea's Surprise!

Look at this little lovely! Sweet Andrea asked me a couple of weeks ago if she could have my address....and this is what I received yesterday: I've long been an admirer of Andrea's work and to have a real piece of hers in my hands to see her fine craftmanship, well....it is stunning. Her stitches are perfect and her finishing is just as exceptional! Thank you Andrea for an absolutely wonderful surprise! And it's a pinkeep!!! My favorite thing!!! :)

Well I've done quite a bit of stitching but of course it's all secret so I can't show you anything...but I do believe I'm going to work on my CdC today...have you all noticed that I had not been working on it?! I was on a roll with it and then Thanksgiving hit on the day that I "normally" stitched it and I didn't stitch on it that week, then the next week I was behind on exchanges, then the next week I was still behind on exchanges and this week....well I think I'm going to pull it out. Everything that has a true deadline is out the door...so I think I'll take today for myself.

Thanks for all the well wishes about my non-sleep Saturday night...I'm happy to report that I had been up 45 hours straight..... and wow! What I got done. I'm going to share with you my "goals" then some other day, I'm going to share with you my lightning bolt of "sheer genious" I had that evening. I've charted up my "idea" and pulled my threads and got my fabric , and I'm going to start to make my "idea" come to fruition on the first of the year! :) Maybe I'll share my plans before the 1st of January...time will tell! It's gonna be a delightful LARGE project!

Alrighty my goals for 2008 are:
1.) Slow down on exchanging...I'm still going to be an active participant, I'm just not signing up for every exchange that opens...I participated in 30 exchanges this year...not to mention the stress that this sometimes can add to your life (deadlines) it also adds a whole (huge) expense. So that is one "goal" to still exchange because I love it, just to be more selective of the ones I participate in.

2.) To do a Christmas ornament each month *yeah we'll see about that*

3.) To finish Easter Parade (that has been languishing untouched in my trunk since April 2006)

4.) To finish Home of a Needleworker (that has been languishing untouched in my trunk since sometime this fall in my trunk)

5.) To Continue working on the Village of Hawk Run Hallow (not touched since March 2006)

6.) To begin working on Peaceful Paradise by Midsummer Night Designs

7.) To continue with the Snowbird SAL and finish Cirque de Cercles

8.) To continue work on My Hometown by Carriage House Samplings

9.) To begin this new "brilliant idea" I had during my insomnia

10.) To stitch as many pinkeeps and smalls as I can as I have time to work in my stitching rotation. Designs include LHN fruit packs, scripture packs and CCN's cottages.

11.) TO HAVE FUN!!!

There you go friends...my humble goals for 2008.

One final last note.....did you see Diane William's design in the NEW Just Cross Stitch Mag??? MUST do for me! it is CUTE!

Alrighty then, that's it...today is laundry day....OH JOY! and It's 6:52 a.m. right now...so I need to bust a move and get downstairs to start sorting and start some dirty clothes. So ensues the day.....

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Happy Birthday Katie :)

10 years ago today we received an early Christmas gift!
Katie Grace Pfeiffer
Born: 12/10/97 at 1:14 p.m.
5 lbs. 6 oz.
Dearest Katie, I had waited for her for so long and here! She was! She was born at 34 weeks, I had premature rupture of membranes. I think she came so early because she was ready and I wanted her so much! :)

She grew and grew (look at those legs!) :)

She loved ice cream fudge bars....she was just 22 mos. old here and the ruler of all...little did she know that in two short months time, she'd have her solo place uprooted by a bunch of upstarts! :)

Here she is today, my pride and my joy. Dearest Katie, you are our special one, our first baby brought home from the hospital. You shine like the brightest of stars and bring light to our days. We love you with all our hearts! Happy 10th Birthday!

~our love~

Your family: Daddy, Mommy, Ian, Jacob and Ellie

Sunday, December 09, 2007

Seasonal Exchange for Sharon

Hello Friends :)
Hope your weekend is going good....I'm having insomnia tonight so here I am at 2:45 a.m. up for the day....hope I can make it through work today :(
Well on to the stitching. I've been stitching again and sweet Sharon let me know that she received my Autumn Exchange for the Seasonal Exchangers group. I had previously asked Sharon what finish I did that she'd like and tin was one of them. So....here's what I did for her:




Designer: Prairie Schooler
Publication: Just Cross Stitch Ornament Preview Issue 2006
Fibers: DMC
Fabric: Sassy's Sugared Coffee, 32 ct. lugana
Finished as: Altoid Tin
You can see some marking pins in there...I find those so useful, so I made Sharon some to match the tin. This time I also "beaded" onto a straight pin a wee little "handle" to open the tin with and glued it into the top. I thought this added a little "bling" to the whole deal and it really does help to get the tin open!
Well I've been lying in bed awake before I got up...for over an hour and I've decided to make a list of my "cross stitch" project goals for 2008...yep, obsessive is my middle name. I've got a lot of "ideas" perculating around so I want to put them on paper.
Thanks for coming to visit! I hope you have a great Sunday and beginning to your week :) And until I post again ~ May you stitch with dancing fingers :)


Friday, December 07, 2007

Exchange TO Chris

I saw on the USEBB board that Chris received her ornament that I stitched for her. I wasn't totally thrilled with the outcome, I thought it was rather larger than what I wanted it to be, but what are you gonna do?! Here it is:


Designer: Little House Needleworks ~ Diane Wililams
Taken from: Just Cross Stitch Ornaments 2007 Special Ornament Issue
Fibers: DMC as called for
Fabric: 28 ct. Smoky Blue Opalescent Silkweaver
Finished as Pinkeep Hanging Ornament

I finished a new tutorial the other day...it's in my sidebar under "The Twisted Stitcher Tutorials". It's on how to finish an "Altoid Tin" like I do it.

Alrighty then....well I have to work tomorrow, so this is short....more hours to be with my family and stitch a little before hitting the sack :)

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Stashing in Indiana

Hello Friends :) Thank you for all the well wishes for Ian and Jacob's birthday yesterday...they were tickled to read all the greetings! Those stinkers...make me smile! LOL!
Well the other day, I was approached by Danielle if I would be interested in a trade of patterns and stash...anything to let go of some of my non-used items is great by me. She wanted two of my Tin Patterns, that I know I'll never get around to stitching, so a trade we made :) I said I'd take the fabric and left it at that...thinking I made a good trade and came out on top...well this is what came in the mail to me on Monday:


There was a baggie FULL of DMC (my favorite thread), the two promised fat quarters of Buttermilk and Coffee fabric some carrie's thread and six strand sweets, a cute snowman box with post-its inside and some cute quick to stitch Sanman Originals patterns! WOWZIE! I really was flabbergasted....and if that wasn't enough, she sent a bag FULL of patterns and the sweetest note for My daughter Katie too! Katie is going to post about it this weekend when she's got a little time :) Thank you Danielle! You went above and beyond what was necessary for the trade!!!!

Next Up: My love for Sassy's Fabbys continues. I am totally and absolutely in love with Lauren's fabrics that she creates. I purchased a huge amount of more neutral ornament cuts (6 x 6) and a huge half yard in my favorite colors! Here's the snap:

The half yard is in Sugared Coffee (love it!) and this time I added Vanilla Cream (bottom square), Creamy Cocoa, Caramel Corn and Caramel Cream....Aren't the colors gorgeous?! LOVE them...you all should really, honestly try them. My fabrics are 32 ct. lugana and I just love the texture and feel of them. I don't think I'll ever buy anything other than Lauren's fabrics ever again!

NEXT UP: I know you all know by now I have a deep and abiding love for anything Little House Needleworks. I dream about Diane's patterns, want to stitch them constantly and just really, absolutely love them! (today apparently I'm having a love affair with the words really and absolutely!) Anyway....here's my latest LHN exclusive....this is the last one that I'm aware of her doing, it is from The Attic in Mesa, AZ:

Cute isn't it?! A couple of people of written to me asking how I obtained these...well they are not on their websites (either at The Busy Needle in Tuscan or at the Attic in Mesa) I called them and asked for them and placed my order on the phone. In a week they arrived at my doorstep. This Attic exclusive comes with Belle Soie Silks from Crescent Colours :) I can see a beautiful pinkeep in my future!
NEXT UP: Dear, sweet Kathy A. sent me a package today and in it she told me she remembered a post from this summer where I said I didn't have a map of my state. Well that dear lady sent me a map of my state and a tourist guide as well! LOL! You made me smile dear Kathy today! So without further ado...please let me introduce you to the great state of Indiana!



And here's our town of Bloomington: with the tinsel around it:

Well sweet friends that's all I have for today. I have many, many things out in the world being delivered to some people. I'm sure I'll have more tomorrow or the next day. In the interim, dear St. Nick arrives tonight for my little good boys and girls :) Their stockings are hung ready for the chocolate!

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Happy Birthday Boys!

Eight years ago today at 8:39 and 8:41 p.m. on Saturday, December 4, 1999 we became the proud parents of fraternal twin boys! Born at 34 weeks our little bundles of joy weighed in at: Baby "A": 6 lbs 8 oz. and Baby "B": 5 lbs. 4 oz.
Baby "A" (Ian) and Baby "B" (Jacob)
We brought them home on Friday, December 15 after 11 days in the hospital due to their prematurity (I had been in the hospital for 6 weeks on Magnesium sulfate to stop/hold off my labor). Only Ian had issues with breathing because he was the heaviest and had to be put on a C-Pap to remember to breathe. He was on for 48 hours. Jacob, took his first breath crying and was fine because he didn't have as much mass to move when he breathed.
Here is the new family (Keith holdinig Ian, Katie, Vonna holding Jacob)

They did a lot of sleeping like this and 8 years later, no matter what we try, they still sleep like this, minus the pacies :)


They've been buddies from the first moment and remain that way today, rarely arguing, always being the best of friends - two halves making a whole.


Baby A today - Ian

Baby B today -Jacob
Mommy and Daddy's sweet little boys, you bring us joy and laughter all our days. Gone are the days of Thomas the Tank Engine and today are the days of Bionicles and Legos. I scarcely can believe these 8 years are gone, for I remember anxiously anticipating your birth. No matter how big you grow and how tall you are, you shall always remain Mommy's little boys.
Happy 8th Birthday Ian and Jacob ~ We love you with all our hearts!!!
Love,
Your Family