The last weekend of July was chock full of family! My brother was in town from Orlando, FL, there was a picnic with Destin’s family, and my dad and his fiancee Karen were in town from San Jose, CA. Throw in a cousin’s wedding, and by the end of the weekend, I wasn’t sure which direction was up! I’m so thankful that weekend was the one cool weekend we’ve had in weeks and weeks!
We spent Friday afternoon and evening at my Mom’s house with my brother, his girlfriend, my sisters, brother-in-law, niece, and my grandma. It was nice getting to have Grandma there with a slightly smaller crowd (yes, that was smaller for my family!) than usual, and it was great to finally get to meet my brother’s girlfriend! My niece is cuter than ever, and I can’t wait for her birthday in September! We had a fun evening, and being a good big sister, baby photos were even dragged out (I know I’m evil).
My dad wasn’t due in until about 3pm or so on Saturday, which worked out well since there was a picnic earlier in the day with Destin’s mom’s family – after four and a half years, I finally met some more extended family! Don’t ask me to be able to name more than one or two faces though, because I’d be lost. We managed to beat Dad back to our house, and had a long evening of catching up, dinner (the green beans and caramelized sweet onions were out of my garden!), and sewing Karen’s birthday pajama pants.
I’d given Karen a gift certificate for homemade flannel pajama pants, but I wanted to actually be able to fit them to her properly, so it was a four months belated gift. I had her pick out the flannel, and I had the most basic seams done when they arrived, so I had to finish off the waist (with drawstring ribbon), adjust the elastic, and hem the pant legs. I did learn that if I’m going to baste in an elastic casing to check where the waist falls… do NOT use thread that matches the fabric! Ye gods it was hard to pick those stitches back out to do the seam properly! They’re supposed to fit loose and cozy… I think they turned turn out great, and I love the flannel so much I think I need some of my own in that flannel!
My dad and Karen headed out Sunday morning to have lunch with his sister before the late afternoon wedding, and then we met up with them for the 4pm wedding. Of course, being an outdoor weekend, that day was about the second day of rain we’ve had since May (which is pretty unusual in this area), but it stayed dry during the ceremony, and after it started raining decently, canopies were brought out to cover the soaked tables and chairs. All four of us had to skip out of the wedding early – Dad and Karen had to hit the road to start heading home, their goal that night being Salem, Oregon, and both Destin and I had to work the next morning.
This past week, I’ve been up to my eyeballs canning pickles, watering my garden, and yesterday we headed to Brooks, Oregon for the day to go to the “Antique Powerland Steam Up and Quilt Show”… which I will write about in a day or two!