Premature Miracle Twins Turn Seven

Aiselyn and Emya ( pronounced Eh-Mya ) were born at  26 weeks and 3 days and it was touch and go for those preemies for a long time. Later on , Emya had a hemangioma growth inside of her neck, requiring serious surgery that did not allow her to return home for months.

If ever little girls were surrounded by love and prayer it is those two. They are little miracle twins. Now they are often as tough or tougher than their brothers.

They turn seven years old on Tuesday and the family celebrated with a party on Sunday afternoon.

Because all of the children are eagerly looking forward to a beach vacation in July, their cake had a beach theme. ( but it is very clever…it is actually all pull-apart cupcakes which makes serving a tribe of cousins and little friends quite easy ! )

There was so much good food. An aunt made rigatoni & meatballs and I made a huge salad to accompany that. A neighbor made a crockpot full of a hot BBQ chicken dip, which was quite addicting. There was fried chicken and potato salad and my youngest grilled steak and vegetable kabobs as well as a pan of asparagus and other vegetables.

Last year their grandfather ( the one who recently died ) and I bought scooters, helmets, pads, etc. for the girls and then followed that theme on for the boys and Kate.

This year, after having gone through my THIRD umbrella at the Dollar Store ( turning inside out and breaking in the slightest wind ) and knowing that the same thing was going on with the childrens’ umbrellas….I went on to Amazon to order a good umbrella for myself as well as the girls. I did get them a few other things but the umbrellas were a hit : )

Here they were last year…I was worried that umbrellas and a few games wouldn’t match up to scooters but they seem to be equally happy :)

Girls and gear collage

Life goes on…we are in the midst of sorrow yet finding joy as we can :)

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Stars and Spools Finish

I finally finished up the binding on the Stars and Spools quilt. This is just something that I made up as I went along, and I enjoyed working with the reproduction era fabrics or ones that seemed to mimic that color scheme and look. All of the applique and hexies and quilting was done by hand.

Quilting continues here and there on the Scrappy Granny quilt…I took a photo when the morning sunlight was streaming in.

Then this has nothing to do with quilting but I got a good laugh. I put these plastic nubby protectors on the furniture at night or when I am going to be out for awhile.

My sons dog just made his own arrangement to avoid the protector and still be up there! My dog Lily is on the floor in the corner thinking what a bad boy Koopa is to not play by the rules :)

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