Applique, Birthday Hibachi & Flooding

I have been following the Rainbow Scrap Challenge color of the month for my Little Baskets and Airship Propeller blocks. The RSC color for July was blue.

This flower was blooming mid-month while I was doing prep work but the actual applique didn’t get started until the last week of July.

The Airship Propeller block and one of the Little Baskets are red, white and blue for Independence Day, long gone :)

My design board is the lawn !

Come to think of it, I threw my last floral applique blocks out on to the lawn as well! :)  HERE. 

Last Friday, we were all piled into my sons’ van to go to Fusian, a local Hibachi restaurant, where we would meet some other family members and celebrate my grandsons’ birthday, which was on the 23rd.

It was raining here but not too badly. Thunder was rumbling all around….we went about 10 minutes or less up the main road and turned on to another, on the way to the restaurant which was on Rt. #19, Washington County, Pa.  WOW…halfway up that road we encountered major flooding. The creek below the houses up on the main part of the street had overflowed ( and we are talking overflowed by an acre or more! )

Clearly this area very close to us had been receiving far more rain! To make a long story short, they and others had, and while my place was fine, all around our county had flooding, water rescues, the whole bit. A local park, Mingo Creek Park, had severe damage as the creek turned in to a raging river.

A few family members were delayed reaching the restaurant, having been stuck on the highway or needing to find alternate routes but in the end we had a good time.

Brent had a blast and asked for the “Happy Birthday” song to be played over and over again.

BOTH Brent and Javis in the last year have requested that the money that might be spent on a big birthday party with tons of relatives coming and bestowing them with a boatload of gifts, rather be spent on going to Fusian with just the immediate family.

So these little boys want the experience more than the avalanche of gifts that come from a party with 30 or more attending.  Interesting.

Above : My DIL’s Twin.

My DIL has twin daughters. One of them was acting up that afternoon and was threatened with missing the dinner party. She continued. DIL stayed home with her. When you threaten discipline you have to stick with it.

The GOOD twin that day with my youngest son :)

Well  I have one more blue Little Basket cut out and prepped for the July RSC color and then it will be moving on to other projects…it seems that yard work, reading, this-that-and-the-other has me slowed down in regards to quilting / sewing this summer.

Still, any progress is fine, even if it is slow :)

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16 Responses to Applique, Birthday Hibachi & Flooding

  1. Nana Diana says:

    How cute that the boys want the dinner experience instead of big presents. I love that!!!

    It is hard to ‘keep the promise’ of disciplining sometimes, isn’t it? So much easier to give in and just scold instead. I am glad they are drawing the lines in the sand at this age. They will be glad they did.

    Love your ‘basket’ blocks. That is going to be a be a cute quilt. xo Diana

  2. Pat in WNY says:

    I’m loving seeing your little basket blocks, I started one of those quilts in January and sadly only have 9 blocks done at this point. My bad. Your son and DIL have the right idea about disciplining. We had to do that with my son when he was young, and after that episode he rarely misbehaved afterward. It’s good training for life.

  3. audrey says:

    How neat that the boys wanted the dinner more! I wonder if they will be little ‘foodies’?:) The flooding sounds a bit scary! I hate that sort of thing, really frightens me for some reason.

  4. Deb says:

    Love that the kids prefer the experience to gifts. I try to have my far away siblings do movie or fast food gift cards – for movies and special lunches at school with their parents.
    Smart to follow through on the discipline – we have done that and boy do they behave differently if they know you will hold to it.
    Love the propellers – eventually the yard work will go down and more quilting time will happen. Until then – enjoy the flowers and green lawn and the family.

  5. Eileen says:

    Hello, the birthday dinner with family looks like a fun time. Happy Birthday to Brent. I hope the punishment will bring good behavior in the future. Your blocks are pretty and I love the flower. We had some flooding here in Maryland last week. It is scary. Enjoy your day!

  6. Karen says:

    disciplining can be trying sorry she missed the party though – i think having an experience like this is neat to do and we do this every now and then too

  7. BillieBee says:

    What a lovely family. Looks like he enjoyed himself. As always love your blocks.

  8. Joyce says:

    I’ve had this dinner experience once and it was delightful. Great food, too!
    But what testaments to the way the children are being brought up. Brent’s desire to enjoy family time is so mature and heartwarming. Tallica’s willingness to follow up on discipline – even at the expense of missing the evening herself – is admirable – and one of many reasons she can be so proud of her family!

  9. What an interesting blue flower! I only go out to eat when my daughter wants to go eat lunch.
    Brenda

  10. Looks and sounds like a fabulous birthday celebration, and applause to your DIL for following through – impressive. :-) Happy Birthday Brent.

  11. Grandma Kc says:

    So glad Brent had a good birthday and so glad you didn’t get flooded! Be safe!

  12. Kim says:

    Experience over gifts? Wow, that is very mature and I give your DIL a lot of credit. It is hard to follow through on a punishment like that. I don’t see that often. Kudos.

  13. Val Reynolds says:

    Those summer storms can be scary! I love your family…thanks for sharing them with us. And of course, I always enjoy seeing your applique progress.

  14. Kyle says:

    Those summer storms sometimes come out of no where. Glad you were all able to continue on with your birthday celebration plans.

  15. Melanie says:

    Might be harder to use that design board when the snow comes. ;-) Love that your grandsons wanted the immediate family and food experience instead of tons of gifts. Hibachi is so fun for both kids and adults. Tastes darn good, too! I give your DIL a lot of credit for following through on her threat of keeping the misbehaving child at home. I hear so many parents threatening their kids and then they get worn down and never follow through. But then the kid learns that they can manipulate their parent that way. We had flooding here in northern IL last week, too. One road by us was closed for 2 weeks!

  16. I loved that the kids wanted to have a family dinner instead of gifts! Hibachi is always fun with a group. I liked seeing your applique blocks and also the pret flower from your garden.

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