Back to School and End of Summer Recap

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school supplies

This is such an emotional time of year for me. I feel the anticipation (and stress) of getting back to a regular schedule and the profound sadness that my son will be gone from home for the bulk of the day. The start of each new school year, for me, is a brutal reminder of how fast time is speeding by. It feels like just yesterday my sweet, pudgy-cheeked little guy was toddling off to Kindergarten. Now he is entering grade 8! His last year as an elementary school student! Wow! Who has the pause button and how do I get them to press it? I have to remind myself how very blessed I am to have such a great kid! He still likes to spend time with his parents and he has yet to challenge us in any real way. I know the teen years are ahead but if the past is any indication, we will have a fairly painless transition to adulthood.

Maybe our summer passed so quickly because of all the wonderful things we did together. We had a very short trip to Las Vegas to see David Copperfield and enjoy the 100+ degree temperatures.  Although Vegas isn’t exactly our first choice and it’s not exactly a mecca for children, we made the best of our few days there. David Copperfield put on a wonderful show! Nevada also gave my husband a destination for one of his long-distance motorcycle rides.

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pool at Bellagio Hotel, Las Vegas

My son and I were able to take his best friend on a 5 day camping trip. The weather was ok, the campsite was perfect the memories will be forever.

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campfire

We did some fishing…

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and spent some time at the beach…

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While at home, I decided our basement was due for a face-lift. I replaced all the baseboards, added trim to the wainscotting and painted everything!

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I also tore out the bar that was my makeshift desk area.

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I still need to make a trip to the office supply store to find the perfect desk but, I’m fairly pleased with the results and I’m totally pleased with the fact that I did it all myself!! My husband doesn’t even ask if I need help anymore, he’s available if I need him but he’s learned it’s safer for him to keep his distance, he’s usually the one to get injured when I’m on a roll.

I did managed to fit in a bit of quilting during some of the cooler nights.  I was able to give my son this quilt for his birthday.  It is much loved already, it even went with him to camp!

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I finished this quilt, that will be gifted at Christmas.  Can’t say who it’s for but if they are reading this, they will likely figure it out.

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I am nearly done piecing the top for the Zombie 3.0 commissioned quilt that will make it’s way to Quebec once it’s finished.   I’ll have pics of it when I get ‘er done.  I’ll also post more about each quilt in a few days.

With all the living we have been doing this summer, I have been neglecting my blogging.  I have, however, been able to keep my Instagram account going.  If you’d like to follow along there, you can find me at @pinprickedfingers.  I’ll be having a 300 follower giveaway shortly if you are interested in receiving some quilting accessories.

In the meantime, we will have a new addition to our family…

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one of these cute Portuguese Water Dog puppies will be coming home to us at the end of September!  As you already know, we have an 8yr old PWD and we thought it was time to add another!

September… new beginnings…

I’ll be linking with my Monday link-ups in my sidebar

till next time…

Rita

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7 Responses to Back to School and End of Summer Recap

  1. Sandra says:

    I LOVE LOVE the shot of your dog at the beach! So contemplative. And those puppies–!! Eeek. My pitbull loves water. Loved this post. Period. Can relate to so much in it. One thing I don’t have to worry about anymore is the pangs of lost summer holiday, as I quit teaching (grades 7-9) 2 years ago. And yes, time flies. Great quilts, love that arrow one, great colours. Am I impressed with your basement redo! You sound like my husband when it comes to doing stuff like that. I keep my distance!

  2. Thank you Sandra! One thing I can look forward to is retirement. It’s still years away but if time zips by as fast for that as for my son growing up, it’ll be here in no time!

  3. I really like the quilt you’ll gift this Christmas (and congratulations to you for being so ahead of the game!). Is that something you designed yourself, or did you work from a pattern?

  4. Thank you! I try to finish one project a month for Christmas giving but I’m a bit behind this year. The pattern is from Happier Than A Bird Quilts and it’s called “Queen’s Floor”. I’ll write a proper blog post about it later this week.

  5. treadlemusic says:

    My, you have been busy!!! Hooray for the basement re-do!!!! The camping episode looks like an awesome time away….all too quickly over!! As Sandra said, retirement removes the work schedule from life (retired 3 yrs. ago here) but it’s replaced by a schedule of all the things ‘dreamt’ of over those working years and is more packed (with FUN stuff) than ever!! Your day will come soon enough, though. Love that last gift quilt!!! Hugs……

  6. Thank you Doreen! It was a great summer. Now I need to get my booty in gear for some Fall sewing!

  7. treadlemusic says:

    Yes you do!!!! LOL!!!!! You go, Girl!!!!!

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