Thursday, August 29, 2013

Where did summer go? :/

Wow.. what happened to summer?  It flew by in a blur.  And someone lost his first tooth!

While on our "last hurrah before school starts" vacation to San Diego.. after walking around Sea World for 10 hours.

There it is..first one to come in..first one to come out.. sniff. I remember vividly the day he cut his first tooth.. Easter Sunday 2007.

Wow, it just goes by so fast.  

Luckily, we made it safely home with the tooth so he could stick it in the mouth of his tooth fairy monster. But what a fun trip we had.

Sea World.. A. is not so into riding rides yet, so Sea World was right up his alley with all of the cool animal shows and exhibits. The orcas were ready to come out and play.  So fun! A. got such a kick out of seeing them up close and learning about them, too.

LegoLand.. was nice.  The best part was Miniland USA.  The scale models of large American cities were really cool.  And A's favorite part, since he's not so into rides.  But in the words of my husband, "Did we just spend a small fortune so we could get in here only to shop at all of their kiosks and Legos stores?" 

Mini SF..

Mini NYC..

There was even a mini Vegas strip and mini New Orleans complete with a Mardi Gras parade going on.  It really was cool.  And there was such detail!  In SF, there was a little Lego office man chasing his rolling office chair down one of the hills.  So funny.

And we had planned on the zoo, but decided to skip it and instead check out Balboa Park.  So glad we did!  So many museums there and so peaceful and beautiful.

There was even a model railroad museum, where I'm sure my son had his "mother-ship calling him home" moment.  He loved it.  LOVED it. As much or more than Sea World and LegoLand put together.  And it is only $1 for kids to get in!!!! ONE dollar!! As opposed to the catrillion dollars it costs for kids to get into both Sea World and LegoLand.  So worth it..  such a great end to our trip after spending the first couple of days in larger amusement parks dealing with crowds and lines.

It really was amazing.. scale models of actual railroads and towns.

He had so much fun there!  The best things in life often don't cost much at all..

And we couldn't leave w/o his smashed penny souvenir.  :)

Such a fun trip.. wish we could have just stayed another day or two.. He's just growing up so fast!

Oh, and in my last post, I mentioned how the summer was hi-jacked by the Mod GeoCruiser pattern.. well, it even invaded our quick trip to SD.  I got an email from Jina Barney asking if I could send her a snapshot of the bike I was making with the Gracie Girl fabric so she could include it in an email newsletter the next morning.  Luckily, I had one on my lap top and had taken my lap top with me.. I was able to get it to her just in time to go out in the newsletter about the Gracie Girl fabric line.  She also asked me if I could send her pattern info so she could distribute my pattern. ?? I figured she just wanted the name so she could mention it in the newsletter, but when I wrote her back asking what info she needed (as I am so green about any of this kind of stuff), she sent me a spreadsheet with the info they need.  Including bar code#, SKU#, etc.  Isn't this all crazy? If nothing changes, keeping fingers crossed and pinching myself at the same time, Mod GeoCruiser will be available on the Riley Blake site, too!  Oh my goodness.. it really did take on its own life!

As soon as we got home from our trip, when I wasn't trying to get our son ready for the first grade, I was finishing the quilt top, and lining up the quilting of it, so that it can be quilted and bound and off to SLC by Sept. 5th, so it can hopefully go to Fabric Fest. Honestly, I'm kind of worried about the quick turnaround.. it's going to be cutting it close.  Pat Roche, the new owner of Triangles on a Roll, is quilting it for me. As we speak.. so as soon as it gets back to me, I have to bind it as fast as I can, and get it back in the mail.  I hope it makes it! Here is a quick photo of the completed top.  Oh and before I get it back in the mail, I hope to get a really good photo of it for the pattern cover.  So I can then start figuring out how to have patterns printed up/where, etc. ?? I really know nothing about any of this.. Luckily, Beth and Nedra have been holding my hand through it and answering lots of questions!

And now.. someone is a big first grader.. all day school.. taking his lunch and eating in the lunch room.. big steps.  But it's going well.  No crying for anyone this year and he's loving school so far. :) (his tired eyes are still adjusting to getting up and getting out of the house walking to school by 8 a.m.)

And.. B is enjoying the cooler mornings.. when he's not hanging out on the tile in the laundry room, he can be found here. You can see he likes to drool on the door. ;)

That's what's happening here, as life zooms along in fast forward. Wow, huge thanks if you made it to the end of this post!  I feel like I have been neglecting my blog for ages.  But I hope to pay more attention to it soon. Just as soon as pattern is all done and wrapped up.  Then I hope to get back to blog surfing, too and hop around and see what everyone's up to!  

Time for school pickup.  Thanks for stopping by to visit!


p.s.  Linking up to Really Random Thursday @ Live a Colorful Life.


My inner child wants to come on your next holiday to play with lego :oD

sunny said...

Wow - what a fun trip, and so many memories made. Your mod geocruiser is so cute, you must be bursting with pride.

Jenelle said...

I would seriously love to visit LegoLand someday and live out a childhood dream :), but the model train museum looks really great too for a smaller venue. Good luck with the last details on the quit and pattern!

My boys are desperate to visit legoland one day - and I am too (Lego geek from way back!) Best of luck with the pattern, very exciting!

My boys are desperate to visit legoland one day - and I am too (Lego geek from way back!) Best of luck with the pattern, very exciting!

There you are! Thanks for catching us up to date! You are doing exactly what you should be doing....enjoying the summer with A. It sounds as if he had a great one to remember, and you did too!

Thanks for sharing all the fun looking pics of your trip! Glad to hear you got to enjoy some great family time before back to school started. My kids go back this Tuesday here in Canada! Your quilt top looks great. I do love the borders you added! Great job, Kelli! Congrats on all the exciting newness of the whole pattern deal! It is just awesome!

My granddaughter lost her first tooth also. Sea World is so much fun - we have a railroad museum near my house also. I love trains. Thanks for stopping by my blog - I know how busy you are. Your pattern is exceptional - I am so proud of you.

quiltmania said...

They do grow up so fast. Glad you are enjoying as much time with him as you can. Congrats on the success of your quilt, it really is fabulous!

Nedra said...

What a handsome little guy you have. You know, we have a small railroad museum and park in Scottsdale. If you are ever in this area visiting family, it's perfect for his age group.
And we are looking forward to selling your pattern on our site, too!

Leonie said...

What a fantastic trip! well done you for not crying... I get teary just thinking bout my youngest starting kindy soon! and whoohoo for the pattern and you!

Your new version of your pattern is just as fabulous as the original!

Shanley said...

Glad you got to enjoy our Balboa Park. It really is a great gem here. Congrats in the pattern too. I can't wait to make one!

Claire said...

I enjoyed that post - I visited some of the places you mentioned 3 years ago, loved every minute of my short trip. As for that first tooth - I'm warning you, don't blink or he will be shaving, it happened with my son who was little and now he is 15 - all because I blinked...enjoy him while he is little - they get a bit trickier as they get older :0)

I read the cost to the Tooth Fairy has gone from $3 to $3.70. True? Your vacation destinations look fabulous. I would love to go to Lego Land, even though it seems super expensive. SO cool about your bike quilt!

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