Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Monthly Precept or Quote

Have you read the book Wonder by RJ Palacio? No? Well stop everything and go get the book! It is an amazing book on acceptance, overcoming difficulties, and life lessons. Part of the book focuses on Monthly Precepts. They are all good, but the one that stands out is:

When given the choice between being right or being kind, choose kind.

You can get the book HERE!

I am going to try to live by this quote this month. And in turn reinforce it with my boys. I think we all need a lesson in kindness.

What is your favorite quote?

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

My Earliest Childhood Memory

My first childhood memory was when I was 4 years old. 
We went to Disneyland and it was so scary. 

Number 4 Cardboard Cutout 

In my minds eye I remember it as if it was yesterday.Imagine going to the "Happiest Place on Earth" and being terrified. That was me. Terrified!

I remember 3 rides from the park, only 3. One was pretty cool in my 4 year old was It's a Small World. I loved all the children from all the nations and the music was so catchy I couldn't get it out of my mind.

The other 2 rides I remember were Pirates of the Caribbean and The Haunted House. I remember 2 things about each of these rides. They were scary, but I liked them also. I Pirates of the Caribbean I was terrified that the pirates were going to shoot me and that our boat was going to catch on fire. I was so scared I remember hiding under the front part of the boat, we were in the front seat of it. 

The Haunted House was frightening because it gave truth to my 4 year old self that ghosts DO exist. They were everywhere! Flying around me, sitting at tables, terrorizing each other, and me. The best part of this ride was when one sat next to me. He didn't scare me, he seemed friendly enough.

That is probably the most vivid memory I have. I wonder what my kids remember from their trip to the "Happiest Place on Earth". 

What is your first childhood memory?

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

A Tribute

It's pretty safe to say that Robin Williams is probably my favorite actor. He was highly entertaining and embraced each role and made it his own. Truly made it his own.

Hearing his voice as the Genie in Aladdin was amazing. The many voices he used to create that role was simply genius. What made him so special was his ability to ad lib, which was approximately 90% of this role.

The last movie I saw in the theater was Patch Adams. That movie was so heart wrenchingly good. It made me cry. His determination to make being a patient fun and hopeful was heart warming. The idea that he wanted to have a care facility for those who couldn't afford to see a doctor, his willingness to take a huge risk with his career. Robin Williams made you feel for him and all the people he crossed paths with in this movie. 

My kids especially loved him in Mrs. Doubtfire. I loved watching his character find the balance between the fun dad and the responsible dad. All he wanted was the best for the three of them and he wanted to spend as much time as possible with them. His character just didn't know how to be "parent" until we got closer to the end of the movie.

My personal favorite is Hook. Watching his character learn how to be a Lost Boy again was highly entertaining. It also makes me realize that there is still a kid in each and every one of us. We just have to hang on to our imagination. Growing up and growing old is for the birds. 

Here is a quote to remember him by:

Thank you Robin Williams for all the wonderful roles you played. You are truly an inspiration to me and my kids.

What is your favorite Robin Williams movie?

Saturday, May 31, 2014

A Day in the Life

This is how I spend many of my weekends. 
At the track.
A motocross track.
This picture was taken by one of the many Lucas Oil photographers.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Ella's Quilt

When we lived at the old house I would work on quilts a little more regularly. I had the space, I had my "sewing room" in the dining room. Ella, my niece, would come over and chat with me while I cut and pieced.

One day she went home and asked her mom if she could make her a quilt for her bed. Ella had recently received a quilt her mom had made for Christmas, but she wanted another one. She proceeded to ask her mom "How can we make Suzi make me a quilt?" Julia informed her that she can't make anyone do anything.

So I heard the story for the quilt and slowly, very slowly started to make it. I think it took a little more than a year to get it done.

This is the biggest quilt I have ever made. It was quite a feat. It was made for my niece for her queen size bed. Ella got this quilt on Valentine's Day. I'm pretty sure she is liking it.

This is the front. It is 100+ squares of randomness.

Here is the front with a view of the back. There is lots of teal on the back of the quilt. Ella's room is teal.

And here is a slightly better view of the front. 
It turned out pretty cute, if I do say so myself.
Enjoy Ella.