On Sunday, February 5th, I lost my last living grandmother. Genevieve Estep was the mother of my stepfather. I say that just to put into context how we were related; I don't consider my "step" relatives any different than the other ones. She was my grandmother, and was a wonderful Christian woman. She lived several hundred miles away, so I wasn't able to attend any of her services. But I enjoyed the many hours I spent that week remembering her, and the joy she brought to my life.
While I'm on the subject of saying goodbye, on February 7th, I parted ways with my HTC Hero, and made the upgrade to the iPhone 4S! I was afraid that I would mourn the loss of my Hero; it was my constant companion for almost 2 years. But I do love the iPhone, especially the FaceTime. It's awesome to visit with my Dad face-to-face, even though we're 600 miles apart.
I had a couple of big orders in my Etsy shop over the past couple of weeks too. This was probably the biggest drain on my time recently. One was a request for custom cheerleader outfits, which I love to do when I have the time. I was very proud of the way they turned out, and I will post about it in more detail in the days to come.
I will also share soon my first run at making homemade laundry detergent. The idea came from Pinterest, and it was so easy. I tried some ideas for Valentine's Day that also came from Pinterest and other blogs. I found these Valentine's Pretzels at Mrs. Fox's Sweets.
The card reads "Thanks for 'Stick'ing by my side"--so cute! I found these printable cards at Six Sister's Stuff (one of my favorite blogs!). I used several of their ideas for Valentine's treats for my crew. One read "I'm 'nuts' about you", which I put on a bag of roasted, in the shell peanuts that my husband loves. The "Life would be un'bear'able without you" card went on a package of gummy bears. And finally, I put a card reading "You have o'fish'ally stolen my heart" on a bag of goldfish crackers.
We finished off this past week by celebrating Kirby's 3rd birthday. He was too excited about it, and I will certainly be posting soon about all the fun he had.
Hopefully, this has me up-to-date. I've spent the weekend cleaning and washing, and getting things back to normal. That way I'll have plenty of time to get back to what I love next week--sewing and writing! Until then...