While driving Jake and Nathan to Ventura on Wednesday I tried to break up the trip a bit by asking the boys what they wanted for Christmas. Eight year old Jake produced a three page list of fifty five things which included $10,000.
I asked Nathan if he had a list.
"No." was his reply.
I said, "Surely you want SOMETHING for Christmas".
He thought for a minute then said, "Another heart, just in case I need it".
Nathan has had several open heart surgeries to repair birth defects due to a rare disease, Diamond Blackfan Anemia. Regular doctor visits are common for this brave little six year old.
Oh, how I wish I could fill his wish of a new heart. Better make that two. One for him and one for me - he broke mine with that answer!
I've been busy getting ready for company - you know, washing and ironing sheets, cleaning and grocery shopping for the BIG DAY. Jake and Nathan arrived here last night with their mommy and daddy and we are all off to the the beach this morning for a long Thanksgiving weekend.
Since they all celebrated Thanksgiving last weekend with my DIL's family, I wasn't going to cook a turkey, but when I told Jake I hadn't planned to do a traditional dinner he said, "Aww, no turkey?"
We're having turkey.
I'm such a softie when it comes to that boy!
I always brinemy turkeys but (considering this last minute change of plans) decided to try a salt rubas seen in this month's Bon Appetit instead. Sounds easier (and cheaper than brining).
Here's wishing you a juicy bird and plenty of left overs.
You remember my friend Candra- my Photoshop Elements, scrapbook, photography teacher - well, I recently gave her a snuggly Minkee blanket and she posted the most adorable photo of it on her blog. You must to go take a peek!
Oh, and while we are on the subject of photographs; I'd like to invite you to all join me over at Simply Scrapbooks for a photography class by Candra on Wednesday December 10 & 17. I cannot wait to learn to get my big girl camera off of automatic (just in time for my holiday pictures)! This is my Christmas gift to myself (and my family and to you my dear blog friends).
Monday and Tuesday were spent in Ontario, CA at the Bernina 830 training. This is where shop owners, their staff and technicians learn to sew on, sell and service this amazing new machine .
Becky could not wait to get her hands on the new machine and take her out for a run.
And could this race horse run. At 1000 stitches per minute (twice as fast as others) Becky reached up to slow her down a bit, but I said, "Let her run - let's see what she can do."
Filling up the huge Jumbo Hoop took mere minutes.
The stitches were gorgeous and the Endless Embroidery feature made duplicating the motif and filling up the jumbo hoop so quick and easy.
Here are a few of the built in designs our trainer Susan had stitched out on her 830.
Here's our tech, TJ learning to take the machine apart and hopefully paying attention on the putting it back together part. lol We just love TJ. Not only is he the best technician ever, but he is so nice to our customers.
I am blessed to have such a great staff who make our customers satisfaction their number one priority.
What a great two days of inspiration, education and camaraderie.