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Franky’s 12th

The nephews have back-to-back birthdays. This makes for an exciting couple of weeks. Franky, the oldest of the two, turned 12 yesterday. I am in utter disbelief. He’s on the verge of being a teenager. Where did the time go? I could have sworn it was just yesterday that I was in the delivery room with my sister awaiting Franky’s arrival. I still remember holding him just minutes after he was born and telling him that we (the whole family) were so excited and happy to finally meet him.

Franky with his mom & my sis Cathee - 1998

It is times like this where I feel like I have missed so much because I’ve lived so far away. To me, he’s still a little kid.

Franky's 1st day of school

Franky's 1st Snowboarding Trip

Of course, I was quickly snapped into reality when Franky tells me his birthday dinner is going to be at a sushi restaurant called Sake. Sushi?! What happened to the days we went bowling? or to Chuck E. Cheese? Or Red Robin? {Sigh!} I had no idea what sushi was when I was 12.

We (family and a few family friends) met up at Sake for a dinner. There were so many of us that we got our own private room. Service was tad slow, but we all had a good time. The birthday boy was so full from his dinner that he didn’t have room for dessert. {Oh the travesty of it all!}

Here are a few pics from the night.

The Birthday boy with his dinner

My delicious dinner


More from Handy Anne

After the big project my brother Nate and I undertook last summer, our mom has become enamored with home remodel projects. She had a laundry list of things she wanted done to the house. As the oh-so-brilliant person {read:sucker} who got the ball rolling, I have been tasked with “making magic happen”.  For Mom’s birthday, I decided to do a minor revamp of the hall bathroom… by myself.  Mom, Dad and Nate were conveniently out-of-town.

Thankfully, Nate and I had already started the bathroom last summer. We had taken down the wallpaper, washed and sanded the walls. Here’s what it looked like when I started.

It was a bit daunting. The walls had some earlier wall mold and water damage. The bathroom had a 3.5 foot by 5 foot mirror that needed to be removed.  I put my iPod on and went ahead with the job. After a day and half of work, here’s how it turned out.

It’s amazing what a little paint, new shower curtain, and updated mirror can do. Mom loved it…. but of course, the job isn’t completely done. She’s now on the hunt for a new light fixture, faucet and toilet. In addition, she wants the cabinets repaired. Ahhh… my work is never done. I’m just glad the boss {mom} is happy with my work and I still have a job 😉

Handmade Swap Gift

I signed up for Elizabeth Anne Design‘s Holiday Swap. These were the parameters that Cyd and Ami setup:

All gifts are to be handmade and accompanied by a recipe that either relates to the gift or is in some way is special to you at the holidays. The term “handmade” can be creatively defined to suit your skill level and time availability – for some of you it might be an ornament that looks like Martha herself spent hours laboring over it and for others it might be a bakery box filled with brownies. It’s entirely up to you! Gifts need to be mailed no later than December 15 (earlier please – I suggest December 1 –  if your swap buddy lives across an ocean from you) and should be accompanied by your name so your new friend knows who sent them their favorite gift of the season. We’ll do this Secret Santa style so no one will know who is sending them a gift until it arrives. Fun, no?

As luck would have it, my swap partner was Amy Beth Cupp Dragoo of ABCD Design. I have to say I was a bit intimidated since the lovely Mrs. Dragoo is a woman of discerning taste. I decided to use some of my newfound sewing skills. I found this great book for newbie sewists.After careful thought, I decided to make a craft apron for Amy to use in her many crafty and creative pursuits. I headed to Ikea and found the perfect fabric.

I borrowed a friend’s sewing machine and went to work. In my excitement, I forgot to photograph the process. {Not to worry, I made another apron and will blog it later.} Here is what I mailed.

Holiday Gift wrappedHoliday Swap Gift, Craft ApronI failed at reading directions because I forgot to send Amy a recipe. When I find a good one, I’ll need to send it her way.

Julia received me as a swap partner.  She sent me a recipe and a batch of delicious granola. It was so good that I neglected to photograph it. I was really bad with the camera this holiday season.

Delicious Granola

photo by Julia H.

I guess the California livin’ has really gotten to me because I really, really enjoyed it.  This swap inspired more handmade goodness.  More to come…