Christmas gifts

Every year I have a struggle knowing what to get my students for Christmas and birthday gifts. The girls aren’t really that hard for me. It’s the boys that stump me. This year I decided to make the girls skirts. Then I had to come up with something similar for the boys. After much time on Pinterest I did come up with an idea. I was very happy with how it turned out. I will let you see what you think.

First, here are the skirts I made for the girls.


Now, here are the shirts I did for the boys. I came up with the design and then used bleach to put it on the shirt.



I was pretty happy with how they turned out. What do y’all think?

Here is the link where I got my idea, if anyone is interested



And the month is flying by!! We have been having absolutely amazing weather here in Colorado! The sun has been shining brightly and we have been soaking up the sunshine and loving the warm weather. The first weekend in February Jen and I went with Brian Martin’s family to Glenwood spring for the weekend. They took us for our birthdays. That was a lot of fun! Our hotel had a pool with a nice waterslide, so we swam for awhile in the afternoon. Then we ate supper at a Mexican restaurant. After that we rode the tram cars to the top of the mountain where there is a fun park. We didn’t do any rides, but we did watch the fireworks that were being set off in the Valley. The next morning we went to the little Mennonite church where Brian’s cousin Lisa and her husband Merle attend. That was interesting. It is not a conservative Mennonite church. It was very small, maybe around 20, plus our group. After lunch with Merle and Lisa, we headed back to Olathe where we attended Sunnyview’s evening church service.

This past week on Tuesday, Jen’s sister Lorna and two friends, Kelly and Lois, came out to visit. We very much enjoyed their visit and were sad to see them leave today. On Tuesday they did a surprise lunch for Jen’s birthday. That was a lot of fun. Wednesday evening Jared’s and Wendall’s came over and we had a celebration for Jen and my birthdays. We had delicious enchiladas with chips and fresh salsa. For dessert we had ice cream cake. We got some very nice gifts! I was shocked and very happy to get a serger from Arlin and Becky! Thursday we went to Junction after school and went to Bananas. We did the Go Carts and Mini Golf. Then we went to Sonic for supper.

Friday after school we went to Ouray. We went to the Hot Springs in the evening. That was amazing! Then we spent the night in Ouray. Saturday we drove up to Ironton so the girls could get a better look at the Mountains. After that we took our time and strolled the streets and shopped until we were hungry. Then we went to Buen Tiempo for lunch. I had spinach enchildas which were very good. Then we went to Cascade Falls and spent some time there enjoying the beauty of God’s creation and the warm sunshine. After making a stop at Mouse’s so Lorna could get some chocolate, we headed back to Montrose where we did a little more shopping and then had some frozen yogurt. All in all it was a very fun weekend!


The mountains by Ironton, an ice climber we saw on our way


Cascade falls


Well, I have not been doing well with keeping up with my blog. Sad smile But for the moment life is a little slower, so I’ll try to catch you up on the happenings in my life. Smile 

December was a busy month with a lot of things going. We were happy when the school program was finally over and we could relax. Smile The next several days after that I worked on getting my Christmas mailing done. I did as many as I had pictures for, so now that I have ordered more pictures I hope to send some mail to some of the rest of you. I flew in to St. Louis on the 23rd. My cousin Connie and her boyfriend Lyle picked me up at the airport there. The next day the 3 of us drove in to Virginia for Christmas. I had a very good time being home and being with my friends and family there. A highlight was having my cousin Benj and his family there from Guatemala. Connie and I drove back to Illinois on January 1st. (Lyle had flown home earlier.) It was good spending time in Illinois again and seeing Roger and Melissa (the couple Con lives with). I flew back to Colorado on the 3rd and amazingly my flights went pretty well. I even got to go thru the pre-check security line at the airport, so that was really nice!

It is hard to believe a month has already passed since then and we are into February already! School has been going well. I was sick with the flu one weekend. I basically slept for 2 whole days! Arlin was sick at the same time so we just laid on the couches upstairs and slept the days away. The Monday right after that my sister June and my friends Nellie and Gloria Mallow came out to visit for a week. I was glad they did not get sick while they were here! We took them to the National Western Stock Show in Denver on Friday and Saturday. They really enjoyed that. It was fun taking them to the rodeo. We got to watch the fastest calf-roping up to that point in the month and also the bull ride with the highest score. So that was really neat. On Sunday I took the girls out 4-wheeling on the Adobes. Got a few screams out of them. Winking smile But they enjoyed it too. Then we went to Evan and Kaylene’s and played games for the rest of the afternoon. That was a lot of fun! They were not ready to go home when the time came. Smile Hopefully they will come visit again!

This last week was pretty laid back, but Jen is getting quite a bit of company in February, so I’m sure things will get busy again! I have been enjoying have time to work on a dress for myself. Hopefully I can finish it up this week. I have some more I would like to get done as well. Saturday we had church social planned by Brian and Michelle. We had an hour at the ice rink in Grand Junction, then went to Outback for lunch. That was a lot of fun! Skating is something I miss out here. The fun part was doing it with people that I knew and also hitting around hockey was a lot of fun! I get bored if all I do is skate in circles around the rink! We also had a very good lunch at Outback. After that Jen, Brenda, and I went shopping for the rest of the day. It was fun just to take our time and enjoy ourselves. The only bad part of the day was that I forgot to wear my knee pads skating and ended up with a huge goose egg on my one knee and a small one on the other. Oh, well, it was worth it!!! Smile I would do it all over again!

I will try to get some pictures uploaded too, so you can see some of what I have been doing. Smile To me pictures are more interesting that words. Smile