Whoever said teenagers are obnoxious clearly had never received a "love present" from one of them before. When the girls were really little, I would occasionally get them a little token of my love, and soon enough it caught on with all the girls in the family. (And if my mother pipes up and says in her I'm-going-to-make-you-feel-guilty voice, "It appears that I'm the ooonlyy one who is carrying on that tradition..." then just ignore her. I'LL BUY YOU SOMETHING, MOTHER, OKAY??? ...flashback of buying her gifts with my meager allowance, and looking into her outraged eyes, while flinching back from, "This is IT???") (Just kidding.)
Anyhooty, my sweet sweet teenaged daughters each surprised me with love presents this week. After the print my brother sent and the new bag of Starbucks I bought myself, you'd think it was my birthday! (Cuz I usually only buy Starbucks on special occasions.. ahem.. cough.)
Here's what Breanna gave to me after her Downtown Day last week... she said it was bc I didn't buy myself any souvenirs in Disney World, so she thought I needed a little something. Isn't that sweet???
I love the saying on it, bc I'm forever gritting my teeth at my computer. And that's so cool how she got a picture of Mom on there.
Then the other night, Sabrina asked me if I'd take her to Starbucks on the way to church, so I dropped her off in front while I waited in the car... out she came with a Double Chocolatey Frappuccino for herself, and a new coffee mug for me!
When I squealed and said, "What's this for?" she replied, "It's a love present!"
After last night's tornado sirens, hail, and heavy rainfalls, this morning is full of sunshine and budding trees. So it's a perfect time to introduce the two companion pieces to Hares' Easter (the freebie I posted earlier this week). These should be shipping out to the autos tomorrow morning, and the distributors should have them by early April.
Both of these designs use Lakeside Linens' new Buttercream linen in 36 ct., and I must say, it's the most scrumptious fabric! The color is so warm and lovely. The fibers used are from Gentle Art, the frames are from the fabulous Sharon Crescent over at Family Tree Frame Company, and the accessories in both photos are from the lovely Paula over at Kelmscott Designs.
I'd also like to share with you another wonderful finish of Hares' Easter, sent to me from Bonnie in MA. She stitched it on 32 ct. over one, and changed up the colors a bit. I love how vibrant they are! This surprised me a bit, bc Miss Bonnie is usually verrrrry primitive-minded, but she said she was ready for the colors of spring. (And I got a kick out of her asking, "Is the Mamma Hare's nose supposed to be dangling?" Why yes, it is! As you can see, she kept the dangling nose.) Thank you for sharing your finish, Bonnie!
I hope wherever you're at, the sun is shining and you get to see the new greens coming up all around - before the hares get to them.
We had such gorgeous weather yesterday, which prompted Breanna to declare it a "Downtown Day." So she called up her boyfriend, Cody, and several other friends, and they all headed downtown to walk around and enjoy all the artsy-fartsy shops of Omaha's Old Market. Sabrina also caught the social bug, but instead of getting together with friends to stroll Old Omaha, she and her friends headed up to Village Pointe, which is at the opposite end of the city - and caters to those who are more into mainstream shopping and dining.
Since everyone was in such friendly spirits, I decided to make them pose for me before they set out. Cody had been at a track meet all day, so he was quite sunburned. But as usual, Cody never met a camera he didn't like. Then again, the same can be said for my three girls (which works very well for me, since I love taking pictures!)
Everybody loves posing with Cody!
Sophie has still been a little under the weather, so Brea and Cody tried to give her mood a little boost... I'm not sure it did her stomach any favors, but she was a good sport about it...
In celebration of the first day of spring, I'd like to offer a new freebie to all of you! This is called "Hares' Easter," and I will be releasing 2 companion pieces in the coming week, each retailing for $4.50. Enjoy!
Breanna had her very last competition this past weekend, in Orlando, Florida. She's been a cheerleader since she was 9 years old, and this was a great ending to a sport she's loved ever since "Bring It On" came out in theaters. Hundreds of practice hours, tumbling passes, and hair curlers later, the Warriors came home with a 2nd place trophy after competing at Disney's Wide World of Sports. We all had such a great time, although many of the parents - including myself! - had barely a voice left after all the screaming and cheering during the 2 days of performances.
This is the venue where the competition was held on the first day:
Here are the girls, warming up:
The backdrop was so impressive, and I just loved how happy Brea looked coming on to the stage:
The girls did an amazing job the first day, but since once of their flyers didn't go up as planned, they dropped 7 points out of 500, placing them in 3rd for the day. But as Breanna would say later, "It's okay! Tomorrow is a new day!"
Here is Brea with her stunt group. Florida's humidity is NOT good for cheer curls!
While we were on a break, we got to ride Rock'n Roller Coaster in Hollywood Studios (formerly Disney's MGM Studios). I snapped a photo of Brea while we were in line, with the Tower of Terror behind her:
If you've never ridden either of these rides, don't miss out! Brea had planned on doing a Coaster Cam on Rock'n Roller Coaster (with its awesome Aerosmith theme), but when you go 0-60 mph in about 2.2 seconds, it makes for a rough film take. :)
The second day of the competition was quite different than the first, as the team now had to perform in the Indiana Jones Theater, which was an outdoor venue. I had the WORST butterflies in my stomach, I was so nervous and excited! I think the parents had far worse jitters than the athletes. :)
Waiting to go on...
"And introducing - from Omaha, Nebraska - the ELITE CHEER WARRIORS!!!"
After a much improved second day, the girls landed in 2nd place, by only 3 out of 500 points! They were thrilled, and so were we! I was especially happy that Breanna was so satisfied with it. :) She's in the back of the group, holding the trophy:
Great job, girls! We're all so proud of you!
And just in case the girls had any energy left after an exhausting 2 days, they were given 1 "free day" to run around the Disney parks, for as long as they wanted to. Breanna and I chose to spend our time divided bw Magic Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, and Epcot. Considering it was spring break for many people - and not to mention the thousands of cheerleaders there as well - this was very challenging, since the parks were almost standing-room only! But we made it work, and just decided not to hurry through it (since no matter which ride we got to, there would be a minimum 50 minutes of waiting).
I just had to get my Fruit Pastilles from the UK in Epcot!!!! Woohoo!!!
While we were in Epcot, we got to see the Space Shuttle! That was incredibly exciting, and everyone in the park started cheering...
This is Liz, Brea, and Alex, in front of our hotel.
Breanna and I had so much fun, and I have to say I was very happy to have this last trip with her. She's such a sweet girl, and I've truly enjoyed watching her at all these competetitions over the last several years. I know she'll miss all her teammates and the competing, but I think she'll especially miss her coach, Lance. He was her first coach when she was 9 years old, and he's her last one at 18.
When Brea made her last tumbling pass on the floor, I suddenly welled up and couldn't cheer for a few seconds. I was just so very proud of my girl, and I felt like she was finally proud of herself. She enjoyed every moment of her last routine, and I couldn't be happier for her. I love you, Breanna!
But wait! Before I go, we did manage to get a Coaster Cam in... at Animal Kingdom. Buckle up your seatbelts!