The five hour trip (turned six with a lunch stop) was survived, and much of last night was relaxing, getting settled and grocery shopping.
Sleeping arrangements never really are much of a concern; my sister's house has two guest bedrooms. Grandma and Grandpa claimed one and I HAD intensions of taking the other, but I joined Caitlyn on the air mattress in the sunroom instead. There are so many windows in here that I figured it'd be a little bit nicer than sleeping up on the 2nd floor. The house doesn't have AC; only the living room has been equipped with a window unit.
I don't recall what Cassie was doing as she fell asleep, but I guess she needed her glasses for something throughout the night..... they're still on her face. OH! And that blanket..... I have a Linus on my hands! It's her baby blanket, and she STiLL insists on sleeping with it. She says "it's so soft, Mom!" :D It's all good.
And Candace... she just grabbed her favorite dog that lives here and snuggled into a makeshift sleeping bag from an old spare quilt I keep in the car for ballgames and such.
This is what my sister does in the sunroom. She's a puzzler. She was saying last night that one night recently she couldn't sleep, so from 3AM-6AM she came down and worked some more on her latest puzzle. Which then lead to this .....
My almost first ever quilt! She uses it as a lap quilt---not very big; I think each block is 6", so you can do some quick math to realize it's basically a large baby quilt.
But THIS is why I learned how to quilt!!!
In 1998/99ish, I remember visiting a craft-type store with (then) a fiance' of Paul's friend.... and for whatever reason, I was compelled to buy a Precious Moments cross-stitching book of the alphabet. The last page in the book showed suggestions on how to use the designs, and one was a wall-hanging of a quilt.
My sister is (was?) a Precious Moments fanatic! At the time, I thought I could be COOL Aunty and start ahead of time to make a baby quilt!' (Sister just married in 1997.)
Sadly, the children never came, but the quilt did get finished. Much of my free-time (for years!) was devoted to the cross-stitch. Early on in the project, I figured..."I gotta learn me how to sew and quilt!", so I requested some help from my mother to show me how to use a sewing machine, and then my mother-in-law here-n-there with pointers.... And quite literally, the rest is history.
So, there's the story of how I came to be a quilter ... 12 years ago.