Archive for the ‘Family’ Category


Thursday, December 23rd, 2010

December has been a fun month for me.  I've been able to spend time with all of my grandchildren.  This week it is with our newest grandson – Theo.  He, and his parents, flew in from Belgium at the beginning of the week.  Theo2Dec2010 Even after the long flights, and not sleeping during most of it, he was in rare form when they arrived.

Theo is 11 mos. old and full of fun.  I should have titled this post "The many faces of Theo".

TheoDec2010 He changes all the time.  And, he loves to show off his two lower teeth.  He's working on his uppers at the moment.  We may have pictures of those before they return to Brussels.


TheoHeidiDec2010 John had not met Theo as he's not been to Belgium since Theo was born.  I've been twice, so have been able to watch a bit of his growth during his first year.  The first year is probably the one of the most changes.  Both physical and mental.  Theo is quite vocal, so will keep up with his cousins once we get all of them together.

Before they arrived John and I purchased a toddler bed and fixed up a bedroom for him.  I made a quilt for the new bed.  Heidi (our daughter) loves giraffe's.  I was able to find a wonderful giraffe print.

TheosQuiltDec2010 If you click on the photo a larger one will pop up.  We also found a little giraffe that has various sounds to help babies sleep.

  This is a wonderful time of year to spend it with family.

Merry Christmas!


Wednesday, June 10th, 2009

Last week I flew to Orlando, FL to attend Kieran's promotion from Pre-School.  I was so proud of her.  She was the cutest and brightest in her class, of course.  For those who don't know, she's my five year old granddaughter.  Kieran is the 4th "graduate" from the left on the front row.  Isn't she adorable?

Her sister, Kayleigh, wanted to try out her "cap".  Kayleigh is almost 3 years old, so has a bit of time to go before she is in pre-school.KayleighKieranJune09

It was fun attending the promotion, but mostly being there to visit the grandchildren.  We live too far away.

Someday that will change.  John and I pray that we'll be able to move somewhere closer.  Kentucky has captured us.  So, we'll see what develops.

CruzFamilyBestJune09 Our grandson, Kayman, is still a bit too young to be too interested in pre-school.  He has started walking.  At 13 months he's quite a charmer.  It is always hard leaving them.

Our son-in-law was able to be home for the promotion.  Luis works hard to provide for his family.  He's a flight attendant with United Airlines.  And, yes, that is the airline I mostly fly on.  As "in-laws" we don't get flight privileges, but I fly United because I like them.  Having worked for the airlines for a gazillion years, I find United better than most.

Do I get privileges from my career with the airlines?  No.  I jumped around too much.  I started with Bonanza Airlines in 1962, then went with Contiental, Flying TIgers, Airlift – all as a flight attendant.  Then into Marketing & sales with Aloha Airlines and lastly All Nippon Airways.

My next post will be about my time at Quilting Adventures in Richmond, VA.  I'm very excited about my time there.  The quilt shop has an amazing array of fabrics.  I can see I won't be making much money on this trip. 

Also, if you've not signed up for my eNewsletter do so.  I'll be announcing my next intensive workshop soon. 

In the meantime, enjoy life!  It's the best.

The Wedding

Monday, October 27th, 2008

We had a wonderful time helping celebrate our daughter’s wedding in Brussels, Belgium.  It had rained the day before, and rained the day after, but Saturday, Oct. 25 was perfect.

Heidi’s best friend, Laura, flew in from California to be one of the bridesmaids.  She’s the blond on the far left.  Next to her is our other daughter, JB, holding our grandson.  She and her family  flew in from Florida.  The two flower girls are our granddaughters.  Next to Raphael is his brother Jeremy.  The other groomsman is his cousin Edward.

Our six-month old grandson, Kayman was the "ring bearer".  Of course, he couldn’t carry the rings down the aisle but did go down with his mommy.  The pillow was made by me using some of my wedding dress for the "something old".  That’s me holding Kayman.  Isn’t he the cutest?  All of my grandchildren are the best out there!

John did the traditional dance with his daughter.  In the background is his sister, Linda watching on.  Linda and her family drove from Germany to be with us.  We are presently in Herford, Germany visiting them.  They’ve lived here for 23 years and we’ve never visited.  Terrible of us!.   It seems we all get so busy we don’t take time to be with our families.  We’ve all promised to not let that happen again.

I wanted to share just a few photo’s of the beautiful wedding.  Heidi and Raphael will continue to live in Brussels.  Both work at the International School of Brussels and want to remain there.   We thoroughly enjoyed meeting his family and can see visits often. 

It will be hard leaving, but we have to get back to our lives in California.  We look forward to our next trip to Europe.

Grandson & doll for cruise

Thursday, May 22nd, 2008

Our first grandson arrived April 29, the day after I flew home.  I spent nearly the whole month of April in Orlando waiting for his birth.  But, I did get to see him in person for Mother’s Day.

Kieran, on the left, and Kayleigh are enjoying their new brother.  His name is Kayman.  He weighed 7lbs. 14ozs. at birth and was 21 1/2 inches long.  He’s a terrific baby boy.
John and I are enjoying having 3 grandchildren. 

The family picture shows our granddog.  Dana had just received her first summer haircut.  She’s a Golden Retriever and quite the protector of her family.  Golden’s are wonderful around children.  Very patient.

The Cruising with Soft Dolls is coming along.  We have nearly all the cabins filled.  Still room for a few more if you are interested.

Gail Wilson designed the doll that the rest of us will interpret.  I used Gails pattern, but did change the head and hands.  I decided to make removable clothing as I’m going to make another outfit for the doll to wear.                   Chrissyinprogress

She’s not finished, but I wanted to show her in her mermaid outfit.  There will be some beaded starfish added, along with a few beaded flowers.  In her hand is a flower made from silk cocoons.  That is one of the techniques I’ll be sharing.  When I get more of the cocoon flowers done I’ll take a photo of them separately.

The kit I’m providing includes the organza for the flukes, silk cocoons, the Tibetan Goat hair seen on the doll, and a bead kit with all the beads needed.  All kits are included in the cost of the cruise. 

For more information on the cruise contact Barbara Roby at
Or email me.  Keep checking back here for more updates on the doll.  As soon as everyone else gets their projects done I’ll post them on the Cruise blog.

The Grandchildren

Saturday, July 14th, 2007

Our daughter sent more pictures of our two granddaughters. They are simply the cutest two on this earth!
Kayleigh will be one year old August 1. Big sister, Kieran, is 3 1/2 going on 25. She’s quite the little fashion queen.
Kieran loves her little sister and especially loves helping her walk. Kayleigh is walking some and one of her favorite two word combinations is “All done!”

Heidi’s adventures

Thursday, July 12th, 2007

Heidi arrived home for a short visit after spending 9 days on Corsica. She, and her friend Raphael, hiked part of the famous GR20 trail. I’m just glad I didn’t know how much mountain climbing there was.
Heidi said it is beautiful with many waterfalls, pristine pools of water and breathtaking views from the mountain tops. I’ll take her word for it.

Our oldest daughter found a picture of her at 7 mos. and had to share how closely Kayleigh looks like her at 7 mos.


I’m not sure why some of the photo’s won’t enlarge when you click on them. I’ll have to find out from Typepad.

Heidi’s adventures

Sunday, May 27th, 2007

It has been awhile since I’ve updated Heidi’s information. She’s teaching 5th grade at the International School Brussels. Yes, that is Brussels, Belgium. Many of you know she’s been teaching in Europe for the past 6 years. First in Stavanger, Norway; then St. Germaine en Laye, France (near Paris) and now Brussels.
Belgium has beautiful scenery and so much history. Heidi is getting ready for a 9 day hike in Corsica so recently did an overnight hike in the south western mountains of Belgium. Beautiful area.
Someday I’ll find the photo of Heidi standing on a very scary rock in Norway. I’m glad they don’t have such places in Belgium!

More Family Stuff

Thursday, March 29th, 2007

Many of you know how much I love my family. Recently, John and I helped move my dad back to the farm. I thought you’d enjoy seeing a picture of the farm Dad grew up on. It is now a historical farm as it has been in the family over 100 years.Medarisfarm1
My grandparents raised six boys in that house. Dad and my Uncle Duane shared a bed. That is the two of them by the sign in front of the house. That’s me bundled up. This was taken in January when the temperatures dropped down into the teens (fahrenheit).
One of my cousins found a truly wonderful picture of several of us when we were children. This is the Illinois bunch. We’re missing the California family and this was also taken before more than half of my cousins were born.Before_our_time1
My friend, Sandy, captured the picture of me and using her magic with Photoshop placed my favorite doll, Radical Rachel, behind me. You’ll see it used often in my website.
Recently we had a mini family reunion here in California. Two of us were in the photo from the late 40’s, or early 50’s. Can you guess which two?
Actually, there are 3 of us in the older picture. My aunt is in both pictures. Hard to tell which one is our aunt/mom. She’s ageless.

The Grandchildren

Saturday, March 24th, 2007

March 3-10 was the 3rd Soft Doll Art Cruise. It was a bit different this year as we didn’t have enough for our own cruise. We joined a quilt cruise. But, 13 of us had a great time. We had two people from England and one from Australia join us this year. And, we even made mermaids.
After the cruise I visited our daughter, JB, and her family in Orlando. Our granddaughters have grown up so much.
Kayleigh is now 7 mos. old. Her sister, Kieran, is 3 and loves having a little sister.

When I was in Jr. High we left the farm in Illinois and moved to the gulf coast of Florida. I took the girls to the beach, and you can see that they had a great time. Even Kayleigh loved playing in the sand.

It was hard leaving, but I had to fly up to Illinois see my dad. We spent one afternoon trudging through the woods looking for an old pioneer cemetery. Dad is now living with one of his brothers, Duane. Hard to believe that these two men are 90 and 88 years old.