My mom came to visit for eight days and we shopped, shopped, and shopped some more. We didn't actually buy a whole lot but it was fun to look at clothes and jewelry with my mom. I have been really wanting to get some jewelry lately because I am constantly admiring my friends' cute styles and they seem to always have the most interesting and beautiful accessories but when I try on chunky necklaces or long necklaces I feel like I am a total fashion poser. We also looked at all the sales at the kids stores for things for Clara and my nieces and admired the darling winter coats and boots and knit sweaters for toddlers. Is it just me that wishes that Gymboree would make adult sizes of some of their lines?
While my mom was visiting Clara fell completely in love. It was grandma-this and grandma-that and when my mom got out of the car at the airport Clara starting crying and pleading "ma'am-ma! ma'am-ma!". When she woke up from her nap the next day she wandered around the house asking for ma'am-ma again too. So sad. But she is also just loving saying names these days period. She constantly repeats "mommee, daddee, clara" (but she has a hard time with the "l" in her name so it is a little more like "cyara").
My mom watched Clara for us a couple of times while she was here so that Paul and I could go to the temple, go see the new Bond film, go to a dinner party with some of Paul's colleagues from his firm, and so I could go to a sewing class while Paul was at bishopric meeting on Tuesday night. Speaking of sewing, I had to buy a new sewing machine since my old one died. I spent a couple of weeks looking online, tried to get my old one fixed, asked for advice on Facebook, and talked to a guy at a sewing machine store. Ultimately I bought a Janome since I can't afford a Bernina and I have been loving having a machine with a lot more power than my old machine (which was a great little worker for me for probably six years but which I had kind of outgrown given the progress I have made in my sewing skills). So I have been sewing like crazy making quilts and Christmas presents and experimenting with all the fun new stitches and techniques I am learning. I will have to post pictures of some of my projects after Christmas since I wouldn't want to spoil any surprises.
And that pretty much catches me up on this blog. Paul is at a CPR training class this morning (our certificates expire this month and they have to be current for our adoption profile) and I have been sewing (of course) and contemplating rearranging furniture. It is stormy and grey and I can hear the wind blowing outside. I love Autumn.
Oh, and I am obsessed with this song ("We All Need Saving" by Jon McLaughlin - has anyone else heard it?) these days: