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A Week's Review in Pictures...

What have the Mavins been up to here at the end of July?

Well it was recently RAGBRAI season. Which this year meant something a little bit different for us. Mainly I did not ride. I bookended the week with the drop off and pick up of riders and bikes (and a little partying). And in the days between I taught A LOT and enjoyed some family activities.

Scott took a day off to take Lexi to an I-Cubs game. Despite a cloudy, damp start to the day, they had a wonderful time.


Brea and Lexi got to take a mini vacation in Newton where they spent a couple days with Grandma Peg and Auntie Pammy. Which meant Scott and I got to enjoy a couple kid free nights. I finally got a chance to hop on the Harley for a ride...it was fun once I relaxed. We enjoyed dinners full of adult conversation and on Thursday night headed out to the county fair grounds for the fair's talent show in which our friend Lexi was singing. It was fun remembering what life was like before kids...and remember how much I simply en…

A Strength it is Not...

I have a confession...I am far from a perfect Mother.

I know, shocked we all are.

No, but seriously, as Moms we all have our own strengths and weaknesses and I've been feeling very guilty lately about one of my weaknesses...

I'm really bad about allowing the girls to have friends over to play.

I like people and hanging out with my friends. I even really enjoy hosting get togethers at our house, even though I feel bad about our lack of space for recreational gatherings. (Some day that basement is going to come in handy...like when we can afford to make it more attractive than bare concrete!) I realize my girls are super social individuals and that they would, if allowed, love to have someone over to play all day, every day. But for some reason setting up play time and hosting other kids at our house ranks right up there with toilet scrubbing...I know it's a necessary task but I'm so glad when it's over.

Having people in my space is for me, at times, exhausting. When I…

No, That was NOT Me...

I have now had the "pleasure" of experiencing identity theft. On the whole scale of things it's been on a relatively small level. But it's still a pain in the butt. Thankfully the charges made to an account of mine have been refunded, the card number used has been deactivated. The only lingering effect seems to be the countless spam messaged in my in-box each day and as of today a false "we're following up on your request" phone call today. I do not need to meet hot Christian or Latin singles in my area. I'm sure meeting big beautiful women is nice, but not really my thing. I SOOOOO don't believe in get rich quick schemes. And while yes I do want to go back to school, it won't be on-line for any of your questionable "certifications." And that offer for a credit card...um, have you seen my credit report? Thanks for asking.

Given the amount of "things" I do online, I'm sure it was just a matter of time. I mean if you ar…

Bright Fabric Flowers = LOVE...

I'll admit, I have had some creative ideas that in the end haven't so much turned out as I had envisioned. THIS is NOT one of those times!

Yesterday my friend Laura celebrated her birthday. In these "recession times" figuring out how to help someone celebrate sometimes takes a little creative thinking. So Sunday I set off on an online hunt for tutorials on making fabric flowers. (Because if there is anything I have in abundance, it's fabric! And who doesn't love getting flowers on their birthday?) After finding some really cool things (including an amazing fabric flower bride's bouquet on etsy) I started a prototype to figure out exactly how I wanted to proceed. (Thanks to Pink Paper Peppermints for the inspirational and simple flower design tutorials!)


I had originally wanted to sew everything, but in the end decided the hot glue gun was a better tool in attaching the wired stems and leaves, fabric wrapped of course.


It was fun thinking about how one change…

Quilt in a Day...

When my Mom was visiting at the end of June, we of course had to make a few quilt store stops. I mean what is a trip/visit without shop hopping? Even though I haven't been doing much quilting as of late, I still love to shop hop. On our last stop at Fern Hill in South Amana(a VERY cool shop if you are ever in the area it's soooooo worth a stop...for non-quilters too!) I completely fell in love with Mocha Meringue, a Marcus fabric line by Michele D'Amore. (L.O.V.E.) The whole line is a luscious mix of creamy lights to dark chocolate browns. LUSCIOUS. So my Mom gifted me a few yards...which led to me ordering a few more yards online (at discount!) as I planned out the 2, possibly 3 quilts I want to make just with this line of fabric. THAT'S HOW MUCH I LOVE IT!

Thursday was rainy, cool, and I had the entire day off. So I decided to get cutting and sewing on project #1...a light "vanilla" quilt out of the Summer issue of Quilts and More. I really like this magazin…

Thanks Lance...

“Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.” --Mahatma Gandhi

Lance Armstrong twittered this quote today.

And once again, I feel like the universe has spoken. Reminding me to keep moving forward. Stay the course. It may be hard, but it will be ok.

Thanks universe!


peace

Connections...

Growing up, no matter where I went, it was pretty safe to say at least one person there knew my grandpa. I can't tell you the number of times I've heard "You must be one of Ed Reitz'sgranddaughters," upon introduction. I very much took those connections for granted and when it came time to head off to college, I left town with barely a glance back. I had no doubt in my mind that with good hard work and the right attitude I could be successful where ever I decided to land in life.

Until 5 years ago not once had I applied for a job that I was not offered. Not once did I apply for a job with even a question in my mind that I was indeed the best candidate in the pool of applicants. Never did I think my connections, or usually lack there of, could make a difference in the outcome of an application.

Fast forward 5 years, past disappointments and eye opening job seeking experiences, and I have a whole different opinion of the job searching process. Especially in a small t…

Unease...

I'm somehow finding myself indirectly involved in somewhat of an awkward situation this summer. My life isn't necessarily directly affected by the conflict or the eventual outcome, but emotionally I can feel a pull through even my remote involvement. Mostly because it involves people I have come to care about greatly. Who each hold a special place in my heart and who have become part of our extended family. And a project I've grown to love and whose mission (at least as it was originally conceived) I support whole heatedly.

It's heart breaking for me really. How I would love to offer up advice and words that could maybe help resolve the issues at hand. However, it's not my place to do so in this particular situation. As a nurturer through and through, I want nothing more than to be able to make sure everyone comes through to the other side safe, with relationships and hearts intact. I want to bake a big batch of chocolate chip cookies, set everyone down around the k…