Did you know that the East Coast Swing is a really fun dance? I actually took a dance history class in college and loved it so much. Now I can barely put one foot infront of the other without falling on my face. Those were the days....
My grandpa with the girls. He earned a Purple Heart in Iwo Jima. It really was an emotional day.
Anyhoo, we took an amazing trip to the East Coast to watch my hero of a brother retire from the Army after 22 years of service. He has been to Afghanistan and a whole host of other countries. He's had quite a career as a soldier and the ceremony was befitting of that.
After that we thought it'd be a great idea to wake everyone up at 4am and hop on a train to NYC to visit Tracy. After 18 months of emails and sharing experiences about our two girls and baby boys, we finally FINALLY got to hug and have a glass of wine on the quilt I made for baby Brody.
It was a great day. There was wall-to-wall sunshine, not a cloud in the sky, the kids got along perfectly, the husbands did their job of hanging out and allowing the mamas to laugh, cry, and drink a little extra wine. (Thanks, S and J.) Everyone was so friendly - NYC felt like a dream come true. We only had a few hours there before we took the train back to DC but every moment was savored and stored up in our hearts until next time.
Picnic, coloring, playing ... Love.
Thank you so much, Tracy for the warm NYC welcome. It could not have been better. It left us excited for the next trip and more time together.
Back at home I finished up a hip rag quilt for Amanda:
The back of the quilt:
Big girl admires her ring from the Tooth Fairy. I wasn't really sure if we were going to do the whole Tooth Fairy thing but she had heard about it from another little girl and seemed so excited. I guess that makes me a sucker!
Her tooth was so wiggly all summer and I kept wanting to do a blog post about Summerteeth. But it didn't happen until we got to NYC. Yep, she lost her very first tooth on a crisp autumn day in Central Park. I don't know any correlating songs about that but it's a pretty cool memory.
Happy Autumn to you! Hope you're keeping warm with your loved ones and handmade quilts. :)