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October/November Sewing: Hooray for Katie and Baby Annika!

Ellie and Mark gained a new cousin when Baby Annika joined my brother’s family in November.  I have four siblings and I’ve now made five diaper bags, one for each family! (Here’s ours, Eric and Meggan’s, Jon and Leah’s, and … Continue reading

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Handmade Christmas 2014: Hot Pads of Apology

Last summer, while visiting my family in Alaska, I was taking something out of my mom’s oven and somehow managed to drop one of her hot pads on the electric heating element on the bottom of the oven.  Soon, there … Continue reading

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Handmade Christmas 2014: Retro Christmas Tree Lights For My Siblings

Continuing my “Christmas ornament” theme from the past couple years of presents for my siblings, this year I sewed everyone a string of retro Christmas tree lights.  I even managed to sew a string for our tree too! Thanks to … Continue reading

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Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you! He is the Messiah, the Lord!

Merry Christmas!! We love you all! Love, Nik, Laura, Ellie and Mark “Hurry! Hurry! Have you heard? A child was born tonight, And every creature large or small Is precious in his sight.” from Hurry! Hurry! Have You Heard by … Continue reading

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Happy “75% of 10 Years” Anniversary to Us!

On a lighter, happier note… The other night I happened to mention that on 12/23, it would be our 7.5-year anniversary. Nik, being the mathematician that he is, pointed out that this means we are 75% of the way to … Continue reading

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And So, Alas, My Son’s Mullet Is Gone (but at least my mom is the one who cut it off!)

As Nik liked to say, Mark’s hair was “business in the front and party in the back!” for many months.  We trimmed his hair a bit in April but Mark really hadn’t ever had a real hair cut.  And, as … Continue reading

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July Sewing: Surprise! TWO Sundresses

Back in July, I posted pictures of the sundress that I made for Ellie.  Sneaky me actually made two identical dresses at the same time, one for Ellie and one for her cousin Violet so that they could be matchy-matchy … Continue reading

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I Went To The Mountains*

We just returned on Sunday from a four-day vacation in the Shenandoah Mountains and it was lovely.  The weather was so cool, a blessed relief from the triple digit temperatures of the week before.  In true Nik and Laura vacation … Continue reading

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Eight to Celebrate Seven!

Today, Nik and I are remembering seven wonderful years of being married.  To help celebrate, here are eight pictures, one from each year, plus a bonus! 2007, on a sunset cruise in St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands (during our honeymoon) … Continue reading

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Alaska Cousins in the East!

My brother and his wife and five kids are back East at the moment, attending lots of fun events for my sister-in-law’s family.  Meggan grew up in south Jersey so we like to joke that she and I just traded … Continue reading

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