Saturday, December 7, 2013

Out of Sync Birthdays

L. turns 21 today.  December 7th, within the UT college calendar falls at the beginning of semester finals.  This is L's third year at UT, so as in the two years past we planned to celebrate over Thanksgiving break.

We drove down to Austin to pick him up but he was booked to fly back the following Sunday.  This required taking his gifts with us as there were some big boxes and all needed to end up in Austin.

Circumstances such as these puts a birthday out of sync.  Instead of being a problem I see these as opportunities to make a week, or month, celebration instead of only one day.  On November 27 we celebrated in his dorm room as he opened gifts.  On November 29 we celebrated with cake and candles at home.  Today he is back in Austin celebrating with friends and I get to cyber-shout out, one more time.

One of the large gifts was a UT
 t-shirt quilt.  It is the first full size quilt I have 'quilted' on my home machine.  The backing is that ultra-soft minky material and although it shifted slightly the adhesive spray recommended to aid in the quilting process worked great.

Quilting a full size takes patience and practice.  The process and result went so well I've decided to make baby size quilts to practice and improve my patience and machine quilting skills on.

L. was thrilled with the new college quilt, which takes the place of his high school quilt.  There were many other shirts that didn't make the cut for this gift.  Watch for a future post on the creative end found for those

Here on Pearl Harbor day we wish L. a Happy, Happy 21st Birthday!


  1. Nice job. You are so ambitious. Will be having lunch with Russ's siblings and your parents here at our house on Tuesday, weather permitting. Same group as the one you lunched with in Baraboo this summer. We'll be having soups, fresh bread (including your dad's awesome banana bread) and holiday treats. Wish you could be here, too. The pellet stove will be fired up and hopefully we can all keep warm.

  2. Happy birthday to your son! I like your attitude of ongoing celebration. :)

  3. Happy belated Birthday to your son! I agree, birthday fun can be spread out longer when necessary. Just makes it more, well, fun! :) Blessings to you and your family!