This week I'm doing something kinda "new". We aren't having the My Time Challenges anymore so the girls made a group and our new name is "JUGS". Kristin and Pam have worked very hard on getting this all put together and have even created a website to house everyone's projects and the weekly challenges. We'll all be hosting at different points throughout the year. Take a look at the JUGS site.
The challenge this week was Paper Piecing. I got out the good old "Cowboy Ethan", now for sale as Cowboy Billy, but he will always be Ethan to me. I LOVE how this turned out, almost enough to change my baby announcement design "again"! I knew this would happen. Take a look at the other gals creations too! Be sure to give this challenge a try and add your link to "Mr. Linky" on the JUGS BLOG. This week there will be some blog candy too - full deets are on the Just Us Girls blog but I will tell you that this week to KICK OFF the JUST US GIRLS challenge blog, we are giving away a $25.00 gift certificate to either Gina K Designs or PaperTrey Ink (winner's choice) to one lucky winner! To enter you need to participate in our Week 2 challenge by creating a new card with the Paper Piecing technique, post it DIRECTLY to your blog or online gallery, then link it to the Mr. Linky on the Just Us Girls Challenge site. Deadline to post to Mr. Linky is Thursday, October 15, 9:00 PM EST. We will post the winner on the Just Us Girls blog on Friday along with our very special "top pick" stamper called our "Chic of the Week".
Just a few thoughts on my little boy. It's now been almost 4 months since we lost our Ethan, but it seems like it was just yesterday. I can still picture him running up to me in the morning with the best hugs and kisses ever. I was usually up before him and would be downstairs on the computer and he would come running in with the biggest smile on his face. Then we would head to the living room and turn on cartoons, usually Boomerang that had all of the old cartoons....his favorite was Duck Dogers in Space....and he would always get excited when this was on and yell for his Daddy to watch it with him. We would snuggle on the couch until Ava girl woke up and then I would sit between them to keep the fighting to a minimum. That is how we started most of our days. Oh how I wish I could have those back. I had to go to the clinic today for flu shots for myself and Ava girl and it just brought back so many memories of bringing our Ethan in for his labs. He hated to do that, but was such a trooper through all of it. He'd always be dressed to the hilt with his button down shirt, black cowboy hat, boots, seat belt and jeans. I may be "a lot" biased, but he was the most adorable little boy there! Just missing my Ethan a lot lately. So hold your kids tight because life is often just too too short!