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    Hi! I'm Traci. I'm a nursing student and CNA who loves quilting, knitting, cross stitch, and the great outdoors. In my pre-scrubs life, I owned Real Photography, and you can still see my old wedding and portrait photography site here .

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Monthly Archives: January 2012

black tie cowgirl

I’ve had a week of completing the ‘should’ stuff–Ellie’s quiet book, cleaning, laundry, errands, starting my latest class–and I’m running out of steam.  After I cleaned up the mess from Ellie’s quiet book I thought I’d take a few minutes and test out my planned layout for my first new quilt of the year–a bow […]

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ellie’s birthday present!

The problem with kids whose birthdays are right after Christmas is that you can always lolligag on a project that was intended to be for Christmas and use it for their birthday instead.  That’s what happened to this Quiet Book (yep–I’m the worst sew along leader ever.  To the two people who said they would […]

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Took Ellie to Mass today for the first time in ages.  It did not result in an epic family meltdown the likes of which the world as previously seen (twice).  Success. In other news, I couldn’t figure out why, every time Ellie gets access to a ball point pen, she always puts it in her […]

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When Will looks back on his childhood and remembers all the times I was cranky or short with him, the times I ‘mm-hmmed’ his stories or was “too busy” to play leggos…let him also remember that on the night when he lost his first tooth, I sprinkled tooth fairy glitter on his pillow…knowing full well […]

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poor child

Tonight I made popcorn.  But the pan I normally use was dirty and since I can barely stand up right now (thank you mystery illness) I used a different pot.  It didn’t turn out well. Back on the sofa, Will says “what’s that smell?”  I say “popcorn, but I burned it.” He disappears to go […]

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My current favorite Ellie phrase: “What you say Mom? What say?” (just like her brother says “what did you say?” all the time).  Although a close second is the way when she’s coming to find me she shouts “COMING! COMING MOM! COMING! COMING MOM!” as if I’d been calling her.

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