|Jackson preparing his styrofoam 'boat' for a race....I didn't have high expectations of this event,|
but it was actually a lot of fun - we all had a really good time!
and today we went on a long hike with the dog!
|Haha, we couldn't get this dog to swim ALL summer, but today, when |
the weather was 50 degrees we couldn't get her out of the water!
I had hoped to post earlier this weekend, but the truth is, I have a new addiction which I will get to a little later in this post. I was also hoping to take some photos of my beading progress this weekend, I haven't seen the sun since Friday and all my attempts turned out futile!
I've been working on my friend Jean's bracelet for the Pink Rocks the Runway fashion show. I am starting to feel a lot of pressure on this one and really need to calm down! My original vision has completely changed and morphed into something new. I still like it, but now I have all this pressure (that ONLY I have put on my self), to make sure this is really spectacular. I'm 80% done, but now I need a different clasp than I originally planned for and I can't decide if I should make my own or go get a slider clasp that I think will work perfectly as well!
I have been very bad about working on my What's It To Hue? piece!!! I hope I can finish by Tuesday!!!
A couple weeks ago I was the VERY lucky winner of Mortira's (Inspirational Beading) faux crystal giveaway!!! They came in the mail on Saturday and I have been drooling over them since!!
So...onto my new obsession/addiction. Back in August, I received a membership to Ancestry.com as a birthday gift. Usually when I sit down to my computer with free time I tend to read other blogs, check out facebook, post on my own blog.... but since I have been a member of Ancestry.com, every time I sit at the computer, I can't stop going on the site and researching!!! I AM ADDICTED!!! Of course, I've been lucky as well. As it turns out I have long lines of relatives that have lived in this country a very long time. Some of my ancestors lead me to dead ends. These are the ones who came to this country two or three generations ago. But others.....WOW! It's so fun and exciting to learn where you came from! Once you start entering data (name, date of brith, date of death etc...), Ancestry.com searches their databases and lets you know if they've found anything that might help you learn more about your lineage (censuses, death records, marriage records, immigration passenger lists etc...). It is so fun and it's hard to stop once you get the little hints popping up when you add new names.
After getting a taste of the genealogy but...I took a class at my library on genealogy. I learned A LOT at this class. Most importantly, I learned about a lot of free databases I have access to through the library.
So when I got home and started plugging in names, I was rewarded with a lot of amazing data!
Such at this obituary and gravestone photo of my great-great-grandfather (and great-great-grandmother):
How cool is that!?!
Most of my dad's grandparents died before he was even born. So now at 65, he is having a hard time confirming the names of his grandparents. But last week, he was going through some of my paternal grandparent's things and found a family tree! I receive that in the mail on Saturday too! (Saturday was a great mail day!) That opened up a whole new line of ancestors for me and I spent a good part of the weekend learning about them!
In another post I'll share some of my findings. It's been pretty amazing locating and reading old documents and books about my ancestors!!!
Ultimately, I hope to put together a book or scrapbook of some kind to share with my brother, my son and my nieces.