Sunday, August 31, 2008
I swear, no matter how tired that child is, he is a non-stop tornado/hurricane/Holy Terror during church. Seriously.
He sits on the bench and "reads" the hymn book.
Then he hops down to the floor to play with the book holder.
Then he's back up on the bench, reaching over the back to steal the row behind us's hymn book.
Then he's back on the floor, crawling under the benches.
Then he's looking for his bottle and puppy.
Then he's sitting on Mike's lap with his bottle and puppy.
Then he's smacking Grandpa in the head.
Then he's trying to eat Fruit Loops.
Then he's back on the floor playing with the hymn books.
Then he's crawling under the benches.
Then he's back on Mike's lap.
Then the meeting is over. FINALLY!
And that is why, according to Granpa P, sitting next to Marshy is like sitting in the Astrodome while a hurricane passes over.
Saturday, August 30, 2008
Mike came home yesterday morning, after successfully re-driving his 7 deleted routes and began tackling the laptop/internet issue. Several hours....okay, like 9 hours later, he began backing up all of the data on the laptop. Then, this morning, he reformatted the hard drive. Now, this totally scared the crap out of me, because:
Thursday, August 28, 2008
And then! Our computer decided that it's going to be STUPID and not connect to the internet. So, I am currently writing this post on my mother-in-law's computer. So, you can comment as much as you would like, but I won't get it until the weekend, when Mike comes home and hopefully fixes the computer. UGH! Why do computers hate me?!!!
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
I went to mail my XBOX 360 back to the repair center today, and realized that it didn't make sense that I would need to send in all of my cables and my harddrive just for them to fix the "red ring of death" issue. So I called tech support again, just to verify.
The guy I talked to on Saturday had a really thick accent and I could barely understand a word he said. But the one thing that I did understand was that he said I needed to send in my harddrive and all cables.
This didn't sit right with me. I called back this afternoon. I got another tech rep that had a thick accent. At least she innunciated enough that I could understand her. She told me that if I sent in my harddrive and cables, that they would get lost, and I would not get them back. She also informed me that I needed to take the faceplate off of the XBOX.
What the heck? Seriously. Rule #1 for working in a call center: You can't have an accent.
Rule #2: you have to know what the heck you are talking about, and tell the client the correct information.
Rule #3: You have to be able to speak English fluently.
Is that too much to ask? 3 simple things! Seriously!
Monday, August 25, 2008
Anyway, I've finally gotten most of my marketing materials manufactured, so I'm fnally able to get my quilting blog up and running. Go check it out! I am currently accepting quilts. Also, I'll be making updates to the blog over the next few days. I'm still challenged with the whole PDF file thing, so I've got to wait for Mike to get home so I can link to my PDF documents. He figured out how to do it for me, but didn't show me how to do it!
Sunday, August 24, 2008
This afternoon we went to visit Lynsey in the hospital. She had baby Jaxson Saturday afternoon, just after 12. Mom and baby are doing great, and Big Sis Gabby is so cute with baby Jax! "Jax wants me to hold him now" she would keep saying to everyone who was holding him.
Oh! He was so tiny and adorable and irresistible! It almost made me want to have another one. Almost. I am currently in no position to be having two kids, as we live on the third floor of a building in an apartment that presently seems too small for active Marshy. Also, there isn't really much of a yard here that is playable in. The downstairs neighbors on the other side of the building let their 2 massive dogs use the grass for their bathroom, instead of taking them 15 feet to the dog park.
Anyway, Baby Jax and his mommy come home from the hospital tomorrow morning, and will probably be headed home to Idaho, so we wish them well. And hope they stay down here a little longer so we can get lots of lovin' outta little baby!
It died. I have a lot of really good memories with our friend on it. When I say our friend, I mean Colton. When I say it, I mean our XBOX 360.
It has fallen victim to the dreaded "Red Ring of Death". It's still under warranty, so Microsoft will repair/replace it for us. But I have to send in my harddrive. I'm not sure if we'll get it back. It has a lot of memories on it of late night Halo 3 parties with Colton and the boys, asking Family Guy and Doug trivia to Troz while we played on XBOX Live. Playing Bioshock with Austin, Colton, and Kyle, and Kyle screaming like a little girl. Our New Years Eve "party" where Colton and Austin ditched their lady friends and other acquaintances to come play XBOX with us at our house until late into the night. The boys coming over to play games, and falling asleep on the love sac cuddling each other, but not Colton because he was smart enough to fall asleep upstairs on the couch. So many good memories are documented in that XBOX. I guess as long as I have the memories, I don't need the harddrive.....but it was a nice reminder.
All I wanted to do today was watch School for Scoundrels on HDDVD. All I did was turn the console on! I haven't even used it all week. In fact, the last time I used it was Sunday afternoon with Mike and Marshy watching Toy Story 2. It was working fine then. Now it is dead. It won't turn on. I can't play games or watch movies on it. I'm really glad now that Netflix screwed up and sent us School for Scoundrels on HDDVD and on regular DVD. How did they know? Man they are smart! Well, I guess I can watch it on HDDVD in 6-8 weeks, once I ship mine out and they get it. Stupid Red Ring of Death.
In happier news: Lynsey had her baby Saturday! YAY! Haven't been over to see her yet, but we're thinking we'll go Sunday after church.
Saturday, August 23, 2008
Well, I have done all three. I know, how did I manage to sew my finger? Forgot to turn the Gammill off one day before fixing the bobbin, accidentally turned the machine on, sewed my finger. Not too fun.
Anyway, last night, while I was binding Lynsey's baby quilt for baby Jax (who is coming TOMORROW!!!!), my callous broke and now I have a gaping gash in my fingertip. It makes it quite difficult to bind the other quilt that needs binding, or to applique the two quilts that need appliques. I tried using a thimble. Problem is, it's my middle finger, so the thimble doesn't quite fit on well. Then I tried a band-aid, but the needle kept poking through the band-aid and hitting the gash, defeating the purpose. I eventually gave up. This is sad, because now I am going to get behind in my projects.
So! Anyone have any suggestions for me? I don't particularly want to wait for this to heal before I can get back to work. THANKS!
Thursday, August 21, 2008
I've been playing the game for an hour. I made it out of the room 3 times. And then went back in. I know! What was I thinking? Well, after an hour, I had had enough. I kissed him goodnight, and shut the door. He is still crying because I'm not in there with him while he "reads" Goodnight Moon. He isn't even two yet, but he thinks he can read. And when he feels like he's read the whole book he says "All done!" It's actually quite cute....except when it's bedtime and he hasn't had a nap all day and he's been awake since 8:30 this morning and grumpy all day.
And now the anger has subsided and the only noise coming from his room is the faint sound of his bedtime music.
And now it's back again.
Anyone else wanna play "sneak out of baby's room" while I eat dinner? Anyone? ANYONE?
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
My Bzzkit came yesterday. I'm so excited! I got a blush brush, a tri-color blush, mascara, and some lip color. I've never used a multi colored blush, but I tried it today and it was pretty cool. The colors they sent me were not what I normally would have chosen for myself. The blush was way more natural than I usually go. I usually pick something with a touch of pink in it, and this was mostly browns.
The mascara is black. I've been using Almay's mascara for people with brown eyes, (which means it's purple mascara. explain that one to me) but it is really clumpy. This MaxFactor stuff was great! Even with two coats, it wasn't even half as clumpy as the Almay stuff.
When I put the lipcolor on, however, it was almost orange. I think it is supposed to be a copper color (go figure, because I didn't think I ordered the bronze/orange collection). It looked absolutely hideous on me! I immediately took it off. It came with this moisturizing top coat, and I totally love that, but I'm going to have to go buy a different color so I can see if it really lasts the 16 hours it claims it does.
Has anyone tried MaxFactor? or another brand that they really like? I'd be really interested to know. Not just because I'm doing this Bzzcampaign, but also because I am always looking for a better make up product to try.
This is the back of the quilt. I used a light tan thread, that ended up matching perfectly with the backing fabric. I pretty much did in-the-ditch quilting around the blocks and borders, and in a few borders I did rectangles to give it a little something extra.
In one border I did flowers with leaves. The border was a really busy floral print, so I knew I just HAD to do something with it besides the rectangles.
Now that I'm done with this quilt, I'm actually really glad I put it off as long as I did. Before, my stitch regulator wasn't working. But now that it's fixed, I honestly don't know how I would have done this quilt because the regulated stitch makes it SO much easier.
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Monday, August 18, 2008
It wasn't until tonight, when I pulled the two quilts I quilted today out of my bag, that I realized that I have now completed two quilts for the challenge.
The first one, I already had all the fabrics for, but I wasn't really sure if I wanted to cut into them and destroy the purity of the beautiful bundle of fabric I had. But, I decided that I needed to deplete my stash and get rid of some of the projects I had stacking up in my sewing/storage room. So, I cut into the beautiful bundle and created this quilt top.
Today I quilted it, and it turned out so dang cute! I'm going to sell it on Etsy, in my Etsy shop once I get it bound. Here are some picutres of the quilting. Also, the light was a little better today, so you can see the beautiful colors better than in my last post I did about this quilt.
In the big pink/brown striped squares I did daisies with small centers and long petals.
The second stash quilt that I did was for my niece, Lynsey, who is having a baby sometime this week. She is getting induced on Saturday, we hope, but she might have baby Jax before then. Who knows what will happen. Anyway, I made her this cute blanket for baby Jax, and it is completely out of my stash.
Funny story, actually: the pattern called for 42 blocks, but I only had enough fabric for 32. So, I ripped the seams out of my leftover fabrics from my strip pieces, ironed them out, pieced them together to matching fabrics, and miraculously managed to squeeze out 42 blocks. It actually turned out really cute, and it's hard to tell which blocks were pieced together because of the busy prints I chose.
Anyway, I also happened to have some random yellow fabric laying around (I can't remember why I have it, I just do) so I used that for the backing because it matched perfectly. I quilted it in a loop meander all over in a light yellow thread. It turned out really cute. Tonight, when I got it home, I realized I didn't have any fabric to bind it with. However, I happen to have some yellow binding fabric left over from the last baby quilt I bound, and I will have some yellow left over from the back of this (hopefully enough to bind the whole quilt with). So that means that this quilt will be entirely made from my stash! I didn't have to buy any fabric for this! YAY!
Hmmm.....how about give him a shower in our bathroom? Sounds good to me!
We have one of those shower heads where part of the head is detachable. It's really nice for cleaning the shower, or giving your almost 2 year old his first shower. I turned the water on and got it to the perfect temperature. I turned the heat lamp on in the bathroom so it would be extra toasty. I gathered the necessary items: diaper, jammies, washy, towel....oh yeah, and baby. I stripped him down to his naked little self. He was so excited. He started shouting "BAFF!" (bath) and tried to run to his bathroom. When I picked him up and put him in the shower he completely lost it.
He backed into the corner and stood there bawling hysterically, with the "why are you being mean, mommy?" look on his face. And of course, yelling "DA-ADDY! DA-A-A-ADY!" Of course, Mike is out of town again, so daddy wasn't there to come rescue him. Poor kid. After about 2 minutes of hyesteria I turned off the water and wrapped him up in his towel.
I got him dressed and put him in his crib. Still crying hystericallly, he said "BA-BA!" (bottle). Since he is allowed to have bottles at bedtime, I went and got him one. I forgot to grab his puppy while I was in the kitchen. I gave him his bottle and of course, he cried "PU-UPPY!" I ran and got him his puppy. Once he had puppy and ba-ba, he burried his head in his blankets and cried himself to sleep. Poor kid. All because of a shower.
Sunday, August 17, 2008
Although, I did find out that two of my tires have essentially no tread, and the third is almost there. I just replaced a tire a few months ago. What the heck?! Seriously, can't my car stay fixed for more than two minutes?!
A close-up of the snowman from a block similar to the one above. I outlined the snowman in the circle, did a really tight looping meander in the center of the "frame" and then quilted swirls in the frame part. I used a dark purple thread for all of the quilting in the blocks.
This is the best picture I could get of the full quilt. Sorry! I forgot to take my camera with me, so I just had my camera phone. Again, sorry about the blurriness. In the border I did a fairly tight looping meander in a light purple thread. It turned out so cute.
Another closeup, but of a different block. There were really only 2 blocks, but they had different colors in them. It was a really cute quilt.
I had a lot of fun with this quilt, because my stitch regulator works now, and I was able to do a lot of things that I normally wouldn't have done. I've missed quilting this past week. It will be nice to actually get some work done this coming week. My goal is a quilt a day, and I really think I can achieve that now that everything on the machine is working properly.
Saturday, August 16, 2008
Now, I've had this code come up before. About a year ago, actually. And I called Saturn, and all they told me was "Oh, uh yeah they didn't start making that part until the 2000 LS-series, so I don't know why you're getting that code. Sorry." Yeah, a lot of help. Well, I figured I might as well call them again to see if maybe someone there knew what it meant. This is what I found out:
"Yeah, they didn't make that part for your car, so it really means it's your coil pack, and that runs about $387 or so." HAHAHAHA! Like I am going to pay $400 plus labor to the DEALER! Right....I about had a heartattack right then and there. Mike looked up some info about it on the internet and found a much cheaper solution. On one of the Saturn forums, they give several suggestions as to what the problem could be, and what solutions there are. We started with the cheapest one.
I ran over to Checker and purchased new spark plugs, the gapping tool, new spark plug wires, and this really cool stuff called Marvelous Mystery Oil. According to the forums, if you add 1/4 cup of the Mystery Oil stuff to the spark plug holes (sans spark plugs of course) it cleans out all the crap in there. You can also add it to your gas tank and it will help your motor and engine and fuel economy and stuff. So, we decided to try it out. We went outside, in the dark, and took the wires off of the spark plugs. We started with cylinder 4, and what did we find? That the core to the wire, you know, the part that connects to the spark plug, had totally come out and was stuck on top of the spark plug!
Above, the 4 old spark plugs, and the core to the spark plug wire thingy. Below, the spark plug wire thingy (new one, not old one).
The Mystery Oil stuff has to sit in the car for 8-12 hours, so we might not make it to 9 AM church tomorrow. We'll see. Also, supposedly when you turn the car on smoke will just billow out of the car. That will really make our neighbors happy in the morning! We're pretty sure that this will fix the problem. YAY! So there Mr. Saturn guy! You can't sucker us into shelling out $400! . . . . yet.
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Isn't this one fun? The backing is a bright yellow, and it matches perfectly. This pattern is really quick an easy to make, too. It only took a couple of hours.
Now I'm working on another original design. It's mostly done, but I still have to add some applique elements to it, so I'll probably post it tomorrow.
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Because you can't really see the blocks, I took close-ups of all of them.
This one was the hardest to piece, because the nine patch in the middle is 3x3 inches.
This is the block that I accidentally cut wrong. I cut it about an inch too small, so I had to make adjustments everywhere else when I pieced it together.
The quilt turned out a little bit smaller than it was supposed to, mostly due to the fact that I cut the above block wrong. Oh well, it still looks really cute! I can't wait to get it on the machine and quilt it. It's going to look so dang cute when it's done! The back is a really pretty pink and brown print, from the Chocolate Lollipop collection by Anna Maria, same as most of the other fabrics in the quilt top. The pattern called for 3 yards! I think I only used about 1.5 yards, MAYBE. I'm kind of glad I didn't end up using all of the backing fabric, because now I have lots of super cute fabric to use for another quilt later on down the line.
My next project is going to be my niece Lynsey's baby quilt. She's due on the 29th, but we all think she'll go about a week early, so that doesn't give me a whole lot of time. I'd better get on it, huh? Sorry Lyns, if I don't have it done in time! I'll hurry!
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So, now who to give this award to..... Hmm.....
1 - Lola over at Lola . . . again! She is so crafty, and always has fun patterns and tutorials. I can't wait to see what she comes up with next!
2 - Scott because he always has cool videos and products and weird stuff on his blog.
3 - Jill because her stories always make me laugh. Especially the Max stories.
4 - Faith because she has such a cute family and she is so sweet to read my blog and comment.
5 - Bonnie because she makes me laugh too.
While I was there, Rick and Linda Taylor were there. Linda is an AWESOME quilter. She does amazing work. She asked me if I was happy to have my machine back, and I said I was just happy to have stitch regulator working for the first time in 1.5 years. She couldn't believe I had never used regulated stitch! But then she said that now that I have it, I will have more control, because I have had to do everything without the regulated stitch, and that a lot of people aren't that "lucky". WooHoo!!
Now the machine is back at Sweetbriar, but not put together on the table. Mike gets home on Friday night from his business trip, so he will be able to put it all back together for me on Saturday, because some of the parts we ordered (that need to be installed before it gets put back together) came this week. YAY! Then I can get back to work..... finally!
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Anyway, this is a baby quilt in girlie prints. Most of the fabrics are from the Chocolate Lollipop line by Anna Maria. I totally love these fabrics. I bought them when I bought the fabric for my friend Joelann's quilt, and I haven't been able to cut into them until recently. Today I sewed most of the pieces together. I made a mistake though, and instead of cutting the center section of the largest nine patch block 3 1/2 inches, I cut it to 2 1/2 inches. Oops! I will have to make adjustments throughout the quilt when I piece it all together, but I don't think it will look too bad. It will be a little bit smaller than it should be, but it will still look really cute!
This is the pattern I'm using. It will hopefully look quite similar to this when it is finished. It's also the same pattern I used for Joelann's quilt, and I did a quilt for my cousin last December from this pattern. So, three out of one pattern. That is the most I have ever used a pattern! WOW! It's kind of a pain in the butt pattern, so I'm surprised I've even used it that much. There's just way too much cutting and piecing for such a small baby quilt. But, it ends up looking so dang cute when it's finished, that you just can't help loving this pattern!
Tomorrow I have to run down to Salem to pick up the Gammill, the run up to Salt Lake to have it serviced. I don't know how long it will take to have it serviced. I'm hoping only a few hours. Because, then I have to go back down to Salem, put the machine back on the table so I can get back to work, pick up Marshy from Nana V, and then go home. I'm really hoping to be able to finish this quilt tomorrow either in the morning or at night, so that I can get started on the next project. Lately I just can't seem to sit still. I think it's because I know we will be moving again in March, and the year is rapidly coming to a close, and I need to unload some of this stuff somewhere, so I might as well hurry and finish some of these projects and get them up on Etsy (only some of them though. I don't think I could part with all of them!). But, with such a busy day as tomorrow is looking, I don't know how much I will be able to get done. I guess we shall see what happens.
Anyway, go over to Lola's blog and check out this awesome tute for a binder cover. I LOVE IT! I saw it yesterday and knew that I just HAD to make me one! I've got a binder full of graph paper and quilt designs and patterns and stuff that needs to look better than a boring old binder. Luckily, I had these really cute fabrics laying around, and it turned out quite nicely. Lola has a snap on her cover, but I didn't have a snap, so I just omitted those steps.
Today at the grocery store, I also bought me an awesome calculator (I'm tired of using my phone) and some new mechanical pencils. Now my binder cover will be full of goodies! YAY! Thanks Lola for making such an awesome tutorial!! :)
Monday, August 11, 2008
I opened the door, and there he was lying in his crib. "What's wrong honey?" I asked. He sat up, bottle in hand:
Who taught him this "more" word?! And why didn't they teach him "more please?" Rude! Oh well, I guess it is better than what Uncle "Bob" has been trying to teach him to say. I guess I should just be happy he is back asleep, huh? Maybe I should go to bed too. That would be smart. Except that it's still men's gymnastics. And our team has been awesome tonight (until pommel horse....I'm a little disappointed there). Good job, boys! Oh yeah, and good job to Michael Phelps, too. That was awesome! Good luck tomorrow!
This is the bottom row. I had all but the cat block done. I had pieced most of it together, so all I had to do was quickly finish it. It turned out rather nicely, I think.
The bottom row has the same center block as the top row, only reversed.
The far right block is a dog. I thought that the whole cat and dog thing seemed to fit with the "home and family" theme. After all, a lot of people think of their pets as part of their family. We do! :)
The middle row has the two nine patches on each end.
Then there is a heart in the center of the row. Because of course it's love that ties us all together.
And the other nine patch block.
I originally had planned to do this big border with corner blocks that had hearts in them, but I opted for a smaller border, and then put the pink squares in the corners.
I still have a little stitching that I need to do. I have to go around all of the applique pieces in the picture block, and then there are some phrases I am going to stitch into the borders. But, hopefully that shouldn't take too long. It will keep me busy during the Olympics for sure!
Well, that's all the time for blogging I have right now. Too many projects to finish, too little time. I'm off to finish the next one!
Sunday, August 10, 2008
So, I haven't gotten a lot done today, because obviously we've been "busy" watching the Olympics. It's hard to multitask while the Olympics are on, because if you look away for just a second you miss something. Especially in gymnastics. Mike looked away for a second, and missed one of the US girls falling off the uneven bars. Anyway, tomorrow I am hoping to get a lot more done. I did get some work finished (a diaper bag that has been in the works for several months) but that's about it.
Saturday, August 9, 2008
I also bought this to die for wall hanging kit. We don't have a Christmas tree, due to a 2 year old and lack of room, so this year I thought we could maybe decorate with some wall decorations. Yes, it is only August, but before you know it it will be December! I better get started soon, or else it will never get done!
Then, today, I went up to visit with the Quilt Shoppe owner. While I was there, she was selling a whole bunch of kits at 70% off. This was one of them. SO CUTE! I fell in love with the fabrics instantly. I don't even care what the pattern is, I just love the fabrics! I think this quilt will maybe go to Grandma M for Christmas? We'll see.
I haven't even taken it out of the packaging yet, but look how cute the fabrics are! I told you, I have a problem. Anyway, part of the reason why I haven't taken it out of the packaging is because my table has a massive pile of fabric remnants and scraps and wonder-under for the quilt I am currently working on.
I can't wait to get started on these projects! Too much fun! Oh boy will I be busy for a while. I haven't really been quilting at home lately, so now that I've begun again, I realize I've forgotten how much fun it was. And, Marshy is so nice to play in his room or watch a movie or whatever while I do it. Since I'm not going to be able to use the Gammill until Mike gets back from Boise, it will be nice to have something to keep me busy at home.
These are all from the top row of the quilt, which I have sewn together. The first block is a house. Because where else do you see your family, but at your home?
There are 4 blocks that don't really have anything to do with families, they are just there because I couldn't think of how to piece 4 more blocks. So, I have two blocks that look like this, and then two blocks that are a nine patch (they are on the middle row of the quilt). I tried to use the same fabrics and colors from the other quilt blocks to tie it all together. Also, I didn't go out and buy any of these fabrics, I just used remnants from other projects.
This block took me the longest. I was originally going to just do a less detailed family, but I felt that it needed the details to make it look right. I think I might have spent around 3 hours working on this one today, trying to get the dimensions and pieces just right. I haven't gone around by hand or with my machine to secure them (I used wonder-under) because I don't think it would look right. I'm debating as to what I should do. Any suggestions? I kind of like the look of it the way it is. Anyway, I might add some details in when I go to quilt it, we'll see.
I finished two of the blocks for the bottom row today, too, but I still have two more to go, so hopefully I can get them done tomorrow. I think I will have to buy fabric for the borders. I thought I might have enough but it turns out I calculated wrong. The borders will take about a yard of fabric. I guess I could piece together something from the rest of the remnants, but I really wanted them to be a nice medium green to match the greens I use elsewhere in the quilt. But, like I said, we'll see. I might not even do a border! It depends on how I feel.
This quilt I am doing for my cousin, as a wedding present. I also bought 1/4 yards of different fabrics from the Quilt Shoppe to do this quilt with. I had every intention of doing her quilt out of those, but they match my style so well that I think I will use them for myself.
It's so fulfilling to have an idea, draw it out, and then see it turn into something that actually works out. I have a couple other quilt ideas that I want to do, so hopefully I can get them all going now that I've managed to do this one.
Above, a cool old tractor. There were several that were in the parade that were either from 1950 or earlier. WOW! Below, Smokey the bear.
Above, the new grocery store. YAY! Below, the new pharmacy (finally!) in the new grocery store. YAY!
Above, the rest of the SHHS football team. They're a brand new team this year, doncha know? I was surprised by how big the team was, since the school is brand new and all. Below, Marshy. He may look bored, but he had so much fun. He even clapped and cheered, but only when I wasn't trying to get a picture of him.
Above, some dance group from Japan. Below, Mini Miss and Little Miss pageant winners and runners up.
Above and Below, the SHHS marching band. How cool are those uniforms?! They looked really good, and they sounded great! It was their first performance ever, and they were fantastic.
Above, the SHHS cheer camp participants, including little miss Avery. She looked so cute! Below, more of the SHHS cheerleaders.
Above, the National Guard (I think?) and a really cool vehicle-tank thingy. Below, the police department.
After the parade, we went to the quilt show. I would've taken pictures, because there were some awesome quilts, except my camera battery died during the parade! I forgot to charge it last night. Stupid me! Oh well, maybe next year I'll remember.