84 and kickin'

yesterday was my grandma's 84th birthday. happy birthday gigi! we had dinner at my parents house and it was fun to see her. she is really an amazing lady, i hope that i am as active as she is later in life. this lady was a nurse in the army during WWII, lived all over the country with her four children and airforce husband, raised four children on her own when my grandfather died suddenly when my dad was eight, opened and ran a bakery, and now in her retirement, travels like a mad lady and enjoys volunteering at a different place every day of the week! go grandma!! for her birthday i gave her a somewhat selfish gift, a small journal that i made a few weeks back. i say selfish because i want her to fill it with her thoughts and memories, as well as her adventures when she leaves for the
winter to go to australia. she likes to spend every other winter in a small flat she
rents in a little town called lakes entrance, somewhere near melbourne. i wouldnt mind spending january through april there myself. and when she gets back, hopefully with a journal full of thoughts, she is supposed to give it back to me so i can have it to remember her history! here are a few pics of the journal. i took this great class at paper source called coptic stitch binding. it is this amazing form of binding that uses no glue, just stitching! here is a little more detail on the spine and the inside pages. it was a great class, and even sweeter because i get paid to be there! im telling you ladies, working one night a week at that place has paid off ten fold! love it! i also rummaged through my stamps and inks and whipped up a little bday card. its been a while since i have made anything, so im a little excited. maybe too excited? oh well. i have another little project for tonight. eliot needs a little blanket or towel for nap time at preschool. im not going to send him with some ratty towel! so i bought some flannel at joanns over lunch today and am going to whip a little something together. he also has to take a family picture in, so we had my dad do a little work with the camera yesterday too. presenting huffmania all together in one place and time.... (in my head there is a drum roll)

man, there sure is a lot of cheek in those huffman kids. look at those round faces!! sheesh...


Anonymous kelly said...

What a gorgeous family you have (with one more on the way!)! And I love the journal idea for your grandmother... there is so much to learn from that generation!

12:47 PM  
Anonymous amanda said...

What an amazing grandma...so inspiring she must be!

And I love the family photo-- just beautiful, all of you!!!

12:58 PM  
Anonymous myra said...

Happy Belated Birthday Gigi! The journal is such a cool idea! And I love the stitch binding.

Beautiful family photo!

3:27 PM  
Blogger molly said...

I love that journal. Do you make a lot of those? Very cool.

And that picture of your family is great!

6:21 PM  
Blogger Giao said...

Hannah, you are one beautiful family! I'm serious! You're all a bunch of lookers. Esp. Grandma Gigi. That journal looks so divine. Go you!!

7:47 PM  
Anonymous kerry said...

i love the huffman family photo. i can't imagine you sending eliot to school with any old blanket- i can't wait to see it! and i love the journal, did gigi love it? what a great idea!

9:30 PM  
Blogger donna said...

i like david's "i don't wanna smile for this picture" smile. :)

6:07 AM  
Blogger molly said...

That journal is really, really cool! I love papersource stuff. Oh, and I read one of your other posts below--I am also a BIG fan of snyder's and nutella..too much yum!

12:44 PM  
Anonymous katiek said...

Love the cheeks, there's enough to go around. My kids are the string bean long legged type and they still have cheeks. But nothin' like the huffman's or my personal faves the Perkins.

12:52 PM  
Anonymous jmac said...

david is cute.

1:27 PM  
Anonymous toby said...

I can't force smile either. It doesn't mean Dave isn't happy. You people are gorgeous.

12:36 AM  
Blogger Leslie said...

Aw! What a sweet family photo!!!

And what a wonderful grandma too -- four kids on her own! I bow down to her!

12:08 PM  
Blogger kristen said...

that coptic binding course is one that has always caught my interest when perusing the class list. your journal is fantastic and so is the photo!

8:15 PM  

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