Tuesday, May 26, 2009

"B" is for "Boop's Bumblebee Birthday Bag" ....and also for "Big Black coal Banks" !!!

Well here it is Tuesday night already .... where the heck did that 3 day holiday weekend go?!?! Hope you all had a good one ! The MBIAJ Sewing Dept FINALLY finished up that "Bee" project on Saturday around 1 PM (about 12 hours behind schedule as usual) ..... giving me barely enough time to slap myself together, jump in the car, and zoom the hour plus drive to meet my sister "Boop" and her girls for a belated late birthday lunch (if brunch is halfway between breakfast and lunch, what is it called when you eat half way between lunch and dinner? linner? or lupper ..... lunch/supper?) ANYWAY ......as you probably figured out by now, the "Bee" project was part of Boop's birthday present.....



....a bumblebee tote bag with .....



....a bumblebee pin ....and inside the tote bag was....




.....the DVD "The Secret Life of Bees" and some "Burt's Bee's" goodies (body wash, soap, lotion, etc) ......it was a "Bee" theme!!! (well, I guess that was pretty obvious !) .... Anyhow, this picture of Boop (aka Karen) was taken at the end of our day when we were pretty well pooped (yes, Boop was pooped) ..... however earlier in the day.....



....she was a bit more bright eyed and alert as she is about to dive into her birthday crepe ..... yes .... a birthday crepe (see the candles on the plate) ... this crepe was filled with bananas and ice cream .....YUM! .... and, no .... she didn't eat that whole thing herself ... she stays very slim and svelte by sharing this kind of stuff with me ..... the fat sister .....



....see.... here we are .... the birthday girl wearing her "Tinkerbell tiara " with extra added blob o' ribbons on the side .... kind of hard to see in this picture) ...and the birthday girl's chubbo sister who looks like she has a few hibiscuses (or is it hibisci) flowers growing out of her head.....


..... and here's our birthday girl with her 2 girls Maura and Erin (the face maker in the middle).....well, no sooner had we finished the birthday crepes and wandered around a few fun shops in West Reading (yes, Boop lives in Jon and Kate plus 8 territory but no sightings ..... darn ..... that would have made a great blog post !!)...ANYHOW, as I was saying, no sooner had we finished the crepes and wandered around in a few shops when Boop's hubby Tom called and asked us to meet him and their boys for dinner ...... DINNER?!?!?.... we just finished lupper/linner .... but of course we made the sacrifice and met Tom and the boys at a fun restaurant called "Pirate's Cove" where we forced ourselves to ....




......have a drink and some appetizers ..... and we forced Tom to.....






....wear a Tinkerbell tiara !! (actually we didn't have to do much forcing .... Tom's a pretty good sport about this sort of stuff .... especially after a beer or 3 !)

So, that was day #1 of the 3 day weekend ....so now you're probably on the edge of your seat wondering what day #2 had up it's sleeve ....OK .... as the title of today's post says "B" not only stands for "Boop's Bumblebee Birthday Bag" it also stands for "Big Black coal Banks " because......


.....my Moonbeams Boys had a 2 hour long dirtbike race on the coal banks of my alma mater town of Tamaqua, Pa......this is Evan just as he finished his race (note coal dust EVERYWHERE except where his goggles and helmet were!) ....and...



......here's Matt right after he finished his race and took his helmet off....(not smiling because he's pretty delerious after a grueling 2 hour hot, dusty race AND because his teeth are black from coal dust .....YUCK!)



....and here they are relaxed and a little less grumpy after dumping water over their heads .... which, of course has now turned that lovely coal dust into coal mud ..... and that's Erin (Matt's girlfriend) standing next to the truck ..... she's a veteran of dirtbike races and knows that black is the color to wear!!!(especially when the race is on coal banks!) ....(and, yes, Evan is trying to pick coal dirt out of his teeth and off of his lip)

....and so now you're wondering what was on the agenda for day #3 of the holiday weekend ....well cleaning BLACK coal dust/mud out of the washing machine and out of the bathtub what else?!?!?!!!!! (oh, and out of Matt and Evan's teeth and nostrils, of course!)

Be back soon!

Toodles,
Mary Anne (aka Mare)

5 comments:

Becky said...

Absolutely awesome bag!!! Love how your coordinated all the elements. Great job!

Jan said...

Love, love, love that bag! Makes me wish I had been the Birthday Gal :) Looked like a wonderful celebration! I could easily live w/o all that mud tho (LOL). You're a good Mom :) It appears that your handsome boys realize that too :)

Amanda said...

I love the bag!

I'm working on the project that you inspired me to make. It's taking a while. I'll get it done, hopefully, tonight so I can show you.

Your three day weekend sounds like fun. It amazes me how the men in you family don't mind wearing hats, tiaras, and tutus for you! You can tell they really love you.

Amanda said...

Oh. We call the late lunch/early dinner "lupper". Then we're hungry by 8:00.

Jean said...

This bag is so cute....and I loved that movie, what a great gift!