I've been tagged by PKM. I adore Pam and her blog. It was one of the first blogs I started reading about a year ago. I love Pam's humor and taste in everything. I like to believe that if Pam and Elizabeth lived in my neighborhood (and belonged to my quilt group) that I'd be included in their adventures.

How to play the game . ..

1. When tagged, place the name of the person and URL on your blog
2. Post the rules on your blog
3. Write 7 things about yourself
4. Name 7 of your favourite weblogs
5. Send an e-mail letting those bloggers know they have been tagged

I'm actually flattered because I admire Pam so much but now I have to play the game. And you know, this was harder than I thought it would be. I'm all about the "vintage" so of course there are lots of vintage things in my 7:

Disclaimer: Some of the pictures of my 7 things are really terrible recreations of pictures not digitized. Sorry about that.

1. I am a mom to 8 kids, some of the girls share this blog with me. Starting at the very top middle and going clockwise is: Chelsey - 20, Shelbie - 24, Tracey -22, Jamie - 17, Laurie - 15, Whitney -22, Natalie 25, and in the very center is Mason - almost 13.

Tracey and Whitney are identical twins. And Mason was a complete surprise to be the boy. Ultrasound (in those days) said he was probably a girl. I went to the hospital with a pink blanket and pink outfit. Needless to say I didn't bring him home in Pink.

This picture was taken a few years ago as a Christmas present to me from my kids. I love it. It was taken at the perfect time before any of them were married and off too far on their own.

2. I am the youngest of 5 sisters. I have all sisters so it wasn't unusual to me to have 7 daughters. In the back left to right is my dad Paul, mom Freda, and sis Susan. The front row left to right is Paula, Teri, Michelle, and me. I won't give ages here to protect those OLDER than me!
3. In 2003 between the middle of October and December 24, I made 54 quilts. They were all lap sized. I cut, sewed, quilted most of them myself, and bound them all in that time. I have to say my familywas a HUGE help. Wren Woodland, a local machine quilter, quilted 15 of them, I believe. Some of them were gifts, some of them were sold to several customers but the bulk of them was an order by 1 person that owns a large local company and they were given as company gifts. I will never do that again! I used the money to buy my husband a plasma cutter. His hobby is metal work. It was a fun surprise for the kids and me to do for him. Again, without the family help this would never have happened.
(If you look to the left hand side of the picture you can see stacks of quilts ready to be photographed)
4. I have been married for 28 years. This is Dave and me when we were young, a very long long long time ago. We met in 1976 and dated until we got married in 1979. (I know this is a scary picture and I have to apologize to my kids for putting it on the internet. They are all horrified that I would put this up. But hey, I think any picture from that long ago looks fantastic.)
5. This is another frightening fact about me. Since we moved to our current home 13 years ago we have had more pets than we can count. I would scare you if I told you our estimate. When we bought our lot it was open country with fields, farm and cattle ranch around us and cats from the barns behind us roamed our property. They adopted us and over the years we have fed and cared for many many cats. We also have had dogs, guinea pigs, pet mice (thank you whitney! ew) and chickens.
6. One of my all time favorite vacations was in Bethany Beach, Delaware. We camped at Tuckahoe Acres, right on the shore (in those days) when I was a teenager. We played on the paddle boat, clammed and I always got so sunburned that I got sun sick (every year). Those were the days before sunscreen. I wish I could take my kids camping there, it was great fun.
7. If you look in the mini fridge in my sewing room you will see mostly diet Mt. Dew. Its my favorite. And I even have some caffeine free. Where else but Utah County would they make caffeine free soda?

Ok. Thats it. My 7 things are out there on the world wide web for all to know.

I'm going to tag 7 blogs now. Of course T from Purple and Paisley. She's a great blogging bud. And because I like to feature locals I will also tag Lola Again, Busty LaRue, Kairle, and Thimbleanna (well, she's not local but some of her family is from here), and Janet Clare (Janet is absolutely NOT local) because I admire Janet's style, love her name, and I'm inspired by her work. And if you girls have already been tagged. Oh well. Too bad.

Whew. That is a lot to post!

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Tracey M. said...

man, our family is adorable!!! yay! this was fun to read, and i think the estimate about the cats is up to more than 60 now!

PamKittyMorning said...

That was fun, nice work! You and your groom sure look happy! And what a good looking bunch of kids.

That little g-pig looks like Melvin's brother!

And you're right, if we lived close you could join us.. my car seats 4 and we like to roll!

Joanna said...

You have such a cute family. Your kids are all so good-looking. Thanks for tagging me! I feel honored. :)

Darlene said...

Lots of very interesting facts about you and yours. :-) You have a very lovely family.

Thimbleanna said...

What a GREAT post Nanette! I LOVE that first picture of your son surrounded by all those sisters. What a wonderful surprise he must have been! And maybe a little shock too LOL? I can't believe all those quilts -- what a stunning feat of creativity and endurance. Well Done!!!

Jana Nielson said...

WOW!! You have got some gorgeous kids!! I even like the pic of you...now, what do you look like now??
Thanks for the Tag!! It was fun!

Mary's Cottage Quilts said...

Do you have to put the caffinated soda in a brown bag? (I live in UT too so I can poke fun at our pretty great state) :)

Denise (Nour) said...

What a beautiful family! Your son must be so cherished by all his sisters - great portrait!

Rima said...

Beautiful post!

Purple and Paisley said...

love, love, love your post...sent you a ton of emails last night...sigh...you still kickin?

Di~ said...

Now Listen PKM (is it ok to talk to Pam through Nanette's comments?)you have to include me too in your car (I won't need a seat). I just live a long stone's throw from Nanette, you know you want to come to Idaho...
Nanette: Fun to read about you and yours. Thanks!
~D Spack~

Elizabeth said...

Pam told me to drop everything to come see this post. I really enjoyed the pics--darling family--and I cannot believe the guinea pig! Melvin's TWIN including the white on the head!