Bienvenidos Andrew!

Sarah and Francisco had a baby boy on March 8th! Andrew is adorable. I can’t wait to meet him in person. He is an absolute cutie!

When Jake and I were out in Los Angeles for my job interview we went to a quilt shop, Sew Modern, in Hollywood. It was my first big splurge on fabrics (Of course I had to celebrate). I bought this great car print that looked totally “boy” to me.

I decided to make a zig zag quilt. I’d been seeing many of them in “blog land”. I followed a tutorial that I found here that showed how to do a zig zag quilt without using half square triangles.  I decided to alternate the car pattern with coordinating solids. I have to admit that I think the quilt looks a bit too “Charlie Brown”.

I couldn’t decide on any single binding color so I did a pieced binding with all the solids from the front. I love how it turned out!

I also love the backing fabric- I actually love anything with polka dots. I purchased it at Sew-Fisticated (a discount fabric store) in Cambridge.

It’s very cute folded up. 🙂

I met Sarah in elementary school. We lived about 6 blocks away from each other. We would bike to each other’s houses and “meet halfway” which usually meant that Sarah went almost the whole way because it always took me a little longer to do the dishes than I thought it would (optimist).  In 6th grade she called me on the phone and told me (about the best news I’d heard so far in my life at that time) that her family was moving only ONE house away from mine! That was the beginning of endless adventures together.

I couldn’t help but put in this picture from summer camp. I can’t actually remember how old we were in this but our permed hair is awesome.  Sarah and I are in the front row: Sarah is in the middle with a blue t-shirt on and I’m next to her on the right with the short “poodle” hair do.  My friend Anne is right behind Sarah in the red t-shirt.

This might have been halloween in Junior High or early High School.

For some reason I know that this isn’t halloween. We really loved these nun costumes.

If I ever was even slightly cool it was because of Sarah. She was homecoming queen in 1996! I actually sewed the dress I’m wearing in this picture. Back in high school I did a little sewing (clothes for me and clothes for my American Girl Dolls). I was starting the DIY-Handmade movement in the 90’s, before it was hip.

Here we are on the last day of high school!

The summer after high school we worked together on the overnight shift stocking shelves at the local grocery store, Hy-Vee. We had a lot of fun. We went on a trip together to Lanesboro and put up a tent, tiki torches and did daily biking trips, so fun! There was a tornado warning during our trip so we spent time huddled in the campground bathroom with the other campers. So Minnesota!

For college, we both went to the University of Minnesota. And we both studied languages. Sarah studied German and I studied Spanish. I got into Salsa dancing and Sarah came out a few times to First Avenue for salsa night. She met Francisco Naranjo and they got married, YAY!

So adorable! What a cute couple!

This blog post was so hard to write because my life is filled with so many memories of Sarah that I had no idea where to start…. this only slightly touches the surface of our lives together. Now we live a long ways apart, but Sarah is always in my heart. She is a big influence on who I am today. Sarah, I love you.



5 thoughts on “Bienvenidos Andrew!

  1. Oh my goodness, Erica!! This is the most amazing, meaningful quilt EVER! I’m so so so so thankful! Wow! I LOVE the cars and it’s incredible, because though we don’t have a baby room – YET – we want to do a baby room in the future with the EXACT colors in the quilt! Especially the mustard yellow. This quilt is perfect!

    How thoughtful of you. I just love it! I cried when I saw it!

    I also love all the pictures you posted! Man I would love to do some reminiscing! Those were good times! I would also LOVE to watch some of the old videos we made!

    You’ve inspired both Francisco and I to think about how we can make all our gifts this year too. What a great idea!

  2. I know it’s been a long time since your post. I just came down a “rabbit trail” and found your today. God bless you for being a primary care physician. Mine PCP is what keeps me going. I don’t know how you do it with lupus. I have fibromyalgia and just can’t work at 64. My adult son just moved home last fall at 39 because he needed to that. Then early this spring, his daughter’s mother went to jail. He found out 10 days later and is trying to obtain permanent custody. She is 2 1/2 years old and is living here all the time. It’s a struggle with what she has to unlearn from having no structure. We are very, very structured with her to the extent we can be. He works 1 full time job 3 days a week and 1 part-time job 2 days a week – different shifts. Now for the summer we also have his 10 year old son. I went from a silent house to a house that is hopping. Before I knew any of this was going to happen, I had committed to obtaining a dog for my severe PTSD. I get to the point I can’t even get out of the house. Now, it’s overwhelming to try to get out of the house with a child who is not potty trained and one that is autistic. God bless you for using your talent.

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