i made this bird house in a starbucks bottle to try out for the design team for American Crafts. you know how those birdies love to buy $8 lattes. i doubt i will get it, but it was worth a shot. we can all dream, can't we?
the pic is lousy. sorry. i suck. i also made a layout that i might share later on.
anyway, about my fam...i called my sis to see if she received the email about uncle mike. she did and she brought it to my attention that he was the last of the Mataraza brothers. the first generation of my family who was born in the US...they are all gone. and, my Aunt Rita, is the last of the four girls in her family from that generation. it is funny, there were four Abbruzzese sisters and four Mataraza boys, only my grandfather chose to marry 'outside'...he chose my grandmother Dagmar Hoover, who passed in 2001.
so, that got me to thinking about mike's family. mike's brother does not have kids, so michael and owen are it as far as the family name. we need to have another boy, i guess and name him John Allen Nelson. or John Allen Mataraza Nelson...and that would take care of it. of course, if we hope for a boy, we'll get a girl and then her middle name will be Mataraza. i know that would be a mouthful, but that's fine. maybe she could be Elizabeth Mataraza Nelson and we could call her Em. or Mary Elizabeth Mataraza Nelson. whew! poor girl. atleast they are pretty names, just rather lengthy.