Another great knit

January 25, 2008

I love to get good mail. That’s one of the things I love about the Christmas season is that you never know what you are going to find in your mailbox. Cards, letters, and packages are such a welcome relief to the seemingly endless junk mail and bills (especially post baby and gallbladder surgery). Yesterday, we received a package from my good friend Deborah down in LA….a sweater for Jack. It just fits him and with perfect timing since we have had freezing weather the last several days. My camera doesn’t do good close ups so I can’t get a good shot of the details. It has a great diagonal line on both front panels that comes to a V when it buttons where the stitch appears to switch directions. Anyhow, very cute, warm, and the charcoal color really brings out his bright blue eyes.
My camera doesn’t really do it justice but here is a picture of Jack modeling it.

Well, I had good intentions for this evening.  I have mostly been finishing up some IOU Christmas presents as of late, none of which have I photographed so far.  Jim is gone at Bible study and I had planned to actually be able to get something done craftwise.  I have several projects in the works both physically and swimming in my head to get done.  Henry didn’t take much of a nap and was up at 6:30am so I expected him to crash and Jack is usually pretty happy in the evenings…..Not today!  Instead I have had to put Henry to bed twice.  He ended up getting up after the first time because I went to help him find the pa (pacifier) he was yelling that he had lost only to find his mouth dripping blood.  He split his lips on the windowsill at my grandma’s house today and somehow he must have opened the wounds back up in his messing around when he was supposed to be sleeping.  So that was fun.  I got him all cleaned up and made sure we were ok there but he’s been in bed again for another 40 minutes or so and I can still hear him talking in there and now Jack is fussy….Oh the joys!  The projects will have to wait!

We celebrated Henry’s 2nd Birthday on Sunday with pizza and cake.  He liked when we sang “Happy Birthday” and even joined in with Jim & I.  Jim made him a monkey cake but I am not going to show it because the cookie sheet he made it on is one of those cookie sheets my aunt likes to call “the one you’ve had too long to part with even though you know you should”.  It’s nasty looking and embarrassing.  But here is Henry enjoying the cake:


You can kind of see the corner of the cookie sheet there…..pretend you don’t.    He was sick on his birthday so we kept it pretty low key but he loved it anyhow.  It doesn’t take much when they are this age.  We really didn’t get him much for his birthday since we just had Christmas and all but the hit was definitely “Mr Brown Can Moo Can You?” by Dr Suess.

And so he doesn’t feel left out,  here is a picture of my other son being indecent.  I hope he doesn’t make a habit of this behavior in later years.


Christmas is coming

December 12, 2007

Christmas is coming and I have so much to do.  I am feeling tons better from my surgery though still sore and a bit slow in the AM.  I guess since I am only 5 days out I’m doing really well.  We have been extremely blessed to have family and friends offer meals and to have had two meals in the freezer leftover from an extra large soup I made and a dinner someone brought to me post-baby that I couldn’t eat because of the gallbladder (which I now was able to eat).  I haven’t felt much up to cooking yet and it’s very nice to not have to worry about it.  Today I ventured out of the house to my Grandma’s to let Henry play with his aunt and uncles (my youngest sibling is the same age as Henry) so I could just sit back with Jack and knit Christmas presents.  It was nice.  We just sent our Christmas package off to Jim’s sister’s family in France which feels like a huge load off my shoulders.  Now I am just (ya, just) working on getting out Christmas cards, finishing up a hat for my little sister, making some paper dolls and a ballet bag for my niece, a gift for my in-laws (which may or may not happen before Christmas, they may end up with an IOU),  a hat and slippers for my little bro,  a gift for my husbands bro and his wife, cookies, and I would like to actually make something for my sons…..we’ll see what I get to.  Here’s the pic we took last night to put in with our Christmas cards.



Aren’t they precious?  Which reminds me, I need to order those now.  The Costco website was too slow last night and wouldn’t let us order them.   I better get going!

Snowy Sunday

December 9, 2007



This is what we had this morning when Jim and Henry went to church. It was just starting to snow. It’s been lightly snowing now for about two hours but there really isn’t much more than this on the ground. It’s so pretty. I wish I could take Henry out to play in it but I ended up going in for a rushed gallbladder removal on Thursday. The recovery honestly hasn’t been as bad as I expected but I’m still sore at the incision sites and a bit slow getting moving in the morning so I opted to stay home from church today.


This is Mee Mow:


As you can see, the kitty was begging me with her eyes to let her in. I didn’t buckle. I don’t like cat hair or other things cats leave in my house and I don’t do litter boxes so my cats are outside cats. The only reason we really have cats is to take care of the mice and field rats but the two we have are super cute and great kid cats. Great kitties to warm the hearts of those non-cat people like myself.


Jack and I are home with a warm fire and I am drinking a cup of cocoa in my favorite Christmas cup (with a saucer). I have recently decided that I love cups with matching saucers….unique cups with matching saucers. I started a Christmas dish collection last year and I have two cups with saucers that I love and several other favorite cups, plates and bowls as well but I think I may start to get some everyday cups with saucers as I come across them in thrift stores and at garage sales. There is just something cozy about a cup of something warm with it’s own plate to put it on. I don’t know, I’m weird. Well, I am going to go work on Christmas cards. With surgery and being sick, I have gotten behind on quite a few things I wanted to have done by now.  We were supposed to go out towards the mountains with my sister and her hubby to get a tree today but we may end up just going to the store to get one.  It depends on the roads.  I want to get it up today though since Christmas is only two weeks away.  Aaahhh!  I have so much to do!

Only for a season…..

November 21, 2007

Some days I feel like all I do is clean up bodily fluids.  I am potty training Henry which makes for tons more laundry(but less in the end I hope).  Henry and Jack both have colds so I am wiping snotty noses all day.  I, of course, have to change Jack’s diaper and wipe up his spit up and then take Zoey, our dog out to do her business.  Jack wet our bed last night so I am washing our sheets….again….I just did it yesterday.  To top it all off, Henry was sick last night and I am now washing all of his bedding and his coat, scarf, and hat from last nights vomiting episodes.  These are the days when I remind myself that this will only be for a season and the season really will go too fast and I should spend my time enjoying them being little no matter how dependent they are  rather than wishing it were over.



This is a great picture that my brother, Johnny took last winter of the woods at my parents house in one of the snowfalls we had last year.  Snow doesn’t happen a ton here so it’s always exciting when we get it.  It sucks when you have to drive in it because it’s usually sloppy but it is so beautiful.   My parents have great property with woods that we had free reign of when we were kids…..and the kids that are still home are still getting to enjoy it.   I am so looking forward to snow this year.  I really hope we get a good snowfall for Henry to play in.  Last year he wasn’t old enough to like it.  He  was fascinated with it through the window or when we were holding him but he screamed when we set him down in it.  I hope he is old enough to love it this year.


Handknit baby gifts

November 11, 2007

Here are some gifts that people made for baby Jack.  First a great sweater made by my mother-in-law.sweater.jpg

A giant elephant made by my sister-in-law and a cuddly teddy bear made by one of my piano student’s aunts.


and an adorable hat made by the same piano students mom.

Well, it’s been a month since I posted last but with the new baby and adjusting to life with two kiddos it’s been a bit busy. Hopefully I will be able to blog a bit more now but my gallbladder acted up again this weekend so we’ll see. I did finish those coasters I was talking about a couple of posts ago. I traced a leaf that I found outside onto cardstock and cut it out to use as a pattern. I then pinned it to two pieces of felt in contrasting colors and cut them out using the cardstock leaf as a template. I glued them together with fabric glue and now we have fall coasters. I have wanted to get some done since last year so I was very excited about them. It’s not the best photo but I don’t feel like taking another one so this is what you get.


I also finished the cradle bumpers here.


Jim made this cradle for me for the Christmas before we had Henry. I didn’t get the bedding done for Henry. I think we just folded up some blankets for him to sleep on and did the same thing for bumpers but for Jack we now have bedding. Too bad he doesn’t like to sleep in it. Hopefully we’ll get there. It doesn’t matter how out he is, withing ten minutes of laying him down, he’ll be awake and then be quiet as soon as we get him into bed with us. I would let him cry but he’ll wake up Henry so I am working on getting him to sleep by himself for naps and eventually….hopefully….I’ll be able to sleep without a baby on or beside me again.

After Jack was born, I realized that all of the “newborn” hats were way too big so I quick knit him up a hat that would fit. Henry got jealous so I had to knit him one too, and Jim has been begging me for a hat for a couple of months now so they all have matching hats. Jim’s has stripes because I was afraid I was going to run out of yarn. I think I would have been ok but I like the stripes so I’m glad I decided to put them in.

Here’s a picture of my boys modeling their stocking caps.