Thursday, January 30, 2014

Knitting

People.  I am actually knitting.  And it is fun!  And going well.



I decided that 2014 will be the year I actually get the hang of knitting.  I've tried a number of times and it always ends in boredom or tears.  I think this time it will be different.  I've even already finished a project!


I got this book because I saw the review on Amy Karol's blog and I loved all the images of the patterns it offers.  I have to say I am glad that I already knew the basics of knitting though and I've been grateful for knittinghelp.com.  Unless it is just that I am unable to focus any longer due to the influence of children, I would say that it'd be pretty hard to figure out how to knit for the first time just from this book.  But the patterns?  Still gorgeous and I am hoping do-able with a little internet and in person tutelage.  

I made a hat from it for Emerson.  I didn't have the right sized yarn or needles (you need a lot of stuff for knitting.  It does seem excessive to a crocheter!)  I had smaller and figured I could make the hat anyway and it would fit someone in the house.  Turned out Emerson was the winner.  He proudly wears this very beginner looking hat each day to school.  Love that about him...


I am on the the fingerless gloves having finally (after a few send backs) getting a set of circular interchangeables.   This first one is already double this size it was in this picture.  I grab it for a few rows each day somehow.  I love looking at the perfect little v's as they stack on top of each other.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Birthday dress

I must tell you I am still quite perplexed to find myself with a One year old baby.  How has this happened?  How could she still seem so small and baby-like?  I am not sure if I am just delusional or if Emerson actually was farther along at this age.  He was really trying to walk I think, and that makes a difference.  Also, there wasn't a 4.75 year old to compare him to.  I know that makes her seem smaller.
She is a delightful creature.  Full of smiles and jokes.  Easily frustrated and easily calmed.



This was made using the same pattern for the hedgehog dress.  I still didn't cut the front and back pieces in two, just added a little extra in the front to make the gather.  Emerson picked the shoulder buttons and I came across these felt buttons I have had since E turned one.  I put them on to remind of a dog foot print as our party was, of course, a wolf party.



I made this hoping it would be her birthday dress but it turned out to be a maxi on her.  Which might be cute after she is walking but is just too much right now.  It is only the next size up pattern in the set so I am not sure why it is so long on her unless it is just that she is so short, only in the 10th percentile right now.  In which case I'll have to start measuring the patterns before cutting from now on.  (Or at least before hemming!)


It is linen and so I am sure she'll wear it all year long, now with layers, later on it's own.  The color is decidedly grey though it looks bluish in these pictures taken on a snowy afternoon.  This is one of the first fabrics I ever bought and I have wanted to make the dress below for myself for years.  This summer will hopefully be the one and then we'll be a little matchy.  But who ever minded that?



Sunday, January 26, 2014

Sissie at One Year~

You:



:Are such a dream come true.
:Have four snaggly teeth on the top and two neat teeth on the bottom.
:Just climbed onto a stool in the kitchen tonight for the first time.  ACK!
:Like to "talk" now when you nurse.  Suck, suck, pop, "Dah blah dah?"  Suck, suck, pop, "Gah dah ma."  Suck, suck, pop, "Gah dah. Dah blah!"
:Like to play with the dog.  You pick up her toy and hold it for her.  She comes over and gently takes it from you.  Repeat.
:Like to eat but are already getting a little picky.
:Crawl very fast and determined with a slap slap as your hands hit the floor.
:Love to look at the yarn shelf...
:Wrinkle your nose, show your teeth and sniff/laugh at things when you think it is a joke.
:Love banana bread cake. :)
:Get coy with your food. Turning away and sniff-giggling then coming back to do it again when we feed you.
:Like to take apart your brothers magnaform creations.
:Are getting really into taking books off the shelves.
:Open your cabinet, pull all the things out and then get in.
:Love all your dollies.
:Took a step two nights ago without even knowing you'd done it.
:Love to look at the pictures of family on the wall in the living room.
:Look at picture books and point at the pictures and then point to yourself.  I do not know what you are trying to say exactly, but I am sure you'll be letting us know soon.
:Like cat pictures especially.
:Snuggle like a pro and always want to know where mama is.
:Hold out your index finger for the exploding finger game over and over.
:Are sweet and friendly to almost everyone but don't want to be away from mama too much.


{You weigh 20lbs even and are 27.75" long (tall?)}

You bring us joy and remind us to take time to slow down and enjoy each moment.  We are all so thankful for your smiles and hugs.  We love and adore you!  I can't believe it has already been one year!!

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Having fun


With markers on a snowy, blowy, sunny day.  Both kids are pushing cars around the floor and watching the weather change moment to moment with me.  What a dreamy afternoon.  Hope yours is too!

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies


{this is an old picture that captures how I feel at the end of each day so perfectly...}

I made cookies this weekend.  We never do this.  Sugar isn't our friend in this household.  But Papa needed to get out of the house by himself and so I bribed the boy into staying home with me by saying we'd make cookies.  I found a flourless peanut butter cookie recipe but it had way to much sugar.  Otherwise it was perfect, easy, fast, simple.  Yes.  So, I adjusted it a little and it came out great.  We also added two chocolate chips on each one.  You know, we are living large!

There are no pictures of the cookies- not because they are all gone, but because I don't generally take pictures of food. :)  

Ingredients
1 cup natural peanut butter1/2 cup sugar1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract1 large egg, lightly beaten



DirectionsPreheat the oven to 350 degrees F and place the racks in the upper and lower third of the oven.
In a medium bowl, mix the peanut butter, sugar, vanilla and egg until well combined. Spoon 1 tablespoon of the mixture about 1 inch apart onto ungreased baking sheets. Flatten the mounds with the tines of a fork, making a crosshatch pattern on the cookies. 
Bake until golden around the edges, about 10 minutes, switching the position of the sheets halfway through baking. Transfer to racks to cool. Repeat with the remaining dough.



Also- my baby will be one in one week.  Shocking!!  Everyone gasp with me.  Whatever will we do??


Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Exploring



Someone went exploring today.  Before this she had just been pulling all the things out.  I didn't realize she was moving it all so so she'd have room to get in. ;)

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Stairs



Sissie learned to go up stairs today.  She has likely been able to do it for a month or more but today was her first chance.  We have no stairs inside our apartment (which was one of the selling points.  After living in the big house we first moved to we realized that a home without stairs has many benefits.)  Anyway, it was amazing to see her size up the stairs and then just go for it.  We didn't have a chance to try down yet.  I imagine that will be next month.
Today was the first day for E back at school after the holiday break.  I was afraid when I thought it'd be cancelled because of the polar vortex but luckily our teachers also felt it was time to start up again.  I was the parent teacher so it wasn't the kind of break I'm really ready for but it was still a wonderful morning.
His school does a theme each month and now the kids do research projects each round and he drew the Arctic Ground Squirrel as his subject. (They are studying the Arctic.)  I love his school.  They expect a lot from him and give him a lot.  And Sissie gets to come along on teaching days and gets lots of love from all the other kids.
So we are trying to stay warm, despite the ice crystals on the insides of our windows.  Hope you are staying warm and learning new skills too!

Friday, January 3, 2014

This moment~

Its been a long time.  But since it is Friday...


Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Happy New Year!!



From all of us, too all of you.  
May all your days be merry and bright.
xxoo