Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Friday, November 18, 2011

Right Now Moments

No words. Just right now via Instagram.


ETA:  after 4 days of being gone, and a 10 hour drive...

Monday, November 14, 2011

Around Here

Around here...

- I've not taken a lot of photos lately.  I need to get better about that!  It seems that I'm so in the moment that I'm not getting the moments on film

- My baby did break his elbow.   After seeing a pediatric specialist, it was confirmed (rather easily -geez - even I saw it) that he did indeed break his elbow.  An innocent accident with his medium brother being helpful.  In 3 weeks it comes off and he should be good to go.  We are lucky it was as simple as it is.

- I'm so so so behind on my Christmas knitting that I'm feeling the panic now.  Plus my medium child wants a soft, green sweater that is not going as fast as I had hoped.  Neither is that Christmas sweater.  Yikes.  Panic!

- I've been uber motivated lately cleaning and organizing my home.  Since Nathan and I decided to no longer mess with garage selling and to strictly donate, I've been in a frenzy donating things we no longer need, things that are taking up space, and things that we really don't love but someone else might.  Even my boys are in the mood to donate toys and clothes.  I'm really trying to minimize what we have and it feels really freeing to give it up.    Bags and bags and bags and bags.  My closet is quite small now and organized by color.  I love it.

- I'm amazed and awed by The Zero Waste Home.  Wow.  Lots of great ideas.  Love the video. 

- This bin idea has worked so well for my crew in the mornings and night.  It has eliminated the need to find a place to hang jammies and have clothes ready to go in the morning.  I hang them off of the closet door handles so they are off the floor and easy to reach and see.

...What is going "around" with you?

Friday, November 11, 2011

This Moment

Inspired by Soulemama - {this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011


I decided this fall that since I'm just about the only one in my family who wants sweaters (other than my medium boy), I'm going to knit them for me and not feel guilty about it.  For some reason it is hard for me to do though - little people sweaters are fun and fast.

The most recent sweater I made is the Cobblestone Pullover by Jared Flood.  I purchased the Cobblestone Pullover last winter while deciding what to make for Christmas gifts.   I'm quite a fan of Jared Flood's patterns.  They have this wonderful old school Elizabeth Zimmermann functionality with a more modern yet classic look.  Plus, I love knitting in the round since it is easy for me to pick up and work on during my day.

My goal is to knit through my stash as much as I *can* and not purchase any new yarn just because I like it.  If you are a yarn "collector", you will know that this is no easy task. Since I amassed quite a stash of SHELTER last year in several fits of wooly madness,  I've been focusing on working through it.   SHELTER is my favorite wool to work with.  With its lofty, tweedy, light, and soft nature, it makes for perfect wooly sweaters.  The four sweaters (not counting hats) I've knit with it is a good indicator of how much I love it.  The Cobblestone Pullover was perfect for it.  I'm really pleased on how it turned out.

With only a few mods (found on Ravelry), it fits just right and I know will become a great winter staple. 

Friday, November 4, 2011

Inspired by Soulemama - {this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Yarn Along

Following Ginny's weekly Yarn Along over at Small Things...

I've been happily and slowly plugging away at my fall sweater only to run out of yarn so close to the end.  Because I've got to wait for more Shelter to come in, I decided that I'd better work on my Christmas knitting.  I decided this summer that I wasn't going to go crazy like I did last year. I'm really trying not to but I keep thinking about projects that I can do.  I took the time today to wind up yarn and see what I have.  I think leg warmers are in store.  Hats too.  Oh and a cowl or two (or three)

I was humbled when my friend asked me to make a hat for her to give as a gift so I've been knitting away on that.  It is such a cute little dead fish (if that isn't an oximoron) when it is finished and I hope it fits the recipient.  I'm going for a Parrot Fish look and just decided that the fins need to be orange.  It needs a little spunk.  I'll have to dye that up tomorrow and wait some more.

This weeks reading finds me in the middle of Austenland.  I'm enjoying the light read and it is moving nicely along.  It does make me self examine my own obsession with Pride and Prejudice though. Maybe that same friend as mentioned above recommended this book to me because she knows I might have a problem. 

Sigh... Mr. Darcy.


Our boys had such a fun Halloween!  We are lucky that a good friend of ours hosts a really fun Halloween party.  There were a lot of kids there!  Managed chaos to say the least but super fun.  Trick or treating in a large group seems to be the way to do it.  It makes it fun for all of us.

The boys wanted Star Wars for a while now.  Reagan was Captain Rex, Mason was Handsome Han Solo ( the handsome part was important to him) and Logan was Chewbaca.

Who needs guns?  I don't and have none.  Can you tell why?  Fingers work just as well.

Star Wars was a big theme with a lot of little kids (and some adults) this year.  Just in our group we had quite a bunch!

All the kids together.

I didn't make any costumes this year which made me a little sad.  The only thing I did was to paint stripes on ribbon and sew them to Mason's pants.  We also spray painted the empty gun holster for Mason.  Pretty easy.

Logan thought Trick or Treating was great.  He loved being part of the group and walked almost the entire time.  He also loved his costume and strutted around like the cutie he knows he is.

The Candy Fairy came last night and whisked all the candy away and replaced with little gifts.  Boys were up early so I'm going to assume today will be a long, hungover-from-candy-day.