Friday, December 28, 2007
On the knitting front, my sister bought a bunch of Patons SWS that she quickly found out was NOT a beginner yarn. I told her I'd make a sweater for A out of it, so I just finished the back last night. I'm also working on some mittens for myself that were originally for L. Turns out when you swatch (and I DID swatch), you should swatch in the round for things knitted in the round. I thought I was knitting at 7 stitches per inch and it turned out to be more like 6. This apparently makes the difference between mittens for a 5 year old and mittens for Mom.
Thursday, December 20, 2007
The google video thing isn't working so I'm trying a youtube instead. Let me know how it works. :)
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Welcome to the Christmas edition of getting to know your friends. Okay, here's what you're supposed to do, Just copy this entire blog and paste into a new blog. Change all the answers so that they apply to you. If you play along leave me a comment and a link to your blog I'd love to see what you have to say!
1. Wrapping Paper or Gift Bags? Oh I am all about the gift bags. :)
2. Real tree or artificial? Artificial. We had this great artificial tree growing up that had little plastic needles clusters. Some families bond over going to the woods and chopping down their tree, while in my family we bonded over using the hot glue gun to stick the plastic needles back on.
3. When do you put up the tree? Friday after Thanksgiving. DH puts the tree together for me and that's the perfect time since he has the day off.
4. When do you take down the tree? Sometime before Martin Luther King Day. Heh.
5. Do you like Egg Nog? I do actually, except growing up we always had it half and half with milk, so drinking it straight tastes too weird for me.
6. Favorite gift received as a child? Gosh. Probably my teddy bear necklace that I got when I was three. I remember I accidentally left my favorite bear in the family room and Christmas morning I came out and it was wearing a new dress (that I later learned was one of my Mom's old doll dresses) and necklace with a fuzzy teddy bear on it. I wore that thing all the time. And the bear wore the dress until it practically disintegrated.
7. Do you have a nativity scene? Yep! I have a great VeggieTales nativity scene that my Mom got for the kids a couple years ago. Baby Jesus is a Baby Carrot! Heh. L used to call it the Baby Cheezit. J likes to play with the cow. It flies, you know.
8. Hardest person to buy for? My husband. He works so hard, he hardly has time for a hobby.
9. Easiest person to buy for? L, hands down. She's so appreciative of everything she gets. At her birthday party this year, she would exclaim after opening a gift, "______! I LOVE _____!" even when she didn't know what it was. She opened a needlepoint set and had this excited look on her face. I leaned over and whispered "Needlepoint." and she said, "Needlepoint! I LOVE needlepoint!"
10. Weirdest Christmas gift you ever received? A long string of brightly colored chickens sitting one on top of the other. I have no idea what it is, but it's hanging on my wall.
11. Mail or email Christmas Cards? I do mail the Christmas cards. I like that at least once a year we get correspondence the old fashioned way. Now whether they get there before Christmas, that's a another story...
12. Favorite Christmas Movie? The Muppet's Christmas Carol. I can't tell you how many times I watched it before I picked up on the Jacob and Robert Marley joke. Bob Marley! Hee Hee Hee.
13. When do you start shopping for Christmas? November, otherwise I forget what I purchased.
14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present? Um yes. But only things in pristine condition that the recipient would REALLY like.
15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas? I loved Rum Balls. I haven't made them in years, but I remember making them with my Mom.
16. Clear lights or colored? Colored!
17. Favorite Christmas Song? Secular: Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas, sung by John Denver and Ralph the dog. Sacred: Tie between O Holy Night and Silent Night. I love how at the Christmas Eve service, the church is lit by candles alone during Silent Night. It brings this amazing feeling of hope and togetherness. That is until your 3 year old daughter almost lights her hair on fire. But that only happened once. :)
18. Travel or stay home at Christmas? Stay home. It's fun to travel occasionally, but I think I like staying home the most.
19. Can you name all of Santa’s Reindeer? Dude. I'm a former music teacher. Do you KNOW how many times I've sung Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer?
20. Angel or Star on the top of the tree? A lovely plain burlap angel that was on top of my childhood hot glue gunned tree as well.
21. Open Christmas Eve or Morning? Morning. Our kids take after both Mom and Dad and are seriously early risers.
22. Most annoying thing about this time of year? Crabby people.
23. What’s the corniest family tradition you do or miss doing? We watch the Muppet Christmas Carol every Christmas/Eve.
24. What’s the worst thing you’ve seen related to Christmas? I don't like this question. I prefer to look for the best things I've seen related to Christmas. For me, it makes me so appreciative of family and friends and reminds me to be grateful for the things that I have. It reminds me that gifts are not always things; that they can be actions or memories or friendships. :)
25. Which looks best, theme trees or homey trees? Homey trees!
26. Gingerbread or Sugar Cookies? I like both!
27. Do you like fruitcake? Not particularly, but I do love Panettone. My cousin sent us some a few years back when he lived in Italy and I've been hooked ever since.
Sunday, December 9, 2007
Tuesday, December 4, 2007
"But that's the name Mommy uses when I'm in trouble!"
Sunday, December 2, 2007
Monday, November 26, 2007
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Friday, November 16, 2007
Monday, November 12, 2007
Friday, November 9, 2007
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
I always volunteer on the day that L's birthday is celebrated at school.
One of the centers activities was a little shopping market where the kids are supposed to pretend to buy vegetables. (I'm sure the meat and dairy council would have a fit. Grins) Anyway, I happened to be supervising over there and witnessed 4 or 5 little boys playing "rob the convenience store". Heh. I did intervene and mentioned that maybe that wasn't the BEST game they could play. The boy with all the money wadded in his hands thought it over and said, "Yeah. We should probably give the money back."
As I said, I almost miss teaching. Grins.
Tuesday, November 6, 2007
Which Serenity character are you?
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|You scored as The Operative|
You are dedicated to your job and very good at what you do. You've done some very bad things, but they had to be done. You don't expect to go to heaven, but that is a sacrifice you've made for a better future for all.
Monday, November 5, 2007
Thursday, November 1, 2007
This is J in a sugar coma the day after Halloween. He said "I hoff oo, Mommy" today. Joy!
Monday, October 29, 2007
Saturday, October 27, 2007
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Monday, October 15, 2007
So all was well until Thursday, when the stomach flu fairy came and bestowed her gift upon the family. So for poor J's birthday, we sat around the table, eating Jello in our jammies while little one opened his presents.
We cancelled his party for Saturday and ended up just celebrating with the family members who had already been exposed. A balloon guy my sister knows made a bag full of balloon animals for the kids to play with. Free of charge! What a nice guy! The cousins had a great time with the balloons.
Amusingly enough, J turned 2 on Friday, had his first real tantrum on Saturday and an even worse one on Sunday. At church. AND at my sister's. AND at my sister's church during niece A's dedication. Of course. He and I ended up hanging out in the cry baby room with all the babies singing songs to try and get him to stop crying. Turns out the boy has a thing for the show tunes.
Totally OT story about show tunes: My little 2 1/2 year old nephew L LOVES the movie Annie. He watches it every day, sings along and even acts out some of the dialog. My favorite story is when one day he very seriously looked his mother in the eye and said, "I love you Miss Hannigan." Just what every mom longs to hear...
Saturday, October 13, 2007
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
Here are some of our fabulous ladies, Marly, Nachaele, and Mary-Kay.
I think StacyZ should model all my hats.
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
Saturday, October 6, 2007
Friday, October 5, 2007
Monday, October 1, 2007
Sunday, September 30, 2007
Saturday, September 29, 2007
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
I also finished my Mom's birthday present and forgot to take a picture before I sent it out. I'm not saying what it was since she reads the blog, but she's under orders to take a picture when it gets there. :)
Monday, September 24, 2007
The animals are so cute! Click the picture to check it out over at Amazon. I will admit all these toy recalls are making me think I should knit all the toy gifts this year. Heh. At least I know the sheep aren't tainted with lead. Hopefully.
Thursday, September 20, 2007
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
Monday, September 17, 2007
(Seriously, if anybody wants that fun fur, let me know. Heh.)