Monday, December 31, 2007
As to those who are waiting for Part 2 of the Christmas recap, it is delayed because I was having issues uploading pictures to Blogger tonight. It may have to wait until we return from Virginia around the 7th. Sorry! Hope you all have a wonderful New Year's! We'll be spending the day driving to Virginia. Off to enjoy a quiet New Year's Eve with my honey. Have a good one!
Sunday, December 30, 2007
I started choosing Christmas pictures to share and realized I had way too many to squish into one post so I'm doing this in installments. Here's the first part. These are all photos related to our Christmas tree. Yes, we're one of those families that get a real tree. I grew up with white pine, but we decided to branch out this year and ended up with a Balsam Fir. I really liked it.
A nice employee at this nursery took our family photo. Unfortunately, we did not end up buying a tree here. They were way too expensive. But don't we look like a nice little tree-hunting family?
We didn't get one at this nursery either, but look at the cool "tree" of animals they had? Little Man thought this was very cool. Much, much cooler than the Santa who was walking around. Santa was treated like a pariah.
Little Man at Home Depot where we ended up getting our tree. It was very inexpensive and turned out to be quite lovely in my opinion.
Our tree decorated.
Little Man enjoys playing with my nativity and his nativity that were set up under the tree. He just loves his farm animals these days.
Saturday, December 29, 2007
Friday, December 28, 2007
Christmas itself was strange this year because it was my first spent here in Ohio with Brian's part of our family. His family gatherings are a lot quieter than mine as my family has a lot more little ones. Anyway, it was still nice although very different.
Being unemployed and watching our funds depleting more quickly than we would like put a slight damper on the holidays. There's something innately wrong about discussing the possibility of having to move on Christmas Eve or looking for new job postings on Christmas day. Oh well. Such is life.
We leave on January 1st to head to Virginia to have a belated celebration with my family. So the post-Christmas letdown was only a partial one as there is still some celebrating to do. I did go ahead and undecorate the tree--much to Little Man's disappointment. The rest of the decorations will wait until we return from Virginia. Little Man had a wonderful time this Christmas and I promise some pics of his precious self shortly.
The other big news to come is that I have my ultrasound scheduled on the 31st and we will hopefully find out if our next little one is a boy or a girl. I can't wait!
Monday, December 24, 2007
Thursday, December 20, 2007
1. I treat my dogs as if they are human. Some people think this is weird. I let them kiss me on the mouth and sleep in my bed (under the covers). Some people think that is really weird.
2. I'm a hypochondriac who's somewhat afraid of doctors. So this means that I constantly think I'm dying of some strange disease, but I don't do anything about it. As I'm not really dying, it generally works out okay in the end.
3. Maybe I'm not so much of a hypochondriac as an extreme worrier. I once went to bed with my clothes on because my husband was really late getting home from a meeting and I didn't want to be in my pajamas when the police came to the door to tell me he was dead. Can we say drama? It is my middle name.
4. I hate to wear shoes. If I'm inside I'm either barefoot or in just socks. If it's summer time, I'm often barefoot outside. If I wear slip-off shoes, I am constantly slipping them off. Not so good when you're at work. I went barefoot a lot my freshman year of college (except to eat because that is gross), but then I stepped on a piece of glass that got embedded in my heel. Then I wore shoes more, but now I'm back to my on-needs-basis-only policy with shoe wearing. My husband is the opposite--he always has shoes on.
5. I get really attached to practical strangers in my life. Somehow I feel really close to people I barely know. I once saw our UPS man at my doctor's office--it was down the street from where I worked and thus on the same UPS route. I got all excited and eagerly greeted the UPS man as if he was a long lost friend. He thought this was very weird.
6. Sewing patterns scare me. I feel like I'm a pretty intelligent person. I know how to use a sewing machine. I have successfully made valances, a roman shade, pillows and a few other odds and ends. I have successfully followed a number of knitting patterns. But if I see a sewing pattern, I get really scared. I've tried using them before and immediately get overwhelmed and abandon the project. Or just continue sans pattern and make something similar, but not quite right.
7. I'm more comfortable sharing my intimate feelings with complete strangers than people I know. Now that there are a few people I know in real life who read this blog, I edit more of what I say on it. Right now life is pretty sucky with Brian being out of work and yet I haven't blogged about it because I don't want those people to know what my life is really like. Why must life always be happy and great? What's wrong with the reality of my life right now? Somehow it embarrasses me if I'm not happy. I know. I'm weird.
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Tuesday, December 4, 2007
The hats with my hand for scale.
They fit better a month or so ago when I made the sample hat for sizing. They're just growing too fast for me to keep up!
Second, I've made a few Christmas ornaments for my mom. I make her one of these for each of her grandchildren. These are in honor of the triplets. I still need to add their names and birthdays to the ornaments. These beaded ornaments were my initial crafting love and I still really enjoy making them.
Top view of the ornaments.
Side view of the ornaments.
Third, I decorated a stocking for Little Man. He's really into farm animals or "baa," "moo," and "neigh". He likes pigs and chickens, too. So I decided to decorate his stocking accordingly.
Little Man's farm animal stocking. Baa! Moo! Neigh!
I did these stockings for Brian and I a few years ago. I love coming up with the fun details like the beer-drinking snowman on Brian's.
I still love how these stockings turned out.
My favorite part of Brian's.
Fourth, I've been decorating for Christmas. It's the only holiday I decorate for and I love pulling out all the decorations each year. They are so full of memories that it makes me happy. Can't wait to do the tree this weekend.
My nativity. Unbreakable--so Little Man can touch it and move the animals around without fear.
Baby Santa who I inherited from my grandmother and who stays out all year round.
A Santa that Brian's dad painted. Isn't he amazing?
My newest Christmas decoration bought last year. They're salt and pepper shakers. Alligators in Christmas clothes! She's wearing high heels!
Anyway, that's me for now. Hope you are all having a lovely start to your holiday season. Sending much love and cheer your way!
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Hey everyone. I hope you all had a lovely Thanksgiving. We spent ours with my family in Virginia and had a blast. Little Man LOVED hanging out with his cousins and Mooma and Papa. I loved seeing my family and FINALLY meeting the triplets. They are adorable. We ate well (including my first Haley-made pumpkin pies) and played well (lots of time with cousins including a visit to the Natural Bridge Zoo). Anyway, I am very thankful for everything this Thanksgiving. So, of course, I wanted to do a related Top Ten Tuesday topic. To help narrow it down a little because there is SO much to be thankful for...this week's Top Ten Tuesday Topic is
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Little Man supervises Brian as he rakes the leaves.
My girls, Zoe and Pauli, curled up asleep on the sofa.
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
I've been debating different ideas for Top Ten Tuesday topics, but was just inspired by a phone call from a good friend. I just found out he's engaged. He was engaged once before, but it didn't work out. Now he's found a wonderful person who really appreciates him and he's found someone he truly adores and respects. It's so exciting to hear about two people who are truly happy together. They're both a little older. She's been married before. He's been engaged. But now, at the right time, they've found the right people and they are truly happy. This friend is a truly wonderful person and I'm so happy that he is happy.
Anyway, my friend has inspired this week's Top Ten Tuesday topic:
Top Ten Things I Believe About Love
10. There is someone out there for everyone.
9. Often you find love when you stop looking for it.
8. Often you find love where you least expect it.
7. When the time is right, you will find the person you are meant to be with.
6. We have to love the wrong people in order to be in the right place when the right person comes along.
5. The "wrong ones" just help you appreciate the "right one."
4. If you love someone, you will treat them with respect even during a fight.
3. Love at first sight doesn't exist; you can't truly LOVE someone until you truly know them.
2. Love grows stronger over time.
1. Love isn't easy, but it is truly worth the work.
Hope you are all having a love-filled week. Sorry for another picture-less post. I promise some Little Man eye candy soon. Have a good one!
Thursday, November 8, 2007
Tuesday, November 6, 2007
Top Ten Things I Hope for My Children (I hope to have at least one more.)
10. I hope they will be financially responsible.
9. I hope they will have a good work ethic.
8. I hope they will find a career that they are passionate about and truly enjoy.
7. I hope they will enjoy nature, books, time with their family, music and crafts.
6. I hope they will be more athletic than me or at least not as scared to try.
5. I hope they will find true love.
4. I hope they will grow up to be confident in themselves.
3. I hope they will grow up to be both caring and kind.
2. I hope they will always treat others with respect.
1. I hope they will always know how very loved they are.
Hope you are all having a great week. Happy Fall! If you're a parent or just love a good blog post, you must read Julie's latest. She touches my heart everytime.
Thursday, November 1, 2007
Up Close and Personal
Then we had Halloween where Little Man wore his sheep or "Baa" costume as he likes to call it. Since we were outside, he finally decided that it was okay to keep his hood on. I knitted the sweater (a modified Wallaby made from Homespun with ears and a tail). The ears and tail were inspired by this softie pattern from Fuzzy Mitten. My sister sewed the fleece pants.
Little Man enjoyed handing out candy to all the big kids on the street.
Today I tried to get Little Man to put Halloween stickers on a card for my mom as a thank you gift for the fun Halloween books she sent him. He decided it would be more fun to put most of them on his arm. It was really adorable. He was SO proud of himself.Anyway, I hope you all had a great and fun holiday if you celebrate Halloween. Otherwise, I hope you're just having a great week. Happy candy eating, everyone!
Sunday, October 28, 2007
The first was Babyville by Jane Green. I was a little sad when I realized it was set in London because sometimes all the British lingo annoys me, but it didn't end up bothering me at all in this one. Despite the title, this book is a lot more about women, mainly single women, than about babies. I found it entertaining and relate-able. It was a bit unrealistic at times, but I enjoy suspending disbelief and enjoying a little extra happiness. It's definitely a "fluff" book which I was in the mood for so very enjoyable.
The second book I read was The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls. This one was definitely not fluff. It's a memoir. Let me tell you, Jeannette Walls had a very interesting, but not a very easy life. A little disturbing at times, but very well written. The chapters are pretty short and they make you want to just keep reading and reading and reading.
The third book was more fluff--The Cubicle Next Door by Siri L. Mitchell. It's about a blogger. It's the first book I've ever read about a blogger. She's a bit of an oddball, but somehow that made me relate to her even more (well, because I'm a bit of a strange one myself). The guy in the novel is a military guy and even though he doesn't fit the description, I kept picturing him as The Rock. Irrelevant, but somehow it humored me throughout the novel. Anyway, a great little fluffy romance with some food for thought built in for good measure. Very nice read. Again, I couldn't put it down because I'm sucker for romance and I wanted a happy ending.
Anyway, I'm always looking for a good book so if anyone has any suggestions, please pass them on. Happy day, everyone! Hope it's a good one.
Friday, October 26, 2007
Reed, Mary and Madeline
I think they really like them.
Happy almost Halloween, everyone!
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Top Ten Things I Remember About September 11, 2001
10. I was at work. I was a Director of Education at a Sylvan Learning Center at the time.
9. It was a busy day because we were all supposed to leave the next day to go to Baltimore for the Sylvan annual conference (the first time for most of us to attend.) We were excited because we wanted to go to the Cheesecake Factory while we were there.
8. My co-worker's husband called and told her she had to listen to the radio because a plane had run into a building in New York. I remember thinking, "Who does this man think he is telling his wife what she HAS to do?".
7. At first, they weren't sure what was going on. There was talk that it was just a small plane that does tours of that area of New York.
6. Then the second plane hit and everyone was freaking out. We didn't have a tv, but everyone kept watching it on the internet.
5. I couldn't take it all in so I just went back to work. I pretended it wasn't happening. I just went on making lesson plans and getting materials ready for instruction that night.
4. My in-laws and husband kept calling because they were worried about me flying the next day. Needless to say this fear was unfounded as all flights were canceled.
3. At one point, there was a suspicious plane coming towards Cleveland. More panic. The plane rerouted and later crashed. It was United 93.
2. Somewhere in all this chaos, the Pentagon was hit. I remember being worried because although I knew some people in NYC, I knew a LOT in the DC area. Everyone wondered when the horrible chaos was going to stop.
1. We decided to stay open for instruction that night (even though a lot of students canceled) because we wanted to keep some sort of normalcy in the lives of our students. Which is ironic because at the time it seemed like life would never be normal again.
But here it is, 6 years later, and life seems very normal. So normal that most of us rarely think about September 11th and all that happened that day. Most of us don't think about all those innocent people who died or who lost loved ones. I admit, I'm usually one of those people. But I'm trying to be better. So just a little post to remember all of those lives so personally affected that day. My heart goes out to you all.
Thursday, October 18, 2007
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
Reed, Mary and Madeline
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Top Ten Reasons I'm Not __________ ing
(Fill in the blank with any verb and it's probably true.)
10. I'm tired.
9. The Indians are in the play-offs.
8. The Indians are actually playing well (for the most part) and thus I'm even more tempted to stay up.
7. Brian is still unemployed.
6. Brian's been "working" from home (unpaid, but still working a lot) and has been on the phone and the computer a lot.
5. Little Man has been waking up early.
4. Little Man has been taking short naps.
3. Little Man has strep.
2. I might have strep.
1. Did I mention I'm tired?
The only thing I have been able to keep up with (sort of) is this, started by Erin of Pepperknit. See my pictures here if you want. Hope you all are doing well. Happy living life to its fullest! I'll be catching up soon.
Friday, October 12, 2007
That was one big hill he climbed. I was so proud! Hope you all have a great weekend. Happy knitting and otherwise relaxing!