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July 30, 2006

Dishcloth Swap!

Holly of HollYarns and I are underway on our SWAP! I’d love to have anyone reading this, that wants to, join up!  We’ve got a growing list so far, and the deadline to sign up isn’t until Saturday at midnight!  The more the merrier!  What we’re doing is using the warshcloth patterns from the Mason Dixon Knitting book, or the Euroflax linen towel, also from the book.  There are two categories in the swap, one for the warshrags, one for the Euroflax towel, you can sign up for either 🙂  (Or both, as one person did) I think it will be a lot of fun!  So, come on over and sign up, join us in the fun 🙂

I’ve been knitting baby bibs like crazy still.  I think I have five for my cousin, and only two for my Matthew LOL!  But that’s ok, since he’s not a huge eater yet, only eats baby food on those days where he can’t seem to get enough (today was one of those days).  My cousin’s having her baby on the 8th, I think!  I’m excited.  It’s her second baby, and her second little girl.  I’m looking forward to it!   I hope I can get her bibs shipped off to her before she has the little one, but if not, no big deal, since she won’t need them the day she arrives hehehe 🙂

I’m also starting my Christmas knitting.  Everyone’s getting washcloths from us this year.  I also want to try my hand at making soap, and I’ll put those in with the washcloths.  I thought that would be a nice present.  If not, people can just lie to me and make me feel good and tell me how much they enjoyed it LOL 🙂  Actually, my family is pretty good about stuff like that.  They’d all rather have those type of things than have us out spending lots of money on them.  I love that about my family.  Having grown up with not a lot of money, we have all learned that homemade things are actually the best things. 

My husband should be joining us here in Oregon sometime this week.  My mom’s husband is leaving here tomorrow to drive down and help load the rest of our life up and bring it here.  I’m looking forward to him coming up here, I really miss him.  I think the kids will appreciate having him here too.

Niff has been stressed about the move I think.  Not bad stress, just like… excited stress maybe?  She’s had three potty accidents since we got here, and two of them were today.  I don’t think she’s “regressed” so to speak, just that she’s having some anxiety with the move.  Anyone have any advice on that?  Experience in that department?  I’m open to suggestions.

Well, come join or swap if you like (no pressure!) and have a great day!

July 26, 2006

New life

Well, the kids and I have embarked on our new life adventure.  We are now living in Halsey, Oregon.  We flew up here today, and await the arrival of everything except our clothes.  That includes DH, who has to drive everything but our clothes up here.  Oh, and some yarn.  I couldn’t very well leave the state without a small supply to occupy my busy little fingers spare time now, could I? *grin*  I’ve been knitting baby bibs like there’s no tomorrow, so I only brought cotton yarn, which is quite helpful in the quest of only knitting things like the bibs, or some washcloths or such.  Nice, quick, easy projects, that make me feel as though I’m actually doing something.  You all know what I mean… instant gratification 🙂

For those of you who know me, you’ll know that I am a huge supporter of breastfeeding.  For those who don’t know that, well, now you do 🙂  I’m all about people making the decision on their own whether or not to breastfeed, but I do like to encourage it, and I am greatful that I am able to do this for Matthew.  I tried with Jessica, but she just wouldn’t do it.  Jennifer did it for about 9 months, I was thrilled with that.  Then she sort of weaned herself off.  Matthew pretty much hates a bottle, so he very VERY rarely gets one.  And if he does, it’s breast milk anyway.  So anyway, I also like to read up on the newspaper where I used to live several years ago in Moses Lake, Washington.  I found this article about Breastfest 2006 and thought you’d all get a smile out of it 🙂  I wish I were there so that I could participate.  I have no idea if anyone around here is doing anything like that, but I wouldn’t know anyone yet anyway, so I’m ok with holding off on it … for this year 🙂

Our flight here today was …. not my most favorite flight.  The girls didn’t mind all the bouncing around from the turbulence.  They said they didn’t like the bumps, but they still sat there as calm as the still waters.  Me?  I’m shaking as if we’re crashing head first into the sea, with the cutest little old man next to me giggling and telling me that he finds me quite funny.  He then proceeds to tell me that he has been on 28 cruise ships and where he went, and how long the longest one was, and that he just looooves to fly.  Why, he even flew over a freakin tornado and LOVED IT.  He said “There were people here carrying on like you are, just shakin and cryin” but he must have just loved the freakin scare of it all.  Me? Just kill me now before you put me on a plane in a friggin tornado.  I’d rather not deal with that, thankyouverymuch.  The flight attendant was getting ready to start the beverage service, then the captain beeped her phone and she announced that she would be postponing her service due to the severe turbulence, and it was very important and required that everyone remain seated with their seatbelts on.  In my head all I heard was “We’re goin down quickly, prepare for the worst.”  Of course, since I’m writing this now, we did not go down quickly, I did not die, and I survived the flight.  After we landed, everyone around us commented on how great my kids were, how beautiful they are, and how impressed they were that they were so well behaved.  I said that they were great kids, and one lady said something like “that comes from great parenting” or something.  I appreciated that, because sometimes, as a parent, I just feel like I’m doing the worst job.  Also, while we were sitting in the airport waiting, I was letting the girls color while I held Matthew in my Snugli and knitted.  The lady sitting a few seats down from me said I am a mother and a half for taking care of 2 kids, holding a baby and crocheting.  I decided to let the compliment stay as it was and not correct her that I was knitting, since it was innocent enough.  I told her that I had good kids that let me do things like that.  She said something like good kids have good mothers or something similar.  Just really nice people out in the world today.  It made a sad day for me a little better.

Jessie had a really hard time saying good bye to our house.  We’re “under contract” right now, meaning it’s being sold to the couple who wants it and we close on Aug 18.  Today was the inspection and appraisal, which I am assuming went ok since I’ve heard nothing since.  Jessica, when we were getting ready to leave for the airport, began crying about how she’ll miss the house and that it’s a good house and she loves the house.  I agree.  I had all three of my kids in that house, we went through some great times, some rough times, and some definitely interesting times in that house.  We had to give the house a hug and a kiss to make Jessie feel better.  Do you know how to hug a house?  You go up to a wall.  Any wall.  You spread your arms across it and tell it “thank you house” and “you’re a good house” and those type of things.  We also asked the house to take care of the new people who would live there.  Then we kissed the wall (the freshly painted clean wall, thank goodness.)  Jessie is now as happy as can be in Oregon with her other set of Grandparents.  She said she isn’t sad anymore and she’s glad to live in Oregon.  She’ll be starting school this year, and is looking forward to that.  Me?  I’m sadder than heck that she’s leaving one stage of her life that has been a constant, but I’m glad that she’s entering this new stage of learning, because she so loves to learn.  She can’t wait to read books!  I’ll enjoy that too, then we can read out loud to each other.  I hope she loves books like I did.  Growing up I could never put them down!

Speaking of books, anyone ever read Aragon? (Eragon?).  My sister in law recommended it, and I’m highly considering reading it.  What’s your take on it, if you’ve read it.

July 22, 2006

Mason Dixon Knitting project swap

So I’m REALLY loving the MDK book, and have tossed around the idea of hosting a MDK project swap.  Something along the lines of matching up people with the intent to send their swap person everything they’d need to do a project from the book, such as the yarn, the needles, the book if someone doesn’t have it, stitch markers, tape measures, etc.  Whatever you think you’d need  for the project, put it together, ship it out.  I don’t have all the details, because like I said, I just “tossed” the idea, and I’m not even sure if anyone wants to do it.  If anyone is interested in joining something like this, please email me or comment here.  My email is romiettah AT gmail DOT com

Also, if there is anyone that would be interested in co-hosting with me, because I really have no clue how to go about this, just think it would be fun, let me know.  You will also be able to participate in the swap as well. 

Thanks 🙂

July 16, 2006

When all else fails…

…stick your finger in his mouth!

I couldn’t figure out why Matthew was being so fussy.  He’d been fed, his diaper was clean, etc.  So I stuck my finger in his mouth.  Nothing.  Well, mostly nothing.  It felt a little like maybe he could be getting a tooth, but I didn’t know if it was just me or what.  The next day, drool fest city.  Stuck my finger in there again.  Felt the same.  But Kenny looked into his mouth, and sure enough, there’s a tooth poking through.  Just a little white speck of a tooth, but a tooth just the same.  That would explain his fussiness and the drool fest city!  My chunky monkey is getting his first tooth 🙂

July 15, 2006

Lace

I’ve been pondering lace a lot lately, noting that I feel as though I’m the only one not doing it LOL!  I’ve been looking at some patterns online, talked to a friend and got a recommendation for a good book to get called Wrap Style, and trying to see what I like best in lace projects.  Almost all of my yarn is packed up and in storage right now, so clearly I can’t do anything about my lusting at this moment in time, but that’s ok.  It’ll give me time to get plenty of ideas on what I want to do and find plenty of patterns that I could attempt.  I found this one that I like, the Princes Wrap which I think I just may attempt.  🙂

I took Matthew for his first swimming adventure today.  At first he wasn’t all that thrilled.  He didn’t cry, but he had that “look” on his face.  The look that says WHAT do you think you are DOING to me?  He got over it and then started shivering, so we got out, dried off and got back in LOL.  After a while I was ready to go, so we gathered ourselves up, me, Matthew, Jessie and Niff, and headed back home. 

We’ve had several showings on our house, and even one offer.  But they rejected our counter offer, which wasn’t much.  Our counter was that the earnest money be non-refundable after 14 days, which I thought was reasonable if the buyer was serious about wanting to purchase a home.  They said no, though, and so we’re still showing it.  Our realtor actually is the one who suggested we do that, so that way, he doesn’t back out after a month, when he chose his closing date, find some loophole to get his earnest money back, and then we’d have the house off the market that much longer.  Oh well.  It’s only been a few days.  15 showings or so, though, so I’m feeling quite hopeful! 🙂

July 13, 2006

One more!

I forgot to add this picture too, of Jessie’s Log Cabin Blankie, also from the Mason Dixon Knitting book.  She chose the colors, Caron Simply Soft Brites.  They definitely are bright LOL:

Logcabin

Trying this again….

I am messing with typepad features to see how I can make my pictures show up the way I want them to instead of all wonky all over the screen.  I have some WIPs to show off 🙂

Here is my burp cloth for my sister in law’s new baby, pattern from the Mason Dixon Knitting book:

Burpcloth

Burpcloth2

Here are my kiddos 🙂

Jess

Niffie_1

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July 10, 2006

Shawl pins

I met Chris during a secret pal event, I was her secret pal.  Out of the two SP events I was involved in, she is the only one I’ve kept in touch with.  Upon reading her blog today, I noticed that she is making some freakin LOVELY shawl pins.  It makes me wish I were better at lace knitting so that i could knit a shawl for one of her pins.  Check out her Etsy shop and support her if you can 🙂

On the baby front… my little man eats like he’s never eating again.  From 1:00 today until about 7:30 he ate 8 or 9 times.  I’ve had to even start feeding him baby food because of how much he eats.  All I can say is I am glad I am breastfeeding and not formula feeding.  How on earth would I ever be able to afford that much formula???  At first I wondered if I was producing enough milk, but after pumping as much as I did while I was working, I know that’s not the issue.  I think he is just growing so much that he needs all this food.  He even eats with a spoon rather well, for an almost 3 month old 🙂

I’m knitting here and there in between packing boxes and cleaning our house.  We’re listing it tomorrow.  It’s only a condo, not really a house.  And it needs some work done, so I hope it sells despite that.  Not that it needs gutted and remodeled top to bottom or anything.  Just little things here and there that we weren’t able to do.  But our realtor is quite optimistic and told us not to do some of those things we were planning, like new carpet in the living room, new flooring in the kitchen, etc.  He said not to bother with those, just to paint and keep it tidy.  I figure, it’s how he makes his bread and butter, he knows what he’s doing, he works for a successful company, I’ll go with his advice. 

The girls and Matthew and I will fly to Oregon on July 26.  Kenny will drive up sometime after that, not yet sure which day.  As it gets closer, I’m getting more and more nervous about living in Oregon.  Having never lived there, I’m concerned about the gloomy weather factor that plays there.  My doctor told me she thinks I have SAD, so the rainyness all the time will not help that.  I’ve decided that I’ll just start tanning in a tanning bed a few minutes a day every three days or so, for the phototherapy.  I’ve heard of other people doing that for that reason and it helps them a lot.  We’ll see how it goes.

July 09, 2006

Oh dear… Knitting for Physchos!

July 07, 2006

I’ve got a secret…what’s yours?

I was reading Scout’s blog and saw that she tagged anyone who read it to tell a secret.  After some thought on this, I’ve decided that the secret that I want to share is that I love reading kid books and young adult books.  I always have, and I think I always will.  Kid books are so simple, yet some of the most enjoyable reads around.  How can one not enjoy I Love You Forever?  And for some reason, the Goosebumps books really appeal to me LOL.  I also love adult books (no, not porno adult, but grown up adult lol), but my favorite shall always be kid and young adult books.  Maybe it’s because things were so much simpler when I was a kid and I like the memories they bring back. 

What’s your secret?

July 05, 2006

Picture heavy post

So I’ll post lots of pictures today to make up for the lack that has been here recently. 

My dye-o-rama package from Tisha

Dyeoramapresent Yarn2

I’d show the socks in progress that I’m making with that beatiful yarn, but they are no more.  A certain 3-almost-4 year old who resides at our house took it upon herself to remove the sock from the needles.  I’m sure that’s not the last time that shall happen.  Oh well.  Chalk it up to more experience I guess LOL.

Here is my constantly growling baby Matthew:

Happymatt Matt2 Matthewsmiles_3 Mattsmiles Matthewleaning

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