Sunday, May 29, 2011

Happy Birthday, Sweet T!

33 years ago today the love of my life was born.

Happy birthday to the sweetest husband and the most loving father.

We love you,

L and S

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Yarn Along

Knitting along with Ginny from Small Things this week.

I took a little break from knitting...just a week or so. Honestly I need a a break from knitting soakers and had nothing else lined up for the needles. I'd been thinking of making another sweater and have started looking for fall and winter cardigans for me and a cozy wool sweater for S because it'll be fall before we know it, and in New Jersey it seems every time you turn around it's winter again. I miss the long summers and mild Februaries of Tennessee, especially right now after we've had over a week of rain and wind and it hadn't gotten out of the low 60s until yesterday.

This week I finally put the finishing touches on the three soakers I made, weaving in the lose ends and sewing on the buttons.

I made all three soakers sized for newborns with button-down waist bands for babies with stumps still in tact.

They look right cute all together, and once I get them lanolized and make a few more I think I'll be all set to start selling them on etsy.

And finally...I picked out a pattern I'd been eying on Ravelry for awhile now. I can't wait to start the Norwegian Sweet Baby Cap. I'm making mine with red and cream stripes, though I'd like to try this pattern with a self-striping sock yarn too.

From the library this week: The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver. I love her non-fiction, but I've never read her fiction before. This one I can't quite put down and will probably finish much sooner than I want. Thank goodness we have a few more of hers at my library.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Knitting Lessons

Mr. S has been pretending to knit for months now, and I hadn't any intentions of showing him just how to do so until he's a little older. I don't think a four-year-old has the fine motors skills to grasp knitting and purling just yet, at least not my four-year-old. But today he asked me how I get my yarn flat, and he took a skein of yarn and tried to smoosh it against the table.

So I cast-on a few stitches for him and showed him how to knit a few...

Then I watched him swirl the yarn around like pasta...

His finished object: a sailboat

Monday, May 16, 2011


We finally busted open all the geodes Mr. S received for his birthday.


And after:

The picture you don't see is the one of me and Mr. S outside in the backyard breaking open geodes in the rain with a hammer.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Mother's Day Hiking

I love my guys! They gave me the best Mother's Day ever this past Sunday.

It all started with breakfast in bed. These days my favorite breakfast meal is toast with strawberries and bananas, but T added a couple of strips of soy bacon in there as well. It was so yummy. Mr. S made me a beautiful flower card and picked out a store-bought card for me as well. He also gave me a flower he'd planted at school. It's beautiful, but we won't be sure what it is until it blooms...all the kids planted different flowers and Seamus thinks he's planted me a violet (though I can tell already that's not the case). They also gave me a new 300mm lens for my camera! I can't wait to break that puppy in.

We then headed off to Pennsylvania for a Mother's Day hike. Being outdoors and away from the city is where I like to spend all my days off, and would if it were possible. We drove the hour and thirty minutes it takes to get to the Delaware Water Gap and headed for Bushkill Falls. We were just there for my birthday last October, but didn't get to hike all the trails or go gem mining, which is a treat I knew we'd all love (especially Mr. S).

On the way there we crossed over the Delaware River and drove through some breathtaking countryside. I love this part of New Jersey.

This time we spent the entire day hiking all the different trails at Bushkill Falls, including the red trail which follows the river above the main falls and up to another smaller waterfall. We played in the river along the way. Seamus kept "fishing" with a little stick he'd found.

We saw lots of wildflowers, beautiful trees, minnows, but even though we turned over lots of rocks, we didn't see any salamanders this time.

We also enjoyed the shorter trails around the main falls and of course the waterfall was just as spectacular as it was in October.

After about three hours of hiking we headed to the sweet shop to get some homemade fudge and then we were off to "mine" for gemstones. We purchased two big bags of rock and dirt and sifted through it all. Seamus loved looking through all the rocks, and even though we found sapphires, rubies, emeralds and topaz, Seamus was most impressed by the couple of crystal points he found, thinking they were magic and could turn objects to gold.

On the way home we found one of the rare New Jersey Cracker Barrels and had dinner. Dining in a yankee Cracker Barrel is a surreal experince. There were all these treats and foods made in Chattanooga...Goo Goo Clusters and Colt's Bolts...and bluegrass music and Dolly Parton played over the speakers, but all the wait staff had thick Jersey accents and it was so loud in there we couldn't have a conversation at dinner. The biscuits still tasted like home though.

At the end of the evening Mr. T gave Seamus a bath so I could rest. It's lovely being a Mom.

Two days later my calf muscles are still sore from all that uphill hiking.

Hope all you Moms had wonderful Sundays as well. Happy Mother's Day!
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