Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Sooooo, did you know that I sew?

OK, I guess I should say I USED to sew. ;-) I actually used to sew a lot for my girls....when I only had 2. Something happened when I had a third girl, I'm not sure what it was. Mike would say it was my discovery of knitting that ended my sewing career, but I don't think that's true. I would say it was probably a high needs baby and a way too small house, but I digress. Anyway, Wednesday, I got the bright idea to make Easter dresses for my girls. I suppose I shouldn't really call them Easter dresses, as there is nothing eastery about them, but they did wear them for the first time on Easter Sunday. I had bought the fabric for Liberty's dress a couple of months ago. I even cut it out. Then I let it sit on the counter and collect dust for several weeks. I dug the sewing machine out Thursday afternoon during Liberty's nap-time and whipped up her jumper. She was so excited when she woke up. She said, "Oh, you made me a dress! Thank you so much Mommy! I can't make dresses because I don't know how to knit." I explained to her that I didn't knit her dress, I sewed it. She replied, "You sewed it? What's that?" I attempted to explain the sewing process to her, which included showing her the sewing machine. She asked all kinds of questions, including, "Is it hot?" Silly girl. I nearly busted a gut laughing, but I felt bad at the same time. Poor girl. She's 4, and didn't even know it was possible to sew a dress!!!!! Since I didn't have any fabric for Katie's dress, and I needed a pattern, we ran to Hobby Lobby Thursday morning. Imagine my surprise when she chose the same fabric as Liberty's dress. I was even more surprised over the fact that they still had it in stock after all this time! Sadly, there wasn't enough fabric for me to make a dress for Mikayla. I didn't want to buy fabric for her dress anyway until I finished Katie's dress. I didn't know if I would have the movitation or time to finish three dresses before Sunday, plus do all of the Easter festivities with the kids. Thursday night, I stayed up until the wee hours of the night sewing Katie's dress. You're supposed to finish sewing dresses all in one sitting you know. Friday, we went back to Hobby Lobby to purchase fabric and a pattern for Mikayla's dress. Guess what? They had an entire bolt of the fabric we were looking for, so we ended up with THREE matching dresses! They were all simple dresses, but they did come out nicely. I am actually itching to sew for Liberty a little more, but I have other things on my plate right now.

Friday, March 21, 2008

Knitting content

So, finally, I have some knitting content to share with ya'll. First, I'll share some yarn that has made it's way into my smallish stash. Duet Middy in Mulberry Hill.

Next? I'll give you a hint. It's very yummy, and nearly impossible to get. Thanks to Becca, for sitting at the computer waiting for a shop update. ;-)

If your guess was Wollmeise, you would be correct! The blue is Gewittterhimmel, the green is Farn, both are the 80/20. I love them both, but the Gewitterhimmel? Oh my, it's beautiful. I haven't quite figured out what to knit with them yet. Socks, of course. ;-) One more knitting picture to share. Here, we have Hip In Hemp Part Deux.

I don't absolutely love the orange in this skirt, but there weren't any other color choices where I bought it. I knew I didn't want to go with black again. It about killed me to pick up all of those stitches on the waste band with black. Yee-gads. I probably should have striped my colors differently, but I've already done enough to not want to rip it out. So, the way it is, that's the way it'll stay. I must say, this skirt in size 6 goes much faster than size 12. ;-)

Here's something silly we did for St. Patrick's Day.

That's toast, green pancakes and green eggs and ham you see there. Benjamin was scared of the green eggs. After he tasted them, he thanked me for making them taste normal. HA!

Thursday, March 13, 2008

A Big Woo-Hoo!

The E-7 list leaked today. My dh is on it! I am so proud of him. When he re-joined the Army, he reclassed from the Engineer world into the Armor world. Hugely different. (is hugely a word? lol) He made the E-7 list in less than five years, which is pretty darn good as far as I am concerned. It'll be close to a year or so before he actually pins his new rank on, but that's OK. Atleast he knows it'll happen in the near future. Woo-hoo for my dh!!!!!!

Thursday, March 6, 2008

The End of the Cycle

We have officially passed the last birthday Mike will miss during this deployment. Next is mine, and he assures me he'll be home before it. I'm trying not to get my hopes up, even though he keeps telling me it'll happen. Today, we celebrated Liberty's birthday. Let's not tell her it was really Tuesday, but since her Mom obviously had no concept of time, we didn't celebrate it until today. Thankfully, none of the kids told her today really wasn't her birthday. I don't think she was any worse for the wear. Most of my other kids show no emotions when opening gifts. Liberty? Not so much.
I think it really hit me as I was uploading Liberty's 4th birthday pictures. My baby, really isn't a baby anymore. For a split second, there was a hint of baby fever, but trust me when I say, for a split second. Happy Birthday Liberty!!!!

Monday, March 3, 2008


Snow. Snow, snow and more snow. The snowbanks were very high. As high as the shed next to my parents house. The kids sledded nearly every day. Dad surprised them with snowmobile rides. I even squished my non-svelt body into the caboose thingie. You have to be Bo Duke to get out of it. ;-) The highlight of the trip for Devin was driving the snowmobile. By himself. With no one watching. He loved it. My brother and I were driving often by ourselves when we were 14, so I should have expected Dad to let Devin try it out. It's a whole different ball game when your own kids do the things you did when you were younger though. It was a good trip, but there's no place like home.