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two months

Two months is better than two years, right?

When I have such a long absence from the blog, I find it so hard to begin again. And not just getting into the habit of making posts. More like, where do I begin? Do I try and play catch up?

I’ve decided just to start new. Start with today and when the times come, share some things from the past.

Like I said in my previous post, the kids are getting ready for a new school year. My little guys are growing up right before my eyes. Too fast. I’m not ready.

Fourth of July

 

We are getting our school supplies ready and trying to get back on a good bed time schedule. Our school starts at 7:15 am here. Which means I have to leave the house at the latest 6:50 am. Which means we have to wake up even earlier than that. Did I mention I AM NOT a morning person? I’m not.

Mike and I just got back from a two week trip to Ireland! It was beautiful, breathtaking, magical, unforgettable and just what we needed. We flew my mom up from Florida and she stayed with the kids for us. It was different being Mike and Val and not Mommy and Daddy for two whole weeks. I missed them so much, but I feel like I am a much better parent since I have been back. I even feel like I’m more patient with them now.

Cahir Castle Ireland

 

I hope to share some more photos from our trip. We have so many! Ireland is even more beautiful and green than you think.

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two years

Family, Fall 2014

I miss this space…

Two years. Two whole years since my last blog post.

Babies have grown up. Kids have started school. Times have sure changed over here. There is so much that has happened in these past two years that it will be impossible to catch up. Jacob & Emma have started elementary school, Sophie will start preschool this Fall, I’ve had a baby through surrogacy for an awesome family (he’s already a year old!), Mike is now working from home, my siblings are busy getting married– Wally in January, Vanessa in March and Collin’s wedding is this weekend. Lots of wonderful memories have been made. And none documented here.

Maybe one day I will get better at that…

We are getting ready to go on a family vacation to the Smoky Mountains! My dad, step-mom-to-be (she’s been a step-mom-to-be for over 10 years now– time to get married Jenn!), little brother & sister and nephew will be joining us at the cabin. I am very much so looking forward to it! Our cabin has the best view. Photos do it absolutely no justice. The kids are excited as well and are eager to get going. This will be our third time staying there. It’s become sort of like a home away from home.

Knit Spring Shirt

I was hoping to have finished a Spring Shirt for each of the girls to wear while we were there, but that didn’t happen. I finished one of them and I’m not too crazy about how it turned out. Looks like I’m going to frog it, again. Yes, again!! It will be the second time. It’s just not fitting Emma right. Arg.

crochet hooded capelet

I was also hoping to have finished two hooded capelets, but again, only finished one. The pattern calls for self striping sock yarn and I got a great deal on sock yarn at Joann’s. The yarn is originally $6 a skein and I got it for $2.50! I’m really happy with how it turned out and will definitely be posting some action shots soon.

I’m going to make this post short and sweet. I really need to get back to packing!

Mountains– here we come!

i braved the shave!

St. Badlrick's Foundation

So, it happened. I’m bald!! I thought I would be more nervous than I actually was. It really wasn’t that bad at all! And I feel SO great about it!

Thank you so, so much to EVERYONE who donated. You helped me raise $1040.00!! I still can’t believe it. My heart feels so full with all the generosity everyone has shown in helping me with this wonderful cause. Wow!!

I know you’re just dying to see. So here’s a little before and after for you!

St. Baldrick's

Would I do it again? Absolutely! In a heart beat. In fact, perhaps in a few years (when it grows back enough for me to donate even more hair) I will sign up again. I can’t wait.

If you are interested in joining this wonderful cause you can read all about it here. There are events to participate in all over the country. It’s life changing, I promise.

Today I am braving the shave! We are heading over to my in-laws and taking the kids to Chuck E Cheese. I figure that’ll keep me busy all day until it’s time to head on over to  Bald in the Boro, our local event for the St. Baldrick”s Foundation.

I will make sure to post before and after photo’s tomorrow, but until then I have something else to share with you. I was going through old blog posts and came across this post (I also blogged about it here as well) about my chevron blanket. I’ve since finished it and thought I’d share some photos of it in action.

autumn wheat chevron ripple blanket

autumn wheat chevron ripple blanket

autumn wheat chevron ripple blanket

autumn wheat chevron ripple blanket.

 Pattern (Free) :: Ravelry Notes ::  And this photo inspired my choice of colors.

As you can see, this blanket sure does get a lot of love! I am so happy with how it turned out.  I definitely see another ripple blanket it my future…

st. baldrick’s

keep calm and go bald

I have decided to shave my hair to show my support for children fighting cancer. Have you heard of the St. Baldrick’s Foundation? It’s basically an organization that raises money to help fund childhood cancer research.

“‘Shavees’ for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation show their support by shaving their heads voluntarily, and inspiring friends and family to donate money to support childhood cancer research.” –St. Baldrick’s Foundation

I can’t explain exactly why I have decided to participate. I heard about it before but didn’t give much thought to it. Then on the way to my in-laws while I was driving in my car alone I suddenly remembered it.  And that’s when I felt a calling to do it.

I’m doing it for the children. I’m doing it for the parents. I’m doing it because I feel like it’s what I can do, to do my part in fighting this awful disease. I just can’t imagine as a parent hearing the words, “Your child has cancer.”

I have decided to honor Brooke. Brooke is 9 years old and is being treated at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, the same hospital Jacob had his surgery at. You can read more about Brooke here.

So, here I am 10 days and  $680 dollars later. I would be lying if I said I wasn’t nervous at all. Because I am. However, I feel like it is the right thing to do. It’s only hair, after all. It will grow back.

Shaving day is tomorrow, February 15th at 4:40 pm.  I’m sure it’ll be life changing. I can’t wait.

bald is beautiful

my cheating heart

I love crocheting. I really, honestly do. If my hands ever have a spare moment, I like nothing more that to hold a hook and yarn in them. It relaxes me and takes me to my happy place. But recently I’ve been itching to knit. And I feel as if I’m cheating on my hooks.

Yes, it’s true. Silly. But true.

You see, I just love the look of knitted clothing. Over the last couple of years I’ve been collecting some beginner knitting books and purchasing a few patterns online here and there. I’ve even made a garter stitch scarf for Emma a few Christmases ago. It was awful, but I made it nonetheless.

I have a problem that when I first learn something I want to be PERFECT at it immediately. I want it to come easy. And that is not always the case.

I remember five years ago when my Nanny first taught me to crochet when Jacob was only a month or so old. I got so frustrated at times and wanted to just give up. But I didn’t. I kept going. And eventually I got pretty good at it.

I just need to remind myself of this as I am trying to teach myself to knit. Practice really does make perfect. And eventually, if I keep at it, I will get better.

I’ve successfully knitted quite a few things lately. As soon as one things comes off the needles, I immediately cast on another project. And quite often, I have quite a few projects going at once.  Oh, yes.

So what I have I been working on lately? I’ll show you!

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Pattern: Pebble Vest   My Ravelry Notes

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Pattern: Plain Vest (Size 12 months pattern is  free, additional sizes available to purchase)   My Ravelry Notes

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Pattern: in-threes: a baby cardigan   My Ravelry Notes

in-threes cardigan

Pattern: in-threes: a baby cardigan   My Ravelry Notes

As you can see in the pictures I have slowly got a little bit better. There is still a lot that I need to work on. But if you are a newbie knitter looking for some simple garment patterns, I really suggest the patterns above. Any questions that I had regarding the patterns were quickly answered by doing a simple youtube search. (Oh, google and youtube— where would I be without you?!)

I’ve mad e a few other things too that I haven’t got around to photographing. But I’ll be sure to share them as soon as I do. One of those finished projects may even be for me. Would you believe it?

I have something else very personal to share with you tomorrow. See you then!