Musings on mamahood, international adoption, marriage, knitting, movies, and anything else that strikes my fancy, wherever that is.
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Thursday, October 25, 2007
It's been forever since I posted and I'm sorry for that. Life has been busy including making a poncho for Buttons, getting ready (mostly just trying to get ready) for an upcoming audition, and living life. I hope to get some pictures posted of the poncho soon. Buttons loves it. Yeah!
Oops...I've written a post very similar to this one. Uh-oh, my sanity is going faster than first thought.
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
(Not So) Wordless Wednesday
Every day you amaze me.
When I pick you up at pre-school you've often saved part of your snack for your dad and me.
You love to dance and seem to really understand that different songs need different movement.
The joy you have during swimming lessons should be bottled and sold.
You've just turned 3 and yet your questions sometimes get me thinking pretty hard.
You always want to know more and more and more.
I've never seen anyone who can pretend like you can and the names you make up are so fun.
You're a joke teller and I'm not the only one to say so either.
I love your laughter and the funny looks you give me and the way you try to wink when I wink at you.
I love you when your grumpy too, but thankful that it rarely takes hold for too long.
I love the fact that when we walk outside to go somewhere you look up into the sky and say "what a beautiful day" even if it's gray and muggy because then I get to see it through your beautiful eyes.
Yes, it is a beautiful day because I get to spend it with you, sweet daughter.
You are 3 and I am in awe of you.
(Also Happy Birthday to N. & L. and Happy Anniversary to C. & A.)
What a great day!!!
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Topic of the Week
Now that it is getting cooler here, it makes me think of apple picking and hay rides. Are you the type that likes to go to participate in all the fall festivities like apple picking, pumpkins, decorating for the fall, hay rides, baking fall goodies, etc. or do you just sit and count the days till Thanksgiving/Christmas/Hanukkah?
I LURVE all things fall with the exception of allergies and my annual run in with bronchitis. I haven't picked apples this year mostly because our CSA runneth over. Hubby, Buttons and I went for a hay ride / farm tour and picked our pumpkins Friday night and had a blast. I haven't baked any goodies yet except coconut cupcakes for Buttons' birthday party last Saturday. (She turns 3 tomorrow!) I'm planning on making some pumpkin and/or chocolate zucchini bread, though. We do have a toddler scarecrow on our front porch dressed in Buttons clothes beside our pumpkins. Yes, I love autumn. Mmmm...
Friday, October 12, 2007
The Wonderful Wallaby
I need to finish the hood, and then I'll do the kitchener stitch under the arms and hood, weave in the ends and then deal with the sleeves. Hmm, maybe her arms will grow longer than the rest of her and I can leave it as is? She was born in the year of the monkey after all.I used Rowan All Seasons Cotton using a size 7 for the seed stitch cuffs and edging and 9 for the body and I really like it. Recommended needle sizes are 6 and 8, but I'm a tight knitter so I went for gauge and they recommend ribbing instead of seed stitch, but I liked Beth's so much, I copied her. It's color 209 (Heart) , 60% cotton and 40% acrylic, washable, very soft and yet very nice to knit. My friend Marsha did get a great deal on "e-boy" and I purchased a whole bag for a song.Perhaps I'll post another picture when it's all done, but it's a bit hard to get excited by finishing a sweater for Buttons while she's still wearing shorts. Where is autumn?
Thursday, October 11, 2007
Ned & Chuck & Emerson & Olive
I'm sure I haven't done the show justice, but give it a try. A bonus for you knitters out there, Emerson goes against type as a tough P.I. when we find him in the most recent episode knitting two gun cozies and a vest. Ellen Greene from Little Shop of Horrors and Swoosie Kurtz also co-star as Chuck's eccentric aunts. Pushing Daisies airs on ABC, Wednesday, 8pm EST. (No, this is not a paid post, I'm just really geeked about this show.)
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
Tuesday, October 09, 2007
20 Years? Really?
I don't say too much about Hubby because he's pretty private, but he is a wonderful husband and father. He is thoughtful, caring, funny and loving. I'll tell you just one of my favorite things about him. When we're in the middle of a disagreement, he will often give me a hug. Not to shut me up, not to make what we're discussing unimportant, but a genuine I-love-you hug. He's a fairly quiet person, so it takes people a while to get to know him so let me just tell you he's the best. I used to say I didn't deserve him, then I said no one else could deserve him either. Now I can certainly think of ways to be a better partner to him, but I think we deserve each other. This change in thinking is not because he's changed for the worse, it's because by being with him I've changed for the better and I have more confidence in large part due to our relationship. Like I said, he's wonderful.
I've been thinking about this prose by Kahlil Gibran, which was read by my mom at our wedding and I hope you like it too.
Then Almitra spoke again and said, "And what of Marriage, master?"
And he answered saying:
You were born together, and together you shall be forevermore.
You shall be together when white wings of death scatter your days.
Aye, you shall be together even in the silent memory of God.
But let there be spaces in your togetherness,
And let the winds of the heavens dance between you.
Love one another but make not a bond of love:
Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls.
Fill each other's cup but drink not from one cup.
Give one another of your bread but eat not from the same loaf.
Sing and dance together and be joyous, but let each one of you be alone,
Even as the strings of a lute are alone though they quiver with the same music.
Give your hearts, but not into each other's keeping.
For only the hand of Life can contain your hearts.
And stand together, yet not too near together:
For the pillars of the temple stand apart,
And the oak tree and the cypress grow not in each other's shadow.
Sunday, October 07, 2007
Thank You Dishcloth Swapper!
What's really amazing Alissa? The night before your package came Buttons really wanted to do some stamping and I couldn't find a stamp pad in our house. The next day your lovely box showed up with magic stamps. Buttons sends you her thanks as well.
Blogger, couldn't I just do one more picture? No? Ok, this one will have to be continued as well to show you the lovely Halloween stuff Alissa sent.
Thank you so very much Alissa!
Labels: Dishloth Swap
Thank You Dishcloth Swapper Part 2
Alissa also sent this white chocolate skull, a very cute pad of paper and this tiny skeleton that grows 600% when placed in a large bucket of water. Happy Halloween indeed.
Thanks again Alissa.
Labels: Dishloth Swap
Saturday, October 06, 2007
Thank You Secret Pal 11!
My secret pal has been reading my blog and searching archives and apparently talking to friends and family because she really seems to know me and my tastes. She sent so much, that I have to do another post for the pictures since Blogger will only let me do 4 at a time.
To be continued...
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Thank You Secret Pal 11 Part 2!
As you can see, I'm a lucky duck to have such a great Secret Pal. Thank you so much "L"!
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Wednesday, October 03, 2007
Labels: Wordless Wednesday