Friday, November 29, 2013

Our Thanksgiving.

I only took a few pictures of Thankgiving, but we had a good time.  All of our families were safe on the roads, and the weather wasn't as cold as I feared.  Evelyn and her cousin Egan can now not only be in the same room together, but are now somewhat friends based on their mutual love of cars and trains.  Egan brought his whole train set to the house, and they played so much I got to eat most of my meal by myself.  We did a lot of visiting and eating, and Cody and Evelyn took three-hour naps while I knitted (and ultimately unraveled the crap I was knitting, but oh well).

Here are some pictures.

Oh hello, this is a very Southern salad.


Cousins.  He was trying to push her on this antique scooter thing and they kind of kept falling.  No big deal.

To have dads who look nothing alike, they're oddly cloney.

Best picture I got all day. Trust me.

She loves this shirt.  I'll probably keep putting it on her.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

So close and yet so far away

Forget the Beyond Puepernium pattern.  I cast on the regular ol' Puepernium with worsted weight yarn and Size 6 needles and I had a worthy sweater for my toddler.  My very skinny toddler.  After adding a few increase rows and some extra repeats in the body of the sweater.  It was intended to be for a newborn, but my gauge swatch lied to me again.

I started adding yellow stripes when I realized my gray wasn't going to last.

Which is also why I just did a few rows of garter stitch in yellow for the sleeves.  This is going to look adorable over a long-sleeved t-shirt.

I just have to sew on buttons.  Like, 8 of them.  Stitching won't wiggle that much in garter stitch, will it? (Yes, I know it will.) 

It's going to look adorable with a long-sleeved t-shirt.  It's going to look adorable with a long-sleeved t-shirt.  It's going to look adorable with a long-sleeved t-shirt.......

Monday, November 25, 2013

I have measured my life out in items on a to-do list.

Evelyn is with my parents and I have used this free evening to write 2.5 posts, edit another one, and list 4 items on eBay.  I am crocheting a dishcloth.  I will assemble 3-5 dishcloths and tie them up with a ribbon so they'll look pretty when part of my family goes to visit Grandmother for Thanksgiving.  I am told they will eat meatloaf.

We're spending Thanksgiving with Cody's side of the family this year, which means Evelyn will take a nap at a relatively decent hour. Maybe.

I'll be free to make things.  Or more accurately, set up the tree. And the wreath.  And put away the frozen plants in the dried out pots.

But I still kind of want to knit myself some mittens. 

I would ask you to pray for Cody's job interview tomorrow, but he's annoying me with his trying to sound clever by making dumb observations about crochet pattern abbreviations.  My Benadryl has kicked in for the evening and I'm just being honest here.  Time to finish up this guy:

Saturday, November 23, 2013

A Saturday naptime post.

We had waffles for breakfast.  I went to the yarn store.  I listed clothes on ebay.  After 2 hours of diapers and jumping and chattering, Evelyn went down for a nap.

I turned off the ceiling fan in our bedroom and died of shame.  Then came back to clean it and leave the windows open to let some of the dust escape.  I think we turned it off once or twice when we first moved in, and then didn't bother.  But it's slightly chilly in our room, and I thought we should start turning it off during the day.

We still haven't turned on our heat.  We might this weekend, though.  As twitchy as I feel when I think about the fact that we live in between apartments on our left, right, above, and below, I also feel good about how much we save in heating costs every winter.  We're always toasty.

It's my aunt's birthday today!  Yay for Aunt Ginger!

I think I'm going to crochet a cowl, because that's just what I do.  It will be a nice way to keep my hands busy while I talk at knitting group, and talking at knitting group is a nice way for me to be entertained when I'm working on a slightly mundane project.  Thank God for that group.

I finished my socks!  They look like this!

I wrote all about it here!

I washed them this morning, and even threw them in the dryer in the hopes that it would shrink them down a bit.  I think it might have helped.  It doesn't matter.  I would wear them if they were Cody's size.  I love them so much!

Evelyn's very preoccupied with nests and caves.  Sometimes she just chills out with a blanket over her head.  Sometimes she hangs out in a fort.

This is what it means when she's in a nest.

Goober.  My own child is a bit of a goober and there's no other word for it.

She's also an artist.  She made this at library time this week!

Nobody tell her this turkey is wasted.

I'm told her dad helped her a little, but maybe he just wants some of that artistic spotlight.  The girl's quite crafty, and I think we're going to glue some more buttons to things and call it a craft once she wakes up.  I better get ready!

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Presenting my daughter with positive role models.

Tonight, Evelyn's bedtime-stalling tactic was to run around in circles exclaiming "I love Ms. Frizzle!  I love Ms. Frizzle!"

Me too, kid.

She's been reading the books for forever, and then her Gil found the series on DVD.  So now that's all we watch sometimes.  Frankly, Cody and I enjoy it just as much as she does most of the time. I get really excited about my kid being interested in learning and bold fashion.  May you always look fabulous while exploring the world around you.

I don't know how to handle her apparent desire to have a chameleon sidekick, though.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

I turn 31 a month from today

Jen: Oh wow.  Have my boobs always looked like this?
Cody: Um.  No.  I assume I was supposed to be honest?
Jen: Oh [redacted].
Cody: That shirt's not very flattering.
Jen: I'm going to wear bras all the time.  I was wearing a tank top and was all comfortable and felt good about myself.  Wow.
Cody: Maybe just, like....
Jen: Oh man. 
Cody: It's fine.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

So this is happening.

I'm trying socks again.  It's almost time to work that heel flap and I'm actually pretty excited. 

Turning heels, working gussets, more knitting terms I don't quite understand!

I just want some stripey socks that I got to knit for myself.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Making space in wild disarray

Our balcony is looking a little rundown.

I honestly don't mind.  It may be our last chance to have growing things around for a long time, and sometimes things bloom out here.

I know we can count on marigolds to outlast even a couple mild frosts, and their oranges and reds match the maple tree near our bedroom window. 

Things are a bit of a mess around here.  We're still catching up from a few weekends away from home, and I'm just now getting to some of that switch-around-your-seasonal-clothing stuff.  I'm getting rid of things we don't wear, and trying to find things in Evelyn's closet that are still long enough for her (ha!).  I'm also pulling out maternity clothes, and selling them on eBay.  Not everything, but there are a few shirts I wouldn't be thrilled to see again and they're not helping me any by taking up space in the closet.  Actually, I pulled out one sweater and started wearing it.  It's warm and long, and I like sweaters this year.

I live with a two-year-old.  She has a lot of stuff, and she plays with all of it.  We don't even rotate her toys.  I just bag up things and stash them away, never to be seen again.  She plays with the same things over and over, and we occasionally add new things to the mix.  I'm realizing I'm the same way with books and yarn.  There are certain items, or at last types of items, that I want and use up and enjoy.  And some things sit around and if we're being honest here (and that's what I'm shooting for here these days), I don't want to use them.  So some things must go, so we can make space for what's here and what's to come.

The balcony can enjoy its elegant November decay a bit longer, though.

Monday, November 11, 2013

A day out

We went out to Mom and Dad's on Saturday to help them with some bigger projects they on their list--which means Cody did some heavy lifting, and I took care of little jobs here and there.  Evelyn pushed around an old dump truck, pretended to drive things, and talked to animals.

Also, Mom wanted to make a craft with Evelyn because they hadn't gotten around to it the last couple of visits.  I tied strings around 4 pine cones and Mom rolled them in peanut butter while Evelyn scooped and dumped bird seed over the kitchen counter.

I only took pictures of when Dad went to hang them up.

Oh, and by the way: after more than 2 years of hiding from her, Murphy decided he loves this little lamb and he's been guarding her pretty closely for the past few months.  It seemed worth mentioning.  He follows her around, and even when he's not sticking close, he knows where she is.  She's delighted with the attention.

Murphy approves of this venture.

As does Evelyn.

Mom was pretty happy that they did 'a craft' (that's what Evelyn keeps calling them), and they'll get to watch birds feed from a living room window. They only made 4 little pine cone bird feeders for now, but I'm hoping they enjoy trying this out some more later in the year.

I also hope they keep wearing scarves like they're cool matching ladies or something for the rest of the season.  Evelyn had a great time pushing Levi's old dump truck, and exploring, and playing.  Cody felt useful and was pleasantly surprised that he wasn't completely worn out at the end of the day.  And I enjoyed being out where there was plenty of space.  I helped a little with cleaning out little hutch where the chickens sleep. I swept the porch near the bunny pen.  I gathered up trash.  And I got to prune dead plants in the garden and stack them in piles for Dad and Cody to carry away.

That's the ultimate dream for a results-obsessed person like me.  I went to work, and the area looked different. I helped Mom feel prepared for the changing seasons.  It was glorious.  Later, I got Dad to hang a wreath on the wall.  I also recommended throwing up all the framed photos onto a wall without measuring or arranging them out beforehand, but Mom took that as seriously as she does my recommendations to burn the house down in a nice, cleansing fire by way of seasonal cleaning and decluttering.

Bonus: we had meatloaf for lunch.  Spectacular.

Update: Dad took some pictures of us crafting on Saturday, and sent them out to siblings.  Laine emailed these two to me.  Thanks!

Sunday, November 10, 2013

A beautiful outdoor fall wedding

I can't believe I never talked about this!  Cody's cousin Lainey got married last month in their grandmother's yard.  It was a beautiful warm day filled with family and friends and dancing and food.  I didn't take a lot of pictures, but this is what I have.

Congratulations again, Lainey and Nathan!  It was a wonderful time!  Evelyn was very impressed with the cupcakes.