Tuesday, November 25, 2008

A Hat for Adah

My intentions are to post once or twice a week. Not a day goes by that I don't concoct ideas of potential topics to write about. So my intentions are good, the subject matter is there.... alas, I seem to be waylayed more often than I care to admit. This week's excuse was a migraine that made all good intentions and all coherent thoughts seem like impossible dreams.

I offer this quick little post to show off the bonnet I knit for Adah this week. I found my patterns on Knitting Pattern Central, a great resource for free patterns and all sorts of knitting how-to's. The bonnet was quick and easy to stitch up but I thought it needed it a little something so I added the flower from this hat.

What I like about this hat:
It was quick to make;
used less than one skein of yarn;
has the sweet old fashioned look I was going for.

What I don't like about it:
It rides a little high in the back leaving her neck a little exposed.
Because I knit it at night after she went to bed, I wasn't able to try it on her until I was done, and it ended up being a bit small.

She is going to outgrow it about 2 weeks:).... but I do have 4 pregnant women in my life, 3 of which have confirmed girls... maybe someone will want it for their little girl?

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Our days are so full. There is always work to be done. Laundry, dishes, dinner, you know the drill. I make an effort to keep up with it all so that we have a clean, comfortable home. Not only for my sanity but also to bless Gabe who deserves to come home to a place of rest and peace, not a den of chaos.

When I get behind, and I always do, I try not to be too hard on myself. I want parenting to be the priority. Realistically, there has to be a balance between work and play, and that's the challenge everyday. I am not perfect but I make it my priority to put down the dish rag, let the folding wait, ignore the dust for a while and just have fun with my little ones. I want Elijah and Adah to remember our home as being full of love and happiness. I never want them to remember that "Mom was always busy, too busy for me."

Here are some of this week's happy excuses for letting the housework wait:

We were chatting about animal footprints and Elijah didn't quite seem to get it which led to the activity in this first set of pictures.

Adorable Adah practicing holding up her tremendous cheeks.

Here is Elijah scoping out the scene with his new "noculas", another fun craft project.

An oldie but a goodie: the egg carton ant!

And last some taken last week... we do other activities besides crafts, by the way, I just always seem to forget my camera on our outdoor adventures!

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

A day at the zoo with Mimi and Pop-pop

We took a little road trip on Saturday down to Greenville to visit my parents for the day.

We love being with Mimi and Pop pop. Elijah ADORES them, and I think the feeling is pretty mutual. It means so much to me that my children get to have this really special relationship with their grandparents. We are all so grateful for the precious bond they share.

We decided to check out the local zoo. It's a small zoo, but really quite fun. They have a nice variety of animals, certainly enough to entertain Elijah; nice landscaping, affordable price. All in all, a lovely way to spend an afternoon of Indian summer glory with the folks.

Here are a few pictures from the day.