Saturday, April 27, 2013

A Walk in Our Woods

:: A Walk in Our Woods ::

We live about 10 minutes from a Georgia State Park. It is a great little escape for us when we are feeling cramped in our currently small home. Whenever I start feelings crabby or grumpy I pack us up and head off for a walk. As soon as we hit the trails we all begin to feel better and refreshed. I love that a walk in the woods can clear your mind and spirit while focusing your attention on the busy natural world. State and National Parks are a real asset that are often under looked and I have become a real advocate of parks. It is something I hope to pass onto my children. We are moving back to our home state this summer and I can't wait to share all the parks of my past especially during the beautiful fall months. 

Despite Miss E's look, she really does love the outdoors.

I am not sure what this flower is but I am doing some research on it. 

Having a little fun in the observation tower

The girls with their uncle who is visiting

Miss E took this picture of me! 

Friday, April 26, 2013

This Moment

:: This Moment ::

A Friday ritual. A single photo- no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor, and remember. 

Joining Amanda of Soulemama

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Turning Four...

:: Turning Four ::

Our beautiful gal, Miss E, turned four years old yesterday. She woke up with a smile on her face because she knew it was her special day. We had our honorary breakfast with birthday candle ( a tradition my mother started with my brothers and I when we were little). It was her day so we went to the park and daddy brought a special picnic lunch. The day ended with a dinner of her choosing, gifts, and cake! She told us that it was the best birthday ever. 

On the whole, the day was busy with running about and having fun but I did have a moments when I would drift back four years ago and reminisce about the day she was born. Miss E was not an easy birth and she had to be coaxed out into the world. My husband and her daddy was deployed and it was up to my mom to support her only daughter through about 15 hours of labor. For that I am eternally grateful to my mother. It wasn't perfect with daddy being gone but no the less it was magical. Our life changed forever that day and it changed again two years later with the birth of her sister. I didn't realize it before children but when you have a child, a part of your is given away to another living being and walks out there in the world. Without knowing it, Miss E changed my life forever because becoming a mother is the best job I will ever have in my entire life. We have good days and bad days but every day is an adventure and she and her sister ( and more siblings to come). She is a shining star and I can't wait to see what the future holds for our sweet gal. 

She is playing tooth fairy with new sleepover dolls. 

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Yarn Along

:: Yarn Along ::

 Short and sweet this week. I made little to no progress on knitting because I have been devoting my extra time to sewing for my oldest gal's birthday...Today! She turns 4 years old. It is hard to believe but more about that tomorrow. I decided to rework my scarf pattern and do a seed stitch for the center section so it doesn't look like I accomplished much but I did figure out how to do the other end so I am half way there. I hope to share the pattern with everyone in the month of May. I am still working on my cozy nook blanket and it is actually coming along nicely. A bit tedious at times but I know it will be worth the work. I haven't found a hat I want to knit with the yarn above yet. I was going to knit a brioche hat but my brain just can't handle that this time. I am going to look through some books for a good pattern. I pulled my Literary Knits book off the shelf because I just love knitting and the classics. I received my copy of Persephone Biannual catalog and I think I will actually commit to buying some books. It won't come cheap since they are based in England but I am saving my pennies. Speaking of the British, I started Maisie Dobbs and already I love it. I do love all things English. My husband even told some British sailors he met through work recently that his wife loves all things English. They laughed and probably thought I was a bit nutty. Anyway, I am rambling on now...

Happy Knitting. Xo. 

Joining Ginny of Small Things

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

At the Sewing Table

:: At the Sewing Table :: 

I've been spending a lot of time at the sewing machine lately with birthdays around the corner. My sewing usually goes through spurts of highs and lows whereas knitting is a constant. Since we are moving this summer I have been thinking a lot about a house with a special little room just for sewing, crafting, and office work. Oh, how nice a bigger home will be:) But for now, we have been making due with our limited space and my husband has been graciously putting up with fabric scraps, bits of threads, and the occasional straight pin. I think after all the birthday gifts are made, I am going to finally make myself some new tops. 

Some skirts for my eldest gal. They are reversible so she gets four skirts in half the time. I had fabric leftover so I made her some hair ribbons. 

A hand drawn template for the embroidered center of a quilt I am making for picnics. 

Miss E's birthday gift, Sleepover Pals from the book Wee Wonderfuls. They are really cute and very easy to make. 

Birthday Crown

Monday, April 22, 2013

Our Weekend

:: Our Weekend ::

* Friday started with a tea party to celebrate our homeschooling week "Tt" 
* we had our usual pizza and movie night 
* the weather changed drastically from Friday to Saturday ( hot to cold)
* Saturday morning yard sale with my neighbors ( somehow I ended buying things and selling things)
* Rain, Rain, Rain
* lots of birthday sewing since this week is my oldest gal's 4th birthday 
* Potato Leek Soup and crusty bread to warm us up 
* Daddy and girls assembling a new bicycle 
( My oldest, E, was having trouble pedaling on Saturday night. Sunday morning she told us the problem was this chain on it. We had to explain it was a bicycle chain to make it work. I tried hard not to laugh but it was too funny. She is always thinking)
* Sunday morning rituals 
* Grocery shopping and plant shopping
* afternoon gardening 
* more sewing 
* early bed for all

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend!