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Middle School beginnings and more to come – Selfie Sunday

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Middle school beginnings can be so rough, but I am super happy to say the twins are handling it like champs! They have great friends and great attitudes. We’ve had some bumps that are typical at their age, but we are working through them. Every night ends with “I love you”, and every morning starts with “good morning.” So I call that a win.

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Back to School Crochet

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A round up of 7 free back to school related  crochet patterns

Can you believe school will be starting soon?! Where does the summer go? I’ve put together a collection of patterns for teacher gifts and back to school items. There should be just enough summer left to complete a few of these patterns.

Back to School free crochet pattern round up from Jessie At Home

Here are the names and links of each pattern. (more…)

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Cricut fun for school days!

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With the beginning of the school year comes lots of crafts. The most recent school craft was personalizing composition books. Both girls came home with the same assignment, so downstairs we all went to the Cricut!

We looked through the Cricut Design Space and started looking through the myriad of images available with our Cricut Access subscription. Every time the girls saw one they liked, we put it in our tray and chose a color for it.

getting-ready

Once we had looked through all the images (this took a while), we made a cut list and started cutting. The girls loved pushing the buttons! (more…)

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Teacher Gifts – It’s back to school time, are you ready?

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Oh, my, it almost time for school to start, are you ready? I’m not! At least you can check one thing off your list with this free crochet pattern round up: teacher gifts! I’ve found some fun and quick little gifts you can make for your child’s new teacher and put them all together for you here. Happy school days!

Teacher Gifts - free crochet pattern round up from Jessie At Home

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Too Cool for School Round Up

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The kiddos are back in school and suddenly we realize we weren’t as prepared as we thought we were! They “need” a pencil case that’s cooler. They want to give the new teacher a gift. The other kids have all these fun things that they don’t have!!

OK, sometimes they have to deal with a little disappointment in life, but sometimes we can up the cool factor with a few fun creations. So, here are some patterns that will allow the kiddos to bring the cool to school!

Too Cool for School Round Up from Jessie At Home

Here are the names and links of each pattern. Enjoy! (more…)

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Wednesday Round Up ~ Teacher Gifts

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Teacher Gift Crochet Pattern Round Up from Jessie At Home

The school year is drawing to a close! My girls just have 3 weeks left. With summer vacation on the way, here is a round up of crochet patterns that make great end of the year teacher gifts for your awesome teachers!! (more…)

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Kyla’s Super Power.

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Kyla has a Super Power.

This year Kyla has pull out for reading, writing and spelling. For the 2 hours that her class works on those subjects, she is in the resource room with her special teacher, Ms. S. We started calling her “Kyla’s special teacher” over the summer because we did not know which resource teacher Kyla would have.

Please know that Kyla’s struggles were not caused by her previous teachers not being good enough. Her teacher last year was amazing. I will never forget the day she said to me “Kyla has not failed, we have failed. We haven’t figured out how she learns, and that is why she is struggling, but we will figure it out.” The problem really is that Kyla doesn’t learn reading, writing and spelling in the way that most kids do. It doesn’t make sense to her that way. Her struggle is not something that a mainstream teacher would be trained to handle. She needs a special program that requires special training.

At the end of last school year, when we finally had everything in order for Kyla to get the help she needed this year, I told Kyla. I told her that in second grade she would have a special teacher for reading, writing and spelling. Kyla knew she was struggling, she knew she wasn’t at the same level as her classmates. I told her when her class was having reading, writing and spelling, she would have class with her special teacher and just a few other kids. I explained that her special teacher would know better ways to help her learn. I told her what I’ve always told her: It was not her fault that she wasn’t learning reading, writing and spelling as fast as the other kids. We knew she was trying so hard, and doing the best she could. I told her that her father and I were so, so, very proud of her for how hard she worked, and for never giving up, even though it was so hard for her. I told her that she was doing everything right, she just learns things differently than a lot of the other kids, and her special teacher would be able to teach her in the way she learns. By the time I was done, Kyla was nearly in tears and was shaking with joy. She was so excited that she was going to have a special teacher who would help her learn. (more…)

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Books, Daisies, and Girl’s Night!

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Hello! As I told you the other day, Wednesday and Thursday were the book fair days at the girl’s school.

Ready-for-the-book-fair

It was tons of fun. The kids REALLY love books.

They-Really-Want-Books!

Really LOVE books! Recess was like a scene from a zombie apocalypse movie.

We-bought-a-few-books

I came home on Thursday with just a few books.

My-book-selection

These are the books that I chose. I thought the cookbook would be fun for bonding with the girls over the summer break. There are some great looking recipes in there!! The Mo Willems book is because the girls LOVE Mo Willems, and the Curious George book is because I LOVE Curious George, and I thought that it would be good summer reading for Kyla. I grabbed the Sophia book for Kyla and the Star Wars book for Vada.

Vada's-book-selection

Of  course, when the girls came to the book fair on Thursday, they each ended up picking out a few more books they wanted. These are Vada’s choices.

Kyla's-book-selection

And here we have Kyla’s choices. After the 30% discount, and the $5.00 voucher per girl, I ended up spending about $55 on books. Not bad for all that we got. Doug and I both agree that the book fair falls into the category of “we work hard so we can do this without thought of money”. Not that we really have money to throw around, but some things are totally worth it!!

Daisy-trash-pick-up

At last night’s girl scout meeting, Lauren talked to the girls about making the world a better place. We walked around the school letting the girls find trash for Lauren to pick up. If we do this again next year we will get plastic gloves and trash bags for all the girls so that Lauren doesn’t have to run around like crazy. The girls were finding trash faster than she could pick it up. It was mostly water bottle caps. Lots of water bottle caps.

Jessica-found-some

Jessica found some!

This morning when I dropped off the girls at school Vada’s teacher said she had a very good day yesterday. Vada has been struggling with her self control. Her teacher has the same issue as I do; Vada is a sweet girl with a huge heart, but she just forgets to behave sometimes. She likes her friends, so she talks to them, even in class. She doesn’t like when she sees something she thinks is an injustice, so she tries  to fix it, sometimes causing her to get very frustrated in class. She loves to run and play so much that she loses herself to it, so she gets a little out of hand in P.E. But she is so loving, and so very smart. It’s not like she is being “bad”, she just forgets to behave.

Yesterday a friend of mine who teaches at the school told me she is one of the lunch detention teachers, and she has many visits from Vada. Whenever she does not finish her class work (because she is chatting with her friends), she has to go over to lunch detention after she finishes eating and finish her work. Then she can go to recess. My friend says she loves her little visits from Vada. I keep hoping Vada will decide she wants more time at recess, so she will finish her class work in class. *Yes, I told her teacher that she should feel free to use lunch detention with Vada if she feels it may help or is needed.

Anyway, Vada’s teacher said she had a great day yesterday. When I picked the girls up from school this afternoon, I checked with her teacher and she said that Vada had another great day today. So I decided we needed to reward her and celebrate with a girl’s “night’. (OK, more of a girl’s early evening)

Stop-one-Chevy's-for-ice-cream

We had a couple of free ice cream coupon from Chevy’s, so we stopped there first. I told them that we were just there for the 2 free ice creams, and one more I would have to pay for, for me, but they still gave us the free chips and salsa while we waited. I thought that was quite nice. We sat outside, had our chips and salsa and ice cream, and danced to the music.

Stop-two-books

Next stop was the bookstore to find some Father’s Day gifts for Doug.

hee-hee

This just amused me.

The girls decided we should have dinner at the bookstore cafe, so we had some sandwiches and got some cheesecake to go for dessert later.

girl's-night-nails

When we got home, we put in Toy Story 2, and I did the girl’s nails. Then we had some cheesecake! We had a great evening. When the girls went to bed, I tucked in Kyla first. Than I went into Vada’s room and tucked her in. She was so sweet. She really loved her day. She kept asking if she could sleep with me. So right now she is asleep in my bed. Who can say no to “You’re my best Mommy ever and I love you so much.” I look forward to some cuddles when bedtime arrives! I’ll share some yarnieness with you soon.

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Book Fair Day and some fun snaps

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Hello, did you think I had stopped writing anything but Stitchopedia entries? I know, I have been on a Stitchopedia kick, but there is so much yarn~ie goodness I want to share with you!!

Ready-for-the-book-fair

I will post the Wednesday Round Up later this evening, I just wanted to pop in and share some snaps with you. I am actually pre~writing this during my lunch break at the Elementary School where I am helping out with the book fair. I love the second book fair of the year!! The kids get a discount because it is our second book fair of the year, plus the PTO gives the percent they usually get (the PTO profit) back to the kids, giving them a total of 30% off. In addition to that, the PTO gives up to $5.00 for a summer reading book to each kid! It is so much fun to see a kid walk up with a stack of books and only have to pay a few dollars. Or even better, the kids who come with no money still get to “buy” a book. They get so happy. It is beyond adorable! I will be here today and tomorrow and they are 2 of my favorite days of the year.

I want to share a few catch up photos with you.

Vada-and-Daddy-Planting

A few weeks ago we finally got around to planting the various seedlings that the girls had brought from school and Girl Scouts.

Vada-Planting

I should say Doug and the girls got around to it. I have a brown thumb, so Doug is really the plant person around here.

Kyla-Planting

The girls are wearing the helmets because it started to sprinkle a bit, so they decided that bike helmets would make great rain hats. They are awfully silly!

Kyla-and-her-Doll

Kyla has been saving her Tooth Fairy/Easter/Valentine/whatever money, and finally decided what to spend it on. She and Doug looked online and found the Lalaloopsy Doll that she wanted. She paid for it, shipping and all, with her own money. She is so happy with it!

Vada-and-her-Train-Town

I don’t remember when this was, but Vada was very proud of her little train creation.

Yummy-chocolate-spatula

The girls love to help me bake. Of course, their favorite part is licking the spatula/beaters/bowl!

That’s it for cute kiddo snaps for now. I do, however, have one more kidless snap for you.

This-needs-to-be-garb

This is all the fabric I have lined up to make new garb for the girls for Pennsic. This pile of fabric will (soon, I hope) become a pile of little Medieval dresses.

(“what is Pennsic?” you ask. Well…”Pennsic War, a two week mock “war” in which 10,000 – 15,000 knights, maidens, and other creatively anachronistic people descend on Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania, briefly turning a local campsite into the third largest city in Butler County.” click here for more)

That’s all for now! Talk to you later, my friends.

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Student Loan Freedom!!

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That’s right! I am finally student loan free!

You see, it was my goal to be able to pay off one of our student loans with our tax return. Doug’s loan has a smaller balance owed and a lower monthly minimum payment, so the goal was to pay off mine, thus lessening our monthly bills more than if we paid off Doug’s. However, when we saw what our tax return was going to be it looked like we would have to pay off his. There just wasn’t going to be quite enough to pay mine.

Today I checked my bank balance, and the federal return had come in. So had the payments from both of my advertisers. I’m sure you’ve noticed there are a few ads on my blog and little ads at the bottom of my videos and sometimes at the beginning of them. Well, that’s how us blogger~types get paid. So, as I said, my ad payments had come in. I looked at my bank balance… I looked again… No really, the state tax return hadn’t come in yet, the balance couldn’t be right… I guess my business is finally starting to make a difference financially; there was enough (just barely) to pay off my student loan.

So here I am, with a Masters degree, and paid off student loans, and I’m not yet 40. I don’t mean to brag… Wait, yes I do… I have a Masters degree, and no student loans, and I’m not even 40 yet! Woo hoo!! (I’m kind of impressed that the Dragon knew how to spell “woo hoo”)

OK, enough about money. Here’s a cute picture for you.

Banana-phones!

Yes, they are talking on their bananas.

Banana-chat-time

Silly children! Today was “wear a shirt with a place on it” day for Dr Seuss week. AKA “Oh the Places You’ll Go” Day. Hence the matching Salem shirts. Here is a little bit more silly for you:

I’ve been short~attention~span~girl with my projects lately. Here is one I am working on. I hope to have a pattern for you next week. I am also planning a puff stitch Stitchopedia entry for next week. So this pattern will tie in with that, along with a fun necklace pattern I should be sharing soon!

puff-stitches-in-your-future

I finally got my hands on some Red Heart Reflective yarn! I would show you how it shines in the flash, except I don’t have a flash. Did I tell you what happened? My camera died of jealousy. The day I brought home the new Camcorder, my camera died. The screen went black. It acted as though it worked, but no screen. When I viewed the pictures it took, they, too, were black. So, yup, it died of jealousy. Thankfully the Camcorder does take photos (that is what I have been using since then) but there is no flash.

So, I guess I finally need to buy and new camera as well. Ugg.

I-finally-got-some-reflective-yarn

I have started a knit project as well. It is a super slouchy hat, and I think it is going to be very fun!! Once it is all done and pictures are taken I will share the pattern for free here on my blog. It’s been a while since I shared a free knit pattern, I am rather excited!

super-slouchy-hat

I have decided I need to go through the 50 plus mini movies I have stored on my laptop from the past 7 years. Most are cute little videos of the girls. I am editing them together a few at a time into not~quite~as~mini movies, then posting them on YouTube, saving them on a thumb drive, and cleaning up my hard drive. Here is the first. The videos were tagged as January 2008, but I would guess it is more like Nov/Dec 2008, as there is Christmas music in the back of the first one and the girls are walking. That would make them about 1 1/2 which seems right.

I should have the In Love With Color Throw videos up by the end of the week!!

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Trick or Treat 2013

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Hello there my friends! I have lots of Halloween photos for you, and a few other bits as well.

I have been spending lots of time in the basement, working on various patterns. Lots of color planning for some of these projects. I have a free pattern for you all with my testers right now. I plan on posting it here at the beginning of December. If you are looking for some ideas for holiday gifts, take a look through my free patterns, there are a lot of quick projects there!

Color-Planning

Last week, Vada brought this home from school. I just love her idea of what our home looks like. It makes me feel like we are doing something right!

Happy-Home

Vada finally lost her first tooth a few weeks ago! As you can see, the new one was already growing in behind it. The other front tooth is on it’s way out as well.

Toothless-Vada

So…as promised…Halloween!!

This is one of the sixth graders. She is pretty awesome!

Just-Awesome

Here we have the girls and a few of their friends. The girls decided they wanted to be their favorite princesses for Halloween this year, so Vada dressed as Cinderella, and Kyla dressed as Rapunzel. Thankfully we already had both costumes in their dress up clothes, as I was really hoping to get out of costume making this year!

Happy-Halloween-Friends

Here they are again with Jasmine and Snow White.

Princesses

Awww.

My-Princesses

Elaina went as an adorable butterfly.

Sweet-Butterfly

Isn’t Ria the cutest ladybug you have ever seen. Oh my goodness that child is so adorable I just can’t take it!!!

Adorable-Ladybug!

Here is Cinderella and her hippy teacher! The teachers at our school all choose one theme for their costumes each year, and this year hippy won out.

Vada-and-her-teacher

Here we have the grooviest gym teacher ever! I think this may be the first time I ever saw him in long pants. That crazy man wears shorts year round!

Coolest-Gym-Teacher-Ever

The way they handle Halloween here is pretty cool. It is actually a half day of school with no costumes, then the kids go home at 12:30. They are all welcome (but it does not count as part of the school day) to come back at 2:00 in costume. There is a costume parade around the school, and then everyone goes home.

Costume-Parade

The girls loved being in the parade! Kyla was waving like a maniac.

Waving-to-Mommy

She had to be sure to wave to all of her subjects.

Waving-at-her-subjects

The beautiful butterfly was happy to see me and my camera!

Butterfly!!

Vada loves holding her skirt, just like a princess!

Cinderella

Kyla and Vada love Fred the cross guard! They said he was scary, but they still love him.

Princesses-and-thier-crossing-guard

On Monday Vada was extra cool with her fashion sense.

little-cuties

I thought they needed some warrior hair, so I had some braid~ie fun!

warrior-hair

Tuesday was election day, so the girls had no school. After we voted, the girls and I went to the grocery store. I finally remembered batteries for their Leap Frog lap tops. They were very happy to finally be able to play with them again!

playing-with-leapfrog-laptops

At one point, they decided to switch. Rather than trading lap tops, they got up and changed seats. It was kind of cute!

switch!

I’ll share some yarnie, crafty photos soon.

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Daisy chaos and camera news

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Last night was our first Daisy meeting of the year. Upon turning in our room request schedule for the meetings at the school, we discovered that the policies had changed and we needed 40 days notice to request a room. Oops, we were a little late for the first meeting. We managed to get the cafeteria for all our other meetings, but we could not use the school at all for the first. So, I volunteered my house; after all, that is one of the reasons I wanted to buy a house to begin with. My house growing up was always open to all, it was nice.

So last night we had the meeting here. Between the excitement of the first meeting of the year, having a new member, not being at the school,  being at my house, and the lighting storm out the windows ~ it was a bit chaotic. I think it felt more like a play date or party to the girls, then a meeting. We did at least get a little done. We talked about what the girls liked the most last year, and wanted this year. We danced to some fun Daisy/Girl Scout songs. We learned a new song to sing, and how to sing in rounds. We had a great chat with the girls about respect, and what they think respect means. So, even through the chaos, I think we did OK.

Year-two-Daisies

The rest of the meetings will be back in the school cafeteria, as I mentioned before, so it should be much calmer once things are back to normal with our meeting space.

I made the girls some blue net hair ruffles (I used this pattern, but only gathered 4 net spaces in each st, and made it go all the way around the band.) I made them with 3 different yarns, you can see 2 in the photo below, the third was the most popular, so there are none left.

Daisy-chaos

Have I told you that I lost my camera about a month back? It was quite sad. I have no clue what happened to it. Thankfully my wonderful friend Elizabeth let me borrow one of hers for a bit. Isn’t it pretty? I fell in love!!! I want one of my own just like it, but it is not in the budget at this time.

Camera-from-Elizabeth

I started looking for a replacement for my old camera. Basically the end goal is to have 2 or 3 cameras. The first like my lost one, a good point and shoot digital camera that also takes videos. This would be our family/every day camera. The second would be one like what Elizabeth lent me. It takes much better pictures, and snaps the photo the moment you hit the button (no lag time so you actually get the shot you want) and takes close ups that are just breath~taking; yet is still not too big so it can be taken out and about with me to yarn days, knit and crochet shows, kiddie recitals, and the like. The last would be the super~duper~fancy~pants kind that will make my pattern photos as impressive as the patterns themselves (hear that, it’s me tooting my own horn ;^P). I think eventually I will even get a decent video camera as well, because, boy do I have plans for you!!

So, one at a time, right? Just as I was about to purchase camera number one, my awesome friend Laura let me know she was sending me her old family/every day camera, as she had others and did not use this one any more. Yesterday it arrived.

New-to-me-camera-from-Laura

It may look a little bit beat up, but…books…covers…you know how that goes! So this morning I gave it a test run. The first test was taking the snap of the camera that Elizabeth had lent me. I do really love that camera, but I need to be able to take videos as well…

Testing-stitch-definition-photos

Next I gave some close ups a shot. I needed to see how the stitch definition would look for my pattern process photos. I think it did rather well, don’t you.

Testing-close-up-photos

Last I added in some bright and traditionally non~camera friendly colors. Still doing good. I am quite pleased. It was a relief to not have to buy a camera right now, as Doug has started year 4 of teaching in Paterson with no contact and a pay freeze, so money is still VERY tight. We are finding ways to get through, though we hope something will change soon.

Well, that’s all the news I have for you right now. Have a nice weekend, my friends!

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Crochet Faster!

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My mother is here visiting! Those of you who have been reading my blog for a while may remember that my mother works for DoDEA (Department of Defense Education Activity); basically, she teaches the children of enlisted personel and other personel on military bases around the world. Currently, she is stationed in Germany. This means my parents only make it back to the States over the summer, and I only get to see them for a short amount of that time. My mom arrived here on Wednesday, and my dad will be here on Tuesday, they will both be leaving the following Sunday (the 5th).  The girls and I have been having so much fun with their Grammy, that I keep forgetting to take photos. But I did get one of Grammy reading to them.

Grammy-and-the-girls-2013

Then Kyla realized what was happening, and started hamming it up for the camera.

Kyla-making-faces-713

I will try to take more photos for the rest of the visit.

In the meantime, I want to share one of my mother’s favorite stories with you. It happened my first year of undergrad. I was majoring in Costume Design at the Theater School at DePaul University in Chicago. The winter break there was from just before Thanksgiving to just after New Year. However, there was always a play that ran the first half of December. So, if you were part of that cast or crew, you lost most of your winter break. I was wardrobe crew for that show my first year. So I had tons of free time in the dorm for the couple of weeks when the show was running.

I decided a great way to pass the time would be to crochet a chevron blanket for my Godfather. The cast and crew would tease me all the time about crocheting in the dorm common room, on the bus, backstage. They called me Grandma. It was done in a good natured way, the way friends of that age make fun of each other for nearly any reason.

The theatre itself was a few miles from the University, in downtown Chicago. So there was a bus ~ the Blue Bus ~ that took us to the theatre for each show. One day we were all gathered in the parking lot, on a cold, snowy, cold, very cold, Chicago winter afternoon, waiting for the Blue Bus. The bus was late. We were cold. I took my 3/4 finished chevron blanket out of my bag and several of the cast and crew huddled underneath it for warmth. I worked on making it bigger. Before I knew it, they were all chanting “crochet faster, crochet faster” and we were all laughing.

The bus eventually showed up. I don’t remember how late it was, but we were out there, using my unfinished blanket for warmth, for quite some time. We did manage to start the show on time that evening though, and no one got frost bite.

None of them ever made fun of my crocheting again.

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Kindergarten Graduation!

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I have a back log of photos to share with you. I am  doing my best to intersperse them with current and crafty posts. This evening, I have some fun photos of kindergarten graduation for you! I did my best to pare down the pictures, there were about 40 of them, and I managed to get it down to 17 photos and one video. Can you spot the photo where Vada is checking out her belly button? I swear, those girls are a hoot!

Thankfully they were both in the front row, sometimes it pays to be short like Mommy!

So, here you are, fun photos of the littles at kindergarten graduation.

(oh, and is it just me, or does seeing the back of a piano in the corner of an audotorium bring back elementary memories for everyone?)

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Vada-walks-up-kindergarten-graduation-June-2013
front-row-both-ends-kindergarten-graduation-June-2013
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Kyla-kindergarten-graduation-June-2013
cool-kids-kindergarten-graduation-June-2013
Vada-checks-out-her-belly-button-kindergarten-graduation-June-2013

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Vada's-deploma-kindergarten-graduation-June-2013
Vada-with-deploma-kindergarten-graduation-June-2013
Kyla's-deploma-kindergarten-graduation-June-2013
Kyla-with-deploma-kindergarten-graduation-June-2013
Kyla's-done-kindergarten-graduation-June-2013
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look-what-we-did-kindergarten-graduation-June-2013
Happy-girls-kindergarten-graduation-June-2013

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Ready for Summer Break!

| Crochet, Family, Flower, Nature, School

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Well, yesterday I promised you lots of pictures, so here they are!

A couple weeks ago I helped out with the book fair at school. I finally remembered to bring my camera and take a snap of this quote on the gym wall that I just love. Good advice for kids (and adults as well.)

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For 2 days the gym was full of books and kids, it was fun.

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 I had this little beginning of a granny~something~or~other laying about, and it ended up in Kyla’s hair the other day. She loved it.

pretty-granny-star-hair

Last Sunday while I was at my yarn group, Doug and the girls worked on unpacking some of the boxes that have been sitting upstairs for a year. They had so much fun playing with their “new” toys.

Vada-Rex

Vada was a silly dinosaur.

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Sometimes dinos get a little too silly and fall down.

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So this is what happens when I tell Kyla to comb her hair. Ugg.

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We had our last Daisy Girl Scout meeting of the school year the week before last. We had a pizza, cookie, and coloring party.

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These girls really love to color.

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Look at them, all focused on their creations. Aren’t they just adorable!?

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Eventually the last meeting had to end. I look forward to a full year of meetings next year, with lots of advanced planning, and fun extras added in!

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Oh, so Vada bought a glow in the dark pointer along with a book at the book fair. Here she is with Daddy checking to be sure it really glows in the dark.

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Kyla asked me to knit her a dress for her birthday. She doesn’t really distinguish between knit and crochet, so I crocheted her a dress, as it is quicker.

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I just kind of made it up as I went, so no pattern. However, I may make a skirt pattern based off of this, because I love how the skirt bit works.

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Here is a closer look at some of the front. I promise cute photos of it being worn in a month after the girls’ birthday.

closer-Kyla's-improve-dress

On Saturday there was much cleaning over here. Doug did a lot of yard work. I did some yard work, and inside stuff as well.

Yard-work

I asked Kyla if she wanted to help me pick flowers for the table, and she showed me the bush that she and Vada decorated.

Kyla-and-the-decorated-bush

She was so proud of the pretty little bush they made!

They-decorated-a-bush

Eventually we picked some more flowers for the table. Kyla hammed it up when I went to take snaps.

Kyla-and-the-flowers

I really like using these little bottles for flowers. I have tons of them, and they do have a purpose planned in the future. However, for now just a few are little flower vases!

Flower-Trio

After we put our little arrangements together, we went back outside and Kyla found a dark purple flower hiding under a bush. I have no idea how it even got enough light to grow, but there it was, where no one would ever see it. So Kyla picked it for the table!

Look-it's-purple

I love her little fingers covered in dirt from helping with the yard work.

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Here we go, with its friends!

New-Flower-Trio

Later on Saturday we went to the “climbing” playground. There are so many playgrounds around here that we have given them all special names so we know which one we are talking about.

There are usually not any other kids at this one, as it is tucked in behind the parks and rec building. I think it probably gets the most use when there is a game on the soccer field that is back there as well.

You may remember pictures of this playground from a few years ago when we were at the Halloween party at the Parks and Rec building.

Lots-of-place-to-climb

During a water break, we saw a triceratops in the sky. See it’s frill? Pretty cool!

Triceratops Cloud

That’s all for now. I have some pattern writing to do, and dinner to make. Have a nice week!

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Family Fun Night and other silliness

| Crochet, Family, Knit, School, Star Wars

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Well hello there my blogland friends! I hope you had a splendid weekend. I have some pretty snaps of the last few days to share with you!

happy-pretty-fruit-bowl

Everything looked so good at the produce store last week, I got very camera happy when I got home. I just noticed one of those plums looks a bit off in the photo. It must just be the water on it and a trick of the light, as they were all very great!

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The cherries, however, ended up having a lot more mushy specks then I would have liked, but oh well.

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Vada was very happy about the grapes. Both of the girls love them, but Vada did a little happy dance when she got home from school and saw them on the table.

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Friday evening was Family Fun Night at the school. They had an inflated slide.

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There was also a bouncy obstacle course. The kids got to go two at a time and race.

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Vada won this one.

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There were lots of fun things to do. Including face painting. Yes, the girls decided Friday was another Star Wars day. Some mornings are very amusing when the girls pop out of their room with their outfits on. I have seriously debated listening at the door to hear the conversations that happen when they are picking out their clothes. I don’t, though. I like that they have little things just for the two of them, and choosing their outfits together is one of those things.

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Kyla asked to be a princess. Are you surprised?

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Vada wanted a rainbow.

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The girls found a nice patch of dirt to sit upon at dinner time. I’m not sure why I found it so amusing that with all the grass around, they managed to find a dirt patch.

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There was also a free photo booth that popped out two sets of photos with each session. The poses were great. I love when they give themselves bunny ears!

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Here’s a close up of the last 3 snaps.

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Kyla was feeling especially silly on Saturday.

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The wall seemed like a good spot for TV watching.

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I love my little odd balls.

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Sunday’s street fair was another bust. At least the girls had a great time, and we got some colorful kettle corn!

Washer-and-dryer-working-away

Today I have been doing some house cleaning. Lots of laundry to be done. Always lots of laundry to be done.

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I have started playing around with ideas for my next crochet pattern.

my-Angela-almost-ready-for-photos

The Angela shrug is almost ready to be released! I am just about done with making one for myself, I have been using this one to get better process photos for the pattern. Once it is done I just need to get a few good snaps of the finished shrug, and then add in some of the various finished photos from my testers to the pattern. Then it will be all ready for you to make your own!

Have a great week!

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Cute Fix

| Family, Friends, Holidays, School, Video

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I thought I would take it upon myself to provide you with your “cute fix” for this evening. Possibly even enough for a whole week, or more. I may be biased, but there is some awfully cute stuff coming up!

Kyla-with-a-balloon-on-her-hat-string

Over the girl’s break, after going to the laundromat  we took a trip to the grocery store. The one that gives free balloons to kiddies. I clipped Kyla’s to her hat tie. She was very amused.

Kyla-Princess-Dress

The other day, Kyla made herself a dress out of her blanket.

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There was much dancing…

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…and bowing.

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Sometimes the girls just want to be in pictures!

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‘Cuz they are a bit crazy.

Arent-They-Cute

OK a lot crazy.

Looking-at-Wolfie

Over the break Vada and Doug worked together on her little report on wolves. The day she gave the report she brought Daddy’s wolfie with her.

Grrrrr

She’s showing off her “I’m the boss” face.

Ready-for-school

It makes me so happy that Kyla loves her skirt I made her for Christmas! I have yet to release this pattern. I think I may see if I can find one or two testers for the adult sizes, and then release it.

See-my-skirt-twirl!

She sure does love to spin!!!

Investiture

Last week, the Daisies had their Investiture Ceremony, when they “officially” become Girl Scouts. It was lots of fun!

After investiture

I’ve been playing with the photo tricks so I’m not posting photos of other people’s kids all over my blog. Here are the girls after the ceremony.

Ready-for-the-parade

On Saturday, we were in the St Patrick’s Day Parade with the Daisies.

St-Paddys-parade

It actually snowed a bit. My, oh, my.

Post-Parade-Rest

The parade was fun, but tiring!

Let me leave you with a few cute videos.

First we have Vada telling you everything she knows about wolves.

Here is Kyla imitating some rather mixed up animals.

And lastly, Kyla’s Spidergirl story.

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February Break

| Crochet, Holidays, Knit, School

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I’ve never understood why some school !have February breaks. It’s too cold to go out, and it means that spring break has to be moved later so it doesn’t coincide with Easter. Plus it makes the school year end even later. Oh well, we have it, so we will make the best of it! The girls had quite a crazy day on Thursday. They came home with so much candy, and we still had left overs from Christmas!

so-much-candy

Then in the evening we had a Daisy meeting. The girls got their tunics, and at the next meeting we will have the investiture ceremony, when they officially become Girl Scouts. Pretty cool. On Thursday they earned their first “fun patch.” It was a Valentine’s patch. We made fun heart garlands that we will also use to decorate for the ceremony. We also worked on the first petal patch for “Vi” the violet. She represents helping a (fellow Girl Scout) sister out. The girls all made drawing representing what they want to be when they grow up to help out a young lady who is working on earning her Gold Award. The GS Gold Award is equivalent to the Boy Scout Eagle Award. It was a very busy and fun meeting!

Daisy-goodies-and-first-fun-patch

On another note, we had our first appliance death of home ownership. The washing machine had stopped spinning, so I called in PSE&G. PSE&G is the electric & gas company around here. They have a “worry free house” plan where home owners can sign up for service plans for their appliances. I signed up our washer, dryer, oven/stove, fridge, boiler and water heater. I didn’t add in the dishwasher, as it has an even better plan through Sears.

So the repairman showed up on Wednesday. The plan really covers nearly everything, but it turns out it does not cover washing machine transmissions. Did you know washing machines have transmissions? I didn’t. Well ours is kaput. The machine has been deemed dead. Thankfully my SIL has an extra machine at her old house, and she will be able to pick it up at the end of the month. So just  few more weeks of laundry matting, and then we will have a working washing machine again.

Star-Fruit

Here’s a non sequitur for you (I’m good at those!) It was too pretty, so I had to toss it in. The grocery store had some yummy~looking star fruit, so I bought a couple. It’s almost as fun to look at as it is too eat. Almost.

Lots-O-dotted-headbands

Anyway, I have been hooking away over here. And knitting away as well. I’ve made quite a few of the Dotted Headbands for craft fairs. I’m working on a pattern for one made out of squares as well.

making-Max-hats-and-Tigger-coffee

Lots of coffee has been happening over here. The girls say that coffee smells like mommy. Whatever it takes to keep me going. I need to get more income going, so I need to get more patterns and craft fair items made.

Still-rewriting-the-adult-Kat-coat-pattern

Speaking of patterns, the adult Kat coat is making me dizzy. To be honest, I am writing this post a way of taking a break from yet~another re~write. The underarm increases are giving me a hard time. It’s much easier to write patterns with a smaller size range. This pattern ranges from XS to 5X, so getting it all to work nicely is a little crazy~making. I think this rewrite is going to be the one!

sad-Vada-cuddling

The girls are both recovering from a cold/virus. It seems like they are always recovering from a cold/virus. I did bring them into the pediatrician last week, just to be safe. She told me what I was already rather sure was the case, they just are picking up a lot of germs because this is their first year of school. I had hoped all the playground time and library story times would expose them to enough germs that this wouldn’t happen, but I guess not. Vada cuddled up with Daddy to feel better.

Hugging-T-rex

Kyla had another method. “Mommy, I gonna hug T~Rex until I feel happy.”

Well, I should get back to the needles and math. Have a great week!

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This, that, cupid and cleaning

| Crafts, Crochet, Organizing, School, Tea

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I ran across this image the other day. I had to snag it. After all, it is so much the story of my life. Yet for some reason, my home looks nothing like Wonderland…

Alice-we-are-all-mad-here

This past Sunday was one of my Fiber Arts days at InsaniTea. While there I had to take a snap of the back of Travis’s laptop. It just always makes me giggle, it has so much personality. (more…)

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Catching up

| Baking, Costume, Family, Medieval, Recipe, School

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With all the blog moving and pattern posting, I have a bit of a backlog of cute little girl photos for you!

So without further ado, here is a bit of  the past couple weeks in our home.

Kyla wanted a “Mommy necklace” so I tossed one together from a chain I had that wasn’t long enough for an adult version. It made her very happy.

Kyla's-Mommy-Necklace

Sometimes Kyla has issues with smaller buttons. So Vada helps out. (more…)

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