Today

Today I’m…

Drinking lots of water.

Planning a trip to Tuscanny.  Five nights in the country with my sister and her family.

Listening to a lot of quiet with the occasional neighborhood chicken making herself known.  (And looking forward to add our own girls soon.)

Counting my fruit and veggie intake as I’ve been seriously lacking of late.

Anticipating the end of Jack’s basketball season.  He loves it but last night I was reminded how enjoyable a week night evening when we’re all home with no where to go.  It seems about time for a break.

Reading “Quitter” by Jon Acuff.  So much good stuff to think about when considering following your dreams.

Wondering if tomorrow’s the day these flowers make their appearance.  I’m thinking they are daffodils but part of the fun in having a new yard is delightful surprises.

Wishing for a do-over of this morning and planning to start fresh after school.

Needing to clean up the kitchen and start afternoon/dinner prep.

Feeling thankful.

Today

Today I'm…

Drinking lots of water.

Planning a trip to Tuscanny.  Five nights in the country with my sister and her family.

Listening to a lot of quiet with the occasional neighborhood chicken making herself known.  (And looking forward to add our own girls soon.)

Counting my fruit and veggie intake as I've been seriously lacking of late.

Anticipating the end of Jack's basketball season.  He loves it but last night I was reminded how enjoyable a week night evening when we're all home with no where to go.  It seems about time for a break.

Reading "Quitter" by Jon Acuff.  So much good stuff to think about when considering following your dreams.

Wondering if tomorrow's the day these flowers make their appearance.  I'm thinking they are daffodils but part of the fun in having a new yard is delightful surprises.

Wishing for a do-over of this morning and planning to start fresh after school. Needing to clean up the kitchen and start afternoon/dinner prep.

Feeling thankful.

On knitting

Over three years ago, my sister, Susan and her family made their first visit to Ft. Collins.  Susan and I were able to get away for a few hours (as I recall it was Valentine’s Day) to explore Old Town.  We both had wanted to learn to knit and thus made our way to a local yarn shop.  With zero knowledge we each bough needles and yarn determined to produce something.  That evening, after a family dinner, the guys headed off to the movies while Susan and I settled in with YouTube determined to learn to knit.  (Yes, it was Valentine’s Day, you can tell none of us care since we spent approximately zero time with our spouses.)

Fast forward three years.  I started and restarted my scarf several times.  (Note to self, a scarf is a crappy first project for those with immediate gratification problems.)  Susan started and restarted and now doesn’t remember the stitches.

All of this to say, life happens.  And knitting is a challenge.

But, I found my way back.  The project that brought me back was actually not knitting related at all.  It was Interwoven another wonderful collabaration from the women of 3191 (along with Quince & Co.).  I first saw this project mentioned on their blog while we were still in the states and ordered it to be waiting for me when we arrived.  I fell hard and immediately ordered yarn.

That’s when my shift from half-hearted knitter to lover of yarn began.  The yarn I bought was good quality yarn but it didn’t feel like this.  I made a few necklaces and then picked up the knitting needles again once we were unpacked.  I finally got it (thanks to lots of practice and buying the book “Stitch and Bitch.”

As of this weekend, I’ve finished four hats and learned to purl.

I’ll be honest they aren’t perfect due to my approximations of the pattern (my needles are a bit smaller than what the pattern called for though I tried to account for that) and apparently very tight knitting style but I really like them and am so proud to have finished them. I’m even dreaming of a sweater.  (I better start now in order to finish by 2015.)

I’ve ordered more needles, have yarn on hand and am ready to start another one.  I also ordered a few crochet hooks in hopes of making some Granny Squares.

The best part of all of this, is that these four hats are headed to Craft Hope Project 16.  And that is something that makes me very happy.

{One reason I think it took me so long to fall in love with knitting is that the first project I started (and restarted) was a scarf using relatively small needles and thin yarn.  Let’s just say that as one who likes to quick progress, that was a bad combo.}

On knitting

Over three years ago, my sister, Susan and her family made their first visit to Ft. Collins.  Susan and I were able to get away for a few hours (as I recall it was Valentine's Day) to explore Old Town.  We both had wanted to learn to knit and thus made our way to a local yarn shop.  With zero knowledge we each bought needles and yarn determined to produce something.  That evening, after a family dinner, the guys headed off to the movies while Susan and I settled in with YouTube determined to learn to knit.  (Yes, it was Valentine's Day, you can tell none of us care since we spent approximately zero time with our spouses.)

Fast forward three years.  I have started and restarted my scarf several times.  (Note to self, a scarf is a crappy first project for those with instant gratification problems.)  Susan started and restarted and now doesn't remember the stitches.

All of this to say, life happens.  

And knitting is a challenge.

But, I found my way back.  

The project that brought me back was actually not knitting related at all.  It was Interwoven another wonderful collabaration from the women of 3191 (along with Quince & Co.).  I first saw this project mentioned on their blog while we were still in the states and ordered it to be waiting for me when we arrived.  I fell hard and immediately ordered yarn. That's when my shift from half-hearted knitter to lover of yarn began.  The yarn I bought was good quality yarn but it didn't feel like this.  I made a few necklaces and then picked up the knitting needles again once we were unpacked.  I finally got it (thanks to lots of practice and buying the book "Stitch and Bitch").

As of this weekend, I've finished four hats and learned to purl. I'll be honest they aren't perfect due to my approximations of the pattern (my needles are a bit smaller than what the pattern called for though I tried to account for that) and apparently very tight knitting style but I really like them and am so proud to have finished them. I'm even dreaming of a sweater.  (I better start now in order to finish by 2015.) I've ordered more needles, have yarn on hand and am ready to start another one.  I also ordered a few crochet hooks in hopes of making some Granny Squares.

The best part of all of this, is that these four hats are headed to Craft Hope Project 16.  And that is something that makes me very happy.

One year

A year ago today, our family was celebrating (and adjusting to) the return of our  guy from Iraq.  While he had deployed many times while we dated, this was the first true deployment in our 12 year marriage.

I can’t even believe that it’s been a year and I had absolutely no idea 365 day ago what was to come but I’m thankful.

He’s home.  We’re together.  We’re safe.

I only pray it were true for all of our military.

While I try to refrain from political/military comments, would you pray or send good thoughts to our military members away from their families today.  Regardless of how you feel politically, it is hard for them and those that love them.  These men and women need our love regardless of our politics.

Wishing you peace this weekend.

*Here’s a glimpse at what I was thinking last year just before he came home.

One year

A year ago today, our family was celebrating (and adjusting to) the return of our  guy from Iraq. 

 

While he had deployed many times while we dated, this was the first true deployment in our 12 year marriage. I can't even believe that it's been a year and I had absolutely no idea 365 day ago what was to come but I'm thankful.

He's home.  

We're together.  

We're safe.

I only pray it were true for all of our military. While I try to refrain from political/military comments, would you pray or send good thoughts to our military members away from their families today.  Regardless of how you feel politically, it is hard for them and those that love them.  These men and women need our love regardless of our politics.

Wishing you peace this weekend.

*Here's a glimpse at what I was thinking last year just before he came home.

Around the house

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It’s a beautiful day here.  Nearly 65 degrees.  The windows are open and I’m not only enjoying the fresh air but also the sounds of birds chirping and kids playing.  I’m wanting to be in this space more regularly but the words just aren’t coming.  The pictures haven’t been either so I decided to just pick up my camera and walk around the house shooting whatever catches my eye.  

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I finally learned how to purl.  I feel like a proper knitter now.  Maybe soon I’ll take the leap from hats to something bigger.  A sweater perhaps?  With my pace, I really should start now and it might be ready come next winter.  

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The laundry.  It. never. ends.  

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Someone forgot to make her bed before school.  I love the bright colors and piles of blankets.  A girl after my own heart.

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The boys’ room was totally dark except for this bit of light.  He made this crown at school last week in preparation for Carnivale.

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It felt good to pick up the camera and show up here.  That has to count for something.