We very rarely are ready for school with a minute or two to spare -- at least, for Ellie and Lynnie. They are usually being hurried out of the door to get to school on time. So when there was enough time to ride bikes, I had to take a picture.
Tuesday, May 9, 2017
Monday, May 8, 2017
Sunday, May 7, 2017
Saturday, May 6, 2017
Friday, May 5, 2017
Thursday, May 4, 2017
Wednesday, May 3, 2017
Tuesday, May 2, 2017
Grandma is pretty sneaky sometimes. She arranged to take Lynlee out for lunch for some "bonding time." When it came time to go, Lynlee freaked out and insisted I come along on their date. Fine by me, but then Grandma's motivations came out. She was trying to sneak Lynlee to Charles Liu to buy a new violin! We still got the violin, but I wouldn't let Grandma pay for it. Silly (and extremely nice) Grandma!
Monday, May 1, 2017
Eliana is a very conscientious student, but sometimes deadlines get away from her/us. Like needing to collect 10 different rocks for a science project, which she frantically did at 7:30 a.m.
As a side note, our backyard view is changing. The two empty lots behind the Ericksons and us are getting houses. We can still see the mountains, and it will be fun to get new neighbors. Win win!
Sunday, April 30, 2017
Saturday, April 29, 2017
Friday, April 28, 2017
Sarah wanted a Draco Malfoy figure, so I used the pattern for Ron and adapted the colors. His hair stood out a little more in person, even though it looks like it's the same color as his skin in the picture.
Thursday, April 27, 2017
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Amber's second crochet pick was Luna Lovegood. I love how she turned out! I found a pattern on etsy for Harry, Ron, and Hermione, and I just adapted the colors to make it Luna.
pattern purchased on etsy: https://www.etsy.com/listing/123106867/harry-potter-and-pals-doll-crochet?ref=shop_home_active_24
Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Do you ever do this? Put off a simple task and deal with the annoyance, thinking it's not that big of a deal (and it's not), but once it's fixed you realize how easy it was to deal with the annoyance? For example, the bottom rack of our dishwasher has 8 of these rolling wheels. One fell off and got melted on the heat coils and had to be thrown away. Another one had the clip break and I had to kind of wiggle it on the rack every time I rolled it in and out. And then another wheel got melted, and another one broke. I had to lift up the rack and set it in and out (no more wheeling!). Really, not a big deal, just an annoyance. Until David was here to pick up his kids and saw me doing dishes and doing the lifting thing, and he said, "you can buy new wheels, you know." He even went and picked them up for us (nicest brother-in-law ever!). Once it was all fixed, I kind of laughed at how hard doing dishes had been, compared to when the equipment worked correctly. There must be a good analogy in there some where...
Monday, April 24, 2017
Sunday, April 23, 2017
Our Primary has a jar with all of the childrens' names written on popsicle sticks. When they need a helper, they pick a stick and call on the child. Every time Lynlee's name is chosen, she politely refuses to help. Until today. She went up front and held a picture for the entire song. Great job, Lynlee!
Saturday, April 22, 2017
The other half of my present for baby Lucy was this darling Elephant Lovey. Big sister Olivia told me that the nursery was going to be pink and gray, and that they liked elephants, so I went on a Pinterest hunt to find a good pattern. I combined two patterns and I love how it turned out. I used a baby yarn and it is so soft and touchable.
The head is from this free pattern: https://www.willowyarns.com/text/pattern_downloads/W00144.pdf and the chevron blanket is from this free pattern (with some extra rows so that it was a little longer): http://hooksandheels.net/2015/03/chevron-elephant-lovey.html
Friday, April 21, 2017
Thursday, April 20, 2017
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
I made these darling baby booties for our friends, the Perkins, who are about to have a miracle baby. It may have been my favorite project ever! They are so soft and sweet, and they worked up so quickly. I don't know if they were useful as a shoe or not (I never had much luck with baby shoes doing more than looking pretty in a picture). But they are totally worth it, even if it is just for a photo op.
The free pattern can be found here: http://www.hopefulhoney.com/2016/01/fairy-blossom-baby-booties-free-crochet.htm
Monday, April 17, 2017
After making the giant sock monkey, I halfheartedly worked on the 2nd monkey with lighter weight yarn. It eventually got to the point where the baby I was making it for was about to turn 1, and I knew it was now or never to get it done. This version turned out super cute, but not as much smaller as I expected. I used a 2.5 hook and Caron Simply Soft yarn. The baby's nursery colors are navy blue and mustard yellow, but there was no good yellow in the Caron line at JoAnn's. I substituted the orange instead. I also sewed more carefully, so the mouth has a cleaner line.
pattern found at http://www.craftpassion.com/monkey-amigurumi/2/
Sunday, April 16, 2017
Saturday, April 15, 2017
Friday, April 14, 2017
We had the craziest wind storm last night. Lots of neighbors lost fences, and windows & windshields were blowing out in cars. The Jensens gate blew off its hinges and smashed their truck window; the Monsons basketball hoop blew down and shattered their windshield. We felt extremely lucky and blessed that the only damage at our house was our mailbox blowing off and landing in the front yard. It still had the mail from the previous day inside.