Sunday, September 02, 2012

First scary mom moment

This is another very late post. Riley and Jake have swim lessons during the summer thanks to my mother. They have so much fun and we feel so blessed because we cannot afford them.

This summer we had a not so fun moment. I was standing outside the girl's locker room trying to hurry Riley up and I turn around to go find Jake being rushed into the office by a lifeguard with blood all over his head and face.

Let me tell you how not so great that feels as a mother. Not so great being the understatement of the year. I didn't scream or freak out or cry. I did say "what happened!" What this crazy kid did was try to do what he calls a "peanut roll" off the side of the pool. It is very similar to this video which he does on our trampoline. Obviously a 7 year old doesn't get that a trampoline and a SIDE OF A CONCRETE POOL are very different things. Boys and Girls this is why you DO NOT flip off the side of the pool. The top of his head hit the side and split open. Of course when blood hits water it looks much worse and head wounds bleed like nobody's business.

The pool staff was amazing. They acted quickly and discretely as is possible with a pool area full of people. They assessed Jake and decided it was a good idea to call 911. This is where the crazy I didn't know I had it in me mommy calm kicked in. Jake was crying uncontrollably. Here I am calm as ever kneeling down to his level in a calm voice I didn't know I had trying to reassure him everything was okay.

The staff took him out the back door of the office and opened the side gate for the fire truck instead of the main entrance. The fire men checked him out, bandaged him up and told us to drive to the ER for staples.

Don't forget that I have two other children. Thankfully Riley is old enough to keep an eye on Hannah. I had her do this on a grassy area away from view. When I went to pull the van around to the back I walked over to Riley and said, "Now don't freak out. There is a lot of blood but Jake is fine." The fire men did not clean him up so he still had half of his face now covered in dry blood. Riley comes around the corner and yells "OH MY GOD!" I thought I told her to not freak out?

Thankfully my mother was able to meet us at the ER and take the girls. Jake was cleaned up, numbed, and given 5 staples. Our local ER just had a renovation. The new setup is much more efficient and cuts your time in the ER down considerably.I think we were in and out within and hour and a half.

As proud as I am for not freaking out and staying calm I will be okay never going through that again.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Swatching for a new design

I have had this one in my head for quite some time. I finally started knitting swatches last night and the design process is on its way! I am hoping to have a rough draft of the pattern in a week or so and will need some test knitters.

Tuesday, August 07, 2012

10 Years

On July 20th Paul and I celebrated our 10 year wedding anniversary. After months of discussion on what we should do we decided on a nice and cheap local date. Dozens of nice restaurants were discussed but in the end we decided we didn't want to spend hundreds of dollars on a meal. What mattered more was being together and reflecting on that day and our 10 years together.

We were married on what was possibly the nicest day of the summer. There were barely any clouds, the sun shone all day and it was nice and warm. Perfect weather for the outdoor reception we had planned.

The weather on our anniversary was not as perfect as our wedding day but nice enough for a picnic at the spot where Paul proposed. We grabbed delicious panini at Husky Deli in West Seattle a bag of chips and drinks and headed to what we call "our bench". It was so nice to have a quiet date and just be. After our dinner we went back to Husky Deli for ice cream and walked around The Junction then we headed back to Burien for a few beers at Elliott Bay Brewery.

Daily I am still amazed that this man wanted to marry me. I am beyond blessed.

Monday, July 30, 2012

Multitude Cowl

My second pattern is in the books and up for sale in my Etsy shop. It is such a neat process to see something in your minds eye come to life and in person in your hands. This cowl came out exactly as I pictured.

This cowl can be worn many ways with the placement of the button holes and the buttons at one end. I like that it can be adjusted to be tighter to the neck depending on the weather. Riley has now claimed the orange cowl photographed for herself so I will have to make one of my own.

Now I just have to knit up the half dozen or so other ideas I have in my notebook!

Friday, July 20, 2012

New yarn in the shop!

I have been spending the better part of the past week dying and winding yarn. In between my regular duties as a mother and homemaker. Which explains why it took me a week to do what it would normally take someone a day for the same task. Granted waiting for yarn to dry was included in that week span.

When I was going through my shop inventory I came across more than a handful of items that were not listed and some yarn that had never been dyed. I discovered that a number of these were cone ends or skeins that had breaks. This was a good motivator to start a sale section. Hopefully these lonely skeins of yarn will soon find a new home.

This new base is a gorgeous single ply merino.

Here are a few of my favorites. It is amazingly soft and I love how it took the color.




Friday, July 06, 2012

Bridging and Embroidery

Riley is involved in Girl Scouts. Her and I have had a lot of fun over the past two years with her troop. In June she bridged from a Brownie to a Junior. It was a small sort of hokey ceremony but still seemed so important to me and I had to take pictures. They have the girls walk across the stage or "bridge" and are presented with a certificate from the next oldest girl to bridge. For a year she will be the only Junior in the group. I was worried that she would get bored with younger girls. She is hitting an age where being with younger kids might not interest her but she seems to still be okay with this. It might be because she has two younger siblings and this is normal for her. There are a few badges she can earn helping younger members and she is excited to organize a meeting to do this. I was never a Girl Scout so I am eating this all up!

Lately Riley has been embroidering as much as she can. I know I am her mother so I am biased but she appears to have a real knack for it. She is in love with giraffes and we printed out a few more images for her to do. When she finishes this picture I was going to show her a few different stitches to do for the next project.

Monday, July 02, 2012

Fairy Homes

A few weeks ago I helped the kids build fairy homes. This was such a fun and magical activity that continues each day. They went through their room finding items to put in the homes to attract fairies.

We went around the yard looking for moss and plants to put in the pots. We were so lucky and found some great bark pieces in the log pile.

Riley picked out some items from her Polly Pocket bin.

Jake and I made sculpy items because Riley had all girly things and he wanted to attract a boy fairy.

Thank you Pinterest for this great idea!