Sunday, December 05, 2010

Sorry Cougs. :(

Last night was Apple Cup. Too bad my Cougs lost. I got a nice sweatshirt though! Oh and a great new haircut that I love.

I was comparing this picture to the previous picture I took and it does confirm what definitely feels like super low baby.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

First Snow

On Monday we had our first snow of the season. I would say in total our neighborhood got around 3 inches. I know it doesn't sound like much to people who are used to snow in winter but a few inches can shut the Seattle area down. Monday was my dad's birthday and it took the poor man 5 hours to get home. Thankfully he gets off of work at 2:30 and still came home in time to enjoy Paul's chicken and tortellini with cream sauce.



Yesterday we took the kids sledding. I am a bit slower than everyone else and due to my current condition I was sadly banned from sledding and put on picture duty. Paul said he could take the kids himself but I figured I could use the walk and the entertainment. Plus the sledding trip didn't last long with temperatures in the 20s and the wind chill. Riley also scraped her chin on the last ride down. She was pretty upset but I told her it really isn't a good sledding trip unless you get at least one scrape. Maybe she will appreciate my motherly wisdom later in life.



There is a big grassy park with a soft ball field about three blocks from our house. It is perfect for sledding because it is set down from the main street level which leaves lots of options open for where to sled. The park was really busy but we didn't have to wait for other people at all. We just chose our spot on one of the hills and the kids did their thing. Here Paul is walking back towards home after sledding down the hill for the last time. I walked along the street and had to snap a few pictures of them. I love how you can see Mount Rainier from here. I had to crop the picture and set it as my desktop background.



Speaking of views... this is the view I have when I look down. Hannah is steadily growing and I am very much looking forward to her arrival. I have hit the very uncomfortable last month of pregnancy. I notice that I feel better when I am not sitting down on the couch. I would much rather be standing or tailor sitting on the floor. My yoga ball has come in handy.

I am officially "full term" or 37 weeks on December 11th. While I don't predict labor to start early as both of my children were born one and two weeks late I would really LOVE for Hannah to decide otherwise.

Monday, November 08, 2010

Smiling!

I had Jake take a picture of me today at 32 weeks and 2 days pregnant. I smiled! However, I didn't take into account that when you have a 5 year old take your picture there is often a blur factor.

Aside from my face being puffier than when this pregnancy started I am really happy with how I look. At my last appointment a few weeks ago I had only gained 15 pounds total. With my last two pregnancies it was a very unhealthy 50 and 70 pounds. It is amazing how much better I feel compared to the other two times. Granted I am more fatigued. Maybe that is due to being older or because my children are older I have more time to feel fatigued? I don't notice that other parts of my body are getting "fatter" like last time. I could tell that I personally was gaining weight not just the pregnancy. My pants got tighter in the legs and rear and the arms of my shirts were tighter as well. That has not happened at all. If anything the legs of my pants feel looser. It will be interesting to see what I weigh when Hannah is born.

Being pregnant is definitely THE MOST amazing experience of my entire life and I feel so blessed to have been able to carry three children. Knowing that this is our last pregnancy and baby might make it more special. I try to just cherish every single moment, every single kick. I am sure my family is getting tired of me calling them over to feel the baby kick every day!

One thing I haven't really talked much about is my grandmother's health. Last year she was diagnosed with a rapid growing lung cancer and promptly had chemo treatment. She was healthy enough to attend my brother's wedding last fall which was such a blessing and just before New Years we were told the chemo worked and that the lump in her lung was gone. AMEN! Unfortunately her cancer came back in some lymph nodes in her chest and this round of chemo really wiped her out and did not work at all. Her cancer has now also spread into her back and the bones in her femur and hip. Her doctor had said he doesn't think continuing chemo to prolong her life is the best choice because it will probably end up being the thing that kills her if she does continue. So his focus now is her pain management and keeping her quality of life up for as long as that ends up being. Maybe one of the reasons I am cherishing this pregnancy so much is that with death there comes life. Our family is preparing to lose our matriarch yet there is new life coming as well.



Last week when I was visiting with my grandmother after her appointment she wanted to let me know that she wants me to have all of her yarn and knitting items. At that time my head was reeling from all of the information I had just received and I was trying to hold back tears as it was so I just told her not to worry about what to give me that it didn't matter. I have been told since then that when people do know their time is near it helps to know things will be in order. After reflecting on her planned gift for me I feel so incredibly fortunate. My grandmother is a very talented knitter and has on many occasion told me what a natural talent I have for this craft. Being able to knit with the needles that her hands held while she made her knit items will matter. Using the yarn that she chose because she loved it will matter. The fact that she cares enough to want ME to have all of her knitting DOES matter.

Thursday, November 04, 2010

Halloween Fun



We had a really low key Halloween this year mostly due to the pregnancy. Normally we meet up with friends and go with a large group of parents and children and trick or treat until our children are exhausted. Well, due to my expanding belly and lack of room for lungs we decided to just stick around our own neighborhood. Oh and it was a school night. We told the kids when their buckets filled up we were done. However, since mommy loves chocolate I stashed a pillow case in my coat pocket just in case we could talk daddy into just a bit more time. It worked!



My son who is so sensitive when it comes to anything remotely scary HAD to be this werewolf. My husband and I didn't influence his decision at all. I even suggested a few other costumes which he quickly turned down. I am proud of him for choosing something which a child his age might be too scared to wear. I think he took a big step in growing up and learning what is real and what is fake and overcoming a fear.

Riley who had just gone to the zoo the day before we bought their costumes wanted to be a zookeeper. Unfortunately when you go to the costume store two days before Halloween most of the sizes are sold. Thus, the only zookeeper costume was in toddler size. However, Indiana Jones dresses like a zookeeper AND he carries a whip! The monkey is courtesy of uncle Keith and his gift to Riley from his Honeymoon.

I decided to go as the uncomfortable 7 month pregnant woman. :)

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Getting back to knitting

My finger is still not healed. I am not sure exactly how you heal a pinkie finger that has been horribly sprained. I guess just baby it? I have been trying and in between the pain I knit a sweater for Hannah. The yarn is madelinetosh Pashmina. YES pricy for a baby sweater but OH SO NICE to knit with!



I am so fortunate to have a vintage button stash near by at my mother's house as well. She has more than enough buttons passed down from my great grandmother to last a few lifetimes.

The hat was finished a while ago but I just have not gotten around to taking any pictures of it. I knit it before I found out if we were having a boy or a girl out of excess yarn I had. Then I added the flower later. I think this will be the coming home hat.

The coming home! I am getting so antsy for Hannah's birth day! I am just about 31 weeks and I forgot how agonizing the last few months of a pregnancy can be for someone who STILL peeks at Christmas gifts.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Pumpkin Patch



Last weekend we took the kids on a trip to a local pumpkin patch. It was a smaller farm but there was free admission and our kids didn't even notice there wasn't a tractor or hay ride. They did have a bunch of antique and newer farm machinery and trucks that the kids were more than welcome to climb and play on. We were only there a short time before it started pouring down rain but with two little kids running around from animal pen to animal pen a pumpkin patch visit can go very fast. Plus they were excited to get home and carve their pumpkins.



Notice the pumpkin guts on the wall that I got to scrub off.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Another Step Into Motherhood



Last night I attended an informational meeting for Girl Scouts of Western Washington. Riley was so excited to tell me about this meeting that she could hardly contain herself when I picked her up from school last week. She was shoving the paper in my face as I was trying to exit the school parking lot. I was never a girl scout. I remember asking when I was Riley's age but for some reason I was not able to join. Probably scheduling conflicts with my parent's work schedules or something. How can I say no? She is so excited and we have yet to put her in a sport or other group due to our own work conflicts. Now that I am an official stay at home mother I have the time to have this opportunity with my daughter and what a perfect way to get her involved in something.

Boy Scouts starts in the spring and Jake has already informed Paul that he is joining.

Monday, October 18, 2010

The Grandpa Chair

I used to have a nemesis living in my home. After much nagging and crazy talk about taking it in the back yard and setting it aflame it is FINALLY GONE! We had the world's cheapest, crappiest, most uncomfortable, ugly couch. I thought of taking photographs of this dreaded creature but I am too embarrassed that it actually lived with us for so long. It was more of a dog bed in the end than a couch. When it met it's end at the dump the cushions were torn up as well as the arms and it stunk! Not to mention that our house is just too small for two large couches. It was the best $30 we have ever spent!

For some crazy reason my husband thought it was comfortable. I prefer the couch I sit on where the cushions don't slide off when you sit down and the fabric is actually worth something and does not rip under the slightest pressure. No wonder the previous owner was giving it away! Oh! Plus I can shampoo the couch I am sitting on without staining it! You are really wishing I took pictures of the ugly couch now aren't you?

My husband has been wanting a recliner for some time. I think every man needs a recliner of some sort. Due to the baby coming and saving money for the birth and other events next year we were not able to run out and get a brand new chair. So we headed to the Goodwill. There is a rather large Goodwill in Seattle and I remembered they had nice selection of furniture the last time I was there. My husband sat in every recliner they had and they either did not lay back far enough or the reclining motion seemed too worn out. I spotted our purchase right when we walked up to the chairs. I loved it from the moment I saw it. I thought it is perfect for our old grandma house. It is small, compact, yet looks comfortable and I bet it would rock a baby to sleep like a dream. "What about this one honey?" He loved it! He said it was the most comfortable and fit all of his recliner criteria. What I love most about it is that the dogs don't fit comfortably on it so they stay off of it! Even better it had a $15 price tag. Meet the newest member of our furniture family. The Grandpa Chair.
Please ignore the lack of window sill and the needed paint around the new window. It is on my list of things to do before baby gets here. ;)

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Summer Reading or Lack Thereof

Remember the stack of books I was going to get through this summer? It did not happen. I just was not feeling the reading vibe. I finished one book! ONE BOOK! To Kill a Mockingbird.

I had heard great things about this book. It was a good book but not the best book I have ever read. I can see why it is chosen as class assignments but I have read better. Although I am glad I can now say that I have read the book. I hate that there are so many classics that I have not read.

I am a few pages into The Catcher in the Rye and it looks pretty interesting so far. I have been a few pages into this book since August. I just can't get into reading. I love reading. What is wrong with me? Oh that's right. I am nesting. Like a mad woman. It all started when we pulled the baby clothes down from the attic. All 18 boxes of them. So I had to sort through them, get rid of the boy clothes and decide which girl clothes I wanted to keep. Then I needed to clear a space for them. Well the space I needed was holding my yarn so I needed to clean out our closet so the yarn could have a new place to live. Then of course I needed to clean off the top of Paul's dresser to store the diapers and have a changing area. Everything just spiraled from that project. Now I have done the hall closet, the linen closet, a very cluttered dining room and bins of junk that have just been sitting in random spots of our home. I have filled up our entry way 4 times now with items we no longer need and have removed them from our house. IT FEELS SO GOOD!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

No Knitting

I hurt my hand. Being the klutziest person in the entire universe is really catching up with me. Last Friday I tripped... on my pants... and fell. However, if just tripping on my pants and falling at 24 weeks pregnant wasn't enough I had to hit my right hand on the TV on my way down. I basically punched the edge of the TV set. We have a large big screen TV that is about 7 years old. So it isn't a light weight skinny thing. It is bulky and is not forgiving.

My pinky finger and that side of my hand bruised and swelled right away as well as hurt. The HURT! OMG! I have had two children but this really hurt. THE best part of this whole situation was that I was also stuck at home. My husband mistakingly took my keys with him in his pocket to work. He felt horribly but it was an honest mistake. After a few hours I got in touch with my mom and my dad watched the kids while my mom took me to the ER. Our local hospital just finished renovating their ER and I have to say the change is amazing! What used to take 4+ hours took just over 1.

I was diagnosed with a boxers sprain as there was no break. Otherwise it would have been a boxers fracture. Funny. Almost a week later I still have swelling and deep bruises. Knitting hurts. I am still piggy back taping it to my ring finger because movement is still pretty painful as well.

I am hoping next week I will feel better. Organizing and nesting is now occupying my time.

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

First Day of School

We marked off another mile stone in the parent memory book. Jake had his first day of school... ever! He started Kindergarten today and loved it so much that he got upset when we came to pick him up and said he did not want to go home yet. I don't really blame him. He has an amazing teacher and he was only there for two and a half hours which really doesn't seem long enough at all. Every other Friday he will be going for 5 hours so it evens out.

Riley also had her first day of second grade. She said they did "all the fun stuff" today. Her teacher seems very nice and I am sure we will be pleased. Riley also has some of her good friends from the past few years in her class as well. She was excited and said she couldn't wait to go back tomorrow. The challenge now is to make sure they love school this much when they are 13.

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Our First Rodeo


As a birthday present our very good friends took us to the Ellensburg Rodeo. It was a blast! Us city kids had such a good time. The seats were right up front across from the gates so we got the best possible experience. The kids keep asking when we will go again. They have also been telling everyone they meet about the Rodeo. Thankfully my camera has sports action shooting so I got some decent shots.


The pure athleticism of rider and animal amaze me.


This picture is getting framed and put in the kids' room.


The reason why there is so much pink being worn is because it was "Not Too Tough To Wear Pink" Day. I loved seeing all the rough and tough cowboys sporting their pink and really still looking very tough.


Again we had so much fun. We will definitely be taking the kids back again. Even though we live in Western Washington and Ellensburg is over the mountains it really is only two hours away. That is not much of a drive for the day we had and the experience I got to see on my children's faces.

Friday, August 20, 2010

No Internet

This is my first mobile post. Our internet is down and I have sadly realized how addicted I really am. This has given me more time for knitting and nesting though. I finished another sweater for the baby out of yarn that I dyed myself. I will try to figure out hpw to post the picture from my phone. We named the baby! Her first and middle name are Hannah Dean. Paul and I have loved the name Hannah every pregnancy and Dean is one of Paul`s middle names. I love that now she is even more of a real person. Riley makes sure she says good morning and good night to Hannah each day. In summer reading news it has not gone as fast as I predicted. I have just finished To Kill A Mockingbird. It was decent but honestly I have read better. All in all though I am glad I checked it off my to read list. Now i am onto The Catcher in the Rye which my dad said he loved. Okay back to nesting.

Sunday, August 08, 2010

A First

I finished my first knit for our baby on the way. I bought the yarn for this sweater literally days after I took a positive pregnancy test. Finding a pattern was a little troublesome as I wanted something incredibly cute but it had to be non gender specific. You may ask, "Well why not wait until you know the sex of the baby?" Then I would say, "You obviously don't know me very well I have a hard time waiting for anything when I am excited."

All in all I am very happy with this sweater. It is cute and would look cute on a baby girl or boy. As for finding out the sex of the baby I find out next week. I can't wait!

Friday, July 16, 2010

Big Number 5

Yesterday my youngest turned the big 5. I can't believe that 5 years ago I was in the hospital with my rather large overdue newborn baby. He is everything this mom could ask for and more. I love you Jacob!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Beauty in your backyard

Well I wish this was my backyard but it is pretty damn close. This beach park is literally a two minute drive from my home. I took the kids there today for about 4 hours and they played in a few salt water pools while I basked in the sun and worked on my New York Times crosswords. I love the Northwest.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Seven!

Yesterday we celebrated Riley's seventh birthday. I know I say it every year but I can't believe she is now seven!

We had a lazy day at home after I drug the kids along to a doctor appointment. Riley helped me make and decorate her cake. We played in the pool in the afternoon and when daddy FINALLY got home at 2:30 (long time for a seven year old) she got to open her present.

Riley also got to choose her favorite dinner for me to cook her and she chose chicken noodle soup from the can. Wow! Did I get off easy or what?

Thursday, July 08, 2010

Fun in the sun!

Finally summer has hit Seattle! We went from temperatures in the 60s last week to temperatures in the 90s this week. I am keeping cool with the A/C in the window and strategically placing myself around the house to avoid the heat during the day and stay safe. Although I might head outside for a bit to read a book and soak up some rays. It was so bright this morning that I was wide awake at 6am which is VERY unusual for me.

Yesterday Paul set up the pool for Jake while Riley was at a sleepover. Jake said he was going to just hang out like a mommy and he did. He spent about an hour just lazing around on his air filled doughnut.



The extreme heat is supposed to continue through tomorrow then we will return to a normal summer in the Northwest. I am not complaining. After the depressing spring and early summer we had I am going to safely enjoy the weather.

Monday, July 05, 2010

Summer Reading

Today is the official start to my summer home with the kids. We have plans of playing in the wading pool, park days and hopefully some fun in the sun. With that comes lots of reading for me. Here is the stack of books I have planned to read this summer. Too ambitious? I am a fairly fast reader, especially if I find a book I really love.



These aren't in order of how I plan to read them. I just thought they looked best stacked this way. My first book which I started today is To Kill a Mockingbird. I have never read it! I know that is very shocking. Isn't every high school student required to read this book? I think Harry Potter might be second since it is the biggest. I haven't read any of the other books but I am kind of dying to find out what happens in the end before the movie comes out. Then again will it ruin the movie for me?

The other books I have heard are good and Catcher in the Rye is another classic I have never read and my dad said he really liked it.

Let's see if I can accomplish my task shall we?

Sunday, July 04, 2010

Happy 4th!

It has been a pretty lazy day here. Normally we would head to the lake property but with all the recent driving we just did I wanted to stay home and sleep in my own bed. We decided to hit the local 4th of July parade. Due to the weather we didn't have to get there too early and we got a decent spot.

The kids had fun and collected a good few handfuls each of candy.

Here is the rain coming in. For the last 10 minutes or so of the parade we did get misted on. I was really hoping to have a fire in the back yard with sparklers and smores but I think that plan is dashed!

On this day don't forget to thank the veterans who served our country. Also all of our brave service people who serve now. :)

Friday, July 02, 2010

And I am back!

With my first trimester down I am hoping for more energy and hopefully less times running to the bathroom. We just got back from a great trip to Disneyland. The kids had a blast even though we did run them to the ground. I also got to spend my 32nd birthday in the most magical place on earth. I did have to sit out on a few rides but still had a great time. We drove down which took the better part of two days. Having a DVD player and a DS for each child was definitely a God send. Surprisingly I didn't knit much at all. I brought a sweater that could have been finished but my NY Times crossword puzzle book kept me less bored. A few days before we left for vacation I got to see our growing baby again. Everything looks very good. The baby has a healthy spine, two arms and legs hands and feet. Mid August we will go in for another ultrasound and hopefully find out if we are expecting a girl or a boy. I could care less of course but I do like finding out.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Baby's First Picture

We got to see our very very small little life for the first time last week. I have my first official appointment on Tuesday. Then we will get to actually hear the heartbeat! Then I can talk to the doctor about all of the headaches, dizziness and how I have been constantly feeling out of breath.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Baby Stripes

I finished up the Green Zebra Baby Sweater last weekend. It was gifted to a friend who is expecting her first next month.



I love knitting... knitting for boys unfortunately bores me. THANKFULLY there was this pattern.

I have a hard time choosing baby patterns for boys. On one hand you do want something that is cute for a baby. However, not too cute where it becomes feminine. The great thing about this sweater is just by changing the color it could be incredibly girly yet now it works well for a boy. Although these colors would work for a girl too wouldn't they?

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Oh what a fan will do...

Last night I waited at Third Place Books for 5 hours to get my book signed by The Pioneer Woman - Ree Drummond. WOW! I have honestly never done anything like this before. When I was 12 I got a picture signed by Mario Lopez and Tiffany Amber Thiessen but my brother cut us into line.

Thankfully I didn't actually stand in a line for the entire 5 hours. I would have died! The system was set up very well. You were assigned a letter and they called the letter groups which were 50 people each. I was group J and when I got there it was group C. Holy Cow! This is where bringing a New York Times crossword puzzle book, knitting, and a cell phone to text friends comes in very handy.

I was lucky enough to find a nice group of women who traveled from Prosser and sat with them the majority of the time chatting about Ree, house values, home improvement, WSU, casinos, and eastern Washington vs. western Washington. There was a food court and a big band playing on a stage.

Just before 11 pm I got to meet Ree. She was still very alert considering she had been meeting total strangers and signing her signature for almost 6 hours. She was/is very nice. Took a few moments to get to know me as much as she could and STILL took a nice picture. Her cookbook is wonderful. I love the photographs and the easy instructions. You must get one!

Friday, April 02, 2010

New this week

I have a few more colors to share. These are posted in my shop. I have a handful of other colors to post but my arms are tired.

Grounded


Burgundy


Iris


I also worked on a few new stitch markers.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Whale Watching...



There have been some grey whales in the Puget Sound so on Sunday we ventured to the water in the hopes of seeing them. No luck but we did have fun.