Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Project # 13

Project # 13:

                                    Three Crocheted Hats

Teresa Hat

Ski Cap
(Fits anywhere from about a year to my size head!)

Ski Cap and Booties (about 4-15 mos size)

Sorry about the picture that's sideways.  I tried to get it right, reuploaded it and all, but it just doesn't want to cooperate and I'm not in the mood to fuss anymore.  (If you've got great recognition skills, you can see the movie Young Victoria by the couch.  Great flick!!)

I've decided to rename some of my hats.  I'm naming them for the girls.  Since all of the sales I make go directly toward the adoption, I felt like it was appropriate.  I'll share the Maricela tomorrow and the Ana later on. 

As far as these three being a group, here's my reasoning.  I made the bottom set first because the purple brought out some purple in the grey yarn that I thought was pretty.  Then I thought that I'd make a Teresa hat with the purple and used all that up.  I had just enough of the grey homespun left to make a ski cap and line it with a little green end.  So I got three hats out of two ends!  I have to admit, I'm pretty thrilled to be using up stash.  It's starting to show!!

Ok, 13 down, 17 to go!!

Monday, April 26, 2010

A bit of an update

First, thanks to you who shared your thoughts with me on Arizona's "immigration reform".  I personally am very upset about the whole thing, I think it's targeting Latinos (obviously) and trying to turn the police force into the Gestapo.  If I was an Arizona voter, I'd be pissed.  I highly doubt that the crime rate is so low that the police have time to search out illegal immigrants and send them home.  And don't even get me started about the part where those "with" immigrants can be arrested as well.  That makes me wonder about how the school system will work...not to mention those professions already discussed in the article (medical and clergy).  If I was a MLB player, I would rally to get spring training moved from Peoria.  I know it's for a short time every year, but it boosts the Arizona economy and I think the players should unite against the racism of this law. 

I realize that the above isn't very eloquent, but give me a break.  I've been sick for the past week and just feeling good enough to rant a little bit is a huge accomplishment. 

OK, in other news...


Saturday I felt great, but tired easily.  Yesterday was the first day I really felt 'normal'.  I'm a little nervous about going to the gym and seeing just how out of it I am, but that's life. 

I lost about 5 lbs in 2 days.  I was pretty stoked.  But I've added a couple pounds back on.  It's fine.  I realize that losing weight by starving myself (only because I couldn't bear to look at any food) isn't the way to do it.  I'll get it back off soon.  I feel confident in my ability to get the last bit off.

Tate's developing a love of flip flops.  He wore them to church yesterday and was so excited.  He showed them to everyone.

Theo can get up and down the stairs all by himself.  He's been going up since we moved in to the house in November, but just recently began sliding down the stairs on his tummy by himself.  I'm not ready to take the gates down yet, but getting close. 

Mark should know the specifics of the Korea project in the next couple of weeks. 

Well, that's about it for now.  I did finish a project last night, so I'll post on that soon.

Take care, friends.  Thanks for staying with me through the drought.

Peace and love,

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

That's what (s)he said

I think this is a great article worth reading and discussing.

So, do me a favor.  Go.  Read it.  Stat.  And let me know what you think.  Even if you completely disagree, I want to hear it (via email is fine, too).

Peace and love,

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

A Rough Couple of Days

We had a great weekend!

Seriously, it was epic.

We went with some friends and hiked Multnomah Falls and did a loop around some other falls for a total of 5 1/2 miles.  The boys were rock stars.  It was so fun. 

Sunday we made it to church and then had friends over for dinner.  Also so much fun.

Then came Monday.

Oh Monday, why do you hate us so?

The boys had a rough day getting it "together", so to speak.  And I was exhausted. 

Then I was up all night with an upset stomach that quickly morphed into the flu.  I am taking a break from laying in bed, tossing and turning because I'm tired of being there. 

Here's hoping that tomorrow is better...

Peace and love,

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Tate Quote

Setting: 3:30 am, my bedroom. 

Tate: (crying) MOM!  I had a bad dream!
Me: Oh no!  I'm sorry buddy!  Can you tell me about it?
Tate:  Yes.  It was blue. 


We're I'm planning a garage sale!  My first ever!  It's been so nice to clean out clutter.  And I'm finally getting rid of baby clothes.  Yes, it's official.  We're done with pregnancy.  It's actually been official for a year now, but I'm just now getting rid of clothes.  It's time. 

Also, could you keep praying for our house to sell?  We're kind of discouraged, but we know God's got it taken care of.  In my Beth Moore study this week she said something to the tune of "God can turn the tables for you.  He loves doing it.  But in order for him to turn the tables in your favor, first the tables have to be set against you."  That really hit home with me.  With the adoption stuff, house stuff, all of it-the tables are set against us, but God in his mighty power and perfect timing will turn them around.  We just have to sit tight for a while and let him do his thang, ya know?

Time to call it a night.

Peace and love,

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Opening Day 2010

We love baseball.

Especially Mariner's baseball. 

In fact, Opening Day has become our third favorite holiday!!

Here are some shots from this year, our fourth year in a row celebrating together at the park!

Family Pics at the Glove, we do it every year (at the bottom are 2008 and 2009)a

My mom and brother joined us for the fun

Turns out the boys don't like fireworks...

Or taking pictures with Mom...



Yes, I know my hair is different every year. 

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

For Comparison's Sake

13 months
Antigua, Guatemala

13 months
Veracruz, Nicaragua

Monday, April 12, 2010

Craft Projects 11 & 12

Craft Project 11:

3 Spunky Hats
These hats were crocheted, all out of the same skein of yarn.  I used the ends of some other yarn to make the little flowers.   One is about a 3-9 month size, and the other two are about 6 months to 3 years (they fit Tate, yes, I tried them on!)
This is my own pattern.

Bonus hat!
This doesn't count as a project because I used some yarn my mom had, it didn't come from my stash.  It's still cute though!

Project 12:

Bear Beanies!
These hats were crocheted from two skeins of yarn, and there are a couple sizes, 0-5 months, 2 that are about 6-18 months, and one that's 18 months to 3 years. 

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Goals Update

One of my New Year's Resolutions is to do a long race.

I did that yesterday.  I ran 14 miles. 

My first half marathon

(a little more, actually!).

Really, I did it to train for the FULL marathon I'll be doing in Bend, OR in June.

Yes, I did.  And yes, I am. 

And yes, I am a little crazy. 

Another one gone...another one bites the dust!

Thursday, April 8, 2010

It's a season

Theo has decided to protest sleeping by continually throwing his pacifier across the room when we try and give it to him.

I'm interpreting this to mean that he's ready to not use a pacifier anymore.

Now if only he would actually sleep instead of screaming and tantruming. 


Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Learned Skills

Me: Oh Geez!
Tate:  Mom, don't you mean 'Oh crap!'?
Me: Buddy, that's a word I say sometimes that I really shouldn't.  I'm sorry.
Tate:  It's ok Mom.  I'll say it when I'm big, too.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Catch Up

-Good news on the adoption front!  Maricela is staying at the orphanage!  We are so excited and relieved.  We know that God works through any and all situations, but we really feel that it's best for her to be at the orphanage right now.  I can't even explain the relief I feel.

-We had a great Easter with the family.  Theo's got a bad cold so he was a little grumpy, but I can't blame him.  He did get a good night's sleep last night.


Project #10:

Knitted and Felted bag.

I finished this one a while ago, but I couldn't find a suitable bobble anywhere.  Then Saturday, my mom and I stopped by Fred Meyer's on the way home from our workout.  Lucky for me, they had their bobbles out on display, and they were 50% off!  I found a very pretty butterfly that perfectly accents the purple and light pink!!  I am so excited!

The bag is my own pattern, one I've never done before.  I just thought it would be fun to try out, and I am pretty happy with how it turned out.  It felted down more than I wanted it to, but I blame our washing machine.  You can't stop it once it starts on a cycle, so I'm not going to felt with it again.  Live and learn, huh?

I think one of my favorite practical features of the bag is that it sits upright on its own.  For someone with a full purse (like moi) this is a lifesaver.

So, I'm 33.33% to my goal!  Right on track!!

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Little Stuff

  • I've got 3 or 4 new craft projects to post, I just have to get around to it.  You know how that is, right?
  • I've got a bruise on my nose from Theo.  He decided to crash his cars on my face...more specifically my nose.  And it hurt.  A lot.  And now it's an ugly purple color.  Good thing for cover up.   Who am I kidding?  I'm lucky to shower.  Thank goodness I only go to the gym. 
  • Remember that bus??  Tate was right.  It was there.  We had no sooner pulled up to the Posada when the boys came running out, bus in hand, yelling "Tate!  Your bus is here!!  We saved it for you!"  So sweet, and so strange that Tate remembered.  I didn't even recognize the bus.
  • Mark's got a man cold again.  Not sure what that is?  Go here.  Your life will be changed.  I promise.
  • White wine doesn't mix well with lentil-bean curry.  I've found it's best to wait to have wine until after you've finished dinner. 
  • Last week Tate was oinking at everything.  We put the kai-bosh on that and now he's quacking.  I still don't love it but it's tons better than oinking.
  • We should have Gus back next week.  He's painted and GORGEOUS!!  I'm in love.
OK, that's it for now!

Peace and love,