Saturday, May 29, 2010

In good company

I've been catching up on my blog reading these past couple of days and it's amazing to me how many have started posts with "Has it been that long since I last posted?" or "I can't believe it's been x days since I last posted!". So I'm not the only one who's been slipping a bit. And while there are a few of you who have been productive, it seems a lot of us are not getting much done these days. Is it the better weather, the ending (and busy) days of school? Summer seems to do that to knitting.... Either way it makes me feel better that I'm not the only one who is (too) busy these days.

That being said, because I haven't posted much, I've had incentive to work on some projects so I'd have something to post about. The winner this time around were my dolphins.
Before

After

There are a total of 4 dolphins in this project and I've worked on 3. Most of the ocean surrounding them is 1/2 stitches which will make those areas go faster than the dolphins. If I want to make it more realistic, I could add some oil slicks or tar balls but I'd rather live in my own little world where beaches are still clean. In fact we plan on going to the ocean tomorrow while I still have an ocean to go to.

And as if there was nothing else going on, Tiger went missing for a bit. We saw her yesterday morning but I could tell she was hurt. She took off and I couldn't get to her. She's done this before when she had gotten into a fight with another cat and she'll nurse her wounds for a bit and then come home. This afternoon when I was cleaning out the van I called out for her to come. She eventually did and yep, she's hurt. She's got an area around her neck where her skin is just gone. Like it was ripped away. Of course it's a wknd so there isn't much I can do other than keep it clean. It's not infected so I'm going to watch it and see where it goes. She's sleeping right now and I do know this much, she is NOT going outside for the next couple of days!

Saturday Sky

The one thing I have come to learn abt blogging is the less you do it, the harder it becomes. I've been sitting here trying to figure out what I want to blog abt and I'm drawing a blank. Thank goodness for my Saturday Sky.

I should have taken a picture before noon, because by 2pm, it was raining.

I have no knitting progress to show you, but I did find out there is a newly formed knitting group that I want to go to. They met last night and I was hoping to meet up with them, but then the IO wasn't feeling well and went to bed early. So I stayed home. Honestly I think the best time to try to meet up with them will be once school ends.

Speaking of school ending, we are getting REALLY close to summer break. Eight days to be exact. In fact, the last week is filled with movie field trips (yes yet another one) yearbook signings, parties and graduations. There was one graduation already held for D.A.R.E., a program to educate the kids on the dangers of smoking, drug and alcohol abuse. It was a really good program, showing the amt of tar in smokers' lungs, funny goggles to give them an idea of what being drunk is like, etc. As #1 Son's class stood there for their class picture, all I kept thinking was I need to keep this picture and hand it out at the first college kegger!

Last but not least, my future Paul Hamm.

He did really well during his gymnastics meet. What's cool abt him taking gymnastics is that no other boys do in his class which makes his cartwheels and hand stands the best of the bunch!

Now that dinner is done and the kids are otherwise occupied, I think its time to pull out my dolphins....

Monday, May 24, 2010

Actual Stitching Updates!

Yes actual stitching updates!!! Amazing huh??

First up, the last pair of baby socks for the craft show.


Now that the show is out of the way, I can now knit what I want, when I want. I really don't like knitting for a deadline. Too stressful and it takes all the joy out of it. And since it's the beginning of summer, there is no stress to HAVE to get socks done before the season is over. So I am able to knit stress free which makes knitting move along alot faster! Here are the socks I'm working on now.

This is sock #1. I hope to have a pair by the end of June, but since I won't need them until the end of October, there's no stress if they aren't done until then.

I also pulled out my dolphins for #1 Son.
Before pic


After pic

I'm making progress, though I wont have it done before he graduates elementary school. Again, no worries. I'm trying to move into a no stress zone.

We'll see how that works out.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

The Other Side of the Mountain

While there are a few things left in the month of May, the bulk of the events are over.

I can now breathe.

Today I did nothing. In fact I never got out of my pjs. I was going to make some bacon and eggs for the family, but I didn't have the energy. Sat down at the computer to check emails and even that felt like too much. So back to bed I went! After the past couple of weeks, I really needed that.

I looked back to see when my last post was and didnt realize it was back on the 9th. Haven't read any blogs since then either. I'm hoping to get caught up tomorrow.

I'll give you the cliff notes of what's been going on.

We had our mother/son event at the local bowling alley.

The entire place was rented out for our event which made it really nice. All the games we could bowl in 2 hours. Olive Garden was included. Yum! We had a nice time and hung out with some friends we have known since our kids were babies. Is it wrong that I felt the need to beat a 10 y/o in bowling?!?! And I'm not talking abt #1 Son either!!! His best friend is VERY competitive and loves to win. He owns a WII and bowls every chance he gets so it wasn't all that easy, but I still beat him 2 out of 3 games!! Best part of the night!!!

Next up, Baby Girl's ballet.

(she's second to last in line)
The week before we had a LOT of rehearsals, Saturday was the dress rehearsal and sunday was the performance. She was a jack-in-the-box in The Magic Toyshop, an adaptation of La Boutique Fantastique, and did a fantastic job as usual. Here we are waiting back stage ready to go on.

Once I get the video of her part from my nephew, I'll post that as well.


And then Friday was #1 Son's trip to Epcot.

It was great in the beginning, but around 3pm it got REALLY hot. This is when one of the girls got really cranky. Enough that I had to call their teacher to let her settle it. Once the teacher set her straight and then was distracted by some street performers

she was much better. They got on the bus to head home around 5pm, but we stayed with some friends to watch the fireworks. We didn't get home until midnight.

Saturday (was that only yesterday?) I was up and at 'em by 8:30 to help out a friend who's daughter was getting engaged that day and was having a surprise engagement party afterward. Which explains why I almost passed out just *thinking* abt making eggs this AM.

So there you have it. I actually have some knitting and stitching to share, but that will wait until tomorrow. I swear it was the only thing keeping me sane these past couple of weeks.

Sunday, May 09, 2010

The Eye of the Storm

I was originally going to call this post The Calm Before the Storm, but then I realized I've already been thru one part of the storm, I'm actually in the eye. Calm tonight but the busiest part is yet to come.

It's been a little over a week since I last posted. So what's been happening?

An overnight field trip to SeaWorld

(he had a blast!)

a craft fair

(this was bad on SOOOO many levels)

another field trip (yes two in a week's time)

(a science field trip at the local park. The IO went on this one)

Plus ballet 3 times this week

and gymnastics. The year is winding down and performances are coming up so there are more days devoted to rehearsals.

AND last week was Teacher Appreciation week so we had flowers to pick and brownies to bake. Add in work and a wonderful friend taking me out to lunch, that was my week. While I enjoy every bit of it, having it spread out across a couple of weeks instead of 8 days would have been nicer.

This week? More work (my boss is trying to wrap up a few things before school ends), a book fair, a mother/son event, more rehearsals, a dress rehearsal and a performance. Plus company.

And the following week is a third field trip.

It's a test to see if I can deal with it all. I WILL win.

And then I will sleep for a week.