Monday, May 31, 2010
Sunday, May 30, 2010
Thursday, May 27, 2010
However, Greta IS a pretty good napper, and yesterday during her nap, this is what Anja and I did: We'd had to come in a few hours before (while Greta was awake) because I simply couldn't keep her from eating one nasty thing after another. (One example of nasty: The hair from the bathtub drain. SHE EATS IT.) But after she was napping Anja and I went outside and spread a picnic blanket on the lawn and I was able to get a lot of knitting done while Anja stood by the fence singing and looking for the neighbors' cat. We read some Peter Rabbit. We chatted. She picked flowers and showed them to me:
Greta pushed and was very mindful of Daddy and Anja bringing up the rear.
Pink-Pink rode along, as always.
Ahhh, two-year-olds. DEFINITELY my favorite!
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
But then, as I read through these blogs and their archives, I realize that these people are sad and that I should feel sorry for them. Because they are idiots. Because they need multiple resources for how to play outside with their children.
I'm not kidding. I was just reading a blog--a VERY POPULAR blog--where this woman actually listed all these resources she uses for how to get her toddler out in nature, and activities to encourage nature play. Suggestions included playing with water, having sticks and logs available to your kids, and in fact the first idea on the list was "Use your outside door." And these aren't jokes, people, these are serious resources, which this author quoted as being "phenomenal." And she had a whole list of books/websites like this.
What happened to just going outside to play? Who says you need to "set up" nature? Why do people have to be told that a good thing to let their kids do is dig in the dirt? DOESN'T ANYONE ELSE FIND THIS DEPRESSING?!?!? Seriously, I read these things and I get so fired up, but I'm absolutely speechless at the same time. I try to complain to Martin about it right after reading it and find I don't even have words to express my feelings. I am bubbling over with a sort of rage that can't really be described.
And you know what else is completely depressing?! That people all over the world are making money by writing books telling people that it's okay for their kids to play with sticks and touch water that comes from sources other than the kitchen tap. I am astonished!!!!!! Where did we lose touch with nature??? Maybe it's my upbringing (and that of everyone I know). Maybe it's the mentality of the Midwest. Maybe I'm just lucky and don't realize it. But I'm realizing that there are people out there who live their lives moving from their house to their car to their office parking garage with a convenient skywalk who probably see very few insects during their days. I don't know these people. If I did know these people, I wouldn't be their friend. I cannot fathom living that way and I find it hard to believe that anyone does, but it must be so--for all these things to come (much like the eating garden foods and meat without added hormones) as a brilliant epiphany.
I am repeatedly flabbergasted.
Monday, May 24, 2010
In the afternoon a funny thing happened. Anja found the spray nozzle for the hose so I thought I'd attach it and let the girls water the garden. So I attached it to the hose, tossed the hose in the grass, then went to turn it on. When I came back, there was a huge upward stream of water just like a sprinkler. I'd forgotten that I dropped the nozzle on the cement last year and it got a big crack down the side--the water was spraying out the crack and it was amazing! SO FUN!! The girls jumped in right away.
Sunday, May 23, 2010
Welcome to the family, Greta!
Friday, May 21, 2010
I finished it up yesterday morning and it fits the doll perfectly! As you can see, the knitting is not great. I for some reason had a really hard time remembering how to do ribbing... hm. But this is my first sweater to knit and finishing it gave me the urge and confidence to do more. So I'm putting my dream of an Hourglass Sweater on the shelf for awhile while I complete a sweater for Greta in this same green wool. I think it's going to be really sweet looking and VERY Greta. It will be a jacket... may or may not have a hood and pockets, but will DEFINITELY have big wooden buttons down the front. I am tossing around the idea of lining it with some gorgeous flannel I've had for years that's just waiting for the perfect project.... this may be it. But I'm not sure how I feel about sewing lining to a handknit sweater and possibly ruining the entire thing. Any suggestions on this?
As for the doll for whom the sweater was knit, she is going to be ugly, but lovingly made. She's rather modeled after me--short, stumpy legs, no torso to speak of, and surprisingly nice arms! she has a very unfortunate neck... many wrinkles and crinkles... and since she's made out of one of Martin's old undershirts, she looks to be in serious need of some sun. I intend to make her a little floral skirt whenever I do that, I'll also sew up a little scarf for her, to try and cover up that unfortunate neck. The eyes turned out decent, and now I'm sewing on the hair. I try to tell myeslf that of course it won't look perfect because I'm too lazy/stubborn to use a pattern, but it's still kind of frustrating sometimes to be creating something so unbeautiful. Anyway... Anja is really excited about it and is always telling me to work on Greta's doll.
So anyway (do you think I can stay on track here for more than a paragraph?!) I've begun the sweater for Greta. I'll need to get more wool, but it's just Lambs Pride so it's relatively inexpensive and they've always got loads of it down at River Knits. I'm doing a garter stitch for the edging instead of ribbing because I'm tired of trying to remember how to rib. (Purl the knits? Purl the purls? Arrrgg!!!) I get ribbing and seed stitch mixed up. This never used to happen! But now I CANNOT keep them straight. Anyway, I think if I work on it as diligently as I have been since yesterday (goodbye, housework!) I can have it done by Fall. And I have these beautiful visions of Greta toddling through the Farmers Market, hugging pumpkins as big as herself, wearing this fabulous, green, Mama-made sweater. *sigh*
Yesterday was a really great day. The girls slept in, giving me an extra-long morning, and everyone was SO HAPPY all day long!!!! I did absolutely no housework. I just sat with them, played with them, and knit while I watched them play. When Martin got home from work [late] he suggested we go out to Chick-Fil-A for dinner because if you went and told them you listen to the local country station (which we occasionally do) you get a free meal. Not a bad deal! So we loaded up and drove out there--and couldn't even get through the turn lane to get into the parking lot!!!! The line was out the door. And it was kind of cold and raining. So no Chick-Fil-A for us. BUT, Martino always has something up his sleeve, so he turned around and instead of going home, he took us to Outback Steakhouse!!!! Talk about a treat! We haven't been out to a restaurant in.... well, it's been a really long time. I actually can't remember the last time we ate out. But anyway, the girls were awesome and it was really nice to go to a restaurant with just the four of us!! We had a number of fun little things to celebrate, so we promised each other that we wouldn't feel bad about spending the money. And we didn't! We just kept talking about how much fun the evening had been. Then this morning Martin got up and in his interenet checking noticed that he had recieved his last payment for the class he taught this semester--almost exactly the total of our bill last night! He thought he'd already been paid for the last time for the class so it was really like free money! How perfect is that!?
Also, in the car on the way to dinner, Martin asked me to be his girlfriend! So I guess we're official now! Aw, what a good night!
Thursday, May 20, 2010
And it's FINALLY supposed to be sunny and warm today!
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
And now I'm going to tell all of you blog readers that you should join in on the Self Portrait Wednesday tradition so I don't feel like such a narcissist. Happy Wednesday!
Monday, May 17, 2010
Here's a picture from the party over the weekend (more to come on that in a minute) in which I'm wearing that green sweater I put the buttons on. Awhile back a girl I went to highschool with posted on facebook that she's having a little girl and is thinking of how to decorate the nursery. She got lots of suggestions and mine was "Owls and hedgehogs in pinks, greens and browns!" It's not an incredibly original idea but a cute one and it made me want to give the girls their own room just so I can decorate it that way. I would of course also have possums in there... in fact, I would make everything in their room from various prints of the "Frolic" line that their little kitchen aprons and Pink-Pink's blanket is made of. I freaking love possums. I think they are so, so cute.
Saturday, May 15, 2010
But speaking of sweaters.... I've been inspired by so many things lately that seem to be screaming at me, "GET OVER YOUR FEARS AND KNIT YOURSELF A SWEATER!" that I am just going to do it. Soulemama recently posted a finished sweater of hers, which is the Hourglass Sweater from "Last Minute Knitted Gifts"... which just happens to be the book TusaRebecca lent me over the winter that I've never given back. So I flipped through, checked out the pattern, and realized that's the sweater TR knit for herself back when she first started knitting, which turned out really cute. The next day, she happened to stop by with a gift for me--a huge tote bag with a frog and a dragonfly on it! It's the perfect bag for a sweater project. Not only that, but she told me it's actually a really great pattern because it's knit in the round and it's measured by inches, not by rows--so almost no counting is invovled! That's been the main thing keeping me completely away from knitting lately. I don't have a free five minutes to be counting and concentrating. AAAND she said she wants to make another of that sweater in a different, lighter yarn and that we could each start one together and help each other out (translation: she will help me until I get frustrated and after she finishes her sweater in a couple of weeks, she'll finish mine for me.) The only other start to align is to find some perfect, preferably on-sale yarn. And then I'm going to go for it.
Friday, May 14, 2010
Sunday, May 9, 2010
And this kind of dinner: (venison burgers, oven fries and beer)
With the day wrapping up with this ginormous ice cream sundae over at the neighbors' house:
And this is just a glimse of Greta's craziness.
I hope all you mamas had a fabulous day as well!