Monday, August 24, 2009

The joys of blackmail.....

I thought I'd take a minute and share a couple photos that are going into Clara's blackmail album. You know, the pictures you show everyone when they reach their dating years that embarrass them and can potentially scare the evil away that is known as boys. These two pictures are of Clara's encounter with chocolate cake at a BBQ we had the other weekend at Annie's. And it was good cake! It must have been, because as she shoveled it into her face, she kept saying "YUM!"

She is now 16 months old. She enjoys the cats, the dogs, balls, balloons, and her most recent discovery: books. She is the busiest little kid I've ever met-more so than Sebastian ever was, but when it's time to read she will sit and listen and help turn pages and point things out, and she will not get down until the book has been read at least 14 times...and then she's off to bring another book. She will be an early reader for sure. I've already started to work with her on identifying letters of the alphabet and working on recognizing short words like "cat" and "zap" visually. I'd forgotten how much fun it is!



Summer is quickly coming to an end, and with that comes the task of getting Sebastian ready for school. He's good to go, I think. We have all of his school supplies, his back pack and the worst chore of all...shoes. It turns out that finding shoes for this child is a miserable feat. First of all, he has to like how they look. Once the shoes pass this test, we have to make sure that they have them in his size. Unfortunately, the shoes he REALLY wanted are not made in his size. The Skecher's apparently stop at size 6, and Sebastian has grown into a size 7 shoe. This caused major drama in the shoe store. MAJOR drama. Then we tried on Heelies...the shoes with the wheels in them. He did not like how they felt-said he could feel something in the heel. In the end I'm not sure which brand we ended up settling on, but if this is a sign of things to come as far as other clothing goes, I'm in big trouble. Oh-and we haven't even really approached the subject of a hair cut, which no doubt will result in more drama, tears and arguing.

This week we will stop by the school and find out who his teacher will be. It turns out that his school did not meet standards for the second year in the row and they gave us an option to put him into a different school, but we decided against it. First of all, it's Sebastian's last year in elementary school. Also, knowing that the school has to work towards meeting standards, I believe that Sebastian can only stand to benefit from the efforts and programs that are used to accomplish this. I still believe that the school Sebastian is in is far better than the one he was in last year. Finally, the biggest area that the school is going to work on is math, which is Sebastian's hardest subject, so perhaps new programs and their extended efforts will help him, in the long run.

Well, I have two papers due today. They're done for the most part but require a little extra love prior to being submitted to the instructor, so I'm off to get them finished.

Hope everyone has a great week!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Knitting Goodness: The Evolution of a Sock

My absolute favorite things to knit are socks. I don't know why, really. Maybe it's because it's a nice portable project- I can take it anywhere and pull it out to work on whenever I want. Maybe it's because I love the different colors that sock yarn offers, and the anticipation of discovering what pattern the yarn is going to turn into as the sock progresses. Most of all though, I think it's the actual wearing of the socks...knowing that no one else has a pair of socks JUST like the ones on my feet!

Anyway, I thought it would be kind of cool to post pictures of a sock I made recently, from beginning to end. I think it's fun to see each step of knitting a sock. So, here goes!

This is a picture of all of the stitches cast on to the needle. Kind of hard to imagine that THIS thing is going to be on someone's foot, huh?



Here is the completed cuff!


Here is the cuff and the completed leg. Next stop? The heel!


Completed Heel!


Here is a picture of the heel after it's been turned.


Here is the sock back on the needles for the gusset, and the decreases begin!



Here's a side view!


The gusset is done, now we're on to the foot!



The foot is done, next we're going to decrease for the toes!


Voila. Finished sock. The trick is to finish both socks before the recipient outgrows them. Which sadly, did not happen in this case, as my son decided to go through a massive growth spurt while the suckers were being made.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Ashes, ashes, we all fall........




Sebastian and Clara in the car, showing off. Just a disclaimer, I wasn't driving and shooting a movie at the same time. Just so you know, hehe.

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Clara, the Smarty Pants



This is my first time uploading videos to blogger this way. Let's just see if it works, shall we?

This is a video of Clara showing off just a couple of the body parts she has already learned.

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Sunday, August 09, 2009

Busy doing nothing!

I've been really busy lately, but when I think back to make a list of all of the things I've done, it really doesn't seem like I've been up to much of anything!

Summer is in full swing around here. We had a major heat wave and beat heat records for our area. Let me just say that sometimes beating records is cool. This was NOT cool. We baked. I think that it reached 120 degrees in the house at some points, and there was not an air conditioner to be found on this side of the mountains. We did a lot of barbecuing so we didn't have the oven on, and spent a bit of time in the pool with the kids to keep everyone cool. Clara loves the pool-enjoys kicking, splashing and being hauled around in her floater. It was nice to have the pool during those days because a hot family is a cranky family.



My Dad got married a couple weeks ago. Finally! I wasn't sure that I would ever see that day come but sure enough, it did. It was a nice ceremony and everything went well. The rest of the pictures from this entry are from the wedding...pictures of Phil, the kids and I and the happy couple after their ceremony. They really couldn't have asked for better weather to have either...it was beautiful out!


I probably didn't do myself a favor by wearing a sweater-type dress with the weather the way it was, but I had absolutely nothing to wear that fit because of all of the weight I've dropped recently. It seemed like a good idea the day I bought it, especially since it was really the only one within my cheap budget that I liked. It seems like all of the dresses out now have the high empire waists that I really don't like-they remind me of maternity clothes, which I have donated to charity and will be very happy to not ever see again.


I got my grade today from my most recent class and got an A. Barely...an A is anything over 94 and I got a 96.65, so I squeaked by. Honestly I was expecting an A- but I'm totally relieved it worked out the way it did. I'm trying to keep my grade point up as high as I can so later on, when I get crappy grades in math it doesn't TOTALLY ruin my average. You see, this is all about planning ahead.

I ended up having to get 3 stitches the week before last due to my lousy knife handling skills. It turns out that I will never be Julia Childs in the kitchen. That's what I get for being careless with a knife that Phil is so good about sharpening on a regular basis. Fortunately, I'm literally right down the road from the walk in clinic, and even better, there was no one in line before me as the clinic was getting ready to close when I arrived. And, it turns out that there were 8 other idiots before me that day who decided to cut themselves and get stitches, so I wasn't alone, heh.

Clara is about to turn 16 months old. She is a doll. She is a bubbly beam of personality, always into some sort of mischief, and is smart as a whip. She's talking up a storm, terrified of the doctors office regardless of whose turn it is to visit, loves her books, and is the sole reason we have to avoid any aisle in any store that has balls. Soccer balls, bouncy balls, baseballs, basketballs, if it's round and bounces or rolls she pitches a fit for it. Her favorite game is "This little piggy" and she's getting the hang of "Ring around the Rosie" as well. Her favorite person is no longer me, it's her Daddy. When he's home the poor man does not get a minute of peace from her as she will follow him around, grab him by the hand and drag him off to her room to play, and scream her head off when he goes to bed.

She also loves her big brother. I am still amazed at how well Sebastian has stepped into the big brother role. He adores Clara, and is attentive to her and seems to actually enjoy playing with her. He's actually kind of like a little mother hen with her, and despite the age difference, they already manage to get into big trouble together.

Sebastian is enjoying his summer vacation while it lasts. School is set to start soon and we're working on getting all of his multiplication tables memorized before he goes back. We already picked out his backpack for school--this is the most important thing to him, and we had to get him one while the good ones were still there and before everyone came in and bought them all! He loves the backpacks that have wheels and handles on them so we had to search for one but managed to get the "perfect" one. Hey, I remember the days when I'd hunt high and low for the perfect bag but back then it was when the Esprit bags were huge and I had to have the pink one. This will be his last year in elementary school and then he'll be off to start middle school. I can't believe that I'm going to be old enough to have a kid in middle school. How did that happen?

Well, I'm off. Clara is teething. Like, 6 teeth at once. She's going to have some Tylenol and I'm going to search for something for me with alcohol in it. Okay, scratch the alcohol, I'd just settle for some sleep! :)