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Winding Down-ish

The last two months have been super-busy.  I over committed myself in a big way with personal projects as well as with professional ones.  The good news is that I got it all done, on time (mostly).

First up:  Super Secret Knitting Project.  My friend’s partner commissioned Christmas stockings for both of them um, way back last January.  The stocking for my friend was his birthday present and therefore super secret.  I’ve had the yarn picked out for months but just couldn’t hit on the right pattern.  My first choice didn’t work out and never hit on the perfect substitute.  At the last minute I got it—I used a sock pattern and made it with stocking dimensions.  It turned out super-cute and he loves it.  Now I need to make the companion and do it in time for Holiday Decorating.  This one was made with one skein of Noro variegated sock yarn in purples and greens. I knit it together with one skein of Lornaloft sport in green and Debbie Bliss cashmerino in purple.  The green is a little darker than it looks in this pic.  The second stocking will use the same green but a Noro with turquoise and greens as well as a LornaLoft sport turquoise. I’m taking a quick break to make some progress on the Traveling Sweater but it will get done soon.
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I also volunteered to help my MIL and her sister create a photobook for Sparky’s grandma’s 95th birthday.  We used pictures from throughout her life and made a book on Shutterfly.  It was a smashing success and a lot of fun to do.   But it did contribute to the overall nuttiness of the past couple of months.

I also just returned from visiting my mom and sister in Arizona.  We stayed with my sister because my mom has too many fragile breakable things that would drive Little Miss Grabby Hands wild with crazy desire to grab and possibly smash/break/throw.  She did however find some great toys for her, including a Little People playhouse that was a big hit.  So much of a big hit that we boxed it up and brought it home with us.  Sparkle Girl got to meet her 12 year old cousin who wasn’t quite sure what to do with her.  But he figured it out and they were very cute together.

Traveling alone with a toddler is not for the faint of heart, but we made it through.  We bought a ticket for her and it was worth every penny. Thanks so much to our friends who loaned us car seat management tools.  One was an awesome idea (it turns the car seat into a stroller) but wasn’t compatible with our seat.  The thing that turned the car seat into a back pack was perfect.  So I had H in the stroller, the car seat on my back, the diaper bag and a backpack full of toddler amusements and tantrum diversions.  One really good idea was to get a big sheet of stickers and a pad of paper.  She loved it.  Crayons, new books, snacks, walking up and down the aisles…. all came in handy.  Luckily she fell asleep on the way home.  The fantastic flight steward on our Southwest Airlines flight comped me a glass of wine while she was asleep!  Mike you ROCK!

We had a lot of fun with everyone and I’m so glad they got to see H as a fun sparkly busy toddler.  Board games, a trip to the zoo, the pool, special time with her Auntie, lots of food. We turned around the day after we returned to head up north to my in-laws for H’s Great Grandma’s birthday party.  Another super fun time with family.

So my big projects have finally wrapped up.  There are a couple more coming down the pike but there’s a rest period for now.  All this activity and getting back into the groove probably contributed to the incident from this morning.

Once a month or so we have moments that I call “Mommy is an asshole”.  This is different from the much more frequent moments where “Mommy is a dingbat”.  Those are the times where I forget to bring her water bottle or forget to refill her diaper bag or get her down for a nap too late or don’t realize she’s outgrown her shoes until she keeps pulling them off at the park.  This morning falls into the first category.  We have a gate we put at the top of the stairs when she’s running around while I’m getting ready.  I usually drag something heavy to put in front of it so that she doesn’t move it and fall down the stairs.  This morning I forgot the crucial second step.  I was brushing my teeth and heard the horrible sound of a little body falling down the stairs and a gate falling after her.  She wasn’t hurt badly, just a carpet burn on her forehead.  But I felt soooooooooo bad.  She’s been cranky the rest of the day but she’s moving just fine and doesn’t really seem to have any bruises.

I gave her some Tylenol after she hit her head again, thinking she probably had one king hell of a headache.  About half an hour later she was asking for help and pointing to the kitchen.  I couldn’t figure out what she wanted so set her down on the counter thinking she wanted one of the snacks up there.  She grabbed the Tylenol bottle and put it in my hand giving me the sign for “more”.  Wow.  This kid is smart and assertive in getting her needs met.  While we were waiting for it to kick in she kept grabbing the bottle and handing it to me crying because I wouldn’t give her any more.   Poor baby.

In amongst the chaos and busyness we headed out to a pumpkin patch on Sauvie Island.  So much fun!  H had a caramel apple, went on a hayride, saw some chickens and tried to join a private party (fish gotta swim after all…people, kids, cake… it took an enormous amount of effort to keep her away).
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H has also started carrying around a handbag or three every time we leave the house.  It’s really cute.  Right now she’s always got a handbag and turns everything into a cell phone.  She will use anything as a phone… talking and nodding to the kitty or whatever is on the other line.  She chatters non-stop in full sentences.  She hugs and kisses her stuffed animals.  She hugs and kisses us.  Such a really, really fun time in her life.  I’m so fortunate to be home with her to enjoy every minute of it.

Now to take advantage of this break in the chaos and rest up for the craziness of the holidays!  Happy Halloween and enjoy the Fall!!

29 comments to Winding Down-ish

  1. steve
    January 12th, 2011 at 9:51 am

    We LOVE the stockings you knitted for us. What a perfect present and perfect because we know the creator! Keep up the great work and thanks for the inspiration to get me started knitting!

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