Sunday, March 23, 2014

7 Quick Takes: It's Still Too Cold

 1.  Our copy of Frozen arrived!  We were all very excited and made Friday a Frozen Movie Night after we finally got home from trumpet lessons and Matt from work, made and had dinner and settled down.

Faith is getting her very own copy, so this is one princess movie she won't have to borrow from Aunt Sasa.  She needs an Elsa dress.  So that is something Aunt Sasa can take care of - once I make a trip to the fabric store.

2.  Saturday morning, over coffee, I suggested we either work in the yard a little or if the weather wasn't going to cooperate, paint the boys' bathroom.

The weather was wet and cold.  The boys' bathroom is clean and fresh, no more sloppy frogs and mixmash of blue paints smeared across the ceiling.

It took all day.  It was kind of ridiculous.

3.  We have been resisting the temptation to go out to eat or order in when things get hairy.  Saturday would have been an easy night to give in and run over to Sabo's.  Instead, we whipped up the french bread pizzas I had planned.  Also putting together a big batch of chili for later this week....

 4.  And a batch of guacamole.  This is Josh's guacamole happy face.  He's pretty blissed out.  He loves guacamole in the worst way.  He even tried the separate batch I made for his Daddy - with chopped up chipotle peppers in adobe sauce.  It packed a bit too much punch for him.  But he tried it!

5.  Religious Ed this week was simplified for Matthew.  He's down and out with a cold.  They are both working on Lenten/Easter lessons and we get a lot of that in our nightly Lenten devotionals and all of our Triduum traditions.  Joshua enjoyed an extra special project that involved rocks and dirt and Daddy.  We're hoping the grass seed sprouts and fills in for Easter.  On Good Friday, he'll place a Lego Jesus in the tomb and He'll have risen for Easter Sunday.  Alleluia!

6.  Matt also finished up the last of our kitchen gallery last weekend.  I did everything I could to help.  However, hanging these involved measuring and leveling and all sorts of eyeballing and mathematics that just aren't my thing.   

7.  The week ahead could be a quiet one, or it could take a turn for crazy if we get calls for baseball practices.  There's no telling what it might bring.  Unfortunately, it looks to bring more cold and damp weather.  Which besides frustrating after what has been a bitterly cold winter, is making my foot hurt.  The commercials for arthritis treatments aren't exaggerating.  It hurts like a...well, hurts.

Monday, March 17, 2014

7 Quick Takes: Lent and Stuff

1.  We had a busy weekend.  In fact, it wasn't until this afternoon that I realized that the kids didn't do their normal weekend chores.  At all.  Saturday morning found us divvying

up and going in different directions.  The evening found us out on the town.  Sunday was normal.  But after Saturday, it probably should have had a couple extra chores stuck in it.

2.  Saturday morning Matt and Matthew headed off for his baseball tryouts.  He had to be way up at Family First at 8 am.  He received his phone call mid afternoon.  He's on the same team with the same coach as last year.  We are grateful.  He's a good coach with a good attitude about the game.  We witnessed enough of the alternatives last year that we were anxious about who would "draft" Matthew.  Soon enough the practices will start.  Our evenings will be turned upside down.  This year though, we'll be able to take a break from the twice weekly karate classes for the short baseball season.  Without being charged or messing around with any sort of long term contracts.  Grateful for that too.

3.  Josh and I went grocery shopping early Saturday morning.  I put it off from Friday because the boys were off school and both invited friends over.  I had a house full of boys on Friday all day.  It went well.  Nothing and nobody was broken.

4.  I started the preparation for the semi-annual Great Wardrobe shift.  This is less of a hassle with bigger closets and separate rooms for the kids.  No more boxes to shift with seasonal clothes.  Nearly nothing of Josh's fit from last year.  He's built like a tank and he's shot up, again.  Given that Matthew can still comfortable wear his size 10 shorts and they are all slim fit anyway, this meant that I had to go shopping for some wardrobe staples for Josh.  Size 10.  My boys are in the same size clothes.  Different cuts.  But the same size.  So much for hand me downs.

5.  I went shopping for Matt too while I was at it and had 3 different coupon codes.  We stopped buying him shirts a couple of years ago because that has been his Mom's favorite thing to buy him.  We actually asked her to take a break too.  Now we need to weed a few more worn items out and replenish the supply.  In the past month, he's had 3 long sleeve shirts just spontaneously rip up the sleeve.  I like shopping for him.  He likes shopping for me.  That's about the only way either of us get new clothes - when the other forces the issue.

6.  We're in Lent.  This is that awkward house decorating period where the entire world is decking out for spring and Easter and our spring and Easter stuff is in a box.  Only to come out about 2 days before the supermarkets and the rest of the world rip there's down.  Purple cloth on the front doors.  Our family altar cloth has been changed and decked out with some items for the kids.  The boys gathered branches for our Lent tree and we're doing out evening devotionals and placing a new piece every night.  Our current year of Religious Ed at home seems to have expanded their knowledge of some of the people and events we're reading about.  It all makes a little more sense.

7.  I've taken to trying to get the housework done and wrap things up by mid afternoon a couple days a week to take a break.  My evenings are my work.  My days are crammed with to-do lists.  The boys are up later now that they are older and then the remainder of the evenings are a mix of wrapping up the day and folding laundry.  But a couple times a week, I get a half hour or an hour that I force myself to sit down with my knitting and something on Netflix.  I finished the old BBC version of Pride and Prejudice.  I'm now watching the old 1980s Jane Eyre mini-series.  It's better than soap operas and I skip the bon-bons.   

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Yarn Along: Almost

I am very close to finished with this shawl.  I know it because I'm decreasing to the end and can see it.  I also know it because I just started the last ball of yarn.  I had 6.  I worked 3 balls to the center and left 3 balls to the other tip.
The yarn is long discontinued and I searched high and low for a link to it for a previous Yarn Along.  The picture isn't doing the color justice.  It looks much less orange and coppery and much more pink.  I keep thinking that it looks like strawberry ice cream, with ribbons of chocolate running through it, because the mixed fibers has threads and nubs of dark colors.  On close inspection, the dark colors are everything from a nearly black brown to a very dark blue and sometimes green.  I LOVE it.
The pattern is Vienna.  It's so stinking easy, but shows of the nubby qualities and the colors of this yarn beautifully.  It has fairly flown off the needles.  I LOVE it.
With a snowy day before me, and a meager list of things I should get done, I just might have time to sit this afternoon and work on it.  Maybe even finish it!
Then I really must return to Matt's Shredder.  He began pestering about his "partial sweater" the other night.  As an improvement on the sweater he's been promised for years and never happened.

Monday, March 10, 2014

7 Quick Takes: Or 14? 21? How behind am I anyway?

1.  February is too short.  Too many birthdays.  Holidays.  With some illness.  And anxiety as we waited for Moses to arrive. 

2.  I was sick and actually spent almost an entire week just getting the kids to and from school and laying on the couch.  I even cancelled a whole night of lessons and took Nyquil.  I fell woefully behind on laundry and housework, and missed the first of my new book club/Bible study group's meetings.  It was a pretty miserable week.

3.  The weekend following my being sick and behind and frustrated, Moses decided to arrive.  So, we had Faith over for a few days.  I fell even further behind, missed another book club/Bible study meeting and skipped out on my Wednesday Bible study just to catch up. That being said...

4.  We had a wonderful visit with Faith.  We spoiled her terribly and she in turn charmed us for 3 days and 2 nights, leaving the house strangely quiet when she returned home.  Moses is adorable and so very tiny that even Matthew isn't so sure about holding him just yet.

5.  The weather is finally warming up.  Maybe.  I'm not making any plans to start cleaning up the yard until I'm sure that spring is on it's way.  Then I'll start with cleaning out debris, washing the windows and yanking out the messed up lilac bushes.

6.  Lent has begun and we've started our Lenten tree and evening devotionals.  There's bits of purple here and there.  We've all made some plans for what we're giving up or working on in the next few weeks.  Since I gave up Facebook for Advent and never went back, I had to re-think my usual Lenten sacrifice.  I'm still fine tuning it.

7.  A break in the weather has me thinking about summer vacation.  Last year we made the boys passports and filled them with lots of great activities and adventures for the summer.  I"m leaning towards making this the summer of lazy, do nothing and stick close to home days.  I don't know if it's a good plan or because I'm too lazy to make plans this year. 

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Yarn Along: An Abundance

Here's my knitting.

Here's my nephew.

Here's my niece.

 Another of my niece.  Because I can.

And that's all I've got.

I have more projects than is usually a good idea for me to have going on at one time.  I'm nearly done with one.  Half done with another.  Barely started a third, but it's a quickie.  And the infamous Shredder hasn't been touched but is rolling in the right direction...finally.

I was sick all last week and fell behind on my usual weekly stuff.  Then Sunday, at 2 am, was called into action as Auntie.  My niece, the Princess, is a new big sister.  Now that everyone is tucked back into their own homes, I am well over a week behind on everything.  Hence, snapshots.  No patterns.  No yarn.

I'm reading Courageous Virtue for a book club.  I'm reading Peter and the Starcatchers with Josh.  I pulled my Sherlock Holmes Vol. 1 off the shelf for myself.  I'll pick up with the Anne series again later.