Saturday, December 31, 2011

Lion Brand Yarn Catalog

So, in order to get myself motivated to try a new skill I knew that I would need a goal.  I hesitate to even say this goal... but, I think that I would like to knit & crochet through the Lion Brand Yarn catalog this year.  The patterns are free and they range from beginner to experienced.  There are some patterns in the catalog that I am not sure about; but I figure it would be a great place to start!

If you want to order a copy of the catalog (free), then go here: 

The first thing that I think I am going to attempt is a cowl...  here it goes.  :)

Friday, December 30, 2011


A couple of weeks ago I wanted to begin a new craft... something that would be calming (since my life isn't) and peaceful (since again, my life isn't...).  I have heard others rave about crocheting and knitting being these things.  So, I thought I would start with crocheting.  I have knitted before... using a knitting wheel type thing.  Josh still wears the scarf on occasion :)

So, I bought a book to teach me how to crochet & my grandma (who is home arts extraordinaire) started some examples for me.  My mom also is quite good.  So, I have the tools to start.  I bought yarn that I LOVE, found some patterns to try and I have been off work and able to do it for 5 days now...  yet I haven't started.

Thing is, I am kind of afraid to start.  I feel like I never stick with things.  Or maybe I am afraid because I won't be able to make beautiful things out of the yarn.  Instead I will make a jumbled knotted mess. 

Hopefully today, I can get it together to start. 

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Kaleigha turns 5!

Kaleigha had a Gingerbread Girl themed birthday party for her 5th birthday. I can't believe she is 5 already. She is such a sweet thoughtful girl. I love when she smiles and when she is happy. She is very creative and a great problem solver! I am so thankful that she is my daughter; we love her SOOOOO much!

I did her 5 year old interview on her birthday and am just now posting it.

What do you want to be when you grow up?

That part I haven’t decided. (I asked again… she said “Doctor and school teacher.”)

Where do you want to live when you grow up?

In the country and the city.

Where do you want to go on vacation?


What is your favorite thing to do with Mommy?

Make crafts


Climb on him.


Chase her, because we always run around the house and Jillian chases me too.


Tickle, tickle, tickle

What is your favorite place to go for fun?

Ikea and Totters Otterville.

What would you do with a million dollars?

Buy an expensive peanut car (which is a VW beetle); and give some to my friends.

What was the best thing about being 4?

Getting a big bed and getting to sleep in a sleeping bag sometimes.

What are you going to do now that you are 5?

It’s pretty much the same as when I was four.

What did you learn about Jesus this past year?

He died on the cross for our sins, he was born for our sins so we could go to Heaven and be with him forever.

What are you looking forward to about being 5?

That I am a whole hand. And I can do more than when I was four.



Kroger, because it has three things for kids… balloons, stickers and cookies! That sounds like three stores stuck together. And plus it has two sides to go in.

Place to eat?



Sunflower seeds and pistacios


Purple, White, Red, Pink


Kit (American Girl Doll).


Pinkalicious and Fancy Nancy and Tea for Ruby

Thing to wear?

Hello Kitty clothes

Is there anything else you want to say at the end of this interview?

The End. Thank you for coming to our story, this is the end.

Happy 5th birthday, Kaleigha! We love you!

Drew... over due.

Our first son, Andrew "Drew" was born in October. He was a week late and I am two months late updating this to my blog... Oh well.

I adore little Drew. He is so sweet and I just can't get enough of him. He sleeps through the night and started that around 7 weeks, which was good - since I went back to work at 8 weeks. I am really having a hard time being back at work - and I only work part time. It is just pretty crazy with me being at work right now. But, that is another post :) We all love Drew and are so happy he was added into our lives! I have such a feeling of having our family complete and I truly am filled with so much joy just thinking how God has blessed me/us so very much.

We love you Drew!
(And, yes I do have some pictures of him all alone... but they are still on the camera and it was such a pain to get these pictures to load on here...)