Thursday, October 9, 2014

{p,h,f,r} Where For Art Thou Autumn?

Joining the gang over at Like Mother, Like Daughter for some {p,h,f,r} fun.

{pretty}

It should be fall.  It isn't.  I would love to post a photo all autumnal and lovely, something to make your heart long for pumpkin spice anything, but bah humbug.  So I will post a picture from LAST fall, just to pretend...


This was actually almost exactly a year ago.  Bare feet mind you, but long sleeves and leaves.  Sigh.  I'm not bitter, I'm not bitter, I'm not bitter...

{happy}


This story starts sad but ends up happy, trust me.  The kids recently purchased some Angora bunnies, super cheap (they were headed to the doggie treat factory).  Everyone has been fawning over them and loving them.  The sad thing was one of them was not well when we got him.  We had no clue and suddenly he was gone.  There were many tears.  When we realized he was ill we rushed him to the farm where he was born but there was no hope and nothing we could do.

The people were so sorry and so sweet as to give us another rabbit.  Daisy picked out this one.  We think she looks like a Regina... a bit like the evil queen from Once Upon a Time.  :)

{funny}


We have been praying an eveing rosary as a family (well, whoever is at home, which these days is rarely everyone!) for the National 54 Day Rosary Project.  It has been a huge blessing!  One funny little note is that poor Bear falls alseep almost every night somewhere in the midst of it.  Culred up on the floor or daddy, it doesn't matter.  I guess he finds it very soothing!

{real}


Here I am at 37 weeks.  My selfie game is not strong, as my teens would say.  I mean let's just pretend the obvious spots on the mirror are actually some cool effect I added.

Well at my OB appointment yesterday they said this is it.  I am ready to pop.  Due to my age (because I am sooooooo old) and the GD they want to induce me next week.  So say some prayers for me and hopefully this sweet little girl will come on her own, before that??

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

{yarn along} October 8th, 2014


I really miss blogging, but being able to do so with all that is going on (getting ready for baby, schooling 5 out of 8 kiddos, plus the general chaos that life in a big family can create) it has been hard to fond a moment!  Most moments are spent sitting in the recliner wondering if my ankles will every go back to a normal size.  I know they will, this isn't my first rodeo, but at 38 weeks, it is starting to feel like this is never going to end.

Anyway, knitting!  I have been knitting and I even started a crochet project.  A crochet project that will probably NOT be done by the time baby comes.  Maybe?

I thought I would show you my favorite knit that I have made for Posy, poor baby has a blog name but no real name yet!

It is this Tin Can Knits sweater.  I do not get a commission from them, so trust me here, I adore their patterns.  And hey, if they did give me a commission it would all go towards their patterns and yarn anyway.  The pattern is the i heart rainbows sweater.


I was so afraid of it but once I got going I was totally in love.  I made it short sleeve, though, because I do have to admit, that the idea of knitting with fingering weight navy blue yarn for one more row might have driven me mad.

It really was my favorite knit, probably of the whole year!

As for reading?  Well most of that is baby name lists these days.

And here is a sneak peek at Posy, all squished.  She is running out of room folks!


38 weeks and counting.

Oh and I guess I better start thinking about Christmas crafting, huh?

Gulp.

Joining:

Nicole at Frontier Dreams

and

Monday, September 29, 2014

4th Birthday!


Not too long ago we celebrated another birthday... ok, it was like a month ago... 
but I am finally posting about it!  


I had planned on a Frozen theme but due to chaos, it got streamlined quite a bit.  It involved mostly watching the movie, opening presents and enjoying a Dairy Queen ice cream cake.  


I made Sweet Pea some peg dolls, like I did for Buttercup.  I am hoping to make a peg doll for each of the kids on their birthday for their cakes, this year.  Last year it was pillowcases, this year wooden dolls of themselves!


I also made her Saint Sophia and her three daughters: Faith, Hope, and Love.  
I of course, cannot find them right now, but luckily I got a shot of them on Instagram before I completely finished.


I have really enjoyed doing the peg doll makeovers.  I still have some more to go, 
but I think they will have to wait till after the baby comes!

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Amy Caroline's Daybook ~ September 28, 2014

I don't usually like to write on Sunday, but I felt that even 1 day over a month was a bit long to not post!  So hello again.  Sorry, didn't mean to be gone that long but life has been very busy lately and I thought the best way to share what we have been up to is with a Daybook.  So are you ready?  Here we go!


Outside my window...
It is a beautiful early Autumn day.  The sky is blue, dotted with fluffy white clouds and after such a long time the air actually does not smell like smoke!

I am thankful for...
We had a substantial rain the other day and it helped to contain if not completely put out all the fires that were burning in our area.    I was absolutely giddy!  We had been praying every night for the fire fighters and for God to send, to quote Bear, "Big, fat, juicy rain."

I am thinking about...
This has been such a hard year.  I mean, we have had hard years in the past, everyone does, but this was a very different hard.  It is a scary thought when you realize that sometimes things happen in our lives and we just don't know what to do.  If it were a physical ailment you would go to the doctor.  But when things on a more deeper level come to surface it isn't so easy as, "Take two of these and call me in the morning."

This has been a year where we discovered the importance of prayer.  And it had been on my mind quite a lot lately.

From the kitchen...
Sooooo.... I was diagnosed with Gestational Diabetes at 36 weeks.  Yup, not 28 weeks, but 36.  I was going to a midwife and I started to worry that the new clinic wasn't being as careful as I felt they should be.  So at that late stage I decided to go back to my OB.  At my first appointment they wanted me to have a glucose test to make sure, since I hadn't really had one at 28 weeks.  Well I failed.  Came back a few days later for the 3 hour and FAILED.

So for the last week I have been trying to control it quite successfully with diet.  But that means no carbs, no sugar.  I tried one homemade gluten free pancake with only butter one morning and it sent my numbers crazy out of control.  So I am being very careful.  Now I know why I was feeling so sick every Sunday morning after my two pancakes with syrup!

I am creating...
I am almost done with a little baby dress for the baby who will be here in only a few weeks!  I also started working on a pair of knit pants in the sweetest shade of purple.

Other than that I am working hard on this little wee babe!

I am praying for...
The baby.  Life this pregnancy was not easy or peaceful.  So I am sending up lots of rosaries and prayers for this little wee one.  After my last appointment, they told me that with the gestational diabetes and my age (because I am so decrepit at 40) they will induce me probably at 39 weeks.

I am reading...
How to Raise Good Catholic Children by Mary Reed Newland.  I am really enjoying it so far.  It is a good encouragement for parents!  Our local parish has also just stared a Bible study that will be going on during religous education and we are reading A Well-Built Faith: A Catholic's Guide to Knowing and Sharing What We Believe.  It looks like it is going to be a really good book and class!

I am hearing...
Some of the kids are outside playing and Daisy is practicing her piano.  It is actually quite peaceful... for the moment!

Around the house...
We are getting ready for our new arrival, which could be here in about 2 weeks!!  *GULP*  I am washing baby clothes, buying last minute items, and nesting a wee bit.

One of my favorite things...
This is where I want to whine about chocolate and how much I want to swim in a vat of chocolate peanut butter ice cream.  But I won't.  I won't go there.

A few plans this week...
I have to get two non stress tests a week now and an OB appointment.  Then add on top of that schooling the kids, piano lessons, and such, there is no such thing as a "few" plans around here!

A few (blurry) moments from last week...



God Bless!!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

1st Day of School 2014

For most of us...  But it was a great opportunity to get new pictures of all the blessings!  Since we can't seem to be serious for too long, I picked out two pictures of each of the kids.









Friday, August 15, 2014

Vacation Bible School 2014

I didn't mean to be MIA, this has been a crazy week.  Maybe I can pull together a daybook soon and tell you all about it!  Part if this week our evenings were taken up with Vacation Bible School.

Tiger's best buddy, his blanket.  He brought it with him on the last day of VBS.  There was no way his buddy was staying home without him that evening.
He did keep it in the car though.
Because of Tony's new work schedule we have had to change parishes.  This one is actually closer to us, but the time was the only one we could make work.  The kids were excited to see what VBS was like at this "new" church.

It was strange for us because they held it in the evenings.  I worried about this because I knew the little ones usually went to bed about the time this one would be almost over.  I generally kept Tiger home except the last day.

It was a blast and everyone was rather excited about the fact they served dinner, especially me!  I only got to go the last night, but I think I picked the best night as it was homemade taquitos.  I controlled my pregnant self but luckily Sweet Pea didn't want hers.

It was a lot of fun and the kids truly enjoyed it.  Now, the focus needs to shift to school.  I can't believe it is almost autumn and there will be a new baby in the house!

Oh and don't forget about today!  It's a Holy Day of Obligation!


Friday, August 1, 2014

Our Spring Musical Recitals

 Spring 2014
Last May (I can't believe that is August!), we had some wonderful recitals.  I had promised you back when I talked about forgetting Daisy's confirmation that I would make up for it later.  Well here it is!

Their first recital - Winter 2010
I am finally posting some videos of her wonderful recital.  She has been taking lessons from an incredible talented woman for 4 years now.  We have been so blessed not only to have her as a teacher but as a friend!  Her husband is also a talented musician and he arranges most of the music for the girls.


Here is Daisy doing her solo, Moonlight Sonata.



And I had to share with you this fabulous ensemble that was arranged by Brent Olstad.



We also had another recital!  Rose is going off to university next fall to study music.  For the last few months she has been working with a local woman for singing lessons.  Here is Rose singing Pieta Signore:




I was so proud of both of them!