Tuesday, July 29, 2014

{yarn along} Socks!

This week I wanted to share with you all the socks I have been working on for Posy.  I have some yarn heading my way from Knit Picks and hopefully I can get started on some new things for her.  I am 28 weeks now, so I have until late October/ early November (with my luck), to get some fun things made for Posy.

I'm not too happy with the way these came out.  They look kind of terrible, even after I blocked them.  I think the problem was the needles I used.  I used some wooden needles and the yarn just did NOT move smoothly along them at all.

That pattern is also very hard if you don't know anything about making socks!  But I do love the ribbing at the ankle, it is rather brilliant, as it keeps the baby from kicking them off.

I then decided to whip up some of my baby sock pattern with some leftovers from my Hermione socks. It is kind of adorable you know... we will have matching socks!

As for reading... um, well not much.  It has been too hot to do anything other than sit in a chair and think about how hot it is.  ;)

 So what are you working on?

Monday, July 28, 2014

Playing Mass

After lunch on Saturday, the kids decided they wanted to play mass, but they simply couldn't because Rogue wasn't there!  He and daddy were still up at Cub Scout camp, much to everyone's dismay.

After many assurances that Bear would be a wonderful priest, he finally agreed.  He doesn't look so confident, does he?  He processed in with Latin chant, thanks to you tube on my phone.

Some people wouldn't take their seats though...

But soon the liturgy of the word began.

The priest looks like he has heard these readings before...

The Gospel.

The priest obviously did not prepare a homily.  He mumbled something brief and sat down.

Then we started the Liturgy of the Eucharist.  The gifts were brought up.


Now he looks like he is getting into this.


The priest really enjoyed this.  There was some jumping up and down.  
The congregation was rather excited about this part, as well, and demanded more.

And just when you thought it was over, someone had to come up and give some sort of announcement.  I am not sure what it was about, but I am sure I will find it in the bulletin later.

And the procession out with more Latin Chant thanks to you tube.

It all ended with a "Let's do it again!!"  
But it was time for some of the congregation to have a nap.  

Saturday, July 26, 2014

8th Birthday Tea Party

About a week ago we got to celebrate Buttercup's 8th birthday.  She declared she wanted to have a tea party this year.  so we happily obliged.  

There was a four course meal.

Scones (which looked a bit odd because I had only frozen blueberries), fruit, 
cucumber and egg salad sandwiches, and cookies 
(which I forgot to take a picture of!  We used these cool tea party cookie cutters).

Tea served in fancy cups.

And, of course, we were all dressed very elegantly.

And used our very best manners.

After tea we changed our clothes and then decorated little bird houses!  I got them on sale at Michael's for 50 cents each.  I figured that was such a good deal I even got some for the teenagers...

Who had more fun I think then the younger crowd!

Then there was gifts!

She got Frozen Anna's Icy Adventure and Meet Rebecca. One of the benefits of having sister's who work is that they buy you really cute outfits! She also got fuzzy posters, the saint dolls I made her, and a Ceramic Tea Set with Basket.

She also has some pretty creative brothers!  When she said she wanted a giraffe for her birthday her five year old brother was only too happy to provide!

Rogue went over to their grandma's house and she helped him make her a lovely rosary that actually kind of matched her outfit!

It was all topped off with cupcakes, chocolate-chocolate chip with cream cheese frosting.  The photos were terrible, so just take my word for it, they were yummy!

8 years... 

It goes by just too fast!

Friday, July 25, 2014

{this moment} July 25, 2024

Rogue's last year at Cub Scout Camp.  Tony's?  He still has two more boys to go!  
He is in for the long haul.

You can see someone wanted to go too.  Actually, quite a few sad faces were left behind.  There was just one particular little lady who, quite literally, would not let go and then proceeded to weep bitterly as they drove away...

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

{yarn along} July 21, 2014

I finished it!  I gave a little sneak peak of it in my daybook on Monday, but I finished Posy's first sweater.... well, other than I am short one button.  We will see when I can get off my duff and go buy more.  I love how I will have to buy a strip of seven just for one.  But I will make use of them!

I really like this pattern and have made a few.  It is a simple straight forward cardigan but with the buttons off to the side give it a bit of a more fun look.  It is a great sweater pattern for beginners, for sure!!

I just started a little pair of socks for her, since everything I want to make for her seems to require DK weight yarn and next week is payday.  Actually I have books I want to get too... oh the quandary!  Books or yarn?  Yarn or books?

Speaking of the written word I am almost done with Pope Awesome and Other Stories.  I am really enjoying this book!  It had me almost laughing out loud in the dentist waiting room, making everyone look up from the electronic devices and wonder who the crazy lady is laughing at paper.

I am also reading  The Sinner's Guide to Natural Family Planning.  I am also really enjoying Simcha's perspective on this.  NFP has always been hard for me and so reading through her thoughts and those from Jennifer Fulwiler in Something Other Than God, have really helped me keep my focus and prepare me for that lovely post-partum period of uncertainty that will hit me sometimes in late October.... or with my luck early November.  Anyway, it is a nice reminder of WHY NFP is so important.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

More Saint Dolls & a Cake Topper

The other day was Buttercup's 8th birthday and I wanted to make some more saint dolls for her, since I was unable to pull off a pillow case in time.  Don't worry, she will get one, just late!

From left to right: 
Saint Dominic Savio, Saint Josephine Bakhita, Saint Lucy, a priest, and Saint Dymphna.

 From the side-back: St. Josephine, Saint Lucy, St. Zita, and St. Dymphna

I was a little disappointed in my Saint Josephine.  The paint would not smooth out, but I have to remind myself that these are for the kids to play with and perfection is not the goal.  Right?  Right!

I also made her a little family, but her complaint was that there was not enough children.  So apparently I need to get cracking and make about 7 more according to the consensus around here.  Only two kids? That is weird in this house!

And lastly, I made her a cake topper.  They are not just for bride's anymore!  I thought this would make a great tradition as well.  Everyone gets a cake topper of themselves for their birthday.

Another thing I did this time, was I made sure to take a fine point pen and write what saint or person they are and the year on the bottom.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Amy Caroline's Daybook ~ July 21, 2014

Outside my window...
Hot, but not as hot as it got last week!  We reached 105 degrees which o this pregnant lady felt more like 501.

I am thankful for...
For all of the generous people who prayed for and donated money to the Snodgrass family.  So grateful and overwhelmed by all of the love people have sent to this family.

I am thinking about...
School next year.  We got really behind last year.  It was not our best homeschooling year and I want to make sure that this next year we stay focused!  With a new baby on the way in October that will be a challenge.  Thinking maybe we should pick a patron saint for our school year, someone to inspire and pray for us!

From the kitchen...
It is too hot to cook.  But I am doing my best.  We celebrated a birthday the other day and there was a lot of baking going on, which made the house hot, hot, hot!  But it was all worth it!

I am creating...
I just finished Posy's first sweater!  I am actually itching to get going on something else, but everything I want to make is DK weight yarn and I don't think I have enough!

I also brought back up the old Knit Together Designs page for all of Lily and my patterns.  I have been trying to fix links and such over there and linking everything up to Ravelry again.

Oh, and in lunatic fashion, I created an excel file with my top ten choices for the baby's name.  It includes popularity ratings, saint feast days, and what they are the patron of.  Further proof the heat has gone to my brain.

I am reading...
I just finished Something Other Than God, which I loved.  I needed this book, badly.  Now I am diving into POPE Pope Awesome and Other Stories and The Sinner's Guide to Natural Family Planning.  No romance novels this week... but it is only Monday.  

I am praying for...
The Snodgrass family and this little bundle growing and growing.  27 weeks!

Extremely attractive shot of my 27 week belly.  I thought, hey, everyone does the chin down,
let's see what I look like to the kids!
I am hearing...
The kid's playing.  No one is screaming, no one is fighting.  But, the day isn't over yet!  :)

Around the house...
Tony is putting a small window air conditioner into the teen's room.  We have air conditioning (kind of), but he unit isn't big enough and it gets really hot in the newer part of the house!  So until we can figure out where to get the money for a bigger ac unit, this will have to do. This time of year with the heat brings out the grumpies, so I am looking forward to smiling faces.

One of my favorite things...
the fact my husband didn't leave me when I took a pair of his favorite old sweatpants and cut them into shorts... for me!  It was so hot and they were old, so I figured...  Hey, they fit me, ok?  I'll get him a new pair... someday.

A few plans this week...
Oh my, so much!  Two dentist appointments, chiropractor appointment for Daisy, a funeral, doctor appointment for Tony.... OH!  And renewing his driver's license.  

So, we lost his birth certificate.  Yes, and apparently two of the kids' certificates too.  Don't ask me.  So in order to renew your driver's license you have to have your birth certificate.  In order to order your birth certificate you have to have a valid ID.  His ID expired, whoops.  So.... I had to order his birth certificate.  When the birth certificate came a week later, it was not for my husband!  Even though the birth certificate we did get was for a man 4 years younger than Tony, we decided it would be best to get the right one.  We are finally in possession of the correct birth certificate, and now we can get his driver's license renewed.

It is always some kind of adventure over here!

A Picture Thought...

She woke up and trotted in wearing her big sister's headband, pleased as punch with herself.  In the background, proof that laminate flooring sucks.