Yarn Along

This is a pretty accurate picture of the last week around here. Sick kids… absolutely no reading… and a little bit of knitting (when I finally manage to get Alex to sleep on my chest).

I’m loving knitting with this yarn, although whatever possessed me to start to knit a sweater for me in fingering weight yarn I’ll never know. What was I thinking? Perhaps it will be done for Christmas?

Whatever this bug my poor little ones have is pretty nasty. I managed to kick it pretty fast in the older ones with lots of echinacea with goldenseal, herbal biotics, and some emergenC. Alex on the other hand isn’t old enough for those things so he wasn’t so lucky. We spend the day in emergency yesterday when he started turning blue when he was coughing. I was finally allowed to bring him home but he is hardly nursing and having a very hard time breathing so I’m not sure if we’ll be able to stay out. Sick babies are not fun.


Yarn Along

When the mail man came to the door with a squishy package addressed to me yesterday I just about kissed him!! Before everything went all crazy a few weeks ago I splurged and ordered myself enough Tosh Merino Light for a cardigan for me.

I’m so in love with this yarn!! I’m not sure what I was thinking, it’s just fine yarn that I’ll be lucky to finish this by next winter but it’s super nice to knit with. I ordered a couple other skeins of tosh and some cascade from their clearance section in case I need some in between projects but I can’t wait to wrap up in this soft silky sweater!

I’ve been reading possibly the funniest book I have ever read. I’ve read Jenny Lawson’s blog for a long time so when her memoir came out I knew I needed to read it. It hasn’t disappointed me, I started reading it sitting in chapters one evening when we were in Edmonton and I laughed so hard three different people came and asked me what I was reading and why it was so funny. It was a little embarrassing but I couldn’t help myself!

Joining with Ginny’s yarn along to see what others have on their needles!

Our last family ‘vacation’ for a looooooooong time.

He looks cute. It’s an act. Don’t buy it.

My husband started a new job recently, he is working for himself now and had to purchase a truck. We decided to go to a nearby big city to do this and figured we might as well spend a couple extra days and take the kids to a huge, super fun mall.

There is a giant indoor water park, indoor theme park, and tons of shopping there. It would have been the perfect vacation had a certain baby not been even more miserable than normal while we were there (apparently that is possible, who knew?). I kept him in the beco most of the time which helped. I think I lost 6lbs packing that boy!

They all had a blast in the wave pool. I had a blast reading my book.

Maybe there is hope for Alex liking the water after all! It didn’t last long but he did have some fun.

The mall has a fabulous thing where certain times of the day families can go to the park and ride rides or go to the water park for only $20, it was great.

We did have a pretty good time, I definitely had a lot of fun shopping!! However, we won’t be attempting a trip like that until Alex is MUCH older.

6 months!

Our life has been all sorts of crazy lately. Our quiet Easter got turned upside down, going through lots of big changes and having to make big decisions doesn’t leave much time for blogging! I don’t want to miss Alex’s 6 month post though!!

I can hardly believe that we have survived 6 months.

We had lots more firsts this month. Your first St. Patrick’s day… your first Easter… and your first cold.

That was one nasty cold. It took our whole family out for 2 weeks. You were a miserable congested baby, Daddy and I took turns sleeping with you in the recliner because that’s the only way you could breathe.

You tried food for the first time this month! You’re still not quite ready for real solid foods but do you ever love your baby safe feeder! You’ve had blackberries, pears, and peas in it so far and you really suck that thing dry. It’s nice to be able to give it to you at dinner and sometimes be able to eat as a family.

You’re still enormous. weighing in at almost 20 lbs and 27 inches.

You’re not sitting up yet but you are *very* close to crawling. You go backwards like a pro and are getting up on your knees and rocking. If you would just let mommy put you down for a while so you could practice you would be moving in no time!

Your siblings remain your favourite people. It doesn’t matter how mad you are, Mary can almost always get a smile.

Your other favourite things are your soother (which makes Mommy SO happy! I always wanted one of my babies to take one and you really loves yours), your wooden teething moose, and your jumperoo.

And of course it goes without saying that these things are all second to being in someone’s arms. That always comes first.

Bath time is sloooowly getting better. If you are in a really good mood, have a full belly, and have your sister near by we can usually get a five minute bath without screaming. That’s progress!!!

Yarn Along


Well, I just couldn’t do it. I ended up frogging my pink tiny tea leaves sweater and starting over. I had been working on a size 4 so it’s a good thing I started over, this time I cast on a 6.

All three of my little ones are in various stages of a cold, poor Alex wants nothing more than to lay on my chest (very unlike him!) so I’ve managed to get  quite a bit of knitting done. I finally got to the yarn store and finished Luke’s Milo:


I’ve also been getting in a fair amount of reading. I just finished ‘Stolen Innocence‘ by Elissa Wall last night. I have read a couple other books about women escaping the FLDS church but this one was really interesting, Elissa I’d one of the first girls to bring a lawsuit against Warren Jeffs.

I requested ‘The Write Start‘ from our library again. I love this book a lot, we have enjoyed many of the activities she suggests.

Yarn Along

I’m making pretty good progress on Luke’s Easter milo, unfortunately I’m at the end of my yarn now and that means either taking all of my kids to the yarn store (ha!) or waiting until my husband is home on a weekend so I can go. Luke might not be getting a milo for Easter after all.

I’m reading Smart Parenting for Smart Kids on my kindle right now. Mary’s preschool teacher recommended it to me. She has completely blown her teachers away at school, they asked if we have considered having her tested for the gifted program at one of the schools here. We haven’t decided what to do, I am still leaning rather heavily towards homeschooling but we will probably check the program out just to see what they offer.

I’m re-reading The Well Trained Mind again also. I really like the idea of a classical education but I think it might be a little bit too structured for us, I want our kids to have the freedom to follow their interests and any rabbit trails that we might come across.

Five months!!


Alright little mister. I give up, you win. There will be no more hoping that you are going to get happier. I seem to be setting myself up for disappointment. We seem to have moved from colicky straight into teething anger.

You’re certainly getting bigger. You wear size four diapers now, size 6 at night. You are in 18 month jammies, but not for much longer!
You are a drooling, teething, monster. It is amazing how much you drool. You chew anything you can get your hands on, including your sucky which you have figured out how to make a funny squeaky noise with.

Mary and Luke are still some of your favourite people. Mary just loves talking to you and dancing for you. It’s a toss up between her and Daddy for your favourite person.

You refuse to nurse to sleep. The only way we can get you to sleep is by wrapping you up, giving you your sucky, and rocking you. Often we need to give you a little gripe water to get you to calm down enough to suck. You like to reach your hand up and put it inside mommy’s shirt as well. Skin contact seems to calm you a little.

You are starting to sit by yourself a little bit and you are *dying* to crawl. You roll onto your belly every single time I put you on the floor and in the last couple weeks you have started getting your legs up under you and pushing yourself forwards a little bit.

You’re already constantly getting into things you shouldn’t, our life is going to be crazy when you start to crawl!!

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Even though you are a cranky thing you hace one of the biggest smiles I have ever seen. Everywhere we go people comment on your smile, your whole face just lights up. Of course it doesn’t really help anyone believe that you’re cranky. 😉

Project Simplify: Week one

Well, I did it! It took until the very last minute but I went through all the toys in Mary’s room, Luke’s room, and in the living room. Of course I only ended up with one before picture…

Here is the after:

One big job I tackled was our books. I went through all the books in Mary’s room, all my schooling books, all our Catholic books, and all our picture books. It was a big job but my book shelves look great now. Mary had a huge pile of books at the end of her bed and they are nice and organized now:

It’s so nice not to have a ton of books falling off of that shelf!

Her toys are all organized into bins as well. It’s so nice to be in there

Luke’s room looks great too but I have no pictures. He is sleeping in there now.

I got super ambitious this afternoon and went through all of Alex’s clothes as well. I have a big bag for the consignment store, along with a big box of toys. I had gone through Mary’s and Luke’s not too long ago so they didn’t need to be gone through again.

I’m looking forward to the kitchen next week… I have a few cupboards that desperately need some attention.

Yarn Along

There has been lots of knitting going on around here lately. I am trying to finish a Milo for my big boy to match the one I finished for his brother last week. I also dug my daughter’s tiny tea leaves sweater out hoping to finish it for Easter.


It would seem my knitting has come a loooong way since I started this sweater last year and it’s full of mistakes!! I have resisted the urge to frog the whole thing as my daughter is rather attached to it so I decided to finish it and let her use it as a play sweater.


I used Ginny’s pattern for a newborn hat with a bit of lace (I would link but I’m on my phone and I don’t think I can) and some beautiful merino wool for this cute set for my soon to be born niece… I was so sure it was going to be a girl. However, I have an adorable new nephew now and have to find a new baby gift!! My husband finds it quite funny.


Still doing lots of Lenten reading but Mary and I have also started looking through my favourite sewing books to find an Easter dress pattern.

Yarn Along

(for some reason pictures coming from my phone come out huge! Still not sure why…)

The milo I was working on last week is finished and blocking on my table right now. I have a little project to finish before I get started on my next one. I made Alex’s in 12 months, I’m thinking I’m going to do Luke’s in a 4. Hopefully I get it done before Easter!!

I read The Amish Midwife in two nights this week. I need to stop getting books like this. I am such a sucker for Christian fiction that when I have them out of the library I do basically nothing but read until they are done… no more fiction this Lent, I have too much to do!

I posted about most of the books in our Lent basket when I posted about our Lent plan,
Mary has really been enjoying them.