It has been formally requested

It has been formally requested that I post some pictures of my yarn projects.

First, here is Dorothy’s hat, this is crocheted.

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Here is my scarf.

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Happy New Year everyone!

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We can’t have nice things

My wonderful husband bought me a lovely comforter set for Christmas. I got something in it that I haven’t had in years….a dust ruffle…..and something I don’t know that I’ve ever had….froo froo pillows. To be exact, it contained a roll pillow, a small square and a bigger square with a little tassle in the center, all very cool. I knew when I walked down to the tree that that big, puffy package had to be a new bedding set, because I’ve rotated the same worn out, slightly too small (queen sized) comforters ever since we got our new bedroom set, and I’m certain John knew how happy a new set would make me. Our bed is a king size, so even our super capacity washing machine will not be able to handle this beautiful new comforter, not that I would need to wash it right away or anything.

Two nights after Christmas in the middle of the night, Maggie starts coughing. Yup, you know where this is going. The gag reflex isn’t so hot for Maggie, and my poor baby barfed on the upper edge of my new comforter, despite all my efforts to position her over my body so that it would just hit me and not the bed. After I change her, redress myself, and nurse her back to sleep I clean the edge of the comforter as best as I can with a washcloth, water and SoftSoap.

BUT WAIT! That’s not all. There is more!

This morning, I hear Liam stirring at the ungodly time of 6:30am as I try to ready myself for the day, in the dark. Liam climbs out of bed. I ask if he needs to go potty. He says that daddy is in there. I figure we are good for a minute or two. Nope, try again! Liam sits on my gorgous little roll pillow and with a small sigh releases his little bladder in it’s entirety.

Now all that’s left is for the cats to claw up the dust ruffle and for one of the big kids to accidentally forget that they dragged their arm through a large glob of ketchup at dinner and stain up one of the lighter spots when they plop down on my bed to watch some SpongeBob. When this has happened, I’ll be sure to blog about it, because it will complete the transformation of my nice, new comforter set  just like everything else in these four walls that I love to call home – comfortable, cozy, well-loved, broken in…but not what most people call *nice*.  Today I’ll say I’m okay with that, but sometimes I just wish I could have something nice for more than a day.

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I asked Liam if he wants to get his hair cut today. He said no, he wants to grow it long so he can be like a monkey. 🙂 Such a sweetie.

Decompressing from the Holidays

Four solid days of Christmas, Christmas, and more Christmas is entirely too much. Though I can think of 40 odd other things I’d rather be doing, being back to work today is a good thing. Normalcy is good and I’m looking forward to lugging the kids in what my brother refered to as *the Bus*, to tae kwon do tonight. A delicious lunch of chicken nuggets, macaroni and canned green beans sounds quite divine today, though I’ll be honest here and admit that I probably would benefit from a delicious shake, a.k.a. SlimFast. Yes, I admit it, all the holiday sweets, fudge, pies and continuous buffets of fat-filled goodies has hit the waistline. Yay for salad!

Our house is filled to the brim with all sorts of new and exciting things to do, play with and look at. Now, we just need to figure out where to put all of this stuff. I’m considering *in with the new and out with the old*, but my children seem to be somewhat unwilling to part with their gear that has accumulated over the last several years. My husband is taking off of work one day this week, and I think he’ll be adding more closet shelving, which will help provide homes for all of the displaced Little People invading Liam’s room. Dorothy and Dustin already have the shelves in their closets, so I’m thinking a bit of creative organizing (and toy thinning while they are away) will tidy up their rooms as well. More challenging is what to do with Maggie’s things. Up till now, she’s had nothing but clothing and diapers to worry about, but Santa was good to Maggie and she now has toys, a rocking horse, and more clothes! I’m thinking we need to expand the house and add an attic loft bedroom.

A Purple Festivus Cake

Today Liam wanted to bake a cake. No problem – cake mixes are something we have. IGA had them 2 for $1 a couple months ago and I bought LOTS of cake mixes. I think I actually bought 16 of them. Down to the pantry we go so Liam can chose a cake. He picks a nice french vanilla.

We come upstairs and I suggest making it red for Christmas. Great idea! I reach into the cabinet and grab what appears to be red food coloring. Drop. Drop. Drop. Oh. That’s not red. Liam squeals in delight, “MOMMY, that’s purple! I like a purple cake!” Well, we will have at least one very eager eater of the cake. White icing, holly berries and little trees are on top of the cake. Today is Festivus, so maybe this can be our new tradition each year, to bake an unnatural food color cake. I’m thinking next year can be orange or green, either way will be a hit with the kids.

Happy Festivus to you and yours. If you are unfamiliar with this holiday it involves a silver pole erected in your home where you gather round and air your grievances after a delicious dinner (where we will serve the purple cake). The evening concludes with “Feats of Strength”. Now, this is where you’ll want to bust out the Kodak or your video phone. According to Wikipedia, “Traditionally, the head of the household selects one person at the Festivus celebration and challenges that person to a wrestling match… … Tradition states that Festivus is not over until the head of the household is pinned in a wrestling match.”

The New Family Toy and a Liamism

We finally joined the rest of the free world yesterday when we broke down and bought one of those newfangled flat screen TVs. Yup, it’s HD too. This is our *family* gift, but it is permanently located in the Mommy/Daddy bedroom. How fitting that the very first thing we got to watch on our long anticipated 32 inch LCD screen was none other than Little People ABC’s. I cannot tell you how I have hoped to get to watch it on my brand new TV. Seeing little red-haired Maggie, Sonja Lee and Farmer Jed in vivid color singing their ABC’s was nothing less than orgasmic in nature, definately worth the years we waited to take the plunge. The only thing that could have made the already incredible experience better is if we could have first watched The Wiggles shake their stuff in wide-screen format.

Seriously, I am extremely stoked about the TV. Now, if Liam is dead set to watch Diego, Dustin now has the option to go upstairs and watch Ancient Discoveries or the Tale of the Two-Headed Snake and Other Freaks of Nature without a monumental meltdown from Liam over the channel change.  Perhaps John and I could also take in some adult programming…not that kind….I’m thinking something like Full Metal Jacket or Scarface. The other thing I’m glad we purchased was the 3 year protection plan. Though I hope we don’t need it, it will come in handy if one of the kids (probably our 6th kid named Not Me) touches the screen and leaves a black dot or hand print.

 

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Daycare Kid:  Um, was Liam’s dad a bunny rabbit when he was a small kid?

Me: No. Why?

Liam:  Yes he was Mommy! …as he holds up a large painting John did of Bugs Bunny.

Me:  Liam, that is not a picture of Daddy.

Liam:  It IS!

Missing the Kids and A Present for Santa

This year, it’s my turn to be shafted when it comes to holiday time with Dustin and Dorothy. I just sent them off to their dad’s for the week, they’ll return on the 25th and leave again on the 31st. I’m a little sad that they are gone because I miss them terribly. I miss the constant chatter, the bad jokes, the hugs, the kisses, the thousands of question, and a kazillion little things. I’d be lying, though, if I didn’t admit that I am looking forward to getting the laundry caught up – two children create a lot of laundry, and theirs will be missing this week.

This being the week before Christmas, there are a lot of presents stashed throughout our home. Liam and Maggie aren’t old enough to go looking for presents, so we’ll be able to stash things in fairly open sight without the little bitties even noticing. This is a good thing because though I haven’t climbed up and looked, I imagine our hillbilly hayloft (plywood thrown across the garage rafters) is full…either that or John didn’t want to rearrange it to put the train table up there. Good thing I saw that sitting in the garage today, because sometimes when we leave the house we exit through the garage, today we will go through the front door.

I still need to do some shopping. I think Santa might want a present or two, and he’s declined the Aftershock. While I’m sure the big guy would be happy with kisses and hugs, he might like something gas powered…like a really cool sleigh like this

Santa might like this sleigh

Santa might like this sleigh

I don’t think it will fit all of our kids though, so he may have to settle for something a little smaller and also a little easier on the wallet. I don’t think they sell those at Home Depot either, and I’m fairly certain that’s where Mrs. Clause likes to shop.