WIP Wednesday

I only worked on one project this week. I blame my lack of productivity on being incredibly busy and my love of self striping yarn. You can tell that I have developed a project bag problem as I was able to pull out a holiday specific project bag for the occasion.

I did manage to do a tiny bit of sewing today, My Aldi quarter keeper was falling apart, so I decided to see if I could sew through fake leather. I didn’t even change the thread in my machine, so it doesn’t match, but I’m still proud of fixing it.

I am itching to cast on a sweater. I’ve been haunting Ravelry and Blueprint looking for ideas. I always add things to my queue on Ravelry, but I never want to make them when it is time to cast on.

I hope you are having a great week and feeling productive.

Vacation!

We just got back from a quick vacation to Omaha. It is our first family vacation with kids, and the first time John has stayed in a hotel with me since our first anniversary in 2012. Because we were travelling with a three-year-old and a four-year old as well as a husband who hates to travel, I decided to keep the vacation plans simple. We went to Omaha (a short two hour drive down I 80) to visit the zoo and swim in the hotel pool.

My low bar vacation plans ended up being just right for us. We stayed at the Embassy Suites in the Old Market district.

They have a pool, which was used with great enthusiasm.

They have a nightly cocktail reception with light snacks. The light snacks included vegetables and hummus, so we called it dinner both nights. Audrey was pleased to have a kiddie cocktail. Elliot didn’t like the bubbles.

After a horrible night of sleep, we headed to the zoo. While buying our tickets I decided to be a big spender and buy passes for each of us to go on all of the rides all day. That was a decision that paid off.

Audrey and I rode the carousel twice.
John and Elliot rode it five times.
Elliot and John rode the train twice.
Audrey and I rode it once.
Audrey and I rode the tram twice.
John and Elliot rode the sky ride once.
Audrey and I rode it twice.

The kids fed the birds. We almost skipped this part, as John and I don’t enjoy tiny dinosaurs flying at our heads. Audrey really wanted to see the birds so I took her in. I am so glad we did. For $1 you get a stick with bird food on it. She was thrilled. Eventually John and Elliot joined us and Elliot had a chance to feed the birds too.

We stayed at the zoo for about five hours. If Elliot was a little older I think we would have stayed all day. The last thing we did before heading back to the hotel for a dip in the pool was visit the stingrays in their pool. This was amazing. I had never touched a stingray before and was surprised to find them so soft.

It was a great day with my favorite primates.

After a quick swim and cocktail reception we surprised the kids with an adventure. Audrey loves horses, so we took the kids on a carriage ride. Audrey didn’t stop smiling once. Elliot was too tired to really enjoy it.

This morning we played at a park and then headed home. It was a nice time away, and I’m glad to be home. Wrigley is glad we’re home too.

Perfection

In the depths of winter, when it is too cold to leave the house, I imagine summer as the perfect season. In my imagination summer is idyllic, with lazy days spent playing in the sun, visits with friends on the patio over chilled sauvignon blanc, and impromptu pizza parties where we let the kids stay up too late. That sort of summer day rarely happens, but today it did.

This morning we met my cousin (who happens to be one of my best friends) and her two boys at a nature playscape outside of town. The kids played in the water while Claire and I caught up. Her oldest was such a good helper for Elliot. Elliot can be shy around new kids, but he loved playing with Thomas. Please note that Elliot chooses his own clothes, and I do not make him wear a safety vest out in public (although it is really handy to find him in a group of kids when he is wearing a reflective vest).

This afternoon they installed a new gas line for our house (Have I mentioned that they are redoing our street? Or that it is expected to take over a year? Or that it is delaying us putting our house on the market so we can move out of our glorified tiny home?). Elliot was very excited to see both a backhoe and a little excavator in our yard, so he wanted to check it all out.

This afternoon Kirsten and her family stopped over to play (you may remember her from every single post about St. Louis or camping. We make bad decisions together, like the time we took four kids under four camping for Mother’s Day).

We’ve been playing in our yard a lot lately. My lettuce died, so instead of cleaning out the planter I’ve started calling it a mud kitchen and letting the kids play in it. It is a hit.

I’ve also discovered if you give kids a bag of peanuts in the shell you get about 30 minutes of time to drink wine and talk with your friend.

We were having so much fun John eventually ordered pizza and went to pick it up. Kirsten and I caught up and made plans, the kids played, and Rob and John drank beer and got annoyed with us.

Kirsten told John we messed up. Our girls are three months apart. Our boys are three weeks apart. She thinks we should have gone for three days apart. That isn’t in the cards for us, but I sure do love snuggling this little guy every time I see him.

After the kids were in bed I headed out on a walk to finish up my 10k steps. It was a great time to reflect on what a nice day it was. I am blessed with wonderful friends, and I am so thankful for perfect summer days.

WIP Wednesday

This week is simultaneously dragging and flying. I cannot explain it, other than to say I have no idea what day it is.

Do you remember The Song that Never Ends? These are the socks that never end. If I don’t keep working on them they will go into a knitting bag never to be seen from again, so I keep plugging away on them. I am to the gusset of the second sock, so there is light at the end of the tunnel. I’ve pulled out the yarn for my next playground socks in the hope that it will inspire me to get working on these.

I cast on a pair of Twizzler socks to work on while we watch the Tour. We still have five stages to watch, so I should make some good progress on these before they become normal socks that I can work on whenever I want. I love this pattern, which is really easy to memorize. The yarn, which I bought at Iowa Sheep & Wool Festival this year, is beautiful to work with. I’m using 100% SW BFL for these socks, so they probably won’t last long, but they will be lovely while they are here.

I said I wasn’t going to buy fabric until my trip in September, but something came up. The Iowa State Fair is going on right now, which is a huge deal. I normally don’t go, as I find it expensive, exhausting, and annoying, but this year I’m going. My friend is taking me to see Hootie & the Blowfish and Barenaked Ladies, two great bands I loved in college. I decided if I’m going to the fair I need a state fair dress, so I went to the store to find some hot dog fabric. Then things got out of hand.

I do have some unexpected time to sew, as I cancelled our trip to Cedar Falls this week. Yesterday Elliot was hit in the teeth in a backyard swing/running Elliot collision. He is OK, but his lip is swollen and he is clearly in pain. Last night his tooth was loose, but it is OK now. So, not a great reason to have extra craft time, but I’ll take it.

Mr. Fat Lip

I hope your projects are going well and your house is injury free.