Thursday, December 11, 2014

Crochet Works in Progress

 

I have a couple of crochet projects going on right now and I'm starting to feel a little scattered, especially since I just want to keep start new ones and leaving the others unfinished. I am a small issue though, about 2 and 1/2 feet tall to be more specific, that hinders me from finishing these projects more quickly.

This is what I'm dealing with people.

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Lincoln is pretty obsessed with my yarn and will take any chance he can get to unravel a ball or skein of yarn, shake, drag and roll around in it. It's pretty funny until I'm spending several days trying to work out the rats nest he created. I've almost got that blue skein of yarn workable again. Mike told me to throw it out and start over but I find something strangely therapeutic about undoing knots.

Anyway, I really am working on some projects. I made Lincoln a mohawk hat but I only put a half mohawk on it and I decided I like a full mohawk better so I want to add that extra piece. Then I really do want to share it and the pattern I used because I made it myself after not finding exactly what I wanted online.

I'm also working on some adorable ear warmers for my friend and her daughter. I bought the pattern from Velvet Acorn, even though I was pretty sure I could recreate it on my own, I decided to see how she made it. Her patterns are viral on Pinterest and I even had this one on my own board. I have to say I found the pattern to be mildly confusing and I've ended up having to modify it so I wasn't 100% thrilled with it. It is still a cute pattern so I need to hurry up and just get that project done already.

I'm also working on a scarf for a gift. I don't want to share too much about this one but I'm using wool yarn on it and I've never really worked with wool before. I keep going back and forth on whether I really like it or not. I'm good portion of the way into it so really I feel like I can't turn back now. Mike says it looks good so I am going to push through and finish it up so I can move along to something new. 

Monday, December 8, 2014

A New Kid Friendly Christmas Tree

 

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It's Christmas season and we have a big change in our tree this year. I've been putting up almost exactly the same red and gold tree for the past ten years. I love it every year but this year we had to do something different. I needed a kid friendly tree for our curious one year old and a tree full of very breakable ornaments was not going to cut it. 

I've been thinking about the tree for awhile and I originally was going to make my own ornaments out of crochet or felt but then I found something even better (and much less time consuming.) I got a bag of 120 felt cut out ornaments at Jo-Ann on sale for only four bucks. There were six different shapes along with gold string to tie through the hole on the top. I just couldn't pass up such a good price and time savings. 

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I opted to only use three shapes because I didn't need all the ornaments and I wanted to keep the color scheme more cohesive. The tree actually looked really nice with just the felt ornaments but we also pulled out Mike's ornaments from when he was a kid to finish off the look. Even though many of them aren't breakable we made sure to place them higher on the tree and out of reach of the curious hands. A spool of gold ribbon, a star and a tree skirt from our typical decorating added the finishing touches.

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Mike and I are both enjoying the new colorful look of the tree this year. Lincoln is happy to pick off the ornaments and carry them around the house. Or he will pull them off and then set them back on the branch. Our living room may be scattered with ornaments but at least we can still enjoy a decorated tree this year.

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Friday, November 28, 2014

Lincoln’s Second Thanksgiving

 

We had a wonderful Thanksgiving yesterday and it’s amazing how much has changed in our life since last year. Last Thanksgiving we were sleep deprived new parents and this year we have a walking, babbling little man. I am so thankful for our healthy, happy little guy. I am also thankful for my wonderful husband and the best father to Lincoln. We have the best little family and I don’t know what I would do without them.

Lincoln had a great time at Mike’s cousin’s house for Thanksgiving. He ran all over the house and loved playing with his cousins. He also loved the meal and gobbled up some turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, brussel sprouts and finished it off with a chocolate brownie. He is the best eater and he really put away all the yummy food.

We are spending lots of time with our family this weekend and enjoying a few days off from work. The Christmas tree is already up and we are ready for the next holiday!

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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Lincoln’s One Year Birthday Party

 

Lincoln's one year birthday party a week ago was a big success. Mike and I started planning months in advance. Since we were inviting a big group of people we decided to rent a room at our local rec center. I'm so glad we ended up going with that option and the room really exceeded our expectations.

I had lofty ideas for a theme but we ended up going to Party City and buying the decorations that had the most options so our theme became "one year old boy." We also got balloons from the local grocery store and tied bags of gummy worms as anchors. 

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We went with an easy option of ordering pizza and chicken for lunch and a couple of family members were kind enough to bring fruit, salad and pasta salad. My one big crafty item was cupcakes with Lincoln head toppers. They weren't hard to make in the end but I researched them for way too long. I originally thought of buying toppers but the prices were a bit high. It was really hard for me to find a tutorial for what I wanted so I read around 10-15 different options and finally just figured it out on my own. Stay tuned and I will share how I made them. I even figured out how to pipe frosting with a tip. There are actually a ton of tutorials for that so it really helped. Once I got the hang of a couple it was easier than I thought.

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Lincoln had a blast at the party and loved the food. He was really good with all the different people there. He had one cranky moment when he was ready to eat lunch but otherwise he did super well. He was a big fan of the new push jeep he got so we pulled it out to play with right away.

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I think the highlight for everyone was watching him eat his smash cake. He was a chocolaty mess but he loved it. I made him a simple chocolate cake by using some of the batter from the cupcakes and cooking it in a small casserole dish. Then I slathered the whole thing in chocolate frosting. He probably would have ate more than I let him but he wanted to throw it on the floor and I didn't have Abby to help me with the mess so I had to cut it off :)

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The whole day went so well and I'm glad we spent the time to give our boy a special party. It's still crazy how quickly the year has gone and how much he has grown up. He is such a little man now and I love watching him continue to grow and learn new things all the time. 

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His hungry face :)

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Friday, November 14, 2014

Lincoln is One!

 

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It’s here! Lincoln’s birthday! Our guy is one and what a year it’s been. This time last year I was hadn’t slept in over 24 hours and I had a tiny (or not so tiny, he was 10 lbs 1 oz) baby in my arms and I had no idea what I was doing. Now it’s a year later and I (kinda) have this mom thing figured out and I have the cutest, sweetest, most fun boy in the world. Ok I may be a bit biased but I feel so lucky to have the perfect little guy. This year has not been easy at times but it’s been so awesome watching Lincoln develop from a tiny newborn that slept all day into the non stop moving little man that he is today.

Lincoln started taking a few unassisted steps on his own a couple of weeks ago and now he is almost full time walking. He gets better at it every day. It’s still so funny to see him wandering around on his own. His little walk is so cute. He has gotten good at turning around mid walk, avoiding obstacles and getting right back up when he falls down. He still crawls a little but the past couple of days he seems to prefer to be upright.

We started him on regular milk this past week and he has been doing pretty good on it. He seems to like the taste but I guess I shouldn’t be that surprised since he likes pretty much anything we give him. He eats like a champ and sometimes I am surprised at how much he can put away. There isn’t much he doesn’t like but some of his favorites are eggs, chicken, broccoli, cheese and potatoes.

Lincoln’s one year party is tomorrow so we have been in full party planning mode. More details and lots of pictures to come. I’ll keep this post short and sweet while I get back to baking cupcakes.

Here’s a look back over the past year. I can’t even believe how tiny he was and how different he looks now!

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