Monday, November 17, 2014

30 Days of Thankful 2014 - Part 2

Part 2 of 30 Days of Thankful. So far, so good.

Day 10: Thankful for a nice hot bubble bath at the end of a long day of unpacking my Mom's new house.

Day 11: Thankful for my sister Sam who took us out to Winnipeg to get Violet's belated birthday present of AppleJack from Build-A-Bear Workshop. And shopping at IKEA!

Day 12: Thankful for my kitchen. Even though I can never keep it clean, it shows that it's well used and loved.

Day 13: Today I'm Thankful for this big girl. It's been a day of sorries,forgiveness and do-overs. And I love her so much.

Day 14: Thankful for this little girl today. Her love of chewing on everything (including my socks that I'm wearing!) is hilarious.

Day 15: Thankful today for Netflix and The Magic School Bus. It's educational and entertaining!

Day 16: Thankful for Dominique's growing independence. She's a determined little girl who tries to do everything that her big sister is doing, including eating with her spoon. 

Friday, November 14, 2014

Around Here | 44/52

Reading Eat, Pray Love. I’ve read it before, and have loved it.
Playing the “what new food to give Dominique” game. So far….EVERYTHING!!
Watching Once Upon A Time on Netflix. Going into 3rd season and still liking it.
Trying to cut back on a lot of stuff.
Eating freshly made chocolate chip cookies.
Drinking lots of tea (still). Also trying to drink more water as well, but tea is more flavourful.
Doing lots of catch-up journaling.
Loving the amount of help that I’m getting from Violet with everything. Best part is that it’s all voluntary.
Discovering how much Dominique loves her Jolly Jumper. I think it’s my sanity saver again!
Enjoying my quiet time in the mornings.
Finishing Violet’s knitted striped blanket.
Starting Dominique’s knitted  rainbow blanket.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

First Striped Knit Blanket

Phew! Took me long enough. I started this blanket for Violet back in August (near the end I believe), and was determined to have it done by her birthday. Unfortunately, her birthday was in October and it still wasn't done. My aim was to do one stripe a day, and I fell behind.

But today I finished it up, cast it off (after googling how to) and gave it to Violet. She's seen me working on it all the time for the past little while, and she was thrilled with it. It measures 3ftx3ft and it's perfect for her right now. Especially as a snuggling blanket on the couch (and a superhero cape as well).

I haven't knitted in so long (since before high school?) that I was happy that I got to make this one for Violet. I got the idea from Elise for the stripes, although this one is black and purple. Love it.

And yes, I was a bit surprised that I remembered how to do all this. The casting on, knitting, and switching colours. Pleasantly surprised.

Next up? A Rainbow Knit Blanket for Dominique.

Monday, November 10, 2014

30 Days of Thankful 2014 - Part 1

So to go from one big project to another (and another in December), I'm taking part in Cathy Zielske's 30 Days of Thankful. Although our Canadian Thanksgiving is in October, I figured this would be a good project to take on.

What are my plans for this once it's done? A digital book. Much easier as I already have the words and photos here. I'll try to post every Monday, but bear with me if it's not up in time. Been a bit sleep deprived lately.

Day 1; Very grateful for these 2 girls every day. Even if they do drive me batty.

Day 2: Always thankful for Keith. He works hard, makes sure that we're taken care of and loves to spend time with his kids.

Day 3: Very thankful for Violet's help this morning. I was switching laundry around this morning before changing Dominique's diaper and Violet went in there and changed Nique's diaper all by herself! Such an awesome little helper.

Day 4: Thankful for Violet's love of reading. I was getting her ready for bed and she grabbed her book, sat down with me on her bed and started "reading" to me. So like her Mama.

Day 5: Thankful for the opportunity to try new recipes for my family. Chicken Broccoli Alfredo was a hit!

Day 6: Thankful for these cousins that get along. Even when playing nap time on the couch.

Day 7: Thankful that we can do grocery shopping to make sure that we always have food in our stomachs, and for Violet helping me at the check out. She did 1/2 the cart all by herself!

Day 8: Very thankful for Keith's patience with Violet watching him while he makes supper and answering her questions and showing her how to be careful in the kitchen. Valuable time together and life lessons.

Day 9: Very thankful that we made the trip to Winnipeg today to pick up a Jolly Jumper. Need something to burn off some of Nique's energy!

Friday, November 7, 2014

Around Here | 43/52

Reading The Fault in our Stars (trying to read it again. Didn’t finish it the first time).
Playing Super Mario on the Wii for the girls. Nique loves it almost as much as Violet does!
Watching The 100 and Once Upon A Time on Netflix,
Trying to get rid of this stupid cold that has taken residence in our house.
Cooking more new recipes, thanks to Pinterest.
Eating more fruits and veggies, trying to get Violet more interested in veggies.
Drinking lots of tea (hot and iced).
Scrapping my Project Life from this year into digital books.
Doing lots of photo and digital backups. Fell behind a bit.
Loving the help that Violet has been giving me in the last week. She has proven to be quite the big sister and helper.
Hating that I have to move my Mom to a new house, again. The house she moved into last week had too many problems, so she went and found a new one. Moving commences on Saturday.
Discovering that I can indeed run on 4-5 hours of sleep for the past couple nights (thank you Nique for starting to teeth), and still not lose my mind. Although 1 hour naps in the afternoon helps.
Enjoying quality time with Keith when we can get it. Which is usually after the girls are in bed and we watch some shows on Netflix.
Thinking of some friends who are going through some hard times and sending up some desperate prayers for them that everything works out in the end.
Feeling the need to clean the whole house and get rid of more stuff.