Monday, August 29, 2011

Happiness Is . . .

. . . listening to my girls' play house, the way their mama does.

Princess #2:  Well, the kids are all in bed.

Princess #3:  Oh good.  It's time to knit!

Sunday, August 28, 2011

You Know You Live . . .

in the desert,
when your toddler mistakes the sound of a thunderstorm . . . 
for that of a Harley.

Friday, August 26, 2011

A Little Insight

Have you ever thought of your day
in terms of transitions?
I do.

Wanna know why?
Because transitions in my spirited child's world

Everytime you switch tasks is a transition.
Try thinking about it this way . . .

#1- Wake up.

#2- Get out of pj's and get dressed.

#3- Eat breakfast.

#4- Brush teeth/hair.

#5- Play or School time

That's at least 5 transitions all before 9 am at our house!!

Think about a trip out to do errands.

#1- Get in car and buckle.

#2- Get to destination and get out of car.

#3- Errand.

#4- Get back into car and buckle..

#5- Get to destination and get out of car.

You get the picture right?
That's 5 transitions (at least) just for one errand.
It's a red letter day here at the Castle if we
get in more than one stop per trip because
of the affect that change has on our spirited child.

You may be wondering as to the point of this post.
Not sure, dear readers.
Just something I thought I'd share with you.
A little glimpse of my life.
And maybe, a little perspective to those of you with
children that may struggle with transitions as well.
Like a mom with a toddler! {grin}

Now granted we have come a long way in
dealing with the daily transition struggles.
 It involves a lot of prep work from a Mama's standpoint.
Lots of thinking ahead.
Lots of being flexible with how much time may be needed to transition.
It's exhausting some days.
Especially now, as summer is winding down
and fall is looming. . .

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Interesting Assumption

So I was given the privilege, inconvenience, chance, opportunity to be a part of our system of justice here in America this week. You guessed it, jury duty!

During the first stretch of waiting (if you've ever served, you know what I mean by that, right?), an older gentleman sat next to me and struck up a conversation with me about the sock I was knitting and it continued on to family life.  It went a little like this:

Nice Old Guy (NOG): So do you have any children?

Queen: Yep. Four.

NOG: Wow. How old?

Queen:  11, 9, 6, and 2.

NOG:  You must stay home with them.

Queen:  I do actually.  Out of curiosity, how did you guess?

NOG:  Well, daycare for that many kids would be awfully expensive . . . plus you're knitting.

Queen:  Ah, well, there you go, it was the knitting that gave it away.
What can we take away from this dear readers?

Some in the world assume you are a stay at home mom

when you have four children 


(the best caveat of all)

you knit!!

Hope you got a grin out of this one.  I know I did!!
Wonder what he would have said if I would have
also confessed to educating my children at home!!
Probably would assume that I also know how to sew!
The horror! {grin}

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Overheard After Rest-Time

Queen: Who is hiding in my curtain?

The Prince: Jertain in the curtain, Mama!!

Can any of you guess which book is the Prince's current obsession?!?

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

A Knit A Week

So, did I mention that I attended Sock Summit 2011?
I didn't?
Well, I did.
And, it was, in a word: amazing.
To be surrounded by knitters from all walks of life, 
who were wearing the most fabulous hand knits I have ever seen,
to not get any funny looks or feel as if you
might be the tiniest bit rude by pulling out your knitting
whenever you get the chance,
to have the sensory experience to see, touch, and
talk with the creators of incredible sock yarns and patterns was
I want to go back.

I got the chance to meet Jill Draper.
She's the gal I buy most of my sock yarn from,
as you faithful readers know.
Just meeting her, was worth making the trip.
To give her a hug and squish her yarn in person,
the icing on the cake that was Sock Summit!

I took some classes.
I met the Yarn Harlot.
I bought some yarn.
I met the Yarn Harlot.
I bought some patterns.
I met the Yarn Harlot.

I finished these socks while there.
Stood in line forever waiting for the chance
for the Yarn Harlot to "hold" my sock
as she so willingly does, rock star knitter that she is..
And realized that I forgot to take my camera [*&%@]
to document such a momentous occasion.

Anyway, as you may have guessed I am thoroughly 
enamored with creating hand knit socks.
Sock Summit, just convinced me that this
obsession is right and true!

The Details:
Pattern:  Socks For Euni a freebie from Liz Abinante

Yarn:  Socks that Rock Lightweight by Blue Moon Fiber Arts
in a mystery color Mill End.

Verdict:  These babies just flew off the needles.  I love it when 
that happens.  Fab pattern and fab yarn!  One more
Christmas gift off the list!!

Monday, August 15, 2011

Wonder No Longer

Now I'm sure you've wondered dear readers,
how does the Queen make meals
that all the Royals will eat?
I'm sure you've thought to yourself, she doesn't seem to post 
much about cooking,
yet her kids are getting bigger and
seem to be healthy, hmmm. 
Or, her recipes must go through rigorous testing and
approval before she tries them out on her family.

Well, wonder no longer my friends.
I do have *a* stringent quality control measure in place.
His name is Clyde.

First Clyde cautiously does a sniff test.

Then, takes an aerial overview. 

Finally, the all important taste test.
If Clyde approves, then I know I have a crowd pleaser! {grin}

Just having a little fun with you all this fine Monday morning.
Best Wishes for a fine, mid-August week, dear readers.

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

Happiness Is Not . . .

 . . . finding "Potsie" in the sink, when you go to drain the pasta and the corn on the cob.

Anybody else hear "Chucky" music playing??

Monday, August 08, 2011

A Knit A Week

So by now, dear readers, most
of you know (or have figured out) that
I have the teeniest, tiniest obsession
with knitting.
I know, hard to believe. {grin}

But I also have a deep, deep love
for the written word.
I love to find fabulous, fun
books to read to my kids.
And I love to read, well, just about
anything for my own personal enjoyment.

I also love to give gifts. Handmade ones in particular.
Especially ones that I've knit with a specific
person in mind.

For the following "Knit A Week" post, 
prepare to be astounded, dear ones for
I've combined all three loves!

Meet the Princess.

See all those mattresses.  And her wee pillow.

Will she be able to sleep??
Hope so.

But will it be comfortable sleep is the question!

 The Details:

Pattern:  Princess and the Pea by Susan B. Anderson
from her Itty Bitty Toys book.  Love this book!!

Yarn:  Every last bit was from scraps!  Fabulous 
stash-busting project.

Verdict:  I'm enchanted.  And not just because it
was based on a fairy tale!  I included a copy 
of the story along with the princess for 
my niece to enjoy listening to, while
she plays with her princess set.

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Princess #2 is 9!!

Whew.  Sometimes the passage
of time hits you all at once.
The birthday girl with her Palomino cake!

Here are a few little things you should know about
my sweet Princess #2.
She (is a/an):

*fast and furious bicyclist.

*reader of anime.

*fabulous seamstress.



*songwriting wonder.

*aspiring singer.

*has yet to meet a stranger. {grin}

*lover of animals . . . especially horses.

*aspiring equestrienne.

*daughter of the risen KING!

*fun-loving and always fun-seeking!

God knew when He blessed us with Princess #2
that our castle was lacking in the adventure
seeking dept., the spontaneity dept., the
extroverted dept., and the flair dept.

So. . .

Nine years ago, 
in a big, ol' hurry,
Princess #2 was born
with the loudest cry I have ever
heard a newborn make.

And she has been making herself heard
ever since.  Our castle would
be awfully boring without her
to liven up the joint!
We love our free-spirited little miss very much.

Monday, August 01, 2011

A Knit A Week

Princess #2's Birthday Sweater!
Completed completely (read: blocked!)
before her birthday!
Yay me!

She originally chose a swing cardigan
sweater, but after she saw the feather and fan
stitch pattern on her baby cousin's sweater,
she just had to have that.
What was this Mama to do??
Order more yarn and find a new pattern . . .

I found a feather and fan sweater pattern that I ended
up modifying a bit in order to make it in 
my aspiring Fashionista's vision!

Yarn:  Cascade 220 Paints/Hand Dyed

Verdict:  She loves it!  And I loved fiddling around
making the modifications that personalized this one.
The buttons are from the same fab etsy seller 
as previous projects.