Just a little photo collage of our year.
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It’s getting to be that time again. Before everyone’s calendar fills up, Chris and I would like to announce our Second Annual Holiday Open House and Caroling Party on Sunday, December 15, 2013. We’ll kick off around 2pm and go until everyone leaves.
Also, if there is anyone out there needing turkey and good cheer on Thanksgiving, come on over!
It’s been a long time, and I’m finally getting around to performing some long-overdue maintenance. Twitter is back, and the photo gallery should be better soon too.
Yoga asansas from tonight:
Cat, Child (1 & 2), Cobra 2, Tortoise, Penguin, Frog.
Saturday morning, Chris dropped me off at the gym and took V to ballet class. I spent 30 minutes on the elliptical and grabbed some breakfast at Bruegger’s next door. We came home and changed so I could take the girls up to the Topsfield Fair with my parents and my brother & his family.
V and Cordy loved checking out the animals, and had a blast on the rides. Both girls were fantastically well-behaved, and loved peeking in at Adin Jr. who slept in his stroller all day. V held hands with Lily, who did an excellent job of keeping her with the group. At the end of the day, my parents, Adin, Kelly and the kids bailed, and I took V and Cordy on some of the rides.
They went on the carousel, bouncy castle, crazy bus, and flying turtles. On the way out I stopped to get them some cotton candy (the first time they’ve ever had it), and the lady gave me a free bag that had gotten a little squished. We headed for the car, both of them daintily eating cotton candy as we walked. Cordy managed to get it all over her face, and fell asleep 5 minutes later with a large piece of cotton candy still in her hand. Veronica lasted another 10 minutes before konking out. All in all, it was a success! We got home exhausted, ordered a pizza and watched Happy Feet.
Sunday we took our time getting up, had pancakes for breakfast, and cleaned the house before heading to the grocery store. Lunch was delicious (if greasy) homefries, bacon and eggs. Cordy went down for a late nap, and got woken up early so we could head to Nicole’s for Canadian Thanksgiving. We got there just in time for dinner, which was delicious. Veronica even cleaned her plate! Dessert was pumpkin whoopie pies and Marc’s amazing maple sugar cake. The girls ran around the house like maniacs, playing with everyone, until it was time to crash (literally – V tripped and smashed her chin). It was great to see Marc and Scott again (it’s been way too long!), and as always we love to see Nicole.
I’ve just realized I’ve had this blog for over 5 years now, and I’ve barely documented anything about our lives in it. I have also just realized that I haven’t uploaded any pictures of the kids in the past year. So for the rest of October, I’m going to try to stick with updating the blog and adding pictures of the kids on a regular basis.
I’ve been doing a lot of spinning lately. Tons of spinning. And tons of knitting. It’s like I’ve been eating, drinking, and sleeping fiber for the past several months.
I dropped my subscription to WoW, because I found that I would rather create something useful than just waste hours of my life playing a game. Also, my desk configuration stinks, so using my mouse puts a lot of strain on my elbow and shoulder. I can’t quite figure out how to get into a more comfortable position, but I just see it as motivation to spend less time in front of my computer.
I borrowed my friend Jenn’s spare spinning wheel in January, and bought one for myself just like it in April. Sadly, I preferred Jenn’s, but the experience has certainly helped me narrow down what it is I am really looking for in a wheel. For now, I’m looking at something like a Canadian Production Wheel (large, saxony style, designed for fine yarns), and either the Schacht Matchless (described as the ‘Cadillac of spinning wheels’) or the Schacht Ladybug (the smaller, ‘entry level’ offering from Schacht which is half the price of the Matchless).
Right now, I’m still having fun exploring this craft. I’ve got the following projects to keep me busy:
1. Sock yarn spun from Dorset (a breed of sheep usually used for meat, but has a non-felting, good-for-sock-yarn type of wool.
2. Processing a pound of cormo fleece from Alice Field at Foxhill Farm. The sheep was named ‘Oriole’.
3. Tussah silk dyed by Enchanted Knoll Farm
4. Dyed Blue Faced Leicester from Spunky Eclectic
5. Knitting a pair of Nutkins from sock yarn dyed by Mind’s Eye Yarns
6. Finishing off a baby hat for Kelly & Adin’s baby.
Just enough to keep me hopping!
…to make no more resolutions.
I had mentally challenged myself to post here once a week. So here we are, third week of the year, and my first post.
Off to a great start!
Chris and I took the kids to the zoo today. V had a great time checking out all the animals. We got caught in a torrential thunderstorm while in the barn. Cordy LOVED the horses, and V played with the puddles. They’ve got some construction going on near the tropical house, and the only entrance was clearly marked ‘Exit Only’, even though they’ve got all routes to the real entrance blocked off. Didn’t get to see the apes or snakes, which was a bummer, but we saw peacocks, condors, keas, flamingos, kangaroos, emus, zebras, giraffes, ostriches, lions and tigers (sadly no bears – V really wanted to see Baloo). Goats, sheep, horses, owls, and chickens and things. We had an awesome time! Home again for naps (after a bit of a fuss), freeze pops and burgers for dinner. Yay!