Friday, September 26, 2008


Homecoming is pretty big deal in this one-high school town. I've definitely come to appreciate it more as I've gotten older. When I was in middle and high school I mostly appreciated getting out of school early. Yes, the dances were fun, and usually filled with drama, but I don't think I really thought about what it means for a town to come together. While watching the parade today I started thinking about how it is something that young and old, parents and children, sports players and spectators, and just regular towns-people can participate in. The scout troops provided a little bit of chaos to the parade while the Shriners (like always) brought up the rear in their mini go-carts.

Since my husband is a football coach, we stood with the team. It always pulls at my heart strings to watch teenage boys, who are usually trying to one-up their friends and show off in front of each other, display moments of tenderness and thoughtfullness around our son. They smiled, offered up high fives, and even popcorn, to Matthew. Matthew had fun getting as close to them as possible before they turned around and noticed he was there. He would then squeal and go running to Daddy. It was a fun afternoon. We tried to go to the first half of the game but unfortunately it was delayed because of lightning. I do miss going to the games...I have been working on a couple of counted-cross stitch projects for over a couple years now. On Monday something came over me, call it "motivation" perhaps, and I decided to finally finish them. It only took me a couple of hours, and the satisfaction was great. I just think that having framed cross-stitch pictures in a home gives it a cozy feel. The fly-fishing project was supposed to be a birthday present for DH two years ago, and I can't even remember when I started the bird project. Well, now they're done!
I have big plans for Christmas presents...more info to come. :) Have a terrific weekend!

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

One Busy Boy (and Mama!)

Matthew is one busy boy and has sure been keeping me on my toes lately! Now instead of doing separate activities in the same area, my activities have become his activities and vice versa. He is especially fascinated by what goes on surrounding my crafting. He loves turning my swift around and around, but loves taking it apart even more. This evening I was looking at some fabric, he crawled up on my bed with me, and helped me spread it out. What a little helper!

There are some things that I know I'll just have to put off until Daddy gets home, though. One is being on the computer. When I try to be on it when he's in the room, he likes to turn it off and/or play with the mouse. I can't be on it during nap-time either because he somehow "knows" I'm upstairs (even with his door and the office door shut!). By the time evening rolls around, I am usually so tired all I want to do is watch a little tv and knit a little or go to bed early, thus the lapse in blogging.

I have been busy, however. I received Berrocco's Norah Gaughan Book 1 about a month ago and just love the projects in it. I didn't want to take on a big project like a sweater just yet, so I decided on a scarf. Below is the beginning of Noemi. I'm using Blue Sky Alpaca's Alpaca and Silk. It is so soft and in a gorgeous fall color. I haven't decided if it's a gift yet or to keep it for myself...

I've also been plugging away at Pat's Cobblestone Pullover. I am now affectionately calling it "my Everest." Why is it taking me so long? Why can't I just get it over with!? I think I know why, but that would involve a long psychological discussion that I'll spare you from. :) Anyway, the body and one sleeve are done. Yay!
I did manage to finish a fall hat for myself. It's the same pattern and yarn mentioned in my last post. I can't wait to wear it!
Finally, just a sweet picture. Matthew has been wanting to sleep on the sofa lately. It extends his naps a bit, so hey, I'm not going to fight it!