Monday, February 24, 2014
I am a homeschool momma, usually. I'm not only a homeschool momma. I'm what you call a second generation homeschool-er. This last 6 months has been all new territory for me. When we received the placement of a 7yr old and his 2yr old sister I thought, "Maybe having to have a little more structure in our morning routine wouldn't be a bad thing. And besides, he'll be in school most of the time, so it won't change our lives all that much." ;-) Let me stop here and remind you, I'm a homschool momma and even these "rationalizations" are new to me. ·Public School is not free. This may not be news to you, but I was under the impression that our taxes paid for it. If you want your child to be involved in Art, Tech, Drama, Music, you have to pay extra per semester! ·School clothes are expensive! Again, your thinking, "Duhhh!" But i thought we'd have clothes that would work for this "little guy". He and Benji are exactly the same size! How was i supposed to know that jeans with pockets on the side of the leg aren't popular, or that a 7yr old would care about what's popular?!? Our new guy had to have "skinny jeans". (Which amounted to Wrangler slims.) Then there's shoes, he wanted skateboard shoes, but he needed gym appropriate shoes, and snow boots! Thankfully his grandma provided another pair of each. Being new to this arena, i got up early, made him breakfast, set out his clothes, went to wake him up, and we walked to the bus stop together. After a few mornings of this, his teacher called me, "Did you know that we offer hot breakfast here at the school?" I did know, but I felt like a hot breakfast was the least i could do... Then she surprised me. "We were wondering if it would be ok, if he ate here, it would help break up his morning." So, now I get up, lay out his clothes and fuss over whether or not i wore the same leggings/sweater combo yesterday or not. Then there's the backpack spelunking. I literally hold my breath and reach into the bowels of his bag, praying that there are no sharp objects or food that is going green. Why do i brave this treacherous terrain? Because when you ask the child what they learned that day you are met with silence and evasion. (This kid should be in counter-intelligence!) Can we talk about the "School Breaks"? Number one, why are there so many??? Number two, what am i supposed to do with a child that is used to having a minute by minute schedule? So, now you see how the naivete has been peeled away, piece by piece. What we are left with is a morning like this one. 6:50 My phone starts to chirp, I tell it to try again in 5 minutes, because somehow I'll be more awake by then. 6:55 It's chirping again and I restrain myself from throwing it across the room. Instead I get up, head downstairs, wake up the child, follow him back upstairs to get dressed near the fireplace. 7:00 pack the child a small snack, because it's the least i can do. Child informs me, he has three of those in his bag from last week because he "hates them and their nasty". 7:01. For the second time this morning i show restraint, this time i pair it, empathy. (my mom would've made sure i had a snack i enjoyed, he deserves no less, despite his reaction.) 7:03 Inform child that I'm going to go start the car, and will be waiting for him. 7:10 Return to the house seeking "lost" child. Find him rummaging through the toy box for his football that is diddeeply and without warning the ONLY possession he can't leave home without. 7:15 drag the child from the house, he is passively resisting, none too quietly. 7:18 drive the bus route hoping to catch it before it just makes sense to drive the rest of the way to school. 7:20 find the bus, wish the child a good day, met with silence, encourage him to hurry and be sweet to his bus driver. I watch him walk to the bus he doesn't look back until in exhaustion i close my eyes and thank God i found the bus and don't have to go all the way to school. 7:21 I look up, he is standing in the of the bus waving to me and it dawns on me, Public School moms only have this morning routine with their kids. This is the only chance i will have to get his day started right. When he gets to school it will be all about the teachers, the clothes, the activities and the other counter-intelligence operatives. This public school mom thing has taught me a lot! But i hope that at least this lesson sticks with me, it's only 30 min in the morning, but it needs to count!
Saturday, February 22, 2014
So this little cover started with a set of buttons. :-)
When I saw them on the rack they just sung, "Usssssse us!!!!". And so I obliged!
One of them is an adorable pink and grey argyle!!!! I'm still chewing on how to showcase that one. I'll let you know. ;-)
My I pad goes everywhere I go, but then so does my wallet, keys, phone, ugh.
With this set of covers you can streamline the process.
Sometimes all you need is your I-pad for your grocery list and some cash! The button closure keeps whatever you decide to put in the pocket, well, IN! :-D
I decided to jump on the owl bandwagon. There are so many fun owl shaped crocheted things online! I just had to try to make my own. This guy goes together easily and I think he turned out great! I have a very bulky I-pad cover and I was worried that it wouldn't fit, but it does!!!
Monday, February 17, 2014
I'm not gonna say that my I-pad or I-phone is "THE MOST IMPORTANT" thing in my life.... that's just silly! That being said, I have been known to turn around and go back to the house if I forget either of them!! Since they are both with me all the time I decided they needed some extra protection. I love my "Otter" boxes and while they provide fantastic safety for my devices they don't do anything for my sense of aesthetics. ;-) I came up with some fun new covers, then the kids wanted some! I can make them in any color combination you can imagine and would be happy to accessorize your "baby" too! :-)
The last few weeks have been so so stressful. I can't post about it until the investigation is complete, but suffice it to say, I've been needing an outlet. :-)
We had our re certification last week and our home supervisor was asking, "What do you do, for YOU?" David handed her an I-pad cover I crocheted. ;-) Her next question, "How do you handle the stress?" Again David hands her the I-pad cover. :-D ha ha ha cracked me up!
So here are a few more things I've been working on. :-)
A full sized sleep sack with flower closures. :-)
I used two strands of super soft acrylic, and I really love how it turned out! But a sack this cute needs a hat....I thought so anyway.
I saw this pattern for a "Rosy Heart" and just loved it!!! (It takes a little doing...but I think it's worth the effort)
And together, they are a perfect pair!
Friday, January 24, 2014
I've been crocheting like crazy lately.
And making my own version.
Then there was this hat.
I loved it SOOOOO much, and in conjunction with the afghan...
Next up, my sweet Benji.
He had an ear infection that ended badly, and needs a hat. So...
Saturday, November 30, 2013
A sweet friend of mine also named her "Thanksgiving" post, Thanks and Giving, I thought it was so appropriate, I borrowed it! ;-)
(hope you don't mind!)
We waited until the last minute to make plans this year, we've been waiting to hear about a "start date" for my hubby. My momma sent me this text. "No pressure, but cooking for 16 is much different than cooking for 26, so let us know as soon as you can." :-D. Made me smile! She meant, "No pressure, but you practically need your own bird, please RSVP!" ;-).
Love my momma!
I'm so glad we decided to go home. There have been some health scares in and around our extended family, and we all needed to be gathered together. We missed one of our sisters and her family. But we are so proud of the work they are doing in San Cristobal, love y'all!!!
How cute is my nephew??
Just wanna eat his neck!!! But it looks like his daddy is doing a pretty good job of that already.
Our only given task, was to bring pickles and olives to snack on while my dad tortured us with the most delectable smells. We stopped and picked up some black olives, I swear, they were laced with something!!! I'm not usually a "raw olives right out of the can" kinda girl, but these were exceptional!
Here's a little of the "giving". :-)
We had a smoked turkey, and my dad did something I've been hearing about lately. He cooked the turkey upside down for half the time, then flipped it and cooked it the rest of the way.
It was good!!!
Thank you dad!!!!!
My momma always sets the most beautiful tables!
The boys were outside when we arrived spray painting those apples and pears! How clever!!
Here's one of my sisters trying to decide where we were gonna squeeze another two dishes on the table!!
Isn't she cute?
Here she is again. Cracks me up.
My daddy LOVES to cook, almost as much as we LOVE for him to cook! :-)
They re-did their Kitchen recently, and I just can't enough!!! Gorgeous!!!!
Two years ago our grandpa had a stroke. :-( It has been a long uphill road for our sweet grandparents, but they are amazing! Such an example of True Love!
Our "Papi" loves hockey. Any hockey in general, but especially Colorado Avalanche! Sakic was the favorite.
When I came across this pattern on Pinterest I thought it was perfect!
Lots of fun new stitches, but almost easy enough to work a few rows before consulting the pattern. :-)
With this home jersey in mind,
I came up with this!
I love how it turned out!!!
It is soft, and warm, but for a little extra added snugness I lined it with fleece and hand stitched the edges. Then ran a single crochet around the edges in the maroon.
To keep it from being too loosey-goosey I hand quilted the fleece catching just the underside of the afghan.
This was really a labor of love. It took me a few months to complete, but I thought of my sweet grandparents with every stitch. Thanking God for them, praying for strength and wisdom, and asking God to keep my own marriage, so that one day our grandchildren might look at us with the love and respect that we have for our "Mimi and Papi".
We have so much to be grateful for!