Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Been a bit busy....

....because we have a new baby in our family!
I am still not getting full night sleeps three weeks later, a harder transition than Andre's. Caleb is 17 months old, and the kids are loving having him....mom and dad too.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

I probably should have...

Just posted these on here, but it is kind of different than just our regular family blog so I started a new blog: http://livingoncents.blogspot.com/
This blog is about coping with all of the allergies Andre has and how we are adapting things for him and saving a ton of money while doing it too! It is all about frugal living and doing things for yourself. I have a lot of posts already planned and I wanted all of these ideas in the one, same place so I can go back and reference them without sorting through all of the other stuff I post about in this blog even though a lot of it overlaps.

Friday, June 8, 2012

Bitter Blue Bobble Booties

This free pattern is available for personal and charitable use only, and is only for the booties. Patterns for the rest of the set may be made available at a later date. You do not have permission to sell this pattern or items made from it, if you would like to sell items made from it please contact me to obtain permission and consider making a donation to our adoption fund. These booties are designed to fit a new baby, but can be made slightly larger or smaller by using finer or thicker yarn or adjusting your needle size.

Guage is 15 stiches and 20 rows in stockinette equals approximately 3"x3"

Made using sport weight yarn and US size 3 needles.



co 30 sts in french blue

k1 p1 across then change to chocolate and rib 5 more rows

stockinet for 6 rows

eyelete row *k1, yo, k2t* across

p across
k across
p across
k10, k1, m1, k4, m1, k4, m1, k1 turn

p13 turn

k13 turn

p13 turn

k13 turn

p 13 turn

k3, work bobble on stitch 4, k5, wor bobble, k3

p13 turn

k13 turn

p13 turn

k6, bobble, k6

p across
k across
p across
k, pick up an knit 7 stitches on side, then k10 to end of row

p30, pick up an purl 7 stitches on side then p10 to end (47 stitches)

k across
p across
k across
p across
k across
p across
k across

sole

k k2t k14 k2t k9 k2t k14 k2t k

k k2t k13 k2t k7 k2t k13 k2t k

k k2t k12 k2t k5 k2t k12 k2t k

k k2t k11 k2t k3 k2t k11 k2t k

k k2t k10 k2t k1 k2t k10 k2t k

bo all stitches

sew up seam and make a 10 inch icord as the tie or use ribbon weaved through the eyeletes. Use basic embroidery to accent booties with a feminine touch.

Make two alike.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Family of 7 portrait!

Our first family portrait as a family of seven! It was a hectic day battling to get everyone ready, but in the end it worked out....can't believe it is possible that in a few months we could be doing this again as a family of nine!

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Spoiled....

My sweet husband and kids surprised me with an early Christmas present yesterday. I am so excited about the greenhouse and have planted all the heirloom veggies I got for free on Listia. I can't wait to see what comes up and eat the delicious fresh veggies. The kids also planted tons of flowers in my little love heart garden in the very front of our house yesterday and it looks so pretty. I LOVE our autumns and winters here and am looking forward to getting out potato and onion crops in soon and trying out some sweet potato this year too! I will post pictures soon!!!!! To top off my holiday weekend, we are waiting on Princess Laya to deliver our first bunnies of the breeding season, she has built a nest of hay and fur and is probably waiting for the cover of night for the arrival.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Small things, big miracles.

When Ethan was born and suffered a severe Hypoxic Ischemic insult (HIE) we never would have dreamed where we would be at today. His life was destined to be very short and probably spent in a vegetative state. I don't know that we fully understood the gravity of the situation at the time. I was getting my dream come true to be a mom and I wasn't going to let a little brain damage get in the way. It is only now after all the struggles and fights and ups and downs, unknowns and clear test results that we have a better picture. There was only one thing that mattered back then, and that was that I was going to cherish every moment I had with my son and do what a mom is suppose to do.....love, nurture and teach. You have to take what doctors tell you with a grain of salt and realize that ONLY Heavenly Father knows what is in store for this precious life and rely on him to give you the strength to face what ever may come. I have been incredibly blessed that Ethan was not in a vegetative state, and his life was not ever meant to be as short as doctors anticipated. I have been given this amazing child who despite many challenges is very determined and goal oriented. That said there are a great many things Ethan has accomplished in his 10 years, but just recently, the he has gone through a huge developmental growth spurt. These may seem like very small things to the parents of a typical child, but they are miracles to us. Ethan's latest accomplishments are things that I certainly did not expect to happen....he is completely out of diapers, and today marks 5 weeks without a tube feeding. It has been a tremendous amount of effort but with our help Ethan has met two of his goals....I can say he met them because I know how stubborn my son is and I know that after his effort he will never go back to tube feeding as he really wants it out for his eleventh birthday and I will do all I can to help him make that happen.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Hand made Christmas, progress

Almost done with this one, but the kids will be home soon so I need to put it away until tomorrow. I also made another head and am working on yarn hair for her. More pictures tomorrow!