Today my little girl graduates high school! Here she is at age 5, it is obvious she's had some falls. These falls that caused little bruises or the need of a Band-Aid were easy to fix when she was 5.
As she grew into a pre-teen things changed, she was growing up and in doing so she began to have mood swings. Things weren't so easy to fix. There were many of those in the past few years. She had a wild ride to growing up and my hairdresser can attest to that fact...lol!
So in the early years it was all fixed so easy, a kiss on an owie or a hug was all it took. These last few years we had to give a lot up to God and pray like the dickens. I'm so glad we did. We never gave up on our little spitfire!
Today she graduates from high school, she's no longer a little girl or a snarly teen but she's an 18 year old woman and the world is her oyster. Today she will put on her beautiful purple(not bad considering all she wore is black for the last 3 years) and she will hold her head high and she can be proud of how far she came. I can't wait to see where life takes her. My DH also wrote a lovely post today, we are very blessed to have her in our lives!
On this day, 22 years ago we were young and full of hopes and dreams and maybe even a little bit afraid of the future. We started our life of together doing things just a little bit different from the norm. We met in February 1988 and for me it was love at first sight! I knew withing days of dating you that we'd get married. I had never met anyone like you before.
On that day 22 years ago the odds were stacked against us - the whispers around the hall we were married in were not unnoticed by us. I noticed the glares my Granny gave us. We continued on, we knew and we smiled and had our day. It didn't even matter that we didn't pick the date and that an overbearing auntie-in-law had messed with the decor and made it a tad tacky.
When I walked into the room and saw your beaming face smiling at me I knew it would all be ok. I kept my eyes focused on you and nothing else mattered. In that moment of time everything else ceased to exist.
Here we were getting married, it was really happening! I loved you and you loved me. That love has gifted us with two beautiful children. Many years of good memories and so much more.
On this day I can sit and reflect on our life and the good times and the bad. We always managed to work together as a team getting past anything that seemed overwhelming. So many firsts we encountered together, discovering new things about each other each and every day! Knowing that my love for you grows stronger every day we are together.
I am looking forward to many more years of new discoveries and adventures. Oh yes, the adventures. One thing about life you learn is that it is full of many different adventures and you cannot always predict the kinds of adventures you will be gifted with. I am looking forward to many more years of adventuring with you. With you at my side I can do anything, we will see and so so much together. Like fine wine our love grows better with every year we're together.
Today when I look at you with all the love in my heart I say over and over again in my head "I do!"
This afghan was two long years in the making. I started it in March 2009 for our anniversary in May. Then the Swine Flu attacked and I was out of commission for around 6 - 8 weeks and my knitting really suffered. You know you're sick when you don't want to knit. Next thing it was summer and too hot to knit on a wool blanket. I'd pick it up off and on in the Fall but I had Christmas knitting to tend to. Over the last two years it's had it's ups and downs and there were times I doubted I'd ever finish it. I recently completed another afghan, my first with knitting and it inspired me to push through and finish for once. Thankfully we had a nice rainy weekend, perfect for knitting. I knit like crazy and before long it was done. After 8 balls of Cascade Heathers in Baby Pink and 2 years and 2 months it was done! I soaked it in Eucalan and blocked it. It now has a home on my bed with Blessings Bear! I am thrilled to have it done and just days before my 22nd Anniversary!
This afghan wouldn't normally take that long. I'm planning to make a few of the smaller carriage versions for a local organization that helps teen mom's who keep their babies. I've wanted to knit for them for a bit and I love how this pattern knits up. I will use acrylic as new mom's won't want the bother of washing wool.
We went on a trip in April to Atlanta, my first trip to the US. I have to say this city is very friendly!!! No matter where you were from a food court to a high end store or hotel all the staff was so helpful :) I love the Ambassador system. I got lost once, quite lost and disoriented on my way to find a shoe store and a lovely shop manager actually walked me to my destination!!!
We stayed in the Westin Peachtree Plaza on the 42nd floor and the view from our hotel room was amazing! We enjoyed good food at Meehan's Pub, loved the pub fries and the deep fried pickles!
We had one day where my DH was not in meetings and it happened to be on the Fiesta Atlanta in Olympic Park right by the hotel, great food and music. We then headed off to the Georgia Aquarium and the World of Coca Cola. Plenty of souvenirs there as although I drink Pepsi, I love Coca Cola memorabilia. I actually have an antique cooler that my Granny had for years, it still works great better than any of our new Coleman ones!
I got around great on the MARTA system and
ventured off to Atlantic Station for some shopping. It was a great time! I would definitely go back!
This is 'The Cotton Dishcloth(once removed or dressed up) - I used Bernat Handicrafter cotton in the new colour Peace.I love this pattern and I have knit it several times over the years. It knits up very quickly and everyone seems to be intrigued with it because it is round :).
I have been working on a few projects. I'm almost done one of my PIFH gifts. It is a big project and I'm looking forward to finishing it later this week and posting pictures at the end of the month. I have to wait until the recipient gets it.
I adapted my Seeding the Fields Cloth by CO 57 stitches and doing a four row garter border, although it curled a tad so next time I will do a eight or ten stitch border on the bottom. It works nice for a simple rectangular shawl. I've named this one 'A Prairie Romance' as it's pattern is named after planting the fields it seemed to fit as the yarn colour was called Romance. I'm using Phentex Acrylic Worsted, one skein will make a nice sized ladies shawl, it is for our churches Prayer Shawl Ministry.
Chinese Waves Dishcloth. I think next time I'll do a border around it as it tends to curl easy.
A Six-Pack, Cloths gifted for a friend.
The Dishcloth Jar when it is almost full, time to gift when it gets full!
A few of the cloths I've made - all gifted now to happy recipients.
A mitered dishcloth, the pattern is Mitered Scrubby Cloth. I CO 70 stitches for a larger dishcloth. I love the pattern, very quick and easy.
I love knitting cloths, they are quick so I get the instant gratification feeling and they are so handy for gifting. I usually have a stash going in my cloth jar and when it gets full I usually have someone ready for a gift, perfect!
I have made two of the Shaeyln Shawl's as gifts and I really love the pattern. I told myself the next shawl I knit for myself will be that pattern. I had some gift certificates for a LYS that were calling to me since Christmas. Finally I had a chance to get to the shop. I spent several minutes oogling the yarn before I went to my first choice upon entering the shop, Malabrigo Sock in Tiziano Red! It would be perfect for a shawl.
We went to Atlanta recently, my DH had a conference there and I had intended to visit Eat Sleep Knit with some Valentine's certificates I had and purchase yarn for a classic black February Lady Sweater. Unfortunately it wasn't a place I could get to easily by transit and the hours they were open my DH was in his meetings. I decided I didn't want to figure out how to get there on my own and I purchased the yarn online and had it shipped, I really lucked out when I did. If you've ordered from them before you know about the yarn lotto, I won a $50 store credit!
In the meantime I did need something to occupy my time while he was at his conference, aside from shopping that is :). I brought along a ball of my Malabrigo and my needles and I took some time to cast on. I find this part the time I need the most alone time as it's cast on is a tad different from usual. Within minutes I was zipping along on this shawl as I sipped some delicious Passion Fruit Iced Tea and enjoyed the view from our 42nd floor window of the Westin PeachTree Plaza.I also found some chocolate on one of my ventures on the MARTA and I enjoyed a few as I knit my Shaelyn, which as aptly been named 'Georgia on my Mind' for obvious reasons.
Knitting bliss, knitting and chocolate while on holiday in Atlanta!
We had a great Mother's Day, I was treated to a delicious breakfast of waffles with strawberries and whipped cream with breakfast sausage. My DH and I went for a bike ride. Later he cooked up our first bbq of the season and Oliver and I enjoyed sitting out on the deck and catching some rays(he was being very photogenic) and later went for a walk. It was true bliss. I got a lovely 'Best Mom, Hands Down' apron and DH ordered me some Scentsy burners and scent packages, I can't wait to get them.