Wednesday, July 30, 2008


The other night, Aine joined me in the den for some sewing. She had a pair of scissors and thread. While cutting her thread, she remarked:

A: I need a tool
H: You have a tool. Scissors are tools.
A: No, I need a tool (said with more emphasis).
H: You have a spool. I need theis one for sewing the bags.
A: No, I need a TOOL to sit on (said with even greater emphasis)
H: Ah, you need a stool.
A: Yes, I said tool.

Quick Knits

I really like some of the patterns in Last Minute Knitted Gifts. The Children's hat seemed like a perfect creation for A after the first hat debacle. I used some Malabrigo yarn in my stash.
It is worsted thick/thin yarn. A picked out the color and is eagerly awaiting mittens and a scarf too. More information on Ravelry.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Oh, Mr Conductor

Eamon and Aine decided to go on a trip today. They gathered every chair and built a train. Aine and some toys were passngers while Eamon drove.

Four Months

It is amazing how quickly four months can go by while you are watching. Benton vocalizes often to let us know his presence. He laughs belly laughs at his sister's antics. He chews on his fingers and hands.

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Being Silly

New Bags

This weekend, D went through his closet and selected items to donate to Goodwill. I noticed a pair of pocket jeans in the stack, so I asked him to keep those for crafting. I quickly set to work with the kiddos cutting them apart. After debating on which pockets to use, we settled on the cargo legs. Just a few seams and a strap added produced enviable bags. E has a sketch pad and colored pencils in his. A is trying to decide which of her treasures to put into hers. We plan to pair them with good spotter's guides and head out exploring.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Practicing without a License

Eamon decided to give a willing Aine a little trim. It turned into a bit more. She was quite pleased with her new airy 'do, but we decided to have a professional even things out. She LOVES it!!!

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

New Supplies

When a few new arts supplies arrived to replace the old, Eamon and Aine set to work. Everyone has a sketch pad now, and we have been creating masterpieces with pastels, pencil and watercolors.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Payson Retreat

The kiddos and I spent three nights up in Payson with friends. We had a grand time with 4 other mamas and 12 or so other kids. E & A ran around the cabin property, explored Tonto Creek and collected wildlife. We came back a day earlier than the others to see daddy and prep for morning swimming lessons. It was a good thing too as D has to go to Prescott for three days.

I was able to knit a hat and mittens for Baby B. I had grand plans of working on a hat for Aine also, but alas kiddo watching took the forefront. The hat/mittens are knit with Malabrigo in two complimentary colorways using size 9 needles. I used a pattern from Knitting for Baby. More information on Ravelry.

Something Missing

Noting that Aine's baby doll didn't have a bottle (she only drinks mama's milk from Aine), Eamon handcrafted it a bottle.

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Goin' Somewhere

I picked up two Samsonite suitcases at a yard sale yesterday. My friends and I had pooled resources for a garage sale to help fund our mama trip up north. I tried resisting the suitcases as M's friend A looked very good with them. However I succumbed as I thought they would be perfect for the kiddos in anticipation of our upcoming 4 wk trip to Michigan. I brought them home to very receptive children. Each immediately "packed" their cases. They have emptied most of their drawers in an attempt to prepare for a quick trip up north to Payson and then the eventual Michigan trip. Concerned that Baby B would not have a case, they filled the toy pet carrier with his clothes designating it his suitcase.

This morning this is what I saw by the garage door.

Friday, July 11, 2008

Baby Knitting

Here is a finished soaker made on the trip to California. It was followed by a sweater for Baby B finished last week.
And finally a hat for Tiny E finished last night. (He has been wearing it all day).More information and projects details on Ravelry.

Thursday, July 03, 2008

Amidst the chaos

Today Benton was playing on the floor while I was prepping dinner. He originally started to my side, but was quickly moved by his siblings. As lunch wrapped up and I finished prepping dinner, I noticed his squeals had died down. I looked down as his eyelids became heavy and eventually closed. Simply amazing...

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Watching from the sidelines...

Benton and I have tending the sidelines for the past two weeks while Eamon and Aine have swimming lessons. Benton usually sleeps, but today he was wide eyed.