Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Weekending: Meeting Santa

I have been bad at keeping this blog updated.  I am trying not to be too hard on myself.  I know it's just a busy period of my life.

My mother-in-law came for a visit this weekend.  MIL, Hubby, Little Miss and I went to a Santa breakfast at our Church's School.  We got to see the Little Miss meet Santa for the first time.  I know the Little Miss won't remember but it's still nice to create nice memories for us and for her to look at photos when we she gets older.

After meeting Santa, we ran some errands.  We needed a Christmas Tree Stand.  We also needed an electrical piece for our lights and couldn't find it at one Target and so we went to another Targets.  Two Targets.  That is how we roll.  While MIL and Hubby ran into some stores, I hung out with the Little Miss.  And yes, I am still working on that sock.  I am about to turn the heel.

Saturday Night was date night since MIL was here.  We went to a Holiday Party.  It was good to see old friends and meet some new friends. We even met a couple who had an 8 months old so we could talk about our kids and know we weren't boring each other.

Our friend's beautiful tree.

On Sunday we got our tree up with our new lights.  They are like the big retro lights, but smaller.  I love them.  Now if I can get ornaments on my tree.  Between having an infant and trying to find the ornaments (Kitty took down our tree and the ornaments were packed rather hastily), this has turned into a long process.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Thanksgiving Weekend(ing)

I hope everyone had a good Thanksgiving.  I didn't end up taking as many pictures as I hoped.  I was too busy helping Chef Hubby get the dinner on the table.  I know the Little Miss is too young to remember but I want to create happy memories for our family.

We started off in a Winter Wonderland.

Thanksgiving 2014

Thanksgiving 2014

The Little Miss was adorable as always.

Thanksgiving 2014

Thanksgiving 2014

Here is my one pic of the turkey and my table being set in progress.

Thanksgiving 2014

Hubby and I do not brave the crowds on Black Friday.  We stayed at home, eating leftovers and shopping on Amazon.  Why fight crowds when you can get deals in the comfort of our living room?

On Friday night, we went on our first date night since the Little Miss has been born.  There was a cask ale event at Allen Street Pub.  Then we had a lovely dinner at Barcelona Restaurant.  I only had a little wine and I got woozy.  Ooops.

Thanksgiving 2014

We ran errands on Saturday and I was working on schoolwork.  On Sunday we went to Mass and breakfast.  Hubby went to watch the Buffalo Bills and I dug out our stockings.  I have another one somewhere for Kitty.  I hope to find it but I have an old store bought one just in case.  I don't know if you can see his eyeballs.  He thinks we put that fun garland and the stockings out for him to play with.

Thanksgiving 2014

Thanksgiving 2014

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

What a Difference a Year Makes!

I made it to my first blogging anniversary!  At this time last year I was dealing with a sad personal event.  The holidays were making that event seem worse.  I got back into knitting and crocheting to get my mind off of it.  Now a year later, I am still knitting and crocheting (though I do a lot less these days) and I am getting ready for the holidays with my beautiful daughter.

Today we are in the middle of an East Coast snowstorm.  The Little Miss got to see her first snow.  My parents will be here from Maine along with my brother from New Hampshire.  It is our first year hosting and Hubby has been gearing up for the big meal.  He loves to cook.

Thanksgiving 2014

Thanksgiving 2014

Happy Thanksgiving Friends!  If you are in the midst of the storm, stay safe!

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Weekending: Drama on our Street, a Cranky Baby and Getting Ready for Thanksgiving

The lengthy title says it all.  The Little Miss had her two month appointment and her two month vaccinations.  Therefore she was cranky but not too bad.  Thank goodness for infant tylenol.  I hate seeing her not feeling well but this is better for the long run to know that she won't get horrible diseases.

Friday was a rough night on our street.  There was a hit and run accident and unfortunately one of our neighbors died.  I was putting Little Miss to bed and Hubby came home with tapas and dessert from one of our favorite restaurants, Barcelona and he asked me if I had looked outside.  I said no because I was putting Little Miss to bed and he told go out the front door and look left.  Tons of flashing lights and emergency vehicles.  Our street was shut down.  Hubby was only allowed on when he told them he lived on the street but apparently someone was hit.  I used to work in an emergency room and I have seen many accidents where people got hurt by being hit by a car.  I knew from the amount of lights that it was bad.  Our street is a threw street and people drive too fast.  It is scary because there are many small children that live on our street.  The news has claimed they found the driver, an 88-year-old woman and that she didn't realize she hit someone.  I am not buying it.  The facts are not adding up.

I felt like we got a lot done on Saturday,  We got some cleaning done.  We also had a potential babysitter over to meet the Little Miss, in all her cranky glory.  Then we had lunch at a favorite local Mexican Restaurant (because we can't go out to dinner anymore with Little Miss) and we got most of our Thanksgiving meal food shopping done.  We were unable to buy frozen vegetables or ice cream for the pie because we have no room in our freezer.  Let's just say our freezer is full of the Little Miss's food supply and there is no room.  Hubby did buy a chest freezer for our basement.  I am thrilled because I had been hinting for a month that we needed one.  It took Thanksgiving prep to realize it.

Saturday night I worked on my blanket.

Sunday morning was filled with Mass, breakfast, and a trip to the Christmas Tree Shop for some last minute kitchen needs and we ended up buying a snow man for our lawn.  I am usually a "no-decorations-till-after-Thanksgiving" purist but I let my guard down.  Hubby wanted to put the snowman up and I decided that since this is his busy time of year for work and that it was warm, he could put Mr. Snowman together.

Mr. Snowman in our garage.  

Mr. Snowman on our lawn.

I like him.  He looks so happy.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Pretty Baby Beanie

It feels like a very, very long time since I have had a completed project to share.  I actually made this hat a few weeks ago but hadn't gotten around to having the Little Miss model it.    Though she did not prove to be an obedient model. She didn't want to sit still! 

I used this pattern on Ravelry. The hat was pretty simple, I got it done in an evening.  The flower was a little more complicated for me because I found the pattern for the flower to be vague.  Or maybe it was sleep deprivation that prevented me from understanding it.

The yarn is Caron Simply Soft Party.  I am a sucker for anything that sparkles.

Pretty Baby Beanie 2014

Pretty Baby Beanie 2014

Pretty Baby Beanie 2014

Pretty Baby Beanie 2014

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Weekending: Early November

This weekend was pretty bittersweet for me.  The Little Miss begins Daycare on Monday.  I go back to work on Thursday.  My first impulse was to keep Little Miss at home those last three days but Hubby pointed out that I could use the day to clean and catch up on things around the house. (My house looks like a tornado came through)  Plus I am going to be bawling my eyes out and I guess it's better to do that at home versus at work.  She will only be doing shorter days.  I just can't believe she is growing up so fast.  Where did these last seven weeks go?  A part of me is so excited to see how she grows everyday, more aware of her surroundings. I get excited about the things she will learn and all the things we can do with her in the future. But a part of me wants to stop time.

The  leaves are mostly off the trees, especially in my yard.  Hubby bagged them up.  I meant to get a picture of all the leaf bags at the end of our driveway.  Hubby and I were also discussing our Thanksgiving menu since that is around the corner.  My parents are coming from Maine and my brother is coming from New Hampshire.  It will be so nice to not have to drive 8 hours this year.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Belated Weekending: First International Trip for Little Miss

So it's Thursday and I still haven't done my previous weekending post.  Aside from some errands on Monday and voting on Tuesday, I haven't even left the house.  I feel that the time change has messed up the Little Miss's sleep schedule.  I know Tuesday night was tiring because I was not in sync with Little Miss because in addition to waking to feed her, I was up watching the election results.  Hubby works in politics so he didn't get home until 3 am and I happened to be awake when he came home and wanted to stay up.  So needless to say, this Mama has been tired.

Saturday we enjoyed fall.  I had homework to complete for school and we just tried to get stuff done around the house.

Sunday we took a day trip to Montreal. It was a lovely trip through the Adirondacks. Well really just some stores outside of Montreal.  I am heading back to work soon and while I weigh less than my pre-pregnancy weight, I need bigger pants.  The irony.  I am a bigger girl and have trouble finding clothes and there are a few Canadian chains I do well with.  So we had brunch at a Chez Cora where Hubby found a menu item with his two favorite items, waffles and eggs benedict.  We shopped at Reitmans, Penningtons, and a place exclusive to Quebec, Claire France which was interesting but I did find a work skirt and two shirts.  Then a quick poutine lunch at La Belle Province and back home.  We did stop at the Carter's Outlet in Lake George because buying clothing for the Little Miss is our favorite activity.