Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Warm Stripey Socks are Finally Done

I feel like I have been working on these socks forever.  I started on them around Halloween and they accompanied me while studying.  I even took them to Montreal.

Warm Stripey Socks 2015

Halloween 2014

Warm Stripey Socks 2015

Playing with Little Miss

The socks even went Christmas Shopping

Warm Stripey Socks 2015

And traveled to Buffalo for Christmas with a shopping trip in Niagara Falls (NY and Ontario)

Warm Stripey Socks 2015
And they are finally done.

Warm Stripey Socks 2015

Warm Stripey Socks 2015
The older I get, the less I tolerate cold and appreciate warm socks.  I plan to always have a pair of socks for my "travel" project.  Besides, it will give me something to do on the shuttle bus.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Weekending: Post Christmas Edition

I am always sad to see the Christmas decorations come down.  The Christmas Season (or should I say Advent) is always so busy so I don't get much time to enjoy the decorations.  But alas, Epiphany has passed and it is time to come down.  We spent the day taking down the tree and Hubby took down the outside lights.

Saturday evening we went to Hibachi.  I have only gone once before at a resort in Mexico and I had a blast.

Hibachi 2015

Hibachi 2015

On Sunday we went to Mass, had breakfast, ran some errands and went to the Siena game.

Breakfast 2015

The Little Miss was rocking her Siena sweater.  Hubby was wearing the Siena scarf I made him when we started dating.

Siena 2015

Ended it all with a good-night story.


Thursday, January 8, 2015

Goals for 2015

So it's over a week into 2015 and I am just getting around to writing my goals for 2015.  I hope the statute of limitations is not up for writing my goals for the year.  Last weekend was the Little Miss's Christening which I will write about in another post.

Christening 2015

1.  Embrace and accept the chaos.

I know life is hectic and I have to learn to be okay with that. Time will slow down someday.

2.  Eat better, exercise, de-clutter and save money.

I figure it wouldn't be a new year without having those goals.

3.  Make at least three projects for Little Miss

So much on my Ravelry Queue and so little time.

4.  Make at least three sewing projects.

Might as well break in the new sewing machine.

5.  Knit three pairs of socks.

I can do it.  I live in the Northeast (USA) and it is cold.  Need more wool socks.

Socks 2013

6.  Organize my stash.

I am thinking plastic bins with drawers.

7.  Begin a scrap afghan to help de-stash.  

I have enough cheap acrylic and I can't see how else I would use it.  The Apache Tears afghan is warm even if made with acrylic.

Apache Tears 2006

8.  Make one frivolous item.  

I am thinking another entrelac scarf from Noro.  Sorry for the poor quality of this photo.

Noro Entrelac 2010

9.  Blog at least twice a week.

What are your 2015 goals?

Monday, January 5, 2015

Happy New Year: Finishing Up Loose Ends

A new year and that means new projects. Or...it means finishing up loose ends.  I have one more row on this blanket.  I am in the home stretch!

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Finishing up 2014: Christmas and Boxing Day.

Well December has definitely gotten away from me. Now it is New Years Eve and I have to choose between a Christmas recap post or a 2014 year in review post. 2014 was a great year.  I was at a low spot at the end of 2013.  Shortly after the New Year, I found out I was pregnant.  I look at her now and know that sometimes the best things come after the saddest of times.  She really is the joy of my life.  My heart melts every time she smiles. 
2014 also marked the year we bought a house and we travelled to New Orleans and the Western Caribbean on a cruise.
2014 was a great year...but recapping the Little Miss's First Christmas won out!
It was a busy month, prepping for Little Miss's First Christmas.
She met Santa again, this time at her daycare.
Christmas 2014

The best Christmas Presents ever given to us by daycare.  I already tear up knowing that her feet won't be so tiny for long.

Christmas 2014
 The weekend before Christmas involved several parties.
Christmas 2014

Christmas 2014

Christmas 2014
 We also took time to drive around and enjoy the Christmas Lights.  Hubby was taking notes.  He wants a bigger display next year.
Christmas 2014
Last minute shopping trip.  50% off at Baby Gap.  I think she rocked the reindeer pants. 

Christmas 2014
 We attended Christmas Eve Mass and then had Chicken Parm for dinner.  Then we opened up presents.  Hubby surprised me with a cruise he booked for the three of us in 2016.  I am excited.
Hubby also got me a sewing machine.  I can't wait to try it out.

Christmas 2014
Our Christmas Tree

Christmas 2014

Santa came and filled our stockings.  I got some sock yarn and pom-pom makers.  Yes!!!!

Christmas 2014
We went to Buffalo to spend Christmas and Boxing Day with the in-laws. 
My sisters beautiful table setting.

Christmas 2014
Beautiful Christmas Tree

Christmas 2014
I snuck in a few moments to work on the socks.  Sometimes I feel that these socks will never get done!

Christmas 2014
Boxing Day consisted of three TV's going at one time.  The pic below shows the games of priority.  Chelsea played at 7:45.  Crystal Palace at 10 and my brother-in-laws friend is an Everton fan and they also played at 10.  And the Blues won!

Christmas 2014
 The day after Boxing Day was our usual trip to Niagara Falls and my shopping trip to my favorite clothing store- Reitman's. 
If anyone from Reitman's is reading this, please, please, please think about opening up shops in the U.S.  Preferably Boston or New York.  I love your clothes and they are so well made.  I am glad you ship to the U.S. but I do prefer to try on clothing before purchasing. I like that you carry plus sized along with regular size as I am a chubby girl.  I like that the plus sized clothes aren't loud and obnoxious.  Some plus-size stores go with bold and beautiful but I prefer not to draw attention to the fact that I am fat.  So thank you for providing plus-sized clothes that don't draw attention to my size.
And if you decide to never come to the U.S., that is okay.  I will still make my trips to Canada to go shopping.  And order online.
One little factoid- Little Miss has only been to one U.S. state but has already been to two Canadian provinces.  I find that kind of funny.
Niagara Falls 2014
I hope everything had a wonderful Christmas and I hope everyone has a great New Year!

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