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Knitting for New Year's...

It's New Year's Eve and what am I doing?

Why teaching myself to knit of course.

Why?

Scott would tell you it's because I'm crazy.

Mostly it's because I want a pair of hand-warmers, and I'd really like to be able to make them myself. (Mine of course, at least the first pair, will not include a cable knit...or probably more then one color of yarn. Though I have been known to be a bit of an over achiever at times, so one never knows what might happen!)

Thankfully I have a basement well stocked with random crafting supplies, including 2 pairs of knitting needles and a nice skein of cream colored cotton yarn, which has made tonight's spur of the moment lesson possible. (After all, doesn't everyone have a couple spare pairs of knitting needles hanging out in their basement?)

And the lovely internet is a gold mine of free instructions and patterns. YIPPEE for me!

It's been several years since we've done anything for New Year's that didn't center aroun…

Group Shot...

My mom requested that while Jason is here visiting we get a shot of he, I, and the girls. So today when we went out to visit Carlos at "the farm" we asked him to snap a few shots of us in wintery sunshine.

The first viable option...


Oops, Jason has his glasses on and Brea, well, is less than impressed with this whole process.

On to the next option...


Probably the best shot...glasses have been ditched, Brea is still less than impressed with our photo shoot but is at least looking at the camera.

Carlos keeps clicking away, which brings us to...


...finally a smile from Brea, but alas, Jason and Lexi are BOTH blinking.

One last chance for that perfect shot...


The girls at this point have lost interest and are watching James the cat as he's wandering around down in front of us.

Maybe we'll have better luck next time. (Like when it's not so stinkin' wintery out.)

Thanks Carlos for your photography services!

On a positive note, I don't totally hate the way I look in these …

Winter Welcome...

Uncle Jason arrived for a visit on Friday. We are so happy to have him here. The girls can't get enough of his silly antics or his snuggles. There is no doubt they are related!


The sun is shinning beautifully today. We all needed a bit of fresh air being as it's been cold and yucky and we've been cooped up inside. We bundled up and headed to the back yard to play in the rays.





Fun was had.


peace

Laughs...

It'a cold and icy and we're avoiding doing anything that involves leaving the house. Which today means spending WAY too much time playing Wii and watching YouTube shorts. Hence this little funny which I'm sharing with you today. Star Wars, Legos, and British comedy. Too funny. Enjoy.




peace

Holiday Greetings, Day 12...

Merry Christmas!

May you have a day filled with fun, friends, family, food, peace and love.
















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Holiday Greetings, Day 11...

We have finished our Christmas Eve activities and the girls are bedded for the night. Brea doesn't want Santa to come. She's a bit afraid of him and apparently the thought of him ambling around in our house while she is asleep is less than appealing to her. I'm fully expecting her to wake screaming at 3:00 am with dreams of scary Santa dancing through her head.

The fun news of the night: Lexi tried my family's traditional Italian "fondue", the Christmas Eve meal standard, for the first time tonight and LOVED it. Considering she's a VERY picky eater, there is a major milestone in our family. (I can't tell you what's in it because then you might not try it and boy would you be missing out on a little piece of heaven. I mean really...have the Italians EVER steered us wrong when it comes to food?)Brea informed us she DIDN'T like it, and then continued to dip her bread and suck on it until she lost interest because she had to potty. Our house now sm…

Holiday Greetings, Day 10...

I've spent a good portion of today working on holiday gifts. Yes, I am bit of a procrastinator and while I enjoy doing these type of projects, it is not unusual for me to be staring a quickly approaching deadline with the thought of less sleep being the only way I can think of to get it all finished in time. An appropriate topic of conversation to start off our recap of October...the month where you'll find me finishing up those homemade costumes EVERY STINKING YEAR in the wee hours of the night before they are needed. I guess some things never change.



In the interest of saving time, I'm going to ask you to click on the archives for the month in the right hand menu to see what all went on...and I'm going to head back down to my workshop to keep working on the last of the girls' gifts that I'm making this year...inspired by these adorable pups made by Manda of Tree Fall Design.


peace

Holiday Greetings, Day 9 (finally back on schedule)...

One of the things I love about maintaining this blog (besides the chance to pour out my heart and soul on a regular basis) is to look back and read about the funny, every day things that happen in our house that without this forum would never be documented and therefore probably forgotten over time. Specifically as I was browsing September's posts to see what all happened during the month, it was this post and this post that literally made me laugh out loud. And apparently modesty has started to totally go by the way-side if I'm comfortable talking conversations held with Brea while I'm sitting on the toilet! I somewhat blame it on Heather at Dooce. Her and her open, honest, and witty dialogue about life. Thanks Heather. Not worrying about tip-toeing around "inappropriate" topics sure does make this blogging thing more fun!

September is Lexi's month. This year she turned 7. How did that happen? SEVEN!?!?!? I'm not old enough to have a 7-year-old. (I know…

Holiday Greetings, Day 8 (still on the make-up schedule)...

The history of Scott and I's holiday greetings is pretty varied. After we first got married it was hit or miss as to if we actually got around to sending out cards, sometimes with the occasional "recapping the year" letter stuffed inside. After Lexi was born I made a more honest effort to make sure to send out greetings with pictures, a task that has become simple with the ease and affordability of picture cards. I love Shutterfly. Their service is great, quick, and on the very rarest occasion that I'm not 100% happy with my product and have to have something reprinted, they are courteous and quick about the replacement.

Even though we decided to forgo sending cards to our normal list of about 75 recipients this holiday season, opting to send you greetings here instead, we do still need to send just a handful of cards out to the generation of Grandparents who we know don't read my ramblings here throughout the year. (OR probably more importantly, don't get to…

Holiday Greetings, Day 7 (on the late schedule)...

It's a good thing we are only 4 sleeps away from Christmas, because keeping up with this little task is proving to be more a challenge that I had expected. Yesterday we got a bit more snow...and lots of wind. And because I'm a moron and have this whole love-hate, procrastination relationship with Christmas shopping, I decided to brave a trip to Des Moines to DO my holiday shopping. Notice I didn't say FINISH, I said DO...because I hadn't DONE any before yesterday. In addition to the stress of the dicey drive, shopping itself the Saturday before the holiday is MAJORLY overwhelming. Especially when you go with only a partial list of what you specifically want to look for, plus a mental note of what spaces in your gift giving needs you haven't yet assigned items.

Each year for the past couple of years this task has gotten less fun and more challenging for me. Partially because mostly we just shop for our girls as we tend to do little homemade or craft inspired gifts fo…

Holiday Greetings, Day 6 (a day late)...

So, posting has gotten a little delayed thanks to the weather. Not that it has affected my computer or internet access, just that it has affected our time causing everything that involves leaving the house to take twice as long as normal (not to mention the hour and a half I spent scooping/chiseling the driveway yesterday so we could get cars in and out of our driveway...a total time zapper). Thus, I'm a bit behind. How about I post yesterday's post tonight and tomorrow I'll do double duty...deal?

So June, I love June. School is over for the summer and our lives take on a lazy summer schedule/feel. The two main themes for June:

Biking...


and Art...


Of course there was also plenty of fun and a little time at the pool thrown in the month as well.

Did I mention I love June?


peace

Holiday Greetings, Day 5...

I have been blessed with some amazing friends. Let me give you just a tiny example of how they make my life a happier place.

Today we're expecting an ice storm. One that is moving a bit slower than anticipated, but as a result school was let out 2 hours early. On top of that the house were Brea normally goes for a play date on Thursdays while I'm on campus teaching had a kiddo at home with the tummy bug today. Which meant that my normal slow paced Thursday had 90 minutes of time over the lunch hour where I needed to be 3 places at once. And here come Laura and Monica to my rescue. Laura offers to pick Lexi up from school which has turned into an afternoon play date at her house with Sam. One child taken care of. Monica suggests I drop Brea off at the studio while she's teaching after which she'll bring her back home. Child 2 taken care of. Which meant I was able to make it to campus on time to teach my class and have a few minutes of quiet time at home while I waited …

Greetings Time Out...

Wow...12 days is a long time to go without talking about just the little every day things that go on around here. Apparently I've become quite accustomed to that. So this morning I'm taking a time out to catch y'all up on a what's been goin' down at the Mavin house.
Tuesday after I finished checking email and posting here on my little spot, Brea informed me that she was working....moving her little fingers quickly over the keyboard of her little princess laptop as if she was typing.


She was very concerned about the fact her computer didn't have a mouse, asking "How do I do this?" (Waving her hand around off to the side of the keyboard as if rolling her mouse in it's mouse pad.) The things they do pick up by simple observation!

This morning as I watched Lexi walk down the drive on her way to school I was once again reminded how quickly she is growing up. On these cold snowy mornings I'm happy that I no longer have to bundle up Brea and myself to w…

Holiday Greetings, Day 4...

Looking back through files of photos and through the archives of my random writing for this project has been so fun. I've realized that some months we have LOTS of great photos from which to choose. Other months, apparently like April of this year, we have very little to choose from. So I've borrowed a photo from May and our trip to the Pella's Tulip Time. After all, what says April better than Tulips!


April was indeed a transition month for us this year. There were some ups, some fun times, and unfortunately a couple of big downers. Scott returned to the job market at the end of the month, for which the result has been the opportunity for him to pursue a job in a career field that he had always wanted to get into but could never get that first break, human resources. A tough situation, but one that seems to be working itself out for the better.

Most notably though, at least for me, was having my 27-year-old brother call me to tell me he's been diagnosed with cancer. I s…

Holiday Greetings, Day 3...

...3 french hens.

So, ummmm, yeah...I've got nothing when attempting to reference small European game birds. So maybe the 12 Days of Christmas song-tie-in will end here. Besides, as my Mom and I talked about on the phone the other day, can I really remember the gifts of choice for each day without referencing the internet for answers? Probably not. I can never remember how many maids are milking or dancers are dancing or drummers are drumming. Combine those busy peoples with all the fowl involved and it sounds like one noisy party. I'm not sure the "true love" really thought things through before bestowing gifts.

Speaking of the 12 Days of Christmas, my Aunt Carol sent along this little tid-bit which explains what the ACTUAL 12 days are in reference to:

The Twelve Days of Christmas is probably the most misunderstood part of the church year among Christians who are not part of liturgical church traditions. Contrary to much popular belief, these are not the twelve days…