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Sisters...

Hugs. Laughter. Good food. Coffee. Laughter. Fun. Books. Hugs. Beer. Shopping. Laughter. Gellato. Art. Wine. Gifts. Hugs. Laughter. Talk. Talk. Talk. Talk. Comfortable silence.

And silly fleece socks...



That's what it's all about when the sisters get together.

(Side note: Yes, I did make these socks. And yes I have been dying to tell you about them blog land, but I had to keep the secret until they had been unwrapped. Aren't they cool? And warm. And they make me think of Muppet feet, or what I imagine Muppet feet look like, which makes me laugh. Kinda like time with the sisters. Happy. Just happy. Any who, I made up the pattern myself after consulting a few resources on the net. And I LOVE them. Sewing them is way fun...talk about an immediate gratification project! And since I'm a super slow sock knitter...thank goodness I can sew up a pair of these babies in about 30 minutes! Socks anyone?)


peace

24 Hours of Holiday Fun in Photos...

Holiday Wishes...

Last year instead of sending out holiday cards we decided to try something new...sending you our holiday greetings online through this here blog. It's economical, ecological, efficient...and honestly I share a lot more about our year than if we mailed a holiday card.

So without further ado, 2009 in review!


2009 continued to be a year about change and growth for our family. Brea, being 3, does nothing but grow! She's grown both in size and in knowledge so much this year. She can sing her ABCs, recognizes most letter and numbers by sight, and has developed quite the vocabulary. She is a ray of sunshine and brings a smile to every one's face with whom she interacts. While she enjoys accompanying me around to my various engagements during the day, she'll be the first one to tell you how much she is looking forward to starting pre-school next fall.


Lexi has matured so much through 2009 it often makes us stop and take a double take. She loves 2nd grade and even though she will …

Simplifying the Blog Life...

I'm simplifying my blogging life.

As a result I have imported some posts from Namaste & Knitting here so that they are not lost when I take down that blog. Forgive me if my reorganizing has filled your RSS reader. I'll try not to do it again.

I really like blogging, but when I sit down to write and can't decide which blog on which to post my thoughts, it's a sign of a problem. So to keep things easy and enjoyable...the main purpose of my blogging...I'm cutting back to simply TWO spaces.
Happy Daisy Yoga is back up and running and where I will once again be spewing about all things yoga.
All other thoughts, projects, photos, rants, whines, cheers, etc, will be shared here...my original place in cyber-space.

peace

Upgrade...

My husband and I took advantage of the break in our wintry Iowa weather yesterday to drop this girls off with his Aunt so we could go Christmas shopping together. (It was like a date...only in the day...which meant neither of us were tired and cranky yet. We had a lovely time.) Our gift shopping took us a whooping 90 minutes at one store. (We really only buy gifts for our girls so shopping is usually pretty painless.) Which left us plenty of time for a nice lunch and to stop and shop for this...


Considering I've been sewing on a very basic machine I bought for $140 at a small chain discount store 15 years ago, this is a major upgrade. I feel as if I have just won the lottery! (OK, that might feel a wee bit different.) My new machine has needle down stop, 40 stitch options (my old one had 2...straight and zig-zag), and I splurged and bought the extension table because I'm gonna learn how to free motion quilt if it kills me! To be honest, I spent a little more than I had intended…

Simple or Simply Boring?

Last night, as I sat snuggled in bed knitting next to Scott who was snuggled in bed reading...at TEN TILL NINE. I turned to Scott and commented sarcastically:

"I think this right here puts us right at the top of the most exciting 30-somethings EVER list."

We laughed about how hard it is fighting off the paparazzi each morning as they wait to capture what trend setting thing we will do next.

And then we went back to quietly knitting and reading.

I love that our life is simple. After all, isn't that why we decided to settle in small town Iowa to raise our family?

Maybe it's just the time of year. The cold temps. The snowy days. The shortened hours of sunlight. Or the reading of other people's Facebook statuses and Twitter updates and blog posts centered around this holiday gatherings and plans. I'm sure it's a bit about missing MY extended family (especially my Mom) and my dear friends far away with whom I wish I could toast a glass of holiday wine in the coming…

Snow Day Project...

My quilt top is done! What a lovely snow day project. I've had this design rolling around in my head for about 3 weeks and "Iowadeathstorm09" (as it has been labeled on Twitter) provided me a reason not to leave the house today (actually it took away the ABILITY to leave the house today), which meant plenty of time to sew. I present to you...

"Lost in the Twilight"


It measures about 55" x 75" unfinished. The blocks are 12 inches finished and were pieced from batiks. The whole cloth section is a Robert Kaufman print from the Fusions Collection.

The title, based on my color scheme more so than the design, might need some explaining. At the risk of having a bunch of eyes rolled at me, here goes.

Often when I fall in love with a book (or series of books) it's as much for the images they help paint in my mind as much as the story. Angsty teenage love-lust and vampire lore aside, I was totally engrossed when I read the Twilight Series books because of the i…

Snowed In...

Iowa winter weather has arrived. Yesterday before the snow totally kept us home bound I ran to the grocery store and made a stop at the quilt shop for fabric for the lap quilt that has been designing in my head for the last 3 weeks. Yesterday I got 3 of the the 6 large blocks I'll need for the quilt finished...


Today I hope to get the top finished. Yea for snow!


~namaste~

A Little Bit of Everything...

I have so much I want to share today...

First, a couple of words of thanks.

I was amazed (and deeply honored once the shock wore off) to learn that Roseanne over at it's all yoga, baby included one of my posts here in her review of her top 15 yoga blog posts of 2009. Roseanne, if Canada wasn't so far to travel, I'd run over and give you a big hug of thanks. I have a feeling the two of use could find a lot to chat about over a cup of coffee. (It might take several before we run out of things to talk about.) The other thing I love about reviews such as Roseanne's...it's a good way to learn about other blogs out there in the expanse of the WWW that I might enjoy reading. (Does Google Reader have a subscription limit?)

Secondly, thanks for everyone who has offered up words of support and encouragement after my last post. I don't have much in the way of an update on how things are going, but my thoughts have been busy processing it all in the quietness of my mind. For …

That's Me...

Lexi got a bracelet making kit yesterday at the holiday party Scott's new company puts on for kids/grandkids of employees. This morning she gifted me this...


A title I'm happy to hold.


peace

Thankful...

Lexi made a Thanksgiving card at school last week. Inside she wrote this message to us:

Dear Mom, Dad, & Brea,I am thankful for you guys. I'm thankful for the the food you give me and for the house I have. Thank you for all your help with my life. Love Lexi

My heart swelled with pride as I read those words. Still I have a hard time reading them without tears coming to my eyes. As someone who finds the holiday season filled with so many complicated and often conflicting emotions, I find peace in the fact that she gets "it". That even with the excitement of gift wishes and lists for stuff, she knows in her heart what matters.

Love.

Family.

A nurturing home.

Sometimes I look at her in wonder at the amazing person she is all too quickly growing up to be. She (and her equally amazing little sister) makes being a Mom an awfully easy, endlessly rewarding post in life.

For that I am thankful.


peace