Thursday, August 17, 2017

New Yarn and Book Review



These are new from Lion Brand Yarns.  They're called Mandala.  I believe that one of them is 100% acrylic and I think the other is partly wool.  I'm not sure because I don't have the other one with me while I'm typing.  Okay you guys, when you see my family in a store and you hear a loud gasp from me and my children return with "Mommy let's go!!", you can guarantee I've found something in the yarn isle that I love.  These come in an array of color combinations.  It wasn't hard to pick just two of them because, as usual, certain ones stood out to me first.  I'm going to make shawls with them.  I would like to make them for two of my nieces for Christmas, but you know me with knitting deadlines.  I'm still working on Father's Day socks in August.


I've always wanted to get this yarn and I finally decided it was time to just grab some.  Partly because the way that I've bought yarn in the past.  I never would buy yarn if I didn't have a project in mind.  I've started having the idea of just grabbing pretty yarn when I find it and see what happens.  I definitely don't like the idea of yarn just sitting on my shelf and never being touched, but I think it's time for me to try something new.  I heard one person say that one day they may not be able to buy any yarn so they get it now.  We're all different for sure, but that's where I am right now and it's really fun and different for me.


I've always wanted to try a skein of this for a shawl or a cowl and hat for my husband.  It comes in so many beautiful color combos.


I was super excited when I saw this.  Apparently, Walmart has decided to make their own brand of yarn.  I love this for many reasons.  It's only $1.97 and that cheaper than RedHeart.  I think there's even a few yards more than RedHeart as well.  It comes in really soft, natural looking colors.  Sometimes the colors in acrylic can be very harsh and unnatural looking.  It reminded me of JoAnn's Big Twist brand that I absolutely love.  This yarn is a combination of RedHeart and BigTwist.  It perfect.  Not too rough and not too soft.  I'm going to make a shawl with beads added for myself.


I wanted to save this book review for last because it had me emotionally wrecked after finishing.  It's written by Tracy Chevalier which is one of my favorite authors.  This book had me interested from page 1 and it NEVER got boring.  It was hard to put it down when I had to take a break for something important.  I loved the characters, the descriptions and the story lines.  The only two complaints that I have - and this is just my personal preference because someone else will think differently - are my usual complaints.  There was a very graphic sex scene.  Now you guys know how I can't stand when that happens.  I felt that it was completely unnecessary to the story honestly and she could have done without it.  It added nothing to the story.  Tracy did the same thing in her Remarkable Creatures book which is one of my very favourite stories.  Now that I know she does that I'll be prepaid and skip over it. It sort of looks like that's her thing.  The only other problem is my heart had gotten tangled around one of the characters in the book (as I always seem to do) and suddenly, at the end, it did NOT go very well for them.  Oh my goodness.  My hands were shaking, my heart was racing, and my throat was tight.  There's a reason I use to read the ending of books first.  Oh boy!!  Overall this book was so good I'm sure I'm going to read it again in the future.

I was very vague with details because I don't want to spoil it for anyone who wants to read the book.  I'm going to start Lilac Girls tonight.  I've been wanting to read this for a while.  We'll see how this goes. Wish me luck.

Thank you for stopping by.

Have you added any lovely yarn to your stash lately?

Love,

Stephanie

Because


Because when you fix your daughters bike, she thinks you need flowers in your hair to go with it.


Because a big brother and baby sister combo is the cutest thing ever!!


Because new hairdo's are so much fun.


Because we can never keep enough Popsicles in our freezer for this little one.


Because you don't have to wait until Halloween to be a ninja warrior.


Because at this stage in our lives, the "pretty things" on the coffee table looks like this.


Because this kid will never not go fishing.


Because library basket and cat bed is the same thing to them.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you can look around and enjoy life.....just because.

Love,

Stephanie



A Few Thoughts




I've seen nursing necklaces in the past and I wondered if they were really necessary.  Asianna is the kind of baby that pulls the nursing cape off of her face and flips up my shirt.  I decided that maybe she would be the baby that would benefit from one.  I bought one at the natural baby store near my home, but the way it was constructed caused the beads to fall off.  I reconstructed it and used the remaining beads for a pacifier holder (that I have to redo again).  I like the nursing necklace much better this way.  I was disappointed that she only noticed it couple of times and because I don't wear jewelry I felt a bit awkward with it on.  It seems that she actually uses it when it's around her own neck.  Still not while nursing of course, but at least the money wasn't wasted.  And it's such a beautiful necklace I don't like it just sitting in my diaper bag.






The rose bush and the plants on the deck are doing great without us fussing over them at all.  There's been such a good combo of rain fall and sunshine that we don't even have to water them that often.  Unfortunatley, the seeds that we plants just simply fertilized the weeds.  The garden box on the deck is still empty and we plan to fill it soon.  I'm not sure if I'm going to keep trying for that spot with wild flowers.


I must say that even though this backyard is small it really is cozy.  My husband keeps finding chairs that other people are throwing out.  So when he sees the "free" sign he stops and grabs them.  It's too bad that there's a yellow jacket nest in the woodsy part now.  Mekhi and Jabari were both stung more than once so the children aren't allowed to go back there anymore.


This sweet little birdy was hopping around our yard.  He wasn't hurt because when Aki tried to pick it up it would fly away.  Very low to the ground, but it flew fast enough to get away from us.  Aki was trying to catch it, but I'm not sure about whether that's a good thing to do with birds so I'm glad he didn't.  I have to remember to read up on that.

Thanks for reading.

Love,

Stephanie




Nice to Say Yes





There's is a park across the street and it has a working sprinkler in the summer time.  The children wanted to visit the park one morning and no one was using the sprinkler.  Sometimes it can get pretty chaotic if there's so many families using it, so we tend to just avoid it.  I don't really like the idea of  children getting soaked without swim suits, but it was hot and because it wasn't mud I figured I could just put the clothes in the dryer when we went back home.  They had a really nice time.  I remember a blogger once saying that as moms we have to say no so much.  It feels good sometimes to be able to say yes.  Especially when they expect me to say no.





We went home for lunch and so this cutie could finish her nap.  Sometimes the best fun is simple and free.

Thanks for visiting.

Love,

Stephanie

Hello Again and A Birthday

I have been away from this space for far too long.  A combination of my previous laptop crashing, world wind cleaning my house because I can't live in clutter (and now it's a mess again), and camping for 5 days at our summer gathering at my church.  Which I have absolutely no pictures from.  WHAT?  After every church conference I'm tired, but this one is centered around children and young people and there are tons of activities for them.  There's also activites for other age groups too, but its just sort of non stop fun for the children.  And it was incredibly hot.  Thank goodness we have two pools there.  I don't like watching movies (except for bedtime sometimes) or using ipads and whatnot while we're there because it's so much more to do, but it was SO hot and humid that after the pool one day we went straight to my sister's trailer, hooray for air conditioning, and watched cartoons and some of them napped. 

Now we're all sunburned and recovering.  I forgot sunscreen.  I'm totally convinced now that the myth I grew up with that "black people don't need sunscreen" is definitely a MYTH.  When you burn and peel that qualifies you if you ask me.

Whew!  I'm glad to be back in this space I have missed it so.

Our last birthday in the 13 day stretch was celebrated.  Asianna Angelica turned 1.  I couldn't believe it.  This little one has added such a special blessing and joy to our home.  We love her so.  She's naughty, and funny, sweet, cute, smart, and cuddly.  And she was well aware that it was all for her.



I'm sorry this picture is blurry, but my camera isn't the best when others are moving.  She was so excited that there was a bag on the table and for the first time we were telling her to touch it.

I didn't take pictures of the gifts because they weren't anything unusual.  They were what she liked of course.  Believe it or not, she adores....wait for it....fidget spinners and water bottles.  That is so funny to me.  Her siblings had the best time at Ollie's picking one for her with money they had saved up.  She received 3 of them.  When my husband turned off the lights and one of them had blinking lights on it she screamed and clapped and laughed.  It was so cute to see.  The girls wanted to get her bath toys and they both bought her one along with a little smiley face pillow.  I decided, even though it was a challenge, to wait and see what she actually is interested in before I buy her something that cost more.  For some reason at this age I've always assumed that something was the favorite toy for the baby and it actually wasn't.  Right now, she's only interested in bath toys, water bottles and fidget spinners.  So I had to tell myself that the present sometime is what the birthday child wants, not what I want.  I bought her a snacky water bottle and she loves it.  She's really picky with snacks right now so she's been throwing everything we put in the top so far.


I love this shocked look on her face.  Every one was telling her it was her birthday and she was stunned at one point.  So cute.


The ceremonial "Baby stuffs face with cake" was a success and quit funny to watch I might add.

Oh this little of ours.  We are so thankful for our little Asianna Angelica.  In another post I have to about how we got her name.  Get your tissues out for this one.

I'm sorry for all the fuzzy pictures, but this birthday deserved a post.

Thank you for sticking around.

Love,

Stephanie


Sunday, July 30, 2017

Birthdays and a lesson in Rest





We have 3 birthdays that are all within about 13 days.  Hadashie is the end of July, Aki's is 4 days later, and Asianna's is 10 days after that.  Aki's birthday is usually the same week as our biggest church conference that we refer to as Family Week.  I've always had very low key, small birthdays.  Just with us and maybe a set of grandparents or a cousin or two.  Usually it's just us.  When I decided this years ago I thought that the children would have a problem comparing our type of parties to others.  I decided to do it this way because all of the family members from both sides coming over and the children getting way too may gifts than necessary and some that they don't even need or want was far too stressful for me.  I also wanted this to be a day where the child has all of the attention focused on them.  I've seen children lost in their own birthday parties.  The relatives were happy, laughing, and eating chicken wings, but the child was in tears.  I'm happy that now it's such a tradition for the child to choose their birthday dinner and what type of cake they want.  Hadashie asked for gluten free pizza and carrots.  So funny.  Her "cake" was a gluten free chocolate chip cookie with confetti icing.  She kept screaming, "Best birthday ever!!"  She says that every birthday and I must say, I love hearing it every time.  There weren't any handmades for this birthday because I didn't have the money to buy fabric for her dress and I decided to keep the sunny bunnies for Christmas.  I really like the idea of a handmade gift every birthday and holiday, but this time it didn't work out.  Of course I was the only one that was broken up over this.


Aki's birthday was the very next day.  He hasn't actually turned 7 yet, but I wanted to get it done before Family Week.  After a conference I'm usually so tired from camping and activity that I need to just recharge.  I hate watching him wait until mommy gets her strength back to have his birthday.  His cake was a white confetti cake with white icing and sprinkles.  He loved it.  His dinner of choice?  Corn dogs.  No veggies, no chips, just corn dogs.  Hallarious!!  That's the only day mommy will allow no veggies.

I don't like overloading the children with gifts on their birthday, but I do like for them to receive what they actually want.  Two of Hadashie's requested gifts and one of Aki's packed a pretty big punch in price.  My mother was suppose to send me birthday money for my 42 birthday in July as well, but it hadn't come in time for birthdays.  This along with not being able to make Hadashie's birthday dress and Aki's birthday shirt had me a little unrestful.  I have grown so tired of being a total wreck when things don't turn out the way I planned it.  I want something different.  I began to tell myself that this was what God wanted and it was going to work out somehow.  I prayed to not be anxious and quoted "Be anxious for nothing" to myself several times.  I eventually did decide that it would all work out.  The only time to shop was the day before Hadashie's party because Aaron worked late every night this week.  I worked on not being stressed about that too because I hate waiting so close to the actual party.  We went to Walmart after the little children were in bed  and the bigger boys were still awake.  We loaded the baby in the work truck with us and headed out.  On the way to the store my husband told me that he hadn't gotten his paycheck yet and there was a limit on how much we could spend.  Again, I was working on taking that statement in a good way...."Be anxious for nothing, Be anxious for nothing."  I was so excited when we arrived in the doll aisle.  All of the dolls were regular price except for the one in pajamas which was the one she asked for.  It was a little more than half off.  I turned to get the next gift she wanted and there was only 1 left on the shelf and it also was more than half off.  One of the extra gifts that I wanted to get Aki was on sale for $5!!  I hadn't prayed about toy prices or money.  I prayed about being at rest.  God not only helped me to be at rest, but I do believe He also had something to do with the half off, discounted toys.


In the end it did indeed work out.  Happy children and Mommy learned a very good lesson.

Thank you for stopping in.

Love,

Stephanie

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Playing Tooth Fairy



Aki lost his first tooth this week.  It was so very exciting for him.  Playing the tooth fairy is so much fun for me.  We give dollar bills and a nice inexpensive gift.  I'll tell you that getting the tooth from under a pillow of a boy that wakes up at 3AM looking for his tooth and any evidence of the said fairy is not easy.  We put them on the edge of his bed because this gift was obviously too big.  I love these little wooden crafted toys that you get at Walmart for a extremely low price.  My hubby forgot the paint and this one didn't come with any, but Aki didn't hesitate using crayons.  He even added silver tape to the wheels.  Daddy can't seem to keep tape in his tool box with these children lately.

He also has a birthday coming up very soon.  He's turning 7 and that's pretty exciting. 

P.S.  I also have 2 more birthdays coming up.  Three birthdays within a span of about 13 days.  I should be making, not typing.  What can I say.  I work well under pressure.

Thanks for reading.

Love,


Stephanie