Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Knit Baby Dress

The orders in my shop have slowed down, as they often do this time of year. I welcome this time because it gives me time to come up with more ideas for patterns and knit projects that I've been wanting to knit.

Here is a dress that I've knit for Margo recently. It's called the Goldilocks dress. I used a Malabrigo yarn, which I loved. I had a bit left over and plan to make Finn a matching bow tie.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

The Past Month or Two

With our stay in Utah and traveling back to Maine, I've gotten a bit behind with what's been going on with us. We had a great time in Utah with family and friends. It definitely made us want to be closer to family after Dennnen graduates. We love Maine (specifically Southern Maine), but winters have been killer! I guess these past two have been harsher than average... I'm fine with winter. But once you throw kids in to the mix, it definitely gets rough. West coast winters are nothing compared to the midwest and east! We had days here where we just didn't go outside because there was no way we could dress Finn and Margo warm enough.

Dennen will be graduating May 16th and we are sooo excited (although, Dennen is a bit nervous...). We are hoping for the Pacific Northwest in Oregon or Washington. It would definitely make it easier to travel with kiddos. I flew back to Maine by myself with Finn and Margo. They both did great! But let's just say that I wouldn't care to do that very often.

Margo also turned 6 months! I got busy and didn't post about her turning 5 months. Everyone that is around describes her as "pleasant". I would have to agree fully. She is such a sweet and happy baby. She is tiny (5th percentile for weight) but so content. I've started solids and she has really taken to them. She loves sweet potatoes, rice cereal, carrots, green beans, banana mixed with avocado, apple sauce, and squash. She can roll over both directions and is getting closer to sitting up. She loves to squeal, babble, and blow spit bubbles. Oh, and she is quite fond of her older brother and smiles whenever he is around.

Finn had so much fun in Utah! He loves his cousins and was able to spend quite a bit of time with them. He
also went to preschool while there and thoroughly enjoyed it. He is learning to write his name and has gotten better with his letters and numbers. Although we still have a lot to work on. And as always, he has been enjoying inventing things. That's actually how he entertained himself on the plane. Scotch tape, coffee straws, and circle stickers.

Monday, March 3, 2014

2 Years...

Rowan's birthday was on the 28th of February. I can't believe it's been 2 years since she passed away... It's funny how when kids enter your life the time goes by like they've always been there, whereas any other 2, 3, or 4 years of your life seamed insignificant. Being able to talk with others who have recently had a baby die makes me realize part of the reason Rowan died. People need a listening and empathetic ear when they have a child die, and I feel like Rowan has given me that.

We were able to visit her grave and let 2 balloons go for her 2nd birthday. We also put some cute polka dot pin wheels on her grave. It's good to have her grave and feel her little hand-print that we got etched into her grave marker. I also hope that visiting her grave and remembering her are ways for Finn and Margo to recognize the truly important things in this life.

I love this quote from a book I have: "Why are our little children whom we love so tenderly, taken from us? One reason is to impel us to ask this very question; to fill us with a yearning to know; to draw out our very souls in a search for an explanation. Such a search leads us out of this world into a higher one, and discloses to us truths and principles which we must learn if ever we are saved in the kingdom of God. When one of our little ones is taken from us we are made to realize our helplessness, and that there is One in whose hand is held the power of life and death; and we begin to believe in God more than we did before. Faith in God, the principle by which we are saved, is strengthened." - Angel Children

February Happenings

I think Instagram is slowly starting to take over my blogging... It's an easy way to post pictures for friends and family to see what you're up to, but I need to catch up with our blog because I'm going to make another blog book for our family soon.

February 1st I turned 29. Happy birthday to me! Crazy that I've entered the last year of my 20's... I went and hung out with some of my Utah pals in SLC. We had breakfast, went shopping, gabbed, and laughed. I'm lucky to have such good friends.

Finn has been enjoying preschool and playing with his cousins. He likes to make "inventions" which are basically tape, paper, straws, and anything else taped together. He has made engines, remotes, and fans. I love to see his little imagination work! He misses Dennen and likes to facetime with him and show him the inventions he's come up with. He also likes to play in my parent's back yard (yes, it has been warm enough) in the dirt and with Eddie. My parents and I recently took Finn alpine skiing for his first time at Park City. I was so proud and am excited to start taking him more. I love skiing and have missed it a ton since having kiddos. But I guess parenting is about sacrifice. Finn is so good with Margo now and gives her hugs, kisses, and makes her smile a lot. I love to see their relationship developing!

Some Knitting Projects

I have been trying to use up some Madelinetosh yarn that I've had for awhile. The first little sweater is a pattern from ravelry called cascade. The second little top is one that I came up with and I'm still working on different sizes... The number of leafs on the yoke are giving me a hard time. I'll probably have a finished version of the pattern by Fall '14.

Monday, February 3, 2014

January Happenings

We've been lucky to be able to stay with family for a bit while Dennen is doing his rotations in upstate New York. He is finishing one up in Oswego and then heads to Troy. We sure miss him and can't wait to see him again!!

Finn has been able to play with cousins which he has loved. He's also doing preschool and is always excited to go. They are going over letters and numbers which is good, because he still gets some of them confused (like "K" and "X").  The other day Finn got a balloon that was filled with helium and left it in the car. It shriveled up and got lost somewhere and he asked me where it went. I told him I wasn't sure, and he responded "I bet it went up in the sky to Rowan in Heaven, it will make her happy." It was such a sweet thing for him to say. Although he does have his moments that try my patience... when he says things like that, it makes me realize how thoughtful and loving he is.

4 Months Old

Margo is sure at a cute stage right now! She has rolled over from belly to back and back to belly, but only one time for both. She blows little spit bubbles and makes a lot of cute talking sounds. She has the best little smile. She loves her hands. And she can grab a lot of toys now. Every day I kiss her little cheeks and head at least 20 times. Speaking of cheeks... I'm pretty sure that's where most of the fat on her body is. I took her for her 4 month checkup and she's between the 5th and 10th percentiles for weight. She's doing well though, and is following a good growth curve. We sure love her!!

Thursday, January 2, 2014

3 Months Old

I can't believe Margo is already 3 months old! Time just seams to speed by... She is such a happy and content baby. I love her smiles and cooing. She laughed when our plane landed in Utah but I haven't been able to get her to since. Hopefully she'll be laughing all the time soon! She has found her hands and enjoys sucking on them. And the other day she rolled over from her tummy to back.

We are so blessed to have her and love her to pieces. Finn is such a great brother to her and I love to see him talk to her and show her things. He also loves to tickle her! He did try to hurdle her one day, so that wasn't too good... At least he cleared her!