Tuesday, August 28, 2012


So what our development has two swimming pools and we're two minutes from the Atlantic ocean?!


We have an inflatable pool...

I didn't buy it...mom did

Late post - the zoo

The Saturday before school started (last week) we took the bratlings to the zoo!

Our zoo isn't huge, but it's way bigger than when I was a kid! Kae went on a field trip last year but didn't get to see a lot of the animals. The tiger had just had babies do they weren't out, the panther too.

Last zoo trip I was on I was pregnant with Connor but didn't know yet. Connor likes the turtles and birds.

All in all it was fun, hot, humid, but fun.

Monday, August 20, 2012

First day of school

Today was kae's first day of First Grade! Omg she's getting so big, too fast. I'm totally not ready.

Kae spent all weekend trying to decide what to wear to school today, and then deciding which shoes. And backpack, and how she wanted her hair did, I thought I wouldn't have to deal with this until middle school or something?! Blah.

The easiest part about the morning was the food. Kae's new lunchbox is made for bento! It's a hello kitty Tupperware lunch bag, it came with 4 square, locking containers and two water bottles. We used the big box today, and made a simple lunch. Sammich, cheese stick, peanuts, kool aid. We'll get more complex, it was HARD for mommy to drag out of bed at 6:30!

Also we were out of fruit /sigh
Do gummies count?

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Ravellenic Games 2012

I decided to just do one post of all my projects this time around!

First up I knit a Pygmy puff, from Harry Potter. They're in the books but hardly in the movies. In 6 Ginny has one one the train, it's hideous and lavender...
Mine is cute! It's for kae for Christmas. I knit this for Team Tardis and the competition with team Sherlocked in the British cricket event.

I then knit a soaker for Connor using the snapdragon pattern and storied yarns custom hand dyed in a highlander color way for Connors cloth booty! It's for team storied yarns!

I dyed a skein a yarn, a huge skein of yarn. It was the green wool I got from Peggy! It's now a beautiful peacock that needs a project!

Then I popped out a charity scarf for the drive I'm doing right now, it's yarn I received from my mother in law when I first started knitting, paton's pooch. The scarves and cowls (and hats) Gail and I have been knitting all year have found a charity. They're going to warm up
Cincinnati for donation to elementary kids in Kentucky. We have 15 scarves, 3 cowls and 1 hat. I'll be getting more from the lovely ladies at the Wednesday night knitting. (shoot me a message of you have any to donate, I'll get you the address or collect since I'm shipping a huge flat rate box)

I also finished my purple handspun from the tour de fleece! I got 490 yards of fingering weight. Now I'm going to start spinning the grey, I'll either knit a spectra shawl from westknits or get a third color and do a color affection!

I also knit a multi-use item, it's a bracelet, necklace, and a headband. I knit it using a 23 yard 2-ply sample skein I did on my Turkish spindle!

Last project is a Fennec hat for Connor. I love this pattern. Seriously, it's easy, cute and perfect for handspun because it's so forgiving. It also works great in heavily variegated yarns. I'm using my Titania fractal spin yarn from TdF. I'm counting this in the cast on trap shoot because I cast it in during the Olympics, and got more than 30% into it, but didn't finish. I'm actually half finished with the decreases but need to dig out my dpns to finish.

I had a wip (10-stitch blanket) and a shawl (test knit my own design) that I had hoped to get to. But I just ran out of time with two kids!

I'm proud of what I did accomplish this year though ::dance::

Friday, August 3, 2012

Spoilers - politics

Disclaimer: while I generally leave politics out of my blog, I feel the need to chime in on the chik-fil-a anti-gay comments.

One, I support gay marriage and rights, I need to get that out right away. Some of my very best friends are gay or lesbian. And even a few of them are die hard Christians. I love them anyway :P


One person, the CEO of the chicken giant made a comment. And now franchisees are suffering.

Both my husband and my brother have worked for a fast food franchise, brother still does. Ross quit working for panera because of the franchise owners racist, sexist policy. He didn't feel right. I don't blame him, I'm proud of him for standing by his morals and teaching our daughter that that shit just isn't ok. But those are not the views of the entire company, just the franchise in Florida. So we eat there very very rarely.

If someone at corporate makes a mistake, the owners of the franchise who don't necessarily have the same views or ideals, shouldn't be punished for it. So by boycotting a place because of one idiot's views, you may be causing 50 people to lose vital income. Some of them might even be those gays everyone is boycotting chicken to protect.

Chik-fil-a supports PBS kids. They offer educational kids meal toys, not with the intention of luring children in with spongebob or teenie beanie babies. They try to encourage reading with comic books, children's books, they offer educational cd-rom games for kids, and art projects. And so few, if any, have Christian themes (except veggie tales).

I will not buy chik-fil-a. But I also don't think thousands of people should have to suffer because of one idiot. I don't think a fast food chicken place has any place in politics, especially one as publicly religious as chik fil a, closed on Sunday's, I mean really.

I'm not going to mention this again, but it's been bugging me how crazy people are getting. My parents taught me to think before I act.