May 2009 in Review

1st – Been teaching John to say, “May I have some milk, please.” Instead of grunting and shoving his sippy cup in my face. Well, he wanted to watch his Curious George DVD so he said, “May I have some monkey, please.”

– Lydia stood in the middle of the room all by herself for the first time!

2nd – Aaron did an MRM booth, and we hung out as a family at the Midvale Cinco de Mayo festival.

3rd – Lydia took her first step! … in the nursery.

4th – Aaron I just about died from the gasseous stench coming from the grass clippings.

5th – I was leaving and John was on the porch, I could tell he was trying to tell me something so I rolled down my window. He came over to the car and gave me a kiss goodbye.

7th – Lydia said, “Bye daddy.”

8th – Stacie has  a youth group girl’s night out/overnight with 8 teenage girls!

9th – Lydia discovers herself in the mirror.

11th – John hides Bobby from me so I won’t put him in the laundry.

12th – Curious George shows different ways of measuring, one of which is kids measuring other kids with a shoe. John came up to me with a shoe and started “measuring” me, counting, “one, two, three, four.”

13th – We have a shape sorter toy that makes lots of sounds that John has always loved (and always found a way for it to make the noise without him actually shorting the shapes) Anyhow, John stuck his hand in the circle and got it stuck, so I helped him get it out. Then he immediately proceeds to put his hand in all the shapes to see if it would fit.

14th – John had food on his plate, but was done. He brought it to me and I told him to put it on the table. Instead, he threw the food away and put the plate in the sink!

– John got into the syrup that I stupidishly left on the table.

Lydia started walking for real! She walked all over the living room!

16th – Lydia turned ONE!

18th – Trying to potty train John. Going potty every 20 minutes. Well, I didn’t realize he had pooped in his pullup. So, I pulled down his pants and got poop all over the toilet. So, I put John in the bathtub and he stepped in the poop (that didn’t make him happy). So, I clean up the toilet then clean up John and he leans forward lifting his leg in an attitude/arabesque type pose so that I could get the poop off his foot.

– John was stacking Lydia’s baby food jars in the check out line and as I went to grab them one crashed to the floor and broke.

I dropped the milk on the way into the house and it broke. Trying to save the milk by pouring it into huge pitchers I made a HUGE mess.

20th – John gave duck a bath in the cooler.

23rd – On the way down to Zion John asked, “May I have window please? SUUUURE!” (Pronouncing sure with an “s”) He wanted his window down.

24th – Camping, hiking, touring Zion National Park.

25th – The kids had been sleeping in the car but woke up. Lydia was crying so we were “SHHHHHH”-ing. John was trying to sleep and he turned from one side of his car seat to the other with his finger to his mouth and said, “shhhhhhhhhh”

26th – I changed Lydia, but hadn’t put any pants on her yet. She was playing in the living room for a moment, only to find little Lyddie BARE bum!

27th – John yells, “BIG TRUCK” any time he sees anything from a pickup to a semi (or even buses). Imagine how many times I hear that in a 10 minute car ride!

28th – We cross a Trax (public transportion “train”) crossing, sometimes we have to stop. John was excited to see the train. After it passed John said, “Bye train!” and kept repeating it. I decided to not repeat him and see how long he would do it, for at least a minute he kept repeating “Bye train!” until with utter exasperation he said, “Mommy! Bye train!”

30th – John locked himself in the bathroom, presumably to play with the water uninterrupted.

31st – Apparently a nursery worker asked John if his shoes were purple and he said, “No, my shoes are blue.”


Knitted Makeup Bag

So, I’m very proud of myself. I made this bag for a friend of mine as part of the “gifty” exchange. (Like the bookmarks.)  This is probably an intermediate project, although in all honesty, the hardest part was simply trying to interpret the directions! There were a new couple of stitches I had to learn, but that’s what I’m all about. Nothing has been looking perfect, but I’m working on it. I’m still technically a beginner. Hopefully, my stuff will continue to look more and more polished.

So here’s the picture.

Here’s the link to the original website.

Below, I have my interperted row-by-row instructions. But, also here are some nifty abbreviations and videos for certain stitches. (These are the new things I learned with this project.)

wyib: with yarn in back (just hold the yarn in the back)

ssk-r-pso: ssk, return st to LH needle, pass next st over (the ssk st) and off needle, slip the ssk st back to RH needle. (Here’s a video)

sk2p: slip one purlwise, k2tog, then pass the slipped st over the k2tog st. (Here’s a video, although she’s left-hand knitting)

[k1, p1, k1] in next stitch: Exactly what it sounds like. (Here’s a video, although she’s doing p1, k1, p1, but same concept)

m1-r: make 1 right. (Here’s a video, this is theknitwitch, she has my favorite tutorial knitting videos)

m1-l: make 1 left (Here’s a video)

CO 31 sts

Row 1 (Wrong Side) – 3: Knit

Row 4 (RS): Sl1 knitwise wyib (here on abbreviated sl1) k15, BO1, k14

Row 5: sl1, k2, p12, CO1, p12, k3

Row 6: sl1, k4, yo, k6, k2tog, k5, ssk, k6, yo, k5

Row 7: sl1, k2, p until, k3

Row 8: sl1, k5, yo, k5, k2tog, k5, ssk, k5, yo, k6

Row 9: sl1, k2, p until, k3

Row 10: sl1, k6, yo, k4, k2tog, k5, ssk, k4, yo, k7

Row 11: sl1, k2, p until, k3

Row 12: sl1, k7, yo, k3, k2tog, k5, ssk, k3, yo, k8

Row 13: sl1, k2, p until, k3

Row 14: sl1, k8, yo, k2, k2tog, k5, ssk, k2, yo, k9

Row 15: sl1, k2, p until, k3

Row 16: sl1, k9, yo, k1, k2tog, k5, ssk, k1, yo, k10

Row 17: sl1, k2, p until, k3

Row 18: sl1, k10, yo, k2tog, k5, ssk, yo, k11

Row 19: sl1, k2, p until, k3

Row 20: sk1, k9, yo, ssk-r-pso, yo, k5, yo, sk2p, yo, k10

Row 21: sl1, k2, p until, k3

Row 22 (RS): sl1, *p1, k1* rep across

Repeat row 22 for 24 more rows.

Row 45 (WS): sl1, *p1, k1* rep across

Row 46: sl1, *p1, k1* rep 7 times (15 sts), pm, [k1, p1, k1] in next st, pm, *k1, p1* to end. (33 sts)

Row 47: sl1, *p1, k1* to and slip marker, p to and slip marker, *k1, p1* to end

Row 48: sl1, *p1, k1* to and slip marker, k to and slip marker, *k1, p1* to end

Row 49: sl1, *p1, k1* to and slip marker, p to and slip marker, *k1, p1* to end

Row 50: sl1, *p1, k1* to and slip marker, m1-r, k to marker, m1-l, slip marker, *k1, p1* to end (35 sts)

Row 51: sl1, *p1, k1* to and slip marker, p to and slip marker, *k1, p1* to end

Row 52: sl1, *p1, k1* to and slip marker, m1-r, k to marker, m1-l, slip marker, *k1, p1* to end (37 sts)

Row 53: sl1, *p1, k1* to and slip marker, p to and slip marker, *k1, p1* to end

Row 54: sl1, *p1, k1* to and slip marker, m1-r, k to marker, m1-l, slip marker, *k1, p1* to end (39 sts)

Row 55: sl1, *p1, k1* to and slip marker, p to and slip marker, *k1, p1* to end

Row 56: sl1, *p1, k1* to and slip marker, m1-r, k to marker, m1-l, slip marker, *k1, p1* to end (41 sts)

Row 57: sl1, *p1, k1* to and slip marker, p to and slip marker, *k1, p1* to end

Row 58: sl1, *p1, k1* to and slip marker, ssk, k7, k2tog, slip marker, *k1, p1* to end (39 sts)

Row 59: sl1, *p1, k1* to and slip marker, p to and slip marker, *k1, p1* to end

Row 60: sl1, *p1, k1* to and slip marker, ssk, k5, k2tog, slip marker, *k1, p1* to end (37 sts)

Row 61: sl1, *p1, k1* to and slip marker, p to and slip marker, *k1, p1* to end

Row 62: sl1, *p1, k1* to and slip marker, ssk, k3, k2tog, slip marker, *k1, p1* to end (35 sts)

Row 63: sl1, *p1, k1* to and slip marker, p to and slip marker, *k1, p1* to end

Row 64: sl1, *p1, k1* to and slip marker, ssk, k1, k2tog, slip marker, *k1, p1* to end (33 sts)

Row 65: sl1, *p1, k1* to and slip marker, p to and slip marker, *k1, p1* to end

Row 66: sl1, *p1, k1* to and remove marker, sk2p, remove marker, *k1, p1, to end (31 sts)

Row 67 (WS): Sl1, *p1, k1* rep across

Repeat row 67 for 20 more rows.

Bind off.

Block. Whip stitch sides together. Sew button on, opposite button hole. Weave ends.

Make an I-cord with 3 stitches and DPNs about 8 or 9 inches long. Loop it through the extra holes on the top and tie in a knot.

Camping Trip to Zion National Park

If I may, this is a copy of my husband’s blog post, but offers great memories!

Joy overflows

Entrance fee into Zion National Park? 25 dollars.

Camping fee? 16 dollars x 2 nights.

Rocks for John at the local rock store? 7 dollars.

Shower at Bike Zion? 5 dollars.


  • Listening to John and Lydia play and laugh together in the back of the car.
  • Listening to John and Lydia tantalize each other in the back of the car.
  • Hiking with Stacia and Lydia as they were wrapped together.

    Lydia and Stacia

    Lydia and Stacia

  • Waking up in the middle of the night next to my wife on a matress that had deflated.
  • Watching Lydia crawl with a small object clutched in her hand, on all fours to avoid getting dirt on her knees.
  • Watching John throw rocks into various rivers and shriek with joy.
  • Cooking my own sausage at our campfire.
  • Watching foreign tourists try to maintain their polite composure in the shuttle bus as our tired children were crying and whining.
  • Eating my wife’s chili dogs.
  • Alternating the reading of Augustine’s Confessions aloud in the car with my wife as the children slept.
  • Waking up to Lydia smilng at me from her Pack ‘n Play.
  • Marveling at flowers that grew upside-down.
    Flowers growing upside-down

    Flowers growing upside-down

  • Bustling about the camp site as my wife peacefully sat and knitted.
  • Drinking the park’s natural spring water.
  • Cheating by adding coals to the fire.
  • Being in a town where there were no fast food franchises.
  • Carrying John on my shoulders.
  • Basking in the beauty of order in God’s creation.

Lace Bookmark

Here is one of my favorites. It looks absolutely nothing like the original website picture, but I like it all the same! 🙂

CO 11 stitches. 

Knit 2 rows. 

Row 1 (right side): K1, P1, SSK, (YO, K1) 3 times, YO, K2tog, P1, K1 (13 stitches)

Row 2: K2, P9, K2 (13 stitches)

Row 3: K1, P1, SSK, K5, K2tog, P1, K1, (11 stitches)

Row 4: K2, P7, K2 (11 stitches) 

Repeat rows 1-4 until desired length ending with row 1. 

K1 row on wrong side. There will be 13 stitches.

Dec Row: (K2tog) twice, K5, (K2tog) twice.

Bind off.

Here is the original website. 

My Little Girl Turns One

Ahhhhhhhh…. It is truly amazing how fast time goes by. Almost daily I find truth in the statement, “The days are long but the years are short when you are a mother of small children.” My how this is so. As I think back to a year ago, I can’t imagine Lydia being so teeny tiny and helpless. And her BLACK curly hair that she had is now BLOND?! My oh my. 

A year ago, Lydia was still 9 days out from her due date. I was dropping off a frozen dinner that was to be taken to another church family that lived a ways away who had just had a baby. I was on Carla’s door step knocking on her door. She didn’t answer, so I went back to the car to get my phone. I believe I got a text message saying that it was time to go to the hospital, that Katrina was in labor. What?! What?! What was I to do. I almost dropped the food and left. But I calmed myself down long enough to call Carla (she was in her basement and didn’t hear the door) and properly drop off my food and to say we were off to the hospital. 

Immediately upon getting into the car I called Aaron. He began to get things together at the house and told me to come home (even though I would drive right past the hospital). Then I called my neighbor who would watch John for us. Upon returning home, I began to run around like a chicken with its head cut off. I wasn’t prepared. I knew what I needed/wanted though. Friends who live in Texas were in town visiting. They came by to grab something, but we were in a flurry, I barely remember them being there. We dropped John off at the neighbor’s  (who just happened to be watching a dog and like 3 extra kids. I felt so bad!) and left for the hospital. 

We were so filled with anticipation as we drove. When we arrived Katrina was doing well. She had just been given her epidural so she was in a good mood, even better once she got her popsicle! 🙂 Then the waiting waiting waiting began. We kept our family updated through pictures, texts, and phone calls. And at 5:35 pm, our beautiful baby girl entered the world! Oh she was precious. 8 lbs 2 oz 21 3/4 inches long. And like I said, a ton of black hair. 

The three day wait to take her home was horribly hard. But we were finally able to. The papers were signed for Katrina signing her rights over to us. Six months later the adoption was finalized. Which, was a relief, even though she was already ours. And now, one year later, taking her first steps, saying her first words, with mounds of blonde crazy curls, I can’t believe; how much I love her, how much she’s grown, how much she and John look alike, how much life she brings to our family. She is such a precious little angel doll. Although, we’re learning that she’s a tad on the dramatic side, it should be interesting to see what new joys she brings us in the next year. 

Oh thank you, Lord, for my beautiful, precious little girl. Thank you for Katrina and her sacrifice and love. Thank you, Lord, for your abundant blessings.

Double Arrow Bookmark

Here is my Double Arrow Bookmark. The interesting thing is, I didn’t see the double arrows until I was knitting it myself. 

Here’s my pattern…

CO 17 

Knit all for 2 rows.

Row 1 (right side):  K3 (YO, SSK, K1, K2tog, YO, K1) twice, K2

Rows 2 & 4: K2, P13, K2

Row 3: K1, (K3, YO, Sl1 wyib, K2tog, PSSO, YO) twice, K4

Repeat these until bookmark is just shy of desired length ending with row 3. 

Knit all for 2 rows. Bind off. Sew in ends, block lightly. 


Here is the original link.  

Hope you enjoy! 

Backbone Bookmark

So I will have been knitting up some bookmarks. There will be a series of them. Using the fabric stiffener really helped them be more bookmark-like. 🙂

Here’s a picture of the Backbone bookmark (by far my worst one). 


Here is my pattern, I made the border around the edges thinner.

First here’s the code for those beginning kniters:

CN means Cable Needles. So CNB means to hold the cable needle in the back. CNF = front. 

CO 17 stitches

Knit 1 row, P 1 row. 

Row1: K2, P2, K9, P2, K2

Row 2: P2, K2, P9, K2, P2

Row 3: K2, P2, Sl3 to CNB, K1, K3 from CN, K1, Sl1 to CNF, K3, K1 from CN, P2, K2

Row 4: P2, K2, P9, K2, P2

Repeat rows 1 – 4 to desired length. Finish with Knit 1 row, P 1 row. Bind off. Block 

 Here is the original website with the original pattern.