August 2009 in Review

1st Aaron and John lay in lawn chairs and let the water from the sprinklers come down on them.

5th – John figured out how to stick his foot in the toliet while he peed, and peed on his foot.

6-7th – We survived an 18-hour power outage.

8th – You can see Midvale’s firework show from our north windows. John LOVED watching them yelling, “FIREWORKS!” It was a cold evening so it was nice to be able to watch them inside.

10th – Went on a reconnaissance mission for Lydia’s bottles.

11th – Was at the park with friends for Park Day. I had my eye on Lydia but asked my friend, “Do you know where John is?” She said, glancing my way, “Oh, I think he’s over there playing with James.” A good 30 seconds to a minute later, I realized my almost-40-pound son was sitting on my lap drinking his sippy cup.

13th – I changed John’s shirt before going somewhere and asked him to put the stained shirt in the laundry as I went to change Lydia. Instead, he walked in with his yellow shirt on inside-out over the blue shirt I had just put on him. He was so proud of dressing himself.

17th – So, I decided to stop for a breakfast burrito at a local place where they’re amazing. So, we’re in the drive thru and John says, “Fry, fry!”

“No, sweetheart, we’re not getting fries.”


Umm… “Because they don’t serve them.”


Umm… “Because this is a Mexican restaurant.”


Ummmmmmmmmmmm…. “Because sometimes people like a different kind of food.”

Luckily the guy came out the window just then and saved me from another why?!

19th – Went to Lagoon (an amusement park) with the youth. Cassie screamed so hard/loud that I laughed so hard I cried.

20th – Woke up t othe police calling me to make sure my car wasn’t stolen. It had been parked in the middle of  the parking lot for a late night game of Ghost in the Graveyard.

– The kids and I had a dance/jam session in the car.

– John and Lyddie tag-team kissed me!

22nd – I was taking a nap and woke up when John did but was still in bed. A bit later he came into the room and put me down for night-night and even sang, “I love mommy I do, I do. I love mommy I do. She is a sweet and precious mommy. I love mommy I do.”  (I sing John Caleb to him.)

24th – I found John at 2:30 am watching Curious George eating Goldfish and Apple Jacks.

I finished knitting my first dress!

25th – John asked, “Mommy what’s that?” I said, “They’re coupons.” He responds, “Yeah. Poop-ons.”

26th – Lydia swivels her hips better than Elvis.

27th – John’s obessed with the toaster.

– John made a peanut butter sandwich by himself, with his hands.

29th – John, out of no where, started singing Happy Birthday!

30th – After trimming John’s nails, I told him, “Go wash your hands.” Somehow he interpreted that as, “Take a can of non-stick butter spray and spray it all over your arms, the bathroom sink, and the the floor.” Next time… I’m using visuauls. –Aaron.

31st – After watching John play, Lydia picks up the wiffle ball, puts it on the T-stand, and hits it off, all by herself.



I finished these a while ago, I don’t know why I never blogged it. These are excellent short, cute projects, it also taught me a lot about shaping.

Anyhow, here are two bibs. The first is the original the dinosaur bib which you can find here.

The second I took the basic pattern of the dino bib and made a heart design for the middle.

Dinosaur Bib

Find the pattern here.

Heart Bib

The owner of the bib pattern asked me to simply post the adjusted part. So for all other rows please visit her site here.

Row 16: k1, p1, for 9 sts.; p 20 sts.; p1, k1 for 9 sts.

Row 17: p1, k1, for 8 sts.; k 22 sts.; p1, k1 for 8 sts.

Row 18: k1, p1, for 7 sts.; p 24 sts.; p1, k1 for 7 sts.

Row 19: p1, k1, for 6 sts.; k 26 sts.; p1, k1 for 6 sts.

Row 20: k1, p1, for 5 sts.; p 28 sts.; p1, k1 for 5 sts.

(Note: From this point on, the first and last five stitches are the seed stitch border.

(B5) It might be helpful to place a marker for these stitches.)

Row 21: B5, k28, B5.

Row 22: B5, p28, B5.

Row 23: B5, k13, p2, k13, B5.

Row 24: B5, p12, k4, p12, B5.

Row 25: B5, k11, p6, k11, B5.

Row 26: B5, p10, k8, p10, B5.

Row 27: B5, k9, p10, k9, B5.

Row 28: B5, p8, k12, p8, B5.

Row 29: B5, k7, p14, k7, B5.

Row 30: B5, p6, k16, p6, B5.

Row 31: B5, k5, p18, k5, B5.

Row 32: B5, p4, k20, p4, B5.

Row 33: B5, k3, p22, k3, B5.

Row 34: B5, p2, k24, p2, B5.

Row 35: B5, k1, p26, k1, B5.

Row 36: B5, p1, k26, p1, B5.

Row 37: B5, k1, p26, k1, B5.

Row 38: B5, p2, k24, p2, B5.

Row 39: B5, k3, p22, k3, B5.

Row 40: B5, p4, k9, p2, k9, p4, B5.

Row 41: B5, k5, p7, k4, p7, k5, B5.

Row 42: B5, p6, k5, p6, k5, p6 B5.

Row 43: B5, k7, p3, k8, p3, k7, B5.

Row 44: Pick up the original pattern at Row 54.

Lydia’s Christmas Dress

So I decided I wanted to make a dress for Lydia for Christmas, and I accomplished the task!

I got the pattern out of Debbie Bliss’s Special Knits: 22 Gorgeous Handknits for Babies and Toddlers.

Here’s the dress!

The dress is by far not perfect. But I’m proud of myself and the job I did. I learned how to piece together with this project and how to change colors. It was a little boring in the knit pattern, but what stockinette pattern isn’t after a while?! 🙂 It’s also a little big for Lydia right now, I’m wondering if she’ll be able to fit into it this Christmas, but also be able to wear it next year too. That wouldn’t be too bad.

Sead – Leaf Scarf

I made this scarf for Cassie McLaughlin as a gifty. I used the Lion Brand Fishermen’s Wool. I loved the yarn, I think it’dmake an excellent sweater.

Here’s the link to the original pattern. But of course I made some changes. I basically repeated the pattern to make it wider.

Here’s the pattern.

Seed stich first 5 rows.

Row 6: P1, k1, p1, k1, p across to last 4 sts, p1, k1, p1, k1

Maitain 4 seed st on each side of panel now begins leaf pattern.

Pattern Row 1 (row 7): Seed st border, p1, k3, k2tog, k1, yo, p2, yo, k1, ssk, k3, p2, k3, ssk, k1, yo, p2, yo, k1, k2tog, k3, p1, border.

Pattern Row 2 and every even pattern row: Border, k1, p6, k2, p6, k2, p6, k2, p6, k1, border.

Patter Row 3: Border, p1, k2, k2tog, k1, yo, k1, p2, k1, yo, k1, ssk, k2, p2, k2, ssk, k1, yo, k1, p2, k1, yo, k1, k2tog, k2, p1, border.

Pattern Row 5: Border, p1, k1, k2tog, k1, yo, k2, p2, k2, yo, k1, ssk, k1, p2, k1, ssk, k1, yo, k2, p2, k2, yo, k1, k2tog, k1, p1, border.

Pattern Row 7: Border, p1, k2tog, k1, yo, k3, p2, k3, yo, k1, ssk, p2, ssk, k1, yo, k3, p2, k3, yo, k1, k2tog, p1, border.

Pattern Row 8: Same as 2.

Repeat these 8 rows until desired length. End with 5 more seed st rows.

July 2009 in Review

1st – Played as a family in the water outside.

– Found John pouring cups of water over Curious George’s head, washing his hair

3rd – Went to the splash park as a family. The kids had a great time and Lydia was more fearless than John!

4th – John walked in on Aaron going potty and gave Aaron a car out of his potty rewards basket.

6th – Lydia’s definitely more fearless than John. John hated the sprinklers but Lydia, for the most part, loved them.

7th – John got an ice cream sandwich out of the freezer, unwrapped it, and licked it, what could I do but give it to him?

10th – Aaron brought home an almost empty container of iced tea.
Joh somehow got it off the counter, poured some on the floor, and proceeded to lick it off the ground! Yuck.

11th – I can’t find the mixing bowls… the children have hidden them… it’s a conspiracy.

12th – John’s 3rd birthday.

– While Aaron and I were getting ready for church , John got into his cake destroyed about 1/4 for a 9×13 cake.

13th – I gave John some yogurt for breakfast, and started working on something else. Meanwhile, John folds his hands, bows his head and (in Johnese) said, “Thank you Father for yogurt. Amen.” Talk about melting my heart!

14th – John got a cup down from the cabinet, put ice in it, got the juice out of the fridge, and poured the juice into the cup without spilling. Aaron found him sitting at the table, drinking the cup of juice, smiling, hoping daddy wouldn’t take it away… how could he?

15th – I took John to see his first movie at the movie theater (free summer movies) and he loved it. At one point I asked him if he wanted to sit on my lap and he shushed me!

16th – John got a musical card from my parents on his birthday. I woke up this morning and thought I heard John so I went to investigate but I didn’t see him. So, I laid back down in bed and all of a sudden I hear, “Life is a highway, I’m gonna ride it all night long…” I get up and see John sitting on his bed with a look of pure glee on his face.

18th – We were invited to a BBQ at a new friend’s house and they have a big dog. He was put away for most of the time, but they let him out towards the end. Of course John freaked out, but we just tried to calm him and show him the dog wouldn’t hurt him. Well, then the dog came up and sniffed him and nuzzled his stomach which put him into hysterics. I rushed over and tried to calm him and the hosts put the dog away, in which John responded with pure ectasy mixed with a teary voice, “ALL DONE DOG! YAY! WOOHOO! ALL RIGHT! YAY! WOOHOO! ALL RIGHT! ALL DONE DOG!”

19th – Aaron put Lydia to bed with no pants or bloomers over her diaper. So we found her a little later with her diaper off and pee and poop everywhere!

20th – I figured out the Lydia loves yogurt. She went dumpster diving for it… pulled a yogurt cup that I had just finished out of the trash and started licking the inside of it.

22nd & 23rd – Stacie went on an overnight yurt camping/boating trip with the youth group.

24th – Yay! Rob and Tara Sivulka move to town!

25th – Lydia REALLY likes yogurt. She pulled John’s not-yet-finished yogurt off the table and started walking around eating it, getting it all in her hair, over her clothes, on the floor, etc.

26th – John comes out of Preschool Sunday School and is sooooo proud of his coloring and craft papers. He makes a point showing them to daddy and wants daddy to be proud of him.

28th – The infamous day at the park.

29th – Debbie, Isaiah, their two dogs, John, Lyddie, and I went hiking to Donut Falls. It was a goregous hike.

30th – Lydia’s really cute as she dances with her hip swivel.

31st – John started sweeping the ground… not like the porch, mind you, but the actual dirt ground.