This week's Yarn Along comes from my bedside table. These days I'm feeling like my major hobbies are doing the dishes and laundry because those are the things I do in my spare time. The only time I'm finding for reading or crocheting is late at night after everyone else is in bed. Thank goodness the baby sleeps a good six hours at night! (Sorry for the whining but without a creative outlet I start to go a bit crazy and need to vent to someone other my husband.)
I've been flipping through my favorite craft books trying to get inspired and geared up for next week's Kids Clothing Week Challenge. I think I can pull off an hour a day of sewing for 7 days. Sign-ups are still open if anyone is intrested in joining along. This will be my 3rd time participating and it's so much fun. I have a list of things to make, mostly simple garments that shouldn't take too much time to put together, and things to mend.
I started crocheting the Eco Bunny Blanket from LionBrand's website. Little Molly has learned the classic baby move 'grab and take to mouth' and I thought this blanket would be perfect for her. I'm using Sugar'n Cream 100% cotton yarn in Ecru. So far the head is completed and I'll hopefully be finished in a few more nights.
Today my little girl, my second born, my first daughter Carlee Grace (a.k.a. Carlita-Bonita-Chiquita-Banana--- but she hates when I call her that) turns 9 years old.
I can't begin to tell you how amazing this girl is. She talks almost a fast as the MicroMachine man but if you listen closely to her words you'll hear just how clever and smart she is. She is determined, independent and willful--all traits that drive me crazy now but I know they will serve her well in the future. She's petite and super girly--she won't cut her hair and her earrings always match her outfit--but she can outrun every boy in her class. She's kind-hearted and thoughtful and she makes us proud every single day.
Today we planted our garden. We spent a total of $20 on all of the plants which is great because we usually spend much more. Of course, if we started everything from seed it would probably be much cheaper but I never plan that far ahead. It'll be intresting to see how much produce will come from our $20. I think I'll try to document that over the summer. In all we planted:
10 tomato plants
4 squash plants
13 pepper plants
1 pack of cucumber seeds
My kids have become such pros at planting. I didn't have do anything but sit back and watch. They had a whole system going -- my husband dug the holes, Jake laid the plants in and the girls came behind him and patted them in. It was awesome to watch them work together.
We let our hens roam free while we worked. This was quite a treat for them. I can't let them out of their pin daily like I would like to because our yard is not fenced in and I don't think our neighbors (or their dogs) would appreciate a visit from our cackling girls. We lost 2 of our hens over the winter. One died from reasons unkown and the other was literally lost. The remaining 4 still lay plenty more eggs than we can eat.
Miss Molly was so good while we planted. She loves being outside just looking at the sky, the trees and all the goings on around her. She is such a good baby and has become so alert, always wanting to sit up and see everything. It'll be no time before she's on the go and trying to keep up with her brother and sisters. Slow down baby! There's no need to hurry.
We also planted all my propagated hydrangeas. And I gave the camera over to my girls and they captured some great moments. I need to give someone else the camera more often if only to have more pictures of myself for my kids. I know they'll want that someday.