Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Wild Thing!

wildthing_book Wild Thing! Isn't he the cutest!

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I've decided to make a gang of Wild Things for my grandbabies. Well, a gang of four. One down - three more to go. Along with the wild things for each of them, I'm sending Where the Wild Things Are book. I'm hoping they will enjoy the story and love having a Wild Thing of their own.

I've been thinking of other toys I can knit to go along with children's books. Right now I have 2 on the list.  Birthdays this year, each grandbaby will receive a knit toy and story book to go along with it. At least that's the plan.

For now, I have 3 more Wild Things to knit. I'm hoping to have them done and sent off to my babies for Valentines day. The pattern is fairly easy, just fiddly with all the little parts. But the outcome is just so cute!

Pattern is Wild Thing by Susan Claudino

Joining Ginny and Frontier Dreams

Arctic Chill

DSC_0267 DSC_0262 DSC_0266 DSC_0272 DSC_0292 The past few days it has been COLD!

A fire is always going in the fireplace, layers are worn and plenty of quilts and blankets are tossed about waiting to be cuddled under.

We have the prediction of snow this weekend. I think last year on my birthday we had a little snow. My birthday is Friday, so maybe I will get snow again. I say if it's going to be this cold, it might as well snow!

Let is snow!

Monday, January 18, 2016

Pixie in Training Aviator Cap

Pixie aviator collage I love a quick knit.

Quick and cute is even better! I knit two of these little caps in 2 nights - in pink and green. The green is my favorite.

I've been listening to The Aviators Wife by Melanie Benjamin. Maybe that's why I decided to knit an aviators cap.

Pattern is Pixie in Training Aviator Cap by Diane Serviss/Pixiebell Elfinwear


DSC_0247 DSC_0253 DSC_0254 DSC_0249 DSC_0255 We woke to big fluffy snowflakes yesterday!

It lasted about 30 minutes.

It was pretty while it lasted.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Little Old Lady

I shared this on Facebook and Instagram last week but wanted to share here also.

January 7, 2016
After work today I had to go to the grocery store to pick up some cheese i had forgotten for dinner. I was rushing through the store because I was so ready to get home out of the cold, into some pjs. I got in the express line and a little old lady was in front of me. She was hunched over and moving ever so slowly chatting to the cashier. I kind of sighed because I always seem to get in a slow line, even if it's the express line, but as I stood there, I saw myself as that little lady. Sooner than I think I will be that little old lady, and I would hope a younger person would have patience with me. As she paid for her groceries she asked the cashier if someone could help her load her groceries in the car. The cashier said she would help and shut her light off. She finished my items since she had already started and asked the person behind me if they would mind going to another line. That person caught an attitude and got loud. I told the cashier not to worry about it, I would help her. So off we went, very slowly to her car. She chatted the whole way. Once I loaded the groceries she thanked me. I took her wrinkled hand, gave it a squeeze, and told her she was a blessing to me and reminded me to be patient and slow down. That one day, I too will be older and slower and I hope people will be patient with me also. She squeezed my hand back, gave me a smile, got in her car and drove off. I hope someone was home to help her bring her groceries in.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

The Birth of Samantha Isaida - my namesake!

Happy 2016!

We are well into the New Year and even though I had good intentions of posting before now, it just didn't happen. But I'm here now!

The holidays were great. We took a road trip to Texas and I got a late Christmas present. Another Grandbaby! She was named after my oldest son who passed away and myself! She was due December 20, but held on for me to arrive in Texas and was born on December 27th.

Miss Samantha Isaidaproud parents before baby
My son and his girlfriend, Kaily

Having a baby is hard work!

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Samantha's first breath!

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Samantha and her other Grandma

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Hi Daddy :)

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Our first selfie!

It was such an amazing experience being there for Samantha's birth. I wasn't there for my other 2 grandbabies birth. It happened to be our last day in Texas and one of the coldest days with freezing rain and snow.

As I watched Manuel comb Kaily's hair, hold her hand, and comfort her during contractions, I remembered the baby he once was. It was so hard to believe he was having his 3rd baby! I wanted to capture every moment. Watching Samantha come into the world and take her first breathe took my breathe away. Watching someone give birth is so different from experiencing it yourself. I will never forget it. And to be at the birth of a grandbaby who has my name, makes it even more special. I hated we had to leave the next morning.

Welcome to the world Miss Samantha Isaida! We love you so much already!


Sidenote: A few years ago when I first got my DSLR camera I came across birth photographer blogs and thought to myself "I would LOVE to do that!" To be there when this miracle of life happened. I was slightly obsessed and would read blog after blog of birth photography. The pictures were always so amazing! On this visit to Texas I forgot my big camera at home. My son and I couldn't believe I didn't have it for this event. Thank God for iPhones! All the pictures were taken with my iPhone. Being there, witnessing this miracle bought back the desire to be a birth photographer. To bear witness to this all the time. I can't even put into words how amazing that would be.