Something Crafty for Baby

I mentioned in yesterday’s post that we have a new nephew. There was a baby shower for the little guy about three weeks ago, and I wasn’t really in the mood to sew something, but I always prefer to give hand-made gifts over store-bought ones. So after a lot of time on the yarn aisle – a lot of time – I finally picked a color that I liked (blue and brown variegated) and found a pattern I thought I could do. Here’s the result:

baby jacket

The pattern comes from Lion Brand, and it was so easy! You just have to crochet five rectangles – one for the back of the jacket, two for the fronts of the jacket, and two for the sleeves – and then stitch them all together. I also made a hat to go with it. The buttons slide between stitches on the opposite side, so you don’t even have to count out where to put buttonholes. It was the perfect project for me at this point – I got the crocheting bug satisfied without having to stress over a complex pattern or a large blanket. And I was able to make the jacket and the hat with only two skeins of yarn, which kept my wallet happy too! (Not that I was trying to be cheap, but when you can give a heartfelt gift without breaking the bank, that’s the best kind of all!)

What’s your favorite baby gift to give?



Please note: The pattern is free, but you have to sign up for a free account with the Lion Brand website to access it.

1999: A Reflection

Today marks exactly 15 years since I graduated from high school. (I was a public school student.) For such a momentous occasion, I thought it would be fun to take a trip down memory lane and share it here.

First, here’s a picture of me way back then:

me in hs

How much about the news stories from back do you remember? What about the impeachment of then-President Clinton? Or the war in Kosovo? Those were what I wrote down as the most memorable of that year (national and international, respectively).

Here’s something that should be fun: prices. Back then, you could two loaves of bread for$1.39. These days, my husband will pay $5.19 without batting an eye. That’s for organic, chock-full-of-seeds bread, but still. I’m a little more reasonable; I pretty much max out at $2.50, or I make it at home. Milk was $2.79, which is pretty close to the $2.89-3.19 I pay now. The only difference is that back then, we were always told, “Be glad your car doesn’t run on milk,” because gas back then was in the $1.29-$1.39 range. Now of course, we’d be grateful if it dropped to$2.89! My, how times have changed. Eggs were 59 cents for a half-dozen. Now it’s around $1.19 for that size package. (Clearly I didn’t buy the eggs for our family back then or I would have recorded the price for a dozen instead of a half-dozen.) CDs and tapes – remember those? They ranged from $5.99-$15.99.

Okay, now a few personal things. In 1999, I was named Outstanding French Student. No wonder I love the language now, eh? The theme for my senior prom was “Light Up the Night,” and I attended with my now-husband. I got straight As and earned 28.5 credits; 24were required to graduate. My classes were Band (I played/play the flute), Government, British Lit, Yearbook (I was an assistant editor), and French 3. One of my best friends that year was a foreign exchange student from Germany. Unfortunately, I haven’t been in touch with her since then. (I wonder if the email address she left in my memory book is still accurate. And if so, would she even remember me?)

hs announcement collage

My high school graduation announcement

What year did you graduate? Tell me something memorable about that year in the comments!



Poppins Book Nook Update

I wasn’t able to do the Book Nook this month, but I wanted to give you guys the opportunity to read the other awesome bloggers who did!

Enchanted Homeschooling Mom ~ 3 Dinosaurs ~ To the Moon and Back ~ Planet Smarty Pants ~ Farm Fresh Adventures ~ Growing in God’s Grace ~ Chestnut Grove Academy ~ Faith and Good Works ~ Learning and Growing the Piwi Way ~ The Usual Mayhem~ Preschool Powol Packets ~ Monsters Ed Homeschool Academy ~ Adventures in Mommydom ~ Teach Beside Me ~ Life with Moore Babies ~ Kathy’s Cluttered Mind ~ Are We There Yet? ~ Our Crafts N Things ~ Hopkins Homeschool ~ ABC Creative Learning ~ Joy Focused Learning ~ P is for Preschooler ~ Laugh and Learn ~ A Mommy’s Adventures ~ Inspiring 2 New Hampshire Children ~ World for Learning ~ The Kennedy Adventures ~ Ever After in the Woods ~ Golden Grasses ~ Our Simple Kinda Life ~ A glimpse of our life ~ Journey to Excellence ~ Happy Little Homemaker ~ Little Homeschool Blessings ~  Raventhreads ~ Water on the Floor ~ Learning Fundamentals ~ Tots and Me ~ As We Walk Along The Road ~ Stir the Wonder ~ For This Season ~ Where Imagination Grows ~ Lextin Academy ~ The Canadian Homeschooler ~ School Time Snippets ~ Peakle Pie ~ Mom’s Heart ~ A Moment in our World ~ Every Bed of Roses ~ Finchnwren ~ At Home Where Life Happens ~ Suncoast Momma ~ The Library Adventure ~ Embracing Destiny ~ Day by Day in our World ~ Our Homeschool Studio ~ A “Peace” of Mind ~ Thou Shall Not Whine ~ SAHM I am ~ eLeMeNo-P Kids ~ Simple Living Mama

Picture of the Week: Brushing My Teeth

I know I already made a post today, but it’s been a couple of weeks since I did a picture of the week, and I wanted to do one today. This is just too cute not to share!

brushing teeth

Small Fry loves having his teeth brushed. But  he loves doing it himself even more!

Have a great weekend everyone :).



Picture of the Week: Walking the Dog

walking the dog

There’s a lady in our church who brings her dog on Sundays. We were in the Fellowship Hall with Small Fry after church, and Romeo (the dog) was just minding his business, sitting underneath a table.

Well …

A certain little boy couldn’t have that! He found the dog’s leash and promptly started leading him all around the room. And it’s a big room!

Fortunately, the dog’s owner didn’t mind – she insisted I take pictures!



Picture of the Week: Sing Your Heart Out


We were cooling our heels after church last week while hubby talked to his dad, and Small Fry found the wireless mic hiding in the pulpit. When Grandpa’s the pastor, you get a little more leniency in where you can go as a kid in the church ;). Of course we had to take the microphone away almost immediately, but I couldn’t resist snapping a picture first.



Picture of the Week: Harry Potter. Or Yoda. Depends Who You Ask


Yesterday was laundry day, and every single item that Small Fry owns was in there. I washed the clothes at home, and then hubby took them to the laundromat to dry (that’s our normal protocol in the rainy season when we can’t air dry our clothes outside). But I needed to go for a walk to the store for dinner stuff. It wouldn’t do to take a baby out in only a diaper in November. July, yes. But not November. So I put one of Munchkin’s shirts on him. It was way too big, but sometimes you just gotta do what you gotta do. Seahawk thought Small Fry looked like Harry Potter in the too-big shirt – it looked like a wizard’s robe – so he put Munchkin’s glasses on the baby for a quick photo. When hubby got home and saw the baby walking around, he alluded him to Yoda. Either way, funny :).

Have a blessed weekend.