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23 January 2015

Catch the Moment 365: Week 3

January 15: This year I'm participating in The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery's Story Time Sampler. Here are all my supplies, but I decided to use 16 count Aida, instead of 2 count linen.

January 16: One of my daughter's favorite things is to take a silly picture with mama.

January 17: On Saturday, my daughter and I made fish with seasoning and lime juice. It was delicious. My daughter was a little {or big} helper and juiced the limes.

January 18: We had a lovely day with friends from church. In the evening, I started knitting the repeat in the dress pattern. I feel like I am slow as molasses while knitting this dress, though I think a large part of the reason is that I'm knitting with 100% acrylic.

January 19: Made more progress on the dress. I'm motivated because my daughter wants her "Elsa" dress ASAP.

January 20: We went to prayer meeting. On the way home, we stopped to get a few groceries, mainly apples because my daughter has been eating apples non stop this week. Take one guess at who the drama queen is.

January 21: Justin has slowly started eating more food. Charis LOVES feeding her little brother. She lovingly says, "Here you go funny boy!" Then when he takes a bite, "Good job!!"

Linking up at Capture the Moment 365

21 January 2015

Barley Hat

On December 24, I had just cast on the barley hat for my brother in law, my sister's husband. But on Christmas day, we found out that my sister's family would not be coming because her daughter was sick. The barley hat went on the back burner. I finally picked it up again in January. I am such a bad sister and don't have their address, so I have yet to mail it to my brother in law. I finally tried it on and must admit I'd like to keep it for myself. Excuse my son's airplane in some of the pictures. He had an enjoyable time playing with it while I was taking pictures.

19 January 2015

Catch the Moment 365: Week 2

January 8: My birthday! I turned 31 and don't always believe I'm now that old. Princess Elsa gave me a manicure.

January 9: Cast on the dress that I'm test knitting.

January 10: A student of Drew's drew a picture of our family and made cut outs of us.

January 11: Slowly making progress on the dress. I did not notice this before, but according to Charis, "The dress is an Elsa dress! It's the same color as Elsa's!"

January 12: Justin kept leaning over in the cart at Target. Thank God for buckles, otherwise he may have hurt himself.

January 13: Pajamas all day, of course!

January 14: Charis is learning her dates. I bought a calendar, and everyday we add a sticker after reciting the date.

Linking up at Capture the Moment 365

17 January 2015

Catch the Moment 365: Week 1

Last year, I started the year out by attempting a 365 photo project, but around February stopped posting the photos. This year, I hope to again post photos of our daily life. There are just taken with my iPod and will not be edited, other than having the date somewhere on the photo.

January 1: Charis, Justin, and I arrived back in Maryland around 5 PM. We were separated from Drew {Daddy} for about 2 weeks. Drew took us out to eat at Famous Dave's.

January 2: I'm participating in Apartment Therapy's January Cure. Assignment #1 was "Flowers & Floors", but in order to actually clean the floor, things need to be picked up. This is our entry way, and it's the first place to put clutter on when entering our apartment. Thankfully, the entry way is MUCH cleaner and clearer.

January 3: A picture of Charis's "bed". Since we live in a one bedroom apartment, it's a mattress on the floor in our bedroom. The Elsa blanket was a Christmas gift from Uncle L.

January 4: My mum received this homemade body butter as a gift from a student. I started using it in PA at Christmas, and she let me keep it. It's VERY moisturizing.

January 5: Justin has been less than impressed with baby food. He is supposed to be eating pears, but would rather have breastmilk. At my son's last well child visit, his pediatrician said, "If you give a breastfed baby a choice between the boob or baby food, they'll choose the boob." If you don't believe that he actually said that, my MIL is a witness.

January 6: Charis sometimes loves the camera, and at other times hides from the camera. Here she's hiding.

January 7: My little explorer is trying to pull himself up.

Linking up at Capture the Moment 365

16 January 2015

Five on Friday: 2015 Knitting Goals

Last year, I had 14 projects on my knitting list that I wanted to finish, and only finished about half of them. But this year, I only have five knitting goals. Though, one of the goals will involve at least three different items to be knit, and possibly more. Two of the goals are "selfish" items; after all, I wants knits for myself.

1. I would like to "Knit something in bright red for every new baby" on my list. Currently, there are three people on this list. I did not come up with this goal myself; it was borrowed from The Knitter's Life List.  Thankfully, babies are small and items given to them can be knit quickly.

2. Finish the dress that I'm test knitting. This needs to be completed by the end of January.

3. Start knitting Christmas gifts in July.

4. Knit an adult size sweater, most likely a cardigan. I know, I've been saying this for the last two years, and it has yet to happen. My biggest fear is that I'll spend a lot of time knitting myself a sweater, but in the end it will not fit very well.

5. Knit myself a pair of socks.

What are your knitting, crocheting, or crafting goals this year?
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09 January 2015

Hero DVD Review & Giveaway

This is a sponsored post. 

Recently Family Christian sent me the DVD Hero to review.

SynopsisHero is about Joe Finn, who left his family for seven years, to take a job in pursuit of his dream career. He returns to find that his wife has terminal cancer and is dying. She forgives him, but tells her husband that their son needs his dad around and that their son is not ready to forgive him.

Joe's son, David, has been coaching a little league team. David allows his father to assist in coaching his team. At one of the first practices Joe attends, he sees that baseball has changed; it is not as competitive as when he coached, plus the dads are not at the practices and games. David and Joe break their team from the little league team and form their own league. Joe encourages the dads to be involved in their son's life and has each dad sign a pledge.

08 January 2015

Today's My Birthday & 31 Random Facts about Me

31 years ago, I was born around 3 PM in the afternoon, but as my husband tells me, I am "24 for eighth year in a row." When we were dating, I turned 25 and was not wanting to turn 25. I bemoaned, "People are old when they are 25." Now, I laugh at that statement. If 25 is old, what will I say I am at 40 or 50?

Today, I figured I'd blog about 31 random facts about me; they're in no particular order. Hope you enjoy getting to "know" me better.

1. I was born in Michigan, but do not remember living there.

2. My family moved to another state when I was 19 months old.

3. I officially met my husband in 1994.

4. But, it took 14 years for me to like him as more than just a friend.

5. One of my favorite author's is John Grisham.

6. I went on a short term mission trip to Uganda in 2006 for 6 weeks.

7. The best chai tea I had was in Uganda.

8. Which might explain why I do not like American chai tea.

9. I went to Grove City College (GCC) for 2 years.

10. I left GCC because they do not have a nursing program.

11. I'm currently listening to The Last Juror by John Grisham.

12. I have also lived in Iowa, Pennsylvania, and Maryland.

13. I went to a public school in Iowa.

14. In Pennsylvania, I attended a Christian school.

15. We plan on homeschooling our daughter next year.

16. I have been to Northern Ireland 10 times.

17. We planned to go to Prince Edward Island for our "honeymoon" on our first anniversary.

18. But had a daughter born 362 days after we were married.

19. I played basketball in junior high and high school.

20. I am about 5 ft. 9 in.

21. I love flowers, especially freshly cut.

22. Knitting if one of my favorite things to do.

23. I may be crazy, but I signed up for The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery's Story Time Sampler {their 2015 mystery stitch-a-long}.

24. I can not donate blood-ever. This is due to being a person who has spent a long period in a country where "mad cow disease" is. 

25. My favorite shows are Call the Midwife, Downton Abbey, NCIS, and Castle.

26. Since 1995, I knew I wanted to name my first daughter "Charis".

27. My two favorite movies are Anne of Green Gables and Pride and Prejudice {the BBC version}.

28. My three favorite colors are pink, blue, and purple.

29. I was taught how to knit by my granny and my mum.

30. Cleaning is one of my least favorite things.

31. I am living my "dream job" now-being a mum.