Friday, January 30, 2009
[A fishbowl of coral and shells from our honeymoon in Anguilla that sits on our back porch...love the combination of snow and shells]
So our meteorologist was waaaayyy off the mark. Figures. The one time I listen to a forecast (cause I typically don't) it is wrong. We were supposed to wake up to a "dusting" and some "light snow." What did I wake up to? Heavy snow and lets just say a dusting plus 4 inches! It is still coming down like crazy out there. I don't mind. I actually love the snow as long as I don't have anywhere to go...and today I don't. However, a heat wave needs to come through our area tomorrow because I have my first baby shower on Sunday and I don't want to miss it!
Thursday, January 29, 2009
Remember this post by Jennifer? I was floored when I found out I won the giveaway and flabbergasted when I found out Jennifer was going to make TWO of them for me since I am having twins! Don't you just love that packaging? The day keeps getting brighter and brighter.
How many more times can I say perfect in one post? Let me get by with one more time...they are so me, so what I have in mind for their rooms and just so perfect!
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
A little fruity grape hat for my little girly...
This is the first knitted project that I finished that required me to really follow the pattern. I was so proud of myself when I finished it. This little hat is well...quite little...yet it took forever (it seemed) to complete. Perhaps it was the very fine yarn and itsy needles. However, I did learn quite a few new skills while making this hat...knitting with both circular needles and then double point needles at the end, increasing and decreasing! I can't wait to see it on her little head.
Also, nursery furniture arrived late Monday night. Actually, I should say early Tuesday morning because they carried it in around 12:30am. The delivery man of the furniture store where we purchased it wanted to come down a day in advance because of a snow storm predicted in his area on the original date of delivery. He asked if we would mind a late delivery. Of course not! It was odd to have furniture delivered in the middle of the night but honestly we didn't mind! DH and my father-in-law put the furniture together last night and DH washed some of the bedding. We plan to put things together tonight! I will have pictures soon. I do have to say though...I love this furniture even more than I remembered and I am so glad we bought it regardless of the price!
Now, off to start a veggie hat for my little boy...
Saturday, January 24, 2009
Needless to say, I was more than excited. It was like Christmas in January at my house this evening!
Fellow pregnant blogger Stefanie of Artsy Momma sent me this care package full of goodies. She is 38 weeks this week yet found the time to put together this package for me! She is just too sweet! I cannot wait to get started with all of this stuff. I already have lots of projects lined out in my mind.
Wanna hear more about the goodies in my box from Stefanie???
Also, I have been meaning to photograph and share my other bed rest gift from bloggy friend Jennifer of JCasa Handmade (if you haven't seen her blog...you must go check out her handy work. Bee-u-tee-ful!). She sent me this skein of lovely 100% merino wool vesper sock yarn and a pattern for footies she has recently made/posted on her blog.
I feel like the luckiest girl in the world. Since my announcement about my bed rest (which was posted while I was actually an inpatient at the hospital- thank goodness for wireless patient internet!) I have received nothing but well wishes and support from all of you, my blog-y friends. I never realized how much starting this blog would enrich my life...I know it sounds corny...but you all are awesome. You have become my "friends" though we have never met...your comments make my day and I have appreciated all of your kind thoughts and prayers throughout all of this. I cannot say thank you enough!
Friday, January 23, 2009
I am so proud of this project for many reasons. I made it for my Dad. When I was visiting them last weekend he watched me working on another scarf and was quite interested. With the recent cold snap we have been having here we decided he needed a nice woolly warm scarf. So, a couple of nights later when I cast off the other scarf I had some free needles and a desire for a new project for Dad. This scarf actually was completed in one sitting. Two movies later and Dad had a brand new scarf made of some handsome burnt red and brown woolly yarn. I still can't believe I can actually knit.
This is actually completed knitting project #4 - where is #3? Well, that one is a scarf similar to this one but is mega long...so I need to model it for a good picture. Maybe DH will be available to help with that over the weekend.
Some exciting news: The nursery furniture will be delivered on Tuesday!!! Also, you have to sneak a peek at this. I am soooo excited!
Have a great weekend everyone!
Friday, January 16, 2009
Thursday, January 15, 2009
So, with all my new found pattern reading wisdom, I have already cast on my next project. I am attempting circular knitting (all of my projects have a purpose - I need to learn circular knitting so I can ultimately make these socks!) using a pattern kit from my local yarn shop. It is the most adorable hat for baby girl. Don't worry...I have an equally adorable one for baby boy that will be knit as soon as the one for baby girl is completed. I'll keep the details of the hats a secret for now but they will be posted here as soon as they are off the needles!
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
In an attempt to practice my knitting pattern reading skills while not wasting/ruining expensive beautiful yarn, I have decided my next little knitting project will be to use up more of my cute 100% cotton yarn from my stash. I'm going to attempt this pattern. Yeah, another dish/wash cloth... Wish me luck...off to cast on tonight!
Monday, January 12, 2009
Yesterday was a huge milestone! Babies born after 28 weeks do much better than those born before 28 weeks (95% intact survival rate at our hospital over the last 7 years). The perinatologist at our hospital always says the month of 24 weeks - 28 weeks is the biggest month in a babies life. My babies made that mark! Now, we have our eyes set on the next prize milestone - 34 weeks here we come!
Both babies are doing very well. We had a growth ultrasound this morning and both babies are measuring appropriately. Baby Girl is now weighing in at 2 lbs. 8 oz. and Baby Boy is 2 lbs. 11 oz! They are so beautiful (we have some nice 4D images of their cute little faces!) and we are so excited about them.
I finished my first ever knitted project - a washcloth! This one will be added to the stack for the babies since it is kinda small. I used only knit stitches in this project for practice...now I'm ready to purl! I have plenty more 100% cotton yarn for more washcloths but mama really wants a scarf for herself. I need to practice reading a knitting pattern because I am dying to make some of these socks with the beautiful yarn that JCasa (she has posted some beautiful socks lately!)sent to me...I must take a picture of that yarn to share with you all (add to the to-do list)!
Saturday, January 10, 2009
The beautiful leather bound address book was one of my stocking gifts from my DH. It was an item I had requested back when I was desperately gathering addresses to send out our Christmas cards.
I've always wanted a beautiful address book and this one is just perfect. There is plenty of space and the inside of the cover is just beautiful, isn't it?
So, this was added to my list of "Things to Do while on Bed Rest." Now that all of our addresses are neatly filled in our new address book I can mark this project off the to do list and next time I need an address I will know just where to find it.
Friday, January 9, 2009
Thursday, January 8, 2009
A very sweet friend dropped off dinner & dessert on Tuesday night to give my poor DH a night off from kitchen duty. She also dropped off this book - Multiple Blessings: Surviving to Thriving with Twins and Sextuplets by Jon & Kate Gosselin (you know...of the TLC show Jon & Kate plus 8...which I must admit I have never seen a single episode). She said she had read it in just 3 days and loved it and knew that I would love it too. It seems I am always reading; however, it is not so common that I read books for pleasure. After devouring her delicious dinner that evening, I sat down in the recliner and thought I would just read a few pages. Well...a couple hours later and I was half way through the book. Last night, I repeated the routine. We finished up the left overs of her delicious meal and then I settled in and finished the book.
The verdict: It was great. The book of course tells the Gosselin's story...but she also adds in her spiritual thoughts that helped to get her through having 8 children in 4 years time. She talks about how God blessed her with all of her children after struggling with infertility and then describes the faith it took to get through the struggling times after their birth. Overall, the book really made me think about how God has blessed my life - I have the most amazing husband, a wonderful and loving family, a cozy home, two little blessings on the way, a stable job. God has always provided for me...He has lead me through tough times...He gives me the strength sometimes just to get through the day...He is the rock that I lean on. There are so many things to be thankful for.
The back jacket of the book sums it up perfectly: "This amazing story of faith provides a heartening lesson in what it means to trust the faithful hand of God to provide the strength and courage to make it through life's seemingly impossible situations."
Definitely worth your time to read (it is a fast read).
Now...off to add season 1 of Jon & Kate plus 8 to my Netflix Queue!
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
One of my Christmas gifts from DH was this yarn ball winder. It can all be summed up in 2 words. It rocks! No more frustration of winding balls of yarn by hand and no more tangles. Just neat, easy to work with little yarn balls made on this nifty little gadget in mere minutes.
I just love it. I took this leftover skein of yarn...
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
Monday, January 5, 2009
My sister and brother-in-law got us a pack-n-play with the changing station for Christmas!!! I was so super excited!
My sister picked it out...doesn't she have great taste??? I think the pattern is so cute and very boy/girl appropriate!