Friday, December 12, 2014

Review: Sedition


Sedition
Sedition by Katharine Grant

My rating: 2 of 5 stars



I picked this book up because it exuded Jane Austen - it even had a play on the "a truth universally" in the front cover. Be warned - this is not Austen like. While I did finish the book, I wouldn't recommend anyone purchasing the book. It had entertaining moments, but it was too far-fetched for me to really enjoy.



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Sunday, September 7, 2014

My little boy

Someone is looking more and more like a little boy.



But he will always be my baby :)

Friday, August 29, 2014

Take Me Out to the Ballgame...

Our son is in love with baseball.  I woke up the other weekend to hear him walking around in his crib saying "baseball. throw ball. hit ball. run bases!" I don't know if it was my obsessively watching baseball while pregnant with him, or the fact that we have watched a lot this season - but somehow he has turned into a fan.

Rocking his Harper shirt.
We will be upstairs and he will go to the stairs and just say "watch baseball."  Sometimes we can accommodate and other times it is 7:30 in the morning and there is no baseball to watch.

He has learned to say "GO NATS" and says this whenever baseball is on the TV regardless of who is actually playing in the game.  He has also taken to carrying around his toddler bat while the games are on swinging it and then breaking out running saying "run bases" as he goes.


We ended up buying him a tee as well and he has taken to hitting soft balls only (since it is inside right now) off of the tee - over and over and over and over...

This summer we traveled up north to visit a friend at the summer camp that she directs.  They just happened to have a baseball field there very close to her house that we were staying. So we introduced him to this first baseball diamond. And of course, he wanted to run the bases! It turned into a daily event. Wake up. Get dressed. Go to the baseball field. Ultimately I was fine with this plan, because, come on - this is just straight up cute...









Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Knitting? What is that?

It is easy to forgot that I actually started this blog prior to Matthew being born!  I started it to have a place to share knitting and books - two of the things I love best.  Then Matthew came along and my list of not only priorities, but of things I love drastically changed and my knitting and reading took a back seat.

But...I really do still knit and read.  And to prove it to you, I am going to share what is currently on my needles:

I have been blessed with many new additions to my life.  My niece Emersyn, sweet little Eleanor and the newest one, cute little Sydney.  With them all comes a long list of things that I want to knit for all of them - it goes on the list of things that I want to knit for my other niece and two nephews.  Somehow the list grows more than it shrinks, but I am going to strive to make it happen.

This blanket is for the newest addition- Sydney.

The pattern is Blue Blanket by LondonLeo. I am using Knit Picks Comfy Sport in colorway Sea Foam on size 3 needles.

The yarn is really beautiful, soft and is very easy to work with. Best part for a baby blanket - it's machine washable!  The pattern is also really easy - it is one where you can easily memorize it and just work your way through it while watching TV or a toddler run around. There is a nice cable on the side to add a classy touch to a rather simple pattern.  I am really happy with how this is turning out.  Now I just have to finish it.

I don't knit as fast as I use to because my time to knit has drastically been reduced, but I am hopeful that I can get this done and to her before she turns 18 :)

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

1,2,3 Slide!

My little Mr. Independent has figured out how to go down slides by himself.  And he couldn't be happier about it. (note: the videos in this post were taken on a cell phone and are not the best of quality)

A park close to our house has been undergoing renovations for what feels like 12 years - when in reality it was only about 1 1/2 years.  Well, it opened back up and the entire neighborhood has been taking daily trips to the new shiny park.

It is actually really nice.  It has two jungle gym type things, one for ages 2-5 and one for ages 5-12 which I am positive Matthew will never want to play on :)

The great part about the one meant for toddlers is that it is built for toddlers.  Matthew doesn't need our help to climb up to the slide, nor does he need our help going down the slide or getting off of it.  Adam and I were able to just sit down close by and watch our little man play - then talk about how big he was getting - then freaking out that in 3 years he could be on the big scary looking older kid slide - then we just hugged each other and cried.
video

We eventually pulled ourselves together and introduced Matthew to a teeter-totter.  He was overjoyed - so much so that we failed to get a picture of him actually on the teeter-totter, but he kept saying teeter-totter in his cute little voice all the way home.

After this excursion to the new park and his new found ability to go down slides by himself, we had to make a visit to the small playground within our division to go down that slide, which is bigger!  He did it with flying colors and had a blast climbing up to the slide and then saying 1, 2, 3 SLIDE before pushing himself down.

video
Two slides down...countless to go.

Monday, August 4, 2014

It Exists

I have found it.  It really does exist. I have found in one object, the three things that I love. Reading. Knitting. Parenting.

Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett
After getting over how perfect this book is for me our family, I just got mad at myself for not coming up with this myself.  It is hard for me not to enjoy this book. I mean, it is a book about knitting that I can read to my son.  LOVE. IT.

I should note, that even if you aren't a knitter - this is a fun children's book. It is clever and colorful.  Hey – Adam even enjoyed it.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Colorado

We are still recovering from our awesome trip to Colorado.  We were there for a full week and had a great time.  I will be posting more about our trip with pictures and videos :)  But as a teaser here is a Wilhite-Miles family picture taken in Vail on Thursday, our last day there.


More soon.