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.
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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.

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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.

Monday, June 9, 2014

"Soccer"

There are a group of boys that were born around the same time as Matthew.  We thought it would be great to get them together and "play soccer."  Our first "soccer game" was this past Saturday.  While there were actually soccer balls present, they didn't get a lot of use by the kiddos (warning: you will not see any soccer balls in the pictures from the soccer game).

Jackson, Matthew and William.  We had to hold them in place, they just wanted to run and eat :)
And, right back to the food!!
The three of them spent the majority of the time going between the three moms eating the food that we each brought.

It has been fun to watch the boys growing up over the past year.  I can't wait to see what our "soccer games" look like at the end of the summer.  They might even get that soccer balls are meant to be kicked, not thrown.

We did have some success though.  By the time that we left, Matthew had stopped calling it a baseball and was actually starting to call it a soccer ball!



















I love summer with this smiling little man.






We are really into hugs right now. I have NO problem with this phase.

Pretty sure that Jackson just put some more blueberries in his mouth!

Adam getting some love from the boys.

I love this kid!

Sunday, June 1, 2014

200,533 - you?

Going to knit geek out on you all. I found a post The Yarn Spot facebook page that tells you how to find out what number you are on ravelry!  The number is the order that users signed up for an account.  I'm number 200,533 joined on October 22, 2008.

Directions: "Want to know what your ravelry user number is? You can find this out by going to your profile page and pressing the arrow keys on your keyboard in this sequence: up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, b, a, enter."

What's your number?

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Cook Out

So in our estimation, when you buy a house, you then buy a grill! And really there is nothing that says summer is here more than having the first cook out of the year.  So, we did it up right!

We had WAY too much food for just three people.*
But we thoroughly enjoyed every bite, and we enjoyed it all again for lunch the next day :)  It seemed like little man enjoyed his first cook out as well!

*Thank you meme and pa for well equipping us for the cook out :)