Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Swapin in the Rain!

Swappin' Yarns and Caffeine! Topic of the week: You know with Spring the famous saying goes "April Showers, bring May flowers", please tell us what you like to do when those April Showers are pouring down on you. Do you like to curl up with your knitting, take in a movie or crawl back in bed?

When it is dreary outside, the Little's and I like to take a little trip to the local video store! They can each pick out one movie to watch, and one sweet treat to enjoy during the movie. When we get home, I pop in one of the movies, and we all pile up to watch. I snag my knitting bag and they open their treats, and everyone is happy! Its a great rainy day pick up! They are however only allowed (by my rules) to watch one movie or two half hour TV shows daily while in my care, because I know G & S use the TV as a distraction for the kids while they try to get things done. This works out, because our rainy days usually come in pairs, we watch one of their movies one day, and the other the next day. Keeps the kiddos content, and I get to work on my knitting! Its a win-win :)

Monday, April 28, 2008

the Kiddos

What are two little kiddies and their nanny to do when springtime sun takes a turn for the worse, and you see the ever loathing April Showers? Why we make Jello of course!

And as you can see.. we don't kid around with our Jello! Why would we make just one boring flavor when we could make every color we have? Jello is just so fun, and the more the merrier :) It Jiggles, it wiggles, and well its just great for turning sad kids into happy ones.
We actually did have a reason for making all of those different flavors and colors. We found this idea to make 'Rainbow Jello Stacks'. So just like it sounds, you make all of the colors of the rainbow into Jello, or whichever colors have flavors that your kids will eat. Then you cut them and stack them.
Unfortunately, Jello is also slippery, so the stacks did a sort of stack slide thing... and they didn't quite turn out like the picture. That was okay though, because Little Ann and Little Dan, were fine with them however they got them, as long as they were edible. So I scooped them up and slid them into bowls, and they soon turned to Jello Mush!

What a Jiggly, Silly, Wiggly, Delicious Day!

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Swap topic 4

Let's pretend for a minute we all live in the home of our dreams, have land, and don't have to work so time is unlimited! It's Spring planting season! What would you grow? A little veggie garden? A bed of bright spring blooms? Or is your thumb so far from green that the only thing you'd be planting is your tushy into a nice chair on the porch to get some knitting or crocheting done in the nice breeze?

Well if I had unlimited time, and amazing property, I might try gardening... I'm not really one for getting too dirty, although showers were invented for a reason. But I guess I would plant a little flower garden for some nice color in the front of the house, and in the back, I would do a little veggie garden. When my sis and I were little, my Grandpa Hill used to plant a nice sized veggie garden, and he would alway leave two empty rows so that Jess and I could choose our favorite veggie and then plant it. I loved doing that! So maybe I'd even call my veggie garden 'Grandpa's Garden'... I'm not sure that people actually name their gardens, but it would make a cute little garden sign, so I'd do it! And then, as seen in the previous post, I would plant my tush and veiw all of the beautimous flowers! :D

Its been a sit'n'knit kind of week!

The sun has been shining all week long! And it has been wonderful! So when Little Dan has been sleeping, and I have been sneaking outside, and soaking it in. But why just sit there empty handed, when you have homework to do, and a swap deadline for your project. So I did the homework first, because although the swap may be more fun, the homework is a must.. so far I have A's in both of my classes, and I'm not ready to screw that up yet. But once the homework was done..I got out my knitting! Its coming along, I've only ripped it out twice since starting it, and I am now on ball #2 of yarn! I even went to the lys this morning and hung out knitting for a while. It was great. So here's the progress: I am really enjoying how the colors in this varrigated are stitching up. I hope that my swap pal likes it too! Happy knitting everybody! And I hope that everyone has been getting a little glimpse of spring and some time to enjoy it!

Friday, April 25, 2008

DOT..on friday :)

Poor Kati has to wear a cone....and unfortunately for me...I can no longer call her a bitch. The pup got fixed. She's doing well, and the stitches look great! So other than the fact that she can't figure out how do to anything! with a cone on her head, and she is constantly ramming everything and everyone with her giant plastic cone of pain, Kati lady should have a speedy recovery and no more cone soon!! Here are some cute pictures of little miss cone head Kati:

Monday, April 21, 2008

The Munchkins Bond

Last night Mom and Mr. Jay and I all went out to dinner with G, S, and the Littles. It was a ton of fun! And then, Little Ann decided that my mom was the coolest, and that she wanted to make breakfast in bed for my parents, and all this other stuff. It was really sweet. Then, while she was at school, Little Dan and I showed the Queen and Mr. Jay a few of our favorite beaches to chase the birds at... and wouldn't you know it, little Dan thought that Mr. Jay was the man! Needless to say, I think that my parents have had their kid fix for a while.. although now they are convinced that I need to reproduce (they must have missed the memo that I'm still looking for the guy, lol). This is a picture of mom and me looking out at the water... (although it isn't from a beach with Little Dan, it is us looking out at a castle on the thousand islands, with [soon, not to be]blogfree Jess, and her hubby)

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Coffee and Tea, and the Java and Me...

A cup, a cup, a cup, a cup, a cup, yeah! (This is a song that we sang in Jazz Choir when I was in 8th Grade, and will now be stuck in my head all day long)

Anyhow the weekly Coffee and Yarn Swap topic:
Tell us how you started drinking coffee. Were you in high school or college and making it through all nighters? Did you get it from a family member? What drives your love of the bean?

So I guess I started drinking it around 8th grade, on an occasional sort of thing. I think it was just when I could convince my mo to get me something from Jason's while she was there, or for my dad to pick me up something from Starbucks. But then once I hit 9th grade, and I had to get to class ridiculously early I started drinking it everyday. And then since for about a year and a half (starting in March of '06) I worked at Jason's Java... well I just got hooked! And it was tough when I first moved to Connecticut, I realized the lack of coffee houses! It aint no Seattle Coffee Town! But I found the local Starbucks really quickly! :)

Happy Swappin', and more importantly: Happy drinking of the wonderful caffeinated beverages!!

Tuesday, April 15, 2008


It has been a while once again! I have spent the last weekend with my Parents(Mr. Jay and the Queen), and with Blogfree Jessica. SO far it has been a ton of fun, but I haven't been able to post, since when I have been on the comp I've been doing homework.
So anyhow, I will post soon with photos, but I have to upload them, so I will aim to do that tomorrow, but for now have a good night :)

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Swap Topic...

So this week for the Spring C&Y Swap, they asked us if we have seen any 'spring' weather in our neck of the woods and if due to that we find ourselves knitting differently..

Well... Seeing as the only thing that I really knit is scars.... I'm still makin'em. (sorry swap pal!) Although I did make a baby blanket once, and a few baby hats, and yea.. thats it besides scarfs! So I haven't really changed much. I did get my project for my partner on the needles, and so far it is really cute. Its a scarf- surprise surprise!-- but I am making it a little wider than normal so that it is more shall like. And it is in the yarn that you were all referring to as my 'sock yarn'... Hopefully she will like it... or maybe I should just hope to finish it before I hope anything else... But I do feel that the colors are more springy.

Monday, April 7, 2008

Feed the Birds, Feed the birds....

The other day, the song lyrics of "Feed the Birds" from Marry Poppins were ringing in my head. (Although I just looked up the lyrics and I was apparently remembering them wrong... oh well). Anyway, there were quite a few ducks and geese down at the pond in our back yard, so Little Ann decided to go grab some bread, and then grab the neighbor boy, and then feed the birds. :)

They were a little disappointed that the geese were steeling all of the food, so they were trying to chuck larger chunks of their bread and bagels to distract the geese while they tried to run to get some food to the ducks. Their plan however didn't work, because the geese would just eat more quickly and then follow the kids to see if they could get some more!

They certainly had a good time though! The entire area surrounding the pond was echoing with their laughter for at least a half an hour! (One of life's most joyful sounds) It was all good that day! :)

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Choosy Dogs Choose Jiff!

The other day Little Ann took a big 'ol scoop of Peanut butter to have for a snack, and there really wasn't that much left so we decided to give it to Kati. And she loved it!!

We had to cut the top portion off so she could reach her little snout all the way down to the bottom... but she was in doggy heaven! And I got some cute photos!

Happy Dogs on Thursday! :)

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Spring Fling Swap

This Week's Topic:

Browse around some of the other blogs of participants, and find one person who enjoys a similar roast coffee to you - share something interesting about them that you find on THEIR blog, and tell us what you've been working on knitting or crochet-wise this week!

So... I have been aimlessly wandering the pages of other people's blogs, and I have discovered that there are a few people who enjoy a roast similar to what I like... that might have something to do with the fact that I enjoy a range of roasts though. So here is what I have discovered:
Lizet enjoys a nice bold roast, which I also enjoy, especially on a lazy day that really shouldn't be so lazy and I need something bold and exciting to start my day off right.
Tanja also enjoys a nice, rich, bold roast. Go check out her blog, she has the cutest pictures of a box that her daughter knit for her. So adorable!
I also very much enjoyed browsing Christy T.'s Blog... She has a ton of cute little knit animals that she has made, and she also enjoys a bold roast, as well as the 'reduced fat' (haha) 'cinnamon swirl coffee cake' from Starbucks that is oh so delicious!
I had fun checking out everybody's blogs... well not everyone b/c that would have taken me all day, but I did enjoy reading the ones that I randomly selected from the list!
As far as what I am working on.. I just opened the bottom left drawer in my dresser yesterday. It is the drawer that holds little bags of half done, almost finished, or not yet started knitting projects; and I pulled out one of the scarfs that I started a while back. It is a fairly easy pattern so I am hoping to finish it up either this week or next :) We'll see though!