Monday, December 10, 2007

NFC North Champs

Whoo Hoo! Go Pack Go!

The Packers clinched the NFC North Division yesterday with their win over the Raiders. The day before the game we heard and saw the flyover planes practicing so on game day, I waited in the backyard with camera in hand. It was so peaceful, I could actually hear the National Anthem being sung from the stadium. The planes took a different route than Saturday but here is what I got!
Super cool!

Other than that, I've been stitching away at Holiday gifts so I'm not posting any pics here til after Christmas. Oh, and I picked up a cold from somewhere so Jack and I are taking it easy today. Rest and fluids.

Later!

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Where did November go?

November 29 already! I still have holiday crafting to complete and shopping and decorating and baking and lists to prepare and - wait, I still have time but it's slimming down!

It is ungodly cold here too. The windchill this morning was -2 degrees. That is just too cold. A lady at work said it's terrible, she can handle the cold when there is snow because there is at least something pretty to look at. I think she is right on. The remainder of dried leaves are scattered on the lawn or are blowing throughout the yard as the wind has been bitter too. I guess that's what it's all about though so I shouldn't complain. I guess I'm not even complaining, just telling it how it is here.

We had a wonderful Thanksgiving again. My sister-in-law drove up and worked out with me Thursday morning. Gave us the option to indulge in an extra piece of pumpkin pie if we desired. Turned out there was so much food, we didn't need to though. The highlight again this year was the dodgeball game. Every year we had to the sports complex at the in laws condo and use the racquetball room for DODGEBALL! The older the kids are getting, the more challenging it is. Sadly, our team lost the tourney 12-13. Everyone had fun and no one got hurt. We rounded the week off by bowling Friday afternoon. Again, fun! I managed to get Christmas lights up on Saturday and promised to make room for the tree this weekend.

Knitting news: My Carolyn sweater has 1 seam left - not sure why I haven't completed. Laziness I suppose.

The Road to Golden sweater needs to be frogged. It being my first fair isle project, I'm not surprised but I am still sad. I will reknit it. I just need to loosen up a bit on my carrying I guess.

I've been busy getting holiday knits done. Can't post any pics though - until after Christmas. I should really get crackin' on the Holiday sewing too. Hopefully this weekend as there is no Packer game. The Pack plays tonight. GO PACK GO!!!!

Thursday, November 1, 2007

A day late, a candy bar too short...

Happy Halloween, 1 day later.

We spent last Sunday scooping pumpkins and carving faces. Jack stuck his hands in for a good while and loved it. I did help with the carving. We then picked through 4 pumpkins worth of guts to get as many seeds out as possible. 5 cups! Not too bad. I used these recipes:
Spiced Pumpkin Seeds

Sweet and Spicy Pumpkin Seeds

Yum!

Ok, Google isn't letting me post more pics at the moment so try here for more Halloweeny pictures.

On the knitting side of things, I ran out of yarn for my Carolyn sweater, I have a post on the Elann website searching for 1 skein of the yarn I need. I only have 2 rows (around the front and neck) of the thing and then 1 row and binding off with the other color. Hopefully this will work out.

Luckily, my dear husband ordered me some tasty yarn from Knit Picks (wonder how he knew what kind and colors!) So I cast on for another sweater for Moi and have some more stashed away for the second. The cast on:This is my first fair isle work and after ripping a little, I think I have the hang of it, I really like this! The pattern is Road to Golden.
This is from Knitscene Fall 2007 . I won't post the other til I start but it's a bulkier weight jacket from the Drops site.

Tomorrow's the big day - I turn 33! I ordered some yarn from the Loopy Ewe today, thought I was worth it. Then the mail came and I had a card and gift of money from my in laws so I ordered these! And this! My dear friend/neighbor Staci stopped by the other day with this! And my Mother in law gifted me this last Saturday. Now if I'd only learn to spend less time perusing patterns and things online and more time knitting......hey, goal for this year, I guess!

Happy birthday to me tomorrow! Kirk and I are celebrating with friends tonight.

Monday, October 22, 2007

Pumpkins!


We hopped in the truck yesterday in the Midwestern 73 degree weather and headed to the Pumpkin Patch. Jack's excitement was heightened by the tractor pulled hay ride through the "Haunted" Pumpkin Patch.
After the ride, we hopped off to choose our pumpkins!

Coming Soon - Pumpkins into Jack-O-Lanterns!

Monday, October 15, 2007

Bad blogger!

So it's been awhile since I've posted anything - sorry!

I finally uploaded our final summer outings so now you'll have to wait until I organize and will then add links to flickr.

On knitting - I got my Ravelry invite last week! Yay! That means all my time has been spent on that website. What an awesome thing it is. So much to look at and I'm still working on getting set up. I got a few of my projects added by still need to photograph my yarn stash.

Here are some of my recent projects:Enjoy! I have 3 other projects I'm currently working on too. I hope to finish my carolyn sweater by November. I'm half way done with a sleeve, one more sleeve to go and then it's all finishing. Should be an awesome sweater!

More later - hopefully soon!

Monday, September 10, 2007

Still here!

Blogging takes time and my time has been spent viewing other blogs vs. updating my own. Quick update on our lives. Brendon started 4th grade last week and every day he comes home saying how much cooler 4th grade is than 3rd was. Things seem to be going well at school for him although math is still the stickler. With a little help from mom though, I'm sure he'll do just fine. He was able to finish the last Harry Potter book at school, he was very excited about that and plans to read it again.

As for Jack, he's welcomed pal Willy back into our home on Mondays and Wednesdays. We sure missed him over the summer, I'm glad I'm able to babysit him again this year, they are too cute together and play really well - so far. AnnaBelle is still coming on Mondays too. I started a part time job at the YMCA and Jack is able to be with me as I'm working in the Kids Korner (drop of childcare). I just started last week but I hope this will open doors for me in the future when Jack heads off to preschool next year and Kindergarten the following.

My PTO board position has been complete but I'm still helping out with a few fundraisers and such at school. We like to keep busy.

I desperately need to upload some pictures. I have completed socks that need to be posted! Love knitting socks, is there anything better? Oh, mittens! I just finished my first pair of mittens, very cute, the boys are bugging me to make them some! Hmm, Christmas, maybe. I restarted the Carolyn sweater, my gauge was off on my first attempt, this time things are going much smoother.

I attended the season opener Packer game yesterday and, whoo hoo! They won! I went with my dad, brother and his girlfriend, whom we all met for the first time. Love her! Unfortunately, I was a tad under the weather from a get together the night before but, hey, that happens, right?!?!

Off to clean something and get Jack dressed. Rainy, dreary weather today and I will have 3 toddlers, I think we will be building puzzles or will craft something.

Later!

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Slacker am I....

It's been quite awhile since I've posted and I have photos to upload yet from more fun and exciting Summer adventures but I'm slacking. I finally sat down one day and made a list of all the things I've been slacking on and what a wake up call! There are 7, yes, 7 knitting projects that are in the works. Then there are sewing projects that are on hold, only a few of those though. So, as per a previous post, I need to get back to making and sticking to lists! I've updated the sidebar to note my knitting status and listed what's next but I know me, there will be things that will sneak in! Why is it so hard to finish something before starting something new?!?!?!

The boys and are heading to my parent's for the day to do some things they've been putting on lists for me to do. Good thing cuz I made some yarn purchases the other day and need to make some money to pay for it! Hee hee!

Hopefully there will be pics and more posts up soon!

Later

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

WOW! Summer is flying by!

As the title indicates, I sure feel as though just yesterday summer began but, whoa, where did it go?!?!? July is normally our busiest summer month by far and this year did not disappoint. We started off with a 4th of July celebration at our friend's The Zoll's house, lots of fireworks and food and drink! Jack's first sparkler!

The weekend following, we enjoyed a picnic at my Dad's family reunion. I got to enjoy holding my new niece for a long time, she did puke on me but I'll forgive her. I need to knit her a new hat too, she's grown out of her original!

July 13 - 15 our family took our first camping trip with friends Chuck and Joy and thier little boy Ethan. We went out and bought a tent and everything! All in all, things went well, Chuck is an Eagle Scout, so that helped. We also weren't real rustic, it was just a short walk up to the restrooms. Jack enjoyed his very first S'more too and Joy brought assorted milk and dark (mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm) chocolates for the S'mores. It was a great time!
Camping came and went and by the following Thursday, we were on the road again! This time to:Ok, not the best pic, we went to Miller Park to watch the Brewers pummel the Diamondbacks 10 -1. A few pics at the park: Bob Uecker - we had awesome seats!
The Sausage Race - Cinco won, as Brendon and I predicted...
Uncle Paul and Jack enjoying the game.

The morning after the Brewer win, our travels took us to Lombard, IL for a family reunion at Kirk's Uncle Doug and Aunt Peg's house. What a wonderful time! Plenty of sun, cocktails and food, not to mention the awesome hospitality. The boys spent a lot of time swimming, it was a great time.
Brendon spin diving

Uncle Doug and Jack
Arissa serving my mudslide
Happy Birthday, Honey!!!!

Monday, July 2, 2007

Alyssa's Baptism

Alyssa Jean was baptised on July 1, 2007. Here are Jack and I holding her, he loves his new cousin! Everyone had a nice time at the celebration. Big brother Jacob was doing a lot of running "real fast", as he put it. Thanks to Jean and Randy for the hospitality!

Friday, June 29, 2007

Anniversary #5

Today is Kirk and my 5th wedding anniversary. That's one of my favorite wedding photos above. Hard to believe it's been 5 years already!

Here's hoping for many more!

Thursday, June 28, 2007

Jaywalkers - DONE!

Yay! I finished the Jaywalkers on Tuesday night after Brendon's final soccer game.
Before these were officially done, I received my package from the Sock of the Month Club I joined, I was shocked at how hideous the contents were! I'm all about the flag and red, white and blue but I'm not sure I want socks that way! Yes, the yarn is a red, white and blue stripe, could be cute but the stripes are actually quite large. The pattern sent has a lacy, ripply effect, the designer was going for a rippling flag. Yeah, will not be using the pattern! It would be cute in solid color though so I'll file it away. As for the yarn:

Jack will be getting a pair of socks! He loves them, "there is red and white and blue". I think they will be very cute for a 3 year old. Leftover yarn will probably be whipped up in ankle socks for me, no rippling flag effects though!

I'm contemplating my next big knitting project, I'd like to make another sweater for myself, will it be Wicked, the T-shirt sweater or Carolyn? I have yarn for all 3, any suggestions?????

Lastly, we finally made it to the Y yesterday morning. It was so nice to be back, now to make it back to the Monday, Wednesday, Friday routine I had before running. Brendon brought a neighbor friend along and had a gym to themselves to shoot hoops, Jack went to Kids Korner and I got to workout. Awesome! I'm sore today. But I'll go back tomorrow!!

Have a Happy Thursday!

Julie

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Summer, summertime....

Wow! It has been awhile since I've sat down to blog. School was released for the summer on June 11, year 2 of being home all summer with 2 kids. So far its going rather well, we seem to have somewhat of a flow of things, or I do anyway! 1 travel trip is already done, I'll share pics in a moment on that one.
On to the fo's (finished objects). First off, I finished the baby blanket for my college friend Michelle who is now due soon! The blanket has been successfully shipped to Arizona and is waiting arrival of a beautiful baby girl.


After the blanket was finished, I went on a clean up spree and finished my felted bag....here are before and afters modeled by Jack!



After the bag was felted, I finished a Jaywalker sock, the second is almost done, once complete, I'll share pics.
On May 25, the world welcomed my new niece Alyssa Jean, yay! A girl! She came a little early so stayed in the NICU for a bit but is doing great! Jack has been telling everyone about his new cousin, Alyssa and how he held her and gave her lots of kisses. A very proud cousin. Brendon doesn't say much, he did tell Auntie Jean that it was ok she wasn't a boy as he hoped. The funny thing was, Jack guessed it would be a girl although he was a little off on the name, he insisted it would be Kevin!

The photo to the left is me holding her while she was still in the hospital, hence the tube up her nose. That NICU is amazing though, our family has had Jack, my nephew Jacob and now Alyssa there, all within 3 years! Crazy! It was nice to stop up there and see familiar faces, the nursing staff have hearts of gold! Notice the gorgeous hat she's wearing?? The day after she was born, I whipped that up with leftover yarn from the baby blanket. So cute!!

June 9 (I realize I may be backtracking at times, sorry!) Brendon and I finished our running! Yay! 10K Bellin Run here in Green Bay, over 12,000 runners! I completed in 1 hour 9 minutes and 55 seconds, Brendon's time: 1 hour 25 minutes 52 seconds. I'm so proud of the both of us and we had so much fun, we're definitely doing it again next year! I will admit, I only attempted to run once since then, I tried an early morning 3 mile run, didn't go well, then I picked up a lovely summer cold, the boys did too, so I have not worked out, we'll hopefully hit the Y tomorrow.

Here are the boys enjoying the pool this past weekend at my brother-in-law's. Our annual visit to Kirk's brother Sean and family was great! Wonderful weather, great food, excellent company and the drinks were flowing! Saturday was spent outdoors, the women encountered a bit of sunburn so we hit IKEA in the Twin Cities on Sunday and browsed while the men looked after the kids and dogs. Paige did hop onto the floaty with me while I was in the pool, she can't seem to be 10 feet from me lately, I guess that's not much different than normal. I'll add a pic of us floating next time as this is getting long!!!
I'll leave you with a picture of Eggplant and my IKEA purchase. Eggplant comes from this pattern.
I hope to knit more, and take a better photo next time, could make lovely Christmas gifts!!! Speaking of, I should probably start thinking of my holiday knitting before it gets to be crunch time.

Last but not least, here is my IKEA purchase, I've been eyeing this chair for awhile now and was able to purchase while we were in Minnesota. I absolutely LOVE it! Great knitting chair, and the orange throw is soooooo soft! Now to just shorten the curtains behind to make some throw pillows.....................

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Lists and Lists and, oh you get the picture!

I read a post on one of my most watched blogs the other day, Michelle Can Knit regarding a contest offered on another site, Skeins Her Way. So the object, and hence the title of this post, is to list your summer knitting projects. By the way, if you follow my link and sign up, I get another entry so all of my knitting friends are encouraged to do so! Like Michelle (above), I am a list maker. I have strayed from time to time, like now! But need to get back as lists do help me tremendously! Lists of things to pack, errands that need to be done, grocery lists that should be followed, chore lists, you know, LISTS!! So now I have to compose a list of summer knitting projects, hmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.

  1. Finish felted messenger bag (almost done)
  2. Knit Honeymoon Cami for me
  3. Halter for my friend Jen (this will be a compilation of patterns or my first design attempt!)
  4. Another top for me
  5. Finish jaywalkers
  6. Knit match to sock already done
  7. Knit something for my new niece or nephew who could come anytime between now and 4 weeks from now! Probably socks or booties.
  8. Hopefully, if I win, I'll be knitting this fitted tank!

WHEW!!! Ambitious, yes, but I have a love of knitting and its on a list so I'm determined. I would love to add some Christmas gifts on my list as well but after typing and reaching 8, I will wait and hope for a smooth Fall. I'm sure there will be some ankle socks in there too as fillers. I aim high!

Aside from this, I finished the baby blanket this last weekend - whoo hoo! Pics up soon! The weather here has been awesome the last few days and will be again today - 83 degrees is really really nice. Running is going well, only 5 more organized training runs left. We ran 4 miles Monday and Tuesday, it's 5 on Thursday - weather permitting. I will miss the training but I do think I enjoy running. I'll fit it in my schedule somehow - hopefully in the morning. Running after school is let out is great to do with the kids but it's tough when it breaks up the day. Speaking of kids, mine are doing super! School is almost out so Brendon is anxious! Jack has had a busy weekend at the grandparents and then I babysat the last few days so he's in need of "Mommy time". I think we will visit my sister, Jean, today. She's in the hospital until the baby is born - as above, any day or 4 weeks!

All for now!

Julie

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Catch Up






Seems like it's been forever since I sat down to compose the goings on in our lives! Ok, so I've been slacking, sorry! Hmmm, where to begin. Brendon and I are down to about 3 weeks of training left before our big 10 K run. I actually skipped the run today as I was feeling a bit tired or lazy, whatever you want to call it. I was able to run the entire run on Tuesday though so I feel good about that, it was nearly 4 miles, yay! Brendon has been doing quite well too, he commented the other day that he does better when he runs by himself, he discovered that chatting and running kind of slows you down. I'm just so proud that he's doing this. On top of running Monday, Tuesday and Thursdays, Brendon is also playing soccer on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Some nights are pretty short! Jack is hanging in there, he's an excellent spectator as he yells "Go May-roon", fyi, Brendon's team is maroon.


I still have yet to finish poor Jenny's denim jacket. I have not turned the sewing machine on in what seems like ages. I guess it was just around Easter time so it has been awhile. A couple friends held a rummage sale last weekend in which I was able to unload some unwanted items into so cleaning prior to that had to take priority over crafting, unfortunately.


Mother's Day weekend was wonderful. We visited with Kirk's parents in Neenah on Saturday and had dinner. My mother-in-law gifted me a box of chocolates - yum! We got her a sock knitting book, Easy Knitted Socks, to take along on their trip to Europe which they should be heading to shortly! Hopefully it's helpful on their long plane trip!

This is what I received my wonderful hubby and boys! Kirk, Brendon and Jack each picked out a ball of sock yarn, super thoughtful! They also got me the latest Rob Thomas cd and a yummy chocolate bar, still untouched, mind you! I'm trying to get through some of my projects before I start another. I'm currently working on jaywalkers, I have about 3 1/2 inches to go on the first one. I don't have any pics of that, sorry! The baby blanket for my friend Michelle has only 10 more inches to go, YES!!! I love it but I will probably never knit another baby blanket again, ever!



It's getting there, lots of ends to sew in once I reach the end. Upon completion of this, I can then start the Honeymoon Cami, see sidebar which I already have some ggh mystik yarn in coral for. Some other summery projects will hopefully follow.

Last but certainly not least, here is my baby yesterday. He put his hat and rainboots on and went outside to "mow the lawn", came in and passed out on the living room floor. Coincidentally, he's doing this same thing right now!
Until next time!
Julie

Monday, April 23, 2007

Weekend

Wow! What a change in the weather around here. After snow just a few posts ago, we had weather in the 70's - 80's this weekend, I'm actually sunburned!

Kirk and our friend Brian built me some storage shelving for the basement on Saturday, they did such an awesome job! I'm hoping to fill them this week and start going through boxes in the basement in preparation for the rummage sale in a few weeks. While the shelves were being built, the wives spent the afternoon soaking up the sun and knitting on the patio while the kids played in the sandbox. We cooked out burgers and brats from the Brian/Alevya family and the remainder of our volleyball team and their kids came for dinner too. It was such a nice night, we had a fire in the backyard and just had a blast! Thanks to everyone who brought food and for coming!

I'm now knitting socks for my good friend and neighbor Staci. I have one done, casted on Saturday and finished last night. They are ankle socks so they went pretty fast. I think the pattern is for super narrow feet though so I just cast on another sock with some adjustments in the pattern, hopefully this time it will come out perfect. The baby blanket is at about 12 inches long, only have to get to 34! It's so cute, I just love it! I'm hoping to whip out these socks and then get back to the blanket. I also have to add 7 button holes and 15 buttons to my sister Jenny's denim jacket as we will see her the weekend of May 5. I have some mice for her cats that I knit and need to felt yet too. So many projects, so little time!!!!

Brendon and I are running 2 miles for the first time today. We did 1.5 miles last week and that went ok. After this week, life will get even more interesting as Brendon will start soccer on Tuesdays and Thursdays, this on top of running after school Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. Summer is in site though and we'll be ready for some chilling!

Gotta make lunch for the youngsters! More some time! :)

Julie

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Headband pattern

I realized I forgot to add the link to the headband pattern I used so here it is. http://www.knitty.com/issuewinter03/pattnakiska.html

I'm addicted to finding patterns online, in fact, I'm going to make a rule for myself to not purchase any more knitting books or magazines for the rest of the year. We'll see if that actually happens or not. I suppose once my birthday approaches in November, I could add things to my wish list????

Monday, April 16, 2007

Weekend Update

Here's the picture of the angora/wool headband I knit for my friend Jess. She loved it and it looked adorable on her. I finished the sock I had on the needles and am taking a break before starting the second. It's cute on but I still don't love it. My latest project is a baby blanket for my friend Michelle who is expecting a baby girl in July. Michelle lives in Arizona and will be in Wisconsin for a shower in May but I'm unable to attend so I'm hoping to whip it up and mail it to her.

The weather here has been awesome! Brendon and I went for a 1 mile run Saturday morning. We hit Target then so he could use some Christmas money to purchase a portable cd player. The boy must have his music while running (just like mom)! Jack spent a lot of time in the backyard over the weekend playing in the sandbox and having fun. We also had brunch with my parents and sister Sunday to celebrate mom's birthday.

I skipped the Y today, my back has been bothering me. I think it's due to sitting in a crummy chair knitting. I'm on the lookout for a new chair soon! We'll be running a mile again after school and we have volleyball tonight too so I'll get a workout in. I miss my step class though.

That's all for now!
Julie

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Up and Running

Welcome to my first attempt at blogging! I have high hopes to post my knitting and sewing and whatever other projects I may decide to work on here. In addition I'll post what my boys are up to and I suppose anything else I please!

The last few days have been snowy and chilly here. Brendon, my 9 year old, and I have been training for a 10K run in early June. We ran 1 mile today on slightly slushy sidewalks! Since we're both new to running, we certainly didn't break any time records but we seem to be holding our own. Yay!

I knit the most adorable headband/ear cover for my friend, Jess who is also running. Luscious angora/wool blend. So cute! Pics will be up soon! Other projects I have on my needles are a pair of socks for myself, that I'm not in love with but am hoping to adore once finished, and a messenger bag that I'll felt.

It's my mom's birthday today, I should knit something for her too! Wonder what that will be....Stay tuned. I'll try to get some pics up tomorrow!

Hoping for Spring,
Julie