Thursday, April 17, 2014

Let's Roll!

It just doesn't seem possible that Elliott is big enough to ride around in his own set of wheels. Well, they are his now because Colter is too big for this car, though he will still squeeze himself in it with hopes of being pushed wildly around the patio until his mommy is dizzy.

Might this be the last time my boys share a car without whining?

Colter, on the other hand, is currently into driving his cozy coupe car off the sidewalk or patio and down the little bank for the three-quarters-of-a-second thrill of wondering whether it will tip over or not. (Mostly it doesn't.) Then he likes to stay sitting in it while his mother tries to push it back up said bank and start all over again. I do believe the mantra of toddlerhood is, "One more time!" (Unless he doesn't like something, and then it is without a doubt "No!")

Here's hoping for some more mild and sunny days when we can all be outside!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Friday, April 11, 2014

Busy Needles

I like to follow a pattern. I like to do what it says and have the desired results. So adapting a pattern is something I rarely do. But there's this baby hat that I like to make, and a friend asked for one for her baby and one for her toddler as well. So obviously the one for the toddler needed to be bigger.

The first round of adapting and it was way too big. Way too big even for my head. I was farther in than you might expect because it was squished on my needles and tough to determine how big it really was. So, I pulled it apart and started over. I knew I needed to be somewhere between the baby hat and my first attempt, probably closer to the baby end of the spectrum. And this time, I decided to write down what I did, in case I ever want to make another. Since I've done all the figuring, why not share it?

Toddler Hat (that's it on the right)
adapted from Artful Yarns' Candy One Skein Baby Hat

Work on size 7 double points or small circular needle.

Cast on 98 stitches, divide over three needles if working on dp. Join in the round.
Work in St st. until piece measures 4 1/2".
Dec row 1: {K5 sts, k2tog] 14 times - 84 sts. Work 9 rows even.
Dec row 2: [K4 sts, k2tog] 14 times - 70 sts. Work 6 rows even.
Dec row 3: [K3 sts, k2tog] 14 times - 56 sts. Work 3 rows even.
Dec row 4: [K2 sts, k2tog] 14 times - 42 sts. Work 1 row even.
Dec row 5: [K1 st, k2tog] 14 times - 28 sts. Work 1 row even.
Dec row 6: [K2tog] across - 14 sts. Work 1 row even.
Dec row 7: [K1 st, k2tog], with 10 sts. remaining.
Work even for 3 1/2", cast off.
Tie knot at top of hat.

I hope I made all my notes right and my math works out because I just wrote it down as I went but haven't worked it again from my own pattern. Does somebody else want to do it and let me know if it doesn't work?

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Scoop the Poop

It was time for the spring "shitment" for the garden, and Colter got to help out.

I see some digging in his future.

And you thought this was going to be about diapers...

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Six Months

Oh, Elliott! You are six months old! You are full of personality and are becoming quite the chatterbox. You have started screeching as loud as you can, and Colter says you don't know how to use your indoor voice. You wiggle and squirm (and occasionally roll) and love to watch everything that's going on. You adore your big brother, and he is the only one who can get a real laugh out of you.

You are starting to grab everything and you very nearly have a tooth so anything you can get your hands on ends up in your mouth.

You look like your Uncle Travis, but I don't think we can get him to style his hair like this.

What a pleasure it is to be your mommy!

(But you could start sleeping through the night anytime now, ok?)

Monday, March 31, 2014

Parking by Number

I've been doing a lot of pinning lately, and not a lot of doing. But then I saw a really simple little game for Colter, and actually got around to make it in less than 24 hours.

It's a little numbered parking lot, made out of a box lid. First I cut a little driveway in the end. Then simply draw lines for parking spots and number them with a Sharpie, and number the cars. I put the numbers on painters' tape and stuck them to the cars for easy removal. Then drive and park and practice numbers!

Colter was pretty pleased with it, and I found him going back to it himself throughout the day, so that's a real win.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Digging with Daddy

After a few summers of pulling weeds and grass out around the sandbox, Keith decided it was time to dig out the area again and put some weed barrier down. The sandbox also needed to be refilled since, despite many, many reminders, the sand does not all stay in the sandbox during play. So, after a trip to the hardware store for more sand, the boys got down to digging.

Now the turtle is nice and snug and full, just waiting on some warmer weather for more playing!

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