Sunday, February 28, 2010

Birthday Boy!

Has it really been two years? Today was my older son's second birthday...well yesterday since it's after midnight now. I really can't believe he's two...where's the itty bitty baby I brought home from the hospital? Where did those night go where I would sit up with him all night because he had his nights and days mixed up? I miss the hours he and I would spend cuddling. I miss the baths in the little plastic tub, massaging his little arms and legs with baby lotion, the loving stares from those wide chocolate brown eyes.

Of course I now have Ben to do all that with, although he doesn't have his nights and days mixed up and has slept through the night since he was a week old...I still get up during the night with Stevie though. I still miss all that bonding with Stevie. Now he's a little closer to his Daddy than his Mommy, they play with his toy cars and trucks and do guy things (well, as much guy stuff as a two year old can do).

I know in two years I'll be crying about Ben being two and about Stevie getting even bigger. I just wish they could just stay tiny a little bit longer.

Friday, February 26, 2010

Friday Follow post 2

Well I figure I should post this up about the Friday Follow:

Welcome to the seventh Friday Follow celebration hosted by One 2 Try, Hearts Make Families and Midday Escapades! We invite you to join us every Friday to get more blog followers and to follow other interesting blogs. It is all about sharing and having fun.
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Friday Follow

Well I just joined up on the Friday Follow. I'm pretty sure it's to get some followers, but I could be wrong. I'd be nice to see someone reading my blog though, make me feel important, lol.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Summer Garden Granny Squares

I started a new project yesterday evening called Summer Garden Granny Squares by Lucy at Attic24. If you haven't read her blog yet, here's the link: Attic24 Anyway, I plan to make a nice sized throw out of the Vanna's Choice Baby yarn I bought on Monday combined with the colors I already had. I'm currently at my parents house, have been stuck here all week because of our awful weather (tons of snow), so I can't work with the colors that are still at my apartment. I'll get to them eventually though and the squares that require those colors will have to be set aside.

I plan to start with 100 squares, then see how big that will make the throw. I can always make more squares to make it bigger, then a couple of rounds of granny square border like Lucy has on her throw. I wish I had the colors she does, and the lovely yarn she uses, but it's out of my price range unfortunately, and I'd have to order it online anyway. I'll post pictures of my progress on the throw (I'm making all the centers first, then adding the second rows, and so on) in my next post so keep on the lookout!

Monday, February 22, 2010


I made a quick stop to AC Moore today only looking to get about 4 skeins of Vanna's Choice Baby yarn since it was on sale 2 for $4. I walked out of there with 6 skeins of that, plus two bags of mill end yarn that had four skeins in each bag, plus a semi-nice tote and smaller tote set that was more expensive than any single thing of yarn! I normally wouldn't have bought the totes because they were expensive for the material they were made of, and because of the paisley pattern, but I actually liked the colors on the pattern on these, so it was an impulse buy. Never again though.

Then when I got to my parents house, what was waiting for me but my order of 9 balls of Debbie Bliss Merino DK yarn in a lovely rusty orange color (I have things shipped to my parents house because I don't really trust one of the neighbors in my building). It was my biggest yarn haul ever to date! I'm so excited to crochet with all this yarn, and may even learn to knit to make the Debbie Bliss yarn last longer. It's the first time I have ever bought yarn that wasn't acrylic, so I'm excited to use the merino wool to make something for myself once I find the perfect project.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Charity Blitz

Every month at Crochetville (one of the sites I frequent almost daily) there is a Charity Blitz, which means for six days out of the month a bunch of members get together, chat on the thread and crochet our hearts out for charity. Now, a lot of us already crochet for charity, but for these six days we put aside any other projects we may have going and just dedicate all of our free time to whatever charity we've picked to crochet for.

My pick is a charity based in the village of Maybrook, where my parents live with my two younger brothers. It's called Tiny Hands in Need of Kindness. I first found out about this charity when I was first pregnant with Ben. My fiance, Stephen, had lost his job and at first, we weren't sure how we were going to manage a toddler and a new baby with no income. My mom handed me a small brochure about the charity, her Catholic Daughters group holds a "Madonna Shower" every year to get donations for this charity, more about what a Madonna Shower is later. However, Stephen soon got a letter from the county's emergency services center stating that he was being considered for an opening for a public safety dispatcher. We figured that if we could make it until he was hired there (we were positive he would get the job, he had one of the highest scores in the past five years on the dispatcher test, and he's worked previously as a dispatcher) then we would be okay. He found a summer job in a camp that paid pretty well and we did make it financially until he was hired there. Because of him getting a temporary job and then the permanent one, I decided not to contact the charity because I figured there were plenty of people worse off than us and I didn't want to take away from what the charity was able to provide to them. Since we were so close to needing such help for our children, I decided to crochet at least one blanket a month for this charity, and when my mother's Catholic Daughters group held their Madonna Shower, there would be at least 12 blankets a year for the charity. This year there will probably be only 3 or 4 since the shower is usually held in April, but there will be 12 the following year.

Now for the Madonna Shower explanation. The Catholic Daughters of the Church of the Assumption in Maybrook collect baby and childrens items all year round for Tiny Hands in Need of Kindness, but every year in April, they host a baby shower. Now, unlike regular baby showers held for expectant mothers, this baby shower is for the charity to help get a big donation together for them. Tiny Hands in Need of Kindness helps a lot of kids, especially pregnant teenagers and children of teenage parents. A lot of pregnant teenagers don't have what they need for a baby so this charity helps them get at least the basics.The Madonna Shower helps provide the basics to the charity so they can provide this service. Have I confused you yet? I'm not very good at explaining things sometimes.

Now off to work on this months blanket, the Charity Blitz only runs to the 23rd, so I want to get at least one blanket done in this timeframe, and maybe even start a second.

New Blog

I didn't like my old blog very much, so I decided to start this one to keep track of my crocheting projects, yarn purchases and everyday life in general. I do wish for an extra day in the week where I can just, as the title of my blog says, crochet my heart out. I would love to sit with my two bins of yarn and just crochet the day away, but alas, with two little boys, that's not an option.

I love my two little boys though, Benjamin (Ben) was just born on February 2nd, and looks just like his older brother Stephen Jr (Stevie) who will be turning 2 on the 28th of February. I can't believe my little boy is turning two next week, he's just getting too big. He was mad at me at first for bringing Ben home, but he warmed up quickly and now won't leave Ben alone. Stevie keeps trying to wake him up to play with him, or kiss him or hug him, but he doesn't understand that Ben is just a baby, he's too little to talk, or play with Stevie's toys, and that Stevie has to be gentle with him. He'll learn though and for now I have to keep a close eye on Stevie when Ben is in the same room.