Sunday, February 25, 2007

Hello Shark Tooth!

DD had a separate party for family on Sunday, and he got every dinosaur he wanted...including the "Shark Tooth" dino that roars and walks. On Monday, he took presents to his friends at school so that he could give as well as receive for his birthday. He gave his friends in his class playdough and gooey lizzards (two of his favorite things to play with). It was so neat to see him get so much joy out of sharing and giving to his friends.

Done and Done!

Well, I officially completed my most recent master's course today. I took my final exam...a horrific collection of short answer and multiple choice questions. The time limit was 1 hour, and I'm pretty sure I went over by about 20 minutes, but at least I finished.
It has been a hectic week, hence no posts.

DD has his birthday party at Amazement Square and it was AWESOME! I had so much great help from my family and my gal pal Mrs. W. The kids had a great time and DD loved it.

I was so busy running the party that I didn't get any pictures of the kids and games.. I did, however, get picks of the party BEFORE everyone arrived. Visit Mrs. Wilt's site for a couple of good pics. She is such a great friend, she made my game for me, helped me set up, and even better, we got to chat for awhile afterwards. I wish we still worked together! Anyway, she has some cute pics of her little guy at the party!

Believe it or not, my little guy has a great aversion to anything in spite of my taking every Wilton cake class and each birthday slaving in the kitchen, decorating cakes for hours...he never ate it! This year, I conceded the battle and decided to go with cupcakes instead. They were so much easier! I used a large drop flower tip and swirled butter cream on top of orange creamsicle and yellow cake cupcakes, tinted some coconut green for grass, added a jelly bean egg and a plastic dino to guard it and Voila! I set them all out on the table to decorate.

We purchased yellow and green plates, and some dino napkins from the party store, cool animal plastic dining utensils from WalMart, and super cool dino masks, plastic dinos, and cool dino cups from Oriental The kids got to take home the utensils, masks, cups, and as many plastic dinos as they could carry!

I made dino-shaped chicken nuggets, and crockpot mac n cheese for lunch. Then the kids enjoyed cupcakes and dinosaur shaped cookies coated in candymelts.

Having the party at Amazement Square was wonderful! They helped me set up, and even better, no clean up afterwards! We packed our leftovers, the kids went into the museum to play, and that was it!

Overall, DD had a great time with his friends and they with him. It was awesome.

There is so much more that happened this week...I finished my scarf I was knitting, I made serious project on my living room curtains, I finished my master's class, and I got back on my exercise schedule...but I will update and post pics more later this week. For now, I am tired and I think I'll go crash!

Sunday, February 11, 2007

Look Ma! I'm Knitting!

What do you get when you add the recent arrival of "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Knitting and Crochet", with the completion and submission of my research paper, and a sprinkle of a few extra hours this weekend to relax....

I have learned to knit!

I am working on a Grinchy-Green, oh, sorry, Avacado, scarf for my little guy in a checkerboard pattern.

The small piece sitting in front is my first practice patch. My son claimed it, and calls it Mr. Gooey, and it is now one of his favorite toys! Mr. Gooey has quite the personality, and is a great listener as well. It cracks me up, he totes that little swatch around with him everywhere! Mr. Gooey sleeps with him, eats with him, rides around on his shoulder...what a trip. But I am really not one to talk, at his age I had a blanket that had been loved down to about the same size which I couldn't bear to part with either.

I hope, but I doubt, he will like the scarf as much as he does Mr. Gooey.

Friday, February 09, 2007

I just want to sit still awhile!

I have noticed while visiting some of my favorite blogs that I am not the only one who is feeling a little resistance to working on my quilts and unfinished projects and other things that I need to finish right now. Is it the weather? Life in general? Am I busier that I was last month? I am not sure, but I do find comfort in knowing that I am not the only one.
This last month has been an exceptionally hectic one, and I am not certain why. Things have seemed to slip away and remain undone as the days fly by. I will work, come home, cook, clean a little, get my guy ready for his bath, put him to bed, work on my masters classwork, and as I am saying to myself, "Self, that block of the month is calling your name!" I WANT to work on it, but my body just says NOPE, my heart just isn't in it, and I'm drawn instead to the couch and a cup of Chai.
Perhaps it is, in part, due to the fact that I have been evicted from my quilting space and my pfaff still has no home. Breaking all of my tools out to the kitchen just to pack them up again often results in my spending more time setting up and cleaning up than actually quilting...frustrating, to say the least.
But I think the biggest reason is that I am just plain tired! My family and I have some big decisions to make soon, as well, and I know that the unsettling I have been feeling is related to the big changes we are preparing for. Yet, I really hate that feeling of unproductive exhaustion, when you feel like you worked your hinny off all day and nothing was accomplished!
I know I will get back to my Pfaff soon, she is calling me...., but I don't want to quilt because of obligation, I want to do it and enjoy it!
Hopefully, I will be able to work on a few blocks this Saturday while D is at a basketball game!
I will say that I have found during this time that my quiet time with Him has become a necessity. I have been putting on a James Upton CD, offering up some praise for all of my blessings and for how gracious the Lord has truly been to me and my family, and sitting in His lap and tearfully daydreaming to Him the desires of my heart. Lord, I want to stay home with my son and home school him...Father, I want my husband to be able to bear the full financial burden of our home so that I don't need to work, show us how to better manage our finances to make this possible...Lord, we would like to expand our family, bless us with another child in your timing.... and so it continues.
I have peace knowing that He hears me, that He cares for me and my family, and that He understands if there are some dust bunnies on my floor or a few water spots on my bathroom mirror. He expects me to keep a balance, with the priority being Him, then my family, then my home. He often reminds me of this, through His word and in that still, quiet voice. This Martha needs to remember that, at times, it is better to be a Mary.

Taking on a Fun Challenge!

While hopping around the blog world today, I was visiting Thee Handworks and caught wind of an exciting opportunity to take up a fun challenge, Project Spectrum! This is a really neat idea, and I have been seeking out a chance to take part in a project like this, but with all of my current commitments, I worry about overcommitting guffaws from the peanut gallery, please.

The link provides all the details, but the idea is that you complete a project - or several if you wish - using one, two, or all three of the colors that are the theme for that three month time period.

For February, March, and April the colors are Blue, White, and Gray....hmmm... should I quilt, knit, decopage, paint....oh, so many possibilities!!