Milo for My LO

I loved this pattern the first time I saw it make the rounds on various blogs a couple years back and immediately went to ravelry and bought it.  But for whatever reason, I thought it was suited for a little boy and mine were too big for it.  What about my little girls!?  Why did I not think of how sweet and wonderful a little girl would look in this vest!?  <Shaking my head!>

Thankfully, I have a dear friend that helped me see the error of my ways as she knit up a glorious Milo for her wee baby girl due this spring.  After seeing it in all of the purple yumminess, I grabbed some Swish (worsted) in kindling and cast on one of my own.

I was aiming for the 12 mo size because I had exactly 220 yards of yarn and I thought it would be a little big, but wearable for this Spring and perfectly sized for all the cold weather next year has to offer.  I knew I was taking a small chance by knitting with a worsted weight yarn instead of the DK weight the pattern called for, and I began to worry if I had enough yarn for the whole project or if I was going to do it again (during pregnancy I ran out of yarn before finishing at least 3 different projects.) But onward I knitted, trusting the process, and knowing that Knit Picks was fully stocked with my yarn (maybe this is just my way of making myself order more yarn?!)IMG_6962

I could see the end of my yarn when I was knitting the trim at the bottom and the suspense when I made the measurement and it was time to cast off was exciting.  I honestly didn’t think I would make it, but in the end I was left 1 yard of leftover yarn, just 1!!!

IMG_6969In the end I think it looks lovely on my little lady!  Love the warmth of the browns and look forward to making some simple calico dresses for her to wear under it.  Ravelry notes here.



Dress Up

Every morning, my 3 and 5 yo get dressed, but within an hour of having clothes on, they are off again.  They dress up as princesses, as ballerinas, gymnasts, tea party hostesses, etc.IMG_6587I often get invited to their tea parties and balls, but one day I thought I would surprise them by dressing for the occasion.  I slipped away into my closet, unzipped a bag that’s been closed for more than 13 years, and put it on my wedding dress.IMG_6262I wish I would have gotten a picture of their faces when I arrived to the tea party that day!  They LOVED it and didn’t even care that I couldn’t zip up the back!

Winter Hiking

IMG_6735We love hiking as a family.  It gets us outside, moving, listening, and practicing patience with one another.IMG_6737

I especially like hiking in the cooler months.  It’s not so crowded at the state parks, and there are sometimes obstacles that make the hike exciting, like mud, ice, snow, and fallen branches.  The kids love these challenges, especially when you give them the go ahead to step in the mud and get dirty.

IMG_6740Sometimes you can’t trudge through the obstacles and you just have go off the path to make your way.  The boys love leading to find a “shortcut” back to the path.
IMG_6742 And what little girl doesn’t love to hold her daddy’s hand!?  IMG_6779

I am beautiful

My husband tells me this everyday.  I smile and give the obligatory thank you, glad that he thinks so.  I glance in the mirror and wonder why he thinks as much.  I just don’t see it.  All I see in the reflection is a tired, plain woman with kind eyes, the same hairstyle, too much weight here, a blemish there.  I pretend to be happy with what I see for the benefit of the 2 growing boys and the 3 little girls that watch.

IMG_7120I look through the computer photo albums searching for a time where I was happy with what I saw, a goal to return to.  Only I look and look and look to find not one image where I was happy with the way I look.   Again, I see flaws, but I see something else too.

I see my son hugging me full of love.

IMG_4152I see 2 of my kids feeling so safe and calm that they find sleep.

I see my littlest of little girls looking for all the answers in my eyes.

IMG_4842I see a princess dressed up and waiting to go to a magical tea party

IMG_6262And I see him looking at me again…

IMG_5927 like when he returned from being stationed overseas, when he proposed, when we said “I do,” when we became parents 5 times over.

And I begin to see what he sees, what they all see:


Introducing Emma!


I had an easy pregnancy and birth with Emma.  She came on Father’s Day last year and what a gift she has been!  Labor was again less than an hour with the midwife arriving afterwards.  Emma was born in the the caul weighing in at a petite 6 pounds 4.5 ounces.


Emma has been a very sweet and laid back baby, but I had a difficult time postpartum.  I lost my grandmother and was trying to do too much emotionally and physically, which took its toll.  I had to admit that I’m older and that I have limits, not always such an easy lesson.  I was blessed to have good friends that helped take care me.


She’s happy to nurse, happy to sleep, happy to be held by a sibling or to be snuggled up against mama in the moby or ergo.


And how we all adore her!  She has daddy wrapped around her finger and brothers and sisters fighting to be near her.IMG_5905

She’s recently become mobile, rolling and scooting where she wants to go.  And the “put everything in the mouth” games have begun.