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catching up…news…pics…life.

My oh my, I have some catching up to do. It’s been a full two weeks, that’s for sure.

Last weekend, my friend, Kristy, and I worked the HandmadeMN Market. It was the first time I had a real partner. I’ve brought my niece & kids before, but they just sit there rolling their eyes. This time, Kristy helped me sell, sell, sell. Yeehaw. She also brought some things she made, which were soooooo cute & adorable. AND a couple of peeps came by offering to put our things in their stores. AWESOME, riiight?

After the craft show, we went to the West Bank (by the U of M) to see my husband’s friend’s band (wait! Was that correct punctuation? Ever since my test, I have been second guessing myself!), called The Formal Age.
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This past week, my son went on a grade wide camping trip to an environmental school. Being the mom that I am, I only half let him go without me. I spent one of the three days with him 😉
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And since I had my camera on the way home, I thought I’d take some photos while driving. Shhhhhhhhhh, don’t tell my mom. or the cops. 😉 Here was my best one:
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And since I spent a day with my little 5th grader, why not spend one with my kindergartener, too?
Learning:
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Singing:
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Last year was a real sucky school year for my 4th grader (now a 5th grader), but this year is totally RAD! And I looove my kindergartener’s teacher. It’s been only 2 months and my daughter is already practically reading chapter books.

Well, tomorrow is Halloween. EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEK.

Charlie in a cow suit:
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DS in some funky glasses:
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And guess what?! I got a job. It’s a temp job, but it will suffice. And the hours work so we don’t have to get daycare (except on school days off – and boy, there sure are a lot of em) and the term ends just before Summer. So, wouldn’t it be perfect if I could just work temp jobs all year and have the summer’s off? OR, better yet, I will get my dream job of being a school secretary. I’m sending this dream out into the web orb, hoping it will come true…..

Anyway, in the time being, wish me lots of luck and have a HAPPY HALLLLLOOOOOWEEEEEEEEEEEEEEN.

❤ mommarocks

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Life lessons & cool photos

I’m baaaack.

Last night, as I lay my head to sleep, I was thinking about this lil ol blog. How I’ve neglected it for so long. And I couldn’t wait to wake up to post again, to give this blog some lovin’. But, as it turns out, my daughter had a temp and I kept her home from school. So, this is my first chance to write somn’ (she’s napping).

What I was thinking about is that I want to start keeping a log of things that I’ve learned in my life. You know, leave a little legacy for my blogworld. So, without further ado, here’s what I came up with last night:

Life lessons number one:

1. Never, ever, ever buy a used vacuum cleaner.

Now, ponder that whilst I show you my photos of what I’ve been doing for the last few weeks:

We went to the drive in with some buddies:
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L had a fashion show with a friend:
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L got her ears pierced:
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L has been obsessing about American Girl. These dollies are filling that void until she gets one for Christmas (which we never promised, but she seems to think so):
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I had a crafting/ice cream party:
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I finally wrote down one of my knit patterns. And two of my friends test knit it. Here’s my version:
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(but check out my friend Kristy’s

I had my first craft show of the season (there’s tons left…it’s only October!!)
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I went on a date night with my man. This is where we had dinner. They had a mashed potato bar. YUMMMM
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and this is where we headed after that:
(pic from the rooftop bar at Crave in downtown MPLS)
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I had chai with my friend:
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And then took photos at Lake Calhoun:
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Another friend bought a custom order of my very own pattern – in teal. And I crocheted a flower. I must say, it is pretty dang cute!
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This crow was in our backyard for a few days. Really creeped me out.
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And since I didn’t do justice for our Winnipeg Photos, here were my favorite two from our trip:
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And that’s it in a nutshell.

Good day. The sick one just stirred….

British accent, fake glasses, a new era!

Lately, my young darlin daughter likes to talk in a British accent. And wear fake glasses. Is she becoming a hipster, or what? Must be all of the new influence at kindergarten.

Yes, didn’t I tell you? She started kindergarten! Oh my nelly. She’s all growned up. Here she was her first day – going & coming:

Here was my older son on his first day – he started 2 days before my daughter. This is the only year they will go to the same school.

Aw. Doesn’t he look so excited? NOT!

Anyway, we’ve had a great, change filled week. I think it’s me that’s having the hardest time with change. I miss my baby girl all day. I’ve been home cleaning & cleaning. And that’s it. I haven’t even watched tv during the day. Just cleaned. And now I have to look for a job.

wahhhh.

Oh, look what else we did this weekend – hung out with the cuz;s. Aw.

I made the girls play outside and had the boys make us brownies. And boy, they were super yummy brownies. I like making the kids cook & bake. It’s a win win situation.

We’re going to the drive in tonight, so I have to go, but before I do, here’s the my favorite new picture. It’s my niece and Jake. Just chillin. Like homies.

Hello, it’s me.

Hey homies. I love summer!!!! I am not going to count the days until the end. Oh no. I am going to keep on keeping on….
Here’s what’s been goin’ on:
*It was our turn for Cooking Club. (Our theme was a Luau. We even did the LIMBO!)

*Doesn’t this look yummy?:

*We had the kids over, too, this time.

*I put some new items in the shop.

*DS’s baseball team all of sudden got really good the last couple of games. We won this game. The coach is pointing to all of the kids who made awesome plays. It really was exciting. They made it to the game before the championship game. But that was still pretty good. (considering the season. shh, I didn’t say that.)


*My niece came to one of the games. I think she was good luck. Here she is with DD:

*I have been working on my own knit designs. Here is a simple harter top. I am going to add fabric to make it into a little hippie top that can be a dress for a toddler and a top for older kids.

*Of course, I have been working in the garden. Does anyone know what this succulent is called (1st & last pic)? It started as just a little succulent close to the ground and then boom this year it is tall. I hope it does something fun next year, too. (I hope it doesn’t die.) (p.s. middle pic is lavender.)

*Look, my little baby is this close to riding a bike without training wheels.

*And look at this – she also finished T-ball this week. Her team won. So did the other team. (That’s how T-ball rolls ’round here.)

*We went to Valleyfair. (Amusement park)

*DH is the only one that rides the rollercoasters. The rest of us ride the kiddie rides:

*I made chalkboards for the kids. This is my new (& brilliant) chore chart idea.

*And last, but not least, I sewed a table cloth. It is custom fit and with ruffles! I am oh so proud.

**********That’s all dudes & dudettes. I’ll be back again soon….. xxoo mommarocks

be good to yourself!

It is spring. Finally. I should be chipper. But I feel rather dull. I need to be nicer to myself. Tell myself I am pretty and not that wrinkly and anyway who cares if I wasn’t or if I were.


(I am trying to look at this without criticizing myself. Boy, is it hard!!!)

I have a lot of people depending on me to take care of myself. And I feel ashamed that I don’t. I mean, I do, but I could do better.

I need to eat more salad. Drink less soda. Walk more. Learn more.

Once, I had a dream that my deceased aunt Fran came to visit me and she told me that the purpose of life was to learn as much as you could. And really, that makes sense to me.

I really, really need to work on my will power. Just because there are pretzel m&ms right there does not mean I need to eat them. But I want to oh so bad and it hurts my soul to think of me neglecting my favorite candy. Poor pretzel m&ms.

This is my to do list for any normal day:

Do the laundry (or at least think about it).
Give the kids baths.
Make healthy lunches.
Make the beds or change the sheets or something.
Wipe the walls of all the dirty finger prints.
Fold the laundry.
Put away the laundry.
Decide if the older kid gets his allowance.
Drive kids to their extra curricular activities.
Make sure big kid did homework & practiced violin.
Make a healthy breakfast.
Let the kids enjoy some outside play time.
Try not to watch too much TV.
Do not drink soda.Keep the big dog off the furniture.
Keep the little dog from being so stinky.
Do something about the bathroom. Seriously!
Look around the house and see what needs to be done to keep it in tip top shape.
Read?
Computer?
Think about returning the library books. But don’t, because life just wouldn’t be right if you didn’t have a bizillion dollar fine at the library.
Listen to some music.
Have a dance party.
See what is on Oprah.
Work. But not really, it’s preschool.
Volunteer at big kid’s school.
Knit.
Figure out what you want to do with your life.
Think about what things you want to make & sell.
Give husband kiss when he gets home.
Sit down for dinner.
Redecorate the kitchen?
Paint the basement?
Plan the garden.
Weed.
………………………
I’ve put some new things in my shop. Stop by if you’d like. www.ahandmadeprincess.etsy.com

Next weekend, I will be at the art a whirl in Minneapolis, selling my wares.

Right now, I am working on a sweater for myself. I am actually making the capped sleeve version and the gauge is bigger so it is more of a springy sweater vest thingy.

Anyway, that’s enough crazy random talk for the day….

xxoo, mommarocks

Totally Cool Wednesday

You know what would be totally cool?
If we had more than 24 hours in a day. Or if we never had to sleep. Or if we had super powers.
Actually, I do have a super power.
You are going to think it’s funny, but it’s totally real.
I can get really good parking spots.
Every time.
A front row spot.
Seriously.
Drive with me sometime, I’ll show you.
Anyway, it’s been an uber busy week.
DD had her dance photos.

Um, how cute is that?
I’ve been knitting and knitting and more knitting.

I’m preparing for Spring & Summer so I have been knitting lots with cotton. Cotton feels so different on my hands than wool.
Charlie got a haircut.

An expensive haircut I must add.
I went to the doctor on Monday and had a cat scan to figure out what’s the dealio with my chronic sinus infections. Is that TMI? Well, it’s Wednesday and they still haven’t gotten back to me, so I guess that means it’s not a pressing issue. I’m thinking I probably have a deviated septum. If so, I’ll have to get surgery. A nose job. I know my nose is a little quirky, but I like it. So, I don’t know how I’d feel about a nose job.
My dd went to the doctor on Tuesday, because she always complains of a tummy ache. I know it’s something a lot of 5 year olds complain about (I looked it up on the net), but I wanted a professional opinion. Well, for the next two weeks she has to be on a lactose free diet. Do you know how hard just the last two days have been? This kid lives on dairy! Cheese sticks, yogurt, butter, milk, ice cream, chocolate, cheesy broccoli…oy. So, I went to the store to get substitutes. Soy yogurt, soy cheese, almond milk… Did you ever notice how soy cheese doesn’t melt? uck.
Tuesday night, my ds had a poetry open house at his school. It was really cool. They’ve been talking about creative expressions all month, so that was the premier of all their hard work. My ds recited a Silverstein poem on video. It goes like this:
Lazy Jane
Lazy
lazy
lazy
lazy
lazy
lazy
Jane,
she
wants
a
drink
of
water
so
she
waits
and
waits
and
waits
and
waits
and
waits
for
it
to
rain.
He also wrote a few poems, but I don’t know those off hand.
Tomorrow, he has an Orchestra Performance. This kid is a brilliant violinist.
I don’t mind him playing at home. You’d think I’d want to pull my hair out, but I like the feeling of having craziness all around, dinner on the stove, then in our tummies, then the screeching sounds of the violin. I feel like…ahh, this is parenting. This is home. It’s quite unusual, probably. But I feel proud of this little family, my home.
Except when the dogs howl as the violin plays. That part I don’t like.
Anyway, that’s a bunch of coolness right there for ya. What do you think is cool? Comment and I’ll stop by.
Till then….
Here’s a photo of me and my kiddos. (Apparently, I’ve kind of abandoned my 52 weeks of me project. Now, I think I will just try and post a photo of me at least once a week. It’s interesting to see myself on here. I’m usually behind the camera. But I like being in front of it, too.)

xxoo,
Mommarocks

Totally Cool Tuesday

I cannot believe it’s been a week since I last posted. I’ve been on the net; it’s not like I’ve been ignoring the bloghood.

So, what’s my dealio?

Well, it has been kinda busy ’round here.

I’ve been knitting tons, because a friend of mine is having a Fundraiser Boutique in April.

It’s the same boutique I knit for last year. I sell my stuff, then give a portion to two different charities. The charities, if you’re interested, are Hope Academy & Freedom Firm. Two very great organizations. Click on their links. I’m very proud to be a part of the boutique because of them, but also because my friend puts it on and she is a totally awesome artist & also I do make a little money myself. What I am saying is that it is a win win situation, if ya know what I mean and I think that you do.

Knitting takes up a lot of my time, but so does partying!

Yeehaw.

Here’s me drinking beer out of a boot. (and I’m using this pic as my Project 52, pictures of me. Not really connected to parenting, but it’s the only picture of me from the last 2 weeks.)

It’s this game you play at this German bar in Nordeast. You take turns sipping, if you don’t flick the side or if you get splashed, you drink again. The person who finishes it buys a new one and the game starts again until everyone is totally blitzed. But we only did one round, so no worries! I refused to be the last to finish it, I was starting to get the heebies from all that back wash, if you must know.

But besides partying, I’ve been having play dates galore. Well, not galore. But I did have one.

I saw a friend’s new weee little baby and made him a knitted gnomey hat.

Oh and we got snowed in and I didn’t change out of my pajamas for two days. It snowed 2 feet!!! I don’t have any pictures of that. I am pretty mad at snow right now. It was so nice, I fell into the trap of believing spring was near. I saw grass!!!!!! I was starting to draw out plans for the gardens. I was making plans for decorating the deck. I was making a calendar of summer events. Then, BAM! 2 feet of snow. Reality check. Spring will be here in 3 months, not 3 days. Ugh. So, I am tired of snow. Tired of pictures of snow. Tired of winter.

YET! I could never get tired of my dear daughter getting dressed up on her daddy’s winter gear:

Could there be anything more totally cool? Uhh, no.

So, there ya have it.

What do you think is totally cool?