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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.

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 😉
csc11.19csc11.22csc11.7DSC_0018(It was sooooo cold that day!)

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:

And since I spent a day with my little 5th grader, why not spend one with my kindergartener, too?


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:

DS in some funky glasses:

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


craft show & goodwill

Saturday, I had another craft show. It was busy, but slow for me. If that made sense. The lady next to me, with her knock off Coach & Gucci purses, made a killing. I sold 2 fingerless mitts, a pumpkin hat, two pixie adult hats, and I got a custom order for a newborn baby set. Not too bad, but I spent all of my profit on some alpaca wool at a different booth. Ack, I am such a yarn freak! Here’s my blurry shot of my booth:


I learned a bunch this past weekend. Mainly,
1. Get up, don’t knit, talk to the peeps. They’ll buy more!!
2. Try & focus your efforts on 3 things. Having too many different items is overwhelming. I think I’ll keep diversity in my shop, but for shows, I’ll focus on streamlining.

Oh. And I was thinking, ‘everyone knits.’ Right? So, I think it’s high time I started to learn how to spin & hand dye. And also, I need to get all of my patterns written down. I’ve started taking photos of complicated things I do, so I am getting there….


Today, I went shopping at Goodwill. I love Goodwill. I haven’t had me a good trip to the Goodwill in a while though. I decided I have enough vintage sheets – and anyway, they’re starting to charge 5.99 and upwards for them – so I made a bee line for the dresses. And wouldn’tyaknowit, I ran into someone I knew. So, we gabbed and gabbed and gabbed some more. All gossip about the school system. See, once you become a parent, that’s just what happens. You gab and gossip about the whats and whys and doings of the school system, because you pay taxes and your kids go there doggonit, so you’ve got a say. RIGHT? Right. Anyway, the conversation got me all charged and ultimately gave me some good Goodwill juju.

I ended up with a Bitter coat (by SJP – that line is no longer available, so this was a major FIND!!), Gap jeans, and a Target sweater. All for under 20 dollahs. So, here I am modeling it for ya:


Tomorrow, I take the test for the city clerk position. I am so nervous!! I went to the library and got books on grammar. I’ve taken the sample tests and it isn’t looking good. I’m just not a test person. I panic. I sweat. My hands get a clammy and my mind goes blank. So, wish me luck for tomorrow.

❤ mommarocks

circle of life

Today, my daughter told me that ‘when something dies, it is the circle of life.’ And I thought that was a good lesson. I asked her where she heard it, if it was from Lion King, and she said she heard it on “Shake it Up” (a preteenish kind of show on Disney). She’s growing up too fast.

So, life lesson #2: TV isn’t THAT bad, is it?

By the way, she told me this when we were in the waiting room at the pharmacy. Turns out she has strep. Great. I swear, if the other kid gets it, too, I’m gonna…I’m gonna go after that strep and strangle it.

Have a good weekend, y’all. Tomorrow, I have another craft show. So, wish me luck!

A post wouldn’t be the same without a photo, so here’s one to make ya giggle:


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.


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.

A sad, sad story.

I was driving down a pretty busy road – not a highway by any means, but a main vessel in my city – when I saw a car on the other side hit a dog. The driver kept on driving and the owner of that dog, approximately a 10-12 year old boy, attempted to stop traffic so he could get his dog. He was screaming and crying and flailing his arms to stop the traffic that kept on passing by. I was on the other side of the road, but seeing that no one was stopping to help, I halted my own car and jumped out to help the boy and his dog. I was aghast that people could keep on going by! It was a horrifying sight.

As traffic kept on going, even with my car in the middle of my lane (and the hit dog in the middle of the other), I tried to calm the boy. I pet the dog, trying to figure out a way to move him out of the road. He was a larger dog and I was afraid he would bite. His leg had been hit. I could see everything below what would’ve been his fur. Vessels and blood and muscle – all bare. But I thought he would be okay. It was just his leg. So, I pet the dog and told the boy, “don’t worry, he will live. It’s okay.” I thought that would calm him down. Then suddenly there was another lady there, taking charge. She handed me her phone and the little boy (frantic all the while) told me his mom’s phone number. After several tries, his mother would not answer. Then, another man came. This time, a foreign man with an accent. He said, “I hit the dog, it was so fast. I am so sorry.” At first, I wanted to beat him up, but then resolved to the fact that he did indeed come back and so he at least had to have some decency.

I thought things were out of my hands at that point, so I left in my car and called the police. I gave the police my name and number. And wouldn’t you know it, the police called that evening. They said the man who hit the dog left before the police got there and didn’t leave his information behind so they were just calling to get the facts of the event. I told the officer everything I knew, even how disappointed I was that drivers kept on driving by and how they just drove around a hit dog and his owner, just a small boy. Then, I asked how the dog was. And he said it did not make it. So, I am left with the visions of a distraught little boy and the lie that I told him.

As I lay down to sleep last night, after I had tried to exhaust my brain and thoughts with reading, I had to sing to myself ‘lalalalalalalalalalalala’ every time the picture of the dog with the open wounded leg or the little boy screaming in the street or the man with the accent saying he did it popped into my mind. ‘lalalalalalalalalalala.’ Those sad, sad thoughts & visions will be with me forever.

The worst of it is that I am so saddened for that little boy, the grief he felt that night and will feel for the rest of his life, feeling responsible for his dog’s death, I am sure, but I can’t stop thinking that my kids, too, will probably at some point in their lives be stricken with some sort of grief. Maybe just a dog being hit by a car, or maybe worse. And there is absolutely nothing I can do about that. That powerlessness scares me. I have no idea what the future holds or the things my kids will be faced with, happy or sad. I can only pray & pray & pray that they have mostly happy lives.

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.
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.
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.
I’ve put some new things in my shop. Stop by if you’d like.

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