Wednesday, April 15, 2015

On Real Mom Confessions

I am linking up with Anna at Girl with Blog and her Mom Confessionals.

I have zero problems getting our laundry washed. In fact I actually like doing laundry and I love having clean laundry. But for one reason or another there is some type of great chasm between getting the laundry out of the basket and put away in it's proper drawer, this week, our clean laundry remained in our laundry basket in our closet while the dirty stuff piled up around it. So we pulled our clothes out of the basket in hopes it wasn't too wrinkly to wear and dumped our clothes at the end of each day in the middle of the floor - the baskets were occupied with the clean stuff.

Our kitchen space has looked like a disaster zone all week. The kitchen table is littered with the vcr and old vhs tapes (I am in the process of transferring all of my mom's old vhs tapes to dvds and digital files), our kitchen island is the catch all for everything, and the kitchen counters I am not even going to discuss. Traditionally, Saturday we opt to go through and clean these off and get them all cleared and ready to go - however this last Saturday we opted to clean out our space under the stairs (we did manage to get rid of 2/3 of our stuff under there) but the kitchen is a disaster as a result. There are only so many hours in the day and so many days. Someday our island, kitchen table, and kitchen counters will be cleaned off again and we won't have to press stuff to the side in order to eat dinner again. Under the steps looks AMAZING and it is totally freeing to have gotten rid of that stuff.

This week  I am embracing the victory of a clean storage room. Forget the rest of the house - some weeks only have time for one success but at least there is one. The baby is still getting up several times a night - some day we will sleep again, someday maybe I will have the energy to do more than just the space under the steps. Until then - I shall continue to take copious amounts of pictures and videos and eat oreos after Lucy goes to bed,  in hopes that I remember these days.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Things on my hook

This month with the weather FINALLY improving, I have spent a TON less time sitting inside crocheting and things however, I have actually still been working on things. Mom's blanket is coming along slowly but surely, I refuse to let this one fall to the wayside again. I want to be able to cross it off my to-do list and consider it done.

I also have been working a bit on a doll for Lucy's first birthday {July 2} however, I know that summer will be nuts and I won't have a ton of time to crochet once summer starts, so I wanted to get a good head start on it. It is turning out to be a bit bigger than I anticipated because I am using a cotton yarn and the pattern was written for a very thin yarn. I actually think it will be a fun size when it is finished.

I made another sunhat for a dear friend of mine's daughter. Since finding the pattern I have been aching to make a billion of these hats, not only are they easy but they are so fun to make. I love working with cotton yarn. I LOVE this pattern. It is the Easy Sunhat for Him or Her by Mamachee - I love how easy this hat is to make, how cute it turns out and how incredibly versatile it is. The hat really does look cute for a tiny baby (Lucy has one), a toddler, and even all the way up to an adult hat. This hat in my opinion, depending on what colors you choose, works for both males and females, there aren't a ton of hats that I think work so well for both genders and all ages.

off to a set of sisters

I think so far this month I have made 13 of these sunhats all with different color combinations and sizes. I am ready for another project. Time to test my skills with something completely different. I do have my eyes on a dress or a sweater for Lucy that I found ravelry. I love ravelry, I love free patterns. I love that my yarn stash is 100% under control (for now at least). I do also have another giraffe being worked up, both legs are done and now I am onto the body and arms. The giraffe pattern is so simple, I never thought I would enjoy doing this type of work but for one reason or anther once I started to figure out how to do it - I fell in love. 

We leave for vacation this coming week and it is the great debate as to which yarn projects I pack. I thought about not packing any but I know for sure I will regret that decision. I think it will be mom's blanket squares that comes along because that doesn't require multiple yarns or patterns.

Are you making anything fun currently?

Saturday, April 11, 2015

4 Years Old

Oh my dearest Dakota,
   I can't hardly believe that you are four years old! This year your world was ROCKED with the arrival of Lucy, who you love and adore. You still love to be right next to Lucy at every opportunity. You are SOOOOOOOOOO incredibly patient with Lucy as she gets right up next to you and gets right near you. You adore her too, you follow her around the house and lay right next to her when she is on the floor. You particularly love that she is beginning to eat food and in turn drop food on the floor which you quickly inhale.
The Morris Animal Foundation's Golden Retriever Lifetime Study is now full! You are one of the 3,000 dogs enrolled. I am thankful that you are playing your roll in the benefit of golden retrievers all around the world and for years to come. You LOVE going to the vet, I think because you like to see the other dogs and love your vet and vet techs. Thank you for giving of yourself for the sake of the golden retriever breed.
You continue to be a people lover. You love to be around people, to be pet by people and particularly LOVE kids. Your tail wags and wags and wags some more when we are around people. Your best friends are Duncan (another Lifetime study hero) and Echo (both golden retrievers), and Nala (your cousin if you could call it so).

  Your favorite humans are Marc, Lucy, me, KT, JT, and Vicki. You love to be with us and while you always start out the night sleeping on the floor - sometime early in the morning you always crawl up on Marc's side of the bed and snuggle in. Once we bring Lucy into bed before we get moving in the morning you crawl right up next to her and she rubs her hand all over your face and slightly tugs on your ears.

  You love to go on runs with Marc and I and you love to explore in the state park behind our house. In the summer months you love to swim in the lake and alongside our kayaks. If you can be outside that is definitely your favorite. You also do well when we go camping - you love the chance to just be outside as often as possible.
  You truly are a gift to our family and we wouldn't be the same without you. Love you!

Friday, April 10, 2015


Easter was SO MUCH FUN.
My mom came up Thursday.
Marc's mom and my dad came up Friday.
Lucy was in heaven.
SOOO many people to love on her.

Grandma, Lucy, & Grandpa
2nd Annual Easter hike through Crow Wing State Park
You can't go wrong with snuggles from Grandma while napping

Thursday, April 9, 2015


Marc and I have birthdays two days apart on the calendar - April 3 & 5. Further to be complicated by the fact that this year those dates fell on Good Friday and Easter. Which I suppose if you aren't working for a church, or your wife isn't working for a church it is probably pretty fun dates to have your birthday on. These days/weeks are pretty chaotic. However, for us not so much. We did manage to squeeze in a little bit of celebrating in the midst of the madness - here's to next year when our birthdays aren't during holy week.

Friday after worship we did go out for Marc's birthday, we went to a great wood fire pizza place here in town and then over to Cold Stone for ice cream. Marc's mom and my mom were both in town already and were able to join us for the fun. Marc picked both places to celebrate. Cold Stone even gave him free ice cream, technically I think you are suppose to print off a coupon online or something to get free ice cream but this woman was just nice and gave it to him.

My birthday I was at church from about 5:40 am till about 1:00pm and I was EXHAUSTED afterwards. Marc and my dad had picked up a Dairy Queen peanut butter cup blizzard cake for my birthday. After we had Easter dinner we had blizzard cake for dessert. YUM.

Marc did squeeze away Sunday night to go and see Fast and the Furious 7 with a couple friends - he was anxiously awaiting the movie but with the chaos of the weekend he wasn't able to escape until Sunday night.

We had fun. We celebrated a little bit and rejoiced that we survived Holy Week. Here's to another trip around the sun.

What is your favorite kind of birthday cake?

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

On Real Mom Confessions

I am linking up with Anna at Girl with Blog for Real Mom Confessions.

This past week my daughter turned 9 months old. I remembered to take her 9 month pictures because some woman in Target asked how old she was, which in turn forced me to realize that another month is under our belt. {It was holy week, church is nuts, Lucy managed to get a double ear infection again last week} The pictures were taken - although I didn't actually pull out my real camera, thank God for the iPhone and it's camera which takes decent pictures.

It was Easter last week and as a pastor I didn't care one iota what Lucy wore or my daughter worn to church. My mother is a saint, she not only got Lucy a new {and ridiculously cute} outfit, she got her dressed on Easter morning and to church. It wasn't pink {why are all little girls dresses pink} and it can be worn again on other occasions. We also got her nothing for Easter {she's nine months for Pete's sake}, my parents successfully also brought an Easter basket of goodies: books and clothes.

I LOVE Easter left overs and am rejoicing that I don't have to think about meal planning this week as we are feasting on cheesy potatoes, ham, corn, and other Easter delicacies. I intend on rocking these as long as possible. #thanksforcookingmom

My daughter is wearing her pjs to daycare today because I had zero desire to go ALL THE WAY
{really just one flight} downstairs to find her some clean clothes to put together some type of an outfit. There were clean pjs sitting in the drawer. {Really I am just jealous I can't wear sweatpants or pj pants every day to work}

I am off on vacation in just over a week and it can't come soon enough - I sort of feel like I am phoning it in - while attempting to get tons done.

9 Months

Lucy has now officially been out in the world longer than she was growing inside of me (born at 33 weeks) which is something that boggles my mind.

Lucy is currently wearing 6 months clothes and some 6 to 9 month clothes and a few 9 month outfits. If an outfit has feet it definitely needs to be 6 to 9 month or 9 month. With that being said she also has 0 to 3 month onesies that fit her. She still doesn't have any teeth, I keep thinking that any moment now one is going to pop through as she is drooling a river and chewing on anything and everything she can get her hands on.

Lucy weighed in at 13 pounds and 8 ounces a week ago. She is 27.5 inches long. She is still below the first percentile for weight but is up in the 38 percentile for length. WHOOOP WHOOP for moving up on the chart. Now to get her weight on the chart.

Lucy CAN ROLL now form her back to her belly. I know way behind the normal schedule but she did it the other night, it was totally random. We all were laying on the floor and she just started rolling around as if she has been doing it for months. She successfully rolls into things now and comes home with all sorts of bumps and bruises from daycare as she is attempting to keep up with the other kids and rolls into anything and everything.

Lucy's primary form of movement is she still reverse worms, she lays on her back and then moves her feet here and there and can move like it is nobody's business.  She isn't crawling and has no interest in crawling when she can reverse worm so well. She is able to cruise on her back. She is however starting, just barely to show perhaps some interest in crawling, we'll see though. I am more convinced she will just take off in a run one of these days.

Lucy LOVES to eat real food, we really haven't bought any baby food, the only "baby food" she has gotten are things that I have pureed up myself from food that we are eating: sweet potato, strawberries, blue berries, bananas, carrots, etc.

Lucy also loves to hear her own voice, she isn't speaking any words yet, but she is babbling like it is no body's business, particularly in the car or during the quiet moments at church {which I find funny but her dad, who is with her during church finds it less amusing}. She loves to be outside whenever possible. She is ridiculously happy when we are out walking, hiking, going for a run, or even just going into stores.

3/4 a year old!
My heart burst with joy and love for her.