Monday, April 7, 2008

Back from Arkansas

I didn't get as much looming/crocheting done as I had planned, but there are about 4 1/2 preemie hats finished. :D
My mom is now 50 years old. LOL! And my 26th b-day is in less than a month (May 2nd). The kids had tons of fun playing with their cousin, Baby Dylan, and Dylan's big brother (my sis's stepson) Kenny. They wrestled with my little brother as well. Got lots of MeMe and PawPaw time in. But neither slept very well. Lady Tru barely slept. :( Now the kids and I are a little runny nosed and stuff, but I figure that while we were gone over the weekend, something pollen-wise must have happened here. No biggie.
Since it would take forever to post all of my pics, I will try to post a few here and there, but for now let's do some random nature shots (I am one of the worst at seeing something and jerking out my camera to take a pic....just 'cause I can!) and a few of my parents with the kids.

The sun finally peeks through the clouds at almost sunset. Arkansas has had a rough last few weeks with flooding and storms. Good thing my parents live in the foothills of the Ozark Mountain range and on top of a hill. :D

One of my favorites b/c you don't catch my dad that often in a pic, let alone with Sir Thade and Lady Tru. :D

Mountains in the distance (don't laugh! I know that the Rockies and the Smokies are much larger! I know.....)

Nemisis and little Gandolph. Nemi will play fetch with a ball or frisbee until she literally falls down from exhaustion. :D Poor Gandolph couldn't get a chance to fetch, even if his mouth was big enough for the ball, so he just chased her everywhere. LOL!

I love this pic of Sir Thade standing by a tree. He was watching the little frogs jump into the water. :D

Kenny and Lady Tru sitting together.

A redbud tree blooming. :) Random pic, I know.

Beautiful sunset pic from Saturday evening. :D

The bonfire that my dad made for the kids on Saturday evening.

My Mama and the boys. :D

Me and my Princess....looking for froggies to kiss and turn into princes. LOL!

And are pics of my bootie from Bethany's bootie class given last week! I bought some prettier yarn to use on the next one. Couldn't find the wool needle that Bethany suggested, but I will continue on that search! :D I really had fun making this bootie. It was challenging, as well. And challenges are always good. I learned some new stuff and she designed them in such a way, I don't think I would have ever been able to do myself. :) Bethany gets 5 gold stars from me! :D I can't wait to see what her next class is gonna be. :D

Next week will start Jenny's afghan block class, then the following week will be mine. :) I still have people thanking me for the last session. Feel good to be appreciated. My mom is very proud of me. And that makes it that much better, you know.
In case any of you missed my post on the 'Loomer's Break Room', I am very proud of both of my parents. I would have expected my dad to say something like I was cheating by using a loom instead of needles to knit, but he never did. He was watching me pull down the fabric from the inside of my Kiss Loom and asked me, "Whatca' makin'? A sock?" I looked at him thoughtfully and said, "No, it is a preemie hat. But I am very proud of you for figuring out that I could make socks on the loom." He turned around and said that it just looked like a tube sock and he figured they would be pretty easy to make and I tried to point out that if he looked very closely at his socks he would see the seem for the turned heel on it and that it really wasn't that easy, but it is doable. I was still so happy to have had a conversation like that with him. However small. Then my mom got home from work and she and I were talking to my sis' stepson, Kenny. He is 2 and at that stage of pointing and questioning a lot. I was telling him stuff like 'yarn', 'loom', 'hat', etc. He looked at my mom and pointed to my loom and said, "ooom". She said, "Yes, Kenny. Robin is knitting." This was coming from a former needle knitter and crocheter. Those two instances just made my whole weekend. :D
Well, I will leave ya'll with that for now. :) I missed everyone so much! LOL!

Preemie hats from last quarter. I think that is 14 loomed hats and 8 crocheted.

PLEASE NOTE: One of my best friends is walking in the March for Babies and needs sponsor money! You can find a badge on the top of my right side bar so that you can help me sponsor her. I ask that you donate anything you can...though I gave $5. I remember when her little niece was born at 23 weeks and had a congenital heart defect on top of the premature birth. Everyone was praying for her and it was all very scary. That was about 2 years ago and Amanda is now a very strong and active little girl! One of my motivations to make preemie items, for sure. :D

4 comments:

Bethany @ Gettin' It Pegged! said...

Wow! What a nice long post...love those! :) You look like you had a lot of fun on your trip. I'm so glad you enjoyed the booties!
I just finished (so late, I know!) your first afghan square yesterday, and I read the next is starting next week, and I went Ahhhh! So soon! LOL! Just cause I'm so late! ;)
Bethany~

cre8tivkj said...

Lovely pictures. It is always so nice to stop by to visit with a friend. We all missed you too :D It looks like it was very nice and warm there (can you detect a note of jealousy?) I sat the bootie class out since I have a big project I am designing on my efg loom right now for my mom for mother's day. Have a great day.

jpirkle said...

I'm glad you weren't caught up in that heavy rain and flooding. I thought of you when I kept hearing the weather. Your mom and dad look so YOUNG!! Are you sure she is 50? Lady Tru looked like she was having a blast. I remember doing that with my boys at Grandpas and fishing. Just don't lose one by the pond. We lost my youngest and a mountain lion was loose, when he was 18 months. Luckily he just wandered into a pile of mattresses and fell asleep.We thought he fell in the pond. We were having a family reunion with 10 adults and 16 kids under 5-whew! Those were the days.

guppygirl said...

Hi Robin :) I loved all the pictures. The red bud tree and bonfire were my favorite nature shots. The kids looked adorable. I agree with Jeannette - your parents do look really young. I especially thought that when I saw your Dad. It was fun reading about your weekend. Talk to you soon :)