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Texas was fun. It was a quick trip and we wished we could have stayed longer. The kids did pretty well on the flight over. They were preoccupied with our iPads (something they never get to play with otherwise) and all the terrible treats I had stored away in my bag…potato chips and swedish fish, anyone?

The majority of the photos were taken on our first morning in Houston. Gabe, his father, and his grandfather walked the kids around the horse pasture and let them climb over the farm equipment. Sam loved the tractor but Eddie was more interested in the garden hose attachment that she found underneath the tractor. Afterwards, Gary, Gabe’s father, took the kids for a ride on the riding lawnmower while the rest of us watched. The older gentlemen with the dog is Gabe’s grandfather, Howard. He is a WWII vet and such a sweet man. He and Sam really hit it off with one another and spent a lot of time together during our visit.

The farm has a man made pond stocked with fish and Sam, Gary and Gabe spent the rest of the morning trying to catch a fish, with no luck. That afternoon, we were visited by six step-sisters and one half-sister, plus husbands, significant others, and children. It was loud, chaotic and so much fun.

By the time we boarded our return flight for Washington a few days later, I think the kids were beyond exhausted. Sam was okay on the flight back. He was a little fussy but nothing we couldn’t handle. Eddie, on the other hand, acted like the devil incarnate. It was horrible. Non-stop temper tantrums, for four hours. The flight attendants were offering to hold her and when that didn’t work, they brought me a free vodka soda, which I thought was both funny (because obviously it wasn’t my imagination that Eddie was being a complete hellion) and sad (because I’m seven months pregnant and couldn’t drink it.) She spent the last two hours of the flight crying and whining in Gabe’s lap and after the plane landed, Gabe turned to me and said, “We are never, ever flying with children again.” There was an explicative or two in his statement that I am choosing to omit but I’m sure you can use your imagination and fill in the blanks.

We arrived home at 10:00pm than night and fell into bed. 36 hours later both kids had developed a high fever and runny noses and so we skipped all of our extra curricular activities and stayed home for the remainder of the week. While I felt badly for the children, it was nice to have an excuse to stay at the house and finish the unpacking and laundry.

Knitting was nonexistent this week. I didn’t knit a single stitch during our trip or for the next three days after we returned home. I am totally okay with that. After our trip I needed something mind numbing. While the kids were sniffling and napping on my lap, I spent my time curled on the couch with them reading a trashy romance novel.  (gasp!) 

I apologize for nothing.

I spent most of today finishing my hat and catching up on all my usual blogs. Its been fun. Like Netflix binging, but better. Looking forward to seeing what everyone’s been up to. I’ve missed you all!

Side note: thank you to everyone who offered suggestions for gender-neutral baby knits. My Ravelry queue doth over floweth. I can’t wait to cast on my first baby knit. 

My cup of tea sock(s)

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So I finished my first My Cup of Tea sock. Whew. That bad boy took some time. I almost cast on the second sock immediately after finishing the first but my fingers were cramping so badly from knitting on size 1 needles with fingering yarn that I decided I needed a break. I had quite a bit of leftover yarn from my Wellington Worksock Shawl so I chose to knit up a matching hat. I’m doing the Hillier Hearts Cap by the same designer. I think the colors are perfect for spring. I’m planning on adding a Pom Pom.  I’ve never made a Pom Pom before. Apparently they are all the rage now. I see them everywhere: knitted items, baby blankets, bunting for weddings and baby showers. I guess it’s hard not to like Pom poms.

We are flying to Texas this weekend to visit Gabe’s family. He has eight step-sisters. Eight. Step-sisters. More than half of them are married with multiple children. And I bet you thought the holidays with your relatives were crowded. Puts things in perspective doesn’t it? I’m looking forward to the trip. Gabe’s grandfather will be there; he is a WWII vet and has some amazing life stories. We only see him once every two years or so and I want the kids to soak up as much time with their great-grandfather as they possibly can.

I’m planning on taking my knitting with me although I don’t know how much I’ll actually accomplish. Next week’s Yarn Along may be rather uneventful.

Have a wonderful weekend everyone.

wednesday yarn along (and other things)

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*Joining Ginny and Nicole.

(Random piece of information: As I type, there is a fly in my office that is buzzing around my head and it is driving me insane. I just tried to whack it with an old knitting magazine and I almost fell out of my chair because my balance is horrible. Now I’m just giving it the death stare. I’ll get you, you little fly. You’ll see.)

Finally, photos of my Wellington Worksock Shawl! This is my second test knit that I did for the designer, Sam Lamb, and as usual, she did not disappoint. The shawl is a fast knit (even faster if you don’t have two small children, I would imagine), and it’s a perfect project to have on hand for binging on Netflix or knitting on the go while you wait at the doctor’s office, visit friends, etc.. I used Cascade 220 and Cascade 220 Heather. It is the same yarn I used for her Hillier Hearts Cap and I am becoming a big fan of this yarn. It really is a workhorse of a yarn: soft, warm and durable. Perfect for knits that are frequently worn around the homestead during the colder months.

Speaking of the Hillier Hearts Cap, I had my friend Kimber model the hat after she finished modeling the shawl. She is one of the moms in my preschool coop and she is five months pregnant with her fifth child! They are expecting a little girl in June, something that is much deserved after having four little rambunctious boys back to back.

I encourage everyone to check out these designs on Ravelry. You won’t be disappointed. They are so much fun!

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