Stormy Skies

We’ve been a little cooped up today because of the rain. When we picked up Daniel from school it wasn’t raining so I told Sarah she could play on the monkey bars. We were out there for about 5 minutes when the skies opened up without warning. Some parents you could see were a bit flustered getting caught in a downpour but I thought it was thrilling and just embraced the moment. We got back to the car absolutely soaked through but we all had huge smiles on our faces. Now we’re dry, warm, and eating popcorn. I’d say a pretty nice way to end the week. Happy weekend!

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P.S. Thank you Smitten Kitchen for this morning bread pudding with salted caramel recipe. I’ll be baking this all for myself Sunday morning. Good thing I’m doing a spin class with my neighbor tomorrow morning.

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Wacky Socks

This post is a day late, but honestly the skies were so dark all day yesterday, I didn’t even try to get a decent picture. Next week at school the kids are celebrating Dr. Seuss’s birthday and on Tuesday the kindergarteners get to wear wacky socks. I thought it would be a good opportunity to use up some leftover bits of worsted yarn. So indeed these socks are turning out quite wild.  The color combination is a bit much for my taste, but for a 5 year old they are “super duper wacky.” I’m trying a new technique, the afterthought heel. In a nutshell you fallow a regular top down sock pattern and when you get to the heel area you knit half the stitches in waste yarn and continue working. Then you go back to the waste yarn and essentially make another toe as the heel. I’m not a big sock knitter mostly for the heel issue, but this technique is amazingly simple and there are some good tutorials out there.

I stayed up late last night finishing The Weird Sisters and I’m moving onto The Marriage Plot. It’s nice getting out of my British historical fiction rut, but have no fear, Susan Kay Penman’s second book from the King Richard the Lionheart series comes out this Tuesday.

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I’ve linked up to Small Things Yarn Along.

Keep Calm Craft On

I’ve had a special collection of fabric for quite some time now, too precious to cut into without a great project in mind. Briar Rose by Heather Ross. So while drinking my coffee this morning I found Sister’s Ten Modern BOM and I knew this would be the perfect project for this bundle of fabric. Now, I know this block of the month was for 2013 and it’s already the end of February. I’m a little late to the party, but that’s okay. I have a rainy, kid free weekend ahead of me. I’m excited to dig in. Hopefully by this time next week I’ll have some finished blocks to show you.

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I’ve linked up with Frontier Dream’s Keep Calm Craft On {crafting on}.  Head on over to see what other’s are busy with this week.

Happy Birthday Mom

It’s my mom’s birthday and while we won’t be able to celebrate with her today, she has always celebrated a birthday month. In the next couple weeks I’ll be taking her out to dinner, just the two of us. I’m looking forward to it! Happy birthday Mom…

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If Everyday Could Be Sunday

I wish everyday could be Sunday. When Tim and I were married, even early on and just dating, there was always something special about Sundays. If I remember correctly we actually read the paper in bed! Those days are long gone, but the Maloney family tradition of Sundays being sacred, not to be messed with days, still carries on. The weather yet again (and sorry to my snow covered friends) has been beautiful so we basically spent the day in the backyard reading, playing with Legos, and of course enjoying the antics on the chickens. The chickens will do anything to now get in the house to sample a little dog food. Poor things, if they only realized what they were eating. The dog came in just in time to stop the all out gorge. And why yes, that is vintage Pyrex I use as dog bowls.

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We also got out in the late afternoon for a quick trip to a local hiking trail. It was a perfect ending to a beautiful day. I hope you all had a lovely weekend.

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Signs of Spring

We’ve had a very mild winter with not a lot of rain. My poor yard is showing the wear and tear of very dry year. The yard had been re-landscaped in the mid 90’s and I cringe when I have to admit that was 20 years ago. When we moved here 7 years ago everything was so lush and mostly planted with native or at least drought tolerant plants (minus the lawn, of course). Maybe we haven’t been the best gardeners or maybe things have just run their course, but everything just looks brown and blah. I have grand ideas for my yard, but I don’t really have the knowledge or skills to do it myself and I definitely don’t have the money to hire a designer. So for now it is what it is. But as I was sitting on the deck yesterday enjoying the warm winter sun, I noticed spots of fresh green here and there, and realized spring is on it’s way. And just maybe there is hope.

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It Was a Four Day Celebration

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Daniel’s birthday yesterday was the last day of a four day celebration. We should all be so lucky! In the past year Daniel has become a fan of Star Wars. For the most part I have been spared this new obsession and he watched all the movies at his dad’s house. But on Saturday we took him to the Tech Museum in San Jose for the Star Wars exhibition. He was thrilled and even I thought it was pretty amazing to see the models, costumes, and learn about the technology used in the movies. The kids even had the chance to drive a hovercraft and built their own R2-D2. We all had a great time and that’s a museum we need to visit again.

On Sunday the celebration moved to Tim’s house. I heard it was a great time, ice cream cake and all. Monday was another day off from school so we went up to Sonoma to visit my mom and of course eat some more ice cream. It was a relaxing afternoon spent playing in the plaza and enjoying the spring like weather.  And if that wasn’t enough celebrating, on his actually birthday we went out for pizza and back home for more birthday cake. Daniel had long outgrown his bike (now to be Sarah’s) so his present from us was a new bike. He looks great on it and is stoked at how much faster he can now ride. All in all, we had a wonderful time showering our love onto this amazing kid.

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Eight!

Daniel turned 8 today! I guess I must do this every year…looking at old photos, feeling a little sad about the years gone by and all that we’ve been through. But then I see his beautiful smile and the light that radiates from his face and I am so proud of him. And I can’t wait to experience all that 8 has in store for us. Happy Birthday Daniel!

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And who doesn’t love a little walk down memory lane…

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