Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Pictures will tell my story

Yes, it's been a while. I don't even remember what I talked about last and I can't be arsed to go back and read it, so, here are some pictures

Margaret started at a Montessori school in March. The primary classes are for kids who are three, but luckily they have a class for younger children, too. During the spring and summer she was in the Stepping Stones I class from 1-3pm (two and then three days a week). Now she's in Stepping Stones II which is from 8:30-12:30. She eats lunch there and then comes home to take a nap. She LOVES it.

During the spring, Margaret figured out how to pedal her tricycle, but she's a little tall for it (not that she's stopped riding it). So, I got her a Strider bike. It's amazing how quickly they can pick it up. She gets going so fast and loves picking up her feet to coast along.

We went to California to visit my parents in July. The following are pictures from the trip.

Blowing bubbles in the backyard with "Baba Lynn".

Checking out the flamingos at the zoo.

Checking out a sea snail at Irish Beach. She seems to be really tactile and wanted to touch everything from the dead crab we found to every anemone ever created. She was a little unsure of the ocean the first time we went down to the beach, but had a lot of fun by the end.

This was the last day at the beach, it was the coldest.

With "Baba Lynn" and "Baba Brian".

Back in the valley it was much warmer and a couple of friends invited us to swim in their pools. She loved it. We're now taking swimming lessons through the park district (indoor pool, since it's getting to be fall).

She's a ham and likes to make "silly faces".

Here is the closest I have to a before of our front door and porch area. It is also a before of our garage door. The garage door and opener were replaced in February, the door is now white.

After: We ripped out the box shrubs which were looking pretty punk and put in Everlow yews. We also added the railing and the bench. And of course, the crowing glory is a door that is not mostly bare metal with a little green paint left after it bubbled and broke and then was scraped. Next summer I'll add some large pots with some plants to soften the look of the porch, but in the meantime, I am so please with the improvement.

The Knitting (details on my Ravelry page):

Back of a shrug I made for Margaret.

Dorky me, but cute sweater. I've been wearing this one quite a bit.

This picture does no justice to the color, which is a beautiful natural brown, not at all grey like it seems. Anyway, I actually wore this recently, too. I love the cool mornings we've been having.

Here's a vest/shrug I'll be able to wear once I can close it over my chest. I am looking forward to that day because it is soft and squishy and will be nice and warm.

Last, but not least (except in size). Baby booties for the new one coming. Did I mention I was pregnant? Having another girl :) Chicago area yarn stores had a yarn crawl recently (shop hop) and Margaret and I went to 17 stores. We had a great time and I picked up this yarn at Nina's on Division Street.

I've got lots on the needles (and one on a hook), but that's more than enough pictures for now, I'll let your eyes rest until I have something finished to show you... which, I will try to do before the new baby comes at the beginning of December.


Anonymous said...

Yay for Margaret pictures! Oh and the knitting and the porch ones are good, but I'm sure you know it's mostly about M now, right? :D

Sue said...

Ooh how nice to see you back blogging. Love the knitting and your holiday looks so nice and warm. I do keep up with you on facebook but I dont know how I missed that you were expecting another baby girl! Congratulations!

Sharon said...

Looks like Margaret is having a great time in school :-) Congratulations on your baby news too. Lovely to see an update from you.

YogaNan knits, too... said...

quick comment, but just to say hey, hi, love you all, so glad to see photos, and the baby leaves is done & blocked--must meet up soon to gift it to you! Oh, and you must read 'the tower, the zoo & the tortoise'---loved loved loved it...

Lauren said...

Yay for the return to blogging! I love reading your posts.

Ann Lee said...

Those are sooo cute.