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Monday, May 26, 2014

Memorial Day fun

I took the boys out to Orange Leaf today, or The Leaf as we affectionately know it.  Alex has a gift card held over from Christmas that we still hadn't used and today was as good a day as any.  They had this hilarious sticker on the front door so Dante gave Alex a boost so that he could take a photo with this amazing specimen of a mustache.  I think it's a classic :)

We stayed home today instead of going over to my MIL's for a BBQ.  Aaron went, but I have a major homework assignment due tomorrow and I was still trying to start it, (so naturally I felt compelled to blog).  Aaron headed over late and would be staying late so that meant that Alex needed to stay home with me.  Dante went out to get into a pick-up game of basketball, so he stayed behind too.  It's a nasty gray day and Alex is struggling with some hyper-sensitivity, which isn't going over too well with Aaron today so it's probably for the best that we stayed here.

It's days like today when I get to take photos like this one, when I realize that I sneak lots of quality time in with my boys and I don't have to worry so much about family moments slipping through my fingers.  I'm very active in church so my children are too, and we spend a lot of time together as a family doing those things.  I also spend 90 extra minutes every morning with Dante, driving him to seminary and then to school.  I spend one-on-one time with Alex at night when I read to him at bedtime and when we watch cartoons together.  And I have so many photos from the last few summers and holidays that I can look back on.  I didn't know what they were at the time but now I realize that I manage to find time for my boys every day, and I don't need to grieve something that isn't here yet, and might not be as dire as it feels right now.  I think that talk I had with my mom yesterday helped me put it into perspective too.  My mom is a smart lady and I love her.

Meanwhile, I've started to do some things that I used to enjoy and I've tried to do less of some others that don't really bring me joy.  I was always very active on Ravelry but over the last few months I've hardly even checked in.  I also have an extensive blog roll that I would check every morning before starting my school work.  I haven't done that in months and months.  This weekend I went back to it and it felt a lot like going home.  It was bittersweet because on the one hand, I really missed it and I felt depressed over being away from something I loved for so long.  It was the sudden realization that I hadn't been doing as good of a job of sticking to the normal things as I thought I'd been doing that I found so upsetting.  On the other hand, I was back and it felt good.  I discovered a pattern book available for preorder that i really loved, and I used my Mother's Day gift card to pay for it (thank you Aaron!). 

The other thing that I did was give in and purchase the pattern for the POP Blanket.  It's unbelievably fast and addicting.  I've knit six squares in the last 24 hours.  It only takes about as long to knit one of these as it does to knit a hexipuff, but I need a heck of a lot less of these.  I love this so much!  It's definitely cheering me up and I feel so much more like myself today.  However, I see a second one of these in my future because I really want to have the white border and I don't have enough white Eco Wool so I'm using a taupe yarn I have on hand.  It's cool, but the effect is very different from the sample that I fell in love with.  I really don't want to buy a skein of yarn for this but it might come down to that.  I don't have enough of the white I got as the Vermont fiber festival, and I'm not sure if the Cascade 220 I have on hand is thick enough.  Maybe I'll knit a square with it and see how I like it.  Either way, this blanket is happening, and it's happening right now!

1 comment:

  1. After reading your last post, I was thinking of the thing they say about time with a baby: The days are long but the years are short. Same for this, probably. Glad you've got a little more perspective and are feeling better (or on the way to feeling better) about things. Your blanket squares look like geodes - so pretty.