Tuesday, August 31, 2010

100th post!

WOW! Hard to imagine but THIS is my 100th post! When I first started this I thought it would take me MUCH longer to get to this point. I really had no idea that I'd have as much to write about as I have. And I NEVER thought I'd actually have people follow my blog! That is still pretty amazing to me. I mean, a few of you I've never even met and yet, you stop by and read what I have to say. That has been so special to me! So, to my friends, those I know personally and those I've gotten to know through the blogs... Thank you SO very much!

I actually had no idea that this would be my 100th post. So when I decided to write something today I had something TOTALLY different in mind for a subject. And now, I'll be writing about that tomorrow.

For today... I am going to be giving something away. I have been thinking long and hard (okay, so it was actually only about 10 minutes of "hard" thinking....) about what I could do to celebrate my 100th post. What could I do that would help commemorate my special post, and I decided I'd give something away. And that something is.....

Knitting Needles!

I believe I showed you all a couple of knitting needles that I had been playing around with using beads to "pretty" them up. Well, I decided that I was going to make a few more in needle sizes #4, #6, #8, #10 and #12. These will be 11 inches of straight, bamboo needles. I will choose 5 winners, one for each size. So, this is what you'll need to do. I"m going to keep this SUPER simple because I'm not very computer savvy! Write a comment for this post and include what size you'd be interested in winning! Actually, I should probably add, you may want to include a second size as well. I don't have many followers so those of you who do comment may end up getting more than one! YAY! ;-)

So there you go. My 100th post! Celebrate with me and join in on the fun! And by the way, I will close this on midnight Thursday and I'll post the winners on Friday! Thanks so much for visiting me and I hope that somehow I've helped you at one time or another. Or at the very least, put a smile on your face! ;-) Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Having a grandchild...

It makes you really think about your life. The past... the here and now... the future. It really hit home that we are grandparents when I saw my honey hold our little grandson for the first time.

He looked at this little guy like he was looking at a miracle. I could tell he couldn't even say a word because there just weren't any words to say.

Then he looked up at our son and daughter-in-law and smiled such a happy smile! It still makes me a little watery-eyed every time I look at these pictures. I remember the look he had when he first laid eyes on our son. (Honest I do!) He did not have that same look at all. He had a combination of joy and fear! He was happy but scared as well, we were so young. All that responsibility of raising a child, and everything that goes with it. But with this grandbaby... we get to enjoy the wonder, the fun and joy of seeing this little one grow and develop, without all the added pressure of teaching him everything he needs to know in life. His parents get to have that job and we get to just enjoy being with him and showing him how to see the little things that life has to offer.

And it all makes me think about what we've accomplished in our lives. Our kids and how they've turned out. I must say, we are quite proud of our two! Our son has become a responsible and caring man, has a career in the Army that he enjoys, he has a wife that adores him and a son that is the shining star in all our eye's! Our daughter is everything we could ever have hoped for. She is a strong woman with goals that she constantly reaches. She is smart and funny and beautiful! And she has found a good man that loves her dearly and makes her happy. Both of our kids are healthy and whole and have wonderful futures to look forward to and partners to share it all with. What more could we, as parents, ask for them?

The here and now for us is really good. We both have our health, we have each other, a loving family, wonderful home and great friends!

As for our future... it looks bright and full of more promises! I'm a happy, contented person and I am SO okay with being a Nana! I am going to enjoy this new chapter in my life. And I am going to enjoy watching my honey in his new role as granddaddy! ;-)

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Too big...

So, I am finally getting to blogging again since my return. I left my honey at home for a few weeks (alone) so when we got back home... Well, let's just say, there were some chores I needed (felt compelled) to take care of. I'm not saying he was a slob or anything like that. But, those little things like dusting and vacuuming on a regular basis, well, it's difficult to do when you are working more hours than usual, outside the home. Poor guy was tired and still had to take care of feeding himself and the cat! As well as trying not to let the garden and potted plants die from lack of water! So.... I've managed to get the house back into shape, of sorts and found places to put all the new items from my parents (they gave me my grandmothers wedding kimono and my aunts wedding kimono and there are LOTS of pieces that go to those items that I have yet to figure out!).

I've also downloaded (uploaded?) photo's from my honey's camera and wanted to show you what i made while I was in WA. waiting for little monkey to show up. Now... don't laugh too hard!

This is a little baby, kimono style sweater that I actually started there and finished! Unfortunately... the little monkey wasn't so little! I followed the pattern exactly and our little monkey was too big from the git-go!

And this little hat... It was SO CUTE in the book! The little rim is supposed to be rolled up about a half an inch. But not on our little monkey! So, this poor little guy wasn't able to wear anything except the little booties that his old nana made for him! And I didn't even get a picture of him in those!

Ah well. Nana is going to have to work on sizing items better (I actually swatched this). Of course, I'm going to use the excuse that the little guy wasn't as little as he should have been. And these things were made before he was born.... So now the pressure is on to make something that he can actually wear (comfortably) for more than one minute! ;-)

In a few days (after I've made a few more doilies for my baby girl) I'll begin working on a sweater that is sized to fit a 2-T. Maybe the little monkey will be able to wear it in December! ;)

So, on that note, I'll leave you with one of my favorite photo's of our first born and his little monkey!

Ya'll have a great weekend and I'll talk to you soon!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

And then there were three....

Hello everyone! I hope you all have been having a wonderful summer. It's been hot as blazes nearly all across the country. But I must admit to not having to deal with that on most days. It was relatively cool in Washington. And thank goodness for that since the kids don't have air conditioning! I spent the last nearly four weeks in Federal Way, Washington. Enjoying time with our son and dilly-girl aaaaaaaand time with our new grandbaby! For those of you who don't know (because I didn't ever blog during my time with them) the kids had a beautiful and healthy little boy on Aug. 3, 2010 at 6:04 p.m. He weighted 8lbs. 9.5 oz. and was 20 1/2 inches long
Doesn't he look like one of those glowworm toys? And he is so cute for just having been born! Mother, daddy and baby all doing well. In fact, they are doing really well because they survived not only having a baby but also entertaining a house full of people in a matter of days after having had little Aidan!

My family came up from CA. four days after he was born. My parents, two nieces and my great-nephew! It was so great to be able to share this time with them and dillygirl was fantastic letting everyone hold Aidan! She didn't get hardly any time with him except to feed him. I know that had to be difficult for her and for Aidan's daddy! ;-)

He is such a good baby! He sleeps well, eats well and is staying up more and more and playing well! I could just watch him ALL THE TIME! Of course, now that I'm back home and they are in WA. it makes it quite difficult to sit and watch him all the time. And although the kids are really good about sending pictures everyday... it's just not the same!

Even Ricky loves the little guy! Every time Aidan left the room, Ricky wanted to follow. And when Aidan came back in, Ricky had to go over and check him out. They (First Son and Dillygirl) also have a cat. And the cat watches out for Aidan as well! There were a couple of tense moments when both Ricky and the cat wanted to check the baby out at the same time. (They don't necessarily like each other....) but all went well.

So this is the newest addition to our family. And please forgive the new Nana for posting lots of pictures of the little munchkin. I'll try to keep it to just a few in each post! ;-)

I'll be sharing other things in the coming post. Things besides the little munchkin. So this is it for today. Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!