Mother nature provided the theme for this week – SNOW!

We have been out to play in the snow at least once a day (usually more) since Sunday. After their first initial shock, the girls decided it wasn’t so bad after all. Our biggest issue now is that everyone wants to use the same shovel – the little el cheapo kid sized shovel I bought at Target a few years ago for a dollar. Definitely should have bought more – will have to keep my eye open for them the next time we go there!


Miss A – all smiles!


Miss J – told me “no” everytime I asked her to smile for a picture.


Monster – throwing snowballs is his favorite.


Yarn Along – R2D2 Hat (WIP)


Before Thanksgiving I started and frogged an R2D2 hat for Monster about half a dozen times before I finally gave up on making him one. He stopped asking about it, so I assumed he’d forgotten.

Then of course, while I was getting the kids ready to go play in the snow on Monday afternoon he asked about it. “Did you finish my R2D2 hat, Mommy?” Of course we had several other hats for him to wear, but while we were outside he couldn’t help but mention “he really wished he was a wearing an R2D2 hat with earflaps on it.” Talk about a guilt trip!

So I found a free pattern (with earflaps!) online and I’m almost done with the hat!! I’m hoping to have it all finished up by the weekend. It looks like it will be a perfect fit. I’m tempted to make some modifications to it to make it a little larger, but I keep reminding myself that there are two other little ones who might someday want to wear it, so if he only wears it one season it’s ok!!

I’m still plugging along reading Frugavore. I am very blessed to be able to work part-time from home, but that takes up most of my “free time” these days. After I get my paid work done, there’s not much time left for much else! Given the alternative, it’s a good problem to have, I suppose. 🙂

As always, linking up with Ginny.

Blizzard 2016

We got hit by the Blizzard of 2016 (not nearly as hard as Baltimore or DC though). It was the first substantial snowfall we’ve had this year, so of course we had to bundle up all the kids and take them out in it!

Monster loved it (of course), Miss A ended up loving it, and Miss J touched the snow and started to cry. She didn’t stop until she was back inside and out of all her snow clothes. Poor girl – maybe next year she’ll enjoy the snow more!



This week’s theme is climbing.

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When I asked Monster why he was sitting on the table he told me that he’s “the best at writing 5’s in his [preschool] class.” Wonderful son, but don’t change the subject, answer the question. 😉

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Miss A has discovered that she can get to almost any surface in the house now as long as she can maneuver her trusty chair to it. This was her pretending she wasn’t about to climb upon the coffee table.  “Just waiting for you to turn your back on me, mom…”

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Miss J learned this from her brother (and now it’s time to find a new hiding place for the remote!!). No words.

Yarn Along – Baby Ripple Blanket Beginnings

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Shortly before we found out we were having twins and not just a singleton, I had ordered yarn to make a ripple baby blanket. Unsurprisingly, I only managed to make one baby blanket before the girls arrived. Also not surprising – I bought way more yarn than I needed. Now I am finally getting around to starting that second blanket!

Since we didn’t find out the girls gender before they arrived, I made the ripple blanket gray, teal, and mint green. I wasn’t a huge fan of the teal – I ordered it online and I thought it was going to be a different shade. Can’t remember the name of the color, but it was rather vague as far as indicating color. So, because I didn’t want their blankets to be identical anyway, I am using pink instead of teal on this blanket.

I recently discovered that I can get a little bit of crocheting done on the days Monster has preschool (they do a car pick up/drop off – how lucky am I!?!?), so I am slowly making progress on it. At this rate I’ll probably finish it right when the weather gets warm again, but since it’s over a year late at this point, I guess that’s ok!

Oh, I should add that though it’s not pictured, I am currently reading Frugavore: How to Grow Organic, Buy Local, Waste Nothing, and Eat Well by Arabella Forge. Haven’t gotten very far yet, but it’s quite interesting. Handyman Husband will tell you that I’m a sucker for any sort of alternative living memoir though, so I might be biased. 😉

Linking up with Ginny.




New year, new resolutions to set and fail to meet – am I right?

Last year I tried to take a portrait a week of each of the kids…I think I made it 7 or 8 weeks before stopping entirely? I can’t remember if it was a time or a memory card

issue (probably a combination of both). But I’m not holding last year against me, so I thought I’d try again this year.

Of course I missed last week, because my memory card was full!!!

But I’m not letting that stop me – yet! This week we stopped at a local indoor play place (aka Chick-Fil-A) after Monster’s dentist appointment. They loved it!


Miss A

Miss A

I just love his expression in this one!

I just love his expression in this one!


Little Miss J

Little Miss J


All three looking at the camera - a rare sight!

All three looking at the camera – a rare sight!