Monday, March 28, 2011

update time

It's been crazy around here because of all this rain.  We have a busy schedule due to soccer - both kids are playing this season - and we've had a series of cancellations over the last two weeks.  You'd think that this frees up time, and it sorta does.  I'm team mom, though, so that means I get to make sure everyone knows that things are cancelled.  Thankfully, technology makes it easier than it used to be, so I send out a text and an email and wait to make sure everyone replies.  Then I make a few phone calls.  By then, it's usually too late to plan a new activity, so we end up staying home.  I love staying home.  I'm turning into a hermit.  The kids and Stuart get a little stir-crazy.  They are ready for clear skies and activities.

I've been knitting alot.  I made my mom a hat, but I didn't take any pictures of it before I gave it to her.  I am making progress on the sweater that I am knitting out of lace yarn.  Everytime I work on it, I think that I am insane for making it.  It better fit me, because if it doesn't, I'm going to be really mad.  I'll have to give it to someone and tell them not to mention it to me ever again!  I decided to make a blanket just to take the edge off of the lace yarn thing.  Then, in a starting-new-projects binge, I dug through the frilly fun-fur and ribbon yarn and put together three pink/red yarns and three purple/lavender yarns to make scarves for the gift stash.  I just can't face taking this lace yarn thing out of the house, and I certainly can't knit it at the soccer field because it's just too fiddly.

Sally and I went shopping yesterday.  We are in the phase where "we went shopping" means that Sally shops for clothes and I pay for them.  I walk past the sections with clothes for me, and if I find something fast, I might have time to grab it on the way to the fittting room, but usually I'm not that fast.  Usually I just sit there and tell Sally she looks great.  A small part of me is sad that I don't get more time shopping for me, but a bigger part of me is grateful that she still wants me to go with her.  (And yes, there is a part that realizes that I was the same way with my mother, and this is shopping karma.)

Nine days after my family left my uncle in New Mexico, he died.  It seems surreal to think that he had only nine days left in his life here.  He was a kind and generous man who knew how to laugh at life and I have lots of fond memories of him.  My mom has pictures of me and him coloring Easter eggs together, and I just know that when I sit down to color eggs with my kids in a few weeks, it will really hit me that my uncle is gone and I'm sure I'll have a big cry.  We mourn, but we do not mourn without hope* - I'm sure I'll see my uncle again when it's my turn to go to heaven.

That's the news.  I'm off to check the weather, because it's overcast and we are supposed to have soccer practice tonight.  I'm also going to go shopping because there is a big yarn sale this week, and the kids are at school.

* "Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope. For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him."  I Thessalonians 4:13-14

Monday, March 21, 2011

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Last week my sister and I took the train to Albuquerque.  We decided quickly to go visit our uncle, who was recently diagnosed with late-stage cancer.  We hadn't seen him in years - five years, I think, at my cousin's wedding - and both of us felt so strongly that it was the right thing to do.  We went and had a nice visit with him and our aunt and two of our cousins (and spouses and a baby!).  My parents went with us too.  It will probably be the last time we see our uncle, so our visit was bittersweet, but it was sweet.  We laughed and remembered old times and told him how much he meant to us and what things will always make us think of him.  He was in pain much of the time, but I hope we lifted his spirits by being there.

The train ride to Albuquerque was super fun.  Joy and I got a sleeper car so we could be rested and ready to go, and we both recommend it!  Here's what the bottom bunk looks like:

(We took alot more pictures, but I'm not allowed to post them!)  I woke up early on Friday morning (on the way there) and watched the New Mexico landscape fly by and it was so peaceful and relaxing.

On the way back, we met a nice college couple who were on their way to LA for spring break.  We had dinner and breakfast with them, and it was fun to meet someone so young and bright and shiny and full of promise.  (Hope you two had fun at Disneyland!)  Even though our train was really late on the way home, I am still glad that we took the train, and glad that we went to see our uncle.  Also, I finally learned how to spell Albuquerque.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

another cute baby hat

One of Stuart's co-workers welcomed
a baby boy into the world this week.
"Honey, could you knit them a baby hat?" 
Um, YES!!!
I thought you'd never ask!
This one is called a Munchkin Hat.
I changed the stripe pattern because I like the uneven stripes,
and then I put a tassle on the end.  I think it works,
which is good because I'm totally crappy at pom-poms.
I knit it up with blue and green cotton-ease yarn
that I had left from some blankets that I made
last year.  (It is handy to have a yarn stash.)
Welcome to the world, baby boy!

Friday, March 18, 2011

I finally got a picture of Sam in his new glasses.
Now we look alike, right? :)