Leaving in less than 48 hours

Let the packing panic begin. Okay, it’s not that bad, but I’m totally not ready mentally. I’ve organized things and gotten them together for weeks and prepped for months and now I’ve gotten to the point where I’m losing sleep reorganizing and added this, subtracting that, and my neat lists are m.i.a.

The presents are wrapped, but I’m constantly telling myself “No, no, no. This simply will not do. You must even this out and add just a smidge more.” I feel like I cheated them on things because we weren’t able to afford things this year as we did in other years. Granted I made things out of yarn, and good stuff at that, I feel inadequate. It’s a strange feeling. Non crafters don’t know the costs, labors and so on that go into the work. I know the gifts that are going to these particular recipients are going to be appreciated, I’m just kicking myself with my own anxiety.

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Last week was chaotic, and to a degree it went better in some ways than planned. Thursday the teachers had a luncheon planned and parents volunteered to watch the kids for the period. Because it was the first year doing so with a block schedule for the upper grades, communication was a bit lacking. Once that was figured out, it went rather smoothly. Most of the kids were really easy to deal with, and I’m sure if there weren’t any laptops involved, the rest would have been more involved in the card making activity I had planned for them. They made holiday cards for their home room teacher, and if they were done, they could make one for whomever they choose. After they were done, I passed out candy canes and had made a new friend in the class with one of the girls.

Friday the kids had a party scheduled for the end of the day. Parents were asked to come and I was not made aware of that until I arrived and had to park at the far corner of the school and had to simultaneously juggle 5 bags and a purse and buzz into the school while parents smiled and watched on. You never realize how much you are being watched until you have your arms full. Once inside I had to make a mad dash to the classroom because I had ice cream that I didn’t want melting, only to get trapped in the front area of Fort Magnet Doors. The lady at the front had somehow confused me with a regular ole boring parent and tried to keep me corralled with the rest of the herd. I explained to her that I had to go set up and I was the room parent, but that didn’t work. Eventually I snuck back when someone else got buzzed back.

The party went pretty smoothly for a bunch of 4th graders. They are at the age of I still want to bounce off the walls, but I want to sit here and annoy you to death-and they are really good at finding that balance. Especially the boys that decided a contest to see who could fit more grapes in their mouth was a better idea. So I had to watch out for the kids that were trying to Darwin themselves out and limit their grapes and mean old lady lecture them.  The rest of the party went great. They had so many options to choose from, I was surprised that so many kids choose the healthier items. It was a big win to me.

After the party I signed the kids out early and we went home. They were both stuffed and ready for some peace and quiet. One read, Two napped. When Two got up he had a high fever and was a bit disinterested in everything. No food, tv, activity or even sleep could cheer him up. Now there is a phantom fever with mild nausea going around my house. Nothing more or less, hits for a few days & ends sporadically. Probably some strain of the noro virus we’ve already had before.

Now that we are in the home stretch I can finally post a few f/o’s!

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a hat for a family friend

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leg warmers for baby Elise

…and in non knitting news, I found this fabulous gem in Thing Two’s first semester papers he brought home, fair warning it is silly and inadvertently crude:

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Sueño & Harvest, Oh my!

There is 1 duty free teachers lunch full of card decorating, 1 class party, 1 1st grade musical, several ufos (unfinished objects that is), and a long car ride until Christmas. Also several gifts needing to be wrapped.

I’ve also thought about writing a pattern for some of these awesome boot cuffs I was requested to make, but fell in love with designing. My life is full of Hi-Koo’s Sueño right now. I have been working with Feza Harvest also, which is a beautiful organic Merino. I picked them up at my LYS. I could brag about these two, but I will share a glimpse of what I’ve been working on.

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Winter…. is not coming apparently

Thanksgiving last week was spent with my mom, stepdad and sister, along with my intermediate family. It was a rather quiet event. It was probably the first one where the weather was temperate and everyone but the kids was agreeable and nobody cared about what was going on in the outside world for one day. It was nice. My mom and stepdad knew we are going out of town for Christmas and sprung that upon us early. I wasn’t expecting that, but the kids enjoyed it very much so and it left the adults with some peace and quiet for a short time.

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It is now officially December and today it was in the upper 50s here in Huntsville despite the rain. The view above is from the parking garage at my neurologists a week ago, the view below is the dismal cloudy, foggy, rainy today. All the other filters made it too bright and cheery compared to how bleed and gray it really looks. If only I could get my leaves and last week back! Ha!

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It’s actually been rather pleasant up until Sunday, when we were cursed with this never ending rain that seems to be settling in for good. December also means we are going to be visiting family! * insert super excited yay here * It has been an eternity, or so it seems, since we have been on the traveling end of a family visiting vacation. We are looking to visit the in-laws in Indiana first and then my dad and stepmom second in Virginia.

I’m getting rather ahead of the trip planning. I have several school functions to take care of and gifts to make-I didn’t think I was going to be doing those this year, but I got a special request (x4) and that is a rare thing that I couldn’t say no to along with a trip to the yarn shop! I’m done with one of the four items already, number 2 is giving me grief but that is user error for no paying attention. So I will sit my happy rear down and put my needles to work the first free moment I get.

Do you remember the mittens I was talking about making in project avoidance? I made a couple pairs.

I started on another pair, but ended up being swept into gift making, so those are on hold for now.

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Scrap yarn hat ornaments are an incredibly fast and fun item to make and take less than 25 yards. There are a ton of patterns on Ravelry, I just went off of my basic hat knowledge and found them rather simple and nifty to create. These are going to be making the trip with me and handed out with Christmas cards. I’m hoping we get to experience some snow while we are out, because we have had to turn the a/c on and get experimental in the kitchen with vanilla sugar butter cookies and mint chocolate chip ice cream to cool down.

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Since last week was Thanksgiving break, I will say that I am grateful for the time I got to spend with my mischievous children. (the maniacal laughter of children is always welcome in my home) They make life interesting and I’d be lost without them, especially when thing 2 does silly things like this:

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