Monday, April 29, 2013

Spring has finally arrived!

What a wonderful week it has been!  My little Bennie boy turned 7 on Thursday, April 25th ... my goodness, how time flies!  We surprised him that evening with a hibachi dinner at our local Japanese restaurant - he was happy!  The evening was full of ooh's and ahh's and good eats.  Afterwards, he opened his gifts and his squeals of delight could be heard by the neighbors, I'm sure!  We gave him a new scooter.  He proceeded to zip all around the house right up until bedtime - even then he couldn't bear to part with it, so it traveled upstairs to "sleep" on the bottom bunk!  Too funny ... :)  Then on Saturday, we celebrated his special day with family and friends at the bowling alley - we had a ton of fun!  At one point, Bennie even claimed that his face hurt from too much smiling - love it!! 

thinking about his wish ... fried green tea ice-cream!
Yahoo!  A new Thomas train!

"The best birthday, ever!" 
The scooter moment .... :)
party loot!

Ollie was so proud to bowl all by himself!

Bennie loves animals - Gramma & Papa know just what he likes!

 On Sunday, we drove about 20 minutes south to my Mother-in-Law's house, in South Bristol and spent a lovely day outside enjoying the breezy day.  The kiddos were given a ride on the "Big Orange Kabota Gator" by Mammy and made sure she took the muddiest trails through the woods!  Bruce and I were able to hike about in the woods and just enjoy the sounds of nature.  I so love the water falling in the gully ... I was also taken with all the different shades of green mosses on the rocks and trees.  The fresh air, birdsong and fluttering butterflies did so much to brighten my spirits! 

The kiddos and Mammy in the Kabota, searching out the mud!

the moss varieties were beautiful

this one looks as though it belongs in the ocean!

this too, looks as though it is underwater ...

deep dark greens ...

this one was so soft and vibrant

Love all the different shades of green!  Obviously, it's my favorite color ;)

One of many waterfalls in the gully ...
After a time, we returned to Mammy's house and the younger boys discovered all of Bruce's metal Tonka Toys from when he was a child.  Many hours were spent moving sand, dirt and stones about as we sat enjoying the view of Canandaigua Lake and the wind blowing in our hair.  Millie and Foxie were busy running & riding about with their older cousin, William.  At times their laughter would even make us chuckle.  As the afternoon waned, we reluctantly put away the toys and said our goodbyes - many tears were shed by little Ollie, as he just did not want to leave the sand pile!  That babe just adores playing outside - actually we all do!

Little Ollie, hard at work with the bulldozer

Bennie discovered the logging truck

fun, fun, fun!

the view looking South

I just love all the beautiful daffodils

the bright yellow flowers make me smile!

tuckered out after a long day ....

When dinner was done and baths were finished, I gladly tucked the kiddos is, as I was tired too!  Fresh air has a way of doing that!  I wasn't too tired, however, to begin (yes, another!) project.  I just could not help myself!!  You see, all 25 luscious colorful skeins of Stylecraft DK yarn arrived from Deramores (yep, across the pond!) and OH MY!!!  (The excitement new yarn can evoke -- "Hello, my name is Aimee and I am a yarn junkie.")  Hahaha - my kids and hubby think me a bit silly, but I just love new yarn! 

Anyway, after fiddling about with patterns and color sequencing, I've decided to start a ripple blanket - yippee!  I'm using the guidelines/pattern created by Lucy at Attic24 (I really do owe so much creative inspiration to her!!  Thank you Lucy!! xoxo) and surprisingly it's so easy!  The way the ripples, well ripple (!) is so soothing and enjoyable to crochet ... I'm sure many people think I'm slightly batty to begin yet another blanket, but I figure, this way, I have several different projects to choose from, depending upon my mood or how much time I have to sit and crochet.  And frankly, with the spring season finally here, I have many outdoor projects to begin!  (Ugh, even as I type this, my yard is beckoning me to come outside and mow it!)  However, I'm sure I can squeeze in a bit of crochet with my morning coffee!  yippee!

Gorgeous!  Stylecraft DK colors:
row 1: lipstick, lavender, turquoise, spring green, shrimp, magenta, sherbet
row 2: clematis, pomegranate, teal, raspberry, meadow, cloud blue, grape
row 3: denim, fondant, wisteria, aspen, aster, saffron, violet

Loving this yarn and my new Symphonie wooden hook!!  It glides so smoothly .... sigh

the beginning of the ripple!

I'm loving this!

My sleepy kitty Gus ... my crochet companion

the end of row one - it all worked out!  hooray!

row two complete

row 4 - color change!


early morning happiness ... Emma Bridgewater mug of coffee & crochet

one more pic, with the sun shining on it!  xoxoxoxo

 Hoping you all have a wonderful day! 

PS I have also been working on Bennie's chevron afghan!
Bennie's choice colors - greens - the marled yarn looks like camouflage much to Bennie's delight!

green goodness

Monday, April 22, 2013

Happy Earth Day!!

On this beautiful morning, I am so happy for the emerging signs of spring and the sunshine!!  Even the birds were all a-twitter this morning as we walked to the bus, it's as if they too were celebrating this day!  Skipping down the driveway, little Bennie chattered away, all excited to begin lawn work, as this means opening up the garden shed, changing the oil and greasing up the lawn tractor.  To an almost 7 year old boy, the prospects of revving up the John Deere mower to cut the grass is an awesome one! ;)

The crab apple tree buds - we are all excited for these beauties to bloom!

the little creek in our side lawn - bubbling away

Millie spotted this wee purple posie ;)

Millie and Bruce have been busy caring for the seedlings they are growing.  Little skinny green bits of tomatoes, eggplant, beans, squash, cucumbers & flowers are all sprouting in their jiffy pots!  (I cannot wait to get into the dirt and begin the garden!  My kitchen herb garden is in some serious need of weeding and tilling ... but I was glad to see the vivid green chives - come on perennial herbs!)

Look - the seedlings have started!  Can you guess which pot Ollie planted?!  haha



it's amazing how much these little guys have grown in just a week!
my ever hearty chives - a welcome bit of green

Yesterday, Foxie was a very good grandson and went down to South Bristol to work in my mother-in-law's vineyard, pulling stumps for the day.  When about 20 rows were done, it was break time!  After a cold Coca-Cola it was time for a bit of fun!  Foxie and older cousin William, went for a few gator rides through the woods - getting muddy and searching out flat rocks to build a fire pit for Mammy.  My boy came home covered in mud but very, very happy ;) 
Also enjoying the dirt and sunshine, Bruce and Ollie pulled out the rest of the stakes from the big veggie garden - now it's all set for Papa Bill to come plow up the dirt - mmmm - the thought of freshly picked vegetables makes my mouth water!!

a sure sign of boys at play - trucks on the top step!

Oliver & Bennie were disappointed that their sand box river dried up! haha

Who can resist a puddle?  Surely not Oliver ....

"Look, Mama!  My truck is swimming!"


thankful for our rubber boots!

As for me, I plodded through the laundry and the housekeeping, interspersed with crochet, of course!!  (Thankfully, Bruce doesn't mind helping me fold said laundry - it's always more fun with two!) 

My Circles-In-Squares blanket is slowly coming along ... Millie loves the pink squares, Bennie the green ... I am thinking that this may become Millie's - I'm unsure of how this will look with the sofa - I'll only know for sure once it's finished, so I best get on with the hooky goodness!

I am liking the greens

this is one vivid pink!  I'm not too sure about it ...

the red and linen colored border help tone it down a bit ...

the skeins of yarn, all nestled in my yarn bag ...

more pink squares .... they're growing on me - Millie just loves them ;)

and the green ones .... I'm with Bennie - these are my favorite too

the ever growing piles of squares .... I guess the pinks are ok

my peek-a-boo crochet buddy! xoxo

Have a wonderful day and I hope that wherever you are, the sun is shining as brightly as it is here!
Happy Earth Day,