Mother’s Day… I mean weekend

The title should read: “Mother’s Day Weekend” but it wouldn’t allow the strikethrough.
This morning I decided that this whole weekend should be a celebration.  Basically, it is the calm before the storm as the students have just finished class and next week the flurry of finals and students moving out.  We woke up this morning to the sound of our neighbours voices and music as they began their roommate’s bachelor party.
We also woke up to the sweetest sound I have ever heard.  Will called both of us by our names.  The words mama and dada (pronounced da-ga) have never sounded sweeter.  We had a delicious gluten free crepe breakfast and Grant gave me my mother’s day gift a little early.  I’ll give you a hint (or three):
That’s right, the camera lens has been replaced.  It was one of the best gifts I have ever received… twice.
What are you doing to celebrate this weekend?
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Easter Sweater

This is a long overdue post that I had forgotten about until I just found the photos on my camera!
We spent Easter here in the dorm and Grant’s dad made the trip out from California to see us.  Will had a lot of fun spending time with his Gramps and we enjoyed celebrating Easter with friends from church.  It was Will’s first Easter complete with egg dyeing (that Gordon and I did most of), an Easter basket and of course, a new knit Easter sweater!

Easter egg dyeing

Will’s Easter basket had eggs filled with puffs and jelly beans, the letters spell his name (I have plans to make the whole alphabet as fridge magnets, but didn’t have strong enough magnets) and stuffed bunny that I had made a few weeks earlier.  Will’s Nai Nai also sent him Grant’s old Beatrix Potter books which were some of my favourites as a kid.

I fiished Will’s Easter sweater over Spring Break and I love how it turned out.  It fit well but with a lot of room to grow.  It’s a little slouchier than I had imagined, but still love it nonetheless.

The pointed hood is definitely my favourite part.  That, and the hand dyed yarn I chose.

Pattern: Wee Austin Hoodie (Pattern is also available in adult sizes: Austin Hoodie)
Yarn: Madelintosh Tosh Merino Light in Betty Draper’s Blues
Size: 9 months
The only thing I am planning to change is the buttons.  They are little trucks and I really like them, but they’re a little heavy for such a lightweight sweater.  I’ll just have to make something else to put them on!

Phoenix

Last week Will and I went to Phoenix to visit my mom and sister.  Spring had yet to arrive in Minnesota, so we went looking for it, and it was glorious.
Nap time has a whole new meaning with a pool and sunshine.

The little man was so relaxed and happy in Phoenix.  I think the fresh air and sunshine was good for him too.

New summer clothes from Granny.

Flirting with his auntie and sitting in my highchair from when I was a kid.

Delicious desserts (and in large quantity)

New t-shirt (and fitting with the name of the blog)

My sister’s house was in the Modern Phoenix tour and a rendering of it was on the poster!  It’s a beautiful house and was fun to see it be a part of a home tour.

First Snowfall

A week and a half ago we had the first significant snowfall in Minnesota.  We spent the day indoors playing with our kiddo and it was one of the most relaxing day’s we’ve had in a long time.  Will loved the snow from inside.  He wasn’t too thrilled by our brief outing to get the obligatory photo of the baby in the snow which, of course, ended in him throwing up inside his snow suit.  

Baby Dinosaur

Even though Grant and I are not the most creative when it comes to costumes, we figured that Will should have one this year for Halloween… it is his first after all!  I had a great time making it, both Grant and I LOVE seeing Will in it and hopefully he’ll enjoy seeing these photos when he gets older!!  Happy Halloween from our tiny dinosaur.
Materials:
Orange felt with matching thread
Hooded sweatshirt
Fold the felt in half and cut spikes so the base of the spike is on the fold.

Pin spikes along the back of the sweatshirt and up on the hood.

Sew each spike along the fold.

Fold spikes in half and pin both sides together.

Sew along the edge of each spike.

The finished product!

Our little dinosaur in action
This kid LOVES to stand up, even though he’s far from balancing!

Christmas break is over already?

I can’t believe how quickly this break flew by.  It was relaxing, relaxing and relaxing… just what I needed!  It was also filled with an abundance of knitting!  All of the students are back and today is the first day of classes.  Hopefully it is my last first day of classes as a student.  
My computer died just after Christmas and I unfortunately lost all of my photos.  Here are a few highlights of the break taken once the new hard drive was installed (thanks to the nice apple store people who fixed my computer even though my warranty had run out just two days prior).
We had a wonderful WHITE Christmas here in Wheaton.  It was so calm and pretty outside and very, very snowy.

I got this wonderful thing from my dad and I have been winding up a storm ever since.  Who knew that this would be so much fun?

Grant gave me a gift certificate for yarn and the packaging was perfect.  This was one of his rock climbing ropes all wound up and tied with a bow.

I made myself a new pair of Christmas slippers.
… and wound the leftover yarn for a future project.

Grant and I went hiking in the snow at Starved Rock State Park.  It was chilly but beautiful outside. 

And finally, this is Elijah.  I did not come up with the name, rather that is the name of the pattern I had to knit him.  This was a fun thing to knit once I finished all those Christmas presents I had been working on.  He is so cute!!
We have more fun things to share from the last three weeks, but I’ll have to make you wait in anticipation for that.  
Happy first day of classes!

Giant Trees and New Jobs

Keeping up with these photos has proven to be a weakness!  I just don’t think of posting every day, and most days I forget that I even started this.  This probably shows how good I am at keeping New Year’s resolutions, right?  I’m SO good that I even forget to make them!
I think I’ll just pick up where I left off.  Day 12. A Photo of You
This is probably the most recent picture taken of me.  Last week Grant and I used our final Wedding Target Gift Card to purchase a new Christmas Tree.  I have been wanting a full size tree for a long time now and I finally got my wish.  Gosh, it’s good to be married and to have an excuse for these things.  The conversation in the store went something like this:
Katie: “This is the one I wanted!  Do you like it?”
Grant: “It’s beautiful… but looks awfully big.”
Katie: “It’s not that big”
Grant: “I don’t know about that.”
We proceeded to put the HUGE box into our cart.  Once we got home we had nowhere to store the big box, so we just decided to put the tree up (even though it was before thanksgiving).  We had to rearrange a bit of furniture and in the process we realized that we really did get a big tree.  Or maybe I should say that I realized that we had bought a big tree.  Grant was being dramatic about it and I collapsed on the floor laughing about it.  I laughed so hard that I cried.

Needless to say, the tree is big but it is perfect.  That is once we moved the extra chair out our living room.


In other news… GRANT GOT A NEW JOB!

This has been a long process for us, but Grant was offered a part-time position as a Youth Minister at Immanuel Presbyterian Church in Warrenville.  We first heard about this position in the summer through our friend Amy (who also works there).  It was a pretty exciting opportunity, but at that point we were not able to think about what we were doing next week, let alone for the next few years.  Grant decided not to pursue it for many reasons.  We have been set on picking up and moving after we finish Grad School and our time in Res Life here at Wheaton with hopes of moving closer to one of our families.  What has happened over the last few months as we have settled into marriage is that we’ve also opened up to different possibilities, ones that even include us staying here in the midwest a little longer.  Then we heard in October from someone else that it was still open.  Suddenly it seemed like perfect timing.
We are both very excited about this opportunity.  I am excited to see Grant do something that he is so gifted at (and yet doesn’t always realize it).  I am excited to be a part of a small church and to build new connections.  I am also excited that we already have friends in that church and that we’re not starting totally from scratch.  At the same time, this transition is bittersweet.  We have both loved and appreciated our church that we’ve been going to for the last three and a half years here.  It has not always been easy, but it has been home for us.