Back to reality.

Oh man, we just came back from vacation with my family and I have to repeat what my fiance said when we arrived home, “I need a vacation from vacation.”.  While I enjoyed seeing my family, introducing my fiance and our daughter to them, and reconnecting with my roots… it was so exhausting.  There was so much to do, and so many people to see, and so many people to keep happy that it just started feeling like a chore at some points.  But all in all I’d say it was a very successful trip. My Peter fell in love with my parents homes and families, he kept me happy and sane, and just reaffirmed even more that he’s the man I want to marry.  Our little love Penny was intrigued by anything and everything. She was such a joy to not only us but my parents and sister. Everyone enjoyed dotting on her and she loved the freedom.  She was such a little explorer and adventurer…. I just adore her with every fiber of my being. Here are a few pictures from our first family vacation :)!

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To baby or not to baby…? Not. Just not.

Today I had the pleasure of hanging out with my cute rollie pollie niece Mia and my boo Penny. She’s the cutest little thing and I love seeing them together. And I just wanted to squeeze her the whole day!  After I was asked to babysit I had this idea that we would have a little photoshoot and it was going to be so adorable! In reality we took a 2 hour nap and lazed about all day because they wore. me. out. Any thought the Boy had about adding to our little brood has been squashed, at least for me. Running after a toddler while trying to keep a newborn fed and calm is so not the business. And let me tell you that Mia is a sweet, calm little thing until she’s hungry.  Once she’s hungry, it’s over… she must be fed right. then.  Well, when you’re trying to fix lunch for a toddler who must also be fed right. then. it gets a little hectic. I’M COMING MIA! I’M COMING PENNY! HANG ON GIRLS, ALMOST READY!  O_O’

So. Yeah. Not ready to add to the brood. I have enough chasing my one plus the dog and the Boy. I’m just going to continue to do what I’ve been doing every time someone asks when the next one is coming…. make this face and laugh.

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Hello again. . .

I’m trying to slowly dip my feet back into the blogging world now that I have more free time.  I hope to start posting regularly and more than likely it’ll be about crocheting, my daughter Penny (and her cousins), my dog Logan, or the wedding I’m currently planning (wheeeeeeeee, I’m going to ramble so much!).  At times it may be about all four! Here’s my first post back. . .

When I first started to crochet it was with the intention of having something to occupy my hands. I had recently found out I was pregnant and had to quit smoking cold turkey. Idle hands and all, you know? 😀  I’d always wanted to try to crochet and what better time than when I was pregnant. It took me a bit to understand all the phrases and basic crochet, but after enlisting YouTube’s help I got the hang of it. I made my Boy a beanie, my niece Cali this adorable flowered hat, and finally my Penny some adorable booties. Unfortunately, about halfway through my pregnancy I developed carpal tunnel (shaking my fist like crazy here) and it became too much. I could barely manage a few rounds before the numbness of my fingertips made me give up.

But while I was able to I mastered the simple baby beanie/hat, I figured out booties and even bootie socks.  Penny even had a hat and matching booties as part of her coming home outfit. They were tiny and perfect just like her! Having to stop a new hobby just after starting it was horrible and made me sad but I  was able to pick it back up after having my Penny.  I made a few more hats and a few more booties but soon found out that my Penny was not a fan of the hats (again shaking my fist like crazy) so back to the drawing board. If I’m being honest it broke my poor wee heart a little LOL.  I’m hoping this winter will be a bit better but since she runs on the warm side I’m not holding my breath (serious eyerolling).

This was all fun and everything but I wanted to try something else. I’d run across amigurimi patterns before but they seemed entirely too complex for me so instead I focused back on hats.At this point though I’d mastered the basic double crochet beanie and used it as a base for character hats. I was able to make hats for nieces and nephews such as Iron Man or TMNT, and they loved them but I got bored. I attempted this Pixie hat but made it entirely too huge so I improvised and turned it into a hooded cowl. With this horrible heat starting so early though these items were completely unnecessary so once again I went back to the drawing board and that moved me back to amigurimi.

Like I said before, I’d run across all these patterns on YouTube, Ravelry, Pinterest and thought they were SO beyond adorable.  It seemed so complicated at first but with the practice I’d had I was able to figure it out. The first item I made was Lambert the Lamb/Sheep. He seemed a bit off but that was okay. I then made Stella the Penguin and she was just beyond precious. Then there was Elmer the Lion and Seabiscuit the Seahorse. .  I struggled a bit with attaching the pieces but I find the more I make, the easier it becomes. And I just fell in love. I’m in heaven making these little things. That fact that you make them in pieces helps too so it doesn’t seem so taxing. Anyone who knits or crochets may understand this but for me when I’m working the same round/row over and over again it just becomes so boring and well, taxing. It’s why I avoided making hats for adults, oops!  But with these little cuties it was so much easier making one piece at a time. I’ve found so many that I want to attempt and I’m having such a great time that I can’t wait to make more!

Mommy’s sweetpea.

I never knew that I could love another human being this much. I know I’ve used this phrase one too many times in the last two years but it rings true. It’s just, when I said it about the Boy, I never imagined one day I’d be thinking it while watching our baby girl sleep.

This little girl, man she drives me crazy at times. She cries and screams bloody murder, throws tantrums over nothing, and at times will take the pacifier/BunBun after the fifth try as if I was holding it ransom this whole time. She’s crazy at times, can be horribly mean to daddy when mommy isn’t around, and is simultaneously fascinated and perplexed by her fur brother. She leaves mommy so sleep deprived some days that I can barely see straight. And I love her with every ounce of my being. I am continuously amazed by this little human. How is she so smart? So sweet? So happy? So beautiful? I just want to hold her all her life even while begging for a break. She’s everything right in life and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

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