Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Yarn Along

{Yarning along with Ginny, sharing the current knit and the current read}

Maybe I'm strange but when I have a newborn I get a ton of reading done. I read while I'm nursing, particularly at night so that I can stay awake long enough to make sure baby gets a full feed in (which equals me having to wake up less frequently- hooray!).

With Ender I read just about every baby and parenting book out there, with Ezra it was gaming guides (I'm an eclectic mix we like to call "crunchy geek"), and with Elle it has been fiction and cookbooks. In the last several weeks since she was born I've been through about 15 cookbooks from the library and I've also read City of Bones by Cassandra Clare, Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith and I'm most of the way through The Help by Kathryn Stockett.

I frequently check cookbooks out from the library to help me decide whether or not to add them to my collection, and Homemade Soda is winging its way to me as I type. I'm a little obsessed with syrups and homemade soda right now, and there are so many recipes in this book that we will use. I think Ender is just as excited about this new venture as I am.

Now, knitting as been a little slim here lately- between the baby, baseball season, canning, finishing up homeschool plans before we start back in July and my return to the studio this week, knitting has taken the back seat. I returned to the February Lady Sweater I cast on a week or two before Ellie was born and I'm almost through the yoke now- though knitting is only happening if Ellie happens to be sleeping during a baseball game and I can sneak in 30 minutes with my needles.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Last Month

 {sign by Ender, for Ellie's door}


{Strawberry preserves!}

{Baby cuteness!}


If I say the last 3+ weeks went by in a blur would you believe me?

I'll give most of the credit to the way time seems to move simultaneously fast and slow when you're getting technically enough sleep but not enough sleep in consecutive hours. Time can be a bit of a foggy and mysterious concept with a newborn.

I can't believe it, but Ellie is already smiling and holding her head up, and trying to push up in a serious way if you put her on her tummy.

She already feels bigger.

Oh my.

It's also baseball season for the boys- 2 nights a week for Brian, 2-3 nights a week for Ender and Ezra once a week.

Oh... and canning. Canning season has begun. I enlisted 3 of my sisters to come over and help (in exchange for yummy canned goods to take home of course!) and we put up a gazillion peaches and strawberries in the last few weekends.... well, they did. I mostly supervised and sat on a bar stool in front of the stove in charge of the stirring.

And don't even get me started on the new syrup obsession...

*Loving* this summer!
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