Friday, November 29, 2013

Anthro Pommed Peak Beanie

I have been in a bit of a knitting frenzy lately. I've had orders rolling in for all kinds of hats and headbands, and I've spent so much of my time making all kinds of things for other people. In fact, that's what I always do! But I saw this hat in the Anthropologie catalog and knew that I absolutely had to have it. At $38, though, I knew it wasn't happening any time soon...
It's gorgeous, right? If you absolutely have to have it for yourself, click here.
So, with nothing left to do but figure this thing out for myself, I grabbed some knitting needles, the Anthro catalog, and my favorite plum yarn and got down to business creating my own copycat pattern. I think it turned out all right. And since I was actually wearing some (leftover from yesterday) eye makeup, what a perfect time to take a picture.
The cable knit detail is my favorite part.

Voila! Copycat hat.
I've realized that all I need is a bigger pom on top and I'll be good to go. And all that for the cost of a $6 ball of yarn and my valuable time and effort. Now let's see how long I can hang on to this without giving it away...

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Impromptu Photo Shoot

I have been horribly neglecting something so fabulous. A few weeks ago our friends Calen and Kristy were in and we hung out with them at the park (so fun for our little people). Kristy asked if she could bring her camera and snap a few shots of our beautiful children, and who am I to deny anyone the delight of shooting these gorgeous people? (wink wink) As always, I was thrilled with the results. We are so incredibly lucky to have so many talented friends!

Just so you know, that's MY hand with the navy blue nail polish, not Nate's...

These two little people... I feel like this photo captures them perfectly without even showing their faces.

This captures them as well... Lucy always has her eyes on Milo.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Attached at the hip

So, on Friday I vacuumed like this...
 And then like this...

Let's just be honest - Milo enjoyed it more than Lucy. He's going through a little phase right now where he wants to be attached to me at all times. While in Illinois he mastered the phrase, "HeyMommyHeyMommyHeyMommyHeyMommy," and has been using it constantly. There are days I wake up exhausted and wonder what I could possibly have left that I didn't give the day before. And I always find something new to smile about with these little people. So here's to a new week. Hope it's a grand one!

Thursday, November 21, 2013

5 months

 Milo at 5 months old

Lucy Lu at almost 5 months

Just doing a little comparison today of my little people at the same age. Very similar... And at the same time very different. And really, at five months Milo looked so much like my baby pictures. And Lucy looks just like Nate's baby pictures right now. Strange how that works, isn't it?

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Four Generations of the Same Mouth

Nate saw this picture and remarked, "Well look, Kate. It's four generations of the same mouth." Just had to add it.

Road Trip Recap

Wow, it's been a long time since I've written anything. You might have thought I had forgotten all about this blog. But it's just been a busy time and I've seldom even had the chance to check my email. And then there was my road trip to Illinois with two little people and one Ann (who is amazing for riding 18 hours there with us and then riding 18 hours back a week later...) to see my Grandma. It was a fantastic trip and these little people did an amazing job. So now you get to see the longest picture post EVER to make up for over two weeks of not posting. Ready, set, GO!

Carpet picnic (or "pinkpink") in the hotel room on the way up. We drove about 12 hours, then stopped overnight.

Milo had to check out Grammy's walker right away, so he just got right in and helped her push. And look at gorgeous Grammy - you'd never know she's sick, would you?

Lucy LOVED Grammy.

Lucy also loved Uncle Mike and couldn't stop cooing and talking to him.

Chloe and Jen met us for a few days and we had a blast!

Milo and Auntie Jen. Two peas in a pod.

Quick trip to Lino's to see our Geiger cousins. We had SO much fun!!!

Lucy and her sweet little cousin June Margaret, who was 6 weeks old. What a size difference a few months makes, right?

Milo was so excited to meet his cousin Eli. The two had fun running all over and playing for an afternoon.

Ladies and gentlemen, I give you... The Baby Whisperer.

Sweet Milo.

We had to bundle Milo excessively because if he got cold he immediately wanted to be held. This poor little Texan boy wasn't sure what to do with temperatures under 50.

Yes, we did it. We made a quick and fabulous trip to Edward's.

A little trooper in the car.

Ann's hot mask - just to make sure Grandma didn't catch her scratchy throat.

Milo was non-stop thrilled with Ann. Who wouldn't be?

My two little people. They became even more enraptured with each other on the trip.

We took Milo for his first train ride ever. He absolutely adores trains, so this was a dream come true for him. We just rode the Metra a few stops from Elgin to Bartlett, where my mom grew up. Then we missed the train back and had lunch in an adorable little diner. It was a fantastic adventure.

Lucy loving on Grammy.

Do you see a little man who's ready to go home?

Is it just me or do Mom and Grandma look just alike?
 Okay, so there's a little trip recap. I have a hundred more photos I'd like to add, but small steps, right? Plus I have a lot of knitting to do... Happy Tuesday!

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Football hat

I've been knitting up a storm in preparation for the Hello Holidays sale at Abram's. One of the suggestions I had was to figure out a football hat for little boys, since football is HUGE here in Texas. I found a picture but wasn't satisfied with the pattern, so I used it to come up with this. Actually, I initially came up with it in baby size, but Milo wasn't having it. He needed one of his own, so I surprised him with it this morning. Needless to say, he's an accessorizing kind of guy.