Wednesday, October 3, 2012

What's That? A Finished Knitting Project?!

Along with all of the activities I've been busy with lately,  I've been knitting....alot.   


I'm shocked myself.   I can't believe how many projects I've been getting finished lately. Ok its not a TON but its a lot for me.   

First up we have Pogona...It hasn't been blocked yet so its not a beautiful as it could be.  While I'm not new at knitting,  blocking isn't my most favorite thing to do yet nor is it easy for me.    

Sorry for the crappy pic.   I used this cool yarn that I got at the Homespun Yarn Party in Maryland this past spring.  Its the Philadelphia Eagles colors. 

Next up is my Color Affection.   This one I tried to block but my blocking mats weren't big enough and I just don't think I pinned it out correctly.

Again crappy pic...  sorry.

Ok well its not a lot but two finished projects in a short (for me) amount of time!  I'm super excited.   I have a few more projects on the needles that are almost finished,  I'll save those pics for another time.  

Besides I have another problem.....

That is one of my KnitPicks Harmony interchangeable needles.   Its at least the 4th one that has been broken and I'm sick of it.    I'm currently in the market for better needles...preferably something that won't break, has smooth joins and are interchangeable.   

Any suggestions???

Monday, October 1, 2012

Football Cake Pops

This past week and weekend was another busy one.   We had all the normal activities.   Work, school, football practice, soccer and swimming lessons.   Logan's football team was also having a bake sale.    Now I'm not much of a baker but I knew I wanted to make something different.   I didn't want to do the typical brownies or cupcakes.   When I icing a cupcake it looks like I did it left handed while blind folded.  I even have a fancy icing thingy from Pampered Chef!  

So after doing some searching I decided on football shaped cake pops.   I had all these grand ideas that I was going to do red ones and blue ones (team colors) and chocolate ones.   After I made the red cake I decided that was enough.   Instead of being a true red like I wanted, it was more of a pinkish red.  It wasn't until 11pm that I realized my mistake, I should have done an egg white only cake.  Apparently the yolks from the eggs tone down the color.   Who knew?

I wasn't too happy but had plans to make this my test cake.   Ha!

Then I realized how HARD it was to roll them into football shaped balls.   My biggest fear is they would look like turds on a stick!

They ended up not looking TOO bad, though the laces were tricky. I realized the error of my ways after the fact of course.   At least I'll be ready for next year!

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Toy Clean Up

In my blogging absence I've been trying to clean out my house and get it somewhat organized.

I feel like we moved in almost 5 years ago and we still aren't really "settled". There just seems to be so much more to do but there really isn't.

Part of my problem is that when we moved, we moved EVERYTHING. Just last year, I finally got rid of baby toys, I had every last toy that my boys had ever received from anyone.

I've been on a roll the past few months, I've taken at least 5 bags/boxes of just toys to goodwill. It looks a ton better but there is so much more to go through. My ultimate goal is to have all toys upstairs in the boys room/extra room, there are still a few clusters of toys in the living room but its better than it was.

I need a few suggestions/ideas though. For starters, stuffed animal storage? I don't know where to go with them all. I have weeded them out too and we are mostly down to the 'special' ones. The build a bears, nicer ones they've won at fairs or gotten on trips. I have a plastic chain hanging from their ceiling with some on but its not that great, a lot of the clips have already broken off. i'm also looking for ideas on just general toy storage, I hate toy boxes. We have one and its almost totally cleaned out. I hate to put anything back into it because it just all ends up in a disorganized, cluttered mess. I'm mostly using canvas totes and the plastic drawer carts. They don't really work with the larger toys though. It seems like so much of it is still just laying on the floor in the boys' bedroom.

Also now that I'm trying to get a handle on the toy clutter, what do I do about the upcoming holidays? Honestly another reason why I have gotten rid of so much is because my boys don't play with much of it anymore. They are both way to addicted to video games or being outside. They mostly play legos, board games (occasionally) or lately beyblades. Any thoughts or suggestions on what to do about gifts and ideas for family this year would be great!

Monday, September 24, 2012

Catching Up

Since I've made the decision to restart this blog, I've been trying to come up with some fabulous post.

(I'm still working on that ;)

Then I was trying to figure out how I was going to post from my ipad. A friend of mine recommended the Blogger app for ipad. I had tried the app right after I got my ipad for Christmas and I just didn't like it. I decided to give it another shot after trying a different blogging app that i just can't figure it out. It seems really cool but I just don't get it.

We really need to figure out our computer situation here. Our desktop
is ridiculously slow and the screen on my netbook has been broken.

Aside from all the technology drama its been pretty crazy around here.

Logan is now in the third grade. So far so good, though I did get a call from his teacher last week. While he's doing extremely well in class, he was getting a little bit of an attitude with his teacher.
I'm not really sure what its all about, he's been doing it here at home as well. He is now grounded from his DS and has an earlier bedtime, hopefully it helps.

He is also doing football again this year. Here is a shot from his game this week.....

Friday, September 21, 2012


I've been thinking about this blog for sometime now.   I know I've neglected it for far too long.   I need to get back into it.

I miss it.  

I can't believe its been almost a year since I last posted.

I still haven't decided how I want to continue.  

Should I just pick up where I left off?
Or start a whole new blog.  

I don't know.

I just need to write.

Things are busy here.  Very busy.

Logan is doing football again.  Cole is in soccer and taking swimming lessons.  

I'm still doing MOPS and now joined the PTO.