Monday, March 31, 2008

First Meet: 3/21/2008

Hands are washed and I am meeting the babies.

One Baby!
First Meet

Two Babies!!
Two Babies!!!
You can see my sheer delight at meeting my godbabies! This may be the biggest goofiest grin I can possibly muster. I can't believe I can hold two babies at the same time! This is really joyous occasion. The whole pregnancy and birthing process is really miraculous. Here are two perfectly tiny human beings.

two babies & two doggies
It took a few minutes to settle in and relax. As soon as I leaned back Bratwurst made his way into my lap and Pixie was trying to find a spot. Dog in lap I know all about. Newborns...wondrous and exciting!

I have been here 10 days and I am still marveling at these human beings.

Saturday, March 29, 2008

First Swap

I have signed up for my very first swap. It's the Bend the Rules Sewing Swap (BTRSswap)! The project is the Pleated Beauty Bag from the Bend-the-Rules Sewing book by Amy Karol. I have had a mean itch to do some sewing and this sounds like a fun way to try a new project. I have made some tote bags but I have never done a lining. Oooooo scary! Can't wait to try it. Now that I am thinking about it I have never made anything from the book. I think I just stare at the pictures periodically. Well I will stare no more. Time to dig in. Well I guess I will really dig in when I get in the same state as my sewing machine. Sign-ups end on March 31st, which is Monday for anyone else who might be interested.

Also I have been trying to set up the button link, but I have not been successful. I lost my WeHo SnB webring button sometime ago. I don't know what the heck I did to lose it. I must not have sewn it on well in the first place. I even don't remember how I put it on. I think Ellen hooked me up. If someone can email me a button tutorial it would be much appreciated. Then I can get my buttons back on my shirt!

All right. I got the link up on the side bar. I call that progress. Button, button, who's got the button? Not me...yet.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Babies First Trip to the LYS

Little tiny babies need little tiny clothes. Especially some little tiny hats to keep them warm. So we went to The Hook and Needle Yarn Store in Bryan, TX to get some yarn!

Cookie and Kiss loved the yarn store!
Babies & Yarn
Cookie was very excited. She freaked mom out with her enthusiasm. Mom thought she might fling herself right out of all that yarn. Kiss took a snuggle up approach to all that yarn.

A Natural
He asked to hang out in the yarn while we shopped but the Ladies of Hook and Needle had other ideas. They offered yarn for babies. Guess what? I didn't even pause to think it would be an acceptable idea. Yarn for babies. I am not falling for that.
First Yarn Store
The Ladies at the Hook and Needle were great. Very helpful with the yarn. They had a really nice selection of yarn. A great wall of needles. And a very nice selection of books. Eventually they let me pay and returned to babies.

Check out the goods!
Mission Falls cotton, Vickie Howell Craft, and Marble.
Nancy even threw in a pink and a blue tote bag!

Craft & Hat

Here we are showing off our new caps.
Look at us

We are so small we can share one basket!
we fit in one car seat
Here we are visiting Dr. Matthews office.
Cookie and Kiss are doing really well and doing all the things they are supposed to. Eating, peeing, pooping, being cute, sleeping, and growing.

Monday, March 24, 2008

Happy Easter

C & K Easter1
Look what the Easter Bunny brought.
Two little, sweet Peeps!

C & K Easter2
These little peeps fit very snuggly in an 11-inch basket.

Cookie likes to nap.
Cookie nap

Kiss likes to nap too.
Kiss nap
The days are filled with mama's milk, sleepy time, looking around, lots of cuddles, some diddy changes, squeaks and squawks and so much cuteness. Pure joy and good times.

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Warning: Gushing & Mush

YAY! I made it to Texas. Everything went well except my luggage didn't make it. What happens that the luggage doesn't make it? Who the hell knows what they do behind the scenes at the airport.

The new mama picked me up in the new family wagon, new car smell and all, and I was off to meet Cookie and Kiss. I got in the house and there was papa holding two of the smallest people I have ever seen with my very own eyes. In my excitement I remembered to wash my hands but I was also a little scared. Little, itty, bitty babies. I knew they were small. 4lbs small, but I was totally unprepared to see how small they were in person. The camera put on a good two pounds on those babies, I swear.

Cookie & Kiss are totally perfect & tiny human beings. They are the smallest, sweetest things I have ever wrapped my arms around. I held both of them at the same time. Plus a couple of doxies climbed in my lap too. It was a total lovefest. I am totally in love! Their fingernails are the size of sesame seeds and I am not exaggerrating. Tiny little perfect fingernails the size of sesame seeds. And long fingers...some gecko, primordial lizardlike trait with matching long toes. They will be maestros at piano or rock climbing. Sweet dispositions. Baggy little knees. Hungry little mouths. Loud tiny bottoms. Just perfection.

I warned you there would be gushings and mushings. I have been completely taken by these very teeny individuals. I haven't even had time to take pictures because I am so busy staring and holding and loving up these babies.

Thursday, March 20, 2008



"Everything is twitterpated in the Spring.
Skunks smell sweet. Rabbits sing.
It's a topsy turvy twitterpated thing when everyone's in love.

When you can't control a grin and your head's inflated.
Love just bops you on the chin. Now you're twitterpated.
Things begin to happen when a boy meets girl, deer meets doe, squirrel meets squirrel.
It's a topsy turvy twitterpated world when everyone's in love."

Around this time of year this little song pops into my head. I believe I had an album of Easter Bunny songs. I can sing Peter Cottontail too. Sing along if you like.

"Here somes Peter Cottontail.
Hoppin' down the bunny trail.
Hippity, Hoppity Easter's on it's way.

He's the King of Bunnyland.
Cause his eyes are shiny and
He can spot a wolf a mile away.

When the others go for clover
And the big bad wolf appears.
He's the one that's watching over.
Making signals with his ears.

And that's why folks in Rabbit Town
feel so free when he's around.
Peter's helping someone everyday."

It's funny the things you remember from childhood.

I hope you enjoyed your Spring Serenade.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008


Tornado + DFW = 720 cancelled flights.
Yes I was supposed to fly off to see Cookie & Kiss, but had to turn around once I got to the airport. I will try again on Friday. Hopefully the weather permits travel. I am sad that I have to wait to meet Cookie & Kiss for another couple of days.

Recently I met another little sweet pea named Oliver.
Oliver, Daddy & Joan
Oliver, Frank and Joan came out to introduce Oliver to all his SnB Aunties on a Saturday morning.

New babies mean new knit projects. To welcome Oliver to SnB I whipped up the EZ Ganomy Hat. It was a fast project and super cute on him. Here he is modeling and snacking on Annika's shoulder. Look at that face?! He is a cutey through and through. A-DOR-ABLE!
Oliver 5

Yarn: Mission Falls 1824 Wool. 100% merino superwash.
Color: Orange
Book: Elizabeth's Zimmerman's Knitter's Almanac
Pattern: Ganomy Hat

Saturday, March 15, 2008


Kiss & Cookie
Quinn Xavier & Francesca Marie.
3 days old

My hubby thinks they look like house elves. Aren't they cute in their umbilical cord hats? I made them small but I am happy to see they have some room to grow into. Everyone is doing really well and should be going home tomorrow or Monday. Perfect timing for me as I arrive on Tuesday!

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Cookie & Kiss have arrived!!!

Cookie & Kiss arrived this morning!

Charissa's water broke this morning and I received an early 5am call that they were off to the hospital. The C-section happened at 8:30am. Cookie, the little girl, came first and weighed 4lbs7oz. Kiss, the little boy, came next and weighed 4lbs9oz. Mama had only a few moments with them before they were whisked off to the NICU. Mama is doing well. She was experiencing some high blood pressure and low body temperature. Unfortunately she is on bedrest and cannot see the babies for 12 hours! I think it's down to 6 hours as I write. All this time anticipating the babies and she can't really meet them until later today. She is a bit bummed about that but also totally joyful and a bit tired and a whole bunch of other emotions. I talked to Daddy and he sounded great. He said the babies are totally cute and have different personalities already. He has been taking pictures of them and then taking the photos to Charissa so you can see them. Isn't that sweet?

Here she is this past weekend

I am very excited to meet my Cookie & Kiss! Going to TX soon!

To celebrate I planted a garden!
I got three varieties of Tomatoes: Romas, Momotaros, and San Marzanos.
The San Marzanos are an heirloom variety of Romas. The Momotaros are a Japanese pink tomato that are said to be sweet and delicious. I also planted 4 basil plants, which is the obvious must have with the all those tomatoes. I threw in a jalapeno with some salsa in mind and then some marigolds. They are supposed to reply pests and encourage good bugs.


Tender blooms and little babies...what a wonderful day!

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Tea House

teahouse shadow

This is the Japanese Tea House in Descanso Gardens.
All the previous nature photos were taken on a recent trip to see the camellia forest blooming. The blooms were GORGEOUS and to be surrounded by such beauty feeds the heart.

Sunday, March 09, 2008

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Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Steamboat, CO 2008

This is the Annual Family Ski Trip. There was lots of skiing, some snowshoeing, tons of snow, and lots of love.