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Happy Birthday Gracie June 14, 2004

Filed under: Uncategorized — katy @ 11:43 am

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Today is Gracie’s 10th birthday.
I had no idea when I gave birth to Gracie
that I could learn so much from her.

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Gracie’s kindness and
compassion know no limit. She is a
terrific big sister to Owen and Cameron.

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Gracie has moved and traveled
more than most children her age. London,
Paris, Rome, Dublin, Copenhagen, New York,
Boston, Sitka.

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Gracie has a flair for the
dramatics with a terrific sense
of humor.

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Gracie, you bring a joy
to my heart I never knew possible.
You inspire me to be a better person.
I love you dearly and thank you for
being you.

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Having a Field Day June 11, 2004

Filed under: Uncategorized — katy @ 1:05 pm

Today was Field Day up at the school for Cameron and Gracie. I had notions of sitting at the field, sipping water and reknitting the back of my Everyday Cardigan. No such luck. I had a ton of errands to run this morning to get everything done for the sleepover. I was a pillowcase short so I had to get another package of those. Shamefully, we never put curtains in Gracie’s room, so I got those too. (Her old curtains didn’t fit these windows). I am shallow, what can I say? I even planted some flowers in the front. And I was going to run the vaccum anyway.

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I did, however, head down to the school for a little while. I like the way they do it. There are teams and each team has a class from each grade. Makes it a bit more fair, don’t you think? One girl in the school has CP and the gym teacher pushed her in a wheel chair through the relay. Goodness knows the school is on my sh*t list these days but I was impressed by that. Other mothers were complaining though as it was holding up their kids team. Ladies, can we get a grip with reality? I wanted to poke them with my knitting needles.

I think we are squared away for the party aside from last minute tidying. UGH! I hate cleaning. And I am not particularly neat. Bad combo, right? Oh well. I keep threatening to get a job to pay for a cleaning person. No one is taking me seriously. Gracie and I made her cake last night. Nothing fancy as she wanted to also make ice cream sundaes. Out of a box with container frosting. I actually like those cakes. Mmm…preservatives. (Does anyone notice I am rambling so as to avoid cleaning?) Pillowcases to decorate, some crazy light up yo yo balls for dancing in the dark. Oh, and a girlish take on pin the tail on the donkey…plant the kiss on the superstar. Yes, 10 year old girls will be puckering up with lipstick and whoever gets the closest to Orlando Blooms lips wins a prize. I wish I were original and thought that up on my own but I found it on the internet just as I found the CD case circular needle thing.

Prizes, what prizes you ask! What does one get for 10 year old girls? I bought toe rings, pots of lip balm and picture frames. I hope they are cool enough. 🙂 I am so reliving fourth grade and trying to be cooler.

Shoot. I have to clean. Really. I do. If I get it all done before the kids start rolling in I will reward myself with some knitting.

 

Kicking the bucket June 9, 2004

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kick_the_bucketThat’s it! I am kicking the bucket habit. 3 kids, 3 buckets…I am done! This one wasn’t as bad as the last. I spaced out my knitting so as not to kill my hands and wrists. Why did I use kitchen cotton again? ‘Cause I like the colors and the price is right. Cameron really liked the beach bucket we saw on Becky’s site so he wanted something similar. It is finished but he wants some beach themed buttons. Specifically, fish and seagulls. Fish buttons are pretty easy to find but a seagull button…I have found it but the website is not cooperating. Oh, and it is $1.75 plus $2.00 shipping. I think that is more than the yarn cost! How about that stitch marker? It’s an Orbitz gum wrapper. I have been losing stitch makers left and right. The gum wrapper held up surprisingly well. Oh, in the background is my new pocketbook. Alison from the blue blog got one from her Secret Pal and I loved it–beats Coach anyday!

coolcaseneedleholderI got this cool CD holder at Target and I am holding my circular needles in it. I think Gracie wants to swipe it. I had a picture of it open with needles in it but my hard drive ate it. (Found it)

The sleepover party is 2 sleeps away. I went to ACMoore yesterday and bought fabric paints and got my pillowcases at HomeGoods and Target. HomeGoods was considerably less expensive than Target and the pillowcases were nicer! I hope Owen is alright with all of these girls in the house. He is currently afraid of Cameron and Gracie’s battery operated toothbrushes. He has used one of these in the past but it has been a couple of years. He is afraid to go into the bathroom. Thank goodness we have that second one.

 

I’ve been sorted June 8, 2004

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I’m a Gryffindor!

Thanks to Julia at Moth Heaven. I even answered honestly…although you could tell which house the questions would lead to.

 

This and that June 7, 2004

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luna_lovegoodCameron, Gracie and I saw Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban on Saturday. We bought our tickets online and got to the theater early anticipating, I guess, that old Star Wars phenomena. No such craze–we got into an earlier movie and had good seats next to each other. The movie was pretty good. It is hard to create a movie that could compare to the 3rd book. Especially the 3rd book–it was my favorite. Of course, it made me miss our own little Sirius Black more than ever. Luna and Fluffy aren’t very friendly and would be quite a bit happier if we would just feed them and give them toilet paper rolls.

I worked on Cameron’s Trekking sock and bent the needle on the way to the pet store. Oh, nothing exciting. Just a tank for the gerbils. They were eating the plastic on the old habitrail cage. I did as best I could on the sock with the bent needle and gave up. I moved on to Gracie’s Katia top. I hate the decreases. The pattern says to bind off three stitches every right side row. It has a stair effect and looks hideous. It must be ripped. And I began my 3rd bucket. UGH! My fingers are killing me. Owen’s yarn is all washed and very soft. I need to wind it into balls and make a decision. I don’t think I want to do stripes because I want to knit this in the round and I don’t want to fiddle with matching stripes. If they didn’t match perfectly, it would really bother me.

We are preparing for Gracie’s sleepover party on Friday. 10 girls from 6pm to 10am. Any suggestions? They will watch a movie and eat–pizza, cake and ice cream. We are going to paint pillowcases. This is our first real sleepover party. Gracie had a 1/2 sleepover when we lived in Hingham. She gave up a birthday party last year to fly to Maine to visit her best friend. 10 is such a big deal that we are letting her do both this year. She can’t wait. And neither can Caitlin.

Otherwise, boring errand things today. Including a trip to the doctor. Argh. This man holds my prescriptions hostage for blood. Every 3 months he makes me come in to have my blood tested. Hello doctor, I have been on the same dose of thyroid medicine for over 6 years.

 

June 5, 2004

Filed under: Uncategorized — katy @ 10:40 am

I am the Pacific Ocean!
Which Extremity of the World Are You?
From the towering colossi at Rum and Monkey.

You are the single biggest feature of the surface of the Earth. You cover 28% of the planet, more than all the land put together, and contain enough water to fill the moon. You also contain, almost as an afterthought, four-fifths of the world’s islands. If your coastline were to be stretched out straight, it would reach around the world five times, and a lot of people would get very wet indeed.

Thanks Ann from Purling Swine. I like being the Pacific Ocean. After college I did a year of volunteering in Sitka, Alaska. I loved being surrounded by the Pacific.

 

Filed under: Uncategorized — katy @ 10:40 am

I am the Pacific Ocean!
Which Extremity of the World Are You?
From the towering colossi at Rum and Monkey.

You are the single biggest feature of the surface of the Earth. You cover 28% of the planet, more than all the land put together, and contain enough water to fill the moon. You also contain, almost as an afterthought, four-fifths of the world’s islands. If your coastline were to be stretched out straight, it would reach around the world five times, and a lot of people would get very wet indeed.

Thanks Ann from Purling Swine. I like being the Pacific Ocean. After college I did a year of volunteering in Sitka, Alaska. I loved being surrounded by the Pacific.