Thursday, March 30, 2006

Easter Bunny Name

My Easter Bunny Name is
Cuddles Hucklebunny
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Monday, March 20, 2006

One more knitting project finished. This is the "Easy-Care Cactus" from a book called "Funky Knits." I used leftover yarn from the armwarmers I finished last week. Knitted up super fast!!! Now I need to make another as a moving gift for a relative!

Friday, March 17, 2006

One more knitting project finished -- Armwarmers! These are the "Hurry Up Spring" Armwarmers from S&B Nation. The yarn is "Freedom" by Twilleys of Stamford that I got in Omaha. Since I wasn't sure how much to get, I still have a ball and half left.

This was the first time I'd ever used a cable needle, so that was an adventure until I got the hang of it. The little one is happy with them, though!!!

Next project? I think I'm going to knit a couple of cactus for someone I know who is moving. She won't have to worry about transporting them -- or killing them, either!

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

FINALLY! It took years, but it's done!!! The braces are finally off!!!

Honestly, I wasn't ever sure this kid would have straight teeth. She's had orthodontic work for the past three or four years -- a pallet expander and then braces on the top and bottom. Now there they are.... Straight teeth!!!!

Other things going on around here? Not much. I'm knitting some arm warmers for the kid and have one finished. The second is about a quarter of the way done. The HP sweater? Oh please! I'm still not done with the back of it!!! I do have one "fuzzy sock" almost finished and am ready to start the second, but she wanted the arm warmers first. Hopefully, they will be done by Friday (they're green!) and she can wear them for St. Patty's Day.

Haven't been geocaching because we now have a FOOT OF SNOW! YUCK!

Our Eastern Star official visit is finally over. Thank goodness!!! So much practicing for one day. I guess I think we should do well all the time and not just for someone else, but maybe I'm in the minority there.

Some news from my Daughters of the Nile group, though. I was elected to go up the line there. I really enjoy the idea of working for the Shriner's kids! As my daughter would say "that makes me warm and fuzzy!"

Thursday, March 02, 2006

My home is too quiet. That's all there is to it.... My daughter is off visiting grandparents -- homeschooling lets you take "spring break" whenever -- and I knew I would miss her. That was pretty much a given, right?

What I didn't expect was the silence I'd find in my home. There's no giggling. There's no crazy rambling about American Idol or some other TV show I don't pay much attention to. There's no loud music coming from her room or having to yell "turn it down" three or four times, either.

Her absence has reminded me of how short the past dozen years really have been. As much of a cliche as it is, it really does seem like yesterday when she was so small she needed a step-stool to brush her teeth. Now the braces will come off in less than two weeks. Just yesterday, she would "measure" her hands against mine and I could bend my fingers down to touch the tops of hers. Now she's almost as tall as I am.

In the next four or five years, we'll be looking at colleges (currently, she is looking at an art degree somewhere) and I wonder if I'm doing the right thing for her. I pray that she will be happy and healthy. I pray that she'll do God's will. I pray that I will be able to guide her as she makes some of these huge decisions in her life. I pray that her dad and I have given her a good set of role models for parenting and adulthood and all that.

Also this week, a beautiful 9 year old little girl stopped fighting Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. She has gone to be with the Lord. This little angel and her brother have been homeschooled their entire lives. (See more on her fight at ) I met this little girl. Her mom used to watch my little one when I was finishing my college degree. Life moved them across the state and I wasn't able to comfort the family in the way I wanted. I couldn't even hug my little one as I had to tell her that her friend Hannah had died. Sometimes life just sucks.

So hug your kids. Love them. Be a part of their lives no matter where your kids are in life. You only get one shot at being the parent. Make the most of it.