A Field Trip

I have not blogged in almost a month. That feels very strange. It’s definitely time!

So today, I went with Davey’s class on a field trip to the fire station. It’s not far from his school so we walked there. This involved crossing a grassy field, walking down the side of a road for a short distance, crossing onto a gravel trail, and then shortly after that, we arrived at the station (we came in from behind!).


Davey and his class learned a ton of great information.  I did too.  For example, I learned that your nose doesn’t work while you are sleeping.  You can have someone stick a big freshly baked pan of brownies under your nose when you are asleep, and the firemen told us you won’t smell it.  That’s why we need working smoke detectors.   I found that fact fascinating.  It’s probably the one fact that I will not forget.

They talked about escape if there is a fire.  Davey got the chance to be rescued from a bedroom.



Davey had told me this morning that he thought firemen were kinda scary when they had all their gear on.  I guess the firemen were used to this because one fireman demonstrated putting on all his gear and then showed us how he breathed like Darth Vader when he had his air tank on.

The kids thought that was pretty cool.

We had to get a picture of our little group!



We were waiting to see the ambulance when all of a sudden they had a call to go to a house fire.  All of a sudden, they were putting on gear and hustling like crazy.



They started their sirens -



and then they were gone!



It was really neat to see them in action.  The kids got to see how quickly they prepared and were gone.  (although I do feel bad for thinking it was neat to see them in action because that meant that someone needed them which of course wasn’t good.)

Such a fun trip.  Davey couldn’t wait to come home and tell David all about it!

Wyatt in Progress

A couple of weeks ago, I began the process of joining the arms to the body of my Wyatt sweater that I am making for Davey.

Once the arms and body are joined together, than I will begin to knit the yoke and neck which will look like this:


When I joined, I had to bind off six stitches in the center.  This is where I ceased knitting in the round and instead began knitting back and forth.  This is so I can create the opening in the front.

First though, I had to join them together.  The instructions baffled me a little, but thankfully my friend Ann from Yarn Folk helped me figure it out.  I was able to join it together while I was at the shop working with her.

Then I got it home and got it all messed up.  I am not sure what I did, but I got really confused so I just took it all apart again.  There were a bunch of stitch markers and I was trying to keep the front and back straight.  Somehow I got them mixed up and I am just not sure what I did. Then I got disgusted with my mess, and I put the project in time out for a couple of weeks.

Time outs can be great things if you get the item back out of time out.  My motivation to get the sweater out of time out was the fact that winter is coming, and this might be the only winter the size I am making will fit Davey.

So I tried it again.  The second time around, everything made so much more sense to me.  It went much more easily.  I wish I could do everything twice.  I would understand so much more.

I did this rejoining last weekend when we were up that the art building with David.  He was doing some work and so we were hanging out with him.  I found that I do much better work when I am sitting on a tall chair in front of a tall table where I have tons of room.  It was perfect!  I need this set up at home!


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That’s not the greatest picture, but we do have joinage.

Here’s hoping that I can knit the rest without making any enormous mistakes!

Little Red Riding Hood and Willy Wonka

A few weeks ago, I finished knitting a little red cape for my sweet little niece.  redhood1


It’s a free pattern from Petite Purls.  This was really fun to knit.  I used Cascade 220 Superwash and held two strands together.  I always enjoy knitting with that wool.

It required one button at the front, and I was able to find the perfect button (well thanks to the help of a good knitting friend).


Pictures on a hanger just don’t do this cute little cape justice, and so this is a picture from the pattern designer.  It’s just the most fun little pattern.  I would happily knit it again.



I have no smooth segue to my Willy Wonka story, so I will just jump right in.

David, Davey and I are reading Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.  At the beginning of the story, Charlie Bucket and his family keep hoping that by some chance they will find a golden ticket for Charlie.  There are a couple of opportunities for him to find the ticket, but he has no luck.  Then we read about the other children who do get a ticket.  The grandmas in the story describe them as “beastly little children”.

At this point, Davey really really really wants Charlie to get a ticket.

Just when he thought all hope was lost, Charlie gets a ticket.  This resulted in what was probably one of the most memorable reading moments of my life.  Davey about came unglued. He started yelling, “He got a ticket!!! He got a ticket!!! Mama! He got a ticket!”.  He was jumping up and down and rejoicing for Charlie Bucket.

That’s the power of a story for this imaginative kid, and we are having so much fun reading it together!

Quite a week

It’s been the week of the sick kid here.  I usually just write about fun stuff, and I thought I should write about the more un-fun parts sometimes too!  This was definitely an un-fun week (for the most part – there were still some happy moments).

Davey got sick on Tuesday.  First he had just a mild fever and cold symptoms, but then his fever kept climbing.  He’d never had a temp of over 102, so when it hit 103.6, I was a nervous wreck.  I know I shouldn’t have been.  The pediatrician said she doesn’t really get concerned until it hits 105!  I know the fever was helping his body battle whatever viral thing had him, but he was so lethargic and felt just terrible.

Wednesday he didn’t move, and all he wanted was for us to read Holes to him.  So David and I took turns all day long and read it to him.  We finished it Wednesday evening.  That was a pretty nice way to spend the day, but it of course would have been better had he not been so sick.  It took his mind off feeling bad though I think. That evening we watched the movie Holes.  I have always thought it was one of the better movie adaptations of a book.  There were a couple of parts where he covered his eyes and ears, but for the most part it was a great movie which he enjoyed.

We took him to the doctor Wednesday, and he didn’t even want to walk.  I carried him in and held him on my lap while we waited for the doctor.  He was so lethargic and feeling so lousy, but he said “Thanks for taking such good care of me”.  Such a sweet kid.

Thank goodness that on Thursday, Davey was back!  He spoke more words in the first 10 minutes after he woke up then he’d probably spoken the entire day on Wednesday.  He still had some fever and wasn’t eating, but he was so much better.

Then I got the bug.  I had my turn of not moving for most of the afternoon and night, but today thankfully, I am feeling better as well.

We went and picked up some school work.  He told me that he was missing Math.  That kid loves math.  Now we are in his room, and he is playing with his pokemon guys.  He is eating a little today.  Thank goodness he is feeling better!

He’s not real thrilled about a picture here.  He was totally in imagination/pretend mode.



Buster is 2!

Buster’s second birthday was last Saturday.  It was very important to Davey that we get Buster presents, and that we make him a cake.  So after his soccer games, he went with me to buy Buster some presents.

We somewhat hastily wrapped them.  I kinda draw the line at over the top wrapping for a dog no matter how awesome he is (not to mention that my wrapping skills are never over the top for anyone as I am fairly terrible at it).

Davey “unwrapped” the presents for Buster.



He highly enjoyed showing Buster his gifts.



Buster wanted to grab them and go play, but Davey wanted to explain each gift to him first.



Buster was so patient and sweet with Davey.






Buster will play chase until he falls over so he was happy for some chase time with Davey and his new toys.



I made cupcakes for Buster’s birthday.  I found a new recipe for a mocha chocolate buttercream.  It was way too delicious.  Of course Buster couldn’t eat that, so I also made vanilla buttercream.

We had friends over for dinner who were kind enough to sing “Happy Birthday” to Buster with us.  Davey also highly enjoyed this.  I wanted to get a picture of Buster eating his cupcake, but I don’t think there is a camera fast enough to capture that.



I just could not ask for a sweeter more loyal dog than Bust-ears.


Soccer begins – 2014

Davey started soccer yesterday.  A year ago, we’d just moved here and we didn’t know anyone when we took Davey to his first soccer game.  What a difference a year makes!  I love our littlish town.  Davey knew at least two kids on each team he played.  I chatted with friends we’ve made over the last year.  It was beautiful outside – cool and sunny.  What a fun day.

Davey’s team decided that they were going to be the glowworms.  I think it’s apparent why after looking at the pictures.


This year they have goalies for the first time, so he got his turn at goalie.



Not much came his way, but he was ready when he needed to be.


Davey ran hard and tried his best.  We told him that he’d have scored at least a couple of goals if that darn goalie woudn’t have been in the way!


At one point, I saw him running with his hands clasped behind his back.  I asked him later what he was doing.  He explained that this was a technique meant to confuse his opponent.  “Mama, I was softening them up.”  I don’t know where he got that; I don’t think anyone noticed his strategy, but who knows, maybe it will work for him in the future.

Here is how I really like to see him on the field.


Happy kid having a fun time.

Fair 2014

We had a big busy long weekend. Ellensburg Fair! My mom also came to visit and she experienced it with us.

Davey had a great time. We entered things in the fair and so received our exhibitors’ passes which gave us entry all five days.

Davey won a blue ribbon with his “Love” painting.  He was very proud.



He really embraced the rides this year, and he fearlessly rode just about every ride he could.

However, he and David did ride something called “The Orbitor” with not the greatest of results.  David wrote about it on facebook:

“Davey and I just rode something at the fair called The “Orbitor” – a spinning, high-flying, brain-searing rattletrap, that he wasn’t really big enough to be on, even with me. Davey was screaming that he couldn’t breathe all the way through it. I was trying not to let go of him, while at the same time not hurt him from holding on so tight. We were both about in tears when it was over. I don’t remember how we got off the thing, but we did end up out in the grass, stumbling around, with me carrying Davey. We both said, “let’s go home” at the same time. One ride completely finished us off, maybe for the day.

They did end up going back later in the evening and riding more rides although they did not go anywhere near “The Orbitor”.

I was nervous just watching him on the swings, although I love this picture (Davey is the 4th kid back).


Davey got so lucky in that he found a friend to ride rides with every time he was there.  My favorite story is that one evening he rode rides with a little girl who was in a different kindergarten class.  Davey had not met or seen her dad before so he was surprised that this man was following him and the little girl to the next ride. Davey turned around to the dad and asked, “Why are you following us?”  The little girl’s dad told me the story later in the evening, and he told me that he told Davey, “because I am keeping my eye on you!”  I loved Davey’s directness though. (Davey’s friend straightened things out by saying:  “Davey, he’s my daddy!”)

When we were able to get him away from the rides, he enjoyed the Frontier Village where he got to “pan for gold”.  It’s actually fool’s gold, but it turns out it is always harder to get David and me to stop panning for it then it is for Davey.  David and I get the “fever”.

There was also an old schoolhouse, and he loved learning about what it was like to go to school in a one-room school  in the early 20th century.

In this picture, he is watching a man who had tried on the very tall dunce cap and who was sitting in the corner.  Davey didn’t know quite what to think about this.



We also went to see the animals one evening, and Davey really enjoyed the baby goat.



Now the fair is over for another year, and it’s time to start school. It’s kinda sad to see the summer end, but Davey is also excited to start first grade!