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!


Sunday Stroll

Sunday afternoon we went for a little stroll.

Turns out, we went back in time!

Sunday-StrollWas pretty cool.  Davey loves time travel.

(ok no time travel.  They were setting up for our county fair which begins in a couple of weeks.)

Of course I always have to get my picture of David and Davey walking together.



We were walking down the John Wayne trail looking for the apples David had seen during his run.

I love taking pictures of fruit in trees as well.



These were little bitty apples.  Crab apples maybe?  There were trees just loaded with fruit all along the trail.  There was also so much fruit rotting on the ground.  We picked some (out of the trees not the rotting fruit on the ground), and I am thinking of making one more batch of apple jelly.

And of course a picture of little (not so little) Davey.




Just a few pictures from soccer camp

Davey went to soccer camp this week at CWU.

For a last day celebration, the kids teamed up into two groups and played some fun games.  They called it the Wacky Olympics.  Some of the games were very wacky like the one where they had to use their mouths to dig out gum which was buried in a pile of whipped cream, and then they had chew the gum and blow a bubble.  Davey wanted no part of that game or any other of the games involving food.

There were other parts of the games that he enjoyed very much like when his team did their “super-sonic” run around the bleachers.

That gap-toothed grin!



He got a medal and a ball both of which he liked very much.



He was quite interested in that ball as he looked at it for awhile.  Or, he was daydreaming which is equally possible.



They did a group photo, and I like how he was trying to give his best attention and smile.



Even though he had fun, he was not feeling really great so he sat on my lap for a little while.

davey-and-meHe’s getting to be such a big kid, so I take these moments when I can get them!

Davey’s Lemonade Stand

It was in the fall of last year when Davey started talking about wanting to have a lemonade stand. He had participated in a walkathon at his elementary school, and the kids raised money through pledges.  He got the idea that he wanted to raise money for this year’s walkathon by having a lemonade stand.  We promised him that we would help him do this.

So now almost a year later, the fair is coming.  We live on a pretty busy street during fair time, so we are thinking we might have a chance of some good lemonade selling.  We decided to do a test run though before the fair weekend arrives.

I started by looking at Pinterest for ideas (of course!).  I came up with a few and showed them to David.  He looked at them, and then we started thinking about our plan.  Turns out there is an old workbench on the side of the house.  We decided that this would work perfectly.

We each had our jobs:

David:  Builder of stand (Davey served as a painting assistant), graphic designer, and signage maker.

Me:  Purchaser of supplies, maker of lemonade, and sales assistant.

Davey:  Cute little proprietor of lemonade stand (I assisted with financial transactions and ice scoopage).

David went to work.



There was extra house paint in the garage so we were able to match the lemonade stand to the house.




Of course, David’s favorite part was the signage.



We worked on the stand on Friday.  When Davey and I woke up on Saturday morning, we couldn’t find David.  I had a feeling that I knew where to find him.  As I suspected, he was already outside making some minor changes and putting the final touches on his sign.




We were finally ready to go, and Davey took his seat.




He had a great first run.  We had several customers.   We also had some nice support from good friends.



Davey is already asking to sell more lemonade, so we may open for business again this weekend!

Our little Gladiator

Davey ran in a “Gladiator Dash” today.  It was an obstacle course which included climbing, running, hopping in a potato sack, crawling through tunnels, sliding into water, and also crawling through mud.  David was in charge of taking pictures, and he took so many great ones that it was hard for me to choose.  So I chose quite a few.

Davey was a little nervous.  He didn’t know what to expect.



Luckily he had a good friend from his kindergarten class to help him through it.  Caden was an old pro who’d done it the previous year.

gladiator-2They started the kids off in groups of 4.



Davey had a great start and bounded over the hay bales.



These little bouncy things were a little tricky for him, but he made it through.



Flipping the tires was really tough for him.  He got tired, but he just kept on going.



Then. It was time to face the mud.  He looks a little unsure doesn’t he?



He bravely jumped right in.



It was a little slick and tricky.



But he had a big grin when he came out (maybe he was very relieved to be out!).



There were a couple of more obstacles after the mud.

gladiator-11I love this of him moving through the circles.



ahhh the finish!

gladiator-13and a medal!


It was time to get cleaned up.


He was hosed off by a nice fireman.



Proud kid (and parents!).  He worked really hard!




Before I posted this blog, I read it to Davey.  He said I needed more of a finish.  He told me I needed a “The End”.


The End.





Wyatt for Davey

I’ve started a sweater for Davey.

I’ve never made him a sweater.  I started a couple, but one was absolutely huge, and the other had 8 million cables that were starting to drive me crazy.

I take that back.  I did knit him a really sweet little hoodie when he was about a year old.  I made this right after I started knitting again.


This time I am going to knit a Brooklyn Tweed pattern.  It’s called Wyatt, and I am knitting it with Ella rae superwash wool.


Davey helped me choose the pattern.  There are not an incredible number of patterns to choose from for little boys.  Most have some design element that is just a little much, or they have intarsia knit animals which Davey won’t go for. Luckily, there are several nice patterns in the new Brooklyn Tweed for Kids collection, and Davey seemed to really like this one.

Since I am knitting a sweater for a growing little boy, I really needed to knit a swatch.  I don’t know why I always fuss and act like a swatch is such a big deal.  It’s so not a big deal.

I knit a swatch in the main pattern stitch which is double moss stitch.  I really like this stitch.  It knit up really quickly, and then I washed it and dried it.  Creating a finished swatch makes me feel like a real knitter.

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Trying to count the stitches in this swatch was a challenge.  The dark blue was really tough, and my eyes are not the greatest.  The fact that it was this double moss stitch did not make things any easier. I went outside into the bright sunshine so I could see what I was doing.  I had the swatch laid out on the grass so I could really see.  People driving by probably wondered what the heck that person was doing kneeling and looking intently at the ground.

My swatch was just about right on though.  I had gone down a needle size knowing that I am a fairly loose knitter.  It’s still a little loose, but it should work out fine.

I really enjoy Brooklyn Tweed patterns.  They are written so clearly.  This sweater has a “tubular cast on”.  I may have done this before, but I don’t remember it, so I will be headed to youtube to figure it out.

Hopefully this sweater will result in something that little Davey will enjoy wearing!