Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Happy Birthday!!!!

Today is baby's birthday, she is a year old today! I can't believe it has been a year, it doesn't seem like it. My sweet wee baby is a sweet wee girleen! She is still super tiny and will stay that way for a good while, but she is on her own curve and keeping up with it just fine! She weighs just under 16 lbs. Her cousin, who is 5 months her junior, weighs 17 lbs. It is hysterical!

Anyway, she is fabulous, and I love her so much!

Sunday, April 6, 2008

General Conference

Wow, I am blown away. We have just watched the Sunday morning session of General Conference (LDS Church) and I am in awe. All of the talks were wonderful. They seemed to focus a great deal on basic doctrine, which, here is the interesting thing...I have been involved in some debates about Christianity on Ravelry, and there have been many, many questions about the beliefs and doctrines of the LDS Church. I posted that Conference was this weekend, in case any of those who aren't members wanted to here first hand. And then, they cover basic doctrine! So amazing. I hope some of the people who asked got to hear some of it, because it was explained much better than I can do it.

Anyway, the most awesome part was this. President Monson gave the final talk of the morning session and as we were watching/listening, DH (Mike) said "You can see that the mantle has settled on him. He looks different." And he was so right. It had been a little odd to me to think of him as our prophet, I think because President Hinckley was for so long. But when he got up to speak, I didn't have any weirdness at all. He felt right. He is right. So amazing. He is the prophet, there is no doubt in my mind. I felt the Spirit SO strongly, such a strong confirmation that the Lord put him in this position. The whole time he spoke, that is all I could think of, I was being told so strongly, the Lord wanted me to know, this man is the chosen leader of our Church. I am so THANKFUL that the Lord watches out for me this way. That he is willing to grant me the answer.

There is more that I wanted to say, but I can't remember what it was. Darn it. Oh, well. Maybe it will come back to me.

I love how the Lord prepares our leaders for their work. President Hinckley was in the upper echelons of the church from his 20's on. He was in it as a career. President Monson has moved up through the ranks of the church leadership from the age of 23. The Lord wants an experienced man leading us.

I don't have words for how I feel about this. It is amazing

100 things

I saw this in my friend's blog, so I am copying her!

1. I spend way too much time on Ravelry. Just ask my husband or the baby.
2. I am a terrible housekeeper. Not because I don't know how, but because I just don't.
3. I won't let anyone else do my laundry. I will let my mom help with regular laundry and DH can do his own laundry and the occasional load of towels, but I won't let anyone else touch mine.
4. I cloth diaper my daughter.
5. I am addicted to sunflower seeds and diet Dr. Pepper.
6. I won't lose all the baby weight by Lil's first birthday.
7. I loved being a SAHM, but I also love having gone back to work (part time)
8. I love my car, even though it looks like a POS.
9. I have two very big, very smelly dogs.
10. I am multi-craftual, but my first and best love is sewing.
11. I am a computer retard.
12. Sometimes I laugh so much I give myself a headache from lack of oxygen.
13. When I laugh really hard, no sound comes out.
14. I startle very hard if someone wakes me up. Sometimes I freak out.
15. I co-sleep with my baby. And I like it.
16. Socks and soakers are my favorite things to knit.
17. Despite my choice of career, I think actors and brides are annoying.
18. I have never been this chubby before.
19. I wish I had auburn hair.
20. I live in a town I made fun of growing up.
21. My husband and I would win on Frontier House.
22. I don't like camping because I like my bathroom.
23. I tend to be a workaholic.
24. I read voraciously.
25. My favorite book (okay series) is Harry Potter or LOTR
26. I am a sucker for a good fairy tale.
27. My favorite color is blue.
28. I was a pre-med student when I started college.
29. It didn't last.
30. I knew my husband for several years before we started dating.
31. He had the hots for my roommate.
32. I mostly only like kids that belong to me in some way, i.e. friends' kids, nieces and nephews...
33. I knit in church.
34. I am a liberal conservative.
35. I am the queen of bargain shopping.
36. My little daughter has as many clothes as I do. Possibly more.
37. I have a shoe addiction.
38. I redecorate my front room every spring and fall.
39.This often involves recovering my couch and chairs.
40. I have a degree in Costume Design.
41. My favorite color is blue.
42. I am older than my husband.
43. I have 5 brothers, but no sisters.
44. My mom lives next door, and I like it.
45. Husband likes it too.
46. I have no musical talent whatsoever, but I get theory pretty well.
47. I don't embarrass easily
48. I am very clumsy.
49. Which is dangerous, as I love to wear very high heels.
50. I have injured myself fairly badly falling down. Twice.
51. My house is over a hundred years old.
52. I used to speak French.
53. I want to return to London.
54. I love Pre-Raphaelite art.
55. I don't watch Lost, American Idol, Dancing with the Stars or any other reality shows.
56. I love House and Grey's Anatomy.
57. I sew very well.
58. I tend to hang on to my friends.
59. I have been friends with one girl for 30 years and some change. Now she lives across the street and our kids are the same age.
60. I rarely go to bed before 2 am
61. I hate mornings.
62. And cheesecake.
63. I like all of my brothers' wives.
64. They each only have one.
65. I talk to much.
66. I am very opinionated.
67. If you can't support your opinion or argument, I will stomp it into the ground.
68. I am aware that it isn't nice.
69. I am fiercely loyal.
70. I have a red personality. Straight up.
71. I yell when I am angry or upset.
72. I wish I didn't cry so easily.
73. It took me three years of Sundays to embroider my daughter's christening gown.
74. I think it is a sin to throw away a book.
75. I like to vacuum.
76. I am really good at making corsets.
77. I hate misspelled words.
78. I never knew that people hated Mormons (weird)
79. I love good cheese
80. I do not like pop tarts.
81. I lose my keys nearly every day.
82. I don't think rap should qualify as music.
83. I think I am pretty awesome.


So, update on my world. I wonder if anyone cares?

Lilly turns one soon. I can't believe it. I look at her and think "What happened to my tiny baby?" Not that she is big, she isn't. She is wee. Doesn't weigh quite 17 lbs. Little beggar. She is so ready to turn around and face forward in her carseat, but she can't do that until she is 20 lbs. It is going to be awhile. I feel bad for her.

I bought her some squeaky shoes today to see if they would make her more inclined to walk. Well, they make her more inclined to have me hold her up so she can walk. She thinks it quite funny to stomp around in them, but she still doesn't want to really walk by herself. She has done it a couple of times by accident, but she won't try on her own.

In crafty news, I learned how to knit two socks at a time on one circular needle. I had to buy an addi turbo for this. They are pretty pricey, but worth the money, I think. They are super slick, so the yarn doesn't get stuck on them, even when you pull the stitches super tight. The bad thing is, Lilly can yank whatever I am knitting right off without a whole lot of effort. And she thinks that is fabulously funny. I took Lilly with me to the yarn store the other day, because I wanted to get some sock yarn. She looked and looked around the store, was quite enjoying herself, then spotted a skein of Cherry Tree Hill yarn in a basket. It had to be hers. Normally, she goes for the brighter yarns. Last time we bought sock yarn for her, she got a bright yellow. I tried to get her to lean toward a nice soft pink or blue, but she wanted the bright yellow. Well, this yarn that she chose this time (and I am not exaggerating, this kid has opinions) was lovely, but somewhat subdued. It has a nice rose, green blue, black and cream variegated. I thought it might be a fluke, so I showed her some brighter colors, but no, she wanted that one! Fortunately, it was on sale, so we bought it. It knitted up into a lovely pair of socks. They were the first I did on the two at a time thing, so I didn't know how to alter the pattern yet. They will fit her next fall.

I am now knitting her a pair of socks that should fit her now. I got some blue-faced leicester on a RAK on Ravelry and dyed it with Easter egg dye. It turned out very well. I made it self-striping, but the color changes aren't as long as I would like. I will try something different next time. This time, I wound it into a 4 yard around hank, then dyed each quarter of it a different color, so the color changes are about a yard each. I want longer, but I don't have the space. This time, I am going to knit a big square with it on my knitting machine, dye stripes into it, then frog it and reskein the yarn. Then I can get a really long color change without hogging too much space. I really need to get some acid dyes, so I can have more color options.

Back on Lilly, she has started choosing her own clothes in the morning. It is hysterical, if I am holding her when I go to get the clothes out of the closet, she has to choose. And she really does! She will push around the clothes, look through them, then pull something out. I have tried to put it back and see what she does. She mostly gives me a look, then shoves around until she finds it again. I love it.

Well, I should probably get to bed!