Mitchell enjoyed ice skating so much the first time, and he has been mentioning it, so I took him skating. I'm off all this week, and so I have some quality time with Mitchell. My folks met us there, and my dad took these photos with the great camera he got from Santa Claus.
Sometimes he really gets his feet moving fast...
We wouldn't have made it very far without the "cheater"
All smiles, so skating must have been a good choice
"Keep up, Mom! You're getting behind!"
Smiles for Grandpa
"Are we getting cocoa, after?"
On one of his close-up visits with the ice, Mitchell decided to make a "snow angel"
Chris' folks came over for Christmas gift exchange, and then my folks joined us for lunch. I spent an nearly two hours clearing the snow off of the driveway and front walk, since we would have guests. I guess I don't need to do any "exercise" today.
Mitchell is a big Star Wars fan
Daddy helped Mitchell punch out the pieces of a new game
Gma and Gpa W
We are very blessed to be able to get everyone together and enjoy some holiday time.
P.S. For a bit of holiday knitting, here is a lovely number by Thea at Baby Cocktails.
We celebrated Christmas with my side of the family, today. My brother, Dave, and his wife, Stephanie, brought their son, Dane, over for our celebration with my folks and my family. We had some pork sandwiches (smoked by Chris) and exchanged gifts. The boys had a chance to play.
Mitchell's Zhu Zhu pets were a hit with both boys
Dane liked the cricket we found at the St. Charles craft fair
I forced some snuggling on Dane
Of all the toys, new and old, Dane seemed to like Mitchell's old drill
After eleven days off, I’m headed back to work this morning, and I’m just reflecting on Thanksgiving and all the things for which I’m thankful.
1. My family. I could list each person and how I’m thankful for them, but then I’d fill my list. (Also, who could pick the order? And when would I end the list?) I would, however, like to specifically mention that I’m especially blessed with a healthy, wonderful son (who turns five this week). He is a joy to all the rest of us.
2. Health. Our family struggles with this from time-to-time, and my dad had some cancer removed this year, but with no chemo or radiation required, so I think we should be thankful for that, too. We are in pretty good shape, over all, and lucky to have all four grandparents nearby to dote on Mitchell. :)
3. Lack of financial distress. I know that things are tough for everybody right now, and we are “hunkering down” in some ways, too. But I can’t express how thankful I am to be past the time in my life that I had “month left at the end of my paycheck” instead of money left at the end of the month. Certainly a “knock on wood” or a little prayer applies to this statement, that things not go down the toilet in some way, but I notice the distinct lack of worry I feel about finances (because I used to know that worry as a close companion). I currently enjoy a freedom to buy yarn at my whim that makes me feel beyond blessed.
4. My job. I really enjoy going to work. I know I make a difference in the things that I do, things that matter; I know I’m valued by my colleagues; and I am constantly challenged and engaged. I recently received a title/recognition that I have been striving toward for several years, and I’m just pleased as punch.
5. Freedom. The freedom to write this. The freedom to pursue happiness. I’m especially thankful for all the men and women who sacrifice to maintain that freedom. God Bless America.
I've finished the three scarves/shawls for the three Grandmas (Gma E, Gma W, and Maryann). Two of them don't read the blog, and my mom has seen the shawl already, so I can go ahead and post pictures. I posted information about the yarn and pattern back in July, when we bought them on the birthday outing.
Haven for Gma E
Haven for Gma W
Haven for Maryann
I suppose I have plenty of time to decide that I need to make some other knitted gift for someone for Christmas, but these are the only ones I had planned!
If you look closely, you can see that I did the double-decreases a little differently on the brown one, centered instead of slanting. The pattern called for slanting, and I have to admit that I like it better that way.
I convinced the guys to take me to the Weaver's Guild annual sale, yesterday. Actually, I had managed to enlist Mitchell's aid in asking to go, because I reminded him that it is where we got Pi two years ago. He started saying he wanted to get Pi a sister. So, with two of us lobbying, Chris had a hard time fending us off.
Once we were there and looking around, Chris noticed through the window that we were next to an ice rink, and he took Mitchell over to see. Mitchell wanted to try it, so the boys skated while I shopped. Good deal for everybody! I made it over to the rink before they were done and got a few pictures.
They have a "walker" device for the little ones who are learning. It seemed to be a big help!
If I had gone skating, I would probably need someone to carry me off of the ice, too!
The bag goes to Diane for the caption, "Can someone take a look at this? I think I dropped a stitch."
Also, honorable mention for my dad for, "LisaKay's father trying to learn to knit." That's particularly funny, because I gave him a Klutz knitting book/kit last Christmas. As far as I know, he hasn't opened it, yet.