Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Ice Skating Again

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.

skating - 1
Sometimes he really gets his feet moving fast...

skating - 2
We wouldn't have made it very far without the "cheater"

skating - 4
All smiles, so skating must have been a good choice

skating - 5
Concentrate... concentrate...

skating - 6
"Keep up, Mom! You're getting behind!"

skating - smiles
Smiles for Grandpa

skating - 3
"Are we getting cocoa, after?"

skating - ice angel
On one of his close-up visits with the ice, Mitchell decided to make a "snow angel"

skating - after
Snacks, afterward, at Culver's

Happy Knitting,
Lisa Kay

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Second Day of Christmas

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.

Christmas Day 2 - saber
Mitchell is a big Star Wars fan

Christmas Day 2 - game
Daddy helped Mitchell punch out the pieces of a new game

Christmas Day 2 - Wilsons
Gma and Gpa W

We are very blessed to be able to get everyone together and enjoy some holiday time.

Merry Christmas,
Lisa Kay

P.S. For a bit of holiday knitting, here is a lovely number by Thea at Baby Cocktails.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

First Day of Christmas

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.

Zhu Zhu
Mitchell's Zhu Zhu pets were a hit with both boys

Dane liked the cricket we found at the St. Charles craft fair

Snuggling Dane
I forced some snuggling on Dane

Danes Drill
Of all the toys, new and old, Dane seemed to like Mitchell's old drill

Danes Drill 2
We sent the drill home with Dane

Grandparents and boys
The grandparents with both boys

Merry Christmas,
Lisa Kay

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Happy Birthday, Mitchell!

We had a casual gathering to celebrate Mitchell's birthday. There were a lot more adults than kids, and several adults arrived before any kids, and he kept asking when the kids would get there!

Mary and Mitchell
Mitchell shows Mary the alligator turtle.

Iron Man
Mitchell picked out Iron Man as his cake theme. 
  Candles 1
Mitchell blew out one of his candles, this year...  
Cancles 2
...and then Momma helped with the rest.
Eating Cake 2
Chocolate with raspberry filling. Delicious!

Eating Cake
And the cream cheese frosting is pretty good, too!
Mitchell and Garrett
Mitchell lays a hug on Garrett.
Gifts 1
Daddy helped open gifts.
Gifts 2
Lego Space Police!
"You shall obey my command..."
Madison on the harmonica.
Christmas Photo 2010
Christmas portrait
Hard to believe he is five!
Happy Knitting,
Lisa Kay

Monday, November 29, 2010


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 hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving.

I’m off to work!

Happy Knitting,
Lisa Kay

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Christmas Knitting Done

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 Mom
Haven for Gma E

Haven for Barbara
Haven for Gma W

Haven for Maryann
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.

Happy Knitting,
Lisa Kay

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Where's Loopy?

Mitchell has adopted my Little Loopy, and he seems to disappear at times and then reappear in odd circumstances. Here is where he turned up, today.


He seems to be in rather a lot of peril.

Happy Knitting,
Lisa Kay

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Weaver's Guild Sale 2010

I mentioned that we went to the Weaver's Guild annual sale in the previous post, but I didn't show any fibery goodness. Well, here are the lovelies that came home with me:

Bjorn Coordt fiber
Bjorn Coordt Hand-Dyed Fiber in "Azure"

e hedgehog
Pi's Sister (We're calling her "e")

Happy Knitting!
Lisa Kay

First Ice Skating

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!

Skating 1

Skating 2

Skating 3

Skating 4

Skating 5

Skating 6

If I had gone skating, I would probably need someone to carry me off of the ice, too!

Happy Knitting,
Lisa Kay

Bag Winner

The bag goes to Diane for the caption, "Can someone take a look at this? I think I dropped a stitch."

Illustration 2

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.

Happy Knitting,
Lisa Kay

Monday, November 1, 2010

Happy Halloween

Mitchell dressed up as a Star Wars Clone Trooper for Halloween. We went out early to visit some neighbors in Gma and Gpa W's neighborhood.

Halloween 1
Ready to go, laser-sited blaster in tow... set to stun, of course

Halloween 2
Daddy stuns the candy

Halloween 3
Are you imagining the Star Wars theme music?

Halloween 4
Mitchell checks for scary monsters before approaching doors

Halloween - closeup - helmet down
"Jango Fett must not have had a very big nose."

Halloween - closeup
"Not only can I breathe, now, I can use my peripheral vision to check for scary goblins and witches!"

Happy Halloween,
Lisa Kay

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Bags Done!

I finished the handles on the bags. Here's an updated photo.

bag done

For more information on how to win a bag, see the contest post. If you want to make your own bag, I used McCall's pattern 5487.

How do you like the updated blog format?

Happy Knitting,
Lisa Kay