Archive for 2014

knitting and gaming

We watched a documentary on arcades in Tokyo: 100 Yen, in preparation for a family trip to Japan next spring. This, of course, inspired a trip to a local arcade…always a disappointment, but this game Panic Park was a blast. Hopefully we can find similar fun in Tokyo.

*Xander decided to get a haircut and I think this was the first pic after his big braid chop.
0727141731Carcade72014Web
I finished my first sweater using a lighter weight yarn. It took me nearly three months and I love it! I already have the yarn to start another lighter weight sweater.
0731141129Ravelloknittingproject7312014Web

Great Wolf Lodge

We joined the homeschooling Great Wolf Lodge trip and the kids had a good time…

Dscn4309Gwl62014Web
Lotus gave me a serious nod of approval for this manicure experience, especially during the arm and hand massage!
0624141200A
0624141200B

Knitting progress

Oh my goodness what a stressful week! I ended up with some post-accident anxiety and many sleepless nights but things are starting to calm down. The stiff neck and back is loosening up too! A couple of quiet days at home and knitting is in order.

I lost steam on the “my favorite things” scarf a while ago but took a progress photo. The glorious orange, longtail cargo bike is represented but now that we’re down to one child needing a ride I’ve listed it for sale on Craigs List. If you are looking for a sweet family ride, let me know!

The other photo is my start of a pullover sweater in a light fingering weight yarn. It will have three colors, a few stripes and a boatneck collar. Should be a nice layering sweater.

20140606-105109.jpg

20140606-105128.jpg

Wrecked up week

Another driver fell asleep and crashed into my car. Luckily no kids were in the car at the time and I only got banged up enough to be scraped, bruised and sore but not broken. But dang! The stress of needing to replace the car with something reliable enough for work, the boss needing to do a drive-along to assess MY driving and everything that goes along with it must be getting to me.

Day four of very little sleep makes one feel crazy! Don’t worry, Jason is driving the rental. We don’t need a repeat.

Here’s a pic I snapped from the tow lot. All the quarters that had flown onto the passenger seat were cleared out by the towing company(??) tacky! and just another ping to my already anxious state, wondering what else might have been taken.

20140603-135807.jpg

Mom mobile and in-line skates

Now I have my fast bike and my slow bike. This is my sloooooow mom mobile. I’m getting used to the kid seat on the back and I can go slow enough to ride while Xander skates. The even weight distribution between Lotus and the front basket must keep it well balanced.

Dscn4295Mombike52714Web
Xander and Simon have pretty much lived in their skates from the time they wake up until bed time, and getting quite good! Simon is still nervous on uneven ground but looks like a pro on flat surfaces. They zip around the house, zoom up and down the deck and ride around the block. I’d say it was a good investment!
Dscn4299Skates52714Web
Dscn4302Skates52714Web
Dscn4306Mombike52714Web

Cycling with shoe clips

Jason and I took a bike ride on the trail and I finally got a chance to try out the pedal clips. Clipping in was much easier than I thought and the cycling felt wonderful!

Unclipping isn’t too difficult but the learning curve is definitely there. I clipped out fine the first few times but later when I had to stop short for traffic, down I went: crashing down on my left hip and scraped up my hand. So that’s what those cushy cycling gloves are good for! I put the gloves on and cycled unclipped for 4 miles before my confidence returned.

Lotus and I sporting our “hair is growing out head toppers.”

Dscn4288Bikeride52614Web
We tried another trailer and Jason reports it rides well…
Dscn4290Bikeride52614Web
Not long after my fall. Still smiling!
Dscn4292Bikeride52614Web
0526141336Bikeride52614Web
Also on the camera are my two nephs I got to snuggle recently. Little Rune let me pretty much nom on his cheek the whole time. Yay! Icen was too busy with serious play for Aunty snuggles. He and Lotus were tearing up the deck with trike races.
Dscn4282Icenrune52014Web

In-line skates

Xander and Simon got some inline skates and we tested them out on the trail today. Simon had a tough time and didn’t last long…

Dscn4254Inlineskates52114Web
Dscn4256Inlineskates52114Web
Between the two pairs with adjustable sizing they fit from a size 2 all the way up to an 8. Isaac was able to take a turn, which means I can probably use them too! Xander seems to be the most into it. I see Xander-Mommy rollerblading happening soon…
Dscn4262Inlineskates52114Web

Isaac’s 13th birthday finale

I love this guy!

Photo2Isaacbday5192014Web
Photoisaacis135192014Sillyweb
Dscn4245Isaacis13Web

Isaac is 13!

Our beloved Isaac is 13 today! We can’t gush enough about our “baby.” He introduced us to parenting and I guess we sort of loved it since we had three more. Now he’s introducing us to the teen years and I can tell already IT’S AWESOME!

He wanted a faster computer for his birthday so he and Jason built one together…
10273334 10203955620435939 6714548086774672064 Oweb
Isaacis13Comuterbuildweb O
We started off his big day with a fancy breakfast. Yum, yum! Happy birthday, Isaac!
Dscn4240Isaacis135192014Web

Lotus Mobile

In an attempt to ditch the cargo bike, I’ve put the child seat and front basket on the comfort bike. Our first ride was okay, but not great. Going up a hill I had to stop and nearly popped a wheelie with all the back weight. A double kickstand mod is on the way because the bike will not stay standing at all, while loaded on a single stand. All this because the cargo bike has always been a wee bit too tall for me and I started to bemoan taking it out. Maybe we’ll come full circle and look into trailers again. Ha!

0515141734Apark51514Web