Crocheted Christmas Tree Garland

From December 2010

The Holiday issue of Crochet Today had this really cute garland in it! I had some cheap sock yarn in my stash that was perfect!

From December 2010

Unfortunately, I didn’t have enough of the multi-colored sock yarn. So I improvised and did some plain green ones too.

From December 2010

Plus one that used up the multi-colored yarn with a green topper.

From December 2010

Then I ran out of green, so I had to do the chain with some red I had laying around.

From December 2010

I just love projects that use up random bits of yarn that are laying around in my stash. 🙂 And I think the trees look so cheery on the bar. Next year I may put it over the window next to our tree.


This year we had an excellent Christmas! The girls got lots of great things from Santa, and then we went to MS to spend time with family. Here is a video of Phoebe and Sophie seeing what Santa brought first thing on Christmas morning:

A few photos from Christmas morning. I only have aftermath photos. Rick got a before one with his blackberry, but I don’t think that one’s been transferred to the computer.
Phoebe enjoying her kitchen.

Sophie enjoying her Little People farm just before we left for Mississippi. That hat was Phoebe’s when she had her first Christmas and it barely fit on a 2.5 month old Phoebe. I think it’s kind of funny on Sophie! Also note her cute candy cane dress that Grandma made! Phoebe had a matching one.

The week before Christmas, Grandma and Grandpa came to spend a few days with us and to help us get our house ready to sell. Rick decided to get cupcakes for dessert one night while they were here. Phoebe rather enjoyed hers (it had red icing).

From December 2009

Sophie’s just always a happy baby:

From December 2009

And a few from Church the Sunday before Christmas. We got a family photo taken. Here is the good shot:

From December 2009

And the humorous, but more honest shot:

And a few of the girls before church. Phoebe just was not cooperating with getting her picture made that day.

I hope everyone’s Christmas was as good as ours was and that everybody has a very happy New Year! 🙂

Big Girl Bed and Look-alike meter

Last night we decided to try the big girl bed. A few minutes after we laid her down we were commenting on how we were amazed we weren’t hearing anything yet, and suddenly she cried out. Rick went up to check on her and couldn’t figure out what had happened. He thinks that maybe she was climbing up the pillow and
bonked her head or something, but she went back down pretty easily. Then maybe half an hour later she cried again. When he got up there he found that she got out of the bed and couldn’t get back in. 🙂 He laid her back down and we didn’t hear a peep the rest of the night. She was waiting for him to pick her up when he went up to get her this morning. We wonder if her not being able to get back in made her think twice about getting out? But amazingly, it went really well! We’ll try it throughout the week at night, and then hopefully this weekend she’ll be used to it and will be able to nap in her new bed too. We wanted to start with the bedtime routine to introduce her to it. Naptimes on weekends are not so routine, so starting at night right at the beginning of the week seemed to be the best option for us.

And now a fun little thing! I’ve always thought Phoebe looked a lot like Rick with just a few glimpses of me here and there. I did this look-alike meter thing to see who it says she looks like. According to it, she looks like Rick by 4%! I’m a little surprised it’s not even more like him, but I guess that proves that she does look at least a little bit like me. 🙂

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24 Weeks and Questions for my OB

From December 2008

Wednesday marked 24 weeks, and I made sure to take another belly photo. I’m actually looking pregnant these days! For the most part everything is still going well. I feel good, though my back is starting to hurt again like last time. But otherwise, pretty uneventful.

I go to see my doctor on Monday and I’ve made a list of questions for her. I went on ahead and typed them here so that I could easily keep up with them. I’ll go ahead and post them while I’m at it.

Questions for my OB:

1) Can I get my hair highlighted?

2) Can I still get a prenatal massage?

3) Can I do my physical therapy exercises for my back (exercises from the last time I was pregnant and on physical therapy)?

4) Should I limit the amount of stair climbing I do at home?

5) Is there a point that I will definitely be placed on bed rest even if I haven’t experienced any bleeding, if the 28 week ultrasound still shows a PP?

6) If there is still no bleeding late in the third trimester, at which point would the baby’s birth be scheduled (also assuming the PP hasn’t resolved itself)?

On that note, I hope everyone had a great New Year! Today my parents are bringing Phoebe back and we’re all going to watch the Cotton Bowl this afternoon. Can’t wait! We’ll also give my parents their gifts, since I accidentally left them when we went there for Christmas. Oops! I hope everyone has a great rest of the weekend!

Christmas Day

Phoebe’s second Christmas is one Rick and I have both very much looked forward to. The day started with me opening one of my gifts early because breakfast depended on it. I got a Belgian Waffle Maker! We made waffles, and Phoebe woke up while they were cooking. We decided to go ahead and eat breakfast, and then we’d go see what Santa brought. Phoebe loved the waffles so much (no syrup on hers either), that she crammed so much in her mouth, she threw up. Yeah, lovely. So we had to change her jammies before we could open gifts. Fortunately, she’d only had waffle and some water, so it wasn’t too bad of a cleanup. I tore up what was left of her waffle into little bit-sized pieces. She proceeded to continue eating, and stuffing many of those pieces in her mouth. Guess she didn’t learn anything, but she didn’t get sick again, at least!

So after that we went to see what Santa brought. Here is the before shot:

Changing Phoebe’s clothes real quick-like

She was funny. The first few gifts we opened from Santa was a toothbrush, toothpaste, and some stockings. Well, she really wasn’t interested in those things. Then we got to a toy, and once it was opened, she grabbed it and ran off into the bedroom with it! I had to call her back to open the rest of the gifts. And of course, we saved the largest gift for last…

She loved her rocking horse. Thanks Grandma and Grandpa!

And what our living room looked like after we all unwrapped. It seemed much messier in person. I think some of the mess is out of this shot though.

From December 2008

(couple more photos in the album from Christmas).

Phoebe really got quite the haul from Santa!

After we unwrapped gifts, We all got dressed and loaded the car and headed to Mississippi! About 45 minutes down the road we realized we forgot the gifts. It was too late to turn around, so I still have to get them their gifts.

Unfortunately, I do not have photos from Phoebe’s Christmas in Oxford, but she did pretty well there too. Maybe my mom got some photos we can see next week. She was funny there too, though. By then she had figured out what you’re supposed to do with wrapped gifts. She spotted a big gift under the tree and just started unwrapping! Fortunately, it was hers. We took that as our cue to go ahead and start opening gifts there too.

The rest of the weekend was a bit hit or miss. Phoebe was working on a tooth, so she was fussy and had some other side effects from that. Rick and I both saw the tooth on Friday night, but then Saturday it couldn’t be seen anymore. The only thing we can guess is that her gums swelled up after that. Sunday Rick and I came back to Huntsville and left Phoebe to spend a week with her Grammy and Granddaddy for a week! I’m sure they’re all still having a lot of fun there. I’ve been refraining from calling them too often, though I did call at lunch time on Monday. I haven’t called since though!

I hope everyone else had as great a Christmas as we did. 🙂