Thursday, October 30, 2014

Lulu at 10 Months

Lucille Jones turned 10 months old recently. It's hard to find photos of her that I haven't published on this blog as of late, but this evening in front gave us some lovely images.
 
 
The only thing to say about Lulu is how much she wants to be like us (and by us, I mean mostly her sister).  She wants to walk (or run), climb on things, eat solid foods. She's not ready to do any of it (only 1 tooth so far!), but it sure doesn't stop her from trying. She is busy all day keeping up. At daycare she's running circles around the babies in her room. While they're sitting eating their purees, Lulu is climbing up stairs and sliding down slides. Totally independent, completely smiley and sweet, this baby is steaming toward toddler-hood.
 
 
She claps when her sister sings songs. She plays drums and stacks blocks. She washes her own hair in the bath and she throws her head back with joy when something delights her. She also lets you know, with a short-lived (but loud) tantrum when something does not (namely: diaper changes, clothes changes, and taking away anything dangerous to which she has helped herself)!
 

She has a glint in her eye that makes her constantly grab her sister's toys, and giggle when Penny looks shocked and steals them back. Lulu, we can't wait to see what kind of little girl you'll become. You're already such a character! Now if only you would let yourself SLEEP ;).
 
PS. Penny at 10 months.
PPS. Lulu wears her Loose Change top.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Phone Home

I'm one to bring the big, digital, SLR camera with me to many family outings. When I don't, or when Mr. Jones is out with one of the girls alone, sometimes he captures the funniest and sweetest moments with his phone camera. Here's the best them, lately:

Mr. Jones and I have laughed for many hours looking at this (classic) photo. We spent so many, many hours in the park this Summer. Most of them were great, but this photo sums up those that were not. There's something about our toddler having to be pushed "just right" by the parent of her choosing...if it's not executed to her liking, this is what you get:


Penny loves puddles (but only in boots!). This big one sure looks daunting...



but she made it through unscathed.


Maybe your child doesn't know what a pay phone is, but my toddler loves them. It's like a water fountain - anytime we see one, we have to indulge. Here she's calling her best friend Yay-ya, trying to set up a playdate (the upside down phone doesn't help).


What did we do without camera phones? I sure am grateful when we capture moments like these!

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Party at the Farm

Last weekend we were invited to a two year old's birthday party at a farm. It was such a gorgeous day and we had such a lovely time. I dressed Penny in a handmade dress and a handknit sweater, and she loved both! Bonus. She also loved running in the rows of sunflowers. Mr. Jones was out of town, so "Frank's Dadda", our friend Dean, filled in nicely.



She also enjoyed other activities like sniffing flowers, looking at gourds, picking up specs of dirt...what Toddler doesn't love a farm?





The birthday boy, Teo, had a grand time, too. He took hay rides and picked pumpkins. There was freshly roasted corn on the cob and bagels and cupcakes. Who wouldn't love to have an October birthday if it meant all of this

 

I really love a kid's birthday party. Seeing all the kids together is always a beautiful sort of chaos.



Lulu time!



When Mr. Jones got home, Penny immediately started telling him about our time at the farm, starting with the "big big big big PIG with the big, big, big, big NOSE". I'll never forget her face when she rattled off those 'big's. Totally hilarious. 



I think the sunflowers were my favorite part. Thank you, Cecelia and Tory, for inviting us to such a memorable and beautiful party!

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Made/Given/Worn


I wanted to catch up on some projects I've made lately that have been made/given/worn by little ones I know. You'll remember "Junior". He was the first cloud pillow that I made for my favorite 5 year-old. I ended up making a duplicate of him as well as a rainbow blanket, for Lulu (Ravelry link HERE). They both make her crib area just a bit more charming.


Penny wore her Balloon Pants toward the end of Summer. I'm going to take them into Fall with some tights underneath. I loved them, and when standing in front of our new wallpaper she looks similar to the Japanese craft books I so revere.


I recently finished a gray rainbow sweater for her, too (Ravelry link HERE). She's been wearing it on the crisp mornings lately, and to special events around town (more on that, to come).


Speaking of special, I entered my Sasquatch Sweaters into the Oregon State Fair's Original Knitting Pattern Competition and won second place! I love these sweaters, and want to make a few more in coming months, as well as publish the pattern. Here's their original post (and here's my other second prize win, for my HarVest - a free pattern).


Next up is Halloween costumes, of course. This is the first Halloween I'll be dressing two children, and the second Halloween the adults in this family will be completely ignored :). The good thing is that we're still in the territory where the babies don't understand Halloween, nor have any opinion of what they should be! The fun will be all mine ;).

Monday, October 6, 2014

Flock+Fiber

The beautiful weather in Portland has continued these past few weeks. In an attempt to show the girls some real-life animals (and because, you know, I knit and stuff) we headed to the Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival in the nearby town of Canby. Penny was trepidatious at first, about the animals, but she soon warmed up and was happy to meet them.



We all donned our overalls (OK, not Mr. Jones. We have yet to get him any, at his request).



Farmers with all kinds of animals attend festival. The only requirement is that your animal can lend its outerwear to human use. So, too, can this amazing car...



Lulu enjoyed watching the Spinners showing off their skills with fiber. She's been using her hands a lot more these days, in really meticulous ways, too!


My favorite part was when Penny met the rabbits. She had brought "Gray Baby" to see them. I think the introduction was a lot easier with her intermediary :). 



This was the first time we could recall seeing Penny "register" live animals, and it was really, really fun to see. She wouldn't touch any, but looking seemed more than enough for all of us. Of course, I couldn't come home from the festival without a handspun skein of yarn. There seemed to be something for all, er, ok, most of us at the festival :). We really enjoyed the morning.

PS. A previous trip to the festival.
PPS. Lulu wears Penny's Trinket.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Lulu at 9 months

Lucille Jones turned 9 months old! She's still the happiest baby, ever. She's now 18.4 pounds, and average in height and head size. She's been trying lots of different foods this month. None seem to stay in her mouth, but sampling counts, right?



We enjoyed an extended summer here in Portland, with weather in the 90s throughout the month of September. Lulu has loved eating and crawling outside. She's so busy, putting everything in her mouth, always climbing up your legs to try to be picked up, and giggling constantly.





Lulu started daycare with Penny this month. She's definitely one of the most active babies in her room. They already see how different she is from Penny. Where Penny is careful, Lulu is a true daredevil. She's got the facial expressions to prove it:



With Lulu turning 9 months old, Penny turns two and a half this month! It's a phrase she already knows how to say, and she's already anticipating age 3.



Penny talks about her birthday daily now. We're trying not to reveal that Lulu will be having one first. Sometimes we can't wait for Lulu to walk, or Penny to be able to do more "kid things".  But mostly, Mr. Jones and I are just hoping both of them would just slow down. These ages are really, really sweet.

PPS. Lulu wears her cardigan To Temper Pink

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Knitting Neon

When the yarn company I work for came out with a fingering weight neon yarn, I was smitten. I just finished up two knits with it, and I think they're just so unique. I used every color in the collection to make this toddler vest:



It took so long to make on size 2 needles that I don't think it fits my toddler anymore. She also screams and runs out of the room when she sees it. Seriously. Nevermind, though! I've got another baby coming down the line, and despite rumors to the contrary, neon never really goes out of style ;).

 
 

I also made this baby sweater out of the color "Hot Tamale" and paired it with a zip-up onesie for a complete outfit. I'll be giving it to my friend Patrick for the birth of his upcoming son in December. It feels like I show so few handmade projects here, but I always have at least five in process. I'm working on my first original crochet pattern, as well as writing up some kiddo patterns I've had in the works for what seems like years. I hope to get this all to you soon! Now back to worrying about what's for dinner.... ;).

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Happy Birthday, Mr. Jones!

To my husband, my baby daddy, and my best friend...
 

who gives 110% to everything he does...
 

Happy Birthday. Here's to many, many more.