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Well, we are off on the trip of a lifetime to adopt our second child. There won’t be any crafting time while traveling (I prefer reading over knitting when stuck on a fifteen hour flight). If you would like, you can follow along on our journey as I blog from China at To China for Maya. See you in a couple weeks!

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Guess who?

Please stop by my adoption blog for a big announcement!

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At the beach

I’ve got warm weather on the brain. How could that be, with a high of only 3 degrees outside? You heard me right, 3 degrees! It is COLD! Anyway, the warm weather I am dreaming about obviously isn’t here, but in Jamaica. That is where we will be spending our family vacation this spring. You can see a picture of the lovely resort at one of my other blogs here.

Even though it is still weeks away, I was eyeing some beach bags in Target yesterday. Then I was thinking that maybe I should try to make another little felted bag with all that purple and green wool for my trip. Viv sent me the link to this Booga Bag pattern. It looks like it would be the perfect size for a book and a pair of sunglasses, which is all I really need to sit on the beach. Still, I wonder if I was to double the pattern would it result in a much larger beach type bag, or just be kind of a strange medium awkward size. I guess since I can’t yet be on vacation, I feel like I should be making something for vacation. So, should I make this cute little bag for shopping/reading and just buy the Target beach bag, or scrap the entire idea and start on this cute little baby blanket (the one in the middle) I saw in the Lion Brand catalog? And speaking of the catalog, you can get one for free here. Oh, and I did say that I would work on knitting a dress for my daughter, right?

Ahhh, I just can’t seem to make up my mind as to which project I should work on next!

By the way, I am very close to finishing the baby sweater that I have been working on. Next Sunday night my girlfriend and I will be meeting up again so she can show me how to sew up this baby. I will post pictures when it is all finished.

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Growing up in the northeast, I am used to a cold, sometimes snowy Christmas. The recent warm weather, although enjoyed by all of us, was starting to get a little old. I mean, come on already, it’s December! Luckily, it definitely felt a bit more festive outside, with a high of 38 degrees yesterday, when we ventured into New York City to see the tree.

This has become a yearly ritual for us and every year I enjoy it more. The crowds of people, bundled up in their hats and gloves, Christmas music and snowflakes glowing on the Saks Fifth Avenue building just puts you into that holiday spirit.  Below are a few pictures I took around Rockefeller Center yesterday.

As you can see, we first arrived at the tree while it was still light out but once it turned dark is when everything really turns beautiful. Above is a picture of my niece Candice. I love how you can see the reflection of the tree and of Candice in the window behind her.

Earlier in the day we had a really delicious lunch of noodle soup in Chinatown, with a stop over at the Green Tea Cafe for some hot coconut bubble tea. All that food warmed us up for our trip uptown to see the tree. NOW if feels like Christmas!

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This is the first time in many years that I will not be hosting Thanksgiving dinner. Instead of cooking up a storm, I plan on attending (with husband, daughter and foreign exchange student in tow) the 80th annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City. Afterwards we will be heading over to my parents house to stuff ourselves the turkey.

Only once before have I ever attended the Thanksgiving Day parade, and it was FREEZING cold. Needless to say, if the weather stinks on Thursday morning, we will be enjoying the parade from the comfort of family room couch. Otherwise, I will be sure to get a picture of a giant balloon for my Thanksgiving post.

Since I am shirking all my cooking / cleaning the house responsibilities, I did promise my Mom to bring two things with me on Thanksgiving. One dessert (to be decided upon) and my citrus-cranberry sauce. If you are sick of the canned stuff and want to try something a bit different, check out the following recipe. Bonus – you can make it up to three days in advance!

Citrus-Cranberry Sauce

2 large navel oranges

1 (12-oz) package fresh cranberries, picked over

3/4 cup sugar

1/4 cup water

1/8 teaspoon ground ginger

1/2 teaspoon fresh lemon juice

1/2 teaspoon fresh lime juice

Remove the peel and pith from the oranges with a pairing knife, cut each section into quarters.

In a heavy saucepan over medium heat combine oranges, cranberries, sugar, water and ground ginger. Cook for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and stir in lemon and lime juice. Cover sauce and chill before serving.

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Ba Ba Black Sheep

have you any wool? Yes sir, yes sir three bags full!

 

Around here that couldn’t be more true. After the stressful day I had on Wednesday, I have been doing the one thing that helps me clear my head – knitting. Originally, I had three red bags sitting on my windowsill full of yarn to make christmas presents, all for the lovely ladies who work at Leah’s preschool. I have since added one more bag, for a total of four scarves. Here is the rundown.

For Mrs. E, a purple scarf made out of bulky yarn. Super fast and pretty. Luckily I have already finished this one.

A scarf made out of fun fur for Mrs. C, just because she has such a fun personality. I haven’t started it yet.

This one for Mrs. N, knitted with a nylon ribbon. Easy to find at any large craft retailer and so far knitting up quickly.

Lastly this one for the owner of her school. Can you see the little beads that are already weaved into the yarn. How neat is that!

I hope to get lots of knitting done not only during the Thanksgiving holiday, but also when I meet my girlfriend for our weekly knit fest at the bookstore. Today, I actively recruited my new friend Wendy, when we met for a nice lunch at a local restaurant. Wendy contacted me through my blog when she had heard that I am using the same adoption agency as she is. What could possibly turn into an awkward “blind date” like situation was, in fact, a nice lunch with a super sweet person. So Wendy, I will be e-mailing you soon. Make sure you bring your knitting needles!!

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I had a post planned for today. It was to include pictures of the scarves I am making for Leah’s preschool teachers. These are to be Christmas gifts to the wonderful women who teach and take care of Leah when I bring her to school. To show them how much I appreciate all that they do. That post had to be put on hold temporarily, so I can tell you why I truly appreciate her teachers so much.

Yesterday I received a phone call from her preschool.  Leah was having a medical problem while there and they wanted me to come right away. Turns out that my daughter was having a seizure. This has happened before, since she suffers from something called febrile seizures. This though is the first time that she had one of such severity at school. Her teachers promptly called me, called an ambulance, brought her outside (as to not scare the other children) and waited for me. The care and concern that I was met with was unbelievable. Mrs. N offered to ride in the ambulance with me. Mrs. E cried she was so scared. Mrs. C. called me tonight to again check on Leah.

It turned out to be a long day at the hospital. Children don’t generally grow out of these types of seizures until after the age of five. It is our hope that this is still considered a febrile seizure. Due to the fact that it was a somewhat lengthy seizure, we will be visiting a neurologist in the next few days to try to rule out epilepsy.

So why am I spending so much time knitting them each a scarf? Pretty obvious, isn’t it.

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