As part of DS106, The Daily Create is one of my favorite daily activities.  Today was “Make a recording of a lively laugh,” so I give you H, I couldn’t think of anyone better to record for this one.

H giggles by nikkapotamus

It took about 8 tries to get him to giggle because he just didn’t want to and kept telling me, “NO!”  I think it’s his new favorite word.  We’ve been through “yeah,” “woo-woo,” and “uhhuh” so it’s only logical that “no!” is next.


Mermaids and Sprouts

This weekend was Halloween.  I don’t mean Sunday was Halloween.  I mean this weekend was Halloween.

On Friday, Miss R dressed up at school, had a party, did the parade, the whole bit.


Saturday was downtown trick or treat.  So we all dressed up to go downtown and grab some candy and ride the carousel.  The carousel was AWESOME all decked out in spooky finery.  The headless horseman was even riding the UofM horse.

H was riding the horse with a purple pimp hat.  Not sure how that happened.  The baby tiger on the Benton Harbor Tiger was adorable!

Since we were downtown, a family photo on the cannon was in order.

And of course, we fired the baby out of the cannon.


Then, on Sunday night (you’ll note that this was actually October 31st) we all went out to do some trick or treating.  This was the first year that Miss R really ventured out for candy.  We walked around for about an hour and got 42 pieces of candy (she counted).  Which I think is the perfect amount of candy for a 5 year old and her parents.


*Original plan was a Munchkin for Donut.  The weather declared that he only wear the hat, so he became a sprout.  I’m sure he’ll thank us for it when he turns 13. His hat was knit by Nicole of Knerq for Miss R years ago, and then a flower pin added for fun.

**A gray wig was as dressed up as I got on Saturday.  It was very last minute when Donut woke up from his nap just in time to go trick or treating with Miss R and Ben. After seeing this picture, I’m not so worried about getting gray hair, it’s not that bad.

***Miss R as Ariel the little mermaid.  I made her tail out of the most horrible, no-good, super stretchy, sparkly, tail fabric I could find.  She loved it.

Random Photo Thursday

I realize I haven’t posted much recently.  I have a ton of excuses, but mostly, it’s just that I had other things to do than bother taking the photos from my camera and putting them on the computer.  So, let’s catch up, shall we?

A random face painting day where I let Miss R paint on my legs while I did something else.  It really tickled.

There was also a kitty face, and random arm tattoos.  Then, she was tired of face painting and resorted to the markers.

Someone found the pots and pans cabinet!

Miss R and a neighbor friend playing fairies.

And a wee little viking.  He didn’t want to wear his hat.*

Hey kid, Vikings aren’t supposed to smile. They are supposed to plunder and pillage.

*I’ve been knitting this hat for a while now.  It was much bigger than the recommended 3-6 month size.  More like a 12-18 month size with options to make it an adult size.

Yarning with Natalie

While Natalie was here, as a thank you, I took her to the local yarn store, Ivelise’s.  She had a great time looking at ALLLLLL the yarn and the books for ideas.

While we were waiting, we had some yarny fun of our own.

That’s my mystery knit* with Ducky on the big round table. Can you see all the yarny goodness hiding in the background?  To the left are wound up scarves in a cute little crochet pattern.  When wound up they look like little heads of broccoli or something.

Miss R and Ducky show off a bright pink flowered headband that she would like me to make for her.  Only skinnier.  And with rainbow yarn.  And a bigger flower. And stretchier. So really, it won’t look anything like that at all.

A stealth shot of Natalie picking out some yarn. She took FOREVER to pick out yarn :) But she got some really great stuff that made her happy.  Plus a new book, 60 Quick Knits for Cascade 220.  I’d like to get a copy of that book.  Lots of fun little projects in there!

I can’t wait to see what Natalie is up to with all her yarn and new patterns, but since she was doing some stealthy holiday knitting, I think I’ll just have to wait.

More updates coming!

In other news, Ben is still in Switzerland.  But he’s sick.  Say a quick prayer, light a candle, cross your fingers, slaughter a pig** or whatever it is you do to pass on the good luck he needs to finish his class, graduate on Friday, and make it home without the flu.

*More on the mystery knit later.  It was finally released, so I’ll show it off to you later.

** Ok, don’t really do this unless you are a trained professional who will later eat the pig, please.

Jello? and other messy things

Ducky helped Miss R and Natalie make Pirate Jello this week.  It was Pirate Jello because of the marshmallows and blueberries they added-you know, hidden treasure.

Arrrr!  Ducky is worried he may have to walk the plank!

Donut got some jello too!  I don’t think he really cared for it too much-a little too sweet.  But he did enjoy playing with it.

We needed a bath after this.  Surprisingly, the red dye number4 that was all over his hands and elbows came right off in the bathtub.  No long lasting red baby!

Ducky also went back to ceramics class.

I designed a bowl to be used with yarn while knitting.  Hopefully, I’ll be able to put the yarn in the bowl, run the string through the loop and be able to knit while the yarn stays put in the bowl.  We’ll see how that turns out!

Then, Ducky went to visit the girls at knit night.

Here’s Ducky with everyone! There was lots of coffee and ice cream around this table along with the wools, alpacas, cottons, and acrylics.  I left Natalie with the group last night because Ducky was so tired (and so were the kids).  They had a great time, and now Natalie is looking for her own knitting group.

In other news, my super crazy busy week is now coming to a close, and I only have to do eleventy seven things this weekend instead of eleventy eight.

Into the Wild Blue Yonder

Daddy left for Switzerland yesterday.  It was kind of a hurried goodbye.  We picked up Uncle Kyle at the airport and sent Daddy off all in 30 minutes.

And after Daddy went off to fly for  78 hours (or maybe something a little less) we went off on our own adventure.

Miss R had a class at Sarrett so the Donut and I enjoyed some of the animals and nature.

Look who we found! It’s Wapiggy, Piggy’s evil cousin.  He was trying to tell Donut that Bunnies are not cute fuzzy little friends, but instead they are terrible baby eating fiends!  Donut proved him wrong and petted Bun Bun the nature center Bunny.

We had time for a quick nap and then it was off to dinner with Uncle Kyle, Grandma and Grandpa, Grandmother and George and Peggy.  It was a busy night!

We look forward to hearing from Ben and Piggy in Switzerland!

Sunshine and Rain

Yesterday, it was sunny and 86.  We played in the pool, planted flowers, and sat around soaking up the sun.  After the wild child went inside, it was time for the little guy to come out and play.

We splashed in the water!*

We crawled through the water! **

We checked out Mommy’s camera!

It was a lovely 20 minutes of playtime before the sun threatened to burn little skin and big skin alike.

Then, today, it was the total opposite.  It rained. It thundered.  But no lightning! That means it’s time for puddle jumping!

A good thing we had umbrellas to keep the rain off our heads.

We wouldn’t want to get wet in the rain.

I’ll bet that one makes a splash!

Mommy had to show her how it was done.  No really.  Ms. R refused to jump in the puddles until I did.  Then there was no stopping her!

Definitely a good holiday weekend.

*Pardon the naked bum.  It was much easier to send him out naked than to deal with soggy diapers.

**The little floating petals are left over from Ms. R’s attempt at becoming a water fairy.  It is a known fact that you cannot become a fairy without having peony petals in the water.  Hopefully, there weren’t enough for Donut to become a fairy.