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{these moments: trying avocado}

From SouleMama: {this moment} – A Friday ritual…A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.

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Aurelia hasn’t been that interested in food up to this point. After she began staring intently at and grabbing whatever we were eating this week, I decided to try giving her some avocado. It’s a good first food and was Ani’s first and one Aria liked early on. This was our second time trying it with Aurelia, but last time she wasn’t interested at all, in the food or even the process of eating. This time she opened her mouth for the spoon, moved the food around in her mouth and even swallowed a bit. After a couple bites, though, the novelty of doing something new seemed to wear off as she realized she was eating something new and her expression went from this:


To this:


To this (complete with shudder):


I think we’ll move on to squash.



Yarn Along: Growing Tulips

Joining Ginny for the Yarn Along.

20140226-100832.jpgWell, I didn’t quite finish my Ravellenic Games project in time to medal. The Rainbow of Tulips sweater I’m knitting for Aurelia is still in need of its borders and sleeves. I did get more knitting time in than I’d managed to for quite a while, though, and I made good progress on a project I’m really enjoying, both of which were my real goals. This year, I’m happy just to have participated.



Yarn Along: A Change of Pace

Joining Ginny for the Yarn Along.

20140211-162727.jpgIt took a good deal of perseverance to get through this last project; I just was not motivated. My head was filled with visions of the many other projects for which I wanted to cast on, but I did it and I am pretty pleased with the result. The soaker turned out a bit big so I felted it down and love how the the wool bloomed – it’s soft and cozy and very pretty. Next I’ll block the hat and then hopefully the mama I’m swapping with will get a lot of good out of the set in her photography work. Ravelry notes here (diaper cover) and here (hat).


After that was done, I was finally able to switch up the knitting and I’m now feeling much more inspired. I cranked out these sweet, super fast washcloths for the girls for Valentine’s Day and started a rainbow Tulip Sweater for Aurelia, my Ravellenic Games project, one that will not only match her blanket but that also shows solidarity for those discriminated against by the host country of the Olympic Games.

Once I’m done with that or at times where I need mindless knitting, I’m going to work heavily on the blanket. One year will be here before we know it and I very much want it done by then.


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{these moments: the making of a snowman}

From SouleMama: {this moment} – A Friday ritual. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.

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