Monday, January 30, 2012

a day hike

Recently, James discovered a hiking area about a mile down the road from us, and brought us along.  It was incredibly scenic at the top, and the boys enjoyed scambling up the mountain.  They looked for pretty rocks, chewed on fir needles, and attempted to scare James about bears.  I liked there being a place to go so close to home, and spending a day exploring with the kids.  I hope to do lots more hiking this year with the boys.  It used to be that they were too small and struggled, but now, I'm the one who needs to keep up!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

skirt for Natalya

This is a skirt I made using a great pattern from Indygo Junction.  I loved how the skirt flares out at the bottom, and knew that I had to make it.  I did have a hard time with hemming the bottom.  I don't have a serger which would have made it a cakewalk.  When folding the hem under, it kept bunching up due to the deep flare.  So, after it sat for longer than I care to admit, I finally came up with the idea of finishing it off with bias tape.  It turned out wonderfully, and was so simple to do.

I gave this skirt to Natalya, a friend's daughter, and she fell in love with it instantly.  It is a perfect twirly skirt and makes one want to spin around just to watch the skirt float out like a flower.

This pattern is so cute, easy, and versatile, that I'm itching to sew some more, and try different fabric combinations.  And, I like the idea of making a matching ponytail scarf.  Wouldn't that be too cute?

Monday, January 23, 2012

evil genius in training

A bit ago, we got the opportunity to watch Belle again.  Arthur came up to me and said, "You know how the movies always show the evil genius stroking a cat while they plot?  Well, I'm stroking a kitten instead of a cat, cause you know, I'm a kid."

Sunday, January 22, 2012

snow fun

Last week, we got snow, and a bunch of it!  The boys had a great time playing outside during the week, and we were all rooting for it to get even deeper.  I kept measurements and the highest I measured was 14 inches on Wednesday, which was super cool.  Plenty deep for fort making, snowballs, and of course, sledding.

James took Wednesday off as it was impossible to drive out of here and he joined the boys in the revelry.  Now, most of the snow has melted away, so that leaves us back to rooting for more snow!  The little ones concur that it would be agreeable if the snow came up to our doorknobs.  Jamey would like it even deeper, and finds the thought of having a ladder outside his window that he would use to get out of the house most pleasant.

Friday, January 20, 2012

visit with the greats, the grands, and other distinguished folk

The week before Christmas, we had the opportunity to visit the northern Zimmerman folks.  Our first stop was seeing Great Grandma Elynor and Great Grandpa Ward.  We had a wonderful time catching up and sharing stories together.  I pulled out my usual, and by now quite boring escapades of life on the farm with chickens, gardening, and the dog as my main fodder.  The greats told much more interesting stories of life in South Dakota during the winter, memorable Christmases, and caught us up on the family doings.  It was very hard to break away from such great conversation, but we had another destination waiting for us - the grands.

Next stop was Grandma Theresa and Grandpa Jim's house.  This was a visit filled with a whirlwind of activity including visiting the local shops, great meals, early Christmas present opening, the Clam Lights, and Uncle Jim's birthday party.  We got to see Aunts and Uncles both great and soon to be great, nieces and cousins.  Amongst all this revelry, I forgot the camera for the most part, but I did get this shot right before everyone set out to do some caroling.

It was a wonderful visit filled with lots of fun and memories, which made the season all the brighter.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

eleven up

Before Jamey turns 12, I figured I had better get his 11th birthday posted.  It was celebrated in fine style, and per the usual, I have his birthday interview below.  Unlike the usual, he had a lot to say.  So, without further ado, here it is:

What did you like about your birthday?
I liked sharing it with people, going out for ice cream, having a gourmet dinner.  I was very excited.

What was your favorite gift?
I was extra extra excited about getting a replacement Wii and Kirby's Return to Dreamland.  That game was the one thing I really especially wanted.

What didn't you like?
Not really anything.

What have you learned in the past year?
Algebra - some at least.

Any words of wisdom?
Don't get Mom gardening unless you want her to never stop.  She didn't feed us for 2 days (ha ha!).

I like swimming, and having friends over, and we did so many things that there are too many to count.

I like cooking and I made some cool stuff that's yummy.  Like soft pretzels from scratch, scrambled eggs, Greek smashed potatoes, tacos, lime ice treats, and I also made Foon's Sizzling Hot Pebbles.

This last year I took and really enjoyed Tae Kwon Doe, Drama, Ice Skating, Baseball, Gymnastics, and tons and tons of camping.  I am also in a writing class and I love having my stories printed and bound.  We got to see shows like the Blue Man Group, Oklahoma, Alexander and the Horrible, Terrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

I was really sick the 4th of July which was not fun and made me sad.

This last year I also hatched chicks, raised a flock of Bantees, got a dog, and put on plays and shows.

Now that I am 11, I want to have a lot of new experiences, as well as more of some old ones.  Like having lots of friends over, taking computer programming class for games, lots of sledding, glass class with Grandpa Jim, have Mom teach me more cooking, go on a fishing charter with Grandma Jill, go fishing with Dad, take piano lessons with Mom, take a hot air balloon ride, tons more camping, learn Swedish.  I also want to continue taking lots of fun classes like Drama and History.  I also want to finish my tree fort.  I think I will have Mom help me to speed things up.  And there is so much more I want to do that it is hard to wait for it all.  It will be fun though!

And did you know that 2012 is the year of the dragon, and that is my year?  That means it will be an extra lucky year for me.  I already feel luckier too.