Sunday, June 29, 2008

Bad Blogger

Or, Most of June in One Post.

All the way back on the 8th or so, we went to see a Pirates game... and the Pirates actually beat the Diamondbacks! It was warm and my guys are so handsome and it was a great afternoon.

And then Eldest turned 8.

And this is what we saw for the next week or so.
It was a quiet ride to the beach!

North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. LONG drive from the 'burgh. Plenty of cousins... and critters...



and buried treasure.

I didn't mean to catch this welcome on the aquarium sign... but does it leave anyone else scratching their head?
Because, I don't think you would want to touch this...
Despite the unnecessarily gloomy music, the Ripley's Aquarium did have a fabulous walk thru tank.

On the way home, we visited Virginia Tech so that Daddy could show off his alma mater.

And a trip for the engineer is not complete without taking an opportunity to visit a modern marvel like the New River Gorge Bridge. 800+ feet above the river. At one time the world's largest arch bridge. Yeah, I live with an engineer and probably one, if not two in training.

That little bridge down there was how one used to have to get across the river.

And while I was gone... Vesper Summer Sock Club wound its way thru the South Hills and landed at my door. The green thing is a tape measure. Woot!!

Is that gorgeous or what?

And then, just this Friday... Ms. A was caught red handed kool-aid dying on my back porch.

Isn't it cute how organized she is? We never lost track of which bottle was which.
Oh, and it is the perfect time of year to get dye bottles. I picked up the condiment bottles at the dollar store- 3pk for a buck!! And they are bigger than the ones in the candy making aisle at the craft store.

Here's one fine example of our handi-work... Each kid did a skein of worsted weight. Yes, Ms. A and I are kids, too :) Now the challenge is to think of something fun to make out of each.

That gets us up to date, I think... I can't believe that July is only hours away. The boys are doing a morning camp through the township, some library programs and we have a couple of weekend plans and then it is going to be August! Slow down, Summer!!

Saturday, June 21, 2008


Well, we made it back safely from the Family Vacation in South Carolina. Update shall follow.
And, I did find a babysitter for tonight. The Mister and I will enjoy his last birthday concert... Chris Botti at Heinz Hall.
Until then, I received this in an email and I thought you might enjoy it, too.

Thursday, June 05, 2008

Look Out, World!

The Kindergarteners are on their way to First Grade!Eldest and INBA

Me and the Mister with INBA and our Niece Ms. V.
Ms. V finished up her kindergarten year 2 weeks ago. Who said these babes could grow up? Do notice that INBA is persisting in his refusal to take a nice picture. Whatever.

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Later than Late

Oh, you know I couldn't go to bed as it headed into the 3rd overtime. Quite thrilling.

Anyway, now I am tired. go figure.

My sister is on her way here from Indianapolis. Honk if you see her on I-70. Man, Ohio is wide. She is coming for INBA's kindergarten graduation tomorrow. It will be good to see her and my niece.

I better go clean the hall bathroom and make sure the guest room has clean sheets, too. (that is code for the boys need to clean up the play room so that we can see that there is a bed in there for our guests to sleep on!)

Monday, June 02, 2008

Up Late

I am telling myself that I need to go to bed... but the RedWings and the Penguins just went into the 2nd overtime.
So, I may as well get some blogging in so that I am not just sitting here watching hockey. :)
I am a happy girl, I just put together a photobook of 2005-2007. I hardly took any pictures (an embarassing amount of knits, not many kids) since moving to the 'burgh. But the boys love to look at the albums. I finally got it done and should be here, soon.
I am resolving to be better and take more pictures.
I bought a new camera. I know, I know. But the novelty will probably help get me back in the swing of things.
How do you like my rhododendrons? Don't they bloom nice when the Mister doesn't prune all of the set buds off? He commented how nice they look, too.There are lots of iris in the yard, too. Does anyone know how to go about thinning them? Some are so clumped that they have a hard time blooming. Do you do it like bulbs or do you need to be more careful?
I really like the BFF Sock. Hence, version 3. This is Lana Grossa Meilenweit Bosco. Rani is making a pair of socks out of this yarn, too. Great minds, I tell ya.
And that brings us to my Must Have Cardigan.
Nice sleeve, eh? Mmm-hmmm.
Except that I misunderstood what they meant by "Irish seed stitch." See, I have seed stitch on the sleeve and double seed on the back. This just means that the other sleeve will match the first and we pretend that all is as it should be. Because I can.
I still wish it was right, but I am NOT going to rip a whole sleeve over it.
It is after midnight, I may have to see the score in tomorrow's paper.
Go Wings!!
There's always next year, Pens!
And I wonder how I get into so much trouble around here...