Saturday, August 25, 2007

Secrets Are Wonderful!

This summer I joined two yarn swaps. The first - Yarn in a Tea Cup - was a rather small swap, but rewarding nonetheless. The second swap I am participating in is through the website Ravelry.com and had a summer camp theme. Yesterday, I received my package from my secret pal. She is from California and sent me the greatest package ever! She must have done her research because the things she included in her package fit me to the "t"! I nominate her for "Best Swap Pal Ever!"

This picture includes everything she included in the package!
And a few closeups: Everything in this picture is Non-Yarn Related: a few fruit drinks, so as to not suffer with Bug Juice, Trail Mix, Home-made soap, a moth-repellent sachet, and a note card from home. This picture is everything knitting related: two pairs of circular needles to make socks, sock yarn, and Sensational Knitted Socks by Charlene Schurch. And lastly, a spinning related picture. No, I don't know how to spin, but I've been wanting to learn and my pal included everything I will need to learn. A handspindle, some gorgeous roving, and Teach Yourself Visually: Handspinning.

I am so excited to dig my paws into everything that she gave me! Thank you so much!

Friday, August 24, 2007

The Family Reunion

As usual, the family reunion was wonderful, despite the fact that it is in the Middle-of-nowhere, PA. It is the one time of year that the majority of us are together. There are quite a lot of us.

My dad is the youngest of six.
Each of his siblings have 2-3 kids, and now some of them are having children. There are 42 of us (I think) plus Grandma and Grandpa - including husbands and wives. We are quite a group when all of us are together. This year there were about 25 of us -- -- still quite a crowd!

Bella, Gabby, Laurel, and I had a great time together.
We played play dough together and Bella made me a beautiful necklace (which is the small green spot by my hand).

And this post wouldn't be complete without a new picture of the Samantha - the latest addition to our family.
This picture was taken three weeks ago roughly, and even in that time she has gotten so much bigger!

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Angels and Demons

Demons (since the bad news should always come first)

Today I put my first copy of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows into the trash can. This wasn't because I hated the last book. I still have a copy of the seventh Harry Potter book, but my first copy - the copy that I stood hours in line waiting for the eve of its release - has been destroyed. The culprit? Miss Shelby Lynn.Mom and I were out to dinner - just the two of us, a rather rare occasion - when it was interrupted by a phone call from Dad. "Where are you? Well... you might want to pick up another copy of your Harry Potter book before you come home." So I bought another copy without knowing how bad the damage to the book was. The only thing I knew was that Dad is not one for spending money necessarily and so the fact that he was telling me I should get another copy was not a good sign. I came home to this: and this: The last 40 pages or so were torn to pieces and little chunks were missing from pages throughout the whole book. Needless to say, I kept my new copy by my side at all times until I finished it. It is now on my bookshelf - safe and sound.

Angels (so much cuter than demons)

Like I mentioned in my previous post, Samantha Grace got christened this past Sunday. She slept through the whole ceremony and most of her celebration picnic afterwards. But she was still as cute as ever!This coming weekend is the family reunion which means I get to spend 4 whole days with her and all the other cute little second cousins I have (and all the other favorite cousins, and aunts, and uncles, etc.). More pictures to come, of course!