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#Listifylife Challenge: Week 1 – To Me Spring Is…

Join another challenge? Sure, why not? The #Listifylife Challenge, created by Roni Loren,┬áis only a weekly one, so I shouldn’t have a problem keeping up with it. Planning to post on Mondays, since it’s not already dedicated to another post.

I love lists, by now anyone who has followed me for long should know that. So, this one is right up my alley.




  • Warming Up – Living in Northwestern PA, we’re usually dumped with snow all winter long. This winter was strange, though. We probably didn’t get more than a total of a couple feet snow. And we had quite a few days of unseasonably warm weather. Of course, there’s still a chance we’ll get some more snow before it goes completely away. But, it shouldn’t be too much.
  • Allergies – Not such a good part of Spring, but a part nonetheless. And it seems we all suffer from them, the boy least of all, though. They start as early as April for my husband, as trees and grasses both affect him. For me, it’s mostly grasses and lter in the summer/fall, weeds. So, I’m usually sneezy/watery-eyed, through the summer. Also itchy skin. The girl reacts much the same way, getting these little bumps on her hands and face every spring. They’re already starting to show up.
  • Motorcycle Rides – This is probably the thing I’m looking forward to the most this spring. Until last May, I’d never been on a motorcycle. But since the first time I rode with my husband, I haven’t wanted to get off. It seems to be the one thing that truly drains the anxiety away. We haven’t ridden since September/October and itching to get out there for some wind therapy again.
  • Walks – Sure, I’ve walked some on the treadmill over the winter, but it’s not even close to the same as walking down the road. And out where we are, there are no sidewalks along the road. The route I usually take also goes through the woods, which is one of my happy places. So, it will be very nice to get back out there. I’ve gone out once so far, with the new puppy, now if I can just get him to not sniff at every single leaf and clump of dirt.

So, that’s what I’ve got for this week’s list. How about you? Are you joining in with this? What comes to mind when you think of spring?


Knitting Monday: More Hats

I finished the Snowtracks Cap I was working on last week on Thursday. It turned out pretty nice. The cabling was not really complicated, but it still looks nice. That one took me about 13 or 14 hours to finish.

The picture is not the greatest, but I was trying to take it of myself and tried cropping out all the background stuff(or what I could).

On Friday, I decided to knit another hat for Nathan to keep the sun off his head. I had some blue cotton and figured the cotton would make a nice spring/summer hat for him. And I knit up a beanie with a broken rib brim. This one was a really quick project. Only took about five hours, maybe a little less. Was able to finish it over two days. And he actually kept it on. At least for a little while.

He did wear it outside Saturday, and his head did seem to stay cool when he had it on. Now, I’m just starting to cast on for a Spring hat for Hayleigh. I’m going to attempt this Spring Toque for her. Hoping the largest size will fit her, either that or cast on more stitches to make it bigger. The casting on for the ruffled brim may be what takes the longest.

Family Friday: Taste of Spring

We have been having unseasonably warm weather for the last week. And from what I know, it is supposed to continue through at least the weekend. I am certainly not complaining, and we have been taking full advantage of it. This week we have spent at least some time outside every day.

We spent quite a bit of time outside on Sunday playing in the yard and in mud puddles in the driveway.

Standing in the driveway

Standing together in front of the garage

ready to swing

checking out this swing

checking out the slide

playing in the sand

On Monday, I took Nathan out with me when we went to get Hayleigh off the bus from school. We just came inside long enough for her to do her homework, which usually only takes about five or ten minutes, and change into play clothes. Then, it was back outside to play until lunch time. We planned to go back out after nap and rest time(since she no longer takes naps), but it started raining shortly after we came in.

But, Tuesday, it was beautiful outside, So after Hayleigh got up from her rest time, we headed outside. She played for a bit in the yard then wanted to play on her swingset. She alternated between wanting to swing on her belly and on her butt, which she needs help with. Then, she wanted to swing on the “squeaky swing”. It’s the two person swing, but it is really squeaky. After a little bit of that though she told me she wanted down and wanted to go to Aunt Keri’s. But, Nathan was still sleeping so we had to wait. Of course, as soon as I told her that, I could hear him waking up over the monitor. So, I got him up and we headed down the driveway to Aunt Keri’s. The kids played down there for about an hour and a half before we had to come home and start getting dinner ready.

playing outside before his sister gets home

climbing up the slide at Aunt Keri's

riding around with their cousin

swinging is so much fun

playing with Aunt Keri's new puppy. They had been laying right beside each other

On Wednesday, we went down there again. And were there for closer to two hours that time. Of course, I still had Nathan in a sweatshirt because I had not realized how warm it had gotten outside. Needless to say, once we got home, he changed into a t-shirt so he could cool off.

We didn’t spend a lot of time outside on Thursday, but Nathan and I did go out early to wait for Hayleigh’s bus and when she got home, we stayed outside for a few extra minutes. It was threatening to rain all day though, so we did not go back outside later. And Hayleigh went to urgent care with an ear infection last night(and started complaining about it too late to get in to the doctor’s office, of course), so we probably will be staying inside today, especially since it looks like it is supposed to rain again today. The weekend is supposed to be nice though, so hopefully she will be feeling better and we can get some more time playing outside before the weather changes again.

Knitting Monday: Getting Ready for Spring

I wanted to make a spring hat and found this pattern on ravelry for a lacy newborn hat. I figured using cotton for it would give it the lightness perfect for a spring/summer hat. I had a little trouble with it at first as it was the first time I had knitted a hat from the top down. But, I think it came out pretty nice.

Lacy Spring Hat

Last week I decided to start working on some items for Easter. The first one I did was the Knit Little Lamb from Lion Brand Yarn. Finished it on Friday. It only took me about ten hours to finish.I didn’t use the yarn the pattern called for as it’s about $9 for 87 yards of it. And I figured any worsted weight yarn(which I have plenty of) should work.

Little Lamb

After I finished that, I started a similar pattern, this one for a bunny. It called for the same yarn, but once again I just used some worsted weight that I all ready had on hand. Not quite finished with it yet, just have the body, ears, and one leg finished. Hoping to get the rest of it done and assembled today or early tomorrow.

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