A Visit to Indiana

Dear Sis,

Until recently, Aunt Angel was the only Indiana family member who had met Mr. Baby. We made a whirl wind trip to rectify that and to pass the few day remaining of Josh’s work trip.

Tuesday morning, we drove to Aunt Angels. The drive was just over an hour and Mr. Baby napped through most of it:) We spent to early part of the day with Aunt Angel chatting away. She made us Broccoli Braid for lunch, and remembering how well Mr. Baby likes grapes from her visit to us, kept the grape bowl nice and full:) After all that yummy food, I took Mr. Baby upstairs for a nap. Aunt Angel took some time to work, since she didn’t have the day off. Without meaning too, I fell to sleep and napped too.

Shortly after we got up from our nap. Cousin Charity was back from school and Uncle Paul began making dinner for us. It was a great evening together. Although I’ve spent lots of time with Aunt Angel and Charity, it was the first time I got to spend time with Uncle Paul outside of a huge family gathering. It turns out he enjoys cooking and is great at it too! He made us a yummy salmon and rice pilaf dish. Mr. Baby also indulged in some of Aunt Angel’s leftover broccoli cheese soup as an appetizer. It ended up being a late night for Mr. Baby, but with a dog, cat, and cousin to follow around he didn’t seem to notice.

We reconvened for breakfast in the morning until it was time for Charity to go to school. We were off to make our drive to Aunt Cil’s shortly after that. Again, it was an easy drive, just over an hour in length, through most of which, Mr. Baby slept:) 

Mr. Baby was quickly swept up by the Aunt Cil-cousin cluster of baby admirers. He likes being the center of attention, so it worked well for him. After a busy morning of playing in the kitchen sink with Aunt Cil and building blocks with Heather and Stephen, we sat down to lunch. Ironically enough, it was more Broccoli Braid. Sisters do think alike! It was super yummy both times, so we didn’t have anything to complain about:) 

Broccoli Braid
Serves 6
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Ingredients
  1. 2 c chicken, cooked and chopped
  2. 1 c broccoli, chopped
  3. 1 c shredded cheddar
  4. 1/2 c mayonnaise
  5. 1/4 c diced tomato
  6. 2 t dry dill weed
  7. 2 (8 oz pkg) refrigerated crescent rolls
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375.
  2. Mix together chicken, broccoli, cheese, mayo, tomato, and dill.
  3. Unroll and press crescent rolls into one large piece on a cookie sheet. Heap chicken mixture in the middle longways.
  4. To create braided top, cut the dough into 10 strips on each side, taking care not to cut too closely to the filling. Twist and press together each corresponding piece over the top of the filling. Tuck dough as need to create a neat finish.
  5. Bake 25-28 minutes. Slice and serve.
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Aunt Cil pulled out the little tike car for Mr. Baby and he played with it almost exclusively the rest of our visit. 

Meanwhile, Aunt Cil, Meghan, Heather, and I worked when we could on the invitations for your upcoming baby shower. Together they colored all 100 invitations and 36 favor tags! That is my least favorite part, so I was gushing my thanks! I cut, corner rounded, and shape punched 150 bookmark mats, in-between periodic mom-demands:) 

Mr. Baby enjoyed meeting family! We were constantly reminded that Mr. Baby is precious and sweet and cute… none of which gets old to us:) We drove home Thursday, with a lunch break at Aunt Angels, just in time to play with the newly returned and napped Josh. 

Love,

b

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Civil War Maternity Dress/Wrapper

Hi Sis,

As you know, I have been busy preparing for the Ohio Regional Military Ball that is taking place next weekend. Holly a friend of mine asked me this summer if I would be interested in vending at the event, and even teach a workshop on historical knitting! I gave it some thought, said yes and started planning to teach a miser purse workshop that would teach knitters and crocheters. 

Then I got pregnant, and realized my I had no idea what I was going to wear! Civil War clothing is very fitted, and there is no way I was getting into my old corset and dress when I was in the second trimester. What to do? I knew… there is of course period maternity wear. But, my research in this area was blank. I ended up asking a lady online whom makes and sells wrappers, if she could make me a maternity/post maternity wrapper/day dress. She said yes! And we ended up chatting away about sewing, babies, maternity wear, raising chickens, and her upcoming move to PA! Yep, we found out that soon we will not live that far away from each other.

On Monday, the wrapper arrived and I was so excited to open the box! I didn’t know what the dress looked like, so it was a fun surprise. And boy was it so pretty and practical. Knowing I was going to be a momma, she made the dress with huge pockets, lots of wiggle room to grow in the chest and belly region, and a cute apron to go on top of the dress to make it look less wrappery… complete with more big pockets!

Here is the dress!

On it’s own it looks like a giant robe or nightdress! The pleats hanging from the yoke make it fully adjustable in both the bust and waist area… perfect for comfy lounging, a pregnant lady, or a lady changing weight!

Once the dress is on, you gather up the front so that it fits you properly, and tie on the belt. 

Here is a back shot!

And here it is on a pregnant lady! Nate tied on the belt this time, and said it belongs on the back. lol I’m not so sure where I like it best. But, if hubby say’s it is cute on the back then I will wear it on the back when I am with him. hehehehe

A side shot with the brown apron!

I hope to get more pictures this weekend for you, and will be sure to do a blog post about my very first vending event and miser purse class!

Love,

Jamiegoof

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Baby Knit Sweater and Legging Set

Hi Sis,

I just completed a sweater and legging set for the baby. Our baby is due in June, so I made the 6-9 month old size, so hopefully it will fit Bonsai (Josh’s nickname for our baby) this winter. 

The sweater is from drops design, and is actually for a body suit. I decided I wanted it to be a sweater instead. It worked up quickly, and I just love the design! The back of it has a few buttons, so that it can make it over the baby’s head, while sporting a higher collar. Free pattern here.

The leggings are also from drops design. This was my first time knitting pants, and they were super easy. They also worked up very quickly. I imagine I will be making a few more pairs of winter leggings for our little one, to help with the cold season. Free pattern here.

Love,

Jamiegoof

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Newport Aquarium

Dear Sis,

Daddy was in town today, so we went to visit him and tour the Newport Aquarium. Mr. Baby learned the say fish, and did so repeatedly for the first ten minutes or so.

The crocodile was ever so still. Mr. Baby never noticed him, but the croc was watching the baby!  It made me pretty uncomfortable. I was glad to move on!

The sting ray tank had a cool tunnel under it. Mr. Baby took a look upward at the swimming rays when I captured this picture.

Although it was a tourist-trap the aquarium was one of the best I’ve been to, and we will have to keep it in mind when family visits:)

Love,

b

 

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First Knit Bib

Hi Sis,

Saturday night I finished my cute knit sweater (post to come) and was browsing Drops design for more inspiration. That was when I saw a few knit bibs. They were very pretty, but I wasn’t about to spend hours cabling a bib, and all the other simple knit bibs I saw online weren’t my taste. That was when I saw giggles. A fast knit, with something intricate enough to prevent boredom. I wonder how well knit bibs will work? This one is made out of a sport weight cotton, a little bit thinner then the wash clothes I make for you. It is so soft!

I added a small tab to the back of the bib, as the neck area looked a bit small. It is an adjustable pattern as you can button it anywhere along the side of the bib. 

Here is the free pattern

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Baby on the Way

Hi Sis,

Well the secret is officially out! Nate and I are expecting a little one! We had a lot of fun telling our family the news over the holiday’s, as well as watching my belly start to get bigger. We both may have donned a permagrin when we got to hear the baby’s heartbeat, and watched it freestyle during the ultrasound… turns out our baby likes to move around. (Not to surprising to me, because I feel the flutters all time time. But, we are really looking forward to the kicks and punches so Nate can start to feel them too!)

Nate and I found out a few weeks before Thanksgiving, it was Brandy who told me first to take a pregnancy test. I guess getting queasy when bending over to get laundry out of the drier brought back memories. lol. Nate and I debated waiting till Christmas to tell family (we wanted to tell family in person), but I was too excited to hide it that long… and a little too morning sick, and big around the belly to avoid suspicion. 

The first trimester was probably the laziest period of my life. I didn’t know I could breathe while getting so little accomplished. I walked to the chicken coops, got out of breath, and wanted to sleep for two hours straight. I also spent a fair time on the couch realizing that I just shouldn’t eat certain foods anymore, or they were going to come back up. Who would have thought bananas could be soo traitorous! Or that, I could have a stuffy nose and still smell food two days after I cooked it.

Pregnancy has also changed a lot of how I do things. Now, I walk down the muddy trail to the chickens with extreme caution. Before, I just fell in the mud and laughed it off.  Now, I ask Nate to help me push the wheelbarrow of chicken poop, because shoveling out the coops is exhausting enough on it’s own. It has also changed what I’m allowed to do in Nate’s eyes. Our doctor gave us a phamphet with basic rules, and one of them was to not carry anything over 20 lbs!! Not sure how that works, people have toddlers that are heavier? But, now I am not allowed to carry 50 lb feed sacks, five gallon water buckets, or bags of sawdust out to the chickens. I am not used to being this wimpy, but to be honest the extra straining does tucker me out so fast, that I don’t mind avoiding it.

I’ve been having a lot of fun making baby stuff. If you knit and crochet, baby stuff is pretty much the best thing ever. It is like saying, “Look I made something adorable for my baby to wear, and it didn’t take me two years!” So far, I made a sweater, bunting bag, and some socks. All of which may not be useful for my spring/summer baby, but I couldn’t resist! I have a few other projects I am working on too. I can’t wait to get them posted on the blog.

 Mom told me to hold my hands up, because when they were down they were hiding the bump. lol Love,

Jamiegoof

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The Big Move

Dear Sis,

Our Final Days in Texas

On January 8th, Dad arrived in Texas. We stopped for dinner with friends on the way home. It was nice to get to say goodbye while eating yummy Tex-Mex.

On January 9th, Josh got a moving truck. We hired movers to help with the big stuff. After a day of packing, it became clear that we didn’t have a big enough truck for the job.

Mr. Baby discovered how holding hands made the precarious task of learning to walk much easier. 

On January 10th, Josh picked up a trailer to accommodate our remaining possessions while Dad, Mr. Baby, and I went to our neighbor friends for breakfast. After our meal, Dad and I headed back to help Josh finish the packing and cleaning, while Mr. Baby stayed behind to play one last time with David and Merrill. 

We finished loading the truck around 2PM. Picked up Mr. Baby and made the 8 hour drive to Little Rock, Arkansas.

 

On January 11th, we were supposed to have an “easy day of driving.” Only 5 hours to Nashville, Tennessee! The weather had other ideas. Snow and ice slowed things down to a near standstill for 2 hours, while a 20+ car pileup, on the other side of the interstate, made our easy drive into a painfully long one. After another long day in the car, spending the following day visiting with Nashville family was a welcome thought to fall asleep too.

January 12th, was a great day at Granny’s enjoying grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins. It was glorious after two hard cold days on the road! Mr. Baby and I were so tired we napped after breakfast.

On January 13th, Granny Bob met us at the hotel for a farewell breakfast and we set off for the final 5 hours of our drive to our new home. My anticipation grew with each passing hour. We stopped for lunch an hour out. Mr. Baby pretended to feed Dad while we waited for our food to arrive.

Getting to the new house was a feeling like I can’t describe! Seeing our new home for the first time, I felt relief that our trip was over, but tried not to think too much about all the work the lie ahead in following days. 

Love,

b

 

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