Audit Season

I’ve been a little sparse in the knitting and online world of late. It’s spring and that means one thing….annual audit season for local governments. I took a promotion at work back in December that has increased my responsibility and also we are down a team member. So its all hands on deck for financial reporting. Honestly….it’s exhausting and I have no brain space left after work. I come home to eat and play with my kids then I go to bed!

I’m just trying to figure out my new role and make sure all the accounting is good. This Office Space meme just about sums up my work day. I hope to pop in a few days a week here and then fire back up once the fieldwork portion of audit is complete.

Wish me luck!

Daughter Brownie Points

My dad is healing nicely from his procedure but is still in a sling. So I wracked up some major daughter brownie points by hanging his exterior Christmas lights. He purchased new LED lights this that really make his house look incredible

We still need one more string to replace the yellow ones on the bottom left. But he was SO happy with the finished look. With Christmas fast approaching we are all glad that his house is ready and festive!

Happy Monday!!

Because Of Course, Kids

My child came from school last night and was excitedly talking about his upcoming classroom holiday dinner. And he was so jazzed that he could dress up as his favorite holiday food…..the next day.

Because of course, he forgot to tell me ahead of time. So after a few deep breaths Jellybean and I went to my craft stash and pulled out some red flannel. After much brainstorming we decided on canned cranberry sauce.

We fashioned a rectangle sewing up a neck hole, leaving two arm holes and seweing down the rest of the side panels. We then used some canned good to draw circles to show the whole berries suspended in the sauce.

Not my best or most professional crafting but my kid was in LOVE. So we happily packed him off to school. And true to fashion, he started feeling sick and vomitted that morning in class and went sent home before he could wear his costume. Sigh, such is mom life.

Maybe we can repurpose this for Christmas day?? Happy Crafting!!

Meet Multi The Beta

Jellybean recently turned 7 and we decided to give him a fish and fish tank setup. All went well and he was super surprised on his big day. Unfortunately that fish, called Aries, didn’t last 48 hours. Jellybean was crushed but was willing to learn from our care mistakes.

So I would like to introduce to you, Multi the Beta. He is a male beta of some species I can’t remember. But he is a series of vibrant colors so Jellybean decided Multi was suiting for a multi-colored fish.

We are a couple days in and our water is now optimal. So fingers crossed we get some decent time with Multi. Oh the adventures of having pets and navigating parenting!

Knitting And Other Life Skills

PB and I did some “quality” time the other day when daycare was closed. I worked on my 2020 Advent Socks #2 and she “did” some dishes in luke warm soapy water. We both practiced some positive life skills I would say.

Total win/win. She played happily for about 45 minutes and I added a third color to my scrappy socks. I love knitting and listen to her little brain chatter away. She’s very much in the “stream of consciousness” phase right now. Sometimes the honesty hurts and sometimes its hilarious. I’ll take whatever I can get, lol!

Happy Knitting!!

Bring On Vacation!

A hearty happy Monday to all! No knitting content today as I’m running around the house preparing for our first family vacation in two years. Sooooo much to remember to do when you are taking littles. So I’ve decided to take the week off from blogging and unplug a little.

I already have way more knitting projects packed in my bag than I need for the length of time we will be gone. So I hope to have some good content when I come back, lol.

I wish everyone a restful and happy week!

Rachelle

Goal Achieved

I set some private goals for myself early in 2021. I needed to get past the fog of 2020 and feel like I was moving towards getting some positive things done. One of those larger goals was to actually do something with all the photos and scrapbook pages I made on my phone.

I had one year, 2017, completely done and half of 2018 printed. But I was woefully behind after that. I had a mix of finished pages hanging out on my google drive and many many pages left to do on my almost out of memory iPhone. So I worked on weekly goals that started to stack up and as of April I am all DONE! By the grace of some babysitting, shutterfly free coupons and 60% off online scrapbook supplies.

These are four years of memories of my littles and life events. It was bittersweet to work back through these. But I’m happy I did. It gave me a little perspective of how my kids have grown and what we have managed to accomplish, even if its just feeding and clothing ourselves on a regular basis.

These projects are important to me. Even now Jellybean is old enough to enjoy flipping through pictures and remembering some our shenanigans. I know my books will get thinner as they get older but I will never not regret having these captured. But I don’t think I will let four years build up again…shoo boy that was both a time and monetary investment that would be better served to spread out!

Happy Memories!!

Summer Canning

Our current temperature in Kansas is roughly the surface of the sun with like 1,000% humidity. So why wouldn’t I want to haul out all my canning supplies and heat up my kitchen? I was having some anxiety related to world events and general unrest so I felt the need to make something. That feeling turned into one batch of strawberry rhubarb jam, two batches of blackberry jam, two batches of peach jam and one batch of strawberry jam.

Jellybean helped me off and on saying that he “didn’t like the hot and sticky parts”. Which we all know is almost the whole process. He did like how dark and ruby colored the blackberries cooked down into. All this fruit, except for the strawberries, was homegrown from my families gardens. To me this gave me a grounded feeling and a connection to people I can’t visit right now.

This project did make me feel a bit better. I did have a tiny bit of frustration when my peach jam didn’t set and I had to haul all the supplies back out to re-cook and add more pectin. But the re-do process did seem to work. Now I have some jelly stores for the next year and enough to give as gifts this holiday season.

How is everyone else coping lately?