November 24, 2015

Pink slouchy hat...and Thanksgiving!

 Started this a few days ago...
And today...finished!
Here's the pattern, if you want to try to make one for yourself.
I used 1 skein of 100% wool, Nature Spun worsted weight yarn from the Brown Sheep Company in Nebraska.
 Olivia is wearing the hat right now.
Keep warm and have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

 We had an early Thanksgiving dinner.
 I especially missed my dad (today marks 6 months since he passed away), who would always sit at the head of the table.
 Finishing off the sparkling apple cider... 
Finger licking good pie.

November 17, 2015

The weekend

Paul woke up early Saturday morning, I gave him a bath and put him in his new bathrobe from our friend Joanna.  The slippers fit really well and stay on!  Then, I laid him in bed with daddy so I could take a shower and this is how I found them when I was done...both sleeping!
I took Hannah to karate at 8:30am and I walked 2 miles in the meantime.
Olivia had her black belt test, she was at the dojo for 3 hours and 45 minutes...a long day there, which started off with a written exam, then everyone stood up and gave a speech, they had to do physical demonstrations, here is the board breaking part, they had to break one with their hand and the other with a foot kick.
Paul and I were there for about 2 hours, he was pretty good, Rob is taking a turn holding him and we used the pacifier...
Hannah brought along a project she's working on, we all wanted to be there, but it was a long test.
Olivia and her partner, Ellie, demonstrated "take downs."
Super cozy sleeper from my friend Bethany, looks like he's singing and pretending to play the mandolin like daddy...
The bishop came to our church this weekend.
Services started with the blessing of the new icon of St. Paul the Simple, that was painted by Fr. Theodore Jurewicz with donations given from my father's friends and family when he passed away. 
Bishop Peter was born and named after St. Paul the Simple.  My father took St. Paul the Simple as his patron saint when he was baptised in the 1970s.  And we choose this patron saint for our baby boy, too. 
P.S.  I hope to add more photos when I see them...there were only 2 people allowed to take photos during the church services.  I couldn't have taken photos anyhow, with taking care of Paul.

November 11, 2015

Veteran's day

We went to Olive Garden for dinner (FREE meal for Rob) and then went to Mike's carwash (FREE $8 value), to celebrate Veteran's day.  I got a nice grilled salmon with broccoli on the side and a bowl of minestrone with breadsticks.  That was very nice! 
Thank you to all the veterans who have served in the U.S. military!

Hanging out with Grammie. 
Olivia and Paul match!

November 2, 2015

The Godparents

We asked my little sister, Andrea, and our friend, John, to be Godparents.
Smiles in anticipation...good to see cousins, getting ready, camera and batteries, helping to light candles.

That was my dad's icon of St. Paul the Simple, which my mom gave to our little one. 
On Sunday, Paul was presented in the church, and brought into the altar.
And the Godfather picked him up and took him to Communion.
The Godfather and his family.
Three of my sisters and our boys.

October 27, 2015

Our garden, after the frost

About a week ago we had a frost here.  I went to pick all the green tomatoes a few days before as the weather forecast was saying it would frost.  The tomato plants were still good looking, and now they're shriveled and brown. What is left of the onions are still fine.  Rob harvested some sweet potatoes, things that are underground are unaffected by the frost.
My sister from Canada and her family are visiting.
I made a tres leches cake for us to enjoy (Rob's sister, niece, my sister and her 4 kids came- so that was 11, would be 12 if Paul could eat) in celebrating Paul's 1 month "birthday!"