Tim had a hard time deciding what to be for Halloween this year.  He kept on changing his mind!  Finally, we told him he had to make a final choice, and he decided on a T-rex (or T-wex, as he pronounces it).  We went to a few craft stores before finding this green foam at Jo-Ann’s, and Chris made it into a great costume!


The other kids at Tim’s school Halloween party really liked it!


The side view.


After about 15 minutes, he wanted out of the costume.  It may have been too warm for indoors, and did interfere with his cookie consumption.


Dancing, yeah!  It was a fun party.  Here we are before going out trick-or-treating.


Uncle Natty came to spend the evening with us too.


I also have some photos from an Andy visit, earlier in the fall.  We went apple picking!


What a beautiful tree.


Tim picked lots of apples.


So did Andy!


Here’s a walk in the woods I took with Tim and Chris.


Tim collected many beautiful leaves.




Autum in New England is so beautiful! Here is the Flickr set, for more.  I do have knitting content coming soon!


I hope everyone at Rhinebeck is having a wonderful time!  I didn’t go because of my stupid appendix.  I am pretty much recovered, but the festival is so big and overwhelming, I didn’t think I’d have the endurance to make the 2 hour drive worth it.  Plus I have too much yarn and spinning fiber in my stash anyway.  😦  Next year I hope to be there!

So I’ve been knitting instead.  Recently, I resumed working on my hubby’s sweater, which I put down when the weather turned warm last spring.  I already had the body done, so I cast on for the sleeves, using the percentage system from Elizabeth Zimmerman’s Knitting Without Tears.


Apparently, Elizabeth Zimmerman never knew anyone with arms as large as my husband.  The cuffs are appropriately snug, but the sleeves are way too tight around his forearms!  Wah.  So these will be frogged, restarted with more cast-on stitches, and I will increase less frequently than she specified.  For now, they are sitting in the corner.  Bad sleeves!!  I picked up my Bleeding Hearts Stole instead.  Here is what I have so far, looking rumpled.  I have finished 13 repeats of the center section.

Bleeding Hearts Stole, in progress

The pattern is designed to be cast-on each end, knitted toward the center, and grafted together, but I don’t like the way it looks that way, plus I am not confident in my grafting skills.  So I have knit past center, and will try to place the graft where it will be covered by my arm as I am wearing it.  I have cast-on the second half using yarn from the outside of the ball, and will figure out where to graft the two parts together.

Now for some Timmy pictures!  Over Labor Day weekend, we went up to MA to see Baby Andy and to attend A Day Out with Thomas together.  We got to ride a train pulled by Thomas himself!  Here’s Andy on the train, with his parents Pat and Rob, and Grandpa!


Here’s Tim, Chris, and me.


After the ride, we got to take photos with Thomas!  I love Tim’s little crooked smile.


There were also carnival type rides there.





Also, we saw the most gigantic bug I have ever seen.  I think it is a praying mantis.


There was an indoor play area, where the two boys ran around like crazy.


Fake tattoo!


There was a guy telling stories and singing songs. Here’s Auntie Pat telling a joke!


It was a fun day!


Wow, I can’t believe my baby is four years old already!  We had a little party at Kid City.  A few of the invitees didn’t show up, but Tim didn’t mind at all because his friend Sabrina came, and they had so much fun together!


Grandma Judy also came, all the way from Missouri!


Baby Andy and his parents also came.


There were tasty snacks.


Plenty of goofing, as usual.


Then there was cake! At Tim’s request, we had no candles on it. I think he got scared by the fire at the hibachi grill, and now wants nothing to do with any kind of fire.. which I guess is better than being fascinated by it. Better to be wimpy and safe, right?


The cake was super chocolatey and delicious!


Then Sabrina helped Tim with his presents.


After that, it was time to see the rest of the museum. The basement is a giant undersea wonderland, where they ran around chasing each other and exploring the room.





Uncle Rob got roped into horseback duty.


Of course, Andy had to join in too!


Then there was the rocket ship with the crystals.



Andy driving!


Tim and Andy share an obsession with trains.


Here’s Tim with the hands-on version.


It was a great little party. In case you’re interested, more pictures here

Happy Birthday, my puppy love!

Tim’s almost 4 years old now, and we just moved him out of his crib into a bed. The guideline is to move a child out of a crib as soon as he or she is able to climb out of it, since at that point it’s no longer a safe haven. Most kids move out by the time they’re 3 or so, but Tim really loved his crib and was reluctant to go to a big boy bed. So we talked it up, dressed up a twin bed with a Thomas the Tank tent, and bought Thomas sheets, then after a couple of weeks he warmed up to the idea. Last week we finally made the switch, and he was really excited!


Turns out he doesn’t want the tent, but he loves the sheets. That blanket is his beloved “purple cozy,” a quilt made by Grandma Judy’s friend, Anita, who is also a knitter!

Tim's new bed!

Of course he sleeps with all of his “friends.” His allergist would be appalled.

This weekend, Baby Andy and Auntie Pat came to visit, so the two boys had fun jumping and goofing on the bed.


Also, I introduced Pat to my wheel. She got the hang of it pretty quickly!


Here’s Tim giving Daddy some affection.

Love Daddy

I finally got back to Chris’s sweater. The body is now long enough, and I’ll be starting on the sleeves soon. He was grumpy about being photographed, but I told him – if you ask for a sweater, you’ve got to be on the blog! 🙂

Hubby Sweater body finished

My sister Pat, her husband Rob, and baby Andy, my Mom visiting from Thailand, and my Papa, all came to stay with us for Christmas. We had a great time together. The preparations involved tons of gifts for each other, and for the two little boys.Lots of presents under the tree

They were so excited they woke up at dawn. The rest of us were tired from staying up late preparing everything!

Early morning Christmas excitement

Here’s Tim eating a leftover Linzer cookie from Santa.

Mmm!  Linzer cookie!

Since Tim is allergic to eggs, I took two different Linzer recipes, one with egg and one without, and combined the best parts. I also baked some of the little shapes cut out from the middle to make mini cookies.

Linzer cookies!

Okay, so my sugar powdering skills could use some work. But they were delicious, if I do say so myself!

Of course, Tim and Andy had the best gift hauls. Thomas the Tank was Tim’s big theme this year. I have to say, having a kid obsessed with a certain character makes the gift shopping sooooo easy. He loved everything!

Thomas dinner set from Grandpa Dave

Grandpa Dave sent some Thomas dinnerware, as well as a Big Wheel! Uncle Natty sent this 3-headed dragon.

Three-headed dragon from Uncle Natty

Chris and I expanded his Thomas Duplo set with James, Percy, Gordon, and Spencer with Sir Topham Hatt! He wouldn’t even look up for a picture, he was so busy playing.

Tim's new trains

As for me, my spinning wheel was my big early Christmas gift, and then I got a digital scale from Pat for my yarn and fiber — I’ve always been terrible at splitting skeins of sock yarn in two, so that will help! I also got The Knitting Workshop DVD by Elizabeth Zimmerman from my MIL Judy, and I got a subscription to Spin-Off Magazine from Nat and his family. Yay! Pat also got me Stephen Colbert’s I Am America (and So Can You!). I love him, and think he is an absolute genius. (Okay, so now you know where I lean in terms of politics.)

Chris also got me Mouse Guard figurines. Unless you’re a comic geek you may not be familiar with Mouse Guard, which is a complex and beautifully illustrated series, and of course I can’t resist the cute characters. They aren’t cutesy though, they’re actually pretty realistic. If you’re interested, the first series has been collected in a hardcover edition which I have, of course! It is brilliant.  We are also fans of Osamu Tezuka’s Phoenix series, and have been collecting some of the English versions.  I didn’t have time to read them much during residency, but now Chris bought a bunch and has caught me up to all the ones that have been released to date.  It’s great reading.

Here’s our Christmas dinner spread:

Christmas dinner

We had beef oven roast wrapped in bacon, brussels sprouts with bacon (hey, Tim and I like bacon), and Yukon gold baby potatoes. I watch the Food Network a lot but rarely make anything from it, but Rachel Ray made the potato dish which looked soooooo good, and it really turned out well. It involves chicken stock and butter. Tender on the inside, browned on the outside! For dessert, I made a chocolate ganache pie topped with fruit and whipped cream. Mmmm!

After dinner we did some more photos, here’s one of my favorites:

Christmas nuzzle

Here are the two silly hubbies goofing off:

Goofing husbands

There are more Christmas pictures on my Flickr account, for those of you (Mom) who want to see some more. This is already a pretty long blog post!

Merry Christmas

Happy Holidays!

Here are some pictures from the past weekend. Grandpa bought matching sleepers for the boys, and I couldn’t resist cuddling them together!

Two brown bears

They had a great time together, and it’s really sweet how they truly love each other. Tim is always excited to go to “Baby Andy’s house,” and Andy wakes up in the morning calling “Timmy!”  Look at these dance moves.  Do you think this is future boy band material?

Tim and Andy dancing

Here they were having fun with Auntie Pat’s salad spinner. They had them on their heads like little spacemen.


Today is Chris’s birthday, and unfortunately his sweater is nowhere near done, since he graciously volunteered to have his sweater last in my holiday queue, but I am almost up to the armpits.

Hubby Sweater slow progress

He also likes to choose his own gifts, and orders things like German radio dramas. We celebrated already over the weekend with my sister’s birthday, but we’ll go out to dinner tonight too.

Pam and Chris

Happy Birthday, Hunny! Love you!

We spent Thanksgiving weekend with my sister and her family, along with my mom visiting from Thailand, and my dad from New Jersey. We ate lots of food and had lots of fun. Here’s part of my contribution to dinner:


Tim has an egg allergy, so in addition to my pecan pie (which looked like the usual pecan pie and thus was not photographed), I tried an eggless cupcake recipe which used water and cornstarch in place of eggs. I used Ghirardelli chocolate, mmmmm! The icing and sprinkles were store bought, but a big hit with Tim. The outer parts of the cupcakes turned out a little crunchy, but the insides were nice and moist and tasty. He loved them!

Tim loves cupcakes

Tim also had lots of fun with cousin Andy and Grandpa:

Fun with Grandpa

Diaper box bumper cars:

Diaper box bumper cars

Here’s Tim with Auntie Pat. This is his version of “smiling” for the camera:

Timmy and Auntie Pat

Little Andy Man in his tunnel:

Andy's tunnel

There are lots more cute Andy and Tim photos from Pat’s camera, which are posted on her blog!