A view of things to come.

20 06 2011

We took the Sunshine boys to Weeblo (the crazy name which stands for “We Be Loyal” Scouts, for those of you who are novices) Camp this weekend.   The boys have had one sleepover.   This is pretty much the first time they have been away from home without one of us.   They are there through tomorrow night and they are fine. 

I would like to say I am doing as fine as they seem to be, however, that would a totally bald-faced lie.   I feel as I did the day I dropped them off at kindergarten, minus some of the teariness.  

 They are in the back row, third and fifth from the left.  Sunshine Boy #1 with his (non regulation) camo fishing hat and Sunshine boy #2 trying to get his fingers up into the surfer dude pose and wearing his headlamp in broad daylight.  Typical of both boys, really. 

 I wonder how they are doing.   I wonder what they are doing.  Are they keeping the EpiPen with them?   Are they remembering the sunscreen and to check for ticks?   Are they checking the food they eat to make sure it doesn’t have nuts?  Do they have the Benadryl in case they need it?  Did they pass the swim test?   Are they bickering?   Are they remembering their manners?   Have they been taking their Zrytec?   I’ll spare you the 10,000 other questions I wonder about, you get the idea. 

I have been staying out of their room, though it would be a perfect time to ambush the pigsty and whip it into shape.   It is so lonely, empty, and lacking them, I just can’t seem to even go in there.   Those two bicker like an old married couple–one with a pro-wrestling background–but they also laugh and say such funny things.   I miss the noise they bring to the house.  I miss how they entertain and occupy their sister.

These days have given me a preview of things to come.   They are getting older and wanting and needing to do things on their own and I am realizing how lonely it will be without their noise and their presence.   Although I’ve got a few years yet and I’m sure there will be LOTS of noise in between, I want to hang onto this busy, loud, and special time.   I cannot count how many people told me it fly past and I would miss it when it was gone.   I can’t say I believed many of them, especially when it was said while a baby was screaming in my ear.  

Turns out those people knew what they were talking about and I am missing it already.


Dusting off the blog…

15 06 2011

Not quite sure what got into me this morning.  Most likely, just a desire to avoid going grocery shopping. 

Once again, since it has been so long, I’m reaquainting myself with all the changes to wordpress.    Hopefully, I can sustain some posting regularity.   I’m thinking summer is a good time to get back into things.  

Here are some of the things that are “new” (of course over a year’s time, pretty much everything is new, right?).

  • I’ve gone back to work!   I swore I wouldn’t go back to teaching, yet, since it is all I really know how to do, I closed my eyes and just did it!   I am a high school science teacher at an early/middle college in Guilford County, NC.  More on all that later. 
  • I’m still involved with the PTA, mainly with the school leadership team and the Reflections program at the county level.  
  • I’ve been lackluster with the WW program.  I finally canceled my membership only to re-up in January.    I wish I could say I’m doing well, but I can’t.   More on that time bomb topic later too. 
  • The Sunshine kids are growing like weeds and once again I am behind the parenting 8 ball.   Sigh.   I miss my babies.  

Of course more has happened, however, it is more of the general life stuff.   You know, groceries, cleaning, homework, and the like.   Not really great blog stuff.  

See you on the flip!


16 08 2010

In my mind summer is just coming into full gear when in reality, the Sunshine kids start school in just over one week.

I feared this would happen. The first weeks of vacation d-r-a-g-g-e-d. These last ones are flying by and I am not ready.

All over my Facebook feed, familiar postings are up: “Getting the classroom cleaned up.” “Back to work in one more day.” “Summer is over, back to school.” On and on they come, more each day as my teacher friends drift back into school mode.

Here at chez Sunshine, however, we are FAR from the drifting back mode. I fear I will wake up on the first day of school looking like Macaulay Culkin when he realizes he’s alone…..you know the one I mean! I have 15 black and white composition notebooks and that.is.it. for the school supplies. There are tissues, notebooks, pencils, binders, folders, soap, hand sanitizer and SO MUCH MORE to get.

I guess we’ll enjoy the last remaining days of summer and worry about gathering supplies 7 days from now. We’ve got PLENTY of time….

Whatever will be, will be.

27 02 2010

I love Doris Day.  Some of my favorite memories are watching Doris Day movie marathons.   Her movies are fluff, 1960’s version of chick lit on the big screen–G-rated mostly.   One of the reasons I enjoy these movies so much, is that at some point in the movie, Doris has a moment.   Rock Hudson (usually) has been a cad and she has had enough.   She stomps her foot, huffs, turns, turns back, and then decides to get things done HER WAY!  

See what I mean?  She was a feminine feminist.  My point?  

My point is I’m feeling a Doris Day moment coming on.   I’ve had enough.   Enough of the status quo, enough FEELING  and BEING useless.  I’m ready to huff, to slap something and pretend it was a dream, to throw something.   After I do, things will get done.   It might take a while for me to get to the “Que Sera Sera” moment, but through hell or high water,  Doris gets to it, and so will I.

Smores…the new cupcake

28 07 2009

Hazy Day on Hanging Rock


We are in search of the “perfect” campground.   A place to return to each year, one with hiking, swimming, canoeing, quiet, good weather, you get the idea.  We’ve gone to the Price Park on the Blue Ridge, Badin Lake, Morrow Mountain (well, sort of…), Claytor Lake in Virginia, Goose Point in Virginia,  and this year: Hanging Rock.   Although HARO (as the NC Park system affectionately labels everything) won’t be our “perfect” week long campground, it will be our “we’ve-got-t0-get-out-of-town-but-we’re-broke-and-HARO-is super-close” campground.  

If you know of any campgrounds in NC, lower VA, or SC, spill.   We prefer the cheap frugal non commercial state campgrounds, but we’d be open to a small family owned campground too. 

Tom takes over the Canoe

Tom takes over the Canoe

That sounds negative.   It isn’t.  Hanging Rock is close by (just over an hour) and there is hiking and a lake (though you have to pay, even if you’re camping–NOT cool) for swimming and boating.   The staff is nice and there are a few programs for the family and for kids.  4 out of 5 stars on the Sunshine camping scale.    We’re still looking for that perfect campground, but in the meantime, we’ve found a darn great close getaway.   And if you happen to be stranded at the visitor’s center will young children, there is an air conditioned room with 20 minute videos they will show.   Thank you Hanging Rock for a GREAT vacation! 

The thing I like best about camping is the ability to just do nothing.  Sit around at camp and read, sleep, knit, chill out, play solitaire, whatever.   This was the first time where I got to do that.   I read some Jane Austen (Emma), knit (Silk Kercheif), and just drank coffee with no goal in mind.   It was, for the first time, what a camping vacation is supposed to be….relaxing.  

We hiked up to Hanging Rock, the Upper Cascade waterfall, the Window Waterfalls, and the Hidden Waterfalls.   All were good hikes but they made me realize once again what a massive worrier I have become when it comes to the kids & my husband.  Of course the signs that read “serious injury & death may result” don’t help much either. 

(L): Midway up to Hanging Rock.   This rock was just sitting in the middle of the forest.  Very cool, but bizarre how nature works.
(R) Sunshine kids in front of Upper Cascade Falls.  
Those goofy Sunshines!

Of course it was not all perfection on our trip, but the tent stayed dry, the worst injuries were bug bites and sunburn (me!), and we all ended up home safe and sound…though all in need of a bath!

25 Random Things YOU didn’t know about me….

3 02 2009

Except, maybe you do know.  Ever since having kids I retell stories and forget who I told what, and most of the time just forget stuff. 

Once you’ve been tagged, you are supposed to write a note with 25 random things, facts, habits, or goals about you. At the end, choose 25 people to be tagged. You have to tag the person who tagged you. If I tagged you, it’s because I want to know more about you. you are obviously exempt if you have already posted.   ***I think the tagging is bogus.  I won’t do it.  Feel free to post it on Facebook or your blog, but really, this isn’t first grade, so enough with the tagging.***

Here goes.  

1.  I’ve posted more tothe blog in the last two weeks than I did the months of October, November & December combined. 

2. In some circles, I’m called Martha.  Don’t ask.   (I’ve forgotten so I can’t tell you anyway!)

3.  I buy Extra sugar-free gum just about everytime I go to a store that sells it.  Current gum pack count:  2 unopend, 2 half empty, and 2 small four packs scattered into single sticks.  

4.  I once pretended to revive a fetal pig.   It was funny.  

5.  I once went to Paris, France for the weekend. 

6.  My birthday and anniversary are on the same day.   It seemed like a good idea at the time…now, not so much.

7.  I’ve seen Phantom of the Opera in New York City & Toronto.  Toronto was better.  

8.  Grolsh and Goldschlager are wonderful things. 

9.  I frequently don’t friend people (Facebook & Ravelry) because I’m afraid they won’t remember who I am.  

10.  I have ODS.   Oldest Daughter Syndrome. It is a horrible, incurable, syndrome seen in the oldest daughter in a family.   

11.   I am often a little bit jealous of friends whose parents live close enough to watch their children on a regular basis. 

12.  I have obsessions not interests.   Facebook, Ravelry, CatholicMom, Weight Watchers, knitting, sewing., scrapbooking, etc.  I devote myself to whatever it is and then become so wrapped up in it, I lose sight of every other hobby/interest.   

13.   I wrote a book of poetry in 10th grade English class (Mr. Kelly) and dedicated it too…oh wait, didn’t almost every 10th grade girl do that????  🙂 

14.  When my boys were two days old I remember crying because they were boys and I would spend my time as their mother “training” them for another woman to marry.   Can we say hormones?

15. Each Christmas, we make 10 different varieties of cookies to give as gifts.  That is about 30 dozen cookies.   Surprisingly, I spend the weeks before Christmas wondering if people really want these cookie trays or if they are any good. 

16.  My husband is Jewish.  

17.  My confirmation name is Esther. 

18.  I just deleted my original #18 because I was afraid I would hurt someone’s feeling.  No it wasn’t you, I promise! When hubby & I took our marriage prep class, we won “the newlywed game” that was played the first day.  

19.   Having a single child is sometimes harder than having twins.   Not often, but sometimes. 

20.  My friends are all wonderful, smart, crafty, and I am incrediblely lucky to have found the SSSK.  

21.  I seriously don’t “get” the mind of a six year old boy.   Right now, they are “breathing” on each other.   Why?   It is the beginning of the unfathomable depth (?) of the male brain.

22.  I have a very difficult time choosing color and color combinations.   Some rooms in our house are currently off-white because I can’t decide on the color to paint them. 

23.  I was a tomboy.   My daughter is a girly girl.   It really drives me crazy. 

24.  I really dislike crossword puzzles.  

25.   I now remember why I hated this meme.  So that was really cheating.   After I post this, I’ll find a bazzillion more witty and amusing things I could have written.   Sometimes I will subtly encourage my children to say things the wrong way because I think it is cute.   It will bite me in the a**, but it makes me smile.   Example: One boy used to say “What doonin? ”  Translation:  What are you doing?   Another loves to learn about Abraham Lincoln, but he ONLY refers to him as A Lincoln.    It really cracks me up.   Oh, and the girl…she calls Hello Kitty, Hello Cat.   

So, to wrap up the reading of the 25 random things about my FAMILY!!!

Edited to add/change #25 & #18

2008 in Review

25 01 2009

So, my own personal pity party got me thinking about what 2008 brought.  Yes, it is a little late in the month for looking back on things, but before I can totally face forward, I need to look back.   It is really easy to forget all the things a year has brought.  So here are some of the FO’s for 2008: 

2008 Knitting in Review

2008 Knitting in Review

Picture 1:  Fake cable hat.  Hand dyed Eco wool.   Hat is now Sunshine #1’s, because I don’t knit hats well.   Hat’s off to Anne for helping learn to dye!

2:  Sundance Make-up bags.  There are 4 of these in circulation.  Knit from I Love This Cotton from the HL.  

3: Waving Lace (??) from Favorite Socks.  Knit from Bamboo/wool that has been lanquishing in the stash for a while.  Glad I finished those!

4: Claytor Lake socks (Oak Rib pattern from Nancy Bush).  Knit from Red Heart sock yarn.  Really, try it, you’ll like it.  Seriously. 

5: Bunny lovie for new neice.  Free pattern from Lion Brand,  Knit from Cascade Tencel.  

6: Jane Austen tea cozy.  Knit for Anne because cold hot tea is just gross! 🙂

7: Seamless baby kimono.  Also knit for neice.   This is Bernat soy.  Great stuff.  

8: Mittens.   I was mitten obsessed.  This picture does NOT show the 5 other pairs of mittens I knit for me and the fam.   In July it was all mittens all the time. 

9: Beech cowl.  Does this yarn look familar???  I knit the cowl and then didn’t like to wear it.  Too scratchy for the neck.  I undid it and knit the hat instead.   The cowl was great fun to knit, just not to wear. 

10: Faux Isle hat.   Noro & hand dyed Cascade.  Another hat which was given to the children.   Fun to knit, just the wrong size and not long enough. 

11:  Craven-dish discloth.  Where is this I wonder….hmmm.   One cannot knit too many dishcloths, of course there are some who would disagree and doubt my mental capacity. 

12:  Grocery bag.  I think this one is the Knitty version.   I knit way too many of these things too–4 I think.   This one is my favorite though.  It holds buckets of stuff, and has great handles.  

13:  Selbu mittens.  Love, love, love these.   Again, part of all mittens, all the time.  These were a combination of lots of people’s work.  Knit from special birthday yarn.  

14: Chocolate cupcake with strawberry frosting.   Knit two of these.   Fun.  If you haven’t knit food yet–GO DO IT!   Maybe that’s the answer…knit food instead of eating it. 

15:  Headbands.   This is a free pattern.   I needed a quick girly gift and these were free and knit with dishcloth cotton.  Free, cheap, and fast.  Who doesn’t like that???

16: Coffee cup cozies.  End of year teacher gifts for the Kindergarten year.   Filled with Starbucks card, chocolate, and gum.  

17:  Liesel scarf.  Goodness I hated this thing.   Ugly and pattern was bagh!  Gave away to random Ravelry person in a yarn swap.  

18:  Felted slips.   These were #1 for the year, but by the end of the year, there were 3 more.   This pattern ROCKS.   It is Bev Galakas.  Awesome.  

19:  Wallaby.  Sunshine #2 wears this ALL the time.   It is getting a little short.   Better get going on another one.  Knit with Plymouth Encore.   No hood.  A much loved knit.  

20:Baby Kimono from MDK with umbilical cord hat.   This was a gift for sunshine hub’s coworker.  Have knit another sweater for the child–seamless kimono. 

21:February sweater.   This was also a coworker baby gift.   Loved knitting this and should do another.  Once you get past that 7X4 thing, it really is cake! 

22: Baby gift set:  Elefante, booties, hat, & baby yoda sweater.   This was for my cousin’s baby–first boy out of 5 girls.  

23: Red wallaby.  Sunshine #1’s version of the wallaby.  Knit from I Love this Yarn.  Did some MAJOR growing.   Also, cuffs really are too loose and he rarely wears it.   Sad, neglected knit. 

24:  Seaman’s cap for Sunshine hub.  There are gloves to go with this.  Hated the yarn I chose–some Bernat junk.   Wanted it soft, so there’d be no complaints. 

25:  Sheldon.  This is nekked Sheldon.  When Sheldon fly to California, he was equipped with a shell, eyes, and a pirate shell too.   Fun to knit and see it come together.  


Gosh, are you still reading?   Sorry there’s no Linky-love.  Let me know if you need more info about anything in particular.   I’ve knit more for sure, but this is all I had in my flickr.   I also knit a sweater for myself, loads more dishcloths, baby stuff–bibs & burp cloths, Alice (Angelina’s friend).   It was a very productive year.  

I’ve already had some finished objects for 2009.   Things up on the knitting needles?   Sweaters for the fam & me, more EZ, dishcloths I’m sure, more socks, and some more toys & fun stuff.  

Knit on friends and happy 2009!