Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Wedding - Part 2 Bachelorette Weekend

I have an amazing sister and amazing friends.  I just have to start with that.  My sister managed to book us a cabin at Seven Springs Mountain Resort about an hour and a half from Pittsburgh for my Bachelorette weekend last February.

We had an awesome view from our front door.

A few of us went snow tubing the first night.

As a side note, the cowl I'm wearing that I wear ALL THE TIME skiing/tubing was a gift from the lovely Sara, scf1270 on ravelry.  It is the Burberry Cowl here.

The rest of the first night involved good food, good drinks and Cards Against Humanity.  I can't ever remember laughing that hard.

The next day some went to the spa, some stayed in the cabin and knit and some, including me, went skiing.

I love skiing and I got my good friend, Dianne, to get back into it.  Let's hope we get a lot of skiing in this year!

The second and last night we went to the bar at the base of the mountain, The Foggy Goggle.  Apparently, and I was very excited to find this out, it was 80's weekend.  The music that night was awesome!

These photos were stolen (with permission) from various facebook pages.  I didn't actually take very many photos.  I always forget.  It's terrible.

I had a great time and can't say how great my friends are.  I hope I can have weekends like this more often without it being my bachelorette party!

Sam :-D

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Wedding - Part 1 Engagement Photos

I figured a good place to start to catch up on my blog-less year would be a wedding related post.

We got out engagement photos done last year at the end of September.  Our photographer, Leeann from Leeann Marie, Photographers, was/is amazing.

I love our city and it was nice to take photos with the city and the background.  Pittsburgh has so much to see and so many cool areas.  This was the first part of wedding planning that made it seem like, "Hey! We're going to get married!"  It was exciting and fun.  There were a ton of photos that I loved, but I was trying to not have picture overload.

Sam :-)

Monday, November 23, 2015

Weekend Activities

This weekend was surprisingly eventful.  We had all sorts of running around on Saturday which included getting the puppies a haircut.  Then, we had the opportunity to go to the Pen's game.

Hockey games in Pittsburgh are always fun.  We were given company tickets since we both work for the same company.  It was a very new experience for us.  There was a special parking space we got to use and we got passes to go up and see the company suite.

This was the view from the company suite:

and this was the view from our seats:

We did not win, boo!  We did have a great time though.  It is always nice to do something together.  Dave is going back to work soon.  His radiation is wrapping up.

On Sunday we managed to get our puppies to one of the malls for their pet night with Santa.  I've done it every year since we got Toby.  This year's picture is the best in my opinion.

Here are our previous years, I had to add a border on 2014 myself because I must have forgotten to download it with the border.

I love my puppies.  Santa kept saying they were so well behaved (HA! We fooled him!).

This week is going to be amazing.  I can feel it.  I've taken days off around Thanksgiving so I'll have a nice long weekend starting on Wednesday.

I'm going to see if I can start putting together some posts from this past year that I missed.

Sam <3

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

WIP Wednesday

What a way to get back into blogging!  I have plenty of finished items to show you from this past year, but I'll start with a work-in-progress Wednesday.

My main project that I've been working on is Garden House Baby Blanket.  I chose colors a little different than the pattern.  I picked 3 greys and a pink (although my dad claims it is purple not pink) of Berroco Vintage DK.

The colors are Smoke (2106), Cracked Pepper (2107), Charcoal (2189), and Elderberry (2159) from left to right.

Since I need to plan everything, I played with color placement in Paint and I settled for using the pink in the middle and using Smoke at the end as well as the beginning.  The pattern originally called for a 5th color.  By using Smoke at the end and the beginning I use each color equally.

I have finished two of the strips so far and I'm working on the 3rd during Dave's radiation treatments.

I'm loving it and it is turning out larger than I thought.  So it was originally intended to be a gift to my niece, but I might keep it and maker her something else.  My sister loves it and really wants it for her baby, but if she pesters she definitely will not get it (hint hint Missy).

So there's my first WIP Wednesday in over a year!  What are you working on?

Sam :-)

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Over a Year this Time

Well my blogging hiatus was over a year this time.  A lot can happen in a year.

  • Dave and I got married on May 30th.

  • Dave's cancer came back this past summer, so we've had 2 more surgeries and we've started radiation.
  • My nephew has gotten cuter and cuter.  My sister sent this video when Dave was in the hospital.

  • My niece was born when I was on a business trip.  Yes, that's the blanket I made her.  There'll be more on that later.
  • I've got plenty of knitting things to share.
I'll get started on sharing some of the things that happened this year.  I'm going to try to be back!  We'll see how it goes.

<3 Sam

Friday, October 3, 2014

Owen is getting so big! + FO

My nephew, Owen, is getting so big.  I can't get over it!

I had a chance to babysit him in August and he was just adorable!

The dog, Dakota, was on clean up duty of Cheerios.

Owen loves to get kisses from the dog.

Owen had an ear infection so he wasn't feeling well later, but he liked to snuggle and watch baby einsteins.

My sister had some great photos for when he was 11 months in September!

I love this next one, I think he's adorable when he's crying.

There were also some great photos from August for when he was 10 months.

See the blanket? huh huh huh?  :-)  I love that blanket!

I can't believe he's going to be 1 year old in 6 days!  For his birthday, Aunt Sam made him a jacket.

You remember the Owen Hoodie I showed you last WIP Wednesday.  I finished it!

Putting in the zipper was fiddly, but actually not that bad.  I'd do it again.

Pattern: R&R Hoodie
Yarn: Caron Simply Soft in color Autumn Red
Needles:  US 4 - 3.5mm and US 5 - 3.75mm
Time: 2.5 months (I stopped working on it to make Baby Boy Stripes)
Ravelry:  R&R Hoodie for Owen

As soon as I can, I'll post a photo of Owen wearing his hoodie.  My sister actually just sent me a photo of Owen wearing the sweater I made him for his baptism.

He should be able to wear it all winter because it is still a little big on him!

Sam <3

Thursday, October 2, 2014

My Boys Toby and Jimmy

I don't think I've told you lately just how cute my puppies are, I mean, seriously, look at them.

They cuddle each other.

Toby has a tendency to sleep upside down.

They are not morning puppies.  They like to sleep in.

Last week, I tried to get a new picture of them for the background on my phone.  It is very hard to get them to both look at me for a photo.

Who knew, that all it took was a whistle?  I will forever keep that in my back pocket!

I just think my pups are so stinking cute!

They snuggle with Dave all the time.  Jimmy has become Daddy's little boy.

We even got a family photo during our engagement photo session (I'll post photos of that later).

It's amazing how they can grab so much of your heart.  Do you have pets that just tug on your heartstrings?

Sam :-D

ETA: fixed last photo