Archives for February 2013

With Bows and Arrows

My boys have been making homemade bows and arrows for themselves for as long as I can remember.  This week, Keats decided to make some for his sisters.  He is typically very patient with them, and has earned the title, “Best Big Brother,” from Beatrix.  Beatrix uses that title to get what she wants.  So for instance, she wants Keats to help her with something, but he’s busy and says, “No, not right now.”  Beatrix responds with, “But you’re my Best Big Brother!”  Maintaining that title is very important to Keats for some reason, so he drops what he’s doing and helps her.

Larkspur only required a little bit of help, learning to shoot her arrows.

Beatrix was more high maintenance.  We all crowded around the computer last night, the kids dying laughing over this series of photos of Beatrix trying to shoot an arrow.  Keats would help her get ready…

she would pull back with all her might…

and the arrow would slip.

Try again.


Keats to the rescue.

Dropped the arrow again.

She’s a good sport though and didn’t get frustrated.  I’m glad she can laugh at herself.  That’s an important skill to have.

Try again.

She did it!

Yarn Along

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I was forced to set aside my scarf this week because Larkspur has a birthday coming up and she requested a hat.  I don’t mind making sacrifices like that, because that is just what knitting moms do.  But seriously, I do hope I can bring myself to pick that scarf up again.  I maybe need to knit another 12 inches which isn’t that big of a deal.  Larkspur borrows my Jane hat frequently and it fits her perfectly, so that is what I am knitting for her.  Digging through my stash I found one last skein of Madelinetosh in amber trinket  (have I mentioned the fact that I have only been knitting from my stash for over six months?  maybe even longer than that.)  This colorway is so pretty on Larkspur and I am sure she will love the hat, especially because it is like mine.

I finished Farm City.  It was a good read.  The author has a blog, and it is neat to see pictures of her urban farm after reading about it! I’ve picked up Homegrown and Handmade again.  Evidently someone else requested it at the library because I couldn’t renew it.  This one is a keeper, so I guess I’ll have to buy it!  It really is full of good information in a not too overwhelming format.  One of you asked last time I mentioned it what that animal is on the cover.  It’s some sort of sheep!  It’s odd looking, isn’t it?  Jonny has spent the last few evenings reading How to Eat Fried Worms to the kids and they have LOVED it.  My boys especially found it to be hilarious.  I can’t remember if I read this one when I was a kid or not.


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