My Self Control

I really really really can’t wait for school to start…even though i have so much to do.  I find it ironic that our next main topic of study is Self Control.  Why?  Because I am so far behind in everything that I need to get done!  Between cheer and football season, the crochet projects I’ve promised to people, the sewing projects I’ve promised to people, getting ready for the Back to School Back Pack Bash at my church, catching up on my grading, and then the regular Mommy chores…I am overwhelmed and out of discipline.

Do you ever get that way?  I am over-committed, on a regular basis.  And I need to get back in control because Children in Action is starting in September and I’m not ready for that either!!!!!

So how am I going to emphasize self control when I don’t have it????  First things first…I need to get back into a school routine.  And I have the bones of that done….I just need to really emphasize being disciplined.  I kept a fairly tight schedule yesterday and Barbie noticed.  But I got more done yesterday then I did last week!  I’m working on waking up early as well.  So we will be running a tight ship during cheer and football season so that I can get everything done.

Here is my schedule for school…Kind of;)

I’ll be waking up at 5:30 am: praying, stumbling to the laundry room to start the first load of laundry, grabbing a cup of coffee (or green tea) and then going to do my morning devotion.  Once finished, I’ll start my second load of laundry for the day, go wake up the kids, and then work out. (Yes, I’m trying it again!  I’ve stuck with it for 3 weeks this time!!!)

Once the girls are up and going, I leave them in charge for the half hour it takes me to shower.  They will make sure the boys are ready for the day and they are ready for the day.

Then I’ll cook breakfast.  We’ll have breakfast while I’m reading a book to them.  Our first biography this year will be about Adoniram Judson (he was a missionary in Burma).

We’ll finish eating and doing our kitchen chores then head to the living room for our Family Wisdom Search.  Quick note on our Kitchen chores.  Every one has their own chores and I set the timer for 15 minutes.  While they are picking up the kitchen, I’m folding and then starting a new load of laundry.  They all come and get their pile of clothes when I call them. Our Wisdom Search we only do for about 15 minutes as well.

Then on to our Wisdom Booklet, Music, and their Project Work.  While they are working their projects, I’ll be cooking our main meal of the day.  We all eat together, do Kitchen chores, and then I’ll have about 15 minutes on the computer to check facebook while they are being silly and goofing. 😉  Or arguing with each other, depending on the day. 😉

Next is English.  Barbie is completely independent in this except for grading.  BAM! and Kissy are on the same level, and the boys are all on the same level.  So I will take turns teaching while the groups are doing independent work.  Because of me teaching – this will be 1/2 hour.  This will also give them time to study for spelling, vocabulary, and dictation quizzes.  How they do on their quizzes will determine if they move up a minor level or not. 😉

And then Math for the kids – this is pretty much independent and gives me time to grade the work they have done so far…logging it for the children that have report cards. (If we study math that week as a school, the kids will have a break during this time)

After Math, the boys have a break.  They can choose to work on what they haven’t finished school wise or their chores.  But let’s be honest…they’ll play!!!!  The girls will be taking turns doing typing lessons.  On days they don’t have typing, they have the same choices as the boys (except for Barbie…she has SAT prep class).  What will I be doing?  Working on my “to do” list of the day.

Now it’s Super Clean Time.  We all work together cleaning one room of the house.  We get as much done as we can in 1/2 hour.  The kids hate this time…but they like it better than doing it individually.  We power through!!!!!

Then the girls will do their Independent Science while the boys take turns playing on the computer.  (If we have science as a school that week, the girls will not have science).  I will be working more on my “to do” list!  After about 1/2 hour everyone has free time!  Me too!!!!  This is when I get to crochet, sew, or read!    Then I’ll get our snack ready, and pre prepare anything we need for dinner.  We’ll have a snack…clean up real quick, and get ready for football!

When we all get home, we take turns showering, and eating.  We are doing a family wisdom search at that time as well!  I will tuck all the kids in…and then read myself to sleep!

After looking at all of that, do you see why I need self control??????

If I don’t, I will easily throw everything that needs to be done and play on facebook or computer games all day.  It’s way too easy to do!!!!!

Reading all of that made me tired!!!!  And it’s time for me to start cooking!  Gotta get on the schedule!  Have a blessed day all!!!!

 

Multi Colored Carriage Cover

There is a veritable baby boom among friends and family…so I am trying to kick out as many different baby items as possible.

In early May, my sis in law had a sweet baby boy and I crocheted a sleep sack and cap for him.

In late May (while we were traveling), a young woman at my church had a darling baby girl.

I used our traveling time to crochet a darling Carriage Cover.  I got the pattern out of a Bucilla Yarn Pattern Book from 1950.  It turned out beautifully.

Materials: 6 balls of yarn (or one of those giant ones) Crochet Hook Size 3

 

Approximate Size is 26″ by 32″.  Ch 170.  Work pattern 28 times.

Row 1: 1 sc in 2nd st from hook, *skip 2 sts, a shell of 5 dc in next st, skip 2 sts, 1 sc in next st; repeat from * to end.

Row 2: Ch 3, turn, 2 dc in first sc, *1 sc in center dc of next shell, 1 shell of 5 dc in back loop of next sc; repeat from *, end 3 dc instead of 5 dc in last sc.

Row 3: Ch 1, turn, 1 sc in first dc, * 1 shell of 5 dc in back loop of next sc, 1 sc in center dc of next shell; repeat from *, end 1 sc in top of turning ch.

Border: Ch1, turn, 3 sc in first sc (corner), * 1 sc in each of next 5 dc, skip next sc; repeat from * working to corner; 3 sc in corner; continue sc on side; work other half to corner being careful to keep even edge and working each corner.

Round 2: Skip 1 sc, 10 dc in next sc (center sc at corner), * skip 2 sc, 1 sc in next sc, skip 2 sc, 7 dc in next sc, repeat from * around, having a shell of 10 dc in center st at each corner.  Fasten off.

Add your favorite edging.  I did a small Picot stitch (my very favorite). 😉

 

Carriage Cover June 2014 002 June 2014 003 June 2014 004

 

Crocheted Sleep Sack and Hat

Just perfect for a newborn!!!

This pattern comes courtesy of Everyday Blankets/ loops and threads/ snuggly wuggly baby sport at Michaels.  For more baby patterns go to Michaels Loops and threads .

 

Now, i must be honest.  I had some issues with this pattern.  It’s been a while, so I’ll try to remember what I changed and note it for you.

This is a cocoon sack and hat for baby up to 3 months.

You will need 2 balls of variegated baby yarn, 1 ball of solid variegated baby yarn and a G and a H hook.

Gauge is 14 sts and 11 rnds = 4″ with H hook

This is an Easy Pattern

Start with variegated

Chain 3 for base.

1st rnd: 8 hdc in 3rd ch from hook.  Join with sl st to first hdc .

2nd rnd: Ch 2.  2 hdc in same sp as last sl st.  2 hdc in each hdc aroun.  Join with sl st. 16 hdc

3rd rnd: ch 2. 2 hdc in same sp as last sl st. *2hdc in next sp between groups of 2 hdc.  2 hdc in next hdc.  Rep from * around, ending with 2 hdc in last sp between groups. Join. 28 hdc.

4th rnd: sl st in next hdc.  sl st in next sp between groups of 2 hdc.  ch 2. 2 hdc in same sp as last sl st.  *2hdc in next sp between groups of 2 hdc.  2 hdc in next hdc.  Rep from * around. Join

5th rnd: ch 2. 2 hdc in same sp as last sl st *(2hdc in next sp between groups of 2 hdc) twice.  2 hdc in next hdc. rep from * around, ending with : (2hdc in next sp between groups of 2 hdc) twice. Join.

6th rnd: ch 2. 2 hdc in same sp as last sl st *(2hdc in next sp between groups of 2 hdc) 3 times. 2 hdc in next hdc. rep from * around, ending with : (2hdc in next sp between groups of 2 hdc) 3 times. Join

7th rnd: ch 2.2 hdc in same sp as last sl st *(2hdc in next sp between groups of 2 hdc) 4 times. 2 hdc in next hdc. rep from * around, ending with : (2hdc in next sp between groups of 2 hdc) 4 times. Join

8th rnd: ch 2.2 hdc in same sp as last sl st *(2hdc in next sp between groups of 2 hdc) 5 times. 2 hdc in next hdc. rep from * around, ending with : (2hdc in next sp between groups of 2 hdc) 5 times. Join

9th rnd: ch 2.2 hdc in same sp as last sl st *(2hdc in next sp between groups of 2 hdc) 22 times. 2 hdc in next hdc. rep from * once more. 2hdc in next sp between groups of 2 hdc. Join. 88 hdc.  Place marker.  *****Quite honestly as I looked at this, it just wasn’t big enough…so I continued with the pattern increase until it felt big enough to fit a baby into.  And then I switched to the Body Pat.*******

Body Pat:

1st rnd: sl st in next hdc.  sl st in next sp between groups of 2 hdc.  ch 2. 2 hdc in same sp as sl st. *2hdc in next sp between groups of 2 hdc. Rep from * around. Join.

2nd rnd: ch 2. 2hdc in same sp as last sl st. *2hdc in next sp between groups of 2 hdc. Rep from * around.  Join.  Rep last 2 rnds for Body Pat until work from marked rnd measures 15″ .  *******Again, I think I went a little larger than 15″, but no more than 17“*******

Next rnd: ch2. 2 hdc in same sp as last sl st. 1 hdc in each hdc around. Join.

Next rnd: ch 2. 1 dcfp around post of same hdc as last sl st. (1 dcbp around post of next hdc. 1 dcfp around post of next hdc) 22 times.  Place marker for center front. (1 dcfp around post of next hdc. 1 dcbp around post of next hdc) 22 times. Join.

Next 2 rnds:ch 2. 1 dcfp around post of same hdc as last sl st. (1 dcbp around post of next hdc. 1 dcfp around post of next hdc) 22 times.  slip center front marker. (1 dcfp around post of next hdc. 1 dcbp around post of next hdc) 22 times. Join.

Fasten off.

Divide for collar: Beg working in rows as follows:

Next row: RS.  join yarn with sl st around post of dcfp at left side from center front marker. ch 2. 1dcfp around post of same dcfp as last sl st. *1dcbp around post of next dcbp. 1 dcfp around post of next dcfp. Rep from * around, ending with 1 dcfp around post of last dcfp at center front. TURN.

Next row: ch 2. 1 dcbp around post of first st. *1dcfp around post of next st. 1 dcbp around post of next st. Rep from *  to end of row. Turn.

Next row: ch 2. 1 dcfp around post of first st. *1dcbp around post of next st. 1 dcfp around post of next st. Rep from *  to end of row. Turn.

Repeat last 2 rows until work from dividing row measures 3 1/2”. ending with a WS row.  Fasten off.

Small Picot around edge in solid color.

HAT:

Copy sack from beginning to 5th rnd .

6th rnd: as 4th rnd.

7th rnd: ch 2. 2 hdc in same sp as last sl st. *(2hdc in next sp between groups of 2 hdc.) 4 times. 2hdc in next hdc. Rep from * around, ending with: (2hdc in next sp between groups of 2 hdc) 5 times. Join

8th rnd: sl st in next hdc. sl st in next sp between groups of 2 hdc. ch 2. *2hdc in next sp between groups of 2 hdc.. Rep from * around. Join. rep last rnd until Hat from beg measures 4″.

Next rnd: ch 2. 1 hdc in same sp as last sl st. 1 hdc in each hdc around. join.

Change to smaller hook.

Next rnd: ch 2. 1 dcfp around post of same hdc as last sl st. *1 dcbp around post of next hdc. 1 dcfp around post of next hdc. Rep from * to last hdc. 1 dcbp around post of last hdc. Join.

Next rnd: ch 2 1 dcfp around post of same dcfp as last sl st. *1 dcbp around post of next dcbp. 1 dcfp around post of next dcfp. Rep from * to last dcbp. 1 dcbp around post of last hdc. Join.

Rep last rnd 4 times more.  Fasten off.

Picot to finish.

Sleep Sack and Cap Crochet

This was a gift for Papi’s newest little nephew and I am very pleased the way it came out.  Of course, when i bought the yarn I didn’t know Little A was a HE! 😉

Traveling with the Horde Day 1

So Papi and I got this crazy idea to have an actual VACATION instead of a Stay-cation. Crazy, right?????  After discussing it thoroughly back in February, we decided to take the kids to the ATI Bible Conference in Nashville, TN.  We paid for the conference, put money aside for travel and for food, and talked about driving all night Friday night and arriving 13 hours later in Nashville.  Yep.  Our equation was this….

1 Truck + 6 kids + 2 very tired adults + 800 miles = Fun Vacation.

Crazier, right????

Up until the week before we were leaving, I believed that was the plan.  Papi would work all day Friday, get home about 4:30 pm (a little early), we would load up the truck, pack some sandwiches, and away we would go.  I would need food for that evening and a movie to put them asleep.  We would take turns driving (let’s be honest, he would drive almost all of it) and hit there about 8 am.  Then we would wander around Nashville until check in at 3 pm.

The week before the conference, Papi and I actually talked about whether this plan would actually work.  We decided it wouldn’t.  So Papi decided we would leave about 11 pm.  The kids would sleep.  We would take turns driving (him driving almost all of it) and get to the hotel in Nashville at about 1 pm on Saturday completely exhausted.  This would take more creativity on my part, because I would need things to keep the kids occupied during the times they were awake.  So I started pinning all sorts of things on pinterest to entertain them, mainly because they weren’t allowed to bring Kindles, mp3’s, cell phones, or anything electronic.

On Tuesday, i think, Papi decided we were going to stay in a hotel in Georgia on Friday night.  The new plan (the one that actually kind of happened) was that Papi would work 1/2 day on Friday, get home around lunch.  Then we would eat lunch, pack the truck, and head to Georgia.  On Saturday we would make the rest of the journey from Georgia to Tennessee.

So Papi worked 1/2 day, and we packed up the truck….

traveling with kids

 

We finished packing early, and decided to get a head start.  Stopping at Sam’s to get gas, Walmart to stock up on goodies, and McDonald’s for lunch.  We were off!

After about an hour, we hit Yeehaw Jct.  YES, there is a place called Yeehaw Jct.  I even photographed the proof….

Yeehaw Jct

I rewarded the kids for being good.  Each of them got a poker chip.  (Yes, it was a poker chip, no we weren’t playing poker).    We traveled another hour with the kids looking at the incorrect maps I printed for them and trying to figure out where we were.  And we hit Orlando.

Orlando

And the kids each got another token.  But by now, the natives were getting restless….

Restless Natives

(No, Barbie is not picking her nose)….And I started the bidding war.  Each of them had tokens rewarded for good behavior.  Being over and above nice got extra tokens.  They were allowed to bid on picking an activity.  I think Eyes won the first one, picking to play a movie (He paid 2 tokens I think).  So we slipped in one of the Star Wars movies and had a semi quiet ride for the next couple of hours (not counting the blasters going off in the background).  Each hour the first day, each kid earned a token.  We were on a ROLL!!!!! (Bonus was I got to work on the baby blanket I’ve been crocheting for a baby that was due ANYDAY!!!!!Baby Blanket

Two hours went by, each kid had earned 2 tokens, and Barbie won the next bid, electing to play her favorite Christian CD’s for the next hour.  And we had then reached our destination…somewhere in Georgia…..

Georgia on my Mind

 

We hit the Huddle House for dinner (that was a new experience for me) and fell exhausted into bed.  Who knew that driving that far could make you exhausted when you weren’t even driving?????

Fingerless Gloves

I found a really cute pattern once for Fingerless Gloves – but when I tried to make it, it came out horrible!!!!  So I scrapped it and started again, making my own pattern.  This is what I came up with.  I liked them so much, i made two pairs – one with worsted weight Red Heart yarn, and one in some scrap mohair someone gave me.  It takes one skein (or less), and maybe an hour to make both gloves.  Enjoy!!!!

Fingerless Gloves Fire Engine Red

Crochet Hook Size K
1 skein worsted weight yarn

Small (fits girls 5 – 10):
Make 2
Chain 20
SC in 2nd chain from hook and in each ch across.
Ch 1, turn. SC in each stitch across.
Repeat until piece measures 6 to 6 ½ in. from beginning.
Fasten off.

Sew sides of Cuff together leaving thumb opening.

Weave yarn in to wrong side of cuff.

Medium (fits girls 11 to small adult):
Make 2
Chain 25
SC in 2nd chain from hook and in each ch across.
Ch 1, turn. SC in each stitch across.
Repeat until piece measures 7 to 7 ½ in. from beginning.
Fasten off.

Sew sides of Cuff together leaving thumb opening.

Fingerless Gloves Beige Mohair