5 And A Beagle

"Life is what happens while you are busy making other plans." John Lennon

Saturday, December 30, 2006

Kid Speak 

When the kids were little gaffers just learning to talk, I found it was like learning a second language myself. #3 couldn't pronounce the hard c, g and k sounds. Words like car, go and keep would come out like tar, doe and teep. Something like "I'll get the car keys, mommy!" would be "I doe det tar tee's mommy!" He'd excitedly show anyone coming into the house the closet where the a-boo (vacuum) was kept. He'd call for the boo-baa (light) to be turned on at night.

As for #4, she always referred to herself in the 3rd person. Her nickname as a little one was Krissy and her shortened, personalized version was Issy. If she wanted to do something, she'd firmly announce to all in ear shot - "Issy do!" When it came to pronouncing her little sister's name, apparently 2 syllables were too much and Danielle became simply 'nielle.

#5 had a hard time with her brother and sister's names. To her they were By-toe and Sistin. "At least" would become "a-leash". The g sound was too much of a bother so Gramma and Grampa became Ramma and Rampa.

Now that they are much older, I feel like I'm learning yet another language. Mumbling! Their low pitched, fast paced running together of words leaves my head spinning at the best of times. Now a phrase such as "Where's the toothpaste?" comes out sounding like "Wear a foot brace."

Here they are, modeling their recently knitted items.

Celtic Cap from the girl from auntie for #3.

A scarf for #4 from a Barbara Walker pattern. The picture is unfortunately just a little washed out. But she'd just come home from 8 hours at work, so she's probably feeling a little washed out herself.
One lonely sock waiting for its mate for the tootsies of #5. Pattern - Dalarna from Knitting on the Road. Yarn - hand dyed 'Pink Lemonade' from Laura at Sugar Bunny Boulevard

Saturday, December 23, 2006

Merry Christmas 

Even the google kangaroos are busy with their last minute knitting!

Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas and a New Year filled with good health, happiness and all of your loved ones around you!

(And for me....maybe a finished reno)

Sunday, December 03, 2006

A True Canuck 

You are 100% Canuck!

You rock, you are an almighty Canadian through and through. You have proven your worthiness and have won the elite prize of living in a country as awesome as Canada. Yes I know other countries think they are better, but we let them have that cuz we know better than they do, eh?

How Canadian Are You?
Quiz Created on GoToQuiz

No Kidding?!

Thanks to Marina, (an Aussie living in the US, and apparently an honorary Canadian) for the link

Friday, December 01, 2006

Winter Wonderland 

Warning - Photo heavy post....I was hoping to get these pictures posted for a "Walk with me Wednesday", but Wednesday came and went so here we have "Winter Scenes for Friday".

We've had an unusual November cold snap in Vancouver made all the more unusual by the fact that there was precipitation too. Temperatures in the late fall and winter on the West Coast don't often go below zero and if they do, there's rarely snow. The last time I remember a good dumping like we had this past week was about 10 years ago.

Monday morning I woke up to find the van covered in snow and every door frozen shut.

Photos taken around the neighbourhood by #3

And a picture of the North Shore mountains taken in my rearview mirror while heading to work - wishing I was still at home having a snow day.

And finally - knitting content. A wee little stocking - just the right size to hold a gift certificate for the impossible to shop for brother.


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