Well we are on our way to the prom - isn't she pretty. Kelsie wore a plum colored dress with black lace insert, black and silver accessories and awesome black lace shoes to her senior prom last week. She went with a bunch of friends and apparently had a blast. They went back to a friends house afterwards and the poor kid had to get up and go to school for a physics lab the next day. Apparently a good time was had by all. See more photos on Flickr.
Like all good women, my darling daughter has changed her mind. Instead of Ithaca College in upstate NY, she will be attending Hofstra College on Long Island for the next 4 years. We traveled down there a couple of weeks ago, went to an Honor's college dinner, particapated in admitted student day and when we arrived home, she announced that would be where she would be going. She has sent in her deposit, chosen where she would like to live and is now intent in finishing up high school.
I am pleased with her choice. It is a beautiful campus, the people seemed really friendly and the student's that I saw looked just like Kelsie (sweatpants and tee's). All and All this has been quite an experience but something I am glad that we went through.
OMG she got in - Kelsie got her first choice college acceptance letter today along with a scholarship for $15,000 renewable yearly. WooT!!!!!! Of course this is the 4th college that she has received an acceptance letter too and the third large scholarship, but this is THE one that she has been waiting for. Watch out Ithaca New York - Here comes Kelsie!!!
One of the women who works near me is expecting her third child the end of this month. Now by the time you have 2 and are on your third, most everything is a hand me down. So since I had some baby color yarn, it is a little girl, and I wanted to practice making this hat and the pom pom - I cast it on on Monday and after a couple of false starts, finished it up last night. It calls for you to put the ear flaps first but I found it easier to do them after. I also like my decreases better then my increases so it worked out well. Hope she likes it.
Today is a difficult day for my nephew. Last weekend Mary and I were priviledged to be able to take my sister and nephew into the TD Bank Garden where there was a send off for the largest group of Massachusett's National Guardsmen to ever be activiated at one time. 650 men and women have left or are leaving shortly. They are going to two of the most dangerous places in the world right now. The 101st artillery is going to be stationed in Afghanstan for the next year and the 1068 transportation is going to Iraqi. For a lot of these folks this is their second tour and for some their third. These are not men and women who chose to serve their country on a full time basis - these are the weekend warriors - the ones that go 1 weekend a month, 2 weeks during the summer, the ones that help at the 4th of July concert of the Pops, the ones that the state calls when there are floods and they need help sandbagging, moving people out, etc. These are the men and women who are our civilian soldiers.
Of course you are probably wondering what this has to do with us. Well my 45 year old brother in law, my nephew's dad is wheels up as of this morning. First stop Oklahoma, next stop Kuwait, third Iraqi. My brother in law Allen is a milk man. He drives a truck or works in the warehouse of a small independent milk company in Wilmington. This is his second tour - the first was right after the war was started and stopped (2003) when David was 5 - almost 7 years ago. Now he is leaving a young tween who better understands what is going on. He is also leaving a new son who will also be 5 this spring, the same age as David when he went the 1st time.
The Guardsmen did a great job at the send off but I know that the men and women would have much preferred more time with their families instead of listening to politicians talk, their families would have preferred that they didn't have to go at all and most of all everyone would preferred if this was over and done with.
Please keep the brave men and women of the 1068th transportation in your thoughts and prayers as they start this next year of their lives and realize that it is not only the people that chose the military as a career that are making sacrifices but it could be your mailman, your hairdresser, or even the Milk Man!!!!
These are the 8 finished projects that I have photos of. I also completed a vest for a friend's grandson, crocheted a sweater that I need to send to a friend, started and worked on some socks that aren't completed yet and did do some spinning (not as much as I would have liked). I was lucky enough to go to SPA, Conn Sheep and Wool, NH Sheep and Wool and Stitches East. It has been a good year for fiber. Hopefully in 2010, I can keep up with projects, finish a pattern I am writing and attend some more super fibery places. Hope everyone has a great year and you accomplish everything you want and then some.
This is the sweater that I knit for Olivia, Mary's grand niece - Melanie's daughter. I wanted something different and this was just that. The arms and top of the sweater are knit long ways and then you pick up stitches along the bottom of it and knit the body. I am a slow knitter but this didn't take me too long to do it. It is knit in Cascade 220 superwash in a demin color with Cascade 220 superwash in an off white as accent. The shoulders each have 3 little white rose buttons to keep it closed. The accent is not part of the pattern, I put a crocheted shell edging on the bottom to dress it up a little and make sure that no one would think she was a little boy. Hope it fits and she likes it. I am not even sure that she has seen it yet but if I don't blog now, I won't remember. And if you haven't checked out patternfish, this is a good opportunity to do just that. You won't find any free patterns but you will find some cool ones. Enjoy.
That was the day that my little sister was born. I don't remember it but I don't imagine that I was too happy. You see, I was an only child, only grand child, only neice, etc on BOTH sides of my family. So having a new baby in the family, I am sure took away from me. The arrival of the interloper started that wonderful tradition of matching outfits (especially at Easter time), of it always being Debbi and Cheryl, of take your sister with you when you ...go to the park (don't let her fall in the manhole) (or through the hole in the fence down the hill toward the railroad tracks) of don't let her climb on your uncle's trailer and get her foot caught, of why weren't you watching her when she landed on the bee, of where were you when she broke her arm at YMCA camp...... do anything. Then as we got older, she was the one that stood out more - so suddenly I became Cheryl's sister....as in OH you're Cheryl's sister from the teachers in school, from friend's parents etc. How did that happen? I was here first, I was the oldest, it should have been OH you're Debbi's little sister - not the other way around.
But as my sister hits the middle of her forties and starts toward the big 50, I want to wish her the very bestest Birthday that there can be from her older but younger looking big sister!!!!!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY CHERYL and MANY HAPPY RETURNS OF THE DAY!!!!!!!