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Is it just me, or does june always go a little bit crazy? Lot’s of activities, combined with T and I moving over the last two weeks, with one nutty work schedule, has lead to one chaotic June and beginning of July. Happily, this week should be a bit mellower, and I will hopefully get to enjoy some sunshine! That said, thought I’d share a few pics of what’s been going on the last few weeks.

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Popped home a few weekends ago and watched the little O and F participate in their first bike race. The “Bike n’ Juice”. Pretty much the cutest little race ever. These two were most excited to have sweet numbers attached to their bikes, than the possibility of winning any race.

IMG_2807My mum, one of my sisters, and I, popped into Wenatchee for some  pedicures. Therefore, we had to take the obligatory toenail photo. My polish has held up surprisingly well over the last two weeks.

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Cute new apartment. So clean and so unprepared for all my baking disasters!

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Martha’s peach crumble (I like to pretend Martha Stewart and I are on a first name basis). Seriously delicious recipe.

http://www.marthastewart.com/907424/peach-crumble?czone=food/produce-guide-cnt/summer-produce-recipes&gallery=275115&slide=907424&center=276955

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Spend the 4th with these lovelies! We try to take nice photos. Then we start giggling (and by we I mean I). We managed to get a few good ones though!

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Happy Monday!!

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The Joy of Nephews and Nieces

I am the proud Auntie of 4 nephews, 1 niece, and one little who is still cookin in the oven. I am known to these wee ones as Auntie K, Crazy Auntie K, Tia Kendra, and I’m working on getting youngest to call me Tia Loca. Because there is a bit of an age gap between myself and my older sisters (and because i’m not looking to cook up any kiddos of my own anytime soon), sometimes I get a little sad that any future spawn I may procreate won’t have any cousins close in age…..

Then I rejoice that I have had years, and likely more years in the future, of simply being Auntie. I get to throw all of my heart at these wonderful beings without the distraction of my own. I’m the one encouraging them to lick giant bowls of applesauce clean, roll in the dirt, race me down the street on their scooter, and I am often seen sitting across the table making goofy faces at them during supper.

I love watching these littles become their own people, and I am proud that they call me Auntie.

A few weekends ago, was the rare occasion when all the cousins gathered at my parents house, or as they are affectionately called Grammy and Bumpa. I managed to escape the city for a few days of chaos, and loved every minute of it.

Kind 11 year old E, is growing into a wonderful young man. Smart, athletic, respectful, and wonderful with all the young cousins, I cannot wait to see where life takes him!

IMG_2434Chaotic A! I have a feeling that this kiddo is an artist at heart. His laugh is infectious, he has energy for days, and his heart is as big as they come.

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Sweet little E. The only niece amongst all boys, and she’s got us all wrapped around her little finger.

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Dearest O. Smart, kind, and insightful, this kid continually amazes me with his understanding of things like symmetry and asymmetry. I’m pretty sure this kid has a better vocabulary than I do. A wonderful little hugger, this kid is as sweet as they come, and I have found the greatest joy in making him laugh since he was tiny.

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Oh little F.T. I wasn’t sure you liked me at first, but now even when your being a little sass, you melt my heart with a simple “I wuv you Auntie K”. A tester of limits, I sense a heart of adventurer in him.

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Here’s to you sweet kiddos! I love being your auntie.

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Soft Blue Beret

This winter, I have been in dire need of a new cozy hat. Not wanting to buy one in store (all the ones I liked were way to expensive), I started scouring the internet for patterns that looked appealing. I came across this little beauty, and decided to give it a whirl.

It turned out pretty well with just a few minor adjustments. You never know with internet finds, as I have had some real doozy’s of end results on projects. This one however wasn’t a catastrophe, so I thought I’d share it with you!

I used the Lion Brand Alpine Wool yarn, and though a little scratchy, the color and ease of use make up for it.

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Gauge: 8dc*10rows = 10*10cm
I used 8.00 mm hook
At the end of each round join with a sl st in 3rd ch of beg. ch 3.

Beret:
Ch 3, join with sl st to form ring.

Rnd 1: ch 3 (count as dc), make 11 dc in ring.(12 dc)

Rnd 2: ch 3, 2 dc in each dc.(24 dc)

Rnd 3: ch 3, 2 dc in the same joining dc,*ch 2, skip 1 ch, 3 dc in next dc*, repeat from * around, ending with ch 2 and joining to first dc group.(12 dc group)

Rnd 4: ch 3, turn, 2 dc in next ch 2 space,*ch 2, 3 dc in next ch 2 space*, repeat from * around, ending with ch 2 and joining to first dc group.(12 dc group)

Rnd 5: repeat Rnd 4.

Rnd 6: ch 3, 1 dc in each next 2 dc,*1 dc in next ch 2 space, 3 dc in next 3 dc*, repeat from * around ending with 1 dc in last ch 2 space and joining to first dc.

Rnd 7: ch 3, 3 dc, dc2tog.,*4 dc, dc2tog.*, repeat from * around, joining to beg. ch3.

Rnd 8: ch 3, 2 dc, dc2tog.,*3 dc, dc2tog.*, repeat from * around, joining to beg. ch3

Rnd 9: sc around, join with sl st to last sc

Rnd 10: sc around, join with a sl st to last sc

Rnd 11: sl st around edge to last sc

Fasten off and weave in all ends

Here she is, all fancy on Millie!

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In retrospect, I think I would make it a little bigger. I have thick thick hair and a large head, and the hat didn’t quite have the slouchy affect I wanted in the back. Alas, I still like it, and I’ll still wear it.

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Can you tell I like black?

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I took my hat out for a jaunt around Point Defiance Zoo, for the last night of Zoo Lights. It’s a fun little walk around, and perfect for a chilly winter night with a cup of coco in hand.

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I hope your all staying warm in this chilly start to the new year!

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