Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Preschool Homeschool


I'm excited to start Reuben on a very play based preschool homeschooling program! I can't wait to homeschool. In my state (VA) kindergarten starts at 5, and you don't technically have to do anything before that.

But, I want to start Reuben at 3-4 in some type of preschool program. Mainly because I want to get into the rhythm of doing school every day. I want it to become a habit for him and for me! I'm not going to do anything too structured: my preschool will be mostly play based. We will read lots of books. We will play all the things! Puzzles and learning toys are the base of his day anyway, so I am not too worried that this will be difficult in any way. He's two right now, so I want to do Reuben-lead learning--following his interests and discovering what he likes, what he is good at, and what he loves learning about.

In the video below I discuss my plans for curriculum, sex education, socialization and physical education for our preschool homeschool program. Hope this helps anyone else who is wanting an easy preschool play-based learning experience for their child!

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Week 113


One year ago
Two years ago

The week I found out that I actually DO have gestational diabetes. Ugh.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Purple Hat

I know, I know, another hat for January Baby? We finally decided on a name for her too: Rebekah! I love it. I am excited about it! Whooo! January Baby has a name! At least, a first name.





This hat is the Garter Stitch Pilot Cap and I found it on Ravelry. I love how it knit upl it's a genius way to knit a hat. I don't like picking up stitches--that's the only draw back. There are a lot of stitches to pick up. I used worsted weight yarn from my stash again, and 4.5mm knitting needles.

Maybe I'll make another one for Reuben. Who knows?

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Crochet Bulky Bib Tutorial


Reuben drools like a waterfall, so I wanted to create a few bibs for him. I love the triangle shaped bibs, and since I'd already created some basic square bibs I decided to work up a new pattern for a change of pace. I ended up making him three; and three for my new baby, and a few for my friends who are expecting. They crochet up so quick, taking me about an hour from cast on to button sewing.

Thus I wrote down and decided to publish the design! You can buy the PDF pattern for $1 here on Ravelry if you want a written pattern to follow or just feel like supporting our family. There is also a free video tutorial for those who cannot afford a pattern and still want to create bibs, or for those who need both a written and visual tutorial to follow. Enjoy!

You need bulky cotton yarn and a 6.0mm crochet hook to create this bib. There are two sizes; a baby and a toddler size.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Week 112


The week we all got sick! It started with Reuben, moved to mommy (while Reuben was still sick) and now at the end of the week daddy has it too! Poor sick family. Good thing for take out food and rest days!

One year ago.
Two years ago.

Friday, December 1, 2017

Crochet Toddler Hat (1yo)

I made January Baby (who we all know is a girl by now) another hat. Her head will be very warm for the rest of her life with a mama who loves to knit and crochet! This is the Rose Earflap Hat and I found the pattern on Ravelry. I love how it turned out, and it was was total stash busting project for me! Yay for using up some yarn!


I love the colors in the hat and the pompom. I can't wait to put this on my soon-to-be born little girl. When it fits, I know. Hah. I used worsted weight yarn and a 4.0mm crochet hook.

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