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The Pollyanna Blog.

March Nor’Easter

Two storms in a week, with another possible in four days??? The first one was just rain for us, this one was about 10 inches of HEAVY snow.

The trees bent over and created a car cave


Our neighbors came to play

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Conor Turned 8!

My boy is getting big! He wanted a sports party again (no surprise there!) The YMCA delivered. We were delighted and everyone had a blast.

They played hockey


And baseball


I had learned from my buttercream fiasco and went with my favorite texas sheet cake with Perler bead toppings


I realize now why I like knitting, cross stitch and perler beads so much. I am not a freehand crafter… It figures – I’ve always been terrible at drawing.

Dr Seuss at School

Myself and two other moms got a request out of the blue a month ago. Could we organize Dr Seuss crafts for every grade for a Dr Seuss week at the school library? WHAT??!! I don’t even like Dr. Seuss!!!
(Still, any excuse for crafting, right?)
I spent most of my off time during February Vacation Week making crafts for the Kindergarten and 3rd Grade. Kindergarten was reading 10 Apples Up On Top so I did all math-based activities. I don’t have any pictures but I made stress balls using red balloons and kinetic sand, for stacking and balancing on the kids’ heads.
I got my creative juices flowing by making some truffula tree decorations for the school library.

Conor is not very enthusiastic, yet…


They looked great in the reading corner


For Third Grade I made a Sneetches craft where there was a pull tab to pull up and down to mimic a Star Off/Star On Machine


I used this YouTube video to figure out how to do it.

The circle punch in the picture was wishful thinking. Why do those punches only extend half an inch? I ended up using my craft knife to cut out 50 circles in Sneetches tummies…
The third graders made light work of the craft. I had worked hard to make sure there were really good instructions but they rocked it much better than I expected.

Star On


It was really fun being at the school so much. It was hard with a toddler (which is why I don’t usually volunteer during school time) but it was good as a once-off.

Thing 1 and Thing 2 loved seeing me at school


But when we had to come back in at nap time on Friday for one last class, it was all too much for Eamon

A Long Process

We decided about half a year ago to move Eamon up to a queen-size bed as soon as a good opportunity arose. His room will also remain the guest room hence the queen size.
I watched craigslist and Facebook and a good queen set came up in January. It was great getting two chests of drawers and a nightstand for our growing boy.
We ordered a mattress set from Overstock mid-January but they sent us the wrong box spring! We needed a split for our shallow stairway. It took a month of to-ing and fro-ing, waiting for deliveries that never happened, you name it – every possible mistake – before we finally canceled the order and got them to pick up the huge mattress that had been sitting in our living room for an entire month, waiting for a box spring. I went to Mattress Firm for their President’s Day Sale and was so much happier with the easy process!!!

Testing out the aerodynamics


The boys love it

Knitting for a Niece

I finished a little baby sweater for my soon-to-be-niece before Thanksgiving so I could gift it in Nashville. Now little Blake has arrived and is rocking her sweater! Another niece for me!

I can’t wait to meet this cutie


Pattern is Abagail Sweater, yarn is Sirdar Snuggly Crofter Baby Fair Isle Effect DK.