Sunday, April 10, 2011

It's a SURPRISE!!!!

Happy Surprise Baby Shower, Cory!   Yeah, that's was for CORY!  After all, he's about the only one who hasn't experienced a newborn baby yet.  Sandy's sister, Adriana, and her husband hosted about 70 people who came bearing gifts and best wishes for the expectant parents.  The shower was grand and glorious, a big gala event that lasted for hours and hours.  Lots of fun, lots of friends and even more family, ots of food, and lots of gifts from people who love them so much; great memories to last a lifetime.

Knitted shawl with 5,000 beads made by Mimi for Tiffany's christening and to be used later for her bridal veil or bridal shawl, a real family heirloom or keepsake.

Lucas picked out her first denim outfit.

There were many handmade items for Tiffany.

My good friend Sonja made the road trip with me to Florida, 2nd from the left.

 It was a whirlwind trip, but most enjoyable.  Only about 4-1/2 weeks till the due date, but Tiffany will let us know when she's ready to arrive.  Everyone eagerly anticipates her birth.  Here are a few of the items I've been making for her to wear or use when she gets here.

Crocheted sweater

Knitted romper

Knitted "lovey"

"Turtles for Tiffany" quilt

And, no, I haven't forgotten our little princess, Lindley!  But my computer has just decided not to cooperate so I can't upload photos from our last visit with her just now.  Stay tuned for more....

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Winter Knitting Retreat 2011

Just returned from a week-long visit with my parents in southeastern Oklahoma.  My dear sister Judy who lives in California met me in Dallas and we drove together for the last leg of the trip.  It was indeed a wonderful experience, full of wonder and miracles--yes MIRACLES!  I witnessed my sister praying for relief of my mother's chronic and persistent pain and I witnessed it LEAVING!  I even experienced my own miracles this week.  God is awesome!

Baskets of Yarn's annual winter retreat begins next week.  Classes and projects abound!  Here are a few of the projects that will be shared and taught in Asheville, NC.

Stained Glass Triangular Shawl

Shipwreck Shawl

Shipwreck detail

In addition to these, there will be beautiful lace sweaters, scarf projects, socks and several technique classes.  Baskets of Yarn will have a condensed version of the store set up in the hotel for anyone who feels the need for fiber, needles, books, or patterns.  Other activities to look forward to are the traditional pajama party, yarn tasting, and late-night knitting with long-lost friends.

Meet the newest member of the King Family:  Ringo!


He's about 3 months old, black Labrador and Mastiff mix, cute as a button.  He will go into obedience training as soon as he has his second round of shots.  He weighs about 6 pounds now, but we expect him to reach 100# by adulthood.

And here are some of the latest pictures of Lindley (I knew you'd want to see these).  She is growing like a weed, getting smarter every minute and cuter every day.

Lindley is taking "golfing lessons" from her grandpa "Ga".

She gets as frustrated as "Ga" when she misses the shot.

She loves to tease "Mimi" (takes after her daddy on that one).

 I'll try to update this after the Winter Retreat.  Hope your spring is eternal!

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!  It's almost halfway through the first month of the new year, and I'm just now posting my first post of 2011.  It's been a busy year already.  We started the year with a trip to Gatlinburg, TN, with our son and his family from Orlando, FL.  There were 33 of us altogether, and most of them spoke Spanish with English as a 2nd language.  Most of the family is from Colombia, and some of them still live there but were able to visit the USA for the holidays.  I learned some new words (some cannot be repeated in public or in front of children), had lots of laughs, and felt special to be included in this wonderful group of people.  It's always a treat to be with them, and by the end of each visit the language barrier seems like such a trivial obstacle.

Isn't this a great-looking family?
We are so blessed!  Everyone had a great time:  skiing, helicopter riding, swimming, cooking (yummmmm) and eating, playing games together, going to movies, and shopping were just some of the activities during our trip.

Now it's time to prepare for the birth of a new granddaughter!  Tiffany Rose is expected to arrive in early May.  Several dates have been batted around, but the one I like best if May 9, the day after my birthday.  Can you imagine a sweeter birthday gift than the birth of a grandchild?  Her maternal grandmother's birthday is also in May.  This will be a special child!  Aren't they all?  Here is a photo of both grandmothers.

Mimi and Ita