Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Renewing our Vows



In honor of our 16th anniversary this year (which we've always called our "Yammiversary"), Ian and I decided to renew our vows. It was a bit of a last minute thing (where I asked my friend, Denise, (who is a JP as well as a Master Knitter) on Facebook if she'd be free the next night to marry us again! LOL!

Happily, she was free, as well as Jackie, who so sweetly agreed to be my Matron (oh, Laurin!) of Honor.

That morning, I ran over to the local florist (The Distinguished Touch in Londonderry, NH) and begged her to make me a bridal bouquet, a wrist corsage for Jackie and 2 boutineers for Ian and Denise's hubby - she let me pick out the flowers and I chose hot pink carnations, pale pink astilbe and white daisies. Such a pretty combination, I thought. She was very obliging and had them done in just a few hours...all pacakged nicely and ready to go. They came out wonderful!



We were extremely lucky because the day was absolutely gorgeous - slightly breezy, warm and sunny - and the bike trail (The Windham Rail Trail is our favorite place to bike with Denise and her hubby.) wasn't too crowded at that time...around 6:30/7 pm.



It was a bit difficult to ride my bike in my jean skirt (thank goodness for the slit in the back) and my new Dansko sandals (ooh, red patent leather!), but the girls assured me that there wasn't too much revealing going on.



I went a little crazy before the ceremony and kept asking everyone to get into certain poses for pictures and almost ended up sending Jackie flying off of the side of the bridge and into the water - she was in her rollerblades for the ceremony. LOL!



Denise wrote the most beautiful words for the ceremony - something mostly serious, but funny in spots and very touching and wonderful - and, after Ian said his words to me (and slipped the new "Love Rocks" handcrafted, engraved, sterling silver wedding bands we bought each other from the BCYR Jewelry Etsy shop), I was so overwhelmed that I forgot what Denise said to me and had to ask, "Can you repeat that?"....it made Ian laugh, but I was embarrassed!



After the ceremony, Ian and I kissed a lot, laughed and we took MORE pictures. I had all these ideas for MORE poses. Luckily, someone stopped me and we continued on our ride through the rest of the trail.



It was the most special day I could think of and I have to say that this was even more special to me than our wedding day. (Tim was a couple of months old at the time and cried during the ceremony...I had to stop to nurse him) It was a good, but slightly tense and stressful day 16 years ago. But, THIS day was fantastic in every way. I felt so lucky...and still do!!

Here are a few more pictures....

-Ian and I walking down the trail and I'm throwing my bouquet towards the "crowd"...aka Denise and Shawn (who are already married to each other!) and Jackie (who is also married!)...and it took several takes before we got it right - my poor bouquet got somewhat crushed during the process!



-My bike and its basket filled with the wedding flowers, our rings, my wallet, water bottles and my iPhone, of course.



-My bouquet with our old rings in their boxes...



-And Ian and I tired, but happy at the end of the trail and heading home...



I love you, Ian!

P.S. Did you notice Ian's fancy attire? LOL! (If you're a Rush fan, Ian was trying to suggest that we get remarried at 9:12 pm instead of 7 pm...get it??!!)

P.P.S. I lost 2.8 pounds this week and have got to over 80 pounds lost!!! Yay!!!

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Busy, Busy, Busy Bee (meaning ME!)



Yay! Another successful couple of weeks (or few?)...I've been trying to get many things (especially knitted items) finished and it's been going well so far (except I keep procrastinating about those damn dragons!).

Before I go into my fun, finished creations, I want to share some pictures from a trip Jackie and I took to go and see Julie/Noolie in Maine. First, we visited the Yarn Basket in Portmouth (where I got some gorgeous Cascade 220 Paints for the amigurumi knits) and then off to see (and hug and squish and hope for more hugs) Clover and Julie.

We had a good hour to play with Clover and I brought her a light-up ball, which seemed to be a hit. Here are some really cute pictures of her with her ball. Though, the first one is a bit more crazy than cute...but I liked the effect that the camera made when I took the picture.



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After playing (coloring, watching the adorable one dance...), we went over to the Yarn Sellar and shopped for yarn (I got enough yarn to make Ben a new Wallaby and also more Cotton Chenille to make a facecloth), knit on our projects, laughed our heads off and also met up with Heather, who happened to be making a stop there for another errand. Yay! What a super fun day....I had such a great time and can't wait to visit again!



Now...onto the KNITTED STUFF (oh, and one sewing project):

1. A Kitchen Apron that I made using a "Cut, Sew and Go" Reversible Apron kit from Jo-Ann Fabrics. Now, we all know how horrible I am at using a sewing machine (must-take-lessons!), so this entire apron was handsewn by my own little fingers. And, instead of the promised "Make in 1 hour!" slogan, it took me one week. But, that's okay. It came out sooo cute and I love wearing it. It's 100% cotton and washable with pockets on BOTH sides and...the best part...fits me perfectly!



Here is a look on the other side:



2. The Kraken that I made for Tim from the new book that I bought, "Amigurumi Knits", which I have to say is one of the BEST and MOST FUN (and brilliantly designed) pattern book that I've come across in a long time. Not only is every single thing in it adorable, but it's using bits and scraps of Cascade 220 (which I have a lot of) and there is hardly ANY sewing up....everything is either picked up or very quickly and easily sewed. I had so much fun making the Kraken that I'm dying to make more toys.



You can also read more and see more pictures of my Kraken project here on Ravelry.



3. The Hap Blanket from Ysolda Teague's book, "Whimsical Little Knits", which is another fantastic and really fun pattern book...and I have plans to knit everything from it! (Well, at some point!) Here is my version of her Hap Blanket, which was knit up in only 2 weeks....and also while I was knitting on other things. I made some changes because I was going to run out of yarn, but I love how it came out - it is SO squishy soft and beautiful. This would make a truly nice gift for someone's new home or new baby. I was lucky enough to have 3 skeins of Cormo/Silk to use for this (with Heather dyeing up a portion of one skein in her colorway, "Escape" for me!). YUMMMY!



and, you can read more about this project (and see more pictures) on my Ravelry page here.



4. Gaye's Socks are finally done! She's only been waiting for these for 9 months! (ugh!) But, they fit perfectly and she even has some extra Sereknity sock yarn left over for something else. This Berries colorway came out very pretty and I'm so glad that she likes them!



More details on this project on Ravelry here.

Finally, a few more pictures (jeez, this post has too many pictures!!) of the kids and the fireworks we set off on Saturday and Sunday night. I am loving the "fireworks" setting on my Canon camera!



and Ben:



and Tim:



P.S. I'm up to 78 pounds lost and I'm hoping to make 80 by the end of the month or sooner. Yay!!!!!