Jaded Optimist

Mothering, making, and generally blathering on

Almost 5 years in WA… February 24, 2011

Filed under: Family,Kids,knitting — bonniep @ 9:50 pm

and I have yet to go skiing. And despite the best laid plans this past weekend, that situation has not changed.


C gets a full week of “winter break” and I planned a nice little escape for the four of us. Rented a small cabin for three days, scheduled a ski lesson for C and a “snow tot experience” for M, loaded up their new Christmas sleds, waited for G to finish his work (why did I think I would see him more when he was no longer travelling to Boston??) and we took off on Sunday around noon.


Many things didn’t go as planned—a middle of the night earache meant little sleep on Sunday night and ruined plans to go skiing on Monday (as did the discovery that the ski resort was closer to 2 hours away from the cabin than 1 hour). There wasn’t enough snow at first to go sledding “right out the back door” as promised by the cabin literature, and once the snow did fall the children only made forward progress on their sleds when pushed. The sledding hill we did find was crowded, and despite layer after layer of clothing poor little C’s toes chilled quickly. The vegetarian options for eating out in Washington State’s Little Bavaria were limited. It seemed to snow only when I was taking my turn driving through speedy, two lane mountain highways and crazy hairpin switchbacks.


But….M slept in a big-girl bed for the first time and did great. G had good beer and a sausage sampler. C was overjoyed to purchase her “souvenir”—a chipmunk stuffed animal JUST LIKE the one her friend bought at the same store a few weeks back. We did do some sledding, cozied up near fires that G built, ooohed and aaahed over the mountains, and picked out yummy salt water taffy flavors (G says you can’t go wrong with anything in the tan to brown range). The kids had a fabulous time playing in the snow and building a snowman and I finally got some pictures of G in his sweater. Oh, and the Bavarians might make some good chocolate.







Oddly enough, winter seems to have followed us back to Bothell, so we have had some snowfall the past two days and might be able to do some yard sledding tomorrow. I know two girls who are ready!  


The silliness, it abounds February 16, 2011

Filed under: Kids — bonniep @ 2:25 pm



Hearts and kisses for a belated Valentine’s Day…just about cleared the sugar from their systems I think.


Peace out, man.



Random February 1, 2011

Filed under: Kids,knitting,Sewing — bonniep @ 10:21 pm
  • C went on an “every thing but sleeping” sleepover the other day—she refused to sleep at her friend’s house because she “would miss M too much.” Awwwwww. She had Monday off from school (teacher work day) and when I exclaimed how nice it was to have her home for an extra day she said “Mommy, I start missing you as soon as I get to school.” Awwwwwww. But she also recently told me that “X is my best friend in the neighborhood, but Daddy is my best friend at home.” Hmmmmm.
  • Sickness has swept through the house in January, with two separate eye infections and a sinus infection for me, bad cold for G, bad cold (and sick day) for C, and cold with double eye and ear infections for M. Yikes. Everyone seems to be on the mend now, fingers crossed for a healthy February!
  • I am still training for a half marathon and have completed a few 8 mile runs, which I think are the longest since my last marathon (which would be April 2002!) (although I might have done some longer runs prepping for a 10k in spring of ‘07). I had a 21 mile week before the double hit of me and M being sick.
  • Finally catching up on some photos of handmade goods…


First picture is a bubble skirt from Ottobre magazine 4/2010 issue, with a blouse from a Japanese sewing book in the Heart Warming Life series. I really need to figure out how to modify stuff for an extra slim shape! (Measuring C puts her diameter measurements an average of two clothing sizes down from her height measurements). The second photo is another skirt from the same Ottobre issue. It has a slight tulip shape with the gathered band at the bottom and jean’s like pockets and a zipper fly! I had to modify the pattern to add buttonhole elastic in the back waist and gather the heck out of it since it was way too wide. But C seems pleased. (It also strikes me as a bit too short now…)


Hats for the girls, both from Sock Yarn One Skein Wonders. I also finished and blocked G’s sweater and it has been worn a few times (and even garnered a spontaneous compliment from a coworker!) but no pictures yet.

  • Don’t let anyone tell you these girls aren’t completely wacky. M has taken to picking out her own outfits, which often means multiple shirts, two skorts at the same time with or without pants as well, and crazy color combinations. They both love to “pose” for the camera as well.


  • People who don’t cook much are easily impressed by people who do. Or at least, the book club ladies will always be happy to come to my house since I made homemade graham crackers, coconut marshmallows, and chocolate ganache…and served them together in broiler S’mores. G also plans to stick around a while 😉 (Thanks Craft baking book! I have almost forgiven you for the doughnut debacle before Thanksgiving!)
  • I know the rest of the country is covered in snow. Not so here! Our predicted terrible winter seems to have not materialized. There is of course the rain and the dark, so whenever possible we get outside for some fresh air and exercise. M looks particularly hard in a hoodie and black boots, no?


(I just love resurrecting things that C used to wear, like these boots. And thanks to Uncle D for the stroller and the Aunt B for the hoodie!)

  • February is shaping up to be quite the month, with many outings for C (Cinderella the ballet, a play at the Seattle Children’s Theatre, and a fancy birthday party at a kid’s spa), and small vacation over mid-winter break for the whole family, and of course…my birthday.