Friday, October 17, 2008

Fridays Fave 5 - #2

Yay! It's Friday! I told myself this morning as I got out of bed, "I can do one more day." Sometimes my job, well, it just gets in the way of my life.

As far as my life goes, today is the day to share 5 special and wonderful things of the week.

1. These two are the most special things in my life.

Any day or time I get to spend with them is the most special time of all. I seriously just turn into a big mooshy pile of moosh when they are around. They were both at my house when I got home from work on Wednesday - it just made my day!

2. I began a knitting class with my two little neices this week. They are in the second and third grade and they saw me knitting last week and instantly begged me to teach them how to knit. What an honor! So I bought them each a pair of knitting needles, a skein of yarn, and a little bag to hold their supplies in. This week we worked on starting with a slip knot and casting on. They are to practice doing this every day until they can do it with their eyes closed. Next we will proceed to the knit stitch. I'm still kicking myself for not taking a picture of them - they were so cute! I told them that God makes girls with something inside of us that makes us love beauty and lots of times He even gives us the gift of desiring to make beautiful things. By learning how to knit they are following God's desire for their lives. They listened very seriously and then Kaitlyn said "Maybe that's why I like to color too". Smart little lady.

3. Speaking of knitting, I finished this little hat this week for my sweet little Ava Claire's bald little head.

This is another hat I made from the wonderful book Itty Bitty Hats by Susan B. Anderson. This book is FULL of wonderful projects.

4. Last night Chuck and I grilled steaks on the grill and made sauteed mushrooms to go with our baked potatoes. It was so good - we are getting rather good at this empty nest thing!

5. My final bit of favorite nes is that I learned today that my friend Becky, The Butler's Wife is back blogging again. This just made my week - I missed her so much! Welcome back Becky!

So that's my favorite 5 of this week! Next week will be different. I haven't said much about it because I tend to live in denial before I have to board an airplane. It's that pesky fear of flying thing. But on Sunday I am boarding a plane for a week long visit to Washington DC. I'm going with my sister who works for the government. She goes to Washington frequently and has wanted me to accompany her for a long time. I had a free plane ticket because of my last flying fiasco so I decided to go this time. I get to stay in her room (paid for by tax dollars), eat on her meal stipend, which is very generous and she never uses the whole amount (paid for by tax dollars), and I am going to visit all our national sites which are totally free (paid for my tax dollars.) I'm taking a tax-free holiday of sorts!

So pray for me on Sunday as I board the plane. Just ask God to give me peace.
And I will look forward to posting from our nation's capital. I have never been there before so I am really beyond excited.

It's just that I have to get on the plane first before the excitement can overflow.

Oh, and if you enjoy this Friday Fave 5 post, you can find more here. Who knows, you might even want to join in the fun.


Bev said...

Well, this was such fun to read! The hat is adorable, how fun to teach little ones to knit, that is the book Sarah had me get to learn also, and you're going to love Washington DC - it has so much to see and do, most of it is free, and it'll be gorgeous this time of year.

Becky said...

I cannot even believe that I made your Friday Fave list. I am so honored! Thank you.

You will love Washington DC. It is a wonderful place to go and see all that our nation honors and holds dear. Democracy is alive and well ... cause we get to vote soon.

My favorite place in all of DC was the grave of JFK. I watched that entire episode of our history unfold in my grandma's basement, when she sat me down on that national day of mourning to watch it all because "it will be history someday".

To stand in front of that grave was very moving for me.

I also loved the Lincoln Memorial, and the Pentagon, which I am not sure you can tour any longer.

Glad to hear you will be using our tax dollars wisely. Have fun!!!

ellen b said...

Sounds like a good week. How fun to teach your nieces to knit. Your empty nest dinners sound like some of ours! Have a good time in DC!!

Susanne said...

What a fun fave five. Adorable babes and hats. How cool that you are teaching the girls to knit. I haven't knit since I was about grad 6. I made slippers and one foot turned out about 3 sizes bigger than the other one. LOL.

Mindy said...

Oh Boy Robin...Kaitlym LOVED her knitting class! She talks about it every morning, asking me when Wednesday will come for her next class! She was so sad when she lost her bag at church...but all is well again cuz good ole' grandma called with the news that it has been found! I picked it up today at the church and I'm sure tonight will be full of knitting! And thanks Robin, for taking the time out of your schedule to do something so very special for my little girl! Love you!

~Karen~ said...

Hi Robin! I'm catching up on your posts and wanted to chime in with welcoming Becky back too.
I could just hold those sweet little babies forever! You are so blessed!

Lana G! said...

Fun Fave Five!

I am on a plane twice a week and love to fly - used to be scared of it.

Enjoy your time with your sister!

Dawn said...

Tyler's new hairdo just changes his whole appearance! Amazing. You knit so beautifully. Can I commission you to make some twinnie things for winter??

Going to DC - I am so envious. The best best time of the year to be there! I had such a good time doing what you're going to do while DC was in classes at the Watergate for his job. Such good memories! I was especially moved by the Vietnam Wall. And could not make it through the Holocaust Museum. Just couldn't do it.

I was going to check on Becky today, but knew it was no use - and to find out she's back. Thanks!

Willow said...

This was a wonderful post and a great way to look at your life this week.

Robin, I've been a terrible flyer for years, but I have overcome most of the fearful reactions. I'd be happy to give you some of my 'techniques' for coping, some learned from a former flight attendant. Email me at willowknits atyahoo dotcom

Barb said...

How sweet you're teaching them to knit. And the little hats are as cute as can be. I seriously need to get that book - my niece Sarah recommended it ages ago.

I was happy to see Becky return to blogging too. I know she needed the break and time to think about it all, but I missed her.

What a great opportunity, to go to Washington DC. And practically free. Can't beat that!

I totally understand why you turn to smoosh when the little ones are around - me too. :-)

Karen said...

That is the most adorable hat and the sweetest baby, too. It sounds like your empty nest is quite cozy. How nice:) You'll love D.C. I look forward to taking my kids there someday and seeing all the sites.

Our Home Schooler and Jen said...

beautiful babies
are they some of your grandchildren?

I tried to learn to knit
cant :(
bless you for teaching them

sounds like a good week

Im not keen on flying either
praying its a good flight
and that you enjoy time with your sis
LOL you sound like me - Id love a transporter like some of the space movies have

peace be with you
and thanks for visiting my blog

2nd Cup of Coffee said...

Your blog header is killing me with the cuteness! Love the pics and look forward to someday being able post pics of the grandbabies in our fam.