Friday, October 24, 2014

My Favs on Thursday | Granny Square Hat

 


My Favs on Thursdays is a weekly linkup that I co-host with my girls Nicole (Designs by Nicolina) and Meghan (Hayes Days).
What is your favorite thing this week?  Don’t forget to add your link to the bottom of this post.


So…it’s apparent that I have an obsessive/compulsive disorder.  When I find something that I love, I use it over and over (and over) again until I’m tired of it.  Enter: my granny square hat.  I made this a couple of weeks ago and it’s been on my head every single time I walk out my front door.  I kind of love it.

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I promise that if you had this hat, you would do the same.  I’m hoping that I can clear up a tiny bit of free time over the next few night so I can whip out a few more and maybe offer them up for sale.  I’m also thinking they would be amazing Christmas presents for some of my family members.  I should probably make them all in the same colors as mine so I don’t hoard them all for myself.  Because I would.

When it comes to crocheting lately, I’ve been on a massive granny square kick.  It’s funny because it seems like this is where people start….and instead, this is where I fall four years into my crocheting habits.  It’s cool.  I’m okay with it.  Mixing colors with these is so much fun.

I love when you have an accessory that actually grabs people’s attention.  I’ve had so many compliments on it.  And it’s as pretty coming as it is going.  Gah.  Obsessed. 

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

My Husband: The Celebrity.

A while back, Bennett was contacted by someone from the Augusta Levy Learning Center about participating in a fundraiser in town.  The catch?  He’d have to dance in it. This is the fourth year that the ALLC will be holding a “Dancing with the Ohio Valley Stars” contest and Bennett was being asked to be one of the stars.

Star.  My husband.  The publicity and outpour of support from his Meet Me in the Alley project has made Bennett fairly well known in town.  But I don’t think we were aware that he was this well known.  Haha.  He mulled it over for a couple of days and then gladly accepted.  How could he not?  There will probably never be another opportunity to do something like this.  Might as well snatch it up right now.

The Augusta Levy Learning Center is the first Autism treatment center in West Virginia and is located in Wheeling.  The proceeds from this dance (ticket sales, sponsorship, etc) will all go to this fabulous organization, which provides one-on-one intensive intervention to young children with Autism in the Ohio Valley.  The more tickets sold, the more support this wonderful organization gets toward their amazing work here in our hometown.  I think it’s fabulous.

Bennett and his partner are up against nine other dance duos, all shaking their tailfeathers and trying to take home the title of this year’s winner.  I am so excited to see this come to life.  Bennett and Chelsea have been practicing and getting their dance down to perfection.  I think it’s going to be awesome.  And although I might be slightly biased, I think they’re going to come home victors.  I’m calling it now.

November 1 couldn’t come soon enough.  I can’t wait!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Michigan.

Louis’ school had a Fall Break on Friday and Monday, so we decided to head north.  We haven’t been in Michigan since my high school reunion last August and it was due time.  If it were a shorter drive, we’d be there more often but nine-ish hours in the car is a lot.

We drove in on Friday and left on Sunday.  Lots of moving and shaking but it was really nice to see Dad, Ronette, MaKale and the rest of the crew.

MaKale’s school had a Fall Festival and the kiddos had a great time at it.  In fact, Louis and MaKale had a great time together in general.  They got along super well and spent a lot of time being silly together.  It was nice to see them like that.

There was a face painting station so Louis, of course, had to have his painted.  I think the student volunteers left much to be desired with their artistic views on the tiger face that Louis requested.  He was actually pretty happy with it so it was fine with me.  These boys are cute with whatever they have on their faces.

I’ll tell you, though.  The one talent that was worth witnessing was the young man making balloon animals and things for the kiddos.  Holy crap was he good.  The line was crazy long but Louis and MaKale waited patiently to get to the front.  And both of them requested swords.  Of course.  What else would we expect from them?

On our way out, we hit up the train rides.  It was c.o.l.d. in Michigan this weekend.  Despite the fact that his little fingers were cold during the ride, I think Lou loved it.

It really was a great visit in the Mitten State.  I hope we can make another trip up there soon because there were so many people that we didn’t get to see.  It’s difficult trying to visit family and sneak in friend time so we didn’t even announce we were heading up there until we were already on our way.  I feel guilty when I try and make plans with people and it just doesn’t pan out.  I feel like soon we will need to take a week long trip to Michigan and have it planned so far in advance so we can see everyone all at once.  Fat chance of that happening, but a girl can dream.

Thanks for putting up with us for a couple of days, Dad and Ronette!  We had fun!

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