Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Visiting Santa!

So far our experiences with Santa have included tears, except for Nolan's first Christmas when he was a teeny beeb. Every one since has included either Nolan and/or Ryenn crying. This year, NO TEARS!!!! We even got to take a picture of all five of us with Santa (and was good enough to make the Christmas card this year)!

Monday, December 16, 2013

FO Floral Blanket the Sequel

Another successful floral blanket complete! I finished this back in early November (November 1st to be exact). That means that this bad boy only took me about 2 weeks to make!!! Usually this blanket takes about 3 months, MINIMUM! I was so excited to make another one of these. While they are truly a pain once you are in the middle of the project (especially how I did it this time), they turn out so beautifully that you forget the torture you put yourself through to make this. 

I mean, who could look at that blanket and not want one! Or maybe the cute little baby (just over 2 months here) helps sell how adorable this blanket is. I want to make Ryenn a larger one and back it with flannel so it will last. Could I endure making nearly 500 flowers?! I am willing to try. She needs this. And I need to make one that won't be leaving my house as soon as its complete. It is always hard to send off a finished product that turns out so great. This floral blanket and the one for Kylee have been the hardest things to mail out. 

Sunday, December 15, 2013

First Movie

On the 6th, we took the kids (yes all of them) to the movies. We have been wanting to see Frozen for a while because Nolan and Ryenn go nuts whenever they see a preview for it. So we decided to make that one of our Holiday musts (we have a to-do list for the holiday events).

They did pretty well. Only one little incident of Ryenn wanting to sit with EVERYONE! It was resolved by giving her the popcorn bucket.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

FO Minion Girlfriend Hat

Once the boy minion hat was made, a girl was close behind. I got a second order for a minion hat almost immediately. This was yet another one of Adam's coworkers.

He wanted a minion hat for his little girl and I suggested changing the colors to pink for a more girlie version. He was all for it.

Friday, December 13, 2013

FO Nerd Blanket

Adam is getting old. He doesn't like to be reminded of it, but he is creeping closer to the big 3-0! On the 11th of November, he turned 28! I know some of you will say that 28 is NOT old. But for me, the younger of the two of us, it's fun to tease him. This year he picked out some Bear Grylls knives that he wanted for himself. Of course, he got them early. So I decided to make him something.

I was in Joann's one day with the three kids (yes I know that is something a crazy person would do) and Nolan spotted a microfleece fabric that we just HAD TO HAVE. It was cute. He kept saying "Oh my gosh! Star Wars!" Adam has turned my kids into nerds who all love Star Wars. Who am I kidding? I love it too.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

FO Three Pretty Maids

I finished the three coordinating hats and got them sent out on the 30th. I was so excited with how adorable these hats turned out. They were so easy to knit and so quick! I mean I finished three in about 2 weeks! 

Kind of amazing when you add homework, babies, and housework in there too. 

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Better Late than Never: Wyatt is 3 Months!

As you can see, life has gotten quite busier since Wyatt joined our family. I mean, no time to blog?! Like ever?! True. I mean as of right now, I barely have time to sleep everyday. I blame this mostly on homework, toddlers, and a little beeb that has his days and nights mixed up. So let me think back to his 3 month mark.

He is so close to laughing! Its so great. I never thought any of my babies were ticklish this early, but he almost laughs every time I tickle his belly. Its like he is take deep noisy breaths, but we are getting there.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

WIP Three Pretty Maids

I was recently contacted by a women interested in pom pom pigtail hats for her three little girls. I was really excited to work on these due to the lack of limitations and directions and the ages of her girls. She has a 3 year old, a 2 year old, and a 5 month old. I thought we were the only crazy ones to have that set up with kids. I couldn't imagine having all girls though. YIKES! My one girl is handful enough.

Anyway, she sent me what she wanted color wise, said she wanted the to coordinate, and said surprise her. These are the orders I love working on the most because they allow me to be creative and artistic. She wanted a mauve and gray, which was an easy enough find.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

FO Minion Hat

My husband works with some pretty awesome people. I have recently gotten to know Heather, one of the women he works with. Our relationship started when she had told Adam that she had some baby boy clothes she was trying to get rid of. Keep in mind that I had just told Adam that Wyatt would be all set when he was born because we still had most of Nolan's baby stuff.

I told him that I was going to look through her stuff anyway for a few things, which he knew would happen because he knows that I am OBSESSED with baby clothes. I stopped by there one day with my two little rugrats (three if you count Wyatt in utero). When I got there, my two littles played with her two littlest ones who were about the same age. 

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Halloween! WARNING: An enormous amount of pictures!

With all that has been going on around our house, blogging has definitely taken a back seat. However, I am hoping that this is going to change.

This year Halloween fell on a Thursday. This worked out perfectly for our family because Adam has Thursdays off from work. This year though, it rained. With everyone getting over or still battling a cold, we decided to be responsible parents and keep our little sicklings in out of the rain. BOO! Who doesn't go trick or treating?!

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Wyatt is 2 Months!

Yes I am a little late to adding this post, but we have yet again survived another month of babyhood. I am starting to feel as though Wyatt has been apart of this family forever. I can't remember what life felt like before he entered this world. He is loved so much by everyone in this family, especially his siblings.

It took a while to get Nolan to want to be near him. But now I can't get him to leave him alone. This is only a problem when Wyatt is sleeping. Nolan likes to show and teach him things, which I must say may be the most adorable thing I have ever seen. And miss Ryenn thinks that she must always be touching Wyatt. She is constantly rubbing the top of his head or kissing him. Again, really adorable. I mean, he smiles so big whenever they come into view of him. His response to them is just as adorable as their love for him.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

FO Pikachu Hats

The fall and winter seem to be my busiest times for knitting. With so many projects finished, being finished, or on the needles, knitting has taken on a larger role in my life again. For a little bit there I was stressed out about it. But nonetheless, with each project I get done, the better I feel about myself and my business.

Anyway, I recently had two orders for Pikachu hats. It makes me laugh when I have two of the same thing being ordered. I finished the first one as part of a Halloween costume for a 6 month old. The kids of this family were all going dressed as Pokemon characters. This one reached their home right on Halloween, less than a week after it was ordered.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

FO Luck of the Irish Blanket

Before Wyatt was born, I was asked to make a baby blanket for a woman who works with my dad (Ray). She only had two stipulations for this blanket; it be knit in green and white and it have shamrocks on it. This is the type of order I like to get. I am able to put my own artistic flair into it as best as possible. 

I met up with her and my dad in order to give her the blanket. Let me tell you, I am always nervous that someone will hate what I have made for them. It's a scary thought to think that something that took a lot of your time was not liked. When I showed her the blanket, she proved to be one of the people I love to knit for. She LOVED it. She was so appreciative and her reception of the blanket was so reassuring that I was able to giver her exactly what she wanted.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Fall Fun!

We are a fall loving family. I mean who doesn't love the fall?! There's warm sweaters (a knitter's best friend), beautiful leaves changing colors, and pumpkin flavored everything. One of my favorite things about fall is pumpkin chai tea latte's from Biggby and pumpkin spice donuts. YUM! The best place to get pumpkin donuts is from Robinette's Apple Haus. We have already been there twice this year!

The first time we went with Adam's side of the family. Allyson and Shane were in town in September so we decided that Shane (who was a Robinette's virgin) needed to take a trip there.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

WIP Floral Blanket the Sequel

This flower blanket is FINALLY underway. After figuring out the right colors, progress is being made. I have calculated that I need to make at least 12 flowers a day in order to get this done on time. However, I am ahead of schedule. That's a first for me!!

Anyway, the colors that were decided on are all Knit Picks' colors. I am using Cotton Candy, Lady Slipper, and Fairy Tale in Brave Sport, Blush in Brava Worsted, Lady Slipper in Comfy Worsted, and Blush in Shine Worsted. I also am using Loops and Thread in white for the centers of the flowers. 

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

FO Baby Elephant Blanket

I have bought so much fabric over the summer. I am in love with flannel material and they have so many cute prints available. I was in Joann's Fabric one day and spotted the most adorable fabric.

Of course what drew me in was the elephants. I am OBSESSED with elephant prints. Both Nolan and Ryenn had elephants in their nurseries.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Wyatt is 1 Month

Although this is a little late, it has already been one month since Wyatt was born. It seems like both yesterday and so long ago that he was born. I feel like it can't have already been a month since his birth. Yet at the same time, I feel like he has been apart of our family forever. I can't imagine our lives without him.

The transition into having three children and being a family of five has been a lot easier than I thought it would be. I am back to my normal self of needing next to no sleep thankfully. Wyatt is pretty much on a schedule for nursing. This schedule includes having his days and nights somewhat mixed up. He is usually lively somewhere between midnight and 3. So my sleep begins after that. Then I get up with Nolan between 8 and 9.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Minnie Mouse Hat

Now just because I have a newborn AND haven't been updating this blog very often, doesn't mean I haven't kept on creating. I promise you, I have a ton of projects to share. We will start with one I started AND finished the other night. This adorable freaking Minnie Mouse hat.

Sorry, I forgot to take a good picture with my camera and had this sent via mobile phone (better than no picture in my mind)
Baby Lacey turned 1 and we celebrated her birthday this past Sunday. On Saturday night, I started her gift. I had planned to start way earlier but with all the problems with my epidural and then trying to catch up on housework prevented that. But remember that I am pretty good under pressure. I was planning to follow the Mouse Hat pattern by Chasity Edwards, but decided to alter it quite a bit. I made the ears pom poms and added ear flaps for winter. I also added a red band to the bottom to simulate Minnie's dress. I did not have buttons to add as polka dots and did not leave myself enough time to duplicate stitch them on either. Nonetheless, I love the way it turned out.

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Floral Blanket the Sequel

I was contacted earlier this week for a special order. This woman is having her first girl and wants something very special for her. She loved the floral blanket that I made earlier this year for Kylee. We have been talking back and forth this week deciding on colors, price, and time frame.

I loved the outcome of the first blanket and was very excited when she wanted this new version to be very girly in the color scheme. I have been wanting to make one for Ryenn in girly colors and love that I am going to be able to see a version of it before I zero in on my own colors. I whipped up a small sample for her earlier this week to gauge the fullness of the flowers with the yarn she wanted to use as well as the colors together. Here is the sample that has colors similar to what she is looking for.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Wyatt Austin Dykhuizen is HERE!!!

It's been a whirlwind since my last post. Most of you are well aware that Wyatt has entered this world. However, the story of his birth is quite long and has been the reason for my lack of blogging. I mean Sunday was the first full day that I was able to do anything other than lie down. But we will get to that. Let's start with the labor.

While most people talk about their labors being full of excruciating pain and hours upon hours of pushing and contractions, mine was not that way (the first picture above is when we got to our delivery room and the second is after 14 hours of being in the hospital in labor). My water broke around noon. I was asleep on the couch when I felt the urge to pee and realized I couldn't hold it in if I tried. It wasn't the big gush of water like in the movies (just like with my first two). Instead, I would continue to lose fluid up until Wyatt was actually born. I seriously kept leaking for the entire labor. We headed to the hospital around 2pm. I was having contractions, but they were very irregular in time. They would not follow a pattern to save my life.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

38 Week (and 2 day) Update

I debated on whether or not to even write a post this week. I have been busy with so many things and thought that since I missed last week's update, what would one more week missed hurt. However, after this past week I thought that this could possibly be my last update about my pregnancy. With so much going on this two weeks with my pregnancy, I thought that an update was a must. Last week Wednesday I was having contractions about 18 minutes apart. I jumped in a hot bath and the contractions slowed to one every half hour or so. Definitely not following a pattern after a bath. I then was having contractions on and off every day since then. They have progressively been getting stronger, but still no pattern.

First, I am still suffering with bronchitis. This has resulted in pulled muscles in my stomach as well as bruising to my ribs from coughing so hard and much. I recently finished a five day medication that is supposed to treat the bronchitis. However, here I sit still coughing a bunch. I also have two inhalers that are supposed to help with breaking it all up and the inflammation. The one for the latter, the rescue inhaler, has been the most useful. Thankfully that's the one I take most often (every 4 to six hours).

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

WIP Carseat Swaddlers

With Wyatt due to make his appearance anytime now within the next 25 days, there are some fun projects I want to get done. One of these projects is car seat swaddle blankets.

I bought a bunch of fun patterned flannel fabric a month or so ago with this exact project in mind. I have enough fabric to make 4 car seat swaddle blankets. I cannot wait to share the finished blankets, as well as my little guy using them.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

FO Nolan's Patchwork Blanket

I finished Nolan's blanket! I decided to finish the border in navy and it turned out amazingly! I love the colors and the overall look of the blanket. As Tigers fans, this is a perfect addition to the blanket collection we have. It was a little stiff before I washed it. Once it was washed though, it was super soft. I cannot wait for winter time to snuggle all the babies up in their patchwork blankets. What do you think?

Monday, August 5, 2013

36 Week (and 1 Day) Update

As of right now, we have 26 days until little Wyatt is due. There are times when I think that we won't make it, then others where I am afraid I am going to go past my due date. Nonetheless we are due in about 26 days! I am getting beyond anxious, excited, nervous, all those emotions that come with child birth and holding my son for the first time intensely now.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

35 Week (and 3 day) Update

I am getting really bad about updating right on the week mark. I guess I shouldn't be too upset as long as I get an update out there, right. So this week has been a pretty eventful one, despite my extreme lack of energy. I had my check-up, a blood draw, gotten sick, and finishing my last week of my first set of summer classes. Eventful and no energy is not a good combination.

Let's start with my appointment. I met with a different doctor due to Adam having to work. He has been picking up shifts at work as often as possible in order to make a little extra money (who doesn't want extra money?). So may appointment was scheduled at 8:30am and he wouldn't be home until 11am. Problem #1. My doctor doesn't work Friday afternoons. Problem #2. So I scheduled the appointment with another doctor. During y appointment, I was again measuring small. Like 2-3 weeks small. She set up an ultrasound (which is scheduled for this Thursday) to check to see if maybe my due date should be changed. Here's to hoping that I will NOT have a later due date.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

WIP Meeting Point

I started this top about two weeks into the knit along with my fellow Holla Knits followers. With a late start and lack of energy, I was doomed to not finish by the end of the knit along. I accepted that fate and just knit this top when I could reach for it.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

WIP Nolan's Patchwork Blanket

It's been over a month since I finished all the squares for Nolan's patchwork blanket. I blame this pregnancy, homework, and the babies' party for the delay in seaming. In all honesty, I just didn't really want to seam. I am finally to the point where I have an overflowing basket of WIPs and fabric. I needed to finish things to empty this basket (I need this basket for laundry).

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

34 Week (and 3 Day) Update

Every time I post about this pregnancy, it blows my mind just how close we are to having another child. We are only 38 days away from our due date! This past week I have ran through numerous emotions and questions. Am I ready? Will I be able to handle three kids? Will school become too difficult? How will the kids do with a baby in the house? I have been nervous, anxious, excited, scared, and anything in between.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

33 Week (and 5 Day) Update

So it has been several days since I have posted anything for you. With this heat wave we have had, my energy level has literally sucked! I know that I complain when it is cold and that I am always wanting warmer weather, but pregnancy and intense heat are not friends. I love the heat and would love to spend every moment of this heat wave outside. However, being pregnant does have its disadvantages. I am not supposed to expose my largely pregnant belly to the sun for too long. And in this heat, the shade is not as refreshing as being in any type of water.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Happy 4th of July

I know it's almost been a week since celebrating the 4th of July, but who doesn't love looking at pictures of fireworks?! We started our day fairly late seeing as Adam had to work Wednesday night and picked up a shift on Thursday night for the extra holiday pay. He got home at 3am-ish on Thursday morning (after his Wednesday night shift) and had to be back to work at 11pm. We still made it out to my parents though.

Our Family

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

FO Pinterest Project 4th of July Shirts

I am all about dressing up my kids for the holidays. I think that the 4th of July is usually the easiest because I can usually pull something together that they already own or make something simple (like Ryenn's dress last year). Well this year, I decided I wanted to make something for both of them, that was fairly simple.

I found pictures on Pinterest of handprint flag shirts and knew that was what I had to make. I picked up the supplies on Wednesday (yes the day before the 4th). Right before bath time, I stripped the kids down and put the blue paint on their hands (I learned the hard way with the handprint canvases to strip them first as to not get paint on the clothes they are wearing). I then had each of them put their hands where the blue part of the flag would be.

Sunday, July 7, 2013

32 Week (and 1 Day) Update

July. Then August. Only those two short periods of time stand between us adding a new little guy to the world. At this moment, less than 8 weeks! I am getting anxious and nervous and so excited! It is still unbelievable to me that I am going to be a mother of three. At this point, I have been able to carry my kids without extra arms or help. That is soon going to be impossible!

This past week has been spent being busy and tired. I have felt the increase in my body temperature that came along with the rising temperatures outside. I think this has been the cause of my lack of energy when it comes to doing things outside. I have spent a few days at my parents this week swimming, which has helped my soreness and gives me some relief from the heat. I have been having contractions (Braxton Hicks) for a while now. I still think that I am going to be on time if not late with this little guy. I am hoping this is not the case, but he will come when he is ready.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Ryenn is 2!

Born at 9:13pm on July 3, 2011
2 years ago, Ryenn made her way into this world. I cannot believe it has already been 2 years! I can remember the day so vividly. Unlike my labor with Nolan, I knew I was in labor and it was EXACTLY how I had imagined it would go the first time. This labor was like it is in the movies. She was also early. 15 days early to be exact! Adam got home at 9am on a Sunday morning having just got done working his 3rd 12 hour shift. I looked at him and said "I think we need to go to the hospital." He thought I was kidding. Apparently Ryenn did too. While I was having contractions, they were not consistent. And my water had yet to break.
2 weeks old
After a few hours of trying everything to progress my labor (I stated dilated at 2 no matter what we did), they sent me home so I could eat. She told me to return when my contractions were consistently 4 minutes apart or more painful. I had been having them 2 minutes, then 2 minutes, then 5 minutes. I thought that was funny because I was in a TON of pain. As soon as we left the parking lot and headed home, my contractions were 4 minutes apart, consistently. We headed home anyway so I could eat and Adam could try to get some sleep in. I had eaten my food in a huge rush and I could no longer talk through my contractions. We had only been away from the hospital for about 30 minutes at this point so I wasn't sure if we should head back or not.