I'm feeling thankful for Hands lately.
The hands in our house, big and small.
The hands around the world that made every stitch in every afghan square for the families in Greensburg, Kansas.
My own hands with their occasional ouchie twinge. I just try to be as careful as I can so they don't get worn out before I'm ready to stop knitting.
The hands that type and send me comments and emails. I'm so eternally grateful for those beautiful hands.
The hands that make things. And bake things. And knit and sew and write and drive and push and pull things.
Last Saturday morning was a Pancake Breakfast fund raiser for the band kids going to the Alamo Bowl. Whew, we're inching upward to the goal ever so slowly. Fruit sales were better for Katie this year than last year too. She has also been given a special opportunity to earn a $300 scholarship toward the cost of her band trip if she writes an essay about her band experience and why she wants to go to the Alamo Bowl, etc etc. She's earned around $200 so far, meaning we only have to come up with about $100 more. We've got a few fund raiser ideas up our sleeve. OH, and she got a surprise $25 for getting 1st place in the Science Fair last year! Cool, huh? She told me about it and I said GREAT! You can put it in your Band Account! ha That sort of deflated her shopping plans.
After the breakfast Katie stayed to help and we took the other kids to the park. I took that opportunity to get a picture of Lila wearing her Fetching Mitts and see how she liked wearing them. It wasn't TOO cold out but it was a good test. She never once took them off which I think is fabulous for a toddler. Anyone with toddler mitten experience KNOWS that toddlers first priority is to see how quickly they can remove said mittens. Meaning, the entire hand is uncovered no matter what because they'll do everything in their power to get them off including chewing, screaming, rubbing snot all over them, etc etc. Fetching Mitts are the Next Big Thing in toddler hand coverings. Don't mess with mittens if you live in an area where they won't get frost bite between the house and car. I took the girls to the doctor this morning for the FluMist (no shots! Yay!) and I was so glad Lila Pearl had her little mitts. It was absolutely FREEZING COLD (air temp 35 degrees and wind chill...?? COLD!) but they stayed on her little hands. I'm in love with them! :)
Tomorrow is Thanksgiving in the US. I have been a horrible friend and haven't replied to the wonderful people who commented on my last post. Kelly - girl, I am seriously not ignoring you! I can't seem to get around to writing anyone! I love you all. Every single one. And I know there are people out there reading my blog who do NOT comment and that's okay but I'd love to know who you are. Every comment is so dear and sweet to me and is read by everyone in the family. Even the babies love looking through the pictures on my blog and we tell them what people say about them and to them. It's very sweet.
I'm thankful for the thousands of hands that have touched my life this year. But even more thankful for the hearts behind them.
Have a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving Day and safe travel for all!
Take good care of every little thing and hopefully over the weekend I'll get the final touches put on Lila Pearl's birthday video to show you next time! XOXOXOXOX
ETA: I just got the my Entrelac Scarf Pattern pdf uploaded and I've added the pattern page to my sidebar under the heading "My Free Patterns". Check it out and let me know if you run into any broken links or problems! :)