One silver lining of having a special needs kid, that I have talked about before, is that you get to meet some very cool people. People that will restore your faith in humanity. Sam was Layna’s developmental specialist. Basically, that meant that she helped us navigate the Early Intervention program that the state offers and she did super helpful stuff like scheduling appointments and getting us evaluations. And we got to hang out with her a few times a month for most of Layna’s life. We are very sad that she is moving soon (soon, like I have orders to have this baby ASAP so Sam can meet her) but happy for her new adventure in a much cooler city than Vegas.
When Sam came over for our first visit, I didn’t know what to expect but it wasn’t her. I guess I was figuring someone older, portly (in a comforting sort of a way) with orthopedic shoes maybe. Nope. Spiky high heels, tattoos that my kids still enjoy looking at, and maybe a piercing or two. At visits we talked about Layna and books and her kick boxing class and I remember thinking it was so cool that not only did she work with kids but that she was awesome with kids and she still maintained a very definite sense of self that did not conform to a stereotypical case worker. I am sure she may not have been every parent’s cup of tea, but she was mine and Miss Sam will be very much missed at our house.
Sam’s little girl turned one a few days ago and we went to her birthday party today. Hooray for another excuse to make a cute stuffed owl! Pretty much the owl was for Sam, but I figure that baby girl will be well trained on the finer points of owls and will come to love them as much as her mother. Besides she is the first grand baby on all sides and the only one coming for a while so she has everything a baby could ever want. Well…now she has everything.
Best Friends deserve capital letters for a lot of different reasons. One of the absolute most imporant reasons is because they give you an object for gifting. I decided that I love amigurumi but my kids have too many stuffed animals / little things lying around filling our play room, cute or not. Enter Best Friend and her princess. Her 3 sons put in a request for a priness a while ago and now one is coming in December. Every princess needs a pink and brown owl. Why? because she is a princess and has everything else, silly.
Thanks Best Friend (and Best Friend’s Husband) for letting me make your baby stuff.
October 1st has passed which means that I can justify decorating my house for Halloween. This in turn means that my house will be totally decorated for the next 3 months solid. This of course implies that the holidays are here, ushered in with my favorite season of all time. It’s official. And that all totally made sense in my head, sorry if it didn’t translate too well.
Here is my latest Halloween / amigurumi adventure. I really need non-breakable decorations and I saw the pattern for the cat on Lion Brand Yarn. Loved it and figured I could tweak it to get a ghost and a goblin. After looking around a few more seconds I found the pumpkin and the candy corn and my set was complete.
To display them, I painted some wooden clothes pins and just pinned them on a ribbon on our front room wall. Decorations and toys all at once. [big smile].
So my husband taught me to crochet and I go in and out of being “hooked” on it. get it? hooked? whatever, you totally smiled. He is also the one who introduced me to the fascinating world of anime. Combine the two and you get amigurumi! yes the art of crocheting custsy little everythings, from fruit to hobbits to storm troopers to frogs. Not that I’ve been brave enough to try the storm troopers (yet). Here is my second attempt at a cute baby present. The first attempt hasn’t been given and I don’t want to spoil the suprise. This one though was a gift for my newest (and only) niece (on my side)
Clara Jane Adelaide Jayne, who has finally decided to grace us with her presence. And what sweet presence she is too…yay for little baby girls!