Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Back to school

Hello! How are you? Today was the first day of the new school year! We were so ready. It was a good summer, but sort of a long one (they always are; summer break goes on for close to three months here), and I think everyone was ready to get back to the daily routines of the school year. This year, I sent back a fourth-grader and a seventh-grader, which is really kind of staggering when I think about it. I mean, seventh grade? Wasn't I just in seventh grade myself? It feels like yesterday. He will be thirteen next month, it's hard to believe. And my little GB will be ten, also next month, which is also amazing. They're growing up fast, which is bittersweet but mostly really good. I love having big kids. They get to do so many cool things, including - as of this summer - occasionally staying home together without a parent for very brief periods. I can't believe we've reached that milestone! They were ready. I was a nervous wreck the first time, but it's all good now.



I hadn't had any time alone all summer. I'm not even exaggerating. We were together literally all the time, the three of us. This is mostly a really good thing, don't get me wrong. But I don't think I had more than about an hour by myself since school ended in May, and I was more than ready to spend some quiet time alone in the house. I did a bunch of housework right away, to get it over with. I started a load of towels, cleaned up the kitchen, made my bed, folded and put away some laundry. Then I went outside and watered my barrel of geraniums (which have become massive) and took a look around the backyard. I noticed that the pyracantha berries are well on their way to changing over to their autumnal orange hue.


I came inside and showered, then I ate breakfast. Just raisin bran and tea, consumed in blissful silence.


Then I got my supplies together for a project I've been waiting to start. It's a birthday gift for the GB, and I can't very well crochet it while she's around and watching me, so I held off until they were back to school. I'm using Bernat Pop! self-striping cake yarn for this project. It's my first time using cake yarn, which I'd been wanting to do for a while. This colorway is called Blue Blaze, which I chose because she tells me her favorite color as of right now is seafoam green. This seems to come close, I think, and I know she likes periwinkles and teals as well.


This is what I'm making for her. She would really enjoy wearing a poncho, and the pattern is sized just right for her (though I think it could easily be scaled up or down). The pattern is printed on the ball band, but I first came across it here, as a free download, on the Yarnspirations site.


I settled in to watch The Staircase on Netflix (I'd wanted to watch it all summer, but like I said, I was never alone during the day and it's not for kids, plus the Bear doesn't share my enthusiasm for true crime, so I didn't have the chance to watch it at night either; it's good, by the way, strange but good). By the time I'd watched three episodes, I had a pretty good start to my poncho. It's a really easy pattern and it works up quickly; I should be able to finish it well before the GB's birthday in early September. I like working with the yarn too. And it's always fun to see what a self-striping yarn is going to do. I had a great morning! And they came home from school happy and excited, with talk of scavenger hunts and teachers in costume as historical figures (and books and tests, but not just yet - right now we're still floating on games and reunions with friends).


Here are the two scholars, by the way. He's taller than I am now. And she wanted to wear one of her summery dresses to school, which is fine with me because she's growing fast too. These huge, happy people. The first day was a success and I think it's going to be a great year.

17 comments:

  1. Beautiful children and they do grow up quickly. Love the poncho, what pretty colors.

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  2. I hope they have a great school year! they look so very nice!!! amazing to see children grow up into bigger and bigger sizes and into themselves as full grown people!!! what a fun project, it's lovely! I hear you about alone time... I have some still but I totally get the need for it!

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  3. Your son has grown so tall over the summer that I almost didn't recognize him! Both of your children are beautiful! They look excited to begin a new school year. My daughter starts third grade next week, so we are busy getting everything ready to go back to school. I can hardly believe I'm about to have a third grader! It sounds like you enjoyed a nice, peaceful morning to yourself. I hope to up my exercise game once Charlotte is back in school. And it's always nice to have some time to myself. Your geraniums are gorgeous by the way. Have a great week!

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  4. Oh my - they really are growing up! I'm glad they are enjoying life and school too. The yarn is pretty and the poncho is going to be loved!

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  5. Happy new school year!
    Your children look so nice all ready for their day!
    I have The Staircase on my list of things to watch, so I am glad you said it is good.
    Have a cozy evening. : )

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  6. Gosh they sure have grown so much Jennifer. Love that yarn and the poncho is going to be loved for sure xo

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  7. Oh my, look at the two of them! Wishing them both a good new school year. I like the beginnings of the poncho, the colours are bright and beautiful. I always fancied using a yarn cake but have no projects in mind just now. I shall enjoy seeing yours grow instead. I am so glad you enjoyed your half day of peace and quiet Jennifer. As much as we love our families, a few hours of being in ones own company is worth gold. Have a wonderful rest of the week. xx

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  8. Oh Jennifer, they have both grown so much! I’m glad the first day was a success. Today was Piper’s first day of kindergarten and she face-timed to tell me all about it. Her day was great too. I can relate to your quiet house except I would love some kid noise around. :-). The geraniums are gorgeous. I have one pot at the lake that looks good and the other looks terrible. I have no idea why.
    Th poncho is adorable and the yarn is perfect. I haven’t tried the cakes yet, although I am really tempted. I’m trying to use up yarn I already have though.
    Enjoy your quiet days my friend. Will you still be homeschooling part of the time?
    Blessings,
    Betsy

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  9. I can image nearly three months being a long summer ( we have six weeks here) but the lovely memories you have made you can treasure. Hope the coming school year is a good one xxx

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  10. Oh my goodness, where did your little boy go? They do seem to shoot up all of a sudden and leave younger siblings behind, but they catch them up in the end. I'm sure the poncho will be a big success, I always wanted a poncho when I was a child but my mum wasn't a crocheter so I never got one. I love true crime but we don't have Netflix, I think we're going to have to get it as I keep hearing about these great programmes which I don't get to watch. Enjoy the peace and quiet once again, I'm sure you've got plenty to fill your days.

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  11. Gosh yes, your LB has shot up hasn't he. I've just started on my first yarn cake thing as well. I was inspired to look for yarn by the scarves you'd crocheted, but in the end I chickened out and I'm just doing one of the knitted ones I often make. An old favourite. I hope the children have a great year at school. CJ xx

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  12. I bet it felt so good to finally have a few hours to yourself! Oh, how I remember those days. I cannot believe how tall your son has gotten and how grown up he looks! Holy cow, when did that happen?! From the limited pictures I've seen of you, he looks very much like his mama. I hope your kids both have a wonderful school year and that you all settle into a nice routine once again.

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  13. Just getting caught up on your summer and so enjoyed your accounts of camping and pretty stitched projects [including the pretty new poncho for GB] and yummy looking jam! I took some photos of thistles with you in mind this last month and published the best one in my latest post. :) Wishing you and yours a wonderful school year! xx

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  14. How quickly they grow up, sounds like an exciting start to the school year. Love the poncho, I did one for Lily and Daisy to wear when we were travelling to America the perfect accessory when travelling.

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  15. Aw! They are so sweet! Such cuties! I'm glad they had a nice first day.
    Well done, you! You spent your first quiet day very well. I love the poncho.

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  16. First days are important,they often set the stage for the year, so glad it went well. Love her cute little summer dress, so bright and cheery. LOVE your yarn cakes, such pretty colors and it's working up really nicely. Glad you had such a good first day too, lol. Keep us posted on the poncho.
    Sandy's Space

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  17. Look at your beautiful children! I hope the first week back was a success. We've got one more week here before school starts for us. I think the poncho will be an excellent gift - I've been wanting to try a self striping yarn cake myself, too. X

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