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I finished these socks on Easter Sunday, but needed to wash and block them. That didn’t happen until yesterday. So here are the details.
Pattern: Time Traveler
Yarn: Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock in Franklin’s Panopticon
Needles: Knit Picks nickel plated dpns size 1 (2.25 mm)
Started: March 5, 2015
Finished: April 5, 2015

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When we left for vacation, I was only part of the way up the foot. In the car, I finished the foot. I also started the gusset. That night, I finished the gusset and turned the heel. This is Saturday morning. I worked on the leg all day. That evening, I started the cuff, but Easter Bunny duties prevented me from finishing. On the car ride home, I finished the last 5 rounds of the cuff and wove in the ends.

A month for a pair of giant socks is not a lot. My husband sees me knitting, but didn’t realize the time commitment of doing a pair for him until he really watched the progress last weekend. Now he really appreciates them!

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There is nothing like Easter at the beach! We had really lovely weather.

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Easter weekend is the lovely like colored stripe that represents temperatures in the high 70s! The kids got to do the usual outdoors Easter egg hunt! Before Sunday, we got in a bit of beach time! We did have a bit of rain, but we used the time to decorate eggs.

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We came back home to temperatures in the low 80s yesterday, so still lovely. Today was warmer. This week we are supposed to break into the 90s! I am only excited because it means adding a new color!

Boys at Lake sherdI just got back from a really wonderful vacation in Wyoming.  Every other year, my family has a family reunion in Wyoming.  The first week was spent at that reunion.  The second week was spent just hanging out with my parents, siblings, nieces, and nephew.  We had a great time.  This is a picture of my boys on our hike to Lake Sherd.

I wore my shawl a lot because the weather was cold.  I also got a lot of crafting done.  I got quite a bit done on my CNE (Christmas n Easter) Scarf for my niece.  I also made three bath puffs while there. I taught my mom how to make them (she taught me to crochet, but I had to teach her all the stitches as she had forgotten).  There are not pictures of the knitting or crochet because I was too busy to get out the camera.

When we got home, DH, both kids and I all had a cold that we got from my brother and his kids.  The kids have a very mild sore throat and cough (although Vicks on their feet one night seems to have gotten rid of their cough). DH and I have serious sore throats, runny noses, terrible coughs, chills, aches, ear aches, etc.  I also got pink eye. CB had it while we were in Wyoming. He got better immediately.  My eye doctor has warned me that I will likely be fighting it for at least a month.

As a result, my return home was not happy.  Fortunately, two things greeted me to make me feel better. First, MIL cleaned our whole house for our anniversary (we celebrated our 9th while in Wyoming…where we were married).  She didn’t just clean…she CLEANED (in all caps).  She washed my windows, washed and put away every stitch of clothing in the house, mopped all the floors, washed the bathrooms, cleaned out the fridge and freezer, took out all the trash, washed the baseboards, vacuumed all carpets, washed all throw rugs, etc.  She is really, really awesome. It was better than any gift she could have bought.

The second thing that greeted me and cheered me was my second Flat Rate Box Swap box.  My swap pal is really, really awesome.  The theme this time was a project for you. The idea was to get everything needed for a single project in your pal’s queue.  My pal chose the Chinook Shawl in mine. She got me the Riverstone colorway.  She also got size 8 harmony needle tips.  Also included was the Mason-Dixon Knitting Book (which I have been really, really wanting) and some Louet Euroflax so that I could make something from it.   There are also several mini-skeins for my sock blankie, a crocheted project bag, mini-highlighter, pencils, mini-post-its, a small pen, a mini clip-on calculator, a magnetic tape measure, a mini-digital camera, an album, a stress ball, Goon n Plenty, hand lotion, and a little sheep.  This is truely a remarkable swap package!!  I was so excited.  I love absolutely everything in it.

The trip to Orlando was great (although short). We left early on Tuesday morning. CB slept the whole way down. LB watched a movie, quietly. I had quite a bit of “nearly alone” time. It was nice…peaceful. We stayed at the Coronado Springs Resort (the link plays sound…just a warning). It was nice. Our room was overlooking the “Quiet Pool”. I was worried about it, but it really was quiet! As soon as we got there, LB and DH went swimming. CB just watched. There was a duck swimming in the pool. It was really neat, but I couldn’t get a good picture. LB has only been swimming a couple of times. He has really taken to it (I see lessons in our future). He decided he wants to be a lifeguard when he grows up. DH is relieved since he had gone back to telling people he wants to be a princess and a firefighter when he grows up!

After a bit of swimming, we headed to Sea World. As we got there, everyone was leaving! We were able to see almost everything we wanted to (not rides or shows, just exhibits) in a few hours. It was a good thing. As we left the Shark Encounter, a storm formed. We ended up hanging out under the shelter for over an hour. There was a tornado warning (actual funnels but none actually touched down). There was a severe thunderstorm. Lightening struck the big tower three times setting off fireworks each time. We were only a few hundred yards from it (an employee told me less than two football fields…that is less than a skein of Lorna’s Laces sock yarn away)! The picture is our view of the tower (just behind the trees). It was pretty scary. CB slept through it. LB kept telling the women behind us (who were crying and screaming), “It’s ok. It is just thunder. Do you like the fireworks? Maybe we will see more.” It was so cute. After the storm passed, we debated going to see a show. Ultimately, we decided to leave. LB was exhausted (no nap), and was starting to get ugly.

We spent all day Wednesday at Animal Kingdom. Unlike Sea World, it was packed! We only waited for one ride (the Safari). We waited for an hour and a half. It was miserable. At the end, both kids were crying. I am sure that everyone around us was silently hoping we would be on another vehicle. Fortunately, both kids calmed down the second we got on the jeep. LB talked non-stop to the driver (we were right behind her). Everytime we would see an animal, LB would say, “Thank you so much for showing us that!” It was adorable! CB slept through it (which was fine…at least he wasn’t crying). After the safari ride, we did the rest of the stuff in Africa. Then we went to Camp Minnie Mickey. LB was getting quite ugly, so we knew it was time to eat. I actually got a picture of him being grouchy. I normally don’t post pics of the kids, but the picture is too funny to not post. We ate a late lunch at Rainforest Cafe. The kids absolutely loved it! We were seated next to gorillas. I was afraid that CB would be scared when they moved and made noise. He wasn’t. He just watched intently. After lunch we saw Dinoland and the Bug’s Life show. The show scared LB, but at the end he wanted to do it again. Unfortunately, it was a little late. LB was spacing out a lot and even put his head down in the stroller (him even sitting in the stroller was a good sign he was about done). We left. We went back to the hotel. LB and DH went swimming again. CB napped in the stroller, so I got some knitting time in. I almost finished DH’s socks! We then went out to dinner and put the kids to bed!

Thursday morning, DH had “class”. I took LB and CB to the playground. LB played and CB just watched. I knit some more on DH’s sock. Then we went to the kiddie pool (really shallow). LB had a blast. I took the inserts out of CB’s diaper (it is a pocket diaper…it makes it into a swim diaper). I then set him into the water. He just sat and splashed and giggled. I think I have two fish on my hands. When DH’s class was over, we packed up and left. LB managed to stay awake all the way home (no nap), so he was quite ugly when we got home. Both boys had an early bedtime!

We plan to go back to Sea World in the fall (we have yearly passes). We will have to go back to Animal Kingdom again as we missed a big section of the park. It was a great couple days away (and a much needed break)!!