Thursday, October 16, 2014

Italian Flag Crochet Afghan

 I love Facebook - as soon as I posted my business page for The Ruthless Crafter, friends immediately started inquiring on projects I could possibly make them.

A fellow I went to high school with (we shall not say how many decades ago) ordered this cozy afghan in the colours of the Italian flag.

Interesting fact: you need to shop in the Christmas aisle to get the right shades for an Italian flag. I will never look at that aisle the same!

I am very excited to deliver it to him. He tells me it's a Christmas present for himself, which is fitting based on where I found the yarn! Ha ha.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Club House

My husband works with printers and photocopiers and computers.

The last few months there were two very large computers that were delivered to his work in really big, sturdy wooden box containers. He was able to bring them home with the plan to make the kids a fun fort for the backyard.

Here is the sample layout of it in the garage. The actual look of it has changed a bit but it's a pretty sturdy fort.

Hubby painted it now and added a pretty roof. It's getting there!

Do you like the official tire door stop?

Thursday, October 09, 2014

I'm Going To Freeze This Winter!

Our 8 year old daughter enjoyed dancing from ages 2 until she was 5. Her last year she even joined the competitive team!

She did amazing but it was near impossible to get her to sit still to put 100 teeny weeny sponge curlers in her hair. Don't even get me started on slapping on stage make up - the false lashes are still new in the package somewhere too I believe!

When she said she didn't want to return her Grade 1 year Mommy was not pushing it (though to be fair I did ask her several times over the summer to ensure she hadn't changed her mind. She did not - phew!).

This year she is in Grade 3.

The school sends home flyers for every type of sport to "come try it for free!".

The first one Ava flagged was Water Polo. Well, we lasted 7 minutes exactly and then she was out of the pool wanting to go home. Sadly it was a comedy of errors as she had had a full day of school, dashed to the tutor and then went to the pool. She was in a tad deep and I think she scared herself and swallowed some water and that was the end of the Water Polo.

The second flyer she flagged was Ringette. I don't know how to play Ringette but I knew she couldn't drown and she had some solid skating skills as they have been in lessons for a few years now and we have a pond behind our house she practices on. I had no idea what equipment to bring other than her helmet and her skates. Luckily the organizers had extra gloves and helmets with cages and sticks to let her have a good shot at seeing if she liked it.

Wouldn't you know it, she was pretty good! So... she is now a Ringette player. Two practices so far and it's going well.

Now I have to figure out how many cups of tea to bring to stay warm for the whole time!

Thursday, October 02, 2014

Why Is The Ice Rink So Cold?

We put it off for as long as possible but it is now official - we are now a hockey family. Our 6 year old son is in his first hockey league!

Travis has loved the idea of hockey for many years. In January 2008 we decided that, since he did not know how to skate well yet, we would sign him up for ball hockey. I took him to purchase his equipment at the Play It Again Sports store and he was so excited he walked around all day with his helmet on his head. He even cuddled the helmet and his hockey stick that night! Interesting twist - Travis had not yet played sports independently so when it was time for him to go in the rink, he had a melt down and refused to play. He whipped off his equipment and demanded we "take this stuff back to the store!". Not a good start to a hockey (or sports team) career.

As you can imagine, hubby and I have been cautious to sign him up for activities. We gingerly put him into learn-to-skate the past few years (his sister started in the same group as him so he was okay with that). His confidence and independence grew and his determination to join a hockey team finally meant it was time to try again.

Now he is on his first hockey team (well, they are doing try outs to establish the teams but he doesn't care, as long as he's on the ice!).

I find it amazing (and a wee bit painful) to watch him struggle but after his scrimmage he comes off the ice and you would think he was an NHL super star the way he perceived his plays. As long as he's having fun!

Do you have a funny experience or fond memory with your child joining a team?