Sunday, March 29, 2009

This little piggie...

"Piglet sidled up to Pooh from behind. 'Pooh!" he whispered. 'Yes, Piglet?' 'Nothing,' said Piglet, taking Pooh's paw. 'I just wanted to be sure of you." (A. A. Milne)

In the past week, Sam has received two very special pig-related gifts. The first, this adorable crocheted "golden pig," came from my friend Kristi. It's so darn adorable, I started crying when I opened it. She usually crochets baby blankets for expectant friends, and quite honestly, I was wondering why I didn't get one! Then this special toy arrived. She wanted to mark that Sam was born in the extra lucky Year of the Golden Pig. I love it!

This second gift was part of a swap with fellow blogger Diane of Woollie Wanderings, and it came all the way from Scotland.

She offered to trade one of her little wool blankies for some of my felt from recycled sweaters. I suggested the pig theme but was blown away with this "Three Little Pigs" blanket. Check out these close-up photos.

The house of straw is made of orange felt and has a little squeaky toy inside.

The house of sticks has this little piggie who can be tucked inside. Look at that cute embroidered pig!

The house of bricks is also adorably embroidered.

The other two pigs embroidered on a flap...

Behind them are apples--which happens to be one of Sam's words. He says, "App." (Look at how neat that back is!) Diane, this will be a treasured heirloom--and your felt will be in the mail this week.

I feel so blessed to have creative people in my life--old friends like Kristi and new ones like Diane--who are showering Sam with gifts made with love. Lord know I don't have time to make much for him!

These are still my favorite piggies, though. Sam has the cutest fat little feet.

Sunday, March 08, 2009

Special day

"Fond as we are of our loved ones, there comes at times during their absence an unexplained peace." (Anne Shaw)

Today is a special day. It is my husband's 41st birthday. And it is six months exactly since we met Sam. And it is the day after the first night Ed and I spent away from him.

My sister and her husband watched Sam last week while I was teaching one night, and it went so well that I decided to try to surprise Ed with a night away while Sam stayed with them. We went to Starved Rock and stayed in this individual cabin, which was very sparse but comfortable. Mostly we slept, and we had a nice dinner. It was so weird to be away from him (Conversation at dinner: "I wonder what Sam's doing now.") but it was really nice to have a short baby break. It also was a short work break, since I finished my grades Friday before we left. While relaxing in our cabin ("The Marquette") I did a crossword puzzle and even read a whole novel (T is for Trespass by Sue Grafton).

My two favorite boys in the world.