Tuesday, October 8, 2013

The Lucy Show

It has been such a great weekend! Karsten, Diana and baby Lucy arrived late Friday afternoon. It was neat to see how much Lucy had grown and changed since the last time I saw her. She now smiles and "talks" and blows endless bubbles.


Of course, being only two and a half months old she had no clue she was the star attraction over the weekend. She had aunts and uncles driving many miles to come spend some time with her, and the ones who couldn't be here Skyped with her on Sunday. Kellen and Anita drove out from Vancouver on Saturday.


Alexandra and David drove down from Kamloops on Sunday.


Grandpa had Fergus and Jenny nearby to make sure he was holding Lucy the right way.



Lucy is going to be an outdoors kind of girl. She loved her time out on the porch while we had tea on Saturday afternoon. It was fun to see the Babies and Bears sweater on her. It's a perfect fit!



She also went hiking with us up Teapot Hill, and loved being at the beach while we were kayaking.


Monday I wanted to show Karsten and Diana how close we are to the US border, so we went for a drive. The fall colours were spectacular. You can see the cut out place in the trees on the hill that mark the Canada/US border, and how the road goes right along the border.


As the road wound north again we went through farmland interspersed with land marked with No Trespassing signs, posted by the Ministry of National Defence. It seemed rather odd. There used to be a military base in nearby Chilliwack, so they must have used this area for training. One of the No Trespassing spots had an old orchard on it, and since there is almost nothing more alluring than doing exactly what you are told not to do, we naturally found a gap in the barbed wire fence and went in to pick some fruit.


I have to say, things have changed a bit since my kids were babies. Lucy has this amazing swing that has different speeds, and plays sounds ranging from an owl hooting to crickets chirping to classical music. We used to have a rickety yellow contraption called a Swing-o-matic. It operated on human power instead of electricity. When you wound it up it made such a horrible noise it would startle the baby, which would then make the baby cry. If you wound it all the way up you could maybe get fifteen minutes of swing time out of the thing, and the first five minutes of that were taken up with calming the baby who had been scared out of its wits by the wind up process. Once the baby stopped screaming you then had to face ten minutes of a click-click-click-click sound that was almost as bad as the crying baby. There's something to be said for progress. The yellow sweater Lucy is wearing in this picture is the one Jay's mom knit for Karsten when he was a baby.


I'm so happy to be living close enough that I can easily pop over to Victoria next month and visit them. I was also happy to see this weekend that living in a place that is geographically centred between where our kids live worked out so well in terms of everyone being able to visit. Now we just need to get Rebekah and Anton back on the north side of that boundary line in my picture!

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  1. How wonderful to have the whole family together. Lucy is growing so fast! She's beautiful. I love all the photos of everyone holding her, especially you, Grandma. I'm so glad Lucy likes her swing; my babies hated the swing and I was so disappointed! It was a nice quiet one too, it would have been so useful. :)

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    1. It was very nice to have everyone here, but we really missed Rebekah and Anton. I'm sorry your kids hated their swing - when they work they are wonderful. It was the only way I had time to sit down and eat dinner when my kids were babies. :-)

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  2. She is perfectly adorable. What a little darling. You all look so happy with Lucy as the center of attention! That is one Cadillac of a swing. We had one of those old Swingomatic things too - used to freak out the kids completely. :o)

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    1. Weren't those Swingomatics awful? I think my kids have hearing damage from having been put in them. Ha!

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  3. Looks like you had a wonderful family weekend, and YAY for being located in such a central place now, how wonderful!

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    1. It was so nice this past weekend to see that being centrally located actually works for having more family get-togethers. :-)

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  4. Lucy is a real little cutie, Kristie, and of course she will be an ourdoorsy girl - it is clearly genetic! That is a blissful photo of you holding her in the gorgeous sweater - you should frame that one :)
    Lovely post. xx

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    1. You are right, Patricia. She has outdoorsy genes from both sides of the family, so I shouldn't be surprised she loves it so much. That's a great suggestion about getting the picture framed. Thanks!

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  5. She is gorgeous, so pleased you had a great weekend. Enjoy many more to come

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    1. Thanks Sue! Our next big "all family" get-together will be in two short months at Christmas, and then Rebekah and Anton will be here too. And I plan to go over to Victoria to see Lucy at least once before the holidays. It is so nice to be this close!

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  6. Oh look at her! She is just SO adorable. Love all her little expressions! Your little knitted jacket looks gorgeous on her and I love the photo of the two of you too :-) It's great you live so much closer to all the kids now - life is good! Mel x

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    1. Her expressions are so funny! She has a very contemplative look at times - you can see it in the pictures with David and Alexandra. Yes, life is good. :-)

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  7. Well, somehow I commented on the wrong post, but the sentiment is the same. The baby is gorgeous!

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    1. Thanks Tana! We are all quite smitten with her. :-)

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  8. The other commenters are right, Lucy is completely adorable! I just can't believe you've turned her into a scofflaw at such an early age. Trespassing!!! :) We had a wind-up swing too. My daughter loved it...my son used to stick his hand out to stop it.

    PS - Did Mr. Mooney bother Lucy over the weekend??? (Just a bad joke :)

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    1. I know. We are so bad. Not even three months old and we have already corrupted her. :-)

      And to answer your question, no, Mr. Mooney didn't bother Lucy, nor did Ethel. Ha!

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  9. Ah she's lovely Kristie and spoiled by everyone I'm sure. How lovely that you can all get together form time to time. Our little baby granddaughter is going to be one year old on Saturday and can't quite believe where that year has gone.
    Patricia x

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    1. Happy birthday to your granddaughter! I think the first year zooms by more quickly than any other.

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  10. What a cutie! Great sweater, too. :-)

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    1. Thanks Triona! I knit this one with Spud and Chloe sweater yarn, and I liked the finished product much more than when I have knit it in Cascade 220 Superwash.

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  11. Lucy is adorable and she has grown so much in just a few months. It must be so wonderful to have all the family in reachable distance now, I'm so glad your moving plans were achieved before Lucy was born. I had to smile at Fergus and Jenny, we had a dachshund when my son was born and our dog was very keen to join in the action and be close to the baby. Lovely to see the colours of autumn too.
    Sarah x

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    1. It's great how the move has worked out. I am so glad we aren't in our house in Kamloops, far away and still trying to sell it.

      Jenny would really have liked it if we had let her "groom" Lucy. It was almost like she thought Lucy was her child. That's funny that you had a dachshund that acted the same way!

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  12. Lucy is gorgeous! I love her sweater! Great work on that. I imagine it's a lot of fun for you all to have a little one around during family time.

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    1. It is tons of fun having Lucy here. She really is the star of the show. :-)

      And thanks for the compliment on the sweater. I had a few false starts with it, but I'm glad I finally got it knit up to be the right size to fit her this fall when the weather is cool.

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  13. She is adorable, a perfect fit for your family!

    (btw, I enjoyed all your travel posts, didn't have much to add about them but really enjoyed following you on your journey!)

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    1. Thanks Kate! And I'm glad you enjoyed the travel blog posts. I like doing them because they are fun for me to come back to and reminisce about my trip. :-)

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  14. How wonderful to have most of your family so close! Your heart must have been absolutely bursting!

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    1. It was great Lisa! I look forward to many more get-togethers just like it now that we are so close to everyone. :-)

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  15. Your story about the wind-up swing is hilarious! She looks lovely in the little sweater you made, too.

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    1. I have knit that sweater pattern multiple times for baby gifts, so it was fun to actually be around a baby that was wearing it. I always wondered if the hood was practical, but it really does work!

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  16. Oh my - Lucy is so very precious!!! It's wonderful and quite amazing how so much has come together for you this year... deciding to downsize and then finding a perfect location and great home to move to - a beautiful and healthy grandchild - and your first book coming out any day now!!

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    1. It really has been quite the year! So many wonderful things to be thankful for. :-)

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  17. She's adorable!
    Looks like you had a great time.

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    1. We had a fantastic time, and I think Lucy enjoyed all the attention she got from everyone. :-)

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  18. Such a sweet baby... in soo lovely knits!

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    1. Thanks Peony! It is so much fun knitting for a baby. The projects are quick, cute, and as long as they are big enough it really doesn't matter what size they end up - they'll fit eventually. :-)

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    1. Thanks Jean! We are all quite smitten with her!

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  20. She is such a darling! And doesn't she look cute in her hand knits :)

    So glad you're finding it easier to gather your family around you Kristie.

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    1. I think she is going to end up like that poor child on that famous greeting card (at least famous in knitting circles) - the one with the child so layered in handknits they can't move. :-)

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  21. Lucy is such a sweetie and doesn't she hold her head up well for so young a baby! I love the sweater you knitted for her and even more the sight of her in so many loving arms. Your move has really paid off.

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