Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Babies, Monkeys and Peeps (oh my)

At long last the secret is out and I can finally say: I have another grand baby on the way!  We found out at Christmas but were asked to keep quiet about it for 3 months.   But now I can say that our next one is due in mid-August and we are thrilled.  We will find out the gender in about 2 weeks.

Another grand child has started the "must make things" mode  in me again.  It's all I seem to want to do, especially for my little man who is already here-- and TALKING!  Not even 2 yet and he can repeat just about anything you say as well as answer "yes" and "no" appropriately (and with feeling! lol)  He can identify and say names of people, places and animals.  I'm only a little bit proud of him :-)

I have a game on my iPad that Cade loves to play where he touches an animal and it makes a noise.  When I would ask 'Where's the monkey?'  he would point to it and I would tickle his tummy and say, "It goes eeee! eeee! eeee!" (Have I mentioned how extremely ticklish he is?) The last time I was in KY,  I bought him 2 little monkeys at Sams, which he calls his Eee-eee's (I love it!)  I am told that he is now obsessed with them; must sleep with one and the other is in the car for traveling.  I began putting little monkeys on items I made for him long ago because he reminds me of a little monkey, always climbing!  And the Paul Frank line of clothing is perfect for me to send along to him whenever I find his size on sale.  

Which brings me to a project I took on last weekend- the Sock Monkey.  I had never really thought about making one of them before, but it seemed so appropriate and lo and behold, they have the Red Rock socks and a free tutorial at Hobby Lobby, so I gave it a shot.  I got what I paid for with the tutorial.  Even with pictures, the directions were limited, at best.  Thank goodness for the internet and YouTube.  I had to use both pairs of socks to make one monkey, due to my mess-ups.  Those directions made this project a lot harder than it really was!  In order to somehow personalize this, I added a heart that declares I Love Cade.  I was watching a TV show the entire time I was doing the hand-sewing on this and named him accordingly.  Here is Donald:

I am going to travel down to Dallas the first week in April.  My son is flying in from KY with Cade and we will congregate at my daughter's house to celebrate his 2nd birthday (a couple of weeks early) as well as Easter and the new baby and.... well...... LIFE!  Speaking of Easter, how about some felt Peeping Peeps?