Loving Life!!!

Just documenting my passion for all things in Life!

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stillwaitinglife:

knithitsthefan:

truebluemeandyou:

DIY Knit Outlander Inspired Cowl Free pattern by Kalurah on Ravelry.  I have seen a pay pattern on Etsy almost identical to this one, except I like this one better. “The Gathering” cowl is knit with size 50 (25mm) needles. It is free to sign up for Ravelry (no spam). Kalurah describes the cowl:

This cowl is inspired by the cowl worn by Claire Randall on the hit series Outlander.


I’ve studied the photos online and I think I have a really close interpretation. The cowl is knit entirely in Garter Stitch and the seam from Provisional Cast On and Kitchener Stitch is completely INVISIBLE!
The pattern has two full twists worked into the cowl so there’s no need to fuss with it after putting it on.
Cowl is SUPER stretchy and can be pulled down over your shoulders for an adorable little Capelet or pulled over your head and worn as a hood.

Here’s another Outlander DIY Chunky Knit Infinity Scarf Pattern from Knit 1 LA.


This is great! I think I am going to make one!


I was looking for a patten for this! So making one.

Gotta make this stat!

stillwaitinglife:

knithitsthefan:

truebluemeandyou:

DIY Knit Outlander Inspired Cowl Free pattern by Kalurah on Ravelry.  I have seen a pay pattern on Etsy almost identical to this one, except I like this one better. “The Gathering” cowl is knit with size 50 (25mm) needles. It is free to sign up for Ravelry (no spam). Kalurah describes the cowl:

This cowl is inspired by the cowl worn by Claire Randall on the hit series Outlander.

I’ve studied the photos online and I think I have a really close interpretation. The cowl is knit entirely in Garter Stitch and the seam from Provisional Cast On and Kitchener Stitch is completely INVISIBLE!

The pattern has two full twists worked into the cowl so there’s no need to fuss with it after putting it on.

Cowl is SUPER stretchy and can be pulled down over your shoulders for an adorable little Capelet or pulled over your head and worn as a hood.

Here’s another Outlander DIY Chunky Knit Infinity Scarf Pattern from Knit 1 LA.

This is great! I think I am going to make one!

I was looking for a patten for this! So making one.

Gotta make this stat!

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At almost 20 months!

This kid has been on a row…

-Last week he told a loud lady in the elevator to  “shhh,”  index finger on his mouth and all.

-He continues to greet everyone at social gatherings… then quickly wiping his hands on the back of his shirt. Hilarious!

-He taunts his older cousin, my sweet Kami whenever she’s playing solo.

-Loves to be chased.

-Last Saturday he kept throwing kisses at my sister and Mom. He’s in full cupid mode.

-An expert in stalling bedtime. Last night we read 4 different books about 5 times each.  He went down and five minutes later, he woke up.  I walked into his room and asked him to go to sleep and I sat by his crib. He wanted to hold hands…so we did… through the crib railings… until he finally went to sleep.  All this before 7:40am.  He melts my heart SO Much!

-This morning, he sat at his table to draw and I told him “I love you!” His response, “Bye, I uvvv you!”

-Agua, Apple, Ball and Airplane continue to be his fave words.

-Pez (Fish) is his newest obsession.  He LOVES FISH!

-When he wants to BF, he jumps on the bed and taps my pillow so I can lie down next to him. I ask him, what’s in my breasts: he says “ECHE!” 

Milk from a bottle is ECHES!  I mean, he’s too much and I adore all of it!

-If you tell him “N-O” he will turn you in to the next adult he sees. He hates the words “no” and “stop” hard core!

-Letter recognition is amazing!  His knows his A, B, Z and I very well!

I didn’t have a hard time when he was an infant and cringed every time somebody will tell me it would get better.  Man, IT WAS NEVER BAD! I just remember nodding so I could continue adoring my child. It was basically AWESOME, but I must admit it does keep getting better and better!  Just when I think he can’t get more exciting and adorable—well, he does!!!

Filed under this kid at almost 20 months

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lalobalocaart:

documental teares: CHILENEGRO

lugar: Valle de Azapa actualmente territorio Chileno, previamente territorio Peruano y realmente territorio de nadie!

Importante dcumental teaser sobre la diaspora negra en Sur America y lo que es vivir entre fronteras.

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That moment in the am when your toddler ends up drinking your morning smoothie… after dunking his multigrain toast in it, may I add.  So cute!  Bye Kale/Banana/Cinnamon Almond Milk smoothie!

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soafrolicious:

thinksquad:

White pupils in state schools in the United States are set to be in the minority for the first time when schools return for the new term.

According to official forecasts, enrolments for the 2014-15 school year will mark the threshold when ethnic minorities become the majority.

This demographic shift has been driven by rising numbers of Hispanic pupils.

Figures are gathered by the US Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics.

It records the number of pupils in the state school system across the United States - and it publishes forecasts of enrollments in the years ahead.

The figures show a steady decline in the numbers of white pupils since the mid-1990s and a broadly stable number of black pupils, but a sharply rising number of pupils identified as Hispanic.

The school figures show the number of Hispanic pupils has more than doubled over the past two decades and is projected to continue rising in the next decade.

It means that in autumn 2014 the proportion of white pupils is expected to have fallen marginally below 50% for the first time, with about 26% of pupils Hispanic and 15% black.

There are also smaller ethnic groups of Asian pupils, native Americans and Pacific Islanders. Fewer than 3% are identified as mixed race.

The figures show how the increase in the Hispanic population has changed the demography of the school population, rising from 14% of pupils in the mid-1990s and forecast to reach 30% by the mid-2020s.

In the mid-1990s, white pupils represented almost 65% of pupils in the US state school system. The projections show that by the mid-2020s that figure will be about 45%.

But the Pew Research Center, which analyses public policy and social trends, has highlighted how there is a very different pattern in private schools, with a high proportion of white pupils. About one in 10 pupils attends a private school.

There have also been questions raised about the use in education of the term ethnic “minority”, when there is no longer a majority ethnic group within the school population.

http://www.bbc.com/news/education-28937660

But, who has power?

Ummm.  Are we heading into the RSA’s of the late 70’s?Who has the power?

soafrolicious:

thinksquad:

White pupils in state schools in the United States are set to be in the minority for the first time when schools return for the new term.

According to official forecasts, enrolments for the 2014-15 school year will mark the threshold when ethnic minorities become the majority.

This demographic shift has been driven by rising numbers of Hispanic pupils.

Figures are gathered by the US Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics.

It records the number of pupils in the state school system across the United States - and it publishes forecasts of enrollments in the years ahead.

The figures show a steady decline in the numbers of white pupils since the mid-1990s and a broadly stable number of black pupils, but a sharply rising number of pupils identified as Hispanic.

The school figures show the number of Hispanic pupils has more than doubled over the past two decades and is projected to continue rising in the next decade.

It means that in autumn 2014 the proportion of white pupils is expected to have fallen marginally below 50% for the first time, with about 26% of pupils Hispanic and 15% black.

There are also smaller ethnic groups of Asian pupils, native Americans and Pacific Islanders. Fewer than 3% are identified as mixed race.

The figures show how the increase in the Hispanic population has changed the demography of the school population, rising from 14% of pupils in the mid-1990s and forecast to reach 30% by the mid-2020s.

In the mid-1990s, white pupils represented almost 65% of pupils in the US state school system. The projections show that by the mid-2020s that figure will be about 45%.

But the Pew Research Center, which analyses public policy and social trends, has highlighted how there is a very different pattern in private schools, with a high proportion of white pupils. About one in 10 pupils attends a private school.

There have also been questions raised about the use in education of the term ethnic “minority”, when there is no longer a majority ethnic group within the school population.

http://www.bbc.com/news/education-28937660

But, who has power?

Ummm. Are we heading into the RSA’s of the late 70’s?

Who has the power?

(Source: thinksquad)

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Bliss…

I missed that husband of mine.  I NEVER want to do this 3 weeks away BS again. EVER!

In the past almost 48 hours, I have been just jumping out of joy to have him back with us.  Almost 13 years after I met him, I still get weak in the knee and feel like I can’t have enough of him.  I love him SO MUCH!

Seeing our son run to him at the airport while pulling my hand, because no Momma is left behind was just so emotional. I cried. He hugged Daddy so much and kept asking him to carry him. He also thinks he’s The Hulk and wanted to pull his luggage.  Oh, man… he’s gonna get a hernia at this rate.  Yup—he loves his  Papa.

Nope, we don’t like to be away.

Joy. Joy. Joy!

The earthquake in Northen Cali happened hours after he had left SFO. We’re lucky and safe!

:)!

p.s.  My house is a mess again. All is normal in my life, once again.

 

Filed under the way it should be

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60 hours left…

for my husband to come back from 21 days in CA.

In great typical Leo-Ingrid fashion, I can’t be left alone for too long.  I get used to doing things on my own and get all set on my ways and I have a hard time having someone else, hubby included, do things their way when it’s time to share the responsibilities.

I need someone to get me out of my controlled, scheduled little routines.  I really can do a ton while Ian reads or plays for 20 minutes.  Then, I join him and we play some more.  We had it down by day 4 and really, life it’s not supposed to be this easy and organized. I miss my husband and I’m ready for life to be about us 5 (including the doxies, of course).  I can be very efficient alone and that it’s just SO boring!  Even Ian knew that after our am nursing session, we brusha-brusha the teeth and go out to feed the dogs and walk them. He’s so used to taking them out from their sleeping cages and then walking out at 6:30am.  The kid likes his routine. He knows…

YET. I can’t wait to hug and kiss my husband. CANNOT WAIT… and slowly get used to sharing chores again.  I really need to stop doing it all in less than 3 hours and feel super-human.  That’s again, SO BORING!

Ian and I have co-slept most nights because Mommy can’t sleep without another body near. Needless to mention, for me co-sleeping is not quality sleep.  Nothing like good 4-6 hours of good restful sleep as opposed to 8 hours of worrying if he’s flipping too much and hitting his head on the headboard …

We’ll spend Sunday catching up in Brooklyn and enjoying the Afropunk concerts.  :)!

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Observations!

Somehow I ended up following quite a few military family (mostly wityh SAHM’s) since I began using tumblr. I just realized the huge difference between military families in the USA (whether state-side or not) and military families in Guatemala and Honduras. The men here tend to be slobs at home & the women keep it altogether. The men in GT & HON are polar opposites.  They provide, but do tons of cleaning and cooking as they know their wives are at home all day. It’s SO weird because it sure breaks the stereotype of the Latino men & Caucasian men in the USA.  I was often told how lucky was to marry a gringo, when I in my past relationships none of the Hispanic men I dated had expected me to serve them and were true OCD to the core.  It’s just weird to see and experience this phenomenon on the reverse…

I have many times heard many of this mommas complain that they don’t get help at home and it just confuses me.  The expectation that this is to happen with traditional families (Hispanic, ethnic groups, etc).

This is why stereotypes don’t work for me… there are tons of exceptions to the rule, per my observation in this herepost.

My husband is def. not OCD and places cleaning as not the top priority. He loves to cook, but don’t ask him to clean after he cooks.  I’m usually right behind him cleaning, etc.

The ex before the hubby…was always cleaning and ironing and we used to compete on how we could clean the fastest and the most efficient…

CRAZY!

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While he naps.

Sundays he follows his weekly schedule: napping from 1ish until close to 3:30pm. He stays busy with me all morning: walking the dogs, cleaning up, laundry, week prep and other random things. I see a pattern.

We usually do something high energy afterwards and he’s down by 8pm and ready for the week. Today, we’ll go to our local Queen’s zoo. Just for an hour and to run around the park.

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vintageblackglamour:

“My brother and I called her Aunt Reesie, her friends called her Reesie. She worked hard on her acting career while supporting herself working in the Post Office all those years of workshops and off-off broadway plays paid off when she was picked as one of the original members of the Negro Ensemble Company. This led to movies and a part in the original Broadway play the WIZ. I really miss her because she was the one member of my family who seemed to understand me and had faith in me.”

This #myVBG on Clarice Taylor (1917-2011) was submitted by Tripp Taylor. I’m going to take a wild guess that you recognize her from later in her career on a very popular classic television show.

vintageblackglamour:

My brother and I called her Aunt Reesie, her friends called her Reesie. She worked hard on her acting career while supporting herself working in the Post Office all those years of workshops and off-off broadway plays paid off when she was picked as one of the original members of the Negro Ensemble Company. This led to movies and a part in the original Broadway play the WIZ. I really miss her because she was the one member of my family who seemed to understand me and had faith in me.”

This #myVBG on Clarice Taylor (1917-2011) was submitted by Tripp Taylor. I’m going to take a wild guess that you recognize her from later in her career on a very popular classic television show.

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Workday #1 sans DH!

Hubby flew out to CA for training for 3 weeks yesterday morning.  Ian decided to nap on Sunday for 1 hour. ONE hour only all day. He passed out at 7:55pm and woke up this am at 5:50am.

Luckily, I had a plan this am with Ian’s sweet Nanny N. to meet up at the park at 7:25am.  They were going to play for 45min. before heading into the Head Nanny home (where the homebased daycare is located).  This week I’m still working 7:45am -5:00pm, so that was a miracle of the lords for me to get to work on time.  A miracle! Like the train arrived upon me getting down to the platform and flew to my station.

It was also a miracle that the only “ouchie” moment this am was when Ian decided to run the sink of the bathroom to create a cascade of water and mini-cars while I showered. I could see it all happening, but couldn’t stop it because I showered in DH’s bathroom (clear door), no shower curtain.  He was so proud and wet. I just laughed and showered.  I had quite the drying job after my shower.  Too bad I have to shower both at night and in the am.  Can’t wake up without my showah.

Then…Somehow… we then got dressed and walked the dogs at 6:45am and managed to get home at 7:20am. The exchange was super fast: got the dogs back to the apt., settled with water and got my work stuff in the stroller and then literally ran to the elevator and the block to the park.

Man, when I got to work I felt like I had been running for 2+ hours straights. Wait. I did!  Only 3 more of these morning to go… I’m seriously missing my 9am starting time this week.  Good bye extended work schedule as of next Monday.  Phew!

And, bedtime king is the DH’s name.  To say that I miss him is an understatement.  We’re truly an awesome team. I’m the AM Queen and he’s the evening/night King. I would go to bed at 7:30pm every night if I could. I used to do that prior to kids…so these future days I will struggle at night.  SO TIRED!  Who’s going to do the dishes while Ian goes to sleep? Yeah, that would be me after he’s down for the night.  Unlike when DH is here. By the time the DH walks out of his room, the whole house is clean and we can have some QT together from 8pm -9pm or whenever I pass out. I pass out way before 9pm when he’s around… but he loves me for it in the am when he doesn’t have to wake up and run the show.

YAWN!

Man, can 8/23 get here already.

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