Busy Day!

Today is Monday, and our schedule is full. It’s not quite noon, but I’ve already made 4 loaves of banana bread, cleaned up the kitchen, and made 2 egg bakes to feed my freezer with. Silje’s new sweater is all done being knit, and I just need to sew up the seams, and hide the strings, and I’ll post a picture of it later today. Hopefully some modeling pics too!

This afternoon the boys are going over to Grandma Linda’s as Knut and I are taking Silje to a meeting with her kindergarten teacher. School officially starts with her on Wednesday. I’m getting increasingly nervous about her starting school, and hopefully our appointment with her teacher will make us all feel better.

One thing I would like to talk with her teacher about is Silje’s reading. Her writing is about kindergarten level, but her reading is off the charts. Have I blogged about this before? I know I’ve posted pictures of her reading. That’s pretty much what I always catch her doing. Her bus ride will be very long, since rural kids are picked up first and dropped off last. So the other day, as we were preparing her backpack, I suggested that she pick out a book to read on the bus. It will be about 45 mins each way after all. Do you know what book she picked out? Charlotte’s Web.

CHARLOTTE’S WEB! I mean, it’s one of her favorite books, and she has read through it a few times. It brought me back to me in 2nd grade, when I wanted to read that book. I wanted to check it out at our school library, but it was in the 3rd-6th grade section, so I wasn’t allowed. I asked the librarian for special permission, and she said I could check it out if I could read her a page. I was so nervous, that I read to her terribly, and she said that I could read it maybe in a year or so. So I saved up $5, and bought it at the book fair. So there, Mrs. Librarian.

But Silje, has already read through this book a few times, and will read it on the schoolbus on her way to her first day of KINDERGARTEN! Something clicked in my head when she picked that book out, that made me start to worry that she wouldn’t be challenged enough, or she wouldn’t learn as much as she could. But then I think she’ll have fun, and if school is fun from the beginning, that’s a good start, right? OOOooooo I’m a basketcase. If you could only see me now.

So there are some things I want to talk with her teacher about, and I’m so excited about who her teacher will be. Maybe I’ll give you an update on our meeting when I post sweater pictures later.

Garage Sale Find

I was running errands in town this morning, and after stopping by to see the hearth Knut wanted me to look at, I stopped by a garage sale at a house right next to the store. It seemed to have quite a bit of furniture, and I’ve been on the lookout for another dresser for the boys’ room. I didn’t find a dresser, but I did find this:

Isn’t she pretty? Her case will look so pretty in the living room, and she is one strong, heavy, hard working lady. When I was at the sale, there was another, older lady who was looking at it with me. She said she had the identical machine, but in white, that she bought new in the 50s. She was just so excited to see her machine’s sister. She said that every time she takes it in for a tune up, the repair guy begs her never to get rid of it. They just don’t make them like this anymore. She was giddy as she showed me how everything on this machine worked, and was astonished at how good of condition it was in. I love old sewing machines, so I was asking her all about it.

She decided to get it for her granddaughter. I was disappointed but then figured it wasn’t meant to be. But then her husband told her she should call her granddaughter and find out if she wanted it. So while she called, I walked around pretending to be interested in other things there. The lady called her granddaughter who said she had no interest in sewing. The lady was determined, but her husband said, no…you don’t need another machine.

But my husband wasn’t there, so I took it home…for $15.

It has the original manual, and I’ve already plugged her in to see how she drives. Not to bad for a test drive!

all the original parts, including feet, bobbins, and accessories that I don’t even know the purpose of yet.

Like can you guess what kind of foot this is? I’ve never seen one so large and strange looking! I looked it up and it’s a ruffler foot. (Also known as a gathering foot, I think.) I just about fell over, because I’ve been looking online to see if they made a ruffler foot for my Sassy Pfaffy, and her model doesn’t have a ruffler. I guess this new, ahem, old girl does!

And for a look under the hood, she doesn’t have a foot petal, but runs when you push your knee against this lever. I’ve never seen a machine like that. How odd!

Now for a name…

And for those who remember, I’ve cleaned up this machine that Knut brought home for free one day. I don’t have any good pictures of her yet. She’ll be retired, as I think her sewing days are over, but she’s still so pretty. I’m deciding where she’ll be on display, and when she has her final spot, I’ll post a picture. As Gwen’s suggestion, she’ll be named Selma, after her first owner.

Knut was very impressed with my find, and said he couldn’t believe I got something in so great of condition for only $15. He did add, that I shouldn’t get anymore sewing machines. (I’m sure he meant no more sewing machines “for awhile.”) One of these days I’d love to get an embroidery machine. I doubt I’ll find a nice one of those for $15 at a garage sale, though! I’m hoping to start giving Silje some sewing lessons, and I think it might be nice to have an extra machine around!

Baby Wave

Have you ever noticed that babies seem to come in waves? I remember the first baby wave in our family. Silje and David were so close together, they were their own wave. But then, my sister, Heidi had Jackson, who is on the left (well he was smaller when he was born)

and Knut’s sister, Rondi had Kaeden (he was smaller too!)

and they were just 6 weeks apart. We had nephews!

Then in the next wave, we had Elias in the same week that Rondi had Isaac, and Knut’s cousin, Emily, had Oliver. Knut’s grandparents had 3 great-grandsons within 7 days. You can see pictures of them together here.

Well, the baby wave has returned. Although it has not come crashing down on our house, it has crashed all around us. My good friend (and I suppose Knut’s relative), Carolyn just announced her pregnancy! How exciting!

My sister, Heidi

is pregnant with her second. Yeah!

Knut’s brother, Jon (this is him holding Elias. I don’t have a good picture of Kristin in my blog…something I must quickly rectify.) and his wife, Kristin

have just announced that she is pregnant! Not with one, but with 2! At their doctor’s appointment, the doctor at their clinic was having trouble identifying if there were 2 or 3 heartbeats. So they had to drive to the hospital for an ultrasound. The ultrasound showed “just” 2 babies, but Jon said it was about the scariest 15 minute drive of his life.

All the couples are due this spring, and we couldn’t be more excited. With 3 nephews, Knut and I are hoping for at least 1 niece in there. Silje is hoping even more than us, though, as she is still the only girl cousin on both sides. It’s tough being the only princess, I suppose. Just don’t be surprised or suspicious if you see me posting lots of fun baby sewing projects this winter! I love baby waves!

Testosterone in the House…

and it’s so squishy!

and smiley!

and just plain sweet.

The fireplace progresses. We wonder if it would progress faster if there weren’t some little people asking 20 questions every 30 seconds.

Knut wanted me to post a video of him kicking out the last of the wall. It was taken a few days ago.

But I want to show you Elias moving around a bit. I bet it won’t be long until he’s kicking holes in my house too.