Monday, January 27, 2014

Big News: It's a BABY!

Hurray! This is my BIGGEST news of all!
We are happily expecting our second baby!
It's hard to believe I started this blog while I was pregnant with Ernie and here I am, nearly 6 months along with our second. We were lucky enough to learn that we are having another boy shortly before Christmas. We have had a name for a second boy in our back pockets since we were pregnant with Ernie ... so...
Coming Early Summer ...
Alfred Brooks
We plan on calling him Alfie.
My Grandfather, Rev. Alfred Brooks Sr.
My Uncle, Alfred Brooks Jr.
That's right, we are naming our second son after my Grandfather, who has always been an inspiration to me. Also, my Uncle,  Alfred Brooks Jr.,  passed away early last spring. I didn't know him well but my father always spoke very highly of him and we have always held him with great regard in my family. It is in honor of these two great men that we pass down the Alfred Brooks moniker. It's also nice, because we will share the middle name, Brooks, which my father passed down to me.
I have been feeling a lot of movement from Alfie in the past week or so, always such an exciting part of being pregnant! The downside is that movement is usually accompanied with heartburn, bigger belly and an overall feeling of exhaustion. Ernie isn't giving me much wiggle room to rest, but I don't care! I'm trying to relish these last few months with just the three of us. So many happy changes!

Big News: Leaving the Hollow

Summer in the Hollow

This post has been a difficult one for me to even think about. Early last Fall we discovered/decided  we were going to move from our Enchanted Little Hollow to the bright lights of Charleston, West Virginia. It was a very difficult discion for us to make and even now I miss the quiet and peace from that little house in the back of the holler. I love to sit and think of all the colors that surronded our lives in those mountains. It was incrediclby beautiful, all year round!

Whitesburg under a blanket of summer clouds.

Early Winter Snow

Reflecting on the years we spent in Whitesburg, Kentucky is bitter sweet. As time goes by I find the sweet parts are more worth remembering than the bitter, but isn't that true of life in general? Moving to Appalachia was such a drastic change for me, coming from my warm, flat home in South Florida. I felt fairly out of place but curious and interested in what these Kentuckians could teach me.

Summit City Lounge was the place that first made me feel at home in Whitesburg and I still love it deeply.  It's not really so much a "lounge," which I always picture as being draped in red velvet and filled with creepy men, but more of a Pub, a community gathering place where all are welcome and even if you go in not knowing a soul, you will come out with a new friend. Summit was where I first got to know Whitesburg and its characters. I spent my first year working there behind the bar making sandwiches, fixing coffee, and mixing drinks. I instantly felt a part of the community and I fell in love with it.

Another thing I absolutely loved about living in Whitesburg as being a DJ at WMMT, our local
community radio station. It was one of the best experiences I've had as an adult. So much fun and such a wonderful radio station I was proud to be a part of ... and still hope to maybe be a part of again someday.

Living in Whitesburg exposed me to the beauty and ugliness of Appalachia and instilled in me a profound respect for the region. I also discovered my love for Soup Beans and Dwight Yokum ... I now can't listen to Route 23 without tearing up! We have gained some friends here who I hope to know forever and will always happily remember all the fun times we shared together. Most of all my Son was born in the 'burg in the small regional hospital by the most incredible midwife.  I am so grateful my husband and I were able to have him in such a warm and caring environment. We were lucky to have spent Ernie's first 16 months of life in the back of our quiet little holler watching him grow as seasons change.

But life changes and we adjust. Now that we live in the city I could not be further away from my Grandfather's wish for a quiet life. But we are all enjoying living near playgrounds, museums, bakeries, coffee shops, farmers markets, and even silly things like malls and yarn shops. I have joined a local stitch group. I've only been to one meeting but so far I really adore it! Life is good and we keep rolling on. I will always treasure and love the time we spent in Whitesburg and forever thankful for the beautiful memories we formed.

Hello Again!

It's been quite a while since I've been on the blog here ...
So much has been happening in my life I'm afraid the blog was the first to get set aside for a bit.
I'm going to try to start posting more regularly this year again! I hope to fill you all in on what we've been up to over the next few posts. Keep reading!
I made this Hobbit Hole Tea Cozy as part of a Ravelry Swap!
I have the pattern written down and hope to make it available when I have time to test it again!
Anyway, first I thought I would share just a few things I've been working on since I left you!
Quite a mishmash of items. Mostly all items I've made to sell.
My Etsy shop and Facebook Page both were doing rather well!
 I took a hiatus from those too when things got a bit hectic, but trying to get back to it now! At least for a month or two ... we have some BIG things happening this year in our little family!
But more on that later ... 
Newborn Yoda Set, Market Bag, Leafy Scarf, Girl Minion Hat
Home Hole Tea Cozy in process, Baby Booties, Pacifier Clip, Tardis Kindle Cover
Boy Minion Hat, Newborn Owl Hats, Baby Yoda Hat, Lego Man Hat
I made this Giant Granny Square blanket for a baby Werewolf named Stella.
Yes, she is real!
 These images are just a sampling of what I have been working on ... I have been a busy girl! Sorry for the poor lighting and blurriness of some of these images. I may have been a bit hasty in my documenting lately! Ernie keeps me on my toes. I also made tons of Christmas gifts, but didn't get the chance to photograph them. Oh well! I know that I will have plenty more to share with you all in the future.
My next post will be more of an update on what we've been up to and some of our BIG NEWS!