Weekend Fun in the Snow

We have had lots of super cold temperatures in the past few weeks with lots of snow. Lincoln loves to look at the snow and always tries to touch the little bit we bring in the house on our shoes. This past weekend we finally got a break in the temperature up in the 30 degree range. Considering it’s been at 0 or below 0 for way too long, 30s felt like spring.
Along with that hint of warmer weather came about 5 inches of snow. We took full advantage of it this time and brought Lincoln and Abby out to tromp around in it. We got Lincoln a pair of boots a couple of weekends ago so we could finally get a chance to enjoy the snow. We knew we wouldn’t be outside long because he won’t wear his gloves. They only lasted a few minutes so that definitely limited any time outside.
I think Lincoln’s favorite part of the snow was watching Abby run around like a maniac in it. He laughed at her so much. She had a blast running around and jumping through the snow.
Although it looks like we’re having fun, which we were, Lincoln and I both have a nasty cold. He is much more resilient than I am and is bouncing back much more quickly. We seem to be on the mend though so hopefully it’s the last cold we get this season. And even though the weather doesn’t look like it for at least the next week, I know spring is ever so slowly on it’s way and we will be tromping around in rain puddles instead of snow banks really soon. At least that’s what I have to keep telling myself :)


Home and Garden Show



This past weekend Lincoln, my dad and I went to the Home and Garden show at the IX Center in Cleveland. I have gone fairly consistently in the past years, but didn't make it out last year when Lincoln was a newborn. It's always at the perfect time of the year when you can't stand the snow and cold weather anymore. A tiny bit of spring to give you hope for the weather to break. 

Of course the day we went was one of the coldest of the year but at least it was sunny, considering we had a bit of a snow storm the day before. As much as I enjoyed seeing all the pretty gardens they were a bit disappointing this year. I think the theme of the show was Cleveland areas but it wasn't as clear as it's been in the past. The gardens were lacking in flowers and most of them were wilted. I guess that's what you get for waiting until the last day of the show. It still doesn't explain why there were less flowers that there have been in the past. The gardens were really focused this year on pergolas, outdoor grills, and outdoor fireplaces. The structures were really quite stunning and it definitely made me want an outdoor pergola in our backyard. I particularly liked the pergolas that had a clear roof to stop the rain. 

I am definitely ready for spring and seeing all the gardens made me want to start planning my veggie garden. I still can't think about any plans we have to work on our backyard right now since it's covered in a pile of snow but I can think of fresh tomatoes, greens beans and basil. I'm off to peruse for some new veggies to try and continue to wait out this winter.


This was definitely the coolest garden. The theme was the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame and there was a wall made our of records and cassette tapes and some really cool metal sculptures of people playing instruments. I got these three pictures and I totally want that piano!




This was from the Cleveland Sports theme garden


And some other random pictures.




What I Wore- Neglected Top

Navy Cardigan, Brown Skirt, Ankle boots
Cardigan- JC Penney, Tank- Loft via Twice, Skirt- Thrifted: Ann Taylor, Belt- Clothes Mentor, Necklace- Clothes Mentor, Boots- Madden Girl

Audrey’s Style Challenge at Putting Me Together is to wear something you haven't worn in six months. I'm not sure if it's been quite that long but I've only worn this shirt once and it was time to try it again. I bought it online off Twice and paid almost nothing because I bought it with my signup credit. (You can get $10 off if you sign up through my link :)) It was slightly big when I got it, but I loved the print and it wasn't worth it to send it back. I only wore it one other time belted under a cardigan.
I've been debating taking it in but I have no idea how to finish seams on chiffon like material. I also debated taking it to the tailor because Mike found a fabulous tailor that has done wonders for his shirts. (Side note: finding affordable men's shirts that fit broad shoulder and a small waist is nearly impossible.) So before I make any decisions with this shirt I decided to give it another try by tucking it in, which is my go to move when a shirt is a bit wide. I still love the print and it came together really nicely. I feel like I the shirt looks slightly disheveled in this picture but I wasn't wasting another second standing outside in the cold.
This was actually when the temperature was about 30 degrees warmer than it is right now too. It can warm up a bit any time. I am over temperatures below 0 and we are getting a little bit stir crazy in our house. I would just be happy if the snow would melt and I could walk outside without my nostrils freezing. End winter weather rant.

Lincoln at 15 months

15 months! This kid is growing up so fast, but I'm sure every parent says that. I feel like in this past month Lincoln is starting to understand what we are saying so much more. He's also learning to copy a lot of the daily actions we take. He also is getting better at indicating if he wants something even if he can't actually say what he wants yet.
I give him a pouch every morning and when we come downstairs, he runs into the kitchen and over to the cabinet where he knows we keep the pouches (and his snacks.) Then he reaches up his hands and starts whining for his pouch. When I pull one out of the cabinet he gets really excited. It's so funny and we go through it every morning now. 
He's getting pretty good at throwing the pouch away in the trash when he's done. I have to give him a little coaxing but he will drop it in the trash can. Then I clap and he claps too. So adorable!
He is such a little dancer now. He loves to dance when he hears music. It can even be from a commercial or the opening them song of a tv show and he will start bouncing. We play music a lot after we get home from work and before dinner. Sometimes Lincoln really gets into it and shakes his head or waves his arm around. I just die every time. It's so funny. 
On a not so fun note, we went for his second professional haircut the other day and it was not a pleasant experience. He was fine until I set him down in the chair and then he started crying and reaching for me. He cried the whole time and I felt so bad. There were a lot of people waiting so I don't know if it was the crowd or what but he was having major stranger anxiety :/ He did look adorable after his cut and was in the best mood after we got home. We took a bunch of new haircut selfies and he was totally hamming it up for the camera.
Lincoln haircut
He hasn't been saying a lot of new words lately but sometimes he will mimic what we say but then he won't say the word again. Every since our night away from him though he has been saying Mom, mommy, dad and daddy a lot. He also has been making some ear piercing screams when he wants our attention and sometimes he yells Mom! Mike and I usually just laugh at him, because what else can you do? It's amazing how loud such a tiny kid can be. 
He's still a great eater and loves almost anything we give him. He just started learning how to use a fork to pick up his food. I have never been so proud. He will abandoned it after a few bites because his hands are quicker but he's getting there. We've also been practicing with a regular cup because he is obsessed with our drinks but it usually ends in him completely soaking the front of his clothes and leaving a puddle on the floor. We still have a ways to go with that lol.
So here’s some more pictures of my little dude. I did better this month with taking pics even if they all came from my phone.
lincoln 15 month

Crochet Toddler Ribbed Beanie Pattern

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Crochet Toddler Ribbed Beanie Free Pattern

Have you ever seen my crochet ribbed beanie hat pattern? It's my most popular post and all over Pinterest. I really can't even believe a hat pattern I made could be so popular. It's actually a really quick pattern to work up and because of its insane popularity I decided to design it in a smaller toddler size for Lincoln. I was itching to make him a simpler non cutesy hat since we still have lots more winter ahead of us. It's fits really well under the hood on his jacket so he can have double the warmth when it's below freezing in the morning (or the afternoon for that matter.) 

This pattern can be worn by both boys and girls and I think it would look really great in a bright pink color. You could even add a flower like in the original to give it more of a girly look.

Worsted weight yarn (I used Red Heart with Love)
I hook
Tapestry needle

FPDC= Front Post Double Crochet (See a video here)
BPDC= Back Post Double Crochet (See a video here)
DC= Double Crochet
HDC= Half Double Crochet
SC= Single Crochet
CH= Chain
SS= Slip Stitch

CH 3 does not count as a DC.
Rnd 1: CH 3. 10 DC in 3rd CH from Hook. Join with SS in top of 1st DC. (10 DC)
Rnd 2: CH 3. 2 DC in each stitch around. Join with SS in top of 1st DC. (20 DC)
Rnd 3: CH 3. (1 DC in first stitch, 2 DC in next) Repeat around. Join with SS in top of 1st DC. (30 DC)
Rnd 4: CH 3 (1 DC in first two stitches, 2 DC in next) Repeat around. Join with SS in top of 1st DC. (40 DC)
Rnd 5: CH 3 (1 DC in first three stitches, 2 DC in next) Repeat around. Join with SS in top of 1st DC. (50 DC)
Rnd 6: CH 3 (1 DC in first four stitches, 2 DC in next) Repeat around. Join with SS in top of 1st DC. (60 DC)
Rnd 7-12: CH 1. (FPDC in first stitch, BPDC in next stitch) Repeat around. Join with SS in top of first FPDC. (60 stitches. 30 FPDC and 30 BPDC)
Rnd 13-14: CH 1. HDC in each stitch around. Fasten off. Weave in ends. (60 HDC)

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See the adult version here.

Crochet Toddler Ribbed Beanie Free Pattern

Crochet Toddler Ribbed Beanie Free Pattern

Crochet Toddler Ribbed Beanie Free Pattern

Mini Trip to Pittsburgh

This past Friday was my birthday. Mike and I haven't had much adult alone time together since our baby boy has entered the picture so we wanted to have a night away. Mike's sister watched Lincoln overnight and since her house is halfway to Pittsburgh it seemed like the logical choice to go and explore a city we've never been to together. 
We only spent one night and arrived around 12:00 on Saturday. We weren't sure what the weather was going to be like so our plans were kind of loose with the only thing we booked was the hotel. We were both starving when we got into town and after making several wrong turns and an unexpected mini tour around the city we headed to the Church Brew Works in Lawrenceville. It's a cool brewery and restaurant in an old church. The neighborhood seemed a bit run down but there was plenty of parking in the back. The inside was amazing. The integrity of the church was still there plus a bunch of beer brewing tanks. We both tried a beer and split a southwestern style wood fired pizza. It was a bit spicy but super tasty.
church brew works Collage
Next we braved the roads again to head to the Andy Warhol Museum. Several wrong turns later we made it. Side note: I have to say the roads in Pittsburgh are possibly the most confusing ever. There are a ton of bridges and so many different directions it was so hard not to take the wrong way. I don't know what you would ever do without a GPS trying to navigate the city.
I had a buy one get one free coupon to the Andy Warhol Museum through buying the Pittsburgh Entertainment Book. (That one coupon made it worth it to buy the book!) I'm glad I had it because otherwise the museum was a bit on the pricey side. No pictures were allowed inside so we the only one we took was outside the museum. It was a very interesting experience. I only knew Andy Warhol for his Campbell's soup can painting and colored graphic art portraits of Marilyn Monroe and others. The museum explained his whole life history. I didn't know the range of his art or that he was into films and produced the band the Velvet Underground. It was a very cool experience and we really enjoyed it.
Andy Warhol Museum
After our museum trip we headed to the hotel. I booked a Hyatt on the Southside of Pittsburgh. I got a decent price through Hotels.com and even was able to find a coupon for extra off. This place was the gem of our trip. The room was amazing and we had a spectacular view of the river. We both joked that we were moving in because there was a mini kitchen in the room. 
hotel Collage
Right outside of the hotel was an area with shopping and restaurants. We perused the shops and had appetizers at an Irish Pub and a sushi dinner at Sake. We were in walking distance to E Carson Street and further down there were tons of restaurants and unique shops. We didn't venture very far down because it was dark and getting pretty cold. We did want to find a bar to have a dew drinks so we were really glad we decided to walk a little but because we stumbled on a fun little bar called Over the Bar Bicycle Cafe that had a really fun bicycle theme. We ended up sitting next to the owners and chatting about fun stuff to do in Pittsburgh. We found out there are lots of bike paths so we are excited to make a trip back in the warmer months to try some biking. 
Over the Bar Bicycle Cafe
The weather was calling for a big snowstorm and we woke up to grey skies but not too much snow in Pittsburgh. After a free and pretty tasty hotel breakfast (they had fresh omelettes!) we decided to make a stop at Ikea on the way home. It's the closest Ikea to our house so we don't make it out there very often. We had fun admiring the modern furniture and bought a few things, including Lincoln's very own Poang chair. It was so cute and at only $30 we couldn't resist. 
Then it was on to pick up the boy who loved spending time with his cousins. Then our dog Abby was next and we braved the rest of the snow to head home (although it wasn't bad as predicted.)
We had a super fun time and are looking forward to going back. The drive in only about two hours (with additional time dropping off the kid and the dog) and there are so many things we still want to do but didn't have time in our short trip. There is a children's museum, zoo and aquarium that would all be fun for Lincoln plus we want to try out the bike paths too.
So it was a birthday success. Better than last year when I was counting down the days when I had to make the dreaded trip back to work. Still cold and snowy but that's what happens when you have a January birthday. And just to compare my Lincoln/Mommy selfie from my birthday last year and this year. What a difference a year makes :)
birthday Collage