Summer of Bicycles

As some know, we are a one car family. So I either walk or bike to places I need to get to. Thankfully we live in a nice centrally located neighborhood in Holland and I have access to nice pathways to downtown and to the state park.

At the beginning of spring I got a basket for my bike so I could easily haul books to the library, groceries from the farmer’s market, or beach necessities. I love riding my bike around town, faster than walking and nice for the environment.

I have been biking around town for the last month or so and this past Friday decided that Nora and I would make the 7 mile trek out to the Holland State Park. It was a beautiful morning for a bike ride. Since we left after the work rush it was a pretty quiet ride to the park. It was nice to take 40 minutes of my morning and just ride, Nora loves riding and is a great passenger.

I love the beach in the morning. When we got to the beach was empty and peaceful. Nora was in heaven playing in the sand with some of her beach toys and I got to sit quietly and read for awhile {while resting my legs for the ride home}.

The ride back home went pretty fast and we made it home for lunch. I love the beach but I can’t spend the whole day there. That would just be way to much sun for this pale pasty girl! This was a great practice ride for the rest of the summer. I see many more bike rides to the state park to spend time burying our toes in the sand. Though next time hopefully we won’t have teeth bothering my poor Nora.

I love being a one car family. It has made me be more intentional and slow down. I love the slower pace of walking or riding. Plus the added benefit of less gas to buy,car maintenance, and I am getting plenty of exercise this summer. It is possible to have a young child and not have access to a car during the day. It may not always be convenient but this works for our family right now.

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Life Lately

Yay! It’s Friday! What a nice and weird week. Derek was home for part of the week, taking some vacation time to work on our downstairs bathroom! It was nice to sleep in and spend good portions of the day together. Nora is finally down to one long nap a day and I’ve been using that time to sew. I have my mini quilt pieced together for my swap partner, now to just decide on the quilting! Looking forward to the weekend, our library is having their Summer Reading Kickoff on Saturday with a petting zoo and other cool performers. Nora is going to be in heaven! Hope you had a fabulous week and have a safe and happy weekend!

Books Nora Currently Loves

This is so far my favorite age! At just under 18 months Nora is so much fun and loves being read too! Which as a former youth librarian makes me so happy.

Nora seems to enjoy a wide variety of books and is pretty good about rotating which ones we read on a daily basis {yay for my sanity!} Though right now we have one book checked out from the library that I’m not sure what she is going when we have to return it.

I love this one for the title alone and Nora seems to enjoy the illustrations and the silly story. Wilbur different from the other naked mole rats, he enjoys getting dressed. This is an absolute delight to read aloud and would be perfect for pretty much any child that enjoys a humorous story.

Let’s just say if it has been written by Sandra Boynton it is a favorite in this house and this one is no different. I love that is a cumulative story and involves counting and addition.

Piggie is a frog, she just became a frog. Now Gerald is worried he is going to become a frog. A great story about pretending, Nora loves the animal noises and will make her stuffed frog jump around when we read it. One day I will own every Elephant & Piggie book and they will be well loved.

This is the absolute favorite right now. A filmmaker wants to make a documentary about an ordinary moose, but this particular moose wants to be an astronaut. As the story continues the read discovers that the film crew is just as weird as a moose who wants to be an astronaut.

*And just a reminder with schools ending for the summer, think about signing up for Summer Reading at your local library. These are excellent programs that really do help kids from suffering the summer slide. Plus it is a chance for kids to read books that they will enjoy and are not forced to read for school. And most libraries have other activities going on throughout the summer {drum circles, magic shows, nature centers, and much more} so make sure to check out the Summer Reading program at your library!*

May Reads

I can definitely that it has been nice outside for a change.

And this month I have quite a few books of my list to finish! Happy Reading!

*Links direct to Goodreads.

 

May Favorites

  • The weather was pretty wonderful!
  • I finished my plus quilt and one quilt for Christmas.
  • Playing on the playground with Nora.
  • Walking and bike riding.
  • Trips to the library.

Woodland Plus Quilt

 

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Previously I have never undertaken a quilt bigger than say a slightly oversized crib quilt. And I’ve made plenty of crib sized quilts and a few wall quilts. But I had not ventured beyond because 1.) My previous sewing machine sucked the big one, and 2.) I was a little scared of the undertaken. Well no more, I have finished an oversized throw and it feels good.

I’ve been working on this quilt for about 2 months now and it feels so good to have it off my UFO list! I had the top pieced together, but I just didn’t have the motivation to piece the back and begin quilting. Until last week, I decided it was time to finish my plus quilt. A good practice run for the 7+ throw quilts I will be making before Christmas.

I used Jeni’s Arithmetic patchwork plus quilt pattern (Love her patterns, clear instructions and easy to follow!) and fabric that had been in my stash for ages! Between this quilt and a few others that I have pulled for, my stash has been depleted. Time for shopping! This quilt was pieced together with my new favorite thread Aurifil in 50wt white (#2024) and quilted with 40wt Mango Mist – Variegated (#4659). Seriously this is the best stuff ever!

For the quilting I decided to go with wavy lines and I love the texture that they created. My hubby has already claimed this quilt for himself. Guess I need to make another throw quilt for myself, oh darn!

And here are a few outtakes from our photo shoot. My hubby is such a good sport!

April Reads

I have been doing a lot of reading, thanks to a child who is sleeping better, no cable, and listening to audiobooks while sewing and running.

I am loving Terry Pratchett’s Discworld novels (especially on audio) I highly recommend this series if you are in need a fun entertaining fantasy series. These books have become my go-to while I sew and when I’m out running. Just last week I ran for 4.5 miles just so I could keep listening to my book! (Good thing since I have a 10k race on Saturday!)

*Links will direct you to Goodreads