January 15, 2015

Throwback Thursday: Yosemite.

So!  Still with the not catching up on the blog.  Just when I thought things were back to rights after the holidays.... well... Snowdays!  and Colds!  and Friends on Netflix! (ahem) and STREP!  UGH.

I'll be there for you.... to binge watch while recovering from Strep Throat.

So I'll just punt and post a throwback Thursday.  See the other night we were reading a book about Volcanoes (boys at the library.  yeah).  And I told the kids that their dad and I hiked up a volcano once.  And they were SHOCKED.  So I got out the photo album from our trip to Lassen Volcanic.   They were SO SO into it!  To the point where the last couple of nights instead of books at bedtime they have requested "pictures from when you were in your 20's"  Sure.  Why not.

Us in Lassen in 2002.  SO YOUNG!
Also someone just summited Yosemite's Dawn Wall  and the park will celebrate it's 125th anniversary this year.  So this post is crazy relevant. 
And 22 is crazy young.
We went to Yosemite during the summer of 2002 when we were living in San Francisco.
Mmmmm mountains.  View of the Vernal and Nevada falls from Glacier point.
We were only there for a summer so we wanted to make the most out of our experience.  Meaning every weekend we went somewhere fantastic.  One weekend was Yosemite.  Lots of camping.  Lots of hiking.  Lots of this:

Seriously, 22 year old Matt, be careful.  We have awesome things ahead.
One of my favorite pictures of my husband to this day.

Most of these pictures are from the Mist trail hike.  It goes up past Vernal falls, past Nevada falls, to the base of Half Dome.


Then we hiked the panorama trail back down to the valley.

Nevada falls with half dome in the background.  Names I still remember 12 years later.
But what the kids were most interested in was the fact that we saw a bear:

"What did you do when you saw it?"  - our girl
"Fought it." - Matt
"REALLY????" - the kids who still don't quite get sarcasm.  Surprising being raised by us.

Hopefully some day we'll go back the rest of our party of 5 in tow.  Until then it's fun to be able to show the kids our past adventures.

"Mommy how come you didn't go anywhere cool like this in your '30's?"

January 7, 2015

Wordless Wed: 2014.

So!  2015!  Happy New Year!  But before we move on to this new future world a quick 2 minute summary of 2014:

What a fun, crazy, hard, wonderful, transformative year.

What a difference a year makes!   This year my girl did NOT buy the whole "it's new years!" Thing we attempted via you tube at 9.  So I snagged her out of bed for the count down. #stevensonpartyoffive #nye2015
The top pictures are New Years Eve 2014, the bottom is 2013.  What a difference a year makes!!!

Happy New Year, Everyone!

December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!!!!

Merry Christmas
Wishing you and yours a wonderful holiday season and a Happy New Year from the Life in Cleveland family.

Merry Christmas
(and yes I totally photoshopped that picture so that ALL THREE of them were smiling.  BOOM.)

December 5, 2014


So!  It's been a week since Thanksgiving!  How did that happen?  All of a sudden we are in the thick of the holiday crazy.  And I don't even know where to start.  You know when you have so much to do that you are overwhelmed and end up getting nothing accomplished?  That's basically where I"m at with this blog right now.  So! Many! Things! So how about a random list of fun  I found when downloading photos off my phone?

Sled Dogs

Oh but before I get to that sign ups for the Road Trip Yarn Club are still open!  And I'm even offering a monthly payment option!  It's the perfect gift for that special knitter in your life.

1.)  The dude and his partner in crime at their preschool Thanksgiving party:

Sled Dogs

2.)  Tiny straight up refusing to be put into a highchair. 

 He is convinced that he's a big kid and who am I to argue with that?

You do not argue with the Tiny.
 3.)  My girl.

I love everything about this picture.

4.)  So I rarely am ever able to volunteer at my daughter's school (no child care option.  Toddlers?  Not very helpful unless you want lots of messes and/or screaming) But!  Any time they've put out the call for random craft supplies?  I am ALL OVER IT.  Recently they were hoping for fiberfill.  I don't know what they were going to do with it I just knew I had a giant bag kicking around my attic that I inherited from my great-grandmother's house.  While digging it out I found this:

Digging in my attic for some yarn to donate to my kid's school and I found this. It's from my 2005 just into knitting and I have disposable income and oooh shiny! Phase.  I probably shouldn't have bought it then but now? It's going to become an awesome El
Remember when yarns like that were a thing?  Back in like 2005?  Yeah... right at the time when I was just getting into knitting and had disposable income.  I purchased many nonsense skeins like this one.  I also have a ribbon yarn poncho somewhere that I shouldn't even admit exists.  Ugh.  Anyways I threw it with some Patons and boom:

Elsa scarf. Perfect Christmas gift for my girl.

5.)  The Book Advent Calendar is back:

Getting the Book Advent calendar together and wrapped. Nothing like waiting until the last minute!  #xmas2014
I added a few new things and reused a bunch from last year.  This year's interesting twist?  Watching my 3yo try to have the self control to not open the next one until that night.  It's tough.

Yay random!  Hopefully this gets me back in the mode of posting again....

November 21, 2014

Road Trip Yarn Club!

I am super excited to announce that Jeanne Stevenson of Destination Yarn and Kate Jackson of Kate Jackson Knits have teamed up to bring you the Road Trip Yarn Club!

This collaboration of yarn and patterns will take you on a road trip knitting adventure. Each month we will travel to a new location where the project, pattern, and yarn will all work together to capture the spirit of a place. By the end you will have traveled 3,000 miles via knitting!

Some pretty Destination Yarn.
Every month from January through August 2015 we will release a limited edition, hand-dyed yarn by Destination Yarn and an accompanying knit pattern by Kate Jackson Knits available only at Knitting on the Square and the Destination Yarn Etsy Shop.

Some pretty Kate Jackson Knits patterns.
For more information and to sign up go to the Destination Yarn Etsy Site.  Space is limited and pre-registration is only open until December 25!  I'm thinking this is about the PERFECT Christmas gift for the knitter in your life.

So you know when you're working on something in secret and you want to tell everyone but you can't?  THIS.  I have been waiting to tell everyone about this for weeks now because it is just going to be so awesome.  Seriously you guys I am having so much fun with this club!  Kate is a fantastic designer and just wonderful to work with.  This has been a true collaboration from start to finish.  The first colorway is dyed already (so that Kate can design and knit the pattern) and when she first saw it her response was "OOOOOOH I can't wait to knit with that!!!"  YUP.  It's going to be SO good.   SQUEE!
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