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July 2008

Us Girls

Since I am usually behind the camera taking the pictures, I don't have many pictures of the kiddos and me. When my Mom came to visit, I realized that I really wanted to be in the pictures with my kiddos so from now on, every month, I will try to take at least 1 picture with me and the kiddos. Here is the small start of Little Benny & me. I think these are about the only pictures I have of her and I since she was a baby.



Nope, I am not too little! I can go on the Ripstik just fine. Those were the words my little six year old gave me when Uncle opened up his new Ripstik. My heart wanted to come out of my chest. My kid had never been on a regular skateboard and this new thing looked even more dangerous!

WonderboyA few hours of practice and despite the fact that the Ripstik is for full blown adults, the kid was cruising around the cul-de-sac!

With his little legs he pushes himself off and then his little right foot just makes a back and forth motion and him and the Ripstik go off! The neighborhood is in for something!

All three boys were out and about Ripstiking, while my Mom, little Benny and I sat down and watched them fall down, get up and try again. My Mom renamed the Ripstik the RompeHocicos--which when speaking Spanish sounds like Ripstik except the translation is this: MouthBreaker!!! Yeah, as I saw my little one on it and fall down a hundred times, I really believed the re-name was quite appropriate. I have to remind myself that if I want my child to be able to fly one day that I need to give him room to try out his wings...but it is so difficult. My little boy is growing up.

And because my heart wasn't already in enough trouble, my bigger boy also decided to give it a go. He has always wanted to learn to skateboard but his "good sense" kept him from trying it. I guess now that he is reaching his old age of 30 he wants to try out everything :-P. Of course, he succeeded and was also cruising around the cul-de-sac. His excuse: if Boyo is going to be skateboarding around I better learn so I can go with him and keep him safe. By next day, my Mom bought him his very own Ripstik, an early Christmas present.


My little Bro became an expert faster than anyone else. He only needed about half hour and he was going all over the place, turning and doing little tricks.


And because my Mom wants my heart to keep pumping at its 100%, after she saw how much Boyo enjoyed the Ripstik she got Boyo a little present of his own...a skateboard! Mama are killing me!


In all of this...what was Grandma doing...well, see for yourself, that smile never left her face while the boys where enjoying their toys.


Note: Walmart has the Ripstik cheaper than anywhere else.

Getting to Know Me Contest

Getting to Know you Contest Questionnaire:

1.) How long have you been knitting?

With needles for about 3 years, but I learned when I was 8 but never really picked it up til 3 years ago.

2.) How long have you been knitting socks? favorite. I have been knitting them for about 3 years. When I took the class 3 years ago to refresh me on the ins and outs of knitting, the shop owner told me to wait to knit socks. I was stubborn and I had my mind set so I taught myself that very same weekend.

3.) What do you do with a problem like Maria?

Hmmm....let the kiddos have at it. 

4.) What is your all time favorite sock yarn?

Yarntini and Louet

5.) Toe Up or Cuff Down?

Cuff down...always ;)

6.) What's your favorite color (this week or for all time)? Do you have a color family/season/palette you prefer? Any colors you just can't stand?

Man, this one is a tough one. My wonderboy asks me about my favorite color all the time but to tell you the truth I don't really have a favorite. I like blues and purples and pinks but I will only wear them if I feel in the mood. Most of the time, I wear blacks.

7.) Do you have a pet(s)?

I have my little Betta fish Jumpy--the kids named him Jumpy.

8.) Babies: Oven Roasted or Barbecued?

I love babies. I love to hold them and cuddle with them. I love to feed them (not nurse them, just bottle feed them). I love to be near them. I would have 100 of them if I could....but they grow up and start talking back LOL

9.) Besides socks what is your favorite type of thing to knit?
I like small projects, preferably for babies.

10.) What's your favorite scent?

Moonlight Path from Bed Bath and Beyond

11.) What music are you really loving right now? Like a song or a band?

Right now, I am digging Jesse McCartney--I'm Leaving

12.) How many pairs of socks have you hand knit?

About 25....and counting!

13.) What's your favorite treat? Salty or Sweet?

My favorite treat: rice pudding. I prefer salty stuff though.

14.) What was the most interesting thing you smelled yesterday. Not good or bad necessarily, just the thing that stuck out most so that you actually took notice of it.

The most interesting thing....hmmm, the chlorine from the pool. The smell stuck to all of us for the entire day.

15.) Needles - DPN's: Wooden, metal or plastic?

DPNS--loooooove the Crystal Palace 6" dpns. My ultimate favorite ones.

16.) What is your favorite sock pattern that you've knit? What do you recommend?

My favorite ones were the latest ones I made but I cannot show them to you. Cookie A will be releasing it soon though ;).

17.) The last Question: If you were stuck on a deserted island who would you want with you, what knitting would you want with you and would you ever want to leave?

I would take my family: my two little children and my husband. Knitting: I would take cotton yarn and needles that would work for it to make my family clothes. If we were happy with whatever was around: food and entertainment, I wouldn't leave. However if leaving would provide a better future I would leave so they could have a better life.

Knit Pink: Breast Cancer Awareness Bracelet

Do you remember this?


It has been awhile, close to two years almost. When I saw that was asking for pattern donations, I realized that my little pattern finally had a purpose for existing. KnitPink went live today, go on over and find yourself a pattern to knit. All the purchases benefit the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, go to the AboutUs section to read more about how the website works and where the monies go.

Thank you Christina for including my pattern in the site and for allowing me to help make a difference.


My first real triathlon

Before Last year, I participated in a neighborhood tri. Nothing fancy, no one was keeping track of time or of anything, it was all done on the honor system. This year though, I decided to go for the real thing. I did the Cache Valley Super Sprint Triathlon. I was number 128--good number.  (picture on the left is before the event started)


500  meter swim, 12.5 bike, 5K

My time: 1:22:52:8

How do I feel about my time: Superb! I went in hoping to finish in at least 1:30 and I beat my goal by a whole 7 minutes!


Here are my times:

500Meter swim: 11:00:04

12.5 mile bike: 41:36:04

5K run: 25:55

Did you see that run time? I shaved a whole 4 minutes of my running--I was running at a 8:20 pace!!! I usually run at a 10minute pace but this time I ran faster a lot faster. As I reached the 1.5marker, I realized that I was half way done and I still felt really good so I gave it a little extra and it paid off.


Overall standing:I was 31st overall in the womens and 10th in my age group--not too shabby. The first place woman in my age group came 2 minutes before me...something I can improve on, maybe in my biking ;).


Overall: I am extremely psyched!!!!

After (After the tri)

Friday Fill Ins


1. Oh, I can't wait until I have a Polar RS200sd to track my workouts.

2. The yogurt is the first thing I see when I open my refrigerator.

3. I never leave home without my cell phone.

4. If I were a condiment, I would be cumin because I love its smell.

5. Patronizing is really high up on my list of pet peeves.

6. The last thing I thought of before I went to bed was the triathlon this Saturday.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to picking up my Mom from the airport, tomorrow my plans include a triathlon early in the morning then a full day with my Mom and little brother and Sunday, I want to spend the day with my entire family, especially my Mom!

Because I am still sick and need some distraction

I found this over at Stacey's blog...couldn't help but take the little quiz. I thought I would be more on the evil side but I guess living in Utah has rubbed good morals on me ;-P. Oh, yeah, I am still sick and I am still on the same To-Do list from yesterday's post-Nyquil here I come.

You Are 34% Evil
A bit of evil lurks in your heart, but you hide it well.
In some ways, you are the most dangerous kind of evil.

A MEME because I am sick

yeah, there was supposed to a grand run tomorrow, a 15K, I was planning on it and I was very much looking forward to running the downhill course. Instead, I am nursing a cold. My throat glands are swollen, so much that when I turn it makes my neck hurt. My eyes are watery and I am sneezing non-stop. Last night's sleep was non-existent as I had to get up and use a kleenex every 5 minutes. I feel like I just ran a marathon yet I haven't done more than gone up the steps to fix my kiddos lunch. The worst is yet to come though, I can feel a stupid cough coming...which means there will be no running, cycling, or swimming for a few days. Did I mention the kiddos are sick too...yeah, fun times at the PurlingSprite's residence. 

But to entertain you from my boring, sick, non-active lifestyle, here is a fun MEME that I found through Karen's blog.

1. Where was I 10 years go.
I was a Junior at Baruch College in NYC.

2. 5 things on today’s to-do list
Clean my nose

Go and get some Nyquil

Drink the Nyquil

Put a movie on


3.Snacks I enjoy.

I am not much of a snacker. I usually just have full meals but if I have to eat something is the following: chips and salsa (homemade if possible). Rice pudding.

4. Things I would do if I were a billionaire.

Buy my Mom a house near me and put enough money aside for her not to work anymore. Pay off our house and cars so hubby can just play. Buy a new bike (Pinarello Prince here I come). Donate  a hefty amount to the Lance Armstrong foundation.


5. Places I have lived.

Mexico, NY, Utah.

Although I used to say that NY was the best town to live in, I am starting to believe that Cache Valley Utah is the best place on earth.

6. Jobs I have had.

Receptionist, Marketing intern, Executive Secretary, WebDesigner, Mom, Wife

7. Who would I like to know more about.

If you are having a dull day and need something to blog about, feel free to snag the questions.

Happy 4th of July!


I created this dishcloth about 5 years ago (if not longer). It is one of my very first designs (if you want to call it that). Anyways, I never got the pattern posted because I misplaced the instructions, in the moving of yarn from one spot to the other I found the draft for my instructions.

The Patriotic Dishcloth is loom knitted. The pattern is easily adaptable to create placemats or even little coasters (knit it with wool and felt them when knitted to shrink down to size).

The pattern is posted at Decor Accents in the Free Patterns Section under Kitchen Items.  Or simply follow the quick link to it-Patriotic Dishcloth.