One of the things that you forget when you move from Texas to Minnesota, is that no matter how fast you try and eat a Dairy Queen ice cream cone in the heat of a Texan summer, you will get dripped on. You can't lick fast enough without some drips cascading down your hands. smile
We had such a good time in Texas. The temps were moderate (at least for Texas), only in the mid 90's. Several days it rained which rearranged some of our plans but we still saw fireworks on a mosquito infested night. Anna found a unique way of trying to fend off the blood thirsty critters, she put her legs into the arms of her sweater, pulled the hood up and tucked her arms in and lasted oh mere moments before gasping for air. But it made us laugh while we waited for the festivities to begin.
The drive to and from went well, 16 hours can be a chore, but the girls are great for the most part and it is freeway driving for me so easy enough. I loathe to take 2 days as I don't want to lose any time that I could otherwise be spending with our friends.
We drove to Glen Rose and crept through the animal preserve, Anna was brave and had the giraffes feeding off her hands, Emily decided to wait until next year to try that. Emily however, fed the ostrich and that is not an easy feat to do without getting pecked. After trolling through the animal presevere, we went to Dinasaur Valley and the kids played in the river and saw dinasaur tracks. It was fun for all of us.
I promised to knit and while I did, I don't have a picture yet of what I worked on. I worked on the tiger from the Cyd designed balloon animals. I need to knit the ears to sew on and then embroider on the eyes before I will show him on the blog. But it is an amazing feat of engineering I think how you twist and fold the critters together. So watch for that in the next installments.
I have finished an UFO though. Thank heavens. Here is the Inga hat, I like how it turned out, although Anna didn't like that it had a "poufy" top. I think it is fine. I still need to give it a good soak and block it but I'm happy with the end result. I used left overs of yarn used to make Kyle's Anna's mittens last year. Anna's mittens were very cute and since I bought the yarn at the Yarn Harbor in Duluth I wanted to make sure I had enough yarn, so I overbought the amount I'd need. But as you see it did not go to waste!