So I missed last week. I hope all you regular readers weren’t too upset. We were off in sunny, warm NC for a small vacation while Nate went to his orientation for seminary. We had a great time and the kids were wonderful, despite K having a virus of some sort and the long (10+ hour) drive. I’ll tell you more about that, but first I have to recap M’s third birthday!She invited three friends (all boys, of course) and then there were lots of family members, too. She wanted a VeggieTales party, so we made a Bob the Tomato cake and played veggie games (where’s my hairbrush, veggie tales collages, etc). The kids spent most of their time outside, on what was one of the most beatiful days we’d had up until then. I think all the kids had fun and M really enjoyed celebrating being “free.”A few pix for you… What a fun day! I find it hard to believe she’s three…So back to vacation… We had a quick car repair on the way down (some plastic cover had fallen off from under the car and was dragging all the way to WV). It was a quick fix once we figured out it wasn’t the brakes making that awful sound… Thank God! Then, Nate’s wedding band got put into a strategic place by one of the kids at the hotel and we couldn’t find it. Luckily, the cleaning staff at the Hampton Inn tore the room apart for us and found it in the coffee service. Whew! We had to stop back on the way home to pick it up, but we got it back!We took our time driving and stopped at various historic sites both ways. We discovered the intregue and beauty of the New River Gorge, tried to visit a Shot Tower and spent a church service at a civil war re-enactment in Prickett’s Fort. Very interesting detours.Charlotte is a beautiful city. As my friend, Hope (who recently relocated to the area), said- when you don’t have to remove snow, there is some money left to do great things. Not like there aren’t parks here, but there were a ton around- for a city. Lots of nice trees and landscaping, too. And it is growing VERY fast! Seems like they’ve got alot of work to do on the infrastructure to keep up with the traffic. Nate spent several days at school becoming REALLY excited about what is to come with this degree and the kids and I played, shopped, and explored- compelete with a mini yarn crawl!We started (well, after buying myself some new materinity shirts at Kohl’s- seems like my belly decided to expand while we were gone) at Stitch. They were having a moving sale and I hoped I would pick up a few good deals. Unfortunately, they were closed. Missed out on my wallet! So we packed up and headed over to Charlotte Yarn, which was a cute, little shop. I picked up some Trekking XXL and Baby Ull for a fallish Devon for the baby and socks for me, of course. I had not seen the Tofutsiesyarn before and couldn’t resist something new! My plan is to pull out either the light blue or magenta in the Trekking with a little embroidery after the baby is born (since we probably won’t know if it’s a boy or girl until then!).Next we headed out to Matthews to The Peace of Yarn– a slightly larger store, with lots of buttons and beads to keep the kids entertained. I picked up the Stitch a Day calendar, which I’ve wanted for a while- in case I ever decide to design…Our last stop wasn’t until Friday night when I went to a “yarn tasting” at Baskets of Yarn. Almost didn’t make it to that one. It was off in a business park we had some trouble finding… We “tasted” Colinette yarns- Jitterbug, Banyan and Cascade. I wasn’t supposed to buy anything, but I caved and picked up this mossy green Jitterbug. 🙂Click to enlarge. The lightest green yarn in front is a pair of baby socks in some leftover Snuggly DK. The mossy green is Jitterbug, the rust is Baby Ull, the brown varigated is Trekking and the black/tan is Tofutsies.The kids and I also headed down to SC where we found a play place called Razzamataz. It had been raining and the play grounds were wet, so this gave us the perfect place to burn some energy while having fun. We were the only people there, but they had a great time. It was basically a large room set up into play stations- grocery, music, drama, occupation, ocean, art, princess and construction. There was even an area for smaller kids. We did a little of everything. :)So, there was the trip. We had some great food, visited with old friends (thanks again for the dinner, Hope!) and generally tried to relax. I’ve spent this week trying to settle in and catch up on house work in the midst of grocery shopping, doctor visits, MOPS meetings, small group and seeing friends. What a life! :)Now, what’s happening with Project Spectrum? Well, I have a FO to show in a yellowish hue… My Iris Garden (AKA Autumn Sunset) socks that I started waaaay back in October (during my other vacation) are finally finished! Seemed appropriate to finish them on another trip… I am so happy with them, even though the after-thought heel is not quite normal looking. See picture 2… I love the colors and pattern though.Project specs: Iris Garden socks from the Six Sox Knitalong (link no longer on my sidebar). This is my first completed pair from this group. Finally! The main color is Trekking XXL in color 38 and the contrast is Patons Kroy in Regatta Blue (color 54105). The pattern calls for size 1 needles, but I had to use size 4 since I pull fair isle way to tight. Fun pattern overall!I’ll leave you all this week with some flowers from our garden. Perfect for the PS color scheme. Happy Friday and have a good weekend!