Spring Renewal.

Yesterday morning, as I was awoken for the final time by Mr. B constant moving & Odin panting in my face, I looked at the clock. 4:30am. Really? I decided to get out of bed. Perhaps I could catch a few more minutes of sleep downstairs on the couch, at least until Mr. B woke up. Then, I had planned to crawl back into bed & sleep forever. Well that didn't quite work out, as upon reaching the last step, I was freezing. I let Odin out to do his business, & turned up the thermostat. I opened the door to bring Odin back inside & grabbed my favorite crocheted blanket along with my tablet. We sat on the couch for a bit & simply waited for the Mister to wake up. About an hour later I heard him open the door & start his way downstairs to turn on the Keurig.

I started my way back upstairs, reached our bedroom & shut the door behind me. I flopped into bed, pulled the covers over my head & sighed. Not more than a couple minutes later, our next door neighbors woke up with their usual banging & bumping into the walls. Yep, going back to sleep was not going to be an option. I rolled over & saw a faint light coming in through the window. The sun was coming up & it was time for me to get up too. At first I was upset, I was all set to be in a bad mood... then I made a decision.

I crawled out of bed, got dressed, & ran a comb through my hair. I put my walking shoes on, grabbed my cell phone, & put Odin's collar on. If I was going to be awake this early, I was not going to let it be a bad day as well. I was going to go for a walk, & I was going to do it before the sun even breached the mountaintop.

I am glad I did. And here is why...

Taken from my cell phone.

I made it to the lake, which is a mile & a half away from my home, before the sun did. I got to watch & feel the sun as it came up & washed over the trees. I experienced the quiet serenity that the city I live in rarely has, & I got to experience it because I was awake so early. If I hadn't been woken up at 4:30am, if I had been able to go back to sleep, I would have missed it.

So, I slept bad, I had not had any coffee, & it was only 35 degrees... but I felt good.
No, I felt better than good, I actually felt great

I felt... alive.

After this really long winter, I took a look back at my blog & thought that it really was due for an update. I felt it needed a fresh clean start to this "new" year. A little something to breathe life back into this hobby that I started almost two years ago. This past winter, my poor little blog suffered. It went semi-dormant, as did my life. My brain has been quite uninspired, it could be from the lack of sunlight, or perhaps I was simply frozen in time... But just as spring is finally revealing itself & winter is letting go of it's long hold, I find myself coming back to life. And I hope my blog will too.

I've gone MAD...

That's right! I am letting everyone know it. I have officially gone MAD.

A few months ago The Crochet Crowd announced a new challenge. This challenge was something they had never done before. The challenge was to go mad as a hatter & join the Mad Hatter Crochet Challenge. To enter into the crochet challenge, one must crochet a top hat with the pattern provided. Once the top hat had been made, you could then go mad & add whatever embellishments you wished as long as they go with the theme of Alice in Wonderland. Nothing was off limits, any version or interpretation was accepted! And once your hat was finished, you were to mail it off to The Crochet Crowd in Canada, where it would be displayed, judged, voted on, & eventually sold at the Creativ Festival next weekend April 25th & 26th.

When The Crochet Crowd created this challenge, they never dreamed that they would get the response that they did. They assumed that at most 50 hats would arrive in the mail & that choosing a winner would be a breeze. To their amazement they received nearly 350 hats from all over the world. So many hats that they had to completely change their mindset on how to judge & display so many hats. Their booth at the Creativ Festival has been taken over by all things Alice! If I could find a way across the border in time for the festival, I would totally be there as I am sure it is going to be something you would have to see to believe.

The pictures show here are pictures I took of my entry before I mailed it off to Canada for my chance to be a part of Creativ Festival history. I am very proud to say the majority of my hat was made through trial & error with no pattern. All of which adds to it's individuality. Not bad for someone who has only been crocheting for a few years, eh?

Want to see the other entries, awesome! Click here. I was blown away by just how amazingly talented my fellow Crochet Crowders are! I hope to see more challenges like this in the future, as I had so much fun taking part. The chance of winning that prize doesn't hurt either! ;)

You can find my entry on page 18! 

Aren't you just mad about these hats!?!?

Five years...

On Sunday, the Mister & I celebrated our five year anniversary. It's truly hard to believe just how fast time has gone by. Yet, at the same time, it feels like it has been forever. Mr. B actually woke up early so he could sneak out & get me a little something before I woke up. He brought me home gorgeous flowers, a beautiful card, candles & caffeine! 

We decided that we would celebrate by spending the morning bowling at our local bowling alley. I had not been bowling in ages & it was even longer since the Mr. B had gone. 

Okay, so I really sucked at it, but I had a lot of fun! I'm glad we went & I do believe that we will be going back sometime in the near future.

Last week we were also able to make reservations for Sunday night at our favorite sushi restaurant in Collegeville, Bonjung Japanese. We've been there quite a few times, remember my birthday? Honestly this place has amazing food & I feel that we are lucky that it is a fair amount of miles away as I would gladly eat there everyday for the rest of my life. No joke.

They even brought us Tempura Fried Ice Cream to share, on the house, for our Anniversary. Have I mentioned how incredible this place is? Not only is the food to die for, but they do their best to make you feel welcome... kind of like family. ♥

After we were finished eating, we caught this furry little fellow running up & down the tree just outside of the restaurant. When I took out my camera, he turned around & looked directly at me. So adorable! I was so glad I had my camera on me!

Ha! We had a very lovely day & I hope to have many more days like it in our future. ♥

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