Weekend Away

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Aw, helloooooooo out there. I feel like it's been so, so long since I've had time to be here. The holidays are so busy. New Year's always stresses me out. It was my birthday a couple of days ago. My brother-in-law's is today. My mom's is tomorrow. My sister-in-law's is the same day as mine. My other sister-in-law's is in a few days. It just goes onnnnnnnnnnnnnnn and on! Andy, Amelia, and I went to Skamania Lodge in the Columbia River Gorge for the weekend. It was really, really nice. It's about an hour east of Portland. We got there on Saturday afternoon and left Tuesday morning. It's a nice place. We splurged on a fancy suite with a fireplace. There isn't a whole lot to do there at this time of year — we took a hike on Sunday and it poured cold rain the entire time. But it was nice. We spent hours and hours in the pool and hot tubs both Sunday and Monday. I think my favorite time was floating around in the outdoor hot tub on Sunday when it was cloudy and rainy and foggy and freezing. It felt like we were in some medieval hot spring. We had it all to ourselves on Monday, literally. We were the only people in the pool all day. It was so weird to just have so much time to do nothing. I clutched a big rubber ball and just floated around aimlessly. Paddled here and there. I thought about my life and the new year and the new decade for me, thought about all the things I am happy about and all of the things I want to change about myself, all the things that worry me, all the things I want to accomplish this year. I never think this way at length but I was thinking this way in the pool. I was making lists in my head. I have so many ideas and things I want to do.

At night, we always turned in early. Andy was fighting a cold. We watched Nickelodeon shows that we never watch and it was a blast. All these kid sit-coms. I laughed out loud at every single one. Mimi stayed up late. We snuggled in the bed. The wind howled outside. It's very windy there and the wind whistled in the fireplace and against the windows. On Tuesday morning, the morning we were to leave, it was basically starting to rain ice and I couldn't see across the river we were in such a cloud . I flipped out and hustled everyone into the car because the weather report seemed to indicate things might get worse. I really did not want to get stuck out there. And honestly, I was ready to get back to regular life. Turns out that right where we were at the lodge was the worst — the road was fine. But I was still ready to go home. We drove back through the gorge through the rain and the pines, listening to Woody Guthrie singing about the Columbia River. Amelia had learned the song at school and we sing it around the house often now. When I asked her if the river was what she expected, she said no: She said she thought it would be "rolling," and made big circles with her hand. It was so adorable. Roll on, Columbia, roll on. When we got home, we found this gorgeous cake that my sister, who had been house- and pet-sitting for us, made for me. I squawked with delight. What a treat. Andy and Mimi went to the grocery store and bought stuff to make individual lasagnas and they spent the afternoon making them. We had such a nice dinner, and such a nice weekend. I feel just beyond blessed in so many ways. Andy and Amelia are literally two of the nicest, sweetest people I have ever met in my life. I love them so much.

Today it's been back to school and work for all of us. When I got home after drop-off, I realized I hadn't been alone in the house for weeks. It was quiet and clean. Luckily I had done a lot of cleaning before I left, and we'd put all our Christmas decorations away. Everything was nice. The studio and office are not nice because we're in the process of reorganizing them. But everything else was nice. I felt my shoulders dropping. I photographed all of the advent calendar treats I just haven't had time to show you yet. It felt good to get a little bit caught up. I made some things I want to put in my web shop next week. I watered my plants. I drank a cup of tea. I ordered a 2019 calendar. Then it was time to go back to school for pick-up, and then ballet, etc. But honestly, I'm so happy to be back in the routine. Hello, January. Here I am.

P.S.: I have done a lot of knitting that I need to photograph and get on Ravelry. But I did finish a little hat for Mimi and it is the Faded Splendor Tam. It actually matches her plaid coat perfectly, but she didn't bring that one on the weekend. All of the yarns I used were various fingering yarns that I dyed myself. This hat is supposed to look like a beret (we were trying to make a hat that looked like the one Annabelle wears in Mary Poppins Returns [which we've seen three times now, and it is awesome] but I think I need to block it on a plate to give it that beret shape. Alas, it's cold here and Amelia doesn't really want to take it off! I'm so pleased by that I can't bear to swipe it from her for the time it would take to block and dry it right now. But I really want to see if it can be a beret! :)

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Happy Belated Birthday Greetings and Well Wishes for your next year of life! I always love your pink and grey colour combos in quilts and knits. Much happiness to you.

Happiest of Birthdays! The hat is just divine. I might have to add that one to my 2019 knitting list :)

Love the hat ! A kit from your yarns would be lovely.

Your weekend away sounds like bliss! Good for you guys! I can't believe you made that hat!! (well, yes I can, you're an expert knitter). I always love fair isle and that has the *sweetest* colors.

So cold in Montana now, lots of tea drinking, sewing & crocheting for me. I ordered a yarn pack from Attic24. I struggled with the fact that it was acrylic but the price was right and now that I'm working with it - it is exceptionally soft.

Enjoy your winter days! It's wonderful to find a balance of productive projects and hibernation ;)

Happy belated birthday Alicia! I'm so glad you had a lovely weekend away.

Oh how I've missed reading your blog. I've been away from my own blog and reading blogs for three years. Happy Birthday and cheers to a New Year. My how your beautiful Amelia has grown. ♡ Your retreat sounds like it was rejuvenating in it's own way. Looking forward to catching up. Cherish your blessings.

Bah! Girl, I came here to find one of your old posts about a particular crochet project. Here I am, two hours later, still reading from your 2007 posts! What a time-suck you are, dear Alicia!

By the way, I attended Augustana the same time as you, only a year behind. I didn’t know you, but I wish I had. I was distantly acquainted with Andy, but, then again, who wasn’t?

Happy belated birthday and many wishes of joy to you and your family!

I know exactly what you mean. I will look at my husband & grown son and think about how blessed I am to know two of the funniest, kindest people in the entire world. Isn't it wonderful being surrounded with loved ones who are such nice people?

I love that lodge! We always take out of town guests there. Did you go to the museum down the street from it? It's great. The nearby town of Stevenson also has lovely shops to like around in. We live in Camas so we often take day trips to the lodge,have lunch there,and pretend we're on vacation.

I enjoyed these photos ... i have followed your blog here and there ever since your little girl was a baby and she is growing up so much - and so adorable. As usual your photographs and your talents are amazing to me.

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My name is Alicia Paulson
and I love to make things. I live with my husband and daughter in Portland, Oregon, and design sewing, embroidery, knitting, and crochet patterns. See more about me at aliciapaulson.com

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