Car Cupholder Coasters (crochet)

Because I got tired of having my drinks drip on me (whether because of condensation, or because my drink sloshed and got messy on the outside), I began using a napkin smashed down in each of my cupholders to absorb any moisture on the outside of my cups. It wasn’t pretty, but it worked. I…read more

Easy Knit Man Hat

Great for beginners just learning to use 16-inch circular needles to knit in the round Materials: Bulky Yarn, approximately 80yards/73meters 16-inch circular needles, size 10-1/2 (6.5mm) Or a set of 5 double-pointed needles (dpns), size 10-1/2 (6.5mm) Tapestry Needle If you’re very new to this, consider a smooth yarn, like Borroco Comfort Chunky or Bernat…read more

Backlogged Videos

Realized that I forgot to post the pics and videos I took on Christmas. I’m also still finishing up some Christmas gifts. Sad, really. So here are some of the videos that have been on my camera. Christmas Eve: Nolan on the Piano from Colleen Rummel on Vimeo. Christmas Day: Christmas Morning 2010 from Colleen…read more

Snow Day…a live blogging event

8:15am – School is closed.  There’s a dusting on the ground and it’s presently raining…there better be a heckuva lot more snow by 3pm. 9:00am – After dropping Cooper and Nolan off at daycare, stopped at the grocery store to get a Starbucks coffee and to load up on yogurt. Not bread, milk, or toilet…read more

Quotable Cooper

Cooper is a smart little three year old. I’d like to think he’s the smartest I know, but realize I might be a bit biased so I’m willing to say he’s the second-smartest three year old, and is too smart for his own good. He’s very well-spoken and has really high verbal comprehension, so much…read more

Starting Young

We start ’em off young on Legos around here.

My House Runs Like a Finely-Tuned Machine

Ohmigosh! How hard are you laughing right now? It’s more like a sputtering old jalopy that needs a tune-up. Especially since my last post four weeks ago was all whiney and I’m going to try harder and post more and read more and do more and blah blah blah, and then I got so busy…read more

Is This Thing On?

Hi, my name is Colleen, and I’ve been MIA for longer than I care to think about. Between commuting to my full-time job, caring for our three children, three cats, two dogs, and one house, I was busy. Justin’s job sending him to all sorts of locations for days on end just made things insane….read more

Happy Five Months, Nolan!

Where did the last three months go, because it seems that you should just be a little past two months old?  Oh, that’s right…I went back to work.  Amazing how fast time flies when you are too busy to sleep. But I digress. My little monkey pumpkin is now five months old and I can’t…read more

The Rummels Storm the Beach

Last week we packed up the kids and the dogs in the truck and headed south to what seems to now be our annual trip to Virginia Beach (two years in a row makes it “annual”, right?).  I was a little worried about the weather, as they were calling for rain several times during our…read more

Bein’ Contrary

I swear he did that nasty scratch in the five minutes it took to call and make an appointment to get his portraits done. Stinker. He also has been on a bit of a nursing strike the past day and a half, and pooped in the tub during his bath today. Due to the velocity…read more

Nolan Does Science

Over the past couple weeks I’ve been pumping and storing some milk for when I go back to work. I haven’t gotten very far as it seems we have endless doctor appointments or other items popping up and making it a bit difficult to take 20-30 min to get myself situated to pump sometime in…read more

Nolan Smiles

And it was at me instead of the scrollwork on our headboard or the curtains in our living room. And I caught it on film. Or whatever it is on a camera phone. I’ve been trying for about a week to catch one of these elusive smiles that aren’t performed for inanimate objects or the…read more

Eats, Sleeps, and Shoots Poop

As with most babies, it takes a little time to learn their likes and dislikes, and to start guessing at what talents they may have as the grow. With Gavin, he instantly enjoyed music and was singing complex songs before he was actually speaking well. Cooper appeared to be on-course to be a brilliant comedian…read more

Chubbin’ Up

As you can see, we’re starting to fill in that empty second chin Nolan was born with.