We're married! We are now Eric and Sue Shimomura. Our wedding was just what we wanted: simple, meaningful, and surrounded by family and friends. Beautiful.
We loved our cruise to Bermuda! The weather was gorgeous, the cruise (thank you, NCL) was amazing (especially because our penthouse gave us VIP status - I highly recommend it), and we love being married.
See, don't we look so very happy?
In Bermuda, we biked, saw a shipwreck, explored a reef, rode ferries and the bus, the scary part of our honeymoon. Imagine this: narrow, windy, hilly roads, often bordered on one side by a high stone retaining wall, near which the bus travels at high speeds, often coming within inches of said walls. And I had a window seat.
One night, we waited a long time for a ferry. But were were still happy.
After returning to the port of New York (to find our car battery dead !?!), we took a jaunt up to New Hampshire to say hello to my brother and his wife who weren't able to travel to Delaware to attend our wedding. They were awaiting the arrival of a very special someone for whom I had knit this sweater:
Plymouth Sockotta, size 2 needles, improvised pattern. I really loved using this self-striping yarn for a baby sweater.
We were hoping the little guy would cooperate and make his appearance sometime before our visit, but no, Braden did his own thing and came into the world two days after came home. I'm very thankful for the internets and digital photos...my dad is great about emailing pics and sent some wonderful images of the baby.
I hadn't realized just what a huge job it would be to consolidate two households. We have (had) duplicates of so many items, requiring so many decisions, some easy, some difficult, about what to keep. Many things have gone out via Freecycle, or have been donated to church and friends. What's left I'm attempting to squish into the townhouse. However, the math doesn't add up: previously full 1400 sf townhouse + contents of 2800 sf home, basement and garage minus things we know we could live without = a still very crowded home. It's a work in progress.
In the meantime, there is cooking and knitting and quilting (and waiting for repair people, but I won't bore you with those stories!). Yesterday I pieced this quilt top, which I will quilt over the next week to give to a very special young lady (whose identity will not be revealed until the quilt is presented):
It's a quilt intended to be used and enjoyed, so I chose to make something quick and easy. I found the fabrics at Needles 'n Pins in Frederick, a very nice shop with at least four grogeous quilts on display that I would like to make. After I do some stash-busting and finish some UFOs. Of course.