Monday, February 9, 2015

Perspective and Thankfulness and lots of finished crafts

I received a "Thankful" journal from a friend at the holidays, and I write in it sporadically. Honestly, I tend to write in it when I'm VERY annoyed about something, or if something big has happened. So if I am frustrated with Tate and her non-ability-to-hang-her-towel-ness, I will end up writing how thankful I am to HAVE her, and why. It isn't like I plan that, it just feels like I want to write that at those moments. Odd.

I had a wonky health issue the other day, all is well now, but I was worried. First thing I did when I got home was to write how thankful I am for doctors who give their careers up to help save others. What a noble profession. I think it's easy to get lost in the insurance claims and the short visits, but these are people who are dedicated to making sure people they don't know are okay. I think that's pretty great.

On other topics, I have been terrible about taking photos of the things I have made recently, for Christmas or just in general. I made coasters for my parents (crochet), a scarf for my mother-in-law which I also did not get a photo of, a shrug for Tate, and a cuttlefish for Smith. I also made little gift card crochet holders which seem to be a big hit, and a future class for the local knit/sew/crochet store. I also made a cute bag that will be a future child class. I am now making birthday presents for my niece and my mom, and a QUILT for ME! I've had this flannel fabric for about 3 years, with the intent of making a quilt. Tate is taking a sewing class my MIL got her for Christmas at this great local store. She's making a pouf (an ottoman, essentially) and it has inspired me to do some sewing. I just need the binding material and the stuff for the insides and I'm ready to go!

gift card holders/change purses

Crochet bag, future class

Hat and wrist warmers for my beautiful niece

Tate at her pouf class

Quilt top, complete!

Ice skating, Egyptian style, in her shrug

This is from where I got the cuttlefish design - Smith's is red but looks just like this guy.

Thursday, January 15, 2015


Snowy days, warm(ish) house. We've been sledding and keeping warm. So far, the kids have had 3 snow days, and 2 with 2 hour delays. I think I have that right. So 3 days so far that were full and on time. Smith went to school yesterday for 5 minutes before I got him for his orthodontist (!!!) appointment. It was nice to have the house to myself for 30 minutes.

He's getting braces at some point this year, likely April or May. Feels like a big step - another step toward "finishing" him. It feels good. Tate surprised me last night with a long note. I got up to our room to go to bed, and there was a long note about a couple things that are upsetting to her, and I was so thankful that she had written it. I wrote her a long note back, so pleased that she was sharing what was going on in her head and her world.

I've started in on a couple new knitting and crochet projects. I'm now down to my waist on my sweater - if I buckled down and finished it, it would not take me too much longer. I get distracted too easily! But I did sign up for doing another crochet class, this time, boot cuffs! I got a skein of yarn last night at the Finch and started working on them so I can see how much time they take. I also have two projects in the works for my mom and for Cassidy - February and March birthdays!

Tate just started her Christmas present from Grammy - a sewing class at the Finch, creating and sewing a pouf!! She took the first class last night and LOOOOOOOVED it! I think we have a budding sewer. Sew-er, not sewer. Ew. She picked very Tate-like colors. She's doing the class with 3 other girls from her soccer team, and there was definitely a spirit of competition going on in there.

Time to wake up the house - it's a full day of school today!

tate preparing for a friend

like a squishy teddy bear!

cream soda float at Shoes

Thursday, January 8, 2015

2015 - a New Year!

I keep hearing/reading about people making New Year Intentions instead of Resolutions, and i like it. Resolutions seem bigger, although I don't really follow them anyhow.

I think, maybe with age or cutting myself more slack, that I've gained more perspective into myself. I am a good mom and wife - I know this. I am a good employee, too. I am an okay house-tender, which will simply have to do as I do not want to give more effort into cleaning. David asked me the other day why I hadn't pushed the kids to help me clean the house more instead of ice skating, and I had to answer - I will ALWAYS choose ice skating with the kids over cleaning. Always. I will remember that over having a clean house.

So. My intentions. My intentions are to honestly stay the course I am on.
* live intentionally
* experience laughter and joy every day, hopefully far outweighing sadness and stress
* enjoy my peeps every day
* listen better (I could use some work on that end!)
* cut myself slack when things are tough and balance is elusive

I am cutting myself slack on my blog, as I haven't posted since September and am not going to do a giant recap!

Happy 2015 - to living!!