where have i been? what’s been happening around here? where has my time gone? why have i not been blogging?
such good questions, my friends! in order for me to even remember what i’ve been doing over the past week and a half (since my last post) i had to look at my camera. it now serves as my memory bank, because the one in my brain seems to continually disappoint.
all december my biggest girl kept asking me, “mom, when can i sew?”. yes, so sweet and touching to a crafty mama’s heart…. however, i also have 2 other young children, one of which demands to do all things “big”. so i put her off over and over, hoping to delay the sewing urge until she’s a bit older. but then my best friend had to go and give her the most adorable sewing book ever (see and sew). by the way, this is the same friend who gave her a child size sewing machine when she was 2. it is still sitting high atop the shelves of her closet. that’s for another year. since sean took some extra time off around the holidays, and all of my christmas crafting was done, we decided to try hand sewing.
she picked out a piece of scrap fabric and i drew some dots on it with a marker as guides. i gave her the biggest needle i could find with dark thread. she threaded the needle on her first try! she loved it. she was very patient and did a great job. after this first little sewing lesson she proceeded to tell me about all the projects she was going to make for her siblings. if only one lesson could produce such results!
then last week my mother-in-law and sister-in-law and her new baby boy came for a visit. we had such a nice time relaxing and talking about mothering. they also brought a carload (no joke) of gifts for our family, so we got to have a second christmas. the girls had a blast with it! below is a picture of the girls in their new shirts. thanks grandma!
and speaking of he babies, silas has not only discovered that his feet are fun to play with, but that his toes make excellent pacifiers! he is such a delightful baby. totally inconsistent, but delightful nonetheless. he is pure joy to our family, making us all smile and make ridiculous baby noises. great fun! i’ve been treasuring our late night/ early morning/ all night snuggles. he is so cozy to sleep with, by far my best snuggler yet. i don’t get the greatest sleep when he’s in my arms, but i know this won’t last forever, so i’m soaking up what i can get!
the big girls have been fun, too. we are learning what makes our family work best. we’ve altered sleeping schedules and its made a HUGE difference. when we mess with what we’ve learned works (like when we stayed out until 10 o’clock bowling with friends), we definitely pay for it. so now we’re learning how to balance activities and prioritize. gracie remains to be an amazing big sister. she is very helpful at keeping silas entertained and happy, and she and lily are learning to play together. lily has been very “2”: she has definitely been testing her boundaries, but also has been so enjoyable to watch learn new words and abilities. there is nothing sweeter than the 2-year old voice, example: “no. me. do. bababe (ballet). to. day. mama.” such long sentences, but all broken up by pauses.
and what’s the point of posting if i didn’t have a project to show? we’ve had this space on the side of our fridge waiting (and waiting) to be made useful. finally this weekend we got the first half of the intended project done. we made a message board out of sound board and fabric. we had the sound board cut to size at home depot, wrapped it with fabric taped to the back, and tacked it up.
i still need to put up a calendar, and in the lower square beneath the message board we got magnetic paint and chalkboard paint to make a magnetic chalkboard for the kids. a fun idea i’m sure i’ll regret when my couch and cabinets have chalk all over them. hmmm…… its not too late to change my mind….
we also got a new addition to our family! a new table! yay! as much as i grew to love the two folding plastic tables we’ve been using for over a year, a new table is a welcome addition. we’re learning how to balance being anal (“no banging your forks on the table!”), and letting things go and let the kids be kids. its a huge table, but perfect for the space, and it gets bigger with the addition of 2 more leaves. perfect for our big families.
other happenings: sean’s on a “get healthy diet”, and i’m sick of hearing about sugars and cheating, blah blah blah. i’m such a supportive wife, right? he’s at a late meeting tonight, so i’m pounding the see’s candy that i got for christmas.
our latest addiction has been the most recent season of lost being released on netflix. so good!
so sorry for the blog break. getting back into the swing of things is hard to do. i’ll try to be better, i promise.