Sunday, May 31, 2009
Friday, May 29, 2009
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
A bird situation . . .
One night Jackson asked me to make him a mommy and a baby. Then he needed a nest. The next day another baby, and a daddy. Another nest for the new baby. Then a grandma. Followed by a grandpa. Another baby, and then another nest. Then some little squiggly pipe cleaner worms to feed them with. Then the girls began to get in on the action. Now there are feather particles floating throughout the upstairs. Josh says it's my own fault for buying the stuff and encouraging creativity. Unfortunately he is right.
25 of the 50 beans bags I need to have made by next Tuesday:
Maybe I'll finish closing these today. I'm participating in a preschool activity exchange with 14 others, and my job is to sew bean bags. The coolest part I think is that the house where we will be doing the exchange is the old Rokeby country school. I actually have been there twice before when I was a country school student myself. This family has bought it and made it their home. I have now decided THAT is my dream home. I would LOVE to find myself a little country school to live in, paint it red and put a cupola on top with a bell. Then I'd get some free range chickens, some little goats, and a miniature donkey. That's my dream. Don't laugh.
I'm also dabbling in a little bit of Emmett potty training today. I go about this process the "John Rose.mond way" so I have no good news to report at this point. We are currently just working on awareness, as in "Oh, I did THAT!!" This is why we own a carpet cleaner . . .
AND I found a recipe for "Baked Potato Soup." I think it may be the best potato soup recipe ever. All I can think about is eating another bowl of it. And it's good soup weather, don't you think? So, if you too are craving some potato soup, let me know and I'll get that recipe typed up.
So, there you have it, what we've been up to. ;o)
Saturday, May 23, 2009
Jackson--"That's a lizard."
Me--"Yes, that's called a gecko."
Jackson--"No, it's a LIZARD!!!"
And so forth. Hopefully we get this curtailed soon. Can you imagine trying to homeschool him?!?!
Me--"This is a Q."
Jackson--"No, that's an O!"
Jackson--"NO! It's 5!!"
Yeah. That might not be so much fun.
After all the craziness, I've found that a nice soothing cup of tea just isn't what I need to unwind at night. I've had to upgrade to the harder stuff--in the form of generous-sized root beer floats. Now THAT hits the spot. ;o) It's probably not the best nightly habit to develop, and I don't recommend getting yourself going on that. But when you have a 2 liter of root beer sitting in the fridge and a 5 quart pail of vanilla ice cream, really, what options do you have? (In fact, I'm sipping one right now. Delicious.) ;o) So there you have it, my crutch.
We have no crazy Memorial Day plans, most likely just sticking around home. I have a lot of projects I need to start on, sewing projects, painting projects, devising some sort of sandbox for my back porch or garage projects. I just need the motivation to get going. Perhaps this long weekend will find me ambitious. Or perhaps I'll just sit alone, in the dark and quiet, peacefully sipping my root beer float, and feeling all is right with the world. Perhaps. ;o)
Thursday, May 21, 2009
So, I woke up today, hoping to put yesterday behind me. But before 9:00 a.m. :
But, on an entirely different note, check out what my mother-in-law found in her yard:
Monday, May 18, 2009
In case you didn't believe me when I stated that nothing in our house was safe from Emmett's artistic prowess . . . Now you know. I really wasn't lying when I said if you sat still long enough YOU would be the next target! Not only did he get the plate and dishwasher door, but what the picture doesn't show as well is the drawn on blender to the left and the metal bowl behind it--all doodled in blue.
Thursday, May 14, 2009
4 brand new magic erasers ready for business
2--the number of times I've washed my sheets in 5 days (apparently Jackson still occasionally wets at naptime, particularly when finishing out his nap in Mommy's bed on clean sheets)
3 glasses broken in 4 days leaving me with a grand total of 2 remaining of the original 12
2 inches shy is Marissa's last year bathing suit of covering what it needs to
6 loads of laundry done today, but so far only 2 folded/put away
2 weeks left has Isabella at speech therapy and then this 2 year phase of our lives come to an end (Yay Bella!)
3 forts built in the living room, complete with curtains, flower gardens, and tea parties inside (Bet you can't guess who was doing the building) ;o)
11 cups of tea I have enjoyed . . .
The number of times Emmett removed 3 shelves of MY books from their carefully organized place on my bookcase--3 (and there they sit, because really I'm not THAT foolish to organize them all again, we'll wait for this phase to pass too--there's been a lot of regression lately . . .)
23 times I have pulled out the vacuum
0 closets organized ;o(
4 cups of rhubarb cut up for a crisp. Yum.
26 hours of driving--the trip we are in planning mode for, and that's just one way . . .
Opportunities that have presented themselves for me to get out for some alone time at the fabric store doing some "pattern perusing"--0
Minutes left until bedtime--19 ;o)
Monday, May 11, 2009
Saturday, May 9, 2009
Some houses try to hide the fact
that children shelter there.
Ours boasts of it quite openly,
the signs are everywhere.
For smears are on the windows,
little smudges on the doors,
I should apologize, I guess,
for toys strewn on the floor.
But I sat down with the children
and we played and laughed and read;
And if the doorbell doesn't shine,
their eyes will shine instead.
For when at times I'm forced to choose
the one job or the other;
I like to be a housewife but
I love to be a mother.
Happy Mother's Day to all the mamas out there, especially my own mother, and my mother-in-law too. Chances are, if you are a mommy out there reading this, you have in some way impacted my life for the better, perhaps an encouraging conversation, a recipe shared, advice given, or knowledge imparted--I'm thankful for all the "mothers" in my life and the vast stores of experiences they represent. I hope each and every one of you enjoy a blessed day with your families.
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
So since school is out, I feel like I have been wandering about my house aimlessly. I know I need to get moving on my organization plans. But first I must come up with a plan . . . I am seeing that I function the best when I tell myself "This is the time I __________" and then I just do it. When I approach my day in a carefree sort of manner I only end up getting to the dishes and some laundry--things I MUST do daily. ;o) And so I'm thinking I must revisit fly.lady's principles and get myself going on a routine again. When the house seems to stay perpetually messy I find myself perpetually grumpy. This summer should be a good time to hone the framework for a nice cleaning routine that will hopefully stick when school starts back up. (yes, I'm giggling just a little, the thought of me having a cleaning routine that sticks . . . I must be delirious). Did I mention Emmett started drawing on the walls again?
So, that's where I am right now, rather lost, with a lot of messes to attend to. What a great way to kick off our school break, eh? ;o)