Friday, July 27, 2012

Quiet Day

Today I woke up feeling quiet, and comfortably sleepy. Then the lady who helps us work with Vander called and asked if today we could start our AIT for two days...that means no tv or music or electronic noise until it's over...not even baby toys. Perfect mood for that. The children are quiet. The house is quiet. Even the air is quiet. Somehow on an 108 degree day our house is perfectly cool even though I turned the a/c off early this morning.

I just put some banana bread into the oven. Vander helped me put it together. I put the ingredients in, and he pats them with his little hands and the flour goes everywhere like dandelion fluff in the breeze.

I admit that I am usually too busy with responsibilies and with myself, even in my mellowest moods, but today I want to make little things with my oldest kids. With Anduin we made a fuzzy chicken with some yarn and other items. Atreyu wanted to try a project in a very old 1960's childrens science book that uses "cigarette boxes" for many of the structures in it...even the drawn pictures in it are so very "Mad Men". We opted for a tissue paper snake. We cut it in a coil and laid it on a tin lid. Then we used a fur stole (yes, I do keep a fur stole about, but no cigarette boxes) to charge a plastic pen with electricity. When placed over the snake it lifts it up and looks a bit like the snake is alive and charmed.

Then I showed Anduin how to make a sailboat with a plastic cup. It's a design I came up with as a kid...I remember spending hours in our front yard after a summer rain putting my little boats in the streams and tiny rapids that formed in our long dirt driveway. Anduin opted for the bathroom sink.

It's been a good, quiet day.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012


Some days I can't stand how cute Vander is. This is his Elton John look. I will soon write an entire post on how this little man changed the face of my parenting in one fell swoop...but for now just plain old Vander fun.  Happy Wednesday Night.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012


Got any good advice about my blog? What do you like/ hate about it? Do I post too many pictures or not enough? Why do you read it? What would you like to see here...more on God, crafting, my shop, my kids/life, fashion, products, personal revelation? Let me know folks. What do you wish to see/read?

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

paused a minute

Goodness it's strange to be writing a post, but here I am doing it. It actually makes me feel more vulnerable than it used to. It has been awhile, and it has been quite a day...revamping the kids rooms...I really redid my daughter Anduin's room as of late, and now for the boys' room...but currently I'm laying on my bed bushed.

 Do you ever tell your kids that you just need a good hour of quiet? Maybe more? These are the important moments of recharge that remind yourself and your kids that you are not a robot, or super woman, but a heart beat run human being. These are the guilt-free moments when a video for the 3 year old is a very healthy idea, and sending the others to their room to play together rather than within earshot is fine and good for all involved. So that's me with laptop on my lap (this rarely happens...usually squished up on an uncomfy chair in front of the cart I keep it on in the kitchen), with my coffee and a block of Ghiradelli to dip in it slowly. I even have my coffee warmer plugged in so I can linger without it growing cold. In a little while I'll try to get back to my organizing, but til then I'm gonna linger a bit...and finally share five minutes of my life with my readers. What do you do when you need a minute? And what do you wish you did more often with your free time? Let me know, maybe I'll work some of your ideas into my schedule sometime and see how they fit me! Love you!