Thursday, February 25, 2010

Blankie Cow...

The Napping Boy & his Blankie Cow. Whenever Ben is tired, you will find him wrapped in his special blanket. Usually he is rubbing the satin edges with his fingers until he falls asleep. This special blanket was made for Ben by my friend Sally when he was born. He quickly became very attached to it and it has been a major staple in our home ever since. We used to call it his cowboy blanket because there are little lassoing cowboys all over the material, but Ben dubbed it his Blankie Cow and it has been that ever since. This blanket has seen many washes (there were times he wouldn't even let it out of his grasp & sight long enough for a wash, but now he understands it's a good thing) and there has been lots of mending to the edges through the years. I dread the day that blankie cow may be no more, but until then it is such a simple and lovely comfort for both of us.

Whenever there is a full moon, I cannot sleep. It is a given. I toss and turn all night. I don't know if its the brightness that overwhelms night or if there are some super sensor powers dancing through the air. I guess this big tummy of mine isn't helping sleeping situations either. Things are getting more and more difficult as these final weeks pass. I know I have about 7-8 weeks left, but I wonder sometimes how I will get through. I am at the point already in which bending over is very difficult and you know what? My job requires me to bend over alot! , plus Im extra clumsy these days. I am kind of at the thought process of kick it or leave it there. Also, I am feeling really ill these days, I think it is these new IRON pills I am taking. joy. When will these Tulips be popping up from the muddy ground? When will the Robins be bouncing and searching on the new growing grass? Because it is then, that I will believe the time has come.

Last night laying in bed, I listened to a train whistle in the distance. I love that sound. No matter where I have lived in this life, I have always heard an occassional train whistle at night. My brain always starts to wander, on where ther train may be going and who it is taking with or bringing home.

My computer screen is acting up so thats not good. We are going through milk like crazy lately. I almost want to buy a cow and shove him in the shed in the back. A mini cow will do. Isabelle has a late dance rehearsal tonight (for the oz recital), I hope I can stay up late enough! hehe (I went to bed a 7:45 the other night, no kidding, sad but true). Today is parent visit day at Ben's school, that's always fun...except last time he yelled at my in front of all the parents that he did not need my help to :go away: when he was in the potty. Just a tad bit embarrassing. He is supposed to bring a heart item for show and tell and he tells me , no that it's GIRLISH. I have a MOPS meeting this morning and I miss the wonderful women there, but I also have lots of errands to run...and the thought of doing them within the brief time that I do not have the children with me is extremily tempting. Especially since I get so tired by noon. I guess I will see how I feel once I am out the door. Happy Thursday.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Sunday Morning Thoughts

This is a Little Girl Dress Greeting Card in my new Etsy Shop. So, I have offically re-opened an Etsy Shop. Instead of opening up my old shop, I started a new one for a fresh start...I linked my old store so I would have feedback history and items sold history....I have been gone a while...and I know it takes a time to build up someting new...but I am letting myself feel a little discouraged already. I know I don't have time to make lots of stuff for it..I dont have too much in it yet...and I know my reasons for doing the new shop are a litle different then they were when I did my first shop, but I still hope for it to be a success just on a lighter, less pressure scale. I know I have to be patient and positive. I think one of the things I look forward to the most, is sharing my creations with some amazing people that I meet along the way. I have truly met some wonderful & inspiring customers (turned friends) on my last journey. I am so excited to start making more stuff, It truly is a joy. I have a million ideas swimming through my head. So, if you want to check out the new shop it is: (name courtesy of a Benjamin creation).

Other Stuff - A winter storm is rolling in tonight, I am so not looking forward to it, but what can you do? Spring , Spring, where are you? My biggest challenge of the morning will be cleaning out my car (blazer), as someone is coming to look at it for a possible purchase in the near future, I cannot believe that I am in the market to switch to a Mini-VAN. Most of my friends drive vans and I am going to have 3 kids to haul around once the tulips start popping out of the ground...but the idea of driving a van kind of scares me a little, I don't know why? I think they feel a little overwhelming. So anyway, cleaning my current car will be a task for sure because this winter I have let many items accumulate within the vehicle and I don't know what to expect to find in there. The moment I said out loud the verse this morning: "This is the day that the Lord has made , let us rejoice and be glad in it"----a cardinal (my favorite bird) flew across my viewing path to greet me a good morning. I know it was for me. :) I am making Chili in the crockpot for an easy and heartwarming dinner this sunday evening. The kids have been such characters lately, truly making me smile and laugh...which is good because I need that right now. How does laundry add up so quickly? I guess it doesnt help that ben changes his clothing at least 3-5 times a day. Every day ben tells me that I am his pretty I guess I don't mind doing his laundry. for lent Isabelle is giving up fighting with ben. and for lent ben is determined to fight bad guys with his sword and eat goldfish. happy sunday.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Misc. RoundUp

Recently the kids celebrated Catholic Schools Week. Here they sport their blue & gold attire. Every day at school there were special activities & projects. They had so much fun.

Recently, Isabelle got to go bowling for the first time with Girlscouts, so soon after we took her and Ben for an afternoon of funny shoes & wooden pins. They had so much fun...and would you believe that Ben beat us all? He was the big winner..1st place!....and Isabelle was 2nd...truly.

Bowling Queen

I had the pleasure of helping, plan , prepare and execute Valentine Day parties for both Ben & Isabelle's classes. Ben got to come with to Isabelle's so here they are together at her desk. These were such a joy to be part of (but I must admit , exhausting!).

Here is an OIL painting that I recently finished. Two of my favorite subjects: Gnomes & Cardnials. I am excited to start a new project...just not sure what yet.

This morning the snow falls , I drink my coffee, watch the birds, listen to the kids play and I am thankful there is no school or requriements (presidents day) so we can just stay home, relax and hopefully catch up on a few things. Today is Noah's birthday, so tonight we will go out to dinner somewhere....and the kids & I will make a cake. Times have been so busy lately, but I am thankful for all our blessings. This week coming up is busy too, but instead of feeling overwhelmed...I am looking forward to each day, taking it all - one day at a time.

Thursday, February 04, 2010

Love Day

Dear Family & Friends: Sorry there have been no recent updates. Here is a quick one for now. I hope to write a longer one soon! Things have been crazy around here lately between school and social activities and work being done at the house (painting, detail trim work, kitchen wall tiles, etc. etc. p.s. I finally have a mircrowave on the main level people! ) and I am preparing several projects for Valentine's Day: Some items for a customer and also school party planning. I am also preparing to re-open an Etsy store which I am extremily excited about. Noah started making beer in our basement. My last dr. appt. went very I have to go every 2 weeks. Time is going fast! Like this morning! I better get going before we are late!...