With having 3 kids (Ages: 8,5 and 2), it’s important for my husband and I to remind ourselves why we liked one another in the first place! Our attention is constantly sought and our conversations are often interuppted (no matter how much we tell our kids NOT to!).
Anyway, yesteday I suggested we get a couple nice pieces of cheese and hang out while the kids keep themselves busy. It was nice. The beer and wine in the middle of the day made it even more festive.
I think this week I will be sharing just images of my life (not that I don’t do that already!). There may be lots of words or none at all. I just like snapping away when I see that the light is beautiful in our living room or the shape of a bowl.
Often I wonder why I even have a blog and I have come to the conclusion that I love to share images. Whether they are of projects, my kids, or a thrift find. It’s a documentary of my life and if noone would even read this blog- that’s fine too. But I do love hearing from people!
Like much of the country, it has been extremely hot and humid! We spent most of the weekend in our pool and then quickly made a bee line to the air-conditioned house. It’s times like these that I am grateful we have the luxury of central air, but I am going a bit crazy feeling all locked up.
Anyway, I decided to get some gift making started and feel pretty good about my progress. This “Linus” blanket is for a friend and I am excited to send it off tomorrow. If her son is like any little boy, I’m sure this blanket will be used in fort making. Until then, I think it’s a perfect size to take in the car, change diapers on, use in a stroller…whatever. I love the colors and the tan blanket fabric is incredibly soft.
I have one more to make and hope I will complete it soon. I don’t know, I bore easily with making the same thing twice. I really don’t know how some people can produce a dozen of a similar item and have them all equally creative and well made. Perhaps this is something I need to overcome, quickly.
It was time to trim Penelope’s hair. So last week, Nathan braved the salon and took her to get her very first haircut. Instead of a little trim, we decided to give her a whole new “look”. I’m still trying to get used to it (I still put her hair up in her signature buns), but it suits her very well.
She likes it!
As I have mentioned many times, my sister is expecting her first child. Obviously we are anxious to meet this sweet little girl. Like every baby, many family and friends are eager to finally see tiny toes, ears, and a perfectly round mouth!
So I guess to make time go by, I quickly agreed to make my sister bumper pads.
Now- not only am I making one set, but another set as well. We are all crazy excited to meet their other child…her name is Ruby and will be adopted from China (my other sister has Jane Lu). How fortunate can they (and us, too!) be?!
When I was pregnant with Penny, I made her a set of bumper pads for a portable wooden crib we used. I liked the challenge of “figuring” out a pattern and making something for the forthcoming babe. I also liked the over stuffed look…actually, like little pillows.
Anyway, I will be giving the first set to my sister tonight. We are members of a really terrific book club and I am hosting the meeting…it’s sort of a “book” shower for her too! Okay, better start making those pizzas!
We just returned from our trip to Michigan. Nothing is nicer than getting away for a bit…spending time with family and then returning to your home and feeling rested.
My husband and his brother took our kids camping. I got to hang out with my sister-in-law and we had such a memorable time. We strolled a local art fair, sampled all kids of wine, thrifting, watch the sunset on their “backyard lake”, finish my book club selection for this month and sleep in!
The only thing really missing was Penelope. She stayed with my sister and brother-in-law. They did a great job and pass with flying colors. Soon, they will have their own little one to swoon over, but until then, Penny loves their attention.
By the way, all of these shots were taken the evening we arrived and had a nice dinner and bon fire. Summer time feelings were everywhere!
Yesterday Penelope and I went on her very first train to Oak Park (just outside Chicago). It was so much fun to be with her as she experienced the fun of riding the train. At first she was clinging to me the whole time- which was tricky with me holding her and a stroller! Anyway, my friend met us and we had a great time…it’s super fun (and smart) to use public transportation. I could have easily driven down and get there sooner. But the slower pace is nice and being with just my 2 year old is even better.
Yep, that’s my “big” girl with her pacifier. Considering it was her nap time I figured she was entitled to this pleasure before a meltdown…
Happy early Weekend.
We are off to Michigan to see family. My husband and his brother are taking our older kids(Penny is staying with my sister) camping. I get to hang out with one of my favorite sister-in-laws and go to the Ann Arbor Arts Festival. Fun. That’s MY kind of camping!
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This past week has been full of long bike rides, walks with Ollie, visiting friends near the city, the children’s museum, the arboretum, getting my CD giveaways in the mail, swimming and just being with one another. I also have started making 2 sets of bumper pads for my sister and they are turning out so nice. So- all in all, a productive week!
It’s been good. I do enjoy the summer months, but it takes time for me to get used to everyone being home, including my husband…things get a bit shaken up. Ironically, once I get used to our new routine, everyone has to go back to school and work and I am left in the dust (shhh…we won’t even talk about “going back to school”).
If anyone remembers, I was trying to create a fun summer schedule with journaling with the kids, etc. Obviously, we are experiencing SUMMER, but the journaling is not really going. They have been drawing in them and that is fine with me. I think after our dog was killed, my motivation really spiralled for a few weeks. And of course camps and relatives visiting can be distracting too. So who knows, I may have some fun pages to share at the end of summer…we are just living and that is good too.
Have a happy weekend. Nathan and I are going out tomorrow to celebrate our anniversary (1 month late!). You would think we were given a 2 week vacation. We are both so happy to just go out and be alone. See you Monday!