Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Is this thing still on?

Wow, I think this might tie the record for the longest I have gone without blogging. One week and a day! Sorry to anyone who has been checking!

I have just been busy. Working full time makes life just. plain. crazy. I am pretty much able to get things done, and we are making it work, but it doesn't leave a whole lot of time for blog-updating!

Thankfully, tomorrow is my last day of full time work. Woo-Hoo! I will be spending all day Friday in the kids classrooms to try and make up for all the time I have been gone. I'm sure by 2:30 on Friday I will be ready to go back to work! (Ha! Kidding!) (Sort of).

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

What's in the box?

The other day a package arrived. Approximately the size and shape that would hold a book and a Snow White movie. I knew it was for Christmas, so I wasn't about to open it with the kids around. However, they answered the door when it arrived, and they were VERY curious!

Abigail made me a deal that if she guessed the *exact* item, that I would tell her she was right. I agreed, and then was treated to a good laugh.

Abigail wanted to start with "grown up" things. Her guesses?
  • Electricity
  • Light bulb
  • A Christmas Tree- the fold up kind

Aidan was also very interested. He had a few guesses of his own:

  • A bowling ball
  • The letter "T"

Jack didn't care too much, and since they were getting close to guessing, I had to put it away out of sight! :)

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Starting Over

Tomorrow marks my first official day going "Back To Work". For two weeks, I will be in orientation, which is a full time schedule- 8a to 4p every single day.


It has always bugged me that for a job with alternate hours (nights, weekends, part time) they always expect us to do so many things during normal work hours. It continues to bug me.

I hate leaving my kids. I hate it. I hate asking and finding people to take care of them. I am extremely grateful that we have so many family members and friends that are willing to step up and help out (esp. my mom- thanks so much!), but I still hate that I have to do it.

I want to be the one to take them to the bus stop. I want to drop them off and pick them up. I want to go into their classrooms and help and participate. That is one of the reasons I love my job so much- I can work part time and they will feel almost no impact from it. I will be home when they are home, and only work once a week while they are asleep. I can come home, get them to school, then sleep while they are gone and wake up before they come home. It is ideal- except for these first two weeks.

It gives me new appreciation for people who do this everyday. I'm glad this is only 2 weeks. Although it feels like such a long time, it really isn't. At least that is what I am trying to convince myself of.

Friday, October 16, 2009

A Devoted Wife

Kydon has been really busy this week. His work has been a lot of, well, work. To help him feel a little love, I decided to make me him a big batch of my his favorite:

Homemade English Muffins.

They are so, so delicious- much better than you can buy in the store. I recommend you make some for your self loved ones right away.

And then I recommend eating one, with a small pat of butter. Followed by one with just jam. After that you will want to try one with butter and jam. And then one all by its little self because they are that yummy. Also you might want to experiment with some meat and cheese. Or more butter, jam, honey, and various combinations.

And if there are any left the next morning, they are amazing with an egg and cheese.

Keeping Kydon in mind, I did make the ultimate sacrifice. I saved him a few one.

A Big Soapy Mess

Last week we went with our cousins to check out the Halloween festival at Stone Mountain. We enjoyed a picnic lunch, pumpkin painting, crown making, and climbing on rocks. We love getting together with our cousins!
Check out all these rowdy boys! It is quite the crew- and there are two more boys that were too busy to be in the picture.
I love how Jack fits perfectly into this hole. They are always happy to spend a day at Stone Mountain!

And, the day wouldn't be complete without a trip to the Suds'n'Such pumpkin laundromat, where the kids can jump right in and get all soaped up.
We came last year, and so we were prepared this time with a change of clothes and a towel.
The kids absolutely loved it. Swimming, diving, rolling around all over. They would have stayed all day!
About every 5 min they would run out to get me to wipe their eyes off. One quick swipe and they dove right back in!

This is my absolute favorite picture of Jack. The movement, the pure joy on his face, and the bubbles! Love it!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

It kept him busy for at least an hour

Aidan stayed home a couple days this week with a fever. The first day he was pretty wiped out, and didn't even want to watch TV- he just laid on the couch and slept on and off. By the second day, he was starting to recover, and had moments of missing his brother and sister and telling me he was bored (in that soft, sweet voice of his. Wait- I mean he yelled it at the top of his lungs).

So, anytime I want to keep Aidan occupied for a while, I simply give him a skein of yarn. They are about $1, and well worth it.

He will work and work and work, until the entire house is strung.

It is a little tricky getting up and down the stairs (even for me)!

Look at how carefully he works. He is very deliberate in what he does.

He doesn't miss a room. He goes in and out and around all over the entire house. In and out, up and down, across and back again.

It makes him so happy.

Cleanup isn't too hard. It takes some time, and usually a pair of scissors, but it goes pretty fast.

He told me he wants to be a spider for Halloween. I think he is already there!

Joining in to make a Lazy Day Skirt

With Abigail home sick yesterday, I couldn't work on any of the Christmas projects, but I also couldn't really get much else done, so I decided to join in on the sew-along from One Crafty Mumma and sew a lazy day skirt (free pattern here).
It turned out cute! It was so easy- even with the piecing and ribbon detail, it only took me a little over an hour to make. I will definately be making more of these! And, of course, Abigail loves it. She would live in skirts if she could!
I also made a little Sharpie marker holder, pattern based on all the cute little crayon holders I see everywhere. Why should the kids have all the fun? :)

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

View in the Mirror

Aidan was home sick today. He was so happy to stay home and help me with my errands. I checked my side mirror at one point and saw this:

So sweet! I love moments like that!

Monday, October 12, 2009

Single Tasking

I posted today over at Deep South Moms about changing from a multi-tasker to a single-tasker. Also, there is a pretty cute picture of the kids on the post! :)

Friday, October 9, 2009

The dilemma with being cheap

I had a little time yesterday to FINALLY start working on some of my Christmas things for the kids. I know it is only October, but I feel like I am behind, so I was happy to have a chance to get started on some of my projects. It turned out I was only able to work for about an hour and a half, but at least I got started.

Here is the problem:

I am cheap. Part of the reason I want to do the homemade Christmas is because it costs almost nothing. I have so much fabric and so many craft supplies, that I can make a lot of stuff without spending any money. I like that a lot.

So I got started, and then had to stop. I am making some little fabric dollhouses. Or, more accurately, a train house, a monster truck stadium, and a campsite. They will be SO CUTE. After the kids were in bed, I went back to look at what I had done, and I realized something. They will be fine as-is. The kids probably won't care, they will love them however they are. But because I am just using fabric that I have on hand, some of the choices are... well... less than ideal. Some don't match, some look a little weird together. I think I could spend $10 on new fabric and make them darling. They could be gorgeous, with the right fabric choices.

Arguments in my head:

Just buy the fabric. $10 is almost nothing, and you will be much happier with the result. If you are putting forth all the effort to make something, you should make it good and not just look weird.

Don't buy anything. What you have is just fine. The kids certainly won't care, and if you buy more you will have to re-do all that you have already done. If you spend money on it, you will get mad when they rip it, tear it, step on it and throw it in a puddle. If it isn't that cute, you won't care as much when it gets destroyed.

My inner self is conflicted. What would you do?

They are constantly trying to poison me

Jack and Aidan love to play tricks on me. One of their favorite tricks is to pretend to hand me something and say "eat this, mama", or "drink this, mama". After I pretend to eat/drink it, they dissolve into giggles, and triumphantly shout "Ha ha- we got you! It was POISON!"

Then I pretend to die, and they roll on the floor laughing.

I thought I was able to outsmart them when I started making them pretend to eat it first before I would try it. I took a turn laughing hysterically when they gladly pretended to take a bite, then after I ate mine, they pretended to spit theirs out and said "It's POISON"!

I guess I still can't outsmart the 4 year olds!

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Food Storage: Getting Close to my goal!

My mom and I made a visit to the cannery yesterday, and did a *bunch* of work. I made some major progress toward my goal of having a one year supply of basics on hand.
60 cans of wheat, 24 cans of beans, and 18 cans of oats puts me at about 40% for almost everything I want to store.

After I got home, I made a plan for future visits. I plan to go every six months, and I figure in just 2 more visits I will be at 100%! I try to think of it in terms of 2 more visits, because 1 year seems like a really long time! :)

Abigail loves to pull some crazy faces!

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Is it Wednesday already??

I don't know how it is possible to be this busy and still not getting anything done. I feel like I run, run, run all week long, but the things I want to accomplish keep getting pushed farther and farther behind! Does this happen to anyone else, or is it just me?

2009 must be the "Year of the Bug", at least for my skin. I have always bragged about not really getting many bug bites, and when I do, they really don't bother me at all. I haven't used bug spray since I was a teenager. Then came this year. 4 hornet stings, hundreds of mosquito bites that were extremely painful, a tick, and now... something. I think maybe a spider bite? It hurts a lot, itches a lot, and is obviously infected, so now I'm on antibiotics. Makes me want to never, ever leave the house again!

I also got a job. Same job I worked for 8 years, then took the past 2.5 years off with the kids. I will be working just 4 shifts every 6 weeks, so a little less than once a week. Not a big deal, but enough that it will make some nice money.

How is that for a random post?

Monday, October 5, 2009

Pancakes for Breakfast

Sometimes I like to record the mundane. The day-to-day normal things that you never really talk about, except one day you remember, and think how it used to be that way, but then it turned different.

My boys love pancakes. Jack and Aidan are adamant supporters of Kydon's love for hot flat bits of dough covered in syrup.

They ask for pancakes every day, and almost always Kydon will grant their request. He is a pancake making machine.

I eat an egg, and Abigail has either an egg or cereal. We are not so into the pancake!

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Laws of Nature

When you bake all morning... you have to do dishes all afternoon!

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Finally, Finally Finished

Way, way, way back in February, I did a little giveaway... it has taken a long, long time, but I have consistently worked on these cute little mini quilts, and now, I can say... they are done! All 27! And I made one of each pattern to keep for myself, so I've actually done more like 35.

I love the way this Halloween one turned out. I totally just made up the pattern, so I wasn't sure what it would end up like, but I love it!
These will go to Cindy, Kelly, Emily, Savanna, and Rheanna! I have Rheanna's address, but the rest of you, please email me at! I need to know where to send them!

The Christmas square will be sent to Ali and Wendy (I need your addresses too). This one was a little better in my head than it actually turned out...
That is supposed to be a Santa in the middle. It didn't look at all like Santa, so I tried adding a face, but now it looks like an elf in a Santa suit... oh well! Still festive, right? Abigail was very annoyed when I told her it was Santa- "No it isn't Mom, tell the truth!"