Oh the things to do…

It has been quite a while (October to be exact) since you have seen a post here. I have been meaning to do this and that to my blog and just haven’t found the time in between keeping the house clean, showings, kids, quilting… the list could go on for sure to fill this post with reasons and excuses of why I can’t spend at least 5 minutes a day. So much has happened that I would love to share but with the new year in full swing already I think a clean slate and a where are we now post will be better than trying to show and tell all that is past.

We are in the midst of showings and open houses to sell our home. We have been here for almost 4 years and we are ready to move on to our next adventure. We have purchased some land in the downtown Indy area not too far from where we are now in the hopes of getting to build our “dream home” of right now. The hubs has diligently listened to all my requests and ideas that we have smooshed together too create a beautiful design. From those ideas he has rendered a drawing and comes up with the concept that we will later have professionally drawn up. We were really hoping to be in that direction currently but stuck in the selling our house portion. We have a bunch of big plans and design elements that I can’t wait to share here.

I have been busy busy working in my craft room. I have managed to make for quilts and a couple minis plus some bags. It was a handmade Christmas for sure. I have also been involved in a few swaps on Instagram that have stretched my creativity and have been such a delight. I continue to finish up my supernova for the end of the month deadline and Christina and I have big plans for the new year. I (almost) joined my first bee but was very hesitant with the choices available. A beginner bee which I’ve never been in one so it makes sense and the other an advanced paper piecing which I could handle but not sure I would solely like to do that the whole time. So I haven’t found a group yet but have enjoyed making things with Christina.

Our #homeschooladvantage had been sorely lacking with showings and holidays and we have relaxed to art and manipulatives. Which both are a hit around here. Hoping to get back into the swing of things and would love to get my hands on the Handwriting without Tears curriculum and materials. Archer will begin speech this week and will continue for a while too work on articulation, beginning sounds and blends. She is excited to have another “teacher” in her schedule. Also hoping to get into another YMCA class when the new session begins. Griffin hit his first 100 years before the new year began and is beginning to put words together to make sentences.

More changes coming soon… But have to wait a bit before we know for sure. And this post is beginning to become winded.

Leave you with one last thing. I had been thinking before the new year about resolutions and new beginnings. I’m not very good at resolutions but I decided on a word to help me focus on this year. I had several in mind but settled on present. I want to be present in all aspects. And I also want to present myself, my true self always. So here’s to bring present while I present myself clearly.

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A photo from our weekend trip to Kansas for a friend’s wedding. Also our first weekend out of town without kids.

xo

Oh the things to do…

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Making: a Halloween quilt and a coffee cozy with the scraps!

Cooking: up some delicious finds on Pinterest that even the kids enjoy.

Drinking: water.

Reading: My 132nd books since January.

Wanting: more patience to deal with the kids when they refuse to take naps.

Looking: for the first change in the leaves and the brisk breeze.

Playing: snakes and bears.

Wasting: my brain cells by staying up late.

Sewing: way too many things at once. Its time to clear out the WIP list before I start something else.

Wishing: it was easier to keep the house clean with two kids.

Enjoying: the late night hours to myself.

Waiting: for the weather where I can layer up and wear scarves.

Liking: the politeness that my kiddos show each other.

Wondering: where we will be in a few months.

Loving: my Griffin’s sweet words uttered in the night.

Hoping: that the person viewing our house decides to buy!

Marveling: how the daylight hours are getting shorter.

Needing: just a little more time to myself.

Smelling: freshly laundered clothes.

Wearing: my snowflake cuddleduds and a nursing tank. It is bedtime here!

Following: the same path almost every night.

Noticing: the minute pains in my shoulders and legs after a day cleaning.

Knowing: that tomorrow will bring a new day.

Thinking: life is going to get a lot more interesting here soon.

Bookmarking: quilt ideas and cross stitch patterns.

Opening: mail from Canada.

Giggling: at growls and laughter.

Feeling: immensely loved.

 

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Making: a quilt for Ayla. A Tova for me. And a schedule for Archer.

Cooking: up some failures in the bread department and successes in the desserts.

Drinking: coffee with honey and soy milk.

Reading: “Looking for Alaska” by John Green.

Wanting: more time in the day to get projects cleared off the list.

Looking: forward to a routine.

Playing: ballet and dress up.

Wasting: so many trees.

Sewing: aprons, zipper pouches and quilts.

Wishing: we were in our new house.

Enjoying: the late night hours to myself.

Waiting: for the rain.

Liking: the sounds of babbling and laughter.

Wondering: when how homeschooling will work this year.

Loving: my quiet times with Griffin.

Hoping: the rain will hold off for the state fair tonight.

Marveling: how neat it is to grow a child and then sustain one.

Needing: a bigger work space.

Smelling: pickled carrots
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Wearing: my one and only pair of jeans and a tshirt.

Following: my heart and gut to keep my kids at home.

Noticing: the passage of time and how some days feel like minutes and other like hours.

Knowing: that tomorrow will bring a new day.

Thinking: that my life is blessed and I need to take more time to enjoy it.

Bookmarking: homeschool curriculum.

Opening: new patterns to try.

Giggling: at sloppy kisses.

Feeling: in awe.

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Making: a special project

Cooking: not much tonight. We had a Meatless Monday meal of Greek salad pita.

Drinking: Margaritas!

Reading: Paper piecing quilt books.

Wanting: all sizes of rulers.

Looking: out the window to our butterfly garden.

Playing: hide and seek.

Wasting: sleeping hours.

Sewing: anything I can right now.

Wishing: there were more hours in the day.

Enjoying: evening strolls and bike cruises around downtown.

Waiting: for G to sleep through the night.

Liking: fresh produce from the garden.

Wondering: when the rain will become a drought.

Loving: watching the kiddos play.

Hoping: for more perfect days.

Marveling: how quickly kids grow up.

Needing: a bigger work space.

Smelling: basil through the window.

Wearing: my one and only pair of jeans and a tshirt.

Following: the Cultural Trail around town.

Noticing: how different each plant looks.

Knowing: how to use each scrap I have.

Thinking: i need to slow down on reading and craft more! 🙂

Bookmarking: colorful so many ideas.

Opening: vintage treasure months.

Giggling: at the little things.

Feeling: achy.

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bring on 30!

Today is my 30th birthday! I remember growing up and dreading 30 and wanting to hold on to my 20s like they were a lifeline to something I can’t even remember. Maybe that is my aging brain working. But since it has turned out to be such a momentous milestone for me I want to kick it off with: 30 New Things

I have the year to accomplish the list and well not sure why I thought this was a good idea but here it goes.

1. Learn how to knit.

2. Knit a cowl.

3. Learn how to slip stitch.

4. Blog at least once a week.

5. Find a place to volunteer once a month.

6. Learn how to embroider (is there a pattern happening).

7. Embroider an alphabet set.

8. Learn how to paper piece. the lovely Christina taught me!

9. Make my own gelato.

10. Run once a week. this is not happening quite yet and I’m thinking it might need to be redefined.

11. Sign up and run a 5k.

12. Learn to cross stitch. Christina taught me something new again!

13. Make my own tag.

14. Make memory books for kids.

15. Visit with both sides of my family.

16. Setup game night at least once month.

17. Go camping.

18. Take a crafty class.

19. Try 30 14 new recipes.

20. Host a dinner party of friends.

21. Get a tattoo.

22. Complete 30 24 pins.

23. outside concert Celestine Street Fest.

24. Night out once a month to myself July.

25. Date night once a month.

26. Visit a different country.

27. Ride a tandem bicycle.

28. Meatless Monday.

29. Break ground on our house!

30. Throw a birthday bash for the Hubs and Me.

If anyone can help me out in any way I welcome the advice and assistance!! Going to be a great year!

Goodbye 20’s! You brought such great things to my life. My husband and his family. Being reunited with my dad and his family after twenty years. My gorgeous children. Beautiful friendships and the joys of living in downtown Indy.

bring on 30!

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Making: kitchen curtains

Cooking: not much. Just using what’s in the garden.

Drinking: My water goal a day.

Reading: Divergent Series.

Wanting: Little Man to finish getting his first tooth.

Looking: ahead to all the sewing projects I want to accomplish.

Playing: music morning noon and night.

Wasting: bandaids on all sizes of owies.

Sewing: 3 quilts for birthdays, curtains for my kitchen, quilt-a-long with my friend.

Wishing: there were more hours in the day for crafting.

Enjoying: evening strolls and bike cruises around downtown.

Waiting: for G to sleep through the night.

Liking: green tomatoes.

Wondering: when the rain will become a drought.

Loving: watching the kiddos play.

Hoping: for a mini-trip out of town.

Marveling: how quickly kids heal.

Needing: a bike tuneup.

Smelling: basil through the window.

Wearing: my one and only pair of jeans and a tshirt.

Following: the Cultural Trail around town.

Noticing: how light it stays later into the night.

Knowing: that sometimes all you need is a good nap.

Thinking: I need to relax more.

Bookmarking: colorful quilt ideas.

Opening: a new book almost every other day.

Giggling: as we “hide” when daddy gets home.

Feeling: pride.

 

 

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Making: party treats.

Cooking: baking up mustache goodies for the weekend.

Drinking: COFFEE (finally).

Reading: my 102nd book this year!

Wanting: a ceramic electric kettle (I’m so over having to turn on the gas stove for tea).

Looking: at all of the flowers arriving just in time.

Playing: playdoh.

Wasting: my morning hours.

Sewing: a quilt for a birthday, suspenders for G, curtains for my kitchen.

Wishing: there were more hours in the day for crafting.

Enjoying: evening strolls and bike cruises around downtown.

Waiting: for G to sleep through the night.

Liking: undercuts.

Wondering: what it will be like to homeschool my kids.

Loving: watching the kiddos hold hands and dance.

Hoping: for a day of biking.

Marveling: how fast we really grow up.

Needing: a new pair of jeans.

Smelling: honeysuckles in the breeze.

Wearing: my “mom outfit” which is a tshirt and leggings.

Following: the Cultural Trail around town.

Noticing: the cries of the birds.

Knowing: that sometimes all you need is a good nap.

Thinking: about a Summer schedule.

Bookmarking: colorful quilt ideas.

Opening: a new book almost every other day.

Giggling: as we “hide” when daddy gets home.

Feeling: pride.

 

Well another hiatus from my blog since March.  It has really been a habit to get on here a couple months or weeks at a time and then to stop altogether before I realize that I haven’t touched base again.  There has been so many highs and lows here on my end and hopefully there is someone still out there that cares what I put in this space. I’m aiming to get a bit better, but as in always we shall see.

 

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