Sunday, December 25, 2011

Rearranging...

So I have been tidying and updating the ol' blog.
Hate the header...hate, hate, hate how big the picture is.
No techno savvy at all, so my apologies at having to look at a circa 2005 blog design.
I stink at these sorts of things.
But, I updated my lists, changed the color etc.
Christmas was lovely...kids far too spoiled.
A bit glazed over really.
Now the great annual purge and reorganization of the rooms begins...myself included.
Although I must admit that I took a van load of stuff to Goodwill while packing up the house.
That felt good...let me tell you. 
I think I can do more.
My sweetie spoiled me yet again this year...books, spa day, Steelers bling.
What more do I need?
He's busy playing his new PS3 games while I blog...happiness means different things to different people and he is happy...I did good.
Pondering the new year and what it will bring...
A certain boy turning 5,
new baby,
new house,
Trying find my rythym.
I hope to work on myself by practicing gratitude and praying with regularity. 
I need to be better about it.
Keep my mind on higher things.
Keep my mind on the positive.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Going, going, gone...

Well, it is done. 
The house was packed and loaded.
Everything now in storage.
The lights are turned off.
The heat turned down, all ready for the new owners.
I hope they will take care of that little house.
It was strange and a wee bit bittersweet to walk the empty rooms and say goodbye.
We bought that house knowing it was not our forever house.
I never got truly attached to it because of that fact.
I never loved it, but how I love the memories that were made there.
So many sweet things happened that make me hold that house in high esteem.
Meals made, babies brought home from the hospital, children learning to walk and talk
I tried to find a picture in my current archives for you to see, but no luck.  All my others are now in storage...oh well.
So we are back in our new digs for the Holidays.
Today we are making jingle bell bracelets.
Cookies need to be baked for tomorrow.
A few last packages need to be wrapped.
Ingredients bought for a Christmas morning french toast bake.
A cradle painted.
Suitcases un-packed.
Plans made for the two weeks of vacation ahead of us...children's museum, zoo, library...a movie too.  We'll see...

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Tea, oranges, and 5 kiddies...

Wrapping gifts, not my favorite thing, but I love the result.  I have been watching my nieces for the last couple of weeks...5 kids under 4 years old = tired. But, despite my growing rotundness and bum 95 year old woman of a hip (that's how it feels, just a pregnancy perk), we have painted and baked cookies, made recycled crayons, and made ornaments.  Tomorrow might hold jingle bell bracelets for us.  We'll see.
Holiday gift making is done, packages sent.  Decided against Christmas cards...maybe New Year's cards would be the way to go.
Craving oranges and chamomile tea these days...also bowls of Malt O Meal.  Is there anyone else out there that loves that hot cereal as I do?  A hold over from childhood I guess...loved it then too.
Evelyn and Rubia are going through rough discipline stages right now.  They are so much faster than me these days.  Elijah hasn't wanted to eat his lunch at school lately...working with that too.  Starting to see progress.  Consistency is tough.
I am dying for a good book to read...any suggestions?

Monday, December 5, 2011

Winter's goings on...

Sewing, sewing...what is it about sewing that seems so right this time of year? Knitting too, but that has been a bit of a disaster I won't get into. I'm afraid I have made a mess of my Mother-in-Law's dining room table in the sewing process, but, I am almost done with my projects as they need to be shipped off in the mail.  I can't wait to have a sewing/crafting room of my own.  Please, oh, please let our next house have one!
We had our first real snow on Saturday...the whole day soft, white flakes fell to the ground, muffling all the sounds around us.  It turned into a rightfully lazy day.  Today was a whirlwind to make up for it.  Wal-Mart how I loath thee, but sometimes it can't be helped.  Going down the aisles at Michael's made up for it, however.  I am making such fun little things for my kiddies this year...little goodies for their stockings and for under the tree.  If only these headaches that are coming with this pregnancy didn't keep slowing me down!  I would have so much more done by now.
Elijah is obsessed with learning to read and write.  Saturday morning he sat at the table while I sewed and asked me how to spell words.  He can write most of his letters in what I consider to be excellent fashion for being only 4.  He made his wish list for Santa and promptly requested an envelope in which to mail it to the North Pole.  I promised him I would see to it.  I really just tucked it away for safe keeping.  It is much to precious a thing to mail away.  I must keep his first handwritten letter to Santa, don't you agree?  After all, I do know the truth about the jolly old fat man and I'm sure Elijah's list will be attended to...{wink, wink}.
We are counting down the days until Christmas with a red and green paper chain.  Evelyn glued and I stuck it together.  Each day the kids remove another loop with such glee and begging to know, "How many days now Mama?"  Oh, the magic of Christmas in little ones.  I am trying to see to it that they know the real reasons for why we celebrate...Jesus after all is the whole reason.  Elijah has more of a grasp then the girls, but, I know they hear.
I don't like posting without any pictures...my camera suffered a mishap, but, thankfully my husband had the foresight to get one of those insurance things when he bought it.  It has been repaired and returned to me, but I haven't gotten back into the habit of taking pictures.
Oh, dear...it's nearing the dinner hour and I have yet to start the making...dance class is tonight, best be going!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

A long time coming...




Well, hello there!  I never intended to be gone so long.  We are all well here, just living life, doing the things everyone does. Honestly, I haven't had the motivation to blog these past few months.  We have been in such a state of transition, that I just haven't wanted to sit down and write.  Don't worry things are good.  David and the kids are all well and thriving...I'm holding my own too.  But, today is truely joyful, we sold our house and now we can begin to move into the next phase of our lives.  I feel like I have been holding my breath and now I can breath again.  The rollercoaster that is selling a house these days is truely grueling.  The ups and downs, the lowball offers, the living apart from my sweet husband.  It's come to a close.  So happy!
So what have you all missed?
Elijah started pre-school and loves it. His teacher is amazing.
Evelyn is taking dance once a week.
Elijah played soccer in the Fall.  He was quite good if I do say so myself, despite me being his coach.
Miss Rubia talks quite a bit.
Cool Fall days watching the squirrels.
Costume creating...I challenged myself big time this year: A Clone Trooper, A Purple Fairy, and Little Ruby Riding Hood.
Learning the landscape and the heartbeat of a new city and state.
My Dad and Step-Mom came for a wonderful visit.
Oh and the biggest news of all...baby #4 is on the way...I'm 20 weeks along.  This will be our last as far as we are concerned.  But, we are very excited nonetheless.
Big things, happy things.
I hope to be back regularly now.  I have missed you little blog...yes, I have.