Thursday, February 28, 2013

Kid's Spaces...



I have rearranged a few of the kids spaces.
I brought Evelyn's doll house upstairs and set it up for imaginative play.  It has seen more action in the last few days then it had in months.  The kids are still a little bit wary of being in their rooms by themselves downstairs and so a lot of their toys don't get played with unless the kids can carry them upstairs.  I have decided to rotate things more and that seems to be helping.
At night after they are all tucked into their beds, I have been arranging the furniture and dolls around the doll house and all of the kids have been drawn to it. I hear many happy noises coming from that part of the living room these days.
I created a little area full of books, blocks etc. and I will rotate things as needed.  I love baskets for tucking toys into instead of plastic tubs.  They allow easy access and I just like how they look as well.  I find the best selection of baskets and containers at Goodwill and other thrift stores.  They are usually in perfect condition and with super prices.  I don't think I have paid more then $2.99 for any of them.

They spend their mornings playing, reading books, drawing or doing art.  These are things that we had gotten away from.  I am happy that the TV is off more then it is on these days...they are busy being kids. 
Days are calmer, our days are happier.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

End of the season...


Basketball ended this morning.
Elijah enjoyed it and wants to keep playing.
See that coach up there?  He's yummy.  ;)
I'm lucky he gets to come home with me.
Sorry for the blurry pictures...those two would not stand still!  *wink*
Elijah enjoyed spending time with his Dad each Saturday morning. 
I think it was fun for both of them.
Soccer starts in a couple months...I'm looking forward to going to the games. 
And no, I will not be coaching this time around...it's not a gift God gave me. 
I'll bring the snacks!

Friday, February 22, 2013

These days...




Oh my stars!  It is snowing...again.  It seems like ol' Mr. Groundhog has let me down!  Perhaps this is Old Man Winter's final push?  Oh well.  We are going a little crazy from being indoors, but it won't last forever.
I've been quilting and working on the binding of the lap quilt.  It's slow going with a 10 month old always crawling into whatever, I'm doing.  It's just the nature of it.  He has been so much happier lately.  He had a double ear infection and now that that is being taken care of, he is happy to move around and play...as long as he is full and well rested.
Anyway, I hope to get the binding on the quilt in the next few days and then it is done.  That lovely pile of fabric up there is for place mats for the new table.  I love the fabric so much, that what ever is left over I am going to turn into a cozy nine patch quilt.  I am finishing up projects, but also adding more to the Que...sheesh.  Oh, well...I love to create and I can't sit still with nothing to do or nothing in my hands.  So, I guess I will always have projects in the wings until the day I die.  Being creative is such a part of who I am, it always has been.  I can remember pulling out scraps of fabric that my Mom had thrown away and sewing them into little clothes from my dolls.  I couldn't have been more then 8 or 9. And if I wasn't doing things like that I was writing stories or creating things out of paper.  Busy, always busy.  And what better way to be?  Works for me!
Peace friends...hope your day is lovely!

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Cold, cold go away...








We are still bitter cold here.
I went to the grocery store this morning...I felt that my face was about to fall off from the wind chill and all of the snot in my nasal passages froze.  I think the kiddies were in the same boat, although they didn't say.  We are due for another snow storm on Thursday...yay.  There is an Imagination Movers song that keeps playing in my head.
"Springtime...because the winter was a bummer.
Gonna find a shady tree where I can stop and sit.
Springtime, I know my Summer clothes are lonely.
I've grown so much this year, I hope they all still fit."
Geared to kids of course, my Summer clothes should still fit just fine...even be a little big hopefully.
And on and on it goes...Spring is on my mind.  Just to be able to go outside without worrying about the windchill will be wonderful.  Elijah told me the other day that he can't wait to be able to just grab his backpack and nothing else when it's time for school.  I concur.  It gets a little laborsome putting on boots, snow pants, coat, hat, mittens, and scarf every time.
I forgot to share pictures of the finished valentines.  Elijah's are up there, but I forgot to take a picture of Evelyn's.  She had to do 44 total...poor thing.  She did amazing cutting out each and every heart. Here cutting skills are amazing for a 4 year old.  I had nothing to do with it, I have to admit.  Her teachers deserve all the glory. Elijah was the only kid (Evelyn too for that matter) that made his valentines.  Does no one do that anymore?  There was one child that gave out home made crayons however.  I have met her Mom and we had a nice chat.  She seems like she might be my type of crafty woman.  She and I should become friends.
I am still quilting the lap quilt.  It is close to being ready for binding.  I got a little side tracked with knitting a pair of fingerless mittens.  I am almost done with the second one and then I kind of want to make a lovely cowel to match.  It feels right to be working on because they are things that are useful this time of year.  I won't be in the mood come Spring and Summer, so best get 'em done.
Homemade waffles for dinner tonight.  Does anyone else thing that sounds as brilliant as I do? ;)  I can't tell you how excited I am about it.  Ha, what a fruit loop I am.  It's the small things in life that bring the most joy if I am honest with myself.
Anyway, peace friends...time to go make that waffle batter.

Monday, February 18, 2013

He's 6...

Elijah turned 6 last week.  He was officially spoiled with packages and cards coming from family on the West Coast as well as goodies from his Daddy and me.  He had balloons and cake and special day at school.  At the end of the day he told me it was the best birthday ever!
I can't fathom how I didn't even know him until 6 years ago.  I feel like he has always been there, it's weird to think that he hasn't.  He loves games and puzzles, Lego's and math.  He asks to watch the PBS show Nova every Wednesday and he also asks his Dad if he can watch "old" shows.  By that he means a show that deals with something in the past...Egypt, Astronomy, long ago wars, etc.  He also loves the shows Gold Rush and Wicked Tuna.  It makes me laugh at how a six year old can sit still and absorb and enjoy watching them.  But he gets it, and he is a sponge soaking up everything.  He wants to know about everything and how everything works...he always has. He's silly, with a deep affection for knock knock jokes and nonsense rhymes.  He loves roast beef sandwiches, chicken noodle or tomato soup, tuna fish, carrot sticks, oranges, tacos, and macaroni and cheese.
My live is so much richer because he is in it. I am very blessed to have my Elijah Lee.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Birthday...

It was a lovely day. 
Kiddies brought me their cards nice and early.
An impromptu trip to Trader Joe's for goodies.
David gave me those lovely flowers up there.
Take Out Chinese for Dinner.  We had planned to go out to a restaurant, but, all the kiddies fell asleep.  So we ate in.
I tried to goof off, but, I had to do a little house cleaning and then I let myself off of the hook.  I wasn't that productive...promise.
So far 35 is so good.