Archive | December 2009

Happy New Years!

Here it is, the last post of 2009… well I am not going to give a run down of the highlights of the year… if you are interested there is always the search option – I would suggest words like Minnesota, government, lapbooks, homeschool, someone’s name…

I have to admit I am not going to be able to keep up the daily pace when it comes to blog entries. It seems the sicker I feel the less likely I am to write anything (not a huge surprise). Last night’s entry was a non-occurrence due to my back going out, upper back of all things (this has me thinking that I may have to re-prioritize my shopping with a new bra being rather crucial).

Resolutions never seem to work out for people, the idea that we just make this grand resolution for the year and then POOF fixed… but the idea of changing my life gradually feels right. So this year instead of a resolution I am going to have a lifetime goal. I want to live each day more in the moment. I want to walk into my future eyes wide open with joy and optimism firmly in my heart. I want to really teach my kids to not always put things aside for special occasions, the use our gifts as they were given – freely!

It is hard to focus lately on things and I think the boys especially are picking up on that. I miss summer when the boys could just be pitched out into the backyard to play when they got anxious or on each other’s nerves. Though Ken plans on taking the boys out on the inflatable snow toys later this week. I am hoping asĀ  time goes by I get some of my energy back and maybe have food smell a little more… edible!

I already have a laundry list of cross stitch to-dos. I am determined some time to start the year with a short list. Someday! But I have gotten going on the stocking and Ken is working on my cousin’s piece. Add to that something for my sister, cousin and her fiancee, another shot at the shield…. oh the list goes on. Can’t complain though, it does feel good to be busy. And in the new year we SHOULD get the rest up on the site that are for free download and sale! Oh and I am planning on looking into opening an Etsy store! Fingers crossed… time just seems to sneak away from us and plans go slightly… askew.

Well Happy New Years everyone… stay safe and be sure to keep in touch!

The 4 biggest joys of my year!!! (Gavin left)

The 4 biggest joys of my year!!! (Gavin left)

GOVERNMENT CAME THROUGH!!!!

Well we received the money the government had been promising to come through on FINALLY! Don’t get me wrong… Ken is going to have to lodge a formal complaint BUT, the huge weight is off our shoulders! And the smile on Ken’s face when he waited until he was running out to 7-11 to get me a slurpee and just nonchalantly tosses that nugget of information out to the universe… what a man!

So today was another high nausea day. Not much appetite but I did my best. And today I began the task of stitching Baby #5’s stocking. I still need to source out the patterns and possibly the simpler stockings (ones with a lovely top cuff where you do your decorating) for two others – one for Baby Quinn (Trinity’s birthday buddy) and one for my nephew Jimmie. A wee bit labour intensive. I am looking forward to getting the pattern from Ken for my Cousin’s baby that I promised for January… Then there is the laundry list I already have for 2010 that I want designed and/or stitched for multiple reasons.

Well It's a Start!

Well It's a Start!

The boys and Ken got to work today on the Winter and Christmas lapbooks. The goal is to finish AT LEAST one tomorrow. I am determined to get the boys working on telling time in the new year… though we are still working on a comprehensive list of what we plan on covering over January and February.

Hard at Work (Gavin sweater)

Hard at Work (Gavin sweater)

So it is time to see how far we can stretch our left over turkey… the boys have had turkey this and that – I think last night was turkey, potatoes and cheese. I am thinking something along the line of a good soup… maybe a casserole using turkey and rice… waste not want not right? We still, thanks to Santa, have a ham in the freezer that I want to play around with next week – maybe a quiche or some omelettes now that we found a recipe that is pretty fail safe.

I am debating the use of my Christmas money… Ken already spent his, managing to get an AWESOME deal on a netbook which will be ever so helpful with both work and play. I am thinking of maybe spending a wee bit on maternity clothes, maybe some books… It is hard when one has spent over half a year scraping pennies for the kids to spend on one’s self. And I definitely do NOT want to spend the majority on maternity wear…

On top of all the upcoming excitement one of my cousins – the next oldest after my brother – on my mom’s side is getting married this spring! SO I have to figure out some sort of sampler to do up for her to commemorate the special event. This will be the second wedding (my brother eloped) on my mom’s side in my generation. Very exciting.

Hmm other than that the past few days have been super quiet for our little family which is just what we seemed to need! I still need to find homes for a few of the new toys and we need to find the booster seats for the van for the twins but life is smoothing out thankfully. My dr’s appointment is a week away as is Ken’s next group therapy. It is hard to believe 2009 is coming to a close but frankly, for us, it is about time. I am determined to make 2010 be one of our best years yet!

Settling in With a Good Book or Two

Settling in With a Good Book or Two


Stitchy

Well not the most motivated of days but a start – first off, the material for Baby #5’s stocking is ready and waiting for me… one of 3 for this year…

Waiting for Me to Collect Threads

Waiting for Me to Collect Threads

…and the stitch I am currently working on – this one I am thinking will be sent south to my dad and stepmom as a belated Christmas present.

Cottage Style

Cottage Style

The kids are good… still a little wired but working on it and Ken is setting stuff up for the new year. How is it that life can go by so quickly but the days feels as if they drag at the same time?

Babies in a Bucket!

Babies in a Bucket!