L was stalling before bedtime. Which usually means a mad dash to the computer to push as many buttons as possible before we catch her. Then we got sucked in. These are the most flattering of some very unflattering pictures. Doesn't M look so cute in that family pic? Awww....
In my early days staying home, blogs played an important role. They made me feel connected. I lived vicariously. I felt inspired, but lately I've been so turned off. It all feels like so much noise. Too many opinions and styles I don't like. Maybe I'm settling into this life phase or my needs are just evolving, but I'm real sure I'm admitting what matters to me and getting comfy with who I am. (Aesthetically and all the much more meaningful stuff too). Not trying to be a hater (which is why I'm not going off on specifics)..... just finding my focus. And remembering what matters because motherhood really threw me off.
So here is to new beginnings, and getting back on track, and remembering who you are, and balance, and all that good stuff...
In April they will celebrate 50 years of marriage. So cool. My brother-in-law's parents are some of my favorite people. They were always so nice to me during my single days. We heard some great stories during their visit. Some funny. Some serious. Not everyone who has lived 80 years wants to talk about it. I like the ones who do.
Jeff and I kept wondering what our life will be like after fifty years. It's pretty exciting to think about.
P.S. It's also about to get real motherly up in here. I'm prepping to potty train next week. Something I've been avoiding for a long time. (Wow, so much on my mind). Helping the girls adjust to sharing a room. Meal planning. Teaching/helping L clean up after herself (all day, every day). Her own spills. Her toy messes. All of it. And hoping some day it pays off. It's very important to me. And she's been cooking with me also. Hoping that also pays off in later years. But all of this means everything takes a lot more time. And I have to continually tell my perfectionist tendencies to be gone. They are so worthless in mothering.
Mental prep for next week: Be kind and patient and encouraging.
Starting to print and collect and matte my photos for the basement ledge, and sew pillows, and scour the universe for a lovely rug. I'll reveal the whole room when it's done properly. Which will be a long while. Until then, I'm off to the lab to get some enlargements printed of our girls.
Thanks again, Ang, for the jump start to my photo wall!
"When friends come over and compliment you on your lovely home, do say thank you and refrain from telling them everything you'd like to change if only you had more time and money," Kimberley says. (seen here)
I've done this so many times. But I won't be that annoying girl anymore. Because it's annoying and unnecessary. And really, really annoying.
1. A friend surprised me with this!!! One of the nicest things anyone has ever done for me. 2. Watched Coco before Chanel. 3. Finished the Playdate Dress. Take that lingering pile! (see my version HERE). 4. I'm really glad the Olympics are over so I can sleep. 5. Quilt is now assembled. Ready to quilt. Meaning, I just might make my Easter deadline. 6. Chilled Kit Kat dipped in peanut butter. Dee-lish. 7. Can I get an Amen! (followed by hysterical laughter) 8. Spring 2010 Oliver + S patterns revealed tomorrow. 9. Phillip Lim Kids Spring 2010. 10. Get more home inspiration on my new favorite website. 11. Chatting into the wee hours with the hubs. One of my favorite things. 12. More epiphanies about my life and overcoming some hang-ups. 13. Change of heart is a beautiful thing. Facilitated by #11, relating to #12. 14. My fat jeans are suddenly very loose fitting. Sweet. 15. Deleted all the blogs that make me feel like total crap from my daily read. Ah, much better now.
Cough, congestion, sore throat, head cold, sinus pressure, or stuffy nose have been lingering for weeks. As soon as one is gone the other begins. As soon as one of us feels better the other gets it. And it all just keeps getting passed around. I can't take it anymore.
I can hardly stand it. I want to post photos of my progress so bad. But I told myself I had to wait until it was completely done (a personal incentive to actually get it done). It's going to be a stunner!
Started my K collection. I'm really into yellow these days. Can't get enough of it.
Purchased this white K at Joann's and traced it onto one of my favorite papers (linen textured scrapbook paper). Mounted with spray adhesive. I think the letter was $2, but I had a coupon so it was less than that. Can't remember.
Helps me see the beauty, so I'm not overwhelmed by all the rest.
I can't live without air conditioning or clorox wipes. Beautiful light thrills me. I want to wear stripes every day. Large crowds freak me out. I prefer the dough over the cookie. I love the sound of the dishwasher and live in my skinny jeans.