Sunday, December 27, 2015

51/52 and 52/52 Yuletide Cheer

"A portrait of my girls, once a week, every week in 2015"

Yuletide greetings! I hope you're spending the last days of 2015 with warmth and joy.

Sunday, December 13, 2015

50/52 Green Grass in December

"A portrait of my girls, once a week, every week in 2015" 

Oona and Elsa: frolicking in the unseasonably warm weather... making grass angels and dancing in the sunshine

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Something for the Dollies

The Christmas workshop is in full swing. I'm currently working on crochet/sewn doll carriers for the girls using the crochet blocks you see above. I was going to make them entirely crochet, but realized it would save a bit of time to sew on the backing and straps with some knit fabric. I also finished up some doll diapers yesterday. I'm a little scared looking at my handmade list this year. It's always far bigger than I can actually achieve, and Christmas seems to be coming extra fast this year. We've been reading "The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus" by Frank L. Baum at bedtime, and I'm slightly jealous of all the help he gets with cooking and daily chores from his magical friends so that he can make beautiful toys all day. I could use some elves around here, for sure. I'm also a little jealous that he gets to live in "The Laughing Valley". It's a wonderful tale (we've never read it before), and I think it might become a yearly Christmas read. I think it's also time to start thinking about making some Christmas cookies... gingersnaps are always first on my list.

Joining in with KCCO over at Frontier Dreams .

Sunday, December 6, 2015

49/52 Getting in the Holiday Spirit

"A portrait of my girls, once a week, every week in 2015"

Elsa: peeking in to the world of gingerbread houses at the local folk life center
Oona: adding the magic to the top of the tree

Friday, December 4, 2015

48/52 Lock Me Up

"A portrait of my girls, once a week, every week in 2015"
Oona and Elsa: jail birds of their own choosing

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

My Little Deer

My little Oona turned five yesterday, and I am overflowing with gratitude for this amazing person. I hope you have many reasons to be thankful this Thanksgiving. Blessings to all!

Joining in with KCCO over at Frontier Dreams .

47/52 Cooking Birthday Magic

 "A portrait of my girls, once a week, every week in 2015"

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Fairy Tales and Yarn Tails

Taking Stock (at 33!):
Making : a birthday blouse and some doll diapers for Christmas
Cooking : wrap with hummus and avocado and cucumber for lunch
Drinking : coffee, soon
Reading: "Furs Not Mine" (a birthday book of poetry from Jake) and "The Tasha Tudor Fairy Tales" from my mom and dad
Wanting: to have time to work on some Christmas projects today
Looking: for ways to get the house organized
Playing: with wool felt
Deciding: what my next sewing project will be
Wishing: Bernie Sanders to be president
Enjoying: staring at my basket of colorful yarn as I type
Waiting: to take Oona to school
Liking: this recipe for "jeweled rice" for the holidays
Wondering: why I can't get the one step buttonhole to work on my machine
Loving: snuggling kitties
Pondering: which color yarn to start with
Considering: hibernating this winter
Buying: too much stuff on Amazon for the holidays (urrgh... I wanted to buy more local, but they make it too easy)
Watching: my kids play in the bath
Hoping: for a sunny day
Marveling: at how quick the year has gone
Cringing: at all the horrors in the world
Needing: to finish up some projects for Oona's birthday
Questioning: why creativity is so short changed in U.S. public schools... Children need more play time!
Smelling: peppermint salve
Wearing: my Mexican heart necklace
Following: my nose to that cup of coffee
Noticing: that I need more time to play, too!
Knowing: this list is taking ridiculously long... what happened to my brain
Thinking: of getting up earlier to walk each day (I've really fallen out of practice this year!)
Admiring: my new fabric
Sorting: through old kid drawings
Getting: use to the November grey
Bookmarking: craft projects for kids like this one for growing crystals for holiday decorations
Coveting: my new infinity scarf that I crocheted... originally it was suppose to be a Christmas present but I fell in love with the color
Disliking: how fast the end of the year moves
Opening: presents on Oona's birthday very soon
Giggling: at the games my girls play together
Feeling: extremely exhausted... must get out into the sunshine
Snacking: on my thoughts
Helping: Oona get ready for school
Hearing: sisters giggling

Thanks to "Meet Me at Mike's" blog for the fun list

Joining in with KCCO over at Frontier Dreams .


Monday, November 16, 2015

Cleaning Rhythm

It's that time of year when we start spending a lot more time indoors around here, and I suddenly feel at war with my surroundings. I'm not going to lie, my two and a half year old can turn a box of blocks into a tsunami in a matter of seconds. It's frustrating, but also comes with the territory of living with little people. We work on encouraging and insisting on help from our children (especially when it's their mess!), but chaos is still a major part of our world right now. Aside from kid disasters, there's all the other little things that need to happen in a home everyday and every week. I'm trying to get more organized about taking care of all these little things so when the tsunami hits, there is still something holding everything else together. I started this little cleaning chart for myself to stay a little more on top of things back at the beginning of the Fall. It's not written in stone. I seldom complete all of the task for each day, but it reminds of the things that need to get tended to in order to keep the chaos levels down. I picked a room for each day of the week to focus on (kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, etc). I have Mondays off, but sometimes I just catch up on things I missed on that day. I also include a few errands and misc. things like groceries and garbage day just to remind me. Each night of the week we have an activity (art, story, music, movie night, etc.). Sometimes it works, sometimes we do what we feel like. I think I also need to make a list of daily chores to keep me on task with that as well. Even though I hardly ever keep up with this list because other day to day things throw me off course, it helps me to remember all the general maintenance that needs doing, some of which I neglected terribly before making this chart. I remind myself often not to let this be a thing of guilt, but just helpful reminders. As soon as you start to feel guilty it's all down hill. The next step is a big purge in junk before the holidays. Anyone have any great cleaning tips to share? I am no expert.