Friday, January 22, 2016

More Ramblings

Two days in a row! How about that! Back as promised to pick up where I left off last night. Which brings us to last week's rainy morning mission to our soon-to-close Macy's to scoop up some discounted Fiestaware. I won't drone on about the reasons for the quantities shown above, but will just say that I found exactly what I needed to round out my numbers and I'm overjoyed to finally have yellow dinner plates. 

Moving along to last weekend. Poor Amy fell at recess last Friday, after colliding with another kid at full speed and smacked the back of her head on the parking lot. She was okay...but not quite. A trip to the ER on Saturday morning confirmed our Dr. Google diagnosis of a concussion. Her chief complaints, reluctantly admitted, were nausea and dizziness. She was unfocused and really not herself. But all is well that ends well, and by Monday she was back to her usual perky self. I am so grateful for her speedy recovery of course, but also for the fact that Don was home to take her to the hospital and make that a positive experience for her. And she's pleased that she now has a good ER story to tell. 

On Sunday we all stayed home taking it easy and for me that meant an amazing morning of nearly uninterrupted sewing - I all but finished a quilt! 

I cut the 5.5" squares last January from a bunch of unrelated fabrics I've collected over the years - mostly fat quarters from Joann's. The whole thing measures 40x45" and just needs some binding and will probably serve as a quick playmat for Matthew. I thought I was piecing these rows "randomly" but apparently I can't be random to save my life - when it came time to arrange the strips I realized I'd used the same sequence way too often. Oh well, if nothing else this quilt has gotten me inspired to finish up a bunch of other half-done projects. I'm hoping to keep up the momentum. 

And here's just two, okay three, more pictures to bring it all up to date: 


Someone far too big for the rock-n-play, and someone just the right size: 


My little boy turned two months old on Wednesday! 


I'd say he's pretty happy with life so far :) 

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Rambling Through Pictures

I can't seem to organize a cogent theme in my head for tonight's blog post, so I'm just going to use the "ramblings" of my title as both a noun and a verb, start with January 1st on my camera roll and grab pictures that capture a moment I'd like to tell about. I might make this a two or three part post; we'll see how it goes. 


New Year's Day. my boys both had on dark blue shirts and Matthew was flexing his newly-found smiling muscles sitting next to his big brother on the couch. William had spread his beloved "Buddy" blanket across them both. I snapped about a dozen pictures, trying to catch the smile. They were mostly blurry; W is making a goofy face in this one. 


Later the same day I finished an art-supply reorganization by testing out every marker in the house and pitching the ones that didn't work. I did this while sipping champagne, which made it seem rather like a decadent way to spend precious free time. 


Caroline and I hit a nice stride once the big kids went back to school. This set of spelling puzzles has been a favorite activity lately; she's pretty good at them. 

Sorting through my jar of coins has been another winner activity. 


And lest it seems like all wholesome, enriching activities around here, C has also spent a good deal of time with her very own Kindle. So have A and W. Philosophically, I'm not completely comfortable with my kids each having their own "tablets"... but for all practical purposes these have been a sanity saver. More on that another time. 


One more mornings with C picture - all her favorite things on her little yellow table. This was a good day. 

...Especially when we got to play at the playground after W finished school later on. These two have always been quite fond of each other and now they can really cook up some games together. 


Then there was this. I don't even know what to say. After dinner. Ditched the clothes. Found the potty. Brother crying. Yikes. 

Aaaand all those pictures actually were before the post of Matthew sleeping by the Christmas tree, so that shows just how behind I am! But it is late now so with any luck I'll continue this tomorrow night. TTFN! 

Friday, January 8, 2016

Asleep by the Christmas Tree

Tonight is the first D has been away in an unprecedented three-month stretch. We have grown quite used to his absences in nearly ten years of service. Being left alone with multiple children of very young ages is not new to me. But tonight I felt like it might as well be, after coming to rely so heavily on his company and help in all these many weeks. Trying to get the 7 week old and the 2 year old to sleep by myself tonight was downright ugly, as I knew it probably would be. We were all crying for a little bit there. But really, it was one bad hour and now all are sleeping peacefully. Sweet Matthew perhaps most of all, as he finally settled in  his cozy bed in the kitchen, with the vent fan on for a steady hum, and next to the warm light of the Christmas tree. 

Before I moved him and turned off the lights I paused, thinking how this was a scene that might never be again. The tree is dry and will likely move out this weekend, probably tomorrow. By next Christmas we will be in another house and Matthew will be far, far too big for sleeping in the rock-n-play. 

I know I keep saying this but this fourth child of mine has been a constant reminder of how fleeting these baby moments are, and how important it is to carve them in my memory forever.