Wednesday, 29 June 2011

Beach Day!

The kids and I spent the morning at the beach.  It is quite nice to have a clean beach within walking distance of our house.  The kids love it.  I'm going to try to go quite often this summer.  Might as well take advantage of it while we have it!

Nick's favourite thing to do is throw sand into the lake.  So he ends up with it all over his face and in his hair.

Juli had great fun making "sand angels".

And sand castles.  Just call her Vanna.  She posed like that on her own.

Nick wasn't so sure about getting his clothes wet at first, but once he was all wet, he was fine.  This boy doesn't like to be messy.

Juliana "swimming" .

In other news, Juliana informed me, very seriously that we're "death-proof.  Until we're dead."
And I submitted an article that I wrote.  My first one ever!  I'm excited and nervous...

Tuesday, 21 June 2011

The Power of the Pen...a Red Pen

When I am editing, I feel powerful.  I feel educated and smart.  Maybe it's because I feel I know what I am doing.  Or because it is the skill with which I hope to one day earn a living.  Everything else I do, I feel like an amateur.  Now, I know all my friends will chime in gushing about my creativity, but there's no need.  I know I am creative, and I like it.  But I still feel like an amateur creator, and homemaker, and mother, etc.  But, I am a professional editor, and proud of it!

Fathers' Day Card

This is a little less manly than the cards I usually make for Kevin.  But I wanted to play with my new stamp set.  The eggs are Juliana's fingerprints.  Nick was sleeping.

Wednesday, 8 June 2011

Rambling about Contentment and Laundry

I have realised something lately...well, today.  I am content.  It doesn't happen often, since I'm totally disorganized, and rarely have a calm enough brain to reflect on my blessings.  I'm actually content with my house.  That doesn't mean there aren't a million and a half things I want to change about it.   But I'm more focused on how to make THIS house work, rather than thinking "It will be better in our next house."

My goal is to simplify and get rid of stuff.  Including the kids' outgrown clothes.  That is a bit scarey to me, since we haven't decided whether we're having more kids or not.  But right at this moment, I'm actually feeling content with having only two kids.  If you knew how I was raised, that would be a shocking revelation!

The most important thing I need to get a handle on right now is laundry.  I need to make our laundry room functional, and I need to find a place to store our dirty laundry.  We used to keep a pile/basket in everyone's room, but I think I really need to have it all in one place.  So my plan is to move the kids' books into Nick's room and use the space in the upstairs hall for a hamper.  And then, I need to put the laundry away once it's washed.  That one is hard, since I'm usually folding laundry when the kids are sleeping, then I can't put theirs away until they wake up. 

I'm thinking about a solution to that.  I'm not sure if Kevin will agree. What if both kids sleep in the same room?  If we did that, there wouldn't be room for their clothes, so we'd put the dressers in the other room.  And maybe have a reading nook in there.  Juli could have her quiet time in the reading/dressing room, since she doesn't really need a nap.  I like this idea better and better!

Monday, 6 June 2011

Bike Bag

I still don't have a basket on my bike yet.  I've looked at a few, but haven't found anything I particularly want yet.  And even when I do have a basket, I'll likely need it for things other than my wallet, keys, diapers, etc.  Like milk.  Or farmers market stuff.  So I decided to make an over-the-shoulder tote bag for when I'm biking.

Polka-dot poly-cotton on the outside, an old cotton sheet for lining, pink top-stitching, a couple of pockets and a couple of yellow buttons, and I have a new bag.

I'd love to do some freezer paper stenciling, but the image I want would be too complex to cut by hand...if only I had a Silhouette...