Monthly Archives: December 2007

my goodness, what a lovely holiday

Despite the frantic pace of the past few weeks, the Christmas Eve and Christmas celebrations were lovely.  We had some fantastic food, and wonderful company.  Now we’re taking some time off before the New Year picks us up and spins us around again…

I’ll post some photos tomorrow.  I hope everyone who reads this has had as beautiful a holiday as we did.

Namaste.

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boys doing things their own way


boys doing things their own way

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The boys, ofcourse, have their own ways of assembling ornaments, and Peter’s favorite way is to eat popcorn while the rest of us work.

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assembly line dad




assembly line dad

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J creates order amidst chaos…and is unsurprisingly, the most productive of all the elves.

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Peter’s and My handsewn ornaments

Handswen Ornaments. Peter’s first sewing project.

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Why didn’t anyone tell me December’s half over?

I think when Peter told me there were only a few days until Christmas I thought he was exaggerating. 

Why do I feel like it was just Thanksgiving yesterday? All of my plans for a completely homey and home-made Christmas – thwarted!  I’d like to say it is compltely due to life with ellabella and her latest growth spurt – both physical and mental – that occupies every waking moment…mine and hers, but it’s not her fault.  I haven’t made lists, and haven’t checked anything twice…Everyone gave me a “pass” last year and was surprised I could pull out the tricks to make a great Christmas Eve dinner party, but mothers of toddlers, especially actionpacked, force-of-nature toddlers, not tiny babies, are the ones who truly need a pass.

So I wasn’t going to blame her, but I started thinking about how I have spent the last 4 weeks.  Since Ella has learned to run, I have lost 7 lbs.  I am not dieting.  I am running behind her, picking up toys, magazines, tupperware, crayons, you name it.  It’s not completely exhausting, but close, and she is *so* funny that I lose my breath laughing.  When she’s not funny, though, she’s resisting sleep, which means I’m missing sleep, and staying up late (my most creative time of the day) is an exercise in futility, because, not only did I not get a nap during the day (oh yes, “sleep when he baby sleeps” is alive and well even at 14 months!) but I have to squander that creative time on organizing.  I can do almost any household chore with Ella, she can unpack the dishwasher, help move wet laundry to the dryer, even cooking isn’t impossible, but I cannot organize any space while she’s awake. 

I hope Peter’s in the mood for big brother-ing tomorrow, because he has a snow day and I need him to entertain (chase, pick up after…see above) his sister so I can get some crafty goodness finished in time to give!

 We DID make ornaments this year, but the pictures are still in the camera.  J was the most productive of all of us!

I hope you’re more prepared than I am for the holidays.

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New Hair today




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I feel *so* punk rock again!

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week-long date with the Allen Wrench

Ella and I went to Ikea last night and purchased the storage and seating for my sewing room.  The storage is coming ia home delivery, because getting those bookcases (soon to be fabric-cases) onto the cart with an almost-30-lb. baby strapped to the front of me was hard enough to get to the check out counter!

 We picked up a futon and PINK corduroy slipcover, along with a matching PINK rug, a purple floor cushion (which looks like a zafu, but not nearly as firm) and a purple throw.  Assembling the tiny storage containers of wood is going to definitely be a for-pay job for Peter.  He should know how to use a hammer at age 10, anyway.

Tonight I assembled the futon with a little “help” from Ella and Peter.  They were both *so* excited for me to get it finished.  Ela just sat up there, looking far too grown up.  Peter asked if he could sleep on it!?  (Not tonight)  He was talking about how great it will be when I’m sewing and he’s watching a movie or playing a video game in there and then can just stop and sew with me 🙂  He made his first ever sewing attempt, and seemed to find it relaxing, so hopefully there will be more co-crafting.

Ella decided that my pink chair  is hers, and moved it to the living room (still not attached to the swivel base, thank goodness, just the plastic seat portion) and sat there often throughout the day, “reading” and slouching.  We also did some drawing with colored pencils n large paper, which seemed to be entertaining for her.  Not as entertaining, however, as rearranging the pantry:
Pantry

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