Friday, April 17, 2015

{ This Moment }

Joining Soulemama for This Moment. A single photograph from the week, a moment I wish to pause, savor, and remember.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Thoughts on Thursday

Some friends and I are doing The Artist's Way. Or at least trying too. Life is so busy, full of busyness. It seems that more often then not I can't even get a few minutes to myself in the morning to do the 3 pages a day of writing, let alone the time to do any of the other activities. You would think with 24 hours in a day I could eek out a few minutes every day to do the few things I need to do for this. But the busyness can be overwhelming, so many little things to be done everyday, let alone all the bigger things that seem to take up so much time everyday. I can't imagine what it is like for families where both parents work, the kids are in school, and then there are after school things like sports, dance, tutors, etc, etc.
When did we all get so busy? And why do we keep being busy when so many people seem unhappy with the level of busyness? It is like there is a shame in just being, I feel it sometimes myself, well if I am honest I feel it a lot, even in a homeschool community. Why aren't we able to do all the things everyone else is doing? Is there something the matter with me? Why can't I do the farmer's market, hit the park, do the book club all in one day and then hop over to soccer practice in the evening? Why can't I get all the kids into swimming lessons, then summer camps put on my the library, do all my cooking from scratch, and make time to do all the things I want to do? I have no idea how people do all of that stuff and stay sane. My hat goes off to them, because if I am truly honest with myself I can do one thing. I can do park, or library, or hit the pool with all the kids, but not all three. I need to be ok with that, and not try and push myself because I feel like I am failing in my motherly, homeschooling duties.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Yarn Along

Joining Small Things for the weekly Yarn Along.

Finished up the socks that were a birthday gift for my mom, of course she probably won't wear them until December since our temps are already getting to 90 degrees, haha, and the socks are a nice thick wool... but they turned out lovely and are super cozy.
I started and almost finished this sweater for Nuala using this yarn, but one row left and then binding off I unraveled the whole thing and I'm thinking I might make this for Nuala instead, maybe in a size 2 because again she won't be wearing a wool tunic until November at least. I am also planning on making both Nuala and Fiona these tops again since they have outgrown the ones I made last summer.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Crafting (AKA trying to work out yet another rhythm)

It happens every so often, I am just overwhelmed with our lack of rhythm. It creeps in slowly things are fine and over time it just slowly falls apart. I don't notice until everything is a hot mess. Kids staying up too late, too much time on the computer, too much fighting between the kids, not enough focused time. I guess it is too much breathing out, not enough breathing in. So have been working over the last couple weeks to come up with a rhythm that suits our ever changing needs. It feels good, like spring cleaning our life.

Inspired by Wee Folk Art's Homeschool Curriculum , decided I would make one for us and our environment. As much as I love all the woodland, beachy, summer fun stuff our reality is... We live in the Sonoran Desert, our summers aren't filled with loads of time outside because it is 110 degrees mid day, for weeks on end. And that is ok, I need to just let go of my fantasy of being at the beach every day. So this summer we have a whole heap of great books to read, fun trips to take, and new things to learn, all related to this awesome place we live.

Monday, April 13, 2015


Friday was a bit of an emotional mess, but it was remedied with some retail therapy. Took all my girlies to do some shopping, I don't do that often but it sure was fun. Saturday was full of family, an impromptu family gathering which included some grilling and sitting outside under the tree,while the kids played, and the grown ups sipped beer. I'm so glad my dear hubby talked me into it because I was stewing over personal issues and it was nice to just lay that mess aside. Sunday is pancakes, and pretty much doing nothing but watching the grass grow, so you know perfection!

Sunday, April 12, 2015

* Gratitude Sunday *

Joining Wooly Moss Roots for Gratitude Sunday. Sunday's heartfelt tradition. A time to slowdown, to reflect, to be grateful. A list of gratitudes.

~ I am so grateful for friends who listened to me process some of my "stuff" this week.
~ Coffee, I know I say it a lot, but it's true.... ahhhhh coffee
~ My husband's awesome cobbling skills, he whipped up a sweet chicken playpen for our still smallish hens so they could be outside, but not pooing all over the yard.
~ Impromptu family get togethers
~ Sunshine and lots of time outside
~ Flowers from Trader Joe's. I love having flowers in the house and Trader Joe's has them at a price that I can pick myself up some everyweek.
~ Having a freezer full of meat. We were able to fill the freezer for less than $500 and it will last us about a year, makes me feel like a rich woman.
~ The garden finally doing ok. We might actually get some food from it!

Friday, April 3, 2015

{ This Moment }

Joining Soulemama for This Moment. A single photograph from the week, a moment I wish to pause, savor, and remember.

my beautiful 17 year old boy