Thursday, December 20, 2012

My two little buddies

Oh man, I love this duo. I feel so lucky to get to spend my time with them during the school day. They really are good-natured, fun little people. I have lots of pictures of them together over the last few months… (many of them that happen to be in the same spot and pose somehow)

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Ansley has enjoyed holding, handling, dragging, tickling her little bro from the beginning…and now it is evident that he likes it too. He stares with wide-eyes at most things she does and cracks up at her antics.

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Oh, they are fun. How is anyone supposed to get anything done with distractions like these? Today as Ansley was playing with her wooden trains and tracks, I breezed past her with packing tape in hand, in the middle of preparing Christmas packages for shipping…when she asked so innocently, “Mom, do you want to play with me?” Something about the way she phrased the question made it impossible to refuse. I wanted her to know that while I don’t actually DO it that often, I do WANT to play with her. I would never want her to doubt that desire, so I sat down and played. I’m so thankful for moments like these.

Too often I fill my days with good, but pretty meaningless/tedious things. I need to stop and make time for more important things—like quality interactions these two precious creatures. Maybe writing that down here will make me actually do it!?

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When I look at these faces, and realize how fast they are changing…I remember that it is OKAY that I get so few things checked off my to-do list each day. I know it is okay, but it’s December, after all…and that list is long!

Ahhh, the balancing act that is Motherhood…I love it, I do.

Monday, December 10, 2012

A few words about our Halloween

I realize we are already well into the month of December and this seems like the wrong holiday to be thinking about, but better late than never, I say.

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It’s all about the costumes—it’s what makes the holiday awesome for my kids, and sometimes stressful for me. But this year was pretty easy. We had some repeats (which are always welcomed), and some piecemeal get-ups, mostly from things we already owned.

Eden opted to be Hermione for trick-or-treating (it’s warmer), and Rapunzel for her school and church parties.

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Ansley put our Batman costume to good use yet again.

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I only had to create/construct a couple things…when my older two were asking, “is there some kind of vest that I could wear?”

We bought some faux suede fabric and made this fringy, hippie vest for Tessa.

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And then came my greatest personal victory. Tyler is stuck on the military/law enforcement theme, and wanted to be a S.W.A.T. team member. Pretty simple, since they basically just wear all black, and we had his army helmet from last year we could spray paint to match. But he told me that to be official, he had to have the vest. Something like this…

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Obviously I didn’t want to spend $30 or $40 on that, so I started thinking about how to make one. A vest is a simple thing to sew, but what fabric to use...? I looked at fabric stores and goodwill for something I could maneuver into a tough-looking piece, but everything was flimsy and unsuitable. Then I remembered Tyler’s old snow pants—about the right type of nylon fabric with some bulk to them. They were worn-looking and too short, with a broken snap…so I didn’t mind sacrificing them. And they were the snowboard-pants style, meaning lots of pockets and zippers—bingo!

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So I cut them up and sewed them back together into a rugged-looking, “bullet-proof” vest for this serious agent. I stenciled on the letters, and he was good to go.

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It always feels good to create something out of nothing. It was a cheap way to make Tyler happy for those couple Halloween venues.

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Eli had no clue what was happening, but we had fun with him on his first Halloween. He was just starting to become mobile at that time, but luckily he didn’t know what was inside all of those small, brightly colored packages…

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The ultimate “kid” holiday. Not necessarily my favorite, but it is sure fun to watch my little ones enjoy themselves so much!

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