Yesterday was a busy one.
One where you run as soon as your feet hit the ground. I wasn't rested. Neither was the big daddy. We attended to our littlest ALL NIGHT LONG.
She's not sick, well maybe a small cold nothing more. She was fed. Changed. Read to. I wonder if there is such a thing as baby insomnia because that may be what she was afflicted with last night.
Around 2:30 a.m. she was fed again...banana to the rescue. Finally about 4:45 a.m. she fell asleep. My other children up and ready for action around 6:30 a.m.. The whole "it's light at six o'clock" doesn't help.
Plus, I've been attempting to "BE" a morning person. Not working for me a self proclaimed night owl. A workout at 6:00 a.m. just isn't getting more fun the more I do it. I thought you were supposed to feel more rested when you exercise!!???! right?
It's about forming new habits, I suppose, and those are never very fun. It gets easier? Yes? Say, yes.
I literally stumbled from bed toward a latte. The likes of which I hoped would have miraculous qualities. After the second latte...yes two is what it took. I felt better. If not a bit jumpy. So, I put it to good use and finished flip flopping my children's rooms. Two were already moved, mostly.
The big daddy carried the tools and moved the heavy things while I cleared shelves, bedding, toys, etc. etc. etc.
By 5:00 we were finished. Or rather we were done for the day. Two more children in their new spaces. The two of us on the couch sipping Kombucha. Legs elevated. Wondering when the dinner fairy would arrive to make a scrumptious meal.
She never came!
Typically, around here, I don't attempt to completely rip the house apart each day. Just yesterday. Which is good. Exciting. Exhausting. Full of adventure.
I look forward to having a day of writing and laundry today for it will, no doubt, seem easier than yesterday.
How is your day going?
We have a bit of construction going on at our house right now. The old storeroom chocked full of stuff has now been emptied and is undergoing a transformation. Walls are appearing and insulation soon to be applied. A doorway and soon another room for one of our children.
It's been quite an adventure already as construction invariably can be.
The other night we had a lot of fun though. Our children were allowed to draw on the walls....oh my. They were able to use crayon and write messages and this mama and the big daddy just smiled. Can you imagine?
So our children were all about the giggles and laughter while we covered every square inch of the walls with hidden messages. Messages tucked into the walls that will bring forth the love in which they were drawn or written.
The intention being the biggest and most crucial element.
My love really is to see what each person decides is important. I love that this is his.
Except for that pesky "its-so-permanent" thing. Oh well.
Images of a quiet weekend...
:: A scarf that I knit for my friend's birthday. Then ripped out. Then, re-knit. Then gifted, even though it wasn't done, and I didn't leave enough yarn to finish it, yet she loved it anyway. It is beautiful yarn! So she ripped it out, with my urging and blessing of course, and lovingly re-knit it. She has been wearing it almost everyday since. Yes, I offered to knit it again for her but she thought it looked like way too much fun and decided to do it herself. So, essentially I gave her the yarn...."Here's your present, now knit it." Wow, and it worked!
:: Breakfast ala the Big Daddy. Delicious.
:: A bird on my wee one's head, who turns nineteen months today! It's the only clip I can seem to keep in her hair right now for all of about two minutes. She's not a fan of the adornment, I see.
:: Ginger Cake...yes, again. I know.
:: Sunset Show stopper.
:: Cozy hat for my sister-in-law. Love that she appreciates hand-knit gifts. The yarn is so luxurious that I find I'm knitting slower to make it last. Is that wrong?
:: Interesting fountain in town that gurgles water out of his mouth in the Spring and Summer. There's something very intriguing about it.
There was also some skiing. A late night Downton Abbey watching session, or early as the case may be. Sniffles, coughs and a clean up of the backyard. All of which I did not take photos of but happened none the less.
Hope you had a weekend full of moments, Won't you tell me about a few?
Valentines have officially been started. There are many to be done and little time left to accomplish said task. We will hope for good weekend Mojo and free time to create.
My children are sniffling and snuffling. Not a positive sign. My plan includes a pot of soup and brewing up some tea. Oh, and rest as I believe that would do us all a world of good.
The Big Daddy will be learning about fresh handmade pasta and sauces at chef school this weekend...and yes, we are happy about that.
Various knitting projects are under way.
My brilliant knitting buddy helped on Tuesday to puzzle through the "issue" with the Shimmer Sweater. Yahoo! I say brilliant because most knitters probably wouldn't have even noticed this glitch. So, I will post information on Ravelry for those of you interested. And, I will be giving full credit to my friend who figured it all out. Thanks K!
There will be a Bach Cello performance on Sunday by my twelve year old which I'm sure will be lovely and quite an accomplishment for her. Do you suppose it's normal for the parents to be more nervous than the children? She performs so often in her Waldorf school with plays, music, public speaking, etc. so it nevers seems to bother her in the least. Me? on the other hand? Ner.Vous.
The snow is still lovely yet, cold. I've been a'shivering the last few days. Needed to pull out a few more wool items which is honestly never a problem!
We have the final performance of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight this evening and then all the parents and sixth graders will enjoy a wee party. Ah, I look forward to that.
My wish...a relaxing weekend after what proved to be a "flurry" of a week.
What are your wishes for the weekend?
The snow is falling again today and there is a sense of quiet outside.
I'm noticing the many colors around me--the rich chocolate brown, the taupe's, the grays, the golden yellow. And, the light. The February light, that is both dramatic and stark at times yet, casts its own glow on everything.
Plans are percolating for many different projects.
Valentines need to be started soon since the number is over twenty-five and we've yet to do anything.
I took a peek through my fabric yesterday and find myself drawn to spring ideas--skirts for me, shirts and dresses for the girls, pants for the boys. Fun to dream about with the weather outside today. Though I'm in no way rushing the snow as we have needed it so badly.
The view from my chair is beautiful and if only we could find the snow shovel, which is undoubtedly under one of the big piles outside, we could clear a path to the car.
Last night I assessed all my various knitting projects "in the works" and although I'm fine with multiple knits in progress I'm feeling the need to clean up and clear out. I yearn for that sense of accomplishment. The "last stitch in" kind of joy.
Hopefully, you will be seeing some things here on the blog soon.
Of course, not my shimmer sweater, as you can see it has been unraveled and now knit up to the eighth row, again. Where I'm sure there must be a mistake. Same spot as last time and I was quite meticulous in my knitting. Well see. My two knitting buddies are braving the snow to come over for a bit today and have some knitting time. Between the three of us, I hope, we can figure this thing out.
I decided I needed to wear some glitter today to perk up. I feel a bit less than sparkly today.
How do you do it morning people out there???? I try to wake earlier and end up tired and uh-hmmm, grumpy. What time do you go to bed? That may be my problem as my night owl tendencies leave little room for sleeping in between.
The "clearing out" journey of January continues in the basement. I tried to convince my children over the weekend that it would be FUN to help out this mama but they weren't having it. Granted there was epic snow outside so I don't blame them in the least and it was a great excuse to put it off until Monday.
What I find is that the more you clear out the bigger mess the rest of your house gets to be. Moving a table from downstairs yesterday created an entire shuffle of furniture in the living room AND dining room.
Yes, there are bonuses to said "mess". It's a fresh start of sorts and I'm sitting at the table by the window writing this as we speak. So, if I turn just so I can almost pretend that there are no piles sitting by the back door waiting to be liberated. The huge mirror leaning against the armoire behind me, isn't there as long as I don't turn around. You know simple clearing out coping mechanisms.
I think I'm done. Thanks for listening...
What are your plans for today?
This past weekend was "Snoooow Fun!" as the children would say.
Most of our activities, or all I should say, centered around some sort of snow event. There were forts built, both at our house and the neighbors. Think secret passages, roofs and lots of snow hauling to and fro.
There were flying snowballs and a few tears to accompany those. Wet gloves exchanged for dry ones every so often. Children playing and working together that made a mama sigh.
My four year old barely made it to his bedtime each night before passing out. Literally too much fun. When his sister and brother had gone inside he could be found using the snow shovel to move more snow and poke at the ice that was forming near the sidewalk. Quite content to just be outside.
There was Mrs. Snowman with her fancy apple buttons and carrot nose. Or as I explained to my dear friend, apple buttons made from a wrinkly old apple we found in the back of the refrigerator.
Three times throughout the weekend we stuck a tape measure into the snow to measure the depth. As amazed, as all our family out of town, at the sheer amount of snow we were getting.
Warm meals of soup and chicken enchiladas were eaten and the front door started swinging open quite early each morning with one or more children bundled and ready to play.
I cross country skied at the park with two of my children. Both who seem to get faster and faster everytime we go out. Think I might need to practice when their at school tomorrow....maybe?
There were snow angels made and laughter to accompany them.
Our littlest seemed happiest to watch as her siblings galloped in the snow. We're not sure she's a big fan yet.
There was a constant row of snow items-- boots, gloves, snowsuits, etc. drying out by the fire, all lined up absorbing the warmth. The mudroom aptly re-named the wet, snowy, frozen ice room after this weekend.
While having a dinner out we spied these beauties "about town".
A huge, at least eight feet tall, bear with a smile of course. Was it a buffalo? A cow? Not sure on this one. The best was the heart up in the tree that the big daddy spied as we were pulling away from the snow sculptures. Yes, a heart, of course.
So, I can't say I got the things done I had planned for this weekend as the snow kept tempting us outside. Especially when the sun started shining as well, that was near impossible. There was a bit of knitting but even I had a hard time concentrating inside when there was so much to be seen outside.
I believe that two feet of snow would be hard for most people to ignore. Thirty one inches of snow for the local ski resort. Our neighbor informed us that they had to turn five hundred cars away on Saturday as they were full and beyond capacity. Five.Hundred.Cars. whoa.
So now you know what we were up to this weekend.
Today will more than likely include all those sheets I didn't change this weekend, towels, the basement, etc. but it was TOTALLY worth it and "snooow fun".
How was your weekend?
Today, school has been cancelled. An official snow day after no "real" snow since October.
It's hard to know what we will do first...
::Already we've enjoyed a warm breakfast without the rush to get to school.
::Books have been read.
::Snow shoveling has commenced.
::Snowflake catching has been sighted.
::Boys, so anxious to get outside, are wearing their pajamas under their snow suits.
::Inside there are lattes, knitting and a warm fire.
::There may even be some sledding and snow shoeing happening this afternoon.
If I didn't know any different I'd say this day is looking up!
Have a great weekend and see you back here next week.
p.s. Anyone else see the tiny hearts at the ends of the branches in the first picture? so cool.
This weekend we welcomed a few friends over for dinner. They are expecting a baby in a few months and we happen to have a few baby things to share. So, it seemed the perfect opportunity to have them to dine and dessert with us.
This Ginger Cake recipe was given to me by a friend long ago. She made it for a baby blessing for my youngest boy. It was delicious. Nauseous as I was, the ginger in this cake was a life saver. Since then we have had it a handful of times and every time I wonder why I don't make it more often.
I thought of you, my friends, and knew you would love it. Remember the fresh whipped cream on top, it's so worth the extra time. oh man.
Hope you enjoy it!
This recipe makes enough for our family of six to enjoy with a bit left for the next day. If you are expecting company, as I was this weekend, I would suggest you double the recipe.
1/2 cup Butter
3/4 cup Sugar (add 4 more TBSP for ginger cake)
1/2 cup Molasses (sweet un-sulphured)
1 cup Whole Wheat Flour
1 cup White All purpose Flour
1/2 tsp. Salt
1 tsp. Baking Soda
1 TBSP Ground Ginger
1 tsp. Cinnamon
1/2 tsp. Ground Cloves
1 cup Boiling Water
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Butter and lightly flour a 9 x 11 baking dish or the dish of your choice...I used a bundt pan. Baking time may vary depending on the pan.
Mix the butter and sugar until creamy.
Add egg and molasses and mix well.
Sift dry ingredients and mix with previous ingredients until well blended.
Stir in boiling water, carefully, and then pour quickly into a baking dish.
Bake for 35 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.
Serve with fresh whipped cream (Heavy Whipping Cream + A TBSP of sugar + eager children to use the hand whisk = yum!).
Let's hear it for baked goods on a Monday morning...hip, hip, hooray!!!