Thursday, September 20, 2012

Busy, Busy, Busy...

Whew.  I feel like I just got spit out of a hurricane.  It was just one of those days that felt like I fulfilled the stereotype of mom-taxi.  There were errands to run, a child to pick up from pre-school, more errands to run, then homework to do with the big ones, then dinner to make, the husband had to drop at cub scouts then head to a meeting, then I had a drop at flag football, a pick up at cub scouts, a pick up at flag football and just when I thought I had finally pointed the car home... the boys hollared out "We have school Open House tonight!!"  Technically, we had missed it... but we were of course welcomed in, fed ( hot dogs) and the boys got to show off their classrooms and run to the school book fair where the husband met up with us again. Whew.

It's very hard for me to even look for peace or joy in the midst of running.  In fact, I looked for quite the opposite.  I looked for reasons to hurry, I looked for reasons to panic, I looked for reasons to be angry... and guess what?  I found them all.  That's the thing about looking for negative things... they are so so easy to find when you are in the midst of hurry.

And then... I sat down and started to think about the day.

On our way into one of the several stores we went to, my littlest looked at me and said "I just love you mommy."  I melted inside.  After dinner, my middle man saw how frustrated I was (after burning our hamburgers-- after the dog ate the first batch) and said "what can I do to help you mommy?"... again I melted.  My oldest son couldn't wait to tell me all about cub scouts... I love watching him learn, yes... I melted.  It's amazing.  What's not amazing is that in the moment... I may have melted inside, but I don't know that I let them see that.  I was so focused on getting us to our next location, that I missed the ones we were at.

These moments are fleeting and I don't want to miss them.  Not all of these days will be so busy... but I don't want to lose sight of my family in the days that are.

I want to look for these moments... and find them!

Monday, September 17, 2012

Monday Moments...

We were blessed to participate in a wedding of one of our former students this last weekend.  Going back to Chicago is always bittersweet... love seeing our dear friends, but always sad to leave them again.  This trip was special though, and more than ever, we felt the tug back home to Kentucky and to the farm... there's no place like home. 

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Monday Moments on a Wednesday...

I decided to add TWO pictures since I didn't post a picture on Monday... this is my first attempt at french bread and then to top it off, fresh blackberry and honey jam.  It's amazing.  I would chalk both of these up to successes. 

Monday, September 10, 2012

Kitchen update!

I know I promised pictures on Saturday... but whew... organizing is HARD work!!

I've taken A Bowl Full of Lemons 14 week home organization challenge... and to be honest... the kitchen kicked my butt.  I'm not even 100% completed.  But my cabinets, my countertops and my drawers are organized!  This week's challenge is the garage... I don't have a garage.  But I've found that with all thae time I've put into the kitchen (well worth it), I've fallen behind on laundry (no surprise there) and that the more I get things in place, the more things pop up in the kitchen that I want to fix.  So... I'm devoting part of this second week to my kitchen, and then I'm going to turn my sights to parts of my basement (YIKES).  But here are some pictures of my handiwork... I will post more full kitchen pictures when I'm finished.  I may even refinish my kitchen table!! :)  


Friday, September 7, 2012

For the love of yarn...

So... for all my shop friends out there wondering if I'll ever get back to my yarny ways... YES.  I will.  I have been bit by the bug again... I don't have the time to scratch today... but soon!  When I took my shop and yarn dying hiatus, I really didn't think it would last this long.  But here I sit in September and other than finishing a few projects, finally picking back up my Sylvi sweater (second sleeve started last night!) and spinning a little bit last week- I really have done nothing with my business.  And it's ok!   I wanted to want to do it again.  And thanks to Susan B. Anderson's amazing Pinterest finds (if you love her and you don't follow her pins-- you should.)... I feel that twinge.  I want to smell wet wool in my house again (the husband probably not so much)... I want to play with color and be inspired... actually I'm surrounded by inspiration right here on the farm.   So I'm going to start taking more pictures... use the colors of my beautiful surroundings to act as my colorways this fall.  So keep an eye out... it's going to be pretty amazing.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Home Organization 101

I am joining an online movement of people doing a week by week home organization with help from organizing bloggerista Toni over at A Bowl Full of Lemons.  I love her blog.  It's full of great, totally pinnable ideas and motivation for a more organized home.  I'm not an organized person... but I aspire to be... so I'm going to try to follow along with this 14 week plan and post my results here or at least check in each week with the progress.  I'll try to post on Tuesday what the mission is... and results on Saturday... please join me!   It's not going to be easy and likely not always fun, but it's going to be well worth it as we head into the holidays-- maybe I won't have to write "Get my act together with this house!" on my new years resolutions! :)

Anyway... click on her blog, you will find links to her facebook fan page where you can also follow along (How would i remember anything if facebook didn't remind me!) and free printables to help you get started!  Here we go!

This weeks goal:  The kitchen.  NOT the pantry... that's in a few weeks... this week is cabinets, counters and drawers.  Pulling everything out... getting rid of expired stuff and getting the kitchen into the working hub of the house it needs to be!

After a weekend with house guests, my kitchen was well used and needed to be cleaned before I started to organize so my Tuesday was spent doing that--organizing starts today... will post organized kitchen pictures on Saturday!  Check out Toni's blog!  You just may be inspired!

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Spiders and Fear...

We had a rough night last night.  Shortly after 10, my middle man was up crying with a tummy ache.  We had a wonderful Labor Day weekend, but it was filled with "holiday foods"... a little out of our norm.  Starting off with a minor league baseball game and all the yummy concession stand fare that comes with that... (my boys had never been to a game before- so when the cotton candy man came around hollering "Cotton Candy- Peanuts!!" They freaked out!  "This is real!?  They really bring cotton candy to you!?" Oh, the joys of watching them experience new things!  I love it!)... then with the company of sweet friends from Illinois, we had Appetizer Night for dinner, culminating with my fresh made tortilla chips, salsa and guacamole.  YUM.  But it did a number on his little belly... so first we were up and rubbing his belly.  When that didn't help, a long warm bath, and when that didn't help, we dug out the tums and then snuggled in my bed while I rubbed his back and helped him pray for a restful night.  Poor baby.  Somewhere after midnight he finally fell asleep.  I turned off the light and slept myself... for about 30 minutes.... then it was the littlest's turn.  No tummy ache for him, just a nightmare.   Something about a spider.  

So into his room we went and I laid down in his bed to sleep with him for a while to scare the spiders away... that's when my scary dreams started.  Most who know me know that I hate spiders.  When necessary I can get rid of them, but I'd rather not.  In the last few months, our house has started to collect more and more spiders.  Big ones.  I know, I live in the country and I should expect, even cherish our little visitors... blah, blah, blah... I'm not there yet.  Especially the wolf spiders.  You know I actually heard that if you catch them on glue traps they will "scream".  Yeah, no.   So, in my dreams the spiders were getting bigger and they were crawling on me in the bed with Landon... a few times I would shake myself away brushing away webs, that weren't actually there... but that felt so real in my dreams.   Then I started dreaming about blogging... and making some elaborate point about fear and I laid awake thinking about it... but by time I woke up and got my coffee... most of my inspirational points sounded more like the ramblings of a madman.  What I do know is this... fear is gripping.  It's immobilizing.   And yes, there are real spiders in my house.  They scare me.  But there were not spiders crawling on me and spinning webs around me last night.   In the light of day, I can call out that truth and the fear subsides.  

I love my boys.  I love being a mom.  I love living on the farm and watching the boys enjoy the farm life.  It's a full life.   I have to keep moving forward...  I have to be aware of "spiders" that are in my families way... obstacles in our life are real...  but I will not allow my family or myself to be hindered by the fears.  And with the boldness of living a life with passion-- I will brush off the imaginary spider webs and press on.  

Monday, September 3, 2012

Monday Moments...

Homemade Bread.  Homemade Raspberry Nectarine Jam.
Homemade Strawberry Jam.  Homemade Butter.
Homemade Breakfast Goodness.