Saturday, August 30, 2014

Worthwhile Reads and Lovely Things (and Max's adventures as an 8 year old so far)

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This summer my (supervised!) son got to play firefighter.
HUGE thanks to our local Fortville Firefighters for this experience!

Welcome to my new readers and to those of you returning to this space. Thanks for joining me!  If you don't mind my tendency to ramble on about about life and knitting along with the occasional spilled cup of coffee or swear word, then this is the spot for you.

On the weekends I like to share what I'm reading, listening to, and a few fun pictures from the past week. So, lets get to the good stuff!

Here are this week's worthwhile reads and lovely things ...

This summer my (supervised!) son got to pet a shark.
 
Find of the week: back-to-school is going mostly smoothly for us this year, but I still feel like I'm starting my weeks shot out of a canon and that doesn't work for me. As the kids extra curricular activities and clubs begin this month, I'm feeling a little pressure to keep this steady calm we've found over the summer going into the school year. (Look for an updated Back-to-School habit stacking goal list soon)

On the days when I'm feeling overwhelmed and anxious, a check list that I can follow and just do the next thing in front of me is invaluable. I found this Sunday Prep Plan from Living Well, Spending Less and I think I might be giving it a try. I'll let you know how it works for me.

Books: the Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle (2014 edition) is coming soon! If you want a heads up on when it will be available, just sign up here to be notified by email.

I'm a big fan of ebook bundle sales, because I feel like the price per book ends up being a good deal, but I'll be the first to admit that some bundles are better than others, depending on your lifestyle and your needs and budget. This one is worth checking out, in my opinion.

Blogs: This Flower Crushing art project looks like it would be so much fun and add such a neat art experience for young and old. Definitely going on the To Try list!

Podcasts: (I haven't listened to a single podcast this week. I know, how does that even happen?)

Pinterest: this week was kind of a fun milestone for me on Pinterest as I passed 12,000 followers. Since Pinterest is one of my favorite things about the internet, this really made me happy. Thank you! 

This pin was my most popular this week and this one I'm socking away as I get ready to do my own not-so-big-trip packing over the next few weeks.

YouTube: my only real YouTubing this week was researching for our Frasier Craning post with Jillian. You can check that out here.

Music: If you haven't checked out Joel Henderson's music, then I think you should do that. Today.

Ravelry and Knitting: How sweet is Susan B. Anderson's new Ben and Buddy pattern? So sweet! The little sweater! The wee doggie leash! Adorable!

The summer my son got to see how his hand measures up against orangutang bones.

::: And that's what I found worthwhile and lovely this week.  How about you? :::


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Friday, August 29, 2014

7 Quick Takes {In Stitches} (No, really. Not a knitting joke this time)

Welcome to those of you who find yourselves here for the first time. It's so good to see you!

Today is my mom's birthday. Happy birthday, mom! I know her. She'll keep the day low-key and won't want a fuss, all the while planning a big family bash for my dad's birthday party in a few days. We're alike in that way: we'd both rather keep things simple for ourselves but we both love to go out all to celebrate a loved one.

I like finding all of the ways we are alike, all of the things we have in common. I'm proud to be my mother's daughter.

My kids are generally pretty awesome, but this week they have been even more awesome than usual. There's been a lot of laughing and talking and just hanging out with no major (or minor, come to think of it) drama.

Well, except for the stitches thing I mention in the title. But, more on that in a bit.

These are some fun people I get to hang out with and it's been nice.



Since after the 4th of July holiday my husband has been working sixty plus hours a week, gone six days a week. While the overtime pay has been welcome, we've missed him like crazy! And I know I don't have to tell you that overtime for him translates to overtime around here for me. That ends today at 5:01 p.m. when his sabbatical begins. HOORAY!

Random picture of my little Bat Man measuring himself against the bats of the world.
This fall we are hitting the road for a few weeks. We haven't done any road tripping as a family since going to Allume last October and we are all pretty excited.

We aren't doing it up world tour style a la the Oxenreiders or the Langfords or anything just yet, but being able to take trips like this around the USA does give me hope that getting out there and seeing more of the world together can be more than just a dream and become something we can make real plans to do some day.

Southern and Eastern United States? Get ready, because we're coming for you!

I don't talk about this very much online, partly because it isn't really my story to tell and partly because I'm trying very hard to just focus on moving forward and let the drama go. But, I want to share that part of the reason behind this upcoming trip is that it is the chance to say thank you to our kids for how amazing they've been about their Aunt Angela living here. I want to brag about them a little, because they deserve it.

 The secret with these animals is to please KEEP feeding them!

We love having Angela here, that's a fact, but the circumstances behind her coming to live here were not ideal and there was no warning or time to prepare the kids for the change. She is completely worth it, but Angela's special needs and schedule do change the way we do things around here, plus a seventh person living here has meant we all have to move over and make room - literally and figuratively - in our living space, our schedule, our budget, everywhere.

The kids have been fantastic! They gave up their play area in the loft and moved around their own personal spaces without complaint so Angela could have space. For kids, they've been really understanding about ...well, just SO many little and big things that have changed for us all. They've made sacrifices. Our family is different. Our home is different. Part of the reason we are all doing so well today is because of how great these kids of ours have been over the past 9 months or so.

This upcoming trip is a chance for their dad and I to show them we see their sacrifices, we see their kind hearts, we are proud of them, and we want to spend time together just the six of us after a year that hasn't been easy and a year where they've had to share us in a way no one was expecting.

I'm proud of them. I'm proud of Angela. I'm proud of all of us.


Another reason for the trip is that we want to add some roadschool to our homeschool. 

I've always harbored this hippie chick fantasy that we live in a VW camper van and tour the country. But, as so many of my hippie fantasies are my husband's nightmares, we are compromising.


Stitches! Yesterday Amelia tripped and fell and put her teeth through her lower lip. Hello, Emergency Room!
 
Five hours later, this little superhero of mine had charmed the socks off of everyone in the ER, taken a nap during our wait, acted totally chill about the hole in her lip (and only a little teary and quiet during the repair), and sang songs in the van on the way home.

The adults however, were ready for a drink.

 Both parents and all four kids at the ER. Because we were thinking SO clearly when we left for the hospital, ha ha!

Also, for those keeping score at home, that's three Flecks (Christopher, Jillian, and now Amelia) who have put their teeth through their lip and required stitches at some point in their lives.


Not sure if we're winning or losing that one.

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