Monday, September 29, 2014
Since I served racheritas with the party, Dani decided to go ahead and stay the night which was fine with me. That meant if the kiddos slept (and they did!) we could chat and visit and stay up way past our bedtimes. ;o)
We went into the offudio so I could pressure her into helping me with my SU! business--tit for tat, right? ;oP Seriously, though, I thought she might enjoy herself and she made that lovely little card up there. It's a simple one-layer card, which anyone who makes cards knows is anything but simple.
Yesterday we had church and I had my first Religious Ed class of the year. I missed last week and I felt really badly about it. My darling friend, Angie, subbed for me and I know she did a marvelous job. She's such a doll and has worked with kids FOREVER.
So, I met my babies, and they're an absolutely darling bunch. I have nine darlings and they are as sweet and earnest as can be. I couldn't detect a single joker in the bunch, which really is quite odd.
Lil had a birthday party to attend and then we took time to just be together as a family. It was lovely, really.
Oh, wait. Brien and I watched and celebrated as Jordan Zimmerman had his first no-hitter and the Nats had their first no-hitter in franchise history. That was fun times. Who knew I'd ever get sucked back into baseball??
John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt.
Bean? She was just chuffed to get a name tag and have her photo taken. ;o)
Oh, and speaking of sold out, there is nary an Elsa costume in sight at the 'Jay now. It's not even October yet!! Tami asked me why all the little girls wanted to be Elsa, why not Anna. She said it was because Elsa was sexy. I say it's not that, it's just, have you seen Elsa's dress? Who would want the more fusty Anna dress when you can have Elsa's dress with the snowflakes and sparkly and shimmer and shine? Duh!
I hope GG and I will be able to work on the dress this week and get it finished. :o)
Friday, September 26, 2014
I got a deep cleaner from the local Ace hardware and I've been working practically non-stop. I'm pooped but still have the upstairs to do. It's only a 24 hour rental, so I'd best get hopping.
Only the bridge and three bedrooms to go...
Thursday, September 25, 2014
Today Bean and I headed to GG's to work on her Elsa dress and to cut fabric for the quilt. Have I shown you what I'm biting off? Here, take a look. Isn't it swoon-worthy?
As for the costume, well, the bodice and skirt are now attached. Yay! It looks like a dress, all we need now is for the Chinese fabric to come in. ;oP I only had to pick out a small section of stitches and resew. And then, I managed to catch the hem in the restitching. Doh!! :oP
I'll bring out the paint tomorrow and finish it off and touch-up the island and windowsill as well.
Now, I just need to figure out window treatments. We've been two years without and it's time to do something about it. I think window treatments really do finish off a room, and now that I can actually sew, why not see what I can come up with. :o)
You know, I really do love my kitchen. :o) Now to get B going on replating those knobs...
|I think I better get some sort of window treatment up in here as well! :oS|
I was in the middle of tackling it when Bean and I left for the bus stop. Once I'm finished here, I'm back at it. I truly believe I need more storage, I just have no clue where I could put it. :oS For now, I'll work with what I have and move on from there. In an effort to keep myself from being too embarrassed, I'll post the "after" tomorrow. :o)
2. Decluttering the offudio so I can work in there again!
3. The island looks marvelous! I can't wait to slap paint on it tomorrow! :o)
4. Another cool, autumn-y sort of day. Ahhhhh...
5. Getting Elsa taken care of, and starting to cut quilt pieces. I know that quilt is going to take a long time to do, but I'm so excited about it! I just wanted to stay and cut pieces until I was done and start piecing it together! :o)
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
|Gratuitous Selfie--in my defense, it was the first time in weeks I'd done full make-up and hair.|
Being a grown-up is fun when you can snarf a pint of Ben & Jerry's after the children are in bed asleep, and being able to stay up late and do whatever the heck you want just because you can.
But, then again, those things come with consequences such as added weight you gripe about and much tiredness the next couple of days as you attempt to recover from the sleep deficit you have brought upon yourself.
Being the grown-up means dealing with the flat tire on the van when you're late heading out the door, and trying to remain chill and calm and asking yourself, "What's the worst thing that would happen if the girls were late to school?"
Being the grown-up means paying the bills and dealing with the cable company when your bill suddenly increases thirty dollars with no explanation, always being in charge of the cooking and cleaning and making sure the laundry is done so that nobody has to go naked.
It means putting off all those fun and exciting things you want to do, such as sewing an Elsa costume or playing with fabric and a sewing machine and instead doing the chores and cleaning that must be done so that you don't lose your mind.
But, then it's back to being the grown-up once more. That means dealing with trying to figure out what new medical insurance plan you are going to get because the one you currently have (and have had for 11 years) is not going to be available to you come January. It means contacting financial institutions about refinancing your mortgage. It means moving so far outside your comfort zone you don't know if you'll ever get back to it. It means, even when you're dead tired from staying up WAY too late (and you knew it was a bad idea but couldn't stop from finishing those last fifty pages...), you still get up with your small child who comes into your room and declares they need 'nuggles.
It means getting out of bed in the morning to get wee ones off to school with breakfast and love and kindness when all you want to do is sit with your mug of coffee and attempt to find some semblance of a human form within your crabby body. It means taking care of the messes the cat makes when he knocks that cup of milk off the table.
I have no idea who thought being a grown-up was a good idea. I would love to meet them and kick them in the keister. Gr. Being a grown-up is hard and scary and is completely made up as you go along, and NOBODY tells you this when you're a kid. As a child I had absolutely NO idea that all the grown-ups in my life were frauds! They should tell you these things, gosh darnit! If they did, maybe we all wouldn't be in such a hurry to get here.
I swear I don't feel any more "grown-up" than I did at 18. Or 16 for that matter. I'm still that same uncertain, unsure girl, just trying to figure it all out as I go along.
I hope the girls don't find out...
pinned a tutorial back in January that I had determined was going to be my next project when I got my sewing machine back out because I needed a pincushion.
I'm pretty pleased with how it turned out. So cute!
And, to the folks who take the time to put tutorials together, thank you SO much! :o)
6. It's raining today. A lovely, gloomy sort of day and I'm wallowing in it with my Ray LaMontange Pandora station. It's been nice and mellow and bluesy as I've been doing my chores.
7. I'm once more all caught up on the laundry. Whew. Stupid, spooty laundry...you're never done. Ever. Maybe I can convince my family we all need to have a nudist day...;oP
Still working through the "thirteen" thing. Everyone agrees it makes sense this would be the birthday to knock me flat on my hiney again.