- The 10 inches of snow we received in Minneapolis this weekend.
- Watching my neighbors get their snow legs back .(People! Little taps folks. Never rev your tires as you will most certainly get stuck and need to recruit people to push you out.)
- The four people I saw biking in the city this morning, including the Skeptic and Spinner. My man obviously enjoys a challenge.
- My parents, who officially reached full retired parent status today by calling me to give me the road report in Burnsville. They crack me up and I am lucky to have them. 🙂
Decorating and celebrating….
- Our free range Christmas tree, which looks a cross between A Charlie Brown tree and something you might see in a hundred year old Christmas scene. This tree has soul and I love it!
- We are using The Truth is in The Tinsel for Advent this year and we really enjoy the simplicity and ease of the projects.
- We are also trying a Jesse Tree this year. I love the ornaments and the message that come with this PDF.
- By the time I am on my third kid I should know better than to leave a four year old alone with glitter.
- Christmas gifts that I wish I could share with you
- Too many Christmas gifts. Not sure I will make it this year!
- Baby girl items because I have a brand new beautiful niece who is one week old today!
That’s right, my long lost friends, Spinner is three!!
My beautiful, joyful little boy. Full of sunshine, full of smiles. With a really strong punch. Still the baby of the family, although if you say that his reply will be “”No, I big boy!”
As much as he wants to grow up, I’m desperately wanting to hold on to this littleness….
It’s been a beautiful summer. Busy. Hectic. But great nonetheless. We took it easy, no camps, no running all over the city. We wrapped it up by celebrating Spinner’s birthday, then camping the following weekend. A new school year has started. Third grade for Math Boy, the big kindergarten for Knittykid and Spinner started preschool. This is a whole new era, it seems. With everyone in school now I can feel things changing. As much as I will be missing the baby years, there are new adventures now. Going out for dinner and actually sitting there with all three kids, talking and laughing is fabulous. Seeing all three boys play together, read together, laugh together (and for the sake of reality, beat the bejeebers out of each other too) just makes me thankful for this amazing crew the Skeptic and I have been blessed with.
Hope your school year (or unschool year) is off to a good start. I’ll be back around the blogs again, and hopefully back here more often. I actually want to do some blogging about blogging. (Have you read this post over at Wise Craft?) And knitting. Sewing, spinning and of course, the boys! So anyway, say hello and let me know who’s still hanging around, I do hope you’re all still here! Plus, you know you want to wish Spinner a happy birthday 😉
Every fairy should be well fed.
Hope your summer has been beautiful!
…in no particular order.
wash dishes (again, and again)
throw in laundry (underwear!!)
plant cucumber seeds (yes I know it’s getting late)
clean out fridge to make room for CSA veggies
make a yummy dessert that involves strawberries before they go bad on me
figure out what that ruckus is upstairs
play with friends, including my own
pay a few bills
get boys to try to clean at least enough of their room that I can walk in it
at least ten minutes of yoga so I can stand up straight
make three appointments
pick up CSA veggies
and I know there is more…..why do my feet hurt again?
My scarf sits waiting to be finished, once again, as I’m stuck spending the evening paying bills and making meal plans for the week because the boys were not asleep until 9:30 tonight. So instead of feeling sorry for myself (which I’ve done the past hour now) I remind myself:
I will miss it when they no longer say “Mama, stay with me….”
I will miss it when Spinner won’t go to sleep because he’s too busy looking for the moon and wanting it to say goodnight to him.
I will miss it when Knittykid no longer follows me from room to room, trying to fall asleep wherever I might be.
I will miss it when Math Boy finally decides he’s too old to fall asleep holding his mama’s hand.
I will miss it when they no longer ask me to read them a book. Although I will not miss it when they all want three different books at the same time and spend half of bedtime fighting about who gets what book and when and who needs to “JUST BE QUIET AND LET MOM READ!!” (push shove push shove scream bite, etc)
I will miss it when I come downstairs late at night and the floor is clean and the dishes have been done and it is quiet, and tidy and a good evening for knitting.
I will miss this crazy, hectic, loud and messy life. And I’ll have plenty of time to knit then…..
I’m not quite sure how these years went by so fast, but my Math Boy, my not-so-little anymore man turned eight this week.
I feel like this is the year that we’ve truly moved into new territory. I can look at him and start to see a vision of who he might be in five, ten years. I look into those beautiful brown eyes and see real glimpses of who he might become. It’s amazing to be at this point, to see where he might be headed, to watch his interests emerge, to watch him learn and grow in a way that is so different from watching him when he was younger. There is a young man emerging here.
And we love who we see….a little boy who feels things so deeply and imagines so much. A young man who one minute is deep into his Pokemon card collection and the next minute too engrossed in D’Aulaires Book of Greek Myths to bother eating dinner. He’s my reader, my thinker, full of fire and ideas and spirit. And he teaches us something every single day.
We love you, my dear! Happy birthday!!
(Modeling his new Balaclava that he had to have even though it is technically Spring. Because we’re all about spies here these days.)
He’s all sweetness and gentleness with the most generous heart I’ve ever seen in such a little kid. The quiet, thoughtful one,who still has his very loud moments, of course! My little artist who loves to draw, who has also developed a remote control car obsession lately (so guess what he’ll be opening later today?). My snuggler, who still needs to have at least one arm wrapped around me when he falls asleep. He amazes me every single day!
Happy birthday Knittykid!!