I last posted 30 September and now it's 30 October.
I am trying to figure out how to really enjoy blogging and make it truly work for me, without unnecessary pressure--self-induced, of course. I need to figure out what my goals are.I need to figure out what I really want. Blogs I love to read always have beautiful pictures accompanying each post and I haven't gotten pictures off the cameras for over a month. I've also not taken very many pictures either.
Facebook is a super easy way to keep many of my loved ones up to date on our lives, but it also can be super time consuming and hard to make boundaries with it. I want to post there, but then I'm drawn to check to see if people have "liked" or commented, and I want to see what my friends are up to too and then I have a few groups I've been heavily involved in and somehow feel the pull to check those too, and before I know it, I've wasted many precious minutes/hours on other people's lives/articles I didn't know I wanted to read/answering questions I really didn't have time for when all I got on line for was to find a cracker recipe and "check my news feed really quickly". Famous last words.
I went to the Mother Earth News Fair in Topeka, KS this past weekend and the girls and my dad and I had an AMAZING time. We're thinking about milk goats and bees. We're contemplating making more things from scratch. We're looking at how we can be living even more sustainably. (And then I come home to all the Christmas catalogs in my mailbox!)
I got to stay with my sister and her beautiful family and have a too short of visit with one of my besties. The kids did wonderfully traveling and it was a glorious trip.
I took a little internet break while I was gone, and now it's been a full week. I miss it and don't miss it. I miss knowing what my friends are up to on a regular basis, but I don't miss all the mental and emotional clutter it brings with it.
Today Aviana made bread for the first time all by herself. It's not wanting to rise, so I'm not sure if she made an error, or if our house is just too cold.
Today (and yesterday) we had chicken soup with rice for lunch.
We've put all the bikes and riding toys and wagons in the barn for the winter. It's staggering how tidy the yard suddenly became! Kevin is winterizing all the equipment as we are supposed to get a hard freeze tonight. He's done combining the soy beans and has about 100 acres of corn to do. He's rained out today. Hopefully this afternoon we'll get to planting my bulbs and mums. I am totally a fair weather gardener.
Cadrian is having a hard time with his reading lessons every time, but then every time he makes a break through and shows me he really is ready for it. It's frustrating and challenging to know what's truly best for him.
Brielle played well with Elivette this morning so I could read to the boys. They've been into these Star Wars books we got from the library but I am done reading that drivel. It's time to introduce them to Little House or Narnia or something. Cadrian does well listening to read alouds but Denton is still a classic interrupter.
I have plans to make some pumpkin butter this afternoon too, so I'd better be starting.
Thursday, October 30, 2014
I last posted 30 September and now it's 30 October.
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Monday, September 22, 2014
I'm always curious about the average person's daily life. I found an amazing video on Netflix titled Life in a Day. It is a documentary of snippets of people's lives all over the world. It's a bit of time capsule. It was beautiful.
It inspired me to make one of my own.
I have done this before in written form, with pictures, but never with video. It took me quite a bit longer to put the thing together than I thought it would, especially because I got sick for several days right after I shot it. I stayed up late last night and now it's finally done.
I invite you to take twenty minutes out of your day to share part of mine. :)
Friday, August 22, 2014
I LOVE to throw parties. I have a philosophy: Go Big or Go Home. Kevin, my everlovin' introvert, can't understand it, but he assists me in all the ways he can. He gets into it too!
I like to have a theme for our birthday party. We just have one a year to celebrate all of us, all born in July and August. This year's theme was pirates.
|I had a talented friend draw a pirate.|
|putting the map back together|
|Then it was time for A Battle!|
|me best matey and meself|
|All our soggy pirates.|
|Elivette and her little friend Andrew|
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Or more realistically, A What Not To Do Tutorial, otherwise known as a Comedy of Errors.
I use tutorials quite a bit in my career and am immensely grateful for them. I decided, since I have been planning to make this apron anyway, why not make a tutorial at the same time? Sure! Great idea!
First, have your husband take a couple of the kids to the vet and to buy a two row sweet corn planter. Then get the baby down for her nap. Have the biggest sister read to the little brother.
Gather your materials. You'll need
An iced coffee.
I ended up folding up a few inches because after I used it the first time, it was too long for my hands to easily reach the clothespins. I made it 16 inches wide, because that was all I had left of the bird fabric and I really wanted to use it. (mistake #2) And of course, I didn't want sideways birds while I'm here hanging up clothes, on the farm, with no one to look at me but the cats and kiddles, because that would just have driven me nuts every single time I used it. But if I were you I'd make it at least 20 inches wide. Fat quarters are 22" and that would be just perfect!
To reiterate, ideal cutting measurements are 22" wide by 14" long. To make the pockets, nip off a corner of the top fabric while it's folded. I went down about seven inches and curved in almost a right angle. This plan worked out!
Pin your bias tape to the top fabric pockets. Sew.
Now you're going to sew your apron pieces together and flip it right side out.
|photo by three year old assistant|
When you're done with correcting all your mistakes---no scratch that, YOU won't make any mistakes, because I've already done them for you---, you'll insert your apron into the waistband. You'll need to turn up the edges of your fabric so you don't have any raw edges showing. I usually fold down about a 1/2 ", iron, fold my raw edge into that crease, and iron again. If you know of a faster way, please tell me.
Sew it well.
Voilà! You're done! And all before the baby woke up from her nap, despite all the mistakes, which proves if you do it right the first time, this is a very quick project.
Now go hang some clothes!
|My photographer is short, and was trying very hard to|
get the apron in the photos. I promise, I really do have a head.
|The first time my bum was ever on my blog.|
(at least to my knowledge)
|as it looks hanging in the laundry room|