Friday, December 31, 2010

Hope for 2011

On my desk, where I sit and type this, there is a calendar that sits under my keyboard. It is where I keep track of my life and all that my family does. Every month, as the days tick by, the corners of that month start to curl up. I can tell it is getting close to the end of the month when I am constantly feeling the edges of the calendar brush against my wrists as I type. This year it feels like those curled edges have meant more. Throughout 2010 we were counting the days. Counting down until we added our newest member to our family, counting until Derek goes back to work, counting the days since Clara was born, counting the days since Derek was laid off (again). These months have flown by and meant so much. I have endured stress to a capacity that I never have before but I have also known great joy. Now as I sit here, on the precipice of a new year, I feel as though the pages flew off of the calendar way too fast this year. Yet, I am sure that everyone (me) says that every year.

Hope, it's my word of the year for 2011. I look at 2011 hoping for quite a bit. I hope for better job stability for Derek. I hope to be a better mother to my THREE girls. I hope to be a better wife and friend. I hope for more confidence, more motivation, more time management... or just more time in general, more patience and more trust. I hope that I can be a better follower of Christ, depend more on Him as he has continued to provide for us even in our darkest hours this year. I hope for big things like no more financial stress and I hope for small things, like keeping up with my laundry all year. As I tear off the page of 2010 tonight I hope that next year as I tear off 2011 I can say that it was a better year. That I was a better person. No resolutions required :) Happy New Year to you all! See you next year!

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Christmas 2010

We had a great Christmas 2010. Lots of time with family and friends. We attended our church's Christmas Eve service this year for the first time in 5 years and it was so nice to be calm and still and focus on the "reason for the season". I hope you all had a great Christmas too.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Bootcamp Diva Conclusion

So my month of Boot-camp Diva is over. I was really not that thrilled with the idea when my sister-in-law first told me. However I was determined to do it, mostly because someone else had paid for me to do it and because my sister-in-law was going too so I had someone to do it with. I was really anxious because I thought I would be huffing and puffing while everyone else was doing all the exercises with no effort. I was wrong. It was really hard but really good. Everyone is doing their own thing so no one is watching you (except the trainer to make sure you aren't going to hurt yourself doing something wrong). It was a great overall experience and I lost 8 inches over my body. I wish I could continue to do it but unfortunately it's not in the cards with Derek out of work right now. However, it has shown me that I can do stuff at home that will help me to get in better shape in a very short amount of time each week. So as I approach a new year and things are going to be getting back to normal in about a week and a half... there is one resolution, as cliche as it is, that is going to be on my list... get in shape.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Cookies !!!

There is nothing better to do in December than to make (eat) cookies and decorate (eat) cookies and share (eat) cookies. So that's what we did this December.
We decorated cookies at Audrey's preschool party.




We decorated cookies with friends.





We had Aunties come over and we made Russian tea cakes, chocolate crinkles, ginger cookies, oatmeal raisin cookies, oatmeal bars.... I think that was it. We were covered in flour, sugar, you name it. It was a great time. The kids (mine and their cousins) loved playing together while we baked and we involved them when we could.

When decorating time comes well, that's always the best. How do they decide what is going to go on their cookie masterpieces? They don't, they put everything on. Watching more go in their mouths than actually gets on the cookie... which is quite a feat because there is A LOT on the cookie. It's is just a holiday moment that you cannot miss.

We decorated with friends and family this year and consumed way too much sugar... but that's what the holidays are for, right? Just agree, it makes me feel better :)

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Bazaar

So as I mentioned a couple of months ago, I am going pro with my hooking :) a.k.a. crocheting. IN a feeble attempt to bring in a few extra dollars and not have my girls each end up with 25 hats a piece. So, I decided to do the Suquamish Elementary School Bazaar. I love bazaars. Looking at all the homemade crafts. Admiring the work others do and supporting local artists. It's all great and there was such a fabulous variety at this bazaar.

I shared a booth with a friend of mine who makes gorgeous bows for little girls. It was nice to have someone to sit with for 6 hours. I was very nervous going into it and had a little over 40 hats done. I tried to stick to just a few styles and did mostly baby/toddler hats. It went.......... okay. I sold seven hats but most of them were to people I knew but I really appreciated the support. I am glad it is over though. I really enjoy making custom orders better because then I have specific instructions on what to make and what size. I am still struggling with lack of confidence in my work as most of the customers I have/had so far are people I know... I some times wonder if they are buying them just to be nice. Hopefully not. We'll see.

I have had two stores express interest in selling my hats and plan to look into that in the new year. I also have a Facebook Fanpage that I am hoping to get some orders off of. We'll see. I'd rather not do Etsy mostly because I don't wanna deal with shipping things frequently but if things don't take off in any other way I am going that route. Stay tuned and feel free to check out my fanpage to see photos of all my work.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Three months...


It doesn't sound like a long period of time but it isn't a super short period of time either. And yet that is the amount of time our Clara bear has been in our lives. I remember how long those first few months felt when I had Audrey and yet I think all I had to do this time was blink and she's three months old (and yes, I realize how cliche that sounds).

Clara is growing like a weed. She's approx. 13.5 pounds and about 25 inches long. I can't believe how big she is getting. She is just about ready to move up to 3-6 month clothes (earlier than both of her sisters) and it is very bittersweet for me. I am in no way vacillating on wanting more children but I just wish this time would slow down, just a little.

She is a great baby. She smiles easily and still loves her sisters. She holds her head up well now and is discovering her hands. I can't wait to see what this next month brings, including her first Christmas.

Happy three months, my bear. I have truly enjoyed the addition of you to our family. I can't wait to see what the next few months bring.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Wordless Wednesday

Year end resolutions??

Who says you need a new year to make a resolution? Not I! For my birthday my sister-in-law and my mother-in-law went in together and bought me a month's worth of Boot-camp Diva classes. I am nervous about how this is going to go. I am really not in shape and don't want to make a fool of myself. But Nicole will be there with me so at least I will know someone. And it's only a month... we'll see what kind of results I can get out of it in a month. :) Can't wait to report back! First class is tonight, wish me luck :)