Monday, June 30, 2008
I just wanted to share my new Etsy shop where I will be offering up my beadwork. For years I have sold my beaded Mandala jewelry and ornaments on my message boards, but after hearing so much about Etsy, I decided to give it a try. We'll see if I can move any of my beadwork in this new method.
Saturday, June 28, 2008
Friday, June 27, 2008
- Outside My Window...I hear the morning sing of all of the birds.
- I am thinking...about what to serve as snacks for tonight's slumber party.
- I am thankful for...the fact that we live less than ten minutes from my very favorite beach. On Tuesday, we went for our first beach-day of the season and it was just so great. The beach is quiet, never too busy, has some shade and lots of sand for diggin in.
- From the kitchen...I'm working on my first cup of coffee of the day and have my beads set up on the little work-space penninsula. I'm behind on a couple of orders due to a busy week and need to get some things done and mailed out today.
- I am wearing...a purple tee, capris and a wedding ring. ;)
- Around the house...the girls are a buzz with excitment over their very first slumber party happening tonight.
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
I promise, she did have fun on the rides, she was just sort of spacey at times with all of the stimulation and so many things to see and hear.
Monday, June 23, 2008
I had to laugh because Jay was cool as a cucumber, right up until we were in front of the church. At that point, I was no longer nervous but he was trembling and rubbing my hand with his thumb so much that I just about lost feeling in one spot and thought I might lose some skin as well.
The ceremony was really nice. We had music thanks to our friend who is a guitarist, and a girl from our church who is just 14 and has the voice of an angel. I choked up a bit when it came time for me to say the vows, but managed to make it through. Like many told me, it seemed surreal to be actually doing it. It was amazing to kiss my husband at the end of the ceremony. My husband. :)
Directly following the ceremony, Jay took a few minutes to give our testimony about our journey in Faith and how we came to praise God. It was a really nice way to end everything. And then we all gathered for snacks and a yummy cake brought by my Mom.
I actually didn't get any pics of the day besides the one at the end of my girls TOTALLY crashed out on the way back home. My Mom's camera was on a strange setting and all of the pics she took came out blurry, but I heard a lot of cameras snapping as Jay and I had our first kiss as husband and wife so I imagine we will have a few pictures to share soon.
Once we left the church, we came home and spent the afternoon with some of our good friends and their beautiful children.
Jay and I are still getting used to wearing rings all of the time, but we're amazed at how different our relationship feels after taking this step that we once throught was SO unnecessary.
Thursday, June 19, 2008
My girls are all very excited. Nico is looking forward to wearing dangly earrings and holding one of the rings. Kaya wants to be all fancy and I think she'd probably do a cartwheel up the aisle if it weren't for wearing a dress. Luna keeps saying, "Mama, Dada, WEDDING!" and we'll see if she'll cooperate during the ceremony of if she'll be sticking her hand down the front of my dress asking for nanas. Hahaha.
Well, I've got a lot to get done today. Try to get past my jitters and remember the most important thing. In just 2 days I will me Mrs. Wright. ;)
Friday, June 13, 2008
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
The kittens are starting to be playful. It is hard to believe that they were just barely crawling 5 days ago. I really think that Mama kitty wasn't making very good milk because she was so scrawny. Now that she is getting enough food, I think her milk is doing a much better job nourishing the babes. Did I mention how cute they are? They are Cuuuuuuute!
Monday, June 9, 2008
- Outside My Window...I am hearing the song of the goldfinches and the slight breeze as it blows through the trees. I see hummingbirds zipping back and forth to the feeders.
- I am thinking...that I may want a cup of coffee before heading out for gymnastics.
- I am thankful for...how easy it has been for Jay to give up cigarettes so far. He hasn't been aggitated in the least, what a blessing!
- From the kitchen...I don't plan to do any cooking today because it is hot. I will give the girls a cold plate of carrots, cauliflower, grape tomatoes and cheese before we head out in a couple of hours.
- I am wearing...a brown tanktop, cargo capris and brown crocs. I will change to a wrap skirt before we go.
- I am reading...a few different books on homeschooling.
- Around the house...Kaya and Luna are excited about the prospect of going to Aunt Stacy and Uncle Joel's house after the gym. The pool is open and somewhat warm and the swim bag is packed. Luna should go down for a nap here in a few minutes if she is going to get a good rest before we go.
- One of my favorite things from today...is a sweet text message from Jay.
Saturday, June 7, 2008
Yesterday the babies were belly crawling to get around and today they're trying out the walking thing. Aw, talk about cute. I think we're in trouble here. Try as I might, I am falling in love with these little sweeties. I mean, I think it would be pretty hard to look at this kind of cuteness and not get all mushy.
Mama kitty is filling out a bit and you can feel less bones when petting her. I had two cans of wet food in the cupboard and have been mixing some in with her dry food. She got some leftover scrambled eggs today, too.
Friday, June 6, 2008
In other news, today it is sweltering in N.Y., our first day in the 90's this year. That means it is time to break out the ol' washtubs so the girls can cool down a bit. Some people have big fancy pools, but we've gotten years of use out of these washtubs and they do the trick on a day like today.
Thursday, June 5, 2008
We headed out and found them again easily. This time, I was able to partially crawl under the pricker bush and find four babies. The Mama didn't like the car but luckily it only took a few minutes to get home. When I set out food, she wolfed down about 1 1/2 cups before she came up for air. Mama is all boney, though the babies look healthy. I am trying to find a local shelter that will take the bunch. For now, they will be safe and fed in our spare, unfinished office room.
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
First of all, as a child who was categorized as "gifted" from the first few weeks of school, I found it to be a curse of sorts. While the rest of my Kindergarten classmates were involved in arts and crafts, I would get pulled out of class to take reading tests. To the adults, it was a big deal that I could read at a third grade level. To me, it was a big deal to miss out on the fun and to feel different. I can also remember one specific time in Kindergarten when I was punished for something that was so innocent. We would have word lists to learn and then would take Mastery Tests where we had to read our new words. The words were painfully easy to me and I challenged myself by trying to memorize the whole list in order. One day, one of the little Amish girls in our class was taking her verbal test and struggling. As I walked by, I remembered feeling bad for her and quietly sang the list I had memorized in an effort to help her. I was horrified and embarassed when our teacher suddenly turned on me, yelled at me and made me go sit in the cloak room for what seemed like hours. These experiences, among others in my first years of elementary school only served to teach me to hold back. I learned that I shouldn't try my hardest, or else I might be made to feel different, I might miss out on the "fun stuff", the teachers might expect too much of me. It was clear to me early on that Kaya is a very gifted child. She would write her name when she was two and was reading simple words when she was three. Now, at age six, even 1st grade material seems easy to her and she is reading chapter books. We can work with her, at her ability level, without making her feel odd or pushed and I like that.
Socialization is one word you hear a lot when talking about homeschooling. Many people seem to have this idea that children who learn at home do not have opportunities to socialize. I find this funny because the one thing that was on every one of my elementary school report cards was a negative comment about my desire to socialize. When I spent time talking with the child next to me, I would get my desk moved to a new location.
My girls have plenty of opportunities for socialization and not just with children their own age. We go to Story Time at the library, take gymnastics, they socialize at church and as we run errands. They have children of all ages that they consider friends. There are playdates and sleep overs galore.
Luna is asking me to come and play with her, so my blogging time is over for now. Of course, I have more that I'd like to say but it will have to wait for another time.
Monday, June 2, 2008
I just went out to check some clothes I had hanging on the line. I noticed two of our cats were prowling around, but I didn't see anything out of the ordinary. Then I heard something move right next to my foot and looked down to see a 3 + foot long Eastern Milk Snake. I ran in to get my camera so I could snap a few pics to make it easier to identify if he slithered away. The way he was shaking his tail made me think for a minute that it might be a juvenile Rattlesnake or something. Thanks to high-speed internet and Google, it only took a minute to discover that it is a non-poisonous snake.
I took a little video this morning of Luna playing with her Calico Critters. I just love watching her as she gets drawn into a world of make-believe and pretend. She tends to make these cute little voices when she plays and she will set the animals up and count them and name them.
Today is sunny and looks like it will be nice and warm. Mondays tend to be a bit hard on Kaya, adjusting to life without her big sister. Especially when Nico will be gone for 12 days in a row. I need to work a bit harder to keep Kaya active and distracted, so after she does a little learning this morning, I hope we can head out for a nice walk. Gymnastics is also this afternoon and if the weather holds out, I may take the girls to a playground before class. With the rising price of gas and food tapping our budget, we haven't been making those impromptu runs to local playgrounds when the mood strikes us. Now, I am only leaving the house once or twice during the week and lumping as many errands together as I can.
On a sad note, our little window-tapping Chickadee is no longer. :( Somehow the little guy must have gotten in an open window when we were gone and I came home to the crime scene. Feathers everywhere and a dead little Chickadee in the bedroom. I held out hope that perhaps it was just a random bird and not the friendly little buddy who would tap-tap-tap on our windows every day. Unfortunately, the windows have been quiet ever since. I am sad about that.
On a positive note, little Serenity is now back home. You can see updates to her journey with battling Leukemia at http://www.liftingupserenity.com
Sunday, June 1, 2008
Saturday, we went to a picnic and had a great time. Well, I pulled a "Bad Mom" moment and had the girls all wear pants because it was cloudy and raining when we headed out, but the rain soon left and it got HOT. I should have remember to bring shorts and tees for them, but they braved the weather and still managed to have fun. Luna and I left around 3 or 4 because she didn't get a nap in and I also forgot her stroller, which she probably would have fallen asleep in. About 4 miles down the road, she was out already and I laughed to see her hugging my water bottle like it was some sort of cuddly toy. (I pulled right over when I saw her chest clip had gotten pushed down by the bottom of the bottle, just to reassure any of my Mama friends that I *did* notice and adjust. ;) )
Jay and I are getting married in three weeks and we had to make the decision to really scale down the number of wedding guests and cancel the post-wedding party due to time and money constraints. Right now, as you can see, our yard is dirt and we don't have time to get grass seed going in order to host a party here. The prospect of getting something planned out was really starting to stress me out at a time when even filling up the gas tank gives me a bit of an anxiety attack. So, our focus has switched to the ceremony and its importance. We can wait for a party, we can wait for rings, it is the commitment that matters right now. We're thinking we may shoot for having a party here in late August, instead.