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Saturday, June 25, 2011


More evidence that our children all look alike and none of them look like my side of the family.

Friday, June 24, 2011

When I don't blog...

Inspired by Soule Mama's right now posts, here are a few of the events that have drawn me away from blogging for the past few weeks.

swimming with three kids: one adjusting her goggles as she does another lap, one resurfacing with several coins he has just plucked from the bottom, one screeching in my arms.

cheering as the two big kids finish their races and one little kids takes his first steps.

walking to the pool for swim practice and walking home again when practice is over.

sitting under a tree with a curious baby who is pulling up clover flowers.

listening to Z and M chatting. They have the most wonderful conversations.

sewing some little decorations for the house. They're really little nothings; items to occupy the empty spaces where our photos, which have been packed away already, used to hang.

packing a few of our possessions every day. When did we acquire so many things?

applying for our visas to Greece. What we sweated and agonized over turned out to be a very easy process. Thank God!

crocheting a little bag. Can't wait to finish!

celebrating birthdays. First my, then Z's, and finally T's birthdays are in June.

relishing one last day with T before he turns 1.

What are you doing?

Sunday, June 5, 2011

On Moving

The big kids have been visiting Nana and Papa all week so that B and I could prepare our house for tenants. We still have a couple of months until our move, but re-caulking the bathroom and painting can be accomplished much more easily sans children. T has helped us a bit by taking a few naps, but the major stumbling block has been our inability to think straight. And our indecisiveness.

Here's a sample of our typical interaction from this week:

I: "What are we going to do with (fill-in-the-blank toy, appliance, craft supply)? (Fill-in-the-blank child) uses it on a regular basis."

B: "I don't know. What do you think we should do?"

I: "Well if we keep it, where should we store it?"

B: "I don't know. What do you think?"

I: "I don't know."

Thankfully we have taken pictures of some of the rooms in our house to post with the ad we're running. We've been shuffling junk from one room to another, snapping a picture of the clean room, and re-junkifying it. Works for us.

We're not going to win any awards for our style or decor; we know that this is a temporary dwelling and haven't put much effort into making it beautiful. We also have two rather destructive children, which explains the cheap plastic chairs.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Little Things to Sew

I have another confession. Not only have I opened a birthday present early, I have used it to make something. Do you blame me? These are just a sampling of all of the adorable projects in the book.Aren't the backpacks darling?

The reversible bucket hat is my first Oliver + S project, although I've admired Liesl Gibson's designs for a while. Like even before I liked sewing.

Here's T modeling my first attempt at sewing from my new book. Yellow is contagious!

I have another confession to make. I posted these pictures of T's new hat on the Celebrate the Boy Summer Flickr Pool. Honestly, sharing photos with anyone other than my three to five faithful readers is a pretty big leap. Other peoples' projects look far more stylish and professional, but we all have to start somewhere, right?