I’m not even sure what that means. Just so much going on that my head starts spinning. I think anytime I step away from my normal
daily rhythm, I just get so buried under normal daily responsibilities.
So what's been going on? surgery for papa, pink-eye for boy, house guests-first three, then one, two birthdays at the preschool and too many late nights so not a whole lot of sleep.
There's been lots of fun too...
...like pARTy at Jen's. I loved just getting away and hanging out with girlfriends although I quickly discovered why I am more drawn to fiber. I had fun but learned glass is just not my thing.
My boys loved waking up in the morning to find these on the table. I wasn't sure what I had made but they quickly decided it was a house with a pine tree.
I found this beauty in my neighbors trash and just had to rescue it.
My house guests were participating in a local craft fair and I loved the smell of all the lavendar and buckwheat pillows in my home. This was their display.
We were gifted some of the handmade crates from reclaimed barn wood...so beautiful.
Finally...my friends treated me to one incredibly enjoyable concert. Can anyone guess who this is?
We are home after a long weekend at the farm. Two dear friends were married and there was quite a celebration. I am stll basking in the glow of the beautiful time we had enjoying the company of wonderful friends in one of the most magical places I know. I took over 500 photos so have a lot to look through before I can even think about sharing some of them here.
Found while running today...
...a true sign that summer is beginning to fade and that autumn is on the horizon. This brings feelings of melancholy as we look to the start of a new school year, and a transition into a new rhythm. Sadly, this also means I won't be spending endless beautiful days with my two boys constantly by my side.
Saturday, the boys' grandmother will be returning home. She has been visiting us since mid-May and her sudden absence will be another adjustment for us all to make. I am so grateful for this time we've shared over the summer and that she was able to get to know her grandsons so well. And since she does not speak English, Julen's Spanish has improved tremendously!
Here she is teaching my boy how to tie his cleats. (Did anyone else forget to teach their eight-year-old how to tie shoes??...Seems crazy, I know, but in this velcro and slip-on world, seems I let that one slide through the cracks!)
For all my local friends-anyone planning on attending
It's tricky, this transition from school to summer. It's been one week since the last day of school and we are slowly easing into our summer rhythm. First we look at our weekly schedule...day camps, sports activities, play dates...Thursday is Library Day and Friday Beach Friday (we started this four-year-old tradition with the preschool to keep in touch with friends over the summer...we stayed nearly seven hours last week!). Next we have to work out our daily rhythms...top on my list is I have dusted off my running shoes and have been getting out every day for at least a few miles of running...this, thanks to my mother-in-law who arrived last month and will be staying until the end of August. How grateful I am! I have the freedom to leave the boys in her care while I get some much needed exercise!
I was inspired by seeing Amie's summer reading and thought I'd share what caught my eye at the library last week.
Maybe this view is better...
As is so typical of me, I am all over the place with my interests. I hope to try something new out of each book-what I learn all adds to the creative experiences I can bring to the kids at the preschool.
Amie asked and I will too...what's on your summer reading list?
Thank you so much for all the birthday wishes! I loved hearing from you all and had fun reading through the comments here and on facebook.
What I failed to mention in my last post was that I was leaving town...which I did late last Saturday. I was away at a conference in Florida all week and although I had grand plans of posting from afar, there simple was no computer time. I've got a bit of catching up to do.
Here are some of the wonderful gifts I received...
...first, this very precious handmade gift from my sister
this sweet painting will go so well with my growing collection of small works.
She based this painting on my third grade school photo which she taped to the back.
This photo is a bit faded but if you look closely you can see I am wearing a shirt made of fabric with the three little pigs (and LOTS of ric-rac). This was my all time favorite shirt, made for me by my sister. She was, and still is, the best sister anyone could hope for and I'm very blessed to have her in my life.
From my boys...what has become a birthday tradition...something new from Custo (see last years here)
I went into hibernation mode last week. It wasn't planned but I kind of avoided the computer. Went to bed early. Caught up on some much needed sleep. I hate to be on the computer in front of the boys, so usually wait until they are in bed. I'm refreshed now! I think the new hair helped sort of "wake me up". Cutting fifteen inches and adding some blasts of color will do that for me. I'll be back tomorrow. xx
I was playing with my boys in the yard yesterday and we were attempting to create landart out of the leaves in our yard but the gusts were a force and blew every creation before we could finish making it. It is a strong reminder that autumn is soon to give way to winter.
It was quite satisfying then to create a mosaic of some of the beautiful leaf works found in the Natural Art pool at Flickr.
Happy November First! Gratitude month. At least that's how I always think of November. There is so very much to be grateful for and I try to remember to pause each day to be thankful for everything that is good in my life. Today, I'd just like to pause and say thank you to YOU! This community of creative bloggers feeds my soul every day and I continue to inspired by all of you and l appreciate your friendship more than you could ever know.