Monday, November 29, 2010
A few weeks ago I was folding towels and realized I was really enjoying myself. It was not the act of folding towels per say, it was taking the time to be relaxed, not rushed, and present with my thoughts while folding. I was not thinking about what I was going to do next, or where I needed to be later that day, or who I needed to call. It was as simple as letting my mind go and heading in the same direction.
Low and behold, you might not believe it, but I sat down later that day and still had plenty of time to relax over a cup of coffee with some friends.
Each day I have made a bit of time to purposefully chill for a bit with my family giving them 100% of myself, as well as staying present while doing my daily "chores", and than taking a bit more time when all are asleep to relax by myself after a hard days work. I have found that this still leaves me plenty of time to keep envisioning my future and my wheels turning to get me there.
I hope that you are able to slow down a bit this season and meander awhile in your present.
Saturday, November 27, 2010
Friday, November 26, 2010
I think the coffee must have instantaneously kicked in, because ta duh, we are going to pack away the Fall Festivities and decorate for the Holidays! Umm...yeah, I am not sure how this to do escaped me? Since moving to Ventura this has been a tradition for us. Black Friday we decorate for the holidays. We do not like it black and dreary around here. This year, I had vowed to myself and a few others that I would not participate in the consumerism of Black Friday or the Holidays. I am so tired of all that garbage!!! But, I am not tired of our new decor!
The kids and I had a blast getting out all of the decorations and reminiscing our past holidays. It is so funny to me when each of my children comes of age to realize that there was a time before them. We put out our Santa Pictures in chronological order today and Lillitha was asking where she and Nishan were in the earlier pictures. She was so cute, oh yeah, "Coral still needed to see Santa, right mom?"
I was photo shooting tonight, as I really wanted to capture the ambiance in our living room with the Tree lights on and I just love this picture. I is totally not what I was going for, but I like it just as much. We read tonight in our very small but cozy living room, with the tree lights lit, the kids and Jason fell asleep while I read. I sat in there a for awhile in silence trying to figure out why it felt so warm and cozy. I decided it is the lights and tree. Yeah, yeah, it is a freaking white fake tree. Still it is a symbol of the Holidays for us and the Holidays are always something our family looks forward to.
Thursday, November 25, 2010
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Monday, November 22, 2010
I am pretty sure she planned on taking a shower and sticking her cute little nose in a book until we called it lights out, but instead she cued into the elders needing help. Did I just admit that I needed help? Yes, I said I needed a bit of help! Coral totally stepped up and took her two little sisters on the best Spacation of their lives!!!
The girls began their relaxing night in a warm bath! We all love the original cast iron tub in our little humble abode. While sweeping and picking up, I heard lots if giggles and sharing of the days events.
After hopping out of the bath, they jumped in jammies, and this is when the real fun began. Hair was brushed and pulled back making sure it would not be in the way of beauty time.
Sunday, November 21, 2010
All of the kiddos are vying to get a bit of daddy one on one time now. Lillitha was second in line! Jason and her hung out at the coffee shop per her request. She asked if her dad would take her on a date to eat candy and drink soda. That is soooo....right up her alley.
I believe that this time is invaluable to each of our children and I hope that all of us hold on tight to these moments. With four children I find I am constantly juggling my attention, my husband seems to have found his rhythm with our children and meeting each of their needs. I have watched this story unfold over the past few years and it is both fascinating and beautiful.
I hope I will follow in my dear husbands footsteps sooner than later, but while I am still juggling I will be happy to be a bystander, watching the beauty of his relationship with our children.
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Friday, November 19, 2010
Inspired by Amanda Soule
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Onto the topic of this post! The Birthday Boys gift:
I had planned on making a sweater for W, but while perusing the Fabric Store for a whole other project, I laid eyes on the jungle fever fabric. I needed to buy it and I needed to make something for the Birthday Boy out of it, as well as a little something for my girls. Oh me oh my how do I love this print, and how do I love how it all turned out!!! It was really simple as pie and totally rewarding! I love when the simplest idea is also the simplest to put together.
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
We planned on having her Mother Gathering what we thought was well enough in advance. My second kiddo decided to greet us the very day we had planned on having a Baby Shower so we were both ultra aware of our babies coming when they want to, but we were sure we had planned early enough that this would not happen again!!!
Her Mother Gathering was to be Saturday morning. I spent the week sewing a few things that I wanted to include in her Mother Gathering and preparing other projects for all of us to take part in during this celebration honoring her becoming a mother of 4.
Friday night as I lay my head to the pillow not a few minutes later did I receive her, "I am in labor", phone call! I still laugh to myself...Because you know we were ultra prepared and this was not going to happen again ;)
That night is one of the most precious memories I hold, meeting her son. It is an honor to have been in her circle of friends and family that supported her during her pregnancy, labor, and postpartum. Thank you my dearest friend, you know who you are and I am so grateful to have you in my life!!!
We have supported each other through three pregnancies and been introduced to new ideas throughout each of our journeys. We were first introduced to the idea of a Mother Blessing or Mother Gathering just a week or two before we planned on having T's Baby Shower. So, there it began, a tradition of celebrating the journey into Motherhood as opposed to the baby to be. You can read and explore more of this concept on your own if you would like. I think this is a good place to begin.
For T's fourth baby I wanted to do something really different than either of us had done before. When you each have 4 children and lots and lots of friends having babies things can end up getting a bit repetitious. During this time I started reading blogs that ultimately kicked my sewing and crafting bug into high gear. I came across Amanda Soule's blog and bought her book Handmade Home, and this where the inspiration for T's Mother Gathering began.
In a Handmade Home, Amanda Soule's Memory Tree Quilt Art is compiled of her little one's outgrown clothing. In the celebrations I have taken part in it is common practice to bring an object or two or three that remind us of the Mother to Be. I decided I wanted to use the Memory Tree Quilt Art in our celebration honoring T.
I asked that each woman bring a small 4" x 3" piece of fabric with a story to share with the Mother to Be. I left it this open ended as I wanted the choice to be very personal and true to each person sharing.
Saturday, November 13, 2010
Friday, November 12, 2010
Our family spends a tremendous amount of time in this space. We generally end up with 5 of us curled up together on any given night, and if number 6 wakes early enough she joins in the warmth. Old man winter has descended upon us, so tonight myself and the four kiddos curled up together reading till each of them fell asleep in the shared warmth.
Thank you for coming inside and taking a peak! Next time I have an itch to move, I think I will invite you back in for a peak into another corner of our home.
Thursday, November 11, 2010
Nishan painted a bat while I sipped coffee and cooked breakfast. Did I mention that this is so worth the effort because kids are pretty quite with tunnel vision when you set paints in front of them.