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Monday

Let’s see if I can post in my little blog every day this week! I have the week off, it should be doable. I really want to gather more traffic here. I hope my sewing and crafting will inspire others. Inspire them for what? Well, that’s up to you, dear reader.

Today was a sewing adventure to say the least. I didn’t want to spend too much time in my studio. The kids are on break with me and I didn’t want to ignore them all day. We had a leisurely morning. Littlest K has declared any day she can possibly get away with it as PJ day. Middle K followed suit, in his cosy flannel bottoms I made him this weekend (that I still haven’t been able to capture a picture of him in). He’s all too willing to photobomb, but when it’s for real, forget it.

Someday I will post a shot of his jammies. Even if I have to take it in the dark while he’s sleeping.

Meanwhile, I finished the purse I was making for the Hubby’s grandmother. That’s four, count ‘em four holiday gifts handmade.
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Here is a sneak picture of it. I made it not only as a gift, but as a sample for a tote bag to add to my little Etsy shop. It took a lot longer than anticipated. And of course, I made a big booboo:

I contacted the company and hopefully they will send me a replacement label. The labels are crucial if I want to use their pattern for something I sell. Luckily I had an extra.

Then we finally got out of the house. Went to buy stamps. The boy got to try out the “stamp vending machine” and though it was the coolest thing. Then we went to our locally owned office supply store and all three of us just wandered around in complete awe for about 1/2 an hour. Yep, they are just as enamored with office supplies as I am. Good kids. They left with sketch pads, HB pencils, and soft erasers.

Then we decided to ruin supper…

…and walk around downtown a little bit. The weather started to get really windy and chilly, so we headed home. We may go back tomorrow to get cupcakes!

Halloween Movies: Pg/G/kid list

I posted my 2013 Halloween movie list yesterday. I also plan on watching a few not-so-scary movies with the kids. Start your littles grooving on the spooky but not-so-spooky Halloween train. Start ‘em early and before you know it they’ll be ready for Exorcist and Army of Darkness.

I kid!

Here is what I plan on watching with my kids this season.
The Ghost and Mr Chicken – No Netflix, No Amazon
ParaNorman – Netflix
Hotel Transylvania – No netflix, No Amazon
The Little Vampire – Amazon Rent $3.99
Hocus Pocus – No Netflix, Amazon Rent $2.99
Nightmare Before Christmas – Netflix, Amazon Rent $2.99
Corpse Bride – No Netflix, Amazon Rent $1.99
Coraline – Amazon Rent $2.99
Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad (Disney) – hNo Netflix, No Amazon
Great Pumpkin – No Netflix, Amazon BUY $9.99
Casper – No Netflix, No Amazon
Haunted Mansion – No Netflix, Amazon Rent $2.99
Munsters – Netflix
Addams’s Family – Amazon Free
Edward Scissorhands – No Netflix, Amazon Rent $2.99
E.T. – Amazon Rent $2.99
Ghostbusters – No Netflix, No Amazon
Frankenweenie – no netflix, no Amazon

We actually own about 11 of the above on dvd. Some may not be suitable. My little K (6) isn’t ready for Beetle Juice, but loves Coraline. However Middle K (8) says Coraline is too freaky for him.

Over the past weekend, we watched E.T. with them. Little K spent the first 1/2 hour with her head in Daddy’s armpit. We kept telling her the alien was cute. Then she finally realized yes, he was cute and not scary at all. She spent the rest of the movie talking about how cute and funny he was. Middle K was riveted. I enjoyed watching him watch it more than watching it myself. E.T. was the first movie I saw in a theatre. I had a stuffed “pleather” E.T. doll for the longest time. My mom bought me “Turn on your Heartlight” by Neil Diamond on 45. I really have a soft spot in my heart for that little alien. I am so pleased I was able to share the movie with my littles. I have to tell you, (don’t let Middle K know you know), I noticed him tearing up a bit at the end. I don’t think he’s really ever watched/read something that has elicited such an emotional response before. At least we know he got his daddy’s sensitivity and not his mama’s cold black heart.
and so, I leave you with this

Happy Fall you guys!

Kinder-whaaa?

My last baby had her first day of kindergarten today. Whoa. I feel like I’m on a roller coaster that WILL.NOT.SLOW.DOWN. Just yesterday, I was begging for school to end and now summer is over. Hell, just last month she was taking her first steps.
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Does time go exponentially faster with the third/last child? I didn’t even get around to sewing her a mommy made outfit for the first day. She’s not nearly as upset about it as I am. She picked out this outfit at Old Navy and I think total it cost $12, (including the socks, which were a 3-pack).
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I hope that once my hobby room is complete, I’ll spend my weekly day off in there sewing for her and the boy. I had also planned on making one of those adult sized t-shirts that say “Class of 2026″, so I could take a picture of her each new school year and see how she grows into it. Go home, Pinterest, you’re drunk!

This school year will be lots of fun and we are all looking forward to it. Her teacher is amazing. As usual, we do everything as a family. Big K will be working at the school in the mornings and afternoons. At least now the little kids will get to see her during their waking hours. Middle K and I start school in the “big kid” building next week. Technically, I start tomorrow, but school won’t be in session for us until Monday.

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We stopped at TCBY on the way home. I tried their new Non-Dairy FroYo. It was yummy. Kids had regular. I guess we’ll have to stop again next Monday on Middle K’s first day. I mean, it is only fair after all!

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After school we measured everyone against the last day of school measurements. These kids grew a total of 2.375 inches this summer. Lil K grew a full inch and Middle K grew 1.375 inches. It will be interesting to see this school year where they end up on our “chart”
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I know these growth charts are a little ghetto looking. But it’s also classic and low maintenance. You are supposed to track kids growth on the kitchen wall. It’s the law…take that, Pinterest.

Just like I was super excited about the summer and all the crafting I planned on doing, I have big aspirations for this school year as well. I hope to find a nice work/school/homework/housework/crafting groove. I never managed to find that last year. I felt like I was skating by, just barely treading water for most of last school year. This year I hope to find some balance.

How do you balance your kids lives with your own?
Let me know in the comments.

Reflection

I just finished reading this article. Then I kissed and hugged two of my kids, the third one not being home at the moment. Then I sat to reflect on it.

I am NOT like the father referred to in the article in any way. But I’m not Mary Poppins either. Being a parent is HARD. Being a parent while also being an introvert is even harder. I need little reminders like this once in a while. I took away from this post the reminder that kids are not introverts and do not need to “Be Quiet”. Maybe not quite the author’s intention, but that was the message I received. I don’t want my kids to be introverts. I don’t want them to experience the panic of being in a room with what feels like a million people and wanting to run away. Kids are social creatures and they need interaction. They need to talk incessantly and sing songs while sitting on the potty. Even when I need silence and decompression time. They need to talk, sing, babble and generally make noise for the 12-13 hours a day that they are awake. I hope they never lose that ability. I hope my littlest will sing like no one is listening all of her life. I hope my middle one will continue to come to me and tell me detailed stories about the particular Lego ship he just built and it’s pilot. I hope people will continue to give him the time he needs to get his words out and say what he’s thinking. I hope to always hear from other adults how well spoken my teenager is.

This summer has been difficult for me in that same aspect. I haven’t had much decompression time. It has been better than past summers though. My little ones are getting bigger and able to entertain themselves for longer periods of time in between mom-centered activities. After a long school year, working more hours away from home then I have in a long time, this summer’s rest is much needed. I am enjoying being home. I am enjoying having the kids home. I was reminded of this when they spent time at their grandmother’s house and a few days at day camp.

As they get more independent I need to remember that they still need me to talk to them and interact with them. Just because they are entertained, they still deserve to be acknowledged. They argue. They beat each other up. They say mean things. But, they also play and make up elaborate stories that can go on for hours. They love each other and me. They sometimes get caught helping each other. They do mess up. I mess up. I yell, more than I would like. I just hope that my yelling doesn’t “break” them. I’ll never have all of the parenting figured out. I do know and try, try, try to remember daily, that they are not small grown-ups. They are self-centered little humans. It is my job to help them see the rest of the world and realize they aren’t the center. It is also my job to allow them to be confident in their own skin.

Like I said, parenting is hard.