Monday, March 23, 2009

Where have I been?

Hello my friends! I’ve been out of the blogging world for a few weeks. I give up on trying to redeem myself. Life is too busy right now. I did so good for so long on posting every week, or several times a week!

My excuses are as follows:

#1. My kids: 1st and 2nd grade kids bring home lots of homework, and for a working mommy and daddy like us, our evenings are filled with teaching kids how to add 234 + 193 + 78, and teaching them how to spell “no” vs. “know” or how to not write out numbers backwards for the 50th time!

Cute Jessie story: We were on about page 7 of some sort of math homework, and she kept writing her numbers backwards, I’d just erase and tell her to rewrite it. She finally got fed up with herself and exclaimed “WHY do I live in backwards world???” She was so flustered, it was adorable! I love my kids, even though their homework isn’t that fun.
This week is spring break and I think I was more excited about it than my kids… no homework wahoo! (does this make me a bad mom??)

#2. I joined a gym. Which means after I put the kids to bed at 8:00 I go and work out. I feel good! BUT it cuts into my “craft” time. I doubt I can stitch and swim laps at the same time.

#3. I am tired, from #2. Which means I go to bed earlier.

The weekend was very nice, I managed to get a few things out to work on.

I have made a bit of progress on Shores of Hawk Run. Here I am as of today, the 4th block is slowly filling in.
And I started a new quilt! I bought this kit from Hollyhill Quilt Shoppe in West Linn, Oregon. I have bought several of their kits (they are amazing!). This is called Puzzle Play and uses all blues/greens from the Amy Butler Midwest Modern fabrics. I am in love with it.
I got 2 of my 5 tablerunners done for my bedroom, here is one on our bedside shelf. I love batik fabric!
A few months ago Mark was complaining about how the little quilt hanging above our bed looks weird. It just kind of looks “stuck” there. It just so happened I read on Heather Mulder-Peterson’s blog about how she hangs her quilts from a curtain rod… so I suggested that to him, and we bought a curtain rod, several months go by, and we finally hang it up. At least it doesn’t look “stuck” there anymore. Painting the bedroom will happen someday, I've only had the paint for over a year now...Mark got us these adorable ladybug truffles, aren't they so sweet?
All is well in Portland, how is it for you??


Natasha said...

Glad to hear from you. No swimming and crafting would not work well together. I love your table runner. Very pretty.
Take Care

mainely stitching said...

Jeez Louise, you're a busy one!!! Don't forget to take a bit of time to just breathe in and out!

Everything (especially the kids) is gorgeous!!

Vonna said...

Thanking the Good Lord for Spring Break and no homework does NOT make you a bad mother...if it does...then I'm a bad mother too ;)
Your little darlings are so sweet! All your projects are just divine and I say go girl on the working out! Good for yoU!

Loraine said...

Great job on all of your projects. I know what you mean about the homework! I do it all day long, with homeschooling my kids. Sometimes you just need a break from it all.
Thanks for the "shores" inspirations. I need to get mine out and work on it this week.

Linda said...

When my kids were the age of yours I thought I'd never craft again...But now that I'm a grandma I'm going back to all that fun stuff, thanks partly to YOUR inspiration! Just remember there is a time and a season for everything. Right now those kids...and unfortunately that homework...are the important things!

Maren said...

Wow, that's a lot to squeeze into one day. That you can get any stitching done at all in a house with kids is amazing. Shores is coming along very nicely!

Siobhan said...

Hey, hang in there!! You are going a mile a minute and still getting a lot done! Love the quilts and your Shores looks wonderful! Tell your daughter that I'm still living in backwards world with math! ROFLOL I love that story. YGG on going to the gym, too! I am drooling over the fabrics for your Amy Butler quilt, can't wait to see pics as you progress!

staci said...

I hear you about the homework thing...I always look forward to no-homework during spring break and Christmas break! So it definitely doesn't make you a bad mom.

Wanna hear a really bad mom story? When my middle was in kindergarten, he brought home a ridiculous amount of homework every week (spelling words like "lawn mower" written in a sentence plus math, etc.) The teacher even had homework over spring break~~and I refused to do it. We weren't the only ones. I mean, isn't that the point of spring break??? And for crying out loud, they were kindergartners!!!

Kathy A. said...

Wow girl, no wonder you have no blog time. Those children do come fast. Too quickly they are grown and gone and don't need you any more.
Love your stitching progress on SOHRH and your new quilt start.

Sherry said...

You have definitely been busy! don't forget to take some time for rest after all this!

Brigitte said...

Oh my, you are a busy girl. I only blog when I feel like it and sometimes it's often and sometimes it's rare. Both is OK.
I love your quilted projects very much. And your progress on Shores.
Good that you also had a little break on spring break. Very nice pictures of your kids.

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MysteryKnitter said...

Nice stitching. Nice table runner. Nice little cabin, that turqoise one on that lovely table runner.