June 24, 2011

Running in circles

...at least that is what I feel like!  I am so far behind on commenting, it's stupid.  I am so far behind on posting, it's stupid.  I have all these posts in my head, but for the life of me, I can't get them out here on the internet.  It's stupid.  :)  I have been reading, though. 

I have only been working two days a week, but have also been giving violin lessons and been playing gigs.  It's fantastic and I really love being busy.  

The girls love being outside, which suites me right down to the ground.  I have really enjoyed getting my garden going and working on things around the house recently.  We have also frequented Jeff's grandmother's house who has a pool and the girls are little water babies.  Yesterday, we went over and I put the girls' hair in pig-tails and they had on their bikinis.  They looked like little girls.  Not babies.  It made me tear up.  In a couple of months (well, october) they will be two (OH MY GAWD), and I have been planning their birthday bash already! 

There is still SO much drama within the family, and who knows, maybe I will make a fifth installment.  However, we have sold the property/office and it closes on July 8th.  So I am officially done working for family on that date.  (Get out the spirits)

I have a post that I need to get off my chest concerning money.  It will basically highlight the fact that DH and I are bad people for having said money as the rest of the family is seemingly without.  I am trying to think of how to write it in a good context, though.  I don't believe I am stuck up and want to be careful not to come off that way.  I do believe that I live a wonderful life.  I don't believe I go without a lot of things. I do believe that DH and I worked for 13 years, and will continue to work, to build this life.  Nothing was ever handed to either of us.  Should it be my fault that other family member's aren't as fortunate?  Should I have to feel guilty?  I don't think so, but it's a constant battle.

I have a lot of pokers in the fire right now as I am sewing a lot lately.  In fact, I made a dress and a purse that I took with me to mexico.  I have made some clothes for the girls.  I have made many aprons and pillows!  I made a "M" pillow for each of the girls and it warms my heart that they can't sleep without it.  :) 

I am also trying my hand at canning 'stuff'.  LOL.  That sentence makes me laugh.  I am going to can tomatoes from my garden this year, I am going to roast and freeze chili's, I will can squash, apples, peaches, and green beans.  I will freeze corn.  I will freeze raspberries.  And I am loving it!  Who knew I was so crafty?   I sure as hell didn't. 

The girls make me laugh every day.  They're vocabulary has exploded (finally!) and they are SO smart.  I'm not just saying that.  haha.  They make connections that astound me.  For example, when we are outside and a plane flies over head, they point and tell me about it.  Then, later, when we were watching a movie and people were getting on a plane (they didn't show a picture of the actual plane, just people boarding), the girls looked up (at the ceiling) and pointed and said, "-aine?"  I thought that was a pretty good connection.  They have also learned that when I go out of the house through the garage, they can get on the window seat and see me in the front yard.  I don't just disappear into the unknown anymore!   Just like when I walk around the car to get the other one out.  They don't think I've left them forever.  Rather, they walk to the front of the car and wait for me.   Clearly, they are geniuses. 

About a month ago, I cut out their morning nap.  They are such great nappers.  Two naps a day until 19 months?  Uncanny.  They take one long nap now at around 12 or 12:30.  The three hour one's are blissful. 

One of these day's Maddie is going to climb out of her crib.  I am dreading that day!  I like being able to put them to bed and not have to chase them back in there 80 times, cause you know that's what will happen.  Of course, they don't know how to turn a door knob yet, so I may be safe there.  (knock on wood..  I will go home today and they'll show me their new trick. lol)  I would really like to keep them in their cribs as long as possible and have them help pick out their big girl bed when the time is right, but we'll see if that will work out. 

Anywho.  I have rattled on for a while now and better get something done at 'work'.  I am not going to guarantee it, but hopefully I will post pictures soon.  :)


Amanda said...

I'm glad to hear that (mostly) everything is going well for you! I had no idea that you were so crafty either. The very thought of canning scares me.

Michael is at the stage where he blows me away everyday too. It is so much fun. I think this is payoff for all the baby difficulties.

Kahla said...

Sounds like you have a lot going on! I love doing new things like that and sewing... fun! I wish I had more time to do it.

Your girls sound so much like Emery, it's such a fun stage. However, you are right, looking more like little girls than babies. Kinda makes me a little sad!

What IF? said...

Right there with you in terms of fearing the climbing-out-of-the-crib phase. Seriously contemplating the Crib Tent II. All the MOMs I know use cribs for as long as possible, because napping goes out the window when you switch to toddler beds.

Thinking of you with all of the family stuff and amazed at how crafty you are! Loved reading about the connections your girls are making. Super smart!

strongblonde said...

isn't is so amazing when they start to show how much they are actually thinking??

super impressed with your crafty side. i wish i could do something as well as i make lists, lol!!

St Elsewhere said...

You are doing so much.

Can we have pictures of the dress you made and what you are growing in your garden? Pretty please?

The girls will be two years old? Wow!

You do not have to feel guilty about having the money you are working for so hard. Sounds like a bit of envy coming from some members of your family.

Please take care!