Life is freaking insane, even with all the joy, good fortune, love and blessings that rain upon my little family every day. I’m so happy and so completely frazzled at the same time. So for once, I’m following the lead of Melissa at Vibrant Wanderings and just sharing my life as I know it for this week.
The task at hand: We have to get this house on the market. We’re so stinking close. We’ve been close for so long (after being unable to mount the project for way too long.) I feel like I can’t breathe sometimes. It’s huge and seems never-ending, but I know it is. The silver lining to all this clearing of clutter is that hubby and I both see that we never want to go back to having too much stuff. There’s a point where there is no way to keep the house clean because there simply isn’t anyplace to put stuff. I never want more stuff than I need or can fit again. Sadly, this house is going to be the way we’ve always wanted it just as we’re leaving, but thankfully we really want to move closer to Em’s school so we’d be leaving no matter what.
Speaking of the kid…. She’s doing great. She’s figuring out the friend stuff and learning to hold her own. We met with the kindergarten teacher for next year and she’s lovely and kind and smart. We discovered that her school also schedules play-dates over the summer for the kids going into kindergarten together, which is a great idea. I just love her school and speaking of her school… Some photos from the day of the May Faire at school….
Gluten Free Update: Well… we’re doing pretty well. Not 100% and I felt badly about that for a while, especially since I had a big post about it. But thinking positively, we’re at least 80% GF. I have some good recipes to share with you all… coming soon, but spoiler alert: according to our taste tests the Brown Rice lasagna noodles are WAY better than the Rice Noodle ones. I’ve also noticed that more often than I’d like, I have to choose between gluten free and organic. Harumph!
Health: I’ve been taking way too much Excedrin (did you hear about Excedrin recall? So, now I just mean generic with same ingredients.) I think it’s really bad for my tummy and other organs. I’ve just had these headaches. Hormonal? So. that’s the other thing… Doc says she things I’m menopausal all of a sudden. I need blood work. She says it can happen fast, but not necessarily stay this way. Say what? Geez. So I’m truly unbalanced these days. And even though we were 98% sure we weren’t going to even try for another child… it’s a disconcerting thought. What does fertility have to do with anything at this point? Why do I feel like I’m going to be a dried up husk or a full fledged Crone all of a sudden?
Running and Reading Long: the lovely course with Laura that I signed on for and have been terribly unable to execute. I did manage to read everyone else’s post from last week and this one thing really inspired me and gives me confidence to continue. This was from Amy.I actually have always said the same thing about being a writer.
Birthday Party Prep: we’re less than two weeks away now from Em’s 5th birthday party. We invited her whole class but so far have just a handful of kids coming. I think it would be great if it turns out that way. Of course I have to be prepared for anything. So, I’m trying to keep it simple and not make myself a nervous wreck the week before. I had had these big plans to bake a gluten free cake, a regular cake… make simple but organic and yummy salads and some kind of meal. I wanted to make a special little gift for each child instead of the old fashioned “goody bag” filled with plastic junk and sugar. I wanted the yard to be a magical fairy land…. Well… something had to give. I know now that I can pull off the cool gift bags for the kids. Thanks in large part to the brilliant and amazing Tree of The Enchanted Tree blog and store. She was kind enough to put a tutorial for her bendy dolls on her blog. I’ve bought several from her and I can still say that hers are well worth the price. All of her stuff is magical and wonderful, by the way. Here are mine. I must say I love them. I’m having so much fun making them and even though they’re kind of messy and imperfect I feel good about giving them to the kids. Em, of course, wants to keep every one.
You can find the actual tutorial here. I kind of like them just naked like this, but sometimes they look like mummies.
This is my version of a dress. I think I can improve on this first attempt at least a bit. You should really see the ones made by The Enchanted Tree.
The big mermaid is the first one Em and I did. We used the wrong size head bead. She drew the face totally by herself. I’m always so tentative about doing a face, but she was bold and fearless as usual. And it’s great! The little doll is her face too. Here to see size difference. She was able to help with the hair and the face and some of the thread wrapping. She also helped draw the tail.
And that my friends, is where I’ve been lately. For the most part. Thank you for reading my life.