Catching up

They say the “The days are long, but the years are short” for motherhood, but wow, I’m not finding the days long either…they fly by.  Now that’s not saying they are easy…like I said before, life is wonderful right now, but some days are down right wonderfully hard!!

A new year is here and somehow I thought a new me would happen overnight New Year’s Eve.  Just as the new year set in, so would the new me.  But I awoke to the harsh reality that I was still me and you might say I’ve been struggling with that reality!  I set a bunch of goals for myself.  Established a new word for the year.  But most of the goals have been set aside for now and the word has been reset, or maybe I won’t even focus on one word in particular.

Life is very full right now and I just don’t feel like I have the time and energy to focus on me so much.  I certainly don’t have time to sit down each evening and wonder if I did everything I was suppose to and fill in bubbles as a reward.  It’s reward enough to get everyone in bed and savor some quiet time!  So I’m down to one tracking sheet (versus about 5!) on something I do every day…EXERCISE!  It’s rewarding to see attainable progress!  This may seem like a cop out to some, but seriously, as one friend put it recently, “Motherhood is enough most days!”  Thank you, YES!IMG_8701

I have a few smaller sized tracking sheets for my planner that I’m keeping track of a few monthly focus things I need.  My Flybaby friends and I do several rounds of 100 days of creativity through out the year, so I  keep track of my creative moments.  I’m also keeping track of my Gratitude365 app use.  I’m loving this…you can add a photo to each day’s gratitude list.  Seeing those photos on the whole calendar page is AWESOME and definitely fills my heart with love and gratitude!IMG_8702

So, yep, motherhood.  Like another mom said recently in an article I read, “I feel everything.”  Yes!  Happy, sad, mad, glad, tired, energized…it’s all there in a day and sometimes it’s hard to decipher how you really feel.  Like when someone asks you how you are or how your day went!  Where shall I start??  These are the moments that really rejuvenate me though…when I just simply get down on the floor and hang out with my littles.IMG_8699

Starting the day reading some books is also wonderful and helps set a better tone for the day than just pushing through my mental and paper to-do lists!

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I do have a small goal of eating lots of fresh vegetables this winter.  I get so tired of frozen vegetables.  So here are two new recipes I tried.  The corn casserole was too heavy on the lime, but still edible, just not a keeper.  The sweet potato and kale hash (I didn’t do the egg part) was delicious and a keeper for sure.  I’m so thankful my family is open to trying new foods and recipes.  Good thing, because I cannot fix the same thing week after week!  Food is one of my major creative outlets!!IMG_8700

This butternut squash and cranberry dish was good but needed some roasted nuts on it…

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So this is my challenge!  To use all of these veggies without any waste.  In addition to what’s in the fridge already.  So far so good!  (In the pot are some white beans I cooked up for a grain base for different recipes…a real protein/fiber punch!)

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Another little thing I’m doing this year is adding in some National Day fun into our lives!!  Yesterday was National Bubble Bath Day…what a wonderful reminder for me to go and unwind!  Another day it was National Straw Day and another, National Bean Day.  I look at each month and pencil in the days in my planner that I think would be fun for our family to participate in.

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More mindful eating is a big part of this year (like only have a dessert after dinner and not grazing on it all day long!).  Having had Gestational Diabetes was a blessing in disguise.  I’m at a weight I haven’t been at in years.  I’m also way more aware of the sugar/carb ratio in our diets.  Yikes!  I have a goal of no sugar gifts for Valentine’s Day this year.  And I don’t want sugar given to me!  We are not doing anyone any favors when we gift them with sugar.

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And other randomness from life,

A good luck charm I found one morning as I was reading in my mom’s bible,

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I love the message I received from seeing this leaf on our driveway the other morning (my morning walks do SO much for me physically AND mentally).  The weather was a mix of snow, rain and sleet and here the warmth in the leaf was keeping it from instantly succumbing to the frigid elements.  I want my heart to be softer and warmer so I’m not so instantly affected by actions/reactions and the overall environment around me.

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Gorgeous morning sunrises on my walks! IMG_8621 And my new workspace in the kitchen.  Loving my new planner…it’s my little world of comfort that helps me through each day.  No day is the same and I can hardly plan much, but it helps give a tad bit of structure to my little life right now!  This photo was taken for today’s #thebethadillychallenge photo prompt, my workspace.

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My studio is under construction right now.  My husband is going right to town on it, so I’m getting excited!!  Maybe by February I can be settled back in to work on Valentine goodies!  I started saving a few non-sugar Valentine ideas yesterday!

That’s enough for now!  I can’t promise when I’ll be back.  Blogging is a very random extra right now, as much as I do enjoy it!  Little DS is sleeping away in his swing and DD3 is off to town with DH to run errands.  Now I’m off to finish sewing some burp cloths before they get back home.

One grateful thought a day…

I need to get back to blogging.  I miss the writing and documenting time.  My dear friend over at Oh Smudge has posted “Happiness is…” posts each Saturday in the past, and it’s something I want to try.  I’ve been wallowing in a combination of busy momma/not enough me time/self-pity junk lately, and it’s time to snap out of it and appreciate what is.  It’s a wonderful life, really.  But life with little ones (and a teen and tween and husband) can be wonderfully hard at times too.  The hustle and bustle of keeping a home running, with everything in it’s place and hungry bellies fed and tired minds rested is a big job!  Say nothing of laundry, cleaning, appointments, etc.

This photo isn’t high quality, but it was the snapshot that spurred me to start documenting a grateful thought each day.   On this day, Monday, I finally gave in and rested with my little one because sometimes that is simply what he seems to crave.  Just being CLOSE.  I had been hustling and bustling and didn’t feel like I had time to lose this day.  But as soon as I got settled in, I knew it was the best thing for both of us, and my whole household.  It calmed and soothed my mind and his too.  And I was grateful.IMG_8178-2

My daily grateful thoughts this week:

…baby snuggles/nap that reset both of our moods.

…sugar levels well within perfect range at my 2 month postpartum doctor visit!

….dinner prep done before noon.

…5,000 steps in before noon.

…SNOW!

…Saturday errands that my husband runs for our household.

A little catch up

Catching up a bit.  Sunday’s HYCCT challenge was to incorporate a mode of transportation onto your card!  Couldn’t resist these cute penguins catching a ride together.  From TCP Stamps.

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And yesterday’s challenge to use a food theme on your card.  Cupcakes are always welcome!

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And that’s enough for now.  A busy toddler is full of “no” and stomps of the feet today.  I’m headed to the kitchen to make a few loaves of pumpkin bread. For some reason, she has no problem with me being busy in the kitchen.  But down in my studio…she’s constantly into my stuff on days like this.

Friends…tag you’re it!

The HYCCT challenge today is all about the use of tags on our card creations.

I found a K&CO tag booklet in my stash of goodies and decided it was time to use one of them.  Imagine! And the ribbon was perfectly crinkled and didn’t need ironing!  Imagine having to iron ribbon!!

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Some of the happy mail that went out this week!

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We went to a parade this morning (we went to a parade last weekend too)!  DD3 totally got the hang of waving and candy collecting (and eating it too!!  Telling her older sisters, “MINE!”)!  Fun, fun!!

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Enjoy the weekend!

Hope inspired

Yesterday I was so inspired by a card in the gallery!  Last night, I found a few moments to get artsy and give the technique a try.  It’s called negative coloring.  Dini made this card for the HYCCT challenge yesterday!  Wow!  I need some more practice for sure, but it was fun to try.

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Time to log off.  The computer is draggy and slow and my toddler is FULL of energy…not a good combination for this momma right now!  I still would love to get today’s challenge card done, but we’ll see how the day goes.  I think we’re headed to town to run some errands with all this energy…home days with too much toddler energy get frustrating for me when I have no energy!  I’ve lost my nesting energy and would just simply like to have this baby!

And….drum roll please…stopping back in with today’s HYCCT card!  DD3 is napping after a few errands and lunch, and this momma couldn’t nap, so here I am with a finished card!

Today’s card was to have a postage theme and be a card that doesn’t require extra postage to actually send.  So, that brings about a nice flat CAS card!

Using TCP Commemorating You (also another stamp set of theirs that must be retired now) and TCP Stamp Trio CutUps.

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And I just realized we’re off into the weekend now!  Time should be dragging for me, but it hasn’t!  HYCCT has been the perfect distraction for me in October as we wait for baby to arrive!  It’s homecoming weekend at the university in town, so we’ll be going to the parade, and the kids and DH will head out to the afternoon football game.  More quiet studio time for me!  That is if DD3 takes a nice nap.  We have a cold bug going around the house that involves a cough, so I’m hopeful everyone (I have yet to get it) gets over it SOON.

With Sympathy

Finding myself needing a few more sympathy cards again.  I’m not quite ready to be snitching cards from my stash, so I made up a few more yesterday.  Three need to go right out in the mail today, two for my stash.

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And the perfect healthier muffin to fix my craving for pumpkin and chocolate!

Flourless Chocolate Pumpkin Muffins

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And last but not least, today’s HYCCT challenge card!  To use that favorite background paper you bought special for something and add some strength to it.  Oh my!  What background paper to chose…I have so many…it’s like fabric for a seamstress!  But I finally chose this recently purchased paper pack.  I love Kraft and Gold and together, well, OH MY!

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I did make a second card of this, but it won’t make it to my stash. It already has a note attached to it and is ready to go in today’s mail.

Have a wonderful day!  A little someone is most definitely taking a nap today.  I’ve been skipping it the last few days, but today….whew!  She’s been intense…and likely I am too…we usually share the day of intensity together I’ve noticed…

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You’ll have to forgive the multiple posts during HYCCT!!

Today’s challenge, to have the letters in the word TRASH each stand for something on your card.  (Trashing cancer)

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T=tree

R=ribbon (like the ribbons people tie around trees during war, this one is a reminder of friendship)

A=accents in gold

S=shimmer

H=hearts

The littlest one is sleeping in today, and I’m savoring lots of quiet studio time!  We skipped nap-time yesterday.  I’m trying something new!  She has been waking up SO grumpy from naps the last while, so I’m wondering if she is outgrowing them a bit.  I know, great timing with a new baby coming soon!!!  But she was very good all day yesterday, even playing nicely in my bedroom while I rested a bit mid-afternoon.  So I can handle that!  But the grumpies after nap-time were getting unbearable.  She would wake up just about the time my two older daughters would get home from school and it felt like everything hit the fan at once!!!  I love extra quiet time in the morning much better I think!  But every day is different with her, so I can’t be guaranteed this every morning quite yet!

Have a wonderful day, and thanks for stopping by…twice!

You are loved

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The challenge, use three hearts, one of them red.  I dug out a gold foil Becky Higgin’s Project Life collection I have….love using these fun accents on cards!  I’m sorry I don’t know which kit it is, the box isn’t labeled and I can’t find it in her shop.

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And an extra card I made with yesterday’s challenge to put in my stash.

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And my happy pumpkin painter.  Tomorrow we’ll show you the finished product…should be dry by then!

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This week’s #everydaysprinkle challenge is all about light.  I opened the blinds a bit later this morning to discover this beautiful scene.  How perfect for Stacy’s sprinkle challenge!!

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Have a wonderful day!  I’m not sure what the rest of our day holds.  No real plans beyond dinner prep.