Poor neglected blog, it’s ok. I feel like this is time is time I would have filled recording all the new words that B has learned but, really, it isn’t many. Suddenly, about two days ago she started using “na” to take the place of words that she can’t, or won’t say. B, what do you want? Juice? Say juice (she can say juice). Na! No, juice. Na! (Also means, now give me the juice!) She’s a funny one, she is. Read the rest of this entry »
Someone looked at this picture and asked me where B could have possibly thought she was going like this. I said I’m sure she thought that she was going wherever she damn well pleased. This girl has spirit. Fieiry, fiery, leaving the house naked spirit.
Ooh, and she was so mad when I brought her back inside. Do you think she wanted to hear that we could go back out if she put on some clothes? No, she did not. So many things make her furious. Can’t use the fabric markers? Furious. No more candy? F Read the rest of this entry »
It was a busy awesome weekend. I can’t believe that I’m the parent of a sever year old. Seven. It’s crazy. We tried to make it special and keep it low key and I think she enjoyed her special day. It was a special weekend, really. Friends and fun. Fantastic. Read the rest of this entry »
It’s nice and warm but there is no sun. It’s been grey for days. And, as of today, grey AND raining. We are all congested but I will end the complaining here. Really everything is fine. Bennie is still intrigued by my actual camera and will still look into it. I’d love to be able to capture her eye color one of these days. Or maybe over several days to see how it changes from day to day. Read the rest of this entry »
They move so fast. I haven’t been able to get any words down here for so long. Things are happening, things are being made but things are not being documented. I have to try to be better about that.
Since she started saying uh-oh B has only added off and maybe some other words I don’t understand yet. And maybe she’s babbling more and trying to repeat some stuff but, then again, maybe not. It’s hard to say. Unless she’s saying OFF. As in turn it OFF or get it OFF. She likes that one. Sometimes she says off when I think what she really means is oof.
She’s so fast. Whenever people come over they say when did she get so big? She runs, she jumps, she climbs on everything. Absolutely everything. I can barely keep up. Sometimes I fantasize about napping.
Thanksgiving was great and so was my birthday! I loved it but now we’re careening into the crush of Christmas and birthday party celebrations that always closes out our year. Christmas always seems so far away before Thanksgiving but then as soon as Thanksgiving is over, boom. Christmas. I have like two weeks to shop because I have to remember that I’ll have all the girls for the week before while they’re on break. No last minute shopping for me. No last minute shopping AND they want me to make them stuff. I’m paralyzed by the sheer enormity of the Christmas task list.
I can’t believe how long it’s been since I’ve updated here. We’ve been a little caught up in back to school. All of the children are getting settled in but I’m still adjusting to a whirlwind of carpooling, pick up and drop off arrangements.
I can’t believe how big they are all getting and how quickly. At her last appointment, Chase measured 4′ 2″. Fifty inches, FIFTY. In first grade. I had almost talked myself out of that number but they printed it on the visit summary that they sent me home with. Crazy. Like her sister, Bennett is in the 55th percentile for weight and the 84th for height. 84th! Tallest children ever. I don’t know exactly how tall Avery is but she’s perfectly spindly like a three year old string bean.
We’ve been having fun too. Without all the open ended time that summer afforded we’re taking our weekends more seriously. I’m looking forward to exploring more trails while the fall weather holds, apple picking and maybe, MAYBE squeezing in Dutch Wonderland before it gets too chilly. We’ll see that might have to get pushed to next year’s bucket list.
I’m ready to wear a long sleeved shirt. Not a jacket or a lightweight sweater but just like a long sleeved tee. It can still stay warm for a good long while just not hot. I’m done with the hot.
My phone was full so I couldn’t fully capture the essence of the change. So I have to hope that it’s permanently stored in my memory (and I probably just forgot your phone number). The act of writing this down on the very day coupled with the brief video, I hope, will be enough. B has been taking steps, walking even but not really. She hadn’t yet figured out that she could push herself up to standing from the floor or back up from falling. She’s got it now and I don’t know how I feel about it. Aside from my baby growing up we’re in one of those valleys, you know, where everything is fine? Sleeping is all sorted out for the moment and everything’s smooth sailing, one of the few weeks where it doesn’t feel so hard. It doesn’t make it easier to accept all the changes.
I never did post about it but I did make it. At least I think I didn’t. Somehow I don’t think I posted about B’s birthday at all. Poor third baby. I made a variation of this quilt. My version is substantially less fancy but more in keeping with this one and this one. I omitted the binding and the contrast strips.
I had fun making this one. The squares were easy to put together (good, clear instructions!) but the sewing was more challenging in some ways. I wasn’t worried about getting it perfect and I’m happy with how it turned out albeit plenty wonky. It is way more challenging to match the points of multiple triangles than it is to match the points of a few squares. There are so many seams! It was a learning experience, the seams are more stressed. The quilt already has some scars but, not to worry, it just meas that I got to put some of my perle cotton to good use.
The fabric is all over the place. There’s some Alexander Henry, Ellen Luckett Baker, a vintage sheet and a Japanese print. Then I threw in some stuff I bought in New York while I was pregnant because it seemed fitting and something that I bought last summer in the Finger Lakes because it also seemed fitting. In short, an exercise in fabric free association.
Three first birthdays and three blankies. It’s hard to warp my head around. Babies and birthdays and it’s all flying by so fast.
I took this picture today and I love it because it is so rare these days that I get to take a picture of Chase where she looks like she’s happy and enjoying herself. She is often happy and does often enjoy herself but, I think, she mostly feels like life is pretty hard right a lot of the time. Having two little sisters is a lot. She and Avery are bumping heads. They each have some of their own friends now and that’s different for both of them. Bennett smashes and rips and destroys everything in her path (now sometimes on foot!) even when she’s doing her baby best to be careful. It’s a lot for 6. She’s on the hook a lot of the time.
I’m just guessing of course. She would probably tell me what was bothering her if I wasn’t always engaged in wiping someone else’s butt. That’s how it goes lately.