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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

imperfect

so Imperfect.

Do you struggle with balance? Managing three littles under five. Running a household. Homeschool & library books. Juggling obligations...

I'm not overcommitted. I dont struggle to say no to all the extras...but the day to day staying home deal sometimes feels like too much.
I feel like I ought to be Able to care for the kids and get the chores Done every day. And yet. And yet, I can't or don't.
Where's superwoman when I need her? Surely if I were just more organized I'd be more successful....
But little brother and I don't sleep hardly any consecutive hours, so is it alright that my brain barely Functions? Does it justify my lack of get-it-done-ness?

Our Mamsie says do The next thing. Its the best I can do.
My house won't be perfect. I may only have a jug of tea to take to our church Dinner tonight. And I guess today, in this season of life, its alright.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Furniture

So we bought a house, right? And we had the normal-ish 30 days between accepted offer and closing...and I spend those 30 days thinking up the best way to arrange our furniture in our new house.
Okay, so that's not all I did. But it was on my mind. I wanted to get it right when the people helping us move set the furniture down. (btw, BIG thanks to everyone who helped up move!!)

And yet, despite knowing a good bit beforehand, I just guessed wrong on some of it. Because living with things everyday gives you a better feel than a virtual home layout.
Today, I pushed around some all of the smaller pieces of furniture in our bedroom. Which means I didn't move the bed.  Ha.
I'm glad I hadn't hung any pictures yet (because I tend to center pictures over the furniture), and it would have been a bother to rehang pictures. Only a humble clock graces our bedroom walls at present, and at present, it's the only thing that will. Maybe sometime when we get some family pictures made that include Elijah, I'll get around to putting them up.
Even Adele has moved her bed since I placed it in its designated spot.

I like moving furniture...at least until I stumble On the best possible arrangement. I like using rugs to define spaces, especially cozy nooks. And I wish I Had some indestructible decor items that would stay where I put them, rather than wandering all over the house With the children.

Here in our home, I'm eager  get things "just-so" with rugs and curtains and hardware, but the budget won't allow it all at once....it's nice to think though that we could be here for years and years, and there'll be time enough to feather this nest.


Friday, January 22, 2016

tradition

Covington. We get remarkably little snow...just enough to be head Over heels at a chance of it in the forecast.
Last year we embraced all three Flakes. And we started a new one tradition: snow = homemade hot chocolate (which is the only kind for us, being dairy free).
Tonight's forecast includes wintry mix, and it seemed wiser to let the children Enjoy their hot chocolate in the afternoon, rather than at bedtime.

We then held an exercise session/dance party to turn off the extra sugar rush.

I found some cool galacian folk music in our itunes library, and Hattie has especially been enjoying kicking up her heels to it. I have, too.
Wouldn't it be neat to find a folk dance instructor for families. Sign us up!

Back to traditions: I have been relishing our little family eccentricities. We have a happy handshake of sorts that brings a smile to all ...kind of a secret high five. :-) we say, "sweet dreams, good night" every night. We freestyle songs all the time. The things that makes us uniquely Sayres - things I love...things that may well be passed on to the next generation.I want to be purposeful In cultivating loving traditions, but at the same time, many of ours have just fallen into place without any planning at all, and I wouldn't trade them for anything.

Saturday, January 2, 2016

2016

I guess I was in a little funk the other day. The next day was better, and I did make a handful of goals for the new year. {It seems to always happen that I do exactly what I blog about not intending to do.}

I am tired. No doubt about that.
And I know myself well enough that making goals of x, y, and z that I will do every day isn't going to work out well.
But I can make big goals that will take time and effort, and realistically achieve them. Things like potty training and weaning...I'm not getting serious about either of them today, but down the road - in the spring and fall probably - I'll be working at each. Of course, my 8 month old surely isn't ready to wean -- the boy is not interested in food a bit-- all in good time. Adele probably could be well on her way to potty trained, but alas, we all fell sick two months ago (when I'd just barely started), and I can't remember the last time she's gone potty now...that's my spring goal.

I'm also hoping to make headway with Hattie's reading skills, and attempt having a quarterly date night.
I know. Some people have date nights every week or every month, and I think it's fab, but we just can't swing that in this season of life. And maybe maybe maybe if we pencil in the dates on the calendar, maybe we won't wake up realizing it's been 6 months since we have had a night out. Quarterly dates I think we can do. :)

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We all worked hard at getting our old house spic'n'span to turn over the keys soon. How is it the last load of leftover junk is enough to fill two vehicles? Ugh. I think I need to get more serious about clearing out the clutter. That or put plywood in the attic so we can use the storage space. Probably both. I think I'm the only one in the family who breathes easier when the chaos of clutter is tamed.

But our new house is so nice and not too big.
Big houses make for lots of maintenance; our old one was great for hosting company, but too much house for just us. And too much to clean!

It's also nice to be homeowners and in charge of our space for a change, liberating and refreshing after so many years of renting. Coming home to our house is just a delight.

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I'm excited for 2016. I hope you are as well for the bright prospect of days ahead.