Monday, February 23, 2009

Home Again, Home Again, Jiggety- Jog

Well, we did make it to Grandma and Grandpa's last week.  I periodically lost my voice and Tate was still coughing in the night, but we managed to have a nice time (save the little-too-intense wrestling matches between the boys....when did we start BITING???) and don't seem to have (knock on wood) spread anything to the Grands.  

Speaking of wood, it's very cool when you have a Gramp that can make stuff like this (you should be able to click on this one and blow it up a bit if you like):

It's even cooler when he lets you mess around (supervised, of course) in his workshop:

Grandma Jean and Ellerie and I made a nice trip to SA 1/2 price Wednesday and I scored a big bag full of stuff (mostly for the kids) for twelve dollars, including a raincoat for Ellerie and shorts for Long Legs McGee (AKA Calvin) who would have looked like he was wearing hot pants in half the stuff I have from last year.  And I finished up my first dishcloth (double seed stitch) in Daddy's sunny recliner.  

The sun didn't last though.  After all, it IS February around here.  The drive home was mostly in a snowstorm which I found incredibly stressful.  It didn't help listening to Flight of the Bumblebee on the kids' Little Einstein's video (something that was supposed to keep the boys from fighting while I drove in the snow and did not EXACTLY do its job).  Isn't it amazing how music can affect you?  It's snowing again now, rather soft and pretty and grayish-blue, but I still hate it at the moment.  February is flying though and I seem to be breezing through without too much of the gloom and doom that often comes with this month for me.  Too much good is on the horizon:  Cal's birthday, Ellie's birthday, Easter and vacation!  I am letting go of some of my grand sewing plans and trying to keep it simple in that regard, so I don't stress myself out.  Cal and Elle both need their birthday crowns and then I think I am going to leave it at that.  I have ideas for cloth Easter Baskets and homemade bunnies and frogs and, well, I think that it might just be a bit much.  So I am going to try to be low-key, focus on one thing at a time and not make myself crazy.  

At least, that's the plan ;-)


Melissa Crowe said...

Annabelle saw the top picture and said "awesome trucks," so there you go--Gramps is famous.

And speaking of snow, there is a man out front right now with a chainsaw cutting up all the trees that fell into the street last night. Great.

Anna said...

What a dreamland the workshop must be for your boys!

beemahoney said...

My children love the truck your Pa made for me *) - I'm not gloating or anything :-)

nicola said...

i missed your posts! i am so impressed with your washcloth! and i love the time in the woodshop. my husband is a woodworker and we are trying to clean it up for many reasons, one of which is our 4 year wants to work down there with her daddy! and the birthday crowns...i did that for the kids in december for my son's first and when i was done, i was sooo pleased, BUT didn't do a covering over the elastic in back and wished i had (or really, i wished i had made them full band with velcro closure). welcome back!

Erin said...

Those are exactly the type of wooden vehicles I would spend a lot of money in Amish country for.

It makes me happy to hear "Over the Rhine" on your playlist.

Zach Braff is dreamy.. I love when he dances. :)

Artfulife said...

I just laughed and laughed at the whole song thing...I have done that before (just with a different song). Can't wait to see all your upcoming work. Hope you are enjoying your week.