give away!

I have had a few etsy sales recently and it is so much fun!  One of them was a custom order and that made me feel so professional.  :)

As a little treat this week I am giving away one $10 gift certificate to my etsy shop.  Please leave a comment on this post and I will pick a winner next Monday. 


Thursday already?  wow.  How has your week been?  Ours has been very nice.  James' birthday was fun and yesterday was nice in that the children got their hair cut.  I love when they have fresh hair cuts.  They are so much cuter, don't you think?  :)

I printed myself out a special calendar for the month and am finding it very helpful so far.  I "scheduled" 30 minutes sessions for myself for things like sending cards, gift wrapping, decorating and cookie making.  I listed other important scheduling info on there as well so everything is easy to see throughout the day. 

30 minutes doesn't seem daunting at the end of the day, I can do most anything for 30 minutes, and I can accomplish a lot within that child-free time frame.  Last night we wrapped gifts (we meaning ME.  Patrick wrapped one, bless his lazy little heart) while Top Chef was on and it was fun to get started.  I also searched through my recipes and found 10 cookies I'd like to make.  I will probably narrow it down to five but it's going to be hard.  Today I am working on decorating for a half an hour this morning and am going to wrap kids' gifts for another half an hour.  It's so nice to have these hours in the morning with no big kids easy to wrap their presents.

I also get the pleasure of crossing things off this way.  Love that.

Another little thing I'm doing that is helping me is keeping a small notebook with various lists in it.  If I think of something I need or note something we are out of, I write it in there.  I grab it whenever I leave the house so if I somehow end up at Target, I know what I need from there.  I hate getting home and realizing that I forgot the darn batteries AGAIN! 

Don't you hate that?


That's about it for me.  I'm enjoying this quieter week.  My surroundings (read: children) are definitely not quieter, but I feel a bit quieter inside my head.  At least in bits and pieces.  Gotta take it where you can get it, right?

Three kids is definitely busier than two, which makes sense, but I didn't know how that would feel exactly until it happened.  Now I get it.  I also know that this first year will probably be the hardest in terms of sleep deprivation, etc.  I wouldn't trade this time with my baby for anything, though.  I am so glad God gave him to us.  So glad

I will be honest and tell you how I sometimes daydream about next year when Ruby will be gone to school all day.  I know.  Isn't that awful?  It will be so quiet here, though, with just pickles.  Of course he will be into everything (not that he isn't now) by then but when he naps every afternoon?  Ahhhhhhh.  Quiet.

I think that is what I crave more than anything.  Quiet.  My brain needs it.

But I try to stop myself.  I don't want to wish this time with any of them away.  (except sometimes.  haha!)  Ruby is so perfectly adorable right now and even though she can be so challenging, she is SO much fun. 

((A note on that:  I read a bunch of stuff about 4 year old development a couple of weeks ago and it helped me a lot.  I feel like I understand a bit better what she's going through and it's always good to hear that the obscene things your children do are still within the realm of "normal."))

I'm done now.  That kind of got away from me for a minute.  :)  Have a good day!



  1. Hi pumpkin.....
    I love the new header...clever little thing that you are. I want to be picked in the drawing....I already know what I would order...... Kind of a snowy, slippery day here....yuk. Anyway, just wanted to say hi.....enjoy your day sweetheart. Love you all.....mama

  2. It was GREAT talking to you today. I miss just hearing your voice. Ada just told me that she puts her underwear after her pants:)

  3. Love the new header.

    Love also the idea of a notebook to keep track of the little Target-y type items. So organized! So clever!

    Even more that all that, LOVE the idea of a quiet house.

    Care to recommend anything you read on 4 year old development? I could probably use a refresher on what's normal...


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