I currently have several ideas for posts I’m working on, related to home and children, among other things, but the past week has been crazy busy, and I just can’t seem to find the time to write anything that requires thought. Finishing up Christmas gifts, tying together loose ends on my book (which I’m still hoping to have published through Amazon by the end of the year, by the way), and visiting with family and friends. Sorry mom, I don’t think I’ll be doing any more mending for you till after Christmas! Oh yes, and Glen and I celebrated six years of marriage last weekend!
Needless to say, I was planning to write about goings on today, when I got a call last night from a dear friend begging me to take her four kids today (ages 11 months to 7 years) from 6am to 4pm-ish because their babysitter stepped on a manure-covered nail. And, I had also invited another friend and her three children to come build with Lego this afternoon. So I had seven kids to watch myself, and then three more came to play… and Glen stayed home from work today to rest for a while because he was up all night with a cough. It sure was a full house! But I was impressed with how well the kids behaved and it was really quite fun, even if I am exhausted.
So, no deep thoughts or long stories to share today, just some anecdotes and random pictures of family, friends, and the last Christmas present I made for the kids. And, my sincerest kudos to all stay at home moms of large families!!
This really has no “appropriate” place for the post so I’ll just say here, that I love the cute things kids say. My friend’s 5 year old who visited today was playing with Atlas and said “He’s so cute, I just can’t stop looking at him!” I’m in the same boat, but I couldn’t help but fast forward another 10 or so years…
But, because I can’t help but give plugs for blogs I love, I have really been enjoying Handmade Home in my spare moments, a book by Soule Mama, which I won at Fun In My Back Yard. I’m looking forward to making some of her projects, and I think it’s really cool that she included some which Nemo and Daphney may be able to help me with.
I’ve also been collecting ingredients to make hand lotion with at least some of my next two quarts of herbal oils. Perhaps they would make nice Christmas gifts?
And, I also have to put a plug in for my new favorite herb, Yarrow. I’ve been growing it because I knew it had a lot of good uses, I just hadn’t found many applications for my family at this point. Until Daphney came down with another fever yesterday morning. Granted, her temp had gone from 102 to 101 when I gave her the infusion, but each of two sippy cups full she had of yarrow tea brought her temp down over the course of the afternoon and by nightfall it was hardly a fever at all. No return today! And now I’m wishing I had more than 1 small bunch of dried yarrow left :0( I guess I’ll just have to start growing it indoors over the winter.
So here are the pictures of the road map I sewed for Nemo and Daphney. It’s a little smaller than I was hoping it to be, but it’s still bigger than most of the roads we contrive out of paper and cardboard. I’m excited because it’s made out of materials I already had, it’s supposed to be a map of our town, it rolls up cute, and I know they’ll both love it. What more can you ask for?
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