Sunday, August 9, 2009

Keeping Busy

My first week of unemployment has passed, and I just can't say how wonderful it has been. I don't think I was prepared for the way this transition would affect my mood and my spirit, but it has been absolutely wonderful. It really feels like a whole new world. (cue the music). When Bob comes home from work in the evenings, I do not feel like I'm going to explode -- which was my usual mood. I was tired and frustrated and felt that I had too many things to do and not enough time to do them well. But praise God, that feeling has left me. Now, of course I still feel like my "to do" list is never ending and the days are crazy, but it is a crazy that I am enjoying trying to manage.

My little baby is 8 months old. I can't believe it. He has 4 teeth and one of the biggest smiles I've ever seen!

I am taking my job as full-time homemaker very seriously. We are trying to devise (and comply with) a realistic and wise budget. And in order to find some wiggle room in the budget, I've been trying out a couple of things.

1. Making my own baby food. I used to laugh at this thought. It took way too much time, and opening a jar seemed much more practical. But my "little baby" - pictured above - eats like a horse. None of my babies have eaten this much before. And since baby food ain't cheap, I thought this could possibly save me some money each week so that I can put it towards #2 on my list.

I now am finding that I have the time and energy to devote to some new and fun things that really inspire and interest me. My friend Crystal is one of the most creative people I know. She inspires me in so many ways and, to beat all, she's a patient teacher and lives nearby! Check out her etsy shop - Little Bit Funky.

She made Eveley the most adorable reversible dress and made Caleb a matching tie onesie. It is so cute, but the best picture I could get of it was this -- (I don't think she'll be using us as advertising...)

But with Crystal's leading, and lots of handholding, I am going to attempt to accomplish #2 on my list

2. Make a quilt for Eveley's "big girl" bedroom. My fabrics just arrived in the mail. Aren't they gorgeous!

I'll keep you updated on my progress. If you want to join the quilting adventure, Crystal will be giving weekly instructions on her blog. She says that if you can cut and sew straight lines, then it's a cinch. We'll see....

And if you act quickly, you can probably enter her giveaway drawing here. I am crossing my fingers for one of those pillows. How adorable!!!


Anonymous said...

Oh my, Caleb is huge and so cute with those new teeth!!! I also love the meltdown picture!!


aprildt said...

quilting is not as hard as people think it is, I made cami a little one and I made the top to a twin size for krista and I didnt get my moms talent thats for sure, the hardest part is putting the back on...thats why I say I made the top of kristas :) I'm sure you'll do a good job!

3 Peanuts said...

My goodness gracious! You are so productive!!! The fabric if beautiful!!!

Anonymous said...

Caleb is such a good mixture of Eveley and Robbie I think. They are all so beautiful. Glad you are loving your new job! See you soon, right? Next week??

QuEEn oF tHe cAstLe said...

It's amazing to see Caleb looking like such a mix of Robbie and Eveley. I LOVE the matching dress and bow tie t-shirt...ADORABLE!!!

fkjgio said...

i love the colors you picked! they are the same i picked for my goddaughter's room (but with a splash of brown). Alyssa (goddaughter) started kindergarten this year and volunteered me to redecorate her bedroom to a "big girl" room. And sewing is fun, i made some tab top curtains without a pattern and believe it or not they do look like curtains! lol can't wait to see the quilt!

Anonymous said...

not sure who/what is FKJGIO, but that post was from me.


Crystal said...

love those fabrics!!