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Category Archives: Happiness
One in his bed, one in the bath,
Two on the trampoline, having a laugh.
Laundry is done, waiting to fold.
Kids are all happy, no one to scold.
This is a good afternoon for a mother,
I’m so very glad I’m not any other.
Paint is amazing. Primer, two coats of colour and my living room no longer looks like a run-down hotel room. Rearrange the furniture and it’s even better. My body is protesting after a few days of painting and cleaning and cleaning and painting…but it’s done. One room down, three (or four) more to go.
Oh, and my dear friend and her husband just had their first baby today, a girl. She was one of my bridesmaids and the first of any of them to get married and become a mama. I’m thrilled.
On Mother’s Day, I:
Made myself breakfast. Decided that it was well worth doing it myself because it was just so good.
Took a bath and had a glass of “pink milk” – as my kids call it (strawberry milk).
Went to church.
Went to lunch at a relatively quiet restaurant and enjoyed my meal. Ended up getting treated to lunch by my sister-in-law. Surprise! 🙂
Came home and helped Lacey slap mud in a billion holes on my living room walls.
Baked a flourless chocolate cake. Made whipped cream to go with it.
Helped Mike haul a few things out to the shed.
Not your typical do-nothing Mother’s Day, but it’s been a good one so far.
Happy Mother’s Day to all you moms out there!
Remember that friend I wrote about the other day? The one having a baby? Well, she started having that baby on Saturday. The baby was only born last night at nearly eleven o’clock. Yes, three days of labour.
Sometime today I’ll go down and get a look at the little girl. Hopefully get to hold her, although going at the opening of visiting hours on the day after birth is never a good idea. I may just have to admire her from afar until later today. I can’t wait, though. I can’t wait to hear how my friend survived three days of labour. The very thought is completely insane in my mind. Seven hours is the longest I’ve ever been in labour. I can’t even imagine what she’ s just been with. I think she needs a medal. A big shiny medal and a big, shiny, loud, terrifically fun party. You know, as soon as she’s recovered a bit.
BOY! There was a tiny moment of surprise at seeing the evidence that I now had three sons, but I couldn’t be happier. Benjamin Joshua was born at 12:01 am on Friday, May 21st. He is a big baby – 8 lb 14 oz and 21 inches long. The labour was tough but I feel great now and Ben is healthy – that’s obviously the most important part. I’ll give the full story later, but for now, here’s a few pictures.
Again, this is not about the baby….yet.
This surprise came in the form of a very large box. First, the back story.
Since the beginning of the year, I’ve been involved in a Frugal Living swap and then a discussion thread about frugal crafting on Craftster. I’ve made quite a few friends there and enjoyed myself quite a bit. In the middle of February, I got a message from the organizer of the swap asking if she could pass my address on to someone who wanted to send me something (a good something, she said). I didn’t mind that so I gave her the go ahead. And then I mostly forgot about it. I finished up that swap and got into another round of it last month and only occasionally wondered if that someone had ever sent me a package. I mostly thought about it because I worried that it might have been lost. It wasn’t lost. 🙂
Yesterday morning, the doorbell rang and there was the postwoman with a VERY large box. I mean BIG. I didn’t recognize the name on the box, but it was from Olympia, Washington – and I knew one person from the swap was from Olympia. I signed for it and brought it in and started to open it up. There were two notes on the top of the box – the first one said that this was the idea of one dear friend of mine from Craftster and that they had organized it so that everyone would send things to one person and she would send it all to me. It was a baby shower in a box. The second card said that there were more packages coming from a few other people. I still can barely fathom more when I think of what was in that box.
I took the box into the living room and dove in with the kids. All told, there were baby gifts (and a few things for the kids and me) from seventeen different Craftster friends. And nearly all of it (98% probably) is handmade. Knitted, crocheted, sewn, painted – and all of it lovely. I fought tears the whole time, feeling so incredibly blessed by this outpouring of love from people I barely know (and those I know better I only know over the internet). I only hope I can pay it back – or forward – in some way in the future.
WordPress image uploading is being a pain in the neck – so I made a flickr album with photos and descriptions (including who each gift was from) – here’s the link: Baby Shower in a Box! This is easily one of the BEST surprises I’ve ever received – I’m still in awe of the incredible generosity of all these lovely women!
I have decided to not completely slack off and leave at least a little blurb here. Yes, the stress level has been high and the sleep level has been low (dangerously low, actually), but today is Christmas Eve and we will have our traditional Christmas with the family here, minus one of Mike’s sisters but with the addition of his Grandma, which is a treat. Our traditional Christmas doesn’t look like that of most other families but I have come to love it thoroughly as I don’t get to spend Christmas with my own family.
I grew up with two homes to go to for Christmas; my dad’s family on Christmas eve and my mom’s family on Christmas day. My Christmas Eve somehow always felt more magical, although I can’t explain why. So when I married Mike and found that his family opened all their presents and even their stockings on Christmas Eve, I didn’t mind one bit joining this tradition. One of the obvious upsides is that the next morning isn’t full of rushing or waking up at the crack of dawn. We start our celebrating late – after the Christmas Eve service..which for the record, we don’t attend – and sing carols, eat tons of food and open gifts. This means the night is late for all of us, so a late start Christmas morning is much appreciated. We may add our own traditions at home eventually, perhaps having the kids open their stockings on Christmas morning, but for now, while our house is completely undecorated, we enjoy sticking to what we have at Mike’s parents’ house.
I finished my shopping yesterday and may only need to go to the post office today. I’ve been bad and have had my mom’s, sister’s and nephew’s gifts done for some time but haven’t mailed them. I’ve been even worse in that I haven’t even started my dad’s and brother’s gifts. Crafting nearly everything for Christmas takes a lot more time than I imagined it would so I still have work to do. I shopped for groceries yesterday, though, so they are out of the way for the next week or so. And now we’ll be off to meet the family at McDonald’s (not to eat, but to visit) to see the sister and brother-in-law who will not be here for Christmas. Mike is still at work but will be one when we meet him there and so we’ll have the rest of the afternoon and evening while the rest of the family is at church to rest and have fun with the kids.
So, with all that said, Merry Christmas! I hope your holiday is just as lovely as I’m sure ours will be!
My baby weighs approximately eight ounces. 🙂 I had my ultrasound today and the only bad part was that I never got to see the sweet little thing’s face. It was lying face down across my belly, which made it hard for the technician to get things done and impossible for us to see any facial features. I did see the heart, stomach, spine, hands, feet, arms and legs. I’m happy – it’s great to see it at all. Here’s a picture with a few guides…
It’s amazing what one afternoon, evening, night and morning can do for you when you don’t have to take care of your children. We dropped the kids off before their nap time on Saturday, went and had a small lunch together and bought some snacks before checking into our hotel. Yes, it was right here in town and no, it wasn’t a luxury hotel. But it had a corner jacuzzi tub. And that speaks volumes about a hotel room. I filled up the tub and had a good soak first thing and then we ordered Julie and Julia to watch in our room. Mike thought he was giving in and letting me watch a foodie flick but in the end he liked it just as much as I did. We watched some tv, laid around relaxing and went to a late supper just across the parking lot. I had clam chowder, asparagus with hollandaise and crab legs. Sigh… We went back, watched some more tv, had another soak in the tub and played Phase 10 at about eleven o’clock. We fell asleep in a huge comfortable bed.
In the morning, we had a bit of the hotel breakfast and went back to our room until checkout. Another soak in that lovely tub and a shower and we packed up and checked out at eleven. I wasn’t quite ready for more food yet so we did a little shopping and then went to a brunch buffet. And then, after all that, we went to get our kids. I think I floated until we got home and I saw the mess.
No matter how good it is, you always have to come back to reality. No matter how long you’re gone, real life will intrude eventually (unless, of course, yo’ure dead). But one night was enough to make me even more excited for going to Edmonton in January without the kids. Then we’ll have three, possibly four, nights to ourselves. And Christmas and New Years in between, which should help the time go by a lot quicker.