Sunday, November 6, 2011

The Past Few Days and Weeks...

... have been a blur of finally getting over hyperemesis. 
(to then only come down with a nasty cold.)
...have been filled with Halloween costume sewing, co-op crafting, pumpkin picking, and birthday celebrating! 
(yes I am now comfortably in my mid twenties) 
...have been filled with many many precious moments with my children despite the above cold and holiday frenzies.
(which makes me really want to hit the pause button)
....have been a time of tremendous growth for me spiritually and physically.
(Yep the baby is moving and bouncing, not to mention I had to pull out some maternity clothes)
... have finally been filled with a sense of peace amid life's ebb and flow. 

So enjoy our many many family photos below from our photo shoot. I tried and tired to upload them to silly facebook but it would not let me. So I wised up and just put them here! 
I promise to be in this place more now that I feel better and have more time and energy. I have missed this!

Friday, October 21, 2011

{this moment}

{this moment} - A Friday ritual birthed by Soulemama. A single photo or two - a few words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.
If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your 'moment' in the comments for all to find and see.
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Getting started on the holidays ~ soap making 

Friday, October 14, 2011

{this moment}

{this moment} - A Friday ritual birthed by Soulemama. A single photo - no (well sometimes a few) words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.
If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your 'moment' in the comments for all to find and see.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

They all come from a tiny seed...

Phew, has it already been a week since our apple picking trip? Time sure flies when you're having fun and exhausted! This week we took a week off from co-op due to trips, home births, and general craziness in our schedules  That's what I love about co-op and my Momma partner- we're flexible. So when things come up, oh and they will come up when you have young kids, we can postpone and pick up where we left off. We also don't lose any money! 

Last Friday was our BIG co-op trip to Charlottesville for apple picking at Carter Mountain Orchard. This was my first real time apple picking and the kids too. Last year we went to Bush Neck Farms in Williamsburg. The staff, despite calling ahead, was extremely unfriendly. We still made the best of our trip but let's just say we won't ever be going back. 

We decided to drive up during nap time and pick, play, and eat dinner- then drive home. Fortunately our plan and timing worked! The kids napped the whole time and were well behaved. A few melt downs but nothing that could be considered a trip ruined. I mean with four kids under 4, I think they were the best behaved little ones ever.

The orchard, the mountains, the apples, the kids were all so worth the drive. I really did not want to leave. It was gorgeous. The kids were in love. After we picked, they literally just frolicked on a hill playing for close to two hours. Deirdre was just shocked that a tree could make so many apples and that you can make so many things from apples. I really adore seeing her gears turning as well as being awe struck by God's great creation.

Jonas was a hoot. He was super possessive about his apples. He was content to just carry his one apple around and eat it. If he lost that one special apple- despite thousands of other nearby- he got very unnerved. He really seemed to enjoy himself as well. 

To top the trip off, we ate out at a packed restaurant with the kids. They were great, the food was great, and off we went on our way home. I am just so proud of myself and Anya for doing something lovely and enriching for our kids. For keeping our cool and going with the flow. I am slowly seeing some neat changes in my kids too since we've begun this Waldorf journey. I am so excited to see them flower more in the coming months. 

Monday, October 10, 2011

Baby's Nursery

So to get me excited and to make me feel better- well or at the very least help- I have started planning the baby's nursery. Our plan is still to not find out the baby's sex, which is perfect because the theme I like is gender neutral.

Before this baby was born and when having another baby was not even on our minds, I brought a Beatrix Potter fabric panel on a whim. I just love Beatrix Potter and thought to myself as I got the panel... "This is for my next baby." So happily, I do get to use it!

Since I can sew now, I am planning on making all the baby's bedding with the exception of the few green, yellow, and white sheets I still have on hand, as well as one PBK organic sheet I got on sale. I am hoping to start soon after I finish DD's costume, quilt bindings, and dress. But who knows? I still feel so back and forth health and energy wise. However in the end, the baby will be sleeping with us in our room for most of their first few months so time is not of the essence :) 

So here is to turning a corner this week. I have a bunch of blog posts lined up for this week about our co-op goings on last week and some thoughts I have on my mind. 

At any rate, have a great night, and if you have any quilt and nursery ideas- send them my way! 

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Fall Fest

Phew what a week! It seems that Autumn has finally come to Virginia. Bringing with it 80 degree weather one day and 50 degree the next. Needless to say, I prefer the 50s in October to the 80s. 

I'd like to be able to write and say that I feel all better. But I am not there yet. I am still losing weight and getting sick 2-3 times a day. I am on 3 new medicines, so hopefully it will help. My OB says he will wean me off my medicines in 3 weeks. So here is to hoping this does end in three weeks or sooner. And if not, that I have the strength and peace to deal with this for 2 more trimesters. Again, I am trying hard to stay positive. There is just so much to be happy and grateful about! 

Now that my family and friends do know I am pregnant, I have more help and prayer support, which is nice. Their happiness and love mean so much to me, and greatly outweighs the thoughtlessness. Its just one of those silly conundrums when people are thoughtless and just ignore the fact you're pregnant and say nothing (even when they are close to you, know you're pregnant, sick, and struggling). Oh well I guess it would be easier to just ignore them if they weren't also believers, but then again we are all pretty messy. Truly, in the end, Craig and I couldn't care less what others think! This is our new sweet baby! Goodness gracious we are so blessed. 

Despite all of this, we did have a great week in co-op and a nice trip to our city's Fall Fest! I swear each year I enjoy it more. And each year I swear I will go back the next day without my kids to look at the crafts solo :)

Bonne Nuit dear friends! 

Daily Verse or Quote: 

“See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that in heaven their angels always see the face of my Father who is in heaven." 
-Matthew 18:10 ESV