It’s beginning to…

Look like way too much to do!

I’ve been thinking a lot about simplifying my life and reducing the amount of commitments I’m involved in. This is very hard to consider because I truly love my volunteer and mentorship relationships. However, now that our little guy is in a very family-involved school, it’s been more difficult to get everything done with personal projects, freelance work and physical well-being. I went to yoga for the first time in probably a year and it’s been sporadic, at best, in my home practice.

As for freelance work, I’ve had several new clients and current clients bring me projects and I love the creative break that it grants me away from my day job. I like diversity. My head is always spinning with new creative endeavors that I wish I had more time for.

How do I get more time!?

Since starting with the new school, we’ve been very involved. There are fun events that brings everyone together. This past month was Feast Day – our Thanksgiving celebration. Last night we had a trolley ride to our local Christmas light area called Candy Cane Lane. It was so fun! And I’m also involved with the committee to develop a new logo for our new vision statement. It’s been fun so far.

As for some personal projects, I’ve completed another pair of rainbow crocodile booties. I’ve been working on some elfin booties as well for the last two weeks. I had looked at several patterns and pictures to finally settle on ones I like.

Now I have to do the second one lol. This is the most holiday I’ve gotten so far. We have yet to put up decorations aside from a wreath and I think we are going for our tree next week. I haven’t figured out our holiday cards yet either! I’m so behind. I did buy one present so far.

I’ve done a couple holiday shows and have one more to go. The last show I sold 5 bars of soap but almost all the lotion. Quite interesting! I will be selling soap as much as possible to start the year fresh!

This last week was quite emotional. My eldest son went to the ER because of a seizure scare. Thankfully, he did not have a seizure according to his dr. More like a stressed induced event. He hasn’t been taking the greatest care of himself and his girlfriend might be pregnant and moving. He is under a lot of stress. We were all very scared.

I can’t believe that we are in the last month of the year already. My birthday will be here before I know it. I will be perpetually 39 now. 😉

My winter knit

I knit myself a hat. I try to knit myself something new every year. Hats seems to be the easiest things.

I also test knitted a unicorn hoodie scarf. I don’t think I like anyone enough to make another.

I made some Earl Gray soap called Cuppa Tea. It smells delightful. That’s a lil bit of calendula on top and it’s colored with turmeric.

It was school pics last week and my little guy is 7 now. I can’t believe he is in second grade! We are going camping this week as a school event. I’m excited!

That’s it for now. I’ve had some other good things happen this week but can’t talk about them just yet! But just wait! I think the universe has been listening. Thanks for everyone’s kind words and thoughts. I feel better.

Strugglin’

I don’t know if it’s the turn of the weather, my oldest son’s upcoming birthday, work or what but I’m feeling so down. I hate feeling depressed especially when I do my best to combat it. There’s only so much sometimes though I can do to not go through what I’ve always gone through. Some years, I’m really better. Other times, I go months feeling that I’m in a rut.

Rut rut rut…

It’s officially knitting season again and I’m pushing myself to knit. Maybe this will cheer me up.

Unicornia Mania

A few of my unicorn highlights this week.

Legging my mother-in-law found for me.

At the Scholastic Book Fair:

The topper of a lovey I have yet to finish:

My new phone background. I found this on Pinterest but I didn’t save the link for some reason.

Just wanted to share some magic. I needed a little bit to start the week.

New Year, New School

Our lil D has started second grade at a new school! We are so extremely stoked. The last couple years have been hard on him and every morning he would groan and lament about going to school. So, we decided we are trying something different – private school.

There are several private schools in the area, most of them being parochial and since we are quite free-range with our parenting, we went with the one that most suited our thought process. It’s called West Branch School and it is delightful! Picture one-room schoolhouse. It has an upper and lower level of “grade levels” My son is in the lower level and the school only runs to 6th grade so he will only be there for a few years until he has to go back to public school. So far he is really excited. This school’s mission is to foster a love of learning and teach the whole child. I just love that.

Now, this school has some parental expectations. This is not for the kind of parents who are not hands on. After going through the last 13 years with my eldest, I would categorize us as pretty handsy. However, there is a lot more to this school. Parents keep the school together with committees that each parent gets to be on. We clean the school on designated days and group days. We get to come in every month and teach the kids something so the teachers can do planning. There is a fair that is held every year and almost monthly activities to join in on. I really like the aspect of being involved with my son’s schooling on a more personal level. Think the PTA on steroids but with a smaller amount of people. There’s less than 50 kids in this school, so that’s less than 100 people running things.

In any case, we feel so fortunate that we are able to send him there. We’ve known about it for awhile but was just not able to financially afford such an endeavor. This meant putting off getting a new vehicle but I’ll keep driving my 20 year old Jeep. She’s purple and I just can’t bear to part with her yet. I think that the investment is far worth the gains in my son’s attitude and education. I’ll regale you with our tales as the year goes on. This should prove interesting!

Graduated!

I thought this day would never come. My eldest child is officially done with high school.

Now on to he next child. Only 10 more years to go. Wish me luck!

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