My fourth daughter Elizabet turned 6 today. Time flies so quickly. Just recently I gave birth to her in a hospital in Reading, PA. She was one of my easier deliveries. She was a short, black-haired beautiful baby. And look at her now! Sometimes I am afraid that she gets neglected and just trails along with her older sisters. I need to make more time for her and do more things with her alone. She loves being treated like an individual, not just part of a larger group (don’t they all?) Here she is today, decorating her flower birthday cake with sprinkles:
Wednesday, January 11, 2006
Monday, January 09, 2006
It happens rarely, but that is what it makes it to precious – a day off for mom! Two girls stayed at the hubbies parents yesterday and the two older ones plus my little boy stayed at my parents house. He has been begging to sleep there for a whole week, which is really strange for a 3 year old boy. But we let him stay one night. I called this morning and found out that he slept well and they had no difficulty with him. So, that left a whole day to myself. I knew that this was a great opportunity to just enjoy my day leisurly, but I also realized that this would give me the advantage to get a lot of work done. I decided to balance these two things. I slept in a bit in the morning, then I had a cup of coffee in my PJ’s and spend a long time reading the Bible! Then I checked some email and decided that I had time to exercise. I took a wonderful shower and ate some breakfast. Then it was time to get to work. I decided to take down all the Christmas decorations and do a good cleaning of the living room. I first gathered all the decorations on the dining room table and then packed them up. I vacuumed the living room well, cleaned all the shelves, sorted books, CD’s, papers, etc. It is a strange concept to work and not have somebody around you undoing staff, LOL. I haven’t experienced that in a while. I also cleaned the window after I took the lights off. When I finally finished the work, the living room looked very empty without the decorations, but at the same time so calm and inviting. I experienced a strange feeling of satisfaction – the same kind that I felt after we had decorated the same room for Christmas three weeks ago. It is true that life has it’s seasons and it’s good so. I got to actually sit in the clean room for a while before hubby brought our youngest son home from his visit to grandma. It was a wonderful experience. But I couldn’t imagine the house being so empty all the time, regardless of the constant activity and mess that a life with many children brings :-) .
Saturday, January 07, 2006
Several years ago I had trouble with organizing my girls’ hair clips, bands and brushes. I considered getting some kind of wall organizer, because all my other efforts (boxes, baskets, etc.) had failed. I asked for advice on an email list I was on and some ladies from the US suggested an over-the-door organizer. I sew pictures of it and decided it was too large for hai thingies anyway. But my mind started working and pretty soon I figured out how to sew my own organizer out of a plastic tablecloth and some scratchy fabric that wasn’t suitable for clothes anyway. This is the result and it still work very well: Later, a friend did send me a store-bought door organizer. I wasn’t sure what to do with it, especially since the hooks did not fit over our doors (different width). But as the next winter approached, I found a great use for it. Our entrance and hallway is very small and has no closet. The only place to put thing is a small niche with wall hooks. My husband build some shelves from an old dresser and there we keep our coats and shoes. But there was no room for hats, scarves and mittens. I tried using a basket, but with 7 people, that wasn’t enough. Then I had an idea. On the opposite of this hanging area is the pantry door. I removed the hooks from the door organizer, pulled some ribbons through the holes and secured them with pushpins on the top of the closet. And now we have a place for all the winter accessories! Plus some other things. In the summer it holds summer hats and caps, as well as jump ropes, little balls and other summer toys. In a top pocket I usually keep the hair dryer as well and some cleaning supplies have found their home there (like our duster). This fall I saw that the organizer had gotten torn in many places. I took it down, washed it and fixed the pockets with the sewing machine, adding some strong ribbon on several parts. I think it will still serve us well for a while.
Friday, January 06, 2006
A while ago I found a nice website called Dreamweaver Braiding that had directions for all kinds of braids and tons of pictures. It’s really cool. I have always known how to make a French braid and some of it’s variations, but never even heard of some of the other kinds of braids. I tried to make a dutch braid for my 10y. DD and it came out great. I wish I had time to practice some of the more difficult braids. Unfortunately the daughter that has the longest and fullest hair is also the one that has the least patience to sit and let me practice, LOL.
Thursday, January 05, 2006
Today my husband's brother got a new baby son. He is so wonderful! Unfortunately they live in New Zealand which is totally on the opposite side of the world for us, so it’s going to be a very long time till I actually see this child. But we are all so happy for them! Welcome, cousin Jacob!