Yarn Along {2}

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Joining in for this weeks Yarn Along fun, by Ginny @ Small Things

I have made a few rows of progress since two weeks ago when I posted. That isn’t much by any stretch of the imagination, but, progress is progress.

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I did finish the interior white circle, so… YAY!

I also started a doily for Katherine. She came into the bedroom last week and was going on and on about getting “one of those white things” to put on her table. I didn’t have one that was not a little broken, so I decided to make one for her. (I dunno, seemed like a good idea at the time…)

IMG_4426I let her choose one from this book (The Ultimate Doily Book). I’m not sure how the book came to be in my possession, but it has some cute designs (think more old-fashion-y rather than new-fangled). She chose the one on the inset of the cover. Now, I just need to come up with some green thread….

And that’s all I’m working on at the moment in that department 🙂

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For reading: At the end of the December, I got a little over excited about reserving books at the library and then a few that I have had holds on for the last few months became available and I’ve been trying to getallthebooksreadbeforethey’redue…….

And I have this thing about finishing library books that I check out, especially if they have months long holds on them.

In fact last week I purposely let a book get late because I had a few chapters left and I couldn’t renew it because there were two holds on it… Two could turn into two months before it comes back around to me. So…. I paid $0.15 to keep it an extra day. Just couldn’t bear to wait two months to finish the book)

This week:
Bel Canto by Ann Patchett (am loving this one so far, I just wish the chapters weren’t quite so long)
Two-Part Invention: The Story of a Marriage (The Crosswicks Journal, Book 4) by Madeline L’Engle

I’m also reading (daily), Les Mis, the Catechism of the Catholic Church, and the Bible.

Happy crocheting (or knitting!) and reading

~Ruth Anne

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Daybook {26 Jan}

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Outside my window… The beginnings of a blizzard. “Record breaking” according to the weather channel.

I am praying…. For baby Felix // my little cousin Gabriel // my neighbor’s nephew, Jose, who suffered a brain aneurism over Christmas // safety of the family as we go about our daily life // for this blizzard that we would remain safe and have power.

I am thinking…. mostly about the blizzard (I’m hashtagging on IG #hfnblizzard2015 if you want to follow along there)

I am thankful…. for a warm house, full fridge, kiddos, family, photography

I am wearing…. my fuzzy black sleeping pants, dark blue Old Navy sweatshirt, gray socks, red-ish shirt. Comfy clothes.

I am creating….

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This afgan for Jared, but I’ve gotten a little further than this picture.

A crochet doily for Katherine’s table. She picked the pattern, I’ve gotten a few rounds into it.

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I am going…. no where for the next few days! Yay! Unfortunately I realized that for the most part I don’t really go anywhere during the week unless there’s a doctors appointment…. so I’m thinking it’s not going to be much different than normal. *shrugs shoulders*

I am wondering…. seriously, how much snow we really will get.

I am hoping…. To continue my streak of not “hurrying up” or “rushing to get things done” (see previous post)

I am learning…. to do it ^ better

Around the house…. I wrote this cleaning schedule into my “schedule calendar”, and while I can’t say that it’s actually happened even close to what is written, I’ve become a little more conscious of what actually needs to happen in the house cleaning-wise and have made a *little* more effort to tackle it. (It definitely helps if Jared takes the computer to work….)

Also, I cleaned/organized the visible part of my bedroom, and have managed to keep it that way for the last week… so nice. I’m hoping to keep it that way, so I have at least one clutter free space in the house to let my mind relax. 🙂

In the kitchen…. banana bread for tomorrow morning’s breakfast is done already #feelingaccomplished. Roast chicken with bacon tomorrow night…. and maybe some cookies tomorrow sometime too….

After that:
Wednesday – Swedish meatballs
Thursday – Pot Roast
Friday – I don’t remember… which means I probably didn’t plan Saturday either.

I am pondering… marriage. my role in our marriage. what could be better about our marriage. how I could improve myself…. (how not fun it is to try to work on *me*)….

A favorite quote….

Mommy, I didn’t know snow could balance on trees

~ Katherine, on seeing snow stuck to the trees

I am reading…. Les Mis; my catechism; Bel Canto LP: A Novel by Ann Patchett; I’ll pretend that I didn’t start Pope Awesome and Other Stories by Cari Donaldson

One of my favorite things….

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A few plans for the week…. A birthday party that Katherine was invited to on Saturday. Other than that nothing. Juno is taking care of Tuesday and Wednesday. And my mom is working all the other days, so she isn’t coming to watch the kids, and I’m not one to just run errands with them (99% of the time I wait until someone can watch them before I go anywhere, especially with a lot of ins-and-outs of the car)

A peek into one of my days…. Really the last post (which I linked to above) is pretty much a normal day for me. Wake up, coffee, eat, clean, eat, read, make dinner, eat, put kids to bed, computer time, go to bed myself (with kids along for the entire day)… those are my days 🙂

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~Ruth Anne

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Embrace the Ordinary {Vol. 2}

I really had wanted to get this post up yesterday… but that just didn’t happen. No reason in particular, just didn’t happen.

This last week has been weird. A good weird. But still, just different, especially Friday. I can’t really put my finger on it, but for some reason little things that usually would bug me, didn’t bug me.

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Things still didn’t always go according to plan, but it really wasn’t a problem. I even managed to let the kids help make muddy buddy’s and it didn’t bug me. Even when Karl stuck his foot in the bowl and tipped half of them out… onto the floor…

I think part of what has happened is, I’ve finally been able to settle into a routine of not going to work. I know that sounds strange since I haven’t been working since late August last year, but since then: I’ve recovered from eye surgery, had my final exhausting month of pregnancy, had a baby, spent two and a half weeks in NICU, got home, had ThanksgivingAdventChristmas, and now finally, I’m becoming used to being at home with there being relatively not much else going on.

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I guess I’ve been getting myself to learn that not everything has to happen right away. We don’t have to make the muddy buddy’s in the 15 minutes is says on the back of the box… which is good because it took us about 45 minutes, then there was the clean up part…

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Katherine wanted to help bag the groceries at the store. Do you know how long it takes for a 5-year-old to bag groceries? But, it didn’t make me antsy to get going. I helped her do one bag (that’s all she wanted to do) and that was that. She was happy, I was happy to see her happy.

I feel like I have to keep relearning this lesson. Every. Single. Day. And lots of times I don’t remember it. But truly the days I do turn out so much better.

motherson And for your viewing pleasure, Zaky baby sitting in my old highchair for Saturday morning breakfast at Grandma’s.
~Ruth Anne

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Siblings {January}

Haven’t done an update post for a while, so I figured I could go ahead and get one done for all of you.

If you’re popping over from the “dear beautiful Siblings linkup” let me introduce my clan:

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favorite activity: lounging on mama and dad’s bed

Katherine (5yo)
This month, we’ve been working on reading a little more intentionally (her reading, not me reading with the kids as I mentioned… oh… a few posts back I think). Anyway, the last few days she’s really picked up. Today she hollered from the bedroom as I was turning out the lights and gathering laundry: I read some of my Ariel book by myself (she’s totally into The Little Mermaid or anything princess-y for that matter). Steps in the right direction! I think she finally made a connection between doing the reading lessons and reading actual books for fun! Yay!

I also caught her trying to teach a pretty open Karl the letters and sounds. A little while later she was trying to get Zak interested!

Sibling Status: Ring Leader

John (4yo)
Definitely he’s still my most sensitive child. His big thing recently has been building train tracks with the wooden trains. He’s been able to make figure out some elaborate designs by himself.

He absolutely adores his older sister, and is constantly trying to do anything with her. Today during “rest” time, he kept going into her room to show her something from the book he was reading.

Sibling Status: Follower

Karl (just turned 3)
Does his absolute best to keep up with his older siblings. And does a pretty good job of it, if I do say so myself. His articulation and “debating” skills are eye opening and so far above where the first two were at the same age. He’s definitely not afraid to make his opinions known.

He’s unfortunately getting over a bit of a head cold at the moment which has slowed him down quite a bit, but he doesn’t seem to mind skipping out on meals he doesn’t care for. 😉

Sibling Status: His own man, but totally dependent on the other two

Zachary (3 months tomorrow!)
Enjoys laughing (yes, little baby laughs have just recently been heard), smiling at anyone who will get in his face, “talking” and watching the goings-on of his older siblings. Oh, and he’s nearly out of 9month clothing….

Sibling Status: Baby

John and Zak
Johnny and Zak

One of my favorite things the last few months has been to see how the kids have welcomed their new brother. I keep getting questions and comments about what he’ll do outside in the summer, if he can ride a bike, when can he talk… All things that tell me they’re excited for him to join them.

Another thing that’s been neat to watch is their pretend play with each other. It’s gotten so much more involved and detailed. I periodically hear them calling “mom” or “dad” and they’re using it in whatever game they’re doing.

This post is part of a project to take at least one photo a month of them all together. I know, I know, another project, but they’re changing so quickly that I want to be able to keep a memory of them together. I unofficially did this two years ago, but my stuff from last year was random at best.

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Being your mother

Being Your Mother

A few weeks back I happened upon a post by Becca @ Three Plus Me Blog. It’s the beginning of a series of letters she will be writing to her newborn daughter (after having two boys). She invites anyone else who would like to join in to do it as well. I initially fully intended to get a post done and keep up with it, but I haven’t so far written anything.

But, I’ve not been able to stop thinking about it…. Becca’s writing every week. I don’t know if I can realistically hold myself to that. But maybe… once a month?

To be honest, the first few years weren’t that much different (boy/girl). You’ve got some pretty emotional brothers though, so… It’s really only been the last year or so that you, my dear little one have turned into a girl-y girl.

I don’t count myself as knowing how to be a mommy to a girl-y girl. I wasn’t one when I was growing up. The thought of wearing dresses was almost repulsive. I can almost remember foot-stomping around because I had to wear one… But my memory says I was about 6 or 7, so perhaps that isn’t quite accurate. Nevertheless, I still didn’t care for dresses. Although I did have a pair of black click-y shoes which I liked (they disappeared out of the yard one day though, so that was the end of the click-y shoes).

I really don’t recall ever being into princesses and dolls. I really, really, didn’t like the color pink. All those things you LOVE right now? I would hardly go near when I was little.

Over the last week, we’ve spent a few evenings after you’ve “gone to bed” with you brushing my hair. You’ve got some sort of story that’s going on… Something about me wearing a bracelet for Mimi’s wedding {in August} and having Leia-buns. You’ll go on and on, just like a hair stylist. In fact you straight up asked me a few nights ago “So, how’s the baby?”

I have a feeling that this is important time to spend together because Sunday, when you were having a rough afternoon and had been sent to have a quiet time in your room, you called for me. I came upstairs, asked what you needed and you said “I just haven’t talked to you all day”.

If there’s one thing I want to make sure happens with you, it’s that I know you and you know me, and you can talk to me. I’m not saying we have to be best friends (because honestly I don’t think that’s the smartest parenting move in the world), but I would love for us not to be strangers. I didn’t really get to know my mom until after you were born. I was 23. Twenty-three years is too long to not know someone that important. So I will try my hardest to not let it happen to us. Even if it means I have to learn how to be a 5-year-old girl-y girl 😉

Love, Mama

P.S. Thanks again Becca, for starting this!