Monthly Archives: January 2010

The best laid plans…

So. Tonight I wanted to sew.

Today was one of those rainy grey days that invites consumption of pots of coffee, listening to Jack Johnson on a loop, and sewing. I had my coffee, sang along with JJ… but COULD. NOT. figure out the sewing machine my mother-in-law is lending me. There’s nothing wrong with the machine, I just can’t get it to work.

Something about the bobbin being broken. (Um. What’s a bobbin?)

I finally figured out the bobbin situation, but not without a lot of muttered-under-my-breath-less-than-kid-friendly- words (don’t worry folks, my monkey see monkey do (er, say) 15 month old has long gone to bed)… and what do you know, but once I started up the machine, the tip of my needle broke off!

Sigh. I’m throwing in the towel for now. More on this project and the gorgeous material I found for 50% off at Joann’s today in a little while.

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Family Friday

As a woman who thrives on lists, detail, and organization, it’s can truly be a challenge for me that the ‘busy-ness’ of our lives isn’t always very consistent. Depending on what time of the month it is will dictate how much I’ll get to see my husband (such is life when your life is church work, no?). It seems that lately, we’ve been go go go and, boy, have I been feeling it. Do you know what I’m talking about? When I “feel it”, the “it” feels frazzled, disjointed, and stressful and to be honest, makes for a less-than-pleasant or patient me.

Thankfully, however, we’ve recently had an unexpectedly large amount of family time and I LOVE it! Last Saturday Brent, Gavin, and I took a mini-getaway to the Oregon coast and spent the day in Florence. It was such a beautiful day… but you’re just going to have to take my word for it because I forgot my camera. (Shame!) We’re learning that Gavin has no fear when it comes to water and immediately took off for the shore. Silly boy must think that the waves in the ocean are friendly like the waves in our local wave pool. Needless to say, when the kid’s old enough for swim lessons he’ll be the first in his age group to enroll! We ended the day with clam chowder and fish and chips at Moe’s, a local coast must-visit, and a calm ride home at sunset. Then on Thursday, Brent and I took the day off from work to take care of some office things and then spent the afternoon snowboarding. I threw the makings of a delicious chicken tortilla soup in my slow cooker and brought the whole thing over to my in-laws’ for a spontaneous family dinner. This unplanned family week has been so completely refreshing and came just when I needed it most. Don’t you love it when the timing of things works out just so?

In baby land…

Gavin’s getting steadier and steadier on his feet these days. Yesterday he started working on going from sitting to standing in one smooth motion without holding onto anything for balance. His determination is the cutest thing to see! My little man is growing and with each accomplishment comes my pride… and not too far behind is just a tiny twinge of sadness. This is my baby! This toddling, chattering, mimic-ing little monkey was a tiny, roly-poly chunk of baby just yesterday! Sigh.

New Gavin words:
Bubba (that’s what we call him). Too, too cute to see him pat his chest and proclaim, “Bubba!”
“Daddy!” combined with his toddling legs and his arms thrown in the air for a scoop and hug? Heart. Melting.

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Too much stuff!

I’m a blog reader but I don’t take the time to write about what’s going on in my own life. Sad. So sad. Too many thoughts flying through my brain to make this post sound even remotely clever and witty (come to think of it, that’s probably my problem. I feel like I have to be funny to blog! Gah!) but I have to record some moments before I forget. Here goes…

As of today, Gavin can say Mama, Daddy, Grandpa (“Gam-puh”), Kitty (“Titty!” I know… I know), Hi, and Thank you (“Ta-tu!”). He also blows kisses and waves and is quite a little mimicking monkey.

The biggest thing though is that he started walking! Last Wednesday he took his first official set of steps (4 in a row!) and every day since then he’s gotten more steady and has more control of what he’s doing! Exciting!

Brent and I just got back from this year’s Winter Camp with our students. So fun! Had a nasty wipeout snowboarding (they sent over an official person to check on me) and boy, I was feeling those bruises for days. We’ve made plans to go up the mountain again next Tuesday. Can’t get enough boarding!

Okay, that’s it for now. I am certain I have no readership and therefore feel absolutely no drive to turn this into a more cohesive post. Maybe later!

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