Monday, November 7, 2016

moved in








We are moved in!!!  I love it here.  Still getting used to everything...light switches, where everything is.  It's very different from the tiny house...strange, really.  I didn't think it would be that different, moving to a bigger house.  It's so strange to be spread out, to not turn around and there be people and everything you need at an arms reach.  Everyone and everything in my space for two years was normal and now everone is everywhere, in different places and I have to walk to get ANYTHING I need.  So many windows and lights.  A big bathroom with dirty clothes and shoes on the floor and NOT in the way.  Multiple people in the bathroom and kitchen at one time with plenty of room.  I gave ALL three littles a bath AT THE SAME TIME, making bath time much shorter.  I know this all sounds like I'm crazy and this should be normal for normal people, but for me, it's just been so long it feels that I've forgotten how this life goes outside of my tiny house world.  I am adjusting...slowly.  I know we just moved and I don't have any sort of rhythm yet.  I know it will come with time.
And this time change, oh this time change, and moving at the same time...oh my!  It may take a little longer to get into a rhythm with so much to adjust to.
Our basement, which is the boys bedrooms is not finished yet, so they are having to hunker down in the living room, shutting things down quite early.  I got done putting baby S down, with it being only eight o'clock.  I was tired, but decided it wound not be wise to go to bed that early, plus I was hungry and wanted some popcorn.  Well with all the lights off, hubs and I decided to eat our popcorn and applesauce by candlelight in the dining room.  It was nice, and quiet, and very peaceful, but we must get the basement done soon!

JM

keeper of the home










Something I've been thinking on~ Our homes are set up by us.  We decide what comes into our homes and as the gatekeeper of our home, we are responsible for keeping our homes pure and productive and watching over hearts.  For everyone this will look different, but lots of things will be alike also.  I was talking with a friend the other day of how unproductive I felt like my home was, of how my children are always mostly bored and unproductive, that they just want to be entertained.  She was giving me some ideas of things I could do to render this situation.  As I thought about this dilemma further, it came to me that I was just "letting" life happen, instead of "setting up" life to happen.  I wasn't requiring much, so I wasn't getting much in return.  So now I'm thinking...thinking of what I want to see in our days, what I want to see in my children.  What kind of friends would I like for my children to be.  What kinds of skills would I like for them to have.  What kind of knowledge do I want them to know.  What are we reading, playing, experimenting with, watching.  What should be priority...important to me, my husband, my family.  If I want to see the results that I desire, then I've got to put in the time and resources.

JM

eighteen





 

You know when I talked about not being ready to be "that mama", well guess what!?  This one turned eighteen...yes I have an eighteen year old.  Can I be that old ~ yes I suppose its true.  This guy, I don't even know what to say...He's such a blessing and a guinea pig all in one.  You know what they say about first borns...you're lucky if they turn out normal, or so I've heard! :)  No really he definitely has ups and downs, as do all people, but over all he is a pretty happy go lucky guy.  He is extremely caring and absolutely loves the littles, though they try his patients sometimes, but whose patients aren't tried by littles!  He's a wonderful big brother, always usually willing to take a tag-a-long, ready to talk and explain the unexplainable(by mama), teaching, drawing for, spelling out words for the littles.  He has a different personality, but then so do I, which is why...I think...we get a long great, well mostly great.  
He has recently gotten a job showing how responsible he is.  I never have to remind him, get him up, really help him in any way.  This was a bit surprising to me.  He has always been one to rise to the occasion.  When you think "oh he'll never be able to do that" ~he does.  This job hasn't been easy, working all kinds of different hours, even until four in the morning, but he makes it and is adjusting well...now.  
He has been considering what he wants to do...looking into collages and such.  I guess we shall see.  One of my mama/schooling policies has always been ~ if you want to do something bad enough, you will make it happen...not me...you.  This theory came through schooling this kid.  Anything I wanted him to do was a no go.  He had to do it himself, so here we are.  He wanted to play guitar, for example.  I said I would not pay for lessons all for him to waste my money and quit.  We have plenty guitar playing friends and a dad, so he will teach himself or not play.  He now plays very well, all self taught through his dad, music, and cd's.  It has become one of his greatest passions and is in happy zone if he's playing.

So these cupcakes ^^^ bright purple icing...
Normally I make our cakes, but due to being so entirely busy, I bought some cupcakes for thus birthday with purple icing(his favorite color).  We've never had any food allergies, or aversions, which I am completely grateful for, but with these cupcakes came quite a surprise! We all wiped our icing off, not wanting the dye on our face/teeth, plus it tasted quite bitter, but the two smallest boys did not.  Some time passed into the evening and I noticed how unusually frustrated baby S was getting at his toys...really, down right angry.  Well I thought maybe he was just getting tired, so off to bed we went.  During nursing him though, he was very restless and angry...kicking and swing his arms.  He finally went to sleep and oh my.  All night until about fourish, he was restless, kicking and flailing around, yelling out.  Over the next couple of days, I was sure to not give him anything with food dyes and he was back to his pleasant self.  I'm not one hundred percent the dye was it, but we won't be finding out any time soon!

JM

Fourth of July 2010

Forth of July 2011

Forth of July 2012