Wednesday, November 19, 2014

ebb and flow

 Rebe making bread
Benny's trouser design
 Benny's trousers
 Joa's home, a picture he did at preschool. They have been talking about homes and family this week. The preschool have really embraced that our family has a different shape to the conventional family unit. They are really supporting us and Joa in this and I am so happy about that.

 Joa's Christmas card design: 2 jellyfish licking the jellyfish in the middle with 3 festive gifts floating above them.
 Rebe's tidied and reorganized room
 Benny and Joa's play corner in their room
work (or play)

This week I have really been feeling the ebb and flow of energy. This is normal enough for me anyway, but heightened due to the pregnancy. Some days I can re-organise and tidy half the house, bake and cook for a week and the next day I can hardly move and fall asleep several times during the day (whenever I sit down really). I'm learning to ride these waves of energy to enjoy it while it is there and to allow myself to rest and ask for help when I have nothing left to spare.

Today is more of a resting day, music playing, the heating on and my knitting on my lap.

Friday, November 14, 2014

whatever happened to october?

it just went past in a whirl!
There were the usual goings on...

processing a sackful of apples from our friend's orchard

the carving of pumpkins... best tried out in a darkened toilet!
 Lots of play, taking advantage, when we could, of the mild weather we've been having.
Benny's quarry game
 Crafting: Rebe made this 7 foot snakes out of old socks.

 Drawing: the kids working on spare copies of my mackerel pictures I've been working on in art class.

Getting hair cuts: This was Joa's first ever hair cut at a barbers. He asked the lady, 'Please can you cut my hair in a spike?' She tried her very best but even with 2 loads of extra-strong hair gel his hair wouldn't stay in a spike for more than a second. I guess the curl is too strong!
 I've been working away as best I could too. I made this sweet trio of dolls, little sisters that Santa asked me to make to be delivered by him on Christmas Eve (how I love that I am one of Santa's elves).
 and very excitingly I have finally finished writing my Under Rainbows patterns. I have been working on then for a few months; writing the patterns, taking pictures for tutorials, finding test sewers and knitters and then painstakingly getting them all put together and ready for sale in my etsy shop.
 There are full doll making tutorials for both Snuggle Buddies and 16" dressable waldorf dolls and there are clothing patterns for boy and girl dolls and all sorts of knitting patterns. I am so proud and happy to be able to sell these patterns. Oh and if you use the code SEWHAPPY there is 10% off this week.
 This is the link to my shop:
 But that is not all... the real reason for the crazy busy fleeting past of October are these 3 things:

1. Garry officially moved in here Under Rainbows. Although he has been staying here unofficially for several months we made it official and moved all of his things here (including several...hundred...Elvis' or Elvi I think is the plural?!) So that was a lot of sorting and cleaning and moving. We piled everything into this house thinking we would have weeks to sort it all out and then...
2. He was taken into hospital in agony. Poor thing had a prolapsed disc in his neck giving him such severe pain that the hospital could do nothing for him to control the pain resulting in surgery after 10 days in A&E. That was a difficult time for us all, worrying and stressful and very, very tiring, but there was a very special moment in the middle of it....
 Garry was wheeled through the hospital into the maternity ward so that he could be there for our first ultra sound checking on our beautiful wee baby!!!!

We are so excited and happy. I am now 16 weeks. The nausea has passed thank goodness and that awful hit-by-a-truck tiredness has gone too replaced with general pregnancy tiredness.

We are due in spring, probably the beginning of May and I am feeling tiny flutterings already and I am dying to knit and sew teeny tiny baby things!
Garry's operation was successful and he is now on the long road to recovery.
Sp, now we are up-to-date and all of that crazy stuff is out of the way perhaps I can get back into a better rhythm again and I hope this will give me more time to blog, to record and share with you this very special time.