Crazily enough, a whole month has gone by since my last post. WHERE is April going?!! It seems like I blink and another month has passed. On the 5th of this month, I turned 38. On the 9th, Ari turned 5 mos. old. On the 24th (that's just TEN days away), Josiah will turn 7, and then Julia turns 9 on the 29th. Craziness, I tell you!! In the midst of all this real life, I desperately want to record the moments, and yet weeks go by in between, and I suddenly realize I didn't record the memories and the milestones. The winter felt so long, and yet at the same time it sped by in a blur. I meant to post about the ice skating, the sledding, the weeks and weeks of freezing temps . . . and I barely caught any of it. But instead of moping about what I didn't post, let's just jump back in and start posting as much as I can, catching the moments that I'm able to. I felt like a daybook was in order. :) And I'm interspersing it with some recent pictures, because that format seems to work well lately!
Around the house: Boy, do I see so many areas I want/need to spring clean! But I'm barely keeping my head above water with just the basics. Laundry is my current nemesis, along with dishes (my most long-standing nemesis!). I also need to put away the snowman decorations and the (gulp) Christmas lights/garland that are still up in the living room.
Outside my window: I think winter may be finally letting go of us. We've enjoyed some beautiful weather over the past few days, sunshine that calls us outside to soak up some lovely Vitamin D! Oh, we still have a few snow piles here and there, and there's a bit left to melt in the woods. But overall we're well into that wonderful 5th New England season known as "mud season." My floors are not so happy about that, but I'm so happy about the warmer weather that I don't even care (much). :)
In the sewing room: Well, if I actually HAD a sewing room, that is. Instead, I use the kitchen table, and we make do and move the sewing machine around when we need to eat. I had the most fun making matching Easter dresses for Julia and Ari over the past month. SO MUCH FUN!! You can get a peek at them in these pics. I wanted to make a coordinating skirt for me, but that didn't quite happen yet. Maybe in time for Mother's Day? We will see. For the girls, I made simple peasant style dresses and fancied them up a bit with sashes. I tried my hand at shirring with elastic thread to do the collars and sleeves. It was a little tricky as my machine didn't care much for the elastic thread, but it worked out okay.
Sour Cream Beef Enchiladas. I think I'll cut the cream cheese in half next time I made the recipe, but it was really good! Another new recipe I just tried tonight (not THM) was this ham/pineapple/rice casserole from an old issue of Quick Cooking. This was a hit with Jim and me, and the kids liked it pretty well (especially the pineapple). A good way to use up leftover ham!
Girl news: The day after Easter, Julia got a haircut! We'd been wanting to cut it a lot shorter for a while. It's hard to keep it looking nice because it tangles so easily, and she hates having it brushed (very sensitive scalp). So Jim cut it to about shoulder length and it is so much easier to take care of now. Plus I think it looks super cute. :) We thought about going a little shorter with more of a curved bob around her face, but we decided to keep it this way for now. We can always take off a little more later, but I think this look really suits her and it will be a lot cooler for summer, too.
Today she rolled over for the first time since she did it at 3.5 weeks (which was only because she was so upset--following after her mommy's "footsteps" because I did the same thing at 2 weeks old!). She went tummy to back, and then tried to roll back the other way, but hasn't quite figured that out yet. I love this sleeper I found recently at the thrift store. We think she looks like a little court jester in it. :)
Since it's taken me 2 days to write this much, I've decided to make this "part 1" of the daybook. I'm not sure when part 2 will be coming, but hopefully sometime this weekend. :) My goal is to give myself 15-20 minutes each day to write something on the blog (even if it doesn't get posted each day, but is just part of a post!), but tomorrow will be busier than usual and I want to get this post up before any more time goes by. So I'll leave you with a sleeping baby picture. :) Jim hooked up this baby swing for Ari in the kitchen . . . we used it in the garage with the other kids, but when we discovered she tends to fall asleep easily in it, he decided to move it into the house! The first few times we put her in there, she fell asleep within minutes, so we dubbed it the Magic Swing. Now, it isn't always magic, but if she's tired enough, this is what happens!