July 20, 2009

Good To-Do's

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T-minus 6 days until we leave for Hilton Head. I think I am more excited about this than Christmas. It happens every year. And the doubts creep in: What if it rains the whole time, what if the kids are sick, what if we forget something important (like all the toiletries, or an entire suitcase of somebody's clothes). But all doubts aside, we will enjoy being somewhere else. The farthest I've been away from home since Tessa's birth was the Knoxville Zoo with Josiah's class. Boooo. I should have more adventures under my belt. Oh, yeah I had a baby about 7 months ago. The rest has been worth it.
The list of things to do is challenging and a bit daunting. During my vay-kay I plan to finish Our Clothesline's show card and poster and get them ordered. I plan on finding a good art fundraiser for my students and find some clay for spring semester's 3D section. I plan on starting some small pieces for Clothesline that are focused around my Song of Soloman theme. I have at least ten 8"x10" canvases to work with. Maybe I'll branch out and do some Psalm 31 woman pieces too. Definately can't bring my Big Mama with me.
Before I leave I need to order Josiah's school shoes that are 100% guaranteed. I need to make some yuminess like pesto, pimento cheese, chocolate chip cookies, veggie dip with water chestnuts. Yum, vacation food!
I hope I can accomplish these things without too much distraction. After all, my baby is wiggling and shrieking these days. Makes for much toting about and pleasing. Life is good, even with all the messes in between. I love being busy and the reward of next week is well deserved.

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July 14, 2009

Altogether Lovely

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In another attempt to define my love for the imagery in Song of Soloman I've created this gazelle. This piece will be for Art.a.ma.jig this Thursday. It's a fun event, and I hope this one brings in some cash for Arts and Ed and for me. I do plan on working on more images from S of S for Clothesline. There are so many beautiful things I have in mind, I just hope I can work often enough to achieve what I'm looking for. If I don't practice enough everything seems hard. These next few weeks are full of little adventures and projects. I look forward to getting away to the beach real soon, and bringing some doable projects. After all, I'm sure I'll be in good company. Sarah always has a project up her sleeve!
More gazelle's, doves, figs, in the future!

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July 7, 2009

Eureka Moment


Now for some thoughts I've had the past few weeks. Yes, quite a creative opener huh. This past winter when I was in the fog of post partum and thought I could never be myself again I was wondering why in the world I thought it was a good idea to have my kids so far apart. I was thinking those friends of mine that had 3 so close together were lucky. They didn't have to do the school and newborn thing at the same time. I felt emotionally exhausted all the time. I cried alot. So now, I am looking at Tessa's 6 month mark, and I am feeling very blessed. My big kids still fight hard, they still disobey, we still have to discipline and talk sternly often, but I realized that I needed help. I needed help from my kids! I started realizing I needed to give them jobs. When Joel and I were pregnant with Tessa, I had this little pain for Eden that she would go through the loss of being my baby girl. Then Joel reminded me that we were having Tessa not just for us, but for Josiah and Eden. This reality has never been more evident than it has been these past few weeks. Josiah desires things (toys, food, experiences) and one way to help him understand responsibility is to give him jobs. Duh-right? All the moms who read this that have big kids are thinking I'm dense right now. But I hate being needy. I want to be able to do everything myself. But these jobs are not just to help me, they help Josiah and Eden. And they amaze me because they love it, it gives them purpose and joy! And it gives me freedom! yeah!

So, if I need to make PB&J's, and feed Tessa I ask "who wants to feed Tessa?" and I get an excited "ME!!" from somebody. Or if I have to nurse Tessa I ask "who wants to MAKE their PB&J?" and-whoa-there's an amazing sense of independence! There are messes to clean up after, but man, it's worth it! It has grown since these first requests. Josiah wipes the breakfast gook off of the table every morning. Eden gets diapers, pacis, blankets and toys for me. Josiah takes out garbage. Eden helps me load the dishwasher. They of course are responsible for all their things: markers, papers, toys, games, shoes, shedded clothes, etc. But the big jobs that Mama does given to them makes them feel ten feet tall! I am waiting for the day when I have to force them to do these things, but for now there is joy. Tessa brings so much joy to the big kids, that it is a joy to serve. So I'm loving 6 months with Tessa. She can be helped and reward her siblings for their help with a wide ear-to-ear smile, a giggle, a funny motion. Such joy. I now know why big families are hard and also joyful, even though I don't feel like a big family. I'm proud to see their sucess, and they are proud to be my helper. Yes.

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(thanks again for this bib Lynn, it's a winner! All stains disappear in the wash! Even though this pic isn't much of a testimonial)

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July 6, 2009

Sound Bites

We had a wonderful 4th. Full of busyness and joy. I feel there is so much I have to catch up on. So I'll give it a go:

friday2.JPG I did an art event last weekend called "Last Fridays". It wasn't a winner, but I'm glad to serve my neighborhood. I hope it keeps up, but this Mama is too overbooked to not have a good time.

Tessa is 6 months old. I am loving 6 months old! Sleeping through the night, eating different foods, laughing, sitting, smiling at everyone. She reaches for things she likes, she's cuddly and small. I love my Tessa, she's our sweetie.

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June 29, 2009


Some days the weeks of summer seem like they go on forever and sometimes I think that it will be over in a blink. 26 days until our beach trip and then....back to school. It's always exciting and annoying at the same time. These days that are so hot that you can't be outside without having something frozen in your mouth (or on your head), or being in water, make you wish for the coolness of fall and winter. Makes me wonder why I even wished for summer at all. But mostly, the days are lazy. I groan at the petty fighting full of tattles (and advice how to nip tattling in the bud, I welcome it, enlighten me). I sigh when I have to drag my whole little brood to Walmart and the doctor's office in the same week. I try my darndest to get us to a pool twice a week. What a burden finding a good, open, free swimming facility! Lord help me!

My Joel is still recovering from his bike accident about a month ago. With this recovery he is nursing a sore (possibly fractured) hand. No bike riding for him. Not good at all. This little fam needs both parents to take all children out for an evening bike ride. We have a tandum bike for Josiah that sits gathering pollen. And for the first time since it's purchase, I hunkered down and assembled the new bike trailer and attached it to my new comfort bike and took the big kids for a spin. They loved it, but *whew* they are heavy! I think I was towing about 80lbs between the kids and the trailor. I waved at neighbors and swerved back and forth to keep the kids laughing. Our neighbors in the brick rentals were playing a Michael Jackson tribute as I assembled the trailer earlier. They smiled big at me and waved. They probably think I'm nuts.
The evening sometimes does not lend itself to much energy. We just sit and play games like dominoes and Stratego. Eden makes us pretend meals in her mini Tupperware, Josiah drags Joel on adventures. Sometimes the hose comes out and we get wet. These nights where there's nothing to do but kill time before bed, it's nice to just be together and not think. And part of me feels sad that we "kill" this time, when there is something to be lost. The evening of warmness of heart and warmness of temperature.

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June 23, 2009

Beloved Beauties

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I might need to stare at this some more tomorrow to figure out what I want to change. Maybe add some white back in. Ugh, I hate when I get carried away. But I'm feeling alright about it, I have more to work on with this theme.

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I should be doing something else

I should be thinking about dinner, I should be playing in a pool somewhere, I should be coming up with cute science projects or crafts for my big kids to do, I should be scheduling playdates, but no, I need to blog right now. There comes a time when you need to right? Of course. I always say that blogs are great because your thoughts are all recorded and you can search through them like Google. I feel that I need to keep writing if not for anyone else, but for me to remember these seasons and make each day count.
After two weeks of summer camps for Josiah he's home with me for week two in a row of Mom's schedule and Mom's activities. Part of me feels guilty that I am not romping around with him in a park somewhere, or in a pool, but I have two other kids, one who is a baby that needs a nap between 8 and 11am and again between 1:30 and 5pm. So who knows. Sometimes he wins and gets a day full of joy, activity, friends and exhaustion. It's good that he doesn't get that everyday. He gets wiped out pretty easily. Giving him things to do: new books, new adventures to spark his imagination, dress ups, experiments, projects, these things are easy to do while sisters are sleeping. Or easy to do with Eden tto, and oh how she loves projects!
But my creativity runs out toward the end of the day, sometimes sooner when demands on me stretch my lunchtime out further and further. All I want is to get the closest piece of pizza or a burrito or something to recharge. I'm trying to be smarter. I did low carb for two weeks and just barely knocked off a few pounds. Maybe my body isn't ready to lose a lot of weight yet. I feel better when I eat better.
Somedays I just want to have more than 45 minutes to myself. The big kids have a quiet time where they play in their room with legos, dress ups, playmobile etc. It's nice whether I spend all of it with a fussy Tessa, making dinner, on Facebook, or making art. Sometimes after a long day of the heat, that quiet time is what their tired bodies aches for.
My art gets pushed to the back burner over and over. Yesterday it made me grumpy. This weekend I have a short art showing for Last Fridays here on the Southside. I have pieces that I've only shown twice. I know these pieces are sellable. I sold Whiteside just this past weekend to good friends. I am thankful for what I have and what I can make, but man, the last minute stuff just doesn't fly with my Mommy life. I can't frame everything this week, I can't pick anything up until the day before! But I am again thankful that I have this show. I have projects that give me that yearning to make more. I have compositions floating around in my mind waiting to be put down. Thankfully I have an awesome husband who hears my sad communication for more time to paint and he promises time. Even with the baby. I love what I get to do everyday, it's a hard job but every day is a challenge.

***As I've been writing this I've been going back and forth doing "experiments" with the big kids with food coloring, water, vinegar and baking soda. And I think they got ahold of my garlic salt. hmmmm, it's getting out of control***

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