Finished Object

It’s hard to find the time to craft with 4 kids and a job outside of the home, but every once in a while I make something. 🙂

I was able to make this little hat for my daughter on my round loom. (Harder to get pictures of her in it than finding the time to make it)

I realize it’s spring now, and she won’t have many opportunities to wear it but it’s cute. I followed a YouTube tutorial from Tuteate. It was a quick make. I didn’t have a 31 peg loom, so I improvised with a 30 peg. I also used 2 strands of thinner yarn instead of a bulky one.

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Because the baby can’t get all the attention

Here is a picture of my 2 year old that my husband took today while I was working.

He looks so sweet and innocent. I know better though. 😉

It’s hard to get 4 kids to cooperate for pictures, but this is my crew. 🙂

New Traditions

This will be the first Christmas celebrated by 3 of my 4 children. No, I didn’t have triplets. 😉

My husband and I decided to stop celebrating Christmas years ago for several reasons. That’s not what this post is about, so I won’t be going into any detail about our reasons right now.

What I will say, is I have a 13 year old who is looking forward to celebrating again, a 4 year old who is very excited, a 2 year old who LOVES the tree and a newborn who is just along for the ride. 😉

We’ve been trying to have fun, so we’ve been doing different activities. We purchased Advent calendars with chocolates, that the boys get very excited about every day. We decorated a faux gingerbread house.

We used ornament making/decorating kits that had mixed results. 😛

This year we are trying something new, and for the most part it has been great. There have been struggles deciding how much we should do for the kids. Having a teenager who’s items tend to be smaller yet more expensive than those for the little ones leads to concerns about how fair we are being or how the kids will feel Christmas morning. We’ve also had some delivery issues, but thankfully everything we ordered has arrived on time. (This pressure was one thing I never missed while not celebrating)

We are not supporting the lie of Santa, yet we are not completely boycotting him either. We know there is exposure to Santa in this world, so we have acknowledged the story but maintained the truth that we are buying/giving the gifts out of love. I handmade stockings for the kids. They are a symbol that is tied into the story of Santa, but we wanted to give small gifts too. They are a perfect vessel for those items that are small and awkward to wrap. Because this is our first year celebrating in a long time our initial plan was to use gift bags for those small items rather than purchase stockings. Then I found I could easily make stockings with my round loom. I enjoyed making them and I think they came out nice.

I had thoughts of different crafts to make with the kids, but most things have simply stayed in my head. I’ll try to be more prepared next year. We may spend a little time this weekend drawing or crafting but since it’s me and 4 kids it won’t be complicated projects.

I can’t say that everything we tried this year will become new family traditions, but we will surely be finding more joy in this life.

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Ready Or Not

My husband wrote a book!

I haven’t read it yet. I have read his blog posts and he shared much of his book with me as he was writing, so I know it’s good. 😉

Here is a post he wrote about it, which contains a link to the book.

viaReady Or Not

*UPDATE* I’ve read it and enjoyed it. The subject matter may not be of interest to you, but I think he did a great job!

First “Week” Back

I have survived my return to work after maternity leave.

My first day back was Wednesday. I got an hour of sleep before I had to get up and prepare for my day. Surprisingly I worked my full 10 hour shift without feeling tired at all. I did get very sore as the day went on.

When I got home I could barely move. I iced my right arm, and passed out on the couch. I was so sore I didn’t even want to snuggle my babies.

I got a bit more sleep Wednesday, but after waking up to get ready for work I realized I couldn’t do it. My whole body hurt. I still felt like I had shin splints this morning, but my arm was much better. I decided I would go in today. It went well. I’m doing much better today regarding my exhaustion and pain. I have only dozed off for a few moments while watching TV with my family, and I didn’t feel the need to ice my arm. My wrist has been sore, but not terribly so.

My 3 little ones have been quite snuggly since I’ve been home too. I think they missed me a little.

I’m happy I have 4 days to recover before my next shift, but Wednesday morning will come before I will be ready for it.

Here’s an updated picture of the newest addition to our family.

And one more. 🙂

Feeling Like Christmas

My family and I haven’t celebrated Christmas since my 13 year old son was maybe 5-6 years old. Religious beliefs led to our giving up Christmas. Christmas seemed pagan and wrong to us. The way it was being celebrated didn’t fit with our belief system. At first we gave up Santa, and the traditional Christmas “stuff” then we gave even the religious take on Christmas up too. None of it made any sense to us.

Recently we decided to celebrate again. None of it makes sense still, but we are in it for the fun and to see joy in our children’s faces. Maybe even to give ourselves some joy again too. We put up a tree on Thanksgiving.

I have to say that walking by it does put a smile on my face. 🙂

The cold temperatures here have put me in a crafty mood too. I used my knitting loom to make a replacement hat for a family friend. I wasn’t happy with one I made him last year. This one seems better, we’ll see how it holds up to regular use. (If he likes it)

I’m also working on a new hat for my friend’s daughter. I don’t think she liked the slouchy one I made her, but her mom does and wears it all the time. Her favorite color is blue, so I chose to make a blue and white one.

I told her mom that if she doesn’t like it, at least she’ll have a spare.