These Pumpkins

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I realize I already posted this shot yesterday, but I am taking a mommy moment here to reflect on some kid milestones. And the milestones have to do with pumpkins, of course!

I regret how little I have documented here about the kids here as of late. I feel like I’ve missed so many cute Carson-isms now that he’s talking, and Nora’s turning four tomorrow, which is still a shock.

One thing that I always want to remember is how my kids said “pumpkin” when they were little.

Nora: “punkin”

Carson: “pumpin”

Of course, my hot-shot daughter now says the word correctly, but Steve and I were blessed with two whole years of “punkin.” And now Carson, with his awesome toddler speech, has gifted us with “pumpin.” I absolutely adore it.

Here’s to (I hope) another year of that pronunciation. While we still get “Tarson” and “Nooah” from him, I doubt those will be around much longer.
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How was this two years ago? Though it’s hard to remember what they were like as babies anymore . . . sniff, sniff.

 

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Early Fall Snapshots

I have missed coming here and writing posts. Things are looking a little less hairy today, and my oldest child is enjoying some brother-free time (he’s at preschool) on a rainy Thursday morning.

Here are some fall pics I’ve snapped this week. We’re excited to be lighting pumpkin candles, sipping warm drinks and pumpkin beers, and visiting our favorite fall places, such as the pumpkin patch!

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He’s a cute witch!

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This girl turns 4 on Saturday. I’m getting sentimental!

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Thinking this should be the Christmas card! My pumpkins!

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This girl is wonderful at posing. She’s so big these days.

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Pumpkin beer + my latest Jamberrys (Imperial). A good evening!

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Working up a fall mantel. It’s fun and challenging to figure out what looks good in the new house.

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Fall is my favorite time of year, for sure, and it’s a great gateway to the behemoth that is Christmas. I look forward to lots of festive cheer in our new home this year!

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Final Stretch

Sorry for the lack of posts here. I have not been inspired to post lately. My marathon work-at-home mom month is coming to an end when September concludes. Then I hope to go back to more reasonable working hours. Lately, every time Steve is home, I am in front of a computer screen fighting comma placement and knocking down hyphenated adverbs. I guess the good thing about this month is that I’ve finally realized how many hours of work a week will cause me to be a crazy person!

Here’s to a productive week (my little girl turns 4 at the end of it!) and to a much, much calmer and more fun October.

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Launching, Planning, Breathing

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Phew. What a week it’s been. Last Monday, we met some friends at the park and Nora mastered her big summer project–crossing the rings. By yesterday, we’d launched both kids at preschool, attended Nora’s swim and dance classes, participated in our second church Sunday of the new year, gone through a week of Steve’s new schedule, and I submitted another editing project (just two left for this month!) since that Monday park date!

While it’s been an intense and extremely stimulating week for sure, I have to say that rather than feeling too busy, life feels full. I love seeing the kids enjoying independent activities. I love talking to my hubby about his days at work. I love (well, sometimes not) having a project to work on, forcing me to find a quiet nook in the house so I can edit.

To celebrate the week’s accomplishments, I’m giving myself a day to rest, and then I’ll be marking up Word files left and right for the remainder of the month. And planning a rainbow-themed birthday for my eldest, who turns four at the end of the month. And continuing our new schedule, of course! Love this time of year!

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Wordless Wednesday: School Begins!

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September 10, 2014 · 3:19 pm

Moving Along

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For school-aged kids in our area, yesterday marked the beginning of the school year. I loved scrolling through my Facebook page displaying the cute pictures of people’s kids–elementary, middle, and high schoolers included–wearing their new outfits and backpacks.

We’re still a week away from the preschool year beginning. My eager three-year-old is starting to over-anticipate school, making herself nervous. She’s waking up in the middle of the night because she’s worried about being in a new classroom. My two-year-old knows the name of his teacher (the same as his sister’s last year), and seems excited. I have a feeling the nervous and excited kids will flip-flop next week when school actually begins.

This week presents some change without having our new activities in place (all start next week). My hubby’s new schedule goes into effect, which will require some adjustment. I’ll be in charge of bedtime two nights a week and have an early morning to contend with, though I think it will go much easier than in the past now that the kids are better about sleeping in and sleeping independently. (That newborn year with Carson when this schedule first appeared was beyond brutal!) However, I’ll have more mornings with Steve around so I can fit in that onslaught of work.

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I am having a hard time accepting that it’s September. Our August sure zoomed by at rapid speed. We finished the crazy month (beach trips; a baseball game; hand, foot, and mouth; a wedding; a Jamberry party!) with a rehaul of our bedroom. After being saddled with large and awkward hand-me-down furniture ten years ago, Steve and I decided to pull the trigger on some new dressers, a bed, and a nightstand that worked better in our new bedroom. We decided on a sleek, midcentury look with a wedge finish, and purchased a platform bed as well. I sewed new curtains for the large window (I’ll finish the ones for the smaller window after my workload calms), and we are using our new comforter and rug purchased at Target this spring. I even have a jewelry storage area, which makes me happy! After so many years of making do, I feel like we’re sleeping in a hotel room!

Here’s to a happy and productive September!

 

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Packing It In

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Seasonal change is upon us. We’ve received preschool letters. We’ve started planning Nora’s fall birthday. We’re procuring fall and winter clothes and school backpacks. I’m scratching my head trying to figure out our fall schedule, which involves two kids going to preschool on separate days, a husband who is working various early mornings and evenings, and a fully packed social calendar.

But summer isn’t over quite yet!

We’ve been enjoying summer activities to the max this week, attending a minor league baseball game, swimming at the pool, and lounging at the beach. I hope you are also enjoying these final lazy days of summer.

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Hammered

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Well, I am pretty glad that I decorated my office earlier this summer. I have been living in it!

Since leaving my full-time job last spring, I have been picking up freelance work here and there. I copyedit and proofread books, journals, websites, and other publications. When I left my position as a managing editor, I didn’t want to give up on my career entirely. In publishing, there is a great deal of freelance work. Fortunately, as of late, I have been experiencing an onslaught of projects!

However, for the first time ever, I had to turn down a project. Wow, was that hard! But with several large projects hitting me at once, my pile of work is too big, especially with two littles at home, a husband who is beginning his busy season at work, and a fall calendar already packed to the gills with back-to-school, Nora’s birthday, and church and social obligations.

I’ve found that I LOVE editing and proofreading at home, but I have to balance my love of work (and making some additional income for the family) with my full-time stay-at-home mom gig (or, am I a work-at-home mom now?). Lately on the weekends I have been holed away in the office while Steve takes the kids to do fun things. It’s nice to have another role in my life, but balance is key.

I am an enthusiast by nature, which makes it difficult to say no. I love to craft, work, volunteer, and host parties, which sometimes leaves little free time for my family and me. I’m pledging to keep myself busy (I do thrive on juggling lots of things) but without making my family and me crazy.

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New House: Front Door

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The kids and I love the song by Phillip Phillips called “Home.” (Seriously, even though he won “American Idol,” which I had no awareness of at the time, Phillips is as good as Ray LaMontagne and Jack Johnson, to name a few of my other favorite male singer-songwriters.) One of the best lines of the song is “I’m going to make this place your home.” And that’s what we continue to do at the new house. Our project this weekend? Painting the front door smurf blue (or smurf indigo, depending on how picky you want to be when dissecting the color).

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Now, this change is completely based on personal preference; the maroon door we inherited wasn’t that bad looking, but it was dull (I did make sure to remove the ancient and less-than-attractive screen door as soon as we moved in). When we were waiting to close on our house this winter, I’d drive through the new neighborhood and remark on how good the fronts of the houses looked. I wanted to do something bold with our house’s exterior, so painting the door was the perfect first project to tackle outdoors.

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I used a semigloss paint and primer in Batik from the Eddie Bauer collection (purchased at Lowes). I painted it with a small roller and angled brush, and the paint project took about two-and-a-half hours. Before painting, we used a deglosser to clean the door (no sanding required!).

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The finished result? The door is bold, but I’m happy with it. We’re color people, and I can’t wait to find a few more outdoor decor items to make the front of our house “ours.” Plus, it’ll be easy to tell people where we live–it’s the Tudor with the BRIGHT blue door!

 

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Finished: Living Room Curtains

IMG_4859Here they are! The finished living room curtains. Made with Waverly Barano fabric in Indigo and sewn according to this pattern for backed-tabbed curtains (without the blackout lining) on View Along the Way. I’ve been ordering fabric at Fabric.com and loving it–the site is easy to browse and there is free shipping for orders of $35 and up (not a paid placement, just a recommendation!).

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Each curtain took about an hour to sew, including cutting out the size (I trimmed them down to 44 inches wide and 71 inches long) and sewing (side hems, top tabs, and bottom hem). The curtains at the large front window hit just the bottom of the windowsill, leaving plenty of room for our radiators (while I love floor-length curtains, they aren’t practical for a home with a boiler!). The other curtains on the side window are a bit longer, which I did based on personal preference. I sewed the top tabs before hemming each curtain to ensure that each one aligned with the windowsill/desired length perfectly.

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While I wasn’t keen on sewing all of the curtains in the house, I am quite pleased with the finished result and will keep using this pattern until someone tells me to stop! Next up, the bedroom curtains; I’ve already ordered the fabric and just need to find the time to make them happen.

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