despite the 'sleep in your own bed' sticker chart we've implemented this week:
-charlie crashed in our bed at 7:30.
-after being sent back to bed several times, ten drinks of water, a little box car children, four bathroom trips and the threat of being sent to sleep outside in the rain... gavin and lucas are fast asleep together in lukey's bed.
and here i am.
i'm listening to my bob dylan pandora station. tonight the stars have played the band, simon and arty g, a little janis, and some van morrison. it's been good.
i sat on the couch in my finally quiet and did some important thinking.
the weather here is maddening. it's dreary. and dark. and cloudy. and i fear the sun will never come. i will never get a sunny walk outside again. which i am craving more than any greasy/sweet/pickled pregnancy food. i need a sunny walk or i will die.
i clearly need to make some changes.
this pregnancy has been different. hard in different ways. and rather than sinking into the hard parts and excusing them by calling them symptoms - i'm going to make a few changes.
tonight i figured out what those would be with clarity.
i was just scrolling through these blog pages and realized how good i'd been at documenting the important moments in our lives over the years. what a great collection this is of our lives here in this little house.
and then i noticed how much i've missed over the last um... really... a year or so. i thought of gathering up photo's and snapping a few to catch up. like charlie's first day of sunbeams... and gavin's five birthday. the announcement of baby or the day we got out the paints and painted the entire roll of art paper. all things that have happened. but not been properly documented here.
i could say that it's because instagram has done the documenting for me. or that my big girl camera is sick. that i spent the first trimester of this pregnancy napping or that i'm so over blogging. but if i'm totally honest,twenty-thirteen was hard. and the truth is that i just haven't required much of myself lately. the missing months here are an accurate depiction of how i've lived them. the days begin and the days end and some stuff happens in between. we're all dressed, fed and happy for the most part. but beyond that i think i've sorta - checked out. the familiar winter doldrum. i'll just keep treading water and slowly pull myself up for a good deep breath of spring air here soon.
i'm just now pulling together our classroom valentine's for the year. this is my faaaavorite holiday and i just can't seem to muster up the energy to pull-off anything super creative. the boys and i will be totally relying on printables that i've found around the web.
i've had several requests for a printable version of last year's whoopee cushion valentine. i know i'm a little late to the game but if you're anything like me - these will come in handy just in time!
we fell in love with the idea here and decided to work up one of our own. One that was a little simpler and didn't use up so much of our black printer ink.
i live in a house full of boys - so of course, these were a huuuuuuge hit! lucas and i had so much fun putting them together. i printed, trimmed and hole punched while he signed his name and used a piece of twine to tie them up.
we found our mini whoopee's here. but it looks like they're all sold out! i've seen some at our local party store and even the party favor aisle at our neighborhood Wal-Mart.
just purchase the PDF file using the button below and you'll be automatically directed to the download link. feel free to print as many as you need for your classmates.
happy valentine's week, friends!
hopefully the week will end with a box of chocolates (the fancy kind) for both of us.