Apparently I've missed posting quite a few pictures!
Did I mention before that Obi likes to crawl inside baskets? I think I did. Anyway, I have this tub of books from Aunt Hope in my sewing room. He tried twice to climb inside it. Funny, the books didn't squish down like clothes do! So he turned around, while still trying to sit on the books, and began throwing books out of the tub to make room. It was nothing short of hilarious. Oh, and he was pretty silent the entire time. He was thinking hard about this "problem"! Not having a video camera, I took a few pics:
Our weather has been pretty mild here compared to how it normally is. When the temps get above freezing during the day and then cool off rapidly at night, we usually have some fog. Sometimes if the elements are right, there is enough moisture in the air to have the frost stick to trees. It is beautiful! A couple Saturdays ago we woke up to a frosty white world. I wish I had more time to *stop* and take pics, but I did my best shooting through the van window. It was beautiful. The first pic is on a bridge on Hwy 15, overlooking Waite Park:
|Eden and Obi|
|Obadiah is getting so big! He has blue eyes and his hair has turned white blonde (without the sun's help). I haven't had to cut it again, it has not grown very much.|
|Obadiah and Tirzah. He has some growing to do to catch up with her!|
|Obi is counting Caleb's teeth. Obadiah now has 4 of his own!|
Ok, now I KNOW I told you that Obi likes to crawl into baskets...here he found his way into a basket of towels. Who doesn't love to snuggle clean towels??
|Obi climbs in the basket|
|Obi climbs out of the basket|
The balloons cost $0.69/each as a Valentine's Day special. It is such a fun way to give out Valentine's!
|I love having 8 children!|
One day Obadiah found a Kleenex box within reach. He pulled out a tissue, and wow--there was another one already in its place! So he pulled out that one too. And the next. And the next. You get the idea. I had to take couple pictures before I took away the box and cleaned up his mess. Oh how he loved this!!
|Obadiah discovers Kleenex|
The kids love to play a game. They pick a word--typically the word "what"--and whenever someone says it, everyone else will say, "Oh, you're stuck with it!" It's funny (and annoying). Tirzah loves this game. She loves to shout "You're stuck with it!!" But if we say that to her, she says, "NO! I not playing that game!" LOL. Recently someone had the idea to use a clothespin. They snuck up on someone else and pinned the clothespin on them. Then said, "Oh, you're stuck with it!" Took a while for the person to find the clothespin. It was a new dimension for Tirzah to explore. She is not sneaky enough nor agile enough to get a clothespin on someone without them knowing. Thankfully Eden is good at playing along:
|Eden is stuck with it!!|
Something else pretty major that I accomplished recently was cleaning and rearranging my sewing room. I went through a massive downsizing at the end of 2011, selling off a huge amount of fabric. The result is dramatic. I was able to condense things and rearrange my sewing room so I have a lot more space to move around and work in. I can't find a "before" pic...bummer. Before, both of my sewing tables sort of were sitting in the middle of the room. There was barely room to walk around them, and fabric on all sides. Now most of the fabric I own is in that shelving system in the corner:
The gray shelves to the right used to be filled solid with cotton velour. I sold A LOT.
One small box between the cubes and my cutting table has some fabric that I still have available for sale. If I need to use it for a project, I'll pull it out and use it. I'm not in a hurry. :) Under the table are a couple scrap bins. One is for very small scraps, useful for mama pads or nursing pads. The other is future wipes (or possibly a Little Cheekies newborn diaper).
The closet still needs some work. Last year I greatly reduced my stash of used diapers. I gave away MANY diapers that I will never use again. I still have a good stash of used diapers that I may use again or would be able to sell. I want to go through my Creative Memories supplies. I don't think there's much that I will get rid of, but I would like to organize it and make sure. Some day I would like to attack the file cabinet. I have kept records for far longer than I really need to.
Remember that I don't claim to be a decorator, ok? For Christmas, I got all the kids' pictures updated. They used to be only their baby pictures hanging in the hallway here. Mitch has a little joke about it (he says babies are ugly--such a meanie!). So I surprised him when he wasn't looking--I took down all the baby pictures and quickly hung the updated pictures in their place. The baby pictures were all in different sizes/types of frames, so the nails were all crooked along the hallway. I didn't have time to measure and level the nails, since I was trying to be sneaky. I said that I would straighten them later. Well, Christmas was almost 2 months ago and I haven't straightened them yet. ::blush::
Where did the other maps go? They are hanging in our school room. I would have put the world map in here too, but we didn't have space.
I also got our taxes finished this weekend. I'm sad to say that Pampered Cheeks will show a net loss for 2011. :( I expected that, since I sold off so much fabric at a discount. I do not regret selling my fabric, nor the reasons why I chose to sell it. I really needed to "let go". I am happy to say that our new floors cost around $850. Our new tankless water heater cost a little over $1,500 before rebates (for which we finally applied). That price includes all the "extra" stuff that was required for installation. Our back door cost around $450. And we spent around $300 on paint and supplies. Wow, paint is more expensive than I thought! I made less in 2011 for daycare than I did in 2010, but that is because with Mitch teaching the entire year I have less daycare children here. Naturally! Over all I am pleased with the numbers. And I'm glad the work to crunch them is done. I'm an analyst to a fault. I'll probably still be perfecting and tweaking and crunching for the next week or two, but I have to let it go, too--I already handed over the paperwork to Mark.
Well, I took long enough composing this post so I need to get going. Eden is away tonight, so Tirzah has no one to put her to bed. She climbed on my lap a few minutes ago (45 min past her bedtime) and began crying so loudly that my ears are ringing. Thankfully she understood what I meant when I told her crying that loud is unnecessary and that she can use her words. She pointed to the wet diaper I had just taken off her and told me that she would like to have it back on. Um, no. I love you my dear and you get lots of choices, but I have the final say. And please don't cry loudly when you cry in disappointment.
Whew! Now as I type these last words, she is drifting off to sleep in my arms. Oh how I love sleeping children!!