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Kitty, Kitty!

Just had to share this cute photo of the cat.  We just moved and her usual routine is out of whack.  Look where I found her!

That is a really tall bureau, by the way!  Wish we could jump that high..


Busy, busy

Where I’ve been:

Finishing up soccer season

Sewing costumes for "Alice in Wonderland" dance performance at the modern dance studio

among the costumes, hedgehogs!

running a 5K with the girls and the entire Western North Carolina Girls on the Run chapter on a very hot morning.

Making skirts, of course

making endless snacks for 3 hungry kids

Having a studio moving sale! Last minute sample sale - lots of friends came and got many annie m and hazel anne duds for a song. Should have done this years ago!

set up in the living room

tank tops, scarves

and of course, trading silly bandz....

Also doing lots of Pilates teacher training courses, teaching pilates, packing the house to move next week, driving carpool for the last week of school, getting ready for camp, lots of sewing commissions (lamp shapes! curtains!), summer swim team started up again, picking snap peas, the first raspberries… what am I forgetting?  Oh yeah, forgot about this blog for a little bit there….

Never sit down…

Look what happens when I do (the littles got a hold of my Nikon) :

holiday recap

Well the holidays were just too busy to keep up with this here blog.  It was certainly fun, but as I dropped into bed each night (with a very lively cough that wouldn’t quit) I just couldn’t muster the energy to do something as drastic as download pictures.  So here’s a little photo essay of our crazy holidays, then tomorrow, on to the new year!

making gluten free sugar cookies for santa. the dough is weird so you have to roll it out between 2 sheets of plastic wrap. this recipe is adapted from the Gluten Free Girl's.

Ryland's wearing one of my new tank tops with a silk screen of a bird. I love this one.

ahh, frosting. the best part. look at those cute food coloring stained hands!

the big snow

we had just made these swags before it snowed. they are super easy - just take the bottom branches that you cut off your christmas tree to make it fit into your stand, and tie a red ribbon around it! add some berries that you find in the woods (Ryalnd's idea) and hang the whole thing on a nail somewhere. voila!

dog loves the snow. note the LLBean tobogan (left over from our Maine days) in the background - 1st time in 5 years that we've been able to use it!

trying with little success to get a good christmas card shot. wish I could post the whole series - it gets pretty wacky.

poems and goodies for santa. the boy decided we'd better put out a muffin with the cookies so santa can have some healthy food.

remote control tarantula - thanks santa!

with a little help, Ryland made this sock monkey from old cotton socks for Holt's christmas present. It's name is Lucy.

Declan made this man out of straws for Ryland's gift. his idea and excecution entirely.

at my parents' house outside of Boston. This old house turns 300 years old this year. my bro peeks out from behind his stocking on the staircase.

You have to love this scene. again, in the old house, the fire never dies out, thanks to dad.

mom always sets a beautiful table. only candlelight in this room. it's hard to play parchessi in this room, but it makes for a lovely meal.

the folks' pretty tree

My grandma with some of her 11 great grand kids. pretty special.

Now, onto the new year!

big outing

Big outing to the post office this morning! J and I went with our applications, photos, etc. in hand to apply for passports!  super exciting.  $200 later, we have that errand done and now can focus on the fun of the trip.  Yesterday J actually found my expired passport that was issued in 1987 (gulp!) when I had braces and wore flannel shirts and bangs.  Needless to say, it was time for an update (although I would kill to have that unlined skin again).

So who has travel advice for me?  I need to jump back into the saddle, practice my French, and find a great bag to haul all over Paris.  I’ve been looking at these Amy Butler patterns, but can’t decide which one to make.  Maybe you know of other sites with bag patterns? Let me know! Perhaps I should make myself a new travel wardrobe too? I mean, there’s lots of stuff to think about and plan for, but we all know that fashion is what really gets me going.  Advice? Thoughts?

Foiled Again

Curses! I was finally going to get back in the swing of blogging here, and my camera battery needs to be recharged.  So all the cool photos I’ve been taking can not be downloaded tonight.

I’ve been crazy busy, a trunk show last week in Maine (thanks to Lilly and Melinda for hosting!), 2 shows coming up 1st week of December, the kids seem to be perfectly rotating their colds so I always have one to care for (I had it last week too – fevers are misery), and did I mention yet how much time I’m spending at the Pilates studio?? I can’t remember if we’ve discussed this yet, but in August I started my teacher training program.  Most of you know how much I love pilates, (I do go on and on) and now I can do it all the time! And, I get to pass it on – so it’s kind of like a lot of things have come together and now I get to teach, learn, exercise, stretch, be with great people, and design stretchy clothes to sell to my fellow P lovers!! Pretty lucky gal.

All that is to say, who has time or energy to open up the computer each night? But, I do like this reflecting/scrap booking/ being aware time and vow to get more regular.  Oh yeah, and I just heard that the holidays are around the corner, now too, so lets find a pocket of time to make gifts, as well!  Finding time for the computer, indeed.

I’m just going to take the rest of the night off, here, and finish up my book.  Anyone read Olive Kitteridge? I missed my book club discussion last week (surprise surprise).  It’s sooo Maine – a trip down memory lane….


Know what the boy (six years of age) asked me today?

“Mom, if nothing is perfect,

then why do we have that word?”

Does anyone have any thoughts on how to answer this one?