Thursday, September 29, 2011

hello long lost blog

We're here! I'm here! I swear I have not abandoned 'So September'. It's just been a little, well, nutty. A lot has happened in the last two weeks. One of which was my youngest boy turning 4! When Peter turned four I was just about to have Adam so this feels like a bit of a milestone and a bit like new territory. Once again Adam's birthday arrived amid a flurry of activity in which it almost was lost. That has somehow managed to happen every year, poor thing. We did have a small celebration though and I don't think he felt cheated at all. whew!
And even though Vince begged me to wait with any photos until everything was in it's place (which it is sooooo NOT), here I am with a couple of little sneak peaks. A fireplace! Something I never really thought I would have in a house I lived in but dreamed about it anyway. And there it is. Weird how that happens sometimes, no?
A lovely little row of evergreens in the back. That's where the squirrels and birds and rabbits like to congregate. Oh, and the people too. Good grief I love those trees.
Other trees are winning our hearts as well.
and just one more. A little built in space to put you fiestaware and what not. I (not my kids or husband but ME) broke TWO pieces of the vintage fiesta in the course of the move and I swore I would tuck it away for it's own good from now on. Turns out this is a pretty perfect little nook. 

So, we are settling. There is a LOT of crafting paraphernalia that still needs to find a home but I at least located my needles and floss so I'm good. I have missed the craft blog world and can't wait to catch up on everyone's projects and plans. 

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

summer goals reviewed

So, now that Summer has raced on by like it tends to do I thought I would take a look back at some of the goals and plans I made when the season first started to see how I did. You might remember this post where I laid out my lofty plans.

1. Reading.

I actually impressed myself on this front and did more reading this Summer than I have in years. I can't believe I let this hobby slip away from me from time to time and I shutter to think of all the books I have missed out on when I have been in a 'lazy reader' phase. Just about everything I read was good and a few things were great. My favorite read of the season was The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz. That one is going on the favorites list for sure. What were your favorite reads this Summer?

2. Travel. oops I forgot to do this one. Remember how I said I was going to learn my way around Minneapolis? yeah, that didn't quite happen. But hey,  I can always make that my Autumn goal, right?

3. Bike riding. YES! I didn't get out every single day but I'd say just about 2-3 times per week which is pretty good for me. I'm already sad about putting it away when the weather turns so I guess I better squeeze in a few more rides before that happens.

4. Quilts. Well...I didn't get as far as I wanted. I did get almost all the quilting on one of the quilts done and then got ...distracted. Is it normal to take 3+ years to make two twin sized quilts?

5. Visitors. Yes, the highlights of our Summer! Thanks everyone who made the journey!

6. House browsing. Okay, I failed on this front as well. I promised just to look and not buy but then...
Well, we bought a house.

I know I know, it's a little nutty. I really fell hard for this one and just felt like we should move on it before someone else did. So we did and we got it and we move tomorrow! It wasn't exactly what we planned to do but we do feel a certain sense of destiny with this house in spite of a lot of stress that has come along with the closing process we feel like it's 'meant to be'. And yes, this means that for the past few weeks I have been packing up everything we own for the second time in a year but I swear, I am not doing this again for at least another decade, if not more. Seriously.

I'll be in internet limbo for a few days and then I hope to get settled and maybe even share some photos! 

I hope you all are looking back fondly on your Summer and looking ahead with eager anticipation to the coming Fall!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

new beginnings

Yesterday was the big day folks - Back to School! Little Adam started preschool with great enthusiasm and excitement. That certainly made that first drop off easy for me. Yep, I think he is going to do juuuuuuust fine. Plus it's only two afternoons a week so I am pretty sure he can handle being away from me for that long - I mean, I'm cool and all but I'm not that cool. His teachers seem to be about as sweet as is humanly possible and they also seem to LOVE their jobs so what more could I really ask for?
Peter rather reluctantly started third grade. I think that will be fine too but it's so hard at that age to leave behind the sleeping in, staying up late, playing outside, riding bikes and all the other fun that Summer brings. I remember what a tough transition that was at that age and I don't envy him. On the other hand, after a Summer of spending all day with his mother and 3 yr. old brother, I think he will welcome a chance to hang with the big kids and do 8 yr. old boy stuff for a change.

And of course you know what all of this really means, don't you? That I will have about 4 hours each week completely to myself!! I'm pretty excited about that as you might guess. I had a list a mile long of things I wanted to do that first day (this post being one of them) but only got through about 3 of them. Oh well, I will have to learn to pace myself and plan realistically. It's going to be good!