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Posted by Craftinfever at 6:26 PM
Monday, September 12, 2011
So, a project we started clear back in march is finally finished!!!
between lack of a quilting frame and morning sickness it took long enough. Mina's room is finally transformed into the elegant jungle she always wanted. Just in time to change it again to add her sister in October. haha. Actually, Mina is just going to add Zebra for the baby I think the baby quilt also turned out great! I can't believe my 10 year old has outgrown anything childish, or pink, or girly. sigh.......
Posted by Craftinfever at 11:18 AM
Sunday, September 4, 2011
Monday, August 22, 2011
My 2nd child is to be baptized on Sept 17, 2011I cannot believe I am old enough to have 3 kids let alone a 10 year old, an 8 year old and a soon to be 6 year old with one on the way in Oct. We are very blessed with amazingly good, bright, talented children!! Ben has been anxiously awaiting to be baptized since Mina was two years ago. It's finally his turn and it seems that all our great planning was undone by the miraculous surprise of a fourth child this year. instead of travelling up to Utah and having Ben baptized with most our family, we are unable to travel and have to have it here in Arizona. So far only a few family members can make it, but we really will take whatever we can get! I just want Ben to feel special, and know how proud I... we are of him. He is growing into an extraordinary young man. and yes he still has those amazingly long eyelashes and big beautiful brown eyes that get him pretty much anything he wants! ha! Not to mention his innate and exquisite negotiating skills. (I can't imagine where he got that from hahaha!) I am proud.... proud to be a mother. Proud to be a wife. In all my life in the pursuit of feminine rights, I never thought this would be the life I would ultimately want or choose. But... Jason was different than other men I had met. He melted my heart with an over abundance of love and yet kept the respect for my need to individuality. he loved... loves my strong spirit and supports my desires in anything I pursue. He encouraged me to at least finish my associates degree and helped me pursue my Bachelor until for a time it became too much to pursue. He is willing at anytime to help me find a way back knowing my ultimate goal is a doctorate...(kids and timing allowing of course) But in the meantime, he has patiently endured and supported my need of accomplishment and picked up the slack I left while pursuing a career in opera and music. I did love the people I'd met and worked with and will go back someday, but looking at it from the eyes of my children I knew I needed to take a break and be a mom. I never regret that decision. I know many people look at it as a defeat or that I'm giving up and wasting my potential. But... I did not become a mother just to do it halfway. I will not be half in and half out on this job... yes JOB. Motherhood is the most important job a woman can have seeing as we are raising future leaders. I was sick when I realized I was part of a society that no longer cares about morals and values enough to teach them to their own kids. A society that instead of remaining involved in the raising and educating of their children leaves it to television and other electronics, or other people. A society where homes and material things are worth more to them than the relationships of their family. Children do not know their parents because they are placed in daycare from birth, then school, then kicked out to college or whatever, without being properly prepared. But then we as adults are angry they don't turn out the way we expect. How ridiculous! If we are to change this society, we must again become active parents. Children are not dolls to dress up for family pictures once a year and claim on taxes only to be ignored and sent away for the remainder of the time. They are human beings, amazing creations unmatched by anything in the modern science world today! The miracle of their life is obvious alone in the genetic make-up of the body... prevalent in the far advanced functions and the untapped potential of the human brain. Whether we like to admit it or not, these young people are learning everything there is to know about us and our behaviors simply by watching us. They are becoming us, down to our very last flaw. So.. a society that lives with the belief that consequences don't apply to our generation is in turn teaching the younger generation there are no consequences. Eventually leading our society into a downward spiral inevitably leading to a crash of depression era proportions. Surprised? We shouldn't be... history repeats itself again and again. As a human race however, we do have the hope of recovery and again the establishment of morals, values, and industry as well as a renewed sense of responsibility. All this renewal and hope is impossible until people realize the need to return to simplicity. The turning back to our instinctual nature and becoming what we as humans were initially intended for... family grouping. Yes, the basic animalistic structure of families. Parents teaching children proper behavior, fulfilling emotional and physical needs, and preparing them for life as the cycles repeat. Interestingly enough, for any higher brain functions we humans posses over animals you never see the animal kingdom plummet into chaos... without our interference obviously. Yet we as a civilized society crash again and again. It comes down to choice, pure and simply. We choose to ignore common cause and effect, we justify and rationalize, crash, then turn back again to basic instinct only to start the process over time and time again. Anyway, that is my perspective on life take it or leave it. That is why I feel so strongly about being a stay home mother if at all possible, and why I feel such a heavy weight of responsibility upon my shoulders as a mom. Is what I'm doing enough to prepare them for the society they will be dealing with in their generation? Is it enough to help them understand the importance of parenthood and give them the skills they need to become active parents? I won't know until they themselves become the parents.. but I can hope and pray that each day I try... I get one day closer to bettering their future. Each time I make the choice to forgo a selfish desire to teach a principle, or provide for the future generations needs, I teach them how important they really are. Obviously no one is perfect, but at least I know... even if no one else ever sees the importance of my work as a mom.. that what I did for my children had meaning. My sacrifices will not be in vain. I will not be remembered on a plaque, or my name placed on any beautiful architecture, and no one may even remember me after I leave this world. But, hopefully my children will grow with the knowledge that they were loved and they were more important to me than anything else this world had to offer. Hopefully.. that is enough.
Posted by Craftinfever at 12:00 PM
Sunday, March 27, 2011
Life doesn't always go the way you want it. I know this very well unfortunately from experience. But sometimes life can end up better than you planned because it went that different path. I just woke up this morning and looked around realizing.... My life is completely opposite of all my lofty plans from 12 years ago, and yet I couldn't be happier. No my life is not stress free... HA. But, I never knew I would love being married and a mom this much! I really did marry my best friend who in many ways is my own private superhero... I wish I could draw as well as him so I could illustrate my point haha. Really... I do love being married to my soulmate. And, for anyone who knows my kids... you know I'm not just saying this because I'm their mom... I really do have great kids. They are amazing! Talented, smart, well behaved, responsible, independent, creative, FUN! I do feel bad a lot for all they have had to go through... But I also know it's Gods way of molding them into the amazing people they are meant to become... The amazing people they are! I love them. I am in AWE of them daily. How did I get to be so lucky to be their mom? And why on Earth do they love me so much? haha. I'll take it!
Posted by Craftinfever at 10:11 AM
Monday, February 21, 2011
I love baking... not eating... just baking. I know strange for someone not to like sugar cookies and cupcakes. But really... not my favorite. Now, fresh baked cherry pie or chocolate chip cookies? That's another story. I was really glad to volunteer to make cupcakes for Jasons work party and Mina's daddy daughter valentine dance. I got to make these fun and VERY PINK cupcakes. the tops are melted and molded chocolates. obviosly the brown are milk chocolate and the various shades and marbled pinks are white chocolate with food coloring. I actually made double chocolate and vanilla flavored cupcakes but it looks like this only shows the chocolate. We love target for holiday sprinkles. they have new sprinkles for every holiday!!
Of course we made shaped cookies again this year! I think this may be the kids favorite tradition since every year we add a clearance cookie cutter to our collection to use the "next time" haha. Anyway, this year we made chocolate sugar cookies just to try it. I must admit they turned out yummy! But they were softer and more cake like, than chewey in the middle- crunchy on the outside cookie I generally like.Still... there wasn't a crub left on the plate when people were done with them.
Here are the tissue paper pom poms and our lovely decorations... including a christmas light border around the sliding door! Mina of course just ate a candy that dyed her mouth the color of her shirt! haha. Even Ben and Nate got into the fun of decorating all girly like. haha! They punched the mini heart confetti that went on our centerpiece. Don't mind the messy kitchen... we are busy playing!
Posted by Craftinfever at 2:52 PM