Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Getting a Grip

Blogging has taken on a different look and feel for me now that the school year is in full swing. I know I've said it already, but having a middle schooler is soooooo different. She has adjusted much quicker than I have that's for sure. I feel like I need to clone myself, I know I already did, that's not who I'm referring to at the moment. I need a clone who can drive, cook, do 5th grade homework, and get up happily at the crack of dawn. My 'fly by the seat of my pants' ways are catching up with me. I find myself preaching to her about having a schedule, planning better, thinking ahead, yada, yada, yada. I need to get a grip here people. I've been a lousy example. I'm out of my element for sure. But guess what? Luckily I have people around me that have done this before, that are doing it currently and who have way more responsibilities in total than I have. It's time to listen and learn. So in the absence of a more daily blog, here are some highlights of the week so far.

Upward Basketball wrapped up it's season on Saturday. It was a great season for Myah, she loved it. What's not to love about Upward. Lesson here, the fall season is the ticket, six weeks opposed to 10 in the dead of winter. Win win.

I helped Deer Slayer with his weekly On Target program at the Middle School. Check out the kid far right, I think someone is pleased with himself.

Myah needed a costume for dance class last night. I threw this one together in a half hour. A dress up bin dress, tiara and iron on letters, the possibilities are endless. I let her pick her title, this dress had a tropical feel to it we thought and could be worn with flip flops, a plus.

The bedroom is all kinds of disarray, but progressing. I need to get out and pick a paint color.

I worked most of the day yesterday on this little number. In contrast to my easy going, do whatever you want to mom, 10 year old, the youngest member of this house has definite opinions and ideas when it comes to costumes. She formulates early, researches books and inspects my work. She trys to motivate me early and asks lots of questions along the way, just to keep me on track you know. God has a sense of humor and I have a feeling he finds much of the interaction between me and my youngest, very funny. Those of you who know me and know her undoubtedly do as well. I am happy to say that this cute dress and cape made the cut, whew. The Egyptian costume I labored over last year however, did not. You never know. And yes, I am lucky enough to have a child size dress form. I found it years ago in an antique store in Upstate NY, and couldn't wait until the kids got big enough for me to use it. In the years of costuming for 34west I have gathered quite a collection of left over bits and bobs just waiting to be made into something new. I love recycling textiles and notions, it's so rewarding to be able to come up with another entire costume out of things you already have. I know... it's the small things, they keep me goin people. Speaking of the small things, I think a trip to the farm market might be in order today......

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