Monday, November 23

a winner... and sorting it all out.

I only had one person enter in my 300 giveaway. Maybe nobody read my blog during those three days, maybe nobody wanted free stuff, maybe the rules were too hard, I'm not sure. Anyway... congratulations to Lisa @ Life with 4!!!! I e-mailed you... so just answer and I'll get your package shipped off!

As for the sorting it all out. I am overwhelmed by some stuff happening here at our house. I won't bore you with the details, but I just feel a little out of control. It probably doesn't help that I've been spending my sewing time doing a lot of not-so-exciting commissioned stuff & prepping for my next craft show, not creating brand new stuff. I am always happier when I can create, not just produce. There's definitely a difference for me!

I read Mary Anne's post today and it just really hit me. I try and roll with the punches - I try to be a mellow mom. I have two grandmas nearby who don't work outside the home & are willing to spend time with my kids during the weekdays when I'm stressed about getting sewing jobs done. My house doesn't have to be spotless. My husband mops! (and an assortment of other REALLY helpful wonderful supportive things)
However, I still have things I'd like to work on...
-more one-pot meals. Unfortunately, I'm not much of cook anyway & don't really like my foods all mixed together. But it sure would make life easier!
-streamline the errands/ stores/ outings. My kids like hanging out at home (which hasn't always been true for my son). I should let them enjoy their toys, playing together, etc. more often.
-better solution to the fighting over toys problem. Unfortunately, Abby's a little young to understand the don't fight or it goes away rule that Mary Anne uses.

How do you keep it together??!!!! Please, any tips would be great!

A couple other things to look forward to... I'll be posting some new projects soon, looking forward to family time over the Thanksgiving weekend, and I'll be participating in the Sew Mama Sew Giveaway December 2nd.
See you all again soon!!


Lisa @ Life with 4! said...

How does that happen?! I'm the only person who entered?

I guess that's a good thing for me, right? Thanks so much, I'll check my email and reply soon!

Anonymous said...

Having 4 kids under 7, a fulltime job, a husband who works nights, and a love of scrapbooking...I can speak to being stressed....Put on your shoes and take a walk to clear your head. The mess will be there! The best tool I have to use is a timer....set it for 10-15 minutes and work like mad. It's amazing what you can do in a short amount of time when you know it will beep usually gets me going and then I can keep going!

Take care and good luck...the mess will be there in the morning!


MaryAnne said...

Wow, I can't believe you only had one entry into your giveaway! I didn't enter because you've already given me such nice things, I thought someone else should get a turn. I didn't think the entries you were asking for were at all complicated. I bet you will get a ton of entries into your Sew Mama Sew giveaway, and I can't wait to see your other new projects!

My fighting over toys rule only works because, in our house, Emma is the one who is possessive about toys and she is old enough to understand that rule. My sister puts toys that are fought over into time out and I did that when Emma was younger. It stopped working because she decided that she would rather have all the toys in time out than to let Johnny use them, but it might work for your two kids?

Emma didn't like being home at all until Johnny got old enough to play - maybe it's something kids with siblings like? I think November and December easily become overwhelming months for moms - there's so much holiday prep and it's frequently too cold for kids to play outside.