Saturday, December 09, 2006

Where has the time gone?

That is a good question. I don't think I have anything to show for the last two weeks. It has been a time of just keeping my head above water. My husband was out of town for a couple of days, and that was crazy.

We did get a new kitchen table and chairs this week. I went to Ikea last week to scope things out. I figure with 4 kids, we don't need a $3000+ kitchen set. My kitchen table is used for painting, playdough, cutting and pasting, etc. more than for eating. So I decided semi-disposable was the way to go. I took Dave back on Thursday, and he brought home the table and eight chairs. Since it is wood, it added to the log cabin look in our kitchen. I have decided to wait until after the holidays to redo the kitchen. It was just too much stress in an already busy time.

Monday I am going outlet shopping. I hope to find Christmas table cloths for both the dining room and kitchen tables. The dining room table is an odd size, and the only table cloth that I have that fits it correctly was made from a sheet by my mother, probably 40 years ago. (Can you imagine that a white table cloth has lasted that long?) I also need Christmas presents for a number of people. I am just not very organized this year.

I did manage to get baby announcements sent this week. I had visions of doing something artsy and wonderful, ala Debra's Christmas booklets last year. (I was going to link to the post from last year, but I cannot find her archives. Suffice it to say, in true Debra style, these were wonderful!) Ha Ha Ha! We went with some from Target that could go through the computer printer. This week I am going to do the Christmas cards, which are from Hallmark, and not so artsy, either. I just need to get a decent picture of the kids. I tried at the aquarium a couple of weeks ago. However, in the ones the kids look good, the Belugas are no where in sight and it looks like the kids are standing in front of an empty tank of water. In the ones with the whales, the kids are looking the wrong way because, well, there are whales behind them that they want to see. I may morph two pictures together. You know, cut the whales out of one and add them to the good one of the kids.

On the quilting front, I did draw out the first in the series of family values political quilts that I have planned. I also made a list of themes for 3 more in the series. I am very jazzed about these quilts that will probably hang no where but my house.

My friend Becca will have a quilt in the Houston show next year. Check out her blog to see her wonderful seashore quilt. I love that crab. Also, when you read about her communications volunteer work, that was my job last year, but she has taken it to the next level. So far, my volunteering this year has consisted of baking some cookies and reading to the class twice.

That is all from here. Now I am going to go make tyvek snowflakes with the kids to hang on the back porch.


Debra Spincic said...

Thanks! I think Debra is going the commercial card route this year!

My sewing machine table is wooden and from IKEA (all my studio stuff is from there). They have some very good values for growing families. Wise idea!

Rian said...

Sounds like you have your hands full this year! (Gee, ya think?) Good luck on the shopping!

Granny Fran said...

I can see why you are keeping so busy. Thanks for linking us to Rebecca's "Sally Sells Sea Shells". That is such a cute quilt.

Beth said...

I just got a new table and chairs, and like you, I saw no point in getting an expensive one. I think we paid $150 for the whole thing. I know it's not going to last, but it's not meant to.

You've got a really full plate, Mama. How's it going with the little one? I can't believe 3 years has passed since we had our 'baby'. Where has all the time gone?

Jane Ann said...

How can you say you have nothing to show for the last two weeks? Has the baby been misplaced? Noooooo. Are you still capable of stringing multi-word sentences together? Yeessss. Lighten up on yourself, girl. The biggest thing you need is sleep so your brain can refuel. Sounds like a great two weeks to me. Stay the course. (Uh-oh; sorry.)

Susan said...

You are certainly a busy person! I'd like to hear a few more details about your family values quilts. Sounds like an interesting series.

Debra Spincic said...

I came over here to confess. I made the Christmas booklets last night but they are not as detailed as last year. Phew! that feels better.

Does Sam have an elf cap? Kiss him for us all!

Scrapmaker said...

My goodness, but you have done an amazing amount. Wasn't that your dining room makeover a few posts back? And aren't you the young mother with a fairly NEW baby? I seem to recall that just getting showered was a challenge when I had a new infant. You're doing GREAT! Jen
P.S. IKEA is great, I think of them as selling guilt free furniture. If you can stand to put it together, you have a heck of a bargain.

Deb H said...

I made all my cards this year & had them out by Nov. 30th. Very unusual for me!

I don't know how you get anything done, & your house looks so nice! With a new baby & all those kids! My house was always a mess & I never got anything done when I had 3 kids at home!