Friday, February 6, 2015

Linnea's room

I started and finished a sewing project 2 weekends ago. It was single digits out and we were cozy here at home. The kids wanted to sew too and I let them do what they pleased with the scraps. Every time I got up to iron, one of them sat down at my machine to sewing something.  It was pretty fun.

Here are 2 lousy iphone photos of some their projects:

Here is my project, a wall pocket quilt:

It only took two afternoons to complete, but it has taken me a week and a half to post any pictures!  It felt wonderful to get out my forgotten fabrics and make something again.  I have a stack of other projects to work on next and I am excited about them all. I have quilt tops finished for the boys' beds and a quilt top started for Linnea's bed. I am eager to get those done and on their beds for them.

Meanwhile, here are a few photos of Linnea's room.  I like her room and so does she.  We still have curtains to hang, she kind of needs a dresser and maybe a bigger rug, but for now, the room is quite comfortable.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Sinking in

We moved in over 2 months ago, and despite requests, I have yet to post anything about it or even share photos.  At the end, the stress of building and moving took its toll on me, in a big way, and I am still recovering.  We moved in and celebrated the winter holidays and now we are relaxing and finding our new rhythm.  I thought I might miss the building process and wondered what I would do with myself after it was all done, but right now I just want to move on.  I might like to be involved in home building, just not my house.

We are all sinking into this new life.  Our days are our own again. I am enjoying being a family, cooking, running, sewing, reading and playing with the kids, having friends over, and just living in a house where sun streams through the windows in January.

We have quite a list of up-coming projects, because the house is only mostly done (so many built-ins to come). It's not yet decorated, fully organized or photo-ready, but it doesn't matter.

I just like being here. I like our family here.  I like being a mom and wife here.  I like being me here.

What I have been trying to wrap my brain around, is that we created a reality from my daydreams. And now, instead of daydreaming all the time, I find myself exactly where I have wanted to be for the last 15 years.  I feel at home, in the deepest sense.

I know it is just a house, but it's not. It is the home and life I have been looking for my entire life; Dan, our kids, Alaska. Our life is different here, our family is different here. Moving 3/10ths of a mile changed us and made our family better.  How do you put all that in a Facebook post?

So, here we are, enjoying life and feeling grateful.

I still daydream, in a lovely new spot.  I am excited to figure out what is next for our family.