It’s been a great fall, and also a really weird one. I’ve stepped away from a few organizations I was really involved with because I just need a break. I’ve made some big decisions about work. And we hosted a great Thanksgiving.
Another year finished. It’s been a draining week; we had a family crisis with one of my relatives this week, and it’s been emotional. But then suddenly today Hannah was finishing up her last year in the toddler room at her school. Next year she’ll be in the primary room (ages 3-6). Two full years with the best teacher, and she’s grown so much and changed so much.
Seriously, I am just finishing things left and right. LIKE A BOSS. I finished Maggie’s wedding quilt and got it in the mail (photos once it’s reached its destination). I finally mailed off a magazine quilt that had fallen through the cracks. I also mailed off a handmade gift for a new mom friend (again, photos later) that should’ve been delivered last month.
I have to admit this to myself, overall. April was not too shabby. In the thick of things April (and really March, too) felt like a hill we’d never get over. There have been work/life balance stresses and Hannah preschool stresses, and having a three-year-old stresses. When Hannah turned 3 in March it was like a switch flipped and an obstinate, boundary-pushing, bedtime-hating little stranger appeared. We’ve also been sick in waves, and none of us were getting any sleep for at least a couple of weeks.
Really, this past two weeks.
I ended the last one with a stomach bug, and the bug seems to have revisited me a bit this week. Plus, I had a debilitating migraine on Monday afternoon, which came on as I was driving home in the above freak snowstorm that came out of nowhere and dropped 3″ of snow on my car in a couple of hours. I couldn’t even get up to my mom’s to pick up Hannah, the roads were so bad. So she had a Nana sleepover while I spent almost an hour making my normally 15 minute drive home.
I have a lot of big goals for 2015, but January was a little much. Hannah’s been waking up at all hours, and we’ve had snow days, pinkeye, and my own stomach bug just this week keeping us so cooped up ever since the holidays. And really tired. There have been a lot of leggings and ponytails this month, which usually means mama’s too tired for laundry and hairdos. I missed a lot of outfit photos, and I’m fairly sure I was wearing yoga pants on all of the missed days.
Man, oh man, Fall. You’re a doozy this year. I bit off a lot–a new part-time teaching job, taking Hannah to 3 therapies a week, plus a HUGE feature that I worked on for 6 months. I just submitted it on Friday, so we’ll see how that goes down. It’s been so busy that I never posted about my other 2 magazine articles published this fall.
I wore real clothes this month! Lots of them. And a bunch of new dresses from Modcloth (love the cute prints) and eShakti (addicted to the custom sizing) that I bought for back to school.
Also, I went back to school.
Lots of things are happening around here. To start, these adorable mug rugs (featuring Laurie Wisbrun’s Perfectly Perched) are now available in my Etsy shop.
And then my last announcement is kind of a big one.
Here are a few things about April that I thought about while putting this month’s collage together:
- I forget about this project a lot, and April was definitely a regression into lots of yoga pants (those would probably be the days missing photos).
- I have really, really been digging striped shirts since I was pregnant with Hannah, after a lifetime of avoiding them.
- I need a haircut (scheduled for tomorrow!). Too many ponytails.
- It’s already May 7th, and I’m just getting to this post. Lots of THINGS happening here.
- I miss wearing dresses, but not that white eyelet dress (purchased for a specific purpose, not to be fabulous).