This is the first year David wore a costume for more than 3 minutes. It helps that he wants to play Toy Story all the time anyway, so this Woody costume had already seen some playtime action in the past week, long before trick or treating.
Norah wore this same costume last year and it still fit, so I figured, what the heck. Halloween is not my favorite holiday so I'm pretty loathe to spend a lot of extra cash on something that doesn't get much use. Plus it's still adorable. Bonus.
Sometimes I forget I have a blog. I mean, not really... but you know. Writing here just comes last some days. To all this other stuff.
I'm sweeping. Always sweeping. Cooking, baking: giant vats of homemade macaroni and cheese with broccoli, and mashed potatoes, and apple pies. Driving to preschool, and the zoo, and the gym, Starbucks, roller derby. Painting animals on the Noah's Ark wall for our new church nursery. Folding tiny t-shirts. Making sure the kids don't strangle each other. Throwing leaves in the air and yelling "LEAF PARTY!!!" (It's the newest craze sweeping the nation! Or at least the 2 smallest members of the Licht household.) Watching superhero movies with Mike. Reading. Drinking wine and drawing, a necessity for me at the end of each day.
Basically? I'm living the dream. I feel incredibly lucky for this little life of mine.
What are we up to this month?
David has started preschool and seems to be happy with it. In true boy fashion, he won't tell me much about it other than, "I played trains. Miss Carrie sang with us. I ate my snack." Okay. He is obsessed with Angry Birds, and as I wrote on instagram earlier this week, I came up with a real-life sidewalk chalk version so we could all play. I still don't really get the "rules" David came up with, but we have fun anyway. Other current obsessions for David are Honey Kix cereal and the Wild Kratts show on PBS.
Norah is turning into a real, tiny, human person these days. She says a ton of words, has her own set of very clear likes and dislikes. David was always a picker eater but Norah is our little piggie. I hear the word "more!" a lot out of this girl. She loves to explore and play with kitchen utensils and push the little shopping cart up and down the sidewalk. Her most favorite thing ever is the play kitchen in David's preschool room, which unfortunately means I have to carry her screaming out of the room after I drop him off in the mornings.
David and Norah have been playing together so well lately. They love jumping on the bed and knocking down block towers and chasing each other around the house. Classic sibling stuff! So much of what they do together brings back hazy early childhood memories of me and my older brother when we were young. It's fun to watch them and brings such a relief to me after months of never being able to leave them alone in the same room together.
Mike is just Mike, doing Mike stuff, being a hard worker and good husband. Last weekend he and David flew to Minneapolis to watch a Twins game with my brother and family, and they had such a fantastic time. Good boy's weekend.
And me. I haven't been drawing/collaging as much lately, but it comes and goes. Last week I got a huge box of vegetables from a family friend in Iowa so I've been cooking my way through it. I made a few batches of this Chocolate Zucchini Bread, so amazing. We've had squash gratin and pasta with squash and my modified version of this vegetable pizza. And I bought my first butternut squash of the season, so it's officially Fall in my kitchen.
I've been reading more, too. I finally picked up The Pale King and am loving falling back into the rhythms of David Foster Wallace's writing. I borrowed a book from my mom called Women's Diaries of the Westward Journey, which makes me feel extreme gratitude for everything in my life, like the fact I didn't have to give birth to a baby on a covered wagon and then climb a mountain 2 days later, while half the people around me are dying of dysentery.
So that's us. How are you?
We wake up pretty early around here. By that I mean, the kids wake up early, and the adults are just kind of coerced into being up too. At this point in my life I consider anything past 6:45 a luxurious sleep-in.
Being up early has its benefits though. Morning is always a beautiful time of day to be outside, but the late summer/early fall morning light is particularly nice.
Looking through this set of pictures has made me happy. We've been fairly busy lately (all good and happy stuff!) but my introverted self is feeling a little overwhelmed with all the activity and to-dos. I really need these kind of peaceful early mornings with the kids, and quiet evenings alone, to feel like the best version of myself.
Sometimes I wonder how I'll deal with the kids getting bigger and being involved in more activities. Or what would happen if I ever went back to work full or part time. Basically I freak out if there is more than one thing on our calendar per day. So I'm asking you, how do you handle busy-ness?
This was going to be a post about messes and whining and how much I detest (DETEST!!) sippy cups. But I can't do it. I can't complain*. They really are good and cute kids most of the time.
(*Okay, maybe I can complain about one thing? David says the word Mommy at least 500 times a day. I counted and once he said it 37 times in the span of 3 MINUTES. It is probably about the most annoying thing in my life right now.)
Alright, complaint done. Now for some pictures.
Plus, the back of Norah's curly head is my most favorite thing in the entire universe right now.
We've been doing a little too much of this lately. I think spending so much time inside when it was 95-100 degrees out for weeks put us in a bit of a rut. But we all feel much happier when we spend more time outside. So yesterday I put out our little kiddie pool and the kids had fun.
Norah's hair is ADORABLE these days, but so unruly. It's not quite long enough for pigtails and she always pulls barettes out. Any tips from moms of older girls?
Playing in the pool is fun for the kids but it makes me feel like all I do is sit nearby and repeat the same three things. "Don't drink pool water!! Don't splash your sister! Put that hose down!!" Over and over.
And also, "get that water away from my camera!" So. The camera doesn't stay out for too long.
Okay: Project Life. If you poke around the crafty parts of the internet at all, you've probably heard of this quite a bit in the last year. It's a scrapbooking system created by Becky Higgins. From what I can tell, there are a lot of "rules" about how you're "supposed" to do Project LIfe, but if you know me, you know. . . I hate when people tell me what to do. So, my Project Life is kinda different.
First off, I've chosen to focus on a few months: May, September, December, and March (2013). I'm going to try to keep up and take notes on those months. And other months? Well, if I work on it, fine, if not, that's okay too. I've noticed a lot of scrapbookers losing speed with the project, and I think this will help me to not feel overwhelmed by it. Plus those months cover a lot of important holidays and events in our family.
Second, I'm using a smaller format. I'm super grateful to Jamaica for posting her pages and especially this post about how she uses the page dividers. 12x12 is a size that has never felt right to me and it was when I first saw her smaller pages that I thought I could attempt this whole shebang. The pages are approximately 8x8 and I'm keeping them in a Kolo album (pricey, but worth it). I'll admit it's kind of a pain to have to cut the dividers down and repunch the holes, but I love the way this looks so I'm making it work.
I started in late April and have a lot of May finished already. Here's the first part of what I have so far.
I LOVE how the Crafternoon spread turned out.
The brown envelope holds some extra photos from the Crafternoon weekend.
I'm also really excited about how the instagram pages turned out. I used slide protector pages (cut down to size) and I just adore the way it looks.
More instagrams, and then a few pages about a church retreat I went on.
I kind of just cut page protectors down randomly sometimes. The May month divider is one of those. Once again, with the rules following issue...:)
I've been trying to take some self portrait photos here and there. Because normally I'm the one behind the camera and wouldn't make many appearances otherwise.
Another spread I'm really happy with. The colors came together beautifully.
As you can see, I'm not into a lot of embellishments or stickers or special paper. (Part of this is graphic design OCD, I never feel 100% satisfied with most scrapbooking products because I secretly think I could design them better myself. Probably not true, but you know. ) I did buy a few sheets of Hambly overlays, a set of Project Life cards by Jamaica, and most of the text is written on Paper Source label paper which I cut to size, or x-acto as silhouette text myself. Oh, and Target washi tape. Other than that, it's just photos and my handwriting. I love it that way. Simple and personal.
I do need to work a little harder on adding more text. I've kept track of funny things David says or sweet family moments. I'm not sure how I'm going to add those in though. It might just end up being all stuck in an A9 envelope I punch holes in and fill up at random intervals.
So that's my Project Life! I know a few of you wondered how it was going so I hope you enjoy the update. I'll be sure to keep posting as sets of pages are finished.
I'm happy to be home but I already miss it there terribly.