Tuesday, March 3, 2015

March 2

Evelyn and I put some succulents into a new pot and crammed in a bunch of fairy garden things in with them.

See if you can spot both of the plants.

We have already made up 3 stories about the fairy, her garden, and Evelyn.

Cody rearranged the freezer.

Evelyn has been in bed for 30 minutes and is still calling to us to come in her room so she can talk to us. Even she is bored with it.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Sock drawer(s)

Tonight I came home (late) to a house that was just...not something I wanted to come home to after a long, long day full of rough, rough things. So on top of unloading and reloading the dishwasher, rearranging items in the freezer so that the door would close all the way, folding the rest of the clothes Cody had washed, sweeping, vacuuming, and talking to Evelyn about whatever it is I normally talk to her about, I cleaned out my underwear drawer.  And then I cleaned out Evelyn's.

In my case, I needed to get rid of some old underpants and get all of my socks and tights into general areas.  I'm not big on strictly regimented drawers, but it was nice to discover I have more socks than I thought now that they're all in the same corner of my drawer. I also rediscovered that I used to use that drawer to hide anything and everything back when Evelyn was going through a super-nosy time, so it was a good chance to clean out the chocolate and batteries I had.

Seriously, I think there was a cell phone battery in there. Whyyyyyy?

With Evelyn's drawer, I had to go through outgrown socks and pajamas.  She picked out some pajamas to go to Ellis.  I gathered up baby hairbows and pacifier clips and itty bitty socks (socks that, let's be honest, she probably wore last summer) and sorted them into throwaway and donate piles.  I found her bathing suits and she put one on to wear for the rest of the evening.  Backwards.

Okay, really I just needed to exert some control over my environment and enjoy some order and tangible results.  I don't get that a lot and it's probably my very favorite thing. Evelyn found a rattle that she wants to give her baby cousin, Nora, and I'm glad she wants to pass on her baby toys.  This is someone who didn't want to throw away a bottle of baby lotion we haven't put on her in probably a year and now has it sitting in the middle of her train set.  It's a relief to know that can watch me declutter without freaking out about some of her things going away.  Because some of her things did go away, but she knows that she has plenty left for herself (and now I can find it!!) and her things can still be enjoyed by other people.

And really, who wouldn't want to give a little giraffe rattle or something to that little chub face?

Friday, February 27, 2015

Skeleton stories

Evelyn has been asking me to make up stories about her lately, and tonight she's been wearing her skeleton costume and I've been telling this story (with a few additions from her) over and over tonight while she acts it out.  I thought it would be fun to write it down:

Once upon a time, there was a little skeleton who lived in a big city.  Her name was Evelyn June Skeleton, and she lived with her family.  They all loved each other very much.  She liked to visit the library, she liked to grow plants, she liked to play with her grandparents, and she liked to build puzzles.

She also liked being very, very spooky.

One night, Evelyn crept out of the city and into the woods of a nearby state park.  She silently walked deep into the woods, over leaves and branches and rocks.  When she came to just the right place, she pulled her telescope out of her bag to look at the full moon.  She studied the moon and the stars.  It was a cold and windy night, and she was so happy to be outdoors.

When she was done looking at the moon and the stars, she packed up her telescope and began creeping back through the woods.  She saw owls and possums and racoons.

Then! She saw a campfire.  A family of campers was gathered around the fire.  Evelyn came closer.  The owls said "hoo hoo".  And Evelyn said "hoo hoo".

"Did you hear something?" one of the campers asked.  Just as the family started to look around, Evelyn jumped out of woods and into the light!  The campers screamed with fear.  Evelyn screamed with happiness.  She jumped over the fire and back into the woods.  She watched from a high tree as the campers searched for her.

Then when she was ready, she went home.  She spookily climbed into her cozy bed, pulled up her warm covers, and fell asleep.  It was a perfect, spooky night.

The End.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Yarn and meat

From this weekend onward, I got to work on knitting and crocheting up some partial skeins of Patons Roving yarn that I had leftover from projects/balls wound up from unraveled projects.  I made a hat for myself from this Purl Bee pattern, a pinkish hat for Evelyn where I was just kind of winging it, and the granny squares are going to be a tea pot cozy for Cody once I get finished with some seaming and fiddling around.

I also knit a hat for Ellis that used my brown and white scraps of Lion Brand Thick and Quick. Ellis currently only has one hat that fits him--okay, only one hat that I have made for him and I think that's all that matters--and I used the Split Brim Toddler Hat pattern that I love so much.

And I'm still plugging away on the sock yarn granny square blanket every now and then.  I'm up to 23 squares and I have a lot of tan yarn left. 


So.  The hat I made last night counts as getting rid of something for Lent.  And tonight I came home to find that Cody had used up the last of the frozen meatball mix (he got kind of carried away one time) and some cans of tomatoes for spaghetti sauce.  Man, I love when we store leftovers in the freezer and actually use them. So yay for using things up to make good things and yay for enjoying some tortellini with a different sauce!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Fits and starts

On Sunday night, Cody and I took on a bigger project of going through everything stored under our bed.  We threw out some papers, found some picture frames, added some books to our donation pile, and I went through some t-shirts for Evelyn.  Also, I had to wedge myself under the bed to replace a stander in the middle of the bed and nearly suffocated myself even though Cody was lifting the bed frame as much as he could without making the box spring mattress fall off the frame.  It was terrible, but cathartic to clear out some things I thought I'd already gotten rid of.

On Monday, Cody and Evelyn went through some boxes in her room.  Cody moved the crate that holds Evelyn's shoes, as well as the basket that holds her hats and scarves, to another part of her room that cleared up the flow of the room a bit.  When Evelyn was stalling sleep and sobbing hysterically at 11:30 last night, she said she wanted her room back the way it was and so I fixed it and then had to snuggle her for 30 or 40 minutes and sing Nickelback songs to her.

Tonight I went through the stacks of....whatever it is that gets piled up on my bedside table.  I put some of my books back on the shelf, found some more lotion (another fun discovery from cleaning out from under the bed: foot lotion! I'm going to have such beautiful feet!), and tossed some papers and placed some important copies of papers in a place where they're way less likely to get wrinkled or lost.

Cody thinks we should be fine to skip some weekdays and then schedule big projects for the weekends.  That just kind of fills me with a sense of dread and makes me want to procrastinate forever.  I like puttering in tiny fits and starts after Evelyn goes to bed. I do think some time soon we'll be doing a big going-through with her because she's very fixated on whether a toy is a baby toy or a big kid toy. 

This, for example, is a big kid toy.
She's apparently decided that anything that can even be remotely considered to be a baby toy needs to go to Ellis.  It looks like she's ready to move on!  I'm kind of excited, but also feel like maybe I should apologize to Laine.  Because girlfriend is feeling generous and Ellis is about to get some loud and obnoxious things.  And also several pairs of little girl pajamas.