Monday, January 30, 2012

Creative Journey - A Daily Dose of Creativity Week 4

In the new year I posted a goal to be creative everyday. I started this weekly post as a means to keep me accountable with my goal of being creative everyday. This week I was very productive at creating things and taking pictures. I find I am much more productive when keeping myself accountable.

Monday working on the hat I started on Saturday night.

Monday night I sewed up this quick cowl.

Tuesday I made this interchangeable headband for a co-worker daughter.

I also created a bunch of birthday cards and thank you cards for family.

Birthday card

Thank You card

Birthday card

Birthday card

Thank You card

Wednesday I worked a bit on the hat but I didn't get any pictures. I spent the day getting ready to meet with Monkey's Principal to discuss a possible learning disability.

Thursday I worked on the hat some more and created a drawing for Monkey to work on her fine motor skills.

Friday the hat is finished, just need to work on the pieces to turn it into an owl hat.

Saturday I was working on an ear piece and writing a blog post.

Saturday Rock and I got creative int he kitchen and made some garlic knots to take to a friend's house for dinner.

Sunday I worked on ears and beaks for the owl, still have the eyes to work on.

Thanks for checking out my week. If you have worked on any creative projects over the last week, link up below and share.

Wishing you a creative week,

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Muffin's 4th Birthday Party

Poor Muffin is definitely our middle child and the one who has her birthday after Christmas.  By the time her birthday roles around I'm crafted out from Christmas that I don't get my act together in time to make her invites.  Last year I mailed out store bought invites, this year the poor, deprived child had a facebook invite sent out.  I am such a bad mommy.  That said to make up for it I did make her a fondant cake like she asked completed with homemade fondant.

The cake

The Birthday Girl, I tried to get a picture of her with the pin I made her for her birthday and headband but it didn't stay on her long. she was also wearing a skirt grandma made her but it was itchy so after maybe 10 minutes she changed into leggings. (in the background you can see the decorations I made for the girls birthdays).

Cake time.

After opening her presents the box that held the doll her Pawpaw sent up for her was the best toy.

It wasn't as homemade and special as I would have liked but we all had a good time. Muffin was blessed by all the family and friends that attended. We are all truly blessed.


Saturday, January 28, 2012


On the 26th I weaned Muffin. It was her 4th birthday on Thursday and we had been talking about it for months. Her 4th birthday was to be the last day that she gets milkies. 

When I started nursing over 7 years ago, my goal was to nurse monkey for a year. It seemed like an acceptable amount of time. When Monkey was months old I attended a playgroup (with a great group of moms who I still rely on for help parenting). I remember seeing a mom nurse her 2 year old and I thought, good for her but I would never be able to do that. Fast forward to Monkey's first birthday. I knew she wasn't ready to wean and so we embarked on the journey of extended nursing. Things were going great, she still needed to nurse.  So when I got pregnant with Muffin it seemed natural to continue nursing her and then when Muffin was born I could just stop like that and make her feel like milkies stopped because of her sister.  I tandem nursed them for 10 months and the summer before her 4th birthday we started to talk about when she would be done. We chose her 4th birthday.  The day of her birthday we nursed for the last time and it was a great smooth transition.

Fast forward a few years ahead and in the summer I have the same conversation  Muffin. we talked about how on her 4th birthday she would be a big girl and she'd have no more milkies. The closer it got to the big day, the more often we talked about it. I figured it would be a smooth transition like it was with Monkey.

Thursday was her birthday, we had Chinese food for dinner like the Birthday girl requested. Muffin and daddy had baked a birthday cake together and it was dessert. After dinner we had our last tandem nurse together; it wasn't exactly like I would have liked, Tutu and Muffin were fighting, pushing each other off.  Later on I had some quiet time with Muffin and we talked about  it being her last time to nurse. With crazy bedtimes I wasn't sure if we would have one more chance or not. We didn't but at least we had this time.  When Muffin went to bed I was nursing Tutu who woke up.  We never had that last moment before she went to sleep.  I cried when I found out she went to bed without one last time. As much as I was looking forward to only nursing one child again, it was sad that my girl is growing up and starting to become a big girl. I know she will always depend on me but this was one thing that only I could provide her. It was out special time.

To say that it's been an easy transition would be an understatement. Muffin doe not like the idea of weaning. She has been begging me for milkies. It breaks my heart because it's obvious she still needs it but I also need a break. It was getting tiring nursing the 2 of them, I tandem nursed them for almost 2 years. I"m going to give it  a few more days and re-evaluate the situation. I can admit that it was the wrong time for her.  Parenting isn't a one size fits all solution. This may only be temporary, in the end I need to do what's best for all of us.


Thursday, January 26, 2012

Happy 4th Birthday Muffin

 I can't believe how time flies, my little Muffin turns 4 today.  What a blessing it is to be your mom and to watch you grow into this lovely little girl.  You keep me on my toes, you are a vibrant ball of energy, you are so kind and caring. You love your brother and sister so much. You do sometimes get the short end of the stick between the school issues with your sister and your brother being so young but you take it in stride. You make me proud to be your mama.

Year 1

Year 2

 Year 3

Year 4


Thank you for being such a sweet girl. I can't wait to see what you grow up to be.  Keep making me proud,