31 July 2009

Evening alone

Last week Jeff was out of town for a couple of days, so I had my first taste of parenting three little boys all alone. It was a mildly crazy, chaotic day, but I survived. When at last I had two boys asleep for the night and one settled and asleep for his standard 2 hours or so, I found myself in a quiet house surrounded by the messes of the day. Instead of taking the time to straighten up or fold laundry, I made myself a big bowl of ice cream--and by bowl I mean the carton (um, yeah, losing that baby weight is going to start tomorrow), and sat down to sew.

With Joshua Radin playing on the ipod (thx Lis!), and the cool Oregon breeze coming through the window, I was in a little bit of heaven. But I think that's what should happen at the end of a day like that. Kids are where they should be--resting up to start all over tomorrow, and mamas are where they should be--doing something that makes them happy.

Here is what was started in that session (and finished in the days to follow):



  • Hats for my friend Amy who is going through chemotherapy right now. (thanks for asking me to make them, Amy!)
  • A new laptop cover for me like the one I made for Jeff
  • Striped sling made of a lighter, more breathable fabric than my other one for the hot days when all Henry and I do is sweat all over each other

7 comments:

J Hoyal said...

So glad you could have a lovely evening. Can't wait to see you!

Ilene said...

I'm a pro at those evenings by myself. I too like to eat a carton of ice cream...

Except I tend to watch t.v. instead of doing somethinng constructive like you.

What does taht say about me? I don't wanna know.

AMY AND MIKEY said...

I was hoping you'd post them so I could see them- they are so cute! I'm so excited! Thankyou so much!

The Fullmer Times & Seasons said...

You are so domestic! You always inspire me. You make everything seem so easy.

amy said...

hey your currently reading book looks interesting . is it any good? should i put it on reserve at the library?

Julie said...

I love the cute picture of you and Henry, and can't wait to see you both( and all of you.)

The Stefanek Quints said...

kudos to you and your ambition. i admire that. which reminds me, i still need to pick out fabric for that skirt...think you'll have another night alone soon? :)miss you