Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Have a Seat...

...and enjoy a book, mocha, and the view!
So I have this cute window seat on my stairway - the general consensus from some is that this house was even designed around this seat.  I always wanted a cozy spot to sit, read, and look out the window, and when we built this house it was one of the things that we were able to put in this house.  There were other things that I had to whittle from my list of wants.  

Since moving in our house almost 5 years ago, this little bench has been rather hard.  It was never a huge priority to make it into what I had envisioned.  I've had this red fabric for years - purchased for curtains, but when the sun shown through the rosy glow was just too much.  I cut 2 pieces of memory foam out of an old mattress topper for the 'guts,' and the sewed up a casing!

It needs a pillow - which I have but was being used for something very important by the little people in this house.  And when they are quiet and entertained I do NOT mess with that.
 The biggest boy in this house has sat here almost every day since the cushion appeared {that is what they think}, and it makes me wonder why I never gathered all the supplies and did this years ago.  It seriously took me less than 2 hours to finish!
So now I am off to surf the web and relax in my lovely little nook.
Have a great day.

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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Baby Therapy

Stomp, stomp, stomp
Bang, Bang, Bang...
Mutter, mutter
Grouch, grumble, grouch

Does anyone else have mornings that start like this?  I am NOT a morning person, and I have a few kids who take after me - cranky in the morning. {In my defense, I am getting better at the am business, but I still do not enjoy being awake before 9am - I can handle 8a, but when the clock says anything earlier than 7:59a, I just want to gag.} 

This boy of mine is one of those kindred spirits and I always  mostly understand and am patient with his antics before school.  And usually he comes in the door smiling after school, so I just deal with the morning junk; secretly thinking the whole time - I feel your pain, buddy.

BUT, on a particular day last week my house sound like this after school:
Tease, Tease, Tease
"MOOOOOOOM" (the little boys)
{little chuckle}
Pick, poke, pick, poke
"WAAAA WAAA" (little boys again)
(enter bigger brother) - wrestle, crunch
wailing, crying, stomping
general cranky noise
More stomping
crab, crab, crab
talking through clenched teeth
And, supper time was looming.  So I lovingly and calmly called hollered and summoned the root of the entire problem to the living room and promptly handed the sleeping gem over to the problem!
Honestly, a sleeping baby is some of the best therapy around - it did not take long before the huffing and puffing and cranking quieted and calmed, all before my very eyes.  {Plus  I made supper with 2 hands!}  It melts my heart to watch my 3 bigger boys take an interest in their little sister, and even ask for her first thing when they get home.
So for those out there who wonder how a baby added to a house full of kids ever gets loved... please don't worry.  She is so loved that we need to set timers and break-up fights and deal with pouting all over the simple desire to hold this precious baby.

And when trouble, trials, or stress are dragging you down, there is no cheaper therapy than rocking a little baby - I feel so lucky!

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