Where oh Where?

Oh my stars and bananas! It has been forever since I updated this blog! Shame on me!

Where oh where have I been? When I think back at what I've been doing since my last post - it's overwhelming! So much going on and yet, not so much has been going on. I'll try and summarize what we've been up to.

We traveled to McAllen, TX to introduce Fred-let to his Grandpa Beste, and Uncle Scott. He also got to meet his Aunt Bekki and her family (including all 4 of her children). We drove to South Padre Island a few times and enjoyed the coast. So relaxing!

We also traveled to California so that Steve could introduce Fred-let to Grandpa Russ, Grandma Jill and all of his Great-Grandparents (Fredric, Joyce, Charlie, and Muriel).

I started back to work on February 18th. Booo!

I also got sick the same week. Finally, round two of antibotics kicked the ick's hiney two weeks later and I got better. Of course, just in time for everyone else at our house to get sick.

I held my first combined Basic and Advanced Soldering class last week. It was fantastic and from what I've heard my students had a great time too. I think I'll be adding this style of workshop/class to my regular calendar in the very near future!

See, I was right! It sounds like so little, but really I've been going crazy busy for ages. I'm working on simplifying our home.

I'm not an "Opraphile" though I record her shows (thank you DVR!) and watch them on occasion. However, a few weeks ago she did a show on learning what we could live without. I wrote out two pages of notes, which is SOOOO not me. Seriously. I watch and it all goes in one ear and out the other. Except for this particular show.

I came to many, many realizations. One of which is that somewhere along the road, I started believing that if you have more, you're better or are doing better. I know, its crazy, but it's true. For years I've bought loads of craft supplies and other items because somehow I was thinking that if I had it all, I'd create better. In reality, all it does is stump my creativity because there are entirely too many options. If I can find them, that is.

You see, in addition to the above realization, I realized something else that shocked the heck out of me. I buy things. And, then I buy things to organize the things I just bought... and I don't even need or use the things I bought in the first place. WHAT THE HECK am I doing? Seriously! I'm tossing money into stuff I don't need, or will ever use.

So, I'm in a deep cleaning, simplifying mode. I've been thinking about how I have things I like, but never use. Or how I have frames on my walls with the default filllers and photos in them (you know, like as they come from the store). I have bags and boxes of craft product stuck and stashed in closets, cabinets, and rooms that I've never touched. What's even more crazy to me, is when I decide to go through some of it, I don't know why i bought it, I have multiples of it, or I realize I will more than likely never use it again.

Of course, with all of this thinking comes the brilliant idea to have a garage sale. But, in all reality, most of it will sit in boxes waiting for me to have time to organize it and a garage sale. So, I've come to the decision that I'm going to just donate it. Maybe if I see how much money I'm tossing away, instead of trying to recoup it, I'll be more wary and judicious with my purchases.

I'd like to think that I will be anyway. We'll see how it goes.

I have lots of creative things I'd like to be working on, but I want to get the house cleaned out and simplified first. Lots of my friends are traveling to California to attend one of Kim's amazing events. So very jealous.

Silver Bella registration is coming up next month. I SO desperately want to go. However, the priority of expenses have changed now that Fred has joined our family and we begin discussing the timing/scheduling of possibly having another one (I can't believe I just admitted that! He's only 3 months old for goodness sake!). I'm doing everything I can (including simplifying and cutting back on crafty expenses) so that the funds are there and I'm able to register with my Bella friends.

I'll work harder to keep this blog updated. I'm going to be helping my crafty partner in crime, Heather B., this weekend with one of her incredible endeavors. And, am so very glad to be doing something for someone who is there for me... always! We'll take photos and share our crafty fun with you!
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