July 25, 2013

Life Sometimes Gets in the Way of Quilting

Ugh, where has this last week gone? Oh, yeah, I know

  • We have company in town - my cousin's son (14) is spending 2 weeks with us. He is  such a good kid, but I've been very busy feeding a 14 year-old boy in addition to my voracious 4 and 6 year-old sons.  We are on gallon 4 of milk since he's been here!
  • It was our 7th wedding anniversary on Tuesday - we did absolutely nothing exciting on that day - tried to plan a meal out (with the three kids mind you) and my husband had to cancel due to work. Boo.
  • My 4 year old has his 4th case of strep and through a strange turn of events, we are now having his tonsils out tomorrow!
All of this has left very little time for any "me" time! {warning, little rant coming up} In fact, it's weeks like this that make it all too clear that I don't have the picturesque Pinterest/Instagram/Blog life that sometimes you feel like others have. The kitchen is not clean, the laundry is not done, the bills are stacking up and the kids haven't bathed in about 3 days (does a pool bath count?)!

I will admit that sometimes I get a little annoyed at seeing blogs where people's lives appear so perfect, when most days I feel like I am drinking water from a fire hose.  Am I alone here?  Maybe I am reading the wrong blogs! 

Some days/weeks/months we are just lucky to get through it all in one piece! I remember when the boys were little bitties babies,  I was just happy if I managed a shower and didn't forget to put on deodorant before I went to work.  

We will be stuck at home for the next week after the surgery, so maybe while the little fella naps, I can get some sewing done. We will see....

Hope to be back next week with a big finish and some progress on other WIPs.

Have a wonderful day ~ I hope you get to sew something amazing today!


18 comments:

  1. Blogs are ALWAYS only about the pretty bits. I know a couple of bloggers with wonderful perfect lives online, and while they are slightly more domestic than me (not difficult), they actually do have ironing piles and gardening that needs doing and children that occasionally cry. Don't get despondent!

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  2. Raising four kids and working two jobs was my life until the kids grew up. Now I have additional time in order to quilt. I am sure the bloggers that stay at home with several children have their issues also.

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  3. Enjoy your family even when it feels like craziness. One day those little ones will be gone and you will have all the time in the world to kwilt! Perfect lives???? No one has that..on-line or off-line. Your followers know you will be posting GREAT POSTS when you can!

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  4. Yep, I know exactly what you mean:) This summer has been pretty busy with the kiddos and it's been hard to squeeze in much sewing time. I'm kinda looking forward to school.

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  5. Don't be too hard on yourself. We all have those time when life is full, or too full. Sending good vibes your way :)

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  6. Oh my gosh, it's about shoving the laundry, dirty dishes, piles of fabric scraps, bigger piles of princess junk, and toddler potty jeeest out of the photo frame so that you can make just ONE IG photo that looks lovely so you can pretend. :) Thanks for voicing this. It often helps me to remember that this is a HOBBY not my JOB. My JOB is to feed my family and potty train and keep them all reasonably clean.

    (Actually, I think this post is more valuable to me than a "look at these gorgeous finished blocks!" post would have been.)

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  7. I feel the exact same way! I've been super busy this month and then bam this weekend I got hit with this horrible stomach bug. And it's still lingering. And now my son has it. To say that my house is a mess is an understatement. But I always enjoy your posts! Most days I can't even think of sitting down to write anything. Keep your head up, it will get better and we will still be here supporting you!

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  8. Oh, I know! I only post projects. I figure people like to see what you're working on and I often use other peoples projects for inspiration. Not one pretty thing happened today though. Took my quilt project to grannies to hang out, do a little laundry(hers and ours) and sew. I might post progress (very little), but I would not post what we ended up doing. (2 trips to the store to fix a broken tractor, made granny lunch and dinner because she twisted her back and ran up and down the stairs ~20X = tons of sweat and none of my chores done).
    We all have down days, most people won't show them. I know I don't really read blogs where the author is always down and depressed and I think many people don't post that side.

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  9. My son had his tonsils out when he was 4. He now sleeps so much better (he had sleep apnea) and he also eats better too! So glad we had it done when he is still little and I hope it all goes great for you too. I struggle to blog as much as I wanted to when I first started - I just don't have enough to blog about! But no one blogs about all the mundane crappy stuff of life - just the the pretty stuff so don't worry. Keep doing what you are doing! love Marianne xxxxx

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  10. Pool baths are the best kind - well at least in my world haha! Today we had 'waterpark' baths - those are pretty good too. Positive vibes for a smooth surgery, healthy recovery and some well-deserved sewing time xo.

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  11. Hang in there! You are at a tough stage with your kids being so young, but the years will fly by. Try to enjoy the time you have with them and quilt when you can. We'll still be here when you make your next quilty post! Praying for ya... Cause I feel you could use a little peace until you find the time to piece. Lorna <3

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  12. Here is a big hug for you!!! I love reading your blog.....

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  13. Dude! Thank you! I am always wondering how other people seem to have it so together (multiple kids, homeschooling, perfect photography, amazing crafting, etc,), while I am struggling to get my kids out of the house with their hair/teeth brushed (and, I confess, that is probably only half the time). The past six months have been so crazy that crafting/blogging has become totally neglected. Yowzers.

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  14. Don't sweat the small stuff! 4 and 6 year olds are way more important than laundry and dishes. They are only that age once, soak it up. Life travels by so fast, if we aren't appreciating where we are at the moment then our days will be spent in a constant feeling of regrets. Will we regret that we didn't have a clean sink in 5 years or that we didn't spend time in the pool playing with our children?

    My summer has not been spent sewing - and sometimes I am left feeling as though I am not doing anything that I want to do. But then I realized that maybe sometimes I was doing what I wanted, just not sewing. I don't have little ones anymore, but I like to swim with my dog who loves the pool and it is only open for a few months, so she should enjoy it while she can. I have a lot more company in the summer and I need to catch up and chat with family and friends while relaxing. So, I'm not sewing but my mind and soul are getting some quality time. I'll sew again soon when the evenings come quicker and are chillier.

    and my sewing room looks like a tornado went through it and my spare room has a pile of crap that needs to be sorted and put away and I haven't been to the grocery store for 2 weeks and everyone is complaining ........

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  15. Are you kidding me? Ok, yes pool baths count! I didn't even try to sew, let alone quilt when my babies were babies. My kitchen wasn't clean, the bills stacked up and there was always stuff to tend to. There was homework, someone was getting sick, was sick, getting over being sick, then the next one started. I did not eat lunch from start to finish without at least one interruption. I loved it, even the bad days. I didn't care if my kitchen was spotless. I didn't care if the laundry was a mountain range in my unclean basement. We all do the best we can and don't you beat yourself up for it. Everyone used to say to me "it goes by so fast!". Well, it does! You will blink and they'll be grown and leaving. You go ahead and enjoy your babies, the hell with a clean kitchen.

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  16. I think you are doing great just getting everyone in your family through the day. I would not worry about what others are doing. They all have ups and downs too but you might not notice it when it happens to someone else. I applaud anyone with kids and get anything done. My great niece of 2.5 years came for an afternoon and I found my pin cushion laying in a pile of fabric a week later. Hang in there.
    Kris
    Sewsunshine

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  17. Oh, goodness!! You are totally not alone. If my house looks clean on my blog, it's due to creative photography, not reality! (Except when my mother-in-law is coming to visit, then it all gets whirl-wind whipped into shape as if a family of 5, including a quilter, does not actually live in it. . . And that's only been possible in the last 5 years or so, since everyone achieved older-than-12-and-therefor-actually-helpful-sometimes status.

    I had to giggle about the milk. Can relate completely. ;D I hope your kiddo is doing well after the tonsil removal. I had mine taken out when I was 5. Wasn't fun. But I remember getting lots of pudding and ice cream, which was cool. Especially when my sister had to eat her veggies next to me. heh. :D

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  18. I have 1 14 year old girl, determined to make varisity volleyball her freshman year! With "two a days" starting Monday she is going thru 2 gallons of milk a week on her own! These days I find I scroll through blogs and just look at pictures. Can't recall the last time I posted anything. Sewing is suppose to be a de-stressor... not keeping up with the Jones. Feeling for your little man! Hope all goes well!

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