There's been good news and bad news around here. The good news is that I've been busy on Christmas. The bad news is that I haven't made nearly as much progress as I had hoped, and I haven't had as much time to blog.
On the good news front, last weekend we went to my family Christmas party. We haven't been in 3-4 years, so it was nice to see all who showed up (not everyone did, which is normal). They changed it from a Sunday in December to a Saturday in December, which makes recovery for us a little easier. However, since Hubby let his license expire (he thought he had to renew next year), this meant my 7 hours of potential knitting time was cut to 0. I drove THE. WHOLE. WAY. The drive itself wasn't that bad, but with 2 small children in the car and a grumpy hubby, it made for a less than pleasant trip. I should clarify, lest you think he was angry about something in particular, that his grumpiness was somewhat understandable. He had a headache, the sun was blaring down on him the whole way there (exacerbating his headache), and he couldn't drive. He happens to enjoy driving, to an extent, and to be unable to drive, not unwilling, changes things. It's like anything else - the one thing you CAN'T do is the one thing you WANT to do. After some ibuprofen and a little nap, he was in better spirits.
Quilting is proving more math than I anticipated. Also, a little slower than I had hoped. My original vision for Princess's quilt has changed slightly, and requires more funds for more fabric. In the meantime, I hope to start on Little Man's quilt, but I sort of need his opinion. I could do it on my own, and I'm sure he'd be fine with it, BUT...he's at an age where he wants to be involved. I'd rather keep him in the loop than not and have him interested (potentially for longer than normal) than just do it without him. It sounds like a lot of hassle, but with this kid, you pick your battles. He's a highly independent and strong willed (read: STUBBORN as the day is long - a summer day, that is), which has a good and bad side to it. Learning to pick your battles with him, as with anyone, is key. He also enjoys Mommy-time, and who am I to refuse my child that enjoyment? There will come a time when he wants virtually nothing to do with me (except when he needs money or car keys), so I'm relishing what time I can get now. Besides, working with him is a lot of fun. He has a very creative imagination and can carry on wonderful conversations. He asks lots of questions, and he enjoys talking to me. I enjoy it too.
I haven't taken any pictures recently, so nothing really new to show you, but I will share this lovely one with you I took a few weeks ago:
You can't ask for a better picture, now can you? :)