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I want to take a photo of each kid each week, to keep me taking pictures and to have a cool record of their growth. I wish I’d started a while ago, but there’s no time like the present!

Rowan, looking grown up
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Lucy, dancing to her favourite song (Ride This Out by Imaginary Cities)
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Clara, also looking grown up now that she’s eleven months
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So, blogging? Do I still do that? The jury is out, But for now, here’s a general status update.

I have three kids now. Three! I did when I posted last time, but the three kids thing continues to jump out at me at regular intervals, especially since they keep growing and stuff. En masse we are quite the little gang, and I decided via Facebook that the group noun for children is madness, so I have a madness of children. I do my best to divide and conquer, as it’s hard to be the right parent for a kindergartener and a toddler and a crazy crawling baby all at once, or even two at a time.

In spite of three kids, I am making some stuff. I have finished six sweaters so far this year, five small and one big, plus various hats and things. I knit 85% of a sweater for me and it turns out that it doesn’t fit as well as I want it to, so I think it’s going to be frogged and reknit. But so far it is wadded into a bag and sitting in the corner to think about what it’s done, and I’m knitting a Christmas present instead.

I have to write a series of things for an Advent series at church, and I am in terrible denial that Advent starts in one week and two days. That is just not on, calendar. I need more time.

I realized the other day that I am not a type A personality; I am squarely type B. I like the big picture and the perfect ideal that I visualize, but when it comes down to getting the work done, let’s just crank the thing out so that we can move on to the next big idea. Realizing that has meant that I can let go of this sense that I ought to be a perfectionist. I’d like to be, because having everything just so would be terribly nice, but it won’t happen, so I can lay that to rest.

I also did a bunch of enneagram tests (it’s a personality testing thing) and I am a 7. Enlightening! A 7 is motivated by fun and adventure, which, yes. Also, this explains why routine stuff like cleaning my house is not my forte, since it isn’t fun. Once I have a routine locked down that’s fine, but without that, why should I start cleaning when there’s something else more awesome that could be happening? I’m not sure that this realization has been freeing or just enabling. Time will tell.

I’m also not sure that I can maintain ye blogge, but I’ve sort of missed it. Having a writing outlet is nice, even if only my mom reads it now (hi mom!). But on the theme of self-realization, it’s going to be a lot of navel-gazing because at this point, if I’m trying to write less about the kids, it’s going to be about me. I am a child of the hashtag generation and we are all narcissists. So.

If you read this, thanks! I appreciate your eyeballs.

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pictured: last week

Apologies that these are all phone pictures. But phone pictures are better than no pictures!

We went to Birds Hill to hit the beach. It was lovely.

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Lucy is “playing” soccer this spring.

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We went for an explore and found a new park.

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And some lovely yards and houses on the way home.

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I have a fuchsia hanging up by the door and Rowan picked me a flower.

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And I’ve started two baby sweaters.

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hey there

Again with a long gap in posting. I keep thinking I should just give up, but I still like my blog, so instead I’ll just let it be what it is. It might become less about the kiddos and more about the stuff I make. Or maybe write, if I ever get around to writing all the ideas in my head. Or just continue to be random and sporadic and read by my mom and a few of my friends. That’s okay! I don’t want to be a viral sensation anyway. I don’t want to live in a fishbowl with everyone evaluating all my life choices.

So, here’s a listy list of what’s up these days:

– I have two births this summer. Yes, really! One is soon. I’m excited to get back to doula work but a bit nervous about the Clara situation.
– The Clara situation is that this girl does not like to sleep on her own, won’t take a bottle, doesn’t nap much, and needs a lot of snuggles. It’s lovely, but also challenging. I do have other children and a raging sleep deficit. Aiee!
– But she’s still the cutest little muffin you ever did see.
– Rowan is very two.
– Lucy has her preschool orientation tomorrow. She’s also in soccer and doing a great job. She wants to be an architect these days, and I keep finding very interesting structures built out of all sorts of things.
– I’m still into knitting. I have many projects in my queue from tiny sweaters to grown up sweaters. Lucy has chosen sweaters for everyone in our family, so I’m going to be busy for a while.
– I want to be into sewing too, but there is just not time. It’s way easier to pick up knitting than it is to pick up sewing. So alas, all those ideas have to just wait.
– Can it please be sunny and warm outside? We’re so ready.

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pictured: our family

The other night Lucy wanted to take a picture of the whole family on the couch, so we set up the camera and took a bunch. These are the best three. I love them, don’t you? Not perfect, but definitely us!

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