Here's another box for a small friend. This birthday girl turned 6 a few weeks back and this is what I made her. A cigar box, from Michaels, lined with lovely paper and filled with small objects. The envelope in the lid seems to be a favorite, especially when it contains a small blank book. I stuffed in blank paper and other bits so it didn't look this empty when she opened it.
Her name on the cover. . . I realize I love these boxes so much because I want one. I am so happy I bought about 6 of these to have on hand so when the party/birthday/event is here, I can make something up in no time without leaving the house. I never leave the house. Sigh. This is almost true--I went to the grocery store today, so I lie. But, you know what I mean.
So, these last few weeks, starting before thanksgiving really, have gone by so fast. I can't believe that my babe is almost 6 months old. I also can't believe on a daily basis how hard it is to do anything, and yet how much I do eventually get done. I spend hours during the day not being able to do stuff and trying not to feel completely pissy/overwhelmed/sad about that. . . and then, usually that same day, I get a silver lining and can jump on a bunch of ideas and projects. It's hard and fun and busy and impossibly hectic inside of my brain. Or sometimes not. Sometimes I just am making mac and cheese and totally cool with that. I am glad I don't talk to other people for most of the day (older than 5 years old) because my mood changes so much.
So, the 3 kid thing is hard. . . no. . . that's not what is hard actually. . . the 6 month old baby thing. Yeah, the older kids are easy. Liddy pulled my coffee off the table this morning. We are at that stage now. The pull-off-the-tablecloth stage. She is trouble and adorable.
What I haven't gotten to but is still on my list:
-homemade marshmallows (hopefully dipped in chocolate)
-fairy dresses from Santa, (meaning me) for the 2 older girls
We were not beaten by the lights this year, although they gave us a good fight. Last Monday I lost it because the tree lights went out 12 hours after the tree was up and decorated. So, new lights were purchased and all the decorations were taken off and put back on with new lights. Pete's outdoor lights blew a fuse so he spent the good part of last night on a ladder in the east Portland wind. But we are all good now. We have tackled shopping downtown with the 2 smallest girls, Liddy and I went to a cookie party, and Sadie saw her first live musical with Grammie. We are doing the holidays right, I tell ya'.
But, I can tell I am tired. Lately, every time I hear "The Rainbow Connection" I almost start crying. The girls have it on heavy rotation right now.
Oh, the holidays.