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Friday and Saturday – January Challenge

Friday’s challenge was “where you sleep”, and before Lily-Ann goes off to school it looks less like a place to sleep and more like some crazy play space.  Some days we read, craft, play, eat, etc on the bed in the morning – generally just on a lazy morning.  And we happened to have just such a morning on Friday.  So here is my bed, after I got home from walking the girl to school, before I cleaned it back up and returned it to a place actually suitable for sleeping:

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Today the challenge was “close-up”.  Now, I had taken a picture of a book I had sitting on my desk… one I really enjoy…  but Damon thought it might be nicer to grab a snapshot of one of the ornaments on our tree (and yes, it’s still up…  we haven’t found a storage box for the ornaments yet – first year with a full size tree, remember?).  And after doing just that, I think he was right.  Much more fun and colourful:

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Let’s see what we can expect to see tomorrow:

photo a day challenge for january

December is Almost Upon Us.

I don’t know about you, but I could use another couple of weeks before December.  YIKES!  How on Earth did it jump from November 10th to November 25th so quickly?  Way too many holiday projects are about to become due in no time flat.  I had plans to make our own little advent calendar for the girl, but I’m now wondering if I’ll have time to do all the sewing I’d planned to.  I may just have to cut some corners and find little pre-made baggies to put each days “treasure” in.  LOL  Well, either way, I’ll get something put together.

For now I intend to put on some super comfy warm holiday themed PJs, pop on a show, grab a puppy or two, something yummy to snack on, maybe my husband, and cuddle into the bed.  The temperature drop today definitely says “holiday’s a’comin”, and rather than pump the furnace into high gear just yet, I’m retreating for the coziness of a very full bed.  😉

Night!

It’s Just Home!

As much as I love hitting the road for an out of town dog show, I really do love coming home after one even more.

Traveling is awesome!  Very seriously, I adore pretty much any form of travel.  Road, rail, air…  it’s all good.  I absolutely love going places – and going places with my dog is even better.  And the crazy familiarity of the dog show scene is always grand.  The same faces, the same busyness, the same routine – all repeated in a different place every few weeks is such fun.  I really do enjoy it.

And when you are away, the stresses of home all kinda melt away.  Sure, there are new stresses and things to replace them.  Even away from home I’m crazy busy with a ton to do – and yeah, sometimes I need to be up at 5:00 or 5:30 to be in the ring for 8:30 or 9:00 (which is definitely NOT part of the usual routine)…  but it’s great.

The very best part though?  Is how much being away makes you appreciate being at home.  There really is NOTHING like coming home.  Even before being a mom, I was always happy to be home with Damon and the rest of the kidlets…  but now that I get to come home to my little girl too, it’s even better.

I’m laying in bed right now, with her legs mushed up beside me as I type – almost knocking the computer off my belly.  Just listening to the sounds of the keyboard, the air filter, and her breathing.  This, to me, is home.  There is nothing better.  The dogs are all asleep around us.  Damon is upstairs, probably playing a computer game, with the Parrot chatting at him.  The cat is roaming the stairwell – looking for anything suspicious – and the turtle is sitting in her favourite spot, half in the water, half out.  Everything as it should be.  Everyone well.  Everyone doing what they always do.  It’s just home.

A Starfish in Our Family Bed

I don’t know about you, but I love the “crappy pictures” blog.  It’s a pretty good look inside life as a parent, and has a way of capturing those moments you need to laugh about so you don’t start crying.  LOL  One particular drawing that I picture quite often, that I first saw ages ago now… or, well…  what feels like ages ago in Mommy to a young child time, can be found here:  http://crappypictures.com/2011/06/what-it-is-like-to-not-sleep-at-night-illustrated-with-crappy-pictures.html

Now, I have that link set to open in a new window.  So go take a peek if you haven’t seen it before, and then get your butts back here for the rest of my blog post.  I’ll wait.

See?  This is me waiting.

Are you finished yet?

How about now?

Just about done?

Alrighty then.

Back to me.  😉

Well, when the kid fell asleep last night, as usual I wrote my blog post…  it was pretty boring, but it had been a “sick day” and my brain was pretty much toast.  The girl was still sick today, but I actually got to have a small bath break in the evening while her Daddy and her each played games on their respective mobile devices, next to one another, in the same room, rather than playing WITH one another (I wasn’t going to complain, I needed the break).  Okay, now I’m getting off topic (seriously, I hadn’t had a mommy-only bath in MONTHS, it was SOOOO good…  just me and the only grown up reading material I could find – a Readers Digest from last year).  LOL

Okay, so anyway…  After writing in my blog, the Daddy and I turned on a couple of episodes of Community to wind down for the night.  It wasn’t long before THIS happened:

What it looks like when a four and a half year old "starfishes" across the family bed.

What it looks like when a four and a half year old "starfishes" across the family bed.

And yes…  that is the kid, taking up the entire top half of our family bed.  So, while Amber so perfectly illustrated the baby starfish in her crappy pictures blog, this is what it’s looks like when a four and a half year old starfishes across the entire family bed.

Gotta love it!

Harness that energy – kid powered homes!

Can anyone explain to me exactly what it is in the wiring of children that gets them more wound up the more exhausted they are?  Or at least explain why it is that a particular lithe red head of about, oh…. 42 pounds, gets totally fired up when she’s about to fall on her face?  ACK!

Okay.  Seriously?  What the heck!!!  How is it that these half pints have the energy they do NORMALLY?  And then how on earth do they triple that, doubled with a lack of ability to focus or listen to anything or anyone, when they are so exhausted that they should have the mobility of a sea cucumber?

image copyright of the Hatfield Marine Science Center

Can anyone explain this phenomenon to me?  Has anyone studied this ability?  Is there any way to harness this energy to, say… power an off-grid house?  If not?  Can I get in on it?  Donate an exhausted child to science?  It would be kinda like “bring your daughter to work day”, right?  Except it would be “bring some random kid to the science lab day”.  People would go for that, wouldn’t they?  It’s just one day….  and it would give us parents a break.  😉  I’m sure most of us would be willing to sign a waver or something saying that it’s all good.

Yep.  You have NO idea how relieved I am that she’s asleep (like 30 seconds after her head hit the pillow).

Good grief.

HOME!

After spending two weeks at my parents place while they were away on their first real couples vacation I spent last night in my own bed.  And while  the girlie tossed and turned, and rolled all over the place (from the foot of the bed, to my legs, to across my stomach, to the pillows, and back again) it was still absolutely glorious.  It was so fabulous to have my husband and my dogs next to me.

One thing to admit?  Our bed felt awfully small.

After having two weeks of a queen size bed with just the girlie and myself, suddenly having to share the same size with more made it seem a little snug.  I wouldn’t trade it though.  And it made me so grateful for our family bed.  Having my entire family snuggled tight together again just felt sooo right.  I missed it desperately.

So while I’m awfully tired, I’m also awfully happy.

…being tired means I’m not uploading a photo, nor am I sourcing one online too share tonight.  LOL  So you’ll all have to make do without one.

Good night!

The “Up High” Bed

Finished building the wee girlie’s “up high” bed today.  She has wanted a loft bed for a few months now, and even though I’m not really ready for her to be this grown up, she is.  So, I did my research, found plans, and created a safe kid zone just for her… right above our bed (which, I’m sure, will still be very much a “family bed”).

Watching a show before bed.

The ladder and entrance.

Her own space...

Nightstand full of books

No More Crib!

As of today, the wee girlie has said “bye bye” to her crib.  So here she is…  proud as all get out, sitting in her new “princess bed”.  Just hanging out under the covers.  🙂

big girl bed, no more baby, no more crib

No More Crib = One Proud Girl

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