30 April 2016

skinny jeans

"The days are long but the years are short."
Gretchen Rubin

Hurrah! I'm so happy that I've managed to squeeze one more blog post in before April is behind us. I can't believe how fast the pages on the calendar are turning. This week was another marathon. I managed to pick up another cold virus over the weekend and by Tuesday I was way under the weather. Life and work did not stop, however. I finally caved and went to the doctor on Friday, because I'm nursing I was hesitant to take anything that would put a dent in my stuffy head and sinuses, but my doctor helped me find something that I could take to knock out some of my symptoms. Funny thing - I thought I might have an ear infection, but that wasn't the case.

On to the weekend. We (the baby and I - we let Daddy sleep in) woke up with the early birds and made a batch of muffins and puttered around the house, sorting through baby clothes that he's grown out of. It's funny how our little guy only wore some outfits once or twice. Those new born outfits are so tiny!

Both baby and I squeezed into our skinny jeans last weekend. Nursing and my active work schedule have helped me drop the baby weight and I'm back in my favorite pair of blue jeans - it took five months!

On the crafty side of things I've been playing with the blocks from my scrappy trip around the world quilt and I think I've settled on a layout. I ended up sewing together a new panel last Sunday afternoon.

I also started to sew together some quilt blocks based on the quilt that Logan was laying on in my previous blog post. I've always loved that quilt that my sister made - out of the dozens it's one of my favorites.  I'll just keep making squares as I have the scraps and someday soon I'll have a quilt.

That's my plan :)

Have a great weekend!


17 April 2016

maple blossoms

Too many beautiful photos of baby and pets this weekend.

We went to a birthday party and the park. Logan got his first experience in a swing. He loved it.

I'm working on my scrappy trip around the world quilt. In the past two weeks I've discovered that three women I know are pregnant, so there's definitely a need to for small colorful quilts in my world.

Guess who made the quilt that Logan is giggling on - as always, my sister. She's produced so many over the years that they are spilling out of the closets and over the sofas of everyone I love.

That's kinda cool :)

We're just wrapping up the weekend around here and preparing for the work week. Baking cookies and boiling eggs for lunches.

Hope you had a beautiful weekend.

xo Jill

P.S. - Joining Nicole at Frontier Dreams!

05 April 2016

the purple flowers

It must be spring time because the purple flowers are popping up beside the sidewalks and in the ditches along our favorite walks. The weekend was here and gone in the blink of an eye. It started out blustery, but ended on a warm note so baby and I had a chance to get out with the stroller and the dog for a nice long walk.

I'm working on the new quilt that I talked about in my last post. I went and got a few more quarter yards of fabric so that the colors are just right, now I'm working on sewing the six by six square rows together. I started to feel sick on Friday, so by Saturday I was really dragging as I was trying to put this thing together - a sure sign of illness for me - lack of creative energy. By the time Monday rolled around I was a positive troll - hacking and coughing. (Logan, meanwhile, who had been sick earlier in the week, was on the mend and happy.)

Long story short, I've stayed home sick the past two days. We've taken the baby to daycare so that I can just sleep, but my coughing fits have made that kinda hard to do. We are being introduced to a whole host of new viruses from Logan's daycare playmates. Logan seems to rebound much faster than we do - however he did have his first ear infection last week. I know we're all on the mend because I've found the energy to blog again :)

I think some of my issues are just adjusting to being a working mom. It's exhausting! Going to work and caring for baby, husband and house take a lot of energy. It's hard to find the time for anything else, and of course there are a lot of creative projects that vie for my attention all week long. If I only care for baby and work, I feel dull. If I wear myself out I get sick. I'm hoping that I'm slowly building up endurance to juggle all of these balls with more grace.

Family first (and crafting) and the rest will fall into place.

So that's where I'm at. That beautiful cathedral facade is something I see every day. The St. Paul Cathedral. I park my car beside it and then walk into work. I snapped that photo of it's pink facade in the sunrise one day last week.

xo Jill

P.S. I forgot to talk about the books that I've been reading. I just finished "The Last Anniversary" by Liane Moriarty, which I would highly recommend and I picked up "Wild" by Cheryl Strayed. My book club is reading "All the Light We Cannot See" this month by Anthony Doerr and I'm really excited about that. Happy reading!
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