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Believe

It’s already January 7th and I haven’t shared my word of the year yet.

Last year it was CONNECT. That was a good one for me.

It was hard to pick just one word for this year, but I finally landed on…

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I will strive to:

Believe in myself

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Believe that things happen for a reason

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Believe in magic and possibilities

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Believe in the goodness of the Universe

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Believe in the future

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Believe in those I love

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What is your word for 2015?

Did you know?

The other night, Tom asked me to write down a list of things I want to do in my life (kinda like a Bucket List, but I hate that phrase). It occurred to me that almost everything I wrote had to do with “be at home, make stuff for my family, find inner peace, slow down” and my current life is mostly “work, run to a million activities, juggle and do.”

Something’s not quite right about that. I guess it has to do with my season in life; busy career, active school-aged children, blah blah blah… but it’s got me thinking about things and wondering how I can go about slowing down.

Remember that herbal studies program that I’ve been doing (halfheartedly, as of late)? Our reading last week was about finding and recognizing the simple moments of joy during the day. Timely, right? Someone must be trying to tell me something.

So on that note, I am going to try to be more present and notice those moments. Anyone want to try it with me?

A few simple joys from the past few days include:

  • Listening to that sound that the waves make when they lap up against the shore.
  • Washing the dishes (Am I the only one who LOVES washing the dishes and having a clean kitchen as a result?).
  • Enjoying a GIANT latte every morning. Such an indulgence but sooooo worth it.
  • Running into many familiar faces at Back-to-School night. I love that the boys are growing up in a close-knit community.
  • The cooler weather. Fall is coming!
  • Chatting with my funny guys at dinner.
  • New pants that fit just right!

That wasn’t so hard!

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Cranky Mom Alert.

After writing that cranky blog post yesterday, I got even crankier.

I arrived home to a messy house, an older boy grumbling through his homework with the sitter, a younger boy asking for computer time, and both boys fighting with each other over I don’t even know what. That was the final straw. I slammed dinner on the table and screamed at them to eat before soccer practice. It was not my finest hour.

Soccer was cold. And dark. And long. But it gave me a chance to cool off.

I am hoping for a little less yelling tonight and little more smiling. Fingers crossed.

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Woe is me.

I try to stay pretty positive on here because it’s a cross stitch blog and who wants to visit a cross stitch blog and read about someone’s problems. But I guess somewhere along the line, my little cross stitch blog sorta became my “talk about all kinds of things in my life” blog, so there you go.

I’ve been struggling lately in my professional life and it’s really bringing me down. At first, it was just a bad day here and there and I was over it by the time I got home. But lately, bad days are the norm and I come home agitated, grumpy, depressed, you know… not a lot of fun. I’m trying to change things- my situation, my attitude, my goals. Tom and I talked about it last night and I feel a little better today, but it’s a slow process.  Too bad I can’t get a job as a professional cross stitcher. Now that would be the life.

In happier news, I started my embroidery project.

Here’s a look at the fabric and threads. I thought it would be pretty to embroider on a patterned fabric, albeit a very neutral one.

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I carefully traced the pattern using my fancy dancy Micron pen.

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All hooped up and ready to go!

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Tonight is movie night at our house so I can’t wait to park myself on the couch under my new lamp and get lost in this.  If ever I needed some serious stitch therapy, it would be now!

Catching up.

Last night’s school event was cancelled and I jumped for joy!

Tom worked late, so I fed the boys mac and cheese from a box and strawberries for dinner and sent them outside to play while I cleaned the house. It really needed it and I really needed a night to catch up.

Later, after everyone was bathed and pajama-ed, we cuddled on the couch and I got to stitch a few Xs. It was a good ending. Cross stitching really does make everything better.

Other things that make everything better:

  • ice cream
  • bear hugs
  • a good nap
  • the way that my guys smile at me when they come home.

Gratitude.

I’m a lucky girl. Since my birthday is the first day of May and Mother’s Day follows soon after, we end up celebrating the entire period in between. We even coined the term “Fawnukkah” for this special time of year. My guys are the best and I always end up feeling very spoiled and loved.

Tom outdid himself this year. I wasn’t sure what to expect when I came home on Wednesday, but lo and behold, he had prepared a beautiful candlelit dinner! This was a total surprise considering that he NEVER cooks and is the type who will eat popcorn for dinner if I’m not home to make him something. Imagine my surprise to find that he had looked through my favorite cookbook, shopped, and snuck home early to cook an authentic Vietnamese 5 course meal!

It was delicious+++!!! You’ll have to trust me on that since there are no food pictures to show. I’ve always wondered, by the way, how bloggers manage to post gorgeous pictures of their meals. At our house, I have to physically hold back hungry boys and man from lunging at food the minute it hits the table. They would kill me if I made them wait while I took artful photos.

I went into this birthday feeling pretty depressed and sorry for myself (Poor me! I’m 41! Life is so hard!), but am emerging from it feeling extremely blessed and grateful. I am so thankful for my life. I’m not saying that just because people are doing all kinds of nice things for me this week, but because… really and truly… there is so much love and happiness all around me and I am SO THANKFUL.  Sometimes my stubborn brain needs a reminder. You know, 41 year olds can be a little slow.

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Silly little things.

For a blog that’s supposed to be about cross stitching, I sure haven’t been writing much about stitching lately. My project has hit a slight snafu in that I have run out of thread. I am so close to the end and only need a teensy bit so it’s not worth ordering online. I just need to find some time to pay a visit to the crabby cross stitch lady.

I guess that stitching, like life, will encounter the occasional snafu. Do you like how I segued into the philosophical there? I have been having a case of the blahs lately. I told Tom that I had a bad day yesterday and when he asked me why, I couldn’t think of a good answer. I could only think of silly little things that were bothering me like: I felt fat, I was tired, someone annoyed me, the hem of my pants kept getting caught in the back of my shoe. Stupid stuff. With all of the rotten things going on lately, I feel guilty for even complaining.

So today I am going to try to combat the silly little annoying things by thinking of the silly little good things. Like…

old maid

coal

werewolf

winking holls

beer

Okay… It kinda worked.

Cold and froggy.

It is really cold here. Today I am wearing a thick handknit sweater from England. I think that I look fat in it, but the warmth is worth it!

Last night I had a fun girls night out with 2 hilarious girlfriends. We went to a Mexican restaurant and I drank 2 margaritas. They made me feel a little icky afterwards, but they were totally worth it too!

I didn’t do any stitching, which is probably a good thing, because I am still smarting from my frogs. Calling it a “frog” instead of a “stupid mistake” does kinda make me feel better. Whoever thought of that cute term should win an award.

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The non-stitching post.

I don’t have anything brilliant to write about today. In fact, I feel a little cranky. Regular life, work, the usual stresses weighing me down. So much of that stuff is just in our heads, right? Tom often reminds me that we choose our own moods. He’s a wise one (and cute!).  I’ll keep him around.

OK… So let’s do this together.

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How about you?

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