Saturday, June 20, 2009

Deep Breath

Maybe I've being a little hard on myself....and I really need to take a deep breath! OK...here goes... (hmmm ahh) Now, that feels much better!

Despite my last self deprecating post, I have been having tons of fun this summer with my sweet husband and Jesse. A couple of weeks ago, for my belated Mother's Day celebration, we took a little trip to a strawberry patch with plans to make some yummy strawberry jam. I come from a long line of "canners," (at least four generations on my Mom's side) and nothing is more satisfying than a pantry full of jars of homemade strawberry jam!!!
After a brief instructional session with the boy, he was picking perfect jamming strawberries in no time. Jesse, who, by the way, will not even touch a grocery store berry, was shoving berry after berry into his sweet little mouth the whole time.

We did run into a slight occupational hazard, though, that we are now affectionately calling "strawberry-butt." (Next time, Jesse, don't sit on the strawberries!) :o)
And when we got home, we squished and squashed, and squashed and squished the berries until they were the perfect jamming consistency.
And after 5 hours of preparation (picking, sterilizing jars, mixing, stirring, and waiting to hear that amazing little *POP* that occurs when the jars have been sufficiently sealed) we enjoyed the fruits of our labor on Ritz crackers. I think he likes strawberry jam; don't you agree?

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Oh how I long to be "Super Mom"!

I have to say that I'm feeling a little down on myself today.  I wish that I could be a super mom/blogger/crafty business woman like Katie Did or Soule Mama or Angeline!  Oh!  To be able to stay home with my amazing kid and have time, energy, and foresight to make amazing meals, homemade clothing, and fun crafty stuff for my house.  This mama can't even meal plan for a whole week, let alone blog about it (as you can tell from the rather lengthy time between blog posts lately).  So, here is what I'm telling myself to soothe the longing in my heart to do something amazing....
1)  There is a season for everything.  Just because I don't have time to do all the stuff I want to do now, doesn't mean that I will never have time to do them.
2)  I love my new job!  I love being a nurse!  So, although I yearn to be a stay-at-home crafty mama, I also love being an anesthesia-assisting, spectator of teeth-pulling!
3)  I do have some new projects in the works....whaa-att-aaaah (that's how an evil laugh is spelled for those of you who don't know).
Until then... we're just motoring along!