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Monday, August 29, 2011

Learning to be crunchy... as my sis calls it.

I started to do things differently because of money. We moved to cloth diapers and cloth wipes to save money. The cost of disposables was killing us and running out of diapers and no money to buy them.. SUCKS.. We loved cloth diapers. I mean truly loved them.

Then we thought, why are we buying paper towels, lets just get microfiber towels at the dollar store,again to save money. Wow, loved that too. It is awesome to use a towel instead of a piece of special paper basically. I know our guests don't quite know what to make of that. My FIL always buys PT because he can't stand that we don't have any.

Yep, then we went even further, what if WE used cloth wipes. What if we did not use toilet paper. The savings would be awesome, but we would be cleaner too. I never thought I would be okay with that, but cloth diapers had changed how I felt about certain things. So we use what is called the 'Family Cloth'. We love it. I made them because they were so much cheaper than buying. More savings.

Then I figured how to save on my monthly stuff, use reusable pads (fuzzibunz) and a menstrual cup (The diva cup) . I never in a million years would have though even 8 months ago I would do this. It is wonderful. So much better than before. I love it. It has made an unbearable time much more doable.

And I have finally figured out how to get rid of the scrubby pads in the kitchen. Knitted Dishcloths. I am so excited. I hate those things. They stink and they don't last long. Now.. I never have to buy them again.

I am constantly looking for ways to be 'crunchy' and to save money. I don't even LIKE using all the disposable stuff I took for granted a year ago. It is so odd to me that I went from being disposable friendly to this so fast. I love it!

The idea that I never will run out of something and not have the money to buy it, is awesome. My next step is homemade laundry and dishwasher detergent. I have the recipe, now to just make it.

Introspective

It has been a while since I wrote. Our life is always busy. I am learning to go with the flow with rotations. I am learning to embrace call rather than fight it. I will admit I don't like being away from my honey but I learning there are things I can do when I am away and be okay with it. I have learned that I am so much more capable than I ever thought I was.

It seems silly to not know that, yet I did not. I never in a million years would have thought myself capable of taking care of two kids and the house, the shopping etc by myself. I can do a lot without help, not to say I won't accept help but I can do more than I ever imagined without it.

I love being a mommy so much more than I ever even imagined I would, yet it is hard work. The hardest. The constant interaction, the lack of sleep, the fixer of owies, the fighting to referee (starts so much earlier than I thought), the hugs, the kisses, the explanations of what things are, what word goes to this, the questions about things. It is very rewarding but hard I must say. That said, I would not trade it for the world.

Med School takes so much of Daddy's time. Explaining to the oldest that Daddy is at work, all the time sometimes is hard. She wants to call him sometimes and I have to explain that he is at work and we can't talk to him, she does not understand that she can't even call him. She will see him and be able to talk to him when he gets home. However, sometimes that is a day later than when she wanted to see her Daddy. Sometimes I hear L tell our youngest V, that Daddy is at work. It is hard to explain how much I wish for him to be here for her when she wants him, these days of her childhood are passing so fast and will be gone in the blink of an eye. I want him to experience all the wonders that comes with it, but yet he will miss so very much. I try to take pictures but even seeing the picture is not like witnessing the cuteness or the solemn moment that the kids provide.

I wish I could say that I am always okay with how things are for us. I cannot say that. I am trying to be the most understanding I can be, but some days when I don't have enough sleep or the kids are acting out or they are cranky, the days when I am cranky. I cannot say I am okay or understanding. I can only hope on those days that my DH is understanding of me and my mood.

Things are ever changing. So this life that we have right now will change. Med school will end, He will graduate. He will become a Resident. He will become an Attending. The kids will grow. They will talk. They will learn. They will be potty trained. They will go to school. They will grow up.

And.. It will all happen in the blink of an eye.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Enjoying a new craft

I have always been crafty. I learned how to crochet when I was little but it only thrilled me for a little while. When I got older I started fabric painting, it held it's flavor for a while too, but it is something that is too complicated with kids and a small place. I took up rubber stamping when I started fabric painting. I made all kinds of things.

Then I took up scrap booking. Now that I love to do. It thrills me to no end when I do it. I get such joy out of it. However, yep.. to complicated with smalls around. It is hard to scrapbook without making a mess and lots of little goodies to take out that must be guarded from small hands...

And so... after the girls were born I went back to crochet. It is easy to pick up and lay down. However it never brought that thrill to me. I never had the desire to learn more stitches so I could make more intricate stuff.

Knitting is different. I love learning all the stuff I can do with it. I love reading about and seeing other peoples projects. I have learned how to do both knit and purl easily. I am learning how to do cable stitches right now as well as how to knit in the round. I am still having some issues with ladders between my knit and purl stitches but with time that will go away I am sure.

So.. I am very much enjoying knitting. Here is a pic of one of my current projects. For some reason it has turned the pic sideways and I can't figure out how to fix it.. Sorry..

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