They couldn't wait to learn. As long as they have been on this earth, I have been working a sewing machine.
Now is their time to see what it is all about.
Their first lesson was to wind the bobbin and thread the machine. They aced it and practiced stitching on card stock.
And they loved it!
Sometimes I wish time would stand still. Perhaps because I believe it would allow me to absorb more of the awesomeness this world has to offer. Mainly because it would keep my little boys little.
But then reality hits me like a ton of bricks. As we age, so do they. Time moves faster and faster.
There is no stopping it.
And I know that we shouldn't.
It is so hard sometimes. . . when I see their small faces changing before my eyes. From their teeth to their height, they are becoming young men.
So why do I still see those baby faces and hear those hearty baby giggles in my mind?
Will that ever go away?
As I reflect on a wonderful weekend with family, I can't help but feel grateful.
Grateful that my brother and his family took time to come visit us, even when their lives are busy and crazy at times.
Grateful for the life and love Steve and I have built. We love hard, work hard, and play hard.
Grateful for the sons we are raising, and the kind souls they share with those around them.
Honestly, I could go on. Grateful for supportive and loving friends and a family that provides unconditional love.
What are you grateful for?
We completed a short summer project list, none of which were planned at the beginning of summer!
I updated a runner that was showing wear by giving it a watered down paint treatment.
In addition, I created a piece of pallet art that will be auctioned off during our 2nd Annual Kennett Wrestling Crab feast.
The boys used the strength of the summer sun and a magnifying glass to 'wood burn.'
Lastly, our home in Kennett is making room for my in home sewing studio. Combining my two loves, teaching and sewing, I am offering classes from September through December for children in grades 3-8.
The boys were relentless, asking to 'ride waves' all summer. Typically, we spend the days in the bay - usually at a sand bar, floating the day away. They, however, wanted action. Big waves to jump and ride.
They got their wish.
We took the boat across to the Rusty Rudder, crossed Coastal 1, and they sprinted toward the sea. They found their summer calling. And it felt so good!
The funky waffle that is . . . to celebrate one of my bests & her 40th birthday! We traveled in style; aqua, yellow, and floral style, to Camden, New Jersey, to see Luke Bryan in concert.
Just to clarify, the waffle is a vintage RV brightly painted that brings smiles to all who are lucky enough to enjoy it. Decked in retro colors with a hippy flare, the waffle brought cheers as we careened down the streets of Camden on July 29, 2016.
Once parked in our double spot, we tailgated. To our surprise, the waffle was an attraction in the parking lot, providing a vibrant back drop for the thousands of underaged selfie taking concert goers.
Artisans like Etsy, but with the ease of Amazon.
I love both. Etsy & Amazon. Truly it is a love hate relationship with each of them. Gifts and ideas abound, but the purse strings pucker and recoil after hours of browsing.
Now that Amazon has a handmade section, I can spend even more time searching online for unique gifts and chachkies.
July 5, 2016
After a gluttonous weekend full of unhealthy food choices, I was suffering the after affects.
Bloated. Lethargic. Gross. Craving sugar. Craving salt.
PMS on a roller coaster all because of poor eating choices.
I was done and needed to change.
My quest for the magic pill began, when in reality I knew there was no such thing when it came to eating healthy. What I was searching for was something that was easy, convenient, and delicious. Easy and convenient are important for my work schedule and the laziness I sometimes suffer from when it comes to meal preparation. Delicious for obvious reasons. Who wants to eat or drink anything that doesn’t taste good?
I stumbled upon IdealShake from IdealShape. Meal replacements in the form of smoothies.
That was nearly three weeks ago.
So, what has happened since then? For me, I am seeing the following benefits from drinking two IdealShakes a day:
Less Lethargic (sugars are better regulated throughout the day)
Less Cravings (no more cyclic sugar then salt then sugar spells)
More food ( I was eating too little to start my day)
Healthier cooking - more vegetables/less fillers
Weight loss of five pounds
Increase in creativity in order to meet my daily nutrition requirements
Give it a try!
Steve's youngest & his crew came to visit us on Shady Lane. We spent the days swimming, smore'ing, sunset gazing, fly swatting, and enjoying the company of one another.
Sometimes time gets away from us; it is nice to have a minute to reconnect.
Swimming & tubing
Laughing & loving
Old friends & new
Summer 2016 #shadylane
Traci, a wife, mother of two boys, Special Education teacher, and sole proprietor of Eco Alternatives LLC.