I’ve come to the realization that I am not in the same place I was 4 years ago when I started my blog. I’ve also come to the realization that I am fine with that. This year has brought a lot of changes. The biggest is that I gave up all of my direct sales business ventures and decided to focus on family instead. In doing so I no longer have lots of time when it’s nice out to stamp on weekends. I’ve also volunteered for a lot of different activities inside of my kids schools. I’ve found that I love to be there with them and take part in their day. Surprisingly I’m no longer guilty about not updating my blog everyday with new paper crafting projects. However, I am not willing to give my blog up just yet. Instead I thought I’d show you some of the other crafty things we are doing around the house. One of the biggest right now is pumpkin carving.
Evan, my fiesty red-head, is going to be Elmo for the 3rd or 4th year in a row. I actually think that he’s been Elmo since he started walking at 10 months old. Of course he wanted an Elmo pumpkin and Roger found this pattern for free online. I’m not quite sure what site he got it from, but I’m sure a google search can find it for you if want to make one of your own. I will warn you that it does not last long. There are not many wide pieces holding Elmo together and sadly he has already met his demise. Evan has another idea for the next pumpkin we will carve closer to Halloween. This one was going to be his entry into a Cub Scout carving contest, but it didn’t even make it there. I am so lucky that we got the photos first!
Yesterday my day consisted of decorating the Teacher’s Lounge at Colin’s school for Halloween. Evan and I then did chores and spent the afternoon together. I then finished up by volunteering at Market Day. Today I volunteered in the library at Colin’s school and I got to help with the Aaron Reynolds assembly. He talked to the 3rd and 4th graders about writing graphic novels and gave them each a taste of starting one on their own. The 1st and 2nd graders got to hear him read his book Chicks and Salsa and then he made the kids chips and salsa. They had a blast!
I hope you decide to stay with me as my life takes a different path from daily paper crafting. Maybe once the weather cools down I’ll have more time to do more. Until then I’m enjoying my family and volunteering for my kids schools. I’m sure you understand that life always continues to move on.