Monday, February 7, 2011

hearty things from my heart and from my hands

I miss my kids this morning.  After a week of surprise days off we kind of got into a routine of making messes and having a grand ol time. 

The time building up to these surprise days off was really intense with sick kids and showing the house.  My husband was hearing bits and pieces about where we will move next and each day my heart was going really fast and then really slow and I would be really happy then get really overwhelmed.  There are many pros and cons to being a military wife and unfortunately for my family we are in the midst of one of my cons.  So as you can see how graciously I accepted the gift of snow and ice knowing no one would be looking at our home and I could cook foods that make the house smell like garlic for days and use crafting glitter with ill abandon.   My family thinks of me as an over reactor (you think?) but people want to walk in your home and envision themselves living in it and not look at your mountain of laundry and think cowabunga these people have a crud load of kids.

And guess what? We received an offer on our house, one that we are still in negotiations with.  Truthfully I am a wreck and trying to keep busy with little projects here and there.  I just want this to work out very badly!  Like really, really, really, bad.  

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                                                             Knitters hide your eyes, I used synthetic fleece

I made Molly these fleece mittens in celebration of where it looks like we will move… and for Valentine’s Day.  We have received word that we will move here, it’s my dream assignment  just writing that gives me a lump in my throat.  Though he won’t have orders for another month or so which makes me want to wait to believe it but I can’t stop myself.   We have learned the hard way that the military can switch things around at the last minute.

Valentine’s Day has always been one of my favorite days.  It’s not just about being in love with your significant other but to me it’s about love in general.  It’s a good reminder to love each other…to love life…to be thankful for the love that rests within your warm heart.

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I have rediscovered my love for paper ephemera, which is a good thing as I have bins of clippings and  stickers and papers that truly looks like a bin that should be headed for the recycling center.  Though I dappled in scrapbooking years ago it has always been the unconventional use of these things that makes me the most creative.

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This is this year’s card to Ken (you know-- that guy that I said I would spend the rest of my life with before I realized that he makes weird snortle noises while he sleeps and has severe ocd about keeping the cars clean—yeah, that guy and of course I would still have said yes even with the snortling/ ocd).

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I took a picture of the silhouettes of us that hang in the living room and printed them wallet size on our printer.  Then cut and glittered  and glued them onto cardstock.  I tried to make them kissing but our noses kept getting in the way, kind of like in real life.

Do you ever get on the phone and start talking and then realize you were doing all the talking so you say…so, how are you???

Umm…how are you?

7 comments:

Nicole said...

Hi Karen! I just read your post and was shocked to see that you guys might be coming to Boston! I am about 25 minutes north of Boston and go into the city all the time! I would love to be able to get together with you guys and meet your kids! Great news! I hope it works out for you :)

It's Just Dottie said...

I have as far as I can remember been in love with valentine's day. Yea!! for Boston !
Dottie

barbara said...

Is that a good, excited lump in your throat or a sad, bad lump in your throat? I think Boston is a fabulous place. One of my all-time favorite places. So I hope it's a good thing for you....

Dawn said...

Wow! Boston! That's exciting! I loved your fast paced, breathless post!

Jemm said...

Yikes! Boston. That is quite far. I was hoping for Kansas (haha, purely selfish reasons) Well, you will be closer to home won't you :) That is really exciting for you guys.

I love your card. You are so creative.

UJ said...

First, thanks for sending all the TX snow to NE! Second, we did hear with great happiness that you might be heading this way. Hope it happens!

Andi said...

Ummm...I sadly do all of the talking entirely too frequently...*sigh*