I need to go on another vacation so I can something to report about, don't you think? I haven't done much that I deem "blog worthy" around here lately. Mostly it's really hot and a bit humid since we've had a couple of monsoons, so we've been hanging out inside. I feel like my kids watch way too much TV in the Summer time since it's too hot to go outside. So Monday morning before they were awake I unplugged all the TVs and deemed it a TV free day where mom was actually going to pay attention to her children and entertain them all day between loads of laundry. We had a pretty good day, and I felt like a pretty good mom, but I did give in and the cartoons came back on at 3 in the afternoon for a little while. Don't worry, we had already made crafts, worked on our letters and numbers, read books, made a healthy lunch, and done about three loads of laundry, so I felt okay about the little bit of TV. For whatever reason I have a real problem with letting the TV babysit my kids. Probably because I like to do too many projects on my own, and that is the only way I can get my kids to let me be. By projects I don't mean dusting or cleaning the baseboards; I mean crafts, and other things I do to entertain myself. I figure if I can find a way to include my children in my hobbies then I won't have to feel so bad about the time I put into them.
I really am trying to give my children more of my time, and repent of my ways. I read a great article in July's Ensign that I think all stay-at-home-mom's should read, it's called, Three Tools to Build A Sacred Home, by Shirley R. Klein. It really made me feel the importance of the every day small tasks I do as a mother, and made me feel like my work as a mother and housekeeper is more important than I give it credit for. I've been feeling a little like a bad mom, and housekeeper, and mostly an all around slacker a little bit lately, so it was good to read something to put it all back into perspective for me. I'd really recommend the article, it was just what I had needed.
But if I gave the impression that I'd stopped sewing altogether I hope I haven't mislead you. So I'll post a couple of the small projects I've done recently. I had a lady who wanted some burp cloths, these are what I came up with. As I was making them I was thinking that it was really sad that I had no need for such cute things anymore, so I decided if I got some plain white dish towels I could do the same thing on those. So tune in later for some fun dish towels. My life is exciting isn't it?