Thursday, June 26, 2008

Summer School

Nope, I'm not talking about actual school. You know, the kind with teachers (though, since I am one, that's debatable) and desks and regulated lessons. I'm talking about the kind of "school" life gives you. You know, the kind of lessons you learn the hard way? Over the last two weeks I've learned quite a bit from that kind of school. I thought I might share some of my lessons with you.
  1. Explaining to a 3 year old that while the weather is FINALLY perfect for going to the pool and playing in the park she can't because she has a fever is darned near impossible.

  2. Explaining to the same child that while she may FEEL better, she is still contagious with strep throat and STILL cannot go outside even though she went to the doctor and got medicine is even harder than explaining the part about the fever. (her faith in the medical profession and medicine is a bit scary at times too)

  3. My patience with dealing with icky bodily fluids is getting less and less the closer Miss Tinkerbell is to being fully potty trained.

  4. The word diarrhea when repeated over and over again by a 3 year old because she finds it amusing is almost as icky as cleaning it up (see above).

  5. Buying new underwear is occasionally the better part of valor. (See numbers 3 and 4 above)

  6. When the stars finally align and the weather, child, and activities finally combine for the first trip to the pool for the year, Mommy points are given for remembering to slather the child with sunscreen. An equal number of intelligence points are removed for forgetting to put sunscreen on your own back.

  7. Burgundy, while a lovely color and one I usually look good in, is not as appealing when it is the color of your skin.

  8. Keeping a child amused when all you want to do is lay on your stomach and moan about how much you hurt is not easy.

  9. Growing new skin itches. A lot. And of course, the worst itches occur in places you can't reach easily on your own.

  10. Door jams and walls are your friends. Chair backs also work well.

  11. While learning (or relearning in the case of the sunburn -- some lessons it seems need to be repeated periodically) the above, it's near impossible to do anything of a crafty or blog reading nature.

So, as you can see I've been a diligent student these past two weeks. Many, many lessons have been learned. Now to see if I can remember how to use my sewing machine. I THINK I just may be able to.

And, well, since I just realized how long it's been since I posted ANYTHING that even vaguely resembles a quilt, a photo from my Mom's house of a quilt like object. I still have more cross stitch to show but come on, it's not like the title of this blog is cross stitch in cornfields. Ok, so it comes with a cute photo of my daughter too. Sue me.

And another photo of the same thing only in its actual resting place. This is a patchwork puzzle ball from the Jenny Beyer book that came out a couple of years ago. Oddly enough, one of the few projects I've hand pieced. I made this for Christmas 2005 and substituted fabric photo transfers for some of the pieces. It worked out well and I've done it a few more times for other memory balls. I actually really like making these -- Miss Tinkerbell has a set of them here at the house. A great baby gift really. Soft balls that young children can throw around without too much possibility of breaking things. I should try and get photos of the others we have in the pit that is my house.

Hopefully I will have more crafty (and quilty) goodness to show soon. I've gotten some lovely mail and I think I may FINALLY have a chance to get some sewing done tomorrow. Wish me luck!


Kristin L said...

Good luck! It sounds like you could use some. But don't get your hopes up too high regarding bodily fluids after potty training -- we are still fixating on poop with a six and nine year old -- the former currently having worms and the latter poor wiping skills (maybe the two are related, no?). New underwear is always a good thing!

Anyways, your photo ball is a great idea! I'll have to remember that next time I need a baby gift. So much more practical than framed photos.

Libby said...

Hmmmm - summer school does not sound like fun. Maybe you should try day camp instead *s*

Anne Ida said...

Sorry, it sounds like you've had a tough time:( I really hope summer school is over for you!!

Love the ball, though :o)

gwen said...

What you need now is a winter break! I hope you recover fast from your sun burn and can have many more days at the pool.
The baby ball is cute and a good idea for a present. Take care.

Tracey @ozcountryquiltingmum said...

Motherhood is such a funny thing. You just stop thinking about yourself and focus on them...good in general...just not when involving sunscreen!! keep those dooe jams handy!
Love the ball, Tracey

Chocolate Cat said...

Hope you've finally managed to get some sewing done! Think you deserve some 'me' time!!

upstateLisa said...

ICK, Angela! Hope you and Tinkerbell are on the mend! Life's lessons can be hard to learn but sometimes necessary!
Great idea to add a photo to the fabric ball, how cute!
take care!

andsewitis Holly said...

Oh the joys of motherhood... The good part about sunburns is trying to peel the skin in big sections if only you could reach back there.

Clare said...

Ouch - hope the sunburn is getting better by now. Potty training does seem to take forever!

Love the ball.

Greenmare said...

oh poor both of you! I hope you both heal up super fast so you can go have some fun again!

Red Geranium Cottage said...

I love that little photo ball. How cute is that?

Nan said...

I don't care what you post about as long as you do it! I'm sorry you've been spending time in the "school of hard knocks". It seems as though you've spent too much time there. I do believe a change of scenery would do you a world of good! My grandchildren (ages almost 7 and almost 3) think bodily functions are WONDERFUL to discuss ALL the time - it just never seems to get old with them. So, hang in there, mom! Hopefully the rest of your summer will be ever so much better!
Oh, your photo ball is adorable!

Samantha said...

Ouch! I have had to take the remedial summer school snscreen class. Last 4th of July, well, it was bad.

Hope you're all healed up now!