#18 Get a Pedicure

 

 

#18 on my 35 things to do when I am 35 is to get a pedicure.  It’s one of those little luxuries that I never make time to do, nor want to spend the money.  I think the last one I got was right after my 3 year old was born – so once every three years?

I think, however going forward may be a different story because my 5 year old is fascinated.  One of her school friends gets manicures regularly with the painted on designs (she is an only child by the way) and I imagine the playground comparisons are pretty fierce.  Anyway we made a special day out of it first going swimming at the YMCA and then to the spa for pedicures.

Great fun!

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Snow Day!

I stayed close to home today because of the wacky weather. I had plenty of work that I brought home with me, so I just set up a station at my dining room table facing the big picture window and watched the weather happen. The kids went to daycare after a slow morning getting ready and out of the house, and during the day I got a ton of work done. The type of work that includes filling out paperwork, writing grant applications and contracts. It was a perfectly quiet cozy day of get-er-done busywork.

The snow was on and off throughout the day and started to really come down right around 3:30 so decided to pick the girls up early to avoid any crazy driving conditions. We made the most of the shortened day and the afternoon together. Bundled up and played in the snow, made applesauce muffins (and cupcake-ized them), made dinner, and now are all cozy watching a movie. The pleasant afternoon just has me thinking about balance of life and work. Two young kids, full time work with a commute, making jewelry and finding ways to sell it, it all adds up to busy. Busy is good, but the right combination of busy is the ‘carrot’ or the constant goal. Not sure what the right combination is…but one of these days I’ll figure it out (hopefully).

Mess making

Mess making is an integral part of all creative enterprise in our casa. Sometimes I get ahead of myself and forget to change the kids out of their clothes, but I never fret too much it’s only fabric, right?

For my daughters 5th birthday she received a nice art kit with part of it being watercolor cakes. Well that came out the other day and keeping within the prescribed squares lasted less than 30 seconds.

The masterpiece created was self titled “stormy clouds”

Crafty Gardening

I am continually impressed/surprised/inspired by the creativity that lives within kids. Things that I would never “see” are so apparent.

This evening my 5 year old walks up to me with a ripped Crayola pencil holder and declares “I want to do this project!”. I take a look – am some what confused , but then take a look at all the material that she is holding and then I see it through her eyes.






Urban Planning

The conversation began with my 5 year old dragging out a drawing board that my husband brought home for the girls to draw on. He mentioned that’s what architects use- she asks what’s an architect- a discussion of houses and design commenced. I said hey why don’t we draw houses. That 1 minute exchange was the inspiration for the rest of the evening.

Create a painting for my daughters rooms #25

I’ve never been a great painter and never really enjoyed it
all that much either – so in hindsight this “thing” that I said I
want to accomplish kinda surprises me. What I love, look forward to
and do all the time is to create with my kids. We create pretty
much constantly and do all sorts of these collaborative projects.
This project started with a few scrap pieces of wood from my
husbands shop. He said he’d cut a few more for me in the same size
– and 26 squares, a bit of paint, and some pretty impressive
attention span (for a 2 and 4 year old) we created our personalized
alphabet which now graces the walls of their playroom. So I am
calling completion to #25 from my 35 things to do when I am 35 – paint a picture for each of the girls’
rooms.

35 things at 35

I was perusing Jennevieve Schlemmer’s blog http://houseinsideout.blogspot.com/ a few months ago.  She (inspired by another in turn) created a 35 by 35 list. My 35th birthday was in June and for my 35th year I have been creating a list of 35 things to accomplish throughout the year. I’ve started the list, some big things some small – but all  goals that I want to accomplish throughout the year.

35 Things When I’m 35

  1. Run in a Race
  2. Participate in a craft fair as a vendor
  3. Set-up a Etsy shop
  4. Have a special day with Maren
  5. Have a special day with Tallulah
  6. Weekend away with hubby
  7. Presents and love notes for Cousins and Family
  8. Photo albums/memory boxes for the girls
  9. Start a blog
  10. Take art class and learn something newPart Deux
  11. Send an unexpected someone unexpected flowers
  12. Organize a field trip for Maren’s class
  13. Buy a pair of fabulous shoes  (and don’t feel guilty)
  14. Mail Christmas card to all
  15. Can summer garden bounty
  16. Have a dinner party with friends
  17. Studio family photo shoot
  18. Get a pedicure
  19. Change to married name for all accounts/documents
  20. Fix Lulu’s birth certificate
  21. Pitch  inventions
  22. Give my time to something that I believe in
  23. Write and illustrate a children’s story
  24. Have a housewarming party
  25. Paint a picture for each of the girls’ rooms
  26. Make gifts for the Helena girls
  27. Pay it Forward
  28. Paint bedroom
  29. Shade Garden
  30. Worm composting
  31. Attend a roller derby
  32. Go to a movie alone
  33. Project runway inspiration jewelry
  34. Finish downstairs bathroom (or help as much as I can)
  35. Laugh until I cry