It has been so long since I completed a cross stitch project and it feels so good to have this one done. I think the last project I completed was the twin's Care Bear quilts. I bought this pattern back when I worked at Hobby Lobby and it went on after Christmas clearance. It sat unused in my stitching stash until about a week before the twins came I decided to get it started. I had been off work for a couple weeks and was so sick of just watching T.V. but I couldn't really move around a lot.
I love this pattern and I really hope that Ada will love it as she grows up. I did goof up a bit and didn't baste the edge of the fabric. It unraveled and made the pattern not fit all the way on the left top. But I will just adjust when I am sewing it together. This will probably go into storage until I finish Ty's stocking and then I will sew the up at the same time.
I love that their stockings will match Bret and mine and I am excited to see them all finished. While I was typing this up I realized I have never shared our Christmas stockings. I will have to do that soon! Christmas is such a special time and having homemade decorations just adds to it for me.
We have been keeping busy in the past few days. Fall is creeping up on us. We got our winter coats out for our walk the other day. Ada was very excited about the shininess and brightness of her coat. She sat for several minutes playing with it. The twins have been needy lately and some days it wears on me. We try and go outside because I can see how much it calms them. It calms me too. It is nice to be in the sunlight and feel the breeze. The colors of the fall are so beautiful- the oranges and browns. The times I can just watch them explore make me smile.
I have been cooking at home most meals. I tried a new for Glazed Lemon Sugar Cookies the other day and they are delicious and pretty quick to whip up. They pass the test for getting to be in my Christmas Cookie gift boxes. I also made a delicious Turkey Vegetable Soup from my own recipe. The kids enjoyed it too.
We spent today at my brother's farm, petting goats, chasing chickens and playing on the swing sets. Being there reminded me a lot of my childhood- all the wonder of discovering nature, forgetting your worries by seeing what cool things you can discover in the woods. I love watching my little ones experience this too. Ty runs ahead on our walk, but Ada is working to keep up with him.
Right now I am listening to Ty and Bret giggling with each other while we watch the Royals and it makes my heart happy.
What have I been up to..... We have been taking a lot of nature walks lately. Lots of soul searching. I am at a point in my life where I know I need to be doing something more than taking care of the kids and house but I am not sure where my path will take me. Fall has been lovely here and I am feeling really blessed to have such a beautiful pond in my backyard!
The kids have really been loving our daily walks and I have been letting them get out of the stroller and explore. Finding bugs, plants and sticks keeps them busy and excited.
I have been working on lots of projects too, just most are for Christmas and I don't want to share them yet :)
Hope the fall finds all of you doing well. Take Care.