I can't believe it's Labour Day already! September means "back to the grindstone" for most people, myself included. Homeschooling is starting up again, our Etsy shop will start seeing the Christmas rush very soon (if last year is any indication) and I've also come back to my blog. I suddenly feel very busy! The lazy days of August are over.
The first thing I wanted to say (besides hello!) is that August was a bit of a wash for me. I had so many interesting projects planned...but then (haha) only the next day after I "went on vacation" from my blog, I found out that I was expecting our fourth baby early next Spring. Oops, surprise! And pretty much immediately after that I started feeling...not so great. All of you out there who have experienced pregnancy know what I'm talking about. Suffice it to say I have not been my usual energetic self, and my brain has turned suddenly into rice pudding.
So instead of charmingly redecorating my sewing nook, painting over the ugly grey in the livingroom, transforming my overgrown garden into a neat and tidy one, and taking long evening walks with the children, I pretty much spent the month of August lying on the couch and trying not to feel queasy. Oh well. Life is full of interesting bends in the road, isn't it?
I am just now, with the fresh autumn air blowing through the neighbourhood, starting to feel more like myself, which I think is rather nice timing considering I'm just about to start homeschooling two children at once, for the first time. And it's hard to be an enthusiastic teacher from the couch.
Another thing I wanted to say is that queasiness aside, over the past month I did enjoy spending less time on the computer than usual. When I dove in head first to the world of blogging, I kind of went nuts, and started following a whole plethora of other blogs, which I always commented on too, as well as writing my own. It was getting out of hand. I don't want to spend a big chunk of my day sitting in front of this screen, even though it is a fun and educational hobby. There are just so many other things I need and want to do that are more important. So I significantly pared down the number of blogs I follow. Mostly I kept the more small and personal ones, the ones where I feel I know the writers, and stopped with the more popular, more "professional" ones that feel less homey to me.
In the same vein, I also plan to write less often on my blog than I was before--probably once or twice per week only. I'll try to make them good posts though! :)
Another thing I wanted to say is that I'll be hosting a few giveaways of our natural wooden toys here over the next few months...so stay tuned, and you might just be able to score something for your Christmas list. :)
Well, I guess that's about all I had to say today...this post feels naked without a picture so I'll tack on a picture of Owen playing in the sandbox. I woke up early one morning in August, to find that he wasn't in his bed...after searching the house to no avail I found him placidly playing outside in the sandbox. I thought it looked like a nice, relaxing Augusty picture. :)